Happy Valentine’s Day

Today at dinner we had a very nice decoration to enjoy this lovely day.

On Valentine’s Day we think of those

Who make our lives worthwhile,

Those gracious, friendly people who

We think of with a smile.

I am fortunate to know you,

That’s why I want to say,

To a rare and special person:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

By Joanne Fuchs

February Boarding Assembly

We had the opportunity to listen to our lovely Elisa with this amazing song. Such an amazing talent. Well done!

We could also share some moments and ideas for the end of the Pillar 3 of the Wellbeing Program, this time we talked about building positive friendship.

Let’s talk about peer-pressure

During our house-meeting we addressed the subject of peer-pressure, which is a common phenomenon amongst youngsters. Negative impulses can come from friends, classmates and social media, and can effect our decision making and behaviour. Smoking, vaping, drinking, conformism are just a few of the worrisome results of peer-pressure.

It’s very important to learn about independent decision making, and peer resistance skills in order to avoid peer pressure. It’s also essential that the students have confidence and trust in their adult caregivers and therefore, if and when, they experience peer pressure, we encourage them talk about it and ask for help.

Winter dinner

In order to celebrate the end of the year before the vacation, we enjoyed a nice and bright winter dinner in school. The cafeteria was transformed for the occasion and it was absolutely stunning!! Everyone made an effort to be well dressed and prepared.

We all had a good moment while keeping our usual precautions, as we were sitting by house, what we’re doing for a while already.

ONE, TWO THREE – masks off!

Award Ceremony

Tonight we had the great honor to give medals to the winners of the award ceremony. We were rewarding the students for their participation in the boarding life, their participation in activities, and for their good academic results.

Unfortunately, we were missing some girls (Alison, Cherry, Yvonne) but we keep their medals and we will give them to them on their return.

Congratulations to Sabine and Bianka for the boarding life award and Ghida for her best academics achievement for GR11 / IB1!

And then we ate the “chocolate marmite” broken according to the Swiss tradition!

It represents a battle between French and Swiss people where the Swiss citizens defended themselves by throwing boiling soup onto the invaders.

Samdi Du Partage

The CDL Make A Difference Society (MADS) and the Parent Faculty Association (PFA) are teaming up to support the Partage food bank this year. Partage is a Geneva-based, hunger-fighting charity, which supports thousands of fortunate individuals and families each week with 3 main goals:

  • Social: helping those in a precarious situation and fighting hunger
  • Economic: providing professional rehabilitation for job seekers
  • Ecological: reducing food waste while maintaining a small ecological footprint

During these difficult times, it was nice to see Elise jump at the opportunity to help others. This was her individual project for the Wellbeing Pillar 2, celebrating diversity and combating against bullying.

Well done, Elise!

Bake-off competition!


Sakura thank you for this project which can be linked to our wellbeing project. Bringing diversity and  inclusion through a Japanese recipe.

Bianka and Radka thank you so much for helping with the decoration.


Gift Box Appeal

Some of our girls helped packing and carrying boxes for the gift box appeal as part of their individual project for this Wellbeing Pillar, which is celebrating diversity and combating against bullying.

This appeal is aimed at helping children learn about giving to others not as fortune as they are. The timing links well with the UN “Rights of the Child Day” on 20th November. A number of schools use the appeal to show that poverty is not so far away and help students to understand how others live. This is a non religious and purely humanitarian appeal. The Gift Boxes get sent to needy children in Eastern Europe children who have never had a gift, many living in unbelievable poverty. In the boxes are special treats, sweets and toys, provide toiletries and especially school needs, so helping them attend school with items not provided by the state.


Wellbeing Community Project

This wellbeing pillar is all about celebrating diversity and protecting against bullying. Therefore, New Portena joined 2 primary boys in their a cappella singing activity. The aim was to give the students a different experience, trying something new, whilst providing support to the youngest members of boarding.

The teacher prepared a tailor-made session aiming to have a constructive exchange between students of different ages. We hoped us joining the activity helped to boost the boys confidence as well as allowed our girls to experience diverse moment out of their usual weekly routine.


