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  • Regional Visit – SMGS Heading to Merimbula Seaside Markets

    Join us at the Seaside Markets in Merimbula on Sunday 21 April 2024, where you can meet our Deputy Principal, Registrar, and Director of Innovation. Discover the diverse learning opportunities we offer and explore the benefits of boarding at SMGS for your family.
  • 2025 Scholarship and Bursary Program – Applications Now Open

    Calling all Year 6-10 students! The Snowy Mountains Grammar School 2025 Scholarship and Bursary Program is now open for applications.   Our program is designed for students who are passionate about joining our learning environment and are committed to making a significant contribution to the life of the school.   Available Scholarships and Bursaries: Academic […]
  • Volunteers needed at the Jindabyne Ski Sale

    Calling all SMGS families!   The Jindabyne Ski Sale, an initiative of the Rob Kneller Youth Foundation, still needs volunteers to assist with this weekend’s event.   All funds raised will subsidise the cost of school skiing for JCS and SMGS students in years K-2 to encourage participation and exposure to the Snowsports industry.   […]
  • 2023 Redlands Cup Draft Team List (Updated)

    The draft team lists for the 2023 Redlands Cup Competition are now available: 2023 Redlands Cup Draft Team List (Tuesday 30th May 2023) Please direct any queries to snowsports@smgs.nsw.edu.au
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Starting or considering kindergarten in 2024?

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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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

At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we design our learning spaces to be inclusive of all types of learners and learning experiences. Our Kindergarten classroom maximizes natural light and has agile and dynamic furniture to stimulate learning. We’ve also connected our indoor and outdoor spaces with outdoor work benches, gardens, and comfortable seating.

In synergy, these spaces allow for increased collaboration, connection and inclusion, focused work and creativity.

Learning Foundations

Strong literacy foundations are crucial for our Kindergarten students in all key learning areas. We use early literacy screening for phonemic awareness to assess each student’s starting point. Students work multiple times a week with our teacher’s aide to build their knowledge of letter sounds, high frequency word acquisition, and reading skills.

In numeracy, we use concrete materials to build students’ mathematical knowledge and understanding. We encourage students to touch and move manipulatives during learning to fully engage their senses. They develop their understanding with concrete materials before transferring that knowledge to numerical symbols. Our approach makes learning math fun for our students!

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 prioritizes the wellbeing of every student, fostering their academic ability and character to help them reach their aspirations in life and learning. Guided by the evidence-based Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, we address each student’s individual needs. In the Junior School, we use the Bounce Back Program, a K-6 social and emotional learning approach that fosters a positive school climate. Additionally, we offer Morning Sit, a mindfulness program that teaches children to slow down and be present in the moment. Our buddy program complements our approach, with Kindergarten students paired with Year 12 and Year 6 buddies who offer support throughout their first year of schooling.

Communication and Connections

Our close-knit community also means that parents have more opportunities to engage with our classroom teachers. In addition to frequent and encouraged face-to-face communication, we use a number of platforms to connect with families.

Technology and Innovation in Kindergarten

We use technology to enhance our Kindergarten students’ learning experience. They have access to iPads during literacy and numeracy activities, which helps them consolidate their skills in phonics, phonemic awareness, spelling, reading, and numeracy. By incorporating technology into our classrooms, we create new learning opportunities that support our 21st century learners.

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

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 [...]

Up up and away, it’s the 100th Day!

By | July 26th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Uncategorised|

Up, up and away, it's the 100th day! On Monday, 26 July, our youngest learners reached a significant milestone in their educational journey – their first 100 days of school! Students participated in the [...]

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 [...]