Trident Leads

Term 3 Week 9 - 24th September 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

As we head into the final week of Term Three at school we have much to celebrate and be grateful for. This week's assembly online organised by our creative prefects, focused on gratefulness and reminded us that we should express our appreciation to those around us for all that they do.

In this vein, I would like to express my gratitude to all those teachers and members of the Trident Community who go the extra mile for our students through the co-curricular life of our school. This week our Girls' Hockey team took out the BOP Secondary School Girls Hockey A Grade Championship - a magnificent win only possible because of the time and effort dedicated to them by coaches and managers over the years. In Basketball we have enjoyed similar success - we are the BOP Secondary Schools Senior Girls A Grade Champions 2021, BOP Secondary Schools Senior Boys A Grade Champions 2021 and the BOP Secondary Schools Junior Girls A Grade Runners Up 2021. Again the commitment and perseverance of coaches and managers makes this possible. And let us keep our fingers crossed for the Hockey boys on Sunday as they play in the final. What makes the success all the more satisfying is the recognition given to our teams by other schools, who are always complimentary about the respectful and positive attitudes of our players; this does not happen in vacuum - again our co-curricular staff are integral to this.

I also want to thank the teachers who are running a Drama workshop these holidays for younger students in the community to come along and see what audition skills they can build in singing, drama and dance. Our staff’s willingness to give up time to share their talents and support the wider Whakatane community is really appreciated and is testament to the culture of our wonderful school.

Senior students will have been talking about their hopes for the upcoming Trident Senior Ball which we are hoping to hold on Saturday November 13th - if we are in Alert Level One by then, which we optimistically believe will be the case. It is a great way for seniors to farewell their peers and teachers and make memories to take with them into the wider world. It is also a celebration of their hard work and effort academically and their consistent perseverance in their studies. It is for this reason that we have conditions of entry; we want those students who have made the commitment, attended regularly, kept up with their assessments, to see this event as something they have earned through their mahi. Again, I want to thank the teachers who are already working to ensure we can have this event if we go to Alert Level One; they are an awesome support for our senior students.

The School Board Student elections are next week and the candidates will provide students at whanau ako time on Wednesday, with a video clips outlining what they would hope to achieve as Student Representative for 2022. We have had some outstanding Board Representatives who have made a significant contribution to the school during their year in office and learnt great life skills along the way. I look forward to announcing the new Rep next week.

Thanks to all those whanau who are supporting our students to be in school, on time, in uniform and focused and settled in their learning. It is a partnership of effort and shared values which will support our students to become the inspiring global citizens we know they can be.

Have a lovely weekend with whanau.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



We are very pleased to announce that we are accepting enrolments for 2022.

On our website you will find all relevant information, application forms and links to book interviews as part of the Year 9 Enrolment process​.

Please find our 2022 Prospectus - Ngā Tapuwae - by clicking the button below where you can read a collection of narratives that share journeys through Trident, from those who know us best. Through these journeys we have captured our people, our values and our school culture.


  • Wednesday 29th September - Voting for BOT Student Rep
  • Friday 1st October - End of Term 3
  • Monday 18th October - Start of Term 4
  • Wednesday 20th October - Year 8 Open Day & Evening
  • Wednesday 20th October - Senior Independent Learning Day
  • 21st - 27th October - Benchmark Exams and Course Completion
  • Monday 25th October - Labour Day Holiday
  • Thursday 4th November - Subject Information Evening (Yr10 - Yr12)
  • Tuesday 9th November - Whanau Meetings (Yr9 - Yr13)
  • Saturday 13th November - School Ball


Tailoring our programmes to students needs and in line with our subject specialist teachers, we are so pleased to offer a wide range of subjects to our students. Further to that we are proud to offer our Year 9 students the opportunity to study 13 out of 17 Year 9 Option Subjects outside of the Core Subjects. Through the 3 Rotations they study 12 subjects and then choose an additional subject that they study for half the year.

