Events

  1. Week 9

    5 December - 11 December
  2. Speech Day

    8 December
  3. Last Day of Term 4

    8 December
  4. Non School Time

    09/12/2022 - 27/01/2023
  5. MTB – Cross Country

    09/02/2023 - 12/02/2023

News

  • We’re Hiring! – School Receptionist

    We’re Hiring! // School Receptionist – Snowy Mountains Grammar School is seeking a dynamic and energetic School Receptionist to join their team in 2022. For all the details or to apply online, please visit our website: School Receptionist
  • SMGS 2022 P&F AGM

    The 2022 P&F AGM will be held on Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Details about the 2022 P&F AGM can be viewed here: AGM Notice 2022
  • We’re Hiring! – IT Support Officer

    WE’RE HIRING! // Exciting opportunity for an IT support professional to join our growing support team in 2022. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply. For all the details or to apply online, please visit our website 👇👇👇 IT Officer
  • NSW State Interschools – Draft Team Lists Now Available [UPDATED]

    Updated draft team lists for the Subaru NSW ACT QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships are now available. Team lists can be viewed using the following link: Subaru NSW ACT QLD State Interschools – Draft Team Lists – Tuesday 2nd August 2022
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Starting or considering kindergarten in 2023?

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!

Would you like to Find Out More?

If you would like to find out more about Kindergarten at Snowy Mountains Grammar School or discuss your schooling options:

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Explore our Campus

Not yet been to our campus? Book a campus tour with our Registrar, Mrs Bronwyn Canham and experience our vibrant Junior School. 

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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.”

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, 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

Wellbeing is the foundation stone of our decision-making, ensuring our community flourishes and supports students to reach their aspirations in learning and in life. 

Our Student Wellbeing Program is designed to foster the wellbeing of each student, by knowing them, building their academic ability, their character, and addressing their individual needs. We are guided by the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, which is evidence-based and demonstrates the strong association between safety, wellbeing and learning. 

In the Junior School, we implement the Bounce Back Program, a social and emotional learning program, from Kindergarten to Year 6. Being a K-6 approach, it supports us in building a positive school climate and allows us to embed the principles within our curriculum and general life of our classrooms and our school. 

We offer a mindfulness program that we call Morning Sit. An outside provider comes to our classrooms for a mindfulness session that teaches children how to slow down and be in the moment. 

Our buddy program complements our wellbeing approach. Kindergarten students develop friendships across the year groups and they are paired with a Year 12 and Year 6 buddy who nurture them throughout their first year of schooling. 

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 for 2022:

  • Garden Club
  • Mountain Bike Club – Wednesday after school during Term 1. Coaching provided by Jindy Riders
  • Junior School Play
  • Snowsports – 10-week Wednesday program at Thredbo Resort
  • Term 1 Learn to Swim Program
  • K-2 Choir
  • Chess Club – Lunchtime activity during Term 1, 2, and 4
  • Minecraft Education
  • Rostrum Speaking/Debating
  • Indonesian

2022 NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 2

By | August 23rd, 2022|Categories: Junior School, Kindergarten, Middle School, Senior School, Snowsports|

Fresh snow, huge smiles and fast racing sum up Day 2 of the NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships at Perisher Resort. The Perisher race team did a fantastic job setting the courses for the following [...]

2022 NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships – Day 1

By | August 23rd, 2022|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Middle School, Senior School, Snowsports|

A wild and windy day greeted competitors for Day 1 of the 2022 Subaru NSW/ACT/QLD State Interschools Snowsport Championships. SMGS had a fantastic day on the mountain with students competing in the following disciplines: Alpine [...]

Developing a Student’s Flexible Mindset

By | August 18th, 2022|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore|

A flexible mindset goes hand in hand with a growth mindset in the development of a child’s positive self-awareness. Whilst a growth mindset determines how a child responds to setbacks, a flexible mindset is an [...]

Blasting through 100 Days of Kindergarten

By | August 5th, 2022|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

On Tuesday 26 July, our youngest learners reached a significant milestone in their educational journey – their first 100 days of school! Of this significant milestone, Kindergarten teacher, Rosheen Nikora, said, “You should be very [...]

IQ, EQ and AQ – the shifting focus for success in the workplace…and schools

By | August 5th, 2022|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Principal, Senior School|

IQ, EQ and AQ – the shifting focus for success in the workplace…and schools As experienced for decades, IQ (Intelligence Quotient) was considered the metric of success and key predictor of future success in [...]

Good Luck Year 12 for your HSC Examinations – Kindergarten and Year 1 Words of Wisdom

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

Our Year 12 2021 cohort begin their HSC examinations tomorrow morning! Wise beyond their years, their Kindergarten and Year 1 buddies have some excellent words of wisdom to pass along to the Year 12 [...]