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 all the facilities our students need onsite so our students don't need to travel for sports. Our campus facilities include; an 8-lane 25-metre heated pool, large multipurpose oval, numerous age-appropriate play spaces, the Great Hall with theatre production capabilities that can accommodate all of our students in the Senior School or Junior School at once, outdoor tennis and basketball courts, an indoor sports complex and court, a Performing Arts Centre, outdoor amphitheatre and a health centre, along with several customised classrooms for science, food tech, visual arts, music, TAS and STEM to name a few.

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 and 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 Performing Arts Centre is a bespoke space for dance and performing. Situated alongside the Performing Arts Cottage, this multi-functional environment is perfect for various forms of dance, yoga, drama and performance.

We offer two large visual 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, sculptors 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 and 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, staffed by Teacher Librarians and 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 encyclopedias 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 offer an online, electronic referencing system for students to easily access a large e-Library and audio books for both the Junior and Senior Schools.

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 our students and community. Parents and students can access the library catalogue and services through their TASS Student Cafe and Parent Lounge Links via the Portal.

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 an on-site Chef and Chef's Assistant to cook nutritious, child-friendly, hot meals and provide fresh salad options daily.

Click here to view the current Canteen menu.

After-school care

We are pleased to be able to offer our families an after school care service, here on campus, so your child can move safely and easily from school to care. This service is available for students in Kindergarten to Year 6 and operates from 3:15 - 6pm Monday to Friday. Kindergarten to Year 2 students who finish school at 3pm will attend Literacy Club and then be chaperoned to after school care by a Junior School teacher.

We proudly work in partnership with EXTEND, Australia’s largest family owned and operated Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) provider. For more information about EXTEND's services please visit www.extend.com.au or contact our Registrar on [email protected].

Bookings are essential and can be made directly on EXTEND's website.

The next phase

To sustain the needs of our students, Pittwater House has embarked on a Masterplan process which calls for the staged development of the campus. To read more about our Masterplan, click here.

Alongside the Masterplan process, the School will continue with smaller-scale, capital works, including the refurbishment of amenities, the School oval, classroom buildings and upgrades to the swimming pool precinct.

These capital works are possible as a result of the ongoing support of the Parents' Association, Alumni Association and government funding.

“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