Old Portena is going places !

This weekend was no ordinary one. Our girls had the opportunity to go to a lot of different places ! To start, two of our girls went on a boarding weekend trip to Paris. Mia and Ashley had a great time over there !

Our girls who decided to spend the weekend at Old Portena visited Interlaken on Saturday. The name of the city literally means “between lakes”, as it is situated between lakes and surrounded by amazing mountains.

On Sunday, we visited the Montreux Christmas market, a very beautiful and big market with tons of tasty treats and pretty things to buy. The weather was on our side this weekend, as we didn’t have any rain during these trips.

Now after all this, a well-deserved rest !

Interlaken, Paris, Montreux, so many places to be !

Wellbeing Session – Pillar 2

This afternoon in our weekly wellbeing session, we continued our discussion about diversity.

The second takeaway point this week is: Noticing differences is normal but there are many ways to be an ally.

A fruitful discussion was had as we talked about how diversity isn’t just about our ethnicity or the colour of our skin, but also about our hobbies and personal interests. It’s about what makes us unique and different from everyone else, but also embracing that uniqueness because without it, the world would be a boring place.

At the end of the session, everyone had the chance to write nice qualities about each other. It was an interesting session indeed!

 

Weekend in Old Portena

This weekend we had great fun in the House.

As usual, Saturdays we do some shopping, get some snacks for the week and enjoy some time outside. This time we got the opportunity to go to Geneva or stay on campus and visit the local supermarket.

Today, we played LASER TAG with our house mates, and it was great fun. We did two teams, and both won once, so it made it very nice and balanced.

Now, we will do some homework during the study hall period, we will go to dinner at 18:30 and we will get ready for the upcoming week.

Rainy Wednesday

What can be better to recover from a long cold rainy day than coming home and getting home made orage spongy cake?

Thank you Mia for helping with this fantastic dessert!

Enjoy it 🙂

Weekend in Old Portena

Weekends are never boring! Let’s take a look at what the girls did…

Tennis on Saturday morning

Anna and Mia enjoyed cooking

Anna and Vladi went to Geneva for some shopping

Ashley and Mia made cookies in baking club

Chisa, Ran, Kotoka and Chihana playing chess

A competitive game of Monopoly for Anna, Vladi and Stella

A calm weekend back at OP

This weekend, our girls are coming back from close and far away places… And we are so happy to have them in Old Portena again. They got some time to relax and recuperate before going back to school, and the jet lag is real for some of our girls. Of course, the amazing Sunday brunch will help them get that energy back !

4 of our girls went to the CDL trip in Portugal !

 

Sunday, crêpe day

Happy October break!

It’s officially the start of the October holidays and all the girls are off to enjoy a much deserved break after a busy and exciting start to the school year!

Have a great week everyone and we hope you come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the second half of the term 😊

Swiss Vapeur Parc

The best way to get to know Switzerland is by travelling by train. What if there is a little train that takes you everywhere?

Today we enjoyed the most picturesque  Swiss train stations and its lovely moments

 

Wellbeing Pillar 1 – concluding phase

This week we concluded the first pillar of our wellbeing program. NurturingHealth bodies and healthy minds.

These were the two take away points of this pillar:

  1. Discover how we can use sport and our hobbies to maintain a healthy mental balance
  2. The importance of a healthy balanced diet

We asked our girl a  key question: How have my friends helped me in achieving a healthy balanced lifestyle regarding nutrition and physical activity? And these were the main answers:

Also, as part of our wellbeing program, we decided to create a “grateful” poster and this month, starting today we will be writing what we are grateful for, first was Mia.

 

Weekend activities

The girls were busy this weekend and took part in activities such as cooking, tennis, golf, baking, chess, body shaping and also an outing to Geneva!

Ran and Mia are pleased with what they made in cooking class

Chihana keeping focused in chess club

Ran and Kotoka walking the streets of Geneva

Vladi trying her hand at golf

Mia, Anna and Stella in baking club

Stella and Anna with their finished product

 

Slam Dunk !

Our girls played a basketball match against the girls from Villa du Lac on Thursday night. We didn’t win but our girls gave it their all, a lot of them participated and they showed good sportsmanship ! Maryam is our big scorer of the night, but there was also a good team work between everyone.

