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. Hutchins has established links with schools worldwide and continues to explore new opportunities for cultural immersion through formal reciprocal exchanges, specific academic extension programs and student leadership experiences.
Academic extension program
In recent years international academic extension programs have been offered to Senior School language students studying French and Chinese, whilst our Science students are annual participants in both the International Student Science Conference and the Junior Youth Physicists’ Tournament. Hutchins students have also presented at the Hwa Chong International Student Leadership Convention on numerous occasions.
Students from Years 7–12 may be involved in academic extension programs. These programs typically involve groups of students accompanied by a teacher. Participation by our students in these programs has led to cordial relationships with the Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore and The Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University in particular.
Reciprocal exchange program
Reciprocal exchanges range from two weeks to five weeks. Each school exchange presents unique opportunities. Living in the boarding house of another school or with a family whose son attends that school gives Hutchins students a chance to experience life as "a local" in a foreign country–a very different experience from visiting a country as a tourist. Hutchins exchange students quickly adopt a new way of life and have proven to gain a wealth of new experiences.
We consider Year 10 to be the ideal time for a reciprocal exchange to occur, however, from time to time it may also be appropriate for Year 11 students to undertake an exchange. The majority of our exchanges occur the year after the application is made. Reciprocal exchanges usually involve one or two students who travel unaccompanied to another school to participate in the exchange arranged and facilitated by Hutchins and the boy's family.
Costs associated with reciprocal exchanges are usually limited to the cost of transport to and from the exchange school. Every effort is made to limit the time that students miss school during the exchange.
Our reciprocal exchange schools are:
- Laukaan Lukio, Laukaa, Finland
- Liceo Foscarini, Venice, Italy
- The Reading School, Reading, UK
- The Roxbury Latin School, West Roxbury, MA, USA
Gap exchanges are for students who have finished Year 12 and who are deferring university entrance by twelve months to experience life at another school.
The Hutchins School is pleased to work with Rotary Tasmania, District 9830 to offer long term exchanges through The Rotary Youth Exchange Program. This program is an opportunity for Year 10 students to spend a year living as a full-time student overseas. Each year, Rotary Clubs around the world offer this opportunity to thousands of young people who grow in self-confidence and self-reliance during their time away. Rotary Tasmania, District 9830, offers an exchange program with Rotary Clubs in Brazil, Belgium, Finland and Denmark.
The Liceo Foscarini in Cannaregio, Venice has invited eight students from The Hutchins School to attend FOSCAMUN 2016. This is a Model United Nations with a truly international flavour that is hosted by the school.
The tour will leave Hobart on 21 February 2016 and return on 28 February 2016. Students will be accompanied by two teachers from the Humanities faculty. For additional information download the parent information sheet.
Following the very successful participation by students from Hutchins in 2015, we invite students currently in Years 9–11 to express their interest in attending FOSCAMUN 2016 by completing the expression of interest form online with their parents.
Reciprocal exchanges 2016
We invite students currently in Years 9–10 to express their interest in a reciprocal exchange for 2016 by completing the expression of interest form online with their parents. Students who have been accepted into the program should complete the student profile form online with their parents.
Further information on the exchange programs offered by Hutchins can be obtained from Andy Kowaluk, Director of Global Education. Information on the GAP places can be obtained from the Careers Counsellor, Linda Bonnitcha. To express interest in a reciprocal exchange complete the expression of interest form online.