Events

  1. School Holidays

    30 June @ 8:00 am - 23 July @ 5:00 pm AEST
  2. Staff Day No.5

    23 July @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
  3. Boarding House Students Return

    23 July @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST
  4. First Day of Term 3

    24 July @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
  5. 2018 SMGS Interschools Snowsports

    Regional Interschools – Perisher

    25 July @ 8:00 am - 27 July @ 5:00 pm AEST

News

  • Kindergym and Little Gym back for Term 3

    Kindergym and Little Gym will be running through Term 3 as a combined class from 9:30 am – 10:30 am. Classes will begin the second week of Term on Tuesday 31st July 2018. For more information, please visit: https://www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/programs/jindabyne-kindergym-and-little-gym/
  • Year 11 Subject Selection Information Evening

    Year 11 Subject Selection Information Evening We warmly invite all Year 10 students and their parents currently attending SMGS or considering enrolling at SMGS in 2019 to attend our Year 11 Subject Selection Information Evening on Tuesday, 31st July, commencing at 6:00 pm. An important transition At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we understand the importance […]
  • SMGS Virtual Debate teams advance to top ten in the country

    Our 2018 NGS Super National Virtual Debating Competition Teams have been very busy this year! Last week, we were notified that our Year 9/10 and Open team have made it into the final 10 schools in Australia! In round 5, the Year 9/10 will debate against The Essington School Darwin, while the Open team will […]
  • 2018 Regional Interschools Snowsports Team List – Updated

    The first draft SMGS team list is now available for the 2018 ACT Southern NSW Snowsports Championships.

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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.

SMGS Science Academy students’ paper published in the Journal of the Future Project

Author: Dr Darryl Nelson, Head of Curriculum, Head of Faculty (Science) The Academies of Excellence Program at SMGS provides many opportunities to students, in multiple areas. Last year, through the Science Academy, two of our Year 11 students accepted the opportunity to work in a laboratory with some old colleagues of mine from my [...]

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 [...]