Happy children; great feedback!
During Term 3, children from the ACT and across many rural areas in NSW experienced the unique Stewart House 12-day residential program.
Students complete an exit survey at departure to help us quantify the program outcomes and better understand our visiting students’ needs. We regularly find imaginative suggestions for improvement. Examples include:
“I wish there was a shark at Stewart House“
and a request to
“throw lollies at assembly up in the sky“.
Most pleasing, however, are the comments where children reflect on their growth as a result of their stay, like “Stewart House was very good. It was very helpful for me to become more social. To have better control of my emotions“.
Image Collage: Matildas celebrations (x2) | Crochet comfort-teddies | Bowie, the Stewart House School Support Doggie | Bushwalkers
50 years with UNSW School of Optometry
Bank of America staff and interns worked hard before the start of the term to improve the grounds and gardens of several Stewart House buildings.
Children receive comprehensive health checks and wellbeing support during their stay. For vision screening, UNSW Optometry and Vision Science students in their 4th and 5th year assess children onsite at Curl Curl in the Stewart House Satellite Optometry Clinic. This important relationship between the University and Stewart House was established late in 1972.
We want to acknowledge with much gratitude a 50-year milestone where paediatrics optometry students gain valuable hands-on experience. At the same time, children visiting receive vision screening and, thanks to Teachers Health, new lenses or glasses for free.
Coordinating and supervising the Stewart House clinic for over 12 years is Nikki Delaveris, who we also congratulate for recently being awarded a grant for career development.
Thanks so much, UNSW, Nikki, and students. Your contribution has made a difference to thousands of children!
Image Collage: On-site Optometry clinic | UNSW students screening children (x2) | Nikki Delaveris in action
The weather was perfect on Sunday, 27 August 2023, and the finish-line Festival was a great family event.
We thank all our supporters and donors for participating in the event and the event committee at the Rotary Club of Warringah for nominating Stewart House as one of eight local charities to benefit from the 2023 Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run.
Public schools across NSW and the ACT have assisted Stewart House with fundraising for 92 years. This school support provides a vital income stream that helps with the current $5 Million program shortfall each year.
We want to acknowledge all the contributions made by NSW public schools this past term and, in particular, the following for donating proceeds from performances and shows.
- Showcase Performance by the community of schools in the Local Areas of Botany Bay, Bondi and Port Jackson
- Clarence Valley Community of Small Schools
Information on the value of workplace giving and the advantages to the supporter and the charity is available on our website. For staff of the NSW Department of Education, the Stewart House Salary Contribution Scheme has been a dedicated Workplace Giving initiative since 1979. It allows all staff to support Stewart House in helping change children’s lives.
By signing up to support public school children in need through regular workplace giving programs, supporters receive the added financial benefit of reducing their taxable income.
Please visit our website to read more and to complete our quick and easy online sign-up form.
How your donation will help
$30 will give 1 child healthcare and wellbeing treatment for 1 day
$40 will give 1 child accommodation, transport and catering for 1 day
$60 will give 1 child residential care at Stewart House for 1 day
$130 will give 1 child all the above program benefits for 1 day
$1560 will give 1 child all the above program benefits for their 12-day stay
Please note that these figures represent direct program costs. They do not include overhead, administration or fundraising costs.