Year 3 Hutchins School student Rainjan Blakers was featured by the MS Society as their ‘Star of the Month’ in recognition of his outstanding fundraising effort for the MS Society.
The MS Society encourages students to help raise funds for Australians living with MS through their annual Readathons.
Rainjan decided to use his love for reading for a good cause and completed 431 ten-minute blocks of reading for the MS Readathon, with sponsors from Australia and as far away as the USA.
The Hutchins School actively encourages all students to engage in community projects. Hutchins’ full-time Chaplain, Father John Goodwin leads the diverse community support programs at the School in his additional role of Director of Service Learning. Father John commented, ‘Our aim is to develop a culture in our students and in the school that support for the community is an ongoing responsibility for all.
‘We don’t often publish our community involvement efforts and successes, but we do have some. In July we were listed as second in the country in the Red Cross Winter Blood Challenge. That was a real shot in the arm!’
The formal commissioning of Warwick Dean as the 18th Principal of the Hutchins School took place on Sunday 15 July at St David’s Cathedral, Hobart.
Speaking at his first address to students Mr Dean emphasised he appreciated the fine traditions of Hutchins. ‘I believe a school should foster through its influence, spirit and ethos, those virtues which will have been inculcated through the family: academic rigour, kindness and tolerance, an awareness of the needs of others, proper moral and spiritual values, moderation and self-discipline.’
As an educator, Warwick Dean brings to the appointment a wide range of experience. He is widely published on educational matters. Co-curricular activities are essential and Warwick has coached swimming, athletics, skiing and sailing as well as being involved in cadets. As a keen yachtsman and six-time Sydney to Hobart competitor he knows Hobart well.
Warwick is a committed Anglican and is looking forward to life in Hobart with his wife Catherine and being at the helm of Hutchins School. Warwick and Catherine have two grown up children – Alexandra and Stephanie.