Parent’s Association

The Parent’s Association aims to encourage closer links between home, school and the larger community of Hout Bay through:

  1. representing the parents views at large and supporting the ethos of the school
  2. promoting positive close co-operation and communication between parents, school staff and school owners
  3. enhancing the education and well-being of the pupils of ISHB through mobilising parent involvement in school activities such as fundraising and events
  4. supporting the teachers and staff to promote the values, vision and public image of ISHB to the broader community

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The elected members for 2016

Junior Primary representatives:

Sieglinde McKeown is German and moved from New York to Cape Town in August 2015 with her South African husband James and their three children. The older two are in the Junior Primary School and the youngest one is due to start at ISHB in a couple of years. Siggi’s professional background is in PR & Communications.

Becca Cullis and her husband James have three children – two of whom are at the International school in PYP4 and PYP2. She is from the UK and James grew up in Cape Town. She first moved to South Africa in 2002. She and her family settled in Hout Bay four years ago after time spent living in America. Before children she balanced work in sport, environmental science and communications. She has been home with the kids since Nina was born.

Senior Primary representatives:

Julia McCurrach and her husband Bruno have two children in PYP6 and MYC1. They have been at the International school since 2010. Julia runs her own interior decorating business working from home.

Bal McDowall and her husband Magnus have two children, both of whom are at Hout Bay International School, in PYP3 and 4. Bal is originally from the UK and settled in Cape Town almost 10 years ago. Her background is in project management in the information technology division. Having worked for many years for an International company and traveled extensively with work she has an appreciation of diverse cultures and languages. She is excited by the opportunities that an international education affords our children in preparation for their future.

Middle Years representative:

Lucy Welford is British originally, but has lived in Zimbabwe and then South Africa for over 20 years. Her career has been in environment and rural development and her first job was to look after ten black rhinos in Zimbabwe. She is an advocate of the international Fair Trade movement and is involved in small enterprise development in South Africa. Lucy lives in Hout Bay with her husband Loki and her kids who are in PYP4 and MYC1, and far too many pets.

IGCSE representative:

Jacobus (Koos) Blijdorp and his wife Alida have two wonderful daughters at the ISHB in IGCSE1 and MYC2. They are Dutch, but emigrated 22 years ago to France, followed by 15 years in Hong Kong. After more than 25 years in a senior managerial position of the world’s largest promotional products / business gift company Koos settled with his family in Hout Bay in 2012.

IB representative:

Christine Sadler is South African and married to Rob who was born in England and has lived here for 22 years. She has been a parent at ISHB since 2000; her son completed his IB Diploma and is currently studying Genetics at UCT, and her daughter is in her first year of the IB Diploma. Christine has a background in clothing design and spent many years in design and buying in the retail industry. She now has a small Interior Decorating business and is in the process of opening up a business in Events Management.

CHELO representative (co-opted): Iris Henkel