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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 – 23 February, 2017
    Dear Parents, This weekend sees the second annual PA Jazz Brunch and Fun Run. A lot of work and effort has gone into making this event a wonderful and exciting highlight on our calendar. I would really like to extend...
  • Issue 06 – 16 February, 2017
    Issue 06 – 16 February, 2017...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 16 February, 2017
    Dear Parents, In a recent discussion with some parents, the question of “what is an international school?” came up and it was interesting to see how sometimes even adults may misunderstand what this term means. In Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 09 February, 2017
    Dear Parents, I often hear from various parents in both the primary and high schools, that they do not fully understand the “big picture” of all things related to the International Baccalaureate. In fact they recite some interesting dinner party...
  • Issue 05 – 09 February, 2017
    Issue 05 – 09 February, 2017...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 02 February, 2017
    Dear Parents, Last Saturday the High School students participated in the annual Interhouse Athletics. For the first time it was held on a Saturday and one could be forgiven for thinking we would have been inundated with many excuses for...


    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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