Trident Leads

Term 3 Week 8 - 17th September 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

As we head towards the end of the third term for 2021, our students need to be in school and engaged with their learning.

Engagement with learning

Our senior students are tracking and monitoring their progress towards NCEA levels; their Deans, subject and whanau teachers are supporting them in this. It has been a difficult and disrupted time but we need to ensure we do not let the impact of lockdown hold them back from success. As they are completing assessments and getting to the end of their courses, they will be planning what next year’s study might look like and which subjects they need for their pathway. Some of those decisions will be reliant on the work that they do now, so please work with us to support our students to really focus on their learning as they finish the term.

Subject Selection

In preparation for the subject selection process which will begin early next term, our junior students have started a Careers unit through the whanau ako lessons. It is great for them to consider their futures and look at the opportunities available to them. There is lots of information available through the Careers Hub and they can book an appointment with the Careers Team whenever they want. Seniors will also choose their subjects next term and information about the process, the information evening and the timeline for selection will follow in the next few weeks.

Covid-19 Update

At school we are following closely the updates from the Ministry of Education as Alert Level Two continues. We are maintaining our support of mask wearing, social distancing and ensuring students remain home if they are sick. All classrooms have hand sanitizer available, and our teachers role-model the consistent use of this to aid hygiene.

Covid-19 Vaccinations with Te Puna Ora o Mataatua

Thank you to those whanau who have booked yourselves or your students in for a vaccination on October 1st at school through TPOOM. You will have received an email with the details. No students can book a vaccination directly without contact from the school with whanau and there will be no “walk-in” vaccinations on the day.

Student Leadership

Our new Deputy Principal, Jeff Greenwood has oversight of Student Leadership throughout Trident and is reviewing every aspect of the current leadership opportunities and creating a framework to involve all year levels in authentic ways to develop leadership skills. He will launch the Senior Student Leadership process for 2022 this week and we look forward to many students putting their hands up to be involved. The school motto of Kia Manawa Nui is so relevant when we see our young people summoning the courage to step into a leadership space and want to serve the school and its wider community.

Thank you again for supporting our teachers in their efforts to develop your students’ learning. Making sure that students arrive with their gear, have completed set homework and have had a good night’s sleep, gives your students the best chances of engaging with their learning and experiencing success.

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.


  • Wednesday 22nd September - BOT Student Rep nominations close at 1pm
  • Wednesday 29th September - Voting for BOT Student Rep
  • 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 Oct - 5th November - Benchmark Exams and Course Completion
  • Saturday 13th November - School Ball


Just before lockdown the Level 1 class were set to do the practical part of their course. After discussing what to do, Mrs Walters and the class decided that they could run the practical in their bubbles. Students had to (as much as possible) produce the product in their business plans. Some couldn’t due to grocery delivery, lack of skills or ingredients or equipment, but they worked around this. Students had to work with and collaborate with another bubble member to produce their product and ‘sell’ it to others. All had to have photo and/or video evidence and write an individual reflection. Mrs Walters says she "is blown away with what they have done! So innovative! Monopoly money, raided piggy banks and lollies were used for trading. Great work class.


Our Level 2 Business Studies students were set to do their community based activity just before lockdown. The assignment set was to have students raise funds or donate to a community group. With Mrs Walters, the class decided that they could still do this assignment, but just switch from "selling products and making profit to donate" to "making to donate to essential services". These students have been real troopers. They made all sorts and donated to: Vaccine centre in King Street, Testing centre in Kope, Police in Whakatane, staff at New World, cleaning staff at Whakatane Hospital, Eastpac Opotiki, Whakatane Hospital ICU, Whakatane Hospital maternity staff and Whakatane refuse collectors. The photos from some are just gorgeous, recipients were so happy.

Note all Level 4 and 3 guidelines were adhered to. Not only did the students do this once, they made improvements after the first round and ran the activity again.

At an important stage of the course Mrs Walters says "I was not going to give up on these internals and am so impressed with the commitment from these students."


A great assignment over lockdown has led to further learning back in the classroom as students share their learning with classmates and make these old family favourites for others. Well done Food Tech students!


Well done to Roczen Juan who is creating characters and designs for a computer game in Level 3 Design. Below is one of her character development pages. We look forward to sharing more of Roczen's design work for her folio.
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Thank you to Gerrard McCarthy from MicroPico Systems who has donated two 375 Watt Solar PV Panels to our Y13 Engineering students Jacob Bridge and Asger Evans for their Farm Solar Water Pumping System projects. The panels are valued at around $800, a very generous donation. Combined with a 50% Grant from Trust Horizon this has made these ambitious projects achievable for these students. We have 2 Year 13 students building remote pumping systems for their farms - Jacob & Asger.

