Events

  1. HSC Examinations

    15 October @ 8:00 am - 9 November @ 5:00 pm AEDT
  2. Senior Investiture Ceremony

    19 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEDT
  3. Principal’s Merit Assembly

    19 October @ 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm AEDT
  4. Year 11 Parent Teacher Interviews

    19 October @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT

News

  • SMGS Innovative Kindergarten Transition Program featured in The Educator Online

    SMGS Immersive Virtual Kindergarten Transition Program was recently featured in The Educator Online.  To read the full article, head to:  https://www.theeducatoronline.com/k12/news/virtual-program-prepares-kindy-kids-for-big-school/273553 With consideration of the current regulations regarding running Kindergarten transition programs in NSW, we re-imagined Let’s Explore, SMGS’ Kindergarten transition program for 2020. Built around a collective desire to find a way to provide […]
  • We’re Hiring – Executive, Teaching and Facilities Roles

    We’re looking to grow our amazing team with two new positions: Head of Middle School – Executive Role Senior School Teacher Mathematics & Science Facilities, Grounds and Transport Manager For more information or to apply for these roles, check out the links above. 
  • Voting is Now Open for The Science of Snowy Scheme Competition

    A number of SMGS State 2 and 3 students joined students from around the region in submitting their innovative ideas to Snowy Hydro’s inaugural National Science Week competition – The Science of the Snowy Scheme competition.  To read about all the submissions and to vote, click HERE!    
  • SMGS Debate Team Featured in the latest AISNSW Education News

    In their latest newsletter, the Association of Independent Schools of NSW ran a feature on 2020 NGS Super Virtual Debating Competition. In the article, SMGS Senior English teacher and debate team coordinator Ms Anne Jones talks about what the opportunity to continue debating at such a high level means for our students.   To read […]

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

Virtual Kindergarten Information Night

Thursday 3rd September 2020

6:00 pm

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.

Register Here!

Let’s Explore and Virtual Kindergarten Experience

21st October 2020 – 11th November 2020 (4 Wednesdays) 

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.

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

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 [...]

Happy 100 days of Kindergarten!

By | August 1st, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Yesterday our class of 2032 reached a significant milestone in their learning journey - their first 100 days of school! Happy 100 days of Kindergarten!

There were smiles for miles at the Junior School Term 2 work pack pick up

By | April 27th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Virtual Campus|

In preparation for Term 2 Virtual Classrooms, Junior School teachers have prepared work packs to further support student learning throughout the term.  The packs contained a variety of items including work booklets, skipping ropes for [...]