From the Principal’s Desk – 15 February, 2018

Dear Parents,

If 2017 was a year of unexplained events, challenging times and strange phenomenon, 2018 has to be the year of renewed optimism and hope. As I said in my last newsletter, if there is one thing I know for sure it is that South Africa does indeed bounce back from adversity. Recent events in our country have sparked interesting conversations about the power and will of the people and reminded us that power is not an absolute – those of us that have some form of power must realise the huge responsibility that is attached. No one leader is indispensable and no one person is irreplaceable. People come and go but institutions, values and beliefs remain.

I mention this in light of our annual Open Day tomorrow.

The lasting legacy of any educational institution is the kind of students they endeavour to produce. With a plethora of schools to choose from today parents are spoilt for choice with regards selecting their child’s educational future. I have a strong view that different types of schools exist for different types of students, and parents (and students) must do their homework carefully when considering a school and the type of curriculum they follow.

Having taught locally and internationally, I can honestly say that I believe that the IB curriculum is one of the most progressive and more relevant curricula out there. Born out of a need to address the many social, political and economic issues which arose after WW2, the idealistic and optimistic theories behind the IB and its philosophy are incredibly relevant in our world today.

The 10 IB Learner Profile characteristics mirror many of the “soft skills” 21st century employers would like to see in their future work force. The IB attitude towards Service and the premise to “think global and act local” aims to make serving each other and the needs of our immediate community an intrinsic life changing attitude.

The IB approach to learning that allows our students to work alongside their teachers and become an active participant in their learning, allows for developing lifelong problem solving skills aimed at creating future entrepreneurs that can think outside the box and find solutions to the challenges that we as a world face. A balance between what to know (content) and more importantly what to do with that knowledge is most certainly very important for our future leaders.

All in all, an IB world school has much to offer a student, but like the different types of schools out there, it will be most beneficial for those types of students who want to learn, have a good work ethic, are prepared to fail and learn from their mistakes, can manage their time wisely and want to be challenged in and out of the classroom.

And that is what tomorrow is all about – as Open Day Season moves into high gear around the province, we are proud of what we do at HBIS and proud of the kind of students who have worked and made the most of every opportunity afforded to them at our school. So if you know a friend or family who you think would benefit from the type of education on offer at HBIS, I would invite you to please encourage them to come along and attend our Open Day tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Grant Ruskovich