Jonathan White is an Old Wellingtonian. He studied Economics at Kingston Polytechnic and then worked for KPMG in London before completing a PGCE at Cambridge University. Gaining a Hockey Blue at the tender age of 31, Jonathan returned to Wellington in 2001, having left in 1987, to teach Mathematics and coach both the boys and girls Hockey 1st XI teams. He was the Head of Fourth Form for four years before taking over the Talbot in September 2011 with his wife Amoreena and two boisterous boys, Billy and Sam. When time allows he enjoys playing sport, skiing, the outdoors and gastronomy; the cooking, consuming and imbibing!
The Talbot is an eclectic and exciting boarding and day House for 65 boys, and Talbotians are renowned for their friendly and welcoming approach, industrious work ethic and dedication to social and personal development. A strength of the Talbot is not only the good relations fostered within year groups but the positive rapport across year groups. If there was to be a House motto it would be, ‘Treat others as you would have them treat you’.
Re-built in 2003 in the gardens of the original House, the Talbot is set away from the hustle and bustle of the main school, and provides a tranquil retreat from the stresses of day to day student life. Near to a serene lake, peaceful woodlands and some of the school’s best playing fields, the House is conveniently situated next to the outdoor swimming pool, open during the summer months. The House has some of the best accommodation in the College and the south facing views from the ‘Piazza del Talbot’ overlooking the lake provides a great spot for our Saturday summer barbeques. In addition, the brilliantly spacious, oak-panelled, in-house dining room is the venue for breakfast and supper for the Talbot’s students.