1. Year 8, 9 and 10 Camp

    26 March @ 8:00 am - 29 March @ 5:00 pm AEDT
  2. year 7 Immunisation – HPV 1 & Boostrix

    26 March @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm AEDT
  3. Virtual Debating – Stage 3 – First Round

    26 March @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm AEDT
  4. Junior School Grandparents & Friends Day

    29 March @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm AEDT
  5. Good Friday

    30 March @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT


  • Join us at our Open Day on Tuesday, 8th May 2018

    SMGS warmly welcomes prospective Kindergarten to Year 12 families to join us on Tuesday, 8th May for our Open Day. Our Open Day is a perfect opportunity for prospective families to meet members of our leadership team, some of our teaching staff, school captains and prefects. The day will also include a tour of our […]
  • Tathra Bushfire Fundraiser

    Dear Parents and Students, As you may be aware, a devastating bushfire has impacted the community of Tathra this past weekend, destroying 69 homes, and damaging many more. In support of those affected, Snowy Mountains Grammar School will be hosting a Mufti Day and Barbecue fundraiser on Friday 23 March. Please bring a gold coin […]
  • Preparations underway for SMGS Junior School Grandparents and Special Friends Day

    Grandparents and Special Friends Day is one of the most anticipated events on the SMGS Junior School calendar! All Junior School families are asked to RSVP on their guest’s/guests’ behalf via CareMonkey by Friday, 23rd March. We hope to see you there!
  • SMIEC 2018 – Program now available

    The SMIEC 2018 Program is now available via: The SMIEC organising committee also announced the 2018 SMIEC entries opening and closing dates: Entries Open: Monday, 12th March 2018 at 7:00 pm Entries Close: Friday, 20th April 2018 at 9:00 pm All entries must be made online using the Global Entries Online portal: Tests and […]

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 Education Standards Authority (NESA) 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

SMGS Science Academy students’ paper published in the Journal of the Future Project

By | March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Academic, Academies, Science, Senior School, Technology|

Author: Dr Darryl Nelson, Head of Curriculum, Head of Faculty (Science) The Academies of Excellence Program at SMGS provides many opportunities to students, in multiple areas. Last year, through the Science Academy, two of [...]

SMGS inaugural drone flying day

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: Academies, Alumni, Aviation, Boarding, Co-Curricular, School of Aviation, Senior School, Technology|

Friday the 16th February saw the inaugural flying training day for students undertaking the RePL (drone) licence course. The day was conducted by John Flemming (Chief Flying Instructor – FPV Australia) and Phil Ryrie (Head [...]

SMGS ESA program gears up for its third season

By | December 12th, 2017|Categories: Academies, Co-Curricular, Elite Snowsports Academy, Senior School, Snowsports, Uncategorised|

On Tuesday, 12th December, the first round of applications for the 2018 SMGS ESA program will open. Entering its third year, the ESA program will continue to work on providing the highest level of academic, [...]

Students ready to take to the stage in the Senior School Cre8ive Sessions

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Academies, Arts, Co-Curricular, School of Drama and Theatre Studies, School of Visual Arts|

Spend an evening immersed in student creativity, innovation and imagination! Snowy Mountains Grammar School warmly welcomes all parents, teachers, students, staff, families and all comers to the 2017 Senior School Cre8ive Sessions. This year's showcase [...]

Drone Course Set for Take-off at SMGS

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Academies, Aviation, Boarding, Co-Curricular, School of Aviation, Senior School, Technology|

In its 10th year of operation, SMGS’ School of Aviation is proud to announce the addition of the Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) Course (Quadcopter Drone). The course joins a stellar line-up of options boasted by [...]

SMGS Wins Innovative Schools Award for Second Year in a Row

By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: Academic, Academies, Aviation, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Elite Snowsports Academy, Junior School, Let's Explore, Principal, Senior School, Snowsports|

Twenty-one years ago, Snowy Mountains Grammar School set out to offer a diverse range of opportunities, leading to the development of outstanding citizens equipped for an ever-changing world. Fast forward to 2017 and the school’s [...]