Events

  1. Week 1

    25 January @ 8:00 am - 29 January @ 5:00 pm AEDT
  2. Staff Day 1

    25 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  3. Australia Day

    26 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  4. Boarders Return

    27 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  5. Staff Day 2

    27 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT

News

  • SMGS Environment Committee Interviewed by ABC

    In September, members of the SMGS Environment Committee gathered to learn that they had been successful in their application for a grant from theFRRR and ABC Heywire. The student group is one of only 24 from across Australia who will share in over $180,000 of funding that will contribute to engaging youth in their local […]
  • SMGS named as Innovative Schools 2020 winner!

    We are extremely honoured to be named as an Innovative Schools 2020 winner for our work in reimagining our Kindergarten readiness program, Let’s Explore to provide our future learners with a meaningful and memorable transition program despite the current climate around COVID-19. To read The Educator’s media release and to view the full list of […]
  • Registrations now open! – ACER Scholarship Examination – for 2022 Enrolment

    Examinations for Years 7 to 11 Academic Excellence Scholarships will be held at Snowy Mountains Grammar School on the morning of Saturday 27 February 2021.   To learn more about Snowy Mountains Grammar School’s Academic Excellence Scholarships, visit: https://www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships/   SMGS’ Academic Excellence Scholarships for Years 7-11 2022 enrolment will open in 2021 after the […]
  • We’re Hiring – Multiple Positions

    It’s exciting times at Snowy Mountains Grammar School and there is no better time to join our multi-award-winning team. The following positions have just been advertised: Junior School Education Support Teaching Assistant IT Support Officer Boarding House Supervisor Junior School Music Teacher (Years K-6)

Kindergarten

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“In our caring, safe and supportive environment, our youngest learners flourish as they inquire, create and connect with each other and the wider school community.

We prepare our students for life, they take ownership of their learning through a positive mindset approach, working towards their personal best.”

Starting or considering kindergarten in 2021?

Choosing the right school for your child to begin their educational journey is an important time for all families. 

Check out our Kindergarten events, open to any family who may be starting or considering Kindergarten in 2021, regardless of where you plan on educating your child.

Enquire Now

Kindergarten Virtual Information Night

The Kindergarten Virtual information night was held on Thursday 3rd September 2020.

If you would like to view the recording, please contact our registrar, Bronwyn Canham on registrar@smgs.nsw.edu.com.au.

Register Here!

Let’s Explore and Virtual Kindergarten Experience

On campus sessions – 28th October 2020 – 11th November 2020 (4 Wednesdays)

Virtual Program – Registrations are open year round

Let’s Explore is a free educational program, for children transitioning into Kindergarten. Each of the four Let’s Explore sessions are aimed at easing your child’s journey into school life.

Registrations opening soon!

Find Out More

Why SMGS Kindergarten?

Personalised Learning

In our safe and nurturing environment, Kindergarten students are authentically known to each teacher at SMGS and we understand that each student is on their own personal learning journey. Our Kindergarten Program is differentiated to meet individual student needs and is supported by our Teacher’s aide through consistent individual support or small group work, to further consolidate student learning.

Flexible Learning Spaces

Classrooms today are rapidly changing to adapt to different styles of learning for a more personalised approach. At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we are progressively designing our learning spaces to be more considered for all types of learners and learning experiences, across a broad range of subject areas and age groups. The Kindergarten class room was built to maximise the natural light. The tables, chairs and ground level soft spaces are agile and dynamic, to support the learning styles of our youngest learners and stimulate learning opportunities.

Connection of our indoor and outdoor spaces has been thoroughly considered with outdoor work benches, gardens, greenery, café style tables with umbrellas and more ground level soft furnishings.

In synergy, these spaces allow for increased collaboration, connection and inclusion, focused work and creativity.

At recess, lunch and PE, students have room to move on our schools oval, playground and “Eat Street”. We have a calm playground environment where students are engaged in games and are encouraged to explore their environment.

Learning Foundations

Strong literacy foundations underpin all  key learning areas for our Kindergarten students.  Early literacy screening for phonemic awareness is an important tool for our staff to establish where each student is beginning their learning journey. Multiple times a week, students work with  our  teacher’s aide to consolidate their knowledge of letter sounds, high frequency word acquisition and reading skill development.

