The Hutchins School

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The Hutchins School
Badge of the Hutchins School, Hobart, Tasmania.jpg
Latin: Vivit Post Funera Virtus
Character Lives After Death
Coordinates 42°54′21″S 147°19′46″E / 42.90583°S 147.32944°E / -42.90583; 147.32944Coordinates: 42°54′21″S 147°19′46″E / 42.90583°S 147.32944°E / -42.90583; 147.32944
Type Independent, Day & Boarding
Denomination Anglican
Established 1846
Sister school St Michael's Collegiate School
Employees ~120[1]
Gender Boys
Enrolment ~1,000 (K-12)[2]
Colour(s) Magenta, Black & Gold[3]
Athletics conference SATIS

The Hutchins School is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for boys, located in Sandy Bay, a suburb of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Hutchins is the only K-12 boys' school in the state of Tasmania, and with a student population of approximately 1000, including 50 boarders, it is also one of the largest private schools in the state. Established in 1846, the school is one of the oldest continually running schools in Australia.

Hutchins is member of the Association of Independent Schools of Tasmania,[4] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[5] and a founder-member of the International Coalition of Boys' Schools.[2] The Principal is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia.[6]


The Hutchins School was established in 1846 at Hobart Town in memory of The Venerable William Hutchins, first Archdeacon of Van Diemen's Land.

The School commenced operations under Headmaster John Richard Buckland at Ingle Hall, a large Georgian house which still stands in lower Macquarie Street, Hobart. Three years later it moved a few blocks up Macquarie Street to a purpose-built schoolhouse designed by Tasmanian architect, William Archer. By the 1950s the School was growing too large for this inner-city site and a new Junior School was built on an elevated site overlooking the River Derwent at Sandy Bay. The Senior School followed later, constructed on the adjacent site of the former Queenborough Cemetery.

The Macquarie Street building was sold in 1965, with Hutchins commencing full operations at Sandy Bay the following year. Continued growth and development on the Sandy Bay site has seen the School expand to encompass an Early Learning Centre, Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, science wing, boarding house, chapel, gymnasium, drama studio and auditorium, music school and performing arts centre, as well as sports ovals, hockey/soccer field and tennis courts. A new Library Learning Centre and careers office was completed in 2010, and The Hutchins Foundation Centre, comprising School museum and archival storage facility, opened in March 2011.

It is modelled on traditional English schools such as Rugby and Winchester Schools. The Hutchins School is a founding member of the International Coalition of Boys' Schools, an alliance of 350 schools in seven countries which exchanges information, ideas and the latest research into the education of boys.

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  1. ^ "Positions of Employment". The Hutchins School. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Hutchins School". International Boys' Schools Coalition. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  3. ^ "School Uniforms". Australian Enrolments. The Hutchins School. August 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-14. [dead link]
  4. ^ "The Hutchins School". Association of Independent Schools of Tasmania. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  5. ^ "JSHAA Tasmanian Directory of Members". Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  6. ^ "AHISA Schools: Tasmania". Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. April 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 

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