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Term 2 Week 2 - 14th May 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

As we settle into the second week of term two, our students have been working alongside their whānau and whānau ako teachers to evaluate their progress towards their goals set in term one. For our Year 12 and 13 students, this saw them attend the Eastern Bay of Plenty Careers Expo at the Memorial Hall. This was a fantastic opportunity to be exposed to a range of tertiary pathways throughout Aotearoa.

While the weather is getting cooler, I would like to take the time to remind whanau of our Uniform expectations. School Uniform must be worn as normal but a plain black jacket may now be worn to and from school as well as around school to keep students warm. The black Jacket must be plain black, have sleeves and have no big logo's or writing on it.

The Black Jacket must not be worn in any school classrooms, morning tea in the Auditorium or assemblies. It is only to be worn outside. We recommend and suggest that any black jacket is worn as 'an extra outside layer' and is worn on top of the school Trident Uniform Fleece or Trident Uniform Jacket.

On Tuesday the 18th, school will be closed for our school NCEA Teacher Only Day. This day will be spent unpacking the three key focus areas that have been identified as integral to the New National Certificate of Education that will be implemented at Level One in 2023.

They are:

Mana ōrite mō te Mātauranga Māori - Equal status for Mātauranga Māori in NCEA

Literacy and Numeracy - Strengthening requirements

Nga mihi,

Senior Management Team


  • Tuesday 18th May - MOE Teacher Only Day (no school on this day)
  • Monday 24th May - Friday 28th May - SPCA Appeal Week
  • Friday 28th May - Pink Shirt Day
  • Friday 4th June - COL Teacher Only Day
  • Friday 11th June - Shave for a Cure
  • Friday 9th July - End of Term 2


Our annual 2021 NZ Blood Drive was held on Thursday 13th May. Year 13 Business Studies students ran this important event. We had 51 donations from students and a number of staff, thanks to everyone who helped to provide a vital service for our community. A special mention to our Property Caretaker Martin Gray, (below left) who has donated a whooping 96 times, this is a awesome record. Well done Marty!



"Hi my name is Becs Mackay and I started my teaching career at Trident over a decade ago and have been on a hiatus where I have been involved in community and youth development and sustainability mahi. I have arrived back at Trident this term and it feels like I have come back to my roots at Trident and in education. I am enjoying being back, working with students again in particular. I look forward to teaching and learning in the supportive departments I am working in."


"Kia ora, my name is Andrea Crawford and I have been working as a Maths and Science teacher in several schools in the Bay of Plenty and in Tokyo, Japan before securing my new position at Trident as a Maths and Science teacher. I love spending time outdoors with family and friends. I look forward to being part of the Trident team."


"Kia Ora, I`m Sára Szabó, pronounced Shāra Sabo and I`m rolling the `r`. I`m from Hungary, Europe and my first language is Hungarian. I had been working as a teacher for 11 years before coming to New Zealand more than a year ago, before the pandemic broke out. New Zealand is a beautiful country and Whakatane is the sunniest place, so I feel very lucky to be here. My main interest is in languages, literature and journalism. In my free time I like travelling, doing yoga and

going to the theatre. At Trident High School I am going to teach English and Media Studies in some of Ms McCrossen`s classes. This is my first teaching position in New Zealand, that will provide an insight into a whole different culture of education. I`m looking forward to learning

lots of new things and some Te Reo, too."


"Kia ora, my name is Liz Calder and I have been working as an Office Manager at MEL 2020 LTD (Mainstream Engineering Ltd) before securing my new position at Trident as an Executive Officer. My family enjoys self-sustainable living off our lifestyle block, and milling timber for our Woodwork CNC & Lazer Projects. I am currently studying Bachelor of Accountancy at Massey University (Distance) and learning to play the bagpipes. I look forward to working here at Trident and getting to know the wider part of the Trident community."


Futures Academy Year 11 Taster Courses Term 2.

Students who have applied for the Term 2 taster courses are currently being asked to confirm their places in the Futures Academy. Questions about the Futures Academy can be directed to Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub.

Eastern Bay of Plenty Schools Careers Expo 12th May 2021

On the 12th May, Year 12 and 13 students attended the Eastern Bay of Plenty Careers Expo at the War Memorial Hall.

The day was an excellent opportunity for students to explore their post school options. Feedback from students was very positive and exhibitors remarked on the excellent questions that were asked by Trident students.

Waikato University Open Day 21st May.

The school will be taking students to the Waikato University Open Day on the 21st May. This trip is open to Year 12 and 13 students. We will travel by bus to Hamilton. At the open day students will be able to sample university life, tour the campus and halls and attend lectures. This is a great opportunity to see what a university is like even if they are planning to attend a different university.

Students need to return permission slips and $25 to the office to secure their place.

