By Mac Hengari
THE Windhoek International School (WIS), is an independent educational institution housing over 500 students, many of whom perceive this school to be the best in Namibia.
Founded in 1990, this school seems to have never failed to provide good education and a supportive atmosphere to its students.
It even offers the PYP, IGCSE and IB programs and in fact, it is the only school that offers such programs in the entire country.
These can be a bit of a hurdle to jump over, even for the highest performing students and the teachers do a decent job at guiding you through these obstacles. These programs can be stressful at times or they can be a breeze sometimes, it is nothing to be stressed about though, as the teachers and students are always willing to assist you.
One thing to keep in mind is the fact that the difficultly of these programs depends on you. You are the only one who can affect the difficulty of these programs or just school in general. You can choose to either not bother at all and be all stressed when the final examinations arrive or you can choose to keep yourself ahead, understand all the work and be ready for the final examinations. The same can be applied to universities, colleges or primary schools. That is just how school works, but again, we are always willing to assist you. We welcome all with open arms and would be glad to have you in our community!
WIS has a very positive community, making it easy to form connections with those around you and the atmosphere is really something to admire, quite energetic and lively, you will come to realise. Everyone gets along and there are very minimal conflicts among students, you never have to worry about a student bringing any weapon to school, really. We are very big on making sure the students are doing well both emotionally and academically. We always encourage anyone if they have a problem to speak to someone, whether it be their peers, a teacher or a friend, literally anyone in the school would be willing to help you. Which, mind you, this school is VERY strict on bullying and never tolerate any form of bullying whatsoever. Bullying anyone could lead to you being expelled, or at the very least suffer a long suspension.
The school also offers some amazing field trips, such as the resort Africat – Okonjima, the Orange River resort and even trips outside the the country, to places such as Cuba and Malaysia.
You will come to find that the teachers are very firm into having you attend these field trips, because they are quite the experience and close to unforgettable. This gives you a chance to strengthen any connections you may have with your friends or create new ones and you will always leave with a stronger bond with someone or create a new one.
Mac Hengari is Grade 9 learner at the Windhoek International School and was a visiting journalist at Confidente during his March mid-term break.
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