As a school with almost over 100 nationalities present , diversity is our common language.It 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.It helps dispel negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups. With that in mind we discussed a lot and at the end of our session the girls were encouraged to bring something from home,that they always keep with them no matter where they are,which shows their culture and to share it with their housemates.
Ekaterina showed us a presentation about her beloved Moscow.
Steph showed us handcrafted bags from Bali, and pointed the importance of spirituality of Balinese people
Doria and Camila talked with passion about Peking Opera.Louise shared secrets of French cuisine.Kokoro told us about Osechi and its importance to Japanese people.Yuqi prepared traditional tea from her city in 3 different tastes. Alison holding a Chinese artcraft who she keeps for good luck, finally decided to put it in New Portena for all of us!!!!💖💕❤🙌🙌
Eva and Manya gave a heartbreaking speech about the importance of their families in their lives.
From “girls are not good in maths” and “men are so insensitive” to “he is getting a bit senile with age” or “some people struggle at university”, there’s no shortage of common stereotypes about social groups. Chances are we have heard most of these examples at some point. In fact, stereotypes are a bit like air: invisible but always present.With the girls tonight we tried to clear the air bit , about this hugely important issue, merely by being aware of the damaging effects that stereotypes can have.
At the end of our session we played a game..a small piece of paper with the name of a country was placed in ones girls forehead, while the others should share stereotypes about people and culture of this country and the aim was for the girl with the paper in her forehead to guess ,according to these stereotypes, the country the rest of the girls were talking about.The girls acknowledge the inaccuracy of these stereotypes by simply not recognising them in their friends behavior, in the house and school.We may not be able to avoid stereotypes completely and immediately, but we can try to clear the air of them.
Diwali, Deepawali or Dipavali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern 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”.
Huskies are loving, gentle, and playful, they do well in families with active children and adults. These dogs tend to be social and relaxed. They also don’t bark much, but do enjoy howling on occasion.
A Husky loves to be in a centre of attention.And today they were as Susana and the rest of our boarders enjoyed hiking with them, an amazing and rewarding experience.
Yes we chatted about serious issues, we had lots of thoughts and we shared practices…but at the end we placed an Oreo on our foreheads trying to scroll it down to our mouths without touching it and without dropping it..The result?Absolutely hilarious!!!
Breathing: it should be the most natural thing in the world. We do it without thinking, some 20,000 times a day. And from their very first gasp, babies respire as nature intended, ribs expanding, torso rising and falling.
Poor breathing techniques adopted over time are responsible for increasing stress and anxiety, lowering energy levels and even affecting cardiovascular health. The good news, is that we can reverse these effects simply by relearning how to breathe properly.
New Portena Ladies practiced 8 different techniques of breathing and elevated their energy levels.
Cooking with Chef Fred has become iconic in New PORTENA and it is always in high demand from our girls as a weekend activity.Dear parents you should expect some delicious dishes in the upcoming fall break.
Tonight we were happy to have Ms Kata and Ms Dace offering fulfilling practices on how to take care of our skin and how to use wisely makeup so we can feel and look flawless.Thank you Ladies for this amazing workshop.More to come from those two…
Tonight during our house assembly we were delighted to have with us some of our mentors and prefects who enthusiastically shared their experience in CDL, spoked about the difficulties they faced when they first arrived and shared ideas and practices which boosted the confidence of our girls.They also reassured them that they will stand by them whatever they may need.We could not be more proud of them.
A new initiative launched yesterday ,where a network of today’s most influential figures across business, arts, politics and more will donate some of their valuable time , open up their thoughts and curious-fuelling experiences to our students and CDL community.
Yesterday we were privileged to welcome Mr Edward GIRARDET who gave an inspiring speech about his life and work.We were all urged and motivated to write as much we can,express ourselves and feelings,take nothing for granted, search,question and think.
Numerous studies have shown the importance of Dog Walking. Benefits include improved cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, stronger muscles and bones (built up by walking regularly), and decreased stress. A regular walk is vitally important for your pet’s health too..We offer our boarders this unique experience ,to Have fun with Dixie.This afternoon Kate took her for her walk and hey both enjoyed it endlessly.
