The Shiplake Parents’ Association was formed in 2009 to promote and organise events to make everyone feel welcome and bring parents together socially to enjoy our very special community.
The Shiplake PA's mission is "To help bring parents together and support college life by offering social events to encourage a sense of belonging, fun and friendship."
The PA does not exist specifically to raise funds for any purpose, other than to ensure the continued activities of the PA. Ticketed events will normally be priced at a level to ensure that they break even with a moderate attendance level. It is recognised that events will sometimes generate a profit and that wherever possible any excess of funds should be used for the benefit of the College community.
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Below is a summary of the planned PA events. All parents are warmly encouraged to join us and details of events will be circulated in the weekly Thursday e-bulletin.
Shiplake Barbecue and Dog Show (Saturday 9 September 2017)
Family and friends and welcome to attend the Shiplake Barbecue and Dog Show on Saturday 9 September 2017.
All are invited to enjoy a day of family fun, with a touch rugby tournament, a barbecue, and a dog show all taking place during the afternoon.
Visitors will also enjoy cakes and coffees, a range of beers, and - for the daring attendees - an inflatable gladiator joust and bungee run!
Provisional timings for the day are as follows:
10.30am: Shiplake 1st XV vs Windsor Boys' School
11.30am: Barbecue Begins
12.00pm: Dog Show
1.00pm - 4.30pm: Touch Rugby Tournament
If you are interested in playing in the tournament, or have a team to enter, please email the Alumni and Events Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macmillan Coffee Morning (Friday 29 September 2017)
The College is supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The event will take place on Friday 29 September 2017 from 8.00am - 10.00am in the OVR.
All parents, guardians, grandparents, staff and other members of the College community are warmly invited to attend. The Parents’ Association will be running a cake stall and parents are encouraged to bring a cake as part of the fundraising effort. Baked or bought goodies can be dropped directly to the OVR or to Reception by 8.00am. Guests are encouraged to make a donation in return for their coffee and cake (to be consumed that morning or taken away!) so please do bring change. It is always a lovely morning and a good opportunity to meet other Shiplake parents or catch up with old friends; we very much hope to see you there.
Shiplake College Christmas Fayre (Saturday 11 November 2017)
Friends and family are warmly welcomed to the annual Shiplake College Christmas Fayre! The Sports Hall will be transformed into a festive wonderland on Saturday 11 November 2017 from 10.00am to 3.00pm.
Pick up some Christmas presents, sample mulled wine and enjoy a mince pie as you indulge in the Christmas spirit. A visit from Santa will be expected for our smaller guests who can busy themselves at the pottery stall while you shop.
If you are interested in running a stall, please email Anne Caldeira.
Summer Ball (Saturday 23 June 2018)
The biennial summer ball will take place on Saturday 23 June 2018 in the Prize Giving marquee.
Put the date in your diaries now! More details will be available in due course.