Parents’ Association

OLA Parents’ Association

At OLA we have a thriving Parents’ Association that is, and has been, an integral part of the OLA community for decades.

Get involved:

  1. Fundraising
  2. Social events
  3. Second-hand uniform shop
  4. Friends and community

PA Our Lady's Abingdon

Fundraising

In its time the OLA PA has raised tens of thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance the pupils’ education experience and the school’s facilities. For example, recently we contributed £10,000 to playground equipment and £5,000 for a drama department lighting rig alongside exciting science and sports equipment.

Our spending suggestions come from staff, parents and the pupils themselves via the Lower and Senior School Councils.

Getting Involved

All parents and members of the school are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available. All families automatically become members of the OLA PA when their child joins our school.

There are lots of ways parents can help and if you would like to be more involved you can volunteer by contacting the Chair on parentsassoc@ola.org.uk or any committee member via Classlist.

OLA PA is a Charity registered with the Charities Commission – Number 1172463.

We are a member of Parentkind, the UK’s leading PTA membership organisation.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual General Meeting – Please join us on the 1st of November 2021 at 7:30pm if you would like to know more about what the PA does and how you can get involved.
  • Whole School Dress Down Day – Friday 26 November £2 donation
  • Christmas Raffle Hamper Draw – Friday 3 December
  • Kris Kringle Christmas Market – Saturday 4 December at 3pm

Christmas 2021

The OLA PA Christmas raffle is an important fundraiser for the school, but we can only manage it with the support of the OLA community.  We ask that all students make a gift donation to the annual Christmas hampers, these will be used to make some lovely hampers for our raffle. Hamper donations will commence after half term, please leave them at Reception. If you have a business and wish to donate a voucher/ experience, please contact parentsassoc@ola.org.uk 

Whole School Dress Down Day – Friday 26th November 2021: in exchange for wearing home clothes, students are asked to make a suggested voluntary donation of £2 on the day.

Read the letter sent home here for more details.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The OLA PA runs OLA’s second hand uniform shop.

The shop is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions but we are taking donations and making sales. Please email your requirements during term-time and we will do our best to help. We have a wide range of stock from Lower to Senior School all at half the price of the cost on Stevensons, along with house t-shirts, swim bags and other items.

If you have any preloved OLA school uniform items that you would like to sell, please follow the instructions on the Second Hand Uniform Donation Form below, and drop the items with the completed form into the basket outside OLA School Reception.  We especially need girls sports kit and blazers, which can be worn until July 2024.  You will receive 60% of the price of all items sold or if you wish, you can donate the money to raise funds for the OLA PA.

A big thank you to the very generous parent who recently donated, anonymously, a huge stack of fabulous boys stuff including brand new items, and donated 100% of the proceeds to the PA.

Classlist

Classlist which is available via a free app or online, is a program that allows parents to safely share contact details with their class or year group. It is completely optional to join and it is entirely up to you how much information you want to share, with whom, and what communications you would like to receive. Your details are not shared with anyone and are protected by GDPR guidelines. A copy of the OLA PA Privacy Policy is available on Classlist.