Trident Leads

Term 2 Week 8 - 23rd June 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

Mānawa maiea te Mātahi o te tau — Celebrate the rising of the new year

Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi — Celebrate the rising of the lord of the heavens

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki — Celebrate the rising of Matariki

In the words of the New Zealand Secretary for Education, Iona Holsted in her bulletin for schools this week -

“Across the country, communities are getting excited about the first ever celebration of Matariki as a public holiday this week.

Matariki holds many meanings throughout Aotearoa and across the world and learning about it gives us an opportunity to explore and strengthen our local identities. We aim to protect the deep history of Matariki, including local variations and narratives.

Celebrating Matariki together as a nation provides an opportunity for Māori language, culture and history to be more accessible to all New Zealanders both here and overseas. It supports us to reflect the value we place in our cultural heritage and helps develop a better sense of our national identity.”

Thanks to the senior student leaders who created a celebration of Matariki for the Junior and Senior school assemblies this week. I hope that you enjoy a peaceful and rejuvenating long weekend with whānau at this special time.

Nga mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last day of Term 2
  • Monday 25th July - First day of Term 3

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At Trident we have a strong focus on ‘Service to Community’ and we are always proud of how our students make meaningful contributions in this area.

Prefects Charles Blackburn and Hugh Oyanagi organised our annual Shave for a Cure event this year and did a fantastic job. With Charles Blackburn, Bailey Frederickson, Jack Wilson, Hugh Oyanagi, Shane Lai-Joy, Jayden Botes, Ruben Waugh, Nathan Reihana-Asquith, Ashton Hurunui, Nikau Seymour, Kaharau Campbell and Takaya Woodroffe, along with teacher Mr Stephen Loft taking on the shaving their head challenge, the event was fun and profitable. As a total the group raised a whopping $5,183 as of the 17th of June. This was all through the Shave for a Cure website. On the day of the event we raised over $200 from donations from students. We thank the hairdressers from Toi Ohomai who supported our event by doing the shaving and everyone who supported and donated to the worthy cause.


The Trident High Big Band travelled to Baycourt, Tauranga on the 20th of June to compete at the National Youth Jazz Competition , and returned with a Gold Award.

The Big Band, led by Mr Alan Spence and Mr Alex Kim, had only begun to prepare for the competition at the start of Term 2 this year, as the event had been postponed to the middle of June, due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Traditionally, the National Youth Jazz Competition, along with the National Jazz Festival are held on Easter weekend.

Despite having a shorter time to prepare, with lots of interruptions during the term, the band had prepared four pieces of music and performed marvellously. The four pieces were 702 Shuffle, Bad Dog, Don't Know Why (feat. Phoebe Takarua on vocals) and Sunny.

We had a large group of students who joined us for the first time. The entire rhythm section had to be rebuilt from scratch with new members, including Niamh Alison on piano, Jonathan Bhashkar on drums, George Blackburn on bass, and Pomana Ulufonua on guitar. We also had two families - the Orams and the Bhashkars from outside Trident High School to support our Big Band. Our youngest member of the band was Leigh Oyanagi from Whakatane Intermediate.

The members of the band are: Niamh Alison (piano), Jonathan Bhashkar (drums), Cameron Bhashkar (tenor trombone), Dominic Bhashkar (bass trombone), Charles Blackburn (baritone saxophone), George Blackburn (bass guitar), Aria Dalgleish (trumpet), Alison Elliffe (trumpet), Janna Labilles (alto saxophone), Danielle Oram (tenor saxophone), Ethan Oram (trumpet), Isaac Oram (tenor trombone), Hugh Oyanagi (alto saxophone), Leigh Oyanagi (trumpet), Joseph Spalding (tenor saxophone), Phoebe Takarua (vocal), Pomana Ulufonua (guitar), and Isabella Wilson (trumpet).

Congratulation's on your Gold Medal, well done!!

Please click below on the link to watch the competition.

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We are incredibly proud of Lachlan Spence who has been selected as solo horn in the World Youth Brass Band.

