Trident Leads

Term 2 Week 2 - May 13th 2022


Kia ora e te whanau,

As the weather turns colder, thank you to those whanau who are making sure that students have a warm uniform jacket or fleece to wear through the school day. We have a number of fleeces which we can lend to students from the office; they are washed and ready to go each day if there is a problem with the uniform. In addition, we have some soft shell blue jackets available for students from KidsCan which we will distribute. Please do not allow your student to come to school in a hoodie as they will be asked to remove it when they arrive. If you have an old unused uniform that no longer fits your child, please consider donating it to the school office so that we can help other students to stay warm and comfortable in the Trident uniform.

Many thanks this week to Staff Shaw and Mrs Farrell, who aided by Mrs Elliot, organised and held the Trident Anzac Ceremony. This was a fitting recognition from the whole school of the importance of remembering and acknowledging the debt we have to those who have served in the military in New Zealand and sacrificed themselves for our country. This is a ceremony of particular gravitas and we were so pleased with the school’s response to the event. Students were respectful and participated as appropriate - ably led by our Senior Prefect Team and our Services Academy. Teachers commented on the excellent role modelling shown by our seniors, in particular Charles Blackburn, Aria Dalgleish, Peter Heretama-Wikaire, Michele Lowe (Service Academy), Cruise Ohlson (Service Academy), Hugh Oyanagi, Izzy Steane, Nate Williams and Tahupotiki Wrathall. Our juniors are lucky to have such examples to follow.

This week it was exciting to welcome Lucas de Jong from Seven Sharp to Trident. Lucas is an old boy of Opotiki College and familiar with the Eastern Bay. He and his crew came down from Auckland to interview two young rising stars in EBOP, one of whom was Malachi Kurei from Trident, whose entrepreneurial skills in designing bespoke gumboots has brought him into the spotlight. We are proud of both Malachi’s creative vision and also his confident and personable approach to the interview - it will air next week; please take the time to watch him!

On Monday we have a Teacher Only Day during which we will be working as a full staff on developing Culturally Responsive and Relational Pedagogy. We have the benefit of Poutama Pounamu coming from Rotorua to help us with this mahi and the leadership of Matua Jimmy McLean, helped by Caroline Reddish, within the school. This is a journey that we have been on for a while now and I am proud of the developing practice of our teachers and teacher aides as they adopt and adapt to the principles of CR and RP.

Monday is a great opportunity for our senior students to sign in to their Google Classrooms and continue their mahi towards their NCEA certificates. Our Year 11 students, who have to gain 80 credits to achieve Level One NCEA this year, have a particular challenge. Please catch up with your young adult and make a plan for a worthwhile and productive day in which they manage themselves to complete outstanding work and stretch themselves to push for Merit and Excellence in their current assessments.

Enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend with whanau.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Monday 16th May - Accord Teacher Only Day
  • Friday 20th May - Pink Shirt Day
  • Monday 6th June - Queen's Birthday
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2

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While Covid 19 is in our community, our staff are wearing masks and we encourage students to do the same. We have found this graphic regarding mask use to be helpful in explaining how mask wearing keeps us and those around us safe.

At Orange Framework it is not mandatory for students to wear masks in class, however it is a good method to stay healthy.

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On Wednesday our school gathered in assembly to hold our annual Anzac commemoration. It was a lovely ceremony featuring our Service Academy, prefect readings, stories about our Trident whanau connections to soldiers, our National Anthem and the talented Aria Dalgleish playing "The Last Post and Reveille".

Thank you to all involved in making this years commemoration a special one.


The sun was shining and the conditions were fantastic for our 2022 Cross Country, the competitors were ready and raring to go, looking sharp in their PE uniforms whizzing up the hill and through the Bird Walk. We would like to offer a big thank you to staff and Sports Leaders who helped with the management of the event and cheered on our runners with their signage and enthusiasm.

The students were the stars of the show and were all amazing!

We also pay thanks to the whanau supporters who came down to watch and cheer our students on.

Below are our top 5 finishers in each age group & the house points.

Each student got 20 points for entering and the top 5 gained 50 bonus points

House points:

1st place: BUCK with 760 points

2nd place: KARA with 520 points

3rd place: NGATA with 380 points

4th place: POMARE with 350 points

Senior Boys

1st: Bailey Fredericksen, 2nd: Xavier Shepherd, 3rd: Tahupotiki Wrathall, 4th: Cruise Ohlson, 5th: Dahrius Tahu.

