Every year Hutchesons' has more than 100 teacher-led trips and tours, about a quarter of which are residential.
Some will be subject-specific: a history field trip to the WW1 battlefields or the Normandy beaches, a classics trip to Hadrian's Wall or Rome, a modern studies visit to the European parliament in Brussels, a performing arts trip to Greece, a music tour to the German Rhineland. Year on year, pupils brave many outdoor challenges to proudly achieve the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold & Silver Awards.
Some will be sporting tours: a Rugby tour to Ireland or South Africa, a Hockey tour to Spain or Australia. Some will be adventurous: an expedition to Honduras or ski trip to the USA. Some will be cultural: groups have recently visited China, Russia and India, where we have a very active partnership.
Pupils also have the opportunity to visit schools abroad. Each year two pupils are selected to visit Goulburn Valley Grammar School in Victoria, Australia, for five weeks and to host pupils in return later in the year. We offer similar opportunities with Colorado Academy in Denver.
'Comenius' and more recently Erasmus project funding from the European Community has linked Hutchesons' with schools in Nuremberg, Germany, Zwolle, Netherlands, and Radomsko, Poland, and pupils and staff have already been engaged in reciprocal visits.
Hutchesonians like to challenge themselves and others, and successfully represent the school in many sports and other activities, at the local, national and international level. Pupils are also encouraged to maintain their other interests outside of school, and these add to the richness and diversity of the whole community.
Each year, large numbers of pupils reach the Silver and Gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award by planning and fulfilling the criteria in the skills, physical education, service and expedition sections. We offer water-borne kayak and canoe expeditions, as well as mountain biking, traditional walking and sailing in Cumbrae. Pupils in First Year can sample the DofE experience through our “Senior Duke” programme, which complements the Primary’s innovative Junior Duke.
A wide variety of School trips and expeditions take place each year, for curricular, sporting or recreational purposes. In the last session, pupils went on trips to, India, Morocco, Tanzania, the USA and to many parts of Europe and the UK.
The School issues lists of upcoming trips to parents as far in advance as possible. In addition, pupils have many opportunities to attend concerts and plays on School-organised trips, to attend university open days and to take part in sports events and extra-curricular tournaments such as Public Speaking, Model UN, Bridge and Debating.
See below for Flickr galleries from just a few of our recent trips and tours.