Partnerships and Outreach
Service is a quality strongly promoted at Pangbourne and students are expected to demonstrate this value in their actions and deeds. Amongst the ways in which students demonstrate their commitment to service are their involvement in charitable initiatives, their dedication to all areas of Pangbourne life and their cooperation at events such as Open Morning and outreach events, when they become College ambassadors.
"A huge thanks to you, your team and your students for organising such a fantastic day for our Year 6 pupils.The children absolutely loved the day and were extremely proud of themselves for all they achieved, especially those who conquered their fears on the high ropes course. My colleague who attended was also very complimentary of your students and remarked on how well they supported the Year 6 pupils throughout the day."whitchurch primary school on the teamwork challenge day, september 2018
"Thank you so much for the wonderful day my Year 6 children were able to enjoy. They were all buzzing with stories when they came home and I know they all learnt huge amounts from it. We look forward to doing more events with you in the future."Pangbourne primary school on the teamwork challenge day, september 2018
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Key to Pangbourne’s commitment to service is its charitable partnership with the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC) in Uganda.
NCLC was opened in 2013 by the HUGE Partnership to provide education for local children, aged between three and nine years old, who have not previously had access to schooling. There is no government school in the area and private schooling is too expensive.
Pangbourne aims to raise awareness of NCLC among its pupils, parents and staff, raise funds for the school, organise visits to NCLC for the sharing of good teaching practices between staff, and aid NCLC in its stated aim of becoming a self-sufficient and sustainable school.
In February 2016 at the College, a Charity Night Dinner with Guest of Honour Sir Ranulph Fiennes raised more than £19,000 for NCLC. In both July 2016 and July 2018, a group of Sixth Form students and staff members visited Uganda and spent three weeks at NCLC, helping teach English, build homes and run community events. The trip is now a bi-annual event, with the next trip scheduled for July 2020.
The College has entered into a partnership with the Whitley Excellence Cluster (WEC). The WEC is comprised of 10 South Reading schools and, with the support of the charity Aspire2, helps to engage over 4,000 students in a wide range of activities and sports, from residential camps to hockey and netball.
Our partnership recently made an eventful start with an afternoon of orienteering. Nearly 40 pupils from four WEC schools were split into ten teams and accompanied by Year 10 Pangbourne students in a race to complete a set of tasks within the College’s grounds.
Three teams found nine out of the 10 markers on site and the winners came down to the time it took them to arrive back to base. The runners-up were Christ the King’s A team and the winners were New Christ Church’s B team - both of these teams won a £20 Amazon voucher for their school to spend as they would like.
Rachel Tetchner, who teaches at Christ the King, commented on the day and the work the WEC is doing, saying: “The kids absolutely loved it, and the Pangbourne students were really good with them. We’ve also been at Ufton Court doing orienteering and map reading and this was great for the kids to put all of those skills into practice in a different location.”
More information on Aspire2 and the WEC is available at: http://www.aspire2whitley.com/
Staff and pupils are encouraged to participate in their own charitable endeavours with non-uniform days and cake sales always proving popular, as well as some rather more ‘out of the box’ ideas such as leg waxing!
The College also has a series of annual fundraising events including a Christmas collection of toiletries and foods for Reading-based food bank, ReadiFood. Other fundraising events include the Dunbar Family Quiz and ‘Flowers for Friends’, where pupil-designed cards are sold for £1 each for people to write a message on, attached to a carnation and distributed on Valentine’s Day.
In March 2019, the College held its first Charity Fashion Show, raising more than £500 for Oxfam. Pupils and a few surprise staff members modelled an array of clothing and accessories, kindly supplied by the local Oxfam shop in Pangbourne. Featured catwalk fashions were then sold after the show alongside charity t-shirts.
Another annual event is the Classic Car Show, now entering its fifth year. This event raises money for a series of good causes, including the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre in Uganda and local charities.