Events

  1. The Athlete’s Foot Shoe Fitting Day

    23 January @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm AEDT
  2. Australia Day

    27 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  3. Staff Day 1

    28 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  4. Staff Day 2

    29 January @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
  5. New Boarders Arrive

    29 January @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEDT

News

  • The Athlete’s Foot Shoe Fitting Day

    As in previous years Athletes Foot are coming to Jindabyne, details can be viewed here:  https://www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Snowy-Mountains-Grammar-School.pdf  
  • Senior School Book Order Reminder

    Dear Families, Please remember to order your children’s books for 2020 on the Box of Books website (Senior School only). The link is: https://shop.boxofbooks.io/passwordless/signin . This should be done as soon as possible in case of any delays in the supply of some items. If you have any queries, please contact the school office.  
  • Extended school closure period

    Due to the events of the past few days, Snowy Mountains Grammar School will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday this week. At this stage, we anticipate that the normal operations will resume on Wednesday 8th January 2020 but we will re-assess on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Kosciuszko National Park Evacuation Notice

    NPWS has declared a planned evacuation of the Kosciuszko National Park commencing today with the evacuation deadline of Friday 3 January at 10:00 am.  Please refer to the following information and the following links:  https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/major-fire-updates https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/kosciuszko-national-park/local-alerts?fbclid=IwAR0UsQzbYPA5xE2OP9G_EyXozABDDhN6Jw1_AeaeoaQGocdrpTbjHD_ig-w https://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/

Junior School Welcome

//Junior School Welcome

Welcome to the SMGS Junior School.

Snowy Mountains Grammar School’s Junior School is a dynamic learning community that has at its core, positive and constructive relationships where the expectation is high … learning is relevant, deep and real. Structure and support facilitates progress for every student.

Our Junior School is a place where all students are known and valued, where a strong emphasis on quality teaching and learning spans from the milestones of Kindergarten to Year 6. We aim to create a safe, nurturing, yet challenging environment that is strongly supported by positive relationships. We focus on developing the whole student -emotionally, socially and academically – and appreciate our students as unique individuals with distinct talents, needs and learning styles.

Our curriculum is stimulating, flexible and tailored to meet the needs of each and every student as we strive for high educational outcomes and personal bests for all of our students. Dedicated teachers ensure our students grow in confidence and capabilities as they develop the skills of 21st century learners. We use innovation, rich resources, proven instructional strategies and engaging teaching and learning programs to promote student learning.

We support our students to embrace our school values of Courage, Authenticity, Respect and Empathy during interactions within the school routine, as well as a specific approach during our daily We Meet session. We Meet is a time that our students touch base and connect with their teacher and peers in an approach that has a foundation of wellbeing, problem-solving, social and emotional development. Our students become strong in self-esteem, develop responsibility for their own choices and, communally, support their peers to do the same. These values empower our students to make positive contributions to our school and wider community.

We are extremely fortunate to be embraced by a strong, close-knit and supportive school and local community. We welcome opportunities for the involvement of our Snowy Mountains Grammar School community within the classroom and in school events. Our parents support our school in many ways and celebrate our student successes. We endeavour to maintain a strong connection between school and home with consistent communication about student progress and wellbeing.

We offer learning support across the Junior School, K-6. Our learning support team offers Mini Lit, MulitLit and MacqLit, an explicit and systematic reading intervention program, as well as small group support working within the classroom when required. The learning support team works closely with the classroom teacher to implement interventions or adjustments required to support the needs of individual students.

We invite you to come and observe our students at work or play within our calm, spacious playground environment and our vibrant, engaging classrooms. Our ‘Eat Street’ area is a colourful, calm space to eat and talk with peers and extends to an open area of play that often includes basketball, handball and games such as hopscotch. Lunchtime play moves down to our lush, green, grassed oval where there is always a game of soccer in action. Many students prefer climbing and swinging on our outdoor play equipment and there is even a handball court.  Our classrooms utilise kinaesthetic furniture options such as pedal desks to engage kinaesthetic learners and there are functional outdoor learning spaces. 

We welcome enrolment enquiries at all year levels and invite you to take a tour and experience our students’ sense of purpose and energy within our unique, pristine Snowy Mountains environment.

Read about our Approach to Learning
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Heidi Shvetsoff

Acting Director of Junior School

Heidi has over 16 years teaching experience in various roles K-6, holding both teacher and executive roles. Heidi has spent 8 years teaching in Sydney across all educational sectors after which she returned to the Snowy Mountains to teach in a variety of schools and executive positions across the Monaro. Heidi is currently in the role of Acting Director of Junior School.

Recent posts by the Acting Director of Junior School 

Supporting each other in the wake of the bushfire crisis

By | January 17th, 2020|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Pastoral Care, Senior School, Wellbeing|

It seems so long ago that we said an excited goodbye to the 2019 school year on a sunny, clear and cool December day, with plans for a long and restful summer break. We did [...]

Junior School Adventure Playground ready for Term 1 2020

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

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 [...]

SMGS Snowsports Athletes receive AMASDF Scholarships

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Elite Snowsports Academy, Senior School, Snowsports|

The 2019 Amelia McGuiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation (AMASDF) Scholarship recipients were announced at a special ceremony to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of the foundation. Cath and Sam McGuiness, along with Snow Australia President Dean [...]