Events

  1. Thredbo Run – Walk the course

    27 November @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm AEDT
  2. Band Camp

    29 November - 1 December
  3. P & F Gingerbread House

    29 November @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
  4. P&F Gingerbread House Evening

    29 November @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT

News

  • Year 7/8 Debate Team on to Semi-Finals

      Last week our Year 7/8 debate team won round 3 (Quarter-Finals) of the NGS Super National Virtual Debating Competition against The Lakes College, QLD today. The topic of the debate is “That Science Fiction is the best fiction.” In this round, SMGS will debate on the affirmative – ” That Science Fiction is the […]
  • Term 4 Arts Events

    On Thursday 2nd November, the Junior School students will showcase music, art and other class work at the annual ‘Cre8ive Session – Junior’.  This has formerly been known as ‘VAV’.  The evening will commence at 5pm and will feature a musical performance from each Junior School class as well as solo and duet performances from […]
  • Bright Sparks and the Junior School Homework Club are back for Term 4

    Bright Sparks (Senior School) Bright Sparks (Senior School) is back this week! During Term 4, Bright Sparks sessions will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.               Junior School Homework Club Bright Sparks Junior will commence this week on Tuesdays 24 October at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. […]
  • SMGS P&F Fundraiser – Farm Fresh Mango’s

    If you love mangoes, here’s your chance to indulge in fresh juicy Kensington Pride Mangoes and support our fundraising drive. They are direct from the Farm. Money raised will go towards building a BBQ area for students and Staff.

Technology

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Student turns DT project into an innovative chemistry study guide

At SMGS, we are preparing our students for current and future global communities, where emerging 21st century skills and thinking will be essential to thrive. It is no longer enough to pass on information to students; we must be teaching and inspiring students with what they can do with the information, equipped with advanced thinking [...]

Sync me up! How will our children interact with technology when they finish school?

Should we be teaching how kids to type or should we be looking at other technologies? How will today's children be interacting with technology by the time they leave school.

Drone Course Set for Take-off at SMGS

In its 10th year of operation, SMGS’ School of Aviation is proud to announce the addition of the Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) Course (Quadcopter Drone). The course joins a stellar line-up of options boasted by our award-winning Academies of Excellence program in Term 4 this year. The School of Aviation, a winner of The Educator [...]

Certainty and Science

An unknown bacterium being tested for antibiotic resistance. Image credit: D. Nelson The nature of Science is often not well understood. One of my friends recently described Science as “black and white” in comparison to another subject where subjectivity might play a part. In a Science examination, you're looking for specific information, but in [...]

The Curse of the Smartphone

Distractions from study are now most conveniently accessible via your smartphone. It’s so tempting to use the phrase “back in my day…” with modern students. It’s not to say things were better back in the 80s or to inadvertently make me feel old, rather to point out how things have changed. [...]

What is Innovation?

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 focusing on educational leaders; in particular, those leaders who are involved in educational decisions in our profession, sector and schools. [...]

From Theory to Application

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 that theory. Ostensibly the Academies of Excellence at Snowy Mountains Grammar School cater for those opportunities beyond what can be [...]

Why we need to provide opportunities for 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 in the area, the technology industry remains largely dominated by men. Some organisations such as Apple have seen small but [...]

Engaging students in areas in which they love to learn

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 which they love to learn. In addition, our students also learn the full complement of the rigorous Australian Curriculum administered [...]

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

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 that people are making is to assume that effective reporting and data analysis is a fixed-term project; something that you [...]