The Band comes together in Kerkrade the Netherlands in early July at the World Music Concourse. Consisting of the most talented brass players and percussionists from all over the world between the ages of 18 and 23, a group of 29 selected musicians have the opportunity to rehearse and perform together for a week under the direction of two top teachers/conductors. Lachlan leaves New Zealand on the 2nd of July and will get back just before the contest on the 12th of July.

Lachlan says of his selection: “I’m incredibly excited and honoured to have been selected as a member of the first ever World Youth Brass Band. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from incredible tutors, play in a band of a very high calibre and meet people from all across the world. I’d like to thank the Waikato Bay of Plenty Brass Band Association, Wellington District Brass Band Association, the Ken Smith Players fund and the Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass Band for their generous support.”

We wish Lachlan the very best for this trip, and look forward to hearing about this amazing experience. Congratulations Lachlan.


1st XI Girls' Hockey

The Girls' 1st XI played Whakatane High last week at home. This is always a good match up with both teams looking to put points on the table. Whakatane High School came away with the first goal so it was looking to be an exciting match. Trident played with patience and confidence and were rewarded when Jenna Toone, our captain scored a straight hit on goal, through a penalty corner. With a 1 all score going into the second half Trident secured the win with 2 more goals scored by our striker Shannon Toone, final score 3-1 to Trident. The last game of the first round is against John Paul College in Rotorua on Tuesday night.

2nd XI Girls' Hockey

The Girls' 2nd XI came away with another confident win on Tuesday night playing a late home game against Rotorua Lakes High School. They played a great passing game with strong defence and managed to keep the opposition scoreless. They came away with a 4-0 win and are now sitting at the top of the table in their division after the first round. Well done girls!

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We are very proud to announce our our Junior Open Underwater Hockey team won a bronze medal in Auckland last weekend. This win secures them a spot in the National Champs. Well done team!

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Kia Ora students and whānau, thank you so much to the vast majority of our students who arrived at school on Monday in the correct uniform. It was amazing to see students moving around school wearing our uniform with pride.

There was a very small minority of students who we had to confiscate items from but thank you to them for handing them in when asked by a member of staff.

A reminder of items that will be confiscated;

Any Hoodie (including Trident sports Hoodie)

Non Uniform Jumper

Non Black Jacket (plain navy jackets issued by school are ok)

Black Sleeveless Jacket

Students should be wearing a Trident Polar Fleece or Trident Jacket or Plain Black Jacket (this cannot be worn indoors) if students are cold. Additionally, staff will provide students with a jacket if they do not have any of the above Trident Jackets,

A reminder that if an item of non uniform clothing is confiscated it can be reclaimed by whānau by arranging an appropriate time with Mr Stanhope. Please contact him at - Students will not be able to reclaim their items, it must be whānau and be pre arranged.

The best way to avoid non uniform clothing being confiscated is to not bring it to school.

Thank you for all your support with this.

Mr Stanhope


Tertiary Education in 2023

Senior students are starting to make plans for study in 2023. Several universities have opened their scholarship applications, students should complete a form at the careers office to assist us in writing reference letters for scholarships.

Applications for university accommodation will open on the 1st August.

Students are encouraged to come to the careers hub for assistance with course selection and application processes.

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, Mrs Cindy Lee, (Futures Academy) and Ms Tiffany Roia. Pop in and let us help plan your future.


We now have a webpage on our school website where sports draws and results will be posted. Sport teams managers, coaches, players and whanau can check the page for the most up to date information when they need it. Below is a link to the page which has this weekend’s competitions listed.


Te Puna Ora o Mataatua (TPOOM), are offering free flu vaccination to staff and students. All their vaccination sites are walk in, bookings are not essential. They can be contacted on 0800628228 option 9 or email


Earlier this month the students had their Whānau Ako/Whānau class photos taken by professional photographers.

The photos are of their Whānau Ako/Whānau group as a collective and not individual photos (these were done at the start of term 1).

If you would like to order these photos please visit the following website.


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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