Trident Leads

Term 3 Week 5 - 26th August 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

This panui is to inform you that next week from Monday to Wednesday we will be running online learning and will not be running our on-site programme. There will be no classes at school. This decision has been made due to staff sickness and lack of available relief staff.

For those year nine students who cannot be supervised at home there will be a learning hub available each day in the library and they will have access to free lunches. Students will have access to buses.

Winter Tournament teams will continue as planned and we wish those students who are away good luck for their respective tournaments. Tournament students may wish to look at their online work if they have some downtime.

The Landskills construction course and Trades courses will also go ahead.

All online learning will be through Google classrooms and teachers will endeavour to have resources available on Monday. If students have questions about their online learning they can communicate with their teachers through Google classroom.

This decision was not made lightly and we appreciate whānau support for student learning and for the well-being of our teachers. We hope to be back to on-site teaching on Thursday but will be in touch with whānau if this situation changes.

Ngā mihi nui,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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


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Trident High School - Respect for Others At Trident we understand the importance of Respect - manaakitanga - recognising the mana and value in ourselves,... | By Trident High School News | Facebook


We are proud to share our 2023 Prospectus with our Trident community and those who will be joining us in 2023.

Ngā Tapuwae can be translated as 'Our Journey', and that is what our 2023 prospectus is, a visual and written journey through Trident High School.

For all 2023 enrolment information please click on the link below to take you to our website:


Our Year 9 Handbook is out now for perusal online and can be downloaded. Year 8 students will receive a copy with the Prospectus later this term. Click below to check it out.


Twenty-nine students headed to Auckland this week for our annual senior English trip. Oscar Kightley’s highly acclaimed musical play, ‘Dawn Raids’ was one of the highlights. The play follows the lives of a Samoan family living in New Zealand in the 1970s. By turns both sad and funny, it was a confronting look at a period of racial tension in New Zealand history. The students loved the live Elvis-inspired funk band that played throughout the production adding moments of elation and sorrow in equal measure.
At the Writer’s Festival British writer Femi Fadugba wowed with his new book and soon to be Netflix film, The Upper World. Inspired by the power of physics, his book tells the story of a boy who gets caught in an upper world .. a crazy realm where time appears as physics describes it .. he can see all of time .. he can see the moment he’s born and the moment he dies, spat back into the normal world he’s got a day to change his fate. Forgiving the past and finding a future worth striving for are the main ideas threading through the book.
Anna Kaye’s explained how her novel ‘In our own backyard’ explored hidden tensions and how quickly an event like the 1981 Springbok Tour or a virus like Covid can divide and polarise a country like New Zealand.
Finally, NZ poets Anna Jackson, Amy McDaid and Victor Rodger competed with one another over what poetic form is the best. Thanks to the uproarious cheers from the crowd, Rodger won with his dialogue poem about two colleagues falling in love.

The students had a great time, and the bus ride home was very quiet.


We love to hear how well our students represent our school in the community and on sport fields and this feedback from a parent is no exception. In line with our newly released film on one of our core values - Respect for Others, this feedback demonstrates how our students embody this value outside of school.

"I just wanted to pass on this message regarding the 2nd X1 Trident Girls' Hockey Team.

I have played in many sports teams over the years but have never seen such a supportive and caring team. They played their hearts out and the game ended at 1 - 1 resulting in a penalty shoot out. I felt so nervous for my daughter as she was goalie. Every single girl walked up to her from the team and patted her on the back saying it didn't matter what the result was, and that they were proud of her. She went out to the goal alone but knowing she had the full backing of her team no matter what. My heart was full. Standing back and watching the dynamics of these girls was truly impressive. They even have a Whakatane High School girl in the team who travelled with me last night. She said she has been made to feel so welcome and never wants to leave the team.

The two coaches Cam and Dave have clearly installed some amazing values within the team. It was beautiful to watch. The coaches had tears in their eyes when the game finished, they were so proud. Trident should be extremely proud of the sportsmanship coming from this team. They represent the school so well."


"Super proud of our boys who went down 27-17 in a hard fought semi final against Mount Maunganui. We were down 22-0 after about twenty minutes and the boys showed real heart, courage and skill to come back to 22-12 at half time. We scored next to get to 22-17 and it remained this for most of the second half, but the Mount scored with five minutes to go to seal the win. Tries to Jacob, Joe and Ronan with one conversion to Joe but it was a great team effort. Well done boys.

It’s been a roller coaster season with many challenges and highs but we are grateful to have been involved with such an awesome group of boys, great management, awesome supporters and the wider Trident rugby whānau . A huge thanks to Brett Wharewera, Donna and Molly and our whānau and supporters."


The BOP Senior Badminton Championships were held on Wednesday with Trident fielding a boys team. The first battle was the Tauranga traffic but taking this into account we luckily made it on time!

The team of Jack Waugh, Seth McNeill, Nikau Seymour and Nathan Asquith-Reihana did well especially with the two juniors ranked first and second. Trident lost their first set of games against Bethlehem College and went on to draw the next to vs Taupo Nui a Tia and Tauhara College.

It was a great effort from the team and an experience to build on for next year. Well done team.


WOW!! Congratulations is in order for our Girls' 2nd XI Football team who as of last night are the winners of the local league!

