Pittwater House offers an innovative twin schooling environment in which boys and girls mix on the same campus but are predominantly educated in single-gender classes. This provides students with all the advantages of gender-specific teaching combined with the many social benefits of a co-educational campus.
Although our Early Childhood Centre classes are fully co-educational, our Kindergarten - Year 2 students participate in three mixed-gender ability-level groups. All other lessons are single-gender, with teachers utilising gender-based strategies to optimise learning and confidence. From Year 3 to Year 8, all classes are taught in single-gender classrooms.
In Years 9 and 10, students participate in mixed-gender classes for elective subjects but continue in single-gender classes for core subjects.
Form classes, as the basis of our pastoral care programs, remain single-gender from Kindergarten to Year 10. This ensures a nurturing environment where students feel comfortable raising sensitive issues.
By Years 11 and 12, all including Form classes are mixed.
Outside the classroom, students socialise in stage-appropriate co-educational playgrounds and spaces and participate in co-educational school events and co-curricular activities.
That’s where our campus really shines. Neurological research suggests that completely separating boys and girls changes their ability to empathise and understand the other gender. Hence, our students develop the skills and confidence to work, collaborate and relate to their male and female counterparts.
The School has well developed programs in place to ensure positive and supportive transitions into the Early Childhood Centre and Kindergarten and a transitional strategy into Years 5 through to Year 8, which introduces students to the demands and responsibilities of Senior School. Senior students are also taught positive study habits, critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence to set them up for success.
The small pupil population and low pupil-teacher ratio at Pittwater House means our teachers are able to create extraordinary opportunities for their pupils. The school has well developed strategies in place to ensure a positive transistion at each stage of a pupil's journey- from home to school, from the junior school through the middle schooling years into Senior school, and onto university and a career.
Student growth is a key focus of Pittwater House, reflected in our School motto semper diligens – Latin for ‘always hardworking’.
In 2019 the School was ranked 85 in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 Schools report. 15% of our Graduating Class of 2019 achieved an ATAR of over 95%, with two reaching the All Rounders list, achieving over 90% in each of their subjects. 40% of the Girls’ College and 36% of the Boys’ Grammar School reached the Distinguished Achievers list, achieving a Band 6 or a mark of 90+ across 52 subjects.
In Performing Arts, Pittwater House received 13 HSC Showcase nominations. Six Dance nominations were awarded to accelerated Year 11 students, with one student coming fourth in NSW and another selected to perform two works at the Dance showcase 'Callback'. One Year 12 student was selected for inclusion in 'ARTEXPRESS', an exhibition of outstanding HSC Visual Arts Examination artworks.
At Pittwater House, students are offered a range of co-curricular activities designed to stimulate physical, emotional, psychological, social, creative and spiritual development. Through this well-rounded approach each child can discover their own unique talent.
In 2019, Pittwater House witnessed outstanding student sporting successes, including a Year 12 boy who played for the Joeys in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, a Year 12 girl who played in the Australian Youth Women’s Water Polo Squad, a Year 9 girl who participated in the Australian Gymnastics Championships and a Year 7 boy who competed in the Cross Country Skiing Championships, to name a few.
Many of our students also received Gold, Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards, with one student presented her award by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Our 3.5 hectare campus offers more green space than any other private school on the Northern Beaches, with facilities including:• Eight lane 25 metre short-course heated swimming pool • Full size multi-purpose playing field • Multiple playgrounds for Pre-school, Kindergarten - Year 2, Years 3 - 6 and free space for Senior students • The 'Great Hall' used for assemblies, performances and functions • Indoor sports complex • Open-air amphitheatre • Covered outdoor Junior School deck/classroom • Outdoor courts • Performing Arts Centre.