About us

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.

Strategic Plan

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.

Our values

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


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 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


Rev M Kellahan BA LLB BD


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



Annual Report



Headmistress's Report