Well done girls !

Weekend in the mountains

This weekend was extra special, as we all went together to the mountains in La Tzoumaz ! A calm ski resort situated 1500m above sea level. Fresh air assured !

The girls had different activities to choose from, some of them went biking down the mountain, others went climbing, others hiked up and some even did some shelters or rope courses in the woods.

The weather was amazing for the occasion and our girls were all so well behaved and nice, we are super proud of them and had a great time. Thank you girls !

Mid-Autumn festival celebrations

and Jeûne Genevois day out in Lausanne…

Today was a beautiful and busy day for our girls ! First, since it’s a bank holiday for Geneva, there was no school, and all the shops of the canton were closed. Not a problem, we took this opportunity to go to Lausanne ! Plan for the day ? Olympic museum and little bit of shopping in the city.

The museum is very modern and interactive, we particularly enjoyed the last part testing our memory skills, reflexes, etc. Vladi and I got 46 at the reflex skill ! None of the girls wanted to race though, I wonder why… 😀

Afterwards, when back in the house, our girl Annie was super kind to bring some mooncakes for all of the house ! A Chinese cake to celebrate the mid-Autumn festival (中秋節). This was a great discovery for a lot of us, and just shows again how amazing it is to live in an international house, celebrations from everywhere ! Thank you Annie for sharing with us.

 

Our OP girls get 1st place, of course !

Mooncakes with or without nuts !

House meeting and Introduction of Wellbeing

Today the girls go to know our Wellbeing Program Pillar 1 – with our first takeaway point:

Discover how we can use sport and our hobbies to maintain a healthy mental balance

Most of our girls are ready for the year with the first goals set and an amazing experience ahead.

 


House Captain!

We are pleased to announce that Jiaxi HE (Annie) will be our House Captain for the 2022/23 academic year! Congratulations, Annie!

We are really proud of you

House Rep!

Chihana has earned the role of House Representative in Old Portena for this academic year! She will be the voice of our students in the regular House Representative Meetings with Miss Lucélia and Miss Terri in the Boarding Office!

Well done, Chihana!

House Competition

The boarding house competition has begun, and it started with the sports competition!

Everyone participated in sports games such as three legged race, tug of war, musical chairs, baskets, ping pong race and badminton shooting. Well done girls for the great team spirit you displayed!







A busy afternoon!

Today we had our first Monthly Boarding Assembly, followed by a welcome dinner where the girls enjoyed a delicious meal. Afterwards Ms Maral made crepes for the girls as a treat for our first House Meeting. Thank you Ms Maral!




An evening of games

It was a hot sunny day today and the girls spent a bit of time in the afternoon chilling in the house. After dinner we all went out to enjoy the fresh air and we played some ball games including dodgeball, volleyball and even tag!

An evening well spent!



Welcome back!

Today we welcomed back our new students and they all had a welcome assembly where they got to meet their teachers, meet other fellow students and do some activities.

It was a great start for the new school year and we are looking forward to it!

Old Portena

The summer vacation is coming to an end and… We can’t wait to meet our new girls! And to welcome our older girls back!

What did you do during the summer vacation ?

We enjoyed the sun, the lake, sometimes even the sea, and most of all, we enjoyed spending some time with our loved ones.

In the meantime, house Old Portena will be open from tomorrow morning, 9AM, for all our newcomers ! There will be a welcome assembly as well as a welcome cocktail from 17PM until 19PM, where the parents are also welcome !

Sweet summer holidays !

After loads of packing and cleaning, our lovely house of Old Portena will soon be closed for the summer…

Thank you to all of our girls for an amazing year full of memories and love ! Thank you also to the parents, agents, all the CDL team, for making this year so enjoyable.

We wish you all a beautiful summer holiday.

We will be back soon, and we can’t wait to see our girls again and meet our new girls. Take care of yourselves and enjoy the summer !

Memories

 

As it’s the last weekend of the school year, it is a good time to reminisce of everything that has happened in Old Portena since August. So many beautiful memories to cherish while getting ready for this last weekend before the great summer holidays !

Something’s cooking !

