General Information

The site

Please note that the Frensham and Sturt site covers a large area and slopes gently up a hill from the town of Mittagong. There are a number of steps on the site and several classrooms at Frensham are on the first and second floors. There is no parking on the main Frensham site. Limited ground-floor accommodation is available; please request this on your enrolment form if you wish to sleep downstairs.  

Minimum age 

Students must be 16 and over for all adult classes. The enrolment form for under 18s who are attending an adult class must be signed by a parent or guardian. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult if they are living in residence during the Winter School.  


Enrolments for courses will be in the order of receipt of application as class sizes are limited. Enrolments must be accompanied by full payment and a completed enrolment form. Sturt does not accept responsibility for lost or misdirected enrolments. Sturt will normally issue an acknowledgement of your enrolment within 5 working days; should this not be the case, you must verify that we have received your application as soon as possible.

Cancellation and payments

All payments are made through Sturt Shop and can be made on-line or in person by credit card, eftpos, cash, cheque or money order. You may also post or email your enrolment. Sturt Shop is open seven days, 10am-5pm. Online enrolment is by credit card only; for cancellation, please contact Sturt Shop on 02 4860 2083.

Sturt reserves the right to cancel any class if minimum enrolments are not reached by 21 May 2021. If this is the case, students will be offered placements in their second or third choice, or a refund of all fees.

Students cancelling before 21 May will incur a $150 cancellation fee. No refunds of any course fee will be given for cancellations after 21 May 2021. Fees for materials and meals will be fully refunded if cancelled before 4 June. No refunds for accommodation, materials or meals will be given for cancellations after 4 June 2021. Late enrolments may be made up to the beginning of classes, where positions are available.

Class Times

Classes begin at 9am each day. Daily class times are from 9am to 4pm. There is an hour break for lunch. Classrooms may remain open until 8pm (in consultation with tutors) if students wish to continue working on their own. On the final afternoon between 2.00pm to 4.00pm, an exhibition of participants’ work will be displayed and friends and family are invited to attend.

After class

There will be welcome drinks and a floor talk in Sturt Gallery on the first evening and presentations by tutors on most other days from 4.15 to 6.30pm. These are an important part of the week and all students and tutors are encouraged to attend. A detailed program of these presentations and other events will be included in your registration package. 


Accommodation is available for Winter School participants at Frensham, adjacent to Sturt. Accommodation is in boarding school rooms, i.e. single bed, cupboard, desk and lamp, plus heating. Linen and towels are provided. You are encouraged to bring your own blankets or doona. Blankets are available for those travelling by public transport if requested. Bedroom doors are not lockable. Some rooms have a lockable cupboard (a small padlock may be useful). There are facilities for washing, ironing and drying and computer access to the school’s wireless network. 

Single rooms are available as are twin share with share bathrooms (separate male and female). Five nights from Sunday evening to lunchtime Friday: single $750 and twin share $655; four nights from lunch on Monday to lunchtime Friday: single $625 and twin share $550. The cost of accommodation includes all meals: dinner, breakfast and lunch. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult if they are living in residence during the Winter School.


Morning tea is provided. Lunches are available for day students from the Dining Room and must be ordered at the time of enrolment. Occasional dinners and breakfasts may also be ordered. Light lunches are also available from Sturt Café.
Lunch is provided for children enrolled in Children’s Courses. 


All students must register before proceeding to their accommodation or their classroom. Registration is between 4.00 and 6.00pm on Sunday 27 June or between 7.45 and 8.30am Monday 28 June in Sturt Cottage (Cnr Range Road and Waverley Parade). On Registration, each student will receive a folder with their classroom location and other necessary information.

COVID-19 Refund Policy

In the event of border closures or lockdowns restricting travel, refunds will be considered with the discretion of Frensham Schools management.