Trident Leads

Term 1 Week 5 - 8th March 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

Thank you for the support of our school and its processes on Friday when the community was evacuated from Whakatane to higher ground following the tsunami alert. This was a huge operation for the school and I would like to acknowledge the efforts our support staff and teachers put into ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all of our students. I would also like to pass on to you the positive and affirming comments that we received from the Mokoroa community about our young people; their positivity, respectful behaviour and resilience was noted by the wider community which makes us all so proud. The community around Whitehorse Drive in return needs to be thanked for their generous welcome to our school in opening their homes, and providing water, snacks and shade for students and staff.

You will be receiving a Google survey to complete for us on the management of the emergency by the school. This is an opportunity to recognize where we might improve systems/ communication / procedures if such an event were to happen again, and we would welcome your input as whanau.

Engagement Reports

From Friday this week we will be sending out a fortnightly “Engagement Report” to all students. The purpose of the report is to give all whanau and students an opportunity to see student engagement and attendance in all classes. Teachers will be using the key competencies around managing self, relating to others and contributing and participating to judge engagement in the class room each lesson. The regularity of the report will mean that you as whanau will have a clear sense of how your student is engaging with learning across all subjects. You can also set goals with your student and track the classes where extra support might be needed. The reports will be emailed out to whanau and to students at their Trident email address. Let us know if your contact details need to be updated so we can get this information to you.


As you will be aware vaping is illegal for children – people under the age of eighteen – and also illegal in a school for anyone. The increasing popularity of vaping amongst teenagers is worrying; the short term health impacts are known (headaches, shortness of breath, mouth and throat irritation) but the long term potentially more serious implications are not yet clear because it is a relatively new product and research has yet to determine outcomes.

PLEASE do not let your child vape for the sake of their health and wellbeing, and under no circumstances allow them to bring a vape to school. This is a serious breach of school rules and the consequences will reflect this.

If you are concerned about your child’s health in relation to vaping and how to stop it – there are good websites available and you and your student can also contact the school nurse.

An inclusive school community

Trident is an inclusive and supportive community for all of our students. We welcome the richness of diversity in culture, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and gender identities. It is this last example of diversity which is the most complex in our changing society. Increasing numbers of young adults question their sexuality and gender identity and working their way through the process of identifying themselves in these key aspects of self is complex. If you feel that your young adult needs help in this key element of their identity please contact our HoD Guidance. Angela Barr, for support or encourage your young adult to do so.

It is fundamentally important that the way we speak about gender and sexuality is respectful and inclusive so that young people feel supported and included as they navigate this. I would ask you to talk to your young adult about the words they use when they are talking about sexuality and gender and to support the school in removing potentially hurtful and demeaning terms from their vocabulary.

Distance Learning for Junior Students Tuesday March 9th

This week we are trialing our distance learning programme with our junior cohort in case of any future lockdown. All junior classes will be held on google classroom and students can learn from home. They will have a google meet with their teacher every lesson for part of their google classroom experience, and their attendance will be recorded all day. Any student who cannot learn from home will have their distance learning programme provided in the library at school. Their attendance will be recorded at school and they will be supervised as they learn.

Finally, as the school term gets well underway our students should be routinely arriving on time, in correct uniform, with correct jewelry, in possession of all their gear and with their Chromebooks charged and ready to go. They should be attending all five classes a day and working independently at home on ongoing assessments. For many whanau this describes the experience of their young adult, but if you feel there are some things missing from this list for your student, please work with them and with us, to get them back on track. Their successful education is key to the realisation of our aspirations for their futures. Again - get in touch with us if you need support.

Let’s hope this week is a quiet, focused and uneventful experience in the life of the school after last week’s unexpected events!

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Tuesday 9th March - Junior Online Learning Day
  • Tuesday 16th March - Senior Online Learning Day
  • Thursday 18th March - Swimming Sports
  • Friday 2nd April - Easter Friday
  • Monday 5th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6th April - Easter Tuesday
  • Thursday 8th April - Cross Country
  • Friday 16th April - Last Day of Term 1
  • Monday 3rd May - First Day Term 2


This term we are focusing on developing our online learning communities again with all students having Google Classrooms for each of their subjects. As whanau you can see what their learning looks like and help them to manage homework and assessments effectively.

Whilst we are hopeful that we will have the school open all year in 2021, we are running online learning days (Junior Students Tuesday 9th March, Senior Students Tuesday 16th March) for students to work from home, in order to check our systems and familiarise students with how online learning works at Trident. On both days there will be an open learning hub at school for students who cannot learn from home for the day.


Last week we had a workshop with Jay from SADD. The students learnt how to run events in the school to promote Road Safety. The students will be asking for volunteers to be apart of the SADD group. This is a great leadership opportunity for Year 12’s!

