WIS Alumni

Students who have been at WIS even for a few years are considered to be a WIS alumni. It is not a diploma that makes a student ‘one of us’ as we have a shared experience of learning in the WIS community.

Our DP alumni are true globe-trotters and attend universities in South Africa, Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Hong Kong and others in diverse disciplines ranging from Medicine, Engineering, Architecture and International Law to Sound Engineering and Hospitality Management. Our alumni also for part of the larger IB Alumni Network which keeps them connected to IBDP graduates both past and present.

WIS is fortunate to have many alumni return to share their tertiary experiences with current IBDP students. If WIS was ever your ‘home’, no matter for how long, please feel free to visit. You are always welcome!

WIS Alumni Updates

With great pleasure, we reintroduce our regular feature providing an update on our alumni, who are studying and working around the globe, holding the banner of WIS high, as they make their mark in the world.

We wish to congratulate Nilaye Bhatnagar – Class of 2018, who has recently begun his Bachelor’s Degree in Design, majoring in Architecture, at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

WIS Alumni

Throughout his high school career, Nilaye kept a keen focus on his dream to study Architecture, taking higher level studies in Mathematics, Physics and Art in the IB Diploma and working with great dedication to achieve the grades he needed to pursue his chosen field of study.

His IBDP Art exhibition demonstrated his skill in design and a very sophisticated sense of space, shape and line – an emerging architect’s eye! We wish Nilaye well and look forward to receiving regular updates as he progresses through his degree course.

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Years attended Westwood e.g. 1992 - 1996 High School Attended College or University Degree (if applicable)

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.