Strategic Plan and Master Plan
In early December, at our annual Speech Day, we will be unveiling our 2020 – 2024 Strategic Plan and Master Plan. This is an exciting time for our school community and for the Snowy Monaro region, as we will be communicating the impressive construction works plan that will provide for our growing school population and the local community over the coming years.
The first of these is the development of additional play space for Kindergarten to Year 6 students. Soon, we will be adding a number of suitable colourful and purposeful play markings on the hard-paved surface for recess play times, in particular. These will provide additional learning opportunities while students are having fun at the same time.
Similarly, on the oval surrounds beyond the grassed area, we are presently planning to provide a new adventure-style playground with a series of purposeful challenges which are great fun. This work, involving a specialist landscape architect (and parent), is scheduled to be ready for Term 1 next year and will utilise the hillside elevations without encroaching on the valuable oval space.
We are now in the final phase of master planning and we remain committed to providing additional green play and sports space for all our students to utilise, guided by our master plan to identify the exact areas. Along with this, we are also invested into building two multi-purpose hardcourts with surrounding amenities.
Jindabyne OSHC (Outside School Hours Care)
Since earlier this year, we have been working closely with Gidgillys Early Education and Care Centre on a combined arrangement to offer after-school care to our Junior School students on our site from 2020. Gidgillys will provide specialist staff to care for our students after hours. SMGS will provide the venue, including a Junior School classroom and a number of resources and amenities.
From Term 1, 2020, OSHC will be offered to families of students in year levels ranging from Kindergarten to Year 6, and this service will continue for as long as there is adequate demand from families. Full details will be available in the coming weeks in preparation for 2020, including days, times, costs and other relevant information.
Click Here for more information about the Jindabyne Outside School Hours Care program.
Updated Fee Structure
This year we have enjoyed the problem of having a full-size single class in Year 6, a full-size Year 4/5 class at capacity, and the need to split Years 2 and 3 mid-year, owing to growth. In the Senior School, we have had a record number of enrolments this year, and for next year this will require us to split virtually all grades into two classes. Our boarding house has been full for two years now and, overall, Snowy Mountains Grammar School is in a strong position, with the acquisition of additional land for our student needs, along with a master plan identifying future development over the longer term in a sustainable and responsible manner.
This growth has also enabled us to provide an unprecedented number of staff members in our structure, including leadership positions only familiar to considerably larger schools. Additionally, our growth has allowed us to purchase new equipment for student learning, which until now has not been attainable, including 3D printers, laser-cutters, new student indoor and outdoor furniture, new dining facilities, playground equipment, and many other resources.
Despite this healthy growth as a school, we will always retain our smaller-school-feel, as this is part of our DNA, and that important distinguishing feature will never change. However, with measured responsible growth comes additional benefits for our students and this is what we are experiencing now.
Our continued growth across the school has given us the opportunity to revise our fee structure to better align with our current school structure and population, something that we have not done since the school became fully independent in 2009. This will allow us to improve the affordability of our Kindergarten and early Junior School year levels (K-2) over the next three years.
In addition to the new fee structure, we are also introducing an alumni discount to encourage old scholars to return to our school community. It is exciting to see so many of our past students still in the area or returning to the area to settle with their young families. We want to make sure that our alumni have every opportunity to provide their own children with the same educational experience that they were afforded at SMGS.
Click Here for more information about the 2020 Fee Structure.