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Term 3 Week 8 - 16th September 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

This week we held the Year Eight Open Day and Evening which is an important date in our calendar as we prepare for the new cohort of Trident students in 2023. As always I was extremely proud of the teachers, students and support staff who showcased our school with such professionalism and enthusiasm.

During the day Year Eight students visited our classrooms to take part in mini learning experiences, talked to Year Nine and Year Twelve guides and teachers and learned about what life is like at Trident. Our students welcomed them with speeches, took them around the school, cooked them sausages and generally made them feel welcome and at home.

In the evening whānau and students visited classrooms to meet teachers and see the curriculum in action. We held our presentation at which a range of students, coaches, teachers and school leaders spoke about our academic, pastoral and co-curricular school life, and whānau could ask questions and view the department displays.

Another important school event this week was our SEC Ball. Our SEC unit hosts the Special Education Ball for our school's students, Opotiki, Tarawera, Saint Joseph's and Te Puke High School, so it is a major event with much planning and excitement. It was a wonderful way to celebrate with our SEC students and our support and teaching staff made it a very special occasion.

The benchmark exams are well underway and there are senior students attending our support programme too and completing mahi which will help them to achieve NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3. This is such an important time of the year and we encourage whānau to talk through what mahi still needs to be completed and make the most of this dedicated time to make real progress with their certificate. If you need further information please contact your student's whānauteacher or their year level Dean.

Today our Kapa Haka group return from Hamilton after performing in the National competition on Wednesday. We await the news of the results of their performance but are nonetheless proud of their accomplishment in getting to the competition. It has been 14 weeks of mahi and I am sure they will be relieved to have their weekends' back and get a chance to relax and rejuvenate. Huge thanks go to all of our whānau who were involved in the preparation for the competitions and who accompanied them to Auckland and Hamilton.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.

Ngā mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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  • Tuesday 27th September - Senior Subject Selection Information Evening
  • Friday 30th September - Last day of Term 3 - Whānau Teacher Meetings
  • Monday 17th October - First day of Term 4


We thank all whānau who came to our Year 8 Information Evening on Wednesday, we hope you enjoyed being shown around our school, meeting staff and hearing from our fantastic students.


For those who are ready to enrol students and begin your journey at Trident High School we encourage you to book an Enrolment Interview as soon as possible via the following link:

Please use the following booking code: srrs9 to book your interview.

Interviews will take place from 15th September 3.15pm - 5.30pm Monday - Thursday; 9am - 3pm Friday.

Out-of-Zone Application Information

Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office and here. Application for places must be submitted on the Trident High School application.

The Enrolment Scheme and associated Zone directed by the Ministry of Education continues for 2023. See enrolment scheme & boundary map. On the Application to Enrol form you must indicate whether it is an In-zone or Out-of-zone enrolment. If your son/daughter is residing with parents or primary caregivers or legal guardians in the Trident High School zone then he/she is eligible to attend Trident High School but will still have to go through the interview process before any enrolment is confirmed.

Out of zone applications to enrol close 6.00pm Thursday 27th October 2022. Please use the standard enrolment process.

Our BOT will conduct the ballot of out of zone students on Friday 28th October 2022. Parents will be notified of Out of Zone ballot acceptance in the second week of Term 4.

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We are proud to share our 2023 Prospectus with our Trident community and those who will be joining us in 2023.

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For all 2023 enrolment information please click on the link below to take you to our website:

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Our Year 9 Handbook is out now for perusal online and can be downloaded. Year 8 students will receive a copy with the Prospectus later this term. Click below to check it out.


Friday 23rd Sept - Students will attend a Subject Selection Information assembly. Year 9 to 12 students will receive a 2023 subject booklet to take home. This information will also be on the school website.

Friday 23rd Sept - Parent Portal will open to make subject selections.

Tuesday 27th Sept - Pathway NCEA Senior Subject Information Evening year 10, 11 and 12 - students and whānau - NCEA information, Service Academy, Trades and Gateway Vocational pathways as well as subject information.

  • 5.30pm - 6pm - Year 10 students NCEA information presentation and then meet the subject teachers
  • 6.00pm - 7pm - all other students

Friday 30th Sept - Whānau Teacher Meetings - Year 9-12 meet with their Whānau Teacher to discuss 2023 subject selection and planning for completion of the year. Year 13 Whānau teachers will discuss next steps for course completion, exams and achievement.

