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Macquarie

Macquarie is known as ‘Q Town’ and prides itself on having a warm and friendly atmosphere where all students feel relaxed and encouraged to achieve what they set out to do.

The Division is located beyond the Health Centre and to the right of the staff Common Room.

Macquarie was officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in 1953; its house emblem is a ship’s wheel; and the Division colour is dark blue. The original ‘Macquarie Wheel’ was utilised as the College lectern in the original Chapel.

Macquarie is named after one of the clipper ships belonging to the Devitt and Moore shipping company that first set up Pangbourne as The Nautical College in 1917 before it took the name Pangbourne College 52 years later in 1969.

Housemaster David Metcalfe with his wife, Rebecca and their children. Rebecca is also a teacher at the College. 

 

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Boarding Life for The Boys

There are year group socials held in Mr Metcalfe’s house on a regular basis throughout the year which offer the boys a chance to chat in a relaxed environment.

In Musters (Division assemblies), the boys are given the opportunity to improve their public speaking and can give a speech based upon their ‘Thought of the Week’.

A camp fire evening is held for the new Form 3 each year, where they cook food on a fire and get a chance to bond.

An open-door policy runs throughout Macquarie and the boys thrive in its happy atmosphere.

Sixth Form and University Preparation


Preparation for university evenings are held for Sixth Formers who are split into teams and tasked with creating a dish of their choice from the ingredients provided, with a competitive element thrown in for good measure.

The Sixth Form also meet with the Macquarie staff at the beginning of every term to establish aims as to how to run the Division more effectively.

The Sixth Form are encouraged to lead the Division, with the emphasis on helping the younger boys through their Pangbourne journey.
 

Outside The Classroom

The Division runs a ‘Man of Steel’ competition with a tankard handed out to the boy who has, each week, displayed the College’s Flag Values in considerable measure. Flag Values, such as Initiative, Resilience, Kindness and Industry (academic effort being a good example) are areas which are looked at for the award.

Other activities involving the whole Division are Macquarie summer barbecues, Christmas parties, Wednesday pizza nights and table tennis competitions.

There are mothers’ lunches each year which are held in the Division, providing opportunities for the boys’ mothers to get to know each other as well as a formal Divisional Dinner, held in the Old Library which provides a focal point for the outgoing U6 and their parents.

Meet the Housemaster and the Team

Housemaster

  • Mr David Metcalfe succeeded Mr Chris Sutton in 2017 as Housemaster of Macquarie. Like his predecessor, Mr Metcalfe too is an Old Pangbournian (98-03). He began teaching Geography at Pangbourne in 2013 and was also Head of Rugby until summer 2017, overseeing the first XV's wonderful run to the semi-finals of the national NatWest Vase competition in 2015-16. His wife Mrs Rebecca Metcalfe also teaches at the College, in Learning Skills specialising in Humanities.

Assistant Housemaster

  • Mr Ryan Cruwys joined the College at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year. He is a former Sportsperson in Residence and has a Bachelor's degree in Physical Geography and a Masters degree in Applied Meteorology, both from the University of Reading. Mr Cruwys now teaches Geography as well as heading up the Cricket Club and coaching some of the College’s top hockey teams.

Matron

  • Mrs Helen Pilkington has been Macquarie’s Matron for the last few years and is very welcoming and friendly to all students.

Visiting Tutor

  • Mr Ben McLeod
  • Mr Tom Poynter

Housekeeper

  • Mrs Gosla Zawadzka