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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 2 Parents’ Meal – Friday 24 January, venue TBC.
  • Year 6 Parent Night Out – Saturday 1 February, 7:00pm at the Greyhound Pub, OX13 5PX.
  • Year 4 Coffee – Wedensday 5 February, 2pm at the Steventon Farmhouse Bakery & Cafe, Abingdon Road, Steventon, OX13 6RW.
  • School Disco – Saturday 8 February 2020, book tickets here.
    Pre-Nursery to Reception 1:30pm – 2:30pm
    Year 1 and Year 2 2:45pm – 4:15pm
    Year 3 to 6 4:30pm – 6:00pm.
  • Quiz Night – Saturday 7 March, 7:00pm – 10:30pm, more information to follow.
  • Year 4 Curry Night – Saturday 14 March, 7/8:00pm at The Cinnamon Kitchen, Westgate Centre, Oxford, OX1 1TR.
  • Easter Trail – Friday 27 March 2020, 3:45pm – 5:15pm, more information to follow.
  • Manor Ball – Saturday 13 June 2020, 7:30pm ’til late! Early booking ticket price £70 each (including welcome drinks, three course meal and live band) if booked before 14 February. Tickets £77 each from 15 February, book tickets here.
  • Year 4 Drinks – Friday 26 June, 7/8:00pm at the Nags Head in Abingdon. Meet on the island terrace.
  • Oxford Town and Gown Race – Sunday 3 May at Oxford University Parks. 9:15am Junior 3k race, 10:00am 10k race.

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.

  • Friday 31 January, 8:30am – 9:30am food by 6J
  • Wednesday 12 February, 3:00pm – 4:00pm food by 4S and 4P
  • Friday 6 March, 8:30am – 9:30am food by 6T
  • Wednesday 11 March, 3:00pm – 4:00pm food by 5M
  • Friday 20 March, 8:30am – 9:30am food by 5R

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 17 January 2020, 8:35am – 9:35am, refreshments will be served. No need to RSVP, please join us on the morning.

  • Friday 28 February 2020, 8:35am – 9:35am.
  • 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.

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