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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.

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News and events

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Junior School Success at Elite Junior Diving Championships
Two of our junior divers got more than they bargained for when they competed this week.
21 Jun 2018   

Category tag: Junior School
Middle School | Senior College The Abbotsleigh Baroque Music Project
Our Senior Strings members have been experiencing first hand the music, techniques and dance of the Baroque period.
21 Jun 2018   

Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Music celebration 2018: Global Tones
Prepare to be dazzled and enchanted by Abbotsleigh musicians and their wonderful performances.
25 Jun 2018   
Peter Duly Concert Hall (Senior School Campus)
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Junior School | Middle School | Senior College Willy Wonka inspired GLOW
In your wildest dreams you cannot imagine the marvellous surprises that await you!
27 Jun 2018   
Senior School Campus
1666 Pacific Highway (Cnr Ada Avenue) Wahroonga Australia NSW
Middle School | Senior College Instrumental Festival hits all the right notes
The Senior School was alive this week with the strains of music masters, past and present.
14 Jun 2018   

Early Learning | Junior School Literary Festival - a Junior School perspective
Our Junior School girls enjoyed a feast of authors, illustrators and a dazzling book parade.
14 Jun 2018   

Junior School | Middle School | Senior College The Story Within: Abbotsleigh Literary Festival 2018
And so ends a three-day celebration of literature, reading, writing and illustrating.
8 Jun 2018   

Old Girls Abbotsleigh mourns the loss of Jill Ker Conway AC
It was with great sadness that the Abbotsleigh community learnt of the passing of well-renowned Old Girl, academic and author, Jill Ker Conway.
4 Jun 2018   

Category tag: Old Girls
Junior School Altruism in practice
Learning altruism, demonstrating genuine acts of kindness and showing care and compassion are crucial in building emotional wellbeing.
31 May 2018   

Category tag: Junior School
Middle School | Senior College Year 10 works it 9 to 5
Over the past week, Year 10 students have spent their time doing work experience across various locations around Sydney, the state and interstate.
1 Jun 2018   

Middle School | Senior College Prof Barry Webb lights the way at GLOW
A lucky few of our Senior School girls are thrilled to be working with Professor Barry Webb in preparation for this year's GLOW event.
24 May 2018   

Senior College Why do we do work experience in Year 10?
Discover why work experience is such a valuable tool in helping students to develop new skills and to explore their career ideas.
24 May 2018   

Category tag: Senior College
Middle School | Senior College Peacebuilding
Economic and Community Development and Peace was the theme at this year's Rotary Presidential Peacebuilding Conference.
16 May 2018   

Senior College | Old Girls Women, work, wisdom and wi-fi
Old Girl Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz presented on gender diversity in the workplace at this term's Archdale and Senior College Breakfast Club.
18 May 2018   

Category tag: Senior College | Old Girls
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
Boarding A wonderful weekend in boarding
We all know boarding is fun, but the first weekend back the term was even more so.
9 May 2018   

Category tag: Boarding
Early Learning Happy Mothers' Day from the ELC
Our Early Learning Centre celebrated Mothers' Day in a very special way.
9 May 2018   

Category tag: Early Learning
Boarding Farewell to our beloved Head of Boarding
The boarding school held a joyous (and tearful) farewell to celebrate the leadership of Rochelle Wiley.
4 May 2018   

Category tag: Boarding
Early Learning | Junior School | Middle School | Senior College The collapse of parenting
In his book 'The Collapse of Parenting', Dr Leonard Sax MD PhD presents his findings on the importance of a healthy parent child relationship.
3 May 2018   

Senior College Gifted and Talented Science students
Four of our girls excelled at the University of Sydney Gifted and Talented Discovery Program qualifying examination.
3 May 2018   

Category tag: Senior College
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
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 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   

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   

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
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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   

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