IBS of Provence is proud to announce that our school community this year consists of 76 different nationalities this year! Eight more than last year!
This mix of cultures and languages is at the heart of who we are as a school. It offers us a unique opportunity to exchange ideas on a multicultural level and learn to respect the beliefs and customs of others as an essential part of our everyday school life.
WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE PARTNERSHIP WITH FORMER WORLD NUMBER 4 TENNIS PLAYER –
As Head of School at IBS of Provence, I have the great pleasure to announce our most recent collaboration with Thomas Enqvist, a former World Number 4 professional tennis player as well as an IBS parent, in the creation of the “IBS Tennis Academy by Thomas Enqvist”.
This collaboration will offer players of all levels (from grass roots to budding professionals) to train in a safe, fun and professional atmosphere allowing students to attain the best level possible, in tennis and in their studies. Thanks to our new primary school, the program will begin for children from the age of 5 years old and continue up until the final year of school at IBS. This will allow us to help train our players from a very young age while watching them develop their tennis skills over the years. As part of the “IBS Tennis Academy by Thomas Enqvist”, there will also be a New Sports/Studies program for tennis players at a more professional level who wish to also focus on their studies in order to access the best universities in the world.
I am sure this program will be a success and will continue in our aim to offer a high level of sports to our students while never sacrificing the importance of academic learning. They both go hand-in-hand to forming happy and healthy students at IBS.
Jean-Marc GOBBI, Head of School
A WORD FROM THOMAS ENQVIST:
“I am very excited to open this new tennis academy together with IBS. I have always been a big believer that sport has a positive impact on school work and life in general. The values, respect and dedication that come with a serious training program is something that you will bring with you and that will strengthen you for the rest of your life. My goal is to give every student the best possible chance to become the best tennis player they can be and help them reach their goals and dreams for their future…”
THOMAS ENQVIST BIOGRAPHY
Thomas Enqvist is of Swedish origin and has been playing tennis since the young age of 4 years old. In 1991, he won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon making him the number 1 rank junior player in the world. He won his first of 19 ATP titles in 1992 at the tender age of 18. He was also a member of the winning Swedish Davis Cup team twice. Thomas Enqvist highest ranking was 4th in the world and finished the year in the Top 10 players four times during his career. He has played and beaten other world champions over the years on the ATP tour such as Sampras, Agassi, Becker and Federer.
After finishing his fifteen year long professional career in 2006, Thomas worked for the Swedish Tennis Federation with their Junior program and was also the Davis Cup Captain for Sweden. In 2014 Thomas was coaching the Spanish former top ten player Fernando Verdasco. Thomas continues to play tennis and all of us at IBS are honoured that he will be sharing his vast knowledge and technical skills with our tennis program at IBS!
During the Easter break, Jack Ribourel (class of 2015) travelled to Cabrousse in the South of Senegal to attend the official opening of the new student hall and library of the CEM school.He represented the non-profit Education Without Borders.fr (EWOB) and IBS of Provence.
IBS of Provence has a long-term commitment and partnership with the CEM school, to provide funding, educational materials, support and exchanges. The project , initiated by Jack’s sister, Syrah (class of 2013), has raised over 20,000 € sofar, of which IBS (parents, students and the school) donated/contributed half.
The student hall and library building was completed at the beginning of the year. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the national and local government, the ministry of education, teachers, parents and students. The opening speech was delivered by the mayor of the rural community of Diembering. The mayor, the school’s director and the representative of the local student body all expressed their recognition of the partnership between EWOB, IBS and the CEM. A special mention was made of the fact that this was the very first project of this nature in Senegal and of the opportunity it created for the local students to improve their learning conditions. Thank you to the Ribourel family for helping making the connection between our school and CEM Senegal !