Parent and Carer Information
What is the Stewart House Program?
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 Zoo, Australian Museum, local pools including the Sydney International Aquatic Centre and sporting events and television stations where possible.
Other activities are provided depending on availability and identified need.
How is my child nominated for a stay at Stewart House?
All nominations are made by your child's school Principal for any number of reasons including needing a break, isolation, lack of opportunities for experiencing Sydney or a brief family crisis. If you need further information about their nomination please contact your child's Principal.
How long does my child stay at Stewart House?
Children stay for a period of two school weeks, that is usually arriving on a Monday and leaving on the Friday of the next week for a twelve day stay.
We also host two Special Education Groups that stay for one week only.
How does my child get to Stewart House?
When children arrive by train to Central Station, they are met by Stewart House staff members. Stewart House has a fleet of mini-buses that transfer them to Stewart House. Your child's mode of transportation will be notified to your child's school by the District Co-ordinator.
Can I speak with my child during their stay?
Students will not be able to contact you by telephone but are encouraged to send postcards and email to home or school. All email messages from parents/ carers will be passed on and general telephone enquiries are best made using the above number after 9.30am on school days only.
You will be contacted if we need to seek further medical permissions or your assistance in providing appropriate care for your child. DVDs and activity books are given to all children as mementos of their visit.
What if my child is homesick?
We do have the occasional incidence of homesickness but please be assured that the school staff and supervisors are trained in dealing with this problem. Usually after a day or so, the child settles very well into our busy schedule. You would be informed immediately if there is any problem.
What should my child bring to Stewart House?
- Three changes of clothing, including underwear, pyjamas, swimming costume; comfortable shoes (no thongs), some warm clothes and a hat.
- Toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste and soap
- Large bag to take extra gifts home
- Prescription medications in their original packaging
- Bed linen and towels are provided
- Laundry is done on a daily basis - Please mark your child's name on all clothing
NOT permitted at Stewart House at anytime
- midriff or singlet tops due to risk of sunburn
- lollies or other personal food items
- hair dryers and hair straighteners due to risk of electrical fire
- tobacco and alcohol
Are there any items not permitted at Stewart House?
There are items that your child may bring with them that will be impounded for safe keeping upon arrival at Stewart House. These include:
- mobile/smart phones, iPODS, MP3 players, digital cameras - it is not appropriate for students to carry or use mobile phones at any time within the 12-day program
- money - all meals and snacks and excursion fees are provided. There should be no need for your child to bring money to Stewart House and we do no accept responsibility for any losses incurred.
- non-prescription drugs (that do not have doctor's or pharmacist's instructions specific for your child)
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 TO US IN THE ORIGINAL BOX OR BOTTLE YOU GET FROM THE CHEMIST.
THE CHILD'S NAME AND CHEMIST'S INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE MUST BE ON THE FRONT OF THE MEDICATION.
MEDICATIONS CANNOT BE RE-PACKED INTO DAILY DOSES (EVEN BY THE CHEMIST).
What about smoking?
Please note that smoking or the consumption of alcohol and non-prescription drugs ARE NOT permitted at Stewart House as this is both a school and a hospital site.
I have heard my child's heath will be checked at Stewart House. Is this correct?
Your child's hair, teeth, eyes, ears and general health will be checked by qualified staff and where appropriate, treatment given. Stewart House staff are sensitive and responsive to children with healthcare needs. No child will knowingly be placed in an embarrassing situation, so please advise us of your child's needs.
What will my child eat while staying at Stewart House?
Stewart House serves nutritious meals, including fruit and vegetables (breakfast, early lunch, snack, dinner and supper).
PLEASE MARK CLEARLY ON THE APPLICATION FORMS IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANY FOOD ALLERGIES OR SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS.
Does the Stewart House program accommodate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders?
Yes, parents or carers are encouraged to contact our Aboriginal Education Officer. Indigenous and Environmental studies are a focus of the program.