Events

  1. HSC Examinations

    17 October - 8 November
  2. Seniors Investiture Ceremony

    21 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEDT
  3. Year 11 Parent/Teacher Interviews

    21 October @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
  4. Kindergarten Information Evening

    23 October @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT

News

  • Term 4 canteen menu now available

    The new Canteen menu for Term 4 is now available. Check out the Canteen page for the new menu: 2019 Term 4 Canteen Information
  • Join us for our OPEN DAY!

    Snowy Mountains Grammar School warmly invites all prospective Kindergarten to year 12 Families to their Open Day on Friday November 1st. Tour the campus, meet with the principal, teaching staff and students. Come and get a glimpse of our award-winning education and innovative learning environment in action. ***As our Open Day occurs on the same […]
  • Dr Adam Lloyd to lead STEM at SMGS

    We are delighted to announce that Dr Adam Lloyd will be returning to SMGS in 2020 as Head of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Dr Lloyd was previously Head of Mathematics in 2018 and we welcome Adam and his family back to Jindabyne and to SMGS. Dr Lloyd will work at the coalface in […]
  • Thank you Snowy Monaro Region for your support!

    Yesterday, the NSW Government announced the successful My Community Projects. Unfortunately, the Multi-Purpose Sports Courts for the Jindabyne Community did not receive enough points in the public vote to receive funding. Of the 20 or so project applications for the Monaro, only two were successful, for a total of just over $200,000 in funding. The […]

Kindergarten

//Kindergarten

“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 2020?

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 2020, regardless of where you plan on educating your child.

Kindy Info Night

Wednesday 23rd October 2019
6:00pm – Junior School @ SMGS

Learn about school readiness, get an overview of the Let’s Explore program and find out what to expect in your child’s first term at school.

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Let’s Explore

25th October 2019 – 22nd November 2019 (5 Friday’s) 

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

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Why Kindy at SMGS?

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.

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

New Term, New Initiatives! – Introducing ‘Read Aloud Wednesday’

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore, Pastoral Care, Uncategorised|

'Read Aloud Wednesday' was launched today in our Junior School. What is Read Aloud Wednesday? Older students and parents are invited to read aloud to our younger students, modelling reading strategies and talking about the [...]

School Readiness Series – Article 5 – Language Development

By | October 4th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Let's Explore, Uncategorised|

As a continuation of our discussion on school readiness, so far we have discussed the building blocks of school readiness and why they are important. We have looked at how to determine if your child is lacking in [...]

School Readiness Series – Article 4 – Fine and Gross Motor Skills

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Let's Explore, Uncategorised|

Fine and Gross Motor Skills As a continuation of our discussion on school readiness, so far we have discussed the building blocks of school readiness and why they are important. We have looked at how to determine [...]

Numeracy + Food Manipulatives = FUN!

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore|

Over the past few weeks, K/1 have been practising their addition and subtraction skills. Students used a range of manipulatives that included counters, blocks, tens frames, number lines and even some yummy snacks!. First students [...]

Toy design with our youngest learners

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore|

Our youngest learners have been learning about movement in their Science lessons this term. Students have played with toys that slide, roll, spin, bend, bounce or need to be pushed or pulled. They then sketched [...]

School Readiness Series – Article 3 – How to improve school readiness skills

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Let's Explore, Uncategorised|

As a continuation of our discussion on school readiness, so far we have discussed the building blocks of school readiness and why they are important. We have looked at how to determine if your child [...]