Aspects - June 2022

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ASPECTS

News & views from SMGS

June 2022

In this issue... From the Head of Senior School | From the Head of Middle School | From the Head of Junior School | From the Careers Advisor | From the School Counsellor | From the Head of Boarding Foundation Day | Enrichment News | Write a Book in a Day | Drama Showcase | Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition | Science and Engineering Challenge | North West Equestrian Expo | Emerging Talent Program Selections | SMGS Cross-Country | Master Plan Update


Contents 04 From the Head of Senior School SMGS 4Peaks Program 06 From the Head of Middle School Extending our Belonging

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08 From the Head of Junior School Junior School Events 10 Stage 3 Geography Expo 11

3D Printing with Year 1

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Foundation Day

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Enrichment News Da Vinci Decathlon and Sleek Geeks

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Stage 3 STEM

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20 For the Book Lovers Write a Book in a Day and Book Day 22

Drama Update

24 Competitions Public Speaking and Science and Engineering 26 North West Equestrian Expo 28 Emerging Talent Program Selections

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30 SMGS Cross-Country 31

Junior School AFL Primary Play Program

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Around the Campus Outdoor Mural and SRC Disco

34 From the Careers Advisor 38 From the School Counsellor 40 From the Head of Boarding 42 Master Plan Update

Edition

June 2022

Editor

Caroline Richards

Design

Brooke Darlington & Sarah Elliot

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Year 10 Work Experience For his placement, Oscar Wright spent the week with the Perisher marketing team, where he met Winter Paralympian, Josh Hanlon.

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Courage, Authenticity, Respect and Empathy

SMGS 4Peaks Program In 2020, SMGS was accepted as one of five pilot schools for a new project with the AISNSW. This opportunity was a new initiative to be launched by AISNSW, Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS focuses on achieving improved social and learning outcomes whilst preventing problem behaviour. Rather than focusing on individual behavioural interventions and addressing behaviour problems on a student-by-student basis, PBIS is a proactive, whole-school, team-based framework with an emphasis placed on prevention of problem behaviour and development of prosocial skills. The PBIS process emphasises four integrated elements: data for decision-making, evidence-based interventions and practices that support varying student needs (multi-tiered), systems that efficiently and effectively support implementation of these practices, and continual monitoring of progress to ensure outcomes are met. In a nutshell, PBIS takes the approach that behaviour is learnt and therefore needs to be taught. Similar to a mathematics class room, if a student makes an error in an answer to a question, they are not punished, but rather re-taught the skills needed for success. PBIS approaches behaviour similarly; a behaviour error is not simply punished but an opportunity for learning, or re-teaching.

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Middle and Senior School Framework

At SMGS we have been working hard over the past two disrupted years to develop our personalised framework to implement at our school. We are very excited to announce this to our school community.

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The 4Peaks Framework clearly articulates the behaviour expectations at SMGS across all areas. It is a K-12, day and boarding framework. It is aligned to our core values of Courage, Authenticity, Respect and Empathy (CARE). The framework has a number of components that are important for its success. It is a three-tiered approach. Tier 1 - or the Universal Tier - is the first phase, which we commenced in Term 2. It required SMGS to develop a behaviour matrix clearly outlining the behaviour expected at our school. We have completed this and it includes the classroom, playground, device usage, moving around the school and bathroom use. In Boarding we have included the residential area, dining room and common spaces. In Tier 1, we teach these expectations in class and tutor time, and role model what this behaviour looks like. We have designed bright, colourful 4Peaks posters that show these expectations, and an acknowledgement system that remains positivefocused. The aim is to see and acknowledge the students who are consistently doing the right thing. It is important that the expectations are visible, taught and acknowledged in Tier 1. In 2023, Tier 2 and 3 will come online. These elements of the 4Peaks system are for smaller groups, and students who are identified that require more assistance with behaviour expectations. This approach to the learning of positive, pro-social behaviour allows for individualised or small group supplementary support, with the potential for more frequent monitoring. Training may include social skills,

emotional regulation, conflict resolution strategies or academic support. For the majority of our students (80-90%), the 4Peaks framework will ensure that they are recognised for their positive behaviour at school, and any behaviour challenges are managed in a positive way. The project is evidence-based practice, and all staff will be working in teams to further develop their classroom practice skills to align with the 4Peaks framework. Once 4Peaks is established school-wide, our classroom management plan encourages teachers to recognise and acknowledge positive student behaviour, as opposed to punishing students for undesired behaviour. This establishes a predictable and safe classroom, as well as a positive relationship between teacher and students. A very big thank you to our committee, Susan Plum, Adam Lloyd, Julie Wright, Jennifer Thompson and Heidi Shvetsoff, for two years of hard work to get us to this stage, and also to our instructional coaches, Tim Bland and Rosheen Nikora. The 4Peaks committee would also like to thank the professional development and support provided by AISNSW which allows for our small school to access the best resources available.