Bookings are now open: CODE: xw74u

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Great confidence on display here.. check out the video below! The group are enjoying the adventure and exploring Great Barrier Island where there is no shortage of fun and every day is an adventure.



Last Wednesday Mr Alex Wenzel and Mrs Sarah Shaw accompanied our Year 10 students to the University of Waikato. Professor Bill Henderson mesmerized the students with a breathtaking Chemistry Magic Show in the morning. In the afternoon students learned about the structure of the earth, minerals and the wonderful world of rocks. Students even had a chance to hold a meteorite! Each student also calculated their own carbon footprint during the climate change activity.

This was an exciting Science trip and some of our students might return to Waikato to study a Science related idea in the future. Thank you to Mr Wenzel and Mrs Shaw for spending the day with our students.


We are proud that at the the Eastern Regional Surf Lifesaving Pool Championships we were represented with two teachers and two students.

Mr Williamson placed 2nd overall with 2 firsts, a second and 2 thirds. Mrs Rowland placed 1st overall with 5 straight wins.

Lily Hipkiss swum really well and took a 2nd and 3rd place with her team.

Well done everyone


Congratulations to Rihari Biddle who was selected for the BOP 2022 U16 Boys' Wasps Squad!

We also congratulate Maxwell Wharewera, Zion Wipaki, Kepa Bryce, Ethan Forbes, Malachi Kurei and Alex Whittle who represented BOP U18s playing Counties Manukau in Waiuku.


Congratulations to these Wāhine Toa!

Jessica Hohua, Nelly Aruquipa Southerwood and Jessie-Lee Graham have passed their aptitude test for the NZDF. Jessie-Lee and Nelly will join the Navy and Jessica will join the Army.

Ka pai girls!


Come along to 'STAGED - A Performance Extravaganza' to see Bonnie-Marie bring her lovely vocals and performance to the stage with songs from A Chorus Line, Shrek Follies, and more!

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th September

Book your seats today!

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We would like to invite our current Year 10 and Year 11 students studying Japanese and any current Year 9 students considering studying Japanese in 2023, to be part of our Japan Educational Tour in 2024.

This tour forms part of a wider exchange with our sister city Kamagaya in Japan. Students will experience a homestay in Kamagaya and then travel to top tourist spots such as Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Hiroshima.

We will hold an information evening on Wednesday the 21st Sept in the school library starting at 7pm and welcome students and their whānau.

If you are unable to attend but would like access to the information, please email Mrs Hilary Harison ( for a copy of the presentation and other details.

With our 2024 Japan Tour approaching we will share aspects of the tour with you.


On the Japan Tour students from Trident will experience all different kinds of transport. Japan has an efficient transport system of trains, buses and trams. It is easy and quick to travel around. While in Kamagaya some students will travel to the Kamagaya City council by train and others will be dropped off in cars. From here we use the council vehicles to travel locally and trains to travel further afield. We leave Kamagaya and travel south by shinkansen (the bullet train) to Kyoto. While there we travel around Kyoto walking and travelling by bus and on the other days travel by train to Nara and Osaka. In Nara we hire bicycles to explore the quaint little town. In Hiroshima we travel by tram, train and eventually ferry to get out to Miyajima, a famous island off the coast of Hiroshima that houses one of the most famous shrines in Japan.


Food is a big part of Japanese culture. The eating experience begins with your eyes, so the presentation of Japanese food is really important. Traditional Japanese cuisine will include elements that reflect the season. Japanese tend to eat out rather than entertain at home, so there are lots of places to eat. The variety of food is pretty amazing. Students from Trident who have been on these tours in the past have been reluctant to return home because the food was so good!


In the build up to our information evening on Wednesday 21st September 5.30pm in the library (note the date change please) for the 2025 Arts and Culture Tour we thought we would take you on a trip down memory lane from our past two tours.

Part 3 - Italy!

We left Delphi and took the overnight ferry to Italy. Italy has been a country where we have changed our destinations on every trip and with the exception of Rome we have traveled to three different locations over our two trips and were going to Matera on our COVID canceled 2020 tour.


Wow, all you can really say about Pompeii is wow! Pompeii was both awe inspiring and emotional. Being able to set foot in ancient peoples houses and bear witness to the tragedy and destruction was a very emotional experience for our trip whanau. We wandered around the city for hours with our guide and learnt through observation and stories how people lived their lives before tragedy struck and the city was wiped out.


