Trident Leads

Term 4 Week 4 - 11th November 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

This week we have had a focus on ensuring that our Junior students have fun at school. Each lunchtime there are organised activities for our juniors to do - table tennis, volleyball, netball and five aside football, to name but a few. It has been great to see the response from our students and their enthusiasm for joining in and making the most of the lunchtime break. Huge thanks to Jonathan Stanhope for organising this initiative and to all those staff who are helping out in their own time.

As the juniors adapt to the school site being their domain, we still have a lot of senior students coming into school to get the extra support offered to get them over the line and achieve their NCEA certificate. Whanau have been extremely supportive and worked alongside teachers to make sure that students can end the year satisfied that they have completed their courses and gained level 1, 2 or 3. For many of our students this mahi has been about completing assessments that they have already done significant work on - finishing a range of assessments across subject areas to gain their qualification. It is great to see their relief and their sense of satisfaction when the work is done. If your student still has work to complete, or is unsure of how to get their final credits for their NCEA certificate, please contact school and speak to their Dean, whanau teacher or Assistant Principal Jason Garner, who is coordinating the Term Four support for seniors.

Our teachers are generous with their time and commitment; they are holding tutorials and revision sessions for the seniors who have external exams whilst also helping students complete course work. They work long hours and put in the extra mahi for individual students to support their success. They love doing this - they are committed professionals - but it is also important that whanau and students recognise the effort and are grateful for the extra work committed to them. A thank you from a student is important as recognition for the teacher’s time.

This term we have two Teacher only Days which were set by the Ministry of Education. These are taking place on Monday 21st November and Monday 28th November. They are ACCORD days during which the staff will work on the NCEA Refresh changes due in 2024 and the planning through 2023 to be ready for the new standards. We will also be working on Numeracy and Literacy to support the new co-requisite standards at Level One. This preparation is invaluable for teachers to be able to offer best practice in teaching, learning and assessment for our students next year.

So to end this week - a huge thanks to our teaching and support staff for their mahi with our students and their care and commitment to ensuring they are successful and happy at school.

Ngā mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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  • Monday 21st November - Teacher Only Day
  • Monday 28th November - Teacher Only Day
  • Wednesday 23rd - Tuesday 29th November - Junior Exams
  • Monday 5th - Wednesday 7th December - Year 10 Camps & Year 9 Activity Days
  • Thursday 8th December - Junior Prizegiving & Term 4 finishes
  • Friday 9th December - Teacher Only Day


Every Year 9 and Year 10 student has been issued with a Study Timetable in their Google Classroom to help them prepare for their exams on 23rd - 29th November. We invite parents to sit down with their student and fill in five study times for each of the four core subjects; English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Be specific about the topic you will study, for example in Mathematics you could write “Complete Algebra worksheets”. Make a realistic plan and stick to it. Subject teachers will provide your student with suitable exam preparation activities, this study timetable helps you plan when to complete these activities. Creating an exam study timetable with your student allows whanau to know how much study their student should be completing.

Thank you for your support with the junior exam study timetable.

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It has been great to see our juniors active at lunchtimes with a good uptake on this week’s lunchtime sport opportunities. Here they are today playing Volleyball and Badminton in the Gym.


We proudly share paintings by three of our very talented Level 3 Painting students. Well done to Keita Hillman, Beth Wilson and Rosemary Young Timoti-Reid, these works are incredible and demonstrate not only a lot of skill and critical thinking but also dedication and we applaud you for this.


One of the assessments for Level 2 Business Studies saw one group fundraise for SPCA by selling baking across sale days. The group consisting of Raimee Harvey, Hannah Peria, Ella Watson, Sharlee Davis and Iesha Rapana-Wiremu, they chose SPCA as their chosen charity as all students have a personal love of animals and know the SPCA does great work in our community. They chose to bake and sell as this was a skill set that each of the group members felt they had as they are established bakers and enjoy it. The first bake sale saw them sell to Trident staff - chocolate chip cookies, brownies, blueberry muffins, lemon cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes and weebix slice. From this the group made $207.00. The second bake sale saw the group sell to staff of all local Primary Schools and Whakatane Intermediate. For this they added a savoury option and in this sale they made $258.00. A combined total of $465.00 was donated to the very grateful SPCA. Following the presentation of their donation they were treated to a tour of the SPCA and are really proud of their efforts. Well done to this enterprising group for their effort, a very worthwhile contribution to a special charity.


