Term 1 2022

In Term 1 2022, we were excited to see the return of students to our modified COVIDSafe Program

In brief:
  • Program highlights
  • A status update of upcoming events, including our rescheduled 90th Birthday Celebration and the Beach2Beach Fun Run
  • We acknowledge the tireless efforts of our donor community and offer some ideas for those looking to help in the future

Term 1 2022 Program Highlights

Our Board-endorsed reduced program began on 14 February 2020

Modifications to the program have continued into 2022 as we carefully navigate a COVIDSafe path through this pandemic. Changes include a smaller cohort of students (20 students, down from 84 at full capacity) over a shorter period (five days, not the usual 12-day stay).

There has, however, been no compromise on the level of fun on offer!

Over the coming months

From Term 2, we will return to operate the usual 12-day program, adapted with a smaller cohort of country children and from the same area. We remain optimistic for an on-track return to full pre-COVID capacity for the start of Term 4.


We are pleased to provide an update on the following events that have been rescheduled for 2022, following cancellations in 2021.

90th Birthday Fundraising Dinner

Our fundraising dinner at the iconic Bathers’ Pavilion on Balmoral Beach, Sydney, is on Tuesday, 7 June 2022.

You are invited to join in the celebration. See our website for details and to purchase tickets.

Beach2Beach Fun Run

The inaugural Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run, scheduled in 2021, has encountered several setbacks, including COVID and bleak weather forecasts.

The organisers, Rotary Club of Brookvale, are trying for 3rd-time-lucky on Sunday, 28 August 2022.

We look on the bright side, once again, as we get even more time to train and raise funds. You may prefer to support Stewart House with a one-off donation if registering to join our team on the day isn’t appealing. Details for all levels of support are available via this link.


We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the many supporters, individuals, clubs, and organisations who donate in-kind goods and services to enhance the experience of the children who visit. This support level helps us free up our budget for the many other essential services we provide.

As we regularly receive enquiries about new ways to support our Program, we thought we would provide some information on some great options:

Gifts and Rewards

While at Stewart House, the children participate in an awards program where they receive High Five Dollars for displaying the following three core attributes throughout their stay. To be safekind and fair, and for having a go.

These ”dollars” can then be used in the Stewart House High Five Shop, which stocks a wide range of brand new age-appropriate toys and gifts for which the children redeem their dollars on the day before departure. Also, each child celebrating a birthday while at Stewart House gets to take home a special present from a range of brand new items. It’s a real treat!

This fun element of the program would not be possible if not for the generosity of support from schools, individuals, clubs and organisations. Learn more about how you can get involved in gift-giving for Stewart House children.

Recycle for Cash

Offering an eco-friendly option to donate to Stewart House by recycling your bottles and cans is ReCollecta door-to-door bottle collection service that makes fundraising for your favourite charity a breeze.

It’s pretty easy. Jump online and book a pickup using https://app.re-collect.com.au/stewarthouse, nominate Stewart House as your preferred charity recipient, and place your bags outside for collection. ReCollect will allow everyone (individuals, schools, businesses, etc.) to donate directly to our organisation.

Spread the word!


Meet Bowie!

Bowie is the newest member of staff in our Stewart House School. This handsome guy joins the team as our Emotional Support Puppy.

He is still in training, and we are excited to share more about him in the coming months.

Fundraising, Newsletter

Term 4 2021

We appreciate your support in 2021!

We are sincerely grateful to our loyal supporters, who continue to champion our work with vulnerable children in our communities

As our 90th year in operation draws to a close, with more inconceivable disruptions, we look forward to a new year and another 90 beyond with great optimism.

In 2022, we will continue our battle with the negative financial impact of the pandemic, but for now, we are most excited for the chance to welcome back the children who need us the most in Term 1 2022.

We thank you and wish you a safe and joyful holiday season!