In Old Portena, a lot of our girls like to get creative in the kitchen. You will often smell some ramen, eggs, bread, some vegetables, etc. being cooked !

Today, our girl Yustyna decided to make dango, and make a video out of it. She also helped me making the crêpes and showed of her amazing flipping skills ! See for yourself, she can even double-flip !

Preparation : check

 

Both the crêpes and the dangos turned out amazing of course !

Crêpes : almost done

Hard work to success !

This Saturday, despite the heatwave, our girl Chihana and her amazing team had a veeeeery long day at their football tournament with 14 teams in Bern… 7 matches in one day !

And guess what ?

They got second place ! It was a long, exhausting, but fun day for them. We are so proud of Chihana, and her team of course, well done !

End of exams!

What best idea than jumping in the pool after a long tiring day of exams?

Today we enjoyed the Concha garden pool with our friends, in this heat, the best thing to do is to get in the water!

End of year event!

The year is coming to an end and even though our girls are fully focused on their exams, we got some time today to enjoy the lovely weather in our beautiful Concha garden.
Please see attached some amazing pictures full of smiles.
What a nice way to release some stress!

Our star on the road!

Out football star, Chihana, got the opportunity to travel to Barcelona to play in an International tournament to represent Switzerland with her team, USTS.

They are trying their best to qualify!!

One extra day of fun!!

Monday was a bank holiday here in Switzerland and we did not have school, therefore we used the opportunity to enjoy a little fair in Lausanne. It was great fun and the weather again was incredible.

It’s not over yet

It might be Sunday evening, but the weekend is not over yet ! Nevertheless, let’s have a look at what our girls have been doing these last two days.

A super fun activity made its’ appearance on Saturday : wakeboarding. Perfect in this sunny and hot weather ! An exciting opportunity to say the least.

 

 

Our girls also had the opportunity to cook some delicious cupcakes, or go horseback riding, chess, biking, baking, etc. A lot of things to choose from !

 

The process…

The result ! Miam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow, our girls will be out for the afternoon at Lausanne’s fair : Luna Park. Enjoy it !

House spirit on the RISE

This Saturday was a very exciting day for Old Portena and Concha Annexe. We had a common house activity proposed by CA girls : Paintball !

Two teams, but one common goal : just have some fun. We have to admit that the girls got us at every match… One day, we’ll have our revenge ! In any case, great game girls ! Also, great behaviour and spirit for this day, very proud. 😀

 

Beware !

Concha Annexe + Old Portena friendship

Open the curtains !

On Thursday evening, grade 6 and 7 did a play. The girls did their very best, and put on a fantastic show for the public ! Well done girls.

The end of this school year might be getting closer, but the fun is certainly not over !

No school means FUN TIME!

Today as we do not have School due to the Swiss bank holiday, we used this opportunity to enjoy this fantastic weather; we visited Chateau Chillon in Montreux, a beautiful fort by the Lake Geneva.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copenhagen trip!

After the delayed flight, the girls finally landed in Copenhagen last night. The kids remained in high spirits and were all happy. They had some time for pizza for dinner.
Today the fun began:
They have all had a fantastic day exploring the lovely city of Copenhagen.
They started the day with a visit to the National Museum of Denmark where they enjoyed a Viking exhibit.
Then, after visiting the Christiansborg palace, they went to the famous Nyhavn harbour for lunch.
They took the students on a cruise through the canals of the city, touring past all the beautiful sights, including the famous little mermaid statue.
The students enjoyed some free time in the city centre, and they will soon be heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
They have an amazing group of kids, and they are all having a nice time!

Smells like summer !

This weekend felt just like summer, over 30°, sunny skies, humid weather… But still, activities went on as usual, and our girls kept up with a busy lifestyle here at CDL !

What did they do, you ask ?

Well, let us show you…

Some of them went horseriding

Others worked their brains in a game of chess

then some cooked some deliciousness

or went for a bike ride through the woods

or even played some volleyball, very appropriate with the current weather !

 

and more !

 

Next week, the girls will enjoy an especially long weekend of 4 days ! What will you do for the long weekend ?

Europa-Park weekend!

This weekend we got the opportunity to join the School trip to Europa Park. We left on Friday evening direction Germany. There, we spent two fantastic days in the park with our friends. There were many type of rides to make the most of each second in this great Theme-park.