Kelli Wilson Head of Senior School [E] kelli.wilson@smgs.nsw.edu.au

We have designed bright, colourful 4Peaks posters that show these expectations, and an acknowledgement system that remains positive-focused. The aim is to see and acknowledge the students who are consistently doing the right thing. smgs.nsw.edu.au

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Extending Our Belonging and Growing Our Understanding

Our mission at Snowy Mountains Grammar School is “to work with families to develop well-rounded young people with active and creative minds, who have an understanding of and compassion for others, a passion for lifelong learning and the courage and confidence to act on their beliefs”. For students to have the courage and confidence to act on their beliefs, they must first understand their beliefs and where they have originated. A sense of belonging to a community gives cause for all to consider the premises of where we have come from and who we are; while challenging assumptions and promoting responsibility and accountability for our actions. However, to belong, we must understand our own cultural identities and personal attitudes. While we may not always realise it, our own unique experiences can lead us to make certain assumptions about other people, cultures and places. Understanding our assumptions and personal beliefs can help us be more self-aware and effective in responding to prejudice and discrimination, promoting a community that 6

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demonstrates respect, understanding and compassion for those around us. As we seek to challenge students further so that they might delve more deeply into who they are and who they might become – to be their best, while valuing the input and opinions of others – students must be allowed to explore the world beyond our local community, to think further about the world in a global context, and the quandaries that others might face. Through exploration during “Extending Our Belonging and Growing Our Understanding”, students were given occasion to think about their own beliefs and experiences, as well as the way they perceive and understand other people, cultures and places. Working in teams across cohorts, with Year 11 students to lead the research and discussion which would culminate in a presentation, students of Middle School considered contemporary social justice issues, such as social diversity, homelessness, access to medical care and clean, safe, drinking water, economic inequalities and similar.


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Students were asked to consider and then create a presentation to educate their peers, using guiding questions: • Where is your particular chosen issue occurring? • What is the impact of your chosen issue? • What is being actioned to address your chosen issue? • How might we raise awareness and bring about change? Students presented their understandings using a variety of mediums: PowerPoint, song, speeches, poetry and similar to promote awareness of others beyond our local community. Throughout the process, students are challenged to think critically and to challenge assumptions, encouraging students to examine both the local and international environment. As students are guided and challenged to explore global issues and then consider their actions in response to what they have discovered, it is hoped that a greater understanding of cultures, people and places develops students who are considerate of diversity as well as a sense of belonging to something greater than themselves.

JENNIFER THOMPSON Head of Middle School [E] jennifer.thompson@smgs.nsw.edu.au smgs.nsw.edu.au

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Junior School

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Head of Junior School As Semester 1 draws to a close, I would like to commend Junior School students on their approach to learning. When I observe each classroom, I see energy and engagement in activities and an overall sense of enjoyment. As teachers, this is what we aim for and fuels our passion for building a stimulating classroom environment. What an enjoyable term it has been. Rostrum Public Speaking Competition I would like to acknowledge our Rostrum students who attended the Rostrum Public Speaking Competition in Cooma with schools from across the Monaro. I thank Willow Philpott, Alessia Diver, Lilly Brauer and Oliver Campbell for their participation and representation of SMGS. Acknowledgement also goes out to our parents for supporting student attendance at this event. Light Up Vanuatu I would like to thank our families for donating to the Light Up Vanuatu Service Learning Campaign. We raised a total of $3990 from our K-12 families. This will allow the purchase of 114 solar light kits. The kits will be ordered and delivered to our school in Term 3 and a date will be organised to assemble them. The solar light has been specifically designed for children to use and is easy to operate, carry and charge. The light kits come to us in a set of twenty-five in a bucket. They will be transported to remote Vanuatuan villages in the same buckets that are then able to be converted into water filters to be used by the village. Our solar lights will address energy poverty and support children to read or do homework at night. What a worthwhile experience for our students to take action against energy poverty and support the children of Vanuatu. 8

