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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 – 25 August, 2016
    Dear Parents, Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying “It always seems impossible until it is done”. This quote has never been more apt as when I was watching our students compete against our sister schools at the Inter-IES Winter Sports...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 18 August, 2016
    Dear Parents, This week has been another busy week in the life of HBIS. We have held two successful subject choice information evenings for the new IGCSE and IB Diploma students and their parents for 2017, the Primary School students...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 11 August, 2016
    Dear Parents, What an interesting last week our country has seen. From the municipal elections which proved that our young democracy is most definitely vibrant and maturing, to the commencement of the Olympic Games in Rio and of course the...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 04 August, 2016
    Dear Parents, Next Tuesday, 9 August, as a nation we will celebrate National Women’s Day. This holiday marks the anniversary of the 20,000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 to protest against the carrying of...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 28 July, 2016
    Dear Parents, One of the key features of any democracy is for the people to have a chance to “have their say” and the most powerful example of this is when the nation is called upon to cast their ballots...
  • Issue 23 – 21 July, 2016
    Issue 23 – 21 July, 2016...


    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.Visit Website InterSEK 2016

    For more information please visit Ecuador or SEK Ecuador LipDub

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