Senior Girls:

1st: Hannah Baxter, 2nd: Eva Fuller, 3rd: Waimania Rangiaho, 4th: Molly Byford, 5th: Michele Lowe

Intermediate Girls:

1st: Jayd Hunia, 2nd: Layla Rowland

Intermediate Boys:

1st: Oliver Christie, 2nd: Xavier Christie, 3rd: Ollie Fredericksen, 4th: Joseph Spalding, 5th: Luke Rothwell

Junior Boys:

1st: Sean Jones, 2nd: Ryan Sommerville, 3rd: Darcy Bowers, 4th: Gabriel Aruquipa Southerwood, 5th: Freddy Evans.

Junior Girls:

1st: Kayla Follows, 2nd: Lilly Collombet, 3rd: Lily Hipkiss, 4th: Vita Pilcher, 5th Holly Rowland.

Well done to everyone for their efforts!


The Year 12 2PEC Physical Education Class went to Whirinaki to complete a day tramp and overnight camp in the beautiful Whirinaki Forest. The scenery in this part of Aotearoa is incredible, native bush everywhere, waterfalls and a crystal clear river. We are very lucky to live where we live.

The students have trained for the camp in their Physical Education lessons during Term 1 and the camp and tramp was the culmination of this assessment.

The students completed a 13km Day Tramp on the Whirinaki Waterfall Loop Track and then camped overnight at the Whirinaki Recreation Camp.

The students were established into groups and had to work together to gather all their camping gear, set up camp, prepare and cook their evening meal and breakfast and then pack down the camp the following day.

An evening quiz, marshmallows on the fire, live guitar music, card games and game of spotlight meant the students enjoyed their downtime after a long tramp.

The students were absolutely fantastic and a pleasure to take away. They showed great teamwork, resilience and empathy towards each other. Well done 2PEC, you were brilliant!


It was a beautiful day for the Junior Boys football team and their first game of the season at Trident High School. A local derby against Whakatane High Junior A saw a tightly fought contest where Trident came out on top. Sam Merkofer prodded home the first goal from close range. Whakatane High came back fighting and equalised before half time. Midway through the second half Tait Nelson gave Trident the lead with a nicely placed penalty. Special mention to Kadin Meharry who played an amazing game out of position and Luke Rothwell for his strong leadership of the team. Thanks also for the great turn out of the supporters.


Trident Blue 2nd XI played WHS 2nd XI on in a friendly warm up match.

Trident won 5 - 0.

Trident played an exceptional game considering this was the first time the girls played together and the first time some players had even played football.

Taylor Growden started the game with 2 successful goals scored within the first 15 mins. WHS dominated for a while and our back line held up to their pressure. Leona Hurley's debut at goalkeeper was a raging success with dives, kicks and running at their striker, she was a force not to be reckoned with, even saving their free kick from just outside the penalty box.

Half time came and went, another free kick was awarded, this time to Trident, sweeper Ashlee Jennings put a cracker shot away in the back of the net to put the score at 3-0.

Our two new players Bethany Prout and Bailey Law secured their positions as midfielders who never stopped running and centred the team. Vita Pilcher had a few good runs up the sideline as left wing, she was unlucky to not get a successful shot at goal. Striker Ava Milne then put two away in quick concession as puff started to run out of both teams.

A great local derby game and I'm sure there will be more to come.


The second week of the school holidays saw Ethan Forbes and Malachi Kurei head off for 2 days to Te Puna to one of the ‘E tu Toa Development Camps’ - a Maori under 18s Rugby Development Camp - this one for the Chiefs region. Around 60 senior students from the Chiefs region were selected for the camp after applying with their player profiles and successes, plus their Iwi affiliation.

The camp saw the boys work on their Maori identity as individuals and as a group. They shared their whakapapa and connected as a group over the two days they spent together. The group walked up a local mountain, connecting with the whenua - a mountain that overlooked the wider area that connected the whole group, connected to the local wai, learnt specific knowledge through legends about the area where they were staying. Malachi says the camp was about a 70% focus on Maori culture - developing the players Maori identity as priority - teaching them who they are first and foremost before identifying as a rugby player. This aspect of the camp was unexpected but provided a space for the boys to develop and they are appreciative of their newfound understanding of how their culture can be upheld strongly in sport. For Ethan it really helped him to delve into his culture in a way he had not done before. Malachi was already quite familiar with his Maori identity but there were aspects that opened his eyes and both boys say they will go forward with a new perspective of who they are and what they want to achieve in life.

The rugby side of the camp saw the group train in two teams and then play their best in front of selectors and coaches from the NZ u18 Maori wider selector squad.

From this camp, the boys hope to get named at the end of June to get into the National Camp for the NZ u18 Maori team. Even if they don't make it to the next camp, they are stoked to have been involved in the Chiefs camp.

We applaud Ethan and Malachi on their achievement and wish them the very best as they wait to hear if they make it to the next stage.