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Reconciliation Week The theme for Reconciliation Week this year was ‘Be Brave. Make change.’ Stage 1 students reflected on our shared histories, cultures and achievements. Students created artworks to represent the shared reading of ‘Myee, the Bogong Moth Woman.’ Myee, the Bogong Moth Woman, is a story from the Albury region of New South Wales, retold, with permission, by Francis Firebrace. Not listening to sound advice, Myee, the Bogong moth woman, lost her beautiful colours when she travelled far up the mountain to the snow.

Student Assessments As the end of the semester approached, teachers completed student observations, and assessment to gather data for reporting purposes. This is a rewarding time for teachers as we prepare for our moderating session. Moderation is the practice of teachers sharing and developing their understanding of what learning looks like by examining examples of different types and quality of students’ work and comparing these with formal standards and success criteria. The practice gives teachers the collaboration structure and processes to look closely at evidence (student work samples) to:

This is an extremely rewarding time for teachers as we get to see student work samples from Kindergarten to Year 6. This allows us to observe the growth and development of our students across the grades as we collaborate and discuss student achievement. I wish all students and families an enjoyable holiday break. Stay safe and enjoy your time with family and friends.

• Establish learning progress and achievement • Establish goals moving forward for each student • Refine and align teacher instruction • Ensure consistency of teacher judgement of assessment

Heidi Shvetsoff Head of Junior School [E] heidi.shvetsoff@smgs.nsw.edu.au

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Around the World Geography Expo

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Junior School was ready to travel worldwide as they visited the Stage 3 Geography EXPO stalls held as a culmination of the unit of study, ‘Global Connections’. Stage 3 students exhibited their research projects as a result of geographical inquiry of a chosen country. K-4 students carried their boarding pass and passport as they travelled to each country. Students explored aspects of culture, traditions and games and collected souvenirs at each stall.

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Junior School

3D Printing with Year 1

Year 1 have loved exploring TinkerCad and learning how to use the 3D printer this term. Perhaps there are a few future computer programmers, graphic designers, architects, and 3D artists in our midst?

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Events

Foundation Day 2022 Foundation Day is an important milestone each year, where we show our gratitude for the wisdom, courage and commitment demonstrated by those who contributed to the establishment of the School, including those from Redlands, Snowy Hydro and members of the local community. In his address, Principal Dr Andrew Bell touched on how Foundation Day is also a day that celebrates the vision, mission and values that help shape the lives of our young people and represents opportunity and possibility for the future.

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Awards Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s major awards. The Cordis Spiritus Award (Senior School) Chloe Chilcott The Cordis Spiritus Award (Junior School) Axel Lyster The House Service Awards Mowamba: Harry Willsmer Kiandra: Ben Heginbotham Twynam: Ruby Smith Cascades:Nat Cunninghame

Staff Service Awards 20 Years’ Service Mrs Madonna Siegenthaler Mrs Chris Ryrie 10 Years’ Service Mrs Ashleigh Pratt Ms Angela Dutch


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We stand here today, and we stand tall on the shoulders of our founders. Chairman Michael Jones OAM during his 2022 Foundation Day address

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Enrichment

Enrichment News

Da Vinci Decathlon and Sleek Geeks

The Australian Museum Eureka Science Prize The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. Sponsored by the University of Sydney, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students to explore and communicate a scientific concept, discovery or invention, or test their own scientific hypothesis in a short, two-minute film. Our students worked hard on their short films, which needed to be accessible and entertaining to the public while painlessly increasing their science knowledge; or, as prize patrons Dr Karl and Adam Spencer like to say, “Learn something without even noticing”.

Congratulations to the following students who entered this year: Jimmy Filtness: Deciduous Trees Aiden Miles and Cohen Page: Mighty Magnetism Jakob Archer: Nuclear Power & Climate Change Kai Sheppard: Time Dilation Cailynn Moore and Henry McArthur: Volcanoes Eva Grace Archer, Maddie Doyle and Tahlia Frost: Save Our Turtles Jack Lyster: Tectonic Plates Brooke Cumbers, Tessa Paxton and Georgie Philpott: Rising Water Levels Kieren Bell, Axel Lyster and Chris Miles: Electricity Production Cleo Begg and Jemima Lindgren: Climate Change

Students were able to work individually or in small teams, and their short film needed to link back to this year’s theme, ‘Change’. The work (with some guidance) was their own. They chose, researched and worked out how they could best communicate their ideas. They helped each other film and did their own editing.

