Events

  1. SMGS Snowsports
  2. Scots Race

    2017 Scots Race

    9 July - 10 September
  3. Redlands Cup
  4. Boarders’ Parent Meeting

    17 July @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEST

News

  • AIS free concussion baseline testing – Tuesday 27 June

    This year SMGS has arranged to receive free concussion baseline testing. This testing will be conducted by the Australian Institute of Sport, Australian National University and Canberra University, who will be visiting the school on Tuesday 27th June (first week of school holidays) and is available for students 12 years and over. The results of […]
  • 2017 Redlands Cup – SMGS Start List

    Yes, it’s that time of year again! SMGS is getting ready for the much-anticipated Term 2 break, the 2017 ESA and ‘Term 3 only’ cohort arriving, and the completion of the new boarding accommodation block. Many of our staff and students have already been enjoying the start to the ski season by getting in some […]
  • Local pirates make a splash for kids with cancer!

      On Friday 9 June, Snowy Mountains Grammar School will embrace their inner scally-wags and dress up like pirates for childrens’ cancer research. It’s the 3rd annual “Pirate Day Friday”, a national fundraiser that encourages children, office workers and whole towns to dress up and give a gold coin donation for the privilege. All funds […]
  • You are hereby summoned to a Mad Hatter Trivia Night!

      Don’t be late for a very important date! The P&F Trivia night is just around the corner on Friday 9th June 2017. Doors open at 6:30pm! $15 at the door, bring your own drinks and dinner! Please ensure you rsvp to pandf@smgs.nsw.edu.au We hope to see you there!  

Academies of Excellence

//Academies of Excellence

Education in the 21st Century is on an exciting journey.

The world is rapidly evolving at a faster rate than ever before in so many ways. There are strong predictions that the majority of those in our Junior School will enter jobs that currently do not even exist yet. We are preparing our students for a future not as we know it now.

SMGS has introduced a program called the Academies of Excellence, an innovative educational elective program available to students from Year 7 onwards. The program is designed to inspire and engage students in their choice of a broad range of interests and opportunities. It is imperative that students have opportunities to experience a range of subjects and in this program students can elect to try a new elective each term, semester, year or continue for several years. Excellence can be attained when students remain with a program over a longer period.

The various options within the Excellence program, listed below, include numerous programs within each of the academies:

  • Academy of Creative & Performing Arts
  • Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Academy of Exercise Science and Sporting Performance
  • Academy of Literature, Research and Social Sustainability

With credible research demonstrating that students in education across the globe are disengaging from learning and school, at Snowy Mountains Grammar School we are heading in the opposite direction and engaging students in areas in which they love to learn. In addition, our students also learn the full complement of the rigorous Australian Curriculum administered through NSW BOSTES and successfully complete the Higher School Certificate in Year 12.

Click on the link below, where we invite you to explore our elective courses for students in Years 7 to 10, with Years 11 and 12 able to choose a course in addition to their HSC suite of subjects as an option.

Download the Academies of Excellence Handbook

Read about our Academic Achievements

Recent posts from the Academies of Excellence

Senior School Drama Showcase Evening

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular, School of Drama and Theatre Studies, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Author: Lara Fairfield-Smith, Year 11  The Senior Drama students at Snowy Mountains Grammar School are hosting an evening to showcase their hard work in Drama throughout this term. Year 11 Year 11 students will be [...]

Shake, Shake, Shake!

By | June 1st, 2017|Categories: Academic, Academies, Science, Senior School|

Students in the Science Academy have had a very exciting time recently with the testing of a new, small type of seismometer called a Raspberry Shake. This device is essentially a Raspberry Pi computer attached [...]

Academy of Agriculture joins SMGS Academies of Excellence

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Academies, School of Agriculture, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Now into Term 2, our Academies of Excellence are in full swing! New to the line-up this year is the Agriculture Academy run by Mrs Susan Plum. Of the addition of the Agriculture Academy to [...]

Off the Beaten Track regional performance workshops with Andre Jewson

By | May 10th, 2017|Categories: Academies, School of Drama and Theatre Studies, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Last week, students spent a couple of days working with professional actor, VCA graduate and star of The Lion King, Andre Jewson. Andre conducted workshops on script analysis, acting styles for film and television, monologues [...]

Press Release: SMGS Drama Academy War Poetry Tour sets out to raise funds for Legacy Australia

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: Academies, School of Drama and Theatre Studies, Senior School|

SMGS Drama Academy students are touring south-east NSW with their unique production, “A Journey through 100 Years of War Poetry”, to raise funds for their benefactor and patron, Legacy Australia. Jindabyne, NSW, Monday 10 April [...]

What is Innovation?

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: Academic, Academies, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Deputy Principal, Junior School, School of Invention, Senior School, Technology, Uncategorised|

My last article in the SMGS newsletter, Aspects focused on the changes facing education this year, with the announcement of a new NSW Education Minister. In this article I want to broaden my scope by [...]