Abingdon School Parents’ Association

ASPA – Connecting Parents, Supporting School life

You may have danced or dined at a whole school event, stocked up at the Second-hand Uniform Shop, quizzed against other parents, used the car share scheme, or perhaps you’re about to meet up with fellow parents and your year group reps. Either way, as an Abingdon School parent, you’re automatically members of ASPA (at no extra charge). 

With your support, we’re pleased to be able to support the parent community and to help towards school life. 

Here are five things you might not have known…

  • Thousands of  parents have come to ASPA organised events over the years and interest in the new and different events being run continues to grow!
  • Over £100K has been donated to the Annual Fund (which supports school life) since 2011 which is largely thanks to the number of events supported by parents.
  • Each year, a group of boys are recipients of the OA and ASPA Travel Awards, helping towards the cost of overseas experiences, usually involving research or charity work. 
  • The Second-hand Uniform Shop has raised tens of thousands of pounds in recent years and includes the donation of the Yamaha Grand Piano now living in the foyer of the Amey Theatre, as well as the Merlyn Bowling Machine used by cricket players.
  • Many parents and boys have used the car share scheme, helping to save fuel costs, and the environment!

If you’d like to know more or come along to one of our meetings, please contact us at aspa@abingdon.org.uk.
 
ASPA: THE social network for parents.

Dear Parent,

Welcome to ASPA – the Abingdon School Parent’s Association

If you are new to Abingdon School, you may automatically assume that ASPA is a PTA which is something that we are not. We are a parents’ association,  however our main focus is to be a conduit for parents, enabling them to meet other parents in social situations and get to know each other better, be it at year group level or at all school events. We have had some super events over the last few years including black tie all school events at Pembroke College, Eynsham Hall and Lains Barn. We’ve had a trip on the Thames, skating, bowling, race nights, barn dances, outdoor skittles and our annual quiz night is a must for quizzers who love a fun night out.   We are now sharing more and more events with the parents of St Helen & St Katharine, like a Burns Night Supper and an upcoming Masked Fireworks Ball. 

Whilst our main focus is always to enable you to meet with other parents, we also raise some funds at some of these events through auctions and raffles. Funds raised are transferred into our fund and then allocated back for specific projects or items across the school for the direct benefit of all our boys.  For more information about donations, see ‘About ASPA’.

We hold meetings at 7.30pm once a term, and you are always welcome to come and attend our meetings. Whether you would like to take an active role on the ASPA Committee or be an ASPA Helper to help at any of our social events you are most welcome. Please contact us at  aspa@abingdon.org.uk if you you would like to get involved.

Kind Regards

Kerensa Butler
Chair ASPA

ASPA is run by parents for parents. It provides networking and social opportunities through:

  • Year Group social evenings and events
  • Lower School social evenings and events
  • Whole School Events

SUS (Second Hand Uniform Shop)

Whilst SUS forms part of the overall parents’ association, a dedicated SUS team led by Marilyn Moore, run SUS.  If you have any questions or suggestions for SUS, please email SUS to sus@abingdon.org.uk.

ASPA Community

You are invited to participate in an active role in our vibrant parent community by joining the ASPA Committee or adding your name to the Helpers List. Contact Jacqui Summons or Karen Hope, Co-Chairs from September 2018 by writing to aspa@abingdon.org.uk.

Suggestions

As one of the main functions of ASPA is to provide networking and social opportunities for parents we are very keen to receive ideas which can be developed to achieve this objective. If you would like to suggest an event, whether at House, Year Group or School level please contact ASPA via email.

ASPA Donations

Whilst ASPA focus on social networking for parents we also raise funds which are donated back into the school, for the community as a whole or to enhance Other Half activities.

Some of the donations we have made in the last couple of years:

2017/2018:

  • £3500 - Virtual Reality Open Casket Computer for GCSE students & Computing Clubs
  • £1000 - Developing Resilience and Wellbeing Through Sport - Sporting Community
  • £1248 - 2 Tensile Testing Rigs for the Physics Department
  • £1250 - 1 Analog Film Enlarger for the Art Development & Photography Club
  • £1000 - SLA Technology Formlabs 3D Printer for D&T Students

2016/2017:

  • £1000 - Solar Telescope - Physics Department
  • £1800 - Left Handed Rifle - Other Half
  • £720 - Raised Beds for Gardening Club - Other Half
  • £1500 - Classics Trip Bursary - Classics
  • £500 - Makeblock Robots - Other Half

Donations from SUS 2017/2018:

  • £6000 - Merlyn Bowling Machine - Cricket
  • £1000 - Developing Resilience and Wellbeing Through Sports - Sport

Donations from SUS 2016/2017:

  • £4800 - Cricket Nets for Cox's Field
  • £2765 - Film School for Lower School
  • £1065 - Teach Physics using Scalectrix

See the full list of ASPA SUS donations to the Annual Fund.

The ASPA committee is composed of current parents/guardians, up to two staff representatives and, if they wish, representatives of other parent societies e.g. Music Society. The Head, Director of Admissions and Development Director are ex officio members. The committee meets twice a term. A sub-committee organising a specific event may arrange additional meetings.

The current ASPA Committee is keen to welcome new members, particularly parents/guardians from those year groups currently under represented. Potential members are most welcome to attend a committee meeting and meet everyone before committing themselves. If you are interested in joining please contact Anne-Marie Nugent, Vice Chair at aspa@abingdon.org.uk.

We appreciate there are people who prefer not to commit to joining a committee but are very willing to volunteer their help at specific events. Please contact ASPA if you can offer to help.

ASPA Committee

Representatives:

  • 1st Year - Jay Hunt and Kathy Howat
  • 2nd Year - Olivia Andersson and Beth Trotter
  • 3rd Year - Sue Wallis
  • 4th Year - Jacqui Summons and Karen Hope 
  • 5th Year - Carol Vanhinsbergh 
  • Lower Sixth - vacancy
  • Upper Sixth - Sian Walsh
  • School rep - Ian Fishpool

Committee roles:

  • Chair - Kerensa Sheen
  • Vice Chair - Anne-Marie Nugent
  • Treasurer - Karen Czaplewski
  • Secretary - Nicola Markham
  • Events Co-ordinator - Suzanne Mara
  • Publicity - Heather Atkinson
  • SUS Co-ordinator - Marilyn Moore

You can contact ASPA by:

  • email to aspa@abingdon.org.uk which will be picked up by the Vice Chair, Anne-Marie Nugent
  • writing to ASPA at Abingdon School, Park Road, Abingdon OX14 1DE

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