The last day for payment is MONDAY. On Monday afternoon we will decide if we will take a bus or make other arrangements.

Letters are available from the Careers Hub, places are limited.

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 Jenni Manning (Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help you plan your future.


"My name is Juliet, I’m year 13, I was lucky to get the opportunity through Gateway to do work experience at East Bay medical clinic. I have a strong interest in cosmetic medicine for my future career so this experience was very beneficial. I had the incredible chance to watch face lift surgery with one of NZ’s top plastic surgeons, Mike Klaassen, during one of my days at the clinic. It was amazing to witness an intricate surgery that used a mixture of techniques to restore the patient’s natural features to give a more youthful appearance. Still being a high school student I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity and it is definitely an experience that has driven me more to pursue the career of cosmetic medicine".


Great work Scientists! Here a year 10 class was working on neutralisation of acids and bases with the pH Scale. We have a very successful Science Department here at Trident and when you see the fun and engagement they have in classes it is not surprising that success follows. Well done to our Science Dept and this group of students.


Last week Mr Stanhope's and Mr Camburn's Level 2 PE Students did their first Camp and Tramps of the Level 2 'Tramping and Camping' course the students are doing as part of their Level 2 PE programmes.

For the camp, the students stayed at the Whirinaki Recreation Camp and for the tramp they did the beautiful 12km Waterfall Loop Track.

The students had to plan the trip in terms of preparing properly and making sure they had everything they needed. They had to work as a team by making sure their group had all the correct gear and had to plan, prepare and cook their own evening meal and breakfast on a wood fire.

Each night the students got sit around the camp fire, play some 'spotlight', take part in a quiz and even play some songs on the guitar!

The tramp was set in an amazing natural environment with native bush everywhere. The students and staff are very fortunate to have such stunning beauty on our doorstep that we can enjoy, learn from and inspire ourselves in.

The students were a pleasure to take away and were a credit to the school. Both groups showed a togetherness whist away as they demonstrated team work, self management and social responsibility in an array of settings and situations.

Thanks goes to Mrs Reddish who supported the 2PEP students on their trip.

Well done Level 2 PE Students, we are very proud of you. We now look forward to taking you on the final two tramps and overnight camp at the start of Term 3.

Kia Manawa Nui, The PE and Health Department


We have so many talented writers here at Trident, here is an opportunity to submit some of your work and be in to win a $200 Prezzy card. Please refer questions about your entry to Ms Coffey Good luck everyone!


Congratulations to the team who went to Taupo last weekend for the Hillary Outdoors 6 hr Adventure Race. The team was a new one with 2 of the members only signing up a couple of days before the race, one of whom had never done an Adventure Race before! With no actual whole team training they managed an impressive 9th in a field of 30. Looking after each other when the going gets tough is a really important quality to have, and all 8 of these students are to be congratulated on displaying this so well.


RUGBY 1st XV Team

Playing a tough Taupo-nui-a-Tia College team who haven't lost in 9 games was the perfect team to start the season and a way to measure this year's Trident 1st XV.

Taupo started better than Trident by scooping up a loose ball to score the opening try.

Malachi Kurei answered by fending his opposite before beating 3 players to score from a beautiful miss pass from lock Maxwell Wharewera. Peter Heretama-Wikaire dotted down from Kani Paniora's quick tap and fast hands along the back line.

Taupo scored next from an intercept pass to finish the first half.

Trident 14 Taupo 12.

The home side kicked the scoring off straight after halftime before Malachi had another barnstorming run to score down the sideline making the score 19 all.

Captain Simon Prout was instrumental throughout the game, keeping everyone focused with positive encouragement and leading from the front. He collected a stray pass needing to run 60m's. All Trident coaches and supporters watched as Simon out ran Taupo's entire team to score the winning try. With Ethan Forbes adding 3 conversations the final score was 26-19.

Trident had a number of new exciting players playing their first 1st XV game; Jack Clark, Eparaima Ruawai, Nohokau Riini, Whare Whakamoe-Williams, Peter Heretama-Wikaire, Ben Moir and Kalin Elmiger. We hope to grow this group throughout the year and look forward to improving each game.

Trident 1st XV play Tauranga Boys' 2nd XV at Trident this Saturday.

Thanks to our sponsors Kelly's Garage, The Shock Shop and Bay Spreaders.

U16'S RUGBY Team

The first game of the season went extremely well, our boys pulled off a victory vs Tauranga Boys' College.

We travelled out to Tauranga Friday afternoon with a large squad of 25 players, this was an opportunity to work out positions and for boys to have fun with their mates.

Our boys showed real maturity on and off the field and played with pride and passion. Four quarters were played as we all agreed that it was our first game of the season and rolling subs were allowed. Trident scored first and it was difficult for Tauranga to stop the rolling steam engine from then on.

