Thursday 31stJanuary marked the first day of the 2019 school year for the Snowy Mountains Grammar School community.
Of the new year ahead, Principal Dr Andrew Bell shared some insights into a few of the new programs and initiatives on offer to students, as well as new staff, saying, “It has been a privilege to welcome all existing and new students, staff and families to a new year at SMGS over the past week. It is evident that staff had worked hard over the break to prepare for another exciting year ahead, both in and out of the classroom, for our students K-12.
This year we again have our Boarding House at capacity, with no room to spare, as demand continues to increase. Since commencing in 1996 and now in our 24thyear, we have the largest cohort (Year 9) the school has ever had. Our co-curricular program is off to a wonderful start with record numbers of students enrolling in Mountain Biking, and our Equestrian program is bursting with interest from students. It is also rewarding to return to school knowing that our Class of 2018 achieved the highest number of Band 5 and 6 HSC results ever accomplished in our short history, which will enable them to select courses at tertiary level for a very bright future ahead.
We are excited to be running some new programs this year too. A new electives program in the Academies model will now enable students to study a major project for the full year and experience state-of-the-art modern learning approaches in education. The project-based learning experience will allow for students to develop their knowledge and skills in an area they are passionate about, have a number of teacher and specialist non-teacher mentors to guide them, and access to master classes in areas of relevance for a real-world learning connection. It is wonderful that students in our region have access to the most modern approaches in learning today.
This year we welcome the following new teaching staff – in Heidi Shvetsoff for Year 2/3, Chelsea Stockbridge as the Head of Faculty, Mathematics, and Charley Nolan in Design and Technology. This year we have also added to our team of Deans of Students, with Emma Smith in the role of Dean of Students Years 7/8.
This week we settle in to routines with the anticipation of a very busy and rewarding year ahead for all involved. Once again, we welcome back all of our existing community and some delightful new students and families too, as our wider community continues to grow and thrive.”