MAP Manor Association of Parents

The Manor Association of Parents (MAP) provides a useful parents’ network which forms an integral part of the school.  
 
The primary aim of the association is to encourage community spirit within the school by organising a range of social events for both parents and children throughout the school year.
 
The secondary aim is to raise funds so we can invest in luxury items for the children that couldn’t ordinarily be justified, as well as supporting charitable causes.
 
Newly formed from September 2018, MAP brings together key members of school staff as well as class representatives. The idea behind this is that the school staff (Marketing Manager, Director of Admissions and Communications, Marketing Assistant and the Head’s PA) can offer their expertise whilst being supported by parents as and when they are able.
 
MAP will meet once or twice a term to discuss fundraising ideas, events and spending plans. All parents will then be circulated with information about forthcoming functions.

Click HERE to read the minutes from the previous PTA, FOTM (Friends of the Manor) AGM.

Please click here to email MAP at anytime. 
 

Upcoming Events

  • Year 2 Theatre Trip - AnimalcolmWednesday 20 February, 2.30pm at The Cornerstone Theatre, Didcot. Older siblings welcome, booking essential. Optional lunch first at Prezzo at 1pm.
  • Reception Half Term Meet Up - Thursday 21 February from 10am at Snakes & Ladders, Abingdon.
  • Year 4 Coffee & Catch Up -  Friday 1 March, after drop off at Costa on the bridge in Abingdon.
  • Pre-Nursery Parents' Coffee -  Friday 8 March at The Barns Cafe, Northcourt Road, Abingdon.
  • Pre-Nursery Gathering  - Friday 15 March from 9am onwards at Sprouts Play Barn, Millets Farm, Frilford for a play and a snack.
  • Year 1 Coffee Morning - Friday 15 March, 9am at The Barns Cafe, Northcourt Road, Abingdon.
  • Year 5 Parents' Meal - Friday 15 March at Chiang Mai Kitchen in Oxford from 7pm onwards.
  • Reception Easter Fun - Wednesday 27 March from 3.30pm in the Main Hall at The Manor. 
  • Year 1 Catch Up - Wednesday 10 April at Sprouts Play Barn at Millets Farm. Please book for the second session 12:00 - 14:30. 
  • Reception Easter Meet Up - Thursday 18 April from 10am at Frosts Café, Millets Farm, Frilford.
  • Reception Theatre Trip - Nick Cope,  Sunday 28 April at 11am, The Cornerstone Theatre, Didcot. Siblings welcome, booking essential. Optional lunch first at Prezzo at 1pm.
  • Year 1 Parent Lunch - Friday 14 June, 12pm at The Waterfront Café, Benson.
  • Casino Night for all Parents - Saturday 29 June, 8pm until late. More details to follow soon!
  • Year 1 Picnic - Friday 5 July after school breaks up 12pm, please join us at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon. Don't forget to bring towels, swimmers and the all important picnic!


Coffee Afternoons

Further to feedback from class representatives, we will be trialling a new time to hold our coffee mornings. During the Autumn term, we will be serving coffee and tea every other Wednesday afternoon in the Dining Room between 3.00pm and 4.00pm. This is great way of meeting fellow parents. The dates are included below:

Wednesday 23rd January
Wednesday 13th February
Wednesday 6th March
Wednesday 27th March 

MAP Meetings

All parents have an open invitation to join the regular MAP meetings that take place in the Dining Room. Please join us for our next meeting on Friday 17 May at 8.35am. Refreshments will be served. No need to RSVP, please join us on the morning.

The Manor Dog Walking Club

Please feel free to join The Manor Dog Walking Club after morning drop off every Tuesday. Meet at Costa Coffee in the Market Place in Abingdon. Please text Cordelia if you plan on joining - 07976 246987.

Classlist

Regular communication between parents is important in helping us build a supportive and welcoming school community. Recent data protection changes mean parents now rely on a variety of informal channels to contact each other, ranging from ad-hoc email lists to social media groups on Facebook and WhatsApp. These can work well but raise important concerns over distribution of personal data.

The school has looked carefully at what might serve parent needs best in this area.  Over the summer we have introduced a new “built for purpose” app called Classlist. This enables parents to find and contact each other securely, whilst giving each parent complete control over what data is shared. 

Aside from being an online address book, using Classlist you can set up events; form special interest groups; discuss arrangements for parties or liftshares; find a home for old bicycles or school blazers, and volunteer. 

It takes a couple of minutes to get started - visit the Classlist website, select The Manor Preparatory School  and choose what data to share with your fellow parents.

 

The Second Hand Uniform Shop

The School’s Second Hand Uniform Shop also falls under the MAP umbrella and is open at various times throughout the term and is located on the top floor of the Manor House. Please visit the SHUS page for more information and sale dates.


Pinboard

Pinboard has arrived at The Manor! Pinboard is a free, weekly email rather like a traditional Pinboard in a school hall. It is a secure, community-focused, opt-in resource for parents to share information about all things offered, wanted and recommended. We hope parents will find it useful, time-saving & fun. The more of us that join, the more useful it will become! 

Sign-up on the Pinboard website to receive the Pinboard newsletter every Thursday morning during term and start posting – Happy Pinboarding!


Parent Volunteers

If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch about joining the committee or assisting with specific projects, please email our Marketing Manager, Sarah Bell. As well as raising funds for the school, it is a great way to get to know other parents across the school. Equally, if you have any thoughts about the events we run and what funds are spent on, please do share your suggestions.