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It is a busy time in the careers area at Trident High School. Visits from tertiary providers have begun with Canterbury University and Wintec visiting this week.

This week we also have presentations from Victoria University of Wellington 11th March time to be confirmed and the New Zealand Defence Force on Friday 12th March at 9.50am.

These presentations are aimed at senior students. Senior students are asked to sign up for the presentations in the Careers Hub.

The New Zealand Defence Force is also offering girls interested in the Army the opportunity to spend 3 days (28-30 April) at Burnham Camp Christchurch. During their stay students will get to experience Army life and also be able to explore a range of career options that are available in the New Zealand Defence Force. Interested students should go to the NZDF Careers facebook page or

The Futures Academy is now up and running with more than 40 senior students attending courses in hospitality, agriculture, IT support, driving, automotive, boat building, hair and beauty and construction. Students are studying their courses in Whakatane, Rotorua and Tauranga and are completing courses with Toi Ohomai, Queenstown Resort College, Employnz, Te Wananga o Aotearoa and Axiom Training. These courses give students the opportunity to experience tertiary education whilst still at school and build their skills as they complete their NCEA.

The new 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 Jenni Manning (Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help you plan your future.

Students and whanau who would like to make an appointment can do so by texting Ms Wildash on 0274995300, email or popping in to the careers hub next to the library.


Starting on Monday 8th March, our Junior Students in Year 9 and 10 will take part in a RED AND BLUE CERTIFICATE COMPETITION.

The Red and Blue Certificates are based around our Core Values and are handed to students by teachers when they demonstrate these in lessons, around school or representing school.

Every time a student is awarded a Red or Blue Certificate, they must hand these to their Whanau Ako Teacher who will count these and keep them safe.

There will be two competitions running.

YEAR 9 vs YEAR 10 - Who gets the most Red and Blues wins !!! - PRIZES TO BE WON

Whanau Ako Classes Competing against each other in Year 9 and 10 - Who gets the most Red and Blues wins !!! - PRIZES TO BE WON

Whanau Ako Teachers will be explaining more about this during the week.

Good luck and get collecting the Reds and Blues!

Kia Manawa Nui Mr Stanhope


Kia Ora Team, on Thursday March 18th we have our AMAZING Swimming Sports event.


The event will see all students wearing their House Colours and competing in Fun House Races as well as Championship Races - There is something for everyone.

On the day, like Athletics Day, participating students can arrive to school in their HOUSE COLOURS and will meet in the Auditorium at 8.50am - We will then walk to the pool and show our community our amazing House Spirit !!
More info will be released shortly with some more detailed notes about day.

What now ??

If you are in Year 13, you do not need to do have compulsory attendance so you just need to be great role models for under younger students and set a great example to others.

If you are in Years 9, 10, 11 or 12 you will need to sign up with your Whanau / Whanau Ako Teacher and encourage as many of your Whanau / Whanau Ako class to get involved. SIGN UP, GET INVOLVED, HAVE FUN


Perfect weather conditions greeted those who competed in the Annual BOPSS Triathlon Event held at Port Ohope last week. Over 130 athletes from 12 Bay of Plenty Schools competed either as Individuals or in Teams of 2 or 3. There were four age group categories including U13, U14, U16 and U19's all with varying distances for the Swim, Run and Bike ride.

Well done to all those who took part and congratulations to the place getters, there were some amazing young athletes out there.

U13 Girls - Lilly Collombet 1st place, Individual

U14 Boys - Xavier Christie 2nd place, Individual, Oliver Christie 3rd place, Individual

- Ollie Fredericksen 4th place , Individual

U16 Boys - Ben Hipkiss 6th place, Individual

U16 Girls - Zoe Christie 7th place, Individual, Layla Rowlands, Caitlin Bridge and Molly Byford 4th place, Team

U19 Boys - Bailey Fredericksen 1st place, Individual, Jack Wilson 2nd Place, Individual


The U14 Surf Nationals were held at Mount Manganui from Thursday to Sunday last week with challenging surf making competition interesting. We had five students compete - Oliver Christie, Xavier Christie, Derek Esterhuizen, Layla Rowland and Hannah Baxter. These students performed exceptionally well making it into semis and finals in several events!

Oliver got a 5th place in the 2km Beach Relay final and Hannah got a 9th place in the Tube Rescue final. Xavier and Derek got a 15th place in the board relay. Xavier and Hannah both made it into the Run Swim Run final. Derek was part of the Sprint Relay Team that won a bronze medal.

Unfortunately Covid put a stop to “Super Sunday Finals day” which meant that Xavier missed out on competing in the Surf Race final and Derek missed out on competing in the Surf Race final and the Diamond final. But what a phenomenal achievement to make it to the Top 16 in NZ. Well done to our up and coming future lifeguards!


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