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News

  • We’re Hiring – Boarding House Supervisor

    We’re looking for someone to join our Boarding House team on a part-time basis, working 4.00pm – 10.00pm, Monday to Thursday during school term time. For all the details or to apply online: Boarding House Supervisor
  • SMGS 2021 Speech Day

    Junior School Speech Day Program – click link to view Middle and Senior School Speech Day Program – click link to view  
  • SMGS (A) Year 9/10 team progresses to the Grand Final of the AIS Virtual Debating Competition!

    The AIS Virtual Debating Competition has been the one event/ competition that has persevered during the year, and what a way to end a season! SMGS fielded five teams across competitions from Primary to Year 11, with the Primary and Year 8 teams reaching the final 16 in Australia. Today the SMGS (A) Year 9/10 […]
  • 2022 Elite Snowsports Academy – Applications Now Open!

      Applications are now open for SMGS 2022 Elite Snowsports Program (ESA) Program!   Applications close on Sunday 16 January 2021.   To learn more or to enquire, head to   https://www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/co-curricular/snowsports/elite-snowsports-academy/

SMGS Blog

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SMGS’ Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program gears up for 2022

By | December 22nd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Australia program this year. The program's growth continued through 2021, with a record number of students participating. Despite the year's [...]

The Australian Mathematics Competition – Results

By | December 9th, 2021|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Middle School, Senior School|

The Australian Mathematics Competition - Results In Term 3, sixty-four SMGS students across Years 3 to 12 participated in the 2021 Australian Mathematics Competition. “The AMC is an engaging thirty-problem competition that demonstrates the importance [...]

The National Grand Final of the NGS Super Virtual Debating Competition: Middle Division

By | December 6th, 2021|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Senior School|

On the last day of term for 2021, Snowy Mountains Grammar School’s Middle Division (A) team matched up against Frensham from Mittagong in the national grand final of the NGS Super Virtual Debating Competition, organised [...]

SMGS (A) Year 9/10 Virtual Debating Team headed to the National Grand Finals

By | November 29th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

The AIS NGS Super Virtual Debating Competition has been the one event/competition that has persevered during the year, and what a way to end a season! SMGS fielded five teams across competitions from Primary to [...]

SMGS (A) Year 9/10 team progresses to the Grand Final of the AIS Virtual Debating Competition!

By | November 27th, 2021|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

The AIS Virtual Debating Competition has been the one event/ competition that has persevered during the year, and what a way to end a season! SMGS fielded five teams across competitions from Primary to Year [...]

New Electives in 2022 for Year 9 and 10

By | November 27th, 2021|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

New Electives in 2022 for Year 9 and 10 Snowy Mountains Grammar School’s Year 9 and 10 students for 2022 were delighted to see the addition of Agricultural Technology and Electronic and Software Engineering join [...]

Snowy Mountains Grammar School Breaks Ground on Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Master Plan

By | November 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School broke ground on Friday 19 November for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of its Master Plan. Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Snowy Mountains Grammar School, the Stage [...]

Join us for Transition: A Taste of Year 7

By | November 15th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

We are very excited to confirm that we are now able to run a Year 7 Transition Day, which will take place on Monday, 22 November, from 9.00am to 2.00pm. This day is designed [...]

Motivation, what is it, and why do we need it?

By | November 15th, 2021|Categories: Boarding, Middle School|

Author: Jennifer Thompson, Head of Middle School Motivation, what is it, and why do we need it? Motivation is our why. It is why we act or behave in a particular manner. It is the [...]

Snowsports Event Round-Up

By | November 10th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Four New Ski Instructors at SMGS Meet Australia’s newest ski instructors! Snowy Mountains Grammar School boasts four new professional ski instructors after the students qualified for their Alpine Level One certification during the school holidays. [...]

Good Luck Year 12 for your HSC Examinations – Kindergarten and Year 1 Words of Wisdom

By | November 8th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Senior School|

Our Year 12 2021 cohort begin their HSC examinations tomorrow morning! Wise beyond their years, their Kindergarten and Year 1 buddies have some excellent words of wisdom to pass along to the Year 12 [...]

Junior School Service Learning – Light Up Vanuatu

By | November 6th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Thank you to our amazing school community; SMGS raised $2,876 for the Light Up Vanuatu campaign, which aims to end energy poverty for ALL the 47,000 children currently living in extreme energy poverty in Vanuatu. [...]

Student shortlisted in the Whitlam Institute’s ‘What Matters?’ Competition

By | November 6th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

We’re very proud of Mia Cummings in Year 8, as her entry to the Whitlam Institute’s ‘What Matters?’ competition was shortlisted and published on their website. She was one of only thirty students out of [...]

SMGS Middle Division Virtual Debating Team advances to National Semi-Finals

By | November 6th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

It’s been a busy few weeks for our virtual debating teams as they worked through the rounds of the NGS Super National Virtual Debating Competition. On Wednesday, 3 November, in the quarter-final round of the [...]

SMGS Launches Kindergarten Readiness Video Series

By | October 10th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

One of the biggest questions many parents have prior to Kindergarten enrolment or in the lead-up to the first day of school is, “Is my child ready for school?” In our new Kindergarten Readiness Video [...]

Welcome back to face-to-face learning!

By | September 20th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

A warm welcome back to all our staff and students! Today is a wonderful opportunity to seize for students to reconnect with each other in person and with their teachers, too, before the break. Thank [...]

Stickability

By | September 17th, 2021|Categories: Middle School, Uncategorised|

Stickability, as defined by the Collins English Dictionary, is “a person’s ability to persevere with something; staying power”. I would add that it is a person’s ability to persevere with something, even when it is [...]

The Virtual Campus – Looking Back on Week 1 and 2

By | September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School transitioned to its Virtual Campus on 16 August, as announced for all regional NSW schools. Of the School’s swift pivot to its Virtual Campus, Principal Dr Andrew Bell said, “Well done [...]

Year 7 Science Students explore water ways in Jindabyne in Cross-Curricular Field Study

By | August 13th, 2021|Categories: Academic, Science|

During week 5, SMGS Year 7 students attended a cross-curricular field study in conjunction with their Term 3 Science study of ecology and ecosystems and Geography study of water.   An integral component of both [...]

JACK BE NIMBLE, JACK BE QUICK!

By | August 9th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

JACK BE NIMBLE JACK, BE QUICK! There was no better way to conclude our two-week cross-curriculum learning unit than to hold our own Olympics. What a sight to see, our youngest learners showing great [...]

Term 3 NGS Super National Virtual Debating Competition Update

By | August 4th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

The secondary SMGS Virtual Debating teams commenced their competition in week three with the Year 9/10 (A) team of Ruby Smith, Georgia Rumball, Emily Willsmer and Banjo Byrnes, debating Parramatta Marist College, with the Marist [...]

Up up and away, it’s the 100th Day!

By | July 26th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Uncategorised|

Up, up and away, it's the 100th day! On Monday, 26 July, our youngest learners reached a significant milestone in their educational journey – their first 100 days of school! Students participated in the [...]

Middle School – What Matters?

By | July 23rd, 2021|Categories: Middle School, Wellbeing|

Middle School – What Matters? As we arrive at the end of Semester 1, 2021, we also arrive at the end of our very first semester of Middle School at Snowy Mountains Grammar School. [...]

First Day of 2021 Wednesday Snowsports

By | July 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Despite the wild weather, there were smiles for miles as Kindergarten to Year 12 students headed to Thredbo and Perisher for the kick off of our 2021 10-Week Snowsports Program.   All students are [...]

Information on COVID-19 and Return to School for Term 3

By | July 16th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

  [Update Friday 16 July 2021] Information on COVID-19 and Return to School for Term 3  Introduction   As a reminder regarding COVID-19 practice and procedure, our school primarily takes advice from NSW Health, the Association [...]

