School Performance Information 2011

The school is required to report to the school community on specific performance outcomes for 2011 in order to comply with the Schools Assistance Regulations.

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 two turf cricket wickets, four playing fields, a well-equipped gymnasium, a weights training room, a rowing boats shed, a Marine Studies Centre, an off campus outdoor education facility at Southport in Southern Tasmania 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. The school also has a campus at Marieville esplanade that provides a point of delivery for a specific Year 9 education program called The Power of 9.

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 this year brings to a successful close a five years Strategic Plan and Board committees together with the Headmaster and Executive are preparing a Strategic Plan for the next three years 2013 – 2015.


The Board of Management 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 Board is served by three committees: Property and Development, Policy and Planning and Finance Audit and Risk.

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 whose 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 conducted biennially in Term 3. The last was in 2010 and the results are published to parents in the School’s Communique newsletter and on the School’s website. The next round is to be conducted this year (2012). Exit interviews of all departing staff are undertaken.

School Funding

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

Hutchins Funding Sources 2011

The Hutchins School
Income by Funding Sources – 2011

Key Student Outcomes

Proportion of Year 9 Students Retained in Year 12

This is based on the File 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: 98.78%

Post School Destinations

Total cohort 2011: 113

Number of students going straight to University in 2011 = 61 = 68.93%

Number of students taking a Gap year in 2011 with the intention of entering University in 2012 = 20 = 22.6%

Student Achievement

The Headmaster’s Report and a record of all 2011 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.


This is based on the File Year, School Days, Year Level From, Year Level To, Date From and Date To fields.
Student Total Absence Days includes:

  1. Current and Past Students who were marked as absent during the Date From and Date To
  2. Absent Periods of 'Day', 'AM', 'PM'

Student Average Population: This counts Students at school as at the Date From plus Students at school as at the Date To divided by 2 to give an average. Based on Entry, Returning and Leaving Dates.

Absence Percentage: (Total Absence Days / Student Average Population x School Days) x 100

Attendance Rate Percentage:    96%

TCE Results 2011

Academic results were strong in 2011 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 2011.  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 2011, 87% of our Year 12 students received an ATAR.

The median ATAR was 82.25.

In 2011 students achieved the following:

21% of students achieved a score of above  95.00.
38% of students achieved a score of above  90.00.
46% of students achieved a score of above  85.00.
53% of students achieved a score of above  80.00.

This is represented in the graph below including a comparison in the State.

Hutchins TE Rank 2011

That is, 38% of students who received an ATAR were in the top 10% of the State or had an ATAR above 90. This is an increase from last year. Similar results were last seen in 2003.

Highest Possible Scores

Congratulations to the following Year 11 and 12 students who achieved the highest possible score allocated to a pre-tertiary subject in 2011:

Matthew Allanby (Year 12) Student Directed Inquiry, Benjamin Armstrong (Year 11) Physical Sciences, Julian Brown (Year 12) Geography, Frank Burridge (Year 12) Computer Graphics and Design, James Chew (Year 12) Chinese, Thomas Dobie (Year 12) Mathematics Applied, George Gavalas (Year 12) Health Studies, Sociology, Charles Haward (Year 12) Biology, Legal Studies, Mathematics Applied, Justin Hennessy (Year 12) Health Studies, Donald Holloway (Year 11) Physical Sciences, Student Directed Inquiry, Samuel Johnston (Year 11) Physical Sciences, Thomas Johnston (Year 11) Music, Seung Won Kim (Year 11) Mathematics Methods, Christopher Krushka (Year 11) Physical Sciences, Martius Lim (Year 11) Chinese, David Lord (Year 12) Mathematics Applied, John McMeniman (Year 11) English Communications, Rory Middleton (Year 12) Manufacturing Studies, Nanak Narulla (Year 12) Legal Studies, Mathematics Specialised, Modern World History, William Polglase (Year 12) Biology, Mathematics Applied, Callum Sinclair-Gibson (Year 12) Biology, Physics, David Titchen (Year 12) Health Studies, Physics, George Vavakos (Year 12) Chemistry, Daniel Westbury (Year 11) English Studies, Thomas Whitton (Year 12) Sport Science, William Wurf (Year 12) Health Studies, Jeremy Yang(Year 11) English Communications, Mathematics Methods, Physical Sciences.

The Top 100

In 2012 we maintain our policy of pursuing continuous improvement. Five students achieved this outcome.

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 2011

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