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Around Abbotsleigh is the School's magazine, which brings together and showcases news and events of the School, Old Girls and wider Abbotsleigh community.

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News and events

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Old Girls AOGU Business Breakfast
Old Girls are invited to join us for a presentation by Dr Sally Auld titled 'Insights from the dismal science: how economics can help you succeed as a ...
26 Oct 2017   
BT Financial Group
Tower Two International Towers Sydney, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, (entrance via Mercantile Walk) Barrangaroo Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
Senior College Heron Island excursion
Abbotsleigh girls visited a world heritage-listed Marine National Park at Heron Island, to carry out scientific field work while staying at the Univer ...
19 Oct 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Junior School Does knowing times tables matter?
Aside from times tables, there is so much more that is equally important if we want our girls to be great mathematicians.
19 Oct 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Junior School Junior School Christmas Carol Service
Parents and families of our Junior School students are invited to join us for our annual Christmas Carols service.
30 Nov 2017   
Bundarra Lawn Junior School Campus
22 Woonona Avenue Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Junior School
Old Girls Class of 2012 reunion
Old Girls from the Class of 2012 are invited to their 5-year reunion.
28 Oct 2017   
Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
Abbotsleigh, Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
Old Girls Class of 1997 reunion
Leavers from the class of 1997 are invited to attend their 20-year reunion.
4 Nov 2017   
Dining Room (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
Old Girls Class of 1987 reunion
Leavers from the class of 1987 are invited to attend their 30 year reunion.
11 Nov 2017   
The Greengate Hotel
Cnr Pacific Highway and Greengate Road Killara Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
Old Girls Class of 1977 reunion
Leavers from 1977 are invited to their 40-year school reunion.
28 Oct 2017   
Dining Room (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
Middle School | Senior College | Old Girls Leadership at Abbotsleigh
Abbotsleigh Old Girl and Deputy Headmistress Victoria Rennie talks about her love of education and her interests outside of school.
10 Oct 2017   

Senior College | Old Girls | History Tildesley Shield 100 years on
The Tildesley shield, a tennis tournament in which Abbotsleigh participates, celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2018.
10 Oct 2017   

Category tag: Senior College | Old Girls | History
Peter and Margaret 485x310 WEB
Senior College Abbotsleigh's winning staff
Congratulations to two of our staff members who have each received a scholarship as winners in the 2017 NGS Super Scholarship Awards.
13 Oct 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
AOGU 1967 leavers 485x310 WEB
Old Girls | History The first HSC cohort
Old Girls from the first Abbotsleigh cohort to ever sit the Higher School Certificate exams following its introduction in 1967 writes about their expe ...
12 Oct 2017   

Category tag: Old Girls | History
Old Girls AOGU Golf Day
All Abbotsleigh Old Girls, past and current mothers and former staff are invited to join us for our annual Golf Day.
17 Nov 2017   
Mona Vale Golf Club
3 Golf Avenue Mona Vale Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
Junior School Debating success at Abbotsleigh
Congratulations to our Junior School debaters who were victorious recently in the Schools Debating Network primary finals.
20 Sep 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Senior College Farewell Year 12
Abbotsleigh's Headmistress farewells the Class of 2017 and thanks the numerous staff who have provided the girls' with an exceptional education
22 Sep 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Middle School | Senior College Abbotsleigh Girls Run Riot
Four Abbotsleigh girls competed in the School Sport Australia National Cross Country Carnival on Saturday 20 August with outstanding results.
24 Aug 2016   

Seeing Science_Web
Senior College Seeing Science
The current exhibition at Grace Cossington Smith Gallery is Seeing Science, presenting works by artists visually exploring the wonder of science and ...
15 Sep 2017    - 3 Nov 2017
Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
Abbotsleigh, Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Senior College
Junior School Love Your Sister fundraiser
Head of Junior School Sally Ruston reports how Lucy Breden from Year 6 influenced her peers to dig deep and contribute to the creation of an art work ...
14 Sep 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
History Abbotsleigh’s baroque West-Pemmer organ
The story behind the magnificent baroque West-Pemmer organ inside Abbotsleigh chapel which was designed and constructed in Germany.
14 Sep 2017   

Category tag: History
Middle School | Senior College Escape Room
To celebrate this year’s book week theme, Escape to Everywhere, the Betty Archdale Library staff organised an Escape Room as a fun, collaborative, pro ...
7 Sep 2017   

Giving Thank you
Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2017 Leather and Laces Sports lunch possible, raising record funds for Indigenous scholarships.
7 Sep 2017   

Category tag: Giving
Senior College Year 12 HSC Showcase
Our Year 12 students recently showcased their HSC major works from Design and Technology, Extension 2 English, History Extension, Music and Visual Art ...
25 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Wellbeing and positive parenting
Our Director of Counselling addresses parental support and the need for a shared understanding and language between school and parents in regards to w ...
24 Aug 2017   

Junior School When support is the enemy of resilience
In the very act of being of assistance to our children we can simultaneously stymie the very thing we want for them; independence and resilience.
31 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Boarding Habitual kindness in the boarding community
Over the past few weeks, the Boarding School has been learning about the value of making kind interactions a habit.
31 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Boarding
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   

Middle School | Senior College National Science Week
National Science Week is an annual celebration of science in Australia. This year at Abbotsleigh we have had a number of activities and celebrated the ...
18 Aug 2017   

Senior College Tolerance and freedom of speech
Abbotsleigh welcomed Dr Natasha Moore, Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity as guest speaker at our recent Senior College breakfast.
18 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Dr Goodwin
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Video: Top 5 tech tips for parents
Dr Kristy Goodwin, author of Raising Your Child in a Digital Age, shares with Abbotsleigh her top five technology tips for parents.
11 Aug 2017   

Sally Ruston and Susanna Matters
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Abbotsleigh staff honoured
Abbotsleigh Headmistress Mrs Megan Krimmer congratulates two of our staff on being honoured by The Australian College of Educators.
11 Aug 2017   

Women in STEM 2
Middle School | Senior College Women in STEM event
Some of our Computing Studies students at Senior School were treated with a visit from Prof Vucetic from the University of Sydney - a recent recipient ...
10 Aug 2017   

Sally article on perfectionism
Junior School Perfectly flawed
Sally Ruston, Head of Abbotsleigh Junior School writes on the challenges of doggedly pursuing perfectionism.
4 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Middle School | Giving Year 7 scholarships for 2019
Registrations are now open for Abbotsleigh scholarships for students entering Year 7 in 2019.
3 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Middle School | Giving
Sports lunch room
Giving Sports towards scholarships
Director of Development Yvette Vignando addresses frequently-asked questions about philanthropy at Abbotsleigh including details about this year's Spo ...
28 Jul 2017   

Category tag: Giving
Our House gallery shot
Senior College Join us at Our House
The latest exhibition at Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Our House is now available to view, with an official opening on Saturday 29 July.
26 Jul 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Natasha Ramsden
Senior College Talented swimmer off to the US
Year 11 Abbotsleigh student Natasha Ramsden is a rising swimming star, selected to represent Australia in international swimming competitions.
20 Jul 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Flourish article
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College How to flourish
An article by Head of Junior School, Sally Ruston, about defining the underlying experiences, skills and attributes that contribute to wellbeing.
19 Jul 2017   

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
Careers Night
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
Walk Safely to School Day
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
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
Pink socks
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   

Balmoral Burn all 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 | 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
Reconciliation week
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   

Glow Image
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   

Unity project
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   

Theatre girls
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 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
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