Trident Leads

Term 1 Week 8 - 22nd March 2022


Kia ora e te whanau

This week we have had the highest numbers back in school since Omicron entered our community and it is pleasing to see the number of students who are focused and on top of their learning. For senior students this is the time that NCEA assessments begin to be due and whilst this can be a time of some pressure, if managed well and in a measured way, it can provide a really satisfying sense of achievement when the assessments are completed and marked. Monitoring progress through the standards as the term and year progresses is crucial for knowing that your student is on track to achieve their NCEA level, and move closer to their chosen career pathway. If your student is working from home because of Omicron, please make sure they are continuing to progress through their assessments; subject teachers are monitoring student work and giving feedback to ensure that students can be successful from home - IF they engage in the learning. There will not be time to catch up with missed assessments when we return to full school attendance on site, so it is vital to keep working away at NCEA from home.

Academic Interviews with Whanau

As we head towards our Whanau Ako Academic Interviews at the end of this term (Wednesday 13th April) it is a good time to start chatting at home about student progress to date in 2022 and what goals they want to set for themselves for this year at Trident. Goal setting for teenagers has many benefits including -

  • Developing a growth mindset; seeing themselves able to do what they cannot do “yet”

  • Teaching them to organise their time and tasks within that time

  • Increasing motivation, self-efficacy and a personal sense of achievement

  • Using other people (whanau teachers, whanau) to develop accountability and inspiration

  • Allowing whanau ako teachers and whanau to partner with a student to support their passions and interests

Assistant Principal, Amy Wildash will share more information with you as we near the interviews but my key message is to make the most of this opportunity to come in and meet with your student’s whanau ako teacher to help them develop clear and smart goals for the year. We need to support our rangitahi to be purposeful and clear in their learning this year and to establish good routines for them. In a time of such disruption and change, school as a stable, purposeful educational space is essential for our students.

Literacy and Numeracy

You may have seen in the news The Education Hub’s newly released report on literacy in New Zealand, which confirms the need for the initiatives launched by the government to lift both literacy and numeracy in Aotearoa. At Trident we are trialling the new NCEA Literacy and Numeracy pilots, and our COL leaders Sarah Shaw and Steve Williamson, are concerned at the shift in reading, writing and numerical skills that our students will need to achieve if they are to be successful in the new testing regime. All our departments are taking responsibility for lifting our students’ performance in these key areas, but you can also support your students at home by encouraging them to engage in reading activities and using opportunities for practising everyday numeracy. Whatever careers our students choose, having strong literacy and numeracy skills is vital for their success and fulfilment.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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  • Wednesday 13th April - Whanau Academic Goal Setting
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  • First Day of Term 2 - Monday May 2nd


Coping with mixed emotions and wellbeing tips for home isolation. This is a great resource that may help some of our community.


Whanau - Please click the link below to learn more about Google Classroom.


We thank our kind and generous teacher Ms Botha who has been making sunflowers that she has sold to staff and students in an effort to raise funds for "Paw Help UK rescue and Adopt". The charity has a GoFundme page to help transport dogs from the Ukraine to the UK where ‘foster to adopt' families welcome the displaced and traumatized dogs.

This rescue effort has done incredible work since the war started in the Ukraine.

Trident High School has raised $600 from selling sunflowers to our students and staff.

Thank you to everyone for your support.


Well done to Sean Jones, Oliver, Xavier and Zoe Christie who completed the Marra Triathlon in the weekend at the Mount. This was a great build up event ahead of the NZ Secondary School Triathlon later this month.

Zoe placed 3rd in the Woman Marra Sprint Tri and in the Marra Monster event Xavier placed 3rd, Oliver 4th & Sean 8th.

Keep it up team!


The team of 6 travelled to Karapiro last weekend for the 2022 North Island Secondary Schools Competition. The regatta was supposed to start Sunday but after an 8 capsized and quads filled with water, windy conditions saw the girls regatta put on hold and racing delayed until Monday. Despite the delay the team did really well.

The U15 double of Jade Hale and Rihanna Rowe placed 2nd in their heat and 2nd overall to take the Silver medal in the event.

Leah Rowe and Rihanna Rowe placed 2nd in their heat in the U16 double alongside Jade Hale and Jasmine Hale who came 3rd in their heat. Their overall position was 10th and 17th respectively, out of a whopping 57!! Leah then placed 11th overall in her U16 single.

Ayla Rowe came 11th place out of 26 competitors in the U18 Single, after coming 1st place in a very windy heat the day before. She then competed in the U18 double with Poppy Parks - their double placed 9th overall in the event after coming 2nd in their heat the previous day.

