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Power of 9

Year 9 is an exciting year at Hutchins as students are welcomed into the Senior School through the Power of 9 program. The aim of the Power of 9 program is to encourage and assist students in developing the skills, passion, positive attitudes, values, and forms of knowledge necessary for planning their pathway and being successful through Years 10, 11 and 12 and beyond.

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Year 9 is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore a range of new and exciting possibilities. Students are encouraged to get involved and take advantage of these opportunities. It is the view of Hutchins that students should be challenged and extended, offered success in worthwhile learning activities and be given the opportunity to take responsibility for their journey.

The Power of 9 is designed to develop in students a stronger sense of purpose. This course is undertaken in two parts:

  1. The challenge, which is studied for one quarter of the year
  2. The subjects, which are studied for three quarters of the year

Your purpose, your challenge, your subjects

The challenge

Study is undertaken at the Marieville Esplanade campus and challenges students academically, physically, socially and cognitively. Students are given the opportunity to engage in controlled risk taking and to learn more about working effectively as part of a team. The skills that are developed are:

  • Flexibility
  • Tolerance
  • Problem-solving
  • Resourcefulness
  • Self-reliance and independence
  • Teamwork

Each Challenge occurs at a different time during the year and consists of two phases:

  1. The Experience
  2. The Expedition

The experience + the expedition = the challenge

The experience

The experience is a series of specific experiential learning activities built around a number of specific themes:

  • Life skills - developing the resilience, planning, and teamwork skills necessary to make decisions and take responsibility for one's actions
  • Spirituality - exploring the spiritual dimension, about belief and faith, the power of stillness and silence and approaching the 'big questions' of life
  • Leadership - developing the skills to make the world a better place, being prepared to lead and be led
  • Personal management - developing the skills in personal organisation, domestic life, physical and mental health and careers to act with confidence as one faces major transitions in life
  • Values learning - examining core values and the importance of relationships that underpin a life of purpose
  • Environmental awareness - critically evaluating individual and community behaviour so communities can develop and manage a more sustainable world

The expedition

In this phase, students experience the exhilaration of personal achievement through involvement in a journey of exploration and discovery unique to each challenge. Students will experience the sights, smells and sensations of activities and environments very different from what they are used to. The expedition has four phases:

Preparing > participating > evaluating > celebrating

Preparing for the expedition involves developing the skills required to complete the challenge and may involve completing a first aid course and participating in the fundraising for the community service project unique to each challenge. This culminates in a unique and purposely designed two week expedition.

Challenge choices

There are four different challenges from which students choose:

  1. Global Challenge
  2. Port Davey Challenge
  3. Central Australian Challenge
  4. Island Challenge

Global Challenge

Global Challenge is an exciting expedition to Thailand. Our home base is Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning near Chiang Mai in northern Thailand where students engage in intercultural studies, leadership training, adventure challenges (e.g. mountain biking, elephant training, rock climbing) and service activities (e.g. helping in an orphanage or village school or building projects in a hill tribe community). A commitment to fundraising as part of the community service project in Thailand is an integral part of this subject.

The significant personal challenge in an international setting will satisfy our students' spirit of adventure and discovery.

Due to the overseas component, parents are advised that there is a levy for this challenge.

Port Davey Challenge

Students walk one of the world's premier wilderness treks to the pristine Port Davey area, then return aboard the sail training brigantine Windeward Bound. Students will see and feel the power of the Southern Ocean, traverse the mighty Ironbound Range and be inspired by the beauty of the South Coast. Students undertake community service on behalf of the National Parks & Wildlife Service; and then bushwalk along the South Coast Track to Cockle Creek.

There is no levy for this challenge.

Central Australian Challenge

This challenge is based at Yipirinya, an independent indigenous school in Alice Springs. The local children attend school from the camps that surround Alice Springs. The model of learning is two ways – they learn English and their own indigenous language.

Students will assist the children with reading/working/writing/maths, with cooking and providing them with meals each day, and with coaching and playing sport. They will also experience bush cooking, bush art and hunting. Students will travel home on the bus to experience where the students live. They will be immersed in the culture and experience of indigenous communities and live by camping on indigenous land or at the school.

This challenge involves living in a remote, desert community making a difference in the lives of others, rather than saying ‘if only’. A commitment to fundraising for this community service project is fundamental to this challenge.

Due to the travel component, parents are advised that there is a levy for this challenge.

Island Challenge

This will be a remote problem solving challenge. It involves an extended stay on Tasmania’s isolated coastline. Students will experience remoteness and have to be self-sufficient, self-reliant and also work as part of a team.

This challenge is loosely based on a “Survivor” style experience, except they will not vote each other out! Students begin the challenge with very little information and the journey is “discovered” as they go. It is a complete outdoor adventure mystery. Students will have to use their mind just as much as their physical skills to get through this challenge. The comfort, success and enjoyment of this challenge will be a product of each team’s combined skills and co-operation.

Like the other challenges, there will be a community service component, however, unlike the others, the itinerary and experiences are a closely guarded secret. Students who are prepared to deal with life’s “unknowns”, will thrive in this challenge.

There is no levy for this challenge.

The subjects

Students study a mix of compulsory and elective subjects.

Compulsory subjects

  • Australian Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics or Everyday Mathematics
  • Science
  • The Project
  • Wellbeing

Elective subjects

Students choose four subjects where the emphasis is on creativity, language and performance. The choices are:

  • Athlete Performance
  • Chinese
  • Designer Maker
  • Drama Technique
  • French
  • Game Making
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Personal Investing
  • Visual Art and Media
  • English as a Second Language
  • Power Up 

For further information about the Power of 9 please contact Ken Kingston, Co-ordinator of Power of 9.

To learn more about how Hutchins provides opportunities for boys to become their best, we invite you to contact our Enrolments Assistant on 03 6221 4236 who will be delighted to assist you with your enquiry, provide you with further details or arrange a tour so that you may see our school in action. Read more…