Trident Leads

Term 2 Week 3 - May 20th 2022


Kia ora e te whanau,

This week we have seen winter sports really take off with so many teams across the codes taking part in training, tournaments and matches. It was good to see the enthusiasm and passion our sports students express but also to witness the respectful culture that they generate on the field and court. The work that our coaches do in instilling this value of respect for themselves, the team, the game and their opponents is perhaps the most significant learning they receive through their co-curricular endeavours. Thank you to the coaches, the managers, the drivers and the whanau who come to support our students in this vital aspect of personal growth and excellence.

BOT Elections

Soon we will be sending out information about the BOT elections for parents / whanau who might like to stand for a position on the school board. The work of the board is governance; setting in place the strategic direction of the school and maintaining the policies, finances and procedures to ensure its realisation. We have wonderful parent representatives on the board who give their time, energy and passion - but some are now at the stage where their students are moving on and it is time for them to pass the baton. If you think that you would like an opportunity to support the development and governance of your child’s education and think the Board would be a good fit for you, you are welcome to come along to our next BOT meeting on Thursday 16th June, or contact me and I can put you in touch with a parent rep.

Pink Shirt Day

Many thanks to the staff and students who took part in Pink Shirt Day today, to raise awareness of bullying and support an anti-bullying stance. It is a great opportunity to talk to young adults about how their behaviour has an impact on other people and also how to help and support the more vulnerable in our community. Bullying negatively impacts everyone involved and can have serious immediate, short and long-term physical, social, emotional and psychological impacts. For instance, a student being bullied at school may withdraw from socialising with other students, reducing their sense of belonging and connectedness. Serious experiences of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem can result from bullying, all of which can contribute to a person’s ability to develop and maintain positive relationships. Bullying can also impact on students’ academic achievement and learning. The Education Hub has a great resource on bullying and how to identify if it is happening, and support those who have experienced it; it also deals with myths and common misconceptions about the topic.

Our students' creative and enthusiastic response to the day was a great indicator of their adherence to the core values of the school and Trident is committed to a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for all of our students.

Te Ake Motuhake Camp

This afternoon some of our Year Nine young leaders returned from a noho at the Christian Camp in Ohope where they worked with our Year Twelve students to develop leadership skills and enjoy the challenges of working as a group to build self-efficacy. The event is the first of a series of initiatives to develop our junior leaders and was organised and led by Jeff Greenwood and Amy Wildash from our SMLT. Huge thanks also to the Year Twelves who gave up their time to mentor and support the junior students.


With Omicron still circling in our community, please note the following -

We are maintaining good health practices to continue to limit the spread of the pandemic in the school. These practices include -

  • All teachers and visitors to the school wear masks

  • Students are encouraged to wear a mask and masks are provided for them

  • Students are required to wear masks on school transport

  • Hand sanitiser is provided for use on entry and exit to all classrooms

  • Classrooms are ventilated

  • We encourage students to practice good hygiene when coughing / sneezing and using the bathroom

What can whanau do to help Trident to maintain a healthy school environment and keep students learning?

  • Encourage students to bring and wear a mask at school

  • Keep students with any symptoms at home

  • Inform the school office ( or whanau ako teacher) if your young adult is self-isolating as a household contact or if they get Covid

  • If self-isolating make sure your young adult has access to their google classrooms and maintains their study

  • Contact the whanau ako teacher for problems with access to learning resources on Google classroom

Many thanks for all that you do to support our kura.

We wish you a rejuvenating weekend with whanau.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Friday 3rd June - Kahui Ako TOD
  • Monday 6th June - Queen's Birthday
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2

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It is so great to see so many students around school sporting their pink shirts in support of the annual Pink Shirt Day. Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.
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Here is the link to watch Malachi, Tridents amazing entrepreneurial gumboot artist who appeared on Seven Sharp earlier this week!

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At Trident we like to follow and celebrate the success of our alumni as they journey through study and careers after they leave school. It is always an honour to hear about, and from former students so we were very pleased to hear about Tahliah Temple's academic success at University.

