Trident Leads

Term 2 Week 8 - 25th June 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

This week teachers at Trident have been continuing their PLD around developing the literacy skills of our students. The Ministry of Education defines literacy as "the ability to understand, respond to and use those forms of written language that are required by society and valued by individuals and communities."

The changes planned in the new NCEA standards which will come into force in 2023 have a significant focus on literacy in a way which is new to assessment in New Zealand. The requirements for our young people to be able to read complex texts and write with lucidity are more exacting at a time when some of our young people are perhaps less engaged in reading and writing; there is much work to be done to ensure that all of our students are supported to gain the skill set they need.

Reading at home with your students and talking about texts, whether it is an article in the local paper or a piece they find interesting online, is a valuable support to developing the key skills. Our students need to use language and develop their vocabulary. Supporting the work that we are doing at school in this way really helps.

The ongoing PLD that teachers are undertaking for literacy is matched with a similar focus on numeracy - again the new NCEA standards are challenging and we want to make sure that we give our students every opportunity to experience success.

With two weeks before the end of term, students will be completing assessments currently and preparing for the break ahead. We are already planning the end of term celebrations - first there is the full school assembly at which we will celebrate students achieving personal excellence across the four cornerstones of Academic, Sports, Leadership, and Arts and Culture. Then there is the Prefect led end of term concert, at which our students creativity and artistic sense of fun will be given expression.

Next week the weather is supposed to turn colder; please make sure that students leave home in full school uniform and have warm layers. They can borrow extra layers from school if they need to, but please don't let them leave home in a hoodie. Please also encourage them to make the most of the free meals at school. The food is healthy and designed to fuel their bodies - they certainly enjoyed the sausage rolls today!

Have a peaceful weekend with whanau,

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Tuesday 6th July - Electives
  • Friday 9th July - End of Term 2
  • Monday 26th July - First day of Term 3



Matariki, Matariki, E Ara e

Te Matahi o te tau

Te Kohinga Whetu

I te uma o Ranginui

E Piataata mai ana

E Whakaataata i te rangi

E tohu ana i te tau hou Maori e

A Song about Matariki

Matariki look in amazement (E Ara e). The first of the year, the gathering of our ancestors within the embrace of Ranginui. Shining brightly looking and performing in the heavens as a sign of the Maori new year.

Below is artwork by local artist Te Haunui Tuna

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Matariki [Ngā mata o te ariki, o Tāwhirimātea: The eyes of the god, Tāwhirimātea]


Upcoming Careers Events in Term 2

Health Science Careers Events

In July we have two really exciting careers events related to the Health Sciences.

On the 1st July we have a health careers expo for senior students to be held at Whakatane Hospital. We will be taking students who are considering a career in the health field. This includes clinical, non clinical and allied health professions. Students need to sign up in the careers hub.

On the 2nd July we will be hosting an event for Year 10 students run by the Rural GP network. This is an interactive event linking their science learning to health science. Students will listen to presentations and take part in workshops illustrating aspects of health science and human biology.

University Entrance Scholarships

Students heading to university in 2022 should check out their institution’s website for details.

Entrance scholarship application deadlines are as follows:

  • Waikato University - applications are open now and close 31st August.
  • Victoria University - applications open mid June and close September 1.
  • Otago University - applications open 1st July and close August 15.
  • University of Canterbury - applications open June 20 and close August 15.
  • Auckland University of Technology - applications open July and close August 1.
  • Auckland University - applications are open now and close August 25.
  • Massey University - applications are open now and close August 20.

Students can see Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub for support completing applications.

Students should also check out and

Waikato University Presentation - Tuesday 6th July 11.20am

Waikato University will be speaking to students about their programmes and the opportunities for tertiary study in Hamilton and Tauranga on Tuesday 6th July.

These sessions are open to interested students especially those in Year 12 and 13.

Students should sign up in the Careers Hub.

Victoria University Wellington HIWA Programme

HIWA is a week-long programme providing Māori students with the opportunity to experience student life at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and explore the capital city. The programme takes place from Tuesday 17 August to Saturday 21 August. Applications close on the 2nd July. Go to to apply. See Ms Wildash for assistance.

Defence Force Applications

Students who are interested in joining the Defence Force for 2022, need to be completing their applications soon. Please see Mr Shaw or Ms Wildash 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 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.


Our wonderful teachers are devoted to furthering their own learning and on Wednesday before school they spent time learning more about changes to Literacy and Numeracy from Mrs Webster, Head of Mathematics and Ms Bowe, Head of English. Thank you to our teachers and all they do to ensure the success of our students is possible.


