Founded twenty-three years ago, our boarding house community is an integral thread in the fabric of our school. The boarding house at SMGS is large enough to foster personal growth, yet small enough to notice and cater for diverse individual difference.
Although the natural environment of the Snowy Mountains region is a gift that all boarding students are able to experience, it is the personalised programs and unique offering of co-curricular activities, together with the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, all fused together, that elucidates the value of an SMGS boarding educational experience. We believe these elements helped SMGS take the top step as Australian Boarding School of the Year at the 2018 Australian Education Awards.
This week, SMGS will join boarding schools across Australia to celebrate the Australian Boarding Schools Association 2019 National Boarding Week.
Along with celebrating our amazing boarding students, this week provides opportunities to thank our boarding staff formally on Friday, 17 May, for all that they do to support our students in their educational journeys. This year we will also celebrate National Boarding Principals’ Day on Saturday, 18 May. According to ABSA, this day is to celebrate “the ultimate responsibility – looking after other people’s children”.
In addition to the above activities, SMGS and our boarding community will be participating in a range of activities this week. Some of these activities include:
- Best Room competition
- “Meet our boarding students” interviews
- “Why I love boarding” in 25 words or less
- Boarding staff and alumni testimonials – “What I will never forget”.
To kick off the week, we would like to introduce you to SMGS’ Boarding House Captain, Lucy Junor. Thank you to Amelia Catt, one of our boarding house supervisors for putting this interview together.
Where are you from?
Marrickville, Sydney. When my Dad drives, it takes five hours to get to SMGS; when Mum drives, it takes 6.5!
Why did you choose Boarding at SMGS?
Because it seemed like the best school for what I needed in my last couple of years at school. It also had other opportunities like going to the snow three times a week, and I could keep doing my Duke of Edinburgh Award and get out of the city.
Three essential things to bring to Boarding at SMGS?
Toothbrush (I forgot mine!), a hobby that you can do in your downtime, and things that you need, otherwise you will end up with too much stuff!
Favourite weekend activity?
BBQ at the lake.
Hardest thing about Boarding?
Taking the first steps to getting to know people and putting yourself out there.
Any homesickness tips?
Try and distract yourself and surround yourself with other positive people.
Other tips for new boarders?
Bring stuff to personalise your room so it’s different from everyone else’s and makes your room feel like your own space.
Enroling now for 2020
Are you interested in learning more about SMGS?
SMGS warmly welcomes prospective Kindergarten to Year 12 families to join us on Friday, 7th June for our Open Day. Our Open Day is a perfect opportunity for prospective families to meet members of our leadership team, teaching staff, school captains and prefects.
To learn more about our Open Day or to register, click on the button to the right.