Warwick’s rejuvenated House Competition has been named in honour of former student and West Coast premiership player Mark Hutchings.

Mark attended our first whole school assembly of the year, on February 14, to hand over a perpetual honour board listing the Champion House and the Mark Hutchings Shield for Championship House to Principal Lesley Wintle.

Warwick had a vibrant House competition in the 1980s and 1990s, but for more than 20 years trophies have been dormant in the gymnasium foyer showcase.  The roaring success of the House Athletics Carnival in 2017 has prompted a return to the House competition, with more than just sporting activities counting towards House points. Students can also earn points in other activities which include problem solving, teamwork and academic prowess, as well as through consistent good behaviour and attitude in class.

Mark Hutchings graduated from Warwick in 2008 and was part of the school’s renowned Australian Rules Football Specialist Program. He was also an excellent academic student, achieving an ATAR score of 95.25.

“It was a great school and I really enjoyed my time here,” Hutchings said. “I loved every minute of it. To have the House competition named after me is pretty special. I certainly wasn’t expecting it.”

Hutchings called on students to participate in as many events as possible, and to “aim high”.

“It’s important to strive to be better than you were the day before or the year before” he said.

Glenn Osborne
House Competition Coordinator

Mark Hutchings, along with Head Girl Brooke Curley and Head Boy Aussi Popovski, with the new House Championship board and shield.

Mark with some of the Warwick House Captains and Student Counselors. Mark’s school house during his time at Warwick was the ‘Stirling Scorpions’.  The house crests on our brand new banners were designed by Warwick students.