Oscar Whitehead: Wind Farms

This year SMGS had twenty-eight students involved from Year 4 to Year 10, and a mixture of individual and team entries saw us submit sixteen entries across a broad range of topics. Finalists are announced near the end of July.

Dana Morgan and Elise Philpott: The James Webb Telescope

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Ayla Mawhinney and Sienna Moore: Hydrodynamics Felix Hosie: Snow Production Jack Philpott and Tynan Plum: Landslides Axel Potocki: Space & Beyond


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Da Vinci Decathlon 2022

State da Vinci Decathlon 2022

Results are in for the Year 7-10 da Vinci Decathlon! All of our teams from Years 7 to 10 received a medal placing in at least one of the ten disciplines, which is an excellent achievement.

Our Year 9 team was invited to attend the State da Vinci Decathlon competition on Wednesday, 25 May. This was again held virtually, with approximately sixty Year 9 teams from top schools around the state. Our team did an outstanding job, achieving 16th in the Mathematics paper and 1st place in the Cartography paper!

Year 7 3rd in Art & Poetry and 2nd in Legacy Year 8 3rd in English Year 9 3rd in Science 1st in Cartography 1st in Creative Producers 3rd in Engineering 3rd in Mathematics 1st in Codebreaking 2nd in Legacy

Congratulations to our Year 9 da Vinci team: James Broe, Will Broe, Aidan Dawson, Lani Heginbotham, Tulli Oayda, Nell Owen, James Peake and Ally Quinn.

Vanessa Purcell Educational Enrichment Extension Teacher

Year 10 3rd in Art & Poetry Congratulations to our Year 9 team who were 1st place overall in the Canberra region. smgs.nsw.edu.au

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Academic Development

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Engineering a Bionic Hand

Stage 3 STEM

Over the last few weeks in STEM, the Stage 3 students have been focused on communication and controls. Students used the Makey Makey as an external tool to control our computers (like a joystick in a computer game). Last week they applied their knowledge of working with the Makey Makey and students were challenged to engineer a bionic hand (similar to a prosthetic) with basic materials. The hand needed to be able to do some sign language and also be able to pick up a ball. With adjustments and adaptations occurring this week, students have made some excellent progress on their designs.

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For the Book Lovers SMGS 2022 Write a Book in a Day Well done to all our students who participated in the 2022 Write a Book in a Day competition! Two Junior School teams and seven Middle School teams participated this year, working collaboratively in teams of ten. Students had just twelve hours to write and illustrate a book from start to finish within a set of unique parameters. Completed books are donated to children in hospitals across Australia. Funds raised through sponsorship go to The Kids’ Cancer Project, a national charity supporting childhood cancer research. To view the published works, click the titles below: The Birthday Bash by Bucher Leute The Day Everything Changed by Ramshead Rockets We All End Up Aussies! by Namadji Nightingales Turtle Tells All by Amaroo Aardvarks

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Going Down by Kosciuszko Kings The Pigeon and The Watchmaker by The Drop Bears The Fight For The Unicorn by Red Rabbits Cruise Ship Chaos by Kunama Kangaroos Within The Clock by Jagungal Jesters


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SMGS 2022 Book Day Initiated by our Academic Captains, with the aim of beginning conversations and engagement around the power and importance of reading in a fun way, the celebration of literacy saw Middle and Senior School students and staff dress up as a book character that changed their life. smgs.nsw.edu.au

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Creative Arts

All the World’s a Stage

Drama Update Our Year 11 Drama students were privileged to Zoom in with playwright Dennis Bush from balmy Phoenix, Arizona, where it was 110°F! Dennis Bush wrote “Exposed”, which the students are presenting as part of their drama showcase. The students used their time with Mr Bush to delve deep into the world of his characters to ensure they could create the most engaging performance for their audience. Studying the masked style of theatre, Commedia dell’Arte - the art of comedy, Stage 5 Drama students presented a hilarious self-devised performance to Year 5 students. Fabio and Isabella explore the world of a miserly old man, a pompous doctor and two young lovers who love themselves more than each other. Will the servants be able to bring about a happy ending?

