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Term 2 Week 10 - 8th July 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

This week we finished the term with a celebration of personal excellence for our students across the four cornerstones of academic, sports, arts and culture, and leadership at our full school assembly. Personal excellence is the culmination of effort, grit and determination in any field of endeavour.

We were really proud of all our students for the respect and engagement they showed throughout the assembly as they celebrated the success and achievements of their peers. We were also extremely proud of the range of opportunities taken up by students to demonstrate personal excellence.

Just some of the highlights include -


  • Excellence and Merit endorsement at NCEA standards across level one, two and three
  • Charles Blackburn, Clea Finlay and Hugh Oyanagi gaining scholarship places to attend the International Youth Science Forum
  • Alison Elliffe, Jamie Pastrana and Zymon Marasigan reaching the Aotearoa Spelling Bee Semi-finals
  • Brodie Bishop and Kyla Du Preez participating in the Innovative Young Minds Camp
  • Engagement, perseverance and problem solving for our junior scientists
  • Creativity and problem solving for our Yr 10 technology students
  • The SEC students big day out fishing, bringing home their catch and smoking it!

Arts and Culture

  • Our dedicated, self-disciplined Kapa Haka group who have worked every week-end all term to prepare for regionals on Friday (Good Luck!)
  • Our students who represented us so well in Phantom of the Opera and some of whom are already preparing for Annie
  • Our prefects for organising the fabulous end of term School Concert (and even organising teachers and support staff to do a number)


  • Our rugby U16 team whose impeccable behaviour and sportsmanship playing the Bethlehem and Otumoetai last week was so impressive their team coach wrote to congratulate them
  • Trident rugby girls and boys making the EBOP U18s and U16s
  • Ayanda Beneus competing in a national Basketball tournament in Auckland
  • Serita Karauria won Gold in the open women's division of the National Tae Kwon Do
  • Jess Cleghorn, Eva Fuller and Michael Esterhuizen's kayaking triumphs


  • The prefects for their organisation of the assembly and the end of term concert for the school – an amazing show of our talented and creative students.
  • Our Rainbow group who used Pride Week at school to show that we are a supportive and inclusive community for all our students.
  • Our PE and Sports Leadership students who have been in the community helping schools such as Saint Joseph’s, Ohope Beach, Thornton and Awakeri by running sports programmes with their students.
  • Our prefects and basketball players who ran some drills at Apanui School to celebrate the basketball hoops Trident had fundraised to gift the school following their fire

There are so many more examples of personal excellence shown by our students and you will know how your own student has shown this through the term. There will have been an example of grit, perseverance and a real sense of success for each of our Trident students during the term, and they need to take a moment to reflect on this and know they have accomplished something of value.

Finally, we wish you a safe and relaxing holiday with whanau from Monday onwards and we look forward to another full and exciting term ahead.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



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


Making ginger beer in Science gave our students a real life application of their learning about cell respiration of yeast. While the learning that went on during the lesson was fantastic, the amount of fun was exceptional! Ka pai to our Science department who continue to come up with great learning experiences for our students.


Trident's SEC Kia Kaha class went fishing on Monday to celebrate Matariki. They had a very successful day with Saxon and Dianne catching the 'big one'. A generous donation of fish from Porky Barlow (Pacific Coast Adventures & Fishing Charters) saw the class return to school with a bin of fish. Octdiv and Elliott gutted the fish and Lou Lawrance was called in to help process the catch. On Tuesday, students from all three classes were involved in smoking and eating fish.

Matariki 2021

Nau mai ngā hua

Nau mai ngā pai

Nau mai kia nui

Kia hāwere ai

Welcome all things that have grown

Welcome all things that are good

May they be plentiful and abundant


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Ex-student's Courtney McConkey (Head Girl 2017) and Rhianna Hunt (2019) visited Trident on Friday 2nd July as part of the Rural Health Programme. Courtney and Rhianna are both studying Oral Health at Otago University. They were part of a group of 8 medical students who are studying a range of health disciplines including, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, oral health, population health and audiology at Otago, Auckland and Waikato Universities. The group visited 5 High Schools in the Whakatane district to deliver workshops to Year 10 students and also attended the Rural Health Careers Expo at the Whakatane Hospital. The girls enjoyed coming back to Trident and seeing their former teachers and volunteering for this programme.


