Events

  1. SMGS Snowsports
  2. Scots Race

    2017 Scots Race

    9 July - 10 September
  3. Redlands Cup
  4. Boarders’ Parent Meeting

    17 July @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEST

News

  • AIS free concussion baseline testing – Tuesday 27 June

    This year SMGS has arranged to receive free concussion baseline testing. This testing will be conducted by the Australian Institute of Sport, Australian National University and Canberra University, who will be visiting the school on Tuesday 27th June (first week of school holidays) and is available for students 12 years and over. The results of […]
  • 2017 Redlands Cup – SMGS Start List

    Yes, it’s that time of year again! SMGS is getting ready for the much-anticipated Term 2 break, the 2017 ESA and ‘Term 3 only’ cohort arriving, and the completion of the new boarding accommodation block. Many of our staff and students have already been enjoying the start to the ski season by getting in some […]
  • Local pirates make a splash for kids with cancer!

      On Friday 9 June, Snowy Mountains Grammar School will embrace their inner scally-wags and dress up like pirates for childrens’ cancer research. It’s the 3rd annual “Pirate Day Friday”, a national fundraiser that encourages children, office workers and whole towns to dress up and give a gold coin donation for the privilege. All funds […]
  • You are hereby summoned to a Mad Hatter Trivia Night!

      Don’t be late for a very important date! The P&F Trivia night is just around the corner on Friday 9th June 2017. Doors open at 6:30pm! $15 at the door, bring your own drinks and dinner! Please ensure you rsvp to pandf@smgs.nsw.edu.au We hope to see you there!  

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ESA 2017 Welcome Night & First day on snow!

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Boarding, Co-Curricular, Elite Snowsports Academy, Senior School, Snowsports, Uncategorised|

After a successful and enjoyable welcome night, we made our way up to Perisher for our first day on snow for the 2017 season. Moving into its second year, the SMGS ESA has grown from [...]

Foundation Day 2017 – Occasional Address by Alumnus, Mr Jeremy Witherdin

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Academic, Alumni, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Pastoral Care, Uncategorised|

Last week, SMGS held its annual Foundation Day Ceremony. The ceremony featured some inspiring speeches, but perhaps most notable would be the words from alumnus, Mr Jeremy Witherdin. Jeremy was a boarding student at SMGS, [...]

Legal Studies Excursion to UOW HSC Study Day

By | June 19th, 2017|Categories: Academic, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Two weeks ago, students from the SMGS Legal Studies class travelled to Canberra and the University of Wollongong. The students, accompanied by Legal Studies teacher Mrs Susan Plum, visited the Canberra War Memorial en route [...]

SMGS’ Junior School jump for heart health on Monday 19 June

By | June 16th, 2017|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

The students from Snowy Mountains Grammar School are jumping for heart health by participating in the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart program and the fight against heart disease. SMGS has joined hundreds of schools [...]

NW Equestrian Expo, Coonabarabran

By | June 15th, 2017|Categories: Co-Curricular, Equestrian|

The North West Equestrian Expo, an extensive interschools event held at Coonabarabran each year, was for our SMGS Equestrian team an amazing success in every way.  We have attended this event for the past ten [...]

Senior School Drama Showcase Evening

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular, School of Drama and Theatre Studies, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Author: Lara Fairfield-Smith, Year 11  The Senior Drama students at Snowy Mountains Grammar School are hosting an evening to showcase their hard work in Drama throughout this term. Year 11 Year 11 students will be [...]

SMGS Foundation Day 2017, celebrating our vibrant school history

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Foundation Day is an important milestone each year, where we show our gratitude for the wisdom, courage and commitment demonstrated by those who contributed to the establishment of the School, including those from Redlands, Snowy [...]

‘Mr Huff’ performance, using musical theatre to explore emotions and understand feelings

By | June 5th, 2017|Categories: Junior School, Pastoral Care|

On Monday 29th May, the intrepid Meerkat performers from Melbourne battled freezing temperatures and snowfalls over the Alpine Way to present a fantastic interpretation of the popular book, Mr Huff, written by Anna Walker. SMGS [...]

