Welcome to our new staff!

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

Trident has four new members of our staff joining us this year. Please make them feel welcome and make sure to say hello when you see them around the school.

Ms Hillary Hurst

We welcome Ms Hurst who spent a year in Nelson working in various schools in order to be closer to her parents who have since passed away. Prior to this Ms Hurst spent 6 years teaching at Western Heights in Rotorua.

Ms Hurst moving to our area was no coincidence - she says her favourite places are near water - the beach, fast flowing rivers and lakes, and her favourite sport is whitewater kayaking. She must have passed on a passion for adventure sports as she has a 26 year old daughter who is training for the Coast to Coast race in the South Island and she will be heading there soon to act as support crew.

Ms Hurst's favourite concert was Soundsplash in Raglan and she has enjoyed various Kachafire gigs. Her current favourite band is Six60 and also enjoys solo artist Teeks.

Ms Hurst's role model is a teacher she met a long time ago who mixed conversation, humour, culture and music into his teaching, and who managed to treat everyone as individuals with their own special ways.

Speaking of her passion with teaching, Ms Hurst says she is passionate about developing confidence and finding the spark that lies within each person and to help them to make it grow.

Matua Toko Waaka

We welcome Matua Toko Waaka who has recently graduated as a new teacher. Prior to working at Trident Matua Waaka was working in Roading Works and studying towards his Bachelor of Education. Matua Waaka says his whanau are school teachers and lecturers, so the desire to educate must run in the family! Indeed education has played an important role for Matua Waaka as his role models consist of all of his teachers and coaches he has had in the 80s and 90s, "they have shaped me into the person I am today". Teaching for Matua Waaka is about giving back to the profession that has given him so much. He enjoys teaching and coaching students to inspire them to achieve their goals.

Matua Waaka describes himself as a happy cheerful person and who can get along with anyone and always there as a parent figure or a shoulder to lean on or just a person who will listen. Please make sure you give Matua Waaka a Trident welcome when you see him around.

We welcome Mrs Cathy Moore to Trident, Mrs Moore will be working in our Special Education Centre.

Mrs Moore comes to us from Kea Street Specialist School Rotorua and she has previously worked at Kawerau South School and James Street Primary Specialist teacher. 

Mrs Moore takes inspiration for her teaching practice from her students independence and self-esteem, to hear it, see it, do it approach to learning & opportunities to make their own choices

She has enjoyed seeing students using Numicon maths program to show steady progression and enjoyment of math. Mrs Moore says she is lucky to have many role models, mostly the amazing people she works alongside with in my job as a specialist teacher.

Some fun facts about Mrs Moore that you might like to chat with her about when you see her around our school - "I like old Hollywood movies, salted caramel popcorn, history of our world, travelling - especially Egypt, where I toured a few years ago. learning and experiencing other cultures, Maori tikanga and art."

Mrs Poihaere Knight

We welcome Mrs Knight who comes to us from Otakiri School, having taught at Western Heights High School prior to that. Mrs Knight says that she is inspired in her teaching when students are open to different ways of learning and when something "clicks" in their learning. This 'clicking' makes for memorable teaching moments and Mrs Knight says she found joy when she has happened to overhear a student talk about a subject that they covered in class, and they were so confident in their opinion. Outside of school, Mrs Knight describes her role model- her mother. "My mother, Heenitehurihangatahi Hanna (nee Kereehi.) who had many challenges to face from growing up and raising a big whanau, to facing adversity to become the first female Maori Minister for the Waiapu Diocese, she kept her faith, her goal of bringing peace to Te Tairawhiti and she still found time to be an awesome Mummy.

Students might like to know that Mrs Knight shares some of their likes - she also is a fan of Disney, movies, cartoons and theme parks.

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