Tonight we celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with moon. Each September, Chinese families gather to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. The moon’s roundness symbolizes harmony and prosperity, and the festival celebrates the harvest, often bringing together family members from near and far. This is an opportunity for cultural exchange which the girls have enjoyed this evening together in the House.
We are now entering the second week of the first Pillar of our wellbeing programme – Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds.
One of the takeaway points from this pillar is “How important is sleep?”. We find it a crucial topic for the students to explore when discovering how to take care of themselves and how they can maintain a healthy body and mind.
This week during our House Assembly we watchted the TED-Ed video “The benefits of a good night’s sleep” from Shai Marcu which has generated interesting discussion about this important topic.
For the next weeks we will keep discussing about our sleeping habits and how we can improve them.
We are happy to see all of our students back and finally, we have had the opportunity to share a moment together and celebrate our first Assembly of the year. We proudly had Sophie on the stage sharing with the entire Boarding Community her Goals for the year.
For dinner, we have enjoyed our traditional Swiss welcome dinner. We are ready for the new School year!
Happy Holidays!! We wish you all a well-deserved and relaxing Summer holiday! Thank you to our LY7 girls: Laetitia, Louise J. Alina. Johane, Isabella. Jessica, Louise L and Aruzhan for making this year so special and enjoyable for us. We shall miss you!
Click on the links below to read more about the COVID situation in Switzerland:
Click on the link below and read the spectacular list of awards that Louise Jones, one of our scholarship winners, received! 🏅 Congratulations, Louise!! Best wishes for your future! 🎓
This week in our Well-being Tutorial, Isabela made a presentation focused on Covid-19 and how to feel and manage this phase.
We have to remember that no one is alone in this situation, so there is no need to feel scared because we are all in this together. Let’s try and focus on ourselves and the ones we love and not to panic. Be thankful for what you have. We should be eating well looking out for each other, being healthy and stable exercise. Our bodies experience new things. Remember to be clean while we all are stuck in this quarantine. Let’s figure out a way we can make our world a better place and cleaner so that we don’t have a problem like this in the future. At this moment we cannot forget who we are. We can’t let this get to us. We shouldn’t give up when we are so close to our goals. Let’s not lose hope because there is always a little good in a bad situation and we should accept that. And sure, enough things will eventually get better very soon. We just need to be patients, and we will get there.
Please click on the links below to watch The Graduation Ceremony
and to see The Graduation Ceremony Programme
We’re looking forward to hearing from you! 😀
As our friendship wellbeing is coming to an end, we discussed the purpose of friendship.
Fourthly: Clarifying our Minds
Fifthly: Holding on to the past
the list goes on and on…
As we go on with our lives, friends are the ones who are by our side.
Here is an interesting video of in-depth discussion about the purpose of friendship:
Recently, Laetitia has been helping out in old portena to take care of the two little ones, Karina and Elsa. She made so much effort to get them ready for bed and play with them during social hours. The girls and Laetitia enjoy each other’s company very much.
Friendship isn’t about age or nationality, as long as you genuinely put in your time and energy, it will grow beautifully.
Tonight, Ms.Jody came to LY7 to check how are things going after our recent room change. All the girls have shown their satisfaction with our current rooming arrangement which is extremely important to our wellbeing.
Ms.Jody showed us a picture of a flock of birds flying in the sky, and she explained why the birds flock. It improves a bird’s chance of survival against predators because a large group of birds is stronger and better protected and with many eyes, the flock is far more likely to spot a would-be marauder. Also, the predator will find it harder to concentrate on a single victim, increasing the individual member of the flock’s chance of survival. Flocking also enables birds to fly further using less energy because when the strong leader bird flaps its wings it creates uplift for the birds behind. Living in the same house is just like flocking, in order to fly farther, faster and safer, we need to work as a team, support each other uplift each other.
The brand new World News Committee, led by students and guided by Mr.Rob, Mr.James, Ms.Terri, was introduced in today’s assembly.
Students who are interested in journalism, writing or just love to put their focus on what is going on in the world at the moment are welcome to join. They will discuss current affairs and relevant world news and then present in the future boarding assemblies.
