Events

  1. Non Term Time

    6 April @ 8:00 am - 16 April @ 5:00 pm AEST
  2. Week 1

    19 April @ 8:00 am - 23 April @ 5:00 pm AEST
  3. Staff Day 3

    19 April @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
  4. SMIEC

    19 April @ 8:00 am - 23 April @ 5:00 pm AEST
  5. New Boarders Arrive

    19 April @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm AEST

News

  • Scholarship Applications for 2022 enrolment are now open!

    Scholarship Applications for 2022 enrolment are now open!   Our new Scholarship Program provides students from all around Australia with the opportunity to learn and grow in a unique alpine environment and to develop as well-rounded global citizens acting with courage and conviction as leaders of the future.   To learn more about Scholarships at […]
  • Lions Youth of the Year – Zac Corcoran, Year 12 advances to State round

    A huge congratulations to Zac Corcoran in Year 12, who not only won the local Lions Club of Jindabyne overall Youth of the Year Australia and public speaking components but has just won the regional competition in Ulladulla. He now moves on to the State round in Canberra in the coming weeks, representing SMGS and the […]
  • Dress for Success Sydney

    As one of our initiatives following International Women’s Day, SMGS is collecting clothes to donate to Dress for Success Sydney. Check out the details below on how you can get involved.
  • SMGS one of five schools participating in the AISNSW Positive Behaviour Program

    SMGS’ wellbeing program has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. This year, SMGS is one of five schools participating in the AISNSW Positive Behaviour Program, a three-year project in which AISNSW provides school-based professional learning for all staff and consultancy support for the school’s PBIS leadership team and in class. To […]

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 2022?

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 2022, regardless of where you plan on educating your child.

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Kindergarten Information Sessions

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Let’s Explore – SMGS award-winning Kindergarten orientation program

On campus sessions – 13th October 2021 – 3rd November 2021 (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!

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

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, [...]

SMGS Steaming ahead with $4.5M NSW Government Grant

By | March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Alumni, Boarding, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Principal, Senior School, Uncategorised|

The Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) Community was thrilled to welcome Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro, local MLC Bronnie Taylor, Snowy Monaro Mayor, Peter Beer, and members of the wider Jindabyne community [...]

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

By | March 19th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Senior School, Wellbeing|

  Today we take action and stand together in CARE on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. As a school, SMGS stands together not only today but every day, with CARE at [...]

Junior School Students and Families Ride, Scoot, Skate and Run for 6th Annual Ride2School Day

By | March 16th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Uncategorised|

Every year SMGS joins schools across Australia for National Ride2School Day!    For our 6th annual event, we had a spectacular day to ride, scoot, skate and run our way to school along the shores [...]