The beauty of an international environment!

Today in Collège du Léman a tradition renewed itself under a beautiful, if cloudy, sky: the International Day, a parade of colors, laughter, music and food all displayed on the school grounds thanks to the activity and creativity of the multi-cultural body of students… Such a lively energy!

The view from the Mont Blanc building

The view from the Mont Blanc building


hanging out in the garden

hanging out in the garden

a great make-up example!

a great make-up example!

The American representatives

The American representatives

Charities are represented, too!

Charities are represented, too!




The Aussie menu

The Aussie menu

the Italian buffet... lots of pasta!

the Italian buffet… lots of pasta!

Mexican beauties

Mexican beauties

our beloved Nastia!

our beloved Nastia!

The time is right… to start walking!

There are countless physical activities out there, but walking has the lowest dropout rate of them all! It’s the simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health.

Research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Improve blood lipid profile
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

There really are so many benefits for such a simple activity!

(from – check it out for more information!)

Walking to Improve Running460

Things you should know about the sun.

As it is getting closer to summer and the temperature gets higher, people are happy to spend more time taking sunbathes and just be outside. But before doing that we all should be aware of some very important rules to follow while being in the sun. Sun can be nice for you, but at the same time can be very dangerous. It even can cause cancer!

One: Always use a sunscreen or moisturiser containing an SPF of at least 15. That way you will have advance protection, regardless of whether you are in or out of the sun.

Two: Tightly-woven clothing helps deflect UV rays better than thin cotton T-shirts, especially if they are wet. Look for labels that indicate UV protection.

Three: Wear a hat whenever you’re in the sun, especially if you are fair-skinned. A wide brim is best to shade the face.

Four: Apply plenty of sunscreen to all exposed skin. Don’t forget tops of feet and back of the neck.

Five: Re-apply sunscreen frequently. Even though many brands claim to be waterproof, swimming, rubbing, or even sweating, will still eventually wear them off.

Six: Protect young babies by keeping them out of the sun altogether. Sun pods and shade parasols for pushchairs are essential.

Seven: Keep children out of the midday sun, and encourage them to wear a T-shirt over their swimwear.

Eight: Wear sunglasses. UV radiation can damage the eyes long-term, leading to cataracts.

Nine: Never use sunscreen to increase the amount of time you spend in the sun.

10: Don’t use sunscreen instead of protective clothing on skin that is not usually exposed – such as thighs or bottom.


Study, study and… more study

Last weekend it’s almost over! Yes, last weekend, you read it well 🙂

Because for most of the Ecureuil girls time is running out in the Boarding house and they will be flying home very soon. Only a few exams and they will be on holidays (maybe in a sunny and warm place?).

But what have they been doing this  weekend?

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Everybody was studying and not only the 12-graders. Because here nobody escapes  from the exams.




Three, two, one… go! for the last week and the last exams.



“Leavers'” assembly

I really really enjoyed it! It was good and exciting to see all the grade-12 students receiving recognition and words of recommendation from their peers and the Head Of Boarding… And also all the prefects onstage, speaking to their first “good-size” public! I found it touching: witnessing the (almost) finishing of a phase and the beginning of a new one – which is closer and closer now! The excitement and anticipation was almost palpable in the room 🙂

Here are some pictures of our great representatives… Too bad we can’t post the video that Mr. Usher shot of all the grade-12 students answering his question: “What are you going to miss after leaving CDL?”… It was beautiful, fun, juicy!

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Yes, “tomorrow… you’re only a day away”, as a (very) old song used to go. And tomorrow is the Big Day: grade-12 exams start!! And in our Boarding House, it means that 9 girls out of 14 will be under an exceptional amount of stress! Adrenalin overload!! RED ALERT!

So I am writing this to wish all of them this: BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE! I don’t believe in luck that much, but I know that..

when-the-going-gets-tough1… the tough get going!!

A big hug to you all!!!