Sorrento was an amazing seaside city to experience after our trip to Pompeii. Perched on the cliff top we braved the stairs and the return climb back up to the top. We dined at a restaurant on the cliff edge and enjoyed a traditional pizza making session at a local restaurant. We also braved the coach trip in the narrow streets where the locals seemed to make up their own road rules making some of us more than a little nervous. Sorrento was such a neat little city that we could allow the students the freedom to wander off and explore on their own for a wee while.


Florence is a very special place - we spend all day just wandering the city, we stay at an amazing historical villa which is close to a massive food market and leather goods market - the kids (and adults) spent a lot of time there bartering with the locals to find the best deal on leather goods and other clothing items. The food market was a massive draw card - we could let the kids seek out their own dinners from the huge array of restaurants both western and traditional. The art galleries and hustle and bustle of the city, architecture, fashion and daily life had us all thoroughly in love. And of course we could not leave Florence without seeing Michelangelo's David!


Sadly we did not make it to Matera but we were really looking forward to spending Easter in this amazing town. The traditional Easter parade was going to be a highlight. Matera is considered to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world with evidence that it has been inhabited by humans since the paleolithic era around the 10th millennium BC. Our hotel was going to be in a cave which we were really looking forward to experiencing.

Stay tuned for Part 4!!

If you are interested in taking part of this fantastic tour keep an eye out for the notice of the meeting that will be held on the 21st of September. Alternatively please see or email Ms Deeley or Mr Barr.


Kia Ora Trident Whanau, after the huge demand shown for the Girls Football UK Tour in 2024, this is a final call for any whānau of girls who would like to join us on this prestigious Tour.

The Haerenga is open to female students who wish to travel to the UK, learn more about football and experience British culture. This will be a once in a lifetime trip !!

Who can come on the tour ? All female students who are currently in Year 9, 10 and 11 at Trident High School and any Year 8's starting next year.

Below is a video from Wellington Phoenix Ladies player, and friend of Trident Football, Te Reremoana Walker who has shared a little about her pathway into professional football and explains why a trip like the Girls UK Tour in 2024 would have been life changing for her.

To summarise, for those that attended the information evening, the final date for securing your daughters place by paying the deposit is Friday 30th September.

For those who missed the information evening, if you are keen for your daughter to be involved please contact me for more information at

Kia Manawa Nui

Mr Stanhope



Trident Sport and Music photos are now available to order. Order forms for Lazer Photos are available at the school office and are due back at school Friday 30th September.

Alternatively you can order online through via the following link:

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LOCATION: Te Aiōtanga

School Nurse: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 3:00pm

For all general health needs

Doctor: Dr Astrid de Jong

A doctor is available every Tuesday 9am - 11am


A physiotherapist is available Tuesday morning.

Appointments for these services can be made through the school nurse.

This is a free, confidential Health Service.


If any whānau have old school uniform you no longer require we would really appreciate it if you could donate it to the school. We lend uniform to students when required and we are very low at the moment. This can be dropped off to the front office. Thank you


Two school holiday programmes are offered by two respected organisations, the NZ Sailing Trust and Auckland Sea Kayaks, working in partnership to be the nation's leader in marine based education experiences. The goal of these journeys is to support the growth, development and education of young people in a marine environment.

The Hine Moana programme offers young women an inspirational trip to build self-confidence, improve communication skills, develop new and long-lasting friendships, all in a non-threatening supportive environment.

The young women will be motivated and empowered by relevant programme mentors and reflect upon their journey with self-respect and respect to Kaitiakitanga. A number of young women join us through available bursaries, making this lifechanging experience available to all.

For more information please go to:

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Then and now! Over the past 49.5 years Trident has grown and grown and we find ourselves grateful for the expanse of land our school is situated on. Our unique school property size has enabled us to expand our buildings while still having plenty of space; space to grow, space to thrive!

Click link below to register your interest



Tertiary Education in 2023

Senior students are starting to make plans for study in 2023. Several universities have opened their scholarship applications, students should complete a form at the careers office to assist us in writing reference letters for scholarships.

Applications for university accommodation will open on the 1st August.

Students are encouraged to come to the careers hub for assistance with course selection and application processes.

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 whānau 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, Mrs Cindy Lee, (Futures Academy) and Ms Tiffany Roia. Pop in and let us help plan your future.


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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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