Trident Leads

Term 1 Week 8 A - 25th March 2022


Kia ora e te whanau

As we reach the end of Week 8 we can take stock of the year to date and consider how the school has settled into 2022.

Our Year Nine students are fully embraced within the body of the school; confident and assured, they know their classes, their teachers and have made friendship groups. The ongoing pastoral interviews they have with our Kaiawhina Shirley Tickelpenny continue to confirm that they have formed strong relationships with their whanau ako teachers and are feeling happy and settled. They know where to go to get help if they need it and they are using all the services available at school.

The Year Tens are continuing to develop their skills and knowledge across the curriculum and again, they are exhibiting confidence and assurance. In this, their second year at Trident, they have formed great relationships with teachers across the school and know their whanau ako teachers well. The communication between the Year Tens and their whanau ako teachers is shifting from being whanau driven to student driven and it is great to see this agency develop as the relationships have flourished. Students are directly messaging their whanau ako teachers when they are absent and keeping them updated on their engagement with their studies.

And our Senior students? They are well established in their subject classes and have begun to reap the rewards of their mahi this term as the first internal assessment results come through. These are such important years for our seniors and the way they begin the year often determines their success in their NCEA certification by the end, so please support them from home in their learning this term and give them a great start to their qualifications.

Our teaching and support staff have been fundamental in ensuring that our students are settled and engaged in their learning - a significant achievement given the challenges that they have faced in establishing a hybrid system of learning with students working from home but also in the classroom. Their efforts for your students deserve our thanks.

The Library

If you visit our library this term you will find a vibrant space with some exciting new displays. Ms Foster is our new library administrator who brings a wealth of IT skills and a warm heart to the position, ensuring the space is well presented, warm and inviting for our students. She is ably assisted by Ms Coffey, our English teacher, who brings her passion for books and her creativity to the hub of the school. Currently the display of Banned Books is a great way for students to think critically about the importance of freedom of speech, and the need for access to a range of diverse ideas for humanity to thrive. The library is always busy at lunch time and interval with chess matches, readers and students who just like the warm and inviting space; thanks to our library team for creating and maintaining this.


Thank you to whanau who make sure that students are coming to school dressed for the changing weather. We had so many students in gum boots to manage the torrential rain this week - thank goodness they were able to keep their feet dry but now normal uniforms need to resume. Now that the weather has settled please make sure that students -

  • Wear Trident shorts or trousers or skirt

  • Wear the Trident white polo

  • Wear a Trident fleece or soft shell jacket

  • Take off their all black, sleeved rain jackets when they go into class - if this is the coat they have worn to school

  • Covered shoes with a back to them

At Trident there are NO -

  • Hoodies

  • Slides

  • Scuffs

  • Coloured jackets

Wearing the Trident uniform with care and pride is fundamental to establishing a student’s sense of identity within the school and we are so grateful to whanau for supporting us in this. If you have any problems or concerns around uniform, contact the whanaua ako teacher or a Dean for help.


All students who are Covid free and not self-isolating as a Household Contact need to be back at school on Monday 28th March.

Our students thrive at school where there are structures, routines, expert teachers, peers to study with, activities to participate in, senior students offering support, teachers to engage with, nice hot meals, sports, lunchtime activities… and the list goes on.

It is not in your young adult’s best interest to remain at home during this time if they are well and the whanau are well. Please get your students back to school and contact us if you need some help to do so.

Have a lovely weekend and let's hope the rain takes a break.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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  • 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


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 The portal will be open for bookings next Friday, 1st April.

No classes are on this day. We would like to see all whanau on the 13th April - either face to face or online.



"I felt pretty good about starting high school because I had always wanted to go to Trident. I was excited just to get here! Trident has been very welcoming and easy to adjust to. Surprisingly it has been really easy to find my way around Trident and I haven't got lost yet! Since being here I have made some new friends, reconnected with some old friends and have a couple of my best friends with me too.

Having a whanau class is awesome! Our teacher is so helpful with anything we need, I have loved meeting all my new classmates and I can see us getting to know each other really well. The senior students that come into our whanau ako class have been really nice and they're great role models to all of us year 9’s. I am definitely looking forward to the winter sports season starting! I want to play Hockey and try out for the girls rugby team which I've always wanted to do but it hasn't been an option available to me before! Any other opportunities that come my way, I'm keen for those too!!"


Kaharau came to Trident from Whakatane Intermediate and says he was both nervous and excited about starting high school. Kaharau says it is “neat to have a small whanau class because it’s not as loud and you get to meet other people”. His whanau class has Peter and Alyssa as their Tuakana Teina students who he says are “cool people, they are friendly and helpful”. Kaharau has got stuck into Trident life quickly, arriving at 7.20am each day so he can help with the school breakfasts because he says it is nice to help out others.

Kaharau says he is looking forward to trying all the different tech rotations we have at Trident this year, we look forward to hearing what his favourite is at the end of the year!


“To start off with high school seemed so big and scary and confusing and I had no idea how I would find my way around until my Whanau Ako teacher gave us all a map of the school and then it only took a few days and I knew where to go. Having a whanau class is really cool, especially on Wednesdays, when we get to spend a whole period hanging out together and it means I have got to know the people in my class. Our whanau class Tuakana Teina Seniors have been so nice and always give us a smile or nod when they see us around school.