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Competitions

Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition Science and Engineering Challenge Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition On Tuesday 31 May, we held our twenty-fourth Maria Kisich Public Speaking competition. The Maria Kisich trophy was named in honour of the School’s first English teacher, one of the founding teachers of SMGS. Maria Kisich promoted the importance of public speaking skills and encouraged their development at SMGS. Congratulations to all our speakers, and thank you for a thought-provoking and entertaining evening. This year’s trophy recipients were: Junior - Willow Philpott (What’s Next?) Intermediate - Georgette Philpott (What’s a Good Topic?) Senior - Spedding Pearce (What’s the Purpose of School?) Overall Winner - Georgette Philpott (What’s a Good Topic?) Thank you to this year’s judges, alumnae Alex Poulos (2012) and Chelsea Rae (2013), and English teacher, Ms Anne Jones, for organising another incredible showcase of public speaking at SMGS.

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Enrichment

Science and Engineering Challenge Thirty-two students from Years 9 and 10 travelled in Term 2 to compete in the ACT and Regional Science and Engineering Challenge. Our young scientists and engineers had some fantastic results, including placing second in bridge building (Alizé, Elise, Jack and Tom), while the team of Tim, Aiden, Hamish and Hudson’s Mars Rover placed first. The one-day competition takes students out of the classroom for an exhilarating day of creativity and discovery. Students participate in hands-on activities that challenge traditional stereotypes of what it is to be a scientist or engineer. Well done to all our teams! A big thank you to our resident engineering gurus, Head of Mathematics, Dr Adam Lloyd, and Year 7-12 Mathematics specialist teacher, Dr Juliet Dymond, who are supporting the students in this year’s competition. smgs.nsw.edu.au

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Sport

Coonabarabran 2022

North West Equestrian Expo A team of eighteen SMGS students left Jindabyne in the dumping snow for the two-day trip to the North West Equestrian Expo in Coonabarabran, stopping overnight to give the horses a break so they could arrive fresh and ready to compete on Friday 3 June. There were six hundred riders and seven hundred horses competing, and the SMGS team showed incredible horsemanship and sportsmanship throughout the entire competition. Over the five days, our riders competed in a variety of disciplines, such as eventing, combined training, showjumping, dressage, working horse challenge, Warrumbungle’s Way challenge, team 6 bar, team barrels, team hunt, team penning and finally the grand parade. We set up camp with eighteen trucks, goosenecks and floats to create a great atmosphere, with parents and students

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chipping in each night to help keep the camp running. In amongst all this, the students still managed to complete their schoolwork and submit assignments. Our equestrian team, as usual, punched way above their weight, placing in almost all the events in which we competed. SMGS received a lot of praise throughout the week, not only for our fantastic results, but also our volunteering efforts, constantly hearing our name over the PA. Everyone headed for the two-day trip home on a high from the fun week and can’t wait to return next year.

Gidge Fairfield-Smith Equestrian Academy Co-ordinator [E] equestrian@smgs.nsw.edu.au


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Photos: Chris Miller Photography

Results Zani Fairfield-Smith 2nd EVA 80 Eventing 1st 105cm Showjumping 3rd Prelim Dressage Last round of 6 Bar (120 horses) Chloe Chilcott 5th Prelim Dressage Emily Quodling 5th Combined Training 3rd 115 Showjumping Callie Beare 7th Pentathlon 13th Dressage 1B Frankie Dennis 2nd Eventing EVA 60 4th 2B Dressage

Josh May 6th Pentathlon Marli Dixon 9th Team Penning 5th Combined Training Div 4 Sage Dixon 9th Team Penning 5th Combined Training Div1 5th Working Horse Challenge Emily Willsmer 5th Pleasure Horse Cora Whitehead 5th Pentathlon 9th ODE 95 Eventing Bronte Whitehead 11th EVA 60 Eventing

Elyssa Gould 5th Sporting 9th Team Penning Charlotte Mooney 12th Combined Training 8th Dressage 1B Beth Richardson-Dunn 1st EVA 80 Eventing 1st Horse most suitable for Expo Gymkhana Toby McIntyre Shying 1st EVA 60 Eventing Age Reserve Champion 13yrs Boys Participation Medal Pentathlon Other SMGS team members: Cassie Nicholls Taylah Klemm Olave Wilkinson smgs.nsw.edu.au

