We are delighted to share the highlights from today’s basketball tournament pitting Villa du Lac vs. Concha. Our girls brought an incredible amount of energy to the court, and they were joined by some wonderful supporters who added to the excitement, even though they weren’t on the playing roster.
The enthusiasm displayed by both our players and our supporters made the tournament a resounding success. It was not only a display of skills but also a testament to the sense of community and teamwork. Well done, guys! Great effort!
We look forward to more such spirited gatherings in the future.
Over the weekend, the girls enjoyed a variety of activities.
From the tennis court to the golf course, from intense body shaping sessions to tranquil stretching and relaxation classes, and even some hip-hop dancing, alongside intense chess matches and horseback riding escapades, it was a non-stop whirlwind of fun and learning.
Please see some moments in these pictures.
As we return to our weekday routines, we carry with us the memories of an action-packed weekend, filled with laughter, learning, and camaraderie.
Our weekend was nothing short of amazing as the girls embraced a world of diverse activities. From cooking to karting, they explored a range of adventures and celebrated Emma’s birthday. Here’s a sneak peek:
Cooking, hip hop, sailing, karting, golf, tennis, stretching and relaxation, chess and nature walk.
This past weekend was nothing short of extraordinary as we embarked on a thrilling adventure amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Verbier and Fiesch.
Our girls had the opportunity to soar to incredible heights on one of the world’s highest zip lines, immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Swiss mountains, and partake in a medley of exhilarating activities, including mountain scootering, multisports, and even some spirited Olympic games.
To give you a taste of the excitement and wonder we experienced, we’ve assembled a collection of captivating photos below.
It has been another busy weekend in Villa du Lac with girls taking part in all kinds of activities. Options included fitness, badminton, ping-pong, tennis, cooking, wood crafting, climbing, paddle boarding, horse riding, running, dance, golf, stretching, chess club, nature walks, and swimming so the girls were spoilt for choice.
Here are a few pictures from some of the activities.
The weekend also saw us competing in the first house competition of the year – the house sports competition!!!
While badminton wasn’t really our thing this time around, the girls showed phenomenal teamwork and spirit to win the all important tug-of -war and some of the girls found that three legs can be better than two 😊💪🦵🦵🦵
Today the new girls in Villa du Lac had a busy day at the school and also in Boarding but they always had smiles on their faces. It is so nice to have all these new faces and we cannot wait to welcome the returning girls tomorrow.
Villa du Lac opens its doors for new students on Sunday 20th and returning students on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd!!.
We are excited to meet everyone and are looking forward to creating fantastic memories together!! ❤️❤️
Our final Weekend with activities has come to an end.
We leave a great message of appreciation to all the staff involved on them, making sure our girls enjoy it!! 🙌
Sarah and Addison enjoyed cooking on last time and Kate enjoyed baking, and more activities in between!
It’s time to say goodbye to the craziest days of the week. These past weekends have been the stuff of legends, filled with non-stop adventures and endless laughs. We rocked the dance floor, fought opponents on the sports field, and discovered secret hangout spots that became our personal hideouts. From late-night movie marathons to epic water fights, we left our mark on this campus.
Hold on to the memories we’ve created and keep the bond strong.
So long, weekend madness! You were one hell of a ride.
World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is a wonderful charity that gives bikes to thousands of students in the developing world. These bikes make their daily commute more practicable and as such reduce absenteeism and improve lives forever!
CDL Athletics dept. challenged the boarding students to run a week’s worth of commuting to school for the average recipient of a WBR bike.
Well done to Lola for participating in this amazing project! 🙌
This weekend was a bit different than the previous ones because we had our End of Year Event in the Concha garden!
But first, on Saturday some of our girls enjoyed their time in activities: Kylie, Alondra, Adriana and Addison went to cooking and baked a delicious strawberry cake! 🍰 Eugenia, Sarah, Sedef, Leyla and Sophie played volleyball and had so much fun! For Akmaral and Sangeetha it was time for tennis 🎾
On Sunday, we had our amazing End of Year event! For a couple of hours, all our girls went to the Concha garden where there were a lot of fun water and non-water games organised for them! Eugenia, Adriana, Alondra and Sophie showed their bravery by doing the reverse bungee! 🤩
Others, enjoyed delicious ice-cream and cotton candy! 😋
It was a lovely day and a perfect break from all the revision! 🥰
Our weekend went by like crazy!
