Abbotsleigh in America

Yvette Vignando (far left) with Mrs Judith Poole and Abbotsleigh Old Girls in San Francisco, September 2016.

It’s no surprise to know that women from Abbotsleigh are working, travelling and making their homes all over the world, with many of them in the United States.

At our recent reunions on the west and east coast of the U.S., Abbotsleigh Old Girls gathered to reconnect and hear the latest news from Abbotsleigh. At the New York reunion, one of our Old Girls kindly offered to moderate a Facebook group for Abbotsleigh women in America to keep up the conversations and networking. Heleen Fourie is Abbotsleigh’s Alumni Relations Manager and works closely with the AOGU on reunions, social and networking events and Old Girl communications. If you know any Old Girls in the United States who may want to be part of the new Facebook group, please do ask them to get in touch with Heleen.

The Abbotsleigh Old Girls’ Union and the School are committed to keeping our Old Girls connected, and we encourage them to visit Abbotsleigh whenever possible. Just one example of our Old Girls’ contribution to Abbotsleigh is the support from women who give their time, expertise and experience to us at our annual Careers Night. Many significant reunions are held in the second half of the year - at a 30 year reunion held last month, one of our Old Girls travelled back from the U.S. for an evening of fun and reminiscing with her 1986 year group and then re-joined us at the San Francisco reunion. A 40 year reunion also just took place at Abbotsleigh in the Global Learning Centre.

 

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The reunion in New York City, October 2016.

 

In 2015, a reunion was held in Hong Kong to connect our South East Asia based Old Girls and we are keen to extend this group to allow more women to network and enjoy each other’s support and company. Heleen Fourie would also be happy to hear from Old Girls in South East Asia who are interested in growing this chapter.

Our London reunions have been going strong for many years. A large reunion was held in 2014 and thanks to the energy and kindness of several UK based Old Girls, gatherings are held almost every year for Old Girls based in Europe and the UK.

Community is so important at our school. We recognise and give thanks for the warmth and extensive connections with students, staff, parents, Old Girls, grandparents and carers, the School’s Council, our local community and our international sister and exchange schools. Our Headmistress and Council recognise the importance of community partnerships that enrich the teaching and learning opportunities for our girls and it is a joy to see those partnerships and relationships continue to flourish beyond their time at the school and out into their lives, wherever they are unfolding around the world.

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