Donations, Events, Fundraising, Newsletter, Program News

Term 3 2021

As we begin the final term of 2021, we are pleased to provide a summary from Term 3 2021

In brief:

  • The road ahead for the return of students to the program
  • We had a visit from the Governor of NSW
  • There is a new and eco-friendly way to show your support! Collect your bottles and cans for Stewart House
  • A status update of upcoming events, including Boxing Day on the Harbour and the Beach2Beach

A Program Freeze

We plunged, once again, into shutdown mode at the instruction of the NSW Government

All too soon, we were disappointed with yet another state-wide lockdown causing the immediate suspension of our residential program to students enrolled in Term 3 2021.

What the next few months will look like

Based on the advice we have received from the NSW Department of Education, once stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, and students return to face-to-face learning, schools will operate under the Department’s Level 3 plus COVID restrictions. In the context of the services provided by Stewart House, Level 3 plus restrictions prohibit excursions, camps, field trips and principal-endorsed activities for students.

When will students return to visit Stewart House?

Regrettably, the Level 3 plus COVID restrictions for schools mean that Stewart House will not open for student enrolments for the remainder of 2021. We are, however, focused on re-opening for Term 1 2022.

What is happening around the site?

Our office staff have been working from home throughout the lockdown period. Only essential staff remain on-site to provide support for general operations and site maintenance. Our site spans 1.2 hectares of residential land, and the upkeep is never-ending.

Our thoughts are with the children who are missing out on this vital out-of-home experience.

The Governor of NSW Visits

In July, we enjoyed a visit from the Governor of NSW

We were delighted to host a site visit for the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC.
Her Excellency is the 39th Governor of New South Wales and is highly admired for her strong commitment to education, youth leadership, human rights and social justice.

During the tour, Her Excellency was thoroughly engaged in the details of the Stewart House Program. It was an honour to show the Governor our facilities as part of her day-visit to the Northern Beaches.

Recycling That Gives-Back

Donate to Stewart House by recycling your bottles and cans with ReCollect

Do you have bottles and cans piling up? Are you looking for a new way to support the vital work of Stewart House?

We’ve partnered with ReCollect, a door-to-door bottle collection service that makes refundable recycling and fundraising easier than 1,2,3:

  1. Jump online and book a pickup using https://app.re-collect.com.au/stewarthouse
  2. Place your bags outside
  3. Receive a refund and nominate Stewart House as your preferred charity recipient


ReCollect will allow everyone (individuals, schools, businesses etc.) to donate directly to our organisation with ease. Spread the word!

Lottery Ticket Sales

The People’s Choice Community Lottery is 100% online, and 100% of every $2 ticket sold is donated back to Stewart House

We have been fortunate enough to partner with People’s Choice Credit Union in this lottery for a number of years.

Ticket sales are now open! We wish you luck with winning some great prizes on offer, and thank you in advance for your support! Purchase lottery tickets here.

Upcoming Events

All our face-to-face fundraising events for 2021 have been cancelled. We are, however, optimistic for a more social 2022! More details follow.

Date Change: 90th Birthday fundraising Dinner

Sadly, our face-to-face 90th birthday celebration plans were unable to go ahead this year. In particular, we postponed our fundraising dinner at the iconic Bathers’ Pavilion on Balmoral Beach in Sydney until March 2022. We will share more details on the event in the coming months.

Cancelled: Boxing Day on the Harbour 2021

For the second year running and for the safety of our supporters and the broader community, we will not be selling tickets to our Boxing Day Event to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race for 2021.

All those who have attended the event in previous years will be advised once tickets are on sale for 2022.

New enquiries are welcome and encouraged to complete our online form.

Date Change: Beach2Beach Fun Run

The inaugural Beach2Beach scheduled for August this year has been postponed to Sunday, 27 March 2022.

On the bright side, we get more time to train and raise funds, so please support Stewart House and the other amazing local charities in the scenic Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run event.

Register now to join our team or create your own and nominate Stewart House as your charity of choice.

You may know a friend, family member, or colleague interested in lending their support. Please consider forwarding this newsletter or directing them to contact us.

Also in celebration of our 90th year caring for public school children-in-need, we would like to share this important video message with our supporters and students: