Trident Leads

Term 1 Week 6 - 12th March 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

Today you will be receiving your first engagement report along with a cover letter explaining the new initiative which tracks your student’s active participation in learning in each subject. This fortnightly update will help us to work together to help our students build good learning skills and thereby improve their achievement opportunities. If you have any questions or queries about the report, please contact your whanau ako teacher in the first instance and if they cannot help, they will get a Dean to make contact. For specific concerns about the report from a particular subject teacher, please email them and they will respond to your concern.

Thank you to the many parents who responded to our survey on the evacuation of the school last week due to the tsunami. The school is working with Civil Defense and is in contact with the Ministry of Education to ensure that all the Whakatane schools, including Trident, are part of a community wide plan in the event of a similar occurrence. Whilst this is underway, we encourage all parents to load the Trident app onto their phones and we will ensure that an alert is sent directly from the app in the unlikely event that we experience something similar.

On Tuesday it was good to see the high numbers of junior students actively engaged in their distance learning programme throughout the day. This was a useful way to identify the potential problems you might face at home for your student to access their distance learning programme, and hopefully you have been able to contact the school if there was a problem that we could help with. On Tuesday next week our senior cohort will be completing their distance learning trial. Please ensure that your students log in to their classrooms online and participate in the programme set up for them. They will have a face to face each lesson with their teachers and it is important that they take part.

School attendance is vital for the success of any student and we really rely on whanau and caregivers to support us in this area. We need students at school every day and in class every lesson; please talk to your student about making this an absolute priority or they will struggle to reach their potential.

Next Thursday is swimming sports. This is a fun full school event and we are looking forward to the huge participation rates we saw for the Athletics Day. It is always lovely to see whanau at these major school days and we hope you can make it down to the Aquatic Centre to watch.

Have a peaceful weekend with your whanau.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Tuesday 16th March - Senior Online Learning Day
  • Thursday 18th March - Swimming Sports
  • Friday 2nd April - Easter Friday
  • Monday 5th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6th April - Easter Tuesday
  • Thursday 8th April - Cross Country
  • Friday 16th April - Last Day of Term 1
  • Monday 3rd May - First Day Term 2

ONLINE LEARNING DAY - Senior Students Tuesday 16th March

This term we are focusing on developing our online learning communities again with all students having Google Classrooms for each of their subjects. As whanau you can see what their learning looks like and help them to manage homework and assessments effectively.

Whilst we are hopeful that we will have the school open all year in 2021, we are running online learning days (Senior Students Tuesday 16th March) for students to work from home, in order to check our systems and familiarise students with how online learning works at Trident. On this day there will be an open learning hub at school for students who cannot learn from home for the day.


"My name is Mrs Haydon-Howard, I teach English at Trident High School and am a Deputy Principal. I look forward to getting to know all the new Trident faces and hope you will come say hello at Breakfast Club in the Community Room in the morning!"


This week we have had presentations from Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Defence Force.

The New Zealand Defence Force is also offering girls interested in the Army the opportunity to spend 3 days (28-30 April) at Burnham Camp Christchurch. During their stay students will get to experience Army life and also be able to explore a range of career options that are available in the New Zealand Defence Force. Interested students should go to the NZDF Careers facebook page or

Across the school students are being encouraged to use My Mahi to record their self reflections, goals and their achievements. This is a great way to make sure you have a record of your activities and achievements in and out of school. My Mahi can also be used to plan and track progress towards your career goals. Go to to check it out.

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.

Students and whanau who would like to make an appointment can do so by texting Ms Wildash on 0274995300, email


This week our Landskills students have partnered up with Te Whare Wananga o Aotearo and they have made a start on their Building and construction course. They will be having 4 "week long" courses in terms one, two and three looking to develop their building skills and capabilities in a range of areas. This weeks course saw the students pair up to build a water collection station for our Local marae urupa for Ruatoki Valley. A big mihi to Matua Bill who has been amazing and has created a passion for learning about carpentry in our students.


Our energy savings continue to go from strength to strength and Trident is continuing to prove that we are leaders in the sustainable electricity in schools field.

Since we began this journey we have seen:

- Usage dropped 52.4% (more than half now)

- Cost dropped 48.6%

- Saving $53,224 per annum

- Saved $298,922 in total now (since May 2012) - will exceed $300k next month - major milestone - MARCH

- Saved over a million kWh - 1,180,689 kWh

- Saving over 24 households worth of energy - drive past 24 houses - that's a lot!

- Solar PV on-site renewable energy generation accounts for almost 15% of our energy usage

- Trident is running at around 50% of the MOE Target Benchmarks of kWh/m2 and kWh/student

- We still have plenty of waste to eliminate (walkway sensors that have failed, heat pumps running with windows open. The new Enviro Group discussed those and selected some of those issues to champion with 5 teachers buddied up to mentor the student teams through the issues).

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Kia Ora Team, on Thursday March 18th we have our AMAZING Swimming Sports event.


The event will see all students wearing their House Colours and competing in Fun House Races as well as Championship Races - There is something for everyone.



What an incredible weekend with 16 students completing their Pool Dive training. We left at 6.30am and returned at 4.30pm both Saturday and Sunday. Everyone worked extremely hard and were all very positive. They represented their families and our school so well. They were very polite and the instructors even commented that they were the "dream team". Well done to all of you for your positive attitudes and hard work. We are very proud of you all and look forward to the Lake and Ocean dives in 2 weeks time. Comment of the weekend "Miss its very cool being able to breathe under water, I felt so relaxed, I feel like a mermaid". Huge thanks to Mrs Esterhuizen and Mr Loft for driving the second van and helping our young people to experience this amazing course and Mrs Emery for all of your organising and working with this great bunch of young people.


Our Level 3 3PEU Growing Coaches Class have started their coaching sessions with St Joseph's School. Our students are working with the students from St Joseph's preparing them for Softball and Ki O Rahi (Traditional Maori games) Tournaments that will be taking place at the end of the term.

The 3PEU students were great role models for the St Joseph's students and showed great potential as they began their coaching pathway. The St Joseph's students had an awesome time and picked up lots of tips from our coaches along the way. The 3PEU students will continue this until the end of the term.


Whakatane Rowing Club are hosting an introduction to the club this weekend to give the students and parents an idea of what is involved. It will include a workout in the gym on our rowing machines and a row on our dry boat.

The details are below:

Date: Saturday 13th March, 2021

Time: 9am. The session will be approximately 1.5 to 2 hours

What to bring:

Fitting t-shirt and leggings or shorts (not too baggy)

Drink bottle

Light snack for afterwards (piece of fruit or muesli bar etc)

Please don’t hesitate to contact Cathy if you have any questions on 0274 511633.


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