At Trident we offer the opportunity for students to take subjects outside of what we offer internally by studying via correspondence - Volcanics. To do this we structure special timetables that support individual students to access these courses. Year 10 student, Lilly Collombet, is currently learning French via Volcanics and while she has taken a subject that is of personal interest to her, she is also able to begin her studies at the appropriate level rather than start from the basics. For Lilly who regularly speaks French at home with her family (her parents are French) she is working on Level 2 French and is doing exceptionally well - gaining NCEA Excellence in all assessments so far. She is enjoying studying French as she enjoys furthering her learning in the language and especially the reading and writing component.


Year 13 Statistics tutorial. Thank you to our Mathematics department for their continuous support of our students.


The Junior Volleyball teams were in action over the weekend, playing in the BOP Champs. The Boys' had great game first up against Otumoetai College. Both teams took a set each with Trident coming out the winners in the 3rd set 15-8. They played Tauranga Boys' in their second game going down 20-25 and 24-26.

The Junior Girls' A team won 25-16, 25-16 vs Tauranga A and 25-23, 15-25, N 15-13 vs Western Heights but lost to WHS in a very close 3 set game. The Junior Girls' B team won both of their games. Well done to our Junior Volleyballers - it is great to see our Trident Volleyball legacy continue!


As part of the lead up towards auditions for our 2023 production Sweeney Todd, we share a link below to the song that we will ask students who wish to audition for one of the lead roles - Mrs Lovett - to sing. It is a great idea to start practicing this song over the next few months in preparation for auditions. All year groups will be considered for the role and having drama experience is not necessary. What is necessary is willingness to dedicate time and energy, being self motivated and being ready to work with a fantastic cast and crew to make this production the best yet!

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1. Be crazy prepared. ...

2. Singing. Your voice is your instrument and you need to play it every day. ...

3. Confidence. Own this. ...

4. Attitude. Attitude is everything. ...

5. Let's Go. ...

6. Don't Compare. ...


We are proud to share our 2023 Prospectus with our Trident community and those who will be joining us in 2023.

Ngā Tapuwae can be translated as 'Our Journey', and that is what our 2023 prospectus is, a visual and written journey through Trident High School.

For all 2023 enrolment information please click on the link below to take you to our website:


LOCATION: Te Aiōtanga

School Nurse: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 3:00pm

For all general health needs

Doctor: Dr Astrid de Jong

A doctor is available every Tuesday 9am - 11am


A physiotherapist is available Tuesday morning.

Appointments for these services can be made through the school nurse.

This is a free, confidential Health Service.


Jon Stanhope and Glenn Barr have led Trident Boys Football together for the past 10 years and to celebrate this anniversary, we will be hosting a fundraising reunion football match and BBQ afterwards with players who have played under Jon and Glenn at Trident.

When & Where? - Sat Jan 28th 2023 - 3pm Kick Off at Trident High School Pitch and then afterwards at Marist Club Rooms

Who? - CALLING ALL TRIDENT LEGENDS !! - Trident Legends (Ex Trident Players who have played under Jon Stanhope and Glenn Barr at Trident) v Trident UK Tour Squad - Tickets are also available to guests of the players and anyone else who wishes to attend.

Cost - $50.00 per person per ticket

What's included?- Participation in the Game, BBQ afterwards, speeches, Live Music, Refreshments.

How do I get involved and register? - To attend this event please email Jon Stanhope at and state your name and how many tickets you want. Tickets, payment instructions and more info about the event will then be emailed out three weeks before the event.

Deadline for Registration - No registrations will be taken after Friday 18th November - This is so we can plan for expected numbers in advance, arrange tickets and book services.



If any whānau have old school uniform you no longer require we would really appreciate it if you could donate it to the school. We lend uniform to students when required and we are very low at the moment. This can be dropped off to the front office. Thank you


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