An Education At WIS

At WIS, we provide a continuum of education, consisting of three IB programmes that are united by the IB’s philosophy and approaches to learning and teaching. The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.

The IB programmes incorporate quality practice from national and international research and the IB global community. They encourage students to be internationally-minded, within a complex and hyper-connected world.

WIS offers 3 high – quality IB Programmes, which:

  • Focus on learners through a student-centred approach that promotes healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and personal challenge
  • Develop effective approaches to teaching and learning by helping students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success
  • Work within global contexts through increased understanding of languages and cultures, and exploring globally significant ideas and issues
  • Explore significant content by offering a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.

Informed by values described in the IB Learner Profile, WIS students strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.

These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.

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The IB’s programmes are different from other curricula because they:

  • Encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • Develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
  • Encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
    Develop multilingual students

Students learn how to learn

Throughout all IB programmes, students develop approaches to learning skills and the attributes of the IB learner profile. Students are able to take responsibility for their own learning and understand how knowledge itself is constructed. Students are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and to take responsibility for their own educational progress.

Our programmes help IB students:

  • Ask challenging questions
  • Think critically
  • Develop research skills proven to help them in higher education
  • IB programmes also encourage students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.

IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME – IB PYP

The IB Primary Years Programme – PYP, is a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based and student-centred education with responsible action at its core. Through the PYP, students experience learning that is engaging, significant, challenging and relevant as it spans between, across and beyond traditional subject boundaries.

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IB PYP

IB MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME – IB MYP

The IB Middle Years Programme – MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16 years; at WIS this is from Years 7-11. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers.

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IB MYP

IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME – IB DP

The IB Diploma Programme – DP is a 2 year pre-university course open to students between the ages of 16 to 19 years; leading either to the IB Diploma or to separate subject courses, depending on the student’s plans for further education.

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DYP

Mr. Jones is an international educator who has extensive experience, and in depth knowledge of all three IB programmes spanning over twenty-five years, as a teacher, examiner, teacher trainer and administrator.

Mr. Jones has worked on four different continents, and in ten different countries, thus giving him an extremely developed sense of cultural awareness.

In Africa, he has worked for a total of twelve years, eight years in Tanzania and four years in Zimbabwe.

He is a multi lingual and multi-cultural school leader - an English native speaker, who is also fluent in French and Spanish.

Mr Jones is joined here in Botswana by his French wife Martine.

Committed to creating globally minded students and teachers for the 21st century, Heidi has dedicated over 20 years to working in International education.  Prior to taking on the position of Secondary School at WIS, Heidi was the Head of School at the American International School of Niamey, Niger for 5 years.  She has also served as the Primary Principal for 5 years at the International School of Havana, Cuba.

Heidi holds a B. Ed.from McGill University (Canada), a M.S.T in English from the University of New Hampshire (USA), a M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from the College of New Jersey (USA) and is currently pursuing an Ed. D. in Leadership from the University of New England (USA).  Her research interests include professional learning, teacher agency, and transformational change.

Heidi and her husband Marc have 4 dogs and love living in Botswana.  Both Marc and Heidi enjoy travel and immersing themselves in the various cultures of the world and once took a two-year sabbatical and travelled to over 30 countries via local transport.

Mrs Esme de Jager has more than 25 years of experience in education. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and is a certified Psychologist. As a lifelong learner, she has attended various advanced levels of PYP and IB Continuum Leadership training, as well as school exchanges. She passionately believes in the power and ability of education to guide and develop children in order to improve the world and shape their future.

Mrs de Jager is actively involved in the International Educational world and is trained as an ACE; NEASC/CIS School accreditation visitor and was also invited as a presenter at two IB world conferences; at The Hague in 2017 and in Vienna in 2018. At The Hague she spoke about one of her great passions: The power of Authentic Service Learning.

She found that the opportunity to be part of such an inspiring conference enriched her life and perspective tremendously and it enabled her to pass this on to the Primary Teaching Faculty through several in-school workshops and ongoing guidance and mentoring.

Mr. Majoni is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA). His 13 years of experience includes his articled clerkship served at Ziumbe Chartered Accountants (now Bakertilly) in Harare, Zimbabwe, to Gaborone where he joined Mazars Botswana as an Accounts Manager and then began his journey with Westwood in 2013.

As part of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT),
Mr Majoni’s role at WIS is multi-faceted and involves him at a variety of levels of administration and operations. He is married to Leigh-Anne and their family is completed by 3 energetic boys.