Year 10 Careers Term 3 Speaker Series

By | July 16th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

New Term, New Programs! Year 10 Careers is kicking off Term 3 with a Careers Speaker Series. Close to forty members of the school community and wider community will be sharing their personal career journeys [...]

Students Achieve Fantastic Results in Term 2 Big Science Competition

By | June 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Late in Term 2, students in Years 7 to 10 were invited to enter the Australian Science Innovations’ Big Science Competition. Students volunteer to enter the competition, which promotes problem-solving and creative thought processes. Congratulations [...]

University of Newcastle ACT and Region Science and Engineering Challenge

By | June 24th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

On June 3 2021 30 students from Year 9 and 10 travelled to Canberra to participate in the University of Newcastle ACT and Region Science and Engineering Challenge. The challenge is a day-long competition designed [...]

Write a Book in a Day Competition provides Real-World Learning Opportunities

By | June 18th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Write a Book in a Day Competition provides Real-World Learning Opportunities The Snowy Shed was a hive of energy on Tuesday, 15 June, with eighty students working in teams of five to ten, coming [...]

Exploring New Forms of Communication – Podcasting Workshop Engaging, Fun and Rewarding

By | June 16th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Exploring New Forms of Communication In an ever-changing world one thing remains constant; our need to effectively communicate. However, the opportunities we have to do this are certainly changing. Podcasting is a platform that [...]

The stage is set for the Term 2 Senior Drama Showcase

By | June 16th, 2021|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School Senior Drama students are hosting an evening to showcase their creative work from this term this Thursday. Year 11 students will be performing their class production - Mmmbeth a ‘tradgedy’ [sic] [...]

SMGS Equestrian Team Shines at North West Equestrian Expo 2021

By | June 15th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Author: Krista Mower, Equestrian Team Co-ordinator This year Snowy Mountains Grammar School sent a team of twenty-three riders from Years 7 to 12 to compete at the North West Equestrian Expo in Coonabarabran, NSW. This [...]

Rostrum Public Speaking Competition – Ruby Kite Advances to the Semi-Finals

By | June 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Congratulations to Year 6 student Ruby Kite who advances to the semi-finals of the Rostrum Public Speaking Competition after winning the quarter-finals last night in Cooma.   A big thank you to Zac Rowlands for [...]

Our very own snow globe!

By | June 10th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Well hello winter! Students and staff enjoyed the beautiful snowstorm which turned our campus into a winter wonderland! Pencils down and snowballs at 10 paces!  Check out the video below which also featured on the [...]

2021 HSC Music Showcase

By | June 3rd, 2021|Categories: Showcase|Tags: , |

Videos of performances from the 2021 HSC Music Showcase. Bode Townend "Sunday Morning" Accompanied by: Matt, Zac, Brooke + Mrs Sell Kesha Oayda "Valerie" Accompanied by: Bode, Zac, Matt, Brooke + Mrs [...]

2021 Year 12 Music Performance Photo Gallery

By | June 1st, 2021|Categories: Showcase|Tags: , |

Photos from the Year 12 Music Performance night.   

2021 Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition Photo Gallery

By | June 1st, 2021|Categories: Showcase|Tags: , , , |

Photos from the 2021 Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition.

2021 Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition

By | June 1st, 2021|Categories: Showcase|Tags: , , , |

A highlight on the SMGS calendar, the Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition always treats audience members to an engaging evening of compelling, thought-provoking and comical musings from our speakers, and this year was no different. [...]

SMGS Spirit Shines at 2021 ISA Cross Country

By | May 31st, 2021|Categories: Co-Curricular|

Congratulations to the 7 Middle School and Senior School students who travelled to Sydney International Equestrian Centre Saxony Road, Horsley Park to represent SMGS in the Independent Sporting Association (ISA) Cross Country Championships.   [...]

Outstanding results and Personal Bests at the 2021 HICES Cross Country Championships

By | May 28th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Congratulations to the 11 Junior School students who travelled to Blue Mountains Grammar School for the 2021 HICES Cross Country Championships on their outstanding results and personal bests!   The team effort culminated with [...]

Environment Club – Checking Cameras for spotted-tailed quolls with the National Parks and Wildlife Service

By | May 24th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Environment Club – Checking Cameras for spotted-tailed quolls with the National Parks and Wildlife Service Last week three members fo the Environment Club joined the National Parks and Wildlife Service team [...]

Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition 2021

By | May 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition 2021 On Tuesday, 18 May, Snowy Mountains Grammar School held its 22nd annual Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition. With last year’s competition being held online, staff, [...]

National Careers Week – Highlighting the importance of career development within our schools for all students

By | May 19th, 2021|Categories: Academic, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Wellbeing|

National Careers Week - Highlighting the importance of career development within our schools for all students Aja Bailey - During her Year 10 work experience week last year  Did you know that [...]

2021 Australian Education Awards – SMGS Announced as Excellence Awardee in Three Categories

By | May 14th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Senior School, Staff|

2021 Australian Education Awards – SMGS Announced as Excellence Awardee in Three Categories Photos: Banner - 2020 Junior School Teaching Team (L-R Heidi Shvetsoff, Brooke Kennedy, Julia Cane, Rosheen Nikora, Christine [...]

SMGS Junior School Term 2 Lunchtime and After-school Co-curricular Program off to a Flying Start

By | May 9th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

SMGS Junior School Term 2 Lunchtime and After-school Co-curricular Program off to a Flying Start From the beginning of 2020, one of the key goals of the SMGS leadership team has [...]

Twynam House Clean Up Day

By | May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Senior School, Wellbeing|

On Saturday, partnering with Clean Up Australia, members of Twyanam House met at the Claypits for their annual Jindabyne foreshore clean up day.   In combination with a spectacular day in the mountains, the Twynam [...]

Light Up Vanuatu – A Service-Learning Opportunity for K-12

By | April 28th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

The Junior School feels privileged to be leading a Service Learning opportunity as a K-12 project. The project, Light Up Vanuatu, is supported by SolarBuddy and SchoolAid and has been introduced to SMGS through an [...]

SMGS Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Term 1 Adventurous Journey

By | April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

SMGS Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Term 1 Adventurous Journey The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students embarked upon their first Adventurous Journey for 2021 from Friday 26 to Monday 29 March. The expedition party [...]

Lions Youth of the Year State Finals

By | April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Academic, Academic Achievements, Academic Results, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Senior School|

Congratulations to Year 12 Student Zac Corcoran, who represented SMGS, the Jindabyne community and the wider region at the Lions Youth of the Year State Finals gala dinner in Canberra on Saturday 17 April.   [...]

Welcome Back to Term 2!

By | April 21st, 2021|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School, Pastoral Care, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Welcome back to Term 2! With a busy and exciting Term ahead, School Captains Brooke Burns and Samuel Rumball provide an overview of some of the Prefect team initiatives, events and opportunities on [...]

2022 Cross Country Running Carnival

By | April 8th, 2021|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Senior School, Wellbeing|

2021 Cross Country Running Carnival On Thursday, 1 April 2021, our Kindergarten to Year 12 students headed out to the Station Resort for our annual Cross-Country Carnival.   This [...]

An Exciting Journey Awaits – Join SMGS Kindergarten in 2022

By | April 8th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Kindergarten marks the start of an exciting learning journey for many families. We know our youngest learners flourish in an environment where they are authentically known, that nurtures and inspires their creative and curious minds. [...]

Stage 3 host science expo for Junior School

By | March 29th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Last week, our budding earth scientists in Stage 3 hosted an engaging and informative expo based on their natural hazard unit. It was an explosive and exciting adventure in our Stage 3 collaborative learning space, [...]