Project Wild Thing – Exploring “Nature Deficit Disorder”

By | June 5th, 2017|Categories: Co-Curricular, Pastoral Care|

Last month, the Monaro Family Support Service held four screenings of the acclaimed film, Project Wild Thing. According to The Wild Network website, the film was created to “explore a film approach to an emerging [...]

ISA Cross Country Running

By | June 5th, 2017|Categories: Co-Curricular|

Congratulations to our senior students who competed at the ISA Cross-Country event held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 23rd May. Results were very pleasing, with a huge well done to Charlotte Wilson [...]

2017 HICES Cross Country Running

By | June 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

HICES XC The SMGS HIICES Primary Cross Country team competed on 26th May at Bong Bong Racecourse in East Bowral. Our Year 2-6 athletes ran like the wind, with our students doing their school proud. [...]

Shake, Shake, Shake!

By | June 1st, 2017|Categories: Academic, Academies, Science, Senior School|

Students in the Science Academy have had a very exciting time recently with the testing of a new, small type of seismometer called a Raspberry Shake. This device is essentially a Raspberry Pi computer attached [...]

Year 11 Student, Rebekah Batson, attends UN Youth Australia NSW State Conference

By | May 30th, 2017|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Deputy Principal, Senior School, Uncategorised|

On 17-19 March, Year 11 student Rebekah Batson attended the UN Youth Australia NSW State Conference in Collaroy, NSW. This year, the conference focused on global issues, human rights and multiculturalism, with a specific focus [...]

Year 8 student, Fletcher Thew, finds his stride at the 2017 Australian Little Athletics Championships

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Co-Curricular|

On 23-24 April, 2017, SMGS Year 8 student Fletcher Thew competed for the Jindabyne Little Athletics team and ACT Athletics at the Australian Little Athletics Championships (ALAC) held in Sydney. Fletcher was very excited and [...]

ABSA National Boarding Week kicks off at SMGS

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Boarding, Pastoral Care, Senior School, Uncategorised|

This week is the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) National Boarding Week. The SMGS boarding community will be participating in a number of activities throughout the week. Some of these activities include: ‘Boarders Run Australia’ [...]

Year 7 Student, Charlotte Wilson, Wins Poetry in Action Monthly Poetry Competition

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Academic, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Last week, SMGS Year 7 student Charlotte Wilson received the news that she was selected as the Poetry in Action monthly poetry competition winner for March. Of Charlotte’s poem, Georgia, Poetry in Action’s Education Tour [...]

Academy of Agriculture joins SMGS Academies of Excellence

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Academies, School of Agriculture, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Now into Term 2, our Academies of Excellence are in full swing! New to the line-up this year is the Agriculture Academy run by Mrs Susan Plum. Of the addition of the Agriculture Academy to [...]

Off the Beaten Track regional performance workshops with Andre Jewson

By | May 10th, 2017|Categories: Academies, School of Drama and Theatre Studies, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Last week, students spent a couple of days working with professional actor, VCA graduate and star of The Lion King, Andre Jewson. Andre conducted workshops on script analysis, acting styles for film and television, monologues [...]

Year 12 University of Wollongong Trip, 2017

By | May 10th, 2017|Categories: Academic|

Author: Mr Perry O'Connor Last week, our Year 12 students attended the University of Wollongong’s Discovery Day. According to the UOW website, these discovery days provide an opportunity for our students to “experience first-hand what [...]

SMIEC 2017, the largest interschools equestrian competition in southern NSW

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

The Snowy Monaro region is one of Australia’s premier ski destinations and is quickly establishing itself as the place to be in the summer and autumn for mountain biking. However, anyone who attended the Snowy [...]

SMGS Announced as Australian Snowsports School of the Year at the 2017 Ski and Snowboard Australia Awards

By | April 27th, 2017|Categories: Co-Curricular, Elite Snowsports Academy, Snowsports|

Melbourne, VIC. (27 April 2017) – Snowy Mountains Grammar School was announced as the Australian Snowsports School of the Year and NSW Snowsports School of the Year at the 2017 Australian Ski and Snowboard [...]

