Kgaswe International School began as a small school with 6 pupils in 1986. The only teacher and headmistress was Mrs. Gill. The school started in Mrs Gill's home. The parents were all employees of Botswana Power Corporation who had opened up Morupule Power Station near to the town of Palapye. Botswana Power Corporation decided to assist the new school and provided a prefabricated building for the school to move into. This building is currently the school's administration block. Mrs. Gill remained at Kgaswe until 1989 during which time the school grew slowly. In 1990, Mr. Keith Milford was appointed headmaster. During his term of office, the school began to grow a little faster and new classroom blocks were built to accommodate this expansion. Mr. Milford remained at Kgaswe until 1994.
In August 1994, Mr. Roger Buckley took over the reigns as headmaster. Kgaswe Primary started to grow quite quickly. A Nursery School section was opened in 1996. By this time it was decided to open up a second class in each standard. This meant that more new classrooms would have to be built. A new Standard 1 block was erected early in 1997. Also during this time, sporting facilities began to spring up on the school grounds. A grass field 120 m X 80 m was laid. Two tennis courts and two netball courts were built. Mr. Buckley remained at Kgaswe until August 1997.
Mr. Phil Hess began as headmaster in August 1997, having moved from Acacia Primary School in Jwaneng. Late in 1997, a Gazebo was constructed between the netball courts and the grass field. A new classroom block with 4 classrooms, offices and store rooms were built in 1999.
Kgaswe International School continues to grow. Further expansion in the form of a Pre-Primary block was also completed.
The school continued to grow serving Palapye/Serowe/Mahalapye communities. Responding to considerable demand from our parent body and the surrounding community we opened the Kgaswe High School in January 2006. The High school moved onto a newly built campus in Palapye, Extension 4, in January 2010. A new Headmaster, Mr Charles Solomon was employed to run Kgaswe High School from 2006 up to 2010. Mr Ian Philip Dutchie Hess ran Kgaswe School to success until his sudden death on the 22nd February 2011. He is succeeded by Mr Jan H. Kleynhans as the Executive Principal based at Kgaswe High School campus until this date. Mr Richard Monks was appointed as a Headmaster for the primary school until this date.
Kgaswe International School fully supports the government in its efforts to see all sectors of the private sector contributing to the growth and development of Botswana and we believe Kgaswe International School plays a small but important part in this effort by educating young Batswana to take their place in the economy and growth of Botswana. We fully support the education pillar of Vision 2016 – “to produce an educated and informed nation”.
We recognize the fact that Botswana is part of the global economy and that our pupils need to be equipped to take their place in this market place and have the skills and understanding to be able to tackle issues and problems in this sphere. Our core business is to produce citizens who can take their place and contribute meaningfully to society. Our whole existence is driven by this and all our operations are geared towards this objective.
We offer an education which is different to that which is generally offered throughout the country. We believe this is in harmony with the government’s drive to diversify the economy and move away from a reliance on only one offering.
In line with our international school status and mission, we want to retain our international flavour with regards to staffing but with a healthy proportion of citizen staff as well and so whole heartedly support the further localization of our staff.
Type of School
Kgaswe International School is an international, independent, co-educational, English Medium Primary and Secondary School. Kgaswe is a non-profit school and does not have an owner or shareholders that take any profit or payment from the school. All monies generated by school fees - our only significant form of income, are put directly back into the running of the school. Our school fees and budgets are set to cover operational costs and not to generate profits.
Kgaswe International School is a Company Limited by Guarantee, formed in accordance with the Botswana Companies Act 42:01 (as amended) and registered with the Registrar of Companies, Botswana on 25th November 1994. It is also officially registered with the Botswana Ministry of Education- Registration number - E5/14/81– with Botswana Power Corporation as the body corporate subscriber.
The company consists of seven subscribers that originally formed the school and to which the Board of Governors report annually at the AGM. The Board of Governors are elected annually at the AGM according to the Articles of Association of Kgaswe International School. The school is strictly not for profit. Governors are not paid and all staff are salaried.
The educational policies and the day to day running of the school are the responsibility of the Managing Director. He is an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors, in the capacity of secretary. The Governing Body appoints the Managing Director.
The Governors approve and set the school policies, budget and appointments of staff. They also set fees etc. and engage in other activities allowed by the Memorandum of Association.
We strive to maintain the highest possible internationally comparable standards in all aspects of our education - academic, social, moral, spiritual, cultural and physical. We measure these by monitoring our academic results with Cambridge International Examinations, the Academic Biathlon Examinations and well as internationally standardized tests.
Our sporting and cultural standards are measured by our performance on an on-going basis against other similar type of schools. Our staff and parents monitor social, moral and spiritual standards and all pupils subscribe to our school ethos, have guidance counseling and religious education lessons. We also have a training scheme in operation to develop and measure performance in various aspects of these.