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10 SMGS Students Selected for the

Emerging Talent Program

Photos: The Mogul Ski Academy, Perisher and Thredbo

Congratulations to the SMGS students selected for Snow Australia’s Emerging Talent Program (ETP) class of 2022! The ETP is designed to identify, support and enhance the development of talented, emerging athletes for progression in the Snow Australia Performance Pathway. As one of our pillar programs (joining equestrian, mountain biking and aviation), snowsports forms an integral part of our co-curricular programs. All students are encouraged to participate in the winter program, from Kindergarten through to Year 11, and programs cater for all skill levels, from the very beginners through to elite athletes.

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Of the number of SMGS students named in the team this year, SMGS Director of Sport, Mr Martin Philpott, said, “What an incredible achievement for these students across a number of disciplines. These students are wonderful ambassadors for the sport and their school, and it is excellent to see their progression through the Snow Australia pathway programs, including their participation in interschools sport, as they pursue their snowsports and academic goals.” Emerging Talent Program: Learn More Here Snowsports at SMGS: Learn More Here


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Congratulations to Moguls: Lottie Lodge, Hannah Jones, Angus Kite, Jack Perkins and Flynn Mooney Alpine: Letitia Murphy and Joey Steggall (2021) Park and Pipe (Freeski): Angus Falconer, Beau Caddy-Gammell and James Peake Park and Pipe (Snowboard): Bella Caddy-Gammell

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SMGS Cross-Country Congratulations to all our students who travelled to the NSWCIS Cross-Country Carnival! This is the first trip at this level of competition for many of our runners, and they all ran to their personal best with some fantastic results. Well done to Tessa, Ayla and Axel, who advanced to the State Championships! Fantastic running by the entire team: Cailynn, Madeline, Lacey, Eliza, Ruby, Alexi and Lucy. NSWCIS Cross-Country Running Tessa Paxton, Ayla Mawhinney and Axel Potocki through to States. Results 10 Years Girls Cailynn Moore, 43rd 11 Years Girls Madeline Lloyd, 12th Secondary 12 Years Girls Ayla Mawhinney, 7th Secondary 13 Years Girls Tessa Paxton, 10th Lacey Wilson, 14th Eliza Peake, 44th Ruby Kite, 54th Secondary 14 Years Boys Axel Potocki, 8th 18 Years Girls Alexi Cross, 24th Lucy Cross, 44th

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Sport

Junior AFL Program

Our Junior School students were very excited to participate in their first session of the AFL Primary Play program in Term 2. In the two AFL Primary Play sessions, students are introduced to the fundamental skills involved in AFL game play, and they participate in simple games where these skills can be explored and practised. smgs.nsw.edu.au

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Around the Campus

SMGS Outdoor Mural We have the multi-talented artist and illustrator, Mike Shankster, on site creating a stunning artwork in one of the Junior School outdoor play areas. Adding an infusion of colour into the space, the mural reflects the landscape, flora and fauna of our remarkable region. We can’t wait to unveil the final works.

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Enrichment

Thank you to our students who supported the SRC at their pyjama-themed disco! A big thank you to all our staff who supported the event and to DJ Dr Nelson for the fantastic music selection, as always!

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From the

Careers Advisor In the final week of Term 2, our Year 10 students set off to experience the world of work and participate in our Work Experience program. This program can make a difference to a student in career planning, as it provides an opportunity to experience and observe aspects of a potential career. By understanding different workplaces, students can broaden their perspectives regarding employment opportunities and the qualifications they will need to follow future careers. Students participated in work experience placements locally, as well as further afield some even as far as the USA. Throughout the week, students were required to complete a log book of the activities that they completed, and also reflect on what they had learnt about the world of work. In Term 3, a Work Experience Expo will be held to showcase with our school community the students’ work experience ventures. emma smith Assistant Head of Middle School Careers Advisor [E] emma.smith@smgs.nsw.edu.au

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Careers Sport

Thank you! A huge thank you to the following businesses and organisations that hosted, supported and mentored our Year 10 students during their work experience week: • • • • • • • • • •

