Trident Leads

Term 1 Week 10 8th April 2022


Kia ora e te whanau,

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all to our Whanau Academic Interviews next Wednesday 13th April and it has been great to see so many of you have already booked your interview slot. If you need help to book, just phone through to our office and our reception staff will happily book the interview for you.

Teachers, Deans and HoDs have been working to prepare the information for you about your student’s progress to date so that the interview can be a purposeful and informative opportunity to set goals specific to your student’s current needs. I would also like to acknowledge the work that Steve Williamson and Sarah Shaw have done to ensure that writing, reading and numeracy data is available for all our year nine students. For our year ten students, the whanau ako teacher will be able to discuss with whanau the changes to the requirements for literacy and numeracy which the new NCEA Change will require. Trident is running the NCEA pilot programmes for both Numeracy and Literacy and most of our Year Ten students will be taking part in these. Our students need strong literacy and numeracy skills - the whanau ako teacher will talk you through this. And of course, for our seniors the focus will be on their achievement and endorsement goals for NCEA level One, Two or Three. With one term down, it is so important for our senior students to be focused and clear in their academic goals and striving for personal excellence. They should be looking for opportunities to play to their strengths in their subjects and strive for endorsements - at Merit and Excellence level. Endorsement can make the difference between getting an apprenticeship or not, having the advantage over other candidates for a job or accessing scholarship money for studying after school.

If your student has been affected by the impact of Covid and has been away for a prolonged period of time the academic interviews are the perfect opportunity to reconnect with school and start to plan what Term Two looks like. Your whanau ako teacher is there to help with reintegration and take you through the support your students will get on re-entering Trident in Term Two. We know these have been challenging times for some whanau and we are here to help you get your student back into school and back on track with their learning.

Interact Student Leaders

Huge thanks to Alex Wenzell and Katie Elliot for the work they are doing with our Interact students. The Easter Egg deliveries to raise money for refugees from the Ukraine was a great success and lifted the general spirits of the school with good cheer. Tomorrow Interact students will be outside the old Great Outdoors helping Rotary with its fundraising for Ukraine. They will be selling sunflowers made at Trident and cupcakes made by students too, to support this global disaster. This involvement in the wider Whakatane community and recognition of the importance of giving of ourselves for others, is such a good lesson for our young leaders and they are doing Trident proud. This is in line with our Strategic Priority of “building a supportive and inclusive community” - well done to them all.

Creative Talents

As part of the drive to offer activities at lunchtimes, Jonathan Stanhope and our Headboy Tahupotiki Wrathall, organised an Open Mic event outside the Music Block at lunchtime today.This was great entertainment for our students and thanks to Mr Stanhope, Pihopa Wahapango and Shane Lai-Joy for their performances.

We wish you a happy and relaxing weekend with whanau.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Wednesday 13th April - Whanau Academic Mentoring Interviews
  • Thursday 14th April - COL Teacher Only Day / Last Day of Term 1
  • Monday 2nd May - First Day of Term 2
  • Friday 6th May - Cross Country

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Whanau are invited to come and meet with whanau teachers at our Academic Mentoring Interviews on Wednesday 13th April to discuss engagement, academic goals and pastoral needs. Book your appointment online at using the booking code: y92bp No classes are on this day. We would like to see all whanau on the 13th April - either face to face or online.

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We are proud to introduce Ms Jan Foster and Ms Jaime-Lee Coffey who are our new team responsible for our Library Hub. Beginning with a bang they have set up a “Banned Books” promotion which promotes books that are routinely challenged in libraries around the world. The uptake has been great and Ms Foster along with Ms Coffey have been interested in sharing with students’ explanations of why books have been banned and have enticed these readers to look further into the ‘banned books’.

Ms Foster has taken on the Library Administrator role and says “I am enjoying the library atmosphere and the students that engage with me in the library. I am working with students to increase their understanding and independence of how they can navigate their way around the library both physically and electronically to utilise our resources for study and recreational reading. I am passionate about encouraging students to read for understanding and enjoyment and look forward to working with Ms Coffey and drawing on her extensive literary knowledge to create many exciting projects this year.”

Ms Coffey comments “through literature we gain insight, empathy and it is a great way to critically engage with the world we live in. I am excited to continue to share my love of literature with our students through my role in the library.”

We acknowledge how ideal our Library team combination is - with Ms Foster as an IT specialist in the digital resourcing space and her well established place in the school combined with Ms Coffey’s enthusiasm and knowledge of what young people want to access through literature and digital media, our Library Hub is in great hands!


On Tuesday 5th April, 9IHU made a solar oven out of pizza boxes, tinfoil and black paper. They then used their new ovens to heat up chocolate chip biscuits! What a neat practical demonstration of the power of our sun.


