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Power of 9

Year 9 is an exciting year at Hutchins as students are welcomed into the Senior School through the Power of 9 program. The aim of the Power of 9 program is to encourage and assist students in developing the skills, passion, positive attitudes, values, and forms of knowledge necessary for planning their pathway and being successful through Years 10, 11 and 12 and beyond.

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Year 9 is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore a range of new and exciting possibilities. Students are encouraged to get involved and take advantage of these opportunities. It is the view of Hutchins that students should be challenged and extended, offered success in worthwhile learning activities and be given the opportunity to take responsibility for their journey.

The Power of 9 is designed to develop in students a stronger sense of purpose. This course is undertaken in two parts:

  1. The Challenge, which is studied for one quarter of the year
  2. The subjects, which are studied for three quarters of the year

Your purpose, your challenge, your subjects

The Challenge

Study is undertaken at the Marieville Esplanade campus and challenges students academically, physically, socially and cognitively. Students are given the opportunity to engage in controlled risk taking and to learn more about working effectively as part of a team. The skills that are developed are:

  • Flexibility
  • Tolerance
  • Problem-solving
  • Resourcefulness
  • Self-reliance and independence
  • Teamwork

Each Challenge occurs at a different time during the year and consists of two phases:

The Experience

The Expedition

The experience + the expedition = the challenge

The Experience

The Experience is a series of specific experiential learning activities built around a number of specific themes:

  • Life skills – developing the resilience, planning, and teamwork skills necessary to make decisions and take responsibility for one’s actions
  • Spirituality – exploring the spiritual dimension, about belief and faith, the power of stillness and silence and approaching the ‘big questions’ of life
  • Leadership – developing the skills to make the world a better place, being prepared to lead and be led
  • Personal management – developing the skills in personal organisation, domestic life, physical and mental health and careers to act with confidence as one faces major transitions in life
  • Values learning – examining core values and the importance of relationships that underpin a life of purpose
  • Environmental awareness – critically evaluating individual and community behaviour so communities can develop and manage a more sustainable world

The Expedition

In this phase, students experience the exhilaration of personal achievement through involvement in a journey of exploration and discovery unique to each Challenge. Students will experience the sights, smells and sensations of activities and environments very different from what they are used to. The Expedition has four phases:

Preparing > participating > evaluating > celebrating

Preparing for the Expedition involves developing the skills required to complete the Challenge and may involve completing a first aid course and participating in the fundraising for the community service project unique to each challenge. This culminates in a unique and purposely designed two week expedition.

Challenge choices

There are four different challenges from which students choose:

  1. Global Challenge
  2. Port Davey Challenge
  3. Central Australian Challenge
  4. Island Challenge

Global Challenge

Fiji is an outstanding cultural immersion experience. We partner with Destination Dreaming to live with two isolated highland villages for twelve days. Destination Dreaming is a non-profit organisation that works with schools to create sustainable community partnerships that teach young people about global citizenship, self-awareness and social justice. This is a side of Fiji very few foreigners ever get to experience.

During this time the students learn about the language, history, and richness of traditional Fijian life. Both villages are largely vehicle-free and without electricity, hot water or modern conveniences. Perhaps the most striking difference is the generosity of the locals and the community spirit.

The boys participate in traditional ceremonies, dances, feasts, farming, hunting and other aspects of traditional life. We also enjoy the opportunity to work with the Nasivikoso Village School and to provide useful resources to a neighbouring kindergarten that is only just being established.

The group will come back inspired to be more connected to each other, the environment they live in, their family and community.

Because of the overseas component, parents are advised that there is a levy of between $2,800 and $3,200 for this Challenge.

Port Davey Challenge

Students walk one of the world’s premier wilderness treks to the pristine Port Davey area, then return aboard the sail training brigantine Windeward Bound. Students will see and feel the power of the Southern Ocean, traverse the mighty Ironbound Range and be inspired by the beauty of the South Coast. Students undertake community service on behalf of the National Parks & Wildlife Service; and then bushwalk along the South Coast Track to Cockle Creek.

There is no levy for this challenge.

Hutchins Power of 9 – Port Davey Challenge 2017
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Indigenous Australia Challenge

We hope to offer a choice of two indigenous Challenge expeditions in 2019. We have established relationships with two communities, one in Alice Springs and another in the Tiwi Islands off Darwin.

The Alice Springs Challenge is based at Yipirinya, an independent indigenous school in Alice Springs. The children attend school from the camps that surround Alice Springs. The model of learning is two ways – they learn English and their own indigenous language.

The Tiwi Island Challenge takes in a week of cultural visits and sightseeing from Darwin as well as a week in the Tiwi Islands at the township of Pularumpi on Melville Island.

A commitment to fundraising for this community service project is fundamental to this Challenge.

Because of the overseas component, parents are advised that there is a levy of between $1,100 and $1,300 for this Challenge.

Island Challenge

This will be a remote problem-solving, multi-sport team Challenge. It involves an extended stay on Tasmania’s isolated wilderness coastline. Students will experience remoteness and have to be self-sufficient, self-reliant and also work as part of a team.

This Challenge is loosely based on a ‘Survivor’ style experience, except they will not vote each other out! Students begin the Challenge with very little information and the journey is ‘discovered’ as they go. It is a complete outdoor adventure mystery. Students will have to use their mind just as much as their physical skills to get through this challenge. The comfort, success and enjoyment of this challenge will be a product of each team’s combined skills and co-operation.

Like the other challenges, there will be a community service component, however, unlike the others, the itinerary and experiences are a closely guarded secret. Students who are prepared to deal with life’s ‘unknowns’, will thrive in this challenge.

There is no levy for this challenge.

The subjects

Students study a mix of compulsory and elective subjects.

Compulsory subjects

  • Australian Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics or Everyday Mathematics
  • Science
  • The Project
  • Wellbeing

Elective subjects

Students choose four subjects where the emphasis is on creativity, language and performance. The choices are:

  • Athlete Performance
  • Chinese
  • Designer Maker
  • Drama Technique
  • French
  • Game Making
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Personal Investing
  • Visual Art and Media
  • English as a Second Language
  • Power Up

For further information about the Power of 9 please contact Mr Shane McAloon, Acting Co-ordinator of Power of 9.

To learn more about how Hutchins provides opportunities for boys to become their best, we invite you to contact our Enrolments Assistant on 03 6221 4236 who will be delighted to assist you with your enquiry, provide you with further details or arrange a tour so that you may see our school in action. Read more…