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Hout Bay International School is more than a school – it is a community of diverse individuals and families, a centre for academic excellence, for some a home away from home and yet more importantly a family for all those that are part of it. Few schools can boast that they belong to two international organisations spanning across almost every continent of the globe. The first being International Education Systems (IES), a family of international schools committed to quality educational experiences for all who attend and, second, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), renowned for its high quality and rigorous academic programme.

Our School is as diverse as the location in which it finds itself, our commitment to highlighting social injustice, the celebration of differences and the fostering of international mindedness goes beyond the classroom. Students are encouraged to ‘think outside the box’, ‘have a voice’ and engage on pertinent topics daily. From Early Years through to the International Baccalaureate Diploma, students, staff and parents are part of a learning community that seeks to encourage awareness of the wider world. They have a sense of their own role as global citizens, who respect and value diversity, who have an understanding of how the world works and who take responsibility for their actions.

We are proudly South African, embodying an International mindset, where the spirit of ‘ubuntu’– the idea that humanity is bound together and expressed by caring for each other – can be seen and felt. The teachers genuinely care for their students and love practicing their craft. The students genuinely love learning and are encouraged to become life-long learners.

And so I wish to say welcome to HBIS, may your time here be a worthwhile and life changing experience.

Grant Ruskovich



  • From the Principal’s Desk – 17 August, 2017
    Dear Parents, One of the more challenging aspects of being in education today is dealing with those unfortunate situations that arise when the staff at a school are undermined by either the parents or the students. More and more schools...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 10 August, 2017
    Dear Parents, On Tuesday evening, Mrs Baxter and I attended the gala evening for the 2017 Hout Bay Eisteddfod. What a wonderful celebration of the week that was, with students from all the local primary schools taking part in unprepared...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 03 August, 2017
    Dear Parents, In my opinion, one of the most misused words in schools (and possibly in homes) today is the term “bullying”. Not a day goes by when the staff at HBIS do not have to deal with incidents involving...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 27 July, 2017
    Dear Parents, Last night the Parent’s Association organised and hosted a Social Media talk with a different approach. Jess Oosthuizen, a PHD student at UCT, is currently doing research on the uncharted and ever changing world that surrounds the effects...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 20 July, 2017
    Dear Parents, ‘Everybody Can Be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve’ This quote from Dr Martin Luther King may be the defining quote in today’s community service movement. A key cornerstone of the IBO’s core educational philosophy is the concept of...
  • Issue 23 – 20 July, 2017
    Issue  23 – 20 July, 2017...


    Every year, SEK and IES students gather to enjoy a week of sports or cultural activities. The event takes place in one of the countries where there is an SEK or IES school. This year, there will be a Cultural InterSek, hosted by SEK Ecuador School, in the city of Quito.

    For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the person in charge of International Programs at your school.

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