Trident Leads

Term 2 Weeks 5 & 6 - June 10th 2022


Kia ora e te whanau,

Last week senior students chose to take part in the Catch Up opportunities offered on Monday and Tuesday and they are now reaping the rewards of their mahi as they see assessments completed and grades recorded. The percentage increase in credits achieved a week before the Catch Up programme and now are as follows for the year levels -

Year 11 Summary 24% increase in total 2022 credits.

Year 12 Summary 42% increase in total 2022 credits.

Year 13 summary 12.6% increase in total 2022 credits

Well done to those students who used this time effectively and pushed on with their NCEA journey. Many thanks to the teachers and support staff who supported the students in this mahi and made the most of the break from our usual programme of study. Please talk to your young adult about their progress to date - we are nearly half way through our academic programmes and progress in their assessments is vital for their future opportunities. Please contact your whanau teacher or Year Level Dean if you think your young adult needs some extra support.

Attendance is key to success.

This may seem obvious and it may seem repetitive but it is essential that we take this seriously for our young adults.If your young adult is not coming to school they will not be achieving. Educational success is fundamental to their future opportunities and ensuring they come to school now will help pave a pathway for their successful lives as adults. Please support the school and your young adult by making sure they attend school every day. Again, seek help from their whanau / ako teacher or Year Level Dean if you are struggling to get them to school.

Teacher Only Day

Last Friday it was a privilege to learn alongside all of our staff for the Kahui Ako teacher only day. The focus of the day was developing our understanding and knowledge of Ngati Awatanga and the day was led by the Across School COL teachers, one of whom is Te Manaakitanga Pryor from Trident. We had presentations from Leonie Simpson and Erin Te Pou in school and then visited two sites of historical significance to Ngati Awa where we were addressed by Jo Pryor and Te Manaakitanga Pryor. Our three strategic goals for 2022 are -

TE AO MĀORI - Students’ have a sense of identity, sense of place, sense of belonging, connection.

AKO - Learners have agency, engagement and reciprocity.

MANA ōrite -There is equity of access to outcomes through equity of access to pathways.

The work that we are engaging in with the Kahui Ako is directly linked to our goals and we look forward to continuing on the journey to better understanding and knowledge of mana whenua and our beautiful area.

Covid-19 Update

We have been very fortunate through the Omicron phase of the pandemic, in that we have been able so far to keep the school open and running for all students. In part this is because our staff have committed to wearing masks all the time whilst teaching and to support students to do likewise. Currently there are a number of respiratory infections in the community and this linked with the presence of Omicron means mask-wearing is the safest way for our students to reduce the risk of getting or transmitting infection, alongside the school wide H and S that we have put in place.

Please encourage your young adult to wear a mask and please keep them home if they are unwell. Thank you to our wonderful staff for the effort they make to keep your students well.


This week we have our annual appeal for animal welfare led by Annetjie Botha and the student leaders. The funds raised go to local animal welfare organisations - most notably, the local SPCAs. Empathy for the welfare of animals is a key trait to develop in our young people and an aspect of social responsibility, so it is pleasing to see the enthusiastic response from our students to this fun week.


This week we farewell Fran Carter who is leaving teaching and Whakatane to take up a position working with children in grief with an organisation in Papamoa. Fran has been a dedicated Dean and is an exceptional classroom practitioner who loves working with akonga to bring out their potential. The whole school will miss her but wishes her well in her new ventures and hope she enjoys a break from the stress that is teaching in a Covid pandemic. Stephen Armstrong will join us from Bethlehem College at the end of the term to take up the English position vacated; he has twenty years teaching experience in English and is enthusiastic about this new opportunity at Trident.

Support Staff Appreciation Week

Our support staff are integral to the success of our school and its smooth functioning, so it was an absolute pleasure today to recognise their contribution to Trident with a morning tea. We are lucky to have a dedicated, warm and committed support staff who ensure that your young adult’s experience of high school is positive.

Thank you again for the support and partnership you hold with the school as we work together for the benefit of our young people to encourage them to strive for personal excellence in all that they do.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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  • Wednesday 15th June - Shave for a Cure
  • Tuesday 21st June - Senior Academic Whanau & Subject Teacher Meetings
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2


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 is Support Staff Appreciation Week nationwide. At Trident we celebrate our fabulous support staff who work hard to make our school run smoothly and efficiently. We thank them for their ongoing commitment and today have demonstrated our thankfulness with a morning tea spread.


This week was the 18th Annual Trident Pet Food Appeal Week.

This year we ran an inter house competition to see which house donated the most food (in kilograms). Students brought non-perishable puppy and kitten food to school, and the House which brought in the most food won.

On Wednesday the 8th of June we had our annual ‘Dress like an animal’ day. Students were encouraged to dress like animals (ears, horns, tails, masks, animal suits, etc.) for the day. During lunchtime on Wednesday, we also had a cupcake and home baking sale to raise money.

For the past 17 years the annual Pet Food Appeal week has been a huge success at Trident and this year was no different . Trident was able to once again donate much needed food and money to the Whakatane SPCA, OSCA in Opotiki, Harmony and Hope Animal Rescue in Whakatane and KTown Paw Animal Rescue.

We thank Ms Botha for her time and energy in organising the activities that support this worthy cause, this year and every year!


Syrus Drayton achieved 67wpm @ 100% accuracy for digital input at the TOI EDA stall at the Careers Expo held at Trident recently.

Syrus received a $50 Prezzy Card from the Workforce Development Manager, Barbara MacLennan.

Great result, what a talent!!