Choose your food wisely. YOU ARE what you eat and what you cook in the kitchen and how much effort you put into dedicates how you look and feel. … Our Ladies prepared bagels with 2 ingredients , Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour!!
One of our exceptional Ladies ,Senior House Parent of OLD PORTENA has her birthday tomorrow and also leave to have her second baby!!!We send you all our love and wish health and prosperity to you and your beautiful family.
Our neighbor house,Old Portena had an amazing time picking up fresh apples form the farm and they kindly donated us a big box.Surely they will be devoured in a few hours,WE THANK YOU SO MUCH young Ladies.
Connections between online communication, social life and well-being.Was social media meant to help us work smarter?Or has it only given us additional work?These were only some of the topics that we discussed yesterday during our house assembly.Stephanie gave an impeccable speech,made all of us think deeper and made this evening memorable.Thank you Steph!!
During our house assembly tonight we talked a lot over how social media Influences our mental health and overall happiness.Then the girls had to discuss in groups and come up with ideas and propositions.And this is what Doria,Susana,Louise,Kokoro and Eva brought to the table on how to limit the time we spend on social media..and we couldn’t agree more Ladies!!!
This afternoon, as part of our wellbeing programme this year, a small group of our Ladies had the chance to explore the surrounding forest, paths and recreational areas.They chatted a lot and enjoyed the calmness of the environment as no phones were allowed 0n our walk.More to come…
Tonight all our students participated in treasure hunt game. Lots of fun and a great way for them to get familiar with our extended campus. Many thanks to our Prefects this year, who organised everything.
Tonight we had our welcome assembly followed by a cocktail dinner.We had the chance to meet all new and old students with their parents.We were extremely happy to see all those new enthusiastic faces, eager to start their Journey in CDL.
This afternoon the girls donated lots of old text books that we have collected in the House throughout the year to two worthy causes. Some of the books will be going towards a small library in the Democratic Republic of Congo, whilst others will be sent to Greek Refuges.
This weekend the girls have been working extremely hard and have spent most of their time revising for their upcoming exams. In order to keep their brains ticking over we shared a watermelon given to us by Miss Dace, and made fruit smoothies. Keep it up girls, your hard work and efforts will pay off!
The first day with a historical visit to the Acropolis and a lunch in a typical street on a lovely terrace. In the afternoon students visited the Acropolis museum. Later, everyone went back to the hotel to study or relax.
A few weekends ago Ria, Helen Li and Natalina had the opportunity to take part in a Digital Workshop in Geneva, focusing on ways to use multimedia approaches in their learning. The three of them had a great time and came away having learnt some impressive new skills!
Despite the lake activities falling victim to some Spring showers yesterday, today Katya, Kokoro and Tatiana enjoyed a lovely sunny day in Annecy. The girls followed a guided tour before making the most of some time to explore by themselves.
Margie was selected to receive an award of excellence and last Wednesday she shared some of their most proud moments being a Prefect in the Boarding. Margie and Constanza explained to everyone what is the role and how can a student became a Prefect. Well done ladies!
Malia was lucky enough to have one of the spots on our very exciting trip to South Africa which ran over the Easter Break. Malia had the opportunity to carry out community service work as well as having the amazing experience of going on a safari! We’re looking forward to seeing the rest of the pictures!
Malia and Noora had an amazing time in Barcelona visiting the ” Sagrada Familia” and watching the Barcelona F.C as one of the main activities. They also enjoyed as well the weather and the delicious food. Both of our girls came very happily from their trip.
We are very proud of Steph, Malia and Sophie who won the awards for the highest GPA in their academic programmes in Grade 9. Steph and Malia achieved an impressive 3.75 and 3.76 respectively, while Sophie has scored 5.3/6 in her 3ème programme.
In addition to this, Crystal also won an award for the highest GPA in IG2, an amazing 4.04.
We are very proud of all of our girls in New Portena who’s hard work and dedication has contributed to a House average GPA of 3.26! Amazing work, ladies!
Congratulations to Natalina and Becky who were the deserved winners of the Activity Award at last night’s Boarding Awards Ceremony. This award is given to the students with the highest Activity attendance, and those who create a varied programme for themselves. Well done girls!
