Trident Leads

Term 1 Weeks 9 & 10 - 9th April 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

This week we saw the final major school sports event for the school term with the Cross Country competition on Thursday. As always it was a highly organized and successful day under the auspices of Jon Stanhope and his PE department and we thank them for this opportunity for students to participate and give it a go. Those who took part should be proud of their ability to push themselves beyond their comfort level and take part in such a challenge.

Other challenges towards personal excellence are being recognized this week as we see the first round of achievement standards being confirmed by NZQA and note those students who have started to gain credits at Excellence and Merit. These are the first tentative but important steps towards endorsement at NCEA certification and if your student has gained credits at these levels, please celebrate their achievement with them. Grit, commitment and effort are required to excel academically and when your young adult shows these qualities and personal traits we really need to celebrate with them.

On Wednesday next week at Academic Interviews you will be able to catch up with your whanau teacher or whanau ako teacher to deliberate on your young adults’ progress to date. This is a great way to connect with Trident to share aspirations, goals and a progress plan. Please do join us either in person or online. If you are coming into school please bring your young adult with you to lead the discussion.

Next week we have celebrations and farewells. On Friday we have an end of term full school assembly at which we will acknowledge the successes of the term across all our cornerstones of achievement – leadership, sports, culture and academics. In addition we will farewell some staff whom we will miss from our school community. Nish Rabeendran is leaving the Science Department to relocate for family reasons to Rotorua. Joanne McCrossen is heading to Auckland for a new teaching adventure with Auckland Grammar School. Our Executive Officer Trish Cronin is returning home to Opotiki to work closer to whanau, but she has kindly agreed to keep supporting us through the rest of the year part-time. And finally, our Deputy Principal for Pastoral Care, Jay Haydon-Howard is joining the Northern Health School based in Tauranga to continue to support those in our educational community who are most vulnerable. We wish all of them well in their new endeavours and thank them wholeheartedly for the mahi and awhi and aroha they dedicated to your young adults whilst they were at Trident. Please join us at the assembly if you would like the opportunity to take part in the farewell; details of times available from the office.

Enjoy a peaceful weekend with whanau.

Nga mihi,

Adrienne Scott-Jones

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



  • Wednesday 14th April - Academic Mentoring Interviews (no school on this day)
  • Friday 16th April - Last Day of Term 1
  • Monday 3rd May - First Day Term 2


We are pleased to invite you to meet with your student’s whanau teacher for an Academic Mentoring meeting on Wednesday 14th April from 9am to 5pm either in person or online.

The purpose of this meeting is to:

- unpack students academic goals

- discuss curriculum data and the engagement report from Term One,

- establish student and whanau aspirations for achievement and pathways.

- explore the structure of the Junior Trident Certificate or NCEA credits and academic tracking

Book your appointment online at using the booking code: cgm22. The portal is now open for bookings.

We can also offer further support through appointments with:

- the Year level Dean

- Learning Support Co-ordinator

- Guidance Counsellor.

These booking can be made at the same time and through the same process as the Whanau Meeting.


Futures Academy Year 11 Taster Courses Term 2.

Students who have applied for the Term 2 taster courses are currently being asked to confirm their places in the Futures Academy. Questions about the Futures Academy can be directed to Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub.

Year 13 Careers Intentions Survey

Year 13 students will shortly be asked to complete a brief survey to ascertain their career intentions for 2022. This information will be used to help plan careers support for them.

Massey University STEM events:

Massey University is holding a number of events to inspire students in the sciences. These include free “Experience” days held at the Manawatu and Albany campuses during the holidays .For students interested in the veterinary sciences there is also an online event on the 14th April.

Veterinary Sciences Information Evening

Online Event Wednesday 14th April 7pm-8.30pm

This in-depth information session will involve a panel of experts and the opportunity to ask questions about becoming a Vet and studying Veterinary Sciences at Massey University.

Go to for more information and to register for these events.

Whakapiki Ake Health Science Programs The Whakapiki Ake team at Auckland University offer exciting residential programs to Year 12 and 13 Maori students. These will take place in May at Auckland University and are designed to encourage and support students who are considering a career in the health sciences.

To apply Year 13 students should go to

Year 12 students should go to

The Royal NZ Navy invites girls in Year 13 to register for their School to Seas adventure. This is a fantastic opportunity for girls to explore what the Navy has to offer. Go to

Any students who are considering applying for the New Zealand Defence Force need to start work on their application now (for intakes at the beginning of 2022). Please come and see Ms Wildash in the Careers Hub for assistance.