1st XI Girls' Hockey

We were lucky to have another home game for the 1st XI Hockey Girls' against Ruamata last Tuesday night. It was always going to be a tough match as Ruamata always play a nice game of hockey. We started out a bit slow and Ruamata were able to score a goal through a touch from our player. The girls chased hard and played some good passing hockey and eventually were rewarded with PC opportunities. Ruamata scored again to make it 2 nil in the 4th quarter. We had to work hard and chase the game and it paid off with a goal from a touch by a Ruamata player. We had a few more shots on goal which unfortunately didn't make it to the back of the net, so the final was 2-1 to Ruamata.

2nd XI Girls' Hockey

Game 2 for the girls last Tuesday night in Rotorua with a number of them having little to no experience in 11 Aside Hockey had a great win.

The final score was 6-0, with stand out performances by many of the team, especially Lolita Habotu scoring 4 of the 6 goals in her first game at centre forward.


U16 Boys' v Otumoetai

After a good win last week we were hoping for more improvement in certain areas from the Boys'. From the start Trident dominated with strong running from the forwards and awesome finishing from the backs. It’s really pleasing to see that what we are doing at training is starting to show with some great handling skills between forwards and backs.

Final score 65-7 to Trident.

Well done to all players for setting high standards each week. Thank you to all supporters as well, it makes a huge difference.

U14 Boy's v Tauranga Boys'

It was a great team effort by our U14 Boys' team securing the win over Tauranga Boys' 25-10. We've switched up a few positions which have been working really well. Plays are coming together in the backs along with continuous improvement in our defence. Looking forward to the start of the season!

Try scorers were Dylan, Zeke, Rage, Huriteao and Jesse.

Special thanks to Opparoozy for the video of Saturdays game!

1st XI v Mt Maunganui

Saturday was an outstanding game to watch. Both teams threw everything at it with only 2 points difference on the final whistle.

Mount started the strongest, scoring two tries in the first half with Tridents barn storming mid fielder Maxwell Wharewera charging over after some expansive ball movement. Making the half time score 7-14.

Front rowers Ezrah Collins, Harley Turner and Kalin Elmiger worked hard providing some good go forward. It was pleasing to see Kepariki Bryce return to the field making a huge impact along with leaders Ethan Forbes and Zion Wipaki.

Maxwell Wharewera started the scoring in the second half before Tio Morehu dotted over for another superb individual effort.

Mount score two of their own tries and lead by 7. With time almost up Maxwell again cut through the defensive line scoring his hat trick. Ethan had been kicking perfectly but unfortunately missed his final kick. Final score 26-28 to Mount Maunganui

The coaches and our manager were super proud of the character our team showed and never gave up. We’ve learnt a lot from this game.


Friday - Tauranga competition


Trident Prem 1 vs Aquinas Prem 1, Court 10

Trident Prem 3 vs TPHS Senior A, Court 18

Trident Prem 2 vs TGC Junior A, Court 13



Trident HS Prem 1 vs Paroa AJ's, Court 7


Trident HS Prem 4 vs Opotiki College Junior Girls, Court 6

Trident Blue vs Whakatane HS Jnr Prem, Court 3

Trident HS Prem 2 vs TPOOM, Court I0

Trident HS Prem 3 vs Ōpōtiki College A,


Trident Taoroa vs TWTOP Ravens, Court 4


Results are in and we are proud to share how well our Trident students ran against all the other Secondary Schools in the BOP.


Kayla Follows - 11th

Lily Hipkiss - 13th

Holly Rowland - 20th


Sean Jones - 4th

Gabriel Aruquipa-Southerwood - 13th

Freddy Evans -31st

Darcy Bowers - 33rd

Cole Bullen - 35th


Lilly Collombet - 15th


Oliver Christie - 2nd

Xavier Christie - 5th


Bailey Frederickson - 6th


We are proud to announce that we have received confirmation that our Hillary Challenge team were 2nd in their qualifying race yesterday! Congratulations to Jess Cleghorn, Hannah Baxter, Zoe Christie, Maria Stoove, Jack Wilson, Bailey Fredrickson, Charles Blackburn and Quinn Pak.

Well done to everyone for giving it your best and congratulations to the five schools that managed to qualify for the Hillary Challenge National Final being held at our Tongariro Centre from 10-14 October:

John Paul College, Trident High, Francis Douglas/Sacred Heart, Whangarei Girls/Boys and Taupo-nui-a-Tia will be joining the seven schools that have already qualified – New Plymouth Girls/Boys, Motueka High, Mt Aspiring College, Cashmere High, Shirley Boys/Avonside Girls, St Andrews College and Golden Bay High.

Great achievement everyone involved!!


The EBOP Senior Badminton tournament was held at the War Memorial Hall on Friday. Trident entered five teams, along with teams from WHS and Edgecumbe. Congratulations to all those who attended. Thanks to BOP Badminton for the awesome work with this tournament!


Congratulations to Holly Rowland and Xavier Christie who competed in the Xlr8 swim meet in Taupo on the weekend. We congratulate them on their racing and great placings.


50 free 4th

100 free 7th

100 IM 10th

50 breast 9th

100 breast 4th

200 IM 4th


100 free 8th

100 IM 9th

400 free 4th

200 free 5th

800 free 3rd


Here are some of our Trident High School Landskills students building garden chairs for their whanau through a Building and Construction course with Te Wananga o Aotearoa!


On Wednesday 15th of June, Shave for a Cure team will be shaving their hair off. Shave for a Cure is an organisation that supports family, friends and people within our community who are living with Leukaemia (blood cancer). By donating to our Shave for a Cure team, you will help fund any treatments towards blood cancer patients and support research into curing Leukaemia. Check out the link below to give a little. Every donation is hugely appreciated! If you are interested in joining Trident's Shave for a Cure team, email

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


Bank Account 12 3253 0004257 00

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".

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