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.
China exchange 2016
Modern Languages Teacher, Mr Erik Marr, has organised an exchange with The Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, from 8 April to 24 April 2016. Current Year 10–12 students are eligible to apply; experience with the Chinese language is desirable but not essential for participants. Students from Beijing will visit Hutchins in February 2017. Interested students are encouraged to contact Mr Marr.
Students from The Hutchins School will be participating FOSCAMUN 2016 at the Liceo Foscarini in Cannaregio, Venice. The tour leaves Hobart on 21 February returning on 1 March. 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.
Reciprocal exchanges 2016
To date seven students from Year 10 have been successful in their applications to undertake a reciprocal exchange in 2016. They will be going to The Reading School (Reading, UK), Liceo Foscarini (Venice, Italy) and The Roxbury Latin School (Boston, USA).
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.
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.