The final regatta is Aon Maadi in Twizel in two weeks’ time and we wish the girls all the best for the competition and safe travels.

OUTWARD BOUND NZ - funded courses available for students with a physical disability

Outward Bound New Zealand is a not for profit organization offering personal development courses in the outdoors for New Zealanders young and old. Our courses are run from our school in Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds.

We are excited to offer two new fully funded courses for youth with a physical disability.OUTWARD BOUND NZ - YOUTH ACTIVATE
The fully funded Youth Activate is an 8 day course for physically disabled youth aged 16-17 years. Our next course date is 10–17 May 2022.
Find more information about Youth Activate here.

The fully funded Leaps & Bounds Activate 8 day course is for physically disabled youth (13 to 16yrs) and their parent or caregiver. Our next course date is 10-17 October 2022.
Find more information about Leaps & Bounds Activate here.


Kia Ora Team, just a reminder if you would like to order a professionally shot, individual school photo of your child, please visit the following link.

All orders close on 31st March.


Team Trident Lunchtime Sports started this week. Fun sporting activities will be held every every lunchtime. These activities are open to all so come along and have some fun in the sun!

Yesterday saw another awesome lunchtime of sport with our Junior Boys and Girls turning out in big numbers to play basketball and gather House Points for their respective houses, 20 House Points are awarded for each participant..

The results are -

Buck - 300 Points

Ngata - 60 Points

Kara - 60 Points

Pomare - 180 Points

Special mention goes to Peter Heretama-Wikaire who showed great student leadership and supported Matua Mike Te Kurapa.

To see our senior students supporting and working with our juniors was an awesome sight. Well done to all and many thanks to Matua Mike for organising this for our students.

See this weeks schedule below.



"I was pretty nervous before starting here but I have friends here - we still haven't split up - we still hang out and now with some of the boys in my form class too. I felt pretty good at the start, a bit of nerves - but when I got here, I felt right at home. Tahupotiki is our Tuakana student and he is the best - he encourages me to do well in everything and I want to be the Head Boy like him when I reach Year 13.

"My best experience so far at Trident would be definitely be in music - I love the way I was taught how to play the keyboard with my five fingers"


“It's very hard to choose a favourite thing for this year because there are so many favourites, but it would definitely be meeting new people and making new friends. I originally came from Awakeri school which is a little school out in the country so it was very big for me to come to Trident to move from a school of 300 people to a huge school of 1000 kids. Starting Trident was very nerve racking for me because I came to this school hardly knowing anyone and I didnt know my way around, so it is great having lots of new friends straight away and I have found my way around Trident quite easily because our teachers took us for tours around the school. The senior students at Trident definitely helped warmly welcome everyone into school. They are great role models for us Year 9's."


Trials are open to all Trident students regardless of vaccination status.

Spectators are not permitted.

Players must have attended or attend at least 2 of the trial / training to be considered. If there are extenuating circumstances such as being away due to COVID then we will still look at this. Please inform Matua Mike.

Monday 21 March, SENIOR BOYS 3pm-4.45pm, School Auditorium

Tuesday 22 March JUNIOR AND SENIOR GIRLS 3pm-4.45pm, School Auditorium

Tuesday 22 March JUNIOR AND SENIOR BOYS 3.20pm-4.45pm, Whakatane War Memorial Stadium

Wednesday 23 March JUNIOR AND SENIOR GIRLS 3.20pm-4.45pm, School Auditorium

Thursday 24 March JUNIOR AND SENIOR BOYS 3.20pm-4.45pm, Whakatane War Memorial Stadium

Contact Matua Mike Te Kurapa if you have any concerns or queries. 027 5038922


BOP Regional Council Youth Involvement Group

Georgia Hurunui, one of our Year 12 students is in the BOP Regional Council Youth Involvement Group. The group have been working on creating an ‘Engagement Plan’ - how the Regional Council is going to interact with youth for the next few years in our area.

The group have made a first draft of the plan and it is currently on the Regional Council website ready for feedback. Georgia highly recommends our Trident youth get involved and give their feedback on the plan. This feedback will be discussed in the group and used to finalise the plan. “Sign up on the website to see what is going on in regards to our region, be informed, be involved and make our area the best it can be”. Georgia mentions that surveys put you in the draw to win cool prizes - like Rotorua Canopy Tour vouchers and GoPro’s, she encourages everyone to get involved!!


On Wednesday our Orienteering group ran around the CBD in Rotorua and had a very successful evening with over half of the team finding all 30 checkpoints. We are all looking forward to the last race next week in the Redwoods. It was good to see Whakatane Intermediate back out on course too!

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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.


Bank Account 12 3253 004257 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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