School Performance Information 2009

The School is required to report to the School community on specific performance outcomes for 2009 in order to comply with the Schools Assistance Regulations 2009.

Information About The School

General Information

The Hutchins School is an Anglican day and boarding school for boys and is one of Australia's oldest and most distinguished schools and, from establishment in 1846 has exhibited a commitment to excellence in all academic and co-curricular undertakings. The School has a progressive and forward-looking curriculum.

The Hutchins School is located five kilometres from the CBD of Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city, and twenty minutes from the Hobart airport. The main campus lies on the slopes of Mount Nelson, overlooking the picturesque Derwent River. Its facilities are extensive and include modern classrooms, science and computer laboratories, three libraries, a performing arts centre, a chapel and the student boarding residence at Burbury House.

Hutchins has one turf cricket wicket, four turf cricket nets, three playing fields, a well-equipped gymnasium, two weights training rooms, one fully equipped rowing ergo training facility and six tennis courts. The School's sail training boat Aurora is used for outdoor programs on the Derwent River, which also forms the backdrop for rowing events.

Hutchins is a founder-member of the International Coalition of Boys’ Schools and is a member of the Independent Schools Tasmania.  The Headmaster is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia.


The Hutchins School Board is governed by the Christ College Act 1926 and is responsible for the Governance of the School.

The Board consists of nine members: the Bishop as Visitor, three members appointed by the Visitor, five members by The Hutchins School Old Boys' Association and one by the Christ College Trust. The current Chairman is Mr. Lance Balcombe.

The Headmaster is appointed by the Board and is responsible for the activities and operations of the School and the co-ordination of the Board's activities as requested by the Chairman. The Business Manager is appointed likewise. The Headmaster and the Business Manager are not members of the Board but attend all meetings of the Board and of its subcommittees.


The Hutchins School vision is to provide an inspirational education where each boy develops his personal best.


The Hutchins School is an Anglican school who’s supportive, stimulating community works together to build character of boys.


The Hutchins School’s constant purpose is to foster and maintain a tradition of developing young men prepared for today’s world and that of the future; who are balanced in intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical skills; are in possession of knowledge and attributes and a love of learning for life; and willing to serve their contemporaries and the wider community.

The Hutchins School is a school for boys from Kindergarten to Year 12, on one site, with three mini schools which is coordinated, coherent and connected and operates from a shared vision, mission and established core values.


As a community of learners and in keeping with our proud heritage we hold these core values to be the foundation of our endeavours:

  • Relationships based on integrity and mutual respect
  • A safe and secure environment for all
  • Education of each student as an individual
  • Compassion and pastoral care
  • The pursuit of excellence appropriately celebrated
  • Accepting best practice and academic challenge
  • Active citizenship
  • Building resilience through purposeful effort, participation and persistence
  • Community connectedness


Hutchins is committed to challenging students to be:

Effective Thinkers who:

    • develop a lifelong commitment to enquiry
    • apply knowledge in creative and reflective ways and communicate ideas clearly and confidently

Effective Citizens who:

    • have a realistic knowledge of self
    • develop sound spiritual and moral values
    • value, explore and embrace diversity, show tolerance and demonstrate respect for others
    • shape our future through understanding our history and culture
    • demonstrate a caring attitude with our local and global environment
    • build and maintain lifelong friendships, displaying qualities such as integrity, flexibility, reliability and empathy
    • actively initiate and participate in community service
    • develop skills in independence, self-motivation, leadership, cooperation and good sportsmanship
    • participate in a range of enjoyable physical and appropriate risk taking activities and are responsible for their own health and safety
    • have a strong sense of self esteem

The Hutchins School culture encourages:

    • a balanced education
    • the best possible teaching practice
    • open and effective communication
    • learning experiences for parents that will enable them to assist their own children
    • a happy environment where learning is fun

More information can be found at the School’s website at

Parent, Teacher and Student Satisfaction

Surveys of staff, parents and students are to be conducted in Term 3, 2010 and the results will be published to parents in the Communique newsletter and on the School’s website. Exit interviews of all departing staff are undertaken.

School Funding

The School’s income presented is displayed as funding sources.

Hutchins Funding Sources 2009

The Hutchins School
Income by Funding Sources – 2009

Key Student Outcomes

Proportion of Year 9 Students Retained in Year 12

This is based on the 2009 Year. From this if there is a student inany other year level where they have attended Year 9 they are included in these figures.
Total Retained in Year 12: 92%

Post School Destinations

X % of Leavers – 2009 will continue onto tertiary education although Y % have decided to take a GAP year in 2010 and take up further study in 2011.

Student Achievement

The Headmaster’s Report and a record of all 2009 student academic activities and achievements and co curricular activities and achievements is found in each Term’s Communique (which is archived and published on the school’s website at in Semester journal editions of Magenta and Black and in the Schools annual chronicle, Virtus; both of these publications are mailed to all Hutchins community members and affiliated schools, parents, student families and to staff. Copies are available on request at Senior Reception.

