Tony Adams joined Wellington in April 2020 and began his time at the College as AHM of the Hill, before being appointed HM of the Hill in 2023. For Tony the Hill has always been somewhere that thrives on the close-knit, supportive and uplifting culture, with good relationships within and between year groups. The house is filled with driven, passionate and talented students, but above all display kindness in their everyday interactions, which helps to make the Hill a safe space where the boys feel like they truly belong. The Hill students are proud to be ‘leaders of the College’ across the academic, co-curricular and their daily behaviours, making the most of the opportunities at Wellington from the arts and music to sport.
Tony is an Economics and Business teacher and enjoys seeing these subjects reflected in house with many budding entrepreneurs. Outside of the Hill, Tony coaches football and sailing – there is no better place to be than a summers day on the water with a strong breeze! Prior to Wellington, Tony spent five years living in New Zealand lecturing at the University of Auckland. Tony lives in the Hill with his wife Rosie and his two young children, Harry and Lily. As a family they like escaping to the coast and spending time with family and friends.
The Hill remains one of four traditional in-College boys boarding Houses and accommodates 58 boys over three floors. Situated at the front of the main school buildings with views over Swan Lake and Front Quad it is at the centre of the College. Games fields, classrooms and the Sports Hall are approximately all equidistant from the Hill.
The House is named after Viscount Hill, Commander of the Anglo Dutch 2nd Corps. Rowland Hill – Lord Hill (1772–1842) – was universally liked by the soldiers under his command and was known as “Daddy Hill” by the troops who valued and respected his kindness. It was claimed that he used profanity on only two occasions! The boys in the House are very proud of the Hill’s history and the ‘House spirit’ that is manifested in their support for each other.