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Port Jackson

Port Jackson is located at the far end of the Parade Ground with beautiful views over private woods and fields.

The current building was opened in 1974 and the Division’s mascot is the Wolfpack (group of wolves); its colours are light blue and white; and its emblem is the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Port Jackson is named after one of the clipper ships belonging to the Devitt and Moore shipping company that first set up Pangbourne as a Nautical College in 1917 before it took the name Pangbourne College and then later became a co-educational school. 

Housemaster, Mr Steve Thompson and his wife, Sarah.

The proceeds from the sale of SS Port Jackson were used to buy the current College site and the silver trophy used for the Headmaster’s Cup was won by the SS Port Jackson in a race around Port Jackson harbour versus the Herzogin Cecilie in 1911.

Port Jackson’s House Values are Unity, Honesty, Commitment and Responsibility and the Motto is Ubi Concordia Ibi Victoria which means ‘Where there is unity, there is victory’ – a motto chosen by the boys in the Division.

More on Port Jackson

Boarding Life for The Boys

Port Jackson is a family-run house, with pupils enjoying each other’s company and building lifelong friendships. The Gunroom, Galley and the foyer, with sofas in it, are the three main social hubs in Port Jackson. The boys are encouraged to be kind, courteous and to be the 'best the possibly can'. Their efforts are recognised and celebrated on a weekly basis in 'Muster' (house assembly).

The Division runs a competition between five mixed year group teams who each form a Divisional Wolfpack. Points are gained from room inspections, duty week, tidying up in the house, academic effort and more, with the winning team being awarded a prize at the end of each term. The Division always comes together in the kitchen to prepare food, such as pancakes, on Friday evenings. Mrs Lewis also hosts cooking evenings and tutors the boys in the arts of cooking for a dinner party,which culminates in a black tie 'do' with our sister house. 

There are many opportunities for the boys to take ownership of an issue and leave a legacy, such as when the 2013-14 Port Jackson Upper Sixth devised the House motto which is in use now.

Meet the Housemaster and the Team


  • Mr Steven Thompson, who attended Bradfield College, is a Teacher of Science; Head of Athletics; a keen hockey player and plays a key role in the pastoral care in the Division.

Assistant Housemaster

  • Mrs Kate Klymow


  • Mrs Gill Pollock is a friendly, selflessly humorous and welcoming presence in the Division, assisting in the pastoral care of the boys. Both of Gill’s girls went to Pangbourne and became Chief Cadet Captains of the College.

Visiting Tutor

  • Mr Chris Sandbach, who attended Cheltenham College, is Director of Sport; a PE teacher and started in January 2018.
  • Mr Alex Hawthorn


  • Ms Katarzyna Machnik