Les épreuves communes de contrôle continu (E3C) qui concernent les élèves de 1ère, dans le cadre de la réforme du Bac 2021, se sont mises en place sous les meilleurs auspices au CDL, qui devient centre d’examen. Les enseignants ont reçu leurs convocations et les épreuves ont débuté le jeudi 30 janvier , avec l’anglais, dans des conditions optimales. Avec la dématérialisation, autre nouveauté de cette réforme, les copies, anonymes, sont numérisées, les corrections se font en ligne et chaque élève pourra consulter sa copie corrigée sur son propre compte…Une remarquable avancée….Prochaines étapes : les épreuves de LVB et d’histoire-géographie….Merci à toute l’équipe pédagogique et administrative pour son engagement sans faille et plein succès à tous nos élèves pour cette première étape du Bac…Emmanuel Coigny Executive Principal 1er et 2nd cycles #collegeduleman #ecoleinternationale #baccalaureat
Friendship, like all other things, isn’t always smooth sailing. It will be tested throughout the years, and only that will make it stronger!
In this session of wellbeing, we discussed how to deal with conflict and disagreement in friendship. First of all, we have to admit people aren’t the same, but it doesn’t change the fact different minds can have similarities here and there. Secondly, communication is key when we have disagreements with friends, we all agree that misunderstanding oftentimes is just lack of communication.
How can you make good friends if you’re not one yourself? The definition of a good friend varies from person to person, but there are certain traits, characteristics, and qualities that most people would agree make someone a good friend.
In this week’s wellbeing session, we are asking ourselves are we good friends to others and what makes us a good friend?
Some say we are there for our friends when they need help, others think they can lift their friends up when they’re down, we also agree that good friends should always stay true and honest to each other, respect each other’s individuality and accept each other for who they are.
There are many more qualities of good friends that we have discussed. Some qualities are more important to some people than they are to others. Each person must set his or her own criteria for what it means to be a good friend. And that means you, too, must possess those qualities in your interactions with your friends.
Starting off 2020 with Good vibes and positive energy.
There are voices that have been telling us the world is getting worse, but through Mr.Usher’s recap of 2019, we realize there is so much progress that this world has made in the past year.
We tend to focus on bad things so that we overlook all the positive changes around the globe. Just like Mr.Usher said, focus on good things, do good things and be a good example, good things will come to you.
In today’s wellbeing session, we watched an interesting TED talk video about how human relationships affect our mental and physical health. We all know that friendships and more in general relationships are an essential part of a human being’s life, in this Ted talk a psychoanalyst shared the study of his team, that the key of living a happy long life is not about fame or fortune but to have good relationships with friends family and community.
Merci aux professeurs qui sont venu nous rendre visite à Louis Yung 7 aujourd’hui. C’était un plaisir de passer du temps avec vous, et on espère que vous vous êtes amusé autant que nous (non seulement à cause de notre nourriture !) 🙂
Thank you to all the teachers that came to visit us in Louis Yung 7 today. It was a pleasure being able to spend time with you, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves too (not only because of our food!) 🙂
L’Escalade, or Fête de l’Escalade, 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.
After a short history lesson, we sure enjoyed smashing chocolate and eating it all
Following our Pastoral program, Well-being and Charity Projects, today in our session we have addressed the theme of Charity, Solidarity and Illusion Projects. Girls wrapped the presents, wrote each child a personalised Christmas Card and prepared them all for collection.These gifts will be delivered this week. Thank you girls for your support !!
In the spirit Christmas we made roast chicken tonight, paired with quinoa salad and french fries.
So sorry for the girls who weren’t home this weekend, we didn’t spare any food at the end of the night.
We are very pleased that Artem from Olympus joined us, I’m not saying he was the reason we finished everything, but he contributed a lot to devour the two whole mini chicken 😛
This week in our Wellbeing session Louise L gave an excellent presentation focused on Community Service
What is Community Service?
Community service is work done by a person or group of people that benefits others. It is often done near the area where you live, so your own community reaps the benefits of your work. You do not get paid to perform community service, but volunteer your time. Community service can help many different groups of people: children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, even animals and the environment. Community service is often organized through a local group, such as a place of worship, school, or non-profit organization, or you can start your own community service projects. Community service can even involve raising funds by donating used goods or selling used good like clothing
Many people participate in community service because they enjoy helping others and improving their community. Some students are required to do community service in order to graduate high school or to receive certain honors. Some adults are also ordered by a judge to complete a certain number of community service hours.
Why Should You Participate in Community Service?
There are numerous benefits to participating in community service, both for yourself and others. Below are some of the most important benefits of volunteering:
Gives you a way to help others
Helps improve your community
Can help strengthen your resume and college applications
Can be a way to meet new friends
Often results in personal growth
Gives you a way to gain work experience and learn more about certain jobs
How Should You Use This List?
This list of over one hundred community service examples is organized by category, so if you’re particularly interested in working with, say, children or animals, you can easily find community service activities more related to your interests.
