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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 meets twice a term to discuss fundraising ideas, events and spending plans. All parents will then be circulated with information about forthcoming functions.

Please click here to email MAP at any time.

Upcoming Events

  • Year 1 Easter Bake Off Meat Up – Thursday 16 April, time and location tbc.
  • Oxford Town and Gown Race – Sunday 3 May – Postponed. New date TBC.
  • Year 1 Sunday Pub and Family Get Together – Sunday 17 May, time and location tbc.
  • Year 1 Early Dinner for Parents and Children – Friday 26 June, after school early dinner at ASK in Abingdon from 4:30pm
  • Year 4 Drinks – Friday 26 June, 7/8:00pm at the Nags Head in Abingdon. Meet on the island terrace.
  • Nursery Drinks – Saturday 27 June at The Flowing Well, Sunningwell, OX13 6RB from 7.30pm.
  • Year 6 Party at Wet n Wild – Sunday 28 June, 14:15pm – 16:30pm.
  • Abbey Meadows Lunchtime Picnic – Friday 3 July, straight after school finishes.
  • Manor Ball – Saturday 10 October 2020. Arrivals from 7:00pm, seated for a three course meal at 7:30pm. Dancing to a live band until midnight. Entertainment, games, raffle, silent and live auctions on the night. Tickets £77 each including welcome drink, three course meal, live band, raffle, silents and live auction! Book tickets here.

Parents’ Coffee

This is great way of meeting fellow parents. As well as serving coffee and tea, we will be offering food cooked by the children in their Cookery lessons. We are hoping this will give you a real flavour of some of the amazing things they achieve in their lessons with Mrs Duff.

  • Summer term dates TBC

MAP Meetings

All parents have an open invitation to join the regular MAP meetings that take place in the Dining Room. The next meeting will be on Friday 1 May 2020, 8:35am – 9:35am, refreshments will be served. No need to RSVP, please join us on the morning.

  • Friday 1 May 2020, 8:35am – 9:35am.
  • Friday 5 June 2020, 8:35am – 9:35am.

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 email Sarah Archer so she can add you to the What’s App group!

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.

In order to address this, The Manor utilises a purpose built app called Classlist. Classlist 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.

Here’s a little video to help you make the most of Classlist

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.

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.

Where Next

School Closed

In line with Government advice and in conjunction with schools up and down the country, we are very sorry that until further notice, The Manor Preparatory School is closed, although we are operating a skeleton staff at this time for children of our Key Worker families. Although our doors may be closed, our lines of communication remain very firmly open and if you have an admissions enquiry or a general school query, please use the following number 07906 848945 which will be manned between 8:00am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, with the facility to leave a message if required. We look forward to welcoming back our children as soon as possible.