It was a Trident vs Opotiki College grand final with a full time score 2-2. This led to a penalty shoot out which was sensational.

Trident xx1111

Opotiki x1x11x

The Player of the Day went to Taylor Growden.

Congratulations to all team players and coach Mrs Roper, a great season for you all.


It is great to see some of our community’s young lifeguards dedicating their time over the weekends to new learning in order to provide further services in their lifeguard roles. Hannah Baxter, Ned Steane and Derek Esterhuizen are working towards their crew person qualification - where they can assist an IRB driver to locate a patient in the ocean and navigate the boat. Caitlyn Esterhuizen, who has her crew person qualification already, is working towards becoming an IRB driver, an essential role in a lifeguard team.

Well done to these volunteers who provide a fantastic service for our community over the summer months.


We congratulate Year 9 swimmer Holly Rowland who recently swam in the BOP Swimmer Classic. Holly raced well and gained the following placings:

Mixed 50m Free - placed 2nd

Mixed 50m Breast - placed 3rd

Mixed 100m IM - placed 2nd

Mixed 50m Fly - placed 4th

Mixed 100m Breast - placed 2nd

Mixed 100m Free - placed 2nd

Congratulations Holly!


Trident High School hosted 20 schools last Friday for the Bay of Plenty Mathsmind Competition. Schools attended from as far wide as Gisborne, Taupo, Tokoroa, Tauranga and Katikati. There were about 32 teams of four for each of the Year 9 and Year 10 competitions. The questions were challenging and required collaboration and critical thinking to be at your best. 9AKU were invaluable on the day for their organisation and support to run the event. Trident congratulate Opotiki College for placing third in the Year 10 competition.

OVERSEAS TOURS - Creating global citizens

We are proud to announce that we now have four approved overseas trips coming up at Trident! The time and effort that goes into planning these trips and organising fundraising opportunities is huge, we are so grateful that we have teachers who work tirelessly to make these trips happen.

In 2023 we have the Boys Football UK Tour which is aimed at developing boys football at Trident by exposing players to elite level performance and facilities. The group play competitive games on the trip against school and club academies. They also watch Premier League games and visit the stadiums of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City as well as training at Chelsea Football Club.

In 2024 we have a Girls UK Football Tour which will follow a similar format to the 2023 tour.

2024 will see a group of our students who take Japanese head to Japan where they will reconnect with people in Kamagaya, Whakatāne's sister city, for a week and travel the country together. Students from past Japan tours say the trip changed their lives and embedded a life long love of Japan, Japanese language and Japanese culture.

2025 will see a group of senior students head to Europe for the Arts & Culture trip of a lifetime. Past students that have been on this tour have visited the Colosseum in Rome, the Catacombs in Madrid and explored the Louvre in Paris to name but a few of the amazing experiences.

We look forward to sharing more details of these trips and supporting the fundraising activities of the groups.

The trip see's us based in Yorkshire and spending time in London, Edinburgh and Liverpool where we do lots of activities, shopping and sightseeing.


We would like to invite our current Year 9 and Year 10 students on an overseas tour to Europe in 2025. The tour is designed to meet the needs of Senior students who wish to explore the Art, History and Culture of Greece, Italy, Spain and France. If you would like more information, we will be holding an information evening on Wednesday 14th September at 6 PM in the school library. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like more information, please email, Mr Barr or Ms Deeley for a copy of the presentation and tour details.

Kei te pirangi matou ki te powhiri i a matou tauira Tau 9 me te Tau 10 o naianei ki te haerenga ki tawahi ki Uropi i te tau 2025. I hangaia te haerenga ki te whakatutuki i nga hiahia o nga tauira Kaumatua e hiahia ana ki te tuhura i te Toi, History and Culture of Greece, Italy, Spain and Parani. Mena kei te pirangi koe ki etahi atu korero, ka tu he ahiahi korero a te Wenerei te 14 o Mahuru a te ono i te ahiahi i te whare pukapuka o te kura. Ki te kore e taea e koe te haere ki te hui, engari e ranei mo te kape o te whakaaturanga me nga korero haerenga.


Just a reminder that if students are signing out, the parent/caregiver must contact the school prior to them coming to the office, or alternatively they can send a note with the student giving them permission to sign out.

If a student feels sick at school, they are to go to sickbay, not the office and we will contact whānau for them to be collected.

Thanks for your co-operation.


This is a polite reminder for the students who drive their own vehicles to school to respect the law in terms of the restrictions on the particular licence they hold.

It is against the law to drive against the conditions of your current licence. Please be safe, respectful and courteous and abide the law whilst driving your vehicle. Thank you

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Then and now! Over the past 49.5 years Trident has grown and grown and we find ourselves grateful for the expanse of land our school is situated on. Our unique school property size has enabled us to expand our buildings while still having plenty of space; space to grow, space to thrive!

Click link below to register your interest



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 whānau 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.

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On Sunday 11th September we are having a Community Fun Open Day called “Love Tennis”.

This is a nationwide initiative from Tennis NZ to get more people playing tennis.

It is all free and there will be games, prizes and food of course!

Everyone (young and old) is welcome to come along, join in the fun and give tennis a go on the day if they wish!

LOVE Tennis

Whakatāne Tennis Club

Goulstone Road, Whakatane

Sunday 11th September, 11am -4pm

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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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