John Mason Association
The John Mason Association (JMA) is another name for the friends of John Mason School or John Mason PTA. Anyone with any connections with the school - parents, teachers, governors, students - is automatically a member of the JMA.
The JMA is run by a committee of parents and staff in order to foster good links between home and school, to provide encouragement and support in all areas of school life, and to fundraise towards these aims.
We not only provide funds to enrich students’ time at John Mason School but also support the school in many other ways and provide extra pairs of hands when needed. We arrange social activities which are great fun and a chance to meet other parents and students.
To give you an idea of the help we provide; the JMA has raised money for school minibuses; netball kit; stage curtains; Carnegie Medal participation; table tennis tables, the Snack Shack and much more. Recently JMA fundraising has also agreed funding for maintenance of the Welsh Farm.
We are a friendly welcoming group and we would be delighted to have new committee members.
JMA Events Support
The JMA provide refreshments at evening events throughout the year. Offers of help with refreshments are welcome, with no obligation to join the committee.
JMA Easy Fundraising
We need your help! If you shop online, please could you sign up to easyfundraising to enable the JMA to raise money to support our school.
It’s a really easy way to raise money – you just use the easyfundraising site to shop online with more than 3,500 well known online stores like Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com, eBay, Boden, and M&S and when you make a purchase, the retailer sends us a free donation, at no extra cost to you.
We want to raise as much as possible, so please visit our easyfundraising page at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/jmaabingdon/ and click ‘support us’.
JMA Committee Meetings
The JMA committee is made up from a wide selection of people from the school community: Parents/Staff/Governors.
JMA Committee Meetings are held at 6.00pm on the first Thursday of the month.
If you would like to help but are unable to come to meetings please contact the JMA.
The JMA owns and runs the Welsh Farm, which is a residential and study centre near Llandovery in West Wales. The farm is used for school field studies and outdoor pursuits, including a 4-day residential stay open to Year 8 students.
The JMA raises funds to help run the farm.
We run regular maintenance trips to the farm and are always looking for volunteers for a busy, fun and worthwhile few days away.
The farm is also available to hire for private holidays.
The Welsh Farm Trustees are:
- Mrs Jean Challis (Governor JMA representative)
- Mr Jim Hines (Co-opted -Ex Staff and Special responsibility for Welsh Farm)
- Mr Bob Mannix (Co-opted Ex Chair)
If you would like to know more details please click to visit the Welsh Farm page.