On Friday we had our Graduates’ Parents Cocktail Evening and it was a special event where we honored the amazing parents who have been by our side throughout our educational journey. The evening was filled with laughter, heartwarming chats, and the excitement of what lies ahead for us graduates! 👨🏻🎓
On Saturday, our some girls enjoyed the school activities, like Kylie and Hectorine, who had a great time during cooking! 👩🏻🍳
And some girls, took the opportunity to go the Graduation Ceremony and honor their fellow colleagues, house mattes and above all, friends! ❤
The year is coming to an end and our Grade 12 are very close to saying goodbye to us.
Today, we had the Leavers Assembly, followed by a cocktail, where we could celebrate them and wish them all the best!
We are very proud of our girls!! ❤
Mei Mei also performed a beautiful piece on the piano for her friends! 🎹
Yesterday, we reached the end of the May Fitness Challenge where students and staff have participated in a variety of daily exercises. We have attempted numerous tasks, from hula hooping to running, jumping, balancing and basketball and have had a lot of laughs along the way! Congratulations to all the challenge winners and everyone who has participated – we are so proud of them all! 🎾🏸🤸♀️
This weekend started with the departure of six of our girls to Milan. They have been exploring the city and enjoying lots of amazing food and experiences including everything from cultural landmarks to theme parks. 🤩🎢
Meanwhile back in Versoix, the girls have been treated to a fantastic variety of activities on and off the lake, including wakeboarding, banana boat rides and even a spot of golf. They have had an amazing time enjoying the great weather with their friends, and we hope that there will be lots more days like these to come! 🌞🏖
As it is a long weekend, the girls have one more day to relax and enjoy themselves, and tomorrow many of them are headed to Luna Park in Lausanne! We are sure they will have a great time! 😊
Our weekend was a blast! Our girls played some sports, enjoy the lake activities, trip to the cinema and McDonald’s 😋 , bonded over shared hobbies and seeing Netflix together.
It was an unforgettable time filled with lasting memories. 🙌
Here is a video of Akmaral and Selin playing golf! ⛳
Sangeetha and Sofiya went on the Vienna trip was an incredible adventure through the heart of Europe.
They immersed themselves in the rich history and culture of the city and exploring majestic landmarks. ✈🙌
To the graduates heading off to university: Congratulations on this remarkable achievement! As you step into this new phase of your life, we couldn’t be prouder of you. It feels like just yesterday you were taking your first steps, and now you’re ready to spread your wings and soar.
We want you to know that we’ll miss you dearly. The house will be a little quieter, and our hearts will ache with your absence. As you embark on this exciting journey, make new friends, explore new passions, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Believe in yourself, trust your instincts, and don’t forget to call home from time to time. We have no doubt that you’ll achieve great things, and we’ll be here cheering you on every step of the way. Go chase your dreams, and remember that our love will always be with you. ❤
The weekend in the house was, as always, full of activities. We have almost reached the end of the school year and the girls are very busy studying. However. they found time to spend together in a fun atmosphere!
Some of them, like Coco, Mei Mei and Yuhan cooked lemon tartlets, others, like Kylie and Kate, baked some delicious cinnamon rolls! 😋
Natalia and Akmaral enjoyed their time playing tennis. They loved it!🎾
Michelle, as well as Coco and Mei Mei, cleaned campus and surroundings joining the Community Service: well done girls!! 👏
We wish you all a nice evening and a good start of the week ahead!
On Sunday, we had a football tournament to raise money for a charity that helps Colombian youth by encouraging them to play football.
We are very proud of our girls that played and donated to this amazing event! 🙌🥰
Our weekend went very fast and the girls enjoyed the lovely weather! ☀🌈
The activities are back on campus and they enjoyed them!
Mei Mei, Coco and Kylie enjoyed cooking, while Natalia and Addison played some tennis! 🥘🎾
On Friday, Sarah played at the Badminton Tournament final, even thought she didn’t win, she played very well and we are very proud of her! ❤🏸
Also, on Saturday Addison, Lola, Vivien, Adriana, Danielle, Coco and Mei Mei had the opportunity to go on a speed boat ride in the lake! 🚤
Thank you to Mrs. Usher for organizing this amazing activity! 🙌
We are very glad our girls had an amazing weekend!