Tahliah has recently been recognised as one of the top 15% scholars in all academic disciplines. She is also honoured to be a part of the 1% of scholars at the University of Waikato. As a result of this effort she has been invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Golden Key International Honour Society is the world's largest collegiate honour society for graduate and undergraduate students, and has strong relationships with over 400 universities around the world. Golden Key is built on the pillars of academics, leadership, and service, and our chapters are committed to implementing service projects and leadership development for all students on their campus. Members qualify when they are at the top 15% of their class, and are given access to a wide range of rewards, scholarships, travel and study abroad opportunities, and more.

"I would just like to acknowledge Trident as I gained many opportunities from there. I was nurtured and influenced by some of the best teachers who have believed in me since day one Mrs Robb, Matua Mike, Mrs Thompson, Ms Coffey etc. I will continue to strive towards success so thank you very much!"

We wish Tahliah all the very best and congratulate her on her ongoing academic success. The future is a bright one for Tahliah!


We congratulate Trident alumni Jakob Carter on his exciting and successful fashion design business based in Ōpōtiki. It is great to see our Trident alumni taking their place in the world and shaping the industry they have stepped into. Well done Jakob!

Follow the link below to learn more

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On Tuesday we were lucky to enjoy an incredible poetry slam workshop with acclaimed South-Auckland based poet and performer Eric Soakai. Soakai is a former National Slam Poetry Champion who believes that, “You read to understand the world; you write to change it.” Eric encouraged students to use their own stories, experiences, and passions to craft powerful work for the page and the stage.

Thank you Eric!


A great break in the weather saw the Moto X elective group have a great ride on Thursday. How neat are their new team shirts! Neko, Levi and Jerry designed and printed them, well done team!!


On Wednesday Trident 2nd XI played WHS 2nd XI.

Another great local derby game. Both teams came out firing, within the first few minutes left winger Vita Pilcher put a goal away in the back of the net. A slight sigh of relief as Trident led 1-0 after 3 minutes. Shortly after WHS got a run away ball, heading straight for goalkeeper Loren Heaslip, who made an exceptional 1 v 1 save. The game went back and forth with Trident dominating predominantly in the first half, corner after corner and unlucky not to get a successful shot at goal. The WHS defence was working hard and finally Trident's striker Ava Milne got a through ball from sweeper Ashlee Jennings and saw a powerful shot on goal successful. Trident was up 2-0 at half time. The second half grew dark and gloomy as the clouds came in. Numerous shots upon goal from both teams. Many goals were saved by Leona Harley as goalkeeper in the second half. Runaway opportunities from Hazel Denby, Claudia Evans and Taylor Growden were unfortunately saved and deflected by the WHS defensive players. Late in the half WHS managed a lucky shot at goal that was first saved by the keeper but through the hustle and bustle, the ball ended up in the net. Pushing hard through the minutes with only less than 5 minutes to go WHS again scored the ball and fortunately for them executed their second goal for the season. With the final whistle blown, the girls left the field with smiles on their faces and were already looking forward to next week's match.

Score: 2-2

Player of the day: Ashlee Jennings and Vita Pilcher


Last weekend Ōpōtiki SLSC entered two teams into this competition and Georgia Hurunui was part of the Mixed Team that won their section.

Kicking off from Ohope Beach, there were 18 teams from Eastern, Northern and Waikato Regions. The course saw teams racing to Pikowai, Pukehina, Papamoa, Omanu and finishing at Mt Maunganui main beach. Each stage saw the teams stop and complete various physical and mental tasks to gain points on the way.

We dare say there were some very sore, stiff bodies recuperating after this, but a huge congratulations to Georgia!


Trident Junior A Boy's started off the night with a 65-23 win over WHS Junior A Boy's. On the other court, the Senior Girl's played Ōpōtiki Junior Girl's winning 68-5. Trident Junior B Boy's played WHS Junior A team going down 31-60. The Junior Girl's played Rūātoki in a close game and did well to come away with the win. Trident Senior A Boy's played Rūātoki winning comfortably. The Senior Development Boy's played Ōpōtiki in an evenly matched game. Tied up at full time, Ōpōtiki took the win with a shoot out.


