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.