Student Attendance Information
What is Stewart House?
Stewart House is situated on the beach at Curl Curl and has been providing respite care since 1931.
Stewart House caters for children from Kindergarten to Year 10 who are enrolled in public schools in NSW and the ACT.
Stewart House provides dormitory style accommodation for students across a 12-day stay and gives children opportunities for a healthy lifestyle, for building self-esteem, coping skills and a sense of wellbeing.
Attendance at Stewart House is organised ONLY through a nomination from a public school principal.
General enquiries may be made at the school office between 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. on the above numbers
Children are encouraged to write letters, postcards and email home or school. All email messages from parents/ carers will be passed on. Telephone contact by parent/carer is for emergencies only. In general, children are not permitted to telephone home. Parent/carers and your own principal will be notified/consulted if anything significant occurs with your child. Access for non-custodial family members may be arranged by ringing the School Principal.
Teachers and Residential Supervisors look after the children across their 12 day visit. The program includes excursions, art, craft, dance and fitness, personal hygiene and activities to build self-esteem and social skills. Excursion visits include the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Olympic Park, Taronga Park Zoo, Australian Museum, sporting events, television stations, picnics in local parks and a trip on the Manly Ferry.
What your child should bring to Stewart House
- Three changes of clothing, including underwear; toiletries, pyjamas, swimming costume; comfortable shoes (no thongs), a set of warm clothing and a hat.
- Large bag to take extra gifts home
- A stamp to post a letter to home.
Your child will not require money as all expenses are covered. Bed linen and towels are provided. Laundry is done on a daily basis. Please mark your child's name on their clothing.
Drugs & medication
ALL DRUGS AND MEDICATIONS MUST BE HANDED IN ON ARRIVAL AT STEWART HOUSE
MEDICATION WILL NOT BE GIVEN TO YOUR CHILD WHILE AT STEWART HOUSE UNLESS IT IS PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR AND SENT IN THE BOX OR BOTTLE YOU GET FROM THE CHEMIST. THE CHILD'S NAME AND CHEMIST'S INSTRUCTIONS MUST BE ON THE MEDICATION
Your child's hair, teeth, eyes and ears will be checked by qualified staff and where appropriate, treatment given. Staff at Stewart House are sensitive and responsive to children with bed-wetting and soiling. No child will knowingly be placed in an embarrassing situation.
Children who have had contact with a contagious disease within four weeks prior to their proposed visit SHOULD NOT attend.
Stewart House serves nutritious meals, including fruit and vegetables.
PLEASE MARK CLEARLY ON THE APPLICATION FORMS IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANY FOOD ALLERGIES OR SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Parents or carers of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander children are encouraged to contact our Aboriginal Education Officer. Indigenous and Environmental studies are a focus of the program with Stewart House currently funded for a Quality Teacher Indigenous Project to promote literacy.
NOT PERMITTED AT STEWART HOUSE
- mobile telephones and MP3 players
- midriff or singlet tops due to risk of sunburn
- pocket money
- lollies or other foods
- electrical appliances including hairdryers and straighteners.
- tobacco and other non-prescription drugs
We hope that the visit to Stewart House enables your child to:
- be more confident in social situations with their friends and with adults
- be more positive and aware of feeling good about themselves and their culture
- experience the more popular tourist sites around Sydney, and
- have lots of fun