Hutt International Boys' School

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Hutt International Boys' School
Hutt International Boys' School logo.svg
Granville Street,
Upper Hutt,
New Zealand
Coordinates 41°08′26″S 175°02′14″E / 41.1406°S 175.0372°E / -41.1406; 175.0372Coordinates: 41°08′26″S 175°02′14″E / 41.1406°S 175.0372°E / -41.1406; 175.0372
Type Single sex boys Integrated Secondary (Year 7–13)
Motto "Encourage and Expect Excellence"
Established 1991[1]
Ministry of Education Institution no. 4158
Principal Mike Hutchins[2]
School roll 648[3] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile 10Z[4]

Hutt International Boys' School (usually known by its acronym, HIBS) is a state integrated boys' secondary school in Trentham, Upper Hutt, New Zealand.[5]

The current principal is Mike Hutchins, who took up the position in January 2014.[6] Former principal Grahame Duffy had been in charge of the school from 2002 until he announced his resignation in 2013.[7]


HIBS was founded in 1991 as a private school, and was then known as Hutt Independent Boys' School, with Barry Kerr as principal.[6] The school was briefly sited in Silverstream, Upper Hutt, on land that later became a rest home. However, due to the lease on the site expiring, the school moved to its present site in Trentham, Upper Hutt in 1994, on land previously owned by the Wellington Racing Club, which included the former Burma Lodge motel. The school also became state integrated the same year.[8]

The school's has had many building projects on its current site, with major projects including the school gymnasium in 1996, the schools administration and ICT / Library block with first-floor classrooms in 2004, and the school auditorium and chapel, planned in 2004.[8] Recently, the school undertook a new construction project which included the new Maths and Social Sciences classroom block, which is to be followed by new Visual Art rooms later in 2017.[9]

The school has a unique 'special character' and is affiliated with the Anglican faith.[10]

School life[edit]

House system[edit]

The school has operated a house system since 1996, similar to that used in English public schools. Each house is named after an iconic New Zealander: Freyberg (named after Bernard Freyberg), Halberg (named after Murray Halberg), Rutherford (named after Ernest Rutherford), and Hillary (named after Edmund Hillary).[11] These houses compete against each other in friendly competition for the house cup in a number of events throughout the year.[12]

International service[edit]

The school runs an ′International Service′ programme, where each year a group of students complete service by helping others in less fortunate countries. The group of students perform tasks such as painting school buildings, installing computer systems, building facilities, improving drainage as well as learning about the culture of another country and interacting with its people. HIBS has performed International Service of countries such as Philippines, Mexico, Samoa, Vietnam, Tonga, Cook Islands and Fiji.[13]


The school has an aviation programme, which it has run since 2000.[14] The program allows for students to gain their private pilot licence before they leave school. As of 2017, the programme has had 24 graduates.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "HIBS Vision". 27 April 2016.
  2. ^ "New Principal for HIBS". 27 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Hutt International Boys' School – Contact Us". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b "New Principal for HIBS". 27 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Principal calls it a day after 12 years". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Upper Hutt City Library Heritage Collection History on HIBS". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  9. ^ "What's on @ HIBS – Week 6, Term 1, 2017". Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Hutt International Boys' School – Special Character". Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  11. ^ "HIBS House Groups". 27 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Year 7 Curriculum Handbook". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  13. ^ "HIBS International Service". 27 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Hibs Aviation". Hibs Aviation. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Graduates". Hibs Aviation. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2017.

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