Trident Leads

Term 1 Week 4 - 25th February 2022


Kia ora e te whanau

Congratulations to Mel Emery, our wonderful Acting HOD PE for the fabulous Athletics Day she ran for the school yesterday. Mindful of the need to run a safe event, Mrs Emery developed a day for the Year 13s and the Year 9s which would allow our new students to experience Trident Athletics and give our most senior students a final experience of this key event. The atmosphere on the field was excellent; students were all participating and helping each other along. There was a lot of fun, some competition and some startling fashion for the house representation. Our senior students were excellent in modelling tuakana teina and our prefect group, ably led by Izzy Steane and Tahupotiki Wrathall, were outstanding in this example of service leadership. Competitors from other year groups will now have the chance to challenge the records in all events and vie for the trophies in a series of events to complete the Athletics competition for 2022. Students signed up today and details will be shared next week as to when the different events will take place.

Congratulations also to our two returning GBI teachers Nigel Rowland and Adelaide Roper who dedicated the last three weeks to the 24/7 care of 45 of our year eleven students on Great Barrier Island. All the students I have spoken to have said the programme was life changing and they thoroughly enjoyed its challenges and the whole experience. Preparing for such a huge endeavour takes time and effort and we genuinely could not run this flagship programme without the commitment of our staff.

One of the great benefits of visiting classrooms this term to see how our juniors are settling in, is the opportunity to encounter the excellent teaching practice here at Trident.

A couple of recent highlights for me were visiting Ms Botha’s Whakapiki Year 9 Science lesson where the students were practising measurement before completing an experiment about measuring temperature. It was a perfect example of culturally responsive and relational pedagogy; the measurements used initially were traditional Maori measurements, using te reo to share the information. Ari Vercoe then developed the learning further by sharing the concept that the length of the span of our arms matches our height. Ms Botha pivoted the lesson to include this as part of the learning and students were measured to confirm this hypothesis - and then discussion ensued. When our teaching and learning includes te ao Maori and is reciprocal - that is what we are learning from our students - we know we are developing our culturally responsive and relational pedagogies. Needless to say, every single student in the class was actively engaged.

I was similarly impressed with a visit to Mrs Young’s 9KEI English class as they developed their mutual expectations of learning as a group. The students worked collaboratively to identify the values that they would bring to the learning in that class and what their expectations of their teacher were too. The language that they used to express their opinions of what they needed to learn was values based; respect, cooperation, collaboration and care. They worked in groups then shared their findings to the whole class and they showed courage, or kia manawa nui, as they spoke in front of their peers. Again Mrs Young’s reciprocal approach, mahitahi kotahitanga, working together to make decisions is an example of culturally responsive and relational practice. I was lucky enough to join Hoori, Billy, Te Uaua and George’s group as they completed their ideas and heard the confident and assured presentation from Emma - seeing students learning is such a joy!

This morning I sent an email with the information from the school about Covid - 19 and the school’s response to Omicron in the community. I would like to reiterate that the school wants to provide as safe a learning environment as possible in these challenging times and we need your help to do so.

Please can whanau -

  • Keep your healthy and well children coming to school on time, all day, everyday to maintain their learning

  • If your child has ANY symptoms, keep them home and notify the whanau / ako teacher or the school office

  • If you have Covid in the home, keep your child home, tell school, and check the website for details of what action to take

Finally I want to acknowledge the incredible work our teachers and support staff are doing as we work through the different requirements imposed through the pandemic. It adds a significant workload to staff to set up online learning whilst still teaching face to face, and you can only imagine the physical exertion needed to teach through a mask throughout the school day. There is also the heightened anxiety and frustration that students feel in these unprecedented times which teachers and support staff manage and assuage. So all in all, our teachers and support staff are gold and we are really blessed to have them in our school!

Today we farewell for a short time Whaea Tui McCaull who is taking the rest of the year on study leave and will be returning to us in 2023. Whaea Tui’s study towards her Master’s degree is focused on forms of leadership and the knowledge she gains will be put to good use on her return. We wish her well for her studies and will keep in touch.

Have a peaceful and refreshing weekend with whanau and make the most of our waning summer.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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The sun was shining and school spirit was high for the first of our 2022 school events this year. We saw fashion, friendship, singing, dancing, speed, agility, strength and fun with teachers. The year 9 and 13 students definitely made the day a great success. With traditional events such as long jump combined with some real kiwi events like tug of war and a gumboot throw there was something for everyone to enjoy and we know there were special memories made across the day. A big thank you to Mrs Emery who made it all happen!

Athletics day is never just about the events, spending time with friends and having fun is an important part of the day, and the costumes certainly played a part in this colourful event. Our house chants were a hit, we applaud our house captains for their enthusiasm and hard work! Videos of the chants to come!


A school event is a time for students and teachers alike to let their hair down and pull their favourite items from their wardrobes to support their house group...these outfits are fantastic!


The green space that is adjacent to Te Aiotanga, our Counselling Services has been transformed into a beautiful oasis that students can access as a space to compliment the work they do with our counselling team. Our fabulous team in Te Aiotanga recognised the need for a green space alongside their rooms, one that allows students to be in nature with fresh air and quiet. In this space students can work through strategies they already employ that allow them to re engage with the school day. In the garden students will find wind reeds blowing gently, a sheltered bench seat amongst pretty flowers, a seating area under dappled light from the tree in the centre and a young native tree area that will continue to grow and create an even more peaceful environment.

