Trident Leads

Term 4 Weeks 5 & 6 - 25th November 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

It has been great this week to see the junior students so focused and committed to taking their end of year exams. Students are talking about their revision, their performance in the exams and their progress in the Trident Junior Certificate. They know how close they are to achieving and to getting an endorsement - a really clear indication that they are taking their learning seriously and wanting to experience personal excellence. Please support them over the long weekend to continue to work for the remaining exams and be able to experience a sense of pride and achievement as they finish up the term and the year.

Our staff have been supporting the juniors to have fun at lunchtime too and build a sense of connection and engagement with school, through the organisation of games and activities each day. Today there was a lively and strongly contested game of five-a-side soccer on the turf organised by Jon Stanhope and Glenn Barr but involving some unexpectedly passionate soccer players from the staff - thanks Richard Pinckney, Jason Garner, Brett Wharewera, Adelaide Roper, Julie Reihana, Amanpreet Grewal, Gareth Vlotman and Fraser Shaw for giving up your time at lunchtime to entertain the junior students and congratulations to the feisty team of year tens who took on the teachers’ team.

This week our junior volleyball players were away in Tauranga with the Secondary Junior North Island Championships. I was lucky to be able to go over on Wednesday and see each team - the Girls’ Junior A, the Girls’ Junior B and the Boys’ Junior A - play a match. What struck me was the team work and the school values evident in the matches and the interactions before and after our students played. They present a strong culture of respect, quality work and Kia Manawanui and represent the school well; huge thanks to the coaches and the teachers (Paul Barr, Tracey Webster, Morgan Seymour and Steph Walker) who have made the week a success, driving back and forth with the teams or staying overnight with them at the venue. We are lucky that your dedication and commitment give our students these opportunities.

On Monday we have our second Government allocated Teacher Only Day at which we will continue to work with teachers on Literacy and Numeracy and individual department changes for the new NCEA refresh. This is hugely valuable time for us to prepare our curriculum delivery and assessment well in preparation for 2023.

Ginny Bellamy, DP Junior Curriculum is busy with the preparations for our end of year Junior Prize-Giving which is a special event for all of our junior students. This is at 10:00 am on Thursday 8th December and we would love to welcome you all to the prize giving to share this celebration of student progress and achievement in 2022.

I hope the weekend brings us some sunshine and the chance to relax with whānau.

Ngā mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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  • Monday 28th November - Teacher Only Day
  • 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
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Exam etiquette has been great with all students demonstrating one of our core values - Respect for Others - by being quiet and focusing on their exam.


We want to get all our long term loan chromebooks back to school by the end of Week 7. Our IT department disables our chromebooks after Junior Prizegiving so the chromebook will no longer work.

After Junior exams finish on Tuesday 29, students are to bring their long term loan chromebook and charger to school and give them to their Whānau Ako teacher.

If there is a problem with returning the chromebook please contact your student's Whānau

Ako teacher or our admin office during school hours. A $300 charge will be put on students' account for not returning the chromebook and a $60 charge for not returning the charger.

Thank you for your help in getting the chromebooks back.


While the Year 10 students are away at camp, we have an excellent opportunity to suspend our usual program and continue our learning in a different way.

At the beginning of week 8, 5 - 7th December the Year 9 students will be participating in an exciting programme designed to help them explore the world and the local area.

During these 3 days students will be based at school participating in exciting workshops focussed around different countries and cultures, sports and games, rollerskating and waka ama.

School lunches will be provided.

Students will be transported by bus to the Whakatane Heads for waka ama and accompanied by teaching staff.

Students will need:

  • Change of clothes - for sports.
  • Togs and towel - waka ama.
  • Sunblock, hat, sunnies, water bottle.
  • Students must return a signed permission slip to their whanau ako teacher so that they can take part in the out of school activities.

There is no cost to students for these activities. If you have further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Ms Wildash at school.


Year 11 students Dillon Kotze and Cooper Harris "Trident 1" in their 36V Electric Wheelchair won the Drag Race and the Innovation Award (for innovatively wiring up a reverse switch)

Evolocity is a charitable organisation keen on educating students on the environmental and economic benefits of Electric Vehicles (EV's) while growing youth interest in technology and engineering. Jessica Cathro from Rotorua Lakes District Council is the key Evolocity Coordinator for the BOP and has been urging us to enter teams for several years now.

Derek Caudwell (Trust Horizon) has also been encouraging schools in our district to join this year's event and came along to watch us compete.