Alumna, Isidore Tillers (Class of 2002, Roseby)

By | March 26th, 2021|Categories: Alumni|

Alumna, Isidore Tillers (Class of 2002, Roseby) Snowy Mountains Grammar School Alumna (Class of 2002, Roseby), Isidore Tillers, was the Dux of the 2002 cohort, having managed three major works in Art, Music and [...]

Poetry in Action engages, delights and inspires

By | March 25th, 2021|Categories: Senior School, Uncategorised|

Poetry in Action engages, delights and inspires Showcasing all that is powerful about poetry, today the innovative touring theatre company, Poetry in Action, engaged and entertained our Stage 4, 5 and 6 students with [...]

Semester 1 Middle School and Senior School Co-Curricular Opportunities

By | March 25th, 2021|Categories: Senior School, Uncategorised|

At SMGS, we pride ourselves on our vibrant and well-rounded co-curricular and activities program. We provide participation opportunities across all year levels no matter the level of skill and experience. We believe participation in co-curricular [...]

Mock Trial Competition up and running for 2021

By | March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Academic, Senior School|

The Mock Trial is a competition run by the Law Society of NSW and is offered as a co-curricular activity at SMGS for students in years 10 and 11. The competition aims to introduce students [...]

Stage 6 Information Portal launched

By | March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Academic|

How does the HSC work? How can you best prepare for your HSC examinations?  Following the recent Virtual UAC presentation, our Director of Curriculum and Operations, Dr Darryl Nelson and some of our Senior School [...]

Planting Day – Keep It Cool x Rob Kneller Youth Foundation

By | March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Keep It Cool x Rob Kneller Youth Foundation Planting Day On Saturday, 27 March, Keep it Cool is teaming up with the Rob Kneller Youth Foundation (RKYF) for a planting day at Illangani, Dalgety. $5 for every tree planted [...]

SMGS Steaming ahead with $4.5M NSW Government Grant

By | March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Alumni, Boarding, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Principal, Senior School, Uncategorised|

The Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) Community was thrilled to welcome Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro, local MLC Bronnie Taylor, Snowy Monaro Mayor, Peter Beer, and members of the wider Jindabyne community [...]

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

By | March 19th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Senior School, Wellbeing|

  Today we take action and stand together in CARE on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. As a school, SMGS stands together not only today but every day, with CARE at [...]

Junior School Students and Families Ride, Scoot, Skate and Run for 6th Annual Ride2School Day

By | March 16th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Uncategorised|

Every year SMGS joins schools across Australia for National Ride2School Day!    For our 6th annual event, we had a spectacular day to ride, scoot, skate and run our way to school along the shores [...]

SMGS teams up with Snow Australia for Little Shredders and Little Gliders

By | March 11th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Uncategorised|

The count down to winter is on!    Our staff and students were super excited to work with the team from Snow Australia to produce the course content for Little Shredders and their new program, [...]

Lions Youth of the Year – a great opportunity for local students

By | March 11th, 2021|Categories: Co-Curricular, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Congratulations to Year 11 student, Rowan Worsley, and Year 12 students, Aylin Aktekin and Zac Corcoran, who participated in the Lions Youth of the Year Jindabyne competition last week. Of the event, SMGS Assistant Head [...]

New format for SMGS 3rd Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast

By | March 6th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School will host its 3rd annual International Women’s Day breakfast on Monday March 8th, 2021. Throughout the world on this day, communities gather together to celebrate and commemorate the diverse [...]

Master Plan Update – Stage 1 and 2 Announced

By | March 4th, 2021|Categories: Alumni, Boarding, Junior School, Principal, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School - Building Our Future Master Plan Update - Stage 1 and 2   The Snowy Mountains Grammar School Board and School Principal Dr Andrew Bell are delighted to provide [...]

2021 Student Representative Council Announced

By | March 4th, 2021|Categories: Senior School, Uncategorised|

Congratulations to the students who were nominated to the 2021 Student Representative Council earlier this week.   The SRC will lead the student voice and support other students by presenting ideas that benefit the student [...]

The Importance of Outdoor Education and Curriculum Camps

By | March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Principal, Uncategorised|

The Importance of Outdoor Education and Curriculum Camps In all my years in schools, outdoor education has on occasion been questioned by some parents as to its value, specifically with concerns expressed about [...]

The Benefits of Music

By | March 1st, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Principal|

The Benefits of Music As I reflect on working with school-aged children over nearly three decades, one of the greatest joys of this privilege has been to witness first-hand their on-stage performances in music across [...]

Boarding Weekend Adventures to Cobargo and Bermagui

By | February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Boarding, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Boarders enjoyed an eventful day on Saturday 6 February with a trip to Cobargo and Bermagui. The plan was to visit a fire-affected town and learn about their experience and recovery. We visited the Cobargo [...]

Take flight at SMGS! Aviation Program update for 2021

By | February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Academies, Aviation, Co-Curricular, School of Aviation, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Take flight at SMGS!   Open to students in Years 7-12, the SMGS Aviation Program has been updated for 2021. It now offers three “phases” and five courses across fixed-wing aircraft and Remotely Piloted [...]

Year 12 Students Valentines Day Fundraiser

By | February 15th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

A huge thank you to our Year 12 students who made the last day of week 3 an entertaining and memorable one for our school community.   Roses, serenades, chocolates and bears all made their [...]

Principal’s Welcome Message 2021

By | January 27th, 2021|Categories: Principal|

We take great pleasure in welcoming all new and returning students, parents and staff to the 2021 school year.   In his welcome message below, Principal, Dr Andrew Bell provides an overview of the [...]

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge: SMGS Medal Winner

By | December 10th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Academic Results, Senior School|

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge: SMGS Medal Winner The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge aims to foster a passion for reading for pleasure in Kindergarten to Year 9 Students in NSW government, independent, Catholic and [...]

Year 10 student, Alexi Cross’s Poem selected for the anthology, Ash, Dust and Air

By | December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Academic Achievements, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Year 10 student Alexi Cross’s poem selected for the anthology, Ash, Dust and Air Year 10 student, Alexi Cross recently had one of her poems published in and collection of poetry – Ash, [...]

Inaugural ‘Side Project’ Short Film Festival – Winners Announced

By | December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Senior School, Technology|

Inaugural 'Side Project' Short Film Festival - Winners Announced On Tuesday 2 December, SMGS announced the winners of its inaugural film festival, Side Project. The festival was designed for SMGS students in Years [...]

SMGS students successful in Term 4 ACER Examinations

By | December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Academic, Academic Results, Senior School|

After completing their End of Semester Examinations in Week 6, the ACER Certificate Program students have returned to their study books in order to prepare for their Term 4 ACER examinations. Eighteen students across Years [...]

Stop Motion Animation showcases Year 8 STEM creativity

By | November 27th, 2020|Categories: Senior School|

The Year 8 STEM students have been learning how to create Stop Motion Animation videos during their lessons this term. Stop Motion Animation is a film making technique that makes inanimate objects appear to move [...]

Podcasting workshop helps develop student digital literacy

By | November 27th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Senior School, Technology|

With the medium of podcasting increasingly becoming a mainstream form of information and entertainment, our Year 9 students were provided with an opportunity to see what it is all about over the last two [...]

Around the world with Year 5 and 6

By | November 26th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Uncategorised|

Yesterday, the Junior School 'Eat Street' was transformed into the “SMGS Geography Expo 2020”. Years 5 and 6 set up displays to showcase their Geography research about countries of the world. Students from Kindergarten to [...]

