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  • 2025 Scholarship and Bursary Program – Applications Now Open

    Calling all Year 6-10 students! The Snowy Mountains Grammar School 2025 Scholarship and Bursary Program is now open for applications.   Our program is designed for students who are passionate about joining our learning environment and are committed to making a significant contribution to the life of the school.   Available Scholarships and Bursaries: Academic […]
  • Volunteers needed at the Jindabyne Ski Sale

    Calling all SMGS families!   The Jindabyne Ski Sale, an initiative of the Rob Kneller Youth Foundation, still needs volunteers to assist with this weekend’s event.   All funds raised will subsidise the cost of school skiing for JCS and SMGS students in years K-2 to encourage participation and exposure to the Snowsports industry.   […]
  • 2023 Redlands Cup Draft Team List (Updated)

    The draft team lists for the 2023 Redlands Cup Competition are now available: 2023 Redlands Cup Draft Team List (Tuesday 30th May 2023) Please direct any queries to snowsports@smgs.nsw.edu.au
  • 2023 Regional Interschools Snowsports Draft Team List

    The draft team lists for the 2023 Regional Interschools Snowsports Competition are now available: 2023 Interschools Snowsports Draft Team List (Tuesday 23rd May 2023) Please direct any queries to snowsports@smgs.nsw.edu.au

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Staff Spotlight | Danielle Goucher, Deputy Principal

By | March 19th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorised|

Staff Spotlight | Danielle Goucher, Deputy Principal Q: Can you tell us a bit about your background in education and what led you to join our school? A: I have worked in Brisbane and on [...]

Navigating a Successful Start to the School Year: Essential Back-to-School Tips for Students

By | January 25th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorised|

Gear up for success at Snowy Mountains Grammar School with essential back-to-school tips by Head of Teaching and Learning, Paul Horvath. Embrace Courage in pursuing opportunities, Authenticity in being true to yourself, Respect in fostering inclusivity, and Empathy by cultivating curiosity. The guide emphasises a positive mindset, organisation, and a community that values diversity, setting the stage for an exciting academic journey in 2024.

SMGS Year 12 Student Spedding P Named 2024 ABC Heywire Winner

By | December 14th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

Congratulations to SMGS Year 12 2023 student Spedding P, who was announced today as one of 35 young people from regional Australia named 2024 ABC Heywire winners for their resilience, courage and desire to create [...]

SMGS Celebrates Outstanding Achievements in the 2023 HSC Results

By | December 14th, 2023|Categories: Academic, Senior School|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SMGS Celebrates Outstanding Achievements in the 2023 HSC Results Snowy Mountains Grammar School is delighted to announce the exceptional academic accomplishments of our 2023 Year 12 cohort. Our students have demonstrated remarkable [...]

Jessica H, Year 11 attends National Art School Intensive Studio Practice program

By | November 28th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

In the earlier part of the year, Jessica H (Year 11) participated in the National Art School Intensive Studio Practice program. Tailored for Year 11 Visual Arts Students, this program is crafted to cater to [...]

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – 2024 Expressions of Interest

By | November 10th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an internationally recognised youth development program that is run in 140 countries. It aims to empower young people aged 14 to 25 to develop their full potential in a [...]

SMGS Year 6 Students Embrace Challenges and Fun at the 2023 HICES Talented and Gifted Camp

By | September 6th, 2023|Categories: Junior School|

Four SMGS Year 6 students attended the 2023 HICES Gifted and Talented Camp at the end of August. Students participated in various activities that challenged their minds, met new friends and had a lot of [...]

Rising to the Reins: Abby Takes the Lead as Team NSW Show Horse Captain for 2023 Interschool Equestrian Championships

By | August 18th, 2023|Categories: Co-Curricular, Equestrian|

Congratulations to Year 12 student Abby, who has been selected for the Team NSW Show Horse Captain position. Abby will lead the Show Horse team at the 2023 Marcus Oldham Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships from [...]

Celebrating the Magic of Reading: Highlights from Our Junior School Book Week Parade

By | August 18th, 2023|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

"The engagement and enthusiasm exhibited by our school community during the Book Week Parade is a testament to the profound impact of fostering a love for reading in young hearts." – Head of Junior School. Something [...]

25th Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition

By | August 17th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

Congratulations to the nineteen students who took on what researchers often suggest is one of the greatest fears people experience – public speaking. In the 25th year of the Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition, the [...]

A Glimpse into the World of Work: Unveiling the Power of Real-World Learning

By | August 16th, 2023|Categories: Senior School|

In a world where education is evolving faster than ever, the significance of hands-on experiences cannot be overstated. Last week, SMGS Year 10 students showcased their reflections on their work experiences. These reflections provided a [...]

