We are very proud of our Senior School and the potential opportunities it offers our students for growth, self-development and challenge. The aim in the Senior School is on sharing the journey that enables a young man to maximise his own potential to develop into a good man.
Hutchins encourages and facilitates a strong working relationship between students, families and the School. It is through the strength of this partnership that students can be supported and take ownership of their learning program and broader involvement in the Senior School community.
Senior School life is active and fulfilling and aims to build upon experiences from the Junior and Middle Schools. Academically, students are progressively offered a wider range of elective subject options as they move through Years 9 and 10. In Years 11 and 12, through our co-operating school arrangements with St Michael’s Collegiate and Fahan School, students are able to choose from over 100 potential courses designed to meet their interests and the needs of their future pathways. Class sizes are typically around 24 but depending on the subject may range from 10 to 25.
Compulsory co-curricular opportunities include an extensive range of winter and summer sports, debating and performing arts disciplines such as drama, lighting, audio, set design, singing, acting or playing a musical instrument.
Pastorally we pride ourselves on the strength of our House system. This serves as the hub of interaction within the Senior School and provides the framework for our major inter-House competitions. More importantly, Mentor groups in each House serve as an opportunity for a smaller, vertical grouping of students from Years 9 to 12 enabling them to know one another under the guidance and direction of a mentor. Mentors within the Senior School are responsible for overseeing the total wellbeing of their students and for being aware of all aspects of the boy’s school life. The Mentor’s role includes ensuring that each boy feels safe, known and connected to the School community so that their potential may be reached, as such the Mentor is often the first port of call for a teacher or parent.
Leadership opportunities are available to all students. Whilst not all students seek to lead others, it is our belief that all students are first and foremost leaders of self and this philosophy underpins many of the expectations we place on all students with regard to their commitments, behaviour and appearance. A number of paths are available to those who formally seek to take on positions of responsibility, this can occur through the Student Representative Council, House Executives or Prefect body.
Roger McNamara, Head of Senior School