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The International School of Hout Bay (ISHB) 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 ISHB, may your time here be a worthwhile and life changing experience.

Grant Ruskovich



  • From the Principal’s Desk – 26 May 2016
    Dear Parents, On Tuesday night, at our chelo (Children of Hout Bay Educational and Learning Opportunity) AGM two things struck me; firstly what an amazing programme our school is directly involved in which is making a huge difference in the 8...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 19 May 2016
    Dear Parents, One of the key components of the IB curriculum is the opportunity for students to publicly exhibit or demonstrate what they have learnt. Whether it be the PYP6 Exhibition at the end of the year or the IB...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 12 May, 2016
    Dear Parents, The last few days at ISHB have allowed me the opportunity to get out from behind the desk and just enjoy some of the other important aspects of what makes a school tick. It started off with last...
  • Luke Eberhard (MYC1) – Rock Climbing Achievements
    Luke Eberhard in MYC1 has many specialised interests, but the one that has recently got tongues wagging, is his exceptional rock climbing ability. The “old guard” in Cape Town climbing circles are taking notice of this bright young talent who...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 05 May 2016
    Dear Parents, Following a rather successful Strategic Planning workshop over the weekend, something that kept coming up was the issue of identity, and who we are and what we stand for and represent as a school. Such an important issue...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 28 April 2016
    Dear Parents, You will have noticed on our Facebook page yesterday that some of our IB Diploma Students spent their Freedom Day hiking 3 of Cape Town’s most famous peaks – all in one day. This remarkable achievement and personal...


    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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