Yoobee College Holiday Programmes - Yoobee Colleges specialise in digital and creative courses. These holidays they are running a selection of short courses at their Rotorua Campus. These include e-sports, digital illustration and film making. Take a look at their website, for more information.

Senior students have begun a series of career development lessons in whanau time on a Wednesday. Caregivers can help students with their future plans by talking to them about what they have been doing in these lessons.

Across the school students are being encouraged to use My Mahi to record their self reflections, goals and their achievements. This is a great way to make sure you have a record of your activities and achievements in and out of school. My Mahi can also be used to plan and track progress towards your career goals. Go to to check it out.

The new Careers Hub (Te Putahi Mahi) 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 and Mrs Jenni Manning (Futures Academy). Pop in and let us help you plan your future.


Great to see the Building and Construction Industry Trade Organisation in Mr Rowland's Technology class recently speaking to our students about career opportunities in this growth industry. Students from Y11, 12 and 13 turned up and listened with real interest about how this sector is a real and exciting career option for our students. 'Get qualified with out the debt through an apprenticeship', was the message. Thanks BCITO for visiting us, see you again soon.


It was great to see 10JR working together to make some delicious treats during their whanau ako time. Mrs Reihana wanted to treat the whole class to a special cooking lesson as a reward for how well they all did in a Science test with Ms Nolan. The class was working so well together and the delicious smells meant the finished products were sure to be a success.

Our stunning state of the art food technology rooms are a dream to work in, our students are very lucky students to have such a facility!


Yesterday's Cross Country was a success from start to finish with so many of our students 'giving it a go' by getting active and getting as many house points as possible.

The students all gave their best in warm conditions and were a credit to the school. Our community can be very proud of what they saw from our students. They were brilliant !!

Special thanks must go to the staff who supported the event and also to Mr Stanhope's 2PEP class and Mrs Emery's Year 10 Sports Leadership Class who took up responsibilities such as race marshals, scorekeepers, timers and recorders.

Well done to all the and thank you to all the staff involved for making today a great success. Please see below the top five placings and House Results:


Oliver Christie 24.57secs, Ollie Fredericksen 25.27secs, Xavier Christie 25.37secs

Joseph Spalding 26.37secs, Ryan Somerville 27.00secs


Jayd Hunia 35.38secs, Lilly Collombet 36.45secs, Ayanda Beneus 37.34secs, Alison Eliffe 38.30secs, Vita Pilcher 42.36secs


Harry Jones 26.59secs, Quinn Pak 27.07secs, Xavier Shepherd 28.13secs, Noah Camburn 30.00secs, Zavier De Vries 30.18secs


Jess Cleghorn 31.34secs, Hannah Baxter 31.35secs, Eve Fuller 33.31secs, Zoe Christie 34.20secs, Maria Stoove 38.20secs


Bailey Fredricksen 23.05secs, Oliver Ashburn 24.42secs, Rewiata Semmens 29.38secs, Robbie Merkofer 30.52secs, Tohu Hanlen 30.54secs


Shakira McDonald 31.04secs, Anneke Waalwijk 37.40secs


NGATA 290 Points

POMARE 280 Points

BUCK 268 Points

KARA 210 Points

Kia Manawa Nui Team Trident



Congratulations to our Volleyball Teams who represented our kura with pride and distinction at the National Championships held in Palmerston North.

The Trident High School Senior Boys' A Volleyball team completed an outstanding week by making it to the final of the New Zealand Volleyball Championship.

The team grew in confidence as the Tournament progressed. They played their best Volleyball in the quarter final where they defeated Hillcrest High School 3 - 0 and in the semi final where they defeated Manurewa High School 3 - 0. A real strength of the team were the multiple attacking options available to the setter Kani Paniora. The team's ability to sideout was due to the speed of the middle attack offered by Maxwell Wharewera and Phoenix Ripaki Pugh and the powerful outside hitting displayed by Campbell Forsyth, Salem Tuaeu and Chicane Paniora.

In the final it was a tight tussle but Rangitoto emerged deserving winners due to superior serving and serve receive .

A highlight was the naming of Kani Paniora, Salem Tuaeu and Campbell Forsyth in the Tournament team.

