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The Prep Parents’ Association (PPA) runs a large number of events throughout the school year, some for purely social purposes and others as fundraisers for the Prep School or charities supported by the College.  

 

Annual Christmas Ball

The Annual Christmas Ball is the main social event of the year for parents of the Prep School. In recent years, the Christmas Ball has been held at Sopwell House and Country Club, with a live band, disco, vodka luge and ice carving, digital photobooth, professional photographer and casino tables. Around three hundred and fifty parents attend and tickets are in high demand.

Coffee Mornings

Parents are invited to attend termly Coffee Mornings in the Alumni Hall, which usually take place from 8.30am to 10.00am on Friday mornings. Occasionally, guest speakers are invited to these mornings, and parents value the opportunity to meet up and socialise with others from their year groups.

 

Columban Golf Day

We host Columban golf days at a variety of local clubs in the spring and autumn.  These events are open to all member of our community; current and former parents, Old Columbans and staff.  The day starts with breakfast followed by 18 holes of Stableford Golf, lunch and a presentation of trophies for individual winners and the best team. The cost of these days are approximately £50.

The dates of the golf days are published in the school calendar and further details as well as registration information are published about two months prior to each event.

Columban Networking Event in London

Columbans of all professions; Old Columbans, current and former parents and staff, are invited to our annual Columban networking event in London. A buffet supper is provided and there is a cash bar.

The date of the networking event is published in the school calendar. Further details as well as registration information are published about two months prior to the event. Guests will be kept up to date with the list of attendees and their professions. 

Columban Ramblers

If you need a bit of exercise amongst friends, why not come along and try one of our rambles?  Most walks are supported by between 10 and 20 people so there is plenty of opportunity to mix and socialize too. Anyone with links to St.Columba’s College, and their friends, are welcome to be a rambler. There is usually a mix of Old Columbans, parents, friends, and one or two dogs.

 
The rambles take between two and three hours and are over relatively easy terrain with occasional inclines in locations, which we rotate, to give everyone different experiences of the beautiful countryside that surrounds us in St Albans. Walks start at 11am and are circular, of about seven miles to eight miles in length,  returning back to the same area where refreshments will usually be available in a welcoming local pub, if you so desire.

Dates and destinations of our rambles are published in the school calendar and further details are published on this web site the week before each ramble.  Also notifications will be sent to all those who have registered an interest.  If you would like to be notified of future rambles please contact Giles Harrison at: email@jmhc.fsbusiness.co.uk.

We are delighted to welcome anyone to join us on the day. So please get in touch, stay in touch and come ramble with us!

Columban Socials

Each year, we host a Columban social in London in the autumn and another social in St Albans in the spring.  All members of our community are invited to these events; current and former parents, Old Columbans, and staff. Snacks are provided and there is a cash bar. These are great social events as well as being very informal networking opportunities. 

Family Christmas Panto Trip

Following the success of Cinderella in December 2013, the Christmas Panto Trip has become an annual event for families from the Prep School. Around three hundred seats are reserved at the end of the Michaelmas Term for this festive event.

Family Summer BBQ

The Prep School holds an annual Summer Family BBQ, which involves games and free hot BBQ food. In recent years, Kool Kidz have entertained the boys, Football Future have attended with an electronic football shooting tent, and the annual ‘St Columba’s College Prep School Bake Off’ has taken place. This is a fun afternoon for all families and staff.

Quiz Night

The Quiz Night returns each year on a Friday evening in February in the Prep School Hall. This is always a very popular and enjoyable event, which raises over £500 for the PPA. The cost is just £5 per person and guests bring their own drinks and nibbles. It’s a great way for parents to meet other parents in their son’s year group. In recent years, the teachers have had a habit of winning the quiz!

Popcorn Film Nights

Popcorn Film Nights are held once a term in the Prep Hall on Friday evenings. In the past, the PPA has shown The Lego Movie, Toy Story and Alvin and the Chipmunks. These each raise about £200 for the PPA; tickets cost around £4 per person.

Seed Fund Challenge

The PPA introduced a new fundraising project in March 2014, the Seed Fund Challenge. Each boy was given £2 in an envelope to buy ingredients or materials, or to invest it and see how much it grew.

A Seed Fund Sale took place in the Prep Hall in the spring and there was a buzz of activity amongst the boys. The stalls were wide-ranging, from the Prep 2 shoe shiners and Prep 6 car washers, to the Smoothie Bar, homegrown tomato plants, and delicious homemade cakes, biscuits and brownie stalls. In addition, Prep 3 held a Fun Run and Prep 1 held a garage sale. The event raised almost £3,000 and around one hundred boys took up the challenge in its first year.

Sponsored Bounce

This popular event takes place in January each year and is one of the main fundraising initiatives for the year. The Sponsored Bounce is a voluntary event, in which the boys are sponsored to see how many bounces they can achieve in one minute on a bouncy castle. It raises about £3,000 every year and there are prizes for the winning bouncers in each class!

Sportsman's Dinner

Our annual Sportsman’s dinner is held at a local hotel and includes a guest speaker from the world of sport, and a comedian. This event is open to all members of our community; current and former parents, Old Columbans, and staff.  There is a 3-course meal, auction and raffle, the proceeds of which go towards sports facilities at the school.  The cost per ticket is approximately £60 and tables of 10 are available.

The date of the Sportsman’s Dinner is published in the school calendar and further details as well as registration information are published about four months prior to the event.

Welcome BBQ

Every September, there is a Saturday afternoon Welcome BBQ to welcome all new parents to the College. Many staff and existing parents attend and it is an excellent way to meet members of the Columban community. There is always a children’s entertainer, in addition to activities for the boys.