Events

  1. Week 9

    5 December - 11 December
  2. Speech Day

    8 December
  3. Last Day of Term 4

    8 December
  4. Non School Time

    09/12/2022 - 27/01/2023
  5. MTB – Cross Country

    09/02/2023 - 12/02/2023

News

  • We’re Hiring! – School Receptionist

    We’re Hiring! // School Receptionist – Snowy Mountains Grammar School is seeking a dynamic and energetic School Receptionist to join their team in 2022. For all the details or to apply online, please visit our website: School Receptionist
  • SMGS 2022 P&F AGM

    The 2022 P&F AGM will be held on Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Details about the 2022 P&F AGM can be viewed here: AGM Notice 2022
  • We’re Hiring! – IT Support Officer

    WE’RE HIRING! // Exciting opportunity for an IT support professional to join our growing support team in 2022. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply. For all the details or to apply online, please visit our website 👇👇👇 IT Officer
  • NSW State Interschools – Draft Team Lists Now Available [UPDATED]

    Updated draft team lists for the Subaru NSW ACT QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships are now available. Team lists can be viewed using the following link: Subaru NSW ACT QLD State Interschools – Draft Team Lists – Tuesday 2nd August 2022

SMGS Blog

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Year 11 Camp – Adventures on the Lower Snowy River

By | November 18th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

On Monday of Week 2 we left school for the Pinch. We enjoyed the extra 10 degrees and stunning views of the Snowy River and the local landscape. Starting with a briefing and mindfulness session [...]

New Junior Girls Boarding Common Area

By | September 14th, 2022|Categories: Boarding, Co-Curricular|

Earlier this term, Snowy Mountains Grammar School completed construction of a new common area in the Junior Girls Boarding Wing. To celebrate the new extension, the Junior girls in boarding enjoyed hosting a special morning [...]

“What did I do wrong?”

By | September 12th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

One of the great joys of my days is working with students. Often, and as contradictory as this may seem, the best work is done when a student is feeling low. It is a little [...]

SMGS virtual debate teams off to a spectacular start

By | September 12th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

The Junior Team – Year 7 Round 1 On Thursday, 1 September, Maddie, Eve, Ayla and I debated against a team from St John’s College of Kingaroy, Queensland. It was fun to engage in such an [...]

2022 Australian Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 6

By | September 12th, 2022|Categories: Elite Snowsports Academy, Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Snowsports, Uncategorised|

The sixth and final day of the 2022 National Interschool Snowsport Championships did not disappoint. The Perisher race crews perfectly prepared the courses for the Div 2 Alpine, Div 2 Moguls and Div 1 Ski [...]

2022 Australian Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 5

By | September 11th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

Mother Nature's indecisiveness was no match for our students on Day 5 of the 2022 Australian Snowsport Interschool Championships. With the Primary School Points Score complete, our Senior Students got to work a Perisher Resort [...]

2022 Australian Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 4

By | September 10th, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Snowsports|

Day 4 saw our cross country racers take on the courses and competition at the Perisher Nordic Shelter. With the rain settling in and this year being a classic year, selecting the suitable wax was [...]

2022 Australian Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 3

By | September 9th, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Snowsports|

Day 3 of the 2022 Australian Interschools Championships saw our Junior School ski and snowboard athletes close out their spectacular Nationals campaign with Div 5 Alpine, Div 5 Moguls and Div 4 Ski Cross. Our [...]

2022 National Snowsport Interschools Championships – Day 1 & 2

By | September 8th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

The 2022 National Snowsport Interschools Championships kicked off this week. By the numbers, SMGS is fielding its largest team to date, with 93 SMGS teams invited to compete at Nationals, 246 individual invitations, 305 National [...]

2022 NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 4 & 5

By | August 26th, 2022|Categories: Boarding, Co-Curricular, Elite Snowsports Academy, Middle School, Senior School, Snowsports|

Interschools returned to the mountains this week in spectacular fashion as students from across NSW, ACT and QLD competed for a trip Nationals in one-weeks time. The 5-Day event saw our students compete across almost [...]