For more information please head over to our website to check out the range of subjects and further descriptions of these.


Congratulations to Charles Blackburn who, this week, was voted in as our new Student Representative for 2021/22.

"Yesterday I was elected student representative for Trident High School. I am very honored to receive this role. I have always loved Trident and want to improve and contribute to our school with my peers and my own ideas. I thoroughly congratulate Hannah and Dom (who were also nominated to run for student rep) for their courage and hope they can continue providing ideas and support for our school. Please feel free to reachout to me and I thank you all for your support."


Mr Wenzel's junior Science students have been having fun experimenting in Science - really tangible learning experiences. The group made lava lamps where they could see changes in density. The resulting lava lamps look great.

They also used a delicious tool to work on genetics....Gummy bear genetics - using gummy bears in a pedigree to show "cross breeding to investigate Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance". We hope the students were able to refrain from eating their tools before documenting the learning.


This year internal subjects will be running alongside benchmark exams. This means all students who take a subject that does not have an exam are expected to be in school following their normal timetable. This way those with internal assessments due will be able to continue working to gain the credits needed to complete their NCEA level. If your student has a mixture of internal and external courses they are expected to attend any internal classes when not in an exam. If there are any questions your student can speak to their Whanau teacher.
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Applications for student leadership positions in 2022 are now open. All Year 12 students will have received an email this week. The closing date for applications is Friday 1st October.
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Futures Academy for 2022

Mrs Haines and Ms Wildash are currently interviewing students for the Futures Academy 2022. There are some exciting new courses including boat handling, early childhood education and our regular programs, construction, automotive, agriculture, boat building, engineering, hair and beauty, IT, driving, hospitality and tourism. Please see Ms Wildash or Mrs Haines if you are interested. We are seeking applications from Year 11 and 12 students at the moment.

Tertiary Study for 2022

Students can see Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub for support completing applications.

Students should also check out and

Course Advice Sessions

Otago University - Tuesday 28 September 12:20pm (online)

Victoria University - Wednesday 29 September 12:20pm

Student Allowance

Year 13 students who have turned 18 may be eligible for a student allowance, please see Ms McGowan for more information.

Career Counselling and Support

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

The new 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 (Gateway) and Mrs Cindy Lee, and Mrs Jo McGowan (Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help you plan your future.

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Next Wednesday, 29th September, we are having a Non-uniform day for Cans for Good. The students can either bring a gold coin donation or a can of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. In 2018 & 2019 we collected over 900 cans of food which was hugely appreciated by the Salvation Army. Please support this very worthwhile cause.

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4th November: P2 - Drama Room (Dance)

5th November: 1:20 to 3pm, Drama Room (vocal audition chorus and leads)

Also audition via video clip - send in a song or dance you have done via video to Mrs Robb

Register your interest in production, by signing up to audition or sending an email to Mrs Robb.


Below is the link to order sports photos online. There are also envelopes in the office if you want to do a cash order.


Congratulations are in order…. Our Hockey girls have just won the BOP A GRADE competition! Outstanding work, we are so proud of you all.
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Trident Basketball teams had a good night for their final games of the Tauranga season. We would like to thank Tauranga Basketball for livestreaming the games so that whanau and supporters could watch.


The Junior Girls' were up against the top ranked Tauranga Girls' College team in the final of the Junior Girls' A grade. Trident started well with some good driving buckets but struggled to get their set plays working against the defensive pressure from Tauranga girls. At the end of the 1st quarter Trident were down but talked about getting their offense working and shutting down the paint on defence. In the 2nd the girls got some great fast break points and were playing better defence. Still down but with a closer score line at half time. Down by 7 at the end of the 3rd, Tauranga girls went into the 4th strong and scored some good points. Trident girls dug deep and fought all the way to the end but weren’t quite able to close it out. The girls gained silver medals in Tauranga and gold in EBOP. All round a great game and very proud of the girls for their performance throughout the season.


