Last week the SMGS K-2 classes, along with their Year 12 buddies, headed up to the Kosciuszko Education Centre for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
The day was action-packed with hiking, games, an educational story trail and of course a picnic with the children’s teddy bears. SMGS Head of Senior School, Kelli Wilson, was proud of the 2017 Year 12 cohort, saying, “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic was a wonderful opportunity for Year 12 to meet and get to know their buddies. The relationship between Year 12 and K/1 is an important aspect of our school life. It was obvious that the Year 12 students enjoyed the day just as much as the junior school students. My favourite moment was the teddy bear chasing game.”
SMGS Kindergarten teacher, Emma Smith, echoed her colleague’s sentiment, saying, “It was a great day! The Year 12 students did such a great job with their buddies! What a great bonding experience and it builds a strong school community.”
The SMGS buddy system is an integral part of the school community. Of the program, Scott Frize, Head of Junior School, said, “I love that our Year 12 students are so genuine about their desire to be a part of the life of our Kindergarten students. Seeing them interact with our youngest students is one of many feel-good moments that, as teachers, we experience here at SMGS.”
Junior School at SMGS
The Junior School is a very special part of the Snowy Mountains Grammar School educational model. The Junior School years are fundamental in the establishment of strong educational foundations and work practices.
With small class sizes and a total population of up to 80, the concept of individual programming at SMGS Junior School is a reality, not a dream. Our students can gain full benefit from the close attention to detail that is an integral part of everyday life in the Junior School.