35 South Pty Ltd Dominion Finance Danny’s Bread Kalinda IT Thredbo Medical Centre SMGS Facilities - Maintenance Arlington Milne Mountain Camp Pushys, Fyshwick The Nationals Office, Queanbeyan (Nichole Overall, MP) • Harro’s Snowsports • Gravity Thredbo • Birdsnest Pty Ltd • The Hon. Bronnie Taylor, MLC • Oakvale Wildlife Park • Snowy Vets • Cooma Monaro Insurance • Cater Care – SMGS Canteen • Muscle Republic • Coolringdon Pastoral Co. • St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School • SMGS Library • Parc Cafe • Perisher, Smiggins Workshop Mountain Operations • Fat Tony’s Bar and Grill • Perisher - Mountain Safety • GHD Pty Ltd • Sydney Acting Studio • The Man from Snowy River Hotel, Perisher Marketing • Boss Outdoor Sports • Mitre 10 • Cooma Hospital (September holidays) • Taronga Zoo (September holidays) smgs.nsw.edu.au

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School Counsellor

Wellbeing K-12 Programs Wellbeing is a concept that involves much more than only being physically healthy. It combines emotional, mental and social health. It also reflects how we feel about ourselves and life in general. Wellbeing can result in enhanced mental health and the ability to make responsible decisions. Miss Brown and I have been busy facilitating a number of wellbeing programs across Kindergarten to Year 12. Miss Brown has now finished the Seasons for Growth program with Years 1 to 3 and will soon commence this with Years 4 and 5. Year 11 attended the MINUS18 gender education webinar which introduced them to the basics of sexuality and gender identity. This program was introduced as a response to the identified need of more gender education by our Year 12 prefects. Year 12 have recently spent a day with me facilitating the LOVE BITES program, which focuses on violence versus consent culture, respect in relationships, rights and responsibilities, and identifying and addressing the unwritten rules, attitudes and beliefs that are present in our society relating to relationships and gender. It is important for us to be able to support the wellbeing of our students and provide these wellbeing programs. The knowledge gained from these programs ensures that, when

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our students leave SMGS, they are armed with the knowledge to make responsible choices and have the confidence to face any of life’s hurdles and obstacles that come their way. For parents and guardians wishing to refer your child to the school counselling service, you can speak to your child’s relevant head of school or assistant head of school to complete a referral form. This will then be given to the school counsellors. Alternatively, you can contact either myself or Miss Brown and we will email you a referral form to complete and send back to us. This allows us to have important background information on hand prior to seeing your child and allows us to tailor our counselling approach. If you have any questions about the referral process or what type of support is offered by the school counselling service, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

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The knowledge gained from these programs ensures that, when our students leave SMGS, they are armed with the knowledge to make responsible choices and have the confidence to face any of life’s hurdles and obstacles that come their way.

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Boarding

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Head of Boarding With the busy and eventful lead-up to the end of term there was, as always, much activity to enjoy in boarding outside of the school day. Relationships have blossomed and individuals have grown on so many levels, with academic discipline and achievements, extra-curricular involvement, shared social outings and support of each other through life outside of school. It is wonderful to share these experiences with our boarding students. We celebrated National Boarding Week as a community with several events, allowing us to celebrate boarding with the school community. Some of our boarding students entered a short video in the Australian Boarding Schools Association competition, with the theme “I’ll be there for you”. This opened up an opportunity for students to reflect on the wonderful connections and relationships they form and continue to enjoy in boarding. We hosted an afternoon tea prepared and served by our boarders in-house and all school staff were invited and taken on tours around our boarding spaces and bedrooms. We also held a yoga session in the Snowy Shed, with all in the SMGS community invited to join us as a wellbeing event to add to our National Boarding Week celebrations. After so many restrictions being in place over recent years to keep our community safe in line with COVID guidelines, it was wonderful to literally open the doors to boarding and share some social connection with the broader school community. The boarders did a wonderful job of preparing and hosting these events and gained much themselves from this experience.

