Trident Leads

Term 3 Week 7 - 10th September 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

Thank you all for supporting the school and ensuring that our students were back at Trident yesterday, re-engaged with their learning. It was lovely to see them all again and they clearly enjoyed catching up with their peers and their teachers. An extra bonus was being able to provide hot lunches through the Ka Ora Ka Ako programme and the students gave the butter chicken a thumbs up!

Face Masks

You may have seen in The Beacon that Trident staff are actively supporting students in wearing face masks for their safety and health in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s directive. Some of our students are bringing face masks but feel shy about wearing them; please encourage them to wear them – this is an opportunity for leadership and a way to support the general health of our school community. I want to thank our teachers and support staff for role modelling the wearing of masks – their commitment to our students is commendable.

Covid – 19 Vaccinations

Te Puna Ora o Mataatua has offered all schools in the Kahui Ako the provision of onsite vaccinations for students 12+, staff and whanau members and the Board of Trustees at trident has approved engagement with this offer. In order to go ahead with the onsite programme, we need to confirm at least thirty bookings for students, staff or whanau. Please see the email sent today and respond if you would like your student to have this opportunity or would like to come to school for your vaccination against Covid-19.

NCEA Updates

The news yesterday that all students who have had 16 days of lockdown will now be eligible for Learning Recognition Credits, was very welcome to our students. Whilst we do not gain the lower rates of credits for University Entrance or for Endorsement, our students will benefit from the Learning Recognition Credits as follows –

The Government has decided that students disrupted by 16 days of COVID-19 lockdown this

year will be eligible to receive Learning Recognition Credits (LRCs) at a rate of 1 LRC per 5

credits achieved through assessment, up to a cap of 8 LRCs at NCEA Level 1, and 6 LRCs

and Levels 2 and 3.

At a time when some of our senior students are experiencing some anxiety about their opportunities for achievement this year, it is great for them to have this boost.

Year 8 Enrollments

It has been pleasing to see how quickly our bookings for enrollment at Trident for 2022 filling up; it is always exciting to look ahead to new whanau joining our community. We will be welcoming year eight students to tour the school and meet our teachers on Wednesday 20th October with an Open Evening for whanau the same date.

Once again, thank you for supporting your students to return to school and I hope you have a peaceful weekend with whanau

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



We are very pleased to announce that we are accepting enrolments for 2022.

On our website you will find all relevant information, application forms and links to book interviews as part of the Year 9 Enrolment process​.

Please find our 2022 Prospectus - Ngā Tapuwae - by clicking the button below where you can read a collection of narratives that share journeys through Trident, from those who know us best. Through these journeys we have captured our people, our values and our school culture.


  • Friday 1st October - End of Term 3
  • Monday 18th October - Start of Term 4
  • Wednesday 20th October - Year 8 Open Day & Evening
  • Wednesday 20th October - Senior Revision Online Learning
  • 26th - 5th November - Benchmark Exams and Course Completion


Well done to our Food Technology students who have worked hard on their food technology projects over lockdown. The students in Mrs Reihana's class were given the task to create a recipe that would be suitable for a 'Food Bag' and to include costings, photographs and instructions. We have shared some of their work with you... maybe you might try their recipes at home.


Thank you for your email, and more so, thank you to Trident for choosing to support the Salvation Army once again.

These are certainly unprecedented times and support such as this is what makes it possible for The Salvation Army to continue doing what we do.

These funds will be used to assist our breakfast programme which we currently run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Our breakfast programme allows for our communities more vulnerable to access a hot meal, a shower (if needed), access to social support and gives a sense of community to those who may not have family close by.

We see upwards of 20 people on these days which may increase following this lockdown. Many of those who attend are currently displaced or with no fixed abode.

Again, we are very grateful for your support and ask that you pass on our gratitude to all involved in making this happen.

Best Regards

Courtney Sawyer

Salvation Army - Whakatane

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At Trident we take sustainable practices seriously. Our student body is regularly involved in authentic learning experiences that enable them to think critically about the how, what, when and why in terms of energy use for today and for our future.

Thank you to Trust Horizon for your support.


Preparations for 2022's production Sweeney Todd are underway. To encourage our 2022 Year 9 students to be involved we are hosting a workshop where they will gain confidence to consider auditioning. This workshop will be held on the 4th & 5th October from 9am - 2pm. For further information see the event on Facebook 'Trident Theatre Skills'. To register email Please share with whanau who have Year 8 students who may be interested.


Trident High School has opted into the government’s Optional Donations Scheme in 2021-2022
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Then why not stand for election as the Student Representative on your School Board?

As a board member, you’ll learn new skills, be able to have your say on important issues and make a positive contribution to your school and community.

For more information go to

Click on the button below to hear Simon Prout on his experience as a BOT Student Representative in 2020/2021.


Students can see Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub for support completing applications.

Students should also check out and

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 new Careers Hub is located next to the library and here you will find Ms Amy Wildash (Careers Specialist), Mrs Susan Haines (Careers Support), 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.

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If you received a trophy/trophies at the Senior or Junior Prizegivings in 2020 could you please return them to the School Office as soon as possible.


Congratulations to Hayden Wilde who has continued his success post Olympics to go on to take Gold at the Super League Triathlon in London. Keep it up Hayden!

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Kick start your positive future with a QRC scholarship worth $13,312!

Imagine, Fees Free for your first year and scholarship to cover your second year of tuition fees.

QRC awards two National Scholarships

  • Hospitality Management Student
  • Adventure Tourism Management Student

We are looking for the next tourism superstar and encourage applications from students with a genuine commitment and enthusiasm to study for a QRC Management Diploma at our Queenstown campus.

Think outside the box and tell us why your future lies in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry. Apply Here

Submit your 2022 Diploma and Scholarship Application by Friday 17th September 2021.

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The 2021 Scholarship Round is now open. Further information and application forms are

available on the Public Trust website:

Applications must be completed on the website by 5pm, Sunday 17th October 2021.

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Make sure to mark this on your calendar - Mrs Harison, our Japanese teacher, will be looking to include our Trident students who will be helping in some of the stalls and also dancing in the bonodori and maybe a J-Pop set!
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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".


Thank you to Seth Hands, our 2019 Head Boy who created this film for us!

TRIDENT HIGH SCHOOL - Where memories are made and opportunities are endless!


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.