SMGS Cross-Country Carnival – Notes, Quotes, Results and Gallery

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School, Senior School|

The annual SMGS Cross-Country carnival was held on 22nd March 2017 at The Station Resort in the foothills of the spectacular Snowy Mountains.  Thankfully the weather held out and allowed for a great day of [...]

Press Release: SMGS Drama Academy War Poetry Tour sets out to raise funds for Legacy Australia

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: Academies, School of Drama and Theatre Studies, Senior School|

SMGS Drama Academy students are touring south-east NSW with their unique production, “A Journey through 100 Years of War Poetry”, to raise funds for their benefactor and patron, Legacy Australia. Jindabyne, NSW, Monday 10 April [...]

Students Gain Courtroom Experience in the Law Society of NSW Mock Trial Competition

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Senior School|

On Monday 20 March, a group of SMGS students participated in the first round of the Law Society of NSW Mock Trial Competition. Participation in the trial is offered as a co-curricular activity at SMGS [...]

Hard work pays off for SMGS snowsports students and alumni overseas

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Elite Snowsports Academy, Senior School, Snowsports|

It’s been a spectacular season for Australian snowsports athletes on the World Cup tour, and our country is certainly laying claim to the top step of the podium in numerous disciplines. It’s a great time [...]

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

On Friday 17th March, our students joined more than 840,000 students across Australia in standing united to mark the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. In addition to our whole school aerial photo, some [...]

SMGS students participate in campdraft clinic

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Co-Curricular, Equestrian|

As mentioned on the SMGS Equestrian Program webpage, most of our riders participate in additional equestrian activities outside school. The sport of campdrafting is one such activity. On Wednesday March 8 and Thursday March 9, [...]

Equestrian Program Dream Season Continues at Cooma Show  

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: Co-Curricular, Equestrian, Junior School, Senior School|

On the 10 – 11 March 2017, a number of the SMGS Equestrian Program students competed at the Cooma Show. The Cooma Show is just one of the many stops on the surrounding regions show [...]

Exciting Professional Development Opportunities in Sydney

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Pastoral Care, Senior School, Uncategorised|

SMGS Enrichment and Learning Support teachers, Krista Mower (Senior School) and Tavia Taylor (Junior School) spent two days in Sydney visiting the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) of NSW and St Andrew’s Cathedral School. Krista’s [...]

Courage and Integrity

By | March 6th, 2017|Categories: Pastoral Care|

Our Year 9 and 10 students took on the substantial topics of “Courage” and “Integrity” for our first two chapel services of the year. They presented to us inspirational clips that they had found – [...]

What is Innovation?

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: Academic, Academies, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Deputy Principal, Junior School, School of Invention, Senior School, Technology, Uncategorised|

My last article in the SMGS newsletter, Aspects focused on the changes facing education this year, with the announcement of a new NSW Education Minister. In this article I want to broaden my scope by [...]

Climate Science in the limelight at SMGS

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Dr. Johanna Speirs, a Climate Scientist from Snowy Hydro with Science Academy and senior students. Climate Scientist Dr. Johanna Speirs from Snowy Hydro visited Snowy Mountains Grammar School on Tuesday and gave a presentation [...]

A Teddy Bear’s Picnic

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Let's Explore, Uncategorised|

Last week the SMGS K-2 classes, along with their Year 12 buddies, headed up to the Kosciuszko Education Centre for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The day was action-packed with hiking, games, an educational story trail [...]

SMGS School Spirit Shines at Annual Swim Carnival

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Last week, Snowy Mountains Grammar School held its annual swimming carnival at the Berridale Pool. The swimming carnival is a school-wide competition, with each student competing for one of four houses (Twynam, Cascades, Mowamba or [...]

SMGS Student, Winsome Ogilvie, to participate in the Leukaemia Foundation’s, “The World’s Greatest Shave”

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Q. How/why did you make the decision to participate in this year’s “The World’s Greatest Shave”?  I made the decision to participate in the World’s Greatest Shave because I was attracted by the idea of [...]

Year 11/12 Drama Excursion to the Seymour Centre and the Sydney Theatre Company

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: Academies, Arts, School of Drama and Theatre Studies, Senior School|

On Friday, senior Drama students attended two Onstage performances at the Seymour Centre in Sydney, showcasing last year's HSC Band 6 Group and Individual Performances. Students were inspired by the outstanding level of acting skills and [...]

Nimmitabel Show Report 2017

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Co-Curricular, Equestrian, Junior School, Senior School|

Last Saturday a number of members of the SMGS equestrian team travelled to Nimmitabel to compete in the annual Agricultural Show.  It was wonderful to have Mr Bland spectating at this competition.  Our riders train [...]

From Theory to Application

By | February 6th, 2017|Categories: Academic, School of Invention, Science, Senior School, Technology|

It is very easy to get caught up in theoretical explanations of subjects like Science and Technology. One of the more enjoyable experiences for students can be applying their knowledge by “doing” something based on [...]

Déjà vu on the first day of school

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: Academic, Alumni, Boarding, Junior School, Uncategorised|

The first day of Term 1 each year is momentous for all new Kindergarten students. This year it is also an historical milestone for the school with the enrolment of Poppy Witherdin, as she is [...]

My first solo flight – written by Tolina Davis

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: Aviation, Co-Curricular, Senior School, Uncategorised|

On 14th February, 2016, a day for celebrating those you love, I celebrated my love of the skies and flew solo for the first time. It was an amazing experience. I’ve studied aviation theory at [...]

Preparing for the 2017 Australian Mountain Bike Interschools

By | January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Academies, Co-Curricular, Mountain Biking, School of Mountain Biking, Senior School|

Written by Guest Blogger: Vanessa Knee, Founder and Head Coach of Jindabyne Girl Riders About Vee: Vee is the founder and head coach of Jindabyne Girl Riders. Chasing the snow as a passionate skier, she [...]

Acing the ACER Examination

By | January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Academic, Deputy Principal, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Acing the Acer Examination So you have decided that you would like to sit the ACER examination in order to unlock scholarship opportunities for a school next year? That’s great and you should be proud [...]

Snowy Mountains Grammar School 2016 Dux of the School

By | January 20th, 2017|Categories: Academic, Deputy Principal, Science, Senior School, Uncategorised|

SMGS 2016 Dux of the School, Lucy Schroeder, achieved very high results in all her subjects, with outstanding results in the sciences and humanities, including second in the state for Senior Science. “I am absolutely [...]

Intensive art opportunities at the National Art School

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: Academic, Academies, Arts, Co-Curricular, School of Visual Arts, Uncategorised|

The National Art School's intensive studio program for year 11 students The National Art School of Sydney (NAS) offers the opportunity for Year 11 Art students from across the state to experience what it is [...]

Farewell to Principal Andrew Bell

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Pastoral Care, Principal|

This week, SMGS staff, students, parents and the extended community said their farewells to Mr Andrew Bell, the Principal of SMGS for the past five years. As the last of the school events for 2016 [...]

Butterflies and skeletons carry Grace Kerr to ArtExpress showcase nomination

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorised|

With the HSC examinations completed, results published and ATAR marks revealed, graduating classes of 2016 around Australia can now fully relax and start to plan for the next chapter of their lives. It is no [...]

Speech Day 2016 – Words from the Chairman of the Board, Michael Jones

By | December 19th, 2016|Categories: Academic, Academies, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Elite Snowsports Academy, Junior School, Pastoral Care, Principal, Senior School|

On Thursday 8 December, SMGS held its annual Speech Day. Speech Day concludes the school year for our students and is a celebration of the achievements and discoveries the students have made with their teachers [...]

Success in Senior Science for 2016 in a Blended Learning Environment

By | December 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorised|

    With HSC results just being released, it is time for teachers to reflect on the year that has been. Part of that reflection is how to improve practice, tweaking here, modifying there. All [...]

Thredbo Run 2016

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School, Senior School|

On Tuesday 6 December, the entire SMGS student body headed up to Thredbo Resort for the 20th annual “Thredbo Run”. The Thredbo run is one of our cultural events for the end of the year, [...]

