Events

  1. Prefect Camp 2020

    15 November - 16 November
  2. Let’s Explore – Session 4 – My Active School Life

    15 November @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm AEDT
  3. Year 12 Formal

    15 November @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT
  4. Semester 2 Examinations (Year 7-10)

    18 November - 19 November
  5. Year 10 First Aid

    21 November

News

  • SMGS Parents and Friends Association – Annual General Meeting

    The SMSG Parents and Friends Association, Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday the 11th November 2019 at 6PM in the SMGS Library.
  • ROOARRR!!! Our Dino-Mite Book Fair is this Tuesday!

    Dear SMGS Parents and Families, Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading: • Set the example. Let children see you read. • Have a collection of books in […]
  • Term 4 canteen menu now available

    The new Canteen menu for Term 4 is now available. Check out the Canteen page for the new menu: 2019 Term 4 Canteen Information
  • Join us for our OPEN DAY!

    Snowy Mountains Grammar School warmly invites all prospective Kindergarten to year 12 Families to their Open Day on Friday November 1st. Tour the campus, meet with the principal, teaching staff and students. Come and get a glimpse of our award-winning education and innovative learning environment in action. ***As our Open Day occurs on the same […]

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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.

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 [...]

The Cane for ‘Being a Nuisance’

This week I read an article by Jarlath O’Brien (2016), the head of a school in the UK, whose school is celebrating fifty years of education. This year we will celebrate the completion of twenty years; not quite the same but still a somewhat significant milestone. In O’Brien’s school, they explored historical artefacts including the [...]