The first weekend after the holidays was full of activities. Despite the weather not being on our side, the girls enjoyed their time together again. For many of them, exams are just around the corner, so study has been a priority. However, finding time to relax is fundamental!
In particular, Coco and Mei Mei decided to go to cooking and they made a super tasty crème caramel! Well done girls! 👏
The arrival of Spring has given the girls renewed energy which saw Addison enjoying a run in the forest with some friends 🏃♀️ and Natalia playing lots of tennis and golf. And finally, Michelle joined the Community Service group and cleaned the campus and its surroundings.
We wish all the girls with exams the best of luck and you all a nice start of the week ahead!
We have already reached the last weekend of this term before the Easter holidays and, as always, it was full of activities. Unfortunately, the weather did not help this time! However, the girls spent time together engaging themselves: on Saturday, despite the rain, Sarah and Laura Jane went to horse riding while Natalia and Michelle played tennis! 🐴🏇🎾
On Sunday, Danielle and Bruna enjoyed doing some stretching and relaxation. In the morning, Paria decided to join the community service dedicating time cleaning around campus. And finally, Akmaral, Yuhan, Sofiya and Kylie baked delicious cookies for all the girls in the house: something sweet to finish the day with!!
Last Tuesday, our Akmaral had the opportunity to be invited to Nowruz. 🤩
Nowruz marks the first day of spring and is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on 21 March. It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 million people all around the world and has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions.
The weekend is almost over and our girls had so much fun! Spring is coming here and everyone is happy to enjoy the good weather 🌞
Lots of activities took place during the weekend: some of our girls participated to the Community Service – Lola, Vivien, Sedef and Leyla spent time cleaning the campus. Well done girls!! 👏
Food is always a highlight in our house: Sofiya cooked and enjoyed a delicious Carbonara! During Baking Club Kylie, Sofja, Kate, Sabina and Sangeetha prepared an Asian recipe – Honk Kong bread: super yummy 😋
Addison had an amazing time in La Tzoumaz where she enjoyed fresh snow and sunny weather for the Ski Club ❄☃
This week the girls will be participating in the CDL Talent Show – pictures will come on Tuesday, so stay tuned!!
Last Wednesday, during the House Meeting our Pillar 4 advocates, took the lead and introduced the Pillar 4 on our Wellbeing Programme. 🤗
The main takeaway point was: are we conscious of how much time we spend on our phones – do we spend an equal amount of time living offline?
The girls answer to quiz with the following questions:
How many hours per day do you spend on your phone?
Which social media do you have? – select all that apply
Thinking of your followers – do you know them all?
On a normal day, do you speak more with friends in person, or via your phone?
Do you use your phone in the last 30 minutes before sleeping?
From what age do you think a young person should be allowed on Instagram / TikTok / Snapchat?
Do you think people only show a ‘good side’ of life on social media?
Have you ever experienced something negative online?
It was a great way for the girls to have a discussion between them. They got into a an agreement that next Wednesday, after our house meeting, all of them will do a phone detox during the evening/night! 😊🙌
The weekend is over in Villa du Lac and our girls had so much fun! They enjoyed being able to get out and about in the nice weather 🌞
They took part to lots of activities: some of them baked brownies and a delicious fruit crumble 🍰 Others spent time skiing in La Tzoumaz! Last but not least, Sophie, Sarah and Eugenia participated in the boarding trip to Barcelona 😊
Now all that is left is for the girls to prepare for the week ahead!
This weekend the girls spent time in various activities and, luckily, the weather was really nice 🌞
On Saturday, some of our girls went to La Tzoumaz for the Ski Club. They skied all day, going from slope to slope. It was a lot of fun. At the end of the day everyone was tired but very happy. We are fortunate to have such beautiful landscapes and to be able to enjoy them. 🎿
Sarah went to cooking and she prepared a delicious chocolate mousse 😋
Bruna and Sarah received unexpected gifts: flowers for both of them from special people 💐
On Sunday, some of our girls went to enjoy ice skating in Nyon. They had a great time! Elsewhere on campus, Ana Claudina helped to clean up around the school and Kate and Coco led the charge on our drive for sustainable living in Villa du Lac by doing the recycling.
The artists among us helped Miss Alison to complete the house jigsaw puzzle (we found out Miss Alison really like jigsaws!!!🤣).
