Old Girls' Union
The Abbotsleigh Old Girls’ Union (AOGU) celebrated its centenary in 2008. The School's first Headmistress, Miss Marian Clarke, recognised the strength of the connections and friendships formed at the School and founded the Union when the School had only a few hundred students. The AOGU now has close to 9,000 members. The AOGU Committee works on behalf of the members to sustain and grow our wonderful Old Girl community. Please contact Heleen Fourie, Old Girls Relations Manager, if you have any questions about the AOGU: telephone +61 2 9473 7740.
Margaret Bisley (1967), Sarah Hofman (Dowsett, 1986) and Michelle Vanzella (1987) are AOGU members who are representatives on the Council of Abbotsleigh.
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Aims of the AOGU
The AOGU aims to maintain and pass down the School's traditions, unite past students of the School with the present, and keep past students of the School connected with each other.
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.
All meetings of the AOGU Committee are open to members of the Union and to Old Girls who are interested in AOGU affairs. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month in term time at 7.30 pm in the Reception area at the Senior School. To find out more, please contact the Union.
The current Committee members are: Rebecca Baillie (1989), Belinda Burton (Tjeuw 1991), Suzie Evennett (Taylor 1984), Kathy Hawken (Brown 1980), Di McCullough (Hartog 1961), Alex Norton (Deane 1983), Louise Patrick (Piper, 1983), Sarah Turner (Langwill 1987), Sheridan Watson (Searston 1981) and Imogen Yates (2011). Alexandra Davis (2009) is the Recent Leavers' Representative and Anne Mitchell (Macfarlane 1964) is the War Records Coordinator. Bronwyn Matthews is the AOGU representative on the Abbotsleigh Foundation Board and Rhonda Sutton is the AOGU representative on the Abbotsleigh Boarder Parents' Association.
The AOGU's Honorary Life Members are: Robin Archer (Horwitz 1959), Jenny Davies (Holman 1963), Jackie Rees (Selosse 1969), Margaret Sachs (Coburn 1965) and Melissa Slattery (Walsh 1977).
The AOGU's Emeritus Life Members are Kathleen McCredie AM (1945), Sue Cross (Jacobs 1949) and Robin Kench (Hobart 1951).
The executive officers of the AOGU Committee are elected at the Annual General Meeting each year. The current executive officers are:
Kim Boniface (Anderson 1985), President
Kim is the mother of one Abbotsleigh Old Girl and two Abbotsleigh students and has been a member of the Committee for seven years.
Belinda Burton (Tjeuw, 1991), Vice President
Belinda's two daughters are current Abbotsleigh students and she is a current parent year group representative.
Tempe Beaven (Bagot, 1981), Secretary
Tempe is the mother of one Abbotsleigh Old Girl and the sister of three Abbotsleigh Old Girls and has been a member of the Committee for five years.
Kate Nicholls (Hall, 1985), Treasurer
Kate is the mother of two Abbotsleigh students and has been a member of the Committee for three years.