Fundraising, Newsletter, Program News

Term 1 2020

We share early highlights from Term 1 that brings hope and reinforces the power and importance of community

  • Your ongoing support is helping us to prepare for the return of the most vulnerable children in our community. Our CEO highlights the current measures taken and the plan for the days ahead.
  • Young leaders under the auspices of Rotary volunteer their time as part of a leadership program.
  • The recent Anniversary for the National Apology to the Stolen Generation provided a platform for learning among our students.
  • Haircuts for children (a feel-good service).
  • The Smith Family ceases its Recycling Operation, thus ending our 70-year-long partnership of clothing drives.
  • We remain committed to fundraising to ensure the longevity of our long-standing children’s charity.

A Message From Our CEO

Stewart House Operations and Fundraising update during COVID-19
Stewart House closed to student enrolments on Monday 16 March 2020 and commenced site shutdown from 30 March 2020. The directive was 
made following Government advice and realising that major components of our Program could not operate in a COVID-19 environment.

Stewart House employees worked hard to clean and disinfect the entire site and our school staff were re-deployed to other surrounding schools.

In accordance with the most up-to-date directives, from both the Federal and State Governments, I have advised Stewart House employees to stay at home. Some have been given online learning packages to complete, whilst our office staff are working from home.

It is my intention to continue to pay all Stewart House employees across this crisis. We will also have to keep up our payments for all our running 
costs including those for utilities, leases and insurances.

The first two groups of next term have been cancelled and I will make further decisions over the Easter break on what to do with groups scheduled to arrive in June. This advice will be updated when we receive further Government directions.

Whilst schools remain open, our Placement Officer, Vicki Allen will continue to liaise with Principals. We will continue to receive nominations and 
enrolment information according to the published timelines either so that we can transition effectively upon re-opening, or to store and actioned in 2021.

It remains vital that our key stakeholders continue their monetary support so that we can 'hit the ground running'. To this end, we have 
communicated with schools regarding the postponement of our annual Donation Drive – our major school fundraising initiative – now re-aligned to take place in Term 4 2020.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we trust you continue to stay safe and well. Should you require further information, please contact us.

Thank you for your ongoing support.


Graeme Philpotts
Chief Executive Officer
Executive Director
Stewart House

Highlights from Term 1

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) team volunteers assist in grounds maintenance

During the January school holidays, the RYLA team incorporated an afternoon of volunteering as part of a young leadership program.

Some 30 participants were mobilised around our Curl Curl site to spruce up the grounds in preparation for the new year. It was a successful afternoon of helping, learning and sharing with the experience leading to a number of participants expressing a desire to volunteer at Stewart House into the future.

We sincerely thank Deen Rad, Facilitator Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, District 9685; Jo Glazebrook, former Stewart House Assistant Principal, whose close affiliation with RYLA spurred visits two-years running; and of course the hard-working team of volunteers for their efforts on the day.

Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations

We used this opportunity to discuss the significance of the Government’s apology to the Stolen Generation

On 13 February 2008 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued a formal apology in Parliament on behalf of the government and people of Australia to the Stolen Generation.

Acknowledging the cultures of our First Nations People is an important part of the Stewart House Program, and each year, we pause to commemorate the anniversary by inviting discussions about the significance of this event.

For the last three years, our statistical analysis of enrolments reveals that 30% of students identified as from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.

By asking questions such as: What does Sorry Day mean to you?, Do you think it is important to have a respectful relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians? and Is there anything you would like to see in the future to pay tribute to this significant day? we are proudly fostering an empathetic and compassionate environment for our students.

A Feel-Good Haircut

Stewart House School now incorporates haircuts into the Program

We have always provided visiting children with medical, dental and optometric assessment and treatment during their 12-day stay. Now, our students can also enjoy an appointment at our purpose-built hairdressing salon.

Our qualified hairdresser and Student Learning Support Officer (SLSO) Melissa, provides a range of washing, cutting and styling services in-house.

This initiative has been made possible through the determined drive of our school staff, in consultation with local business and supporter Hair by Cassidys, using the building services of local master builder Chris Flemming.

A good haircut definitely makes you smile.

End of an Era

The Smith Family ceases its Recycling Operation putting an end to clothing drives in schools

Stewart House has worked in partnership with The Smith Family since 1950 on co-branded clothing drives in NSW schools.