SMGS Students get ready to take flight with the RA-Aus Pilot Certificate

By | November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Academic, Aviation, Boarding, Co-Curricular|

It's been a busy term for our budding pilots, below, our Head of Aviation, Mr Phil Ryrie provides an update on how some of the students in the Aviation program have been progressing over this [...]

Introducing Side Project – SMGS Inaugural Youth Short Film Festival

By | November 9th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular, Senior School|

Side Project is SMGS inaugural Youth Short Film Festival. It is an event that has been designed for SMGS students in Years 7-10 to express their creative side as digital content creators. The increase in [...]

SMGS Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – leading the way in program delivery through COVID-19

By | November 9th, 2020|Categories: Senior School, Uncategorised|

The NSW Office of Sport - Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award team hosted a webinar on Wednesday 21 October for Award Leaders throughout NSW schools and community organisations to provide an update on allowances and [...]

Year 10 student, Hannah Jones, named as an Ambassador for the International Adolescent Health Week 2021

By | November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Wellbeing|

Congratulations to Year 10 student, Hannah Jones, who was recently named as an Ambassador for the International Adolescent Health Week 2021 (IAHW).   IAHW is an annual, international week of dynamic participatory events aimed to [...]

Book Week 2020 – Curious Creatures, Creative Minds

By | October 20th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Each year since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time, schools celebrate books and Australian children's authors and illustrators. Classroom [...]

SMGS 2021 School Leadership Team Announced

By | October 19th, 2020|Categories: Senior School|

It is with great pleasure that we announce the SMGS 2020/2021 School Leadership Team. The Investiture Ceremony, held on Monday, 19 October, and live-streamed for family members, saw all Year 12 students, prefects and incoming [...]

Passive Play activity added to Junior School recess options

By | October 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

New term, new initiatives!   This week, the Junior School introduced a passive play option for the playground with a new Lego table.   Lego play promotes teamwork and co-operation, constructive problem solving, lateral thinking [...]

Adventure Racing joins Wednesday Sport Line-up!

By | October 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

This Term we have welcomed Adventure Racing to our vibrant Wednesday sports program.   What is Adventure Racing?   Adventure racing is a team activity where the whole team travels together and must navigate their [...]

SMGS Launches Immersive Virtual Kindergarten Transition Program

By | September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore|

As of Tuesday, 22 September, there are 127 days before the Kindergarten class of 2021 will begin their learning journey at ‘Big School’. For many of our future learners and their families, there are some [...]

Year 2/3 use STEM to build the perfect pirate ship

By | September 21st, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Avast ye, mateys! Year 2/3 learnt about water displacement as part of their Science lesson today. Their challenge was to design and build a pirate ship that would float on the high seas.

SMGS Environment Club recipient of 2020 FRRR Youth Innovation & ABC Heywire Grant

By | September 9th, 2020|Categories: Co-Curricular, Senior School|

Yesterday, members of the SMGS Environment Committee gathered to learn that they had been successful in their application for a grant from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal and ABC Heywire. The student group [...]

Students take flight in STANSW Young Scientist Paper Plane Competition

By | September 7th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Science|

As part of the 2020 National Science Week Activities, students had the opportunity to participate in the STANSW Young Scientist Paper Plane Competition. SMGS had a number of students make the made the minimum cut-offs [...]

Junior School students explore the Deep Blue for National Science Week

By | September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Science|

Science Week was jam-packed full of excitement! The theme this year was Deep Blue. Year 6 engaged in the engineering process, creating prototypes that could clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Students planned and [...]

Students embrace Animals in the Hollows theme for 2020 Landcare artwork competition

By | September 1st, 2020|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Every year primary students from around the region have the opportunity to enter their wonderful artistic creations into the Upper Snowy Landcare Calendar Artwork Competition. This year’s theme was animals in the hollows, focusing on [...]

SMGS Mock Trial Team successful in round two

By | August 14th, 2020|Categories: Senior School|

Congratulations to SMGS Year 11 team who won their second round of Mocktrial against Kooringal High School. The students were able to provide a strong defence in their case and score critical points in the [...]

K-2 Create Bin Monsters in STEM

By | August 12th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Recently in their STEM class, our K-2 students considered a different way to think about recycling and rubbish bins. After discussing the benefits of recycling and understanding what we can recycle, our students were [...]

Alumna, Lucy Schroeder (Class of 2016, Twynam)

By | August 10th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Alumni, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School Alumna (Class of 2016, Twynam), Lucy Schroeder, held the position of Academic Captain in her final year at SMGS and was the Dux of the 2016 cohort. Lucy is currently completing a degree in Law from the Women’s College within [...]

Service Learning in the Junior School – Mawson’s Hut Foundation

By | August 9th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

This week, our K-6 students were immersed in a service learning experience- ‘Life in Antarctica’. Our Junior School contributed to fundraising for the Mawson’s Hut Foundation by purchasing wooden Adelie Penguins. 1000's of wooden Adelie [...]

Technology Partnerships in the Junior School

By | August 6th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore, Technology|

This term, the SMGS Junior School continues to create opportunities to develop critical digital literacies as they work with new technologies as part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) focus. Last term, our Year [...]

Robosoccer fun in the Year 9/10 Academies

By | August 6th, 2020|Categories: Academies|

Students put their robot builds to the test in a game of robosoccer as part of the Year 9/10 Academies Program. It was so cool to see them work in teams, designing through an [...]

Aromas in Organic Chemistry

By | August 5th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Science, Senior School|

Year 12 Chemistry undertake a study of organic chemistry as the third unit of the syllabus. This is the branch of chemistry dealing with compounds mainly made of carbon and hydrogen, and sometimes with oxygen or [...]

Happy 100 days of Kindergarten!

By | August 1st, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Yesterday our class of 2032 reached a significant milestone in their learning journey - their first 100 days of school! Happy 100 days of Kindergarten!

Year 11 2021 Subject Selection Information Webpage Now Live

By | July 29th, 2020|Categories: Academic|

We are looking forward to the Virtual Year 11 2021 Subject Selection Information Evening being held on Thursday 30 July via webinar at 6:00 pm. In previous years, we have held an expo where students, [...]

Successful start to SMGS 2020 Snowsports Programs

By | July 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

Wednesday Snowsports  There were smiles all around as SMGS students kicked off the 2020 Wednesday snowsports program at Perisher Resort. This year the program will run for ten weeks for all Year 3 to 11 [...]

Year 11 Drama students, Stereotypes, presents “Awaiting Patients”

By | July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Author: Kahli Henley, Year 11 Year 11 Drama students, the Stereotypes, presents “Awaiting Patients”.  The performance will be held during the Virtual Senior Drama Showcase on Thursday 23rd July 2020 at 6:30 pm (see registration [...]

Outstanding results in the Term 2 ACER Certificate Program examination

By | June 29th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Academic Achievements, Academic Results, Senior School|

ACER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has developed an evidence-based certificate program in Mathematics and Reading. This enrichment program aims to challenge higher performing students to set goals for their own [...]

Alumna, Brooke Kennedy – Inspiring the next generation of learners at SMGS

By | June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Alumni, Principal, Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School Alumna (Class of 1994, Twynam), Brooke Kennedy, held the position of Arts Captain in her final year at SMGS and was one of the school’s first-ever Band 6 recipients in Drama.   After completing her teaching degree in 2019, [...]

Year 6 STEM class welcomes Minecraft for Education

By | June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Every Wednesday during Term 2, Year 6 have been busy building as part of their STEM learning. This time, though, there are no cardboard off-cuts or hot glue guns and masking tape. Year 6 are [...]

Year 4 and 5 Brain Break Fitness Program

By | June 18th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Our Year 4 and 5 students have begun a new “Brain Break Fitness Program” to tie in with their Personal Development and Health units of work. They have been learning how a healthy, safe and [...]

