Events

  1. Australia Day

    27 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  2. Staff Day 1

    28 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  3. Staff Day 2

    29 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  4. New Boarders Arrive

    29 January @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEDT
  5. Boarders Return

    29 January @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEDT

News

  • The Athlete’s Foot Shoe Fitting Day

    As in previous years Athletes Foot are coming to Jindabyne, details can be viewed here:  https://www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Snowy-Mountains-Grammar-School.pdf  
  • Senior School Book Order Reminder

    Dear Families, Please remember to order your children’s books for 2020 on the Box of Books website (Senior School only). The link is: https://shop.boxofbooks.io/passwordless/signin . This should be done as soon as possible in case of any delays in the supply of some items. If you have any queries, please contact the school office.  
  • Extended school closure period

    Due to the events of the past few days, Snowy Mountains Grammar School will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday this week. At this stage, we anticipate that the normal operations will resume on Wednesday 8th January 2020 but we will re-assess on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Kosciuszko National Park Evacuation Notice

    NPWS has declared a planned evacuation of the Kosciuszko National Park commencing today with the evacuation deadline of Friday 3 January at 10:00 am.  Please refer to the following information and the following links:  https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/major-fire-updates https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/kosciuszko-national-park/local-alerts?fbclid=IwAR0UsQzbYPA5xE2OP9G_EyXozABDDhN6Jw1_AeaeoaQGocdrpTbjHD_ig-w https://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/

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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.

SMGS National Finalist in three categories at the recent Australian Education Awards

I am delighted that, for the fourth consecutive year, Snowy Mountains Grammar School has been recognised as a leading Australian school by those in the profession, at the annual Australian Education Awards. In addition to winning multipleInnovative School awards and Australian Boarding School of the Year in 2018, we have also been recognised as a National Finalist two [...]

Young People and Mental Health

The rise in mental health issues is of great concern within our wider community, though none more so than the increase in mental health prevalence among our youth. We now have years’ worth of quality data collected from various creditable organisations, which consistently report that around one in four adolescents are presenting with mental health [...]

My Community NSW State Grant Funding

Very recently SMGS completed a submission to the NSW State Government to host a project which, if successful, would see two modern multi-purpose courts built on our site for our whole community to use. A requirement of the funding is that the wider community can use these, in addition to our school students using them [...]

Deputy Premier visits Snowy Mountains Grammar School

I was delighted that the Deputy Premier of New South Wales, Member for Monaro, Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade, and Leader of the Nationals, the Hon. John Barilaro MP, accepted an invitation to visit our school this week. Eve Donnelly, one of our School Captains, hosted the Deputy Premier, along with myself as [...]

Go Jindabyne Master Plan team visits SMGS

  Announced last year, the Go Jindabyne Master Plan is now gaining noticeable momentum. A Community Statement has just been published, which was largely informed by consultation with the general community late in 2018 through to early 2019. The principal planner, Rukshan de Silva, has worked with students from our local community, with students [...]

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 [...]