The reasons for playing sport in a school are many and varied. Sport is only one avenue whereby a student can gain a range of skills. Many of the reasons for playing sport are equally valid for other co curricular activities. The Hutchins School seeks to deliver an all-round education in keeping with the aims and ethos of the School. The expectation that boys put commitment to the School first derives from the clear value to their personal and educational growth of building collegiality among the boys. Cultural, sporting and related activities are an integral part of the holistic education at The Hutchins School. Where a student has a conflict with an outside body and The Hutchins School, the student must make a commitment to the School activity, team or group first.

 

Rationale covering areas common to a variety of Co-curricular activities

  • To enable students to represent the school as an individual or as a member of a team
  • To enable students to have fun
  • To enable students to experience a variety of activities
  • To enable students to gain an insight into their abilities in other activities, outside the classroom curriculum
  • To enable students to gain new friendships
  • To enable students to practice skills learned in PE (and Music etc)
  • To enable students to experience pride in their school
  • To enable students to improve the corporate image of the school
  • To enable students to bring the benefits of Co-curricular success into their classroom learning
  • To enable students to experience the concept of winning and losing
  • To enable students to take on leadership roles
  • To enable students to take on the pastoral care of younger students in coaching
  • To foster the relationship between staff and students
  • To enable students to give to the school community, the benefits of their skill
  • To enable students to develop lifelong recreational skills
  • To enable students to develop a tolerance of others
  • To enable students to strive for excellence

Rationale covering areas specific to sport

  • To foster a healthy lifestyle
  • To enable students to experience the educational parameters of coaching, including fair play, playing to the spirit as well as the letter of the law
  • To enable students to exhibit sportsmanship
  • To enable students to further develop fine motor skills
  • To enable students to show courage on the sports field
  • To enable students to gain an insight into their character
  • To enable students to gain an understanding and appreciation of game skills and strategies

The co-curricular program specific to the School Rules

  • 2.1 The academic program including homework where set will have priority over other activities and teachers will require boys to complete all class work or homework missed
  • 2.2 Official school detentions will take priority over co-curricular or outside commitments or interests
  • 2.3 Cultural, sporting and related activities are an integral part of the curriculum:  boys will participate where and when required.  Where a student has a conflict with Club and Hutchins sport or co curricular activity (playing, training, rehearsal) or any other activity the Hutchins sport or co curricular activity has priority
  • 2.4 Attendance by students at school camps is compulsory
  • 2.5 Sport is compulsory for all boys and no boy may play the same sport throughout the year. In term 4 of the academic year sport is compulsory to year 10.  Sport is not compulsory in year 11 and 12 in term 4 in order for students to prepare for examinations; however it is strongly encouraged in particular for 1st teams and groups
  • 2.6 No Hutchins boy may compete against other Hutchins boys who are representing the School
  • 2.7 Where State or National selection is imminent, the Headmaster may grant approval for State or National training to take priority over school training.  A student who plays a sport for a club must also represent the School in that sport provided the School is also represented in that sport. The only exception is when the student is representing the School in an activity which would clash with that sport
  • 2.8 Exemption from any of the rules relating to the co-curricular program may be granted only by the Headmaster

Entry and Registration for Sport & Co-Curricular Activities

The school has a budget to maintain over 30 different sport & co-curricular activities for over 800 students in Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. Whilst we endeavor to finance all of our representative team registrations for inter-school competitions, we are unable to extend this to cover individual registration and competition entry fees, particularly for activities outside the scope of our school programs.

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