TLDR – An acronym that may represent the sign of things to come

By | June 10th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Senior School|

Do you know what TLDR means? I didn’t until this week when I sat in on a webinar hosted by Mark McCrindle and Ashley Fell from McCrindle, the renowned forecast, strategy and research firm.Understanding Generation [...]

New Junior School Enrichment Program – Problemo!

By | June 10th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Uncategorised|

On Friday 5 June 2020, we launched our first session of Problemo which is a mathematics enrichment program run by the Australian Maths Trust. Our budding mathematicians engaged their brains to solve real-world problems! The [...]

Alumna Alicia French followed her passion for the ski industry to her dream job in the USA

By | June 10th, 2020|Categories: Alumni, Principal, Uncategorised, Wellbeing|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School Alumna (Class of 1999, Roseby), Alicia French’s passion for the Snowsports industry and love for the outdoors led her to the USA where she is now a Senior Human Resources Business Partner for Vail Resorts.   Alicia says that her time [...]

2020 Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition

By | June 5th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Junior School, Senior School|

On Wednesday 3 June, SMGS held its 21st annual Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition. A highlight on the SMGS calendar, the Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition always treats audience members to an engaging evening of compelling, thought-provoking [...]

14 Things we have learnt while in the Virtual Campus

By | May 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

It has been an exciting and unusual return to school for all in the SMGS community. Each day we have been encouraged by more understanding of what we are facing with the novel coronavirus. We [...]

National Reconciliation Week 2020

By | May 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

Today we recognise the start of National Reconciliation Week. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we stand and gather as a school community. We acknowledge the Ngarigo people and pay our [...]

Welcome back!

By | May 21st, 2020|Categories: Boarding, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Principal, Senior School|

A warm welcome back from Principal, Dr Andrew Bell as we begin our staggered return to a Physical Campus.  

What will become our new normal?

By | May 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

What will become our new normal? As we begin to transition back to our physical campus over the coming weeks, I wonder what we will all take from this experience as learners? Teachers, students and [...]

Upcoming Virtual Careers and University Expos

By | May 7th, 2020|Categories: Boarding, Senior School, Uncategorised|

It is coming to the time of the Year when all the Careers Expos are held. Due to the situation we find ourselves in this year, providers have been innovative in how they are going [...]

Term 2 Activities – Embracing continuity, curriculum content and connections

By | April 29th, 2020|Categories: Boarding, Co-Curricular, Virtual Campus, Wellbeing|

Over the break, our staff, with feedback from our students, re-imagined the activities program for Term 2. These activities were selected taking into consideration the overarching principals of our Virtual Campus of continuity, curriculum content [...]

Ready for Term 2 – SMGS Virtual Campus update

By | April 27th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Senior School, Virtual Campus|

Virtual Campus Update  Over the last few years, Snowy Mountains Grammar School has taken a digital-first approach to its systems and processes. We have worked to innovatively embed technology across our campus, curriculum and programs.  Our forward-thinking approach [...]

There were smiles for miles at the Junior School Term 2 work pack pick up

By | April 27th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Virtual Campus|

In preparation for Term 2 Virtual Classrooms, Junior School teachers have prepared work packs to further support student learning throughout the term.  The packs contained a variety of items including work booklets, skipping ropes for [...]

Duke of Edinburgh Award Program in the Virtual Campus

By | April 27th, 2020|Categories: Co-Curricular, Duke of Ed, Virtual Campus|

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students at SMGS have adapted to the rapidly changing conditions int the world around us and are continuing to participate in the different elements of the Award. Our students have [...]

The SMGS Virtual Campus – taking our award-winning learning environment online!

By | April 8th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Embracing the challenge of transforming our award-winning learning environment for online learning, SMGS’ Virtual Campus was officially launched on Tuesday 24 March 2020. What is the SMGS Virtual Campus?  Our Virtual Campus has the following [...]

#connectedatSMGS – SMGS Wellbeing Team Check-In Video

By | April 8th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

It's been an interesting few weeks for our school community.  In the video below, SMGS Director of Wellbeing and our DoS provide some words of wisdom and encouragement to our school community during this challenging [...]

Patent Attorney Jack Redfern joins Academy of Innovation in the Virtual Campus

By | April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

On Tuesday afternoon, our students in the Academy of Innovation Program joined a presentation in their Virtual Campus via Zoom with Mr Jack Redfern. Mr Redfern is a registered Australian and New Zealand patent attorney [...]

A helping hand for our wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis

By | March 25th, 2020|Categories: Wellbeing|

As the COVID-19 virus crisis is impacting our whole community, we are all facing an uncertain future - there are many unknowns and we are in uncharted waters. How do we look after our own [...]

Virtual Campus Training

By | March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Senior School|

Today, our students across all year levels are receiving Virtual Campus training. For the Senior School, the Virtual Campus consists of Canvas and Microsoft Office Teams with the integration of Zoom software for live, interactive [...]

SMGS students make a splash at 2020 Swimming Carnival

By | March 17th, 2020|Categories: Boarding, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

On Friday 28 February, the SMGS School community headed off to Berridale Pool for the 23rd annual SMGS Swimming Carnival. With a fabulous burst of the house colours, sportsmanship, camaraderie, and school spirit, this year's [...]

Inaugural Environment Education Seminar: Regenerative Agriculture with Dr Charles Massy

By | March 16th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Science, Senior School, Wellbeing|

On 11 March 2020, Snowy Mountains Grammar School was proud to launch its Environment Education Seminar series. Partnering with the Upper Snowy Landcare Network, the student-led SMGS Environment Committee was delighted to welcome Dr Charles [...]

Adventure Playground ready for action!

By | March 16th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Exciting news! The SMGS Adventure Playground is now complete. Our Junior School students have enjoyed climbing, sliding, balancing, and exploring the much-anticipated addition to our outdoor learning spaces. A big thank you to Crackenback Landscapes [...]

The ants go marching…

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

The Kindergarten and Year 1 integrated science/literacy unit this term is Living Things and Their Environments. As part of that unit, we have just introduced pet ants into our classroom. The children have been busy [...]

Technology and Education – ‘EdTech’

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Principal, Senior School, Technology|

This past week, Holden commenced their historic media statement by stating that it was “with a heavy heart, GMH will be retiring the Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand” permanently. As has been reported [...]

Alumna, Katherine Booker’s journey in Solar Cell Technology research

By | February 26th, 2020|Categories: Alumni, Pastoral Care, Principal, Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School Alumna (Class of 2001, Dumolo House), Katherine Booker was one of SMGS’ first-ever students when the school commenced operations in 1996, she was also the 2001 School Captain. With an interest [...]

Year 7 STEM Friction Challenge

By | February 21st, 2020|Categories: Academic, Science, Senior School, Technology|

Our Year 7 STEM class started their day off with an exciting challenge - to construct a downhill skier that will race another skier down a ski ramp. The objective was to design one that [...]

SMGS reignites Alumni Engagement and Relations Program in parallel with 25th Anniversary celebrations

By | February 19th, 2020|Categories: Alumni, Principal|

Over the past twenty-five years, SMGS has worked diligently to bring our school’s founders’ vision to reality – to be recognised as a premier day and boarding school community, offering a diverse range of opportunities, [...]

Jindabyne Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) offers safe, fun and relaxed environment

By | February 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

At the start of the year we welcomed new and returning families to SMGS. We also welcomed a new and much-anticipated program, Jindabyne Outside School Hours Care (OSHC).  Jindabyne OSHC is an outside school hours [...]

Junior School launches Bounce Back program

By | February 19th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Wellbeing|

Our Junior School students have been outstanding in the manner in which they have started the year.  This term we have observed many instances when they have demonstrated that they are kind and caring to [...]

