Trident Leads

Term 3 Week 4 - 20th August 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

I hope that you are safe and well in your lockdown bubbles as we remain in Level Four Alert for Covid 19 until Tuesday night next week. This email is to bring you up to date with the school’s plans as we move forward. Whilst we are planning around Level Four, we are aware that much of the information included remains important at Level Three as well.

There is a lot of information here - please read it carefully. We will post regularly on Facebook to update you, too.

By now you should have had contact from your whanau / whanau ako teacher, either by email, text or phone call. The purpose of the contact was simply to check in and make sure that your student and whanau are safe and well. If you have concerns for the wellbeing of your child, please contact our guidance team for help - or It is an anxious time for some of our young people and it is important they have the help and support they need available to them from our team.

Online Learning Programme

  • Our online learning programme will begin for everyone on Monday 23rd August with a 9:00am Whanau Ako meeting.

  • Students will have a whanau ako Google meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week at 9:00am. This is an important meeting to check in on learning, progress and wellbeing. Please make sure your student attends.

  • Students have access to their Google classrooms for every subject as well as their whanau ako classroom

  • Teachers will provide learning material on their Google classrooms by Monday 10:00am each week

  • Students will have a 30 minute Google meet with their teacher once a week, during a period for that subject

  • Students will work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with teacher support - teachers will be online for Google meets, student feedback and asynchronous support for student learning

  • Students will work independently on Tuesday and Thursday on the learning material provided through Google classrooms

If you have any questions or concerns, you can email the teacher and they will reply as soon as they are able. Please be mindful of their own pressures and commitments working from home.

Devices, Internet Access and Hard Copy Material

If you have problems with access to the internet and need to have paper copies of work provided, or you have a problem with the Chromebook you have borrowed or bought, please let your whanau ako teacher know via email with details of what help you need. This will be forwarded to the Senior Management Team who will contact you.

EOTC, Trips and Sport

All our students away on EOTC this week are safely back with whanau. If your child was part of the Auckland Apex visit, you will be aware that they did not visit locations of interest during the times listed by the Ministry of Health. However, follow the health advice and contact the Covid Healthline or your GP in the event of symptoms - which goes for everyone.

The Winter Sports Tournament week is on hold until further information is available

The GBI programme is also on hold until further information is available

This will be disappointing for our students who have prepared for, and anticipated these events, and they must be reassured that as soon as we can return to the co-curricular life of the school, we will do so.

Health and Hygiene

For health questions and concerns the local Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance is offering support during school closure. Students can access advice and referrals from Nicky Tarbotton on 021 448 196

At home please do the following to keep students and whanau safe -

· regular hand washing and drying

· coughing and sneezing into elbows

· hand sanitize

And of course, contact your GP or the Covid Healthline if any of your whanau has symptoms.

The following article was forwarded by the Ministry of Education as a good example of how we can understand what is happening now with the Delta variant of Covid 19, and I include it for your interest

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: Delta makes this a new kind of challenge. But we can smash it again

Please make sure we have your up to date contact details ( pass them on to your whanau /ako teacher) so that we can update you regularly as we get further information from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.We will follow their guidelines in our practice and work alongside you to keep our young people safe and learning.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Wednesday 25th August - SPCA Cupcake Day (new date to be advised)
  • Monday 30th August to Friday 3rd September - Winter Tournament Week
  • Thursday 2nd September - Electives
  • Week 8 - 13th September - Study Leave
  • Monday 13th September - Year 8 Open Day & Evening
  • Thursday 16th September to Tuesday 21st September - Senior Benchmark Examinations/Internal Assessment Support
  • Week 10 - 27th September - NCEA update emailed
  • 28th September - Subject Selection and Pathway Information Evening
  • 29th September - Whanau Teacher Academic Goal Meetings
  • Friday 1st October - End of Term 3


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.


Trident High School has opted into the government’s Optional Donations Scheme in 2021-2022


Nominations are now open for Student Representative for 2021/2022. Forms are available from the student desk.

