Ines Benkirane: Class of 2018
"I graduated from Swans in 2018. I am now studying in Switzerland at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. Having done the IB at Swans it is fair for me to say that it was an incredibly challenging programme, but all in all it was immensely rewarding. I always tell my friends and family that no matter how hard the IB was I would do it all over again, because it gave me the confidence to confront whatever came my way at after graduating from high school. Indeed, I can say that the IB really challenged me and pushed me outside my comfort zone in countless of ways which in return allowed me to grow not only academically but also mentally, opening my mind to different ways of thinking and doing things. In addition, the IB at Swans was very well designed. Being a relatively small year, teachers at school were able to give each one of us an individual attention, whilst at the same time giving us the responsibilities and independence we needed to grow. It was evident that we came into this two year long programme as young teenager and we graduated as young adults. The change was obvious, and it was thanks to such a well designed academic programme such as the IB, and of course our wonderful high school: Swans.
I strongly recommend the IB to everyone, because I truly believe that it is the stepping stone any student needs to gain the confidence to tackle life at university to their best potential and step into the “real world” with their head held hide, and their diploma even higher.
To future IB students, I wish you the best of luck and trust me you will not regret it.
To my Swans family, I miss you very much and I will soon come to visit."
Darya Fayed, Class of 2011:
“Swans has literally been a second home for me.
I started in Early Years when I was only 2 years old and I left when I was 17. It has been the place where I’ve learnt many of the things that I know today and it’s where I made my first best friends.
I still remember when Miss. Anne taught us how to swim or how we used to sing songs during assembly and when I think about these memories, I have to say, it incredible how fast we grow.
Right now I’m studying Psychology in Madrid, at the University of Comillas and I’m very happy to have chosen to come here."
Lamia Rabhi, Class of 2011:
"Swans is more than just a school for me, it was my second home and it will always have a very special place in my heart. In Primary, I made friends whom I still hold dear today and I met teachers whose faces and good deeds are forever etched in my mind.
Now I am currently studying in London and whenever I come back to Spain, one of the first things that I do is visit Swans."
Gustavo Reque, Class of 1982:
“To remember my childhood as a pupil in Swans is to remember a very happy time in my life. To be honest, the most memorable times were innumerable games of football played in the “middle area” between the villas. Discipline was required but this didn’t mean we abandoned our child-like spirit. In this environment I learned to be a responsible student. Some years later when I moved to the USA for family reasons, I discovered that I was very well prepared for my new life there. I want the same experience for my children who now study at Swans and have no doubt that, thanks to the excellent teaching staff, they will be provided with all the necessary tools to succeed in life wherever they go."
Lorenzo Sánchez, Class of 1979:
“Despite time and change, I am delighted to see not only my school is where I left it, but also that its spirit, its values and its unique education will pass on to my own children and, thanks to Swans, their future will see them excellently educated and better people."
Oliver Church, Class of 1988:
“One of the most important choices a parent has to make is where to educate your child. For me this decision was very easy due to my own experience I had as a child at Swans School. Swans Primary School has upheald a fantastic reputation over the years and when I enrolled my son, Sebastian, I was delighted when I received news about his acceptance, knowing he would experience a quality education when, some 24 years on, some of my old teachers are still dedicated to providing a fantastic education.
Being raised in Marbella, many things have changed along the coast over the years, however, Swans still manages to maintain the same family essence it did all those years ago when I was a child."