Movie night- The Great Gatsby

Last night, we watched ‘The Great Gatsby’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio. A film request made by Mary as she is studying the book in English classes. We love when we mix education and entertainment! Our movie snack were cut up pieces of apple, bananas and pears.

Note: we do not have to wear masks in the house as we are a ‘family’.

“Nick Carraway, a World War I veteran who moves to New York with the hope of making it big, finds himself attracted to Jay Gatsby and his flamboyant lifestyle.”

Reward system!

Our house reward system is officially up and running with Eva D being the first one to choose her reward!

This system was designed and created by the house parents with the student’s helping to come up with rewards ideas they would want. Good collaboration and teamwork!

We are back!

Welcome back home ladies!

We are getting ready for all of you.

We can not wait to see you back home.

We hope you have enjoyed the Summer Holidays and are rested for the amazing year yet to come.

Loads of love

Terri, Rosana, Sarah and Cristina


Message from Inge & Francis Clivaz

When Inge and I arrived in Versoix, on a beautiful spring day in April 1960, we didn’t think, BUT REALLY NOT 60 years later, that we would find ourselves in this magnificent campus of nearly 2’000 students which has become one of the jewels of Swiss private education. The worldwide reputation of the Collège du Léman is such that it has inspired and served as a model for the creation of several campuses around the world: Brussels, Cheng Du in China, Dubai, Kigali in Rwanda and Manhattan in New York.

Sixty years ago we opened the doors of the CDL to receive our very first students: beautiful Hala, Zeena from Baghdad and the very shy Carine from Tel Aviv. These young girls were followed day after day by students from all over the world! Since the first day, we have lived together in perfect harmony.

Your origins, your social background, your diverse religions were a source of constant enrichment and gave rise to magnificent exchanges. Your well-being and academic performance were always at the centre of our concerns.

Your deans and professors came from all over the world. Think of Mr. Marchi (Italy), Mr. Nawar (Egypt), Mr. Salamin (Switzerland), Mr. Boschert (USA), Mr. Gale (England), not forgetting Chief Robert (Holland) who all contributed greatly to the cultural diversity of the campus.

During your years at the CDL, you have forged bonds of deep friendship for life.

You were like our children! You are forever part of this wonderful family at the CDL. We are always happy with your family, social and professional successes and are so proud to see you put into practice on a daily basis what we have taught you all these years: respect for others!

We would like to remind you again of the college’s motto which is: “Educate and teach in a spirit of openness and tolerance so that its students become citizens and leaders of a world respectful of differences”.

We send you our warmest messages and hope to have the pleasure of seeing many, if not all, of you again in June 2021 in Geneva to finally celebrate the 60th anniversary.

Versoix, May 2020,

Inge & Francis

Collège du Léman

From Tuesday 17th March, our students and teachers will move to Remote Learning Online. Communication has been shared with all our parents and we welcome any questions. As part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools our students will have access to online resources around the world. We want to take this time to wish our families all the best and we hope everyone stays safe during this challenging period.

À partir du mardi 17 mars 2020, nos élèves et nos enseignants passeront à l’apprentissage à distance en ligne. La communication a été partagée avec tous nos parents et nous sommes à votre disposition pour toutes questions. En tant que membre de la famille des écoles Nord Anglia, nos élèves auront accès à des ressources en ligne du monde entier. Nous voulons profiter de cette période pour souhaiter à nos familles tout le meilleur et nous espérons que chacun restera en sécurité pendant cette période compliquée.

#collegeduleman #internationalschool #nordangliaeducation

Boarding Assembly

During the Boarding Assembly, this month we welcomed Linda. And Christine was super Brave to go on stage and talk about Corona Virus.

“This is time for science, not rumor,

this is time for solidarity, not stigma”





Our Crystal in THIMUN!!

The THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations) conference is a five-day simulation of the United Nations for secondary school students, which takes place at the end of January each year in the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague.Our Crystal along with other CDL students are participating this year.We are expecting them back to give us their insight and thoughts from this valuable experience.

