1. Year 7 Camp

    20 March @ 8:45 am - 23 March @ 3:30 pm AEDT
  2. Assembly

    23 March @ 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm AEDT
  3. Year 8, 9 and 10 Camp

    26 March @ 8:00 am - 29 March @ 5:00 pm AEDT
  4. year 7 Immunisation – HPV 1 & Boostrix

    26 March @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm AEDT
  5. Virtual Debating – Stage 3 – First Round

    26 March @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm AEDT


  • Join us at our Open Day on Tuesday, 8th May 2018

    SMGS warmly welcomes prospective Kindergarten to Year 12 families to join us on Tuesday, 8th May for our Open Day. Our Open Day is a perfect opportunity for prospective families to meet members of our leadership team, some of our teaching staff, school captains and prefects. The day will also include a tour of our […]
  • Tathra Bushfire Fundraiser

    Dear Parents and Students, As you may be aware, a devastating bushfire has impacted the community of Tathra this past weekend, destroying 69 homes, and damaging many more. In support of those affected, Snowy Mountains Grammar School will be hosting a Mufti Day and Barbecue fundraiser on Friday 23 March. Please bring a gold coin […]
  • Preparations underway for SMGS Junior School Grandparents and Special Friends Day

    Grandparents and Special Friends Day is one of the most anticipated events on the SMGS Junior School calendar! All Junior School families are asked to RSVP on their guest’s/guests’ behalf via CareMonkey by Friday, 23rd March. We hope to see you there!
  • SMIEC 2018 – Program now available

    The SMIEC 2018 Program is now available via: The SMIEC organising committee also announced the 2018 SMIEC entries opening and closing dates: Entries Open: Monday, 12th March 2018 at 7:00 pm Entries Close: Friday, 20th April 2018 at 9:00 pm All entries must be made online using the Global Entries Online portal: Tests and […]


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About Michael Barton

Dr Michael Barton has worked in Catholic and Independent Boarding Schools for 16 years across NSW and Queensland. He completed his doctorate exploring the experiences of boarding on young people in Queensland Catholic boarding schools with a particular focus on their participation, retention and attainment. He is currently Deputy Principal at Snowy Mountains Grammar School.

What is Innovation?

My last article in the SMGS newsletter, Aspects focused on the changes facing education this year, with the announcement of a new NSW Education Minister. In this article I want to broaden my scope by focusing on educational leaders; in particular, those leaders who are involved in educational decisions in our profession, sector and schools. [...]

Acing the ACER Examination

Acing the Acer Examination So you have decided that you would like to sit the ACER examination in order to unlock scholarship opportunities for a school next year? That’s great and you should be proud of your decision! Just like any examination, test or race, your preparation is important. By investing some time before the [...]

Term 4 Principal’s Merit Assembly

On Monday 17, 2016 it was our pleasure to welcome parents to join us for the Principal’s Merit Assembly. We recognised the students who had achieved Academic Honours (Provisional), Academic Endeavour (Provisional) and Certificates of Merit or above in the ICAS Mathematics Competition. Academic Endeavour Provisional For students who received a Grade Point [...]

Best Practice for HSC Support – 7 Tips for Parents and Families

As our students commence the final days before their HSC examinations, it’s a very prudent time to reflect on some key strategies and tips that may help their families support them through this rollercoaster of a time. Keeping a Balance One of the biggest support mechanisms and structures that a family can put in [...]

6 Reasons to choose a Co-Educational Boarding School

Going to boarding school doesn’t mean you have to go to a single-sex boarding house. At Snowy Mountains Grammar School boarding house, you have the opportunity to live and learn with other girls and boys and to develop real friendships that will last for life! Our boarding house is the only boarding house in Australia [...]

Parents and Boarding Staff – a team approach to the care of boarding students.

“Parents and boarding staff – working together to care and mentor the children of our future”. – Michael Barton, SMGS Deputy Principal This article isn’t about parent bashing – there are other commentators who do that and I’m not one for dividing the partnership that needs to be established between a parent (home) and [...]

Engaging students in areas in which they love to learn

With credible research demonstrating that students in education across the globe are disengaging from learning and school, at Snowy Mountains Grammar School we are heading in the opposite direction and engaging students in areas in which they love to learn. In addition, our students also learn the full complement of the rigorous Australian Curriculum administered [...]

Term 3 Principal’s Merit Assembly

On Monday 1 August, the Term 3 Principal’s Merit Assembly recognised the continued achievements of students in Years 7-12 during the course of Semester 1. Individual student results from Term 1 and Term 2 are combined, with provisional Academic Endeavour (Academic Effort) and Provisional Academic Honours (Academic Achievement) being presented to approximately 40% of the [...]