It is very easy to get caught up in theoretical explanations of subjects like Science and Technology. One of the more enjoyable experiences for students can be applying their knowledge by “doing” something based on that theory. Ostensibly the Academies of Excellence at Snowy Mountains Grammar School cater for those opportunities beyond what can be achieved in the classroom.
Many students took advantage of those opportunities last year, several of whom were recognised for their efforts. Daniel Ternes-Dixon (Year 7) won the Snowy Hydro Award for Innovation. He has been designing and building a fully automated and wirelessly controlled Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that is capable of both airborne and underwater exploration via manual controls, pre-programmed instructions and basic artificial intelligence.
Antonia Murphy (Year 10) was awarded the Principal’s Award for Excellent Achievement. Antonia has been exploring her growing passion in the field of microbiology where she is gaining skills and techniques to learn about micro-organisms and their characteristics in partnership with Quantal Bioscience, a microbiology laboratory within The King’s School. Antonia’s skills have resulted in Quantal Bioscience allowing her to complete scientific research independent of their laboratory at Snowy Mountains Grammar School.
Abigail Mifsud (Year 11) was awarded the SMGS Parents and Friends Award for Endeavour. Abigail has been studying in the School of Early Childhood and completing practical experiences within school time and outside of school time at Gidgilly’s Early Education Care Centre. She completed and implemented an action research project for Gidgilly’s focused on developing a reading/literacy corner in the 0-2 room. Abigail was actively involved in the SMGS Let’s Explore transitional program and worked alongside parents, students and teachers.
This year, students have even more opportunities within the Academies of Excellence to excel in areas of their own choosing, or discover interests of which they were not even aware. Engagement and passion await.
The 2017 Academies of Excellence include:
School of Agriculture
School of Aviation
School of Creativity
School of Drama and Theatre Studies
School of Early Childhood
School of Music
School of Photography
School of Robotics and Coding
School of Science
School of Technology and Invention
School of Visual Art