Nominations close on Wednesday 25 August.

Students speak to the school assembly on 8 September.

Voting papers will be issued after assembly to cast your vote.

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


Upcoming Careers Events in Term 3

Auckland University Whakapiki Ake Te Whe Programme.

Year 11 Maori students interested in careers in health science are invited to take part in the Te Whe programme held at Whakatane Hospital on the 24th August, Students need to sign up in the careers hub.

Course Planning Meetings

This term, staff from the various universities will be coming to school to assist students with their course selection and enrolments.

Otago University - 28th September Massey University - 23rd August.

Auckland University - 8th September Further dates available soon.

University Entrance Scholarships

Students heading to university in 2022 should check out their institution’s website for details.

Entrance scholarship application deadlines are as follows:

· Waikato University - applications are open now and close 31st August.

· Victoria University - applications open mid June and close September 1.

· Otago University - applications open 1st July and close August 15.

· University of Canterbury - applications open June 20 and close August 15.

· Auckland University of Technology - applications open July and close August 1.

· Auckland University - applications are open now and close August 25.

· Massey University - applications are open now and close August 20.

· Otago University - Tu Kahika and POPO Scholarships for Health Science Foundation Closes 15th August.

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.


At our Accord NCEA teacher only day on Wednesday our school, who are partnering with Poutama Pounamu, were privileged to spend the morning with facilitators Dr Therese Ford and Johnson Davis to unpack the Whakapapa of colonisation in Aotearoa New Zealand and investigate the impact that this has had on the development of our Education System. It was a great learning opportunity for our staff to understand the importance and reasons why Mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori is such a focus of the incoming NCEA changes that are expected to be implemented by 2023.

This will be a focus of ongoing professional learning for our school.

In the afternoon, staff were working in faculty areas to look at the subject specific changes that will be made to NCEA Level One and what that might mean for their department planning.


On Thursday the 5th of August, 11 students started work placements in a variety of departments at the Whakatane District Council. These students range from Year 11 to Year 13. The students started their first day with a briefing from the Human Resource Manager in one of the committee rooms at the District Council before they headed off with their various Team Leaders. Some had to wear steel cap boots and hard hats as they were out and about, while others were busy behind a desk. They will be attending their placements 4 times over the month of August.

This is an excellent way for students to learn about what happens in our Council, about job opportunities and adding work experience for their CVs.

Thanks to all the students for stepping up, going outside their comfort zones and giving work experience a go.


Trident is proud to announce that we have three Science students; Clea Finlay, Charles Blackburn and Hugh Oyanagi, who were selected by the Royal Society to attend the London International Youth Science Forum. LYISF is about tauira coming together, to learn, share, debate and discover both about STEM and also culturally. LYISF has partnered with a digital platform provider to deliver an exciting and engaging virtual experience this year. Students attending LIYSF VIRTUAL have a carefully curated experience of LIYSF, including all principal lectures live-streamed with a true hybrid approach to ensure attention is given to the virtual experience, using green screens and equal weighting for asking questions. LIYSF VIRTUAL hosts hundreds of students from all over the world and has lecturers based across England universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.

Clea, Hugh and Charles are in the midst of the forum, tuning in whenever they can to lectures and online discussions. They say the time differences can be tricky but it also means that they can tune in at times that work for them. Charles says there have been some very cool lectures including one from the scientist who created the Oxford Covid vaccine. Charles is looking at a Health based career and he has been enjoying meeting lots of people, having good conversations online. He says bringing together a lot of like minded people of the same age is so cool. So far he particularly enjoyed the AI lectures, and commends the lecturers who he says are amazing - they are the people who actually have and are changing the world.

Hugh says he has never done anything like this and is so glad he has, as he is still exploring career options. It has really opened his eyes and has challenged the way he thinks and sees things already. He is enjoying the lecturers who are world top specialists in their field.