Quality donations from clothing drives were used either in The Smith Family stores or were exported. Stewart House also benefitted financially, receiving revenue for each kilogram of clothing collected. In earlier times, The Smith Family Rag Collection allowed Stewart House to keep its doors open! They have always provided a much-needed boost in funds and allowed Stewart House to keep overheads low.

We sincerely thank The Smith Family, and the wider school community, for supporting Stewart House and the vital role we play in the lives of children-in-need from public schools.

Fundraising

Our annual Term 1 Donation Drive has been deferred to Term 4 2020. Our merchandise is available year-round

Donation Drive 2020 envelopes were rolled out to public schools earlier in the term, however, in light of the current circumstances we recently provided an update that the draw will be postponed until Term 4.

Our high-quality Stewart House-branded merchandise is available for purchase throughout the year.

If your workplace, sporting club, community group, or organisation is looking for ways to fundraise and would like to support Stewart House, please contact us to discuss further.

Orders for merchandise can be placed directly via our website here.

Stay Social

Stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Stewart House.

We invite you to join us on Facebook, where we provide updates on some of the great work that is carried out by the community in support of Stewart House. We are highly appreciative of their efforts and enjoy connecting online. hope to see you there!

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Term 4 2019

We are pleased to provide a summary of highlights from Term 4 2019

  • Students enjoyed a range of co-curricular activities including a visit from Ladies of Variety, an invitation to a local school fete, a day out at Luna Park, and Christmas celebrations.
  • Thanks to a group of hard-working volunteers, our grounds have never looked better!
  • We invite you to join us on Sydney Harbour this Boxing Day, for the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
  • We thank our community of donors for their support throughout 2019 and also highlight the options available to those wishing to lend their support.
  • We remain committed to fundraising to ensure the longevity of our long-standing children’s charity.

Thank you for your support in 2019. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Co-Curricular Fun

Visiting students participate in a range of activities, thanks to the dedication and support of our valued corporate partners and community groups.

Days out at Luna Park Sydney and Chatswood Public School

In November, Ladies of Variety (LOV) hosted one of their much-anticipated on-site pampering sessions. If removable tattoos, face painting and nail art didn’t elevate the spirits of children to new heights, then the trademark kind hearts of LOV certainly did!

Also in November, Stewart House students were invited to attend a community fete held by Chatswood Public School – one of our highly-valued Diamond tier School Supporters. Students browsed the many stalls and enjoyed a sausage sizzle. The outing offered valuable insight into what has become a huge celebration of multiculturalism in the Chatwood community.

For our last group of students visiting in 2019, there was unbridled fun and excitement during a day out a Luna Park Sydney. This heritage-listed family fun park was a true highlight to round off the year.

We are thankful to the community for these opportunities, and for the extra-special memories they provide the children of Stewart House.

Corporate Volunteers

Bank of America assists with landscaping our grounds.

Bank of America staff-volunteers at Stewart House

During the October school holidays, amidst some challenging conditions brought on by a snap heatwave, a small army of volunteers from Bank of America worked to beautify our grounds.

As valued Diamond tier Corporate Sponsors of Stewart House, Bank of America receives priority volunteering opportunities which they undertake with enthusiasm during the school holiday breaks. Thanks to their recent efforts, students and staff are now enjoying two new areas.

1. A Yarning Circle – Our newest gathering place takes advantage of the stunning natural environment around Stewart House and facilitates conversations around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customs.

2. A Bush Tucker Garden – The Australian native bushfood garden is easy to maintain and offers a wonderful sensory experience for the children.

We’re grateful for the dedication of the latest group of volunteers. The results are magnificent!

Boxing Day on Sydney Harbour

The most affordable way to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Support Stewart House and watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

For as little as $30 for adults and $15 for children, you can watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race from the best vantage point in Sydney – Sydney Harbour!

All proceeds from ticket sales go towards supporting the valuable opportunities Stewart House provides the 1700 public school children who visit each year. The final day for sales: Tickets must be purchased before Thursday 19th December 2019. Numbers are strictly limited and we anticipate a sold-out event, so get in quick to be part of this exhilarating experience. Click here to purchase tickets.

 

Christmas Gift-Giving Celebrations

We are deeply grateful for the tremendous generosity of our donor community.
To the many in our community who have given generously to Stewart House in 2019, either financially or in-kind, we extend our heartfelt thanks for your support in 2019.

As we proudly enter into our 89th year caring for public school children-in-need, across NSW & the ACT, we have the following to thank for their sustained support:

  • Teachers – for their voluntary fortnightly salary contributions
  • Schools – for their fundraising initiatives
  • Individuals and Corporations – for their contributions

There are too many to thank, though we hope the following gives a brief account of the many acts of kindness we receive.

