Trident Leads

Term 2 Weeks 5 & 6 - 11th June 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

This week we completed the whanau academic interviews for the whole school and it was great to see so many families come into school to work with us on ensuring students have support in their learning journeys. Teachers really appreciated the opportunity to work with whanau in establishing where students sit currently and what the next steps are for their success. It was a big evening - whanau met with 6 or 8 teachers; if you feel you have further questions to ask or more information to gather, please contact the year level dean or a member of the Senior Management Team for further help or clarification. The interviews may be a starting point for more discussion - please let us be part of those next steps.

A key element of success for students, which is becoming an increasing factor in the discussion around student achievement in New Zealand is - attendance.

We cannot help our rangatahi to be successful if they do not attend school. We cannot extend their learning journey and help them to achieve their goals if they skip classes and are intermittent truants.

Our pastoral teams are working with the students to track and monitor and change habits of truancy but this is a difficult and complex situation to manage and we do need your support. One way you can ensure that you know what your student’s attendance is through the day, is to respond to whanau ako teacher messages and to read the engagement reports. The Ministry of Education deems 90% attendance to be “regular” attendance at school. This is a pretty high bench mark and reaching and maintaining it is crucial for our students success.

This week in New Zealand we recognise the valuable contribution of our school Support Staff. No school could operate without their support staff; these are basically all the people other than the teachers who make the school hum. So at Trident we want to thank -

- Our office staff who manage the smooth running of the student, whanau interface with the school and the administration of the systems and logistics of the school

- Our amazing teacher aides (in the main school and in SEC) whose presence across our classrooms ensures that learning can take place for everyone. Some go even further and manage sports teams or support our breakfast club or lunch programme

- Our garden and grounds staff who keep the school in such good condition that it is a warm, vibrant, clean environment for all our community

- our IT Support, Sports Co-ordinator, Finance Officer, Science Technician, Librarian, School and Student Support Personnel who extend the care, support and opportunities for all our students

- The Principal’s PA who ensures that whanau have direct access to the school’s management team, liaises with the Board of Trustees and links the full teaching staff to the Principal.

All of these amazing people make Trident the school community that it is - and we thank them today!

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Monday 14th - Friday 18th June - Pride Week
  • Friday 25th June - Electives
  • Tuesday 6th July - Electives
  • Friday 9th July - End of Term 2
  • Monday 26th July - First day of Term 3


Today we had Shave for a Cure with over $3,000 raised for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ. Pictures next week.


Upcoming Careers Events in Term 2

Maori STEAM Discovery Tour - 17th June

We have an Exclusive 1 Day Tour showcasing the many opportunities within STEAM coming to Whakatāne! This event will be focusing on our Taiao and Awa here in Whakatāne and how we use Science and Technology to care better for our environment.

Drawing on indigenous knowledge systems, students from around the Whakatāne rohe will have an opportunity to explore industries, hear from a mix of industry leaders, practitioners and learn with a hands on approach. This day will be fun packed with exclusive tours, interactive workshops and prizes. Places will be limited. Sign up in the Careers Hub.

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.

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

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

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.


Meet Kimihia Rangihuna and Alishia Sondhi Tawa, two of our Year 12 Gateway students.

They have started this week with their 5 day work experience programme at New World, after completing a two day theory course.

These girls are keen and reliable, two qualities that employers are looking for. Plus their smiles are infectious.

Remember, you don't need to be in our Gateway classes to be able to do work experience.

If you would like to do work experience please come and visit Mrs. Benge or Mrs. Pleijte in the Careers Hub, they are happy to help you.


Year 9 and Year 10 students participating in the online National Spelling Bee today!


At Trident we have a strong focus on leadership across the school and take many opportunities to extend our students in this area. Mrs Reddish and Mr Jones took 12 students to Rotorua for the Sport Youth Leadership Day. The group consisted of current leaders or future leaders in their sports or at school and all had an amazing day at the conference. They listened to five inspiring New Zealanders who used their personal values, previous experiences and goals to drive themselves to represent our country in the highest sporting platforms. We look forward to this Trident team leading initiatives around resilience and values in sports for all our teams over the next three terms.

The students are: Jacob Bridge, Tate Broadhurst, Charlice Bryce, Rikki Fitzgerald, Ethan Forbes, Harry Jones, Mackenzie Karekare, Hugh Oyanagi, Amanda Redmond, Amilia Stevens, Shannon Toone and Holden Turner.


Year 10 Science

Our Year 10 Science classes are currently learning about chemistry. Ms Elliott’s class have been specifically learning about the chemistry involved in cooking. On Thursday they made pancakes on the BBQ and discovered that what causes them to rise is a chemical reaction between the acid and bases in baking powder. We are making science relevant and connecting our learning to everyday science phenomena, creating a rich learning environment for our students.

