‚ÄčAt Abbotsleigh there is a place for your daughter, whatever her level of sporting prowess. From ‘learn to…’ programs to elite training opportunities, girls demonstrate remarkable performance levels across a broad range of sports.

Abbotsleigh has a proud tradition of sports participation and performance. While sport is not compulsory at Abbotsleigh, it is strongly encouraged and widely taken up. More than 80% of our Senior School students play at least one Saturday sport a year and approximately half of the Senior School is involved in a Saturday sport each term. A further 10% of girls are normally involved in mid-week and carnival sports all year round.

Team sports at Abbotsleigh are very popular. Our largest sports are netball, touch football and football (soccer), with more than 250 Senior School girls involved in each. Basketball, softball, hockey, tennis and badminton are also incredibly popular, with water polo and cricket being our smaller sports. AFL and Rugby 7s have just been introduced and we look forward to seeing them thrive in the future.

In badminton, basketball, hockey, netball, softball, tennis and touch football, our senior firsts play in the top (S01) division. In 2017, our badminton and touch football firsts were, again, undefeated premiers in this top division.

In our carnival sports, Abbotsleigh does incredibly well across the board. The Senior School has placed 3rd or better in athletics, swimming, cross country and rhythmic gymnastics for the past several years (out of approximately 27 schools in the IGSSA system). In 2018, Abbotsleigh took home the cross country trophy yet again!

Whether the girls are competing in state or national competitions or simply having fun in a social team, they are encouraged to do their best while learning the benefits of teamwork and building their physical coordination. 

Junior School sport

Students participate in a range of sporting programs in the Junior School.

School based trials and carnivals are held in athletics, cross country, diving and swimming. Girls may also nominate for other major sports such as rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, equestrian and snowsports. Representative opportunities in basketball, cricket, football (soccer), hockey, netball, softball and tennis are offered throughout the year.

   Year 4        Year 5        Year 6 
 Term 1  Modball, soccer       Modball, soccer        Modball, soccer
 Term 2  Minkey       Minkey        Hockey
 Term 3   Netball, touch football       Netball, touch football       Netball, touch football
 Term 4   Basketball, T20 Blast Cricket, tennis        Basketball, T20 Blast Cricket       Basketball, T20 Blast Cricket, tennis


IPSHA sports

Abbotsleigh is part of the Independent Primary School Heads’ Australia (IPSHA), which organises carnivals, major sports and Saturday competitions for students in Years 4-6.  This inclusive program is designed to promote skill development, team spirit and engagement.

IPSHA carnivals are held throughout the year for athletics, cross country, gymnastics and swimming and diving. Girls may then be selected to compete at NSW Combined Independent Schools (CIS), Primary School Sport Australia (PSSA) and School Sport Australia (SSA) levels.

IPSHA Saturday sport runs for all four terms, with a mix of activities available. Training sessions are held once a week, typically after school. While involvement in sport is optional, we encourage girls to participate regardless of experience or skill.


Saturday sport for Year 3

Our ‘friendly’ Saturday sport program is offered to Year 3 girls in Terms 2-4. These sessions are designed to help prepare the girls for the IPSHA competition as well as develop overall skills and to foster a love of sport. We offer minkey in Term 2, netball and touch football in Term 3, and modball and soccer in Term 4.


Junior School Sport

Mr Paul Guirreri, JS PDHPE and Outdoor Education Coordinator
Phone: +61 2 9473 3217



Senior School sport

Interhouse competitions in swimming and diving, athletics and cross country are held throughout the year and all girls are encouraged to participate.


IGSSA competition

Abbotsleigh is a member of the Independent Girls Schools Sports Association (IGSSA) and much of the Senior School sport is based around the IGSSA calendar. IGSSA has up to 30 member schools, including country schools such as PLC Armidale, NEGS and Frensham. IGSSA offers two Saturday sports per term as well as carnivals for athletics, cross country, diving, gymnastics, swimming and tennis (Tildesley Shield).  


Saturday sports by term
Term 1   Term 2   Term 3   Term 4
AFL*   Basketball   Hockey   Cricket*
Badminton   Football (soccer)   Netball   Touch football
Softball       Rugby 7s*   Water polo

*These sports are played on a Saturday afternoon.


Other sports

Abbotsleigh also offers other mid-week or weekend activities.

  • Equestrian (competitive)
  • Golf (introductory)
  • Snow sports (competitive)
  • Sport aerobics (competitive)

Fitness classes are run on a weekly basis. Classes are free and are open to students of all fitness levels. These are drop-in classes with no ongoing commitment required.

Other sports including dance and fencing are offered through the AbbSchool extended tuition program. Year round squad training for swimming is available through the Aquatic Centre.


All sports by term
Term 1   Term 2   Term 3   Term 4
AFL   Athletics   Athletics    Cricket
Badminton   Basketball   Gymnastics   Golf
Cross country   Cross country   Hockey
Diving   Equestrian   Netball   Touch football
Softball   Football (soccer)     Rugby 7s   Water polo
Swimming   Snow sports   Snow sports    
Tennis   Sport aerobics   Sport aerobics  


Major carnival results 2018
  • Swimming: 3rd
  • Diving: 3rd
  • Tildesley Shield tennis: 5th
  • Cross country: 1st
  • Athletics: 2nd
  • Gymnastics: 5th


Senior School Sport

Mrs Kate Howitt, Head of Sport
Phone: +61 2 9473 7783