Early in December, staff from Bank of America hosted a Christmas-giving event for the students of Stewart House.

Beautifully wrapped gifts were distributed among the children, who were overjoyed by the experience. This treasured event is a highlight of the annual Stewart House calendar.

 

Local RSL Club, Harbord Diggers, hosted their annual Stewart House Christmas Party for students visiting late in December.

We have a special, long-standing relationship with the Diggers and this much-anticipated event provides a great deal of cheer and excitement for staff and students.

 

The Gift of Giving

Choose the gist of giving to Stewart House this Christmas.

Giving without any expectation of a return is said to have a positive effect on happiness. For those looking to give a gift with a difference, we offer an assortment of gift-giving ideas.
Here are some of the easy and rewarding options on offer:

Fund a child’s stay – A donation of $30 can go towards boosting resilience and self-esteem in a child through our on-site wellbeing program.

Gift a raffle ticket – Support Stewart House in the  ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation 2020 Art Union Raffle, and be in the draw to win from a total prize pool valued at $50,526.

Social fundraising – Turn your next gathering into a fundraising event in lieu of gifts. Stewart House is a registered Australian charity with DGR status. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Please get in touch if we can help further.

Fundraising Year-Round

Our fundraising merchandise is available to schools, clubs and organisations.

High-quality Stewart House-branded merchandise is available for purchase throughout the year.

It has been a delight to learn that teachers are purchasing from our range to give as classroom prizes and gifts. We’re thankful for the support and look forward to building on this trend in 2020.

If your workplace, sporting club, community group, or organisation is looking for ways to fundraise and would like to support Stewart House, please contact us to discuss further.

Orders for merchandise can be placed directly via our website here.

Stay Social

Stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Stewart House.

We invite you to join us on Facebook, where we provide updates on some of the great work that is carried out by the community in support of Stewart House. We are highly appreciative of their efforts and enjoy connecting online. hope to see you there!

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“Attended in 2012 it was one of the best experience in my life I still remember how it changed me and helped my family, would 100% recommended this place I love it!” Jackson
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Term 3 2019

We are pleased to provide a summary of highlights from Term 3 2019.

  • Our staff have been recognised for their exceptional contribution to public education.
  • Students continue to enjoy a variety of experiences as part of the Stewart House Integrated Curriculum.
  • Our focus and commitment to fundraising continue to strengthen through the following initiatives:
    1. We have expanded our Stewart House branded-range of merchandise with the addition of two new items.
    2. We are supporting the sale of tickets, as one of the nominated beneficiaries, in the ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation’s 2020 Art Union Raffle.

We hope you enjoy our wrap-up!

 

Education Awards

Our staff go above and beyond to create a welcoming, caring and empathetic environment for our students.

Ms Cathy Brennan presents awards to our SASS staff and to our Assistant Principal

Our dedicated School Administrative and Support Staff (SASS) were recognised by the Executive Director of School Performance, Ms Cathy Brennan, for their exceptional contribution to public education.

The prestigious Executive Director’s Recognition Award recognises individuals who demonstrate the core values of the NSW Department of Education in three categories: Service, Excellence and Trust. They now join a limited number of people formerly recognised by the Department in this role.

Our Assistant Principal, Sharon Smithies, received recognition in the Department of Education’s core values of ‘Trust’ and ‘Service’.

The acknowledgement highlights Sharon’s extraordinary ability to connect with and change the lives of children, in a career spanning 35 years. Remarkably, Sharon is one of only two other recipients of this award in the Beaches Network.

Student Art Exhibition

Stewart House School proudly participated in a collaborative art exhibition, showcasing artwork by students who attend Schools for Specific Purpose and support classes on the Northern Beaches.

A display of artwork created by various Stewart House students in 2019

The event, held at the Creative Space in North Curl Curl, was themed “Out of the Earth”. In keeping with the theme, a colourful collection – completed by various Stewart House students throughout 2019 – went on display.

“The Earth – We are all connected” – A magnificent raffia, hemp and wool tapestry made up of individual weaves joined to reflect how we are all different but can come together as one.

“Canvas Totems” –  Paintings of six different sea animals pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land. Each design, since transferred onto carpet mats to decorate the school, is assigned to the six classes at Stewart House School.  Furthermore, and integral to the design are the six circles found within each of the sea animals, symbolic of the six different Aboriginal language groups spanning from the Northern Beaches to Wollombi.