"This year's Trident Service Academy has made the choice to take part in the Demolition Derby Race where one of the students will be racing. This event will be in March 2022 based at the Bay Park Speedway. We have decided to do this to encourage our students to get their licence and it is also something different in whanau ako class time.

The conditions we have to meet to be able to take part are; you must have a restricted driver's licence, pass Level 2, be 16 years of age and have over 90% attendance. Our driver will be selected in November after our prize giving ceremony. We will put the names of the students who have met the conditions in a hat and a student from our class will draw it out. Thanks to Graham at EB Towing for donating the car."

By Lily Chase


We congratulate Year 11 student Aria Dalgleish on her selection for the National Secondary Schools Band - 3 years in a row! Aria is the only student from the wider BOP to have been selected for the band where she plays the cornet. The audition for Aria consisted of recording two pieces, which were obviously well done to have gained a coveted spot once again. In the October school holidays Aria and the band will spend a week rehearsing in Christchurch before putting on three concerts around Christchurch. Aria says without Mr Spence she wouldn't be doing what she is "he is very good at what he does and has been my music teacher for three years now and I am very grateful for his expertise". Congratulations Aria!


In week 7 Trident was lucky to have had Allenzo from 'Attitude' come and speak to the whole school. He worked with each year group separately - his presentations based around hauora, positive attitudes, resilience, relationships, stress and anxiety in teenagers.

The overall aim was to give positive messages and have fun while tackling some hard hitting issues. Developing resilience, identifying and managing mental health, encouraging a positive attitude and goal setting are all topics that we have covered in our whanau ako time this year.

Thank you to Mrs Roper for her organisation for these valuable presentations.


Last Thursday we have three fabulous RT3T facilitators in school working with teachers who are either new to the strategy or gaining further training. RT3T is a strategy of reciprocal teaching that dynamically accelerates learning and empowers our 21st century learners. Our teachers say they are excited about applying their new learning to their class plans next term.

Learning is for life - well done to our teachers who are constantly putting themselves in the position of the learner and filling their kete with new l knowledge and skills.


Congratulations to Alison Elliffe, Jamie Pastrana and Zymon Marasigan who have qualified for the 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Semi-Finals.

They are among the top 280 spellers to advance to this next stage. It is a huge achievement!

We look forward to sharing news of how our students go at the semi finals in Hamilton.


9AKU, 9AMA and 9MANU are currently growing Basil as part of their Space topic.

This year astronauts aboard the International Space Station are undertaking a plant-growth experiment with basil seeds. The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has sent the NZ Astrobiology network some seeds from the exact same batch as those being flown into space! Ms Nolan saw this advertised on Facebook and leapt at the chance for our students to join in this experiment.

Over a period of 30 days, students are measuring germination rate, height of sprouts, number of leaves and other properties of these plants. Daily photos have to be taken and students are recording their results daily in a log booklet. Once the plants come back from the Space Station, the results are analysed in Japan and the data sent to us for comparison. The ultimate result is to see what effect microgravity on the ISS has on the growth of plants compared to gravity on Earth.

Here are the photos of 9AMAs plants at the end of Week 1.

What a neat project for our students to take part it - connecting to the world and beyond! We look forward to sharing their progress!


Year 13 PEM - This term the module the class is working on is about health promotion and motivating young people to participate in physical activity. We have 10 Apanui students coming to Trident to work with Mrs Roper's year 13 students. The students run the session and encourage these young people to participate to their fullest. Feedback is important and the seniors then need to develop a new lesson for next week. We are seeing them three times and all the students are loving the experience.

