Our proximity to the Snowy Mountains allows SMGS to provide some unique opportunities for its student body. One of these opportunities is the SMGS Snowsports Program that occurs during Term 3.
At SMGS all students are encouraged to participate in the winter program, from Kindergarten through to Year 11, and programs cater for all skill levels from the very beginners through to elite athletes.
While our Senior School students head into the Snowy Mountains on Wednesdays, our Junior school students head up the Alpine Way to Thredbo Alpine Village for the K-4 snow program on Fridays.
The main objectives of the K-4 snow program centre around fun on the snow and snowsports skill development. However, our Director of Junior School, Scott Frize, has observed a number of additional outcomes of the program that foster the development of the students’ personal skills, saying, “The K-4 Snowsports Program offers so much more than on-snow tuition. Our students practise independence by taking care of their own equipment, considering the snow code at all times when in their lessons and having opportunities to ski with students outside of their immediate class peer groups. Programs such as this enhance our sense of Junior School community.”
The K-4 students participating in the Friday program at Thredbo are naturally excited to have the day out of the classroom.We caught up with a few of them during their day at the snow and here is what they had to say:
Charley Burns – “You get to learn more skills and explore.”
Jessie Frize – “I like to learn new things and see new places.”
Frank Frolich – “I loved going on the chairlift.”
Etienne Goddard – “The snow train was so much fun.”
Abbey Wilson – “The Kosciuszko run had to be the best of the day!”
The students are already looking forward to next Friday at Thredbo.