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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 – October 20, 2016
    Dear Parents, It is that time of year again when we bid farewell to our graduating class. No matter what you do, nothing completely prepares you for the day when you have to say goodbye to a group of students...
  • Issue 33 – 13 October, 2016
    Issue 33 – 13 October, 2016...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 13 October, 2016
    Dear Parents, Last night our IGCSE1 Business Studies students participated in the annual Dragons’ Den competition held at HBIS. The event is based on the popular BBC show, “Dragons’ Den”, where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to successful businessmen and...
  • Issue 32 – 06 October, 2016
    Issue 32 – 06 October, 2016...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 06 October, 2016
    Dear Parents, This week the world celebrated World Teachers’ Day on Wednesday, 5 October. World Teachers’ Day represents a significant effort to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development across the...
  • From the Principal’s Desk – 15 September, 2016
    Dear Parents, I have long held firm, that the importance of the creative arts in an educational setting is paramount to providing an element of balance for any and all students. In a world that sometimes focuses too much on...


    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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