Year 9 Science

At Trident our wonderful Science department is making links between student learning, careers and industry with our students. It is important that students have experience of real life applications of their learning and our enthusiastic teachers ensure these are provided for as much as possible. Our young scientists from Mr Gordon and Mrs Vosper's classes went on a field trip to Miro Berries in Te Teko. The classes have been busy learning about how plants grow and where all our fruit and vegetables come from in class so it was a perfect place to see how their learning fit in the real world. The students really enjoyed getting out of the classroom to see real science in action. A huge thank you to Miro Berries for hosting us. We are hoping to get all our students out to Miro Berries over the course of the year.


Our elective programme sees all students choose an elective from a comprehensive range. One of these electives is Enviro Group run by Mr Dobbin and Mr Andrews. During last weeks elective students were busy planting 30 native trees at the Awatapu-Otamakaokao Lagoon as part of the Halo / Otamakaokao Kaitiaki Trust Lagoon Restoration Project. Tree planting and weed removal is an ongoing activity by our voluntary Enviro-Group students this year.

At Trident we have a strong focus on community and our environment, our students are constantly striving to be leaders in across these spaces. It is great to see our students as leaders in action - taking care of our town and helping our community take pride in where we live and play.

We are thankful that we have Trusts support our endeavours, a big thank you to Bridget Palmer from Halo and Keith Hamill from Awatapu Kaitiaki Trust.


Trident PE and Health students continued our work supporting our local community as eleven of our Year 10 Sports Leadership Students marshalled for the annual St Joseph's School Cross Country.

It was so cool to see so many St Joseph's students running up Gorge Road and White Horse Drive and our Sports Leaders were with them all the way supporting, encouraging and guiding them along the route.

A HUGE WELL DONE to all the St Joseph's School staff and students for hosting such a brilliant event and equally, well done to our Sports Leadership students who were brilliant representatives of our school.

Year 9 Sports Leadership students supported Ohope Beach School with the Annual Interschools Cross Country Event which hosted many local primary schools in our area.

Our Year 9 Sports Leaders were there right from start to finish helping set up the site, marshalling the event as well as helping to pack up at the end. All the way through they supported all the athletes, encouraged them and made sure they had an awesome time.

Trident PE and Health Department would like to thank Ohope Beach School for giving our students the opportunity to show leadership roles within the community and we would also like to congratulate them on running such a fantastic event. (photos below)

The Year 9 Sports Leadership Students were brilliant ambassadors for our school and showed what Team Trident is all about. Kia Manawa nui, Mr Stanhope


Trident took two teams to the annual Manihera Memorial Bay of Plenty Schools Golf Tournament at Kawerau Golf Club. The school golf team now consists of five juniors, and four seniors, Luke Vos, Luke Rothwell, Ethan McConnell,Troy McGillivray, Charlie Hayward, Carson Van Asselt, Luka Watson, Trav Harte, Harry Jones and Harry Sheaff.

In chilly and at times blustery conditions, the boys performed admirably. Kawerau Golf Course is a particularly narrow course with tree lined fairways and swirling winds made the course challenging with little space for those new to the course. It was an autumnal grind at times but the boys all showed resilience and determination over 18 holes. At the close of play Trident players all contributed to the Stableford points needed for a place. Well done to Harry Sheaff who placed first overall for his individual score and Troy McGillivray who placed 3rd overall individually on only his second tournament. The team placed fourth overall on points. Well done to all team members, especially the new juniors this year, Luke Vos, Luke Rothwell, Troy McGillivray Ethan McConnell, and Charlie Hayward. A big thank you to Mr Porter and Mr Jones for the team uniforms and valuable assistance on the day.


We congratulate Jesse Hayes who participated in the Budo South Invitational Taekwondo Tournament last month. Jesse got GOLD in his division fighting for Phoenix Taekwondo Ōpōtiki, well done Jesse!


On the weekend with the weather being pretty average and playing into a strong wind in the first half the boys were quick to put the ball through the hand and Cayliss scored a good try in the corner. The rest of the half, the boys defended well and went into the half 12-5 down. With the wind at our backs territory was going to be key. Kanye, Tawhio and Tawai scored giving us the lead 20-12. Mount Maunganui College came back and scored 2 tries, one on the whistle to win 22-20. A hard loss to take for the boys, still heaps to work on! Thanks to Kelly's Garage, The Shock Shop and Bay Spreaders for their support this year.


The U16 Girls team played Edgecumbe on Wednesday and won the match 86-0.

Players to stand out in the forwards were Molly Byford, Amy Teepu Kira, Huia Hireme, Delmiria Herbert and Bobbi Timoti. In the backs Charlice Bryce, Nivaloh Elliot, Caitlin Bridge and Kuramihirangi Kawana scored a number of touch downs.

Well done team!


Our Prem 1, 2, and 3 Netball Teams have been travelling over to Mount Maunganui to play in the Harbourside Competition.

