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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 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 2021 on Wednesday 17 November 2021

The Annual General Meeting of the Abbotsleigh Old Girls’ Union Incorporated will be held on Wednesday 17 November 2021 commencing at 7.30 pm.


2021 AOGU Save the Dates

Dear Old Girls,

The Abbotsleigh Old Girls' Union is planning to host the following events in 2021 (subject to COVID-19 restrictions). We would be delighted to see as many Old Girls as possible and ask you to save these dates. Please note, due to continued uncertainty regarding numbers and venues these details are an indication only; please keep an eye out for invitations and further details as the year progresses.

Mothers’ Day Classic Charity Run/Walk
Sunday 9 May
10 am-3 pm
Local locations across Australia
Click here to register for the event.

Card Day
Thursday 13 May
10 am-3 pm
GCS Gallery

Networking Drinks
Thursday 3 June
6-9 pm
City location TBC

Mother Daughter Dinner
Saturday 24 July
6.30-8.30 pm
Dining Room
Abbotsleigh Senior School

Networking Breakfast
Guest speakers: Linda Dalton and Nina Dunn (2020 110th AOGU Anniversary Grant recipients)
Friday 20 August
8-9.30 am
Location TBC

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes Exhibition Tour
Friday 15 October
9.30 am
Art Gallery of NSW

Golf Day
Friday 12 November
8 am-3 pm
Mona Vale Golf Club

Wednesday 17 November
7.30-9 pm
Abbotsleigh Senior School or Zoom

Old Girls vs Current Girls Debate
Tuesday 23 November
6.30-7.30 pm
PDCH, Abbotsleigh Senior School and Zoom



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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 2021 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)
Carly Bull (Mansfield, 1991)
Karina Conn (Lorschy, 1986)
Bronwyn Cooper (Ross-Jones, 1980)
Suzie Evennett (Taylor, 1984)
Fiona Hobill Cole (Armstrong, 1981)
Lara Lizzio (Dawson, 1996)
Karen Love (1987)
Bronwyn Matthews (1982) (Foundation Representative)
Anne Mitchell (Macfarlane, 1964) (War Records Coordinator)
Kate Nicholls (Hall, 1985)
Caroline Rigby (Miller, 1984)
Lucy Shilling (Lyle,1987) (Boarder Representative)
Ziqing (Alex) Zhao (2015)


Honorary Life Members

Sarah Hofman (Dowsett, 1986)
Jacqueline Rees (Selosse, 1969)
Margaret Sachs (Coburn, 1965)
Melissa Slattery (Walsh, 1977)

Emeritus Life Members

Robin Archer (Horwitz, 1959)
Sue Cross (Jacobs, 1949)
Jenny Davies (Holman, 1963)
Robin Kench (Hobart, 1951)
Kathleen McCredie AM (1945)


Council Representatives

Linda Ellis (Morris, 1990) 
Bronwyn Matthews (1982)
Michelle Vanzella (1987)


Events Sub-committee

Carly Bull (Mansfield, 1991)
Belinda Burton (Chair)
Karina Conn (Lorschy, 1986)
Bronwyn Cooper (Ross-Jones, 1980) 
Fiona Hobill Cole (Armstrong, 1981)
Sarah Franks (1991)
Lara Lizzio (Dawson, 1996)
Jacqueline Rees (Selosse, 1969)
Caroline Rigby (Miller, 1984)

Finance Sub-committee

Margaret Jordan (Thiel, 1986) (Chair)
Belinda Burton (Tjeuw, 1991)
Sarah Hofman (Dowsett, 1986)
Kim Boniface (Anderson, 1985)
Bronwyn Matthews (1982)
Kate Nicholls  (Hall, 1985)
Melissa Slattery (Walsh, 1977)
Ziqing (Alex) Zhao (2015)


Communications Sub-committee

Lara Lizzio (Dawson, 1996) (Chair)
Rebecca Baillie (1989)
Kim Boniface (Anderson, 1985)
Sarah Franks (1991) (Chair)
Fiona Hobill Cole (Armstrong, 1981)


Governance Sub-committee

Belinda Burton (Tjeuw, 1991) (Chair)
Rebecca Baillie (1989)
Karen Love (1987)
Lara Lizzio (Dawson, 1996) 
Melissa Slattery (Walsh, 1977)

110th Anniversary Grants Sub-committee

Belinda Burton (Tjeuw, 1991) (Chair)
Karen Love (1987)
Anne Mitchell (Macfarlane, 1964)
Kate Nicholls (Hall, 1985)