Students in Years 7 to 10 at Snowy Mountains Grammar (SMGS) take part in an Applied Learning Program (ALPS) each year during term 4. This program incorporates elements of the curriculum drawn from various subject areas and applies them specifically to our local area and community.
The program is undertaken each Wednesday and students are able to get out 'in the field' and combine practical work, field studies and community visits to help them to make their learning more meaningful. The program is also used to assist students in obtaining valuable experience and certification which in turn enables their applying for jobs in and around our community.
This year, Year 7 students are working hard on a unit entitled 'Remembrance Day' and this work has involved their studying local involvement in the World Wars. Students will also prepare a concert to be shared with the residents of nursing homes in Cooma and Berridale and they will spend time chatting with senior community members learning their stories and tales from yesteryear. These memoirs are then edited and combined in a commemorative journal produced by the students.
Year 8 students will travel to Eden to view the Price's Caf Exhibition which tells the story of our local Aboriginal heritage and they have spent time investigating the contributions made to our country by indigenous men and women. Year 8 will also complete a unit of geography fieldwork using the local Alpine environment to understand and explore geographical skills.
Year 9 and 10 students are travelling to Canberra on several occasions to take part in the special program conducted by the University of Canberra, enabling them to learn more about tertiary education and the opportunities which are open to them. They will also visit the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House as part of the Australian History Program.
Year 10 students are also being given the chance to obtain their Senior First Aid Certificate. Kylie and Danni, from Jindy First Aid are running sessions for these students and they will then sit their exam and be awarded the three year qualification.