Abbotsleigh is a leader in girls’ education, where both learners and educators thrive. Our girls are unafraid to be awesome. We empower our girls to serve and inspire the community and become strong global citizens and courageous, socially responsible leaders. At Abbotsleigh, we are inspired by hope and we respect, explore and experience the beauty and wonder of the Christian faith. The greatest professionalism exists throughout the school, always aimed at building a better future.
Our vision for the future is outlined in our Strategic Plan for Abbotsleigh 2018-2025. Please watch the video above which was launched to parents at Speech Day in December 2017.
The School's Purpose
What we do
We empower amazing girls to do amazing things.
How we do things
Our teachers are role models who inspire each girl to reach her personal best. Their lessons last a lifetime.
Why we exist
Our holistic education underpinned by the Christian faith, helps our girls thrive today and tomorrow.
We do what’s right, not what’s easy
We value everyone for who they are
We dare to take risks
We lift each other up
We get up, we don’t give up
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.
The Council of Abbotsleigh
The Very Reverend Kanishka Raffel BA(Hons) LLB BD(Hons) DipMin MA
Archbishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of New South Wales
Mr P Fontanot BCompt(Hons) CA GAICD JP
Mr R Dring BEc FCA
Rev Dr A Barraclough BE BD DipMin MA D(Min)
Dr J Burns PhD MPsych(Clinical) MLitt BSW MAPS
Mrs J Cochrane BEc LLB(Hons)
Ms L Ellis BEc LLB(Hons) GAICD
Dr C Janssen MBBS MBA FAICD
Rev M Kellahan BA LLB BD
Dr J Lim BSc(Med) MBBS FRACGP DCH
Ms B Matthews BEc MCom CFA MAICD
Mr D Pontin BPE DipTeach MEd
Mrs J Robinson MEd BA DipEd
Ms M Southwick BLArch(Hons) CPPD MAIPM GAICD
Ms M Vanzella BEc LLB(Hons) MBA MAICD
School Improvement Plan