Gaining my Pilot Certificate – by Nicholas Nanninga, Year 12

By | December 5th, 2016|Categories: Academies, Aviation, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Senior School, Uncategorised|

November has been an important month for me. Not only did I put P-plates on my first car but I also attained my RA-Aus Pilot Certificate, the freedom and independence of which is pretty [...]

Growth, Grit, Generosity and Gratitude – some inspirational words from Head of Junior School, Mr Scott Frize

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

On Tuesday 22 November, SMGS held a wonderful celebration at Rydges Horizons for its Year 6 cohort who will be progressing to the Senior School in 2017. I asked Mr Frize for a few thoughts [...]

SMGS student Rebecca Matthes stars in documentary, Peninsular Paradise

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Arts, Uncategorised|

Earlier this year, Year 10 student, Rebecca Matthes, left the chilly autumn of the Snowy Mountains and headed to the warmth of the central coast for an opportunity budding actors and actresses only dream of. [...]

Facing our Fears: A student’s perspective

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorised|

Our Year 11 students recently returned from their Year 11 camp in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Below, SMGS Student, Sarah Milford shares her experience of overcoming some of her biggest fears. Our fears are something that [...]

SMGS singers prepare for the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships Opening Ceremony

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular, Senior School|

Last week, 12 singers from Snowy Mountains Grammar School experienced a wonderful musical opportunity. The girls are part of a combined choir with featured soloists, which will be performing the ‘anthem’ song at the upcoming [...]

ISHE wrap up

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Co-Curricular, Equestrian, Senior School, Uncategorised|

A wonderful Suprise STOP PRESS- Mackenzie Harding was awarded the 2016 ISHE Newcomer ODE award. Mackenzie was awarded a beautiful rug for her beautiful brumby Kosciuszko Red. The award was a wonderful surprise for the [...]

ISHE – Day 2

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Co-Curricular, Equestrian, Senior School|

The day dawned bright and clear. The sun was shining, and the air was filled with the potential of the One Day Event (ODE). This premier event consists of 3 separate elements, Dressage, Show Jumping [...]

Science: A Global Perspective

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Academic, Academies, Science, Senior School|Tags: , , |

Working Scientifically is a component of all secondary science courses in the current NSW Science Curriculum. Usually, this entails developing hypotheses, selecting the best course of action and materials to conduct investigations, carrying out the [...]

Term 4 Principal’s Merit Assembly

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: Academic, Senior School|

On Monday 17, 2016 it was our pleasure to welcome parents to join us for the Principal’s Merit Assembly. We recognised the students who had achieved Academic Honours (Provisional), Academic Endeavour (Provisional) and [...]

SMGS’ Garden Club, the ‘Fruit Explosions’, helping to create a more environmentally aware and sustainable school

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: Junior School|

On 12 September, the SMGS Garden Club conducted a waste audit at our school. The Fruit Explosions is a group of Junior School students who get together weekly, giving up their lunch break to plant, [...]

Welcome to ISHE 2016!

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Co-Curricular, Equestrian, Senior School|

This is the second year that students from SMGS Equestrian Program have competed at the Interschools Horse Extravaganza (ISHE) in Tamworth, the equine capital of Australia. The facilities are of an international standard, and the students [...]

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

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Academic, Boarding, Senior School|

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

The Science Academy Branches Out

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Academic, Science, Senior School|Tags: , , , |

The way in which Science is practised in the “real world” is very different to how it is delivered within the somewhat sheltered school environment. Whilst teachers have prescriptive syllabi to follow, incorporating less restrictive [...]

School readiness – what does it really mean?

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Let's Explore, Uncategorised|

I often have people ask me what school readiness actually means. Does it mean they are ready if they can read or write? Does it mean they are ready if they can count to twenty? [...]

Everything you need to know about the location of Snowy Mountains Grammar School

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Aviation, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Equestrian, Mountain Biking, Senior School, Snowsports|

Location, location, location Snowy Mountains Grammar School is nestled in the foothills of Australia’s stunning alpine region and located on the banks of the beautiful Lake Jindabyne. This environment provides our students with opportunities that [...]

