Time to take a break!


Our Easter holidays began yesterday, with classes officially ending in the afternoon. Today Villa Ecureuil feels very silent and empty – only one boarder left before the final closing tomorrow morning!

Esther and myself are wishing all our girls and their families a happy and peaceful time together during this break – it is a good time to be together, have fun… and start revising for the exams which will begin very soon! This is the hard life of senior boarders 🙂

Happy Easter everybody!


Boarding Awards ceremony

Yesterday afternoon the Boarding Awards ceremony took place in our Auditorium in order to aknowledge the great performace of many of the Collège du Léman boarders.

Three categories were mentioned: boarding House life, boarding activites, academics.

The Ecureuil ladies did well in all three categories! YAHOO!!

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Tatiana Kuzmina – best improvement in IB2 during the second marking period


Shizhe – best academic result for High School in the second marking period


Enkhlin – best participation to boarding House activities


Elizaveta – best participation to boarding House life


Happy new Persian year!

Did you know that the Persian new year, Nowruz, is celebrated on March 21? I have only known for the last two years, because our Nilgoun is from Iran and this year, too, she had the possibility to celebrate the new year with her family, who came to visit.

Nilgoun told me that it is a holiday you celebrate strictly with close family members and that seven food items whose name begins with S in Persian must be arranged on the table for the celebration. They are: wheat/barley/lentil sprouts; a sweet pudding; the dried fruit of the oleaster tree; garlic; apples; sumac berries; vinegar.


“Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox, and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day, depending on where it is observed. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and Persian families gather together to perform their rituals.

Although having Persian and religious Zoroastrian origins, Nowruz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethno-linguistic communities for thousands of years. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths and atheists, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians.[41]”  (from Wikipedia)

St. Patrick’s day is today! We are going green!

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Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.
Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world, especially by Irish communities and organizations. Many people wear an item of green clothing on the day. Parties featuring Irish food and drinks that are dyed in green food color are part of this celebration. It is a time when children can indulge in sweets and adults can enjoy a “pint” of beer at a local pub. Many restaurants and pubs offer Irish food or drink, which include: Irish brown bread, corned beef and cabbage, beef and Guinness pie, Irish cream chocolate mousse cake, Irish coffee, Irish potato champ (also known as poundies, cally or pandy), Irish stew and Irish potato soup.

Some people plan a pilgrimage to St Patrick’s Purgatory, which is commonly associated with penance and spiritual healing since the early 13th century. It is on Station Island in Lough Derg in County Donegal where St Patrick had a vision promising that all who came to the sanctuary in penitence and faith would receive a pardon for their sins.

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International Motor Show!

Today our boarders went to the Geneva Motor Show… In our House, Elizaveta and Nilgoun decided to get up early and join the others to be there and see the last day of the Show. Everybody left at 8:30, which is no small sacrifice on a Sunday morning!

However, seeing these pictures, one can say it was worth it… Maybe cars are not everybody’s favorite item, but in this Show you have a chance to see vehicles you can rarely see on the road on a daily basis. Fantastic!

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Gap Year Programme starting soon!

Collège du Léman is pleased to present the launch of our
New Gap Programme

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An exciting programme for high school leavers and young adults who want to get inspired and be empowered to achieve their dreams!

This experience-based programme, taken over 1 or 2 semesters, teaches students the personal, social, leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills to discover their own potential, develop a vision for their life and achieve something of value as a global citizen in a world full of opportunities. It is a blend of self-directed learning, workshops, travelling, adventure, mentoring and practical experience delivered in a stimulating environment.

The programme is open to high school leavers and young adults from age 17. It will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on the beautiful grounds of Collège du Léman. Options for both boarding and day students are available.

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Semester 1 starts Wednesday 31 August 2016
Semester 2 starts Monday 9 January 2017

Want to get more information?

Visit our website
send us an email at gapyear@cdl.ch
or call +41 (0)22 775 56 56


Our week-ends are full!

Yes! So many things are happening on and off campus during the week-end! And the Ecureuil girls are participating to many different activities…

Here are some highlights from the last February week-end:


Above, the two Tatianas enjoying ice skating in Nyon on Sunday…


… And here you can see Aleksandra in full boxing outfit on Saturday!