We ended the term with an enjoyable outing to the Canberra Zoo, where boarders enjoyed a guided tour and then a relaxed afternoon exploring at their leisure. We are now looking forward to the fun of winter term in boarding and preparing for our new students to arrive for their Term 3 experience. We will welcome twenty-one students in total. Fourteen of these will be participating in the ESA program, seven will be here for a Term 3 winter experience, and there will be one new permanent boarder. Staffing will increase for this period and we welcome Michelle Whiticker, Monique Lehane and Mackenzie Baker as new additions to the boarding team who will be here to support the busy winter term in boarding. We look forward to sharing boarding life and building new relationships as we welcome these new staff members, students and their families to the boarding community. This year we have wonderful facilities to look forward to in Term 3, with a specific drying room space for storage of all boots and wet snow clothing. There will be ample space in our new bike/snow storage shed for storage of ski gear, and a waxing facility for students to use throughout the winter term. Our junior girls will return to a beautiful common space specifically designed for their relaxation. This space is located within the Junior Girls’ building with a lounge and dining area, fully equipped kitchen and laundry.

JULIE WRIGHT Head of Boarding [E] julie.wright@smgs.nsw.edu.au

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Key Dates for Term 3 Friday, 1 July from 3:00pm ESA students to arrive, ready for commencement of the ESA program Sunday, 17 July from 3:00pm Boarding will re-open to all remaining boarders Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 August The Exeat weekend. Those students participating in the ESA program will be supported in-house on this weekend but all other boarders are encouraged to travel home for the usual break from boarding Wednesday, 21 September The boarders’ annual dinner will be held on the evening of, prior to the last day of term Thursday, 22 September Last day of term

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Building Our Future

Master Plan Update

Stage 1 and 2 Building Sites Take Shape At the end of 2022, Snowy Mountains Grammar School broke ground on Stage 1 and Stage 2 of its Master Plan to transform the school’s campus, which is situated in the heart of Australia’s alpine adventure playground, Jindabyne, NSW. Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Snowy Mountains Grammar School, the Stage 1 – New Learning Hub will house a wide range of stimulating internal learning facilities, equipped with the latest technology, diverse flexible learning areas, modern science laboratories, a digital technology and robotics room, art room and display gallery, a stateof-the-art design and technology workshop, conference rooms, study spaces, and student and staff amenities. A key feature of the design will enable the outdoor spaces to be incorporated into the learning environment. Over the last few months of site preparation, the future learning environment is starting to take shape, ready for the next phase of construction. 42

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While the rain events through the summer impacted the progress of earthworks, we expect to be welcoming students into the Learning Hub in the first half of 2023. The Stage 2 Sports Precinct is fully funded by the School. This area will provide access to more green space and a sports oval, two highquality multi-purpose outdoor courts and cricket nets, and a shade structure for spectators. The fully fenced facility will offer potential opportunities to add other recreational and competitive sports in the future. It will also enable us to expand lunchtime play areas, with more room to move and socially gather, all while looking out onto beautiful Lake Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains. We know our students are very excited to move into this space; however, the impact of the wet weather and complex earthworks have meant that students will have to wait until the start of Term 1, 2023 of this year to utilise the new facilities.


Building Wellbeing Our Future Year 12 Aviation Program student, Jasmine Zollinger, taking aerial photos and videos for the Master Plan update. Jasmine recently completed her CASA RePL (remotely-piloted aircraft – drones) certification.

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With works well under way, Principal, Dr Andrew Bell, is elated to see the vision for the school’s campus start to come to fruition, saying, “The Learning Hub and Sports Precinct will perfectly complement our focus on people and programs, and provide an ideal balance to further optimise learning for our students in our unique location beside Lake Jindabyne and in the Snowy Mountains. Initial planning is under way at a high level for further stages of the school’s Master Plan. It is an exciting time for our school community as we continue to build on the legacy of this great school.” SMGS Head of Middle School, Mrs Jennifer Thompson, echoed Dr Bell’s sentiment, saying, “For us to be developing buildings and a learning environment that are world class in a small regional school is beyond our wildest dreams. Our students, families and community are so fortunate to be able to experience what is about to land on our doorstep.”

It is an exciting time for our school community as we continue to build on the legacy of this great school. Dr Andrew Bell

2022 has also seen the launch of two new programs, the Equestrian Development Academy, together with the new Agistment Facility, as well as the Mountain Bike Academy, which fosters the development of advanced gravity riders. Students have also been enjoying the new enrichment programs and service-learning programs. For further information, please visit the SMGS’ Master Plan website future.smgs.nsw.edu.au or contact the school on 02 6457 1022. smgs.nsw.edu.au

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