“Poppies” – Individual clay Poppy flowers to commemorate ANZAC Day were created by students throughout Term 1 2019. Many were planted at the local RSL Club, Harbord Diggers, as part of the ceremony to commemorate fallen soldiers.

We were pleased to exhibit alongside Arranounbai School, Fisher Road School, Northern Beaches Secondary College – Cromer Campus, and The Beach School.

 

New Stewart House Fundraising Merchandise

The latest high-quality fundraising merchandise is now available to schools, clubs and organisations.

Our range of merchandise includes Fun Dough, Slapbands & Bounce Balls

We recently added two fun new items to our range of Stewart House branded merchandise. Joining our ever-popular yellow High Bounce Balls are pots of fluoro dough and slapbands.

If your workplace, sporting club, community group, or organisation is looking for ways to fundraise and would like to support Stewart House, then please consider purchasing some Stewart House merchandise.

A brief summary of the details for each item follows and a PDF copy is available for download here.

  • Fluoro Fun Dough – Australian-made & non-toxic. 80g pots of fluoro dough in yellow, pink, green & orange. Cost: $50 per box. Each box has 12 pots.
  • Slapband – Custom-printed in Stewart House signature-blue with gold stars. Cost: $50 per sleeve. Each sleeve has 12 slapbands.
  • High-Bounce Ball – Custom-printed with Stewart House logo. Cost: $36 per box. Each box has 24 balls.

Orders can be placed directly via our website here. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss further.

Co-curricular Activities

Thanks to the dedication of our staff and the support of some valued community groups and organisations, Stewart House students participated in a range of co-curricular activities throughout the term.

Students enjoying a variety of co-curricular activities in Term 3 2019

In August, Ladies of Variety (LOV) treated students to a fun pampering session with removable tattoos, face painting and mini manicures. LOV also accompanied students on an expert-guided tour of the Australian National Maritime Museum, in Pyrmont.

Stewart House students were also invited to tour Victoria Barracks in Paddington and visit the NSW Mounted Police Unit in Redfern.

At the Barracks, students moved through one of the most highly-regarded examples of military architecture in Australia and gained unique insights into Australian Army operations. At the Mounted Police Unit, students directed questions to officers currently in the unit and were introduced to the stars of the Unit – the horses!

We are thankful for these opportunities and for the extra-special memories they provide the children.

Our Integrated Curriculum

We incorporate activities and experiences along with health services to build children’s wellbeing.

Students are provided with on-site Optometric screening

Stewart House has been in operation since 1931 with the primary purpose of caring for children in need from all parts of NSW and the ACT. Children are nominated by their home-school Principal to attend the 12-day Stewart House Program, designed to boost self-esteem and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Our Program is delivered through a blend of health screening and education, and out of school activities. It runs year-round, in parallel with NSW Public School terms.

We are committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. This includes opportunities to strengthen their physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Our understanding of wellbeing is contemporary, forward-focused and trauma-informed.

For more information on our Health and Wellbeing Program, please visit our website.

ASX Refinitiv Foundation Art Union Fundraiser

Support Stewart House and be in the draw to win some fabulous prizes.

We are fortunate to be a partner of the ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation in 2019/2020 and, in particular, a beneficiary of the 2020 Art Union Raffle.

The total value of prizes on offer is $50,526, spread across the following:

  • 1st Prize –  Lexus CT200H Luxury
  • 2nd Prize – 3 night Murray River Cruise on PS Murray Princess
  • 3rd Prize – Raymond Weil Parsifal Men’s Quartz Classic Blue Dial Bracelet Watch

A limited number of tickets are available for sale in this prestigious raffle, to be drawn on Thursday 12th March 2020, so please get in quick and help give disadvantaged children the break they deserve.

For further information on prizes and ticket prices, please visit our website.

Stay Social

Stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Stewart House.

We invite you to join us on Facebook, where we provide updates on some of the great work that is carried out by the community in support of Stewart House. We are highly appreciative of their efforts and enjoy connecting online.

 

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Term 2 2019

RECENT EVENTS:


Stewart House Day: Annual Presentation Ceremony – 10th May 2019

On Friday 10th May 2019, we celebrated Stewart House Day and recognised our most generous donors from 2018 at our Annual Presentation Ceremony.