Mrs Galloway is busy in the office sending out the Principal’s Blue and Red certificates for Quality Work and Respect for Others. These students have been awarded ten certificates by teachers for their mahi and attitude. Ka pai.


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.


Our 2021 GBI group spent 3 weeks on the Island at the start of the term. Over the next couple of weeks, we will hear from some of the group about their experience now they have had time to settle back in and reflect on their time.

We thank Hannah Baxter for her recount.

"GBI was an amazing experience. I had heaps of fun and learnt lots. Some of the activities we did were high ropes course, snorkeling, rock climbing, the ‘wetsuit Olympics’ and creeking. A highlight was definitely coasteering, where we kayaked out to Okokewa Island then in our teams we coasteered around the circumference of the island. The coasteering involved cliff jumps, swimming into a cave and climbing along rocks. We learnt how to enter shallow water safely in many different ways which included penguin diving, side diving and belly flopping. We also learnt how to help each other exit the water onto the rock safely without getting cut by oysters and how to support each other when crossing big gaps between rocks. The water was amazingly clear so we went snorkeling afterwards and saw heaps of stingrays, maomao, angel fish and more.

I learnt how to manage my time to ensure I did my duties, wrote in my diary, did my laundry, get organised for the next day and still have time to do things like go fishing on the row boats, swim to the pontoon or explore the walking tracks around Orama. Being organised is a skill I can apply to my school work to help me be more productive and organised.

On the last week of our trip we spent all week on a five day expedition. My group started by walking up Mt Hobson, the highest peak on the Island, then we went walking for another two and a half hours before kayaking to Kaikoura Island and staying a night there. On the last night all the groups met at Akopoua campsite for our whanau overnight. For this expedition we were in charge of organising everything from navigation to where we stayed and rationing food. Leading up to this we had to plan out what we were taking, calculate how long each day would take and who would be in charge of what. One of the things I learnt on this expedition was how being positive and talking to each other whilst we were tramping helped the mood of our team, made our experience more enjoyable and helped us move faster.

I would recommend everyone to apply for the GBI trip. It is such an amazing experience, you get to see some awesome things and go on epic adventures whilst learning heaps along the way. It was great being in the outdoors everyday no matter the weather and experiencing things I've never done before."


Good luck to our U16 Boys Rugby team who are heading to Gisborne today.

Thanks to the coaches Steven and Grant for everything they do for our team.

Good luck for the game, have fun everyone!


We congratulate Sean Jones, Xavier Christie and Oliver Christie who competed in the NZ Secondary School Triathlon Champs in New Plymouth last weekend.

Results are:

U14 Sean Jones 7th

U16 Xavier Christie 9th, Oliver Christie 11th.

Well done boys, keep up the good work!


We had Xavier Christie take 1st place in the 1250m NZSS Aquaknights Open Water champs in the male 14-15 year category, 1st in the 2022 NZSS 1250m Open Water Champs in the same category and in the 'Around Leisure Island' 1250m race he took 8th place in the Male 14-19 years category.

In the Amphibian race we had a brother duo take 1st and 2nd place - Xavier took 1st, followed by Oliver in 2nd for the Male 14-19 year category.

Great results Xavier and Oliver! Keep it up.

Well done to Layla and Holly Rowland who competed in the NZSS Aquaknights Open Water Champs recently. Holly placed 7th in the female age 12-13 year category and Layla placed 7th in the female age 14-15 year category.

The sisters also swam in the 2022 NZSS 2.8km Open Water Champs where Holly placed 14th and Layla placed 17th.

The swimming duo have been busy with their competitions having recently completed another 2.8km swim - 'Around Rabbit Island' where Holly placed 22nd in the 12- 14 year category and Layla placed 20th in the 14-19 year category.

Well done Holly and Layla, keep up the good work!


This is a friendly reminder from the PE department to please check your timetables carefully and pack your PE gear when you have PE, Sports Leadership & Traditional Maori Games. This includes our Trident Blue PE shirt and black shorts or tights. Thanks for your support on this as we aim to maintain our good hygiene practices and ensure every student is part of our lesson by being changed


Our annual Cross Country event is scheduled for Friday 6th May - Week 1, Term 2 (from 1-3pm). This is a championship only event and entry only, not a whole school event. Please enter with your Whanau teacher and get training! Entries are due by next Monday.


This year the season is starting on the 30th of April - last weekend of the holidays. ALL teams will be playing on this day, so if your daughter cannot play on the 30th email Erin Nolan ASAP. Thank you


We are still looking for 1 netball coach for our junior team. There is coaching assistance available. Please contact Erin Nolan,


Whakatane Badminton Club registration night is on Tuesday 12th of April at 6pm in the Sports Stadium, Whakatane Memorial Hall. Those wishing to have a go at learning to play can come along at that time also. Club nights begin the first Tuesday of Term 3 at 6pm. Contact: J Jones 3087161

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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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