This weekend saw our Prem 4 team play against the Taoroa team, well done to Taoroa on the win! It was a great game. Our Prem 2 and 3 teams also had wins and Trident Blue had a loss.

The Tauranga competition is starting with grading day this Saturday. Prem 1 have a bye as we won the competition last year.

Here is this weekends draw:

8.00AM: Trident Prem 2 - vs - TPHS Senior A; Tauranga Netball: Court 06 Trident Prem 3 BYE

9:00AM: TGC Senior A - vs - Trident Prem 2; Tauranga Netball: Court 06 TGC Junior A - vs - Trident Prem 3; Tauranga Netball: Court 09

10:00AM: Trident Prem 2 - vs - OTC Prem 2; Tauranga Netball: Court 06 Trident Prem 3 - vs - OTC Junior 1; Tauranga Netball: Court 09

11:00AM: Whakatane HS Snr Prem Reserves - vs - Trident Prem 2; Tauranga Netball: Court 06

TWOM Tirikawa- vs - Trident Prem 3; Tauranga Netball: Court 09

12:00PM Trident Prem 2 - vs - MMC Senior A; Tauranga Netball: Court 06 Trident Prem 3 - vs - MMC JUNIOR A; Tauranga Netball: Court 09


Congratulations to the following players who have qualified for the EBOP netball rep squads!

EBOP U16 Prem 1 & 2 Squad

Kohu Amoroa, Jayda Chisholm, Lysahn Collier, Jorjah Cooper, Reghan Harimate, Mihiwai Henare, Pukohurangi-Brez Hohapata-Ngatea, Jayd Hunia, Keziah Manual, Jordis Manual, Briar Merito, Danielle Moke-Kingi, Maia-Rose Rogers, Haedyn-Reeve Ruiterman, Llakiesha Te Riini, Tira Te Whetu, Mania Wallace, Jayden Wardlaw, Tayen Cobden, Mariana Williams.


Jorjah Cooper, Jessie-Lee Graham, Keziah Manual, Amanda Redmond, Haedyn-Reeve Ruiterman, Tira Te Whetu.

EBOP Year 9

Syniva Bryce, Alexis Hape, Maraea-Charms Hohapata-Ngatea, Rachael Kepa, Brianna Knowles, Jasmine McHardy, Arliyah Matchitt, Revé Ngaheu, Mikylah Wardlaw.


Kia ora e te iwi, know any rangatahi that are keen to get involved in some cool workshops? We have a rangatahi wananga coming up on the 9th of June.

In this wananga, rangatahi get to explore their creativity through three hands on artist led workshops. For more information or to sign up email Israel

Drawing workshop with Te Marunui Hotene

Portrait Photography with Arpege Taratoa

Fashion Workshop with Donna Dinsdale

Bookings essential!!

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Growing through Grief “Seasons for Growth” is an evidence-based loss and grief educative program and we invite students from Trident to attend.

In a small group of peers, young people are assisted to understand their experience of loss and grief. The program provides a safe learning environment for young people where they can give their voice to their experiences, understand their feelings, learn skills that help them adapt, develop friendships, and recognize that, ‘I’m not the only one’.

Young people attending may:

  • have a parent absent from their lives due to relationship breakdown or separation.
  • have lost a close family member due to illness, age, suicide, violence, or accident.
  • have a close family member absent due to time spent in mental health units, prison, or rehab.
  • be living in alternative care away from their own parents or home, be experiencing other loss or change in their family life.

DATE: Term Three – every Tuesday for eight weeks. August 2nd – September 20th

TIME: 3.30pm – 4.30pm

VENUE: Anglican Church, 30 Domain Road, Whakatāne

COST: $20 (covers the entire program – includes workbook)

FACILITATOR: Suzanne Maguire, Growing Through Grief Coordinator: Whakatāne


Phone: 021 767 538 or 0800 229 484

Completed enrolment form required before commencement of the program.

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MoneyHub has published a money guide for students to give you the tools and information so you can develop a great relationship with money. Check it out here:

Understanding money is often hard for students, but this guide has already proven a success. We have a lot of confidence in this guide and welcome your comments!


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.


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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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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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.

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