Activities and Societies
Pangbourne is renowned for its extensive and diverse Activities programme.
The purpose of the Activities programme is to be able to provide something different once a week – whether sporting, co-curricular or academic – to break up the usual Pangbourne routine.
Among the activities available to pupils are: rowing, drama, riding, art, golf, French culture, Gifted and Talented Programme meetings, Film Club, a class looking at current affairs, fitness, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award section work, DT, maths, mountain biking, music, shooting, Young Enterprise and UCAS support.
In September 2015, the College embarked on an exciting journey of developing and maintaining a Smallholdings Farm.
With the support of several students and some dedicated staff, we now have a fully functioning project with fresh produce being grown in the garden, five hens producing fresh eggs daily and one very noisy cockerel! Pigs are regularly looked after on site before being sent to the abattoir after a very happy life getting looked after in our farm.
The Form 5 pupils use College produce to make jam including blackberry and apple (blackberries picked from Whites playing field, apples from Mr Williams' garden), and plum (from the tree in the pig pen). Pupils then have the opportunity to cook the jam before filling jars of it, which then go on sale in Common Room. In the past, Form 4 have collected seeds from the sunflowers grown in the garden to sell as bird food.
Exciting upcoming projects include getting honey bees and the creation of a wildlife pond.
In November 2017, the College received £600 from the Pangbourne Parents Association in order to build the pond down in the smallholdings area. The students will shape and plant the pond once the major digging is complete.
Upper Sixth students can join the Wine Society, led by the Reverend Neil Jeffers, which has been run for a number of years and meets on Tuesday evenings.
The Society – which runs on a voluntary basis – samples a selection of wines and students develop mature wine tasting techniques in the company of staff members and guests who are invited to share their expertise in wine tasting.
The selection of drinks explored at the Society varies from table wines to champagne and after-dinner wine, amongst others.
The Society meets in the Wardroom (staff dining room) and is another privilege for Sixth Formers to socialise informally with staff.