2022 NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 3

By | August 24th, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Snowsports|

Another spectacular day in the mountains for Day 3 of the 2022 NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships at Perisher Resort. Today saw our youngest racers head to the start gates for the final events for [...]

2022 NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 2

By | August 23rd, 2022|Categories: Junior School, Kindergarten, Middle School, Senior School, Snowsports|

Fresh snow, huge smiles and fast racing sum up Day 2 of the NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships at Perisher Resort. The Perisher race team did a fantastic job setting the courses for the following [...]

2022 NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 1

By | August 23rd, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Middle School, Senior School, Snowsports|

A wild and windy day greeted competitors for Day 1 of the 2022 Subaru NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships. SMGS had a fantastic day on the mountain with students competing in the following disciplines: Alpine [...]

Developing a Student’s Flexible Mindset

By | August 18th, 2022|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore|

A flexible mindset goes hand in hand with a growth mindset in the development of a child’s positive self-awareness. Whilst a growth mindset determines how a child responds to setbacks, a flexible mindset is an [...]

A Balancing Act

By | August 12th, 2022|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Between school, studying, assessment tasks, family, friends, chores, work, maintaining a social life, and getting enough exercise, there are a lot of things for young people to juggle each week. Life is a balancing act [...]

SMGS Duke of Ed Larapinta Trail Adventurous Journey

By | August 8th, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Duke of Ed, Middle School, Pastoral Care, Senior School, Wellbeing|

SMGS Duke of Ed Larapinta Trail Adventurous Journey The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Snowy Mountains Grammar School continues to focus on fostering the lifelong skills of perseverance, resilience, teamwork and optimism through individual [...]

Blasting through 100 Days of Kindergarten

By | August 5th, 2022|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

On Tuesday 26 July, our youngest learners reached a significant milestone in their educational journey – their first 100 days of school! Of this significant milestone, Kindergarten teacher, Rosheen Nikora, said, “You should be very [...]

IQ, EQ and AQ – the shifting focus for success in the workplace…and schools

By | August 5th, 2022|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Principal, Senior School|

IQ, EQ and AQ – the shifting focus for success in the workplace…and schools As experienced for decades, IQ (Intelligence Quotient) was considered the metric of success and key predictor of future success in [...]

3 Students Headed to the 2022 National Interschools Equestrian Championships

By | July 27th, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Equestrian, Middle School, Senior School|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School Equestrian Development Academy (EDA) has had a banner first year under the guidance of co-ordinator Gidge Fairfield Smith. The competition season culminated with three students punching their tickets to the National [...]

2022 ACT & Regional NSW Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 5

By | July 23rd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

That’s a wrap on the 2022 Subaru ACT & Regional Interschool Snowsports Championships. Fuelled by smiles, school spirit and a lolly snake or two, Divisions 4, 5 and 6 closed out their Regional Snowsports campaign [...]

2022 ACT & Regional NSW Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 4

By | July 21st, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Snowsports|

Day 4 of Regionals was a massive day for our Junior School Students! Thursday saw our students head to the start line for the following races: Alpine – Div 5 Ski Cross – Div 4 [...]

2022 ACT & Regional NSW Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 3

By | July 21st, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Snowsports|

Day 3 of the ACT & Regional NSW Snowsport Interschools Snowsport Championships saw our snowboarders head to the start gates at Front Valley, Sundeck and Jump City. Another perfect bluebird day greeted participants from Div [...]

2022 ACT & Regional NSW Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 2

By | July 19th, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Snowsports|

The first full day of competition of the 2022 ACT & Regional NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships saw our Div 1,2, and 3 skiers take on the perfectly prepared courses on Front Valley, Jump City and [...]

2022 ACT & Regional NSW Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 1

By | July 18th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

A Winter Wonderland greeted competitors for the first day of the 2022 Subaru ACT & Regional Interschools Snowsport Championships. Day 1 saw the following categories head to the start gates of courses across Perisher Resort: [...]