Last Friday Mrs Farrell's Year 10 Social Studies class went to the Ohiwa Harbour to clean up the area in support of International Surf Day. "We were cleaning up the harbour area - clearing rubbish and debris, which are one of the many environmental threats for the ocean and the wildlife that live in there. Our aim was for everyone to fill their bags and clear the area, this will make it a more enjoyable and nice space for people and the wildlife to be, while encouraging others to keep the area clean and tidy. This is our mahi in our Social Action assignment." said Jamie Forsyth, Leon Scholes, Sam Cornwell and Zach Goldsmith

The group picked up 30kg of rubbish along the beaches from the boat ramp. What a great initiative and very important mahi, ka tai team!


Last week we had a team of 7 students compete in the Whakatane Regional Chesspower Competition. The team is a very young one with many Year 9 students playing in their first Tournament. Our team finished 3rd overall and Cade Lopez was MVP with a 3rd placing which qualifies him to go to the Nationals Individual Event. Next tournament we have to finish in the Top 2 to qualify for the Teams Nationals. We look forward to sharing more of the success of our Chess team!


In the local Derby on Thursday saw the Trident Boys playing off against Whakatane High School to end the first round of the BOP Competition.

We knew this was going to be another tough match against the Whakatane Boys and both teams came out very strong. The first quarter defence were very strong from both teams with the quarter ending 0/0. Second quarter saw Harry Jones score a nice goal to give us the lead going into half time. The third quarter again was a battle for someone to score and scored stayed at 1/0.

The final quarter proved to be a bit more exciting with some strong plays from both teams but in the end Te Manutai Moses McRoberts sealed the deal for the boys giving us a 2/0 win.

Great game tonight for Charles Blackburn first time in the goal and just back from a injury. Credit to our defence and midfield they played a strong consistent game creating opportunities allowing our forwards to score. A good positive total team effort, well done!


On Tuesday travelled to Rotorua to play the final for Round 1 in the BOP Secondary Competition against JPC. The girls were in good spirits although a little nervous for the final and managed to warm up on a cold night. The first quarter saw JPC score a penalty corner which we then tried to level with many opportunities on goal but none of them making the back of the net. We had the majority of possession in the 3rd quarter and there were lots of good passages of play throughout the game. We fought hard but JPC managed to keep the lead with no score from us and won the game 1-0. We are now into Round 2 so we will get another opportunity to play them again.


Congratulations to our 3 students Oliver Christie, Xavier Christie and Joseph Spalding who this weekend were racing at the NZ Cross Country Championships in Hawera, Taranaki. There was exciting running action with Oliver placing 13th, Joseph 53rd, Xavier 55th in the Saturday 3km Individual Race.

Sunday was the team event where the WAIBOP Team were one short for two complete teams so had their first runner carry 2 buttons. The A team including Oliver (WAIBOP) won gold - congratulations! The B team which included Xavier and Joseph came 3rd, congratulations!

The event was described as an all round great 2 days and awesome times for the 3 boys despite the terrible conditions - very wet and very cold. Well done boys, we are very proud of you!


Trident's Junior Open Underwater Hockey Team travelled last weekend to Auckland to compete with 6 other teams to try to win an invitation to compete in the National Championship Tournament to be held at the end of August. The team played well and finished in 5th place. This means we may still get that invite, but will have to wait to hear results from the other Qualifier being held in Wellington in a couple weeks. A great experience for our young players and we congratulate them on their result. Fingers crossed they get the invite they are after!


Congratulations to the Whangamata Finalists who are now also Scholastics Team members. The National Scholastic Surfing Championships are the pinnacle of junior surfing in New Zealand. The annual event is held at a different location each year, this year being Taranaki. Unique to the event is the fact that surfers have to qualify to compete as part of twelve regional teams. The event is held over five days and crowns an overall team winner plus individual winners in each age group. It is great to see that two of the team are our Trident boys, competing with two students from Mt Maunganui College. Congratulations boys!

L to R: Beau Woods (MMC), Tava Santorik (MMC), Tai Murphy (THS) and Noah Camburn (THS).


The SLS Eastern Region Awards programme aims to recognise the contribution of members to Surf Life Saving. We are so pleased to share that we have two students who have been nominated for the Zespri BOP and Coromandel Awards of excellence:

U15 female sports person of the year award - Caitlyn Esterhuizen

U17 male sports person of the year award - Ben Moir

On top of Caitlyn and Ben's awards we also congratulate ex student Luke Seufert who has been nominated in a sports team of the year award.

We are very proud of our students and look forward to sharing details of the Award ceremony.



The U16 Trident Girls Rugby Team have made a solid start to their season. After a Round 1 loss to Western Heights 36 - 31, they have recorded wins over Edgecumbe College 86 - 0 , Te Wharekura o Ruatoki 43 - 0.

On Monday the team travelled to Opotiki College and had another good win especially with only 3 subs and not having their experienced players available. Scoring 14 tries to one was quite flattering but once again the teams structures seemed to be the difference. The team looked well organised in the forwards especially when they were playing in pairs. It was impressive to see how quickly the girls grasped this skill. Trident Girls travel to Tauranga for their next game, against a strong Tauranga Girls side next Monday at 4pm.


