Uniquely located in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales, Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) is a coeducational K-12 day and boarding school that offers all of its students a highly diverse range of learning and development opportunities throughout the school year.
“We make this possible through a modern and innovative approach to education where every student is truly experienced, and our after-school programs are influenced by our unique environment,” a spokesperson said.
“Our spectacular lakeside location nestled in the mountains provides our internal and external students with an environment in which to grow and develop that is nurturing, clean and healthy.
“The natural playground that our students call home is simply inspiring. Canberra is two hours drive north, while Perisher and Thredbo are only thirty minutes away.”
With residents from across Australia, the SMGS boarding house is large enough to foster growth and confidence, yet small enough to notice and accommodate individual differences.
“With 24/7 support from our exceptional and caring boarding team, the boarding community is supported by the school’s core values of CARE [which are] courage, authenticity, respect and empathy, while further instilling trust, responsibility and developing independence.
“These values promote the development of a positive environment where each boarder is guided and encouraged to achieve their personal best, aligning with the values experienced in the day school learning environment for all students. .
“Our residents benefit from an excellent program of activities, taking advantage of our unique location close to the ski slopes and the beautiful natural environment of the surrounding rural areas.”
In winter, residents have the opportunity to be on the mountain three days a week.
Other activities include horseback riding, flying, mountain biking, trampoline, netball, soccer, rugby and sea cadets, providing boarders with plenty of year-round activities.
“Our weekend schedule often takes advantage of Lake Jindabyne, Kosciuszko National Park, Canberra and the South Coast.”
Exciting developments for the school
This year, SMGS has begun work on the first and second stages of its master plan, which will see a new learning center and sports arena.
These will be ready for students from the end of the first quarter, 2023 for the learning center, and the fourth quarter of 2022 for the sports enclosure.
2022 also saw the launch of two new programs, the Equestrian Development Academy and the Agistment Facility, as well as the Mountain Bike Academy, “which promotes the development of advanced gravity riders”.
Students also appreciated the new enrichment programs and service-learning programs.
SMGS offers students a number of flexible boarding options, including weekly, full-time, winter only (third term) and the renowned Elite Snowsports Academy (ESA).
Boarding school scholarships and bursaries
The SMGS offers a range of scholarships for college and high school students.
These include Rural Agriculture and Boarding School Scholarships, Academic Excellence, General Excellence Merit, Music and Arts, and Excellence in Innovation and Technology.
Scholarship applications for enrollment in 2024 will open at the end of October 2022.
To learn more about any of these programs, or for anything else you’d like to learn about Snowy Mountains Grammar School, visit smgs.nsw.edu.au.