Introducing our new pedal desks and wobble boards in Junior School, 2/3 classroom. Ms S has been following a school case study over the last 12 months that incorporates Kinaesthetic furniture in the classroom. Research has determined that movement while learning improves brain function, increases the ability to stay on task and improves concentration. After [...]
As technology use becomes increasingly prevalent in everyday life, the debate about how innovative, tech-based learning methods can best benefit our children persists.
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 child’s life. It also presents a big change for parents too. You may feel excited, nervous, or even overwhelmed, but [...]
Yesterday, our Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students spent the day at the Kosciuszko National Park (KNP) Education Centre. The first part of the day was spent learning about the classification of insects. Students then created their own insects from clay and forest floor debris. After lunch the group went on a hike to [...]
The decision on whether your child is ready for school is not easily answered. One thing that I can say is that simply focusing on arming children with their letters and numbers before entering a kindergarten classroom is not what determines school readiness. School readiness is more about how adaptive a child is to a [...]
In the Snowy Monaro region, the commencement of the 2018 school year is fast approaching. The students embarking on their formal schooling journey this year will be the graduating class of 2030! It’s exciting to think how the next thirteen years will help shape our region’s youngest citizens and what careers and pathways they will choose to explore.
SMGS was very excited to be able to share with Kindergarten families the results that were received from external diagnostic testing that was conducted by the University of Western Australia at the end of the school year. Students in their first year of school (Kindergarten) at SMGS participated in the PIPS (Performance Indicators in Primary [...]
Twenty-one years ago, Snowy Mountains Grammar School set out to offer a diverse range of opportunities, leading to the development of outstanding citizens equipped for an ever-changing world. Fast forward to 2017 and the school’s founders’ vision has become a reality. We have, indeed, prepared our students for current and future global communities where emerging [...]
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 and of course a picnic with the children’s teddy bears. SMGS Head of Senior School, Kelli Wilson, was proud of [...]
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? Judy Kynaston, Early Childhood Australia General Manager, suggests the research states that these things actually make little to no difference [...]