Sunshine and Smiles for the Kick-off of the 2022 Snowsports Competition Calendar!

By | July 11th, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Snowsports|

SMGS students headed to Thredbo and Perisher over the weekend to participate in the first competitions of the 2022 snowsports calendar. The Redlands Cup and Scots Race provided a great opportunity and atmosphere for our [...]

Alexandra Fairfield-Smith, Year 12 wins the EVA 80 at the 2022 NSW State Interschool Equestrian Competition o

By | July 6th, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Equestrian|

Congratulations to Alexandra Fairfield-Smith who won the EVA 80 at the 2022 NSW State Interschool Equestrian Competition over the weekend at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC). A gutsy performance in tough conditions and a [...]

Extending Our Belonging and Growing Our Understanding

By | July 6th, 2022|Categories: Middle School, Wellbeing|

Our mission at Snowy Mountains Grammar School is “to work with families to develop well-rounded young people with active and creative minds, who have an understanding of and compassion for others, a passion for lifelong [...]

Sportsmanship and Horsemanship Key to Success at North West Equestrian Interschools Expo

By | June 10th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

North West Equestrian Interschools Expo A team of eighteen SMGS students left Jindabyne in the dumping snow for the two-day trip to the North West Equestrian Interschools Expo in Coonabarabran, stopping overnight to give the [...]

10 SMGS Students selected for 2022 Snow Australia’s Emerging Talent Program

By | June 6th, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Snowsports|

Congratulations to the SMGS students selected for Snow Australia's Emerging Talent Program (ETP) class of 2022! The ETP is designed to identify, support and enhance the development of talented, emerging athletes for progression in the [...]

Citius, Altius, Fortius – 53 School Records Fall at 2022 Athletics Carnival

By | May 27th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

On Friday, 20 May, our K-12 students headed to the Jindabyne Sport and Recreation oval for the 2022 Athletics Carnival. There was no shortage of camaraderie and enthusiasm as students ran, threw, jumped and cheered [...]

Da Vinci Decathlon 2022

By | May 11th, 2022|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

On Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May, our Year 5-10 da Vinci Decathlon teams joined over fifty other teams from schools from around the region to compete in an academic decathlon. This competition is usually [...]

Year 6 STEM race to the finish line with their fan-driven carts

By | May 11th, 2022|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Science, Technology|

This semester, our Year 6 students have been busy in STEM, re-purposing old equipment to build fan-driven cars. The hands-on activity required students to call upon a breadth of skills, including collaboration, critical thinking, planning, [...]

SMGS’ Drama Production, Letters Home, set to tour the Snowy Monaro

By | May 5th, 2022|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular, Middle School, Senior School|

 Jindabyne, NSW, Monday, 2nd May – Presented by Snowy Mountains Grammar School Drama students, the physical theatre production of Letters Home is touring the Snowy Monaro Region and south-east NSW. In addition to school performances, [...]

Perseverance and school spirit abound at the 2022 SMGS Cross-Country Carnival

By | April 29th, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Perseverance and school spirit were on full display at the 2022 Cross-Country Carnival. Students wore their house colours with pride as they navigated the deceivingly challenging course. Memorable moments from some of the staff, students [...]

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Ten Peaks Adventurous Journey

By | April 19th, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Duke of Ed, Middle School, Senior School|

Students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Snowy Mountains Grammar School embarked upon their first Adventurous Journey for 2022 from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 April. The expedition party comprised fifty-five students from [...]

Guest Speaker, UNSW 5th Year Mechanical Engineering Student, Zali Steiner, provides Insight and Inspiration into a Career in STEM

By | March 31st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

Author: Lucy Cross, Year 12 On Friday 18th March our school community welcomed 5th year Mechanical Engineering and Material Science student at UNSW, Zali Steiner, to come and speak to Year 7 to 12 students [...]

