Established in 1992 as a coeducational independent secondary school, over the past dozen years Legae Academy has achieved an international reputation for providing its students with access to a world classw education at an affordable price. Its fees have been kept substantially lower than other quality private schools. This has been possible notwithstanding the fact that the Academy has not sought sponsorship by corporations, embassies or other external donors, allowing it to admit qualified applicants on a first come first served basis.
The Academy is the sister school to Legae English Medium Primary School, which opened its doors in 1983. Both Legae schools strive to combine the time honoured strengths of Botswanas indigenous culture with a cosmopolitan outlook that prepares students to meet the rapidly evolving demands of tomorrows global economy.
The Legae Academy is fully registered with the Botswana Ministry of Educ ation (no. SE 4/6/150 of 1992), in accordance with all applicable local educational statutes. It is also member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and Botswana Association of Private Schools (BAPS). Through the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) the Academy is internationally certified as an approved Oxford, Cambridge, and Royal Society of the Arts (OCR) examinations centre.
In 1998 the Legae Academy was among the select group of education and training institutions from around the world, and the first in Botswana, that were honoured as recipients of the Arch of Europe International Quality Award in the Gold Category. Legaes institutional quality was further recognised in 2003 when its management was selected to recieve two additional international honours: the Golden Star for Management Merit and Worldwide Quality XXI Century awards.
Over the years Legaes standing has also received local recognition. In 1998 the MOE Department of Secondary Education issued an inspection report on the Academy, whose Executive Summary concluded:
The school is well poised for efficiency and productivity. The available management structures enable communication and consultation which creates a suitable working environment. The general up-keep of the school also creates a conducive learning environment. The receptive mood of the staff and the relaxed atmosphere are pointers to a conducive learning environment which is imperative for a school of this status.
Legae is a Setswana word for home. Both Legae schools share a basic commitment to providing a secure and caring environment that facilitates a culture of learning. Their common logo shows fledglings being reared in their nest. The Academys Setswana motto- Thuto go aga Botho - roughly translates as Education builds humanity, while the additional English motto- every child is yours- reflects the indigenous tradition that all members of a community have a collective responsibility in moulding the next generation.
The Legae Academy is governed by a Board of Governors consisting of its Managing Director, the Principal (ex-officio), a representative of the Ministry of Education, Gaborone City Council, Parents representatives, directors and additional members as provided for under appropriate Education (Private Secondary Schools) Regulations and the guide lines set out in the Education Act.
OUR MISSION: THE PURSUIT OF WORLD CLASS EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC, MORAL AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (THUTO GO AGA BOTHO)
The school is commended for offering a highly diversified curriculum. This curriculum recognises the wide ability range of students and provides equitable education for all.- MOE inspection report
At Legae it is recognised that all students are blessed with a unique
mixture of scholastic and other abilities that can be best maximised through
educational approaches that promote self-learning, complemented by co-curricular
and sporting activities. In partnership with parents and the community
the Academy strives to foster in each of its students the ability to live
up to his or her full potential.
FOUR YEAR SECONDARY PROGRAMME
* 2005 Form 3 IGCSE Foundation Subjects
* 2005 Forms 4-5 IGCSE Subjects:
* 2005 HIGCSE (Form 6) core Subjects offered:
* Co-curricular and Sports Activities
Also in the National team for U-20 Zone VI games in Mozambique in April.
Accounts, Economics and Business Studies students are encouraged to combine their scholastic training with the practical experience of participating in the international Junior Achievement Program. Through Junior Achievement they gain practical business experience by setting up their own production and marketing units, as well as doing short term work in local businesses.
Clubs active in 2004-5 include: Bible Knowledge, Bridge, Chess, Community Service, Debate, French, Environment, History, Mariba & Dance and PACT (Peer Approach Counselling by Teenagers).
The Community Service Club members give weekly voluntary support and organise fund raising, for the benefit of local charitable organisations.
The school has established and fostered good relations with the community. The role of the school in community activities is evidenced through the schools Community Service Club, which partakes a number of projects in the Cheshire Foundation, Princess Marina and Gabane. - MOE inspection report.
The PACT programme forms an integral part of the Academys recently enhanced Guidance & Counselling Unit. Through PACT young adults seek to empower one another with life skills to cope with the demands of modern society.
Legae students further participate in Computer, Maths and Science fair
competitions, having qualified for the national finals over the past six
years. Since 1998 Academy students have taken first place in the national
Mathematics quiz competitions.
In keeping with its development plans, a state of Art New computer laboratory
has been commissioned. The Forty capacity computer laboratory has been
furnished with 27 computers that have been Ethernet -worked to serve the
increasing demand for improved and efficient Information Technology and
Computer Studies. This new facility brings to two; fully equipped computer
laboratories, in addition to the resource centre that has a fully functional
Wireless Internet Connection.
The Academys Gaborone West campus will consist of 16 classrooms,
five multi-purpose science laboratories, three computer rooms, two art
studios, a library/resource centre with Internet facilities, a large multi-purpose
hall capable of seating 750 comfortably that also incorporates an infirmary
and offices, a 25 metre swimming pool, athletics shower and change rooms,
two student toilet blocks, an expanded administration complex, agricultural
and sports areas, tuck shop and storage facilities. The main buildings
of the campus have been imaginatively laid out in an octagon pattern,
or Wheel of Knowledge.
The current head of this multinational scholastic team is the Principal, Mr. Easo Oommen, who has over two decades of teaching in Botswana, India and Nigeria has previously served for twelve years as a Vice-Principal and two years as a Principal.
The Vice-Principal, Mr. John Hutcheson, has over two decades of teaching experience in Botswana and the United Kingdom, which includes seven years as a Headteacher of Gobjango and Sekgele Community Junior Secondary Schools in Botswana. He has also served as the Director of Education for the Mokolodi Nature Reserve.
The Deputy Vice Principal, Mrs.Murtagh, has over thirteen years of teaching
experience in Botswana, the United Kingdom and Kuwait. The fourth member
of the Academic Administration, upper school coordinator Mr. Ted Hutton,
previous experience includes a decade of service as the head of Legae
English Medium Primary School.