Hutt International Boys' School /HIBS (originally Hutt Independent Boys' School).
The August 14, 1990 'Leader' reported that there had been 22 applications for the post of principal, and that the school's executive officer was takin enrolments.
The January 28, 1992 showed Barry Kerr with two new two-room buildings; three classrooms and a science/art room. Both buildings were relocatable.
The school had hoped to buy 'waste' land which had also been offered to the Historic Village Trust; when in February 1992 the Trust decided to accept the terms of the lease, the school decided to 'move at the first opportunity', as their potential roll might be 800 pupils.
With the lease due to expire in 1995, the school was looking for a new site; in September 1991 they were among groups looking at land at Manor Park.
The rent for the Silverstream site had been $60 000; in July 1992 the school asked for a reduction to $30 000; the Council proposed $40 000; there were also changes associated with the school's proposal to move to a new site sooner than originally planned.
In 1993 a first group of three boys went on a two-day voyage on the 'Spirit of Adventure'; one of two sailing ships run by the Spirit of Adventure Trust; this became an annual event, on this ship or the larger 'Spirit of New Zealand'.
In mid-1993 planning permission was given for the school to move to a site in Granville Street, Trentham; east of the racecourse, and including the former Burma Lodge motel.
The school moved at the beginning of 1994, with the official opening on March 25; the designation changed from 'Independent' to International' in October; both versions turn up in the yearbook. The October 25 'Leader' announced the name change; the Hutt Independent Boys' School Incorporated Society would own the premises next to Trentham Racecourse, and the school would become an integrated Form 1-7 school.
The school changed to an integrated school; the 1994 yearbook described its special character as:-
One in which the School offers single-sex education for pre-adolescent and adolescent boys in a multi-denominational, Christian, Form 1 to 7 environment, with broad based creative, business and academic programmes; subject to the School's Charter requirements and the National Education Guidelines.
The School, although electing to be multi-denominational, has a code of conduct which is based on strong Christian principles and maintains an affiliation with the Anglican Church. This code aims to ensure that the rights of all others both within the School and within the community at large are respected and protected. The concepts of humility,understanding and tolerance of others will be instilled within the School. Also, the special character includes:-
A belief in inculcating an international perspective of the Pacific rim countries and a sound foundation in business studies and its associated technology.
A requirement that parents will actively participate with the School in supporting and enhancing the total education of their son/s) within a school of Special Character.
The article did point out that not all objectives had been met.
It had been intended that the school would have sports facilities in the middle of the racecourse oval, and cricket began there in 1994. 1994 also saw the school organised into houses; Freyberg, Halberg, Hillary and Rutherford.
Founding principal Barry Kerr left at the end of 1995. Michael Kelly, director of the International Centre at Canberra Grammar School, had been appointed in August 1995 as his successor; he was pictured in the February 14, 1996 'Leader'. The 1996 yearbook included a funeral eulogy to Barry Kerr; he had died suddenly on January 8, while holidaying in Nelson; he was 59.
The gymnasium was opened in 1996 by the Minister of Education, the Rt Hon Wyatt Creech. This was also the year of the first senior formal.
1998 saw new science laboratories opened in C block quad.
1999 changes included a new Performing Arts Centre, a new Social Sciences and temporary Library block, new Design Technology and Graphics rooms and refurbished Visual Arts areas.
An aviation course began in 2000; by 2004 six students had gained pilot's licences.
This school added a former Police training centre as its new performing arts centre in August 2000; this was also the first year to report on mountain biking.
Major building in 2003 was described in the 'Leader' on August 13, and included:-
A new administration block
The former Burma Lodge had been gutted, to become a Performing Arts centre;
ICT / Library block with first-floor classrooms.
Those three buildings were opened by the Governor-General, Dame Silvia Cartwright, on September 3
A central gathering point; the June 5 'Leader' pictured the overhead awning and lighting.
Site landscaping & recreation areas
Tennis courts and on-site car-parking
12 existing classrooms had been re-positioned
Auditorium 8, a chapel, was planned for 2004.
The new principal in 2002, Grahame Duffy, had been head of St Patrick's College, Wellington.
In November 2004 the 'Leader' reported that the school was decile-10, and that its income direct from parents had been $1 681 403; the highest in New Zealand, surpassing Auckland Grammar.
Numbers; the school's eventual target was 650 boys. The following numbers come from the yearbook;sometimes they were directly stated; others were obtained by counting from the lists:-
Sports changed and varieties increased with time and pupil numbers. A quick read through yearbooks found possible first appearances as follows; some sports may have lapsed and been reintroduced, or not been written up in articles.
1991; biathlon, cricket,cross-country, golf, sailing, soccer, swimming.
1992; athletics, basketball, miniball, rugby, softball, volleyball.
1993; tennis, triathlon, water polo.
1994; octathlon, touch rugby, and inter-house competitions.
1995; dragon boating,fishing, hockey (spelt 'hockery' for some reason in one issue); one boy was noted as competing in national judo events.
1996; weight training.
1997; badminton, karate, roller-skating, smallbore shooting,squash.
1998; softball reappeared.
2000; mountain biking, underwater hockey; volleyball reappeared.
2001; orienteering, weightlifting.
2002; canoe polo.
HIBS; Hutt International Boys' School SADD students Gareth Morrison, Matt Jackson with Sergeant John Press.
HIBS; Hutt International Boys' School uses northernmost part of Police transport training centre as performing-arts block.
HIBS; Hutt International Boys' School; Christopher Bishop chosen for NZ debating team to compete in South Africa.
HIBS; Hutt International Boys' School; Jonathan Hall and Adam Vink selected for 3-day aspiring-composers course.
HIBS; Hutt International Boys' School; Nicholas Dench practising for performing-arts centre opening.
Tim McKenzie, one of six New Zealanders in Maths Olympiad, with fund-raising fractal greeting card he designed.