Trident Leads

Term 1 Week 8 - 26th March 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

As I write this newsletter we await tonight’s results for our Volleyball Senior Boys’ A Team playing in the national finals against Rangitoto College. The coaches are so proud of their performance – along with all the other Trident teams who have been playing in the tournament this week – and of their ability to reflect the school’s values in their efforts. The respect they display to the officials and the other teams, the courage they demonstrate when they step up for the challenges they face and their work in performing at such a high level. We have our fingers crossed and will be watching online at 5pm – follow the link to join the match - -Thanks to the coaches whose considerable efforts lead our students to these experiences; we are lucky to have so many managers and coaches across the codes at trident who support our students sporting lives.

This week we had a visit from Cathy Stephenson, from the Ministry of Education based in Rotorua to discuss the free school meals programme. It was good to be able to discuss with the Cathy the clear need that some of our whanau and community have for the food and the importance that we have placed as a school on sharing the kai together to support everyone having a healthy lunch. Cathy was keen to share the requirements that the ministry have for the providers to ensure the meals are nutritionally balanced and really healthy. Whilst some meals are very popular – the meat ball wraps on Thursday disappeared without a trace – it is important to encourage our students to give it a go and try foods they may not usually eat. Good learning, focused attention, better classroom behavior – are all impacts which we strive to achieve through the lunch programme, so please support us and encourage your students to take part in it.

This afternoon twenty eight year 11 and 12 students headed off for a noho at Te Puetere Marae. They are spending the weekend fishing, planting, clearing tracks and learning about tikanga and protocols on the marae. They are excited by the adventure and the mahi they complete will also help them on their NCEA journey; a great opportunity for personal and academic growth. Thanks to Te Manaakitanga Pryor for organizing the noho and giving our students this opportunity.

Finally, as the summer fades and the temperature drops, please ensure that your student arrives with a fleece or a Trident shell jacket to stay warm. There are no hoodies allowed at school and black rain jackets can only be worn on the way to school and must be taken off at school. A uniform is exactly that – uniform – it creates a sense of identity and pride and represents through colour, emblem and motto the core values of our school. Please support us in making sure that your student is in the correct uniform as they arrive and therefore can focus on learning and engaging with other students rather than having their non uniform clothing managed by staff.

Have a peaceful and happy weekend with whanau.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Friday 2nd April - Easter Friday
  • Monday 5th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6th April - Easter Tuesday
  • Thursday 8th April - Cross Country
  • Wednesday 14th April - Whanau Teacher Goal Setting Interviews
  • Friday 16th April - Last Day of Term 1
  • Monday 3rd May - First Day Term 2


Look at the beautiful floral display picked and arranged every Monday morning by the students at SEC. Here is Freedom Ranapia proudly showing off her arrangement of flowers and shrubbery from around the school. The students are assisted by our wonderful gardener Julie Urquhart. Thank you for brightening up our busy office reception!


On Tuesday at a full school assembly, we recognised and celebrated with whanau those students who in 2020 gained Level 1 or 2 Excellence Endorsed.

We also celebrated Hugh Oyanagi who in Year 11 gained Level 1 and Level 2 Excellence Endorsed and Charles Blackburn in Year 11 gained Level 1 Excellence Endorsed and Level 2 Merit Endorsed. Ashley Pye (right), who in Year 12 gained Scholarship in English.

Excellence Endorsed NCEA Level 1 2020

Kieran Butler, Ayla Rowe, Marina Sirkku, Izzy Steane, Jake Webb, Maya Rose Wills, Jack Wilson, Ella Parks, Charlice Bryce, Rosemary Young Timoti-Reid, Nikia Davis, Clea Finlay, Janna Labilles, Hugh Oyanagi, Amanda Remond, Maya van der Boom, Ethan Forbes, Rena-Jean Hall, Alexandra Kay, Bradley Rothwell, Beth Wilson, Hugh Oyanagi and Charles Blackburn.

Excellence Endorsed NCEA Level 2 2020

Hugh Oyanagi, Neve Power, Simon Prout, Asger Evans, Amelia James, Roczen Juan, Grace McDonald-Brown, Ashley Pye, Ben White, Sophie Waugh, Aliyah Ballantyne, Juliet Finlay and Hinemaringi Scott.


Today we will have a presentation from the Whakapiki Ake team based at Auckland University (photo). This presentation is targeted at senior Maori students who are looking towards a career in the health sciences. The team will be discussing their COACH and MASH programs which are coming up later in this year.

The Royal NZ Navy invites girls in Year 13 to register for their School to Seas adventure. This is a fantastic opportunity for girls to explore what the Navy has to offer. Go to

Any students who are considering applying for the New Zealand Defence Force need to start work on their application now (for intakes at the beginning of 2022). Please come and see Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub for assistance.

Yoobee College Holiday Programmes - Yoobee Colleges specialise in digital and creative courses. These holidays they are running a selection of short courses at their Rotorua Campus. These include e-sports, digital illustration and film making. Take a look at their website, for more information.

Senior students have begun a series of career development lessons in whanau time on a Wednesday. Caregivers can help students with their future plans by talking to them about what they have been doing in these lessons.

Across the school students are being encouraged to use My Mahi to record their self reflections, goals and their achievements. This is a great way to make sure you have a record of your activities and achievements in and out of school. My Mahi can also be used to plan and track progress towards your career goals. Go to to check it out.

