Welcome to the Our Lady of Ransom School Parents’ Association.                     olorcpspa@gmail.com

The Our Lady of Ransom School Parents Association (PA) exists to foster a feeling of 'community' amongst the parents through its social events whilst at the same time raising funds for the benefit of the school. All parents of Our Lady of Ransom School Children are automatically members of the Parents Association. Apart from holding events which enable parents to socialise with each other, the Association, through its fundraising activities, generates an income in excess of £15,00 per year all of which is available to provide extra equipment or activities
for the pupils. In short it can enhance your child's education while helping to increase our sense of community. 

In the last few years, the PA has paid for many different items requested by parents and staff, ranging from new chairs for the school hall, football goals to Chromebooks.

Our website contains information on our activities and fundraising status, as well as giving you a flavour of who we all are and what we do.

For PA Members, this site contains details of meeting dates and the minutes. Check the handy calendar to see what's coming up next.

For Parents, this site contains information about past and planned projects. Have a look at how we're spending the money you are donating. If you would like to know more about the PA and possibly how to volunterr or join the Committee, then this is the place to look.

For Potential Parents, you can find out a lot about the school by seeing what the Parents' Association gets up to. We think our school is the best, and we also like to think that our Association is pretty good too! Browse around our site, feel free to attend one of our public events, and get a flavour of what Our Lady of Ransom School is all about.

Kindest Regards,

The PA Committee.



A list of who's who in our PA Committee

Chair: Mrs Clare Mason.

Vice Chair: Mr Craig Gallimore

Secretary: Mrs Claire Harnetty

Vice-Secretary: Mrs Danielle Beaney

Treasurer: Mr James Nunn

Vice-Treasurer: Mrs Hayley Callaway

Please use this email address for to contact them olorcpspa@gmail.com

If you would like to help or have any comments / suggestions we would love to hear from you.



Here are just a few of our fantastic past events!




Upcoming PA Events

 

Exciting News and Announcements

  • Christmas Bazaar 2016 Thank you to everyone who came to enjoy the OLOR Christmas Bazaar on Saturday. We had a fun and festive time and the PA hopes that we inspired your Christmas ...
    Posted 24 Nov 2016, 08:36 by OLOR PA Association
  • Happy World Teachers Day. Happy World Teachers Day to all of the teaching staff at our wonderful school Our Lady of Ransom.We appreciate all of your hard work all year round.From The ...
    Posted 4 Oct 2016, 17:31 by OLOR PA Association
  • Hello from Clare Mason - Chairwoman Hello all,I am posting quickly to say thank you all very much for your kind support and... for those that were able to come to the PA meeting on ...
    Posted 4 Oct 2016, 16:44 by OLOR PA Association
  • New OLOR PA Chairwoman and Committee Elected Thank you to those who were able to attend the first PA meeting of this school year, where the PA committee was nominated as follows:Chair: Mrs Clare Mason. Vice ...
    Posted 4 Oct 2016, 16:39 by OLOR PA Association
  • A Huge Thankyou to Glenn & Nicola Geeson Glenn Geeson decided to step down as OLOR Parents Association Chairman as of Summer 2016. All of the Parents at OLOR would like to Thank Glenn and Nicola for running ...
    Posted 4 Oct 2016, 16:27 by OLOR PA Association
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Here is how much we have raised this academic year, lets keep it up!













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Christmas Bazaar 2016

posted 24 Nov 2016, 08:36 by OLOR PA Association

Thank you to everyone who came to enjoy the OLOR Christmas Bazaar on Saturday. We had a fun and festive time and the PA hopes that we inspired your Christmas spirit just in time for Advent as you enjoyed the wonderful entertainment provided by Showbiz dancers, Wickford Air Cadets, the OLOR choir, Mrs Mason’s Drama Club as well as Cinderella and Spider-Man who all gave up their time to be with us on the day.
As always, it is the aim of the PA to create a magical event for our children and their families to enjoy. So much so that we set about planning the Bazaar as early as July! And whilst others enjoyed the gloriously sunny first half-term of this year, the PA were already thinking snowflakes, festivities and mulled wine.
Seeing all the smiling faces and the school, parish and community spirit makes us all incredibly proud to be able to do this on your behalf. However we couldn’t have done it without the PA volunteers and, once again, we were overwhelmed with support from children, past pupils, parents, grandparents and our extended parish family. There are so many who came to help before, during and after the event that it would be impossible to name you all. Please know that we are especially grateful to you ALL for giving up your time, creativity, experience and expertise because, without you, we could not have produced another fabulous event for the school.
There are a few special thanks we would like to extend: 
Thank you to Mr Mundy for all the amazing games he has handmade for our school over the years (and the new ones he made for this event!) and for managing his army of volunteers. This is his final year at OLOR as his youngest son is in Year 6 and he will be hosting his final Race Night in May. We are indebted to him for his consistent support.
Thank you to Mr Geeson for returning to support the PA as the compere and auction master on Saturday.  
Thank you to the fabulous hamper team, Mrs Shepherd and Mrs Donno, who have given up so much of their time to create them.
Thank you to Mr Shillingford, Mr Harnetty and Mr Budd for providing a magical Christmas surprise throughout the afternoon ~ we appreciated your support and your added magic!
Thank you to Mrs Sutton and her small logistical team for decorating the hall so beautifully and with such imaginative resources. Mrs Sutton also created the ideas for the craft activities in the grotto room which the grotto team then ran on the day. The PA continue to be grateful for her essential added sparkle!
Thank you too to the hardworking and determined team who gave up their time to tirelessly obtain raffle and auction items from businesses near and far. Every donation means limiting the outgoing expenses that the PA spends on prizes, which ultimately means more profit for the school!
Thank you to Mr and Mrs Livemore for their production of our banner, posters and programme. Their eye-catching designs really capture the essence of our objective and they generously donate their time and materials to us, treating us like first-class customers!
Thank you to Mrs Docherty and her tea room team for arranging the delicious cakes and bakes. 
Thank you to Mrs Crowhurst for dedicating time to clean our food serving area, taking responsibility for our school kitchen and all her general help in the setting up on Friday night and Saturday morning as well as working on a stall for us. 
Thank you to Mr & Mrs Newby for donating the soup and jacket potatoes which sold out because they were so popular but also for their hard work in lifting, shifting and coordinating in the weeks leading up.
Thank you to Mrs Lanning for organising all our wonderful volunteers, allocating jobs, stalls and making sure everyone could offer support in their own way and for being our Health and Safety Officer on the day.
We had in excess of 100 helpers for this event, so if you helped in any way THANK YOU! You have all contributed to help raise a profit of £7,000 ! This sum will go towards supporting the education of the children.
Here is some of the feedback we have received:-
“The entertainment added a special element to the Bazaar this year”
“Changes to the layout made it easier for movement to flow through the hall with a pushchair.”
“The treasure hunt idea was inspired!”
“Would just like to say a huge well done to the new PA team. Today was fantastic. The wonderful
school and parish community spirit is always the most important factor and it was there in
abundance today. Always proud of OLOR!”
The biggest thanks, of course, goes to the school and teachers who allowed us to use the classrooms, decorate the hall and distribute information via school bags and the school newsletter. We are very lucky and it was a pleasure to work with you.

Happy World Teachers Day.

posted 4 Oct 2016, 17:29 by OLOR PA Association   [ updated 4 Oct 2016, 17:31 ]

Happy World Teachers Day to all of the teaching staff at our wonderful school Our Lady of Ransom.

We appreciate all of your hard work all year round.

From The Parents Association.

Hello from Clare Mason - Chairwoman

posted 4 Oct 2016, 16:44 by OLOR PA Association

Hello all,

I am posting quickly to say thank you all very much for your kind support and... for those that were able to come to the PA meeting on 26th September - thank you for allowing me the opportunity to step forward as Chair of the PA for our lovely school.

For those that don't know me, I am a parent at the school with 2 sons having already left (yr 7,9) and one son still remaining in yr 5. I also have a younger 19 month old daughter. Yes, family life is busy! I also am a freelance drama practitioner so you may also recognise my name (and hea my loud voice!) as I run the after school drama clubs at OLOR as well as another school. I certainly would not have put myself forward as chair if it wasn't for the fact I know I have a very dedicated team of other parents with and behind me.

The school newsletter will formally introduce the main committee members and I would like to thank them all for stepping up. However, we the committee are nothing without YOUR help, ideas and support. There is a massive wave of enthusiasm and good spirit seeping through the school at the moment. This year particularly is a great year to get involved as its the school's 50th Anniversary. Please please come along to any PA meetings and to any 'event specfic' meetings that will be arranged.
Details will be in the newsletter and posted on this PA page. I know how busy work/family life is - so even if you can't make a meeting but want to be involved, register your interest to help/offer ideas on the individual event FB pages which will soon appear (kind souls are stepping up to put all these things in place!)

A PA email address will also be available soon for you to email any fundraising/ event ideas you would like the committee to consider. I would very much hope you can kindly hare what you read here with any new parents to the school who may not be familiar to this PA page. Please introduce yourself to me in person if I do not already know you. I hope you find I am an approachable sort - albeit usually with a toddler on my hip and possibly breakfast in my hair! I am not at the gate too often as my son catches the coach, but I am sure our paths will cross!

We (committee and webmistress!) are working very hard to ensure we put everything in place (event fb pages/one central pa email/ and even a formal PA constitution!) to make sure every single parent at this school has a voice and a chance to contribute in any way. Furthermore, we aim to ensure all those involved in committees and working groups feel supported at all times. Please bear with us if this takes a little time while we the new committee find our feet.We are extremely delighted and grateful to have this wonderful opportunity and sincerely hope to give your children and yourselves some very cherished and fun memories of time spent at Our Lady of Ransom.

Thank you all again, Clare (Chair) and Committee.

New OLOR PA Chairwoman and Committee Elected

posted 4 Oct 2016, 16:33 by OLOR PA Association   [ updated 4 Oct 2016, 16:39 ]

Thank you to those who were able to attend the first PA meeting of this school year, where the PA committee was nominated as follows:

Chair: Mrs Clare Mason. Vice Chair: Mr Craig Gallimore

Secretary: Mrs Claire Harnetty Vice-Secretary: Mrs Danielle Beaney

Treasurer: Mr James Nunn

Vice-Treasurer: Mrs Hayley Callaway

Mrs Callaway will also be responsible for school liaison.

Congratulations to you all.

A Huge Thankyou to Glenn & Nicola Geeson

posted 4 Oct 2016, 16:27 by OLOR PA Association


Glenn Geeson decided to step down as OLOR Parents Association Chairman as of Summer 2016. All of the Parents at OLOR would like to Thank Glenn and Nicola for running the PA for 10 magnificent years. They hosted a series wonderful social events for the OLOR community and raised tens of thousands of pounds along the way.
They have shaped the way for the future generations of parents to jump on board and keep the OLOR PA thriving!

Here are Glenn's words on his standing down. 


'As most of you will know by now, after 10 hugely enjoyable and happy years, I have made the

very difficult decision to stand down as OLOR Parents' Association Chairman. It is the fact

that I have been supported so generously and enthusiastically by so many of the OLOR parents,

children, teachers and staff, past and present, that makes it a really tough step for me. I have

been offered many kind compliments over the years, particularly very recently but it would be

very selfish of me to take the glory. I have often been the ideas man but it is my amazing wife

Nicola who is the one who has made my thoughts and ideas actually work in practice. Neither she

nor Erin, Niamh or Ruairi have ever complained or tried to stop me when I have been out for an

evening or at the school 'out of hours' preparing for events. There really has never been a dull

moment! I suppose what I am trying to say is TEAMWORK really does make the DREAMWORK!

Come on, I had to sneak it in there didn't I? This was so abundantly evident just a couple of

weeks ago when the 2016 Fete Team put together such a fantastic fete for us all. This made me

feel so happy that I came away from the day confident that the passion that I have for all

things OLOR certainly lives on and that whilst there may be a short period of transition, the PA

is in great hands! I will chair the final PA meeting of the 2015/2016 academic year this week and

really hope that from the enthusiastic emerging PA team some leaders or 'teams of leaders' will

take on the roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer that become vacant from September 2016,

overseeing various 'working parties' covering all aspects of the PA.

My enthusiasm and deep rooted love for OLOR is as strong as ever and I will be maintaining my

role as a Foundation Governor of the school for as long as the school will have me and I will

continue to fully support the PA to the absolute best of my abilities. You don't get rid of me

that easily! Nicola remains fully committed to her EYFS leader and teacher roles and continues

to support the school in that way and Ruairi continues to thrive in Year 1.

Nicola and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the unnecessary but very

kind card and gift presented to us at the fete. It was such a lovely gesture. Finally thank you to

Mr O'Brien for first letting me realise my dream of being OLOR PA Chairman and

Mr Parascandolo for his continuous support and encouragement. I can honestly say that I have

had an absolute blast, made many lifelong friends and would do it all again in a flash!

Thank you,

Glenn and Nicola Geeson.'


Thank you again to Glenn and Nicola and we hope to see you relaxing and enjoying many future PA events!

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