SMGS Alumna, Julia Weber, named as a finalist in the 2020 NSW Young Women of the Year Awards

By | February 14th, 2020|Categories: Alumni, Principal, Senior School|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School Alumna (Class of 2014, Mowamba House), Julia Weber, is a Newcastle University student studying a combined Bachelor of Business (Leadership and Management)/Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree. Julia is passionate about improving [...]

SMGS Duke of Ed 2020 Program

By | February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Co-Curricular, Duke of Ed, Senior School|

The SMGS Duke of Ed Program is now accepting new students for 2020. Melissa Bell, SMGS Head of Faculty – Education Support and Enrichment will be presenting to the Year 9 & 10 students at [...]

SMGS Snowsports Athletes represent Australia at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games

By | January 20th, 2020|Categories: Co-Curricular, Elite Snowsports Academy, Snowsports|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School had two current students named for this year’s Youth Olympic Games who represented Australia in Lausanne, Switzerland – Joey Steggall and Benjamin Wynn. Benjamin competed in Ski Cross and Joey competed [...]

Supporting each other in the wake of the bushfire crisis

By | January 17th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Pastoral Care, Senior School, Wellbeing|

It seems so long ago that we said an excited goodbye to the 2019 school year on a sunny, clear and cool December day, with plans for a long and restful summer break. We did [...]

Congratulations Year 12 – Class of 2019

By | January 8th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Academic Results, Senior School|

We are delighted with our student results in the HSC this year. It is the result of a sustained approach over a long period of time. Also notable are some of the personal bests that [...]

Year 7/8 Virtual Debate Team Finish Third in Australia!

By | December 12th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Senior School|

On 28th November, our Year 7 & 8 debating team competed in the semi-final of the Association of Independent Schools National Virtual Debating competition. Unfortunately, we lost to a great team from Scotch Oakburn College in Tasmania [...]

Highlights from the SMGS 2019 Aviation Program

By | December 11th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Aviation, School of Aviation, Senior School|

Congratulations to the seven students who recently undertook their trial instruction flight (TIF) in preparation for possible commencement of flight training. Highlights from the SMGS 2019 Aviation Program include: - 2 students from over 400 [...]

SMGS – Building the Future of Education in the Snowy Monaro Region

By | December 11th, 2019|Categories: Academic Achievements, Alumni, Boarding, Principal, Senior School|

On Thursday, 5th December, the unveiling of Snowy Mountains Grammar School’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and first-ever Campus Master Plan by the school’s Board of Directors and Leadership team was the culmination of an outstanding year [...]

Junior School Kidpreneur Carnival

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|

The Junior School Eat Street was filled with the sounds of excitement and laughter on Thursday lunchtime as the Kidpreneur Carnival was launched. The theme for the Kidpreneur Program in Term 4 focused on the [...]

Junior School Adventure Playground ready for Term 1 2020

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Classrooms today are rapidly changing to adapt to different styles of learning for a more personalised approach. At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we are progressively designing our learning spaces to be more considered for all [...]

HSC D&T student works nominated for SHAPE 2019

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|

Congratulations to SMGS Year 12 Students Lulu Joyce and Jamie Mawkes who have been nominated for Shape 2019 for their HSC Design and Technology major works. Lulu - Sustainable Lip balm Jamie - Psoriasis education [...]

SMGS HSC Drama Group Presentation nominated for the 2020 showcase, OnSTAGE

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Academic, Academies, School of Drama and Theatre Studies, Senior School|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School is excited to announce the nomination of the HSC Drama Group Presentation, ‘We Are (What We) Hear’, for the 2020 showcase, OnSTAGE. “Through enormous amounts of time, effort and dedication we [...]

SMGS Snowsports Athletes receive AMASDF Scholarships

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Elite Snowsports Academy, Senior School, Snowsports|

The 2019 Amelia McGuiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation (AMASDF) Scholarship recipients were announced at a special ceremony to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of the foundation. Cath and Sam McGuiness, along with Snow Australia President Dean [...]

SMGS Announced as Australian Snowsports School of the Year at the 2019 Community Sport Awards

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Elite Snowsports Academy, Junior School, Senior School, Snowsports|

Canberra, ACT - (7 November 2019) – Snowy Mountains Grammar School was announced as the Australian Snowsports School of the Year at the 2019 inaugural Community Sport Awards at the QT Canberra. 2019 was a [...]

Exciting times ahead for SMGS as 2020 Junior School initiatives announced

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: Junior School|

2019 has been a very positive one for our school community. There has been a strong focus on further strategic planning into 2020 and beyond, and we are delighted to continue to strengthen our educational [...]

SMGS Inducts 2020 Prefect Team at Senior Investiture Ceremony

By | October 28th, 2019|Categories: Boarding, Co-Curricular, Senior School, Uncategorised|

On Monday, 21 2019 the Snowy Mountains Grammar School Community introduced and welcomed our 2020 Year 12 Class. The senior investiture ceremony provides a space where our new Year 12 cohort acknowledges and commits themselves [...]

Year 3 and 4 begin their Lego Mindstorms adventure!

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Year 3 and 4 are starting a LEGO Mindstorms adventure in Science and Technology. They are excited at the thought of programming their own creations this Term.

New Term, New Initiatives! – Introducing ‘Read Aloud Wednesday’

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore, Pastoral Care, Uncategorised|

'Read Aloud Wednesday' was launched today in our Junior School. What is Read Aloud Wednesday? Older students and parents are invited to read aloud to our younger students, modelling reading strategies and talking about the [...]

‘Eaglets, Yeast and Balloons’

By | October 4th, 2019|Categories: Boarding, Pastoral Care, Senior School, Wellbeing|

On Friday, 27th September, the SMGS community gathered in the Snowy Shed for the 2019 Year 12 Farewell Chapel. Memorable moments from the service included the lighting of the 8 candles, each one representing an [...]

School Readiness Series – Article 5 – Language Development

By | October 4th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Let's Explore, Uncategorised|

As a continuation of our discussion on school readiness, so far we have discussed the building blocks of school readiness and why they are important. We have looked at how to determine if your child is lacking in [...]

2019 Snowsports Season celebrated at SMGS’ Annual Awards Presentation Evening

By | October 4th, 2019|Categories: Boarding, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Elite Snowsports Academy, Junior School, Senior School, Snowsports, Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) offers an educational opportunity like no other in Australia. Located in the NSW Snowy Mountains, with some of the nation’s best and largest ski fields on our doorstep, our students [...]

SMGS joins Upper Snowy Landcare Network tour

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Senior School, Uncategorised|

Today, Year 9 student, Alexi Cross and SMGS Science, Mathematics and Physics teacher, Chanelle Abdipranoto had the opportunity to join the Upper Snowy Landcare Network tour with Landcare stalwarts, landholders and the CEO of Landcare NSW, [...]

School Readiness Series – Article 4 – Fine and Gross Motor Skills

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Let's Explore, Uncategorised|

Fine and Gross Motor Skills As a continuation of our discussion on school readiness, so far we have discussed the building blocks of school readiness and why they are important. We have looked at how to determine [...]

Numeracy + Food Manipulatives = FUN!

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore|

Over the past few weeks, K/1 have been practising their addition and subtraction skills. Students used a range of manipulatives that included counters, blocks, tens frames, number lines and even some yummy snacks!. First students [...]

Toy design with our youngest learners

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore|

Our youngest learners have been learning about movement in their Science lessons this term. Students have played with toys that slide, roll, spin, bend, bounce or need to be pushed or pulled. They then sketched [...]

