A Typical Week At WIS

Once you join us as a student, you can look forward to a packed and exciting timetable of lessons, activities, sports and socialising. Life at WIS is fun and busy. We study for three terms in the year – January to April, May to August, September to December – with a few days holiday in the middle of each term for rest and other activities!

Lessons at WIS usually come in 45-minute periods in the PYP and 55-minute periods in the MYP and DP.

As well as classroom time, your weekly timetable at WIS will be made up of:

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Homeroom Teacher takes care of academic and pastoral issues. He or she will also tell you about up-and coming events or successes to be celebrated.

Assemblies

The Assemblies are held fortnightly in both Upper and Lower Primary School and Secondary School – MYP and DP. These assemblies are entirely led by the students and display a glimpse of learning activities that happen in the classrooms across all disciplines and year groups.

Physical and Health Education

In the PYP, this includes: athletics, gymnastics, dance fitness, fundamental skills, football games, hitting sports, throwing sports and swimming.

Students discover the capabilities of their bodies by being exposed to a number of situations, which develop motor skills that may later be applied to various sports. Students learn about a healthy, active lifestyle and the way exercise affects their bodies and overall well-being, as well as compete against other CHOPS and ISSSA schools, in both PYP and MYP.

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.