Events

  1. HSC Preview Sessions

    17 August @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm AEST
  2. Exeat Weekend

    19 August - 20 August
  3. Amelia McGuiness Time Trial

    20 August - 21 August
  4. 2017 SMGS Interschools Snowsports
  5. Year 11 Yearly Exams

    28 August - 1 September

News

  • 2017 NSW State Interschools Provisional Team List (Updated)

    The updated provisional team lists for the NSW State Interschools Snowsports Championships is now available.
  • Congratulations to the SMGS Chess Team!

    Congratulations to the members of the SMGS Chess Team – Aaron Pottage, Sam Celestino, Tom Davis, Austin Beck and Jackson Quinn.  They have made it through to the final six in the South Coast & Southern Division of the NSW Junior Chess Competition. The last round was played online against Moss Vale High School, with […]
  • 2018 Year 11 Subject Selection – Presentation Video

    On Tuesday, 25th July, SMGS held it’s 2018 Year 11 Subject Selection evening which included a presentation from Dr Darryl Nelson, Head of Stage 6. If you were unable to attend the evening, you can view the presentation below: If you have any questions, please  contact Dr Nelson via email at darryl.nelson@smgs.nsw.edu.au Please note that […]
  • 2018 Year 11 Subject Selection Evening – Tuesday 25 July

      Tomorrow night, SMGS is holding it’s 2018 Year 11 Subject Selection Evening  for students currently in Year 10 at Snowy Mountains Grammar School and for those who are considering selecting Snowy Mountains Grammar School as their school of choice for 2018. This will be an opportunity for students and parents to hear important information […]

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About Darryl Nelson

Darryl is the Head of Stage 6 (Year 11 and 12) at Snowy Mountains Grammar School and teaches Physics, Chemistry and Junior Science. 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.

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 [...]

SMGS Students achieve Big Results In The Big Science Competition!

Yesterday, awards were given for the annual Big Science Competition, convened by Australian Science Innovations. This competition was voluntarily entered by students during May. Of the students who sat the competition, 36% received a Distinction or High Distinction. This was the best result for students sitting the examination for the last four years at SMGS. [...]