Hutt International Boys' School

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Hutt International Boys' School
Hutt International Boys' School logo.svg
Motto: "Excellence and Encouragement"
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)
Established 1991
Ministry of Education Institution no. 4158
Principal Mike Hutchins[1]
School roll 653[2] (July 2015)
Socio-economic decile 10Z[3]

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

The current principal is Mike Hutchins, who took up the position in January 2014. Executive principal, Craig Johnson, has been with the school since its foundation in 1991.


HIBS was founded in 1991 as a private school, and was then known as Hutt Independent Boys' School. The school was briefly sited in Silverstream, Upper Hutt. However, in 1994 the school moved to Trentham, Upper Hutt on land previously used by the Wellington Racing Club and opted for state integration. The school states it has a 'special character' and is affiliated with the Anglican faith.[4] A major construction program was started in 2004, and just recently the final stage of it has been finished, which was the auditorium.

Sister and brother schools[edit]

The school has a brother - sister school relationship with Lower Hutt's Chilton St James private girls' school. HIBS also has a brother school relationship with Japan's Reitaku Mizunami High School and Meitoku-Gijuku High School and China's Xi'an High School.

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). These houses compete against each other, in friendly competition for the house cup in a number of events throughout the year. These events include: Octathlon, Relay For Life, Swimming, Touch, Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Singing, Hill Run, and Academic Progress.


Sports played at HIBS include rugby, cricket, football, hockey, basketball, mountain biking, water polo, badminton, underwater hockey, tennis, fencing and dragon boating. The current sports captain as of 2015 is Ben Sears, who plays for the 1st XI Cricket and Football teams.


HIBS consistently fields one of the strongest 1st XI teams in Wellington every year. Club management is shared by the board with Paul Brennan the club captain. As of 2015, the 1st XI are the defending College Sport Wellington Premier 1 Champions and the defending Gillete Cup Wellington Champions. The 1st XI are coached by Mark Borthwick and have been captained since 2013 by current head boy, Troy Johnson, who is widely considered to be one of the top young cricket players in New Zealand.


On the 19th August 2015, the HIBS 1st XI won their first ever College Sport Wellington Premier 1 Football title after just their second year in the division, after defeating a heavily favoured Wellington College side 3-1 in Petone. Despite having a roll four times smaller than their opponents, HIBS supporters vastly outnumbered those of Wellington College and cheered their peers on to victory. The side is coached by Brendan MacIntyre and the current captain is Callum Martin.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "New Principal for HIBS". 27 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 17 August 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hutt International Boys' School - Special Character". Retrieved 13 July 2013. 

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