The Girls' A team were pipped in their quarter final in a tough five set battle with Orewa College. The team played outstanding Volleyball throughout the Tournament to eventually finish a very creditable fifth place.

The Senior Boys' B team made a semi final in their division with much learning take place. The experience will be invaluable for next year's season.

A huge thanks to our school community who supported the team. A special shout out to our Coaches and Managers whose efforts made this experience possible for our Rangitahi.

SILVER MEDALS FOR OUR SENIOR A BOYS Click here to read about their week away


We congratulate Ben Olifers who took home a Bronze medal from the Maadi Cup which is the Nationals for Secondary School Rowing competition. We caught up with Ben to hear how the race went - Ben says he was less than a second off Silver and 4 -5 seconds off Gold which is about a boat length, so the race was very tight! Ben is also proud to have made a trial selection for the U19 New Zealand Junior Rowing Squad, and will head along to the trial on the 24th April. The squad that is chosen from the trial will row in Bulgaria at the U19 World Rowing Championships and Ben is working hard to be in the best position possible to make that squad. Training for Ben involves 6 days a week training on the water with a coach and his dad, this will continue until the trial date, he is one of 45 on the list vying for a spot on the squad of 20. We wish Ben all the best in his training and look forward to hearing how the trial goes.

Congratulations also to Poppy Parks and Juliska Coetzee who placed in 4th in the A final. Well done girls!


Over the weekend Mr Stanhope and Mr Barr took 20 Trident Junior Boys Footballers on a Pre-Season Tour. The games would see the squad rotate and allow all the boys the opportunity to play and show what they could do.

On Friday the boys headed to Taupo for an overnight stay and the first of three matches the team would play. They played a local Junior Taupo Team which saw them play two halves with almost two different teams. The boys did really well and set the tone for the rest of the weekend. That night the boys enjoyed a lovely meal and then headed to the movies.

The following day, the boys were on the road for 7am as the squad headed to Levin for the second game of three. Again, the squad played two halves with almost two different teams and saw all the boys get a good run out and get playing minutes under their belts.

After the game, the squad headed to Wellington for night two of the tour. Upon arrival in Wellington, the boys headed to Lower Hutt to watch former Trident student Reuben Barr who was playing for the Wellington Phoenix Academy Team. The boys must have brought some good luck as the Phoenix Boys ran out two nil winners!

It was great to see Reuben again and fantastic for our Junior Boys to see an ex-student who has gone through Trident Football performing at such a high level. After a long day of travel, the team enjoyed a quiz night, some nice food and got an early night in prep for day 3.

The next morning the boys got a real treat as, friend of Trident Football, Former World Cup All White and Wellington Phoenix player, Ben Sigmund dropped by to meet the boys, give them some advice and tell his story of how he became a World Cup Footballer. Ben was terrific with the boys and the team soaked up everything he told them.

After that, the boys headed to the Wharf Indoor Football arena for a game of futsal, had a swim, some lunch and then headed to Onslow College for the final game. Onslow are a very strong footballing school so the boys did exceptionally well to come away with a 3-2 win.

That night, the boys headed to the Mongolian 'All you can eat' restaurant for a meal and then retired to bed after what had been a fantastic weekend away.

The boys developed so much over the three days and performances on and off the pitch were fantastic. They were a credit to take away and showed they understand the special character and traits required to represent football at our school. Well done boys !

Mr Barr and Mr Stanhope


Serita Karauria, who is in Year 10, has just returned from a weekend in Nelson where she competed in the TNM Taekwondo Championships. Serita competed in the Open Women Black Belt division in two different weight categories, where she made it into the finals for both. In the lightweight Black Belt division, she took Silver, only conceding to her 24 year old opponent in the last few seconds. She describes the challenge as fun and looks forward to challenging her again. In the heavy weight category Serita took Gold! In that challenge she took the gold with one of the fastest knockout rounds for a convincing win.

In Nelson at the tournament there was a scout for the New Zealand Taekwondo Olympic team. Serita had a chat to her and received advice on how to take the sport to the next level. Serita is working towards gaining a place on the Olympic team and with the Gold medal it appears she is on track with this goal.

Serita has been doing Taekwondo since she was little, it is an important part of her life and that of her family. Her mother is a Master, her dad is a top instructor, her grandfather is a grandmaster with all three having competed internationally. It doesn’t stop there, her aunties have all competed in Taekwondo at the Junior Olympics. It is clear this is very much a family sport!