She is somewhere in there:


From the closing ceremony:

House Assembly!Valuable communication every week!!

A very warm evening where we communicate important information to the girls!Main topic the coronavirus which has already affected lots of people in the world  in many areas.We explained that The virus is still too new to entirely predict how it will evolve , however, basic hygiene is the best recommendation for all.Furthermore the risk in our territory is very very low.

Following Cristine with the valuable help of Linda gave a heartwarming  presentation about the Chinese spring festival and its great importance to Chinese people.

You can find it here : Presentation

And Yes we had smores  from Mrs Kata and Mrs Dace!!!!

Welcome Polina and Alexandra!!!

This week we had the pleasure of welcoming two exceptional  ladies in New Portena.Polina comes from Russia she joined grade 10.Alexandra comes from Spain and joined grade 11.Both very extrovert and friendly, managed to make an excellent first impression to the rest of the girls.They also have chosen a variety of afternoons activities from our extended extra curricular program. Kickboxing ,Yoga,Horse-riding,Chinese and many more will keep them proactively busy.


In our 3rd Pillar we are talking about Internationalism for that reason we wanted to give a probe of how many different nationalities we have in our House. The girls not only knew where their friends live but also they learned where the country is.

A GEOGRAPHY REVISION never hurt anyone.

Sunday soup!!

Sunday today and it is time for our soup.We had a  chat with the girls about the importance of eating seasonal vegetables and fruits.They retain more nutrients than their counterparts making them the better choice for your health. Other benefits of eating seasonally : Supports local farmers who choose to farm sustainably and preserves the environment.

We enjoyed a creamy  leek soup and olive oil drizzled  croutons  !!

Homemade whole wheat bread by Eva D!!

There is one food that definitely unites most of the civilizations of the world: bread.Throughout recorded history  it has been a prominent food in large parts of the world and is one of the oldest man-made foods, having been of significant importance to  households and often the only food parents could provide to their children in times of despair.

The carbohydrates which are rich provide energy and nourishment just to face the day, they also contain proteins, salts and vitamins essential for the proper functioning of the body.

And what better than homemade whole wheat bread…New Portena bakes!!


Welcome to New Portena Linda!!!

A very warm welcome to Linda who comes from China and joined the 9th grade!!Our aim is to ensure that you, and all our students, have access to the best possible opportunities and experiences during your time in CDL, so that you can reach your full potential and are better prepared for the future.


House assembly : Building positive friendships

A very important topic was brought up during our house assembly which is also a part of our wellbeing programme this year.

The Role of Positive Friendships in Youth Development

Adolescence is a period of rapid change —physically, emotionally, and socially—and relationships with friends play an important role in the lives of adolescents as they become increasingly independent , develop their own identity, and grapple with self-esteem.Positive friendships provide youth with companionship, support, and a sense of belonging. They can encourage or reinforce healthy behaviors, and evidence suggests that positive friendships in adolescence can lay the groundwork for successful adult relationships, including romantic relationships.

And at the end each of us had to pick a heart-shaped card with an attribute written on it and hand it to the person we think possesses this quality..a lot of smiles and good vibes from this evening for all of us!!


Crystal participating in Youth Forum of Switzerland.

Our talented and motivated Crystal will participate  in Youth Forum of Switzerland representing CDL along with 4 more day students,in Zug.

The vision: Connecting changemakers to address the challenges facing our planet.

The Youth Forum Switzerland is committed to:

  • Exploring relevant issues in inclusive, respectful, and constructive ways.
  • Connecting youth and the world’s leading changemakers to inspire innovative solutions to pressing global issues.
  • Empowering youth to become purposeful changemakers.Carbon neutrality and being a zero waste organization.

 The Youth Forum Switzerland will measure its impact through:

  • Assessing youth understanding and engagement with global issues.

  • Curating student initiatives launched through participation in the Youth Forum Switzerland


You are welcome to visit : https://www.youthforumswitzerland.ch/

January Boarding Assembly!!