SMGS crowned 2019 Australian National Co-Ed Secondary Champions

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Senior School, Snowsports, Uncategorised|

After five days of tackling challenging conditions at the 2019 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships, SMGS proudly took the top step of the podium as the 2019 Australian National Co-Ed Secondary Champions. This year’s event certainly [...]

New Enrichment Program! – ACER Certificate Program

By | September 6th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Senior School|

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has developed an evidence-based certificate program in Mathematics and Reading.  This enrichment program aims to challenge higher performing students to set goals for their own achievement, reinforce a [...]

School Readiness Series – Article 3 – How to improve school readiness skills

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Let's Explore, Uncategorised|

As a continuation of our discussion on school readiness, so far we have discussed the building blocks of school readiness and why they are important. We have looked at how to determine if your child [...]

The Junior School Personal Passion Project a welcomed addition to SMGS Enrichment Program

By | September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School|

The Personal Passion Project is an initiative designed for Junior School students that embraces project-based learning and provides the opportunity for students to study an area of personal interest and passion not provided within the [...]

Coding in Year 2

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Our Year 2 students are currently undertaking a Coding unit of work. Students have been exploring how computer codes can be written using mathematical skills in patterns. This week, students demonstrated their problem-solving skills by [...]

School Readiness Series – Article 2 – How can you tell if your child has problems with school readiness?

By | August 28th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Uncategorised|

This is the second article in a series on school readiness from Ms Shvetsoff. The first article, which provides insight into the big question of, "Is my child ready for school?" can be viewed here: [...]

SMGS Spectacular at States!

By | August 26th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Snowsports|

SMGS students raced, jumped, cheered and supported each other through an action-packed and memorable six days in the mountains at the 2019 SSA Northern States Interschools Snowsports Championships! Our youngest racers kicked off the competition [...]

SMGS awarded Participation Trophy at the 2019 Amelia McGuiness Foundation Events

By | August 26th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Elite Snowsports Academy, Junior School, Snowsports|

2019 AMELIA McGUINESS FOUNDATION & EVENTS   The AMASDF was established in memory of Amelia McGuiness who tragically died in a skiing accident in 2009. Last week, several fundraising events were held to support the [...]

Junior School creates ‘Garden of Hope’ for Daffodil Day

By | August 26th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Today is Daffodil Day! Daffodil Day is Cancer Council’s most iconic and much-loved annual campaign that raises life-saving funds for world-class cancer research. Our Junior School created a garden of ‘HOPE’, using paper daffodils, it [...]

SMGS National Finalist in three categories at the recent Australian Education Awards

By | August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Principal, Senior School, Uncategorised|

I am delighted that, for the fourth consecutive year, Snowy Mountains Grammar School has been recognised as a leading Australian school by those in the profession, at the annual Australian Education Awards. In addition to [...]

What is school readiness?

By | August 21st, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Uncategorised|

What is school readiness? The term ‘school readiness’ refers to the ability of a child to make an easy transition to primary school. To successfully facilitate school readiness, some forward planning is involved to [...]

A Wild and Windy Day 1 of the 2019 State Interschools Snowsports Championships

By | August 20th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Elite Snowsports Academy, Junior School, Senior School, Snowsports|

Another wild and windy day in the mountains welcomed competitors to Day 1 of the SSA Northern States Interschools Snowsports Championships. Team SMGS had a great first day on the mountain competing across the following [...]

Enrichment News

By | August 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|

Our thriving enrichment program has had a busy and exciting few months! Write A Book in a Day On Wednesday 20 June, SMGS entered five teams in the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ competition. [...]

Year 7/8 Debate Team advances to National Semi-Finals

By | August 6th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Senior School|

Congratulations to our Year 7/8 Virtual Debate Team who won a closely argued quarter-final round against Kinross-Wolaroi on Friday. SMGS argued the affirmative on the topic: ‘That Reality TV is never real.’ The adjudicator said, [...]

In the Jingle Jangle Jungle…

By | August 5th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

"In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, four little friends found a perfect place to play..." On Friday, during Literacy, our youngest learners used paddle pop stick puppets to retell the [...]

Year 11 2020 Subject Selection Information Evening

By | July 29th, 2019|Categories: Senior School|

Year 11 2020 Subject Selection Information Evening We warmly invite all Year 10 students currently attending SMGS or considering enrolling at SMGS in 2020, and their parents, to attend our Year 11 2020 Subject Selection [...]

100 Things Learned and Experienced in 100 Days

By | July 26th, 2019|Categories: Junior School|

Today, our youngest learners reached a major milestone in their educational journey - their first 100 days of school! Here is a snapshot of all the different experiences, adventures, learning opportunities and life-skills our Kindergarten [...]

2019 ACT & Southern NSW Interschools Championships – Day 2

By | July 25th, 2019|Categories: Elite Snowsports Academy, Junior School, Senior School, Snowsports|

`Mother Nature pulled out all the stops for Day 2 of the ACT & Southern NSW Interschools Snowsports Competiton. Today, our youngest snowsports competitors joined their teammates on the mountain for some fun in the [...]

2019 ACT & Southern NSW Interschools Championships – Day 1

By | July 24th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|

The 2019 ACT & Southern NSW Interschools Championships kicked off today at Perisher Resort. A fresh layer of snow and a blue-bird sky added to the buzz of excitement as competitors picked up their bibs [...]

SMGS Nordic skiers find their stride at ACT and NSW Championships

By | July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Elite Snowsports Academy, Senior School, Snowsports, Uncategorised|

Congratulations to our nordic skiers who competed in the ACT Sprint Championships and NSW Distance Championships over the weekend! Racers were treated to some fantastic tracks and as always, amazing race organisation and support by [...]

Multipurpose sports courts submission advances to second round in My Community Project – voting is now open!

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|

Very recently, SMGS completed a submission to the NSW State Government’s MyCommunityProject which, if successful, would see two modern multipurpose courts built on our site for our whole community to use. We are very proud [...]

Redlands Cup re-cap

By | July 15th, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Snowsports|

What a day!  ☑️ Great Snow ☑️ School Spirit ☑️ Sportsmanship ☑️ Skiing ☑️ Snowboarding ☑️ Teammates Congratulations to all SMGS students who competed in the Redlands Cup today! ALPINE: Division 1 Male: Felix Zylinski – 1st Division 2 Male: Benjamin [...]

Scots Race: SMGS Racers hit the slopes for the first race of the season

By | July 14th, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Senior School, Snowsports|

A small, but mighty contingent of SMGS students started their snowsports competition today on the slopes of Perisher Resort for the 2019 Scots Race. While mother nature delivered the goods to revive a thinning snowpack, [...]

We’re off to see the Wizard!

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School|

In their production of The Wizard of Oz, our youngest learners took us on a magical and fun-filled adventure down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City. After the dress rehearsal and matinee performances, [...]

Adolescence

By | July 5th, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Pastoral Care, Senior School, Wellbeing|

One of the most fascinating aspects of being a teacher is working with young people. Every day is different - the events, the emotions and the incidents. To be honest, a young person’s energy and [...]

Racer ready – SMGS ESA Program hits the start gates for 2019

By | July 5th, 2019|Categories: Boarding, Co-Curricular, Elite Snowsports Academy, Senior School, Snowsports|

On Friday 28 June, Principal Dr Andrew Bell, Director of Activities, Mr Martin Philpott, ESA Co-ordinator Ms Annabel Elliot and Head of Boarding, Mrs Julie Wright welcomed new and returning student- athletes and their families [...]

Stage 5 Elective Visual Arts Class finds inspiration on the shores of Lake Jindabyne

By | June 26th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular, Senior School|

The Stage 5 Elective Visual Arts Class ‘Matisse’ took Monday afternoon to explore the Lake for inspiration for their Lake Study. As a part of their Unit of work the Nature of Nature they have [...]