 

Well-being pillar 5!

Last night during our House Meeting we discussed a few topics we needed with the girls and then we watched a video Mr. Salva sent to us to launch the last pillar of our wellbeing program.

We started the delivery phase of Pillar 5: Making Safe and Responsible Choices.
As announced during the Assembly the key take-away points will be:
Time in: how do you connect with inner world?
Attachment figures: how our attachment style influences the way we make our decisions?

This week we will focus on Time in!
What we experience in our inner world, which includes our feelings, thoughts, perceptions, memories, beliefs, hopes, dreams, desires, motivations, longings etc, can occur even without us being aware of it. The lack of self-awareness entails the failure to see the patterns in our behaviors and thinking. As a result, we risk making choices that are not aligned with what we really are and with what we really want.
On the contrary, when we develop the habit to pay attention to these inner experiences we become more self-aware. This can help us have more control over the decisions and choices we make and prevent us from being at the mercy of our own feelings, desires, and external negative pressure.

Oriental dinner for our special Wednesdays!

On Wednesdays, we get the opportunity to enjoy our international dinners. Yesterday we also had the choice to eat outside and enjoy this beautiful sunshine. Our girls made the most of the time with their friends to charge the batteries and get ready for this difficult exam period at the end of the School Year.

Sun and sand to start the week!

 

We are really happy because the SPRING is finally here. We got to enjoy our inter-houses volleyball tournament against New Portena. We nearly won and had so much fun!

Really proud of Alana, Yustyna, Nastia and Luciana who did their best with Miss Cristina.

Well done team!!

La côte d’Yvoire

Today, the girls went to the picturesque city of Yvoire, in France. The weather was beautiful and shiny, perfect to fully enjoy the day of wandering around in a postal-card place !

The coast of Yvoire

When on a boat, you have to try…

Sunny Saturday at CDL

It’s another week-end at our boarding house, and as usual, the girls had a lot of different activities to choose from. Some of our girls went to play some tennis. Some went horseback riding. However, as usual, cooking is a winner !

And when you’ll see what they made, you will understand why.

Separating egg whites and yolks takes concentration !

Cooking is always better with good friends.

 

Mousse au chocolat, with langues de chat !

 

This month is also the fitness challenge, and today’s challenge was made for one of our girls. They had to do uppy-keepys with a football… Chihana was so good at it, that she didn’t stop at failure, she stopped when she got to 1000 !

1000 keepy-uppys for Chihana !

 

Some of our girls also went to Geneva. Perfect time for a bit of shopping, of course !

So.many.figurines!

 

That’s it for today. Tomorrow, all of the girls will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Yvoire ! And they will get there by… boat ! Pretty exciting, no ?

Weekend is here!

When the weekend comes and the sun is by our side, we make the most of the time with our friends. We have learnt a new Chinese card game and we also made some delicious food.

 

Social hour, active hour.

Yesterday night, some of our girls took opportunity during their social hour to do some extra sports, as they usually do on Thursdays.

It’s always great to see our girls moving and enjoying doing some sports ! Great job girls !

You’ve got this Darina !

We’re riding on sunshine !

We’re one month into spring and right now, the sun is shining full blast ! The trees are full and green, temperatures are nice enough and our winter jackets are gone.

You know what this means ? This means that outside activities will be possible again, biking, kayaking, walking by Leman lake, enjoying sunny evenings outside the house… We can’t wait to enjoy the beautiful weather even more !

I’m sure there will be a lot more outside pictures to share soon. 😉

Perfect weather for a bike ride !

Cyprus and Greece trip

Two of our girls, Luciana and Kylie, spent their Easter break surrounded by beautiful landscapes… They went to Cyprus and Greece with a fantastic group of people !

The girls got to do some historical visits, as you can imagine, but also had the opportunity to snorkle, swim, try out some survival tricks building tents, kayak, etc.

Good food, beautiful weather, fun activities, great people, it was a good break !

Thank you to the team for making this possible !

Happy holidays!

 


All the girls are off on their holiday adventures and we hope that you can all enjoy spending time with your family.

We can not wait for you to tell us your amazing stories!