The Importance of Collaboration

By | August 3rd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

The significance of collaboration between our school and boarding families in supporting students residing in the Boarding House is paramount to their success. We firmly believe that the partnership between home and school is essential [...]

Students’ Successful Equestrian NSW State Interschool Championships

By | August 2nd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

SMGS Equestrian riders have had a successful competition season so far, with many riders attending the Equestrian NSW State Interschool Championships. Six students and their horses headed to Sydney, including Abby Douch, Chloe Chilcott, Cassandra [...]

From Hearts to Hands: Recognising Exemplary Service Learning Contributions by Middle and Senior School Students

By | August 2nd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

19 Service Learning Awards were handed out to Middle and Senior School students on Friday 30 July.  Service learning is learning, developing and applying knowledge and skills to meet an identified and authentic community need. [...]

Growing Together: Celebrating 100 Days of Kindergarten!

By | July 31st, 2023|Categories: Junior School, Kindergarten|

Growing Together: Celebrating 100 Days of Kindergarten! On Friday 28 July 2023, we celebrated a momentous occasion—our Kindergarten class's first 100 days of the 2023 school year. These young learners have shown remarkable growth, resilience, [...]

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Success

By | July 27th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award continues to thrive at Snowy Mountains Grammar School, with over seventy students in Years 9 to 12 currently working towards the achievement of their Award. There are three levels of [...]

North West Equestrian Expo 2023

By | July 21st, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

North West Equestrian Expo  Written by Chloe Chilcott, SMGS Sports Co-Captain  The North West Equestrian Expo, was an amazing event that brought schools and students together. The event was a whole week of competition including [...]

Triumphs and Participation on the Slopes: Junior School Students Shine at the 2023 Subaru ACT & Regional NSW Interschools Snowsport Championships

By | July 20th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

In an exhilarating return to the slopes, staff and students wasted no time getting back on track for the highly anticipated 2023 Subaru ACT & Regional NSW Interschools Snowsport Championships. The first two days of [...]

The Power and Significance of Mathematics: Exploring the World of Numbers

By | June 9th, 2023|Categories: Academic, Middle School, Senior School|

Mathematics extends far beyond numbers and equations; it is an essential part of our everyday lives, fostering innovation, unravelling mysteries and shaping our world. Mathematics is often considered a universal language, transcending cultural and linguistic [...]

P&F Trivia Night: A Night of Fun and Fundraising Success

By | June 9th, 2023|Categories: Parents & Friends|

The Snowy Mountains Grammar School community came together for a memorable evening at this year's P&F Trivia Night. With an atmosphere filled with fabulous Saturday Night Fever attire, friendly competition, and creative dance moves, it [...]

The Power of Musical Productions for Junior School Children

By | June 2nd, 2023|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School|

On Thursday, 25 May, our Junior School students took to the Snowy Shed stage for the musical Pirates of the Curry Bean. Students were elated to get to work on their performance after a few [...]

Sights and Sounds in the Snowies: Arts Workshops for Teens

By | May 4th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School is proud to host Sights and Sounds in the Snowies, a series of Arts workshops for students in Year 7-12. The event will take place in Jindabyne and is the perfect [...]

Bringing our Learning Bug to Light

By | April 4th, 2023|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Join us in celebrating the joy of learning as our kindergarten students unveil their collective Learning Bug at the Lake Light Sculpture festival! Take a behind-the-scenes look at how our students brought their Learning Bug [...]

Supporting Success in the Middle Years

By | March 17th, 2023|Categories: Middle School|

The middle years of school are a crucial time in a student's academic and personal journey. It is a time of transition, where students move from the foundations of primary school to the more challenging [...]

Junior School – Literacy

By | March 17th, 2023|Categories: Junior School|

As the Junior School implements the new English syllabus for K-2 this year and Years 3-6 in 2024, we maintain a strong focus on the importance of phonics and phonemic awareness. Developing knowledge of phonics [...]

Middle and Senior School Swimming Carnival: A Day of Spirit and Sportsmanship

By | March 16th, 2023|Categories: Middle School, Senior School, Swimming Carnival, Uncategorised|

We are delighted to report on the success of our Middle and Senior School Swimming Carnival, which took place recently at Berridale Pool. This year's event marked the 26th annual carnival, and our students truly [...]

Junior School Swimming Carnival: A Splashing Success!

By | March 16th, 2023|Categories: Junior School, Swimming Carnival|

On a bright and sunny day, K-6 students took to the pool and made waves at the Junior School Swimming Carnival. Throughout the day, the students displayed exceptional sportsmanship and school spirit, encouraging and cheering [...]

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Guthega Adventurous Journey

By | March 16th, 2023|Categories: Duke of Ed|

Students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Snowy Mountains Grammar School embarked upon their first Adventurous Journey for 2023 from Saturday, 18 February, to Tuesday, 21 February. Key components of the Duke of [...]