This assembly was a little about history and a lot about people who make an impact and stand out for their actions and voice about equality,diversity,freedom of speech,justice and honor.We focused on the importance to see the good things that happen everyday and everywhere rather than surround ourselves and our loved ones with negativity.

Good vibes and positive  attitude  from Albion,Giorgio,Amir and Sofia.Albion and Giorgio demonstrating tenor abilities,Amir accompanied them on the piano and Sofia gave an inspiring speech about the importance of exercise our bodies and souls.

At the end we had the pleasure of welcoming our Ms Cristina on stage where she pointed out that good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your eating habits  can help you reach and maintain a healthy life. “let food be your medicine and medicine be your food

Charity project!!


Alison and Cherry helped Mr Salva tonight gathering all the gifts our girls donated to a child shelter.A noble cause which we hope will put a lot of smiles to child faces😊😊

Trip to Europa park and Freiburg!!!

Memories of school Educational trips are among the most prominent of the formative years, largely because they are a welcome break in the routine for both students and teachers. While their purpose is essentially to educate, they can also be a fun bonding experience for everyone involved.

Our Wellbeing session: Diversity and inclusivity

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.



A wellbeing session: Stereotypes and their effect on young people.

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.



Masterchef Team!!!

Well done to  Anca,Ria,Louise,Doria,Camila,Eva and our petite Isla!!!

They prepared an elegant and demanding dish.Cauliflower velvet puree,edamame and romenesko bites,glazed saint jacques in herb and noisettes butter.Perfection!!

Wellbeing session :What is Bullying

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is a distinctive pattern of harming and humiliating others, specifically those who are in some way smaller, weaker, younger or in any way more vulnerable than the bully.

The girls opened up and gave their opinions over a questionnaire with the company of some hot tea and cookies …

more to come about this important issue.



The 5 Days of Diwali!!!

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”.

Happy Diwali to ALL!!

What can turmeric do you for you?

Today for our wellbeing session we got familiar with the many benefits of Turmeric or Curcuma root as it is also known.Girls devoured  a delicious vegetable soup with this incredibly beneficial spice.

Turmeric among others,

  • Detoxifies the Body,
  • Lowers Cortisol Levels,
  • Improves Your Complexion,
  • Balances Blood Sugar,Improves Cardiovascular Health,
  • Calms the Digestive System,
  • Sharpens Memory,
  • Lowers Blood Pressure ,
  • Works as an Natural Headache Remedy,
  • Calms Eczema,
  • Fights Inflammation and
  • Helps You Get a Better Sleep


Girls also learned  how to prepare hot beverages to fight common flue that bursts  this time of the year.



Huskies Are High-Energy and Easily Bored!!Just Like SUSANA

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.


Breathing for your Wellbeing

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.


You are welcome to try …click and breathe

breathing techniques

Stretch Stretch Stretch..breath..Repeat!!

Why stretching is important?

Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight.

Our Sofia from VDL organised our first stretching session.At the end we relaxed having to think about 3 good things that happened the passed week,smile and be thankful.

Mentors and prefects sharing experience!!

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.



CDL Talks!!!

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.

Sleep well and Thrive!!

In our wellbeing session tonight we covered the vital issue of sleep and how the lack of it can severely affect our health.

The girls were motivated at the end to do an experiment to find out if they actually have enough sleep.

Along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is one of the pillars of health.

You simply cannot achieve optimal health without taking care of your sleep.


Dixie is waiting for you!

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. 

Wellbeing day ^^

For our wellbeing day we tried a spanish merienda full of colours and fruits.

We cut the fruit and spent time together trying to introduce and know Alty, our new Portena girl 🙂

We did banana, apple and 100 % chocolate shake. Of course SUGARFREE ; )

We enjoyed it outside in our wonderful terrace.

How does social media affect your well-being?

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!!


social media…necessity or waste of time!!

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!!!

Walk n’ Talk for Wellbeing

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…

Welcome Assembly!

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.