Cooma and Dalgety Show

By | March 15th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

One of the unique benefits of the regional location of our school is the opportunity to participate in the various regional shows. Over the last two weekends, our Kindergarten to Year 12 students have been [...]

“Find your passion. Find your purpose. Find your voice.” – SMGS IWD keynote speaker, the Hon. (Bronnie) Bronwyn TAYLOR, MLC, inspires the next generation

By | March 15th, 2022|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

“Find your passion. Find your purpose. Find your voice.” (Crackenback Farm, Crackenback, NSW) Snowy Mountains Grammar School’s 4th annual International Women’s Day keynote speaker, the Hon. (Bronnie) Bronwyn TAYLOR, MLC, Minister for Women, Minister for [...]

ISA Swimming Carnival 2022

By | March 10th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

Well done to the 23 students who travelled to Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre for the ISA Swimming Carnival this week.   Congratulations to the Senior Girls who placed second overall in Division 2!   [...]

SMGS claims Division Two Percentage Shield at HICES 2022

By | March 9th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

The crowds cheer and whistle as my name pops up on the huge digital screen behind the pool. My legs tingle and butterflies flutter around in my tummy as I stand on the block listening to the starter. “Get set!” “BEEP!!” I [...]

SMGS 2022 International Women’s Day – the Tradition Continues!

By | March 7th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

On Tuesday, 8 March, communities across the world will gather to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.  In its [...]

Inaugural Junior School Swimming Carnival Makes a Splash!

By | March 2nd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

The swimming carnival is one of the most anticipated events on the school calendar. After twenty-five years as a Kindergarten to Year 12 carnival, owing to COVID restrictions (in place at the time) and school [...]

Girls’ Mountain Bike Clinics with Three-Times Queen of Cannonball, Sian A‘Hern.

By | February 23rd, 2022|Categories: Academies, Co-Curricular, Middle School, Mountain Biking, Senior School|

SMGS, in association with Sian A’Hern Coaching, is excited to hold two new clinics focusing on our female riders. At SMGS we want to provide students with opportunities to build their riding confidence and ability [...]

2022 Jindabyne Club Lions Youth of the Year Competition

By | February 23rd, 2022|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Senior School|

2022 Jindabyne Club Lions Youth of the Year Competition On Tuesday 22nd February, Snowy Mountains Grammar School students Alexi Cross (Year 12), Spedding Pearce (Year 11) and Ruby Smith (Year 11) competed in the Jindabyne [...]

SMGS Inaugural Middle School Leadership Team Inducted

By | February 21st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

SMGS Inaugural Middle School Leadership Team Inducted Congratulations to our new 2022 Middle School leaders, the inaugural group of 12 Year 9 students were inducted into their student leadership roles during week two. The twelve [...]

SMGS Alumnus and Old Scholar Inspire the Next Generation of Snowsports Athletes

By | February 16th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

After many years of focus, determination and unwavering belief in themselves, two of SMGS’ community members punched their tickets to the 2022 Winter Olympics. While Alumnus Adam Dickson (2013) headed to the Olympics start gate [...]

Why Service Learning?

By | February 14th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

I would like to extend a warm welcome to students and families, both returning and those new to Snowy Mountains Grammar School. It was delightful to witness the happy smiles and hear the joyful chatter [...]

Cannonball festival a fantastic opportunity for up and coming riders

By | February 13th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School had a huge contingent of student’s head to the start gate of the 2022 Thredbo Cannonball Festival. Grateful to be back on the single track, our students revelled in the return [...]

Alumnus, Adam Dickson – Inspiring the next generation of snowsports athletes at SMGS

By | February 7th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

Alumnus, Adam Dickson (2013, Mowamba) Snowy Mountains Grammar School Alumnus (Class of 2013, Mowamba), Adam Dickson, held the position of Mowamba House Captain in his final year at SMGS. Since 2013, Adam has been [...]

Welcome Back! – Principal’s Address

By | January 31st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|

A warm welcome back to all our new and returning students and staff. We are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead.   In his welcome message, Principal Dr Andrew Bell provides an overview [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]