High school teams are equipped with one electric bike componentry kit and during the year they design and build their own electric vehicles, racing them at the end of the year. The regional race in Rotorua was cancelled due to bad weather so our race was held here at our school. Dillon and Cooper leapt at the opportunity when they spotted a broken wheelchair in the back of the Engineering Classroom that was destined for scrap metal recycling - they came to Mr Dobbin enthusiastically saying "Sir! Could we fix it and put a motor on it?" When Mr Dobbin said "Yes providing it is electric" they were not very enthusiastic, as they both ride high-performance motorbikes, but they are so pleased now that they did having built first-hand their very own EV project and experienced the power and quietness of electric drive systems and amazed at the almost zero cost of refuelling (recharging with electricity).

They fitted the free drive kitset from Evolocity but removed the standard 24V Lead Acid Batteries and replaced them with a 36V Lime Scooter Lithium Ion (LiON) battery and wired up a reversing switch to enable them to go backwards as well as forwards. This switch proved very useful when Cooper over-ran the baton bucket in the Gymkhana event.

The race was super-fun - Trident came 2nd Overall, 1st in the 50m drag race recording 18.1km/h (even beating the Speed Demons from John Paul College) and winning the Engineering Innovation Award "for the karts ability to go Forwards and Backwards" said Jessica Cathro (we've never seen a school do that before).

A fun event that Trust Horizon is keen to see more schools enter into next year and Trident High School is keen to host a race event for local schools on our school site.

Mr Dave Dobbin - Teacher Engineering, Trident High School

(National Race Results are still being tabulated - fingers crossed)

Photo right: Jessica Cathro giving Gymkhana Race instructions to Cooper Harris and Dillon Kotze while Derek Caudwell (Trust Horizon Race Sponsor) takes note.


On Wednesday 16th November we celebrated our Year 10 students who have represented our school this year in their chosen sporting disciplines. The volume of Year 10 students who play sport was great to see and the diverse set of sports that students took the opportunity to play was fantastic. Many students who stood to receive recognition and their award were being celebrated for numerous sporting disciplines.

Playing sport is an important part of a high school education for many students. Here are just three reasons we encourage our students at Trident to join a team or have a go at a sport.

1. Sport gives students a sense of belonging and connection when they’re interacting with their mates

2. Sport and physical activity is a great way to help manage anxiety and stress for young people

3. Students who are physically active tend to realise their potential in the classroom

We look forward to celebrating our Year 9 students this term too.


On Tuesday 15th November we welcomed a section of the NZ Army to Trident, featuring two of our Trident alumni; Dakota Albert and Te Onui Moore. They spoke to our Year 10 Service Academy class and caught up with their very proud former teachers. During lunch time and period 5 there was a steady stream of student and teacher visitors, all keen to chat to the army group and check out the impressive vehicles. Students were given permission to climb up and in the army vehicles and were even given ration packs to eat. One group of students were challenged to try remove a tyre, but alas no-one succeeded to budge the tyres off these very robust trucks! Our students really enjoyed meeting the whole group, especially Dakota and Te Onui who engaged with our students and provided them with words of wisdom and encouragement. The sections female sergeant spoke about the opportunities in the army and the sports that she plays there, another great role model for our students.

You continue to make us proud Dakota and Te Onui, thank you for honouring us with your visit!


On Monday 14th November we had teachers from across the rohe learning about Minecraft and how it can be used across the curriculum to support hybrid learning and encourage future focussed citizens. These teachers will be the leaders in their own schools and the coaches at Tuesdays E Sport event also held here at Trident. Teams of 4 will work collaboratively using Minecraft to design and build a virtual Whakatane, competing against other groups of 4. It is the first competition of its kind in the Bay of Plenty and is run by Kahui Ako in collaboration with Awanuiarangi.

On Tuesday, 15th November in the morning we hosted Year 5-6 students from around the district who competed in teams - building a virtual Whakatane. Congratulations to Paroa School who won the Year 5/6 completion.

In the afternoon we had the Year 7-10 students. The day was a great success and we are happy to share that St Josephs Catholic School won this division. Well done to everyone that trained and competed in the first Esports competition!


Vadim Moke-Kingi, Hannah Baxter, Jack Waugh and Jorjah Main are a part of the Sport BOP Student Sport Leadership Group 2022. They have been attending Sport BOP hui once a term along with students from other EBOP schools. The group aims to help increase access to physical activity opportunities available at school. It also helps build on their leadership skills, knowledge and support networks. Well done to this group of students who are making a difference in our community.


