Well being: Charity

Why volunteering and charity work matters

There are many people who say that they wouldn’t spare their time without monetary or tangible gain. Its demeaning, my time is precious are excuses often used. There are also many people who say that they wouldn’t donate to charities. There’s an old phrase saying that ‘no man or woman is an island’: everyone needs support and assistance at some point in their lives. In the hour of need, the power of human kindness will move individuals to freely give their time, donate money, clothes or other tangible items. Volunteering and charity work shows compassion and understanding, more importantly it’s a privilege  to be able to share what we have been blessed with and give something back.

A big thanks to Ecureuil girls for their commitment into charity and actions of kindness.

Wellbeing: Community service

Tonight Donata talked to us about the different benefits when helping our community:

Why volunteer?

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career.

Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.

Benefits of volunteering: 4 ways to feel healthier and happier

  1. Volunteering connects you to others
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  3. Volunteering can advance your career
  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

Wellbeing: How do we promote our countries in our international community?

The girls had different ideas of promoting and presenting their countries. It can be through food sharing, politics and history discussion among students. International relations class is also a very resourceful subject to share information. Andrea likes to share facts about her country (Colombia) since not a lot of people know about them. In the end everyone agreed that music and danse are beautiful ways to promote and express themselves. The girls were very interested in listening to different sounds and trying different danses.

Well being: Pastoral Care, feeling comfortable to trust staff

The Pastoral Care’s purpose is to address the social and emotional well being of all students. In tonight’s conversation we talked about what our Pastoral Care program is about and who are the ones that the girls would trust to talk to, about any issue that concerns them.

Our Pastoral care program involves staff, students and the school community designing and implementing initiatives that focus on addressing the social and emotional well being of each student. This approach embeds qualities of productive and respectful relationships, a strong sense of community and individual responsibility. We underline the care and respect of all, with the ultimate goal to build the capacity of the school community to support each student to grow, develop and engage in meaningful and successful learning. Quality pastoral care is about all school staff enhancing the well being of students through their relationships, interventions and the learning experiences they provide.

 

Well being: respecting diversity and different cultures

Tonight we had a nice discussion about being in a community with people from different cultures, and we came to the conclusion that we can find a lot of things in common with people even from a completely different continent. We shouldn’t be prejudiced, in the end we are all differently same. We are valuable human beings who deserve to be treated with kindness and understanding. I am very happy to see the girls getting along and work together as a small group in a big international community.

We also talked about the following questions:

Well being session: CDL anti-bullying policy for our students.

Tonight during our session, we talked about what bullying means. They girls shared incidents that could be dealt as bullying situations and we have also discussed our intolerance as a School and Community into such incidents.

See below our anti-bullying policy for our students.

ANTI BULLYING POLICY RISE

Respect, Internationalism, School spirit, Excellence

Collège du Léman promotes positive respectful behaviour towards others and within this context takes a

strong stance against bullying in any form. This policy outlines the ongoing effort to make this a whole

school commitment. All members of the school community have a right to work in a secure and caring

environment. They also have a responsibility to contribute, in whatever way they can, to the protection and

maintenance of such an environment. CDL believes that a safe and civil school environment is necessary for

students to learn and achieve. We recognize that bullying causes physical, psychological and emotional

harm to students and that a safe environment supports their ability to succeed academically and develop

emotionally into responsible, caring individuals.

Anyone who becomes the target of bullying should feel that he or she need not suffer in silence, but can

speak out and will be supported by CDL. In this way, the student will help put an end to his or her own

abuse and that of other potential targets.

We expect students to:

  • Refrain from becoming involved in any kind of bullying, even at risk of incurring temporary

unpopularity.

  • Intervene to prevent bullying, where it is safe to do so.
  • Report any witnessed or suspected instances of bullying, to dispel any climate of secrecy and help to

prevent further instances

Students

A student witnessing or being the subject of inappropriate or unkind behaviour should let a member of staff

know either by:

  • Writing down the details and placing it in the ‘class box’.
  • Finding a quiet moment to speak to an adult

Students

A student who is witnessing bullying or a student who is being bullied should complete a written report (email

or paper) with the Homeroom Advisor/Advisory teacher.

The Pastoral Head, Deputy Principal and Principal will be informed.

 

Well being session: self esteem

Tonight our well being session was dedicated to how we feel about our selves. It was very nice to see that the girls in Ecureuil do appreciate things about them selves but they also recognize things that they should work on in order to improve. We had a piece of greek style pie and then a discussion about people’s first impression, if we get easily influenced by other people’s opinion depending on who these people are. This was a nice meeting with a lot of sharing and food for thought.

Well-being session: sharing cake and thoughts about nutrition.

Tonight it was a lovely and fruitful evening with Ecureuil girls. We all shared information about eating habits and different diets that are very common nowadays. Food and nutrition has been always a very interesting topic, and I was very happy to see the self awareness and conscience about the girls’ eating routine. See below a number of questions that we discussed while enjoying a piece of cake.