Enjoy 🙂

Our online lives

The approach of Easter breaks also means the end of this term’s wellbeing theme : our online safety.

Through the weeks, we talked about many different subjects, going from how we present ourselves online, to the pictures that should or should not be posted, and who do we follow, do we know them in real life ?

The girls brought up many good points during these discussions. Most of us agreed that we only post the good sides of our lives. And we shouldn’t believe everything influencers post, because it’s mostly a facade. We’ve also taken some time to see how much time we spend behind our screens, and to be more careful about our privacy and who we follow and who follows us back.

Although internet will continue to play a central part in all of our lives, we are now more aware and able of how to handle it.

Thank you girls and CDL team for making this a very interesting pillar !

Another weekend at Old Portena

And another round of diverse activities on the campus !

Between horse riding, cooking, running, chess, etc. There was a lot to choose from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One activity is consistently popular on weekends… Cooking !

After all, who wouldn’t want to learn how to cook their own choux à la crème ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others put their brains to the test thanks to a chess game.

 

And others went for a walk, got to bake, or play some music. In any case, it was another busy week-end for our girls at the house !

Friday afternoon at Old Portena

Finally, it’s Friday ! More time for the girls to meet up with each other in other houses. Today, Luciana, Darina and Nastya spent some time at Concha Annexe.

And they got an amazing treat thanks to Miss Maria who made them some amazing chocolate and peanut butter rolls as well as jam rolls. Made with oats and apples, for our health ! Needless to say, it was delicious.


What better way to start the weekend and all the activities it brings !

Wednesday is always a CDL day

Today in our International Dinners we got INDIAN TIME

Yustyna is happy to be back and has missed these amazing dinners really much.

Of course, we can not forget our afternoon snacks. Yesterday we had home made banana muffins. R

DELICIOUS!

Thank you very much Miss Maria for baking for us.

Chihana in Barcelona

This weekend we got the opportunity to visit the amazing city of Barcelona. Chihana and Miss Cristina had an amazing time together with a great group of students.

We not only visited the most famous monuments but we also got the chance to visit Barça’s football stadium.

Weekend activities in OP

This weekend Berru and Nastia played some tennis during Saturday morning, they will become professionals very soon!!

Sally, Kylie and Amy spent a lovely Sunday afternoon enjoying the company of our great Musician Rogerio from Leman 2.

Darina, Luciana and Rin practiced their best shots in Badminton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yustyna and Chisa enjoyed the lovely weather we are getting these days and got some inspiration for their art creations.

 

 

 

This weekend, we also had the Chamonix Trip. Rin and Yustyna took this opportunity to visit our neighbour country, France and its lovely mountains.

CDL DAY!

Yesterday was on of the funniest, nicest and best days at CDL!

Thank you for helping us having so much fun!!!!

And of course, after a long day, we need a good recovery, Nutella sandwiches with a some banana on top.

DELICIOUS!

 

House assembly and House rewards

Yesterday evening we had our weekly house assembly.
We had a lot to discuss with the upcoming talent show day and many other things.
Every girl also got awarded a house prize. There were prizes for the funniest girl going till the most hard-working till the master of sports.
We are proud of each of them, for having their own different personalities, characters and various talents! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

Photography Activity

Every day after school our girls take part in various activities.
Today Paria, Sabina, Stacy and Manu went to Photography.
Check out their amazing results in this blog!
Even their activity leader congratulated them for the beautiful work they delivered today! Well done Ladies!

   

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY <3

Today our girls were literally put in the flowers during International Women’s Day. Darina received a beautiful note from her Father accompanied by a bouquet of gorgeous flowers. Sabina’s brother surprised her as well with a big bouquet of colourful flowers.
In the evening we all ate a delicious meal: Piadina, Grilled vegetables and houmous and Hake Parmentier.
A perfect way to end this special day! 😀

Boarding monthly Assembly!

Last Wednesday we got together in Eiger Auditorium for our Boarding monthly Assembly.
This month was a bit special as two 16 years old Kate and Ksenia got on stage to share an amazing message of peace between Russia and Ukraine. How friendship and respect go beyond politics

Loving our new common room!

Feel free to come to Old Portena to have some time in our lovely new space, all for us.

