Independent Girls School in Sydney

About us

Abbotsleigh empowers young women to embrace the world with confidence, competence and compassion. Each girl is encouraged to develop her potential in a caring Christian environment by fostering her pursuit of personal and academic excellence.

The School's Purpose

Abbotsleigh is an independent Anglican school for girls in Sydney that encourages each girl to develop her potential by fostering her pursuit of personal and academic excellence. The School provides a quality, well balanced education, underpinned by the Christian faith. Each girl is empowered to be a courageous, constructive and compassionate world citizen, who embraces diversity and has a will to serve others.

Our values

These values were developed and clarified by students and staff in 2007.

The School Lesson and our Christian faith underpin all that we value and do.

Care and Compassion
Being sensitive to the needs of others and acting with a will to serve

Courage and Originality
Viewing the world through fresh eyes and acting independently

Having an open mind to discover new things

The right to have choices and the ability to express one’s opinions with the expectation that they will be considered respectfully

Friendships and Relationships
Being included and including others, ensuring a bond between the people around us from whom we can seek and give support

Integrity and Honesty
Being totally truthful and acting according to ethical principles

The ability to show a commitment and a bond to the values and beliefs we uphold

The ability to see and value the attributes we each possess through considerate and thoughtful behaviour

Being accountable for our own actions, our community and our environment

Our motto
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 Most Reverend Dr Glenn N Davies BSc MDiv(Hons) ThM(Hons) DipA PhD DD
Archbishop of Sydney

Mr P Fontanot BCompt(Hons) CA GAICD

Mr R Bowden BBus CPA 


Mrs S Baillie BCom (Merit) CA CFA MAICD

Rev A Barraclough BE BD DipMin MA

Ms M Bisley BA LLB

Mrs J Cochrane BEc LLB(Hons)



Mr I Londish BA LLB(Hons) GradDipAppCorGov GIA Cert MAICD AMIIA

Mr P Nicholson BSc BE(Hons) ME MIEAust

Mr D Pontin BPE DipTeach MEd

Mrs S Roberts BPsych(Hons)

Ms M Vanzella BEc LLB(Hons) MBA MAICD


Strategic Plan

Our vision for the future is outlined in our Strategic Plan, Today's vision, tomorrow's excellence, published in 2013.

In this revised strategic plan, a new key driver focuses on organisational sustainability. We have also highlighted our work in technology which enriches learning, communication and knowledge management. This updated plan underlines our commitment to ensuring that each Abbotsleigh girl is a competent, constructive and compassionate world citizen.


School Improvement Plan



Annual Report



Headmistress's Report