The Orange is named after Prince William of Orange (1792-1849). Prince William was given command of the Allied I Corps at Waterloo even though he was only in his twenties.
Students of the Orange think highly of the Wellington values and try to live them at school. The motto of the Orange house is Happy, Safe and Proud. They are working hard to develop and improve their own abilities and enjoying school days learning and playing happily and safely. They are well aware that they should achieve academic and non-academic excellence around the school in order for them to feel proud. The Orange has strong student leadership; the house head, the deputy head, student council leaders and the house activity managers. The student leaders respect the house and serve the house and the Wellington community. They aim to be caring young leaders and to be examples to the younger Orange members. The Orange has great tutors and all of them are dedicated to look after their tutees and support their school life:
This Orange is named after Prince William of Orange (1792 – 1849). Prince William spent most of his early life in exile, until 1813 when the throne of the Netherlands was restored to his father. He attended military college in Berlin and London and served for a short time as ADC to Wellington on the Peninsula. His new status in 1815 meant that he was given command of the Allied I Corps at Waterloo. His bravery was never in question; however his inexperience in battle led him to make gross mistakes. A detachment of French cavalry destroyed a large part of the force under Prince William, who had sent infantry into an area they were not needed despite warnings about the presence of cavalry, and later sacrificed two battalions to the French cavalry by ordering them to advance in a line. Considering he was still in his early twenties and trying to hold his own with battle hardened commanders it is probably not surprising that his efforts were unsuccessful. He was hit by a cannonball and taken from the battlefield of Waterloo injured.