Events

  1. Week 2

    11 October @ 8:00 am - 15 October @ 5:00 pm AEDT
  2. [Postponed] Year 11 Curriculum Camp

    12 October @ 8:00 am - 15 October @ 5:00 pm AEDT
  3. Kindergarten 2022 Information Webinar

    13 October @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT
  4. [Virtual] Junior School Assembly

    15 October @ 9:00 am - 9:40 am AEDT
  5. Week 3

    18 October @ 8:00 am - 22 October @ 5:00 pm AEDT

News

  • Kindergarten 2022 Parent Information Webinar – Wednesday 13 October – Registrations Now Open!

    Starting or considering Kindergarten in 2022? Enrolments are now open for Kindergarten 2022! Kindergarten marks the start of an exciting learning journey for many families. We know our youngest learners flourish in an environment where they are authentically known, that nurtures and inspires their creative and curious minds. With more clarity around what Term 4 […]
  • We’re Hiring! – Middle and Senior School Art Teacher (Years 7 -12)

    Due to the exciting growth and development of Snowy Mountains Grammar School and our Art Teacher relocating out of the area after many years of dedicated service, there is now an opportunity for an inspiring, dynamic, and committed Visual Arts Teacher to join our team on a full-time permanent basis from January 2022. See the […]
  • The uniform shop is now online!

    The uniform shop is now online! Click and collect is now available. Nominate a time to collect when you make your online purchase, or purchases can be collected from the front office during business hours (8.30am-4.30pm) in a COVID-safe way at the main door. https://shop.smgs.nsw.edu.au  
  • Return to face-to-face learning Friday, 17th September

    We are looking forward to welcoming all students and staff back to campus for the final day of Term 3, tomorrow Friday, 17th September!   From 1:00 pm today, restrictions were eased in the Snowy Monaro Region, with our School now operating under Level 3.   Please note:  – Please bring a lunch, the canteen […]

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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 Importance of Outdoor Education and Curriculum Camps

The Importance of Outdoor Education and Curriculum Camps In all my years in schools, outdoor education has on occasion been questioned by some parents as to its value, specifically with concerns expressed about missing academic learning time. I’ve reflected on this view over many years; however, I retain the view that outdoor education [...]

The Benefits of Music

The Benefits of Music As I reflect on working with school-aged children over nearly three decades, one of the greatest joys of this privilege has been to witness first-hand their on-stage performances in music across an array of instruments. These performances have ranged from stunning solo performances to large bands producing unimaginable sounds that stir [...]

Technology and Education – ‘EdTech’

This past week, Holden commenced their historic media statement by stating that it was “with a heavy heart, GMH will be retiring the Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand” permanently. As has been reported widely in the media, Holden was a quintessential Australian brand and the thought of it disappearing as our country’s leading [...]

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 [...]