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.
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:
- Liceo Foscarini, Venice, Italy
- The Doon School, Dehradun, India
- The Reading School, Reading, UK
- Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN, USA
Further international opportunities
Father (or significant male mentor) and Son Life Adventure - (Year 10)
In partnership with Destination Dreaming, Year 10 students will have the opportunity to experience a 7 day life adventure together with their father (or significant male mentor) exploring and learning from ancient traditional family roles that are still preserved today in the Fiji Highlands. The Fijian culture preserves strong family relationships and has traditional rites of passage pathways as boys become men within their community. To have this powerful knowledge passed on through community is a privilege rarely experienced in modern western culture.
Model United Nations (MUN) - (Year 11)
The aim of the MUN is to disseminate knowledge among students about the United Nations, its procedures and practises, stimulating debate and interaction by engaging students from all over the world on a variety of topical issues. Each delegate is assigned a country to represent on a committee which has two topics to research and debate. Another exciting challenge for delegates will be taking part in the International Court of Justice as a juror.
Student Leaders Conference – Singapore - (Year 11)
In 2019, the 25th Student Leaders Convention (SLC), held annually by Hwa Chong Institution, provides an engaging platform for students willing to be actively involved in discussion around pertinent social issues concerning young people today. Students will be in groups with team members from all over the south-east Asian region and as a team they will research specific topics within the broader theme and then report back to the Conference.
World Challenge - (Year 10)
In partnership with St Michael’s Collegiate School we offer an opportunity to travel to an international destination for an adventure of trekking, exploration and community engagement. The trip is usually two weeks duration in the school holidays.
Sport Tours - (Years 7-12)
There are times when we offer international sporting tours to the boys. Recent tours include the hockey and cricket tours to New Zealand. Selection for these tours is based on team performance in conjunction with Sport staff.
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.