Harbord Public School Choir at our 2019 Presentation Ceremony

It was a delight to host so many of our valued supporters at our Presentation Ceremony including the individuals, schools, corporate organisations, community clubs and groups who help us make a difference to the lives of the children that visit Stewart House every year.

On hand to present the awards were James Griffin MP, Member for Manly, our Board Members and Alan Laughlin from the Friends of Stewart House. Local primary school representatives from Harbord Public School, ably performed as ushers, tour-guides and Choir singers on the day.

 

We sincerely thank those able to attend and look forward to doing it all again next year. Photo highlights from the Presentation Ceremony can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Cromer Golf Club Annual Charity Golf Day – 28th May 2019

We are grateful to Cromer Golf Club for once again choosing to support Stewart House at their Annual Charity Golf Day.

Stewart House staff, including our CEO, taking part at Cromer Golf Club

Cromer Golf Club, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, has been a strong supporter of the local community for over 20 years. Each year, the Club hosts a Charity Golf event to raise much needed funds for their charity of choice.

This year, the event was held on Tuesday 28th May 2019, and the nominated charities were Stewart House and The Burdekin Association – two local charities helping young people and their families.

As recipients of the Stewart House Gold Sponsorship Award for 2018, Cromer Golf Club remain a highly valued corporate sponsor of Stewart House. We thank them for their continued support on our journey to change children’s lives.

Please get in touch if you would like to be notified of future fundraising events.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:


Donation Drive draw winner 2019

Congratulations to the winner of our Stewart House 2019 Donation Drive draw!

We would like to thank the many schools who supported our 2019 Donation Drive. We received some 40,000 entries to the draw this year.

The draw was held on site, at Stewart House in Curl Curl, on Friday 31st May 2019. The lucky winners of a holiday worth $4,000, a young family from Harrington Park Public School, are from the Macarthur region of south-western Sydney in New South Wales.

We wish them an enjoyable trip!

Fundraising and in Kind Support

It is with sustained community support that we can make a difference to children’s lives.

stewart house workplace giving

At Stewart House, children in need from all parts of NSW and the ACT are guided through a 12-day program, designed to boost self-esteem and promote a healthier lifestyle. Our program is delivered through a blend of health screening and education, and out of school activities. It runs year-round, in parallel with NSW Public School terms.

Rising costs year-on-year continue to apply pressure on our ability to meet the growing demand of children in need each year. Consequently, it takes the dedicated support of a community of fundraisers including corporations, schools, and individuals to ensure we can continue to make a lasting difference to the lives of the 1,700 public school children that visit Stewart House each year.

If you would like to know more about how you can support Stewart House, please contact us on 02 99383100 or via our website.

Stay Social

Stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Stewart House.

We invite you to join us on Facebook, where we provide updates on some of the great work that is carried out by the community in support of Stewart House. We are highly appreciative of their efforts and enjoy connecting with our community online.


 

Events, School News, Staff News

ANZAC Day

Stewart House had a special remembrance ceremony on the 10th of April 2019 at the Harbord Diggers in Freshwater, Sydney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Sean Rout, JP, Vietnam Veteran and President of Harbord Diggers RSL sub-Branch gave a presentation to the children about the Soldiers Avenue of Honour, the history of soldiers in the Freshwater area and the sacrifice they made.

Ged McMinn, the Aboriginal Education Officer at Stewart House, invited his father Ray McMinn, Aboriginal Elder and ex-serviceman as a special guest to speak to the children about his childhood and what it means to be Australian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr James Griffin MP, Member for Manly & Parliamentary Secretary for Veterans chose a Stewart House student to wear an Invictus game medal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronnie Barnett, Stewart House SLSO had the idea to create the ceramic poppies with each group from this term for an arts and crafts activity.

Other special guests included:
Mr Michael Regan – Mayor Northern Beaches Council
Mr Ian White – Councillor Northern Beaches Council & casual volunteer at Stewart House
Mt Peter Ericson Vietnam Veteran and Vice President of Harbord Diggers RSL sub-Branch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sun was out on a beautiful Autumn day, children from the last group of the term, from the Upper Hunter, Tamworth & Hornsby planted ceramic poppies in the Harbord Diggers courtyard.

Thank you to our teachers, supporters and special guests who helped organising the 2019 ANZAC day for the children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ann’s Story

People who have spent time at Stewart House often reflect on what it meant to them and sometimes they let us in on their insights.

“My name is Ann, I attended Stewart House in the early 1990’s. It was the best two weeks of my life.

