Trident Leads

Term 2 Week 7 - 17th June 2022


Kia ora e te whanau,

As I write this newsletter Trident’s Rainbow group are completing their rainbow pedestrian crossing at the front of the school in our final celebration of Pride week. We have raised the Pride flag each day this week, held a bake sale and decked the quad outside the Oasis with rainbow themed decorations. This is an important celebration of our LGBTQI+ student body each year and an opportunity for us to openly acknowledge the diversity of our school community. We are lucky to have Mx Foster lead this initiative which enables us to open discussion with students about the importance of respecting each other’s identity.

“Shave for a Cure” was a feature this week, ably led by our senior student leaders. We have raised close to $5,000 through this initiative which is always both a fun event which builds the school culture and an excellent opportunity for empathy and care for those who are going through cancer. We are often told how self-centred young people can be, but these events at Trident show the extent to which our students look beyond themselves and their own lives to care for others; we are extremely proud of them.

Today we were visited by our ERO partner, Neil Harray, who came to work with the Senior Leadership and Management Team and the Board on the Te Ara Huarau document which will provide a profile of our school and describe the evaluative focus for Trident over the next three years. We made good progress on the document and once it is signed off by the Education Review Office we will be able to share it with our full school community. Planning strategically to improve outcomes for our students is key to the school’s ability to progress and deliver the education our young people need.

Thank you to those whanau who have already completed the Rongohia te Hau survey to gather your voice from our community about how Trident is going in supporting the wider educational needs of our students. Our ability to design the right programmes, develop teacher practice and support student connection to school will be enhanced by your contribution to the review process, so please take a moment to respond to the survey if you have not done so already - Trident whānau survey 2022.

We wish you a relaxing weekend with whanau and look forward to seeing all our students back on Monday.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Tuesday 21st June - Senior Academic Whanau & Subject Teacher Meetings 4pm-7pm
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2

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These meetings are an opportunity for you to meet teachers and understand NCEA expectations and current achievement within each subject. We look forward to seeing whanau on the 21st of June from 4pm - 7pm.

The portal will be open on Monday 13th June, 9am. Booking Code: 5bwwx


This week has seen a rainbow of activity, celebrating with a week of events and activities that support rainbow young people. Here is a snippet of students and teachers spotted during interval sporting rainbows.


At Trident we want our school to reflect the identities, values, and priorities of our community through our teaching and learning programmes, sport, arts and culture, and leadership opportunities for students.

In order to achieve this, we have been working as a staff with Poutama Pounamu, a PLD organisation, which is supporting us in developing our teaching practice through their expertise in Culturally Responsive and Relational Pedagogies.

We are asking our whānau to take part in a short survey to gather your voice so that we can drive transformative change for our learners through Rongohia te Hau.

Rongohia te Hau, ‘Listening to the winds of change’, is a way of using evidence including survey responses from students, whānau and teachers, and observations of teaching, to inform and develop culturally responsive teaching and leadership across the curriculum.

Please share your experience of Trident as whānau, by completing this anonymous survey - Trident whānau survey 2022

click here: to support us to provide your students with the best learning experience for their success.


Trident High School entered this challenge for the first time. We had 4 students travel over to Rotorua to compete in the Epro8 challenge against other junior students from the Bay of Plenty. Our team chose to make a road marker that could draw lines as well as the STOP. They were awarded points for completing each stage of the activity as well as receiving bonus points for tidying up during their build. The top 4 teams with the most points got to go through to the semifinals. Our team came THIRD with 370 points. Congratulations to Zak Panayiotou, Nate Bishop, Eben Moffat and Miller Honan. They are now going to compete in the Waikato/BOP Regional Semifinals at the University of Waikato on the 30th of June. Congratulations!!


Last Friday we were lucky to have Tammy Bezuidenhoudt volunteer her time at Trident where she spoke to Mrs Botha's Year 13's about her Masters topic and the pathway she took to get there. Tammy you are a real inspiration and we thank you for your time!


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

Caitlin Bridge and Kahlen Bellas spent the day at Waiotahi Contractors learning about opportunities in the infrastructure and civil engineering industries.

