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.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
Film Nights are held once a term in the Prep Hall on Friday evenings.
In the past, the PPA has shown The
and the Chipmunks.
These each raise about £200 for the PPA; tickets cost around £4 per
PPA introduced a new fundraising project in March 2014, the Seed Fund
was given £2 in an envelope to buy ingredients or materials, or
to invest it and see how much it grew.
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.
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!
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.
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