In the play-off for 3rd/4th Trident Senior girls met Te Puke Senior Girls who they had beaten comfortably in pool play. Trident started off strong but with 7 players, the girls couldn’t maintain the intensity. Te Puke made a come back in the 3rd quarter but Trident managed to hold the lead throughout the game. Trident took the win 39-36 to bring home bronze.


Trident Senior Boys' Blue were undefeated during the regular season and in playoffs which led them to the finals against Tauranga Boys Legends. Both teams started off unstable on offence but Tauranga got their footing first and ended up gaining a lead. Sam Royal stepped up and got the team going with a quick 6 points. Samuel Robertson worked hard in the paint securing rebounds and provided a massive defensive effort. Jordan Moke caught the defence off guard several times by speeding up the court before they could set up helping us build a bigger lead. Tahu Wrathall and Nate Williams worked well together for multiple steals leading to good buckets. Levi Wilson and Nikau Brown were consistent from the 3 point line. With everyone working together we managed to take the win 73-59 and the gold medal. Thank you Mr Loft for taking us to our last few finals games and getting us a treat before our game. We all really appreciated that. Thank you Miss Farrell for spending so many afternoons training, mentoring us and ultimately leading us to the finals.


Trident played top ranked Mount College Prems Grey on Monday. The boys started well leading in the 1st. MMC made a strong come back in the 2nd and maintained the lead for the win. Trident will play Waihi for bronze. Trident Senior A boys are also playing the finals of the EBOP competition tonight against WHS and the Senior girls' will play their EBOP finals against Opotiki College tomorrow night.


Outstanding! This is such good news for Bailey & Ollie Fredericksen and Jack Wilson who have gained entry into Coast to Coast 2022. These three Trident athletes will compete in the gruelling adventure race that consists of bike, kayak and run legs that take them from the west to east coast of the South Island. We wish them all the very best in their training.


If you received a trophy/trophies at the Senior or Junior Prizegivings in 2020 could you please return them to the School Office as soon as possible.


Congratulations to Ayanda Beneus who has been invited to take part in the upcoming Basketball New Zealand U15 Regional Selection Camp. The selection camps will look to identify athletes for the BBNZ U15 Junior National teams for the 2022 U15 FIBA Oceania Championships. An incredible achievement for Ayanda, well done.


The 2021 Scholarship Round is now open. Further information and application forms are

available on the Public Trust website:

Applications must be completed on the website by 5pm, Sunday 17th October 2021.

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Open Days/Enrolment Week – October 18th and October 21st

All welcome to come along, have a hit and find out more information. Rackets available at the club.

• Monday 18th October: 3:30-4:30 (5–10-year-olds) 4:30-5:30 (11–18-year-olds)

• Thursday 21st October: 3:30-4:30 (5–10-year-olds) 4:30-5:30 (11-18-year-olds)

“Kick Start” Holiday Program – Week Two of the October Holidays

Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th of October – 3 sessions per day

• 9am-11am (5- 8-year-olds)

• 11am-1pm (9-13-year-olds)

• 1pm- 3pm (14-18-year-olds)

No registration needed. $5 per child per session. Bring sneakers, sunblock, water, and snacks. Rackets available at the club.

For any queries please contact:

Mark or 021 107 4389 (Coach)

Kim or 021 129 9943 (Junior Coordinator)


What do Sonny Bill Williams, Portia Woodman and Rieko Ioane all have in common? They all did athletics while they were at school. The skills you learn in athletics are the perfect foundation for almost any sport. Our local athletics club, Whakatane Athletics & Harriers is welcoming new members now. They provide everything that you need to give it a go. To find out more contact your local club at

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Trident High School has opted into the government’s Optional Donations Scheme in 2021-2022
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Our school has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community.

The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies, which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our board of trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.

We invite you to visit the site at (note that there's no "www."). Our username is "trident" and password "courage".

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