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News and events

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Infants Music Concert485x310 WEB
Junior School Infants Music Concert
A night of music performed by Abbotsleigh infants for their families.
8 Sep 2017   
Peter Duly Concert Hall (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Junior School
CatchARisingStar485x310 WEB
Junior School | Senior College Catch a Rising Star Gala Night
Abbotsleigh warmly invites parents to a special music concert featuring solo musicians from Year 6 to Year 12.
1 Sep 2017   
Peter Duly Concert Hall (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Year 9 Father Daughter Breakfast WEB
Middle School Year 9 Father Daughter Breakfast
Dads with daughters in Year 9 are invited to enjoy breakfast with their daughter with money from tickets sales donated towards men's cancer research - ...
8 Sep 2017   
Old Gym (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Middle School
Year 5 Father Daughter BushDance WEB
Junior School Year 5 Father Daughter Bush Dance
Dads and daughters are warmly invited to attend a fun evening of bush dancing. Please feel free to invite a grandfather, uncle, big brother or specia ...
20 Sep 2017   
Everett Hall (Junior School Campus)
22 Woonona Avenue Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Junior School
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
Year 3 and Kindy father daughter breakfast WEB
Junior School Kindy and Year 3 Father Daughter Breakfast
Dads and daughters from Kindergarten and Year 3 are warmly invited to attend an informal breakfast at Abbotsleigh.
1 Sep 2017   
Junior School Campus
22 Woonona Avenue Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Junior School
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
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
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
AOGU 1908 program
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
Pool Fun
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
Work life balance
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   

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
well being 26 May
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   

Athletics carnival house captains
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   

Glow image
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   

Jazz Web
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