Trident Leads

Term 3 Week 1 - 30th July 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

Welcome back to Trident for Term 3, 2021.

We are now mid-way through the year and whilst it is very satisfying to look back at what we have achieved and experienced so far this year already, it is also apparent that we have much to do. This term we have Tournament Week and Benchmark Examinations for the Seniors which adds to the busyness of our students’ lives. These are both significant events on our school calendar and need to be prepared for carefully.

Tournament Week

Tournament week is Week Six this term and is a wonderful opportunity for our sports students to experience the challenges and demands of playing competitively both at home and away. They build their confidence, their team spirit and learn to manage themselves away from the comforts of their home. We are delighted as a school to have so many students involved in this important week but this involvement also brings responsibilities. If a student wants to represent Trident, they must live by our values and one of these, is of course, Quality Work. For this reason, the school requires students to have a minimum of 80% attendance this term in the lead up to the tournament week. Students who are not in school, engaged in learning cannot represent the school. In addition, we cannot support students financially to attend tournament week if they have not paid their tournament subscription fees; it is not possible for the school to take on this debt. If this is going to pose a problem for your whanau you will need to contact the school to make arrangements for payment. Our thanks go to the many teachers, parents and community coaches who help our young people to prepare for this major celebration of their sporting skills and we look forward to hearing about their trials and successes.

Benchmark Examinations

Our senior students this term have the opportunity to test their knowledge and examination skills in the benchmark exams. These are vital for our seniors in helping them hone their time management skills, their memory and working under pressure. Our Deans and our Guidance team will offer support in the practical and emotional aspects of facing these challenges. At home, your support is also important in helping our young people to plan their time carefully, maintain a focus and be courageous in attempting all their exams. Settling for the minimum required number of credits or for “Achieved” when they are capable of higher grades, is a poor life lesson. Taking our motto of Kia Manawa Nui and pushing ourselves to excel personally is the best way to develop resilient, confident and accomplished young adults. Let’s support them together in this.

Rugby Exchange with Whakatane High School

Thank you to all the whanau who came down to Rugby Park on Wednesday afternoon to support Trident in its friendly rugby exchange with Whakatane High School. It was a wonderful community event which showcased the best of our young people. Congratulations to our under 14’s and our 1st XV for their decisive victories and commiserations to our under 16’s for an excellent, well-played and narrowly lost game. We were so proud of you all and enjoyed this opportunity to see you at your best in the wider Whakatane community.

Have a safe and happy weekend with whanau.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Tuesday 3rd August - Electives
  • Wednesday 11th August - NCEA Accord Teacher Only Day
  • Wednesday 18th August - Electives
  • Wednesday 25th August - SPCA Cupcake Day
  • Monday 30th August to Friday 3rd September - Winter Tournament Week
  • Thursday 2nd September - Electives
  • Monday 13th September - Year 8 Open Day & Evening
  • Thursday 16th September to Tuesday 21st September - Senior Benchmark Examinations
  • Friday 1st October - End of Term 3


We are truly proud of Hayden's outstanding performance to claim the Olympic BRONZE medal in the Triathlon on Monday. Many of our staff and students around the school were cheering for Hayden as he approached the finish line, what an exciting nail biting race!

We will be tuned in to watch Hayden complete in the Mixed Team Triathlon on Saturday at 10.30am. We look forward to catching up with Hayden on his return to NZ.


On Monday we had a special powhiri where we welcomed Mr Greenwood, our new Deputy Principal. He was supported by his whanau alongside colleagues and students from his previous school.

We know our students and staff alike will make Mr Greenwood feel welcome and we wish him and his whanau all the very best as they settle into life in our town and school.


A massive congratulations to Te Wharetoa o Te Tahi o Te Rangi who took second place overall at the Mataatua Regional Kapa Haka competition and will now be going to Nationals to compete next year. At the prizegiving they were also awarded:

First Male Leader - Manu-Tapuke Waretini

Best Kakahu/costume

First Action Song

First Whakawatea - Exit

As well as a raft of second and third placings. The trophies that were awarded to our roopu are representative of Kapa Haka devotees/supporters who have gone before and we welcomed them into our school on Monday at our full school assembly. A brilliant result - one the entire roopu can be proud of - the dedication and commitment shown was second to none.


At the end of last term the students were invited to wear orange for Lorax day to fundraise to buy trees to plant around school. Here is a selection of students and teachers who pulled out orange for the day!


Our end of term 2 concert was a huge success. The concert was organised by our fantastic Prefect Team. They had been working hard all term putting together the items. We had a number of different performances from some of our very talented students, we were also treated to a performance from some of our teachers which was a HUGE hit with the students. Our performers included Sophie Waugh and Genesis Kiliata who sang Footloose. Ben White, our Head Boy treated us to a beautiful version of Sam Smith’s I’m not the only one. The Groove Makers who are made up of Charles Blackburn, Hugh Oyanagi, Janna Labilles, Aria Dalgleish, Cian Alison entertained us with their version of Careless Whisper. The Prefects divided themselves into two teams, Pomare and Ngata made up one team and Kara and Buck the other. They had a Lipsync battle, we judged it with a clap/cheer off and Pomare and Ngata were declared the winners. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the end of term together as Whanau.