Basketball match

Finally Old Portena confronted Champ des Bois once again in Olympus 😉 Old Portena was not successful this time in terms of score, but what a great time we had! The pictures speak for themselves.

We are coming for you CDB!

WEEKEND FUN: Saturday

We’re always happy when it’s the weekend and we see the girls doing a lot of fun activities. Luciana went to the climbing accompanied by some boys from other houses. She showed she was really strong and climbed many difficult walls, always to the top! 😀
Sally and Kylie went to the Dinosaur expo in Geneva. Luckily they went after the Dinosaurs’ lunchtime and didn’t get eaten by any of them! ;p
The rest of our girls went cooking, enjoyed some time outside in the sun and did some groceries in their beloved Coop! 😀

What makes a Good Friendship?

After two weeks of working around the wellbeing pillar: Healthy relationships  – What makes a Good Friendship, we wrapped it up today.
Every girl defined for herself what a good friend makes. Afterwards, they read them out loud and they gathered all of them on paper which we hang up in the house  😀

Virtual Assembly

Today we had our monthly assembly for February, online! The discussion for the day was the impact of charity and we concluded our pillar on friendship and healthy relationships ☺️

Pizza night!

Today we had a lovely house dinner with our girls and enjoyed some slices of pizza 😁 music, ice tea and some good mood for the last hours before our ski weekend! Thanks to our kitchen staff for working so hard on this.

 

Healthy relationships

Today, as part of our wellbeing program, we explored healthy and toxic relationships and what to do if we find ourselves in one. The girls did a Kahoot and chose their group projects for our new Wellbeing Pillar. Some will be working on videos, posters and impactful images that reflect on friendship and how to build healthy relationships.

Welcome back!

The Boarding House is officially open and we cannot wait to have our girls back for a new semester full of challenges, adventures and lots of great memories. We hope everyone enjoyed a great start to the new year and some holiday cheer in family.

Winter dinner

Last night in Collège du Léman we had our anual Winter Dinner. Nice food, fancy clothes, magical lightning and the best company made it a night not to forget. It was the perfect way to remind everyone how close they are from the holidays and this magical time of year, as well as a great opportunity to spend some time all together and dress up.

Our girls looked absolutely stunning!

 

Playing in the snow

This afternoon we took advantage of the strong snow storm we had this week and went a bit higher up the mountain. The views were absolutely stunning and our girls enjoyed some great time in the snow and a hot chocolate 😁

Secret Santa in Old Portena

Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Falalalala 😁 Today we had our Secret Santa gift exchange and we were really impressed about how much thought our girls put into their gifts. It was one of those nights in which everyone shares moments of joy and laughter, we sang, we clapped, we ate some of Maria’s homemade snacks…! Merry Christmas Old Portena!

Awards Night

We could not be prouder of our girls. Tonight we celebrated our boarders in our Award Night, in which we recognised some of our most outstanding students in academics, boarding and activities. Specisl congratulations to Alana, Chisa, Ella, Manuela, Luciana and Anastacia.


THE Making off …

This weekend competition was GINGERBREAD HOUSES. We tried our best with the ingredients they provided to us, we also created some new additions.

It was really good fun to work all together with Christmas songs playing on the background.

We hope we win this one!!!!

 

Wellbeing, fighting against bullying


We are reaching the end of our Pillar 2: Fighting Against bullying and promoting diversity.

Last night during the House Assembly we had the chance to talk about bullying. Ella and Alana did their presentation and showed the girls some videos of how to stop it if you see something could be going on.
“Don’t do to others something you wouldn’t like to be done to you” Alana.

 

Gruyere & Maison Cailler

What a perfect snowy day. Today we visited one of the most traditionally Swiss villages, the epicenter of cheese,     chocolate and meringue: Gruyere! We enjoyed some snow fights and snowman building with some amazing views and a bit of shopping. After, we left for the Cailler chocolate factory and learned more about the history of the exclusive Swiss brand. Pictures to follow 🙂

 



Girls football tournament – 3rd position!

Our football stair played a championshop yesterday in her team with High School girls getting the Third Position, only loosing in the semifinal.

The cold did not stop them to get to give the best of themselves, great job girls.

