The School's PurposeAbbotsleigh is an independent Anglican school for girls that encourages each girl to develop her potential by fostering her pursuit of personal and academic excellence. The School provides a quality, well-balanced education, underpinned by the Christian faith. Each girl is empowered to be a courageous, constructive and compassionate world citizen, who embraces diversity and has a will to serve others.
Abbotsleigh's motto is tempus celerius radio fugit (time flies faster than a weaver's shuttle). As the shuttle flies a pattern is woven, with the threads being the people, buildings and events. The pattern is Abbotsleigh as it continues to grow in complexity and richness each year.
The motto was given to the School by Miss Marian Clarke
, whose family crest was a weaver's shuttle with 'tempus fugit radio celerit
', a form of the motto which was used by the School until 1924 when the ungrammatical Latin was changed to its present correct form.
The School Lesson: Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and seen, do; and the God of peace will be with you.