On average, between 250-300 parents attend each College Sunday! Around double that figure attend the first College Sunday of the academic year, the Remembrance Sunday Service and Founders’ Day (which commemorates the end of the academic year in a fitting finale ceremony).
The great thing about the regular programme of College Sundays (Parade Sundays) is that it’s an opportunity for families to congregate. They do this on a regular basis and the Parade Ground is nearly always full. It is also a time for parents to meet together socially and attend the popular after parade drinks in their children’s Division.
A unique aspect of being a Pangbourne parent is that there are constant social interactions between fellow parents in the Divisions. Parents are invited to Divisional competitions, Divisional dinners, sporting fixtures and concerts, as part of a thriving social sphere and this has led to the creation of the POPs (Parents of Old Pangbournians) organisation.
Parents and guardians can attend the Chapel Service and gather in the Mess Hall (Dining Hall) after the Service for tea, coffee and cake which is a good chance for them to socialise with one another. With staff attending the College Sunday, parents and guardians can talk to the academic and Divisional teachers about the progress of their child. It’s an informal way to see their children again.
On a College Sunday, parents of children in the Divisions (Houses) are invited to Divisional drinks. There’s a lovely community feel with groups of Pangbourne parents often meeting up in the village afterwards.