In order to use this list most effectively, read through it and make note of any community service ideas that match your interests and that you may want to participate in. Some considerations to keep in mind are:
Who would you like to help?
Is there a specific group of people or cause you are passionate about? Look for projects that relate to your passion and interests. You may also just want to perform particular community service activities that allow you to do hobbies you enjoy, like baking or acting, and that’s fine too.
Do you want a community service activity that is reoccurring or a one-time event?
Perhaps you don’t have enough time to regularly devote to community service. In that case, it may be better to look for opportunities that only occur once or sporadically, such as planning special events or helping build a house.
What kind of impact do you want to have?
Some people prefer to participate in community service activities that have a quantifiable impact, for example, activities where you know the specific number of kids you tutored, dollars you raised, or cans of food you collected. This is in contrast to activities that don’t have such clear numbers, such as creating a garden or serving as a volunteer lifeguard. Some people prefer quantifiable activities because they feel they look stronger on college applications, or because they simply enjoy knowing their exact impact on the community.
What skills would you like to gain?
Many community service activities can help you gain skills. These skills can range from teaching to medicine to construction and more. If there is a particular skill you’d like to learn for future classes, jobs, or just out of personal interest, you may want to see if there is a community service activity that helps you learn that skill.
Here are the grade 8/4ème and grade 9 students participating in this year’s Tanzania Expedition. This trip is seen as a life-changing experience for the students; They will work on a range of projects to help the development of local communities and will build confidence, independence and leadership skills in a dramatically different setting. The Tanzania Expedition is a fantastic opportunity to experience not only a new culture and its significant challenges, but also to meet and build lifelong friendships with fellow Nord Anglia students from around the world. We wish them well! #collegeduleman #Internationalschool
Advent calendars give a special meaning to Christmas.
Advent calendars are a countdown to Christmas Day, they start on the 1st December
The windows of the calendar are opened every day leading up to Christmas where you can see a pretty picture or find some chocolate inside.
The very first advent calendars were produced in the early 1800’s in Germany although not the cardboard type we get these days.
Christians thought of different ways of counting down the days from the start of Advent to Christmas Day.
At first Christians kept track of the days by making chalk marks on their door, which were rubbed off one by one as Christmas got closer.
Advent Candles and putting up a small religious picture to mark each day were other ways of counting down the days.
The first actual advent calendar which we still buy today was produced in the early 1900’s, although first mass-produced in 1908 by Gerhard Lang who worked at the Reichhold & Lang printing office in Munich, Germany.
The business produced over thirty different calendar patterns until the 1930’s. These calendars had 24 doors and were a lot better decorated than the advent calendars we have these days.
Before long, advent calendars had doors which when opened contained religious pictures, and some had chocolate in to keep the children’s attention.
This was proving to be popular over the years but had to be put on hold when World War II started, because paper, cardboard and chocolate was limited.
However, once the war was over the production of advent calendars soon picked back up in 1946, not containing chocolates though.
Towards the end of the 1950’s, chocolate advent calendars re-appeared and started to spread across the world.
Ten years later, many countries were using the advent calendar to count the days to Christmas Day.
Advent calendars are still very popular all across the world and now come in thousands of different varieties, some with just pictures in, others with just chocolate
Different ways to live Christmas!
Following our Pastoral program, Well-being and Charity Projects, today in our session we have addressed the theme of Charity, Solidarity and Illusion Projects!
In our community we are very involved teaching our students about topics ranging from respect and tolerance, to values and self-awareness, for being fortunate enough to be able to experience life abroad, here at College de Leman.
As every year with the arrival of Christmas, our charity projects and community services are more accentuated.
On a voluntary basis, our girls in Ly7 (as well as more CdL students) will participate in a charity project on several upcoming Christmas dates. On which we will bake pancakes.
They will buy gifts for children who live in foster homes. Our students will be the ” Papa Noeles” for some of the children who`s families who do not have as many possibilities as the students of CdL boarding school.
In 3 different foster homes, around 125 gifts, “125 childhood wishes “from our ” CdL Papa Noeles “, will make a magical Christmas possible for these children of foster homes!
We are proud of our students!! A huge thank you!