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


From 1st-12th March Trident Service Academy attended Induction Camp at Waiouru Military Camp. Upon arrival the students were placed into platoons and moved into barracks with a number of other Service Academies from across the central and lower North Island. The following 11 days saw the students taking part in a variety of activities including Drill, Resilience and Leadership Training, Physical Training. Students also took part in a Sports, Longest Day, Drill and Assault Course Competition. Trident Service Academy took out the Assault Course Trophy. All students performed well and made Trident proud.

The conclusion of the camp was celebrated with a March Out Parade. Where a number of Trident students received awards. Kepariki Bryce: Highest Score on the Army Fitness Test (male). Jessica Hohua: Highest Score on the Army Fitness Test (female) and Fastest Cross Country (female). Peter Heretama-Wikaire: Trident Most Improved Student. Briar McLellan: Trident Top Student.

In school the students are now evaluating their performance on the camp and will then be switching their focus to the second NZDF camp, Bushcraft.


Level 1 Future Science students are working on their first combination assessment - interval and external and it is yuck! They have grown bacteria from their unwashed thumb, then compared this to bacteria from a thumb washed with soap and another washed with sanitiser. We don’t imagine anyone will he touching their faces with unwashed hands again! The good thing is that they can prove the efficacy of soap and even better hand sanitiser!



We are pleased to provide an update on our fabulous volleyballers who are away at Nationals.

Our Girls Volleyball team unfortunately lost in the quarter finals. Boys B are playing for 3rd and 4th in their division and Senior A Boys’ team (right) have made the National final playing tonight at 5pm playing Rangitoto.

This final game will be live streamed on the Volleyball NZ site. Here is the link:

Trident High School A v Rangitoto College Premier Boys @ 5pm Court 2

It has been a complete team performance from all teams; working together, overcoming thrilling challenges and our tamariki displaying our school values; respecting officials and opposition, Kia manawa nui (courageous under high amounts of pressure) and achieving to the highest sporting level.

Our Senior A Boys, Coaches and Managers have been working extremely hard over the course of 2 years and achieving any National final for students from our school is something to be really proud of.

The team are all looking forward to this evening and whatever happens they know we are proud that everyone is representing Trident HS, their whanau, Iwi and community with honour.

Best of luck to our boys, we are all cheering for you from afar and can’t wait to watch you at 5! Make sure you tune in and give that Trident support we are famous for!


Update from the Rowing Team competing at the Maadi Cup at Lake Karapiro: Poppy Parks and Juliska Coeteez U18 Girls Novice Double Sculls A final they race at 2.30pm today. Ben Olifiers U18 Boys Single Sculls at 9.20am Saturday. Leah and Rhianna Rowe U15 Girls Double Sculls in a B final at 9.23am Saturday followed by Ayla Rowe and Jade Hale U17 Girls Double Sculls C final at 1.57pm Saturday. You can see these races live on


Last Friday, 19th March we took 24 Level 2 PE Sport Science students to the Avanti Velodrome in Cambridge. They got to experience riding on the steep curves and also got to do Vo2 max testing at the Waikato University on-site Laboratory and to learn about their future career options within the Sport Science industry. It was an incredible day out and our students were amazing! Many thanks to Mr Camburn and Mr Rickard (parent) who gave up their time to drive the vans.


On Saturday, 17th March was our lake day, freezing cold temperatures made it extra challenging but our students were outstanding, showing resilience to make it through their 2 dives. The lake was 17 degrees and the wind was up which added to the chill.

Sunday was our ocean dive day. We departed around 6am on our journey to Tauranga to load the gear and tanks into the trailers, then onto the boats. A 2 hour journey took us to the stunning location of Motiti Island where students completed 2 more dives. Highlights were seeing several cray's and feeding the fish . Again, our students were incredible and have now completed approx 60 hours (online and practical) to gain their PADI Open Water Dive certificate. Well done everyone. Special thanks to Mrs Roper and Mrs Esterhuizen for driving the 2nd vans this weekend and Mrs Emery as teacher in charge.


Congratulations to Oliver Christie who competed in the 13 March Waikato BOP Athletics Championships and placed third in 1500m with a time of 4:48.76. Keep up the good work Oliver!


Last weekend of racing in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park, with top results from our Mountain Bikers!

Cross country results:

2nd U15 Ollie Frederickson

2nd U17 Zoe Christie

5th U20 Bailey Frederickson

Zoe, Bailey and Ollie formed a school relay team and competed in the male U20 division.

Fantastic results, congratulations to Ollie, Zoe and Bailey!


Congratulations to our Trident swimmers who competed over the weekend in the NZ Secondary Schools Open Water Championships at Lake Tikitapu. Xavier Christie blitzed the competition to take Gold in the 1000m 12-13 year old age group. Layla Rowland placed 26th in the 14-15 year olds; swimming 3.5km around the lake.

Xavier then took Gold again in the Amphibian for his age (1.7km swim, 3.5km run, 500m swim), with Oliver Christie taking Silver. Well done to all!


Good luck to Bailey Fredericksen, Oliver Christie and Xavier Christie.

They are travelling to TARANAKI this weekend to compete in the NZ Secondary Schools Triathlon. We look forward to hearing their results.

Coverage of this event will be on Sky Sport Youtube Channel:

Live Results Table:


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