Wizard of Oz – Meet the Main Characters

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|

Dorothy Played by Tilly Henness How is this character like you? She is very strong with her opinion and she will stand by her opinion. She protects her friends. What sort of [...]

SMGS progresses through Round 3 of the Primary Virtual Debating Competition.

By | June 14th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Junior School|

Yesterday our Primary Virtual Debating Team won Round 3 of the National Virtual Debating competition. Debate Topic: Plastic shopping bags should be replaced with paper bags in all retail outlets Affirmative: Snowy Mountains Grammar School [...]

Junior School STEM Enrichment Program

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Science|

The combined subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) provide a chance for students to foster skills to prepare them for a rapidly changing world. With the development of innovative programs at SMGS, [...]

Developing critical, creative thinkers

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School|

How do we develop critical, creative thinkers? What value do we place on project-based learning? At SMGS we provide our students with access to opportunities and experiences outside the parameters of the traditional curriculum. Programs [...]

Young People and Mental Health

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Boarding, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Principal, Senior School|

The rise in mental health issues is of great concern within our wider community, though none more so than the increase in mental health prevalence among our youth. We now have years’ worth of quality [...]

The Students of 2031

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Technology, Uncategorised, Wellbeing|

By the time 2031 comes along, our current Kindergarten students will be in their final year of school. As Year 12 students, what skills should they be equipped with in order to step out into [...]

A diverse range of performances and exhibitions showcased at the Term 2 Cre8ive Sessions

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: Arts, Senior School|

Despite the cold and windy weather, Tuesday night saw another fabulous Cre8ive Sessions showcase a range of projects, process work and performances from our Year 7 to 12 students. Cre8ive Sessions was established over ten [...]

AI for Good Challenge

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|

AI FOR GOOD This term our students from Years 7-12 have been handed a challenge! As part of a competition called the AI for Good Challenge, students are encouraged to participate in coming up with ideas [...]

2019 Write a Book in a Day Competition

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Junior School, Senior School|

For the second year in a row, SMGS will be participating in the Kids Cancer Project Write a Book in Day Competion.  The Competition Write a Book in a Day is a creative and challenging team [...]

My Community NSW State Grant Funding

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Principal, Senior School|

Very recently SMGS completed a submission to the NSW State Government to host a project which, if successful, would see two modern multi-purpose courts built on our site for our whole community to use. A [...]

Deputy Premier visits Snowy Mountains Grammar School

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Principal, Senior School|

I was delighted that the Deputy Premier of New South Wales, Member for Monaro, Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade, and Leader of the Nationals, the Hon. John Barilaro MP, accepted an invitation to [...]

An overview of the personalised learning journey in Years 4-6 mathematics

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Uncategorised|

What is happening at SMGS in the Junior School to personalise the learning journey of our Year 4-6 students? Do you remember learning maths at school? Did you love it? Was it fun? Or did [...]

SMGS is finalist in three categories in the 2019 Australian Education Awards

By | May 24th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Alumni, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Junior School, Principal, Senior School, Uncategorised|

On Tuesday 21 May, The Educator Magazine announced the finalists across each of the twenty-four categories for this year’s Australian Education Awards. The awards are open to any school in the Australian K-12 education sector. [...]

Inaugural Monaro Region Aeronautical Velocity Challenge Takes Flight

By | May 21st, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Technology|

The inaugural Monaro Region Aeronautical Velocity Challenge was a huge success, with over 120 students from Kindergarten to Year 11 participating in a jam-packed day of STEM action.

Da Vinci Decathlon an exciting enrichment event for SMGS students

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Senior School|

Last week SMGS’ Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 teams travelled to Canberra Grammar School to compete in the 2019 da Vinci Decathlon. The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and [...]

K/1 Mystery Reader Program – Week 2

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Last week was week 2 of our K/1 Mystery Reader program! What is the Mystery Reader program? Each week, members of our school community will visit our K/1 students and read a book chosen [...]

Year 7/8 Virtual Debate team wins second-round in close debate

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Senior School|

Today our Year 7/8 Virtual Debate team competed against Trinity Anglican school in the second-round of the National Virtual Debating competition. Details of the debate are as follows: Topic: That Médecins Sans Frontières should not [...]

Year 6 Virtual Debate team successful in second round

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School|

On Tuesday 14th May our Year 6 debating representatives won their second-round virtual debate against Newcastle Grammar School. The topic for debate was that the Australian flag should never be changed. Our team were given [...]

SMGS to host Dr Bianca Capra from Superstars of STEM

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Senior School, Technology|

We are very excited to be hosting Dr Bianca Capra who is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering & Information Technology at UNSW Canberra and is part of the Science & Technology Australia [...]

K/1 explore 3D shapes through building their own robots!

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Let's Explore|

As part of our Mathematics unit on 3D shapes, K/1  explored the attributes and properties of prisms (cardboard boxes), whilst building their own amazing robots! Students gave oral descriptions of their robot’s ability and [...]

National Boarding Week 2019

By | May 14th, 2019|Categories: Boarding, Senior School|

Founded twenty-three years ago, our boarding house community is an integral thread in the fabric of our school. The boarding house at SMGS is large enough to foster personal growth, yet small enough to notice and cater for diverse individual difference.   Although the natural environment of the Snowy [...]

SMGS joins schools and workplaces across Australia for inaugural Do it for Dolly Day

By | May 13th, 2019|Categories: Pastoral Care, Wellbeing|

On Friday 10 May, SMGS joined schools and workplaces across Australia to commemorate Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett and to extend the Dolly’s Dream message that bullying is never ok. On Do it for Dolly Day, people [...]

Workshop Club: Creative classes for Curious Minds

By | May 13th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Senior School|

SMGS students now have another amazing after school co-curricular opportunity. This week, our Director of Activities announced the launch of  SMGS Workshop Club: Creative classes for curious minds. Do you enjoy being creative? Do you enjoy hands [...]

Go Jindabyne Master Plan team visits SMGS

By | May 10th, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Principal, Senior School|

  Announced last year, the Go Jindabyne Master Plan is now gaining noticeable momentum. A Community Statement has just been published, which was largely informed by consultation with the general community late in 2018 [...]

K/1 Literacy Rotations Term 2 Week 1

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Uncategorised|

Our youngest learners started Term 2 with some new Literacy Rotation Activities. The Term 2, week 1 challenges included the following: High Frequency Word Familiarisation - Students place magnetic letters on the small whiteboards to [...]

Community, competition and opportunity at the heart of 22nd Annual SMIEC event

By | May 4th, 2019|Categories: Equestrian, Junior School, Senior School|

From Saturday 27 to Tuesday 30 April, Snowy Mountains Grammar School welcomed 248 riders from 58 schools to Jindabyne for the 22ndannual Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition. Of this year’s event, Event Director, Sue West, [...]

Weekly Mystery Reader program kicks off in K/1

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Today our K/1 class kicked off it's weekly Mystery Reader program! Each week, members of our school community will visit our K/1 students and read a book chosen by Kindergarten Teacher, Ms Taylor. This is [...]

SMGS’ Inaugural Girls’ Mountain Bike Retreat Ready to Roll

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Mountain Biking, Senior School|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School, in association with Jindabyne Girl Riders, are very excited to announce our first ever Girls’ Mountain Bike Retreat. Mountain biking in the Snowy Mountains is a growing sport, and at SMGS [...]

Year 2/3 to host movie evening at Jindabyne Cinema

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

This term, Class 2/3 are doing a writing unit based around the novel, Storm Boy. To support our understanding of the concepts within this story, Ms Shvetsoff has organised a showing of the new movie [...]