Trident's Prem 1 Netball team had an amazing win against Mount Maunganui College A team, with the final score being 46 - 33 to us. The game was pretty intense and physical, but it was definitely a great game to experience. The players that stood out in this game was Amanda Redmond playing at Goal Shoot and Keziah Manuel playing at Goal Keep. The whole team played very well together as a collective, but these two players really stood out throughout the game, whether it involved great communication and encouragement or just executing their jobs to a high standard, they performed outstandingly.

The Prem 2 team also had a great outcome, taking the win against Tauranga Girls College Prem 2’s with a pretty close score, 27 - 33 to our Prem 2’s! Their game was also a tight game, but it was a very enjoyable game to watch, as most of the spectators witnessed. The two outstanding players that performed well in this game was Rosemary Young Timoti-Reid playing at Centre /Wing Attack, and Mariana Williams also switching around with Rosemary and playing at Centre /Wing Attack as well. They were able to work together like a dynamic duo, and they adapted well to each other’s style of play, which is a great quality to carry in this sport. Well done to the whole team who played awesome netball and tried very hard on the court.

Lastly, we have our Prem 3 team! They managed to beat Tauranga ACG 55 - 10! Well done to Makere Smith who came into their game with a strong mindset, hard defence and led the team very well. Every player played extremely good and was nice to see everyone enjoying themselves.

It was a successful night involving some well played netball. Thank you all for the support!

by Charlice Bryce


Girls' Hockey

Last week the Girls Hockey team travelled to Rotorua to play Taupo-nui-a-Tia High School. This was their fourth game of the season and they came away with a 2-0 win. Goals were scored by Marina Sirkku and Kyra Maui but many more were saved by the Taupo's goalie who managed to help keep the score low. It was an exciting game with lots of shots on goal but no more hit the net. Well done to the defense who worked as a unit to keep out Taupo's attack in the circle. This week the team have a bye and a well earned break.

Boys' Hockey

The Boys' travelled to Rotorua last night for late game against TKKM o Ruamata. TKKM o Ruamata as expected came out extremely fast and strong scoring the first two goals. Our attack had chances on goal but couldn’t convert. The second half Trident held strong with our goalie not touching the ball and the defence doing an amazing job to keep TKKM o Ruamata from scoring further but unfortunately we didn’t manage to break their defence either and score. Final score 2/0 to TKKM o Ruamata.


Conrad Knight recently travelled to New Plymouth to participate in a weekend of Kart Racing for an Interclub Trophy between Bay of Plenty and Taranaki racing clubs, the trophy hasn’t been contested for over 15 years so the 2 clubs want to bring it back to life.

The class that Conrad races in is Clubsport 120 and the ages vary upwards from 15yr old boys - it is loads of fun but competitive.

On race day he had 5 races consisting of 17 other racers on the track at the same time, the day went like this:

Race 1 saw him start 6th on the grid and he finished 2nd (setting the fastest lap time on track)

Race 2 saw him start 8th on the grid and finished he 2nd

Race 3 saw him start 3rd on the grid finishing 2nd

Race 4 saw him start on pole and finished 1st,

Race 5 - the final - he started on pole and finished 1st, with this he won the day for his class!

Lots of action was happening on the track with other drivers but Conrad managed to keep his composure and race well to end up where he did.

Bay of Plenty have taken the trophy home with all competitors points added up to win on this occasion. Well done Conrad!!


Well done to Ben White and Ajay Dakin who have been at 1XX doing the Trident High School News Show on Saturday mornings. Make sure you tune in on Saturday's!


Our School Nurse is now available Monday to Friday 8.30am-3pm

Free services include: -

Throat swabs

Wound management

Sexual health services

- including - pregnancy tests

- STI screening

- contraception

Health assessments

Micro suctioning ear wax removal - with parental consent.


Readily available from sickbay and also the student service centre (counsellors/nurse) waiting area.

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Friday 11th June

6:30pm Trident Premier 1 vs OTC Prem 1 Tauranga Netball: Court 04

6.30m Trident vs 2 TPHS Senior A1, Court 7

7:45pm TPHS Junior A ident Premier 3T Tauranga Netball: Court 12

Saturday 12th June

10.40am: Trident HS Collegiate vs Ngā Mareikura Court 9

11:00am Trident HS Prem 1 vs Trident HS Prem 2

11:30am Trident HS Prem 3 vs Phoenix Court 9

12.30pm: Trident HS Blue vs Phoenix Sports Court 6

Trident White vs Whakatane HS Jnr Black Court 3


Go to the App Store or Play Store on your phone and Search school app nz

Open install the App on your phone. Enter: Trident High School.

The App allows you to notify the office of an absentee, view daily notices, view our newsletter Trident Leads, it also has links to school related websites.

Alerts are sent out with notifications of upcoming events.