Congratulations to Sophie and Herluce who won the Boarding Life Award at the Boarding Awards Ceremony last night. This award is given to those who embrace being part of the Boarding Community and are enthusiastic about the opportunities and experiences available to them. Well done girls!
Congratulations to all of the New Portena girls who participated so enthusiastically in last week’s Boarding Talent Show, earning themselves 2nd place! Also a big well done to the rest of the Boarding Community for putting on such a great show!
The girls did a live recreation of the Girls Like You video by Maroon 5 and Cardi B!
It wasn’t just skiing and snowboarding on offer for those who took part in Ski Week. Natalina and Herluce followed the Non Ski programme and had the chance to visit the local thermal baths. A calm and relaxing time was had by all!
New Portena is now up and running after the February break and we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of all the girls. Katya, Natalina, Christine, Herluce, Tatiana, Alina, Helen Li and Noora have all returned from an exciting Ski Week in Crans Montana and we look forward to hearing what the rest of our girls have been up to. See you soon!
This afternoon we returned home from our first of three weekends in Crans Montana! The girls had the chance to take part in a variety of activities including skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and snowtubing. We all had an exhausting but great time! More pictures to follow..
New Portena is now open and ready to welcome you all back for an exciting and busy term ahead! We hope you all had a lovely and enjoyable holiday and wish you a Happy New Year. Have a safe journey back to Geneva and we look forward to seeing you all soon!
This Christmas many of the girls in New Portena have contributed to the Christmas Action Project. The goal of the project is to spread a little extra love to children in Geneva who may be in foster care, or are refugees, and are away from their families during the festive period. The girls received a card from a child asking for something they really wanted this Christmas, and the girls then went out and found them this gift, and also wrote a little note to give it that extra special touch. A total of 30 presents will be sent from the Boarding Community. Well done girls, a lovely project and a great cause!
This afternoon Margie took part in a Yoga class which will take place every Sunday, giving the students (and Mr Usher) an opportunity to relax away from the stress and pressures of their busy schedules.
This weekend a lucky group of girls had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Europa-Park in Germany. A lot of fun was had by all as we enjoyed the exciting rides and delicious food that was on offer!
Today the girls had their first day of school of another exciting term to come. With events such as the Pumpkin Carving Competition and the Christmas Dance ahead of us, it’s set to be a fun one! Welcome back girls!
This month’s focus topic for our House Assemblies was E-Safety and Cyber Bullying.
Tonight we watched a Ted Talk, sourced by Steph, about how we should think carefully about what we type and post online.
Last week we also posted a photo on Facebook and asked people to comment with their location, and share it when they have seen it. Too often the girls can post, comment and share things without thinking and we wanted to show them how far wide these things can end up with just a few clicks. Within 24 hours the photo had been shared over 100 times, half of those by people unknown to the original poster. The maps below show all the locations the photo reached.
This weekend a lucky group of Boarders set off on the first trip of the year and enjoyed an exciting yet exhausting weekend at Disneyland Paris. Aya, Yuqi, Christine, Jasmine and Amy all had a great time meeting the famous characters and riding the rollercoasters!
This weekend saw the start of some of the winter based activities and Steph was lucky enough to get a place on the Hiking with Huskies activity! A great way to spend the last weekend before the October break.
In our recent House Assembly the girls worked together to create an advice sheet for new students coming to CdL, giving them tips on how to settle in and make new friends. Well done to Olivia and Crystal for leading the two groups!
This weekend the local area hosted the annual Lake Geneva clean up – an initiative to keep our stunning lake clean and beautiful . Celine, Helen and Jasmine dedicated their free time to go along and help with the big tidy. Well done girls, we are very proud of your efforts!
The first term has drawn to a close and the girls are slowly leaving New Portena and heading back to their family and friends for a well deserved break. The past few months have flown by with the girls showing dedication to their studies as well as engaging in a wide variety of activities and house events.
Last Saturday we celebrated all our achievements at the Christmas Dance, a lovely evening including a delicious meal followed by a dance, partly DJed by our very own Natalina!
From all of us here at New Portena we wish you a lovely holiday season and a great start to 2018.
Here at CDL the boarding community have been busy creating Christmas boxes to send to children in Eastern Europe.