The trip included a visit to a quarry site and the chance to learn how to drive a digger.

Thank you to Waiotahi Contractors and Connexis for this fantastic opportunity and a great day.


Our Boys' Hockey 1st XI played Whakatane High School on Thursday night. In a pre-season game we drew 1-1, we knew it was going to be a tight game. After the previous game in which we lost (1-4) to Taupo Nui-a-tia the team was keen to play well and bounce back with a win. The boys played a very good passing game and put sustained pressure on Whakatane. The game ebbed and flowed in terms of possession and territory but the key difference ended up being our penalty corners, in which Harry Jones scored twice with a strong hit at goal. An excellent all round team effort and a deserved first win of the season. We play Rotorua Boys High School next week.


The Inter Provincial Volleyball Competition (IPC) 2022 took place over the weekend at the ASB Wellington Stadium. After three days of competing, two of our Bay of Plenty teams came out successfully.

Our Bay of Plenty Under 21 Girls' Team came second taking away a silver medal, with 4 local players from Whakatane and Kawerau - Reyce Kururangi, Catriona Jobe, Casey Cousins and Kalani Ruri.

Our Bay of Plenty Under 21 Boys' Team came first taking the gold medal, with 5 local players from Whakatane, Opotiki and Kawerau - Campbell Forsyth, Chucky Kurei, Phoenix Ripaki, Kani Paniora and Salem Tueau.

A big shout out to those involved and huge congratulations to the players for representing our region.

Wow, what a line up of Trident superstars! Our reputation in producing strong volleyballers continues and we are proud of each and every one of these players that started their volleyball journey at Trident. Keep it up team!


We congratulate our runners who raced at the WBOPSS Cross Country Champs held at South Farms, Mangatarata on Wednesday. The event which had 383 entrants running this year, saw Sean Jones place 2nd, Xavier Christie place 9th and Bailey Fredericksen place 8th.

In the teams section for Year 9 boys Trident placed 6th with the team of: Sean Jones, Darcy Bowers, Freddy Evans It is always fantastic to have Trident Alumni coming in to inspire our students.


With schools being hit by the flu some teams had to adjust to having less players in the EBOP Basketball competition.

The Trident teams still managed to have a good night with all teams winning their games.

W0N 66-18 Junior Boys' A vs Opotiki

W0N 76-2 Junior Girls' vs Opotiki Juniors

W0N 39-30 Junior Boys' Blue vs Ruatoki

W0N 56-9 Senior Girls' vs Opotiki Snrs

W0N 70-28 Senior Boys' Blue vs Edgecumbe

WON 47-39 Senior Boys' A vs Whakatane High School A

Well done to all!


Each week we are going to celebrate one of our Sports Leaders - captains of our Trident Sports teams whose profiles are on going to be loaded onto our website.

This week we share our Senior Boys A Basketball captain -

Hugh Oyanagi.


We now have a webpage on our school website where sports draws and results will be posted. Sport teams managers, coaches, players and whanau can check the page for the most up to date information when they need it. Below is a link to the page which has this weekend’s competitions listed.


Te Puna Ora o Mataatua (TPOOM), are offering free flu vaccination to staff and students. All their vaccination sites are walk in, bookings are not essential. They can be contacted on 0800628228 option 9 or email


Last week the students had their Whanau Ako/Whanau class photos taken by professional photographers.

The photos are of their Whanau Ako/Whanau group as a collective and not individual photos (these were done at the start of term 1).

If you would like to order these photos please visit the following website.



Get your team ready for an awesome adventure!

Brought to you by Goldsmiths Chartered Accountants, the Soaked in Adventure 3 & 6 Hour races will take place on Saturday 25 June about 30 minutes drive from Whakatāne – the exact location will be revealed one week before race day.

In your team of up to five school mates, you will trek/run and mountain bike, strategizing your route to navigate the secret 3 or 6 Hour course to collect checkpoints and complete mystery activities around our secret course. Suitable for beginners to adventure racing and more experienced racers who can collect optional checkpoints to have the right level of challenge for your team.


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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".

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


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