Events

  1. Week 1

    12 July @ 8:00 am - 16 July @ 5:00 pm AEST
  2. Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews [Zoom]

    15 July @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm AEST
  3. Junior School Assembly

    16 July @ 9:00 am - 9:40 am AEST
  4. Week 2

    19 July @ 8:00 am - 23 July @ 5:00 pm AEST
  5. Year 11 2022 Subject Selection Information Evening

    19 July @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST

News

  • Information on COVID-19 and Return to School for Term 3

    Information on COVID-19 and Return to School for Term 3  Introduction   As a reminder regarding COVID-19 practice and procedure, our school primarily takes advice from NSW Health, the Association of Independent Schools NSW and the NSW Department of Education, as we endeavour to keep our community safe. Based on community circumstances and virus trends, NSW […]
  • Year 11 2022 Subject Selection Information Webinar – Registrations Open

    Year 11 2022 Subject Selection Information Webinar We warmly invite all Year 10 students currently attending SMGS or considering enrolling in Year 11 at SMGS in 2022, and their parents, to attend our Year 11 2022 Subject Selection Information Evening webinar on Monday 19th July, commencing at 6:00 pm.   An important transition: At Snowy […]
  • We’re Hiring – Part-Time Bus Driver

    We’re seeking a mature and responsible Bus Driver to join our team on a permanent part-time basis. Commencing July 2021. Check out the link below for all the details and to apply online: Bus Driver (Permanent Part-Time)
  • SMGS named WIN News Canberra School of the Week

    Well done to all 80 students who participated in this year’s Write a Book in a Day competition. Working collaboratively in teams of 10, students had just twelve hours to write and illustrate a book from start to finish within a set of unique parameters.   Funds raised through sponsorship go to The Kids’ Cancer […]
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Starting or considering kindergarten in 2022?

Kindergarten marks the start of an exciting learning journey for many families. We know our youngest learners flourish in an environment where they are authentically known, that nurtures and inspires their creative and curious minds.

Snowy Mountains Grammar School warmly invites you and your child to join us at our kindergarten events this year. Our kindergarten events aim to provide families with opportunities to tour our inspiring learning environment, get to know our exceptional teaching team and provide tools to help prepare your child (and you) for the exciting learning journey that awaits!

 

Enquire Now
Kindergarten Readiness Session
Rescheduled - Term 3
Join us for an interactive evening to learn more about kindergarten readiness and how you can best prepare your child (and you) for big school.
Register here
Kindergarten Information Session
Thursday 7 October 2021
Includes a tour of the Junior School learning environment, and an interactive information session delivered via micro-presentations within the Junior School campus classrooms.
Register here
Let's Explore Kindergarten Transition
Term 3 & Term 4
Delivered via virtual and on-campus experiences, our hybrid program is designed to guide your child in their first steps as they discover a whole new world of education.
Register here

“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.”

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
  • Junior School Play
  • Snowsports
  • Learn to Swim Program
  • Mindfulness – Morning Sit
  • Choir
  • Chess
  • Minecraft Education
  • Winter Boot Camp Fitness
  • Rostrum Speaking/Debating
  • Stage 3 Tutor Club.

2021 Australian Education Awards – SMGS Announced as Excellence Awardee in Three Categories

By | May 14th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Senior School, Staff|

2021 Australian Education Awards – SMGS Announced as Excellence Awardee in Three Categories Photos: Banner - 2020 Junior School Teaching Team (L-R Heidi Shvetsoff, Brooke Kennedy, Julia Cane, Rosheen Nikora, Christine [...]

SMGS Junior School Term 2 Lunchtime and After-school Co-curricular Program off to a Flying Start

By | May 9th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

SMGS Junior School Term 2 Lunchtime and After-school Co-curricular Program off to a Flying Start From the beginning of 2020, one of the key goals of the SMGS leadership team has [...]

Light Up Vanuatu – A Service-Learning Opportunity for K-12

By | April 28th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

The Junior School feels privileged to be leading a Service Learning opportunity as a K-12 project. The project, Light Up Vanuatu, is supported by SolarBuddy and SchoolAid and has been introduced to SMGS through an [...]

2022 Cross Country Running Carnival

By | April 8th, 2021|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Senior School, Wellbeing|

2021 Cross Country Running Carnival On Thursday, 1 April 2021, our Kindergarten to Year 12 students headed out to the Station Resort for our annual Cross-Country Carnival.   This [...]

An Exciting Journey Awaits – Join SMGS Kindergarten in 2022

By | April 8th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Kindergarten marks the start of an exciting learning journey for many families. We know our youngest learners flourish in an environment where they are authentically known, that nurtures and inspires their creative and curious minds. [...]

Stage 3 host science expo for Junior School

By | March 29th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Last week, our budding earth scientists in Stage 3 hosted an engaging and informative expo based on their natural hazard unit. It was an explosive and exciting adventure in our Stage 3 collaborative learning space, [...]