Information on this page will assist students who have been chosen to attend Stewart House or students who would like information on how to fundraise for Stewart House at their school
Are you visiting Stewart House?
What is the Stewart House Program?
The Stewart House Program is a busy activities and experience based program with a focus on building self-esteem, resilience, social skills and a personal sense of wellbeing.
The Stewart House Program includes:
- Medical screening (dental, optical, hearing, hair, general health)
- Social Skills lessons and experiences
- Excursions that foster friendships
- Art and craft activities to build self-expression
- Physical activities like dance, fitness, swimming and ball games
- Healthy lifestyle activities like self-care and cooking
Popular excursions include:
- Taronga Zoo
- Australian Museum
- Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
- Travel on the Manly Ferry
- Walks across the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Visits to local parks & attractions
You will receive a DVD of photos and an activity book to remember your stay.
Helpful information about your stay at Stewart House
Stewart House provides dormitory style cabins. Cabins are arranged by age and gender, so you will be rooming with boys or girls a similar age to yourself.
How long will I stay at Stewart House?
The Stewart House stay is for two school weeks, usually arriving on a Monday and leaving on the Friday of the next week, making this a 12 day program.
How do I get to Stewart House?
Travel to Stewart House is arranged through your local school network. Your school Principal will advise you of travel details. There is NO COST to families for the Stewart House program.
Getting Around Sydney
Stewart House has a fleet of mini-buses to transport children to their activities while in Sydney.
Communicating with home while I’m at Stewart House.
Stewart House provides general SMS updates to parents throughout the program.
Email is the preferred mode for communication and parents can send you a message via firstname.lastname@example.org These emails are forwarded at a suitable time (excluding weekends) to you and you will be given the opportunity to reply during your stay.
Due to the busy Stewart House program, phone calls are not encouraged.
What if I feel homesick?
Children usually settle into the Stewart House Program without problem, although it can take a couple of days to feel comfortable with the new routines.
If you are finding it difficult to adjust, just talk to the Stewart House staff. All staff are trained to offer strategies to help you feel better.
What should I 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
- Required prescription medications in their original packaging
Laundry is done on a daily basis – Please make sure your clothes have your name on them
You do NOT need to pack
- Bed linen and towels. These are provided
- Rash/ Swimming vests – special Stewart House rash vests are supplied.
Items 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
Items that MUST be handed in for safe keeping on arrival at Stewart House
- mobile/smart phones, iPODS, iPADS, 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 activities are provided free of charge)
- medications-further information below.
Medications are managed in accordance with NSW Department of Health guidelines.
ALL medications MUST:
- Be prescribed by a doctor
- Supplied in their original packaging
- Have the child’s name and chemist instructions on the packaging
Medications cannot be re-packed into daily doses (even by the chemist).
Non-prescribed or ‘over the counter’ medication cannot be administered at Stewart House without doctor directions.
ALL medications (creams, puffers, tablets etc) are handed in when you arrive and will be given to you as needed.
While you are at Stewart House, your hair, teeth, eyes, ears and general health will be checked by qualified staff and where appropriate, treatment will be given. Stewart House staff are sensitive and responsive to your healthcare needs. No one will knowingly be placed in an embarrassing situation. If you are worried about any of the health checks, please talk to any of the Stewart House staff who will help you.
Stewart House is a nut free zone.
Stewart House serves 5 meals each day (breakfast, early lunch, snack, dinner, and supper). All food provided is reviewed regularly for dietary requirements and the 12 day program has a balanced meal plan.
Special Dietary Requirements and Food Allergies
Special meals are provided if you have any food allergies and other dietary requirements.
Just tell one of the Stewart House staff about any concerns you have.
More information about your stay at Stewart House
- Take a 360 virtual tour of Stewart House »
- View our Stewart House video »
- Our Health & Wellbeing Program »
- The Residential Program »
- About the Stewart House School »
- Stewart House Beach Cam »