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Old Girls' Union

Building connections – uplifting women

The Abbotsleigh Old Girls’ Union (AOGU) was founded in 1908, by the School’s first Headmistress, Miss Marian Clarke. Miss Marian Clarke, recognised the strength of the connections and friendships formed at Abbotsleigh and founded the AOGU when the School only had a few hundred students.  The AOGU now has close to 12,000 members. In addition to facilitating regular year group reunions, the AOGU and Old Girls Office organise a number of regional reunions and events throughout the year to connect Abbotsleigh girls with each other and the current school community.  

To further support Abbotsleigh girls in their meaningful endeavours, the 110th Anniversary Grant was established in 2018 to recognise the value that Old Girls add by being contributory members of their local and world-wide communities. By taking building the incredible network of Abbotsleigh women we are also helping to build a stronger future for all women.

The AOGU Committee is a volunteer group of Old Girls that works on behalf of its members to sustain, support and grow the Old Girls community. The AOGU Committee is supported by the School through the Old Girls Office.  If you  have any questions, please contact the Old Girls Office or phone +61 2 9473 7740.



Notice of the Abbotsleigh Old Girls’ Union Annual General Meeting 2019 on Wednesday 20 November 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Abbotsleigh Old Girls’ Union Incorporated will be held in the Global Learning Centre at Abbotsleigh, 1666 Pacific Highway, Wahroonga on Wednesday 20 November 2019 commencing at 7.30 pm. All AOGU members are welcome.

Order of business
Confirmation of the minutes of the previous AGM;
Receive and consider the Annual Report of the Honorary President;
Receive and consider the Annual Report of the Honorary Treasurer including the audited financial statements and the Auditor’s report for the year ending 30 June 2019;
Appoint the auditor for the year 2019/2020;
Elect the Committee and Officers for 2019/2020 including confirmation of AOGU nominated Abbotsleigh Council Representatives; and
To conduct any other business of which 14 days prior written notice has been given.

All Committee and Officer positions will be declared vacant at the AGM and nominations for these positions are now open.

Nominations of candidates for positions on the Committee and on the School Council must be signed by the proposer and seconder and be accompanied by the written consent of the nominee. Nominations must be sent by Monday 18 November 2019 to: The Honorary Secretary, AOGU, Locked Bag 1666, Wahroonga NSW 2076.

A nomination form for the positions on the Abbotsleigh Old Girls’ Union Committee can be obtained by contacting  the Old Girls Office at aogu@abbotsleigh.nsw.edu.au or on 02 9473 7740.

Members of the AOGU who wish to receive a ballot paper for the election of the Committee, including the council representative, must write to the Secretary requesting a ballot paper by Monday 11 November 2019. Ballot papers must be returned by Monday 18 November 2019 to: The Honorary Secretary, AOGU, Locked Bag 1666, Wahroonga NSW 2076.

For more information, please contact Sarah Franks, Honorary Secretary of the AOGU, via email aogu.secretary@gmail.com.



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The objectives of the Union are to:

  • Maintain and hand on tradition of the School and to promote its interests;
  • Unite past members of the School with the present; and
  • Keep past members of the School together and promote their interests



Life membership is available to anyone who has completed at least four terms of schooling at Abbotsleigh. All Old Girls who finished Year 12 at Abbotsleigh during and after 2006 receive life membership of the AOGU on leaving the School. Life members can vote at meetings and are eligible for election to the Committee and to the position of executive officer of the Committee.




The AOGU Committee is a volunteer committee of Old Girls. All Old Girls are eligible to be nominated as a member of the General Committee with appointments taking place annually at the AGM. The term of service is one year with unlimited eligibility for reappointment. Office bearers are also appointed annually at the AGM.
The AOGU Committee meets twice a term at 7.30 pm at the Senior School. A schedule of meeting dates can be obtained through the Old Girls Office



The 2019 Committee
Office Bearers

President Belinda Burton (Tjeuw, 1991)
Vice-President  Rebecca Baillie (1989)
Treasurer  Margaret Jordan (Thiel, 1986)
Secretary  Sarah Franks (1991)

Members of the General Committee 

Kim Boniface (Anderson, 1985)
Jessica Combe (2012)
Karina Conn (Lorschy, 1986)
Bronwyn Cooper (Ross-Jones, 1980) (Boarder Representative)
Suzie Evennett (Taylor, 1984)
Tina (Christina) Graham (Murray-Walker, 1988)
Bronwyn Matthews (1982) (Foundation Representative)
Karen Love (1987)
Anne Mitchell (Macfarlane, 1964) (War Records Coordinator)
Kate Nicholls (Hall, 1985)
Louise Patrick (Piper, 1983)
Caroline Rigby (Miller, 1984)
Sarah Turner (Langwill, 1987)


Honorary Life Members

Robin Archer (Horwitz, 1959)
Jenny Davies (Holman, 1963)
Jacqueline Rees (Selosse, 1969)
Margaret Sachs (Coburn, 1965)
Melissa Slattery (Walsh, 1977).

Emeritus Life Members

Sue Cross (Jacobs, 1949)
Robin Kench (Hobart, 1951)
Kathleen McCredie AM (1945)


Council Representatives

Sonia Baillie (Laudams, 1995) (Appointed November 2017)
Linda Ellis (1990) (Appointed November 2018)
Michelle Vanzella (1985) (Appointed November 2015; reappointed November 2018


Events Sub-committee

Belinda Burton (Chair)
Bronwyn Cooper
Caroline Rigby


Finance Sub-committee

Margaret Jordan (Chair)
Kim Boniface
Bronwyn Matthews
Kate Nicholls
Melissa Slattery


Communications Sub-committee

Sarah Franks (Chair)
Rebecca Baillie
Jessica Combe
Bronwyn Matthews


110th Anniversary Grants Sub-committee

Belinda Burton (Chair)
Kim Boniface
Karen Love
Anne Mitchell
Kate Nicholls