The tradition of Escalade… a bit of Geneva History

L’Escalade, or Fête de l’Escalade (from escalade, the act of scaling defensive walls), is an annual festival in Geneva, Switzerland, held each December in celebration of the defeat of an attempt to conquer the Protestant city by the Catholic Duchy of Savoy. Troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, attempted a surprise attack during the night of 11–12 December 1602, but according to legend, were repulsed by a cook who dumped boiling vegetable soup on the invaders before raising an alarm. The celebrations and other commemorative activities are usually held on 12 December or the closest weekend.

The tradition this day is that people get little chocolate marmites (where once was the boiling vegetable soup ) full of sweets and share them with family and friends. Thank you Mr Usher for sharing those with us. Who said History can’t be sweet??? 😀

Core Principle and Marginal gains

As we approach the end of the topic we decided to step back a little and have a little insight about our lives and how we manage our goals, as this is definitely an important part of our Well-being.

The video above, tells us about this inspiring experience, run by the Sky Cycling team and amongst other things, teaches us how little steps can play a big part in achieving higher goals. Sometimes we underestimate the importance of taking care of little things that can play an important part in a bigger picture. Our instinct is to look ahead and only aim at the final outcome but maybe this is something we should fight against.

As it states on this little tutorial, things like Commitment, Ownership and Responsibility lead to Excellence and these little features should be part of everything we do.

We felt this is fully within the scope of our Well-being topic because as a real team, we should all play together towards the same goal, and team spirit, support and effort are key elements to success in our House.

There is definitely a link between these facts in sports and in the boys’ academic life, in terms of preparation, making slight changes that can make a difference.

The boys seemed interested and we hope they could take some learnings out of this topic.

Well done Kotaro !!

Congratulations Kotaro on a very successful performance during a Volleyball tournament this weekend. The team did very well and even managed to each come away with a medal. Well done to Kotaro and the boys. It is such a proud moment for us to report so many sporting achievements to you all.

Activities award for Marking Period 1

Many congratualitions to Yida and Rayaan for winning the Leman 2 award for activities participation this evening. These two boys will partake in a range of activities every weekend without fail. Their effort and sportsmanship is second to none and we greatly admire their commitment to these activities. Through this, they promote a healthy lifestyle to all and set a great example to the other boys in the House.

Boarding Life Awards Marking Period 1

Many congratulations to both Taichi and Amirhossein for winning the Leman 2 Boarding Life Award for Marking Period 1 this evening.

This award was given to these two boys for embracing boarding life and their fantastic contribution to out Boarding House. Their spirit, attitude and principles toward the Boarding community are exactly what we like to see from our students and they set a fantastic example to the other students in the house.

Thank you boys, and well done.