Clea is looking at Environmental Science and Law as a future career option and is enjoying being in discussion with University students who are studying super specialised areas of science. While she says this is daunting, it is also inspiring and she comments that it feels good to be challenged.

The research that the group are being exposed to is cutting edge and brand new and the topics vary across many different branches of the sciences, exposing study and career options simultaneously.

We are proud of Clea, Hugh and Charles who have two more days left of the forum and thank the Royal Society for giving them the opportunity to take part in this Forum.


Year 10 Apex class recently went to Auckland for a Science trip. When we arrived we went straight to the Auckland Zoo and had a talk from one of the zoo educators about our New Zealand endemic and native species and how we can protect them. We then had three hours to look at all of the animals in the zoo. One of the highlights was definitely the new Orangutan and siamang enclosure where we got to see the animals up really close. We then made our way to the YMCA we were staying to unpack, and get organised for dinner. We had two hours to explore Queen Street and have dinner before going to the movies to watch ‘Free Guy'. After the movie we made our way back to the YMCA and went to bed. The next day we went to Rainbows End, where we had a physics focus and got to experience and learn about energy conversions while having fun. After three hours of running round the theme park trying to go on as many rides as possible, we had a pizza lunch before

jumping back in our vans to go back to Whakatane. Big thanks to Miss Botha and Miss Elliot for organising this trip for us. Report by Hannah Baxter


9 Trident students went to the Bay of Plenty Schools Chess Tournament last week. Trident put forward an A and a B team, and we had a spare player to loan to Whakatane High School to help them make up a team. After the disappointment of last year's COVID cancellation, there were over 20 teams entered this year. The competition proved too much for our teams who did not place this year. Our teams are still young and each tournament brings valuable game experience. There is still one more tournament this year which will be held at Trident so we are looking forward to that. Well done to all of our players, the experience of competition will help you to gain skills to take forward into your next games.

Newsletter proudly sponsored by


Brad Rothwell, Lukas Buchan, Harry Jones and ex-student Vance Harvey represented the Bay of Plenty U18 Hockey Team in the National Hockey Tournament held in Hamilton in the July school holidays. The hockey was fast paced and exciting to watch with the Bay Team placing 9th after some hard fought matches. From this Tournament Bradley and Vance were identified and selected to be part of the NZ U18 Performance Squad. This selection comes from lots of hard work on the turf as well as commitment to Hockey over the last few years and hopefully from here there is an opportunity to secure spots in NZ Mens High Performance Pathway Squads going forward. Good luck to them both in their training camp that will happen in October.


Monday last week Gisborne Girls High School travelled to Whakatane for a Hockey and Netball Exchange.The Gisborne Girls Hockey team played Whakatane High in the morning and us in the afternoon. Gisborne came away with a 3 -1 win. It was good to play a new team in preparation for tournament week coming up in a few weeks.
Tuesday night we played Ruamata at home with Ruamata scoring first with Trident matching it 1 all at half time. We managed to save numerous penalty corners but in the last few minutes of the game Ruamata scored through a Penalty corner which the end result was a 2-1 loss to Trident. Tomorrow night is our last pool game against JPC at home, then we are into the semi finals and finals before tournament week in Gisborne.


Every Wednesday night Trident has 2 teams which play in the Youth Competitive 6 a-side Competition, played at Horizon Hockey stadium Whakatane.

On Wednesday Night Trident 1 was up against the young Trident 2 team, in the play-off final for 3rd place.

A strong start by Trident 2 saw them go out to an early 3 - 0 lead, but the experience of the Trident 1 saw them regroup and soon the score was locked at 3 - 3 with 15 minutes to go.

Both teams went goal for goal and when the final whistle went, the score was tied at 6 - 6.

The two Captains Luka Watson and Luke Rothwell agreed to play extra time - golden goal, first to score wins.

1 minute into extra time Trident 2 were awarded a penalty corner and were able to score the winning goal.

Trident 2 gained 3rd place in the local competition.