Taekwondo holds events regularly so we look forward to sharing Serita’s journey and success. Good luck to Serita!


The Senior A Boys' travelled to Bethlehem College to Tauranga recently for pre season games. Bethlehem College teams were great and they hosted our team well.

The team played Mauao first up and had a hesitant start but gained confidence along the way. Final score 53-44 to Trident.

The second game against Bethlehem College was a bit tougher but Trident started better than the first game. We were able to work on combinations more and won 62-53.

Keep up the good work team!


We commend our Basketballers who attended the Basketball Referee Course last Friday; Brad Sparrow, Cy Coldiron, Purcell Placid, Derek Taare, Sam Royal and Ayanda Beneus.

We look forward to seeing what you learnt being applied both as a referee and as a player.


We congratulate Harry Jones who has made the U17's Northern Districts TID Training Squad - an area that covers Northland, Counties, Poverty Bay, Waikato/ Taupo, Bay of Plenty.

Harry has been part of the Trident 1st XI Cricket team which finished in the top 4 of both the T20 and 40 over competitions. He also played in the Northern District Senior Secondary Tournament before Christmas with an innings top score of 105 not out.

Harry will take part in training sessions at the Bay Oval run by top coaches from April right through winter. With this training behind him he will be placed well for next season when Harry will be playing for Rotorua Geysers Men’s Cricket team in the BOP Premier Competition. Harry is working towards being on the selectors radars and is hoping to reach professional level cricket. We know Harry's future is bright and wish him well with his winter training.


Congratulations to our 3 Triathletes who travelled to Taranaki over the weekend to compete in the NZ Secondary Schools Triathlon - Xavier Cristie, Oliver Christie and Bailey Fredericksen.

A special congratulations to Xavier Christie who had a podium finish - taking bronze for his age group! Unfortunately, Oliver Christie had an accident on the biking leg of the race and we wish him well in his recovery.


Congratulations to our Trident Swimming team that competed at the BOP Secondary School Championships held at Baywave Tauranga.

Our Team of Hannah Baxter, Xavier Christie, Payton Lawrence and Layla Rowland all represented the school well.

A highlight for the day was Hannah finishing in 2nd place in the Intermediate Girls 25m Freestyle Final. Also top 10 finishes for Layla in the Junior Girls 25m Freestyle Final, Payton in the Junior Girls 25m Freestyle and Xavier in the Junior Boys 50m Backstroke Final and 100m Backstroke Final.


Congratulations to Michael and Caitlyn Esterhuizen who took on the mammoth paddle from Ohope Wharf paddling out across the Ohiwa Bar then along the coast back to Whakatane river and finishing at the Whakatane Yacht Club over the Easter weekend. Total distance of just under 30km contending with tides and wind as well. Caitlyn finished 1st in U18 Womens and Michael 2nd in U18 Mens. Superb effort and results for these two stars!


We congratulate ex Trident student Holly Hay who competed in the Varsity Rowing Championships in Twizel at Lake Ruataniwha over Easter. She won double gold in the Championship Eight and Varsity Women’s Single Sculls. A great result that is especially commendable as she balances her studies and training.


Well done to our students who took part in playing Aotearoa Maori Tag Football across various teams. The teams were competing against teams representing Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa and Pacifica.

A special mention goes to Rico Stowers, Charlice Bryce and Braeden Elmiger who were all awarded MVP for their teams.

Another special mention goes to the U16 girls as their team placed fourth in the competition.

The students who took part in the competition are:

U14 Boys' Team

Ariki Roozendaal, Luke Clarke, Ronan Byford, Rico Stowers - MVP

U14 Mixed Team

Ereatara Tahana, Mania Wallace,

U16 Girls' Team

Charlice Bryce - MVP, Amy Teepu-Kira, Hine-Aro-Kura Tihi, Nivaloh Elliott, Toko Waaka - Coach

U18 Boys' Team:

Braeden Elmiger - MVP, Tane Howe, Coby Tauroa, Nate Williams, Harlym Taitapanui, Creed Edwards, Mason Raynes, Kepa Bryce, Caisley Edwards - Manager


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Badminton Bay of Plenty are running a course to teach practical badminton skills to plan and deliver fun lessons to kids.

The course is FREE and is on this Saturday at the Intermediate School Gym from 10.00am.

Any teachers, parents or senior high school students are welcome.


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.