The Shuttle

The Shuttle is Abbotsleigh's weekly newsletter. Click on the links below to download a pdf.




Around Abbotsleigh

Around Abbotsleigh is the School's magazine, which brings together and showcases news and events of the School, Old Girls and wider Abbotsleigh community.

Click on the links below to read the latest issues.



While most current families, past parents and Old Girls receive Around Abbotsleigh electronically, the publication is also published in hard copy.

If you would like to change the way you receive Around Abbotsleigh, please email Jean Ardley.

News and events

Abbotsleigh is a vibrant and busy place.

Our news and events section keeps you up to date with what's going on. 

Share in our joys. Take part in our events.

Visit often – we don't want you to miss a thing.

Middle School | Senior College Awesome cross country results in Paris
Six of our senior athletes recently competed at the ISF World Schools Cross Country Championships in Paris.
5 Apr 2018   

Early Learning | Junior School | Middle School | Senior College | Boarding | Old Girls Abbotsleigh Literary Festival 2018
The biennial Abbotsleigh Literary Festival, 'The Story Within', is an exciting event for students and adults.
5 Jun 2018    - 7 Jun 2018
Senior School Campus and Junior School Campus
Wahroonga Australia NSW
Early Learning | Junior School | Middle School | Senior College | Boarding | Old Girls The Little Mermaid
Sing along to the adventures of Ariel, Sebastian and all the gang in Abbotsleigh's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid.
10 May 2018    - 12 May 2018
Assembly Hall (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
AOGU Archibald Invite
Old Girls AOGU Archibald Tour
The AOGU warmly invites Old Girls to an exclusive tour of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes.
25 May 2018   
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road Sydney Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
Early Learning | Junior School Ten minutes with our Head of Junior School
We caught up with our Head of Junior School, Ms Sally Ruston, to see what drew her to education and what interests her outside the school gates.
23 Apr 2018   

Early Learning Early Learning Conference 2018
The changing face of education: Early Learning in the 21st century
19 Jun 2018    - 20 Jun 2018
Junior School Campus
22 Woonona Avenue Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Early Learning
Middle School | Senior College Lessons that last a lifetime
Working with Crossroads Foundation, all teaching staff and girls from Years 9-12 engaged in a confronting simulation on poverty.
6 Apr 2018   

Early Learning | Junior School | Middle School | Senior College | Boarding | Old Girls Dazzle and Dine Ball
Abbotsleigh Foundation invites you to a night of glamour, with a celebrity host and of course, a red carpet!
4 Aug 2018   
Crystal Palace (Luna Park)
1 Olympic Drive Milsons Point Australia
Middle School | Senior College What do you see in the stars?
At the Senior School Easter chapel service this year, some unexpected images filled the screen.
29 Mar 2018   

Middle School | Senior College Music masterclasses hit the right note
Mr George Torbay and Mr Harry Sdraulig recently shared invaluable knowledge with our singers and composers.
28 Mar 2018   

Senior College Good reasons for embracing challenges
Year 11 recently discovered that challenges are an important part of life and have many benefits.
22 Mar 2018   

Category tag: Senior College
Middle School | Senior College | Boarding Come and see our chooks at the Easter Show
Abbotsleigh's Ag Club has been busy raising broiler chickens and Light Sussex hens in preparation for the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
21 Mar 2018   

Junior School | Middle School | Senior College | Boarding Welcome to AbbSchool
AbbSchool is made up of two important areas within the Abbotsleigh community: extended tuition and the Holiday Program.
14 Mar 2018   

Junior School Why STEM matters
Abbotsleigh is thrilled to have the facilities and educators to ensure that the best of STEM learning is accessible to all our girls.
14 Mar 2018   

Category tag: Junior School
Boarding Sparking joy in the Year of the Dog
Our boarders have taken part in an art installation for the Chinese New Year Festival in partnership with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
16 Feb 2018   

Category tag: Boarding
Middle School | Senior College Ag Club's flying start
The Agriculture Club at Sydney independent day and boarding school, Abbotsleigh, is off to a flying start in 2018 with a poultry focus.
8 Feb 2018   

Middle School | Senior College | Old Girls Abbotsleigh celebrates IWD, #PressforProgress and STEM
Abbotsleigh Old Girl, Katie Rigg-Smith, the Australasian CEO of Mindshare, helped us celebrate IWD. We later opened STEM Street in the Junior School.
9 Mar 2018   

Middle School | Senior College Final results for Abbotsleigh girls at the Commonwealth Games swimming trials
We're very proud of our four girls who competed at last week's Commonwealth Games Swimming Trials 2018 on the Gold Coast.
9 Mar 2018   

History Florence Sulman and her ties to Abbotsleigh
Florence Sulman and her brother Arthur attended Abbotsleigh in its earliest years when the school was still located in Parramatta. In 1958 Florence wa ...
27 Feb 2018   

Category tag: History
GCS_Art North_Jacqueline-Truong WEB
Senior College Art North
The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery has launched ART NORTH, an exhibition developed by Visual Arts students for assessment in the 2017 HSC examination. ...
1 Mar 2018   