Numeracy in Kindergarten focuses on the use of concrete materials to build students’ mathematical knowledge. Teaching with manipulatives supports a Kindergarten child’s understanding of concepts. In our Kindergarten classroom, we support students to touch and move manipulatives when learning a mathematical skill, as their senses are thus fully involved in the learning experience. They develop their understanding with concrete materials before transferring that knowledge to numerical symbols. We love it when we hear our students say, “Maths is so much fun!”

Specialist Teachers

Teaching and Learning programs at Snowy Mountains Grammar School meet the  requirements of the NSW Syllabus.  Our Kindergarten program includes the following specialist classes: Visual  Arts,  Music,  German and Physical Education.

Before and after school and holiday care

Run by Gidgillys at SMGS, the service is available for students in year levels ranging from Kindergarten to Year 6 and will operate in the P5 classroom with access to the Junior School facilities including Eat Street and the Playground.

To learn more or to register, head to: https://www.gidgillys.com.au/jindabyneoshc

Wellbeing

Our students build friendships across the year groups through a warm, close-knit school environment. At the beginning of the year, our K-2 students are each paired with a Year 12 buddy who develops a nurturing connection with the student throughout the year. It is so heart-warming to see Year 12 piggy-back their Kindergarten buddy in the pool for their very first swimming carnival novelty race. Our Kindergarten students are also placed in one of four houses, in which they remain for their entire learning journey.

Our youngest learners also participate in the Junior School’s wellbeing program, WeMeet,  which was designed by our Junior School staff in collaboration with our Junior School students. WeMeet supports problem-solving, team-building and wellbeing and is an important start to our day in order to connect with each other, check in and build strong bonds with our peers.

Communication and Connections

Our close-knit community also means that parents have more opportunity to engage with our classroom teachers. In addition to frequent and encouraged face-to-face communication, SeeSaw  is used to communicate daily activities within the classroom and share student work samples with parents. School-wide, we use  CareMonkey, email, Aspects (school newsletter) and social media to connect with families.

Technology and Innovation in Kindergarten

Using technology in our Kindergarten classroom is a vital and valuable part of their educational learning. Our students have access to iPad technology during literacy and numeracy activities. They learn how to navigate a keyboard and engage in stimulating interactive learning opportunities to further consolidate phonics, phonemic awareness, spelling, reading and numeracy skills. Kindergarten students explore coding with Botley the Robot, as they are introduced to early STEM skills that promote critical thinking and problem-solving. The inclusion of technology within our classrooms creates new learning opportunities that support our 21st century learners.

Kinaesthetic learners are catered for in Kindergarten with the inclusion of pedal desks within the classroom environment. Research states that movement engages the brain and we see this in action within our classrooms. Students are excited by this innovative furniture that makes their classroom unique.

Co-curricular Opportunities

SMGS Kindergarten students also have access to  a number of  unique co-curricular activities, including the following:

  • Garden Club
  • Mountain Bike Club
  • Choir
  • Junior School Play
  • Snowsports
  • Learn to Swim Program
  • Robotics Club
  • Japanese
  • Sketching
  • Homework Club
  • Dance

Around the world with Year 5 and 6

By | November 26th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Uncategorised|

Yesterday, the Junior School 'Eat Street' was transformed into the “SMGS Geography Expo 2020”. Years 5 and 6 set up displays to showcase their Geography research about countries of the world. Students from Kindergarten to [...]

Book Week 2020 – Curious Creatures, Creative Minds

By | October 20th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Each year since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time, schools celebrate books and Australian children's authors and illustrators. Classroom [...]

SMGS Launches Immersive Virtual Kindergarten Transition Program

By | September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore|

As of Tuesday, 22 September, there are 127 days before the Kindergarten class of 2021 will begin their learning journey at ‘Big School’. For many of our future learners and their families, there are some [...]

K-2 Create Bin Monsters in STEM

By | August 12th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Recently in their STEM class, our K-2 students considered a different way to think about recycling and rubbish bins. After discussing the benefits of recycling and understanding what we can recycle, our students were [...]

Service Learning in the Junior School – Mawson’s Hut Foundation

By | August 9th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

This week, our K-6 students were immersed in a service learning experience- ‘Life in Antarctica’. Our Junior School contributed to fundraising for the Mawson’s Hut Foundation by purchasing wooden Adelie Penguins. 1000's of wooden Adelie [...]

Technology Partnerships in the Junior School

By | August 6th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore, Technology|

This term, the SMGS Junior School continues to create opportunities to develop critical digital literacies as they work with new technologies as part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) focus. Last term, our Year [...]