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News and events

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Middle School | Senior College Abbotsleigh's Unity Project
Abbotsleigh's Unity Project looked to visually showcase the notion of unity in diversity.
21 Jun 2017   

Parent seminar Dr-Coulson WEB
Early Learning | Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Seminar: Raising Resilient Children
Dr Coulson is presenting to Abbotsleigh parents on 'Raising resilient children – practical strategies to help your child'.
7 Aug 2017   
Peter Duly Concert Hall (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Middle School | Senior College Major win for AbbSchool Drama
Congratulations to our seven AbbSchool Drama students for winning Best Group Devised Piece and Best Actress awards at the Sharp Short Theatre grand fi ...
20 Jun 2017   

Middle School | Senior College GLOW 2017 Abbotsleigh Festival of Light
With the colourful lights from Switch it on Lighting, GLOW 2017 was an evening of wonderful viewing, listening, participating and eating experience at ...
16 Jun 2017   

Middle School MyNute: Can we make our own microscope?
Year 8 students were recently tasked to create a macro lens on the existing lens of one of their devices, with a goal to take photos of small things a ...
16 Jun 2017   

Category tag: Middle School
Digital parent seminar WEB
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Seminar: Raising your Child in a Digital World
This parent session hosted by the Abbotsleigh Parents' Association features guest presenter, Dr Kristy Goodwin and is designed to share tips and adv ...
27 Jul 2017   
Peter Duly Concert Hall (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
AOGU Archibald Invite
Old Girls AOGU Archibald Tour
The AOGU warmly invites Old Girls to an exclusive tour of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes.
11 Aug 2017   
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road Sydney Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
Karen Simmer 2015 RESIZED
Old Girls From little things big things grow
Abbotsleigh Old Girl Dr Karen Simmer received an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medicine in the field of paediatrics.
7 Jul 2016   

Category tag: Old Girls
Old Girls | History The formation of our Old Girls' Union
Founded on 23 May 1908, the Abbotsleigh Old Girls' Union is amongst the earliest school alumni unions to be formed in Australia.
6 Jun 2017   

Category tag: Old Girls | History
Boarding The best thing about boarding
In celebration of National Boarding Week, our Year 11 Abbotsleigh Boarder Council write on the best aspects about being boarders.
19 May 2017   

Category tag: Boarding
Read House view c1934 CROPPED
History Proud history of boarding
The popularity of boarding at Abbotsleigh since its earliest days has seen the need for continual growth and change.
19 Jul 2016   

Category tag: History
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Work-life balance
Abbotsleigh Career Adviser Marg Selby writes on the importance of work-life balance for students and parents alike.
9 Jun 2017   

Early Learning | Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Abbotsleigh students put best feet forward
For the third year, Abbotsleigh has supported the McGrath Foundation “Pull on your socks” campaign.
8 Jun 2017   

Middle School | Senior College | Boarding National Reconciliation Week
Headmistress Megan Krimmer reflects on the School's activities this week to commemorate National Sorry Day on 26 May and National Reconcilation Week.
1 Jun 2017   

Senior College | Old Girls Robotics at Abbotsleigh: Help the ARTEMIS Club
ARTEMIS is an acronym for Abbotsleigh Robotics Team: Engineering, Mathematics, Inspiration, Science. The team designed its logo with arrows to represe ...
7 Jun 2017   

Category tag: Senior College | Old Girls
Old Girls An Abbotsleigh evening to remember
Our annual networking evening saw Old Girls gather to hear from a guest speaker at a restaurant owned by current Abbotsleigh parents.
6 Jun 2017   

Category tag: Old Girls
Teacher librarian conference WEB
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Abbotsleigh Teacher Librarians' Conference 2017
The eighth annual Teacher Librarians' Conference hosted by Abbotsleigh is open to teachers of both primary and secondary schools.
11 Aug 2017   
Betty Archdale Library (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Old Girls AOGU Mother Daughter Dinner
All mothers and daughters, aunts and grandmothers who have generational links with Abbotsleigh are invited to our annual Mother Daughter Dinner.
22 Jul 2017   
Dining Room (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
Middle School | Senior College Head of the Hill for the sixth year running
Abbotsleigh has won the girls' Head of the Hill race in the Balmoral Burn for the sixth year running, raising funds for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. ...
1 Jun 2017   

Senior College Moment of Light exhibition
The Moment of Light exhibition at the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery is curated by Mary Faith and Lisa Jones and explore perceptions and representatio ...
2 Jun 2017    - 28 Jun 2017
Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
Abbotsleigh, Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Senior College
Black and Gold Lunch 485x310 WEB
Old Girls Black and Gold Lunch
The Headmistress and the Marian Clarke Society Committee would love Old Girls who have celebrated their 50-year reunion (or more) to join them for lu ...
21 Jul 2017   
Dining Room (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
History Betty Archdale's early mentors
Betty Archdale, the sixth Headmistress of Abbotsleigh, grew up raised by women heavily involved in the suffrage militancy, with her mother imprisoned ...
25 May 2017   

Category tag: History
Early Learning | Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Wellbeing: building resilience
School counsellor Liz Cannon writes on the fine balance for parents between being there to nurture and guide their child and becoming overinvolved in ...
25 May 2017   