My favourite experience at Trident this year so far has been Athletics Day - even though we were restricted because of Covid, it was so much fun and it really helped me get to know the people in my core class a lot better and the chants were awesome! All my teachers this year have been awesome so far but especially Ms Coffey, my English teacher, she has an odd sense of humour but she's an amazing teacher who's always making learning fun and really wants to get to know us”


Congratulations to Holly Rowland who swam in Rotorua on Saturday at the Aquaknights Invitational 13 and over swim meet. Holly swam really well and took home Bronze for the 50 breaststroke, Bronze for the 200 IM and 4th in 100 breaststroke. Keep up the fantastic work Holly!


Last weekend Josh Collins went to Auckland where he competed in the Banana Boat Ocean Swim - the Harbour Bridge 2km ocean swim. Congratulations to Josh who placed 3rd in his age group of 12-14 year olds!


Congratulations to Kamea Aldridge, Holly Rowland and Kayla Follows who took home medals and trophies from the recent Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club Champs.


Here are the first 12 of many elective descriptions to look over, talk with whanau and friends about and consider before you make your elective choice.

1. Seriously Social Soccer - Round Robin Social Soccer for Boys and Girls - SJ

Seriously, Social Soccer is aimed at all genders, all abilities and all age groups, who want to enjoy soccer and give it a go. There will be mixed gender teams and you will play fun games against each other. You will need a positive attitude, enjoy being in the fresh air and having fun. Come along and enjoy some Seriously Social Soccer ! See Mr Stanhope for more information. Sign up asap !!

2. Skateboarding/scooter at Whakatāne skatepark - NW

Skateboarding and scootering at the Whakatāne Skate Park is aimed at all students and genders, abilities, and age groups. This is a time to get out, practice, learn new tricks, and spend time socializing with others. To participate, you should have your own skateboards and/or scooters. You are expected to make your own way to the Skate park. Students are also expected to bring safety gear and helmets are compulsory. See Mrs.Walters for more information.

3. Multisport - local area, outdoor MTB, Running and Kayaking - RO, TW

For students who enjoy exercising and racing in the outdoors. Short Mountain Biking Laps off road. Quick runs about 2km, before jumping in a kayak on the river for a quick paddle. The race format will change, so sometimes you will start in the kayak, other times you might start running. It is an excellent way to get fit and have lots of fun out there doing it. The school has access to Mountain Bikes and Kayaks, so you can borrow a school bike and Helmet, PFD, paddle and kayak. So that just leaves you to organise PE gear, running shoes, swim gear, a towel and finally, a great attitude. This is open to complete beginners, experienced multisporters, adventure racers, GET2GOers and Hillary Challengers.

4. Surfing / Surf sports (SLNZ) fun in the surf - SN, GA

Fun in the surf for all. Recreational surfing “The best surfer is the surfer having the most fun” Any surfboard or surf craft ( boogie boards welcome). We will cater to all levels of surfer and will be able to provide lifts to the beach, a surfboard and a wetsuit (subject to availability) for those who want to give it a go but don’t have their own gear or transport. You just have to be a confident sea swimmer. Surfing will be at Ohope.

5. Social Basketball - TK

This elective allows students to be involved in a culture of enthusiasm, excellence and encouragement. Our elective aims to develop enthusiasm through activity, excellence through time management and encouragement by being with other like minded people. We will also look at our school haka as a form of belonging to our sport and our school. Our elective is located at the Whakatane War Memorial Stadium and students will need to make their own way down to the venue.

6. Succulents for Charity - AB

Students who love to make beautiful things and who care for the welfare of dogs and cats, will enjoy this elective. We will learn how to grow succulents from the ‘mother’ plant and we will take care of the succulents during Term 2. We will then decorate tins with fabric, ribbon, shells, etc. Once all the tins are decorated, we will plant our succulents in the tins and sell them for charity. We might go to the Saturday Ohope market to sell our succulents and have an online sale ($5 / succulent tin). All the proceeds will be donated to Harmony and Hope (a Whakatane based cat and dog rescue) and KTown Caw (a cat and dog rescue based in Kawerau).

7. Grow your own house plants - MS

You do not have to pay lots of money to get cool house plants, you can grow them from cuttings. Learn how to do that and take home your own plants for your room.

8. Hockey Girls and Boys Super Six Series - THA

Hockey: Give it a go! This elective is aimed at all genders, all abilities and all age groups, who want to enjoy hockey and give it a go. It will be mixed gender teams and you will play 6 a side games against each other. You will need a positive attitude, enjoy being in the fresh air and having fun. See Mrs Harvey for more information.

9. Handy crafts - papercrafts, simple flax work, finger looming, food gifts - PN, JR

People LOVE receiving gifts that have been made by hand with care and aroha. Handy Crafts will cover a number of hand craft skills with the aim of producing something that you take away at the end of the day. See Mrs Reihana or Whaea Poihaere for more information.

10. Walking for fitness - KW

Enjoy the great outdoors? Enjoy the feeling of being fit and healthy? Well try Walking for Fitness!! All are welcome!

11. Junior Volleyball (boys and girls) - BA, MO

All juniors are welcome to come along and play some volleyball!! All ability levels welcome from absolute beginners to school team players. Come along and enjoy some volleyball.

12. Social Badminton - AR

Try a new sport! This elective will teach you the skills to play a game of badminton. You will get the opportunity to play social or competitive games in a fun tournament setting. Come in PE gear and borrow the school's racquets and shuttles. See you there! Positive attitude is a must.

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


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.


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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