The Department of Education and Communities operates a school within Stewart House. The school hours are from 9.00am until 3.30pm from Monday to Friday. The school conducts six classes and the program includes a variety of activities.
In response to the natural beauty of the site, the school integrates environmental and aboriginal education.
Children are encouraged to express themselves formally and informally through a variety of speaking, listening and writing activities such as keeping journals, writing letters or emails, recounting excursion experiences, and sharing life stories.
Major excursion venues include Sydney Olympic Park, Taronga Zoo, the Rocks Area and the Powerhouse Museum. In addition, parks, reserves, lighthouses are visited along the Northern Beaches.
Children participate in visual and creative arts such as pottery, dance, painting and drawing.
Through use of technology children contribute to the production of a DVD visual diary of their stay at Stewart House. They utilise email to communicate to home and home schools and to access the Internet for research. They can record their experiences or excursion research in our computer lab.
There is an active sports program including swimming and outdoor games. Through a special grant the Australian Sports Commission provides a variable program every term that has included beach games, gymnastics, hip-hop dance and basic games skills. Beach activities such as surf awareness, kite flying, sand modelling and games complement the more formal sports program.
As part of their stay children are encouraged to further develop their independence and sense of responsibility through activities such as cooking, health awareness and self help skills.
Children are encouraged to enjoy recreational and leisure pursuits. Some activities provided are bush walking, fishing, riding scooters and indoor games.
Children learn to socialise with others and relax while completing craft activities such as stained glass windows, jewellery making and wood burning.