The garden is a result of the entire team from Te Aiotanga working together on the design and special thanks must go to Kerry Blackmore, Martin Gray and Julie Urquhart who have spent countless hours painting, building and planting to ensure our students have the space they need.

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Derek Esterhuizen, Holly Rowland, Lily Hipkiss and Isla Webster attended the Eastern Regional Surf Life saving event recently. With the cancellation of their upcoming nationals, this was the last opportunity for them all to compete this season against some of the best in NZ as well as it being Derek and Holly's last season with Junior Surf. Derek made up some impressive ground in his leg of the board relay to help his team secure 5th. Holly achieved a bronze in the U14 board race, 7th in the U14 flags and 5th in the U14 sprints. Lily achieved a 5th in the U13 flags, 7th in the U13 sprint and 7th in the U13 surf swim race. Isla achieved a silver in the U13 board race. All three girls raced well in the board relay and finished 5th amongst some very tough competition.

Well done to our Surf Lifesaving superstars!


Bradley Rothwell is excited and proud to have been selected for the Adastra Foundation Scholarship. This Scholarship sees Bradley recognised as an ‘extraordinary young New Zealander on the national & international stage’ in regard to his rising hockey career. The Scholarship that recognises young sporting and musical talent in NZ will see Bradley attend a Podium, Personal and Performance Development, as well as receiving $1000 cash. In addition to the workshop and cash donation, Bradley was also selected by Jon and Sue Tanner as a recipient of the Tanner Supplementary Scholarship which is a financial award of $1250. Bradley has gladly accepted this and knows it will be useful for travel costs associated with the many training sessions and competitions he attends regularly.

Of his Hockey, Bradley says it “has quickly become my passion and obsession, I take every opportunity to pick up a stick and play. Throughout my hockey journey I’ve known success; winning the Mayhill Cup with Trident High School, and making Bay of Plenty U13, U15 and U18 representative teams - finishing 3rd and 2nd in two of those teams at National Tournaments. My latest achievement is being selected for the U18 New Zealand National Performance Camp at the age of 16. A motto that has guided me over the years is: ‘Results will be what they will be, as long as you’ve given it your best…and enjoy yourself’.”

The Adastra Foundation Scholarship has many prestigious names associated with it, including Lisa Carrington, Hamish Bond and Mahe Drysdale who were all recipients of the Scholarship when they were Bradleys age.

The Scholarship Trustees commented that they were very impressed with Bradleys achievements to date and his plans to achieve even bigger goals in his future, and that they had a large number of applications that were also outstanding, recognising Bradley's achievements as being extraordinary. Well done to Bradley for his outstanding achievement in his selection.

Ex Trident student, Vance Harvey, has also been selected for the scholarship and we congratulate him on this also. Trident is proud to have two of our students represented in the 2022 line up and know that the Trustees made great choices with adding these two hockey players to their team.


We are proud to announce that Steph Walker has taken on the position as our Sports Coordinator at Trident High School. Steph will be a familiar face to many as she has been involved in Trident basketball and touch for a number of years as well as relieving in our front office and for our Sports Coordinator. Please say hi and make Steph welcome in her new role.

"Kia ora, I'm Steph Walker, the new Sports co-ordinator at Trident High School.

I've enjoyed being a part of Trident basketball and touch rugby for the past 9 years and have been involved in various other sports in administrative roles. I am looking forward to getting more involved with the other sports we have to offer at Trident.

I am also looking forward to carrying on from the hard work that Tracey Marrow and Brent Jones have done."


Our students are enjoying their Ka Pai Kai lunches that are on offer each day, and who wouldn't with the likes of this delicious well balanced meal. Today's lunch consisted of beef and salad sandwiches, yoghurt with fruit and a crispy apple, along with variations of this to cater to dietary requirements. Most days our students are consuming all the meals on offer, it is great to see no waste and happy students.

Cooper, a Year 11 student comments "My favourite meal is the nachos, they are the bomb! The chips with the mince and cheese is a nice hot meal and I could eat 3 or 4 they are so good!"

Ngakohu, a Year 10 students says "Todays sandwiches were really yum, good flavour and good amount of beef in them".


Well done to our keen team on competing in the first club night in Rotorua, everyone did well. Thanks to Mr Stanhope for driving a van, much appreciated. It was great to see Whakatane Intermediate running with us too!

Looking forward to next week. It's not to late to join up…go to see Mr Rowland!


It’s great to see senior students engaging in the presentation from Massey University today. Planning for tertiary education is important in the senior years and we are lucky to have ongoing presentations from Universities around the country.


Massey University Presentation Wednesday 23rd February 12.20pm

Staff from Massey University will be presenting to students on Wednesday 23rd February 12.20pm. This is targeted at Year 12 and 13 students. Please sign up in the Careers Hub.

Futures Academy 2022

Futures Academy has started for 2022. Students are starting their courses across a range of industries including: boat building, sport and recreation, hospitality, automotive, construction, IT, Early childhood education, hair and beauty and tourism.

Scholarships for Secondary Study in 2022

Maori students who are studying at Trident High School this year may find a scholarship to apply for here

Scholarships for Tertiary Study in 2022

Maori students who are beginning their tertiary education this year should apply for a scholarship here

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.

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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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