Student Support Services

The Student Support Services Team is integrated in the life of the school. The primary focus of the SSS team is to provide services for students who demonstrate need for additional support for learning, or who are experiencing difficulties that affect their physical, social or emotional well-being and impact on their functioning or engagement with school life.

Support is aimed towards helping students to reach their full potential whilst being included fully in the school community. The team also supports and follows the progress of students as they transition from one level of the school to the next.

The Student Support Services Coordinator, together with the counselors and Principals, supports all members of the Student Support Services Team, ensuring that student support needs are looked at holistically, via a collaborative, team approach. The Student Services Team work together to ensure:

  • Support Services practice is consistent with the School Mission Statement, the Principles of Teaching and Learning and IB philosophy/pedagogy;
  • Effective collaboration between the different areas of Student Support exists and that the team collaborates to ensure meets regularly to discuss students needs are met and the plan best options for support are in place and yielding positive results;
  • That team members work collaboratively with class and subject teachers to identify strategies for them to effectively provide support to students with specific needs within their classrooms – to ensure that the focus of student support is to help students to better access the curriculum within the classroom with reduced emphasis on withdrawal;
  • That collaboration with parents takes place, to gather important information and insights, in order to plan appropriate support and/or develop individual learning plans;
  • That a student-centred approach to student support is maintained – that is flexible, dynamic and involves students in their own assessments and in setting their own targets; and
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Learning Support

WIS is committed to providing a learning environment that allows every learner to feel accepted, valued and supported.

ESL Support

English as a Second Language is the linguistic term used to describe a situation where English is the language of instruction and speakers of other languages have to learn English in order to study the academic programmes offered in that school.

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Counselling & Pastoral Care

The school provides a comprehensive counselling service catering for students’ emotional, social, behavioural, educational, and career guidance needs.

Health Support

The school employs a full-time Registered Nurse to provide first aid and emergency treatment for students who become ill or who are injured during the course of the school day.

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.