We congratulate Hugh Oyanagi and Jan Hundemer who have gained top marks in a University mathematics paper. Hugh and Jan distinguished themselves as exceptional mathematics students as early as Year 10, and were encouraged by the Mathematics Department to complete NCEA Level 1 work early in order to give them the opportunity to advance further. By completing NCEA Level 3 Calculus in Year 12, Hugh and Jan were able to undertake a mathematics course with the University of Canterbury by distance learning in 2022. They have excelled in that self-study environment and gained marks of A+. In addition, they are now both planning to pursue degree programmes at Canterbury.

Congratulations to both Hugh and Jan, we wish you all the best with your tertiary studies in 2023!


Congratulations to our Boys’ Hockey Team who are finalists in Bay Office Products Depot Secondary School Boys' Team of the Year and our Premier Netball Team who are Canon New Zealand Secondary School Girls' Team of the Year finalists in the 2022 Forsyth Barr Bay of Plenty Sports Awards being held at Rotorua Energy Events Centre tonight!
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Congratulations to Kayla Follows, Holly Rowland and Kamea Aldridge and Mr Paul Hipkiss (BOT member) who became qualified Surf Lifeguards recently. They have been working hard all year to pass the lifeguard assessment. The sea conditions were rough on Saturday making it a particularly difficult test. All 4 will be patrolling our beach this summer.


Our Junior A Girls' Volleyball are playing off for 5th/6th place against Manurewa High today. They had a tough game against a very strong Rangitoto side yesterday and then came back with a strong win against One Tree Hill. The girls are loving the strong whānau support.

Our Junior B Girls' team are playing off for 3rd/4th in division 2.

Our Junior Boys' team played superbly yesterday and took away two well deserved wins.

We look forward to sharing the final results and wish our teams all the best for their final day of tournament.


Trident Touch teams are in the Whakatane Touch Secondary School Competition. Recently, both Trident Boys' teams, the Girls' team and the mixed teams came away with wins. The Boys' A team and Girls' A team are preparing for the Secondary School Nationals in Rotorua in December. Both teams are fairly young but all members are enthusiastic and committed .


In her summer research project, Trident alumni Holly will investigate the importance of dung returns for building soil carbon in pastures. Having recently completed her Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Soil Science, she looks forward to continuing her studies towards a Master’s. Her research will contribute to further improving our understanding of farming practices that maintain/increase soil carbon stocks, thus helping reduce agriculture's net greenhouse gas emissions.


We are proud to share that Trident alumni Courtney Wilson has been awarded the Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship to complete her Masters in Cyber Security next year. The scholarship is valued at $20,000 and is in addition to the TOMRA scholarship, worth $7,500 for Women in STEM she received earlier this year. Congratulations to Courtney, this is fantastic news and we know this will lead to an exciting career in the future.


We have noticed an increase in head lice within the school, it's that time of year!

Please have your child check their hair over the weekend and if you require treatment, the School Nurse has head lice treatment and Combs for the student to take home and treat.

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.


  • Tuesday 31st January Term 1 starts - Teacher Only Day
  • Wednesday 1st February - Powhiri Y9 5.30pm

  • Thursday 2nd February - Y9 students, Y13 tuakana teina students + new students at other year levels
  • Friday 3rd February - Full School
  • Monday 6th February - Waitangi Day


Bay Office Products Depot (OPD) have stationery packs, available for purchase from 28th November for our Year 9 & 10 Core Subjects pack $15.95.

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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. ...


“Our Ambassador Programme aims to increase participation in girls’ sports through identifying aspirational young female leaders and enabling them to inspire those around them to participate in sport.

We’re not looking for the best player in the team, we’re looking for girls willing and passionate about kicking goals and helping grow girls’ sport in New Zealand.

Ambassadors receive leadership and personal development opportunities, an environment to grow as a person and the chance to create meaningful change through our Leadership award levels, specifically designed for teenage girls active in sport and recreation. The three levels are Spark, Quest and Challenge.

Each level requires Ambassadors to attend Forward Foundation Ambassador Conferences, set goals and occupy an active role with the aim of increasing participation in their sport, and participate in discussion forums with other Ambassadors from across New Zealand.

We’re looking for girls willing and passionate about kicking goals and helping girls' get active in New Zealand.”

Click the link to apply!


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:


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. This can be dropped off to the front office. Thank you.


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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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