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News and events

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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
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
APA seminar wellbeing WEB
Senior College APA parent seminar: Health and wellbeing
A presentation for parents by Michele Chevalley Hedge on food and wellbeing.
22 Feb 2018   
Peter Duly Concert Hall (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Senior College
Old Girls 100 Years of Tildesley Tennis
To celebrate, Tildesley 100 in 2018 Abbotsleigh Old Girls are invited to a tennis tournament in March, 2018.
21 Mar 2018    - 23 Mar 2018
Pennant Hills Park
Brittania Street Pennant Hills Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
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
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   

Bible Society event WEB
Senior College The Good Book Talks
Bible Society Australia and Abbotsleigh would like to invite you to a free event: The Good Book Talks, TED-style talks that argue for the ongoing valu ...
8 Mar 2018   
Peter Duly Concert Hall (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Senior College
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   

GCS Casting Light exhibition WEB
Senior College Casting Light exhibition
Casting Light, a survey of the work of Paul S Miller, is the latest exhibition at the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, until 24 February.
23 Jan 2018    - 24 Feb 2018
Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
Abbotsleigh, Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Senior College
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   

Old Girls Old Girl mothers' afternoon tea
The AOGU committee warmly invites Old Girls to an afternoon tea for mothers, and new mothers, of daughters at the School.
23 Feb 2018   
RSR (Senior School Reception)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Category tag: Old Girls
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
Peter and Margaret 485x310 WEB
Senior College Abbotsleigh's winning staff
Congratulations to two of our staff members who have each received a scholarship as winners in the 2017 NGS Super Scholarship Awards.
13 Oct 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
AOGU 1967 leavers 485x310 WEB
Old Girls | History The first HSC cohort
Old Girls from the first Abbotsleigh cohort to ever sit the Higher School Certificate exams following its introduction in 1967 writes about their expe ...
12 Oct 2017   

Category tag: Old Girls | History
Junior School Debating success at Abbotsleigh
Congratulations to our Junior School debaters who were victorious recently in the Schools Debating Network primary finals.
20 Sep 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Senior College Farewell Year 12
Abbotsleigh's Headmistress farewells the Class of 2017 and thanks the numerous staff who have provided the girls' with an exceptional education
22 Sep 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Middle School | Senior College Abbotsleigh Girls Run Riot
Four Abbotsleigh girls competed in the School Sport Australia National Cross Country Carnival on Saturday 20 August with outstanding results.
24 Aug 2016   

Middle School | Senior College Escape Room
To celebrate this year’s book week theme, Escape to Everywhere, the Betty Archdale Library staff organised an Escape Room as a fun, collaborative, pro ...
7 Sep 2017   

Giving Thank you
Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2017 Leather and Laces Sports lunch possible, raising record funds for Indigenous scholarships.
7 Sep 2017   

Category tag: Giving
Senior College Year 12 HSC Showcase
Our Year 12 students recently showcased their HSC major works from Design and Technology, Extension 2 English, History Extension, Music and Visual Art ...
25 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Wellbeing and positive parenting
Our Director of Counselling addresses parental support and the need for a shared understanding and language between school and parents in regards to w ...
24 Aug 2017   

Junior School When support is the enemy of resilience
In the very act of being of assistance to our children we can simultaneously stymie the very thing we want for them; independence and resilience.
31 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Boarding Habitual kindness in the boarding community
Over the past few weeks, the Boarding School has been learning about the value of making kind interactions a habit.
31 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Boarding
GCS Gallery 2017
Early Learning | Junior School | Middle School | Senior College 2017 Grace Cossington Smith Gallery exhibition calendar
The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery has prepared an exciting exhibition program for 2017 with many direct curriculum links for girls and artworks of g ...
2 Dec 2016   

Middle School | Senior College National Science Week
National Science Week is an annual celebration of science in Australia. This year at Abbotsleigh we have had a number of activities and celebrated the ...
18 Aug 2017   

Senior College Tolerance and freedom of speech
Abbotsleigh welcomed Dr Natasha Moore, Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity as guest speaker at our recent Senior College breakfast.
18 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Dr Goodwin
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Video: Top 5 tech tips for parents
Dr Kristy Goodwin, author of Raising Your Child in a Digital Age, shares with Abbotsleigh her top five technology tips for parents.
11 Aug 2017