Why we need to provide opportunities for Young Women In Technology

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Technology, Young Women In Technology|

30%...That was the average percentage of females employed by the world's biggest technology companies in 2014. Drill down to the technical roles and the number is more like 10-15%. And despite significant effort and investment [...]

6 Reasons to choose a Co-Educational Boarding School

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Boarding, Deputy Principal, Senior School|

Going to boarding school doesn’t mean you have to go to a single-sex boarding house. At Snowy Mountains Grammar School boarding house, you have the opportunity to live and learn with other girls and boys [...]

The importance of building relationships and connections in the early years of school life

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Let's Explore, Uncategorised|

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou When I think back to my school [...]

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

By | September 27th, 2016|Categories: Boarding, Deputy Principal, Pastoral Care, Uncategorised|

“Parents and boarding staff – working together to care and mentor the children of our future”. – Michael Barton, SMGS Deputy Principal This article isn’t about parent bashing – there are other commentators who [...]

How to Survive Your First Few Weeks: 12 Ways to Combat Homesickness as a New Boarder

By | September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Boarding, Senior School|

Homesickness is pretty normal, so don’t worry! We’ve all been there. Everyone knows how you feel, so come and hang out with us, we’re here to help, and happy to chat. Most boarders say it [...]

Engaging students in areas in which they love to learn

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Academic, Academies, Boarding, Deputy Principal, School of Invention, School of Mountain Biking, Science, Senior School, Technology, Uncategorised|

With credible research demonstrating that students in education across the globe are disengaging from learning and school, at Snowy Mountains Grammar School we are heading in the opposite direction and engaging students in areas in [...]

2016 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships Wrap-Up

By | September 12th, 2016|Categories: Junior School, Senior School, Snowsports|

What a way to finish the 2016 school snowsports season. National Champions! Best secondary co-educational school in the country! Mother nature certainly didn't make it easy over the past week but everyone involved, from the athletes to the [...]

2016 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships – Day 4 Recap

By | September 10th, 2016|Categories: Junior School, Senior School, Snowsports|

The rain continued to flow on day 4 of competition at the 2016 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships but so did the medals. On a day where we were outnumbered on the slopes, Team SMGS put [...]

2016 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships – Day 3 Recap

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Junior School, Senior School, Snowsports|

The spring sunshine disappeared on day 3 of competition in the 2016 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships as athletes were presented with overcast skies and low light conditions for the morning's events. Conditions deteriorated throughout the day as [...]

2016 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships – Day 2 Recap

By | September 8th, 2016|Categories: Junior School, Senior School, Snowsports|

Competitors were greeted with another spectacular spring day for the second day of competition in the 2016 Australian Interschools Snowsorts Championships at Perisher Resort. Day 2 saw the snowboarding events take centre stage along with the [...]

2016 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships – Day 1 Recap

By | September 8th, 2016|Categories: Co-Curricular, Snowsports|

The 2016 edition of the Australian Interschools Snowsports competition kicked off yesterday in the majestic Snowy Mountains at Perisher Resort. Competitors were welcomed to the event site by immaculate race courses and the distinctive buzz [...]

Why I became a teacher … SMGS K/1 teacher, Emma Smith, Teachers’ Guild of NSW award recipient speech

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Let's Explore, Uncategorised|

On 3 September 2016, our K/1 teacher, Ms Emma Smith, travelled to Sydney to accept the Teachers’ Guild of NSW award for teachers in their early years of teaching in primary school, which was announced [...]

Using ad-hoc data analysis to find the problems you didn’t know you had

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Technology|

Using ad-hoc data analysis to find the problems you didn't know you had There is a lot of talk about the effectiveness of data analysis and its relevance to schools. By far the biggest mistake [...]

You’re never too young to learn – Why it is important to teach your children about what to do in a medical emergency.

By | September 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorised|

No one ever wants to be in a situation where circumstance requires young children to manage a medical emergency on their own, however; from time to time, unforeseen events happen and our children are called [...]

