The Parents’ Association comprises of a lively group of volunteer parents with daughters throughout the year groups, aiming to enhance your experience of the School and build a strong community spirit. As parents you are automatically a member of the Parents' Association and I hope you will join us with our activities.
Our mission is to create an enthusiastic, united, supportive and active community to benefit students, parents and staff. Our aims as a Parents' Association are as follows:
- To help create and sustain a wider, deeper sense of community and enhance communication between parents, students and staff involved with the School
- To provide the School with support in putting on activities
- To run memorable, fun fundraising events to support the school with specific projects
- To raise money for school charities
We offer a variety of opportunities and activities early in Michaelmas term to welcome you to the St Helen's community.
At the start of Michaelmas Term the School organises a series of Welcome Evenings for parents in Years 5, 6, 7, 9 and Lower Sixth. These provide an excellent opportunity to get to know the School better, meet other parents in your daughter’s class and members of the Parents’ Association. It is our first opportunity to let new parents know what the Parents' Association does, how we communicate and how you can get involved in helping us to continue to build a strong, fun community of people. Every event, whether run by the School or the Parents' Association requires willing and enthusiastic helpers to make it a success. If you’d like to come along, get involved and have some fun along the way let us know.
The Parents' Association sponsors class social events for parents in Years 5, 6, 7 and 9 as an opportunity for new parents to meet each other outside the school environment. You can put faces to the names you'll be hearing from your daughters as they start to make their social groups. We'd really appreciate it if a couple of parents in each form could take on the organisation of these socials. The format of the social is up to you, whether it's a meet up at a local pub, a country ramble, a riverside picnic, a trip to the cinema or a get-together at someone's house.
Please do volunteer to host one of these evenings by getting in touch with us and we will give the class £50 for incidental costs. If you are looking for inspiration, here are some suggested locations near Abingdon:
- The Flowing Well in Sunningwell - lots of space for groups
- The Nag's Head, Abingdon has a riverside garden with an outside bar and barbecue
- Abbey Meadows, Abingdon - a lovely place for a summer picnic, with an outdoor swimming pool and playground if you bring the kids
- Ice skating over Christmas at Millets Farm, Frilford
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Our major fundraising event of the year is the Christmas Fair, held at the School at the end of November. The fair is a great place to shop for special gifts you won't find on the high street with over 70 stalls in a lively marketplace atmosphere and food provided by the School's award-winning catering team. The students' stalls and Young Enterprise teams create even more of a buzz, with a fabulous raffle as an added bonus! For this event in particular we appreciate the help of volunteers, so if you would like to join the busy team during set-up or on the day we would love to hear from you by email.
Other events can include the Parents' Ball, organised for the first time this academic year as a joint event with Abingdon School PA, as well as wine evenings, a quiz night and film evenings.
The Parents' Association annually raises over £10,000. This is through the annual subscription, the 200 Club, the Christmas Fair, the Parents' Ball, quiz nights and other events we organise.
The Parents' Association has supported a number of school projects as well as raising money for the School's chosen charity. In the last year, Parents' Association funds have enhanced learning by providing overlocker sewing machines for students to use in the Art Department, a semi-acoustic guitar for small musical ensemble work and rod puppets for Year 7 drama lessons. Most recently we have funded the furniture in the new Sports Pavilion at the Church Farm playing fields.
Of course, none of this would happen without the involvement of parents who are willing to help create a fun and engaging wider school community. So if you’d like to help in any way or would like any further information about the Parents' Association, please contact us via email.
Chair, Parents' Association