The Trident Interact Club’s Community Group made cupcakes to say thank you to our wonderful teachers for all their hard work for Term 2. They also made some for the teacher’s at Apanui School as a random act of kindness to acknowledge their hard work during a challenging year for them following the fire. Well done girls and thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtfulness, it is much appreciated.


Trident High School students built and installed water stations for their local hapu urupa through a Construction course with Te Wananga o Aotearoa! Ka pai!


Upcoming Careers Events

University Entrance Scholarships

Students heading to university in 2022 should check out their institution’s website for details.

Entrance scholarship application deadlines are as follows:

  • Waikato University - applications are open now and close 31st August.
  • Victoria University - applications open mid June and close September 1.
  • Otago University - applications open 1st July and close August 15.
  • University of Canterbury - applications open June 20 and close August 15.
  • Auckland University of Technology - applications open July and close August 1.
  • Auckland University - applications are open now and close August 25.
  • Massey University - applications are open now and close August 20.

Students can see Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub for support completing applications.

Students should also check out and

Defence Force Applications

Students who are interested in joining the Defence Force for 2022, need to be completing their applications soon. Please see Mr Shaw or Ms Wildash for assistance.

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 new Careers Hub is located next to the library and here you will find Ms Amy Wildash (Careers Specialist), Mrs Susan Haines (Careers Support), 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.

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Wow, what a fantastic couple of days we all had. Our students gained valuable coaching experience and the young students that came to the workshops were engaged and enjoying the fun and educational experience they had. Hockey, Football, Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton, Rock Wall Climbing and Get2Go style activities meant there was something for everyone to enjoy. Then there was lunch... our fabulous food tech team guided the students in make pizza and burgers while also providing delicious snacks for our hungry young students. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this the success it was.


Congratulations to Rickie Harte and Malachi Kurei who were selected to trial for the Chief’s U18's after playing amazingly at the Toi Ohomai Youth Tournament.


On Wednesday Trident had a rugby exchange with Whakatane High School for the Under 14s, 16s and first XVs.


Coaches report:

"What an awesome day for our boys, whanau and wider community. Win or lose today I'm really proud how we represented our school and brotherhood!!

Especially proud of our 1st XV boys who played outstanding!! Forwards worked all game with some amazing skill and speed from our backs.

To all our coaches, managers, physio's, helpers, photographers and whanau who tautoko our kaupapa...ka nui te aroha"


Coaches report:

"A tough game for the boys going down 36-31 to a committed Whakatane High School team. Lots of good performances with some work ons at training next week before a Semi final against possibly the same opposition next weekend.

I am proud of the boys and thank all the supporters."


Coaches report:

"Being my first experience of the Trident v Whakatane rivalry, it lived up to everything I expected. Rather than single out boys that played well I would rather say that today we played like a team. The boys played hard and never gave up. Huge thanks to the supporters that turned up. It made all the difference. Final score 51-24 to us - proud of you all."


On Thursday the Horizon Energy Hockey Boys’ Team played a home game against John Paul College.

The game started off well with Lukas Buchan scoring the first goal, closely followed by John Paul College scoring to draw the game at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter saw Lukas score again along with Brad Rothwell to give Trident the lead 3-1 at half time.

The second half of the game both teams remained scoreless with Trident unable to convert penalty corner opportunities and some great shots on goal. More fantastic work from our year 9’s in preparation for Tournament Week at the end of August. Fantastic work throughout mid field and great defence to keep the lead.

Next week the Boy’s are away in Rotorua playing Tauhara College from Taupo who are currently sitting at the top of the A Grade.


Our first game back after the holidays and our 3rd game in Round 2 was an exciting home match against Whakatane High School on Tuesday evening. Trident were ready to go and scored a well executed penalty corner goal by Kyra Maui in the first quarter. Our hockey skills were really impressive and the girls showed great teamwork. Even though we didn't score again we had some really good shots on goal. The girls were able to maintain the lead and had a win 1-0. We are looking forward to another home game next week against Ruamata.


A big congratulations to Hone Walker who gained the silver medal in the Boys' under 73kg division and Isobel Steane who gained gold in the Girls' under 70kg division at the National Secondary Schools/Intermediate Judo Championships at St John's College, Hamilton. What great results for Hone and Isobel.


SATURDAY - Whakatane


Trident HS Collegiate vs Whakatane HS Jnr Gold, Court 9

Trident HS Prem 2 vs Poroporo Pakeke, Court 6


Trident HS Blue vs Whakatane HS Jnr Black, Court 9

Trident HS Prem 3 vs Phoenix Nita Shannon Complex, Court 6


Trident HS Prem 1 vs #TBC Nita Shannon Complex, Court 4


Trident HS White vs Phoenix Sports, Court 8


Thank you to Seth Hands, our 2019 Head Boy who created this film for us!

TRIDENT HIGH SCHOOL - Where memories are made and opportunities are endless!


The Eastern Bay PHA is rolling out another round of MMR vaccinations at Trident High School on the 19th and 20th of August. If your child has not had 2 measles (MMR) immunisations, or if you are unsure and you are wanting your child immunised against measles, you can collect a consent form from the school office and return by the 10th of August.

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