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.
Reciprocal exchanges 2016
Opportunities for Year 10 students to undertake an exchange in 2016 are still available.
We have a vacancy for an exchange to the Liceo Foscarini (Venice, Italy). Two students from the Liceo will be visiting Hutchins in July and August. Our students will travel to Venice from 21 November to 28 December 2016.
In addition, the Laukaan Lukio (Laukaan, Finland) has contacted us to say that two of their boys wish to come to Hutchins. Details for this exchange possibility are yet to be finalised.
Reciprocal exchanges 2017
Expressions of interest to undertake an exchange in 2017 will open in Term 3. We encourage students who will be in Year 10 in 2017 to apply for what is an excellent opportunity to experience living and learning internationally.
Following on from successful trips in 2015 and 2016, students from The Hutchins School are offered the opportunity to participate the model united nations (FOSCAMUN 2017) at the Liceo Foscarini in Cannaregio, Venice. The tour will take place over a week in February 2017. Expressions of interest for FOSCAMUN 2017 will open in Term 3. We encourage interested students who will be in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2017 to apply.
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.