Our teams have worked well together and improved their skills during the season and we look forward to seeing them stepping up to our 1st XI teams over the next couple of seasons.

A big thank you to Kim Wilson and Brent Jones for looking after the teams over the season and to all the parents or have been on the sidelines supporting the teams.


Recently our top Junior Badminton Teams attended BOP Championships in Tauranga after they had qualified in their Divisions in the EBOP Tournament in Term 2.

They played 4 doubles games and 4 singles games which were recorded as wins, losses and points which determined their placing overall.

Division 1 Boys Team of Nathan, Ryan, Joseph and Xavier finished 5th.

Division 2 Boys Team of Luke, Kyle, Ethan and Ben finished 4th.

Our Division 2 Girls Team of Emily, Payton, Tahlia and Alice finished 2nd, picking up the Silver Medal. Congratulations to our teams! We are so proud of you all.


Trident Netball has done it again! With the Prem 1 team winning their final against Mount Maunganui College and the Prem 3 team also bringing home first place winning their final against Tauranga Girls College Prem 3s. We also had our Prem 2 team fighting in their final and coming runners up in their whole grade! A massive achievement coming from all the girls, huge improvements have been made, and now we wait for next year, big congratulations to everyone. Report by Charlice Bryce

Throughout the holidays, students from around the Eastern Bay of Plenty region were lucky enough to compete in this year’s North Island U16s Netball Championships, that was held for 2-3 days in Taranaki - New Plymouth. Over 60 teams participated in this year’s Tournament, and every team was distributed into different grades, so for example there was an U14 grade, a mixed grade, a B grade, and lastly the highest grade at this tournament which was the A grade.

Our U16 Prem 1 team were lucky enough to compete in the A grade, it is not an easy task to stay in, but because some of the students that were involved in this campaign have done it before, they fought to keep us in the grade which was quite hard, and if it wasn’t for them we would still be in the lower grades. With the hard and most outstanding mahi that our U16s Prem 1 team put in, they were able to come home being second in the North Island! Unfortunately, they lost in their final to one of the biggest Netball Associations; Waitakere who are based in Auckland. We are celebrating this huge accomplishment, as EBOP had never even been in the Top 10 of the A grade before, let alone Top 2, so history has officially been made and we are very proud of our achievement

Another huge achievement that I’d like to share is that throughout the Tournament, individual players were being scouted, and at the end of the campaign, out of all the players that participated in the Tournament, 12 players were named in a special team known as the ‘Tournament Team’. We were fortunate enough to have three of our EBOP players who were named in this Tournament Team, who currently attend Trident High School, Jessie-lee Graham and Charlice Bryce who were able to make it on their last year competing at this Taranaki Tournament, and Maia-Rose Rogers, an outstanding Year 10 player who still has two more years to make more history. Huge congratulations and I can’t wait to see more of our Eastern Bay of Plenty stars representing our region to the highest standards possible.

I’d like to give a huge thanks to all the whanau that supported us throughout this whole campaign, you truly are the engines of our squad and without you we wouldn’t have gone anywhere so we appreciate every single thing you do for us. Another huge thanks goes to our two amazing Coaches Te Ahuru Waititi and Ngarori Waititi who share their knowledge and expertise with us about the game itself and things in life, and without your passion and drive, we wouldn’t have achieved what we achieved so thank you so much!!

Mauri Ora By Charlice Bryce

EBOP U16 Premier 1

Maia-Rose Rogers, Jess-Lee Graham, Charlice Bryce, Keziah Manual, Haedyn-Reeve Ruiterman, Tira Te Whetu, Pukohurangi Hohapata-Ngatea, Jayden Wardlaw, Riria Wiki,

Mariana Williams

EBOP U16 Premier 2

Danielle Moke-Kingi, Ayanda Beneus, Jayde Hunia, Rawinia Peters, Makere Smith, Lysahn Collier, Faith Wignall, Mihiwai Henare.

Big picture


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.