For many Snowy Mountains Grammar School is a place of learning and growth, but for others it is a home-away-from home too. During school term, SMGS opens its doors to both weekly and full-time boarding students, from Year 7 to Year 12.
With a focus on academic achievement within a family-style environment, SMGS Boarders play an intrinsic role within the school community. They embody the school’s values of creativity, authenticity, respect and empathy.
2018 has been a big year for boarding at SMGS. In August, the school was named Australian Boarding School of the Year, by Educator Magazine. The media also loved our furry, canine friends, Gyro
and Sally. You can read more about the Boarding’s doggy mascots in the Monaro Post!
The SMGS Boarding House aims nurture and support it’s young residents. In addition to supervised study time, boarders eat breakfast and dinner together, celebrate birthdays as a group, and are encouraged to take responsibility within their home-away from home.
The structured environment provides comfort and stability, and allows Boarders to excel academically. SMGS Boarders acheived Band 6 results in the 2018 HSC, and received multiple commendations for their academic performance throughout the year. SMGS is also delighted that one of its boarding students has been ele
cted School Captain for 2019.
Like most teens, SMGS Boarders value their free time too. Supervised by staff, Boarders can venture down to Lake Jindabyne to swim, sail or play disk golf after school, or try out Jindabyne’s fantastic mountain bike trails. During the warmer months they are offered exclusive access to yoga classes, or training advice at the gym. During wintery Term 3, many boarders spent their weekends “up the hill”, enjoying the Australian snow season and making the most of the school’s immediate proximity to Thredbo and Perisher.
SMGS Boarders regularly go on adventures together. A highlight this year was attending the Bush Dance in Term 2, and viewing the Jindabyne Christmas lights in Term 4. In 2018, Boarders also went on day trips around NSW in their minibus! These adventures gave student the opportunity to go trampolining, try fishing, and visit local tourist sites.
In addition to supervised activities, SMGS boarders are encouraged to find their place within the Jindabyne community, by rerolling in community-based extracurricular activities. The town of Jindabyne makes the most of its unique alpine setting, and plays host to many sporting clubs, outdoor adventure groups, and youth development organisations. SMGS Boarders play for the rugby club, volunteer, are members of the local cadet program.
SMGS would like to thank the Head of Boarding, Mrs Julie Wright, an
d her team, for their tremendous effort in 2019.