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News and events

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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 Twilight on the Plaza
Join our Headmistress and members of the Abbotsleigh community while meeting parents from your year group.
9 Feb 2018   
Marian Clarke Plaza (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
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
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Old Girls Class of 2017 afternoon tea
The Abbotsleigh Old Girls’ Union and the School would like to invite our 2017 leavers to celebrate the transition from Year 12 into the future.
9 Feb 2018   
Old Gym (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
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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
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   

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
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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   

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 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   

Sally Ruston and Susanna Matters
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Abbotsleigh staff honoured
Abbotsleigh Headmistress Mrs Megan Krimmer congratulates two of our staff on being honoured by The Australian College of Educators.
11 Aug 2017   

Women in STEM 2
Middle School | Senior College Women in STEM event
Some of our Computing Studies students at Senior School were treated with a visit from Prof Vucetic from the University of Sydney - a recent recipient ...
10 Aug 2017   

Sally article on perfectionism
Junior School Perfectly flawed
Sally Ruston, Head of Abbotsleigh Junior School writes on the challenges of doggedly pursuing perfectionism.
4 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Junior School
Middle School | Giving Year 7 scholarships for 2019
Registrations are now open for Abbotsleigh scholarships for students entering Year 7 in 2019.
3 Aug 2017   

Category tag: Middle School | Giving
Our House gallery shot
Senior College Join us at Our House
The latest exhibition at Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Our House is now available to view, with an official opening on Saturday 29 July.
26 Jul 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Natasha Ramsden
Senior College Talented swimmer off to the US
Year 11 Abbotsleigh student Natasha Ramsden is a rising swimming star, selected to represent Australia in international swimming competitions.
20 Jul 2017   

Category tag: Senior College
Flourish article
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College How to flourish
An article by Head of Junior School, Sally Ruston, about defining the underlying experiences, skills and attributes that contribute to wellbeing.
19 Jul 2017   

Rosemary Hoskins
Old Girls | Giving Passion for education and Indigenous affairs motivates a bequest
The success of the Indigenous Scholarships program has resulted in an increase in the diversity of our school. Here a former student tells why she sup ...
5 Jul 2016   

Category tag: Old Girls | Giving
Careers Night
Senior College | Old Girls What did we learn from Careers Night?
Abbotsleigh Careers Advisor Marg Selby reports on the recent Careers Night and some of the key lessons for students that came from discussions with Ol ...
11 May 2017   

Category tag: Senior College | Old Girls
Walk Safely to School Day
Junior School Walk Safely to School
Abbotsleigh Junior School will be participating in National Walk Safely to School Day on 19 May with some ongoing student-led initiatives.
12 May 2017   

Category tag: Junior School