There are many children in Eastern Europe who may not receive presents this Christmas so these boxes will definitely put a smile on their faces.
The boxes include school supplies, toys, snacks and items used for personal hygiene. The New Portena girls have put a lot of heart into this project and managed to complete eight boxes to send off this Christmas.
Today was the sixth house competition of the school year; Masterchef. New Portena were given the challenge of making a Starter and the girls decided to focus on the diversity of our house to create a colourful and healthy dish.
Well done Dahlia, Natalina, Irina, Alessia and Alina! And a big thank you to Dahlia’s Mum for Facetiming us and making sure we didn’t face any culinary disasters.
On Saturday afternoon, Tatiana, Celine and Helen enjoyed a guitar and ukulele lesson given by Costanza. New Portena is becoming a very musical house. The music group will continue in two weeks when the girls will learn new songs.
Last night disaster struck as Coraline removed her jumper from the washing machine only to discover it had shrunk! Coraline and Andrea combined their artistic flairs and created a jumper for Coraline’s cuddly bunny to keep it warm in these autumnal evenings. Good job girls!
Well done to all our New Portena girls for taking part in the Motto Competition; the first House Challenge of the year. Diana, Katya, Tanya and Margie had amazing confidence to get up on stage in front of all the boarding community to explain our motto and logo and we came 5th! Amazing effort girls!
And congratulations to our neighbours Old Portena for taking home the win!
The girls have had a great weekend getting a glimpse of the activities they can take part in throughout the school year! This weekend we’ve enjoyed Horse Riding, Tennis and Body Shaping; today Jasmine, Becky and Coraline also headed into Geneva to take part in a treasure hunt around the city while doing some sightseeing along the way.
Tanya, Dahlia, Scarlett and Andrea at horse riding with their new friends!
Coraline, Becky and Jasmine exploring Geneva.
New Portena are now having a relaxing evening in the house before school starts again tomorrow – the girls are looking forward to starting their new activity programme this week and a chance to visit Chamonix and Mer de Glace on Thursday!
We hope you have all had a wonderful summer break and we are looking forward to filling New Portena with fun and enthusiasm!
Here is the new team eagerly awaiting your arrival!
Costanza, Tharyne, Terri & Jemma
Terri, the House Parent of New Portena, is joined this year by Costanza (far left) our lovely, musical Italian who studied in the UK; Tharyne from Brazil who has previously studied pharmacy, and Jemma from the UK who grew up in Belgium.
We can’t wait to welcome you all over the next few days!
Last weekend the Boarding School went out on a Boat Cruise to celebrate the end of the School year. The boat cruised around the lake and in to Geneva to see the famous jet d’eaux. The girls all looked stunning.
Take a look at the pictures below to see what a great evening it was!
Last weekend Lorena, Ivy and Ayaka went to Budapest. It was a truly fun filled trip with many different cultural visits and exciting tours such as biking and caving. See the video below to see what they got up to.
Ila went on the High Ropes course today, she was excellent! So brave taking on the Red course. The course consists of wooden structures and zip lines high up in the trees which Ila conquered with no fear!
The weekend weather has been pretty moody! With lots of rain it was the perfect weekend to study and watch films! Those preparing for IGCSE’s have been working hard at their books. With other members of the house venturing out to Geneva or even Lyon.
Tonights house meeting was about team building and working with different people. They were split in to groups and given 20 pieces of Spaghetti, tape, string and a Marshmallow. They were instructed to build the tallest tower they could with the marshmallow on top.
The winning team was Sabrina, Ayaka, Hailun, Sofya and Yuquin. Their tower was the tallest free standing tower at the end. Though credit must go to Lorena, Cam Thi, Alina, Anya and Veronika who built a huge tower but it sadly fell as they let go.
On Friday the Boarding School headed for the mountains for a weekend of fun in the snow. The girls had a great time skiing and snowboarding with plenty of fresh snow. On Saturday night they ventured to the town to taste some of the local cuisine and explore the town.
Some of the girls went on the Sunday activity to Gruyere. They had an hour to explore the quaint town before we moved on to Masion Cailler. This is the chocolate factory museum. It starts with a history in to the cacao bean and how chocolate originated and then goes through to a tasting. The girls got to taste 12 different samples of their chocolate.