Trident 1st XV vs Tauponuiatia

"With only a handful of trainings and a large number of debutants, everyone was really excited to see how we’d play. Early on Trident dominated possession and the run of play. Three mins in Alex Whittle crossed from a nice sweeping backline play. Taupo hit back before Zion Wipaki and Eparaina Ruawai scored tries with Ethan Forbes converting these tries. Half time score: 19 - 7

The second half started like the first with Tio Morehu showing great strength and speed, busting through and scoring. Noho Riini out ran everyone chasing a well placed kick from Jack Clark.

Taupo scored 2 late tries for a very entertaining game. Final score 33-26."


"It was a very slow start to begin with but we found our flow, improving our defence and working together as a team to get us over the line a few more times in the second half to secure the win. Final score was 30-17. Well done boys!!

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"Super proud of our U16s who had an awesome 33 - 12 win over Mt Maunganui 2nd XV on Saturday.

The boys all played with huge heart and lots of skill against a team that had a lot of big players. It was a great team effort across the board and a step up from previous weeks with great tries to Cambell, Ronan, Keanu, two to Kade and four conversions from Joe.

Well done boys and thanks heaps to all the supporters."


We applaud Derek Esterhuizen for his commitment to his Surf Lifesaving volunteer work. At the Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Senior Prize-giving, Derek was recognised as having done the most hours over the season, he recorded 74 hrs, but the reality is he likely did a lot more unrecorded hours too. Derek was awarded the Best New Patroller of the year - he was awarded this for the most patrolling hours and also was awarded the best new Lifeguard candidate for the season out of 15 new recruits.

A note from Whakatane Surf Lifesaving:

“Whakatane Surf club actively put all Lifeguards & Patrol supports in NZQA 1st Aid courses (credits), plus learning skills, on the equipment - IRB's etc. Camp America love our SLSNZ Lifeguards and send us requests every year for our kids to apply....we also have a program where they can go to the UK in their summer season.”


We are proud to announce that we have Year 10 student Leona Harley starring as Maddison in the upcoming Theatre Whakatane show ‘School of Rock’. We congratulate Leona on her place in the show and we look forward to seeing her on stage from June 22nd. Leona auditioned in January and heard she was successful a few days later. She wanted to audition for the Ensemble which her character Maddison is a part of, she wasn’t feeling sure she would gain a spot as a member of the cast, so is rapt to be cast!

The rehearsal schedule sees Leona rehearse about 9 hours a week, sometimes more, and this will increase the closer she gets to the show opening. The show will see Leona singing and dancing which is keeping her fit and she is loving the singing aspect.

School of Rock is the first show Leona has been cast in, although she is familiar with theatre, having taken a backstage role in Phantom of the Opera.

Leona won't give much away about the show but poses the question “Will we make it to the Battle of the Bands…or not?!”.

We wish Leona all the best in her rehearsals and look forward to the show in June
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Last weekend Caitlyn Esterhuizen and Hannah Baxter travelled up to Auckland to take part in the King and Queen of the harbour ocean ski race. This is a roughly 20 km distance race and the route this year was out to Rangitoto island, around the lighthouse and along the island and then back to Takapuna. It was a beautiful day but with no wind assistance it made for a tough race. Congratulations to Hannah who finished 3rd and Caitlyn 5th just 2 minutes after Hannah. Super effort by them both!


We congratulate Sean Jones, Oliver Christie, Xavier Christie, Zoe Christie and Bailey Fredrickson who competed in the T42 in National Park last weekend. Sean came first in 11km trail run, Oliver came 3rd and Xavier came 7th in 24km trail run. Zoe was the 2nd female and Bailey was the 2nd male in mountain biking. They represented Whakatane and Trident superbly. Keep up the good work team!


On the 20th of May we will be having our annual Pink Shirt Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear a pink shirt to raise awareness of anti-bullying and to support the cause.

Pink shirt day originated in Canada when two students witnessed a new gay student who experienced homophobic bullying for wearing a pink shirt at school. The next day they bought lots of pink shirts and shared them around the class to support the bullied student and raise awareness of homophobic bullying. Pink Shirt Day is now celebrated around the world to support anti- bullying.

Remember to bring $2 as the prefects will be selling pink cupcakes outside A6..

Come on Trident let's stand up to bullying!

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Eastern Bay of Plenty Careers Expo

Trident High School will be hosting the Eastern Bay of Plenty Careers Expo on Wednesday 25th May. This Expo will be attended by senior students from all the Eastern Bay Schools.

If your business or organization would like to be a part of this expo please contact:

Amy Wildash Careers Adviser

Part time jobs, work experience, presentations.

Check out this facebook page for the latest careers opportunities and information.

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 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, (Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help plan your future.


Bank Account 12 3253 0004257 00

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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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".

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What a beautiful day it was for our Marine Science Elective to explore the rocky shore to investigate the molluscs and crustaceans found.
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