Giving Leather and Laces sports lunch - book now
An annual fundraising lunch by the Abbotsleigh Foundation, the Leather and Laces sports lunch raises money for our Indigenous Scholarships program at ...
25 Aug 2017   
Doltone House, Hyde Park
3/181 Elizabeth Street Sydney Australia NSW
Category tag: Giving
Middle School | Senior College Positive teamwork - great results
Acting Head of Sport Mark Everingham reports on some highly successful sporting results from the Senior School.
19 May 2017   

Junior School Walk Safely to School
Abbotsleigh Junior School will be participating in National Walk Safely to School Day on 19 May with some ongoing student-led initiatives.
12 May 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Senior College | Old Girls What did we learn from Careers Night?
Abbotsleigh Careers Advisor Marg Selby reports on the recent Careers Night and some of the key lessons for students that came from discussions with Ol ...
11 May 2017   

Category tag: Senior College | Old Girls
Middle School | Senior College Hornsby’s Westside Vibe gets the Abbotsleigh GLOW
Year 9 Design & Technology students invited to exhibit their GLOW work at the Hornsby Westside Vibe festival.
5 May 2017   

Middle School | Senior College Jazz Ensemble pop up concert
Listen to the Abbotsleigh Jazz Ensemble performing at a pop up concert at Senior School.
5 May 2017   

Giving The prize that ties
How our Prize Endowment scheme awards both those that give, and the students that receive, in order to excel in the particular area of study about whi ...
15 Jul 2016   

Category tag: Giving
Jennifer Laurence
Old Girls Taking the Barrier Reef to Paris
Artist and Abbotsleigh Old Girl Janet Laurence takes the message of climate change to Paris.
7 Jul 2016   

Category tag: Old Girls
Florence Stockwell-Everts CROPPED
Old Girls Lifetime achievement for Florence
Former Abbotsleigh student Florence Stockwell-Everts (Harding 1939) was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as a landscape architect.
7 Jul 2016   

Category tag: Old Girls
Old Girls All power to Kiana
Abbotsleigh Old Girl Kiana Elliott takes out silver and bronze in the the 2016 International Weightlifting Federation Junior World Championships at T ...
8 Jul 2016   

Category tag: Old Girls
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Gender equality
Following International Women's Day this week, Headmistress of Abbotsleigh Megan Krimmer discusses how important the goal of gender equality is in tod ...
9 Mar 2017   

Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Psychology Week 2016: Ways to thrive
Research has found that by focusing on the Five Key Pillars of Positive Psychology: Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accompli ...
10 Nov 2016   

careers article WEB
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College How to convince girls to be pilots and engineers
Research shows that gender stereotypes about careers are already strongly entrenched in children aged just 4-6.
25 Nov 2016   

Junior School | Middle School | Senior College The pillars of health
Liz Cannon, Abbotsleigh's Head of Educational Services shares the essential pillars of health and wellbeing for children and teenagers.
16 Mar 2017   

Drama pic Year 12 WEB
Senior College Weaving Group Performance magic on the stage
Our Year 12 drama students perform their Trial Group Performances at the Abbotsleigh Drama Studio.
16 Aug 2016   

Category tag: Senior College
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College | Boarding Benefits of an all-girls education
The latest research that shows why girls engage better in an all-girls' school.
28 Jun 2016   

Senior College Ice queen
Elizabeth Cao, Year 10, has recently returned from Canada after competing in the Junior World Synchronised Skating Championships.
7 Apr 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Junior School Is it possible to over-parent?
Experts warn that the increasing modern trend of over-parenting is helping to develop a generation of children lacking in resilience, life skills and ...
23 Mar 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
GCS Gallery 2017
Early Learning | Junior School | Middle School | Senior College 2017 Grace Cossington Smith Gallery exhibition calendar
The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery has prepared an exciting exhibition program for 2017 with many direct curriculum links for girls and artworks of g ...
2 Dec 2016   

Senior College Feedback for learning
Deputy Headmistress and Head of Senior School Victoria Rennie writes on the power of feedback to encourage active learning among students.
30 Mar 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College | Boarding | History No place like home
New President of the Abbotsleigh Parents' Association Kathy Campbell returns to very familiar ground.
17 Feb 2017   

Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Gratitude
Deputy Headmistress Mrs Victoria Rennie writes on the importance of pausing to reflect on our blessings for our wellbeing.
28 Apr 2017   

Bannana Oat Bars finished WEB
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Healthy lunchbox: Banana oat bars
Susan Filan, Head of Environmental Education, shares healthy nude food recipes from the Environment Council is sharing some great lunchbox foods that ...
27 Apr 2017   

Junior School PSSA swimming and diving success
We congratulate our Junior School divers and swimmers who competed at the NSWPSSA Swimming and Diving Championships this week.
7 Apr 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Junior School Scooter
Early Learning | Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Getting active at Abbotsleigh
At Abbotsleigh, to support our goal of mental health awareness we are encouraging our students and staff to enjoy an active lifestyle, with physical a ...
4 Nov 2016   

Middle School | Senior College Can you lend a hand at ABBOX?
We are calling for help with this year's ABBOX of FUN respite camp for children with special needs, an annual camp hosted each year by Sony Foundation ...
18 Nov 2016   

Rosemary Hoskins
Old Girls | Giving Passion for education and Indigenous affairs motivates a bequest
The success of the Indigenous Scholarships program has resulted in an increase in the diversity of our school. Here a former student tells why she sup ...
5 Jul 2016   

Category tag: Old Girls | Giving