Events

  1. SMIEC

    27 April - 30 April
  2. Staff Day

    29 April
  3. Boarders’ Parent Meeting

    29 April @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm AEST
  4. Boarders’ Return

    29 April @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm AEST

News

  • 2019 Open Day registrations now open

    Registrations are now open for the 2019 Snowy Mountains Grammar School Open Day.
  • SMGS Netball Team Grand Final Winners

    Congratulations to SMGS Netball team who won the Jindabyne Netball Association Grand Final last night! Well done ladies!
  • New pedal desks in Year 2/3 Classroom

    Introducing our new pedal desks in Junior School, 2/3 classroom. Ms S has been following a school case study over the last 12 months that incorporates Kinaesthetic furniture in the classroom. Research has determined that movement while learning improves brain function, increases the ability to stay on task and improves concentration. After trialling our first […]
  • SMGS 10th Annual Cross Country Carnival – Program

    On Wednesday, 10th April 2019 SMGS Kindergarten to Year 12 students will head to The Station Resort for the 10th Annual Cross Country Running Carnival. The SMGS Cross-Country Carnival is planned to be a fun day, full of enthusiasm and house camaraderie. As much as possible, all students are encouraged to ‘have a go’. Emphasis […]

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About Dr Andrew Bell

Dr Andrew Bell is a respected educator, committed to creating exceptional learning opportunities at Snowy Mountains Grammar School. With over 20 years’ leadership experience within the independent school system, he is dedicated to ensuring that the school meets the needs of all students. Dr Bell holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Newcastle, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of New England. He is passionate about personalising the educational experience, so that each student can make the most of Snowy Mountains Grammar School’s award-winning curriculum and innovative educational experience.

The Responsibility of Schools to Develop the Efficacy of Ingenuity and Problem-Solving in Young Learners Today

Our modern world has morphed from a mindset of producer to consumer. As we shift from industrialised economies in countries like Australia to evolve as knowledge economies, it appears some critical skills are at risk of being diluted in our youngest generations. If we consider the mantra of ubiquitous convenience, espoused and driven by commercial [...]

Why Praising Children’s Ability is Harmful to their Education

Author: Dr Andrew Bell As parents, or as teachers, how often have we deliberately or inadvertently praised a child for their innate abilities?  I would suggest we do this more than we realise, and this has been happening for generations. Of course, the intent is all positive, but the reality is quite the opposite and [...]

Peak Performance

Author: Andrew Bell, SMGS Principal This article first appeared in SMGS newsletter, Aspects on Friday, 18th May. Peak Performance I recently read the book, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, by Ericsson & Pool. The authors describe how certain individuals develop their performance to reach excellence, while others with seemingly similar capability only [...]

ANZAC Day 2018

The Snowy Monaro community has again showed its strong support on ANZAC Day at our local commemoration ceremonies. Today our students took part in the Jindabyne, Cooma and Berridale ceremonies. SMGS staff and students are proud to honour those who have served our country as we contribute towards preserving the ANZAC spirit through a new [...]

SMGS Netball Team Grand Final Champions

On Tuesday, 10th April, the SMGS Netball team played in the Jindabyne Netball Association’s grand final.  SMGS was triumphant in the Junior Division, defeating their competition, the HotShots, 24-23 in a gripping final. Both teams played with great intensity and sportsmanship as they lifted in their quest to take home the coveted title of season [...]

Growth Mindset

With students now well into their learning routine, it is timely to raise again the concept of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. This concept is so critical to all types of learning in life, and applies to all of us, not just ‘students’. Today I presented this concept to our Senior School students [...]

What it takes to make it as a world-class elite performer

I recently addressed students on what it takes to make it as a world-class elite performer in a range of different disciplines, including academia, sport, the arts, chess, or similar. I pointed to a study by Bloom (1985) who looked in depth at well over a hundred world-leading performers and traced back their history leading [...]

Foundation Day – 20 Years Strong

Friday 17 June is Foundation Day for Snowy Mountains Grammar School, which is an important milestone, as we celebrated the completion of twenty years at the start of 2016. SMGS had its first cohort in 1996, beginning with just sixteen students, and grew to sixty-nine by the second year, 1997. We have been in the [...]

Technology in the Classroom

I recently read an article in the media that, in essence, stated that the use of personal devices (laptops and iPads) was responsible for Australia’s drop in the global rankings in the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA) tests from 2000 to 2012. PISA is a triennial international survey test of around 500,000 15 year [...]

Future of Education

"There is no shortage of challenges in school education", writes Professor Geoff Masters (CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research - ACER). He continues, to state that "some of the biggest challenges we face can appear frustratingly intractable. Despite reform efforts, regular government reviews and ongoing calls for change, progress in addressing our most [...]