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Term 3 Week 4 - 19th August 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

This week we have celebrated Maths Week at Trident under the leadership of our HOD of Mathematics, Tracey Webster. This has involved a series of competitions for students and staff and culminated in Trident hosting the Bay of Plenty Mathsmind Competition today for year nine and ten students from a range of schools. This mahi comes as the Mathematics department has just completed their LOMAS testing for junior students - the ongoing assessment which carefully tracks individual progress in this core subject. We are lucky to have such a vibrant department which is dedicated to developing our students to be competent and confident mathematicians.

Our Assistant HOD of Mathematics Sarah Shaw joined the Assistant HOD of English, Steve Williamson, to present to all the principals in the Whakatāne Kahui Ako on the new co-requisites for Numeracy and Literacy introduced through the NCEA Refresh. They shared their knowledge with the primary and intermediate principals to support the development of a streamlined numeracy and literacy curriculum from ECE to high school. Having all the schools across our town working together to ensure all our students are successful in these key areas is vital and we are proud of Trident’s teachers actively leading in this space.

Huge thanks to our DP of Curriculum, Caroline Reddish for running the PISA assessments this week. PISA is the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment. PISA measures 15-year-olds' ability to use their reading, mathematics and science skills to answer a series of questions. This global assessment helps countries to identify strengths and weaknesses in key curriculum areas. It involves a significant time commitment and administrative load but it is valuable to support the government to develop policies in response to trends in this data. Those students who were randomly selected for the assessment were rewarded for their civic service with pizza.

This week on Wednesday evening we are holding the Junior Subject Teacher Hui which is an important opportunity for you to meet with your student’s subject teachers to discuss progress, achievement, next steps in learning and future pathways in each subject. We are really looking forward to seeing whānau for this important hui but in the event that you cannot make it on the night, please make contact with the office if you need to speak to a teacher and they will help you to connect.

Congratulations to all our basketballers, netballers, footballers and rugby and hockey players as they finish their local competitions and prepare for Winter tournament week. We are proud of them for some excellent results, but more so for the culture of respect, teamwork, collaboration and encouragement which they develop through their sports. The values they demonstrate in their sports achievements are part of the personal development which helps them to become the confident, connected global citizens who graduate from Trident. Huge thanks to the coaches, managers and volunteers who ensure our students have such a rich co-curricular experience.

Enjoy your weekend with whānau and let’s hope the weather settles!

Ngā mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E


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We are proud to share our 2023 Prospectus with our Trident community and those who will be joining us in 2023.

Ngā Tapuwae can be translated as 'Our Journey', and that is what our 2023 prospectus is, a visual and written journey through Trident High School.

For all 2023 enrolment information please click on the link below to take you to our website:


Our Year 9 Handbook is out now for perusal online and can be downloaded. Year 8 students will receive a copy with the Prospectus later this term. Click below to check it out.


Trident Junior Basketball teams ended their EBOP season on a high in the Secondary School Competition.

Playing in a combined senior/junior grade for round robins, Trident Junior Girls' had 8 wins and 3 losses. The losses came from the top two senior teams and provided learning opportunities for the team. In the junior finals, Trident were up against Opotiki. This was to be the last game in Trident colours for captain Ayanda Beneus as her and her family head overseas. The game was a good send off for Ayanda, winning 127-43. Opotiki have always been respected opponents and are going through a development stage that will see them return to top contention in the future. We would like to acknowledge Paddy for his passion for the game and commitment to Opotiki College basketball.

Congratulations to Ayanda (competition MVP) and Danielle Moke-Kingi on being named in the All Star team.

Well done Jordan Ferrier who joined the Trident coaching team last year and has secured back to back EBOP titles. Thanks to Kim Wilson for managing the girl’s team and providing continuous support.

In the junior boy’s grade, the two Trident teams met in the semis last week with the A team moving on to the finals. The junior development team met Opotiki in the bronze medal match. The last time these teams met Opotiki won by 1 point. With captain Kingstyn Te Naiti absent, the Trident players stepped up with good defence and attack. The boys managed to come away with a 59-29 win.

Congratulations to Calli Te Pou on being named in the All Star team and to coaches Vadim Moke-Kingi and Jacob Rakuraku on the teams achievements this season. Thank you to manager Julie Reihana for all you do for the team.

The Junior A Boys’ remained undefeated in the competition winning their final against Whakatane High School A team 111-58. Trident will look toward finishing their Tauranga season strong and hope to do well at Winter Tournament when they head away late next week. Congratulations to Traize Jobe (Competition MVP), captain Jacob Hillman, Joziah King and Hemi Parata on being named in the All Star team.