With the conditions not ideal for running rugby, ball control was going to be important. Trident started strong by putting the ball through the hands and testing Opotiki College's defence. It paid off with 4 quick tries. Opotiki came back and scored a try of there own. Halftime score 40-5. Trident carried on with their dominance and despite the conditions scored some awesome tries with the ball going through at least 7 sets of hands on occasions. Final score 84-10


A great hard fought win for the Trident U16s on Friday: 51-10 against Tauranga boys Blue. A great team effort with all 22 contributing and some stand out individual performances. It was cool to see our momentum continue and even grow in the second half.


In 2023 Trident is taking a group of 16 Boys to the UK for a 18 day whirlwind football tour. The tour will see the group play high level football against several clubs, watch Premier League and EFL games in famous stadiums, tour famous football clubs, visit Chelsea FC’s training complex for a VIP tour and meet All Whites Captain Chris Wood.

The trip will also see the group visit Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London. For the most part of the trip the team's base will be in Yorkshire. The coaches will ensure the boys are well rounded on the tour as they are also exposed to culture through gallery visits and museums, a real trip of a lifetime. Year 9 Tait Nelson says he is looking forward to the stadium tours - especially his favourite team's stadium - Arsenal’s. He says watching professional games is going to be a highlight, and he is sure it will inspire him even more to be the best footballer he can be. Year 11 Eli Wetting is looking forward to going to his team Newcastle’s home town in the UK and playing high level football.

Tait Nelson says the opportunity to go on the Football UK tour in 2023 is something he is really looking forward to, “I have heard really impressive things about it from my brother who went on the last tour”. Eli was booked to go on the tour in 2021 which was cancelled due to Covid 19 and says “I am really pleased that I will now get to go in 2023 while I am still here at Trident. I want to take my football to the next level, being exposed to top international football means I will have more experience and it will be the extra motivation I need to put myself forward in the professional football career I am aiming for.”

Over the next two years the group are going to be doing lots of fundraising - marshalling at motocross events, working to take care of tracks for horse trail riding, quiz nights and other initiatives that enable everyone that has committed to going to be able to do so.

Tait is in the Junior Boys Football Team and says of his experience “I am enjoying being able to play really competitively. Before coming to Trident, I was with Ohope Soccer Club until year 6 and then Tauranga All Stars Academy. Trident is known for its good coaching and having great football teams so I am stoked to be on the team and that we get to play in the top division of a great competition - I will be playing my old teammates this weekend and I anticipate a good game. Being part of the football team means more than just football, we are a close team, we have been through team building from early on in the year and have lots of encouragement from our coaches - in football but also in all of our schooling. It will be great to travel with some of these team mates and make memories of a lifetime.”

Eli is in the Senior Boys Football Team for the first time and says the team is great because “we push ourselves and each other to be the best team we can be. Our coach provides us with mentorship, he makes sure that we have a solid foundation to build our football to the level we want to take it. Like Mr Barr does with the juniors, Mr Stanhope helps our team to perform highly in everything at school, he holds us accountable for being the best we can be all round. Lots of my team I have known since primary and intermediate, and lots of them are coming on the UK tour, it will be great to wrap up my whole schooling journey with these guys.”

We wish the tour group all the best with their fundraising efforts and look forward to sharing more details of the tour with our Trident whanau as they are finalised.

Missing from the photo are Kayan McCoubrie and Ollie Fort.

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Trident U14s v Otumoetai College U14s – Otumoetai College Field 1 - 10am

Trident 1st XV v Aquinas College 1st XV – Trident High School 12pm


Trident Girls 1st XI v Whakatane High School - 9am

Trident White 2nd XI v Aquinas College 1st XI – Trident High Field 2 - 10:30am

FSnr Boys v Katikati U19 Boys – Katikati College Field 1 – 9am

Trident Jr Boys v Omokoroa 14/15 Grade All Stars – Western Ave, Omokoroa Field 4 - 10am


Prem 1 Bye

Prem 2 vs Onepu Gold, Court 7 at 11.00am

Prem 3 vs Paroa Wheke, Court 7 at 12.30pm

Trident White vs WHS Kowhai, Court 5 at 12.30pm

Trident Collegiate vs WHS Koru, Court 2 at 1.30pm

Trident Blue Bye


Whakatāne Library invites the readers, the not-so-sure readers, the haven’t picked up in a book in forever readers, and everyone in between, to join us on Friday’s at lunchtime for something special. Starting Friday 09th July 2021, “That’s Not My Book Club” will offer a chance to discover and discuss books and literature topics in a not so typical fashion. Starting things off with the topic “Is The Book Better Than The Movie? (or TV Series)”, we’ll talk about books that are movies (or TV series), and movies (or TV series) that are books; and who did it better.

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