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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 – 15 June, 2017
    Dear Parents, June 16 is celebrated nationwide as Youth Day. On this day South Africa commemorates a youth protest that resulted in a wave of protests across the country otherwise known as the Soweto Uprising of 1976. I am conscious...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 08 June, 2017
    Dear Parents, 2017 is most certainly shaping up to be the year of disasters. For many people, the last 24-48 hours have once again been a harrowing experience with the Cape Town storm and Knysna wildfires that have caused damage...
  • From the Vice Principal’s Desk – 01 June, 2017
    Dear Parents, Have you ever, as a parent, just wished your child came with some instructions? Just a manual to help you troubleshoot? A service website where you could have your FAQs answered. A button you could press to return...
  • Issue 18 – 25 May, 2017
    Issue 18 – 25 May, 2018...
  • From the Vice Principal’s Desk – 25 May, 2017
    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela In 2007 a group of parents and IES joined forces to start a bursary programme at Hout Bay International School. IES has made the...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 18 May, 2017
    Dear Parents, This past week, I have had several discussions with numerous parents about the many challenges that they are experiencing in raising their children. Some of the topics of conversation have included; conflicting fears when trying to figure out...


    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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