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Mrs Donna Huntingdon, Mr Glenn Barr, and Mr Jon Stanhope are excited to be working alongside Mr Mike Te Kurapa, our Junior Whanau Dean.

The Junior Pastoral Team is passionate about ensuring that your student is safe, connected and engaged at school, and is supported to work purposefully towards academic and personal goals for the year. The team has high expectations for each and every student and will focus on getting the basics right from the start of the year - attendance, punctuality, uniform, gear and work routines; please support them in sharing these expectations for your student .

This team will also be responsible for the roll out of our new Whanau Ako classes - these are small pastoral classes which will meet every day and have an extended lesson every week to complete a programme of pastoral care, learning strategies and academic mentoring. The Whanau Ako teacher will be the significant adult for your child at Trident and will want to develop the key relationship with your student and you, their whanau, to support all their pastoral and academic needs.

YEAR 9  ​

Core Subjects

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


Students rotate between the technology options - Computer Aided Manufacturing, Digital Technology, Fabric Design Technology, Bio Technology, Food Design Technology and Engineering Technology .



Students select 3 options from the following

Art, Drama/ Dance, Japanese, Maori Performing Arts, Music, Spanish, Sports Leadership, Tikanga, Takaro Maori - Traditional Maori Games, Whakairo - Carving 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’.

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.

YEAR 10 

Core Subjects

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


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 exception of Fabric Design Technology and the addition of Architecture & Product Design, Business Studies, Junior Service Academy, Landsills and Wood Design Technology.


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


There is an exciting learning opportunity for a group of 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.