Prior to being donated these panels, as part of the overall project, Jacob and Asger:

- had calculated the energy demands and need up to 330W capacity

- were considering installation options

- had decided these will be ground based systems (likely on a frame mounted on a metal pole or wooden posts - they will fabricate these)

- decided the PV Panels will form a roof for the Solar Pump Controller (both have submersible pumps)

- were considering cost options/availability

- could purchase a range of options such as 2 x 170W panels or 1 x 330W panel

- may install more than 330W to allow contingency for extended poor weather events

MicroPico supply domestic & commercial electrical services including On-Grid & Off-Grid Solar PV Systems, Refrigeration, Heat Pumps & Air Conditioning as well as remote Water Pumping & Reticulation solutions.

0800 2 SOLAR

131 Haumea Road, Galatea 3079, New Zealand


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.

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After a month of not being on the court some of the Trident Basketball teams were back in action on Wednesday night with their semi final games.

The Junior Girls were the first game up for the night playing Te Kura Kokiri. These two teams have met several times this season both in the Tauranga Competition and EBOP Competition. It was always going to be a tough game but was even tougher without captain Serita Karauria due to sustaining a serious injury just before lock down. The Trident girls have come together well as a team and this played a major part in their 62-56 win tonight. With all players doing their role, this allowed space for Matahera Rurehe to score 7 three pointers.

The Senior Blue Boys team carried on their good season with a convincing 96-51 win against Bethlehem College B team. They will play Tauranga Boys Senior Legends in the finals next week.

Trident Senior Girls had a good game against Mount College girls but couldn't quite get the win going down by just 3 goals 30-36.

Trident Senior A boys will play their semi finals against the top ranked Mount College Prem Grey in Tauranga on Monday.


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.
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Click on the link below to hear Simon Prout on his experience as a BOT Student Representative in 2020/2021. Nominations are now open for Student Representative for 2021/2022. Forms are available from the student desk. Nominations close on Wednesday 22 September. Students speak to Whano Ako Wednesday 29 September. Voting papers will be issued after Whanao Ako time to cast your vote.

Monday 13 September

Nomination forms will be available in the Student Foyer (If you wish to nominate a student please put your nomination form in the ballot box in the foyer, only Year 9 to Year 12 students can be nominated)

Wednesday 22 September

BOT Student Rep nominations close at 1pm

Wednesday 29 September

Candidates speeches will be played to Whanau Ako Classes.

Wednesday 29 September

Students vote during whanau time – new Trustee takes office. BOT Meeting 30 September


Year 13 students needing help with university enrolments can see Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub or email her

Year 11 and 12 students who are interested in Futures Academy for 2022, should put their name down in the Careers Hub or see Mrs Haines or Ms Wildash.

Students who have turned 18, may be eligible for a student allowance for the remainder of this year, please see Ms Wildash or Mrs McGowan in the Careers Hub for help with your application.

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, Mrs Jenni Manning and Mrs McGowan (Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help you plan your future.


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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Open Days/Enrolment Week – October 18th and October 21st

All welcome to come along, have a hit and find out more information. Rackets available at the club.

• Monday 18th October: 3:30-4:30 (5–10-year-olds) 4:30-5:30 (11–18-year-olds)

• Thursday 21st October: 3:30-4:30 (5–10-year-olds) 4:30-5:30 (11-18-year-olds)

“Kick Start” Holiday Program – Week Two of the October Holidays

Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th of October – 3 sessions per day

• 9am-11am (5- 8-year-olds)

• 11am-1pm (9-13-year-olds)

• 1pm- 3pm (14-18-year-olds)

No registration needed. $5 per child per session. Bring sneakers, sunblock, water, and snacks. Rackets available at the club.

For any queries please contact:

Mark or 021 107 4389 (Coach)

Kim or 021 129 9943 (Junior Coordinator)
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Spirit of Adventure Trust have an opportunity for a young person to join their 10-day development voyage. Due to the extension of the Auckland region Level 4 lockdown, the next voyage will now depart from Tauranga. They have some vacancies on this previously sold-out voyage, because the students from Auckland will no longer be able to join.

The voyage will depart on Monday 27 September and return on 7 October.

There is potential help with scholarships if required.

If you are interested please click the link below:

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

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