NAPLAN Results

Are available at

Under “Find a School” type in the title The Hutchins School.

Attendance Policy and Procedures

Normal school hours are 8.10 am – 3.50 pm (3.15 pm for Early Learning Centre and 3.35 pm for Junior School) Monday – Friday during the published term dates.
In the event of a student’s absence due to illness, parents must notify the School by 9.00 am each day
of absence. 

Students who are late ‘sign in’ with a smart card and, if the parents have not previously contacted the School, un-notified absentees initiate a SMS message to parents enquiring as to their son’s whereabouts.

A note to the Class or House Tutor explaining absence must be brought when the student returns to school. Boys will attend school during the published dates for each term. Under exceptional circumstances the Head of School may grant permission for a boy to be absent during these dates.


Based on attendance records of days absent 2009 student attendance percentage: 95.56%

TCE Results 2009

Academic results were strong in 2009 and there is much of which we are able to be proud in terms of academic outcomes and final post–school student destinations achieved by the year of 2009.  There is no doubt that students from this year have achieved much, many beyond expectations, and we are indebted to the hours of effort, preparation and extra time put into assisting those students by a dedicated and supportive staff.

Tertiary Entrance Scores

In 2009 84% of our Year 12 students received a Tertiary Entrance Score. The mean TE Rank was 79% and, with the exception being 2007, this is the highest value since 2003.
In 2009 students achieved the following:
Dux of State – Matthew Kang 99.95
14.5% of students achieved a score of above 95.00.
30.0% of students achieved a score of above 90.00.
46.7% of students achieved a score of above 85.00.
57.8% of students achieved a score of above 80.00.
This is represented in the graph below including a comparison in the State.

That is, 70% of students who received a TE Score were in the top 30% of the State or had a Rank above 70. With the exception of 2005, this is our best result since 2000.

Hutchins TE Rank 2009

Highest Possible Scores

The following Year 11 and 12 students who achieved the highest possible score allocated to a pre-tertiary subject in 2009: Samuel Allender (Year 12) English Writing, Mathematics Applied, Oliver Burke (Year 11) French, Matthew De Hoog (Year 12) Music Performance, Sarawood Dejanipont (Year 11) Mathematics Methods, Alexander Elford (Year 11) Mathematics Methods, Physical Sciences, Jordan Graney (Year 11) Mathematics Applied, Daniel Jones (Year 12) Psychology, Matthew Kang (Year 12) Mathematics Specialised, Matthew Keep (Year 11) Physical Sciences, Edward Langdon (Year 11) Sport Science, Roland Lawrence (Year 12) Theatre Performance, Tomos Lelong (Year 11) English Studies, Mathematics Methods, Physical Sciences, XinHao Li (Year 11) Mathematics Methods, Thomas Macdonald (Year 11) Physical Sciences, Robert Mallett (Year 12) Theatre Performance, Jordan McCreary (Year 12) Music Performance, Milos Nikolic (Year 12) Legal Studies, James Onn (Year 12) Student Directed Inquiry, Lawrence Owen (Year 11) Mathematics Methods, Physical Sciences, Jack Pitt (Year 12) Student Directed Inquiry, Lachlan Poslek (Year 11) Mathematics Methods, Physical Sciences, Christopher Ryba (Year 11) Mathematics Methods, Connor Sweeney (Year 12) Theatre Performance, Shaun Thomas (Year 12) Biology, James Waldron (Year 11) Mathematics Methods, Physical Sciences, Angus Ware (Year 12) Computer Graphics and Design and John Wilson (Year 12) Accounting.

The Top 100

Matthew Kang was equal top of the State with a TE score of 118.4, giving him a rank of 99.95. He was also presented with an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award by the TQA.Three other Hutchins students were listed in the top 100. They were Samuel Allender (99.35), James Lord (98.4), and John Wilson (98.5). Four more students gained a TE score over 100 and were in the top 5% the State. These were Milos Nikolic (97.9), Stuart Ednie (97.65), Angus Ware (97.55) and Luke Tucker (96.8).

Five more students were also in the top 5% of the State. These students with their corresponding TE Rank were: William Colvin 96.05, Daniel Jones 95.9, Shaun Thomas 95.9, David Mulcahy 95.8 and Matthew De Hoog 95.25.

In 2010 we maintain our policy of pursuing continuous improvement and I will report the results of that determined effort at this time in 2011.

Teacher Qualifications

All teachers at The Hutchins School are registered as qualified to teach their respective subject and school section areas or have a current Tasmanian Teacher Registration Board authority to teach under a Limited Authority to Teach.

All teachers undergo an appraisal process titled “Grow @ Hutchins” where specific performance criteria are used to determine performance levels of teaching against agreed principles of best practice. Outcomes of this process provide professional development maps that are implemented and recorded on at least a triennial continuum.

Hutchins Teacher Qualifications 2009

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