Senior School

Senior School (Years 9 - 12) offers older boys a vast range of opportunities for self-development.  Students may select from almost 100 academic subjects. In addition to this wide selection, the teaching facilities, curriculum and social activities are shared with two nearby girls' schools.

High standards of academic performance are demanded of all Senior School students.  Our older students are held accountable not only to themselves, but also to their peers, their parents and their teachers for their work in the classroom, their behaviour on the sporting fields, and in all other areas of life at Hutchins.

Senior School life is active and fulfilling.  It offers clubs and societies, a great range of summer and winter sports, and special opportunities in the performing arts - drama, lighting, audio and set design, singing, acting, or playing a musical instrument.  Students from overseas also contribute to the rich cultural life of the Senior School.

Opportunities for leadership are available to senior students, allowing them to extend their abilities and take an unselfish role in the care, direction and growth of younger school members.  The Senior School fosters a mature recognition of the rights and needs of others and a willingness to handle responsibility as young adults.

The Nettlefold Library in the Senior School is named in honour of Mr Len Nettlefold, a distinguished Old Boy.  The library houses a broad collection of reference, fiction, curriculum and online resources.  Our extenisve computer facilities and quality information services support students in their research.  The Nettlefold Library is open from 8.10 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.10 am to 4.00 pm on Friday (closed for Recess on Monday).

Discover our four Houses and gain a better understanding of what each of them provides our school.

Class sizes

Occasionally, a class may grow above 25, but many other classes are often as low as 10 or 12, depending on the subject.


The Chapel of St Thomas, dedicated and opened in 1971 by Bishop Robert Davies, has a prominent position on the Campus and in the life of The Hutchins School. The Chapel is open for private prayer and quiet reflection each day during school time. Each year the Chaplain offers preparation courses to help students decide whether or not they wish to be Baptised and / or Confirmed. All students and families are welcome to attend any service advertised in the Term Calendar. All boys from Kindergarten to Year 12 attend regular services in the Chapel as part of their school life and an emphasis is placed on students playing a significant part in these services.

Daily Routine

The Senior School is open from 0815. Parents are requested to inform the School of any absence by telephoning the School Office before 0830 on 6221 4200.

The daily program of the Senior School is:

Bell TimeActivity
0830 - 0845 Morning Mentor
0845 - 0940 Period 1
0940 - 1025 Period 2
1025 - 1050 Recess
1050 - 1140 Period 3
1140 - 1230 Period 4
1230 - 1350 Lunch and activities
1350 - 1440 Period 5
1440 - 1530 Period 6

Special Programs

Senior School Sport

Sport is a compulsory part of the educational activities of The Hutchins School.

Students in Years 9 – 12 participate in rostered competitions. Sport practice is conducted after school on week days.  A student will only be excused from a sport period if his Coach receives a note requesting that he not take part and giving a reason for this.  Students participating in Saturday morning sport are required to play for their School team if one participates in the roster. If a student is not required to play for his School he may play for a local Club.

Numerous sporting opportunities exist for Senior School students and may include abseiling, skiing, athletics, Australian rules football, badminton, basketball, canoe polo, canoeing, cricket, cross country, cycling, fencing, fitness, golf, gymnastics, hockey, horse riding, karate, kayaking, lawn bowls, orienteering, rock climbing, rowing, royal tennis, rugby, sailing, scuba diving, soccer, squash, surfing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, underwater hockey, volleyball, water polo, weights white-water rafting and windsurfing.

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