We are incredibly proud of this super star!

WELL DONE CHIHANA

Our first victory!!

Today was the day… after weeks of training and playing, Old Portena obtained the victory for the house against Champ des Bois! It was an exciting match full of emotion. Thanks to our girls for not giving up 🙂

Wellbeing Pillar 2 ¦ Protecting against bullying

For our school, one of the main values is RESPECT, therefore we created a House Box full of Respectful values followed by our community.

 

We RESPECT and VALUE:

Ourselves and our families

Other cultures and religions

The environment

The property of others

All members of our community

The laws and traditions of the societies in which we live and work

ConchAttack vs Portena team

Tuesday’s mean basketball! Tonight we had a surprise in the field and we played our monthly basketball match against Concha! And what a match! This time it was super close and the girls were more motivated than ever to take the lead. We also had some special guests from New Portena, who supported the girls in the field and joined the fun. Thanks to everyone for this evening 🙂

Vitam Parc

Winter days are approaching, but that only means it is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some warm water fun! Today some of our girls went to France to enjoy this amazing water-park with warm swimming pools and slides. It seemed like they had a great time!

Gift box action

A big part of our philosophy is showing the importance of giving back to the community. As part of the gift box action, some of our girls made some generous contributions and helped prepare and wrap up the boxes for them to be delivered. Good job Old Portena!

Sound of soul

Thanks to Ms. Rym, yesterday some of our girls enjoyed a Sound of the Soul workshop, in which they could feel the sounds and vibrations  of the instruments and achieve a state of relaxation. Please see some of the pictures from this beautiful moments.

Nyon Middle School outing

After a cozy morning indoors, we took a bus and explored the beautiful city of Nyon. Shopping, castles and walking around the Old Town were the order of the day. We love showing our girls some new spots in Switzerland!

Chaplin’s World

As our Halloween outing we took our students to Chaplin’s World this weekend. We learned a bit more about the life of the actor and enjoyes his movie studio. See some of our nicest memories below.

Saturday shopping trip

It’s a rainy day today in Versoix, so for some of our girls it was more appealing to stay in after their activities and stock up at the local supermarket. Afternoon plans include movies, Just Dance and a bit of room tidying up!

Second match against VDL

Basketball is about team work, strategy and fun. Our girls challenged Villa du Lac once again and demonstrated an amazing skillset and willingless to play as a team. We are very proud of our girls for playing tonight and even more for playing with a smile. Next time we will go for the win 😉

October break

Today is the start of the October break! Our girls are real travelers, and while many of them are returning to their home countries, others have decided to explore new places like Paris, Lisbon or even Switzerland. It has been a great start to the school year and we hope everyone comes back with lots of energy and new stories to tell.

On behalf of the Old Portena team, we wish everyone a great holiday and see you very soon!

Old Portena’s healthy eating

Healthy eating is one of our main points of focus for this year, but eating healthy doesn’t mean not enjoying what we eat. Today Miss Cristina made us a delicious apple cake with cinnamon and dates. Dates are an amazing natural sweetener, full of nutrients and good energy 🙂 The girls definitely approved!

 

 

Disney Land Paris

 

This weekend we had an amazing experience in DisneyLand Paris. Our girls could enjoy the time with their friends and get to know some other Boarding students from different Houses.

What a magic place to spend a sunny weekend!

Wellbeing in Versoix

We don’t need to do great things in order to improve our wellbeing, sometimes the simple things like a walk or making healthier snack choices can have a big impact! Some of our girls stayed closer to school and tried this at the local supermarket. They were all encouraged to make at least one healthy choice in their weekly shopping and these are some of the results.



 

La gastronomie à Genève

As every Saturday, our girls today enjoyed a shopping afternoon in Geneva, the perfect way to relax and disconnect after a long week in school 😁 Today they took advantage to enjoy the delights of French and Japanese cuisine, and even did some shopping to cook at home!

Friday wellbeing – drawing meditation

For our wellbeing session of today we proposed a drawing meditation to our girls. First, they closed their eyes and tried to be aware of their bodies and emotions. After, they drew freely with their eyes still closed listening to the meditation guide. Finally, they started filling their drawings with the shapes that expressed best their present state. We love the results 🙂