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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.”

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Jess’s Story

Stewart House student and recently, a volunteer.

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.

Jess shares her story…

Í grew up in Broken Hill, living with my dad and brother from a very young age. I attended Stewart House in 2011 because I was from a single parent home, struggling financially, I didn’t have friends and I generally didn’t fit in; my Principal thought I needed a break.

My time at Stewart House was a time I will never forget and a time I will always be grateful for.

What I remember attending Stewart House in 2011

The staff, teachers and supervisors, how fun they were, making us laugh with fun activities. They were there for us whenever we needed anything. Making friends, going to the pool, Powerhouse Museum, Taronga zoo, Sydney aquarium and the beach.

Pictured above: Girls having fun at the beach in 2010

 

Not having many friends at school was tough, but in my cabin and class at Stewart House everyone became friends with each other. It was a good feeling.

Volunteering 2018

Fast forward to 2018, I’ve lived in Adelaide for 2 years and am 1.5 years into a double degree at Flinders University, working part time and starting to make a life for myself. I have 5 weeks off over mid-year break. I could have stayed in Adelaide and worked a lot, but I wanted to do something a bit more meaningful with my time. I thought about what I could do and decided to email Stewart House.
Over the past 7 years I’ve thought about my time at Stewart House quite often; how much fun I had and how grateful I was to be chosen to attend. So now I’m back at Stewart House as a volunteer and it is still as amazing as I remember.
I can’t say that Stewart House changed my life; I went back to Broken Hill, went back to school and everything was the same. But the 12 days I was here were the funniest and happiest 12 days I had experienced in a long time and it was the break I needed at that point in my life. I hope I can help provide the kids here at the moment with a positive break from their home life, fun activities and good memories to cherish forever.


 Pictured above: Jess in her origami class

So far I have spent time with both girl’s cabins and a couple of the class groups. I’ve been on excursions with the classes and stayed in doing activities too. I ran an origami lesson with class C. It was the first time I had taught a lesson and it went really well.
All of the staff here are really kind and the kids have been great too. I was really nervous when I first got here, but everyone made me feel welcome. I connected with the kids pretty quickly and I feel like the kids really like having me here. If there is one thing I wish the students at Stewart House could take away from their time here is that their current circumstances do not define who they are and where they can go in life. I believe everyone can be and do extraordinary things if they work hard, think positively and never give up.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves” – Anonymous