The Hutchins School Curriculum is informed by the Australian Curriculum and is embedded in learning areas described by ACARA for the Foundation to Year 12 Australian Curriculum:
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
- Humanities and Social Sciences
It addresses the Cross-Curriculum Priorities outlined by ACARA:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture
- Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
It embeds the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum:
- Information and communication technology capability
- Critical and creative thinking
- Personal and social capability
- Ethical understanding
- Intercultural understanding
It uses the core knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities outlined in the documents from ACARA as the basis for the development of the unique programs delivered for students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
The teaching and learning programs of The Hutchins School Curriculum are developed in the context of a set of principles - principles which are drawn directly from and set firmly in the Vision, Mission and values statements which guide and direct our school. These principles underpin not only the programs which guide our students in the development of their knowledge, understanding, values and skills but in their experiences beyond the classroom - their preparation for and readiness to live and contribute meaningfully and confidently in a world which is characterised by increasingly diverse opportunities and challenges, rapid change and ever-expanding boundaries.
At Hutchins we aim to develop fine young men who:
- communicate effectively
- interact with integrity
- are mindful
- are compassionate
- are futures thinkers
- have a sense of their connection with others
- are enthusiastic
- show initiative
- are creative
These principles underpin the learning for all students and provide the context in which programs are designed to ensure that every student has the opportunity to develop the understandings and attributes which will support the lifelong learner in the 21st Century.
Embedding these principles is integral to the work of all teachers as they develop relevant, high quality learning and teaching programs which meet the needs of students now and into the future, by providing them with constant reference points from which to respond to changes in society and in mandated curriculum content.
In a holistic approach to curriculum, these principles make real the notion of a ‘seamless’ curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12 by ensuring continuity and consistency as boys progress through the School. They constitute the framework of a curriculum designed to ensure that all students have the opportunity to enjoy and excel in learning and can celebrate achievements which reflect their potential, developing into fine young men who are well prepared to be active members of their communities - confident and ethical and with a global awareness of and approach to significant issues.
The Hutchins School community is committed to being internationally-minded by understanding and embracing diversity in all its forms and by respecting and celebrating this diversity in order to foster a peaceful, just and sustainable world. The Hutchins School proactively encourages international mindedness as a growing concept from K-12 by providing an environment that encourages engagement and respect for varied perspectives thereby acknowledging the diversity that makes many societies. The School defines an internationally-minded education as ‘to teach and to learn to thoughtfully engage with the global community in all its diversity with our heads, hearts and hands’.
Available to Hutchins families for use during the year as questions arise, this handbook introduces our culture, outlines start of the year information and covers the whole school with individual sections for the Early Learning Centre (Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2), Junior School (Years 3 to 6), Middle School (Years 7 to 8) and Senior School (Years 9 to 12).
The Hutchins School is an Anglican day and boarding school for boys from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 on one site, with three mini-schools, which is co-ordinated, coherent and connected and operates from a shared vision, mission and established core values.
This handbook is designed to help students make informed choices about the challenges of the Power of 9 learning pathway and explore the new purpose, possibilities and responsibilities of the first year of Senior School with a spirit of adventure.
This handbook welcomes students to the Middle School’s proactive pastoral care where they make the transition from the one classroom teacher experience of Junior School into the subject-focused experience of secondary school.
This handbook welcomes students to Years 10, 11 and 12 covering academic learning, service and leadership learning, creative expressions, sporting pursuits and outdoor challenges as well as the pathways to transition to future education, training and employment.