Team spirit propels SMGS to the top of the podium at the NSW State Interschools Championships

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Co-Curricular, Elite Snowsports Academy, Snowsports, Uncategorised|

The 2016 NSW State Interschools Championships took over the Perisher Nordic Centre and Thredbo Alpine Village during the week of 23-29 August. For Snowy Mountains Grammar School, the results from the week are some of [...]

SMGS Primary School Teacher wins Prestigious Teachers’ Guild of NSW Award

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Let's Explore|

On 10 August, SMGS K/1 teacher, Ms Emma Smith, was announced as the 2016 recipient of the Teachers’ Guild of NSW Award for teachers in their early years of teaching (second or third year). The [...]

SMGS Hosts Cumulative Head Impact Research Clinic

By | August 19th, 2016|Categories: Co-Curricular, Elite Snowsports Academy, Snowsports, Uncategorised|

This week Snowy Mountains Grammar School was host to some important research taking place in the Cumulative Head Impact area. This forms a larger part of injury prevention in athletes, where researchers are trying to uncover [...]

The Kosciuszko Education Centre and NPWS run Trial Program at SMGS

By | August 17th, 2016|Categories: Academic, Science, Senior School, Technology|

On Monday 15 August, 2016, our  #GlobalU Year 9 and 10 extension group students were treated to a visit from the Kosciuszko Education Centre and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The Kosciuszko Education Centre [...]

Snowsports Success in Victoria for Snowy Mountains Grammar School 

By | August 15th, 2016|Categories: Co-Curricular, Snowsports, Uncategorised|

Last week the Australian Secondary Schools Ski Team Championships (ASSSTCs) was run in Falls Creek, Victoria. This competition has run since its inception in 1967 and carries with it a history unparalleled by any other current school skiing competition. Teams [...]

K-4 Snowsport Program off to a Fantastic Start at Thredbo

By | August 12th, 2016|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School, Snowsports|

Our proximity to the Snowy Mountains allows SMGS to provide some unique opportunities for its student body. One of these opportunities is the SMGS Snowsports Program that occurs during Term 3. At SMGS all students [...]

SMGS Athletes excel at Hotham SBX Festival

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: Co-Curricular, Elite Snowsports Academy, Snowsports, Uncategorised|

Last week saw a number of our snowboarders crossing the border and heading down to Mt Hotham, VIC for the Snowboard Cross (SBX) Festival. Over 65 young riders from around Australia participated in the two-day Ski and Snowboard [...]

Term 3 Principal’s Merit Assembly

By | August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorised|

On Monday 1 August, the Term 3 Principal’s Merit Assembly recognised the continued achievements of students in Years 7-12 during the course of Semester 1. Individual student results from Term 1 and Term 2 are [...]

Students triumphant in the ICAS Science

By | August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Academic, Science|

Yesterday, awards were given for the annual International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) Science. This competition is compulsory for all students from Year 2 to Year 11 at SMGS. Of the students who sat [...]

SMGS Students achieve Big Results In The Big Science Competition!

By | August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Academic, Science, Uncategorised|

Yesterday, awards were given for the annual Big Science Competition, convened by Australian Science Innovations. This competition was voluntarily entered by students during May. Of the students who sat the competition, 36% received a Distinction [...]

SMGS athletes find success at the 2016 Thredbo Ridercross

By | August 1st, 2016|Categories: Elite Snowsports Academy, Snowsports|

The 2016 Thredbo Ridercross was held last Friday on the 29th July. This event brings in a variety of competitors from all over Australia. This year it included Australian Olympic team hopefuls, world cup riders, as [...]

Snowy Mountains Grammar School shines at 2016 Regional Interschools Championships

By | August 1st, 2016|Categories: Elite Snowsports Academy, Snowsports|

Interschools is always a busy and exciting time for SMGS snowsports athletes, teachers, coaches and parents. Almost the entire SMGS student body participated in this year’s event, from up-and-comers in Divisions 4, 5 and 6, [...]

Striking a balance between school and snowsports

By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: Boarding, Elite Snowsports Academy, Senior School, Snowsports|

Each year, a growing number of Snowsports athletes call SMGS home during the winter season. We caught up with Year 7 student, Brodie Moller in between his skiing and academic commitments to see how he was enjoying SMGS and the ESA program so far.

