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International School of South Africa



The School offers excellent boarding accommodation for both Primary and Senior students with well-equipped double studies and single studies for older students. There are nine Boarding Houses. Each of the nine boarding houses has its own recreation room. We also have 24-hour supervision by the caring, experienced staff, which include House-parents, Tutors, Councilors and Medical staff.

The House system is central to the social life of the school, encouraging friendly competition in sports, drama, public speaking, debating, singing, academic challenges, as well as school social events. All of the 9 hostels have now been completely refurbished and boast modern and comfortable furnishings which are continuously being upgraded.

We aim to provide a social environment that will allow each student to realise his or her full potential as a well-educated, well-balanced member of society, capable of taking a mature approach to life and believing in the principle that what you put into life is what you get out of life. We focus on providing each student with life skills to grow in mind, body and spirit.

Apart from the Boarding Staff, each student has a Register Teacher and a Tutor. This enables the student to have access to three staff members, who will all be responsible for monitoring development, behaviour and progress.


Students share a room that has a divider for photographs and posters and consists of a bed, a cupboard, study area providing a comfortable relaxation and working area. Ablution facilities include separate showers for students wishing to have complete privacy. Every hostel has a recreation room with TV and entertainment facilities. The Boarding house provides an opportunity for students to socialise and to get to know fellow students from different countries and backgrounds. We encourage interaction between Hostels and allow for intellectual and cultural growth.

The atmosphere is warm, inviting and nurturing and the Hostels are encouraged to show initiative in holding fundraising weekends and events that build team spirit and camaraderie. The boarding houses are single-sex, each offering accommodation for 50 students and are supervised by a caring Resident Houseparent, two residents and at least two visiting tutors. The senior houses are grouped around a water feature that supports an ecological system that is both attractive and restful. The hostel names represent the wildlife of Africa. Hostel life is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, where friendships are made that last a lifetime.

The boarding establishment encourages students to be disciplined and to work hard. Students from various parts of the world are accommodated at the school. Their cultural and value systems differ greatly. It is important that they must develop respect for themselves and for others and in particular the hostel staff. The boarding establishment accepts responsibility for the care and welfare of the students, the hostel staff being in loco parentis. The houseparent is in charge of the boarding house and is supported by the hostel staff, both residential and visiting as well as the prefects. The Heads of the Hostel (one for each gender), coordinate the running of the hostels and support the house parents and staff.