Thanks to coaches Matua Mike Te Kurapa and Brad Sparrow for your time and commitment to the team and to Trident Basketball.

The success of our basketball teams is only possible with having coaches, managers and whanau that are supportive and giving. As well as this are our sponsors and supporters- Whakatane First Credit Union, Anne & Mike Fraser-Jones, the Coldiron family and Sequal Lumber. Nga mihi koutou.


For the past 2 years, the Annual NZ Secondary School Winter Tournament has been cancelled due to Covid 19. The tournament is held all over the country with several winter sports involved. To the relief of many students, coaches, managers, and whanau, and probably service providers, the teams are set to head away at the end of the month. We are featuring teams in the Newsletter and on Facebook over the next couple of weeks.


This year we are extremely excited to have four premier teams that have done exceptionally well this season. All four teams have made it through to the Whakatāne finals. Our Prem 1 were the winners of the Senior Division, Prem 2 were runners up in the A grade, Prem 3 winners of the B grade and Prem 4 runners up.

"We have also worked hard to secure the top of the table spot for all three grades in the Tauranga Secondary School competitions. We are really proud of all the players, whānau and coaching staff in our programme and hope to continue to get better everyday. We have many ups and downs through a season, simply because we are all people and have different personalities and spend a lot of time together. Fortunately for us we know that our downs only make us stronger, and the ups are more worthwhile. The progress and development of our players and their character is our biggest high of the 2022 season. Our main goals this season are to make the Open Grade Premier Finals in Tauranga, win the Secondary School Competition in Tauranga and win the Whakatāne Premier Competition and make Top 6 at UNISS."


The Trident Underwater Hockey teams have fared pretty well given the uncertainty of how the pandemic might affect our season. We have three teams competing this year; Senior Girls', Senior Open and Junior Open. Our Senior Open team has had a small crew of dedicated and talented players. The team has seen three new members who have really progressed quickly. Admittedly, this has been a rebuilding year for this team but we look forward to building on the strengths gained as we head into the 2023 school year. Our Junior Open team is a strong mix of experienced year 10's and a keen group of new year 9's. The team exceeded expectations winning a bronze medal at the Junior Northern Zone Qualifying Tournament. Our Senior Girls' have a full team of ten very talented players. They have continued to get stronger and stronger as the year has progressed. They will be headed to compete at the National Tournament in September. They won their Nationals invite at the Senior Northern Zone Qualifier where they took out the Bronze Medal. The big goal for the girls is to play their best Hockey at the National Tournament and end up with a podium finish. For all our players the goal for the remainder of the year is to keep training, focusing on improving skills and game readiness.


This year Trident has been able to field a Girls' 2nd XI team who after winning round one in the C grade were promoted into B grade. They are now in the playoffs for round 2. They are developing well and playing really competitive hockey in the BOP Secondary Competition. They will compete in our local tournament here in Whakatāne for the week.

The Girls' 1st XI secured second place in round one in A grade and are now playing in the playoffs in the second round in preparation for their week long tournament in Gisborne.

This year we have players from year 9 to year 13 going to the tournament and we hope to perform well in our pool play and qualify for the playoffs. Tournament hockey can be very exciting and this is where the girls get to show their skills, season preparation and hard work that will hopefully pay off with a top placing. We wish both teams the best of luck, and most of all we hope they have fun!

The Boys' 1st XI Hockey team is looking strong heading to their tournament in Pukekohe over the first week of September. Having only lost one game (to Taupo nui a tia) so far this year they have dominated the local BOP competition. Harry Jones is our leading goal scorer with Bradley Rothwell controlling the midfield, and with Bailey Fredrickson leading the defence the team is playing very well. The team is contesting the Mayhill Cup, a Tier 3 tournament. The team aims to make the semi finals and has a real chance to win the trophy if they play well. This would be a fantastic way for the Year 13's to finish their hockey career at Trident!


The Trident Basketball teams have had a reasonable season to date, fielding six teams in the EBOP Competition and five teams in the Tauranga Competition.

In the EBOP Competition, all Trident teams finished in the top four. The Juniors played their finals on Monday night in the EBOP competition with the girls team winning, the boys development placing 3rd and the boys A team winning.

The Senior A Boys' and Senior Girls' teams are in the finals next week and the Senior Development Boys' will play for 3rd.

Trident Junior A Boys', Senior Girls' and Senior A Boys' will all head to Rotorua for this year's Winter Tournament.

The Juniors begin their tournament on 27 Aug 2022 with finals on Tuesday 30 Aug 2022. They are striving for a top 4 finish to complement other achievements gained this year. Both the Senior Boys' A and Senior Girls' teams will have a tough task ahead of them to try make a top 5 finish to qualify for Nationals in October. Both teams are fairly young but will do their best in representing Trident and look forward to the experience of Winter tournament.

