The Hutchins School community is committed to being internationally-minded by understanding and embracing diversity in all its forms, and by respecting and celebrating this diversity in order to foster a peaceful, just and sustainable world. Hutchins has established links with schools worldwide and continues to explore new opportunities for cultural immersion through formal reciprocal exchanges, specific academic extension programs and student leadership experiences.
Academic extension program
In recent years international academic extension programs have been offered to Senior School language students studying French and Chinese, whilst our Science students are annual participants in both the International Student Science Conference and the Junior Youth Physicists’ Tournament. Hutchins students have also presented at the Hwa Chong International Student Leadership Convention on numerous occasions.
Students from Years 7–12 may be involved in academic extension programs. These programs typically involve groups of students accompanied by a teacher. Participation by our students in these programs has led to cordial relationships with the Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore and The Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University in particular.
Reciprocal exchange program
Reciprocal exchanges range from two weeks to five weeks. Each school exchange presents unique opportunities. Living in the boarding house of another school or with a family whose son attends that school gives Hutchins students a chance to experience life as ‘a local’ in a foreign country – a very different experience from visiting a country as a tourist. Hutchins exchange students quickly adopt a new way of life and have proven to gain a wealth of new experiences.
We consider Year 10 to be the ideal time for a reciprocal exchange to occur, however, from time to time it may also be appropriate for Year 11 students to undertake an exchange. The majority of our exchanges occur the year after the application is made. Reciprocal exchanges usually involve one or two students who travel unaccompanied to another school to participate in the exchange arranged and facilitated by Hutchins and the students’ family.
Costs associated with reciprocal exchanges are usually limited to the cost of transport to and from the exchange school. Every effort is made to limit the time that students miss school during the exchange.
Our reciprocal exchange schools are:
- Laukaan Lukio, Laukaa, Finland
- Liceo Foscarini, Venice, Italy
- The Doon School, Dehradun, India
- The Reading School, Reading, UK
- Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN, USA
Gap exchanges are for students who have finished Year 12 and who are deferring university entrance by 12 months to experience life at another school.
The Hutchins School is pleased to work with Rotary Tasmania, District 9830 to offer long term exchanges through The Rotary Youth Exchange Program. This program is an opportunity for Year 10 students to spend a year living as a full-time student overseas. Each year, Rotary Clubs around the world offer this opportunity to thousands of young people who grow in self-confidence and self-reliance during their time away. Rotary Tasmania, District 9830, offers an exchange program with Rotary Clubs in Brazil, Belgium, Finland and Denmark.
Reciprocal exchanges 2017
We are now calling for expressions of interest to undertake an exchange in 2017. Students who will be in Year 10 in 2017 can apply by completing the expression of interest form online. We encourage students to take up this excellent opportunity to experience living and learning internationally. Please contact Mr Andy Kowaluk for further information by email.
Following on from successful trips in 2015 and 2016, students from The Hutchins School are offered the opportunity to participate in the Model United Nations (FOSCAMUN 2017) at the Liceo Foscarini in Cannaregio, Venice. The tour will take place over a week in March 2017. Expressions of interest for FOSCAMUN 2017 are now open. We encourage interested students who will be in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2017 to apply by completing the expression of interest form online.
Reciprocal exchanges 2016
Opportunities for Year 10 students to undertake an exchange in 2016 are still available.
We have a vacancy for an exchange to the Liceo Foscarini (Venice, Italy). Two students from the Liceo are currently visiting Hutchins. Our students will travel to Venice from 21 November to 28 December 2016.
In addition, the Laukaan Lukio (Laukaan, Finland) has contacted us to say that two of their boys wish to come to Hutchins. Details for this exchange possibility are yet to be finalised.
Further information on the exchange programs offered by Hutchins can be obtained from Mr Roger McNamara, Head of Senior School. Information on the GAP places can be obtained from the Careers Counsellor and Head of Vocational Education, Mrs Linda Bonnitcha. To express interest in a reciprocal exchange complete the expression of interest form online.