Our Director General Mrs. Pauline Nord
Mr.Emmanuel Coigny, Executive Principal 1er et 2nd Cycles
Mr. James Bearblock, High School Principal. Director of School Advancement
Mrs. Kathryn Nuttal, Prinicpal Primary (right) and Mrs. Florence Bremnes, Primary Français Teacher (left)
Mrs. Claire Rocheteau, Camps Manager
Following our Pastoral Program, this week in our Wellbeing session we focused on Community Service. We shape our students to be globally dedicated citizens, eager to make a deep and long-lasting contribution to our school society. Tonight, we were helping our Kitchen Staff to clean the dining-hall. They cook for us every single day. Thank you to them!!
Would you like to know more about our academic programs, our extracurricular activities, our campus? Register now and come meet our Principals.
9.30 a.m. – 12 p.m. :
– Welcome and presentation of Collège du Léman
– Visit stands (admissions, alumni, bus and lunch, extracurricular activities, camps, learning support, college advisory, PFA etc.)
– Tours of the School
– Informal meetings with Principals
This week in our Wellbeing session we focused on Respecting Diversity. Our ‘RISE’ values of Respect, Internationalism, Spirit and Excellence, are at the heart of everything we do, bringing together more than 110 nationalities and cultures to create one family.
Respect for diversity is the hallmark of our school community that is confident and strong in its values and beliefs. When students understand that each individual is unique with their own individual differences they can begin to value and appreciate these for the richness they bring to the school and wider community.
What language do you speak? What is your religion? What holidays do you celebrate? What is your racial identification? What is your ethnic identity? What is your culture? Why is cultural diversity so important?
Our culture is what shapes us, it shapes our behavior and our identity. Culture is our way of living, it refers to the shared language, beliefs, values, norms, behaviors, and material objects that are passed down from one generation to the next.
WHAT DOES “CULTURALLY DIVERSE” MEAN?
The term “culturally diverse” is often used interchangeably with the concept of “multiculturalism.”
Sociologist Dr. Caleb Rosado, who specializes in diversity and multiculturalism, described seven important actions involved in the definition of multiculturalism:
- recognition of the abundant diversity of cultures;
- respect for the differences;
- acknowledging the validity of different cultural expressions and contributions;
- valuing what other cultures offer;
- encouraging the contribution of diverse groups;
- empowering people to strengthen themselves and others to achieve their maximum potential by being critical of their own biases; and
- celebrating rather than just tolerating the differences in order to bring about unity through diversity.
WHY IS CULTURAL DIVERSITY A “GOOD THING”?
Cultural diversity is important because our country, workplaces, and schools increasingly consist of various cultural, racial, and ethnic groups. We can learn from one another, but first, we must have a level of understanding about each other. Learning about other cultures helps us understand different perspectives within the world in which we live. It helps dispel negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups.
In addition, cultural diversity helps us recognize and respect “ways of being” that are not necessarily our own. So that as we interact with others we can build bridges to trust, respect, and understanding across cultures. Furthermore, this diversity makes our country a more interesting place to live. As people from diverse cultures contribute language skills, new ways of thinking, new knowledge, and different experiences.
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT CULTURAL DIVERSITY?
- Increase your level of understanding about other cultures by interacting with people outside of your own culture
- Avoid imposing values on others that may conflict or be inconsistent with other cultures
- When interacting with others who may not be proficient in English, recognize that their limitations in English proficiency in no way reflects their level of intellectual functioning
- Recognize and understand that concepts within the helping profession, such as family, gender roles, spirituality, and emotional well-being, vary significantly among cultures and influence behavior
- Within the workplace, educational setting, and/or clinical setting, advocate for the use of materials that are representative of the various cultural groups within the local community and the society in general
- Intervene in an appropriate manner when you observe others engaging in behaviors that show cultural insensitivity, bias, or prejudice
- Be proactive in listening, accepting, and welcoming people and ideas that are different from your own
Collège du Léman is a member of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools and our CEO, Andrew Fitzmaurice, has recently published an op-ed looking at how we can provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in today’s ever-changing world. Please click on the link below to read the article.
Registrations are now open for our Annual Winter Camp in Crans-Montana. http://www.cdlcamps.ch
For more information, contact our Camp Team : firstname.lastname@example.org 🎿
Run with CDL!
The 42nd Course de l’Escalade (www.escalade.ch) will be on Sunday, 1st December 2019. The Course de l’Escalade is a fun race held each December in the old town of Geneva as part of the wonderful Escalade celebrations. This traditional race is the largest race in Switzerland and is open to everyone as of 6 years old. Come join the CDL Team!
Registration Deadline: 8th November before 18:00
How far do we run?
6-7 yrs run 1.36 km;
8-9 yrs run 1.74 km;
10-13 yrs run 2.34 km;
14-17 yrs & men and women mix (group 2) run 4.83 km;
Men and women mix (group 3) run 7.3 km
Registering as a CDL runner means that you must pick up your running package at the Olympus on the Friday 29th of November as of 15:30 or at the pasta party which will be held at the Eiger Cafeteria on the same date. The package will also be available at the CDL tent in the school village at the Parc des Bastions one hour before the race on Sunday. The cost of the race will be billed to you through CDL.Registration fee CHF 25.- Students
After our October Break, we started the Second Pillar of our Wellbeing Programme , focused on Protecting against Bullying and Respecting Diversity.
During this session we discussed What is bullying, what bullying includes, and how to deal with bullying at school.
There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.
Bullying can take many forms including: physical assault, teasing, making threats, name calling, cyber bullying
Bullying includes: people calling you names, making things up to get you into trouble, hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving, taking things away from you, damaging your belongings, stealing your money, taking your friends away from you, posting insulting messages or rumours, in person on the internet or by IM (cyberbullying), threats and intimidation, making silent or abusive phone calls, sending you offensive phone texts, bullies can also frighten you so that you don’t want to go to school, so that you pretend to be ill to avoid them
How to deal with bullying at school. Action Plan.
If you are being bullied at school, tell a friend, tell a teacher and tell your parents. It won’t stop unless you do. It can be hard to do this so if you don’t feel you can do it in person it might be easier to write a note to your parents explaining how you feel, or perhaps confide in someone outside the immediate family, like a grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin and ask them to help you tell your parents what’s going on.
Your tutor needs to know what is going on so try to find a time to tell him or her when it won’t be noticeable. You could stay behind on the pretext of needing help with some work. If you don’t feel you can do that, then speak to the school nurse. Don’t be tempted to respond to any bullying or hit back because you could get hurt or get into trouble.
The following sessions we will share more details in this regard with our students.
Diwali, Deepawali or Dipavali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali or Deepavali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”. During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November. #collegeduleman #happydiwali #internationalschool #festivaloflights.
We would like to congratulate all those who have been selected to the National Honour Society! Selection is based on four components: academic achievement, leadership, service and character.
The National Honour Society has played an integral role in our CDL community for decades and we are proud to continue this tradition for many more years!
Welcoming 114 institutions from around the world, Collège du Léman is honoured to have hosted the largest school-run university fair in the region. Our students had the unique opportunity to speak with different universities and explore the different options available to them.
Welcoming 114 institutions from around the world, Collège du Léman is honoured to have hosted the largest school-run university fair in the region. Our students had the unique opportunity to speak with different universities and explore the different options available to them. #collegeduleman #internationalschool #madeforyou #madeforsuccess
Posted by Collège du Léman on Monday, October 14, 2019
This week in our Wellbeing session we focused on ” A Healthy Mind & Healthy Body ” : Yoga Session, Switch off time !!
The Benefits of Yoga
- Improves your flexibility
- Builds muscle strength
- Perfects your posture
- Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
- Protects your spine
- Betters your bone health
- Increases your blood flow
- Drains your lymphs and boosts immunity
- Ups your heart rate
- Drops your blood pressure
- Regulates your adrenal glands
- Makes you happier
- Founds a healthy lifestyle
- Lowers blood sugar
- Helps you focus
- Relaxes your system
- Improves your balance
- Maintains your nervous system
- Releases tension in your limbs
- Helps you sleep deeper
- Boosts your immune system functionality
- Gives your lungs room to breathe
- Prevents IBS and other digestive problems
- Gives you peace of mind
- Increases your self-esteem
- Eases your pain
- Gives you inner strength
- Connects you with guidance
- Helps keep you drug free
- Builds awareness for transformation
- Benefits your relationships
- Uses sounds to soothe your sinuses
- Guides your body’s healing in your mind’s eye
- Keeps allergies and viruses at bay
- Helps you serve others
- Encourages self-care
- Supports your connective tissue
- Uses the placebo effect, to affect change
This week in our Wellbeing session the girls had the chance to break down their day and really look at how they spend their time.
We have suggested 7 time management tips for them :
1. Eliminate distractions
2. Be focused at the task at hand
3. Use a calendar
4. Use a checklist
5. Get organised
6. Schedule rewards
7. Get a good night’s sleep
This week in our Wellbeing session we focused on ” A Healthy Mind “. “Breathe” Mandala Drawing Meditation
In Sanskrit, the word mandala means “circle.” Circles are a powerful symbol found in every culture. We see them in halos, prayer wheels, and other religious symbols as well as architecture and nature.