OVERSEAS TOURS - Creating global citizens

We are proud to announce that we now have four approved overseas trips coming up at Trident! The time and effort that goes into planning these trips and organising fundraising opportunities is huge, we are so grateful that we have teachers who work tirelessly to make these trips happen.

In 2023 we have the Boys Football UK Tour which is aimed at developing boys football at Trident by exposing players to elite level performance and facilities. The group play competitive games on the trip against school and club academies. They also watch Premier League games and visit the stadiums of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City as well as training at Chelsea Football Club.

In 2024 we have a Girls UK Football Tour which will follow a similar format to the 2023 tour.

2024 will see a group of our students who take Japanese head to Japan where they will reconnect with people in Kamagaya, Whakatāne's sister city, for a week and travel the country together. Students from past Japan tours say the trip changed their lives and embedded a life long love of Japan, Japanese language and Japanese culture.

2025 will see a group of senior students head to Europe for the Arts & Culture trip of a lifetime. Past students that have been on this tour have visited the Colosseum in Rome, the Catacombs in Madrid and explored the Louvre in Paris to name but a few of the amazing experiences.

We look forward to sharing more details of these trips and supporting the fundraising activities of the groups.

The trip see's us based in Yorkshire and spending time in London, Edinburgh and Liverpool where we do lots of activities, shopping and sightseeing.


We would like to invite our current Year 9 and Year 10 students on an overseas tour to Europe in 2025. The tour is designed to meet the needs of Senior students who wish to explore the Art, History and Culture of Greece, Italy, Spain and France. If you would like more information, we will be holding an information evening on Wednesday 14th September at 6 PM in the school library. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like more information, please email, Mr Barr or Ms Deeley for a copy of the presentation and tour details.

Kei te pirangi matou ki te powhiri i a matou tauira Tau 9 me te Tau 10 o naianei ki te haerenga ki tawahi ki Uropi i te tau 2025. I hangaia te haerenga ki te whakatutuki i nga hiahia o nga tauira Kaumatua e hiahia ana ki te tuhura i te Toi, History and Culture of Greece, Italy, Spain and Parani. Mena kei te pirangi koe ki etahi atu korero, ka tu he ahiahi korero a te Wenerei te 14 o Mahuru a te ono i te ahiahi i te whare pukapuka o te kura. Ki te kore e taea e koe te haere ki te hui, engari e ranei mo te kape o te whakaaturanga me nga korero haerenga.


Just a reminder that if students are signing out, the parent/caregiver must contact the school prior to them coming to the office, or alternatively they can send a note with the student giving them permission to sign out.

If a student feels sick at school, they are to go to sickbay, not the office and we will contact whānau for them to be collected.

Thanks for your co-operation.


This is a polite reminder for the students who drive their own vehicles to school to respect the law in terms of the restrictions on the particular licence they hold.

It is against the law to drive against the conditions of your current licence. Please be safe, respectful and courteous and abide the law whilst driving your vehicle. Thank you

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Then and now! Over the past 49.5 years Trident has grown and grown and we find ourselves grateful for the expanse of land our school is situated on. Our unique school property size has enabled us to expand our buildings while still having plenty of space; space to grow, space to thrive!

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Tertiary Education in 2023

Senior students are starting to make plans for study in 2023. Several universities have opened their scholarship applications, students should complete a form at the careers office to assist us in writing reference letters for scholarships.

Applications for university accommodation will open on the 1st August.

Students are encouraged to come to the careers hub for assistance with course selection and application processes.

Part time jobs, work experience, presentations.

Check out this facebook page for the latest careers opportunities and information.

Career Counselling and Support

Appointments are available with the careers staff. Students and whānau should contact Ms Wildash at or 0274995300 to arrange a time.

The Careers Hub is located next to the library and here you will find Ms Amy Wildash Careers Specialist, Ms Karen Benge and Ms Jeanette Pleitje, Mrs Cindy Lee, (Futures Academy) and Ms Tiffany Roia. Pop in and let us help plan your future.

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On Sunday 11th September we are having a Community Fun Open Day called “Love Tennis”.

This is a nationwide initiative from Tennis NZ to get more people playing tennis.

It is all free and there will be games, prizes and food of course!

Everyone (young and old) is welcome to come along, join in the fun and give tennis a go on the day if they wish!

LOVE Tennis

Whakatāne Tennis Club

Goulstone Road, Whakatane

Sunday 11th September, 11am -4pm

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Please enter student name of student ID in the deposit details.

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