Good sleep and meditation

In our session today, we talked about how it has been this first week of school. The girls have been sleeping well and are getting used to their new life in the Boarding Community. It has been an interesting session, since we tried a ten minute meditation-relaxation session and for most of the girls it was really nice and relaxing, for others it was quite challenging to let go and focus on their presence. I was glad to see that the girls appreciated. Looking forward to our next well being session!!!

Lausane and the Olympic museum

The Olympic Capital, Lausanne has been home to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) for 100 years and in 1993, the IOC founded its unique official museum on the banks of Lake Geneva. In 2013, The Olympic Museum was completely renovated with the most up-to-date facilities. Now on three floors, the exhibition presents the origin of the games, the competitions and the athletic spirit through over 150 screens and 1500 objects: The Olympic torches and medals of all The Olympic games, as well as the equipment of the most famous athletes. CDL students spent a great time today visiting this fantastic museum.

 

Wellbeing: State of being physically and mentally healthy in a positive and constructive way.

In Ecureuil Boarding House we were very pleased to start our wellbeing program  yesterday evening. We care about our students, and we are here to help them build the foundations to rise and shine through life. During this term we are going to focus on Nurturing healthy minds and bodies. I was happy to see that the girls have an awarness about what wellbeing means  and  why they should monitor and study their sleep habits. Sleep is  very important for staying healthy and luckily, the average hour rate of sleep in our house is 8 hours per night. The girls are going to use a sleep diary in order to monitor and measure the quality of their sleep for 2 weeks. The sleep patterns are going to help us and them understand and try small changes at a time in order to improve their sleeping habits. I was happy to see their engagement to this project. Until next time, be happy and smile 🙂

Discovering Geneva

While we are walking around Geneva, we talk about the main locations and we discover through riddles more information about the places we visit. Welcome to Geneva and CDL 😉

Pendant notre promenade sur Genève, nous faisons connaissance des endroits principaux et nous découvrons par énigmes  les lieux de notre visite. Bienvenue à Genève et à CDL 😉

 

Sunny Sunday!

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” -L. M. Montgomery

Girls enjoying a sunny Sunday

– studying all morning-

Study Break is as important as the study time. “Studies show that breaks in your study routine can positively affect your attention abilities. Taking breaks from studying every ninety minutes or so can improve both focus and attention. In addition to taking regular study breaks, what you do with each break can matter, too.” 😉

Courage!

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” N. Mandela

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

Nelson Mandela

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

Frida Kahlo

“When you go through a negative situation, don’t think about it. Make it positive.”
Yoko Ono

“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to”

Bansky

Charlie Charplin World

Today we visited the Charlie Chaplin Museum…

 

“Embark on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Throught three different spaces, be prepared to be moved by one of the most surprising artists of the 20th century.”

Advent Season before Christmas

 

ADVENT:

The period of four weeks before Christmas.

Practices associated with Advent include keeping an Advent calendar, lighting an Advent wreath, praying an Advent daily devotional, erecting a Christmas tree or a Chrismon tree, lighting a Christingle, as well as other ways of preparing for Christmas, such as setting up Christmas decorations.

Four candles (traditionally red) stand in the circle and each one represents one of the four Sundays of Advent. In the centre of the circle is a fifth candle (traditionally white), the Christ Candle, which is lit on Christmas Day.

Christmas Market

After cooking and baking a whole day, we get our reward: nice and tasting cakes, muffins and cookies. It was a pleasure to participate in this event and support a charity project.

 

We reached our goal and all the boarding houses and students have been very committed with this Christmas market

 

Thanks to all the people who ate and bought some of our amazing food.

Intelligence

The ability to observe without evaluating is a higher form of intelligence ” Krishnamurti.

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change” Stephen Hawking

 

Theory of multiple intelligences:

Howard Gardner describes his first seven intelligences as follows:

  • Linguistic intelligence: People high in linguistic intelligence have an affinity for words, both spoken and written.
  • Logical-mathematical intelligence: It implies logical and mathematical abilities.
  • Spatial intelligence: The ability to form a mental model of a spatial world and to be able to maneuver and operate using that model.
  • Musical intelligence: Those with musical Intelligence have excellent pitch, and may even be absolute pitch.
  • Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence: The ability to solve problems or to fashion products using one’s whole body, or parts of the body. Gifted people in this intelligence may be good dancers, athletes, surgeons, craftspeople, and others.
  • Interpersonal intelligence: The ability to see things from the perspective of others, or to understand people in the sense of empathy. Strong interpersonal intelligence would be an asset in those who are teachers, politicians, clinicians, religious leaders, etc.
  • Intrapersonal intelligence: It is a capacity to form an accurate, veridical model of oneself and to be able to use that model to operate effectively in life.

Crossfit

Today, some of us have learned what is crossfit… and it’s tough

 CrossFit is an effective way to get fit. Anyone can do it. It is a fitness program that combines a wide variety of functional movements into a timed or scored workout. We do pull-ups, squats, push-ups, weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and a host of other movements.

Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament

LOCARNO, located on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore at its northeastern tip in the canton of Ticino at the southern foot of the Swiss Alps. There was the place where last weekend our School played the Football Tournament and our super boarder won her first award as a goalkeeper. Well done!

We are very proud of her, as a member of Ecureuil, we wish her the best in the next game! Congratulation for the prize.