Along with the students who work with Apanui students, 10 of Mrs Roper's year 13s go to Allandale school where they run a practical session with 16 juniors. The year 13 students target group are those young students who might not necessarily play a sport and/or overly enjoy being active. This is part of the promotion of health and physical activity within our young inactive students.

Ka pai!


At Trident we promote, teach and support leadership in many forms, and one that has been a special focus for some of our students has been community leadership . After the devastating loss that our Apanui School friends suffered earlier this year, some of student leaders led a fundraiser to support the school. While we have been involved in helping Apanui in as many ways that we could this year, today we were especially proud to have our students - Trident Prefects and Basketballer's go to Apanui to spend time with the primary students - taking training drills using the new basketball hoops donated by our Trident student's fundraising efforts. These hoops will offer many recreational and sporting opportunities for Apanui students and we know they will be enjoyed for many years to come.


This year the Year 9 Apex class travelled to Auckland as part of our Science unit.

We started the day with an early departure from school and a long drive, blasting music and eating lots of snacks helped us keep going though. We had a quick pit stop in Matamata to stretch our legs.

After another long drive we finally arrived in Auckland. The first place we visited was the Stardome. Everyone really enjoyed the tour and we especially loved the planetarium.

The next stop was a trip to Te Papa (the museum). The highlight here was definitely the shaking volcanic room. We were in the museum until it closed then left to go to YMCA for the night.

After a loud karaoke van ride we arrived. We checked out our rooms and put away all our gear before we left to get dinner.

On Queen street there was a variety of food students bought to eat, before we went to the Movie “Cruella” where all assembled in the cinema. The movie was great and I'm sure the rest of my classmates enjoyed it too.

The next day we woke up and headed to the Auckland Zoo. Everyone loved the monkeys and turtles. A lot of money was spent on food, before we all shared a big pizza lunch. After a nice feed we started to head home. We stopped at a McDonalds and a gas station to refuel and stock up on food. We stopped in Paeroa to have a catch up before arriving back at school and heading home.

By Kaleb Grindrod


Ms Jackie Simoes' year 9 Maths class have been working on Measurement in Term 2 - covering length, weight, temperature, time and mass, including converting between metric units.

As a fun way to consolidate learning, the class was asked to apply their new skills to baking at home. The class were asked to choose a recipe where they would cover the skills of reading and understanding a chosen recipe, setting the oven temperature to the right degrees Celsius, measuring dry and wet ingredients with a high level of accuracy and timing the baking process. These skills go a long way in developing confidence in working with, and within various metric units of measurement.

The photograph entries are going into a draw to win two tickets to the movies during the school holidays. The draw will take place this term.

Well done to our mathematicians and bakers, those creations all look amazing!

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We traveled to Otumoetai college after a good week. Boys started slow, losing the ball close to the line on a number of occasions. After constant pressure the passes started to stick and the tries came. Both forwards and backs had really good passages of play throughout the game. Still a lot of work to do to get where we want to be but good to see improvements every week. Final score 58-5. Well done boys!


Last Thursday our Boys team played Whakatane High School in the first game of round two. The first quarter saw both teams start out strong as to be expected, with Trident’s Harry Jones putting the first points on the board. Strong defence from both teams kept the second quarter scoreless which took us to half time with Trident up 1/0. The third quarter saw Trident’s Harry Jones again scoring closely followed by WHS bringing the score to 2/1. The last quarter Trident had their chances but were unable to score again due to WHS outstanding defence. Tridents defence did a great job tonight also along with goalie, Charles Blackburn, making some good saves. There were also some great touches from our year nines who are adapting well to playing with older boys. WHS scored again in the last quarter bringing the game to a 2/2 draw – it certainly was a game that could have gone either way. Well done to our team, keep it up!


Trident Girls Hockey Round 2

On a very cold night last week the Trident Girls travelled to Rotorua to play the first game of Round 2. We came out firing and scored a goal in the first 5 minutes. The goalie for Taupo-Nui-a-Tia was very strong and she was able to stop some great attacks on the goal from Trident but the full time score saw Trident winning 3 nil.


Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for National and EBOP Rep Teams across a range of different sports.


Girls U16's

Amy Teepu-Kira, Ella Mackenzie, Molly Byford, Nivalo-Tafea Elliott, Kuramihirangi Kawana, Caitlin Bridge

Girls U18's

Rikki Fitzgerald

Mens U16's

Kalin Elmiger, Isaiah Kepa, Harley Turner, Wiremu Shortland, Maxwell Wharewera, Zion Wipaki-McLarin, Domain Ngamoki, Alex Whittle, Jack Clark, Eru Rivers-Takirau, Mason Raynes, Eparaima Ruawai, Coree Lewis

Mens U18's

Rickie Harte, Braeden Elmiger, Kani Paniora, Tane Howe, Ethan Forbes, Whare Whakamoe-Williams, Te Huaki Kurei, Wharepapa Mahaki-Lake, Malachi Kurei, Holden Turner, Beau Nuku-Ranapia, Kyaan Cooper


Shakira McDonald - U20s NZ Maori Women team

Reyce Kururangi - U20s NZ Maori Women team

Catriona Jobe - U20s NZ Maori Women team

Casey Cousins - U19s NZ Maori Women team

Maia Bellas - U19s NZ Maori Women team

Levi Hunt - U19s NZ Maori Women team

Te Huaki Kurei - U20s NZ Maori Men team

Campbell Forsyth - U20s NZ Maori Men team

Kani Paniora - U20s NZ Maori Men team

Salem Tuaeu - U20s NZ Maori Men team

Phoenix Ripaki-Pugh - U20s NZ Maori Men team

Lukas Buchan - U20s NZ Maori Men development team

Maxwell Wharewera - U19s NZ Maori Men team


Premier 1

Maia-Rose Rogers, Jessie-Lee Graham, Charlice Bryce, Keziah Manual, Haedyn-Reeve Ruiterman, Tira Te Whetu, Pukohurangi-Brez Hohapata-Ngatea, Jayden Wardlaw, Riria Wiki, Mariana Williams

Premier 2

Danielle Moke-Kingi, Ayanda Beneus, Jayd Hunia, Rawinia Peters, Makere Smith, Lysahn Collier, Faith Wignall, Mihiwai Henare

U18 Premier

Jessie-Lee Graham, Charlice Bryce, Amanda Redmond, Hinemaringi Scott, Angel Peita, Georgina Rangi, Rosemary Young Timoti-Reid, Amilia Stevens, Anahera Tahana


Tauranga U15 Girls' Team

Ayanda Beneus


BOP U18 Girls' Team

Kyra Maui, Marina Sirkku

BOP U18 Boys' Team

Bradley Rothwell, Harry Jones, Lukas Buchan


We congratulate Hayden Wilde on reaching one of his goals - making the Triathlon team for the Tokyo Olympics! Hayden reflects on the dream starting when he was at Trident, and pictured is Hayden in one of the many events he took part in while he was at Trident, doing what Trident students do - making the most of every opportunity.

Hayden says "It’s an absolute honour to be named amongst the team heading to Tokyo next month. It’s been a dream of mine since I was at Trident. The amount of sacrifice throughout high school, missing trips with friends and end of year prize givings as a yr 13, but it was all a part of the journey towards my Olympic dreams. Throughout the years I attended Trident, friends and the staff at Trident had some of the biggest and most positive impacts in my life as an athlete and a person, I thank you for this Trident! Now let’s bring gold home for Whakatane!"

We know at Trident we will certainly be behind Hayden, supporting him to bring that gold home!

We also congratulate Jamie Searle, another former Trident student, who has also been selected to represent NZ in the Olympics. We know that at Trident we produce fine footballers, so it is great motivation for our current students to celebrate our Trident alumni who are performing well and in Jamie's case representing our country!


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