Facilities

Pittwater House has more green, open space than any other private school on the Northern Beaches.

Our campus offers impressive playgrounds and leisure spaces for all ages, from pre-school to Year 12. We have outstanding facilities onsite including; a pool, multipurpose playing field, numerous playgrounds, the Great Hall, outdoor courts, an indoor sports complex, the Music Cottage, art rooms, a creative arts studio and a health centre. 

We also offer an out-of-school hours (OOSH) facility onsite.

Sporting facilities

There’s no need to get on a bus to play sports. Our grounds have beautiful sporting facilities, including:

  • An eight lane, short-course, heated, outdoor pool built to FINA specifications

  • A full sized, central playing field for rugby, cricket, soccer, softball and all types of athletics

  • All weather tennis, basketball and netball courts

  • An indoor sports complex

  • A fully equipped gym and weights room

Playgrounds

Pittwater House's 3.5 hectare campus provides an abundance of space for students to run, play and develop.

Our extensive grounds are big enough to facilitate dedicated playgrounds for each age group.

The Early Childhood Centre has its own secure play area.

Kindergarten – Year 2 (Infant School) students have their own specific playground, with age-appropriate play equipment.

Year 3 -6 (Primary) student also have their own playground which is suited to older Junior School students. 

Junior School and Senior School students have separate access to the oval during their lunch break.

In addition to the oval, the Senior School students also have access to an amphitheatre, a covered courtyard and comfortable common rooms.

The great hall

The Great Hall has a tradition of hosting many music, drama and social functions and is the venue for school ceremonies and assemblies. It’s a professional-quality performance space and the Hall’s acoustic ceiling was designed by Louis Challis who was the sound engineer for the Sydney Opera House and Parliament House in Canberra. The Great Hall seats 600 and is equipped with two grand pianos and the historic organ. The organ is one of only five organs installed in Australia which was made by T.C Lewis of London. 

The Hall’s facilities allow students to develop their artistic talents through music, choir, language, debate and drama as well as theatre set-design and construction.

Music & arts facilities

Your musical or artistic child will love Pittwater House’s arts facilities.

We have specialised music and ensemble rooms plus tutorial rooms with the latest music composition software.

Our creative arts studio is a bespoke space for dance and movement. Situated alongside the music cottage, this multi-functional environment is perfect for various forms of dance, yoga and performance. 

We offer two large art rooms to accommodate our senior students and a smaller scale art room for the Junior School.  The senior art rooms cater to budding photographers, ceramicists and visual artists.

Learning facilities

Pittwater House has the perfect combination of specialised teaching spaces and extensive resources.

Our campus holds numerous specialised classrooms, including:

  • A library and resources centre (see below for more information)

  • Science laboratories with preparation rooms

  • Art rooms, complete with firing kilns for pottery and ceramics

  • Applied technology classrooms for food technology and textiles classes

  • Industrial arts laboratories for woodwork, metalwork and plastics

  • Language labs

In the classrooms, students have the best of modern teaching technology and tools, including:

  • Interactive whiteboards and media centres in all teaching spaces

  • Computer laboratories with individual work stations, printers, scanners and data projectors

  • Secure intranet and high-speed digital internet access with whole campus wireless LAN and remote-access connections

  • Audio-visual collection materials

  • Classroom sets of Apple iPads and laptops

We teach students to use the ever-evolving technology as a way of thinking - to create, analyse and problem-solve. We can teach coding, robotics and 3D printing.

Library & resources centre

Providing an open, warm and welcoming environment, the Pittwater House library and resource centre is centrally located within the school’s grounds.  It is a multipurpose facility, used by both our Junior and Senior Schools for weekly library visits and information literacy lessons. It also caters to the wider research needs of the students.

The library provides a comprehensive range of books to meet the various learning needs and interests of the students. Additionally, the library subscribes to online encyclopaedias and subject-specific databases that give students access to thousands of electronic, peer reviewed, full-text articles.

We have electronic access to hundreds of worldwide newspapers, allowing students to stay up to date with current affairs and worldwide news and events. We have an ever growing collection of eBooks and an online, electronic referencing system. In 2017 the library introduced a large e-Library for both the Junior and Senior Schools and in 2018 we are introducing audio books into the library.

The library is a place for all students to feel comfortable and relaxed in.  It is available to everyone and provides services and resources to meet the needs of all Pittwater House students and community.

Click on the following links to access the library catalogue and services:

Library Cataloguehttp://library.pittwaterhouse.com.au/#!landingPage
Junior e-Libraryhttps://tphs2.wheelers.co/
Senior e-Library https://tphs1.wheelers.co/
World Book Encyclopedia Onlinehttps://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Login?ed=wb
Ebsco Reseach Database https://search.ebscohost.com/ 
Clickview Video Streaminghttps://online.clickview.com.au/SignIn?returnUrl=https://online.clickview.com.au/

Health centre

Our onsite Health Centre is staffed Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 3:30pm by a registered nurse.

The nurse provides health care for the whole school community, from the students in the Early Childcare Centre to those in the Senior School.

The nurse can administer prescribed medication, if required, and conducts the school-based immunisation programs.

Click here to preview the Health Centre Fact Sheet

Canteen

Our canteen provides an extensive menu based on healthy, tasty and seasonal produce which will nourish your child’s body and mind.

We have two on-site chefs to cook nutritious, child-friendly, hot meals and provide fresh salad options daily. 

For more information about the Pittwater House School menu please call the Canteen on 9972 5718 or email [email protected].

Click here to view the current Canteen menu.

After-school & holiday care

Our after-hours care and holiday care centres are available and located on our campus. This means your child can move safely and easily from school to care. Learn more about after-school and holiday care.

The next phase

Our school continues to grow and evolve with the ongoing support of the Parents Association, alumni and government funding.

Pittwater House is working on a Whole Of Campus master plan for future, large-scale redevelopments. 

The master planning process will continue into 2018 to ensure appropriate, staged development of the campus. 

While the master plan process is ongoing, the School will continue with smaller-scale, capital works including the final stages of the Science building, refurbishment of amenities and upgrade of the swimming pool precinct.  Additionally, work will continue on the School oval and the refurbishment of classroom buildings.

“My two sports-oriented girls love the sporting facilities on campus - especially the pool! They also enjoy the feeling of space and the specialist facilities for the arts, dance and drama.”

Carissa, Pittwater House mum