Tolina Davis shows us why the sky isn’t the limit at TEDx Canberra

By | July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Senior School, Uncategorised|

It's not often that we get the opportunity to showcase our talent on the global stage but that changed last night when SMGS Year 11 student, Tolina Davis, was invited to speak at the TEDx event [...]

SMGS take over the mountains as the 2016 snowsports program begins

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: Senior School, Snowsports|

Yesterday saw the first day of the SMGS Wednesday snowsports program. With an average temperature of 4 degrees, some soft conditions and no wind, it was the perfect way to start the season. We had over 150 students, across two [...]

What it takes to make it as a world-class elite performer

By | July 20th, 2016|Categories: Principal|

I recently addressed students on what it takes to make it as a world-class elite performer in a range of different disciplines, including academia, sport, the arts, chess, or similar. I pointed to a study [...]

SMGS Demonstrate Talent in Freestyle at Shredlands Event

By | July 15th, 2016|Categories: Elite Snowsports Academy, Snowsports|

On Thursday 14th July, the Shredlands Cup was held at Merritts Terrain Park in Thredbo Resort. Slopestyle has continued to grow in popularity over the past few years through events such as X-Games and it's [...]

Tearing down the barriers to technology – 5 tips for implementing open technology

By | July 7th, 2016|Categories: Technology|

Throughout my career, I've been told that technology needs to be "controlled". It should be locked down so tight that it is virtually impossible to break or manipulate. The technology is there to "serve a [...]

SMGS Snowsports Program is in full swing

By | July 4th, 2016|Categories: Elite Snowsports Academy, Snowsports|

The 2016 snow season is here and the SMGS Snowsports Program is in full swing. With cold temperatures, snowmaking guns firing up and a healthy 70cm of natural snow, there's no better way to [...]

SMGS partners with Jindabyne Trail Stewardship

By | June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Academies, School of Mountain Biking|

The SMGS Mountain Biking School of Excellence Program has been designed to give students a foundation in down-hill, free-ride and cross-country mountain biking. The program aims to increase riding skills, improve techniques and to give [...]

Foundation Day – 20 Years Strong

By | June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Principal|

Friday 17 June is Foundation Day for Snowy Mountains Grammar School, which is an important milestone, as we celebrated the completion of twenty years at the start of 2016. SMGS had its first cohort in [...]

“Anger”

By | June 17th, 2016|Categories: Pastoral Care, Senior School|

“Fear’s job is to keep Riley safe, Anger’s job is to keep things fair”, explained Joy in one of my favorite movies, “Inside Out”. This week in chapel we explored managing anger in relationships. As [...]

Technology in the Classroom

By | June 15th, 2016|Categories: Junior School, Principal, Technology|

I recently read an article in the media that, in essence, stated that the use of personal devices (laptops and iPads) was responsible for Australia’s drop in the global rankings in the Programme for International [...]

The Art of Compromise

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Pastoral Care|

On the Year 7 camp, early in Term 1, we all hiked to Blue Lake. I think it is a tough walk, but all those little legs breezed through it – the older legs, however, [...]

Exploring our community – Guthega Power Station

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

This week Mr Klimes took his Year 5/6 Science class to Guthega Power Station for an excursion linked to their studies on electricity unit. This was a superb opportunity for the students to make real [...]

Building a Submersible – Introduction to the Raspberry Pi

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Academies, School of Invention|

The Raspberry Pi is the centrepiece of our submersible designs. It not only controls the speed and direction of the engines but is also responsible to providing real-time telemetry including a live high definition video feed. Today [...]

Future of Education

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Junior School, Principal, Senior School|

"There is no shortage of challenges in school education", writes Professor Geoff Masters (CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research - ACER). He continues, to state that "some of the biggest challenges we face [...]

The Cane for ‘Being a Nuisance’

By | February 12th, 2016|Categories: Principal|

This week I read an article by Jarlath O’Brien (2016), the head of a school in the UK, whose school is celebrating fifty years of education. This year we will celebrate the completion of twenty [...]