The BMGS Difference

The BMGS Difference

 

Blue Mountain Grammar School students enjoy opportunities found nowhere else in the Mountains. Set in a unique world heritage environment with world-class facilities and led by exceptional teaching staff, students flourish thanks to The BMGS Difference.

 

The BMGS Difference is comprised of three flagship programs: Wilderness Education, STEAM and our Cultures of Thinking program.

 

Wilderness Education

Blue Mountains Grammar School is situated in a national park, providing students with unique access to the stunning natural environment through the School's Wilderness Education program.

 

Activities such as bushwalking, rock climbing, abseiling, archery, canoeing and canyoning are prominent in this program with camping programs starting from Year 2 and running through to Gold Level Duke of Edinburgh Award opportunities in Year 12. Students develop bush skills, first aid, navigation and orienteering skills, as well as fostering strong character attributes such as are relevant to their leadership development.

 

Further information on The BMGS Difference is available from the Registrar on (02) 4757 9023 or at registrar@bmgs.nsw.edu.au.

 

STEAM

According to Tech giant Dell Inc, “85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 have not been invented yet.”

 

Here at Blue Mountains Grammar School, students are prepared to be future ready through our STEAM program, where key skills are developed in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). Ensuring students have comprehensive STEAM skills is essential to both theirs and Australia’s future economic and social wellbeing.

 

At BMGS, STEAM activities are offered throughout the Junior Years and into Senior School. From as young as our Early Learning years, students are using 3D modelling and printing, iPad technology, robots and electronic kits to design, create, problem solve and collaborate, and we continue to expand this program. At a Senior level, students compete in both the 4x4 In Schools Competition and the F1 in Schools Competition to learn about manufacturing, graphic design, project planning, as well as presentation skills and planning of finances to run a business successfully -- skills that are of relevance at School and in their futures.

 

For three successive years, BMGS students have been the Western Sydney Champions in the F1 in Schools Competition, and this year they gained the distinction of being first in NSW and third in Australia respectively.

 

Cultures of Thinking

Cultures of Thinking, a project of Harvard University, reflects global research around the values, attitudes and skills needed for 21st century learning. This program extends across all year levels and courses and focuses on critical thinking and problem solving, independent learning and collaboration.

 

The development of these more complex thinking processes enables students to become comfortable in situations where outcomes are uncertain and questions are used as tools to unlock thinking and foster collaborative approaches to constructing knowledge.

 

The positive impact of these active and creative thinking skills has been evident in the subsequent academic results attained by our students over the last few years, as these crucial skills have become more deeply embedded in our students’ behaviours.

 

Our external partnerships with Harvard’s Graduate School of Education for Cultures of Thinking, Macquarie University for student wellbeing research and the University of Newcastle for the Science & Engineering Challenge place BMGS at the forefront of innovative learning for students in the Blue Mountains.

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