In a fast-moving, global economy where the pace of change is accelerating, we are keen to ensure that pupils at Hutchesons’ have every chance to connect with people and places across the world.
Pupils at Hutchesons’ have many opportunities to connect with people and places across the world. They take part in Model United Nations conferences throughout the UK.
We are building a network of partner schools which we can tap into at different levels to share ideas and enrich and enhance the curriculum.
Hutchesons’ successfully hosted its first Model UN conference in 2018 attracting over 150 pupils and their advisors, from 11 different schools. This has now become an annual event and we relish the opportunity to develop wider relationships with UK schools.
At Hutchesons’ we aim to ensure that pupils have every chance to connect with people and places across the world and to promote a sense of international understanding and awareness through meeting pupils and colleagues from other cultures and countries.
We are building a network of partner schools which we can tap into at different levels to share ideas and enrich and enhance the curriculum and co-curricular experiences of pupils. Online resources have opened up many opportunities to learn about other countries and cultures, and we have a growing programme of exchange visits, tours and study visits.
Exchanges and trips are an important way of developing and cementing relationships. Each session pupil exchanges take place to Goulburn Valley Grammar School in Victoria, Australia and to Colorado Academy in Denver, USA.
These exchanges take place during school holidays and are open to all senior pupils in S4-6. Pupils have the opportunity to attend an exchange school and experience life with host families. We have a longstanding partnership with Dr. N.S.A.M. English Medium High School, in Nitte, and have worked together since 2007. Every year students from Nitte complete research for the Hutchie Challenge and two students are rewarded with the prize of visiting our school. Reciprocal visits are made to Nitte by staff and pupils on an annual basis, allowing us to make cross-cultural connections and lasting friendships.
The school has been recognised for its commitment to global citizenship through the British Council International Schools Award scheme and successfully gained the International Schools Intermediate Award in 2017.
Other opportunities for pupils include pen pal schemes. We have a literary pen pal scheme with our partner school in Nitte in which pupils exchange letters as well as their favourite books.
We also have pen pal links with Colorado Academy and we encourage our exchange guests to visit pupils involved in the pen pal programme as part of their school experience. Additionally, the Hutchie J8 groups contribute to our global outlook by raising awareness of issues of inequality, poverty and lack of access to education.
Rome and Florence, Japan, Geography field trips to Iceland and winter sports trips to the USA and Switzerland are further testimony to the global reach of Hutchesons’.
In all these ways, the aim is to produce pupils who have an international outlook, an empathy with other cultures and who are confident about taking their place in the world.