This week is the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) National Boarding Week.

The SMGS boarding community will be participating in a number of activities throughout the week. Some of these activities include:

  • ‘Boarders Run Australia’ – Every boarding student in Australia is encouraged to run, walk or move one kilometre during the week. After reporting that their school has run, walked or moved for one kilometre, ABSA’s goal is to have boarders ‘run the circumference of Australia’. If you’re curious, check out the hashtag #boardersrunAustralia.
  • ‘Boarders Support Australia’ – Boarders are encouraged to donate at least one gold coin or purchase one of Carrie Bickmore’s ‘Beanies 4 Brain Cancer’, where all funds raised go to children’s brain cancer research: carriesbeanies4braincancer.com
  • Social media – #whynotboarding.
  • Boarding house flag design.
  • Boarding house community stories from current students and alumni.

Head of Boarding at SMGS, Mrs Julie Wright, is very excited about our school’s participation in this Australia-wide event, saying, “SMGS is a uniquely different boarding community and this great event will provide us with the opportunity to not only showcase our location nestled in the foothills of Australia’s stunning alpine region on the shores of beautiful Lake Jindabyne, but will also provide a glimpse into the daily life of a SMGS boarding student.”

Our facilities are uniquely homely, providing each student with their own room. The boarding house was refurbished in 2016. Each room is fresh and modern, with a basin and vanity, bed, heater, ample cupboard space, desk and lockable door. Many of our rooms overlook Lake Jindabyne, which provides a tremendous view in both summer and winter.

Our boarders are provided with an excellent activities program, taking advantage of our unique location near the skifields and the beautiful natural environment of the surrounding rural areas. During winter, boarders have the option to be on the mountain three days a week! Other activities including equestrian, aviation, mountain biking, trampolining, netball, soccer, rugby and Navy cadets, providing boarders with ample activity throughout the year. Our weekend program often takes advantage of Lake Jindabyne, Kosciuszko National Park, Canberra and the South Coast.

Year 12 boarding student Oscar Litchfield has found boarding at SMGS to be extremely beneficial to his academic performance. “For me, the SMGS boarding house has allowed my study routine to become a consistent part of my day. The scheduled ‘Prep’ time from 6:30 to 8:30pm allows the cohort to complete tasks to a high standard with the help of staff members.”

SMGS boarding students will kick off their ABSA National Boarding Week activities with a walk beside beautiful Lake Jindabyne to de-compress from a busy day at school.