Trident played as a unit and every player knew their role in the team, real brotherhood was shown between all players and Isaiah led from the front as he captained the side.

Looking forward to seeing this team move from strength to strength throughout the season. All the hard work at practise has paid off and thank you to all the coaches involved especially Brent Jones.

Also, thank you to Grant Bateson for helping out with transport and supporting the boys! Final score: Trident - 85, TBC - 10. Mr Wharewera


Congratulations to all Teams, Coaches, Managers and Referees for getting through the opening night of EBOP Secondary School Basketball Competition.

The Junior Boys Blue (Dev) team were the first up against WHS. Down 14 -17 at half time the team stepped up their scoring and limited the opposition scoring to come away with 37-25 win. Well done to Miss Reihana on doing the score bench for the first time. Well done also to Brad Sparrow and Cy Coldiron who coached the team and got a good first up win.

Next up were the Junior Boys' A and Junior Girls' teams. The girls played Opotiki and worked well as a unit. The assists leading to goal scoring were impressive and helped hugely toward their win.

The boys played Te Kura Kokiri who are in a rebuilding phase. It was a good first up game for the boys who also came away with the win.

Trident Senior Boys' Blue (Dev) had a tough game against last year's competition winners, Whakatane High School. The game provided coach Mrs Farrell opportunities to see the positives and the work on areas. The boys' lost that game and will work to get some wins in the upcoming weeks.

The Senior Girls' played Opotiki and did well in the first half. Always strong opponents, Opotiki made a come back to win 33-32.

Trident Senior A Boys' had Edgecumbe College in the final game of the night. It was a comfortable win but Edgecumbe did well to keep going. Thanks to Zavia Walker for taking on Head Coach duties for this game.

We are looking forward to teams providing their own write ups in the future. This may give us a better summary of each teams games.

We would like to acknowledge those that have stepped up to referee this season. Purcell Placid, Ayanda Beneus, Nikia Davis, Janelle Akurangi-Thompson, Brad Sparrow, Cy Coldiron, Sam Royal and Derek Taare. Also, to Monz Davis who has taken on the role of supporting our referees and overseeing all refs.


The Trident Girls' Hockey team had their first game of the season in Rotorua on Thursday night against Ruamata. The rain managed to stay away and they came away with a 3 all draw. The team had a brilliant start with Coach Aaron Box impressed by their great attitudes and coming back from being 3-1 down in the last quarter to draw even on the buzzer was super exciting. The goals were scored by Vice Captain Kyra Maui, and 2 from Captain Demi Oliver.

The girls would also like to say a BIG Thank you to Steffan from Ultimate Plumbing and Gasfitting in Whakatane who has generously for the second year sponsored their training tops and sweatshirts for the season. We really appreciate Steffans ongoing support of Trident Hockey and we are looking forward to the season ahead.


Congratulations to Kyra Maui and Marina Sirkku who have been named as the only Eastern Bay girls to have made it into BOP Girls' U18 Hockey Team! Well done girls!

Congratulations to Brad Rothwell, Harry Jones, Lukas Buchan and Vance Harvey (Ex Trident Student) who have been named in the Boys' U18 BOP Squad!


Congratulations to our students who have been selected to play in a BOP Volleyball Representative Team.

Malachi Kurei - Boys Gold Team – U19

Kalani Ruri - Girls Blue Team – U19

Catriona Jobe - Girls Blue Team – U19

Reyce Kururangi - Girls Blue Team – U19

Shakira McDonald - Girls Blue Team – U19

Casey Cousins - Girls Blue Team – U17

Levi Hunt - Girls Blue Team – U17

Campbell Forsyth - Boys Blue Team – U19

Paris Kani Paniora - Boys Blue Team – U19

Phoenix Ripaki - Boys Blue Team – U19

Salem Tuaeu - Boys Blue Team – U19

Rosemary Young Timoti-Reid - Girls Gold Team – U19

Tinirau Brady – Boys Gold Team U17

Vadim Moke-Kingi - Boys Gold Team – U17

Chicane Paniora – Boys Team U21 - ex student

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Friday at Harbourside:

6.30pm: Prem 1 vs Mt Maunganui College Prem 2, Court 1

6.30pm: Prem 2 vs Mt Maunganui College Snr A, Court 9

7.45pm: Prem 3 vs Bethlehem College Prem 2, Court 10


11am: Prem 1 vs #TBC, Court 10.

12.30pm: Prem 3 vs Opotiki Snr A, Court 4

12.30pm: Trident Blue vs Whakatane HS Pikopiko, Court 8

12.30pm: Trident Collegiate vs Whakatane HS Gold, Court 1

1.30pm: Trident White vs Phoenix Sports, Court 4

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