Building for the Future: Our School’s P&F Fundraiser for a New Gym

By | March 16th, 2023|Categories: Parents & Friends, Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School Parents and Friends Association (SMGS P&F) is thrilled to announce an exciting fundraising opportunity that aims to raise funds for a new Gym/Fitness facility for Snowy Mountains Grammar School in 2023. [...]

Year 11 Student Lottie Lodge Selected to Represent Australia at FIS Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships

By | March 14th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

From Interschools to NorAms to Junior Worlds! Year 11 student Lottie Lodge has been carving her way through the competition since joining the Australian Mogul team in May 2022. Her hard work and dedication have [...]

Australian MTB Interschools – SMGS Crowned Champion School for Second Consecutive Year

By | March 13th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

Get ready to immerse yourself in the exciting world of Mountain Biking as we recount the highlights of the 2023 Australian MTB Interschools event. The event saw close to 100 students from SMGS in grades [...]

Year 9/10 Students Excel at Newcastle University Science and Engineering Challenge

By | March 13th, 2023|Categories: Academic, Science|

On Thursday, 31 students from Snowy Mountains Grammar School in years 9 and 10 showcased their scientific and engineering skills at the prestigious Newcastle University Science and Engineering Challenge in Canberra. The event offered an [...]

SMIEC Returns for 2023 at New Venue

By | March 9th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School is pleased to announce that the Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition (SMIEC) will be held at a new venue this year. From May 4th to May 7th 2023, Equestrian Park in [...]

Nurturing Relationships and Leadership Skills with the K-2 and Year 12 Buddy Program

By | March 6th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

The start of the school year can be an overwhelming experience, especially for our youngest learners starting their educational journey. That's why we're thrilled to announce the successful launch of our 2023 buddy program, where [...]

2023 Thredbo Cannonball Festival

By | March 6th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

2023 Thredbo Cannonball Festival  What a week! 38 SMGS students recently competed in the 2023 Thredbo Cannonball Festival, one of Australia’s largest mountain bike competitions with over 900 entries and featuring some of the world’s [...]

Soaring to New Heights: Year 10 student Aidan Dawson Reflects on his First Solo Flight Experience

By | March 2nd, 2023|Categories: Aviation, Co-Curricular|

Jindabyne local and aspiring pilot Aidan Dawson celebrated his 15th birthday in January by taking his maiden solo flight, two years before he can legally drive a car on his own and two months after [...]

Snowy Mountains Grammar School Wins International Marketing Award

By | January 27th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorised|

For immediate release: Snowy Mountains Grammar School won a 2022 Gold InspirED School Marketers Brilliance Award this week for its 2022 Kindergarten Readiness Campaign in the only international competition that recognizes excellence in private and [...]

Exploring the Wide World of STEM: A Year 12 Student’s Experience at the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) 2023

By | January 27th, 2023|Categories: Academic, Science|

Learn about Year 12 student Jessie's inspiring experience at the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), a not-for-profit organization that provides students with a deeper understanding of STEM careers through its flagship Year 12 Program.

SMGS Aviation Academy Flying High

By | January 23rd, 2023|Categories: Academic, School of Aviation|

Despite the long stretches of poor weather and thus the restriction of flying lessons, the SMGS Aviation Academy 2022 was one of the busiest years since its inception in 2007.  Twelve students are presently working [...]

Principal’s End of the Year Message

By | December 23rd, 2022|Categories: Principal|

Celebrating the 2022 School Year It is hard to conceive just how quickly 2022 has come to a close. The return of events, bringing our school community together, further amplified the importance of connection and [...]

Class of 2022 HSC Results

By | December 23rd, 2022|Categories: Academic, Academic Results, Senior School|

The students in our 2022 Year 12 cohort have worked tirelessly this year and have produced some wonderful results across a wide range of subjects, a nod to the well-rounded education SMGS provides.   The [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 – 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 [...]

Tips to Give Your Child the Best Start at School

By | October 10th, 2018|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Let's Explore, Staff|

This post originally appeared as an article in the Monaro Post newspaper. Tavia Taylor is a Kindergarten teacher. She has welcomed many children to Big School.   Starting Kindergarten is a monumental milestone in any [...]

SMGS named as Australia’s Best Boarding School of 2018

By | September 10th, 2018|Categories: Boarding, Elite Snowsports Academy, Wellbeing|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School was named 2018 Boarding School of the Year at the inaugural Australian Education Awards held in Sydney last week.

The Importance of Camps

By | April 6th, 2018|Categories: Co-Curricular, Pastoral Care, Senior School, Wellbeing|

From the Wellbeing Team... The Importance of Camps Over the last two weeks, our Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 students participated in our annual camp program. This saw our students adventuring [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]