Category tag: Senior College
Middle School | Senior College Going for gold
We would like to wish four of our girls all the best for next week as they head off to the Gold Coast for this year’s Commonwealth Games trials.
23 Feb 2018   

Middle School Middle School workshops
Our Middle School girls have been treated to a variety of experiences over the last week to enhance their learning at Abbotsleigh.
23 Feb 2018   

Category tag: Middle School
Junior School Sydney Kings visit
Our Year 4-6 girls had a rare treat this week to meet with and play basketball with players from the Sydney Kings.
15 Feb 2018   

Category tag: Junior School
History Abbotsleigh’s baroque West-Pemmer organ
The story behind the magnificent baroque West-Pemmer organ inside Abbotsleigh chapel which was designed and constructed in Germany.
14 Sep 2017   

Category tag: History
Middle School | Senior College Teaching our girls respect
Respect is one of our School’s core values, writes Victoria Rennie, Deputy Headmistress. Following the global Safer Internet Day, our students were as ...
9 Feb 2018   

Junior School Anxiety burners to resilience builders
Throughout the Abbotsleigh Junior School this year, we are making student wellbeing our focus, write Head of Junior School, Sally Ruston.
8 Feb 2018   

Category tag: Junior School
Senior College Grace Cossington Smith Gallery exhibitions 2018
Welcome to our exhibition program for 2018. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 9 am-4 pm. Exhibitions create great inter ...
2 Feb 2018   

Category tag: Senior College
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Safer Internet Day
Tuesday 6 February is Safer Internet Day (SID). This is a global, annual initiative that aims to encourage safer internet use. We outline tips for pa ...
1 Feb 2018   

Old Girls AOGU Honorary President’s Remarks 2017
AOGU Honorary President Kim Boniface reflects on 2017 and all the Old Girls' association has achieved.
7 Dec 2017   

Category tag: Old Girls
Middle School | Senior College Future skills and training
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee releases report on what future skills and training, is likely to be needed both in Australia and internat ...
23 Nov 2017   

Giving West puts best foot forward
Rani West, Kathleen McCredie scholar (2014-2016) grasped the opportunity of receiving a scholarship at Abbotsleigh – positively changing her life and ...
3 Feb 2017   

Category tag: Giving
Senior College Hope Peace Joy
Year 9 student Kira Trahana writes how the real meaning of Christmas extends beyond presents to a message that hasn't changed in 2,000 years.
1 Dec 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Junior School AbbSchool Summer Holiday program
The AbbSchool Summer Holiday program is open to students and members of the community.
30 Nov 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Junior School BrainWays Quest win
Two Abbotsleigh Junior School teams win first place overall in their age categories at the BrainWays Quest Competition.
24 Nov 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
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
Middle School | Senior College Thriving in the digital age
Psychology Week 2017 is focused on ‘Thriving in the Digital Age’- to help Australians improve their happiness and wellbeing by promoting ways to thri ...
16 Nov 2017   

Senior College | History The Abbotsleigh pool
Abbotsleigh's pool facilities have evolved since the School's first pool opened 60 years ago in 1957.
15 Nov 2017   

Category tag: Senior College | History
Senior College Shan Turner-Carroll exhibition
The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery is pleased to partner with The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) to present the works of photographer and mu ...
10 Nov 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Junior School Language celebrations at Junior School
Junior School recently celebrated Languages Week with a number of fun and colourful activities.
9 Nov 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Junior School Love Your Sister fundraiser
Head of Junior School Sally Ruston reports how Lucy Breden from Year 6 influenced her peers to dig deep and contribute to the creation of an art work ...
14 Sep 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
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
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
Middle School | Senior College Making music at Abbotsleigh
The Senior School Music Department report on a wonderfully exciting and busy start to Term 4 and the creativity of our music students.
2 Nov 2017   

Middle School | Senior College Pink Ribbon Day
Year 11 Student Celeste Zhong reports on the activities taken by Abbotsleigh students to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
2 Nov 2017   

Junior School Touch typing or handwriting: which way to go?
Head of Junior School Sally Ruston is often asked by parents about the importance of handwriting versus the need for students to learn how to touch ty ...
26 Oct 2017   

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
Senior College Heron Island excursion
Abbotsleigh girls visited a world heritage-listed Marine National Park at Heron Island, to carry out scientific field work while staying at the Univer ...
19 Oct 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Junior School Does knowing times tables matter?
Aside from times tables, there is so much more that is equally important if we want our girls to be great mathematicians.
19 Oct 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Middle School | Senior College | Old Girls Leadership at Abbotsleigh
Abbotsleigh Old Girl and Deputy Headmistress Victoria Rennie talks about her love of education and her interests outside of school.
10 Oct 2017   

Senior College | Old Girls | History Tildesley Shield 100 years on
The Tildesley shield, a tennis tournament in which Abbotsleigh participates, celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2018.
10 Oct 2017   

Category tag: Senior College | Old Girls | History