New Abbotsleigh Deputy Head is an Old Girl
Victoria Rennie (Gosper, 1987) has been appointed as Deputy Head and Head of Senior School at Abbotsleigh to commence at the start of 2017.
Tori, as she is generally known, attended Abbotsleigh from 1978 to 1985. She returned to Abbotsleigh as a member of the English Department and was Head of English from 2010-2012. In 2013, Tori took up the role of Deputy Headmistress at St Catherine’s in Waverley. All three of her daughters have been Abbotsleigh students: Eliza (2015), and Molly and Morag who are Senior and Junior School students respectively.
Tori said of her new role at Abbotsleigh:
‘One need only speak to any member of the Abbotsleigh community to sense their unwavering passion and dedication to girls’ education. When considering that Abbotsleigh was founded 17 years before women were entitled to vote and indeed before Federation, I’m sure it is not difficult to understand that as an educator of young women I am constantly inspired by Abbotsleigh’s commitment to preparing young women to enter the world and also its innovation that has set the path for generations of girls and staff. Central to my professional and personal journey is a passion for girls’ education and a love of Jesus both of which stemmed from my years at Abbotsleigh. I am acutely aware of the empowering opportunities that excellence in education provides, and believe like Miss Betty Archdale, that ‘with education, women can do or be anything’. And so while Abbotsleigh has and indeed continues to change, much stays the same.
'With all this in mind I feel most blessed and honoured to be returning to a place that holds a very special place in my heart. As an Old Girl, parent and past member of staff it certainly feels like I have done the full circle and am returning home. I am so looking forward to working closely with Mrs Krimmer and all the staff to ensure that Abbotsleigh continues to be a strong, supportive learning community that leads the way in girls’ education.’