Trident Leads

Term 2 Week 1 - May 6th 2022


Kia ora e te whanau,

During the Easter break NZQA published the final NCEA results for all secondary schools for 2021.

In 2021 our focus at Trident was to ensure that despite the significant disruption to learning caused by the global pandemic and its interruption to learning, we would get our students over the line to achieve their certification at each level.

We are therefore pleased to report our achievement levels for 2021 as -

NCEA Level 1 - Trident 82.4%, decile 4 schools nationally -71.5%

NCEA Level 2 - Trident 83.9% , decile 4 schools nationally -77.7%

NCEA Level 3 - Trident 77.2%, decile 4 schools nationally - 69.6%

NCEA Level 1 Literacy - Trident 88%, decile 4 schools nationally - 85.5%

NCEA Level 1 Numeracy - Trident 87.9%, decile 4 schools nationally 82.1%

It was a tough year for our school community and the mahi completed with and for our students by our teachers and teaching support, was significant in producing results which consistently sat above the national results for similar schools.

Prior to the impact of the pandemic we had set targets for both the achievement rate of our Maori students at NCEA level 1 and for endorsement rates for all of our students.

The gap between Maori and non-Maori achievement at Level 1 has to be eliminated and our vision, programmes and initiatives are founded in this endeavour. Whilst the challenges of the pandemic interrupted this target it was pleasing to see that our Maori student achievement at Level 1 was 17% higher than the national rate - Trident 76.9% and nationally 60%.

For many of our students, endorsement of their certificate was not a priority last year as they struggled both with the lockdown and engaging in hybrid learning. In addition, we had a greater number of year 12 and 13 students leave throughout the year than is customary, to move on to employment rather than stay to gain endorsement in their subjects. We were therefore prepared for lower endorsement rates in 2021 -

NCEA Level 1 Trident Excellence - 13%, Merit 30.5%, decile 4 schools nationally - 15% and 27.8%

NCEA Level 2 Trident Excellence - 9.2%, Merit 15.6%, decile 4 schools nationally - 11%, and 18%

NCEA Level 3 Trident Excellence - 6.1%, Merit 13.7%, decile 4 schools nationally - 13.6% and 20%

We know that this year is also challenging because of the continued disruption of Covid, but we are nonetheless committed to raising our endorsement rates for Excellence and Merit with our students and also eliminating the gap in Maori and non-Maori achievement rates. Our Heads of Faculty, Deans and our classroom teachers are continuously adapting courses and programmes to support students in their achievement and we know that whanau at home are also supporting students on their learning journey.

Whilst we need to awhi our students and show them care and compassion in these extraordinary times, we also need to maintain high expectations of and for them, to ensure they have the best opportunities as they move through secondary education and into tertiary study, apprenticeships or the workforce. Gaining their qualifications at the highest level and pushing for personal excellence will give them such a good start when they leave Trident.

Cross Country

Huge thanks to the PE team led by Mrs Emery who organized the competitive Cross Country this week. We were very lucky that the council temporarily opened up the track from the bottom of Mokoroa Gorge to let our students have an excellent trail for their run. Thank you to those whanau who also came along to support students in this annual school event.

Finally, thank you to all whanau for your support of the school in ensuring that students returned promptly to school this term, in uniform and on time. Teachers have been delighted to settle down to the term with full classes and reconnect with those who have been away.

Enjoy a relaxing weekend with whanau.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Monday 16th May - Accord Teacher Only Day
  • Monday 6th June - Queen's Birthday
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2

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While Covid 19 is in our community, our staff are wearing masks and we encourage students to do the same. We have found this graphic regarding mask use to be helpful in explaining how mask wearing keeps us and those around us safe.

At Orange Framework it is not mandatory for students to wear masks in class, however it is a good method to stay healthy.

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Eastern Bay of Plenty Careers Expo

Trident High School will be hosting the Eastern Bay of Plenty Careers Expo on Wednesday 25th May. This Expo will be attended by senior students from all the Eastern Bay Schools.

If your business or organization would like to be a part of this expo please contact:

Amy Wildash Careers Adviser

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 whanau 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 (Gateway) and Mrs Cindy Lee, (Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help plan your future.


Bank Account 12 3253 0004257 00

You may pay any sports or extra curricular fees directly to our bank account.

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

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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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Go to the App Store or Play Store on your phone and Search school app nz

Open install the App on your phone. Enter: Trident High School.

The App allows you to notify the office of an absentee, view daily notices, view our newsletter Trident Leads, it also has links to school related websites.

Alerts are sent out with notifications of upcoming events.