Farewell Year 12
The Class of 2017 is an amazing group of girls and it has been such a privilege watching each one grow and flourish in her learning and as a young woman this year. The girls have worked hard and achieved much. They are, indeed, talented, vibrant, intelligent and articulate young women who, as they leave the gates of Abbotsleigh, are ready to take on whatever life will bring them.
The girls’ parting gifts to Abbotsleigh were so impressive as they epitomised who we are as a School and who the girls are as a Year Group. In a true reflection of Service Learning, which is at the heart of our School, the girls asked the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter, a group their grade has supported since Year 10, what they needed. The shelter desperately needed a dishwasher so, through money raised, Year 12 has now provided this much-needed piece of equipment.
Additionally, the money raised from the very clever, witty and hilarious Final Event is to be donated to Kids Helpline. This is such a fitting choice for continuing to promote and support Mental Health through their service project: We Can.
Finally, in a reflection of the girls’ heart for Reconciliation, they presented the School with a precious Torres Strait Islander flag to be flown with our flags at the front of the Senior School. As Head Prefect Jocelyn Abbott said at the Valedictory Assembly, the girls in Year 12 think that the recognition of the Torres Strait Islander people alongside Indigenous Australians is important. They also believe that acknowledging the languages and traditions of the people who have come before us, is crucial to our ability to move forward together in the future.
Head Prefect Jocelyn Abbott presented Abbotsleigh Headmistress with a Torres Straight Islander flag to be flown at Senior School.
Thank you, Year 12. Your gifts are very precious indeed.
There are, of course, many people who have contributed to the exceptional education the Class of 2017 has received at Abbotsleigh. I would like to thank the members of our Senior Leadership Team, as well as the girls’ Year Coordinators, Teachers (Junior and Senior School), Tutors, and Boarding Coordinators and Residents for all that they have done to contribute to the girls’ learning within and beyond the classroom. Special mention needs to be made of our Year 12 specialists this year, Mrs Annette Ware (Head of Senior College), Ms Jane Meenahan (Year Coordinator: Years 10 – 12), Ms Linda Emms (Head of Curriculum), Mrs Marg Selby (Careers Advisor extraordinaire), Mrs Liz Cannon (Head of Student Services and Counselling) and Mrs Sarah Ware (Year 12 Boarding Coordinator). In addition, there are so many professionals who work behind the scenes here at Abbotsleigh whose work allows our teachers to do the amazing job that they do, and I know that the Year 12 parents, girls and I are very grateful.
We wish the girls every success for their final HSC examinations in October and November. The girls are now our newest members of the Abbotsleigh Old Girls’ Union, and we are certainly looking forward to hearing about their exciting adventures as they move beyond the gates of the school they love, Abbotsleigh.
We wish every young woman in the Class of 2017, God’s richest blessing for their future.
To view a gallery of images from the girls' final week, please click here to view our Facebook album.