Events

  1. Year 6 (2017) into Year 7 Transition Evening

    26 October @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
  2. Let’s Explore

    27 October
  3. SMGS Open Day

    27 October
  4. Prefects Camp

    29 October - 30 October
  5. P & F Meeting

    1 November @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT

News

  • Term 4 Arts Events

    On Thursday 2nd November, the Junior School students will showcase music, art and other class work at the annual ‘Cre8ive Session – Junior’.  This has formerly been known as ‘VAV’.  The evening will commence at 5pm and will feature a musical performance from each Junior School class as well as solo and duet performances from […]
  • Bright Sparks and the Junior School Homework Club are back for Term 4

    Bright Sparks (Senior School) Bright Sparks (Senior School) is back this week! During Term 4, Bright Sparks sessions will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.               Junior School Homework Club Bright Sparks Junior will commence this week on Tuesdays 24 October at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. […]
  • SMGS P&F Fundraiser – Farm Fresh Mango’s

    If you love mangoes, here’s your chance to indulge in fresh juicy Kensington Pride Mangoes and support our fundraising drive. They are direct from the Farm. Money raised will go towards building a BBQ area for students and Staff.
  • Rokit’s Edibles @ SMGS Canteen – Term 4 Menu

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About Darryl Nelson

Darryl is the Head of Curriculum at Snowy Mountains Grammar School and teaches Science, specialising in Physics and Chemistry. After completing a PhD in Microbiology and several local and international research associate positions, Darryl re-trained as a teacher and has been at Snowy Mountains Grammar School since 2010.

ICAS Science Results a Success!

Senior students accepting their Distinctions from outgoing Academic Captain Aaron Pottage. The ICAS Science results are in, and it proves yet again that academic standards at SMGS are strong. We administer the competition to all students in each cohort. This year, 34% of those students received a Merit or higher and it is [...]

Certainty and Science

An unknown bacterium being tested for antibiotic resistance. Image credit: D. Nelson The nature of Science is often not well understood. One of my friends recently described Science as “black and white” in comparison to another subject where subjectivity might play a part. In a Science examination, you're looking for specific information, but in [...]

The Curse of the Smartphone

Distractions from study are now most conveniently accessible via your smartphone. It’s so tempting to use the phrase “back in my day…” with modern students. It’s not to say things were better back in the 80s or to inadvertently make me feel old, rather to point out how things have changed. [...]

Who Murdered Octavius Astonbury?

Thin layer chromatography of plant pigments supported the claims of Percival Pendlehill, the Gardener. During Semester One, Year 9 Science students completed a unit entitled “The Murder At Astonbury Manor”. The concept of a murder mystery as a vehicle to complete a Forensic Chemistry course had occurred to me during lunch with a [...]

Climate Science in the limelight at SMGS

Dr. Johanna Speirs, a Climate Scientist from Snowy Hydro with Science Academy and senior students. Climate Scientist Dr. Johanna Speirs from Snowy Hydro visited Snowy Mountains Grammar School on Tuesday and gave a presentation to students. Her talk revolved around her recent visit to Antarctica as part of Homeward Bound, a program designed to [...]

From Theory to Application

It is very easy to get caught up in theoretical explanations of subjects like Science and Technology. One of the more enjoyable experiences for students can be applying their knowledge by “doing” something based on that theory. Ostensibly the Academies of Excellence at Snowy Mountains Grammar School cater for those opportunities beyond what can be [...]

Success in Senior Science for 2016 in a Blended Learning Environment

    With HSC results just being released, it is time for teachers to reflect on the year that has been. Part of that reflection is how to improve practice, tweaking here, modifying there. All with the aim to improve student outcomes. Whilst Lucy Schroeder, our Dux for 2016, achieved 2nd in the entire state [...]

Science: A Global Perspective

Working Scientifically is a component of all secondary science courses in the current NSW Science Curriculum. Usually, this entails developing hypotheses, selecting the best course of action and materials to conduct investigations, carrying out the investigation safely and analysing the data produced in order to confirm or refute the hypothesis. In that melee, listening is [...]

The Science Academy Branches Out

The way in which Science is practised in the “real world” is very different to how it is delivered within the somewhat sheltered school environment. Whilst teachers have prescriptive syllabi to follow, incorporating less restrictive learning experiences to engage students during the process becomes paramount. Students in the Science Academy at Snowy Mountains Grammar School [...]

Students triumphant in the ICAS Science

Yesterday, awards were given for the annual International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) Science. This competition is compulsory for all students from Year 2 to Year 11 at SMGS. Of the students who sat the competition, 30% received an award. In the Senior School, Austin Beck (Year 10) received a Distinction, placing him in [...]