I really enjoyed how you were still at school but you also did other activities that you may never get to do with the family.

I remember staying in the downstairs girl dorms and that there was so many other girls and boys, having a break from home and making so many new friends.

My main memories are waking up to the beach across the road, going on excursions, to Palm beach (where the TV show Home and away was filmed) the zoo, movies, having little discos, going swimming across the road at the beach was amazing.

 

 

 

It was great writing letters home to family and getting a reply and having clothes washed each night I was about 7-8  years old at the time and I loved every minute, I think every kid should experience this.

Stewart House had a positive effect on my life – I stayed in school finished my HSC and have now become a director of a childcare centre, I valued how I was treated by the teachers and wanted I too wanted to help other children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(*Above vintage images from the Stewart House hard drive – Summer Bay/Palm Beach 1996)

Thanks for letting me have a little trip down memory lane.”

Program News

Revamped Stewart House activity book 2019

A new Stewart House activity book has been created for the 2019 students of Stewart House. Co-ordinated by the team at Stewart House including the Wellbeing Managers Simon Hook and Tom Osborn and Zoe Booth the Content and Communications Advisor, the activity book provides learning opportunities for children to strengthen their knowledge on physical, social and emotional wellbeing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above pictured are girls from Group 1, 2019 from Hawkesbury, Mount Druitt and Minchinbury.

The Stewart House activity book at a glimpse:

Concepts include:  building strengths, exploring thoughts and feelings, strengthening relationships, self-care and Aboriginal culture.

Activities include: gratitude journaling, mindfulness, understanding anger, relaxation techniques and activities just for fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stewart House activity book has been created in 2015 and has been evolving each year. All children receive an activity book to remember their stay.

Thank you to our supporter Advancedlife for the fantastic printing job each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Variety Kids Christmas Party

Thank you to all of you who continued to support Stewart House this year and made it possible for around 1,700 children to enjoy the benefits of the Stewart House program.

These students have engaged in experiences to enhance their wellbeing, develop new relationship skills and give them hope for the future.

The Stewart House health and wellbeing program continues to evolve and we have an exciting year ahead. We ask that you considers Stewart House as a charity worthy of your support in 2019.

Stewart House children at the Variety Kids Christmas Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured is Group 19, from Far West, Broken Hill, Sunraysia, Mildura and Barwon.

Children were entertained by dress up characters, slippery dips, a haunted house, face painters, police cars and fire engines.

 

Thank you to our supporters, Variety Children’s Charity & the Harbord Diggers Mounties Group for hosting Christmas parties for Stewart House children each year.

 

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Amy’s story – Memories from the millennium

People who have spent time at Stewart House often reflect on what it meant to them and sometimes they let us in on their insights.

My name is Amy and I grew up in Mt. Druitt. During my primary school years life was a challenge and being the eldest of 5 kids it often fell on my shoulders to help out with the young ones.

Going on a holiday was something which was what my friends did, not me!

When I was offered the opportunity to attend Stewart House in 2000, I was excited but also extremely nervous.

The beach is what I saw on Home and Away not across the road from my bedroom!

My time at Stewart House created some of the happiest memories of my childhood.

Meeting new kids, and being in the older girls’ dorm was something which excited me and made me feel special and like I belonged. I was afforded opportunities I never could have dreamed of.

The day excursions, a special trip to Sega World, going to the filming of a music television show and seeing the band Killing Heidi absolutely blew my mind. It enabled me to understand what opportunities in life I could have.

(Photo by Peter Carrette Archive/Getty Images)

After my time at Stewart House I had a new found desire to work hard to create a life which allowed me to have such special experiences.

Fast forward 18 years and the shy Year 6 girl from Rooty Hill Primary School has completed her HSC, obtained a nursing certificate, completed a double degree (Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Primary) and is teaching primary school students in Victoria and encouraging them to believe in themselves just as the mentors at Stewart House did for me.

The thing I find sad about living in Victoria is that students here don’t have access to an amazing program like Stewart House. I am grateful to have been part of such an inspiring and giving program.

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Stewart House children at the Easter Show!

All the children who stayed with us in late March went to the 2018 Royal Easter Show at Sydney’s Olympic Park. This was made possible with the support of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. The group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and in their own words “had a blast!”.

They enjoyed everything from meeting the different animals, exploring the Arts and Crafts pavilion, eating multi-coloured fairy floss and shopping for Showbags, while some of the more thrill seeking children revelled in the rides.

A few snapshots of the day: