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

SSPA Events 2018-2019


Annual Christmas Ball

The Annual Christmas Ball is the main social event of the year for many parents. 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 photo booth, professional photographer and casino tables.

Around three hundred and fifty parents from prep and senior school attend and tickets are in high demand. This fantastic event is organised by the Prep Parents Association but all parents are welcome.

Coffee Mornings

From September 2018,  we will hold a coffee morning each first day back of the new term and then on one Friday during the term in the Alumni Hall. These take place from 8.30am to 10.00am. We will always have Prep and Senior School Second Hand Uniform available to purchase. All staff, parents and carers are very welcome to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee and pastries .

Your cooperation in not parking on the school site is appreciated. Free parking is available at Westminster Lodge (please make sure you obtain a ticket from the machine first though!).






Columban Fayre

The Columban Fayre is the highlight of the school calendar and a huge fund raising event for the school.  The event is held every November and involves the whole college.

Every year there is a whole host of fantastic stalls such as the stocks, the BBQ, and of course not forgetting the infamous ‘Columban Fayre 1000 Bottle Stall’. There are many brilliant House stalls thought up by the students and a great variety of external vendors for you to enjoy. In addition there is the yearly raffle where you have the chance to win £1000!

As well as all the above, we host the Columban Fayre Auction, where you have the chance to bid for some fantastic prizes that have been generously donated by Parents and Old Boys alike.

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:

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. 

Columban Spring Ball

Following the success of the annual Winter Ball we are hoping to make the Columban Spring Ball another fantastic biannual event. 

This this black tie event is held in a marquee built inside the senior school hall. There will be drinks on arrival, a three-course meal and live entertainment. The event will hold 35 tables of 10.

The next Spring Ball will be held in April/May 2019



Family Summer BBQ

The PPA and SSPA hold 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 and a great way to see out the school year with the boys, friends and staff.

Form 1, 2 and 3 Socials

Socials (previously known as Emporiums) are held once a year for Form 1, 2 and 3.   They are held in the Sixth Form block at the college and girls from Loreto College and St Martha’s are invited to attend.

The Sixth Form block is turned into a social venue to include; a ‘ Chill and Chat’ lounge, with a games room containing a table football, pool table and Twister,  a music lounge, Wii lounge, Karaoke and snack bar. The boys and girls are entertained and supervised by staff, Sixth Form and parents.

They are very popular events with the boys and girls and well supported.

Ladies Event

This is a new venture for 2017 and we hope for it to become an exciting annual SSPA event.  

This is an evening for the ladies, whether currently working or not. It is a relaxed, informal evening of good conversation and debate about the world of work. A guest speaker will be interviewed followed by an informal Q&A session.

Please come along and join us for a relaxed, informative, fun night.

Prosecco and canapés included!


Quiz Night

The Senior School Quiz Night is held each year on a Friday evening,  usually in the first term of the school calendar.

This is always a very popular and enjoyable event, which raises money for the SSPA. Guests bring their own drinks and nibbles. There is a paid bar. It’s a great way for parents to meet other parents in the school.

Parents can make up a table of 8 or come along and we will find you a team to be a part of. There is usually a teacher’s table… and it’s always good to beat the teachers!!

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.

Second hand uniform is available at all BBQs.