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.
Due to COVID-19, The Hutchins School has chosen to cancel all international opportunities for 2020. The health and safety of our boys is paramount.
Information regarding 2021 international opportunities will be made available once known.
MTB New Zealand Tour 2021 (Rotorua, North Island)
To further extend our current mountain biking program, Hutchins is leading a tour to Rotorua, New Zealand in January 2021 (subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions). Rotorua is regarded to be one of the world's premier locations for XC Mountain Biking and Eduro riding, with a vast network of tracks constructed in Redwoods Forest. The School believes that this is a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience such an environment. It is important to note that selection for this tour is based on the student's level of experience.
Travel Dates: 15-22 January 2021
Estimated cost: $3,200 per student
Expression of interest (EOI): EOI's will be sent via EdSmart to all parents and carers
Year levels invited to submit an EOI: Years 7-12 2021
Disclaimer: All domestic and international travel is subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The health and safety of our boys is paramount.
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.
In 2021, our reciprocal exchange school is Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN, USA (January 2021).
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. Please contact the Career Education and Vocational Learning Officer, Mr Paul Bonnitcha for information regarding Gap exchanges.
Mr Erik Marr