Trident Leads

Term 4 Week 7 - 3rd December 2021


Kia ora e te whanau

Teacher Only Day

Yesterday during our Teacher Only Day, our teaching and support staff engaged in learning around Mana Orite Mo Te Matauranga Maori - a national initiative in education to raise our understanding of the equal importance of te ao Maori and te ao Pakeha in an educational setting.

We completed tasks exploring the history of the experience of tangata whenua through the legal and educational systems, read across a range of texts looking at the systemic change needed in Aotearoa’s education institutions and had robust and vigorous discussions about the needs of our young adults in Whakatane. Finally, we took the New Education Learning Priorities and the Maori education framework, Ka Hikitia, and applied them to the planning within our curriculum departments for 2022.

This work will be invaluable for the progress and success of our students and it is a privilege to lead a team of such curious, committed and articulate teachers who embody the New Zealand curriculum’s aspiration for lifelong learning.

The Football Tour tuck shop fundraiser / lunches

Over the past two weeks, following the departure of the senior students, Mr Stanhope’s football boys have been running a fundraiser selling snacks and drinks at school. It has been a trial to see if it has an impact on students staying on the school grounds, as indeed they should, and seeing whether they felt a benefit from having some choices to make during the day, alongside the provision of our free healthy lunches. The trial is over now, and we will be looking at what might work for our students in 2022.

In further food related news - we will be introducing Ka Pai Kai as our main provider for healthy food in 2022 and we are really looking forward to what Trident’s partnership with this NGO can bring to the school. We are striving to ensure that we, as a school, can provide our students with food that is healthy and appealing – and also hot several days per week.

Junior Camp and Activities Week

Next week we have our camps and activities and our teachers have been working hard to ensure that students have a week of exciting and challenging experiences through which they can get to know each other and their teachers and push their own personal growth. The Board has kindly funded some of the activities to help to make this an easy week for whanau to support. Some whanau have indicated that their students will not be in school for the week; please let us know as soon as possible if this is the case as we do not want to prepare and spend money for your young adult if they will not be present.

Junior Prize-Giving

Preparations are underway for our end of year Junior Prize Giving. Exams have been marked, certificates are being printed, and the year’s hard work from our students is coming to fruition. This is usually the final celebration with whanau for the year and it has been a difficult decision to make to hold the event without any whanau present, but under the current restrictions we are erring on the side of safety. Please make sure your Prize-Winner student comes to celebrate their success and we will make sure we share photos to commemorate their achievement.

Have a peaceful weekend with whanau –

Nga mihi

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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On our website you will find all relevant information, application forms and links to book interviews as part of the Year 9 Enrolment process​.

Please find our 2022 Prospectus - Ngā Tapuwae - by clicking the button below where you can read a collection of narratives that share journeys through Trident, from those who know us best. Through these journeys we have captured our people, our values and our school culture.


  • Monday 6th December - Friday 10th December - Y 9 Activity Week & Y10 Camp Week
  • Tuesday 14th December - Junior Prize Giving
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2021 Yearbook

We are proud to present the digital version of our 2021 Yearbook. The pages are filled with many of the triumphs that our students and departments have had this year and we hope you will enjoy reflecting on 2021 when reading this.


We are proud to share a small selection of art folio's our Level 2 students completed this year. This selection comprises of Level 2 Painting and one Level 2 Photography folio. Students choose their own theme that they work on throughout the year, studying different artist models and developing their work through this study


It is great to see our whakairo students enjoying their class and creating beautiful whakairo! Keep it up!


If anyone has any of these large plastic drums that they could donate to Trident that would be fantastic! We need them for storing potting mix in our new Horticulture garden. Please drop off to the front office.

Thank you


All long term loan chromebooks must be returned to the office or Mr Nychy on Monday 6th December unless prior arrangement has been made. All students returning in 2022 will be reissued a chromebook at the start of the first term.


It is all go as students work hard to complete projects in class this week. Here in Engineering, it is great to see students confidently using the specialist tools and processes they have been learning to work with. Keep up the great work!


Tamati Ru, one of our Year 12 students, completed a fantastic Go Kart in Engineering! It is great to see so many projects coming to fruition and younger students being inspired by our senior role models such as Tamati Ru. Well done Tamati Ru! Follow the link below to check out Mrs Haines taking it for a test drive on the field.


Wow! What a fantastic competition to win! Mrs Hay entered a competition in The Beacon to win two books by Regina De Wolf who is Trident alumni! What a fantastic result, to have books in our library written by one of our alumni. We look forward to these books being read and enjoyed by students and teachers alike. Well done Mrs Hay and Regina on your latest published book ‘The Future Weavers’


Futures Academy for 2022

Ms Wildash is currently interviewing students for the Futures Academy 2022. There are some exciting new courses including boat handling, early childhood education, game design, computer security and creative arts, as well as our regular programs, construction, automotive, agriculture, boat building, engineering, hair and beauty, IT, driving, hospitality, tourism etc. Please see Ms Wildash if you are interested.

Tertiary Study for 2022

Students can see Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub for support completing applications. Students should also check out and

Student Allowance and Loans

Year 13 students who have turned 18 may be eligible for a student allowance, please see Ms McGowan for more information. Students needing to set up their studylink accounts for 2022 should see Ms McGowan 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 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 Jo McGowan (Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help you plan your future.


Trident High School has opted into the government’s Optional Donations Scheme in 2021-2022
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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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