Let’s Explore is Snowy Mountains Grammar School’s award-winning Kindergarten transition program. The program won coveted Innovative School Awards in 2018 and 2020.

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. Let’s Explore gives our future learners the opportunity to experience the normal routines of a school day, build connections with their future Kindergarten teacher, become familiar with their future specialist teachers and to be comfortable with their future learning environment.

The program gives each child the tools to prepare for that very special first day of school and aims to leave them feeling more confident in their personal learning journey.

2021 Program details and schedule:

A Virtual Kindergarten Experience

Registration is open until February 7 2022

On-Campus Experience 

Saturday 6th November at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, 10 November, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday, 17 November, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am

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Evolving our Kindergarten Transition Program – About the 2021 Let’s Explore Program

Our attitude, as a provider of a modern education, is to remain open and agile, to innovate so as to improve the experience for students, and to prepare them for the world they are entering, not the one that we, as adults, experienced when we were at school.

With this in mind, and in consideration of regulations in 2020 around running Kindergarten transition programs, we re-imagined our Let’s Explore program for 2020 which involved the creation of a virtual program. Thankfully, we were able to still run our on-campus experience in 2020 which when combined with the new virtual program enabled a unique and exciting hybrid program.

The virtual program was so successful in 2020 that we have retained it as an integral part of our 2021 Kindergarten Transition Program.

Our innovative hybrid model includes the following elements:

  • A virtual program with materials for the hands-on tasks delivered by post to each little explorer. Registration for the program will close January 7 2022.
  • Virtual Reality (VR) Kindergarten experiences – each explorer has the opportunity to virtually join a literacy and numeracy lesson, our specialist classes (art, music, STEM, German, gross motor skills), story time, and so much more
  • Access to the Let’s Explore Portal which has video instructions for each of the Let’s Explore virtual sessions
  • Interaction with SMGS Kindergarten teacher, Ms Rosheen Nikora, via SeeSaw
  • The opportunity for parents to meet with Ms Nikora, our Kindergarten teacher over Zoom or in person to discuss your child’s school readiness
  • On Campus Experience – Saturday 6th November at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Wednesday, 10 November, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and Wednesday, 17 November, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

Understanding the Virtual component of the Let’s Explore transitional program?

Our hybrid delivery model enables us to provide our future learners with an experience that is as close as possible to that of our vibrant in-person program. They will be immersed within an active Kindergarten classroom lesson that will present social interactions between students in the room. This will simulate the social aspect of our Kindergarten environment.

Each instructional video not only develops a key school readiness skill, but also builds connections between your child and their future Kindergarten teacher. Ms Nikora will talk to your child during the lesson demonstration as she would if it was actually on campus.

The Virtual Kindergarten experiences enable our future learners to have a sense of what it feels like to be in our flexible learning spaces and interacting with our specialist classes, teachers and students. They will develop an early understanding of our school expectations and, of course, have a glimpse of some of the amazing opportunities they will have when they start Kindergarten in 2022.

During the program, families will access SeeSaw to gain valuable feedback on the weekly activities and further connect with Ms Nikora. This is also an opportunity for our Junior School staff to start to get to know our new students and begin planning their learning for their first year at school in 2022.

How will this work?

When you register your child for the Let’s Explore Program, you will be registering them for both the virtual and on-campus experiences.

During the week of 15 August 2021, students will receive the following:

  • A passcode to the Let’s Explore Experience Portal where each session will be unveiled each week
  • Instructions on how to register for SeeSaw, the student engagement platform used in our Junior School
  • A package in the mail with instructions and tools on how to complete the Let’s Explore learning experiences
  • A set of VR goggles to access the Virtual Kindergarten experiences.

Students complete the sessions and tasks at their own pace and time.

Parents upload student work to SeeSaw. Ms Nikora will then review the work and provide feedback via SeeSaw.

In Term 4, students will come to SMGS for the on-campus experience on Saturday 6th November at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Wednesday, 10 November, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and  Wednesday, 17 November, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

We will continue to monitor the local situation and our own school context carefully and may offer an additional on-campus experiences before the term ends.

Who can register for the program?

This program is open to any child who is already enrolled or considering enrolling in Kindergarten at SMGS for 2022.

Registration deadlines are as follows: 

Virtual Experience – Anytime until the beginning of the 2022 School year

On Campus Experience (includes the virtual program component) – Registrations are open now and close on Friday 5 November

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If you would like to find out more about Kindergarten at SMGS, our Registrar Mrs Bronwyn Canham would be happy answer any questions you may have. She can be contacted on (02) 6457 1022 or registrar@smgs.nsw.edu.au.

About the development of this year’s Let’s Explore program

Built around a collective desire to find a way to provide our future learners with a meaningful and memorable transition program despite the current climate around COVID-19, a team of SMGS leadership, teaching and administration staff collaborated to create this year’s innovative Let’s Explore program.

All advertising and supporting materials, including the Let’s Explore experience portal, instructional videos and 360-degree videos, were designed and produced in-house and the part they would play in achieving our goal of providing each child with the tools to prepare for that very special first day of Kindergarten at SMGS was thoroughly considered.

While we are cognisant that this program could never fully replace the experience of our face-to-face Let’s Explore program, we believe that this will still provide our future learners with an educational, engaging and inspiring Kindergarten transition program that will prepare them and their families for their learning journey at big school.