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YEAR 9  

2020 DEANS

Mrs Donna Huntingdon &  Mr Jimmy McLean


Integrated Programme

The ko wai au programme in term one helps students transition into high school. It explores the concept of identity and belonging at Trident and in the wider community. Students will develop literacy and critical thinking skills through reciprocal teaching; collaborative learning and e-learning opportunities.


Students rotate between the technology options - Architecture and Product Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Digital Technology and Robotics, Food Design Technology, Metal Design Technology and Wood Design Technology.



Students select 3 options from the following

Art, Computer Coding and Programming, Drama and Technical Performing Arts, Health, Japanese, Maori Performing Arts, Music, Spanish, Sports Leadership and Te Reo Maori.


Accelerate and remedial programmes operate within each subject area and students are selected for special remedial, enrichment, academic excellence, the APEX programme or gifted and talented programmes.

Deans closely monitor every student’s progress. Our Peer Support programme involves senior students helping Year 9’s become familiar with the school and our culture of ‘Quality Work’, ‘Respect for Others’ and ‘Courage’.

YEAR 10 

2020 DEANS

Ms Sarsha Deeley & Mr Steven Williamson

All students study the core subjects of English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, the Integrated Programme and Technology

All students study English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Technology, Health and Physical Education.


Some specialisation begins in preparation for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Options are chosen with this in mind.


The options for Year 10 students are the same as those listed for Year 9 with the addition of Business Studies, and Technology for Performing Arts.


We encourage parents and students to think about future directions during this year.


There is an exciting learning opportunity for thirty Year 10 students to experience a 5 week placement on Great Barrier Island in Term 3 which began in 2014. English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, PE and Technology will be developed within the authentic context of the Island, using all its resources. Skills such as research, self-management, relating to others as well as a wide range of outdoor skills including tramping, sailing, kayaking, conservation, an overnight expedition and survival skills will challenge the students.

TRIDENT JUNIOR CERTIFICATE                      

In Year 9 and 10 all students are expected to strive for excellence and gain this certificate. Modelled on NCEA it prepares students well for examinations and the internal assessment requirements of the senior school. All subjects contribute credits towards the year level certificate.



  • Preparation for NCEA.

  • To make all subjects contribute to the academic development of students.

  • Every student has the ability to gain the certificate.

  • To provide a target for successful academic achievement for students in Year 9.

  • To assist with the placement of students in classes in the following year.

  • To assist with the selection of subjects.


The NCEA Model

  • The TJC is modelled on the National Certificate of Educational Achievement.

  • In the NCEA subjects are made up of assessments.

  • Each assessment gains credits.

  • There are 4 levels of achieving the assessment – Excellence, Merit, Achieved and Not achieved.

  • 80 credits gain the certificate.


The Trident Certificate

  • The certificate is assessed over all subjects.

  • Mathematics, Science, English and Social Studies will have 20 credits.

  • Half year subjects will have 10 credits

  • 80 credits must be gained.

  • There are a total of 120 credits available.



  • Each subject is made up of different assessments that cover different aspects of the subject.

  • Each assessment will have credits attached to it that will reflect the amount of time and difficulty of the assessment.

  • Assessments may be done during the year or as part of an examination at the end of the year.



  • Students who gain 50 credits that are achieved at Excellence level will be awarded an Excellence Certificate.

  • The same applies to students who gain 50 credits at Merit level or above.

  • Subjects will also be able to award Excellence and Merit certificates, recognising this level of achievement in a particular area.

Trident High School

Tel: 64-7-308-8159

Arawa Road, Whakatane

We are committed to our core values of 

Quality Work and Respect for Others, that draw on the strength and courage of our motto

– Kia Manawa Nui –

Be Courageous.

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