During our House Meeting this week, we talked the Well Being Pillar 2 – Building Positive Friendships. 🤗🤸♀️
The Takeaway point for this pillar will be:
What are the benefits of an international friendships?
Our girls had a great idea to show the international relationships they have around the house. 😊 Here is the idea they came up with: because we all have our fingerprints, they decide to put theirs on a map, where they are from, and connect it with their roommate to show that they are from different side of the world and that boarding gave them the opportunity to create international friendships! 🤝🏻
It is so important and such a fantastic idea that we had to put it in the house! 🙌
We hope you had a nice weekend! Our girls had a fantastic weekend at the mountains ⛰
They spent their days skiing, exploring and having so much fun with their friends! They enjoyed two beautiful sunny days on Saturday and on Sunday 🌞 For some of them it was the first time skiing, for others it was not, but the excitement and the fun were always there 🤩
We really love to see them happy and with such big smiles!!
Lunar New Year, falls on Jan. 22 this year, when Asian communities around the world will say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger and usher in the Year of the Rabbit.
The year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar is designated the Year of the Rabbit.
The rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac and symbolizes grace, beauty, mercy and good luck. Rabbits are also associated with the moon, because of the mythical Jade Rabbit who lives there.
In addition to the 12 zodiac animals, the lunar calendar is also based around a cycle of 10 “heavenly stems” each of which represents one of the five elements of Taoism: fire, earth, water, wood and metal. So 2022 was technically the Year of the Water Tiger, and 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit.
Last Wednesday, for our International Dinner we had Chinese Food to celebrate the New Year with our students! 😎
We wish a Happy Lunar New Year to all of our students! 🤗
The key word for this weekend was FUN and we really hope our girls enjoyed their time before going home for Winter Break.
The special night of the year was on Saturday: the annual Winter Ball! In this magical night our boarders all got dressed up and gathered for s celebration together. Anticipation and excitement was high in the lead up and the event was a great success! The girls had a lot of fun dancing and spending time with their friends!
On Sunday we celebrated the Escalade, an annual festival in Geneva, held each December commemorating the defeat of an attempt to conquer the Protestant city by the Catholic Duchy of Savoy in 1602. The celebration involves smashing the Marmite of Chocolate by the youngest and the oldest persons present … well done Paria and Michelle!!
We are looking forward a great last week with the girls!🤩
After a long period of deliberation, great effort and attitude coming from the students, we are pleased to announce that Michelle Armenta and Lola Burillo are the New House Captains from Villa du Lac 🙌🤩
We are very proud of you two 💕
The week in Villa du Lac was busy and went very fast.
Our girls deserved a well-rested weekend! 🤪
Christmas is around the corner and our tree is already up 🎄🎄
And Laura Jane can’t wait for Christmas and already open her calendar. Or maybe just wants the chocolates 😝
On Wednesday, Sarah Perrin went on a Volleyball Tournament and ended up in 2nd place!
We are very proud of you Sarah! 😍
On Saturday the girls went to Geneva, hanged out with friends and had a great time ⭐🥰
On Sunday we the Gift Box Wrapping which consist in collecting and sending giftboxes to poor families in eastern Europe. Each box had a specific set of items like (toys, stationary, school materials, sweets, toiletries…).
Well done to Natalia and Elina for taking part of this action 👏💕
This weekend we had to amazing trips around Switzerland.
On Saturday some of the girls went to Interlaken to do some sightseeing and have a guide tour through with beautiful city!
On Sunday the girls went to one of the most famous Christmas Market – Montreux 🎅🎄
Last week we started with the WELLBEING: Pillar2 – Respecting diversity and protecting against bullying.
Take away point 1 – Integration and diversity are part of the international agenda of the world’s most important institutions.
We talk about it at a lower level, at schools, work and public places. However, that topic is at the heart of the identity of all the major international organizations and that is something that sometimes we overlook to consider diversity something to think of at an individual level. Beyond the political message on the importance of diversity, institutions like the UN have a policy of promoting diversity in their work force and enabling all types of people to access job position within their ranks and therefore setting the example on integration and teamwork.
During our house meeting, we asked the girls to tell us what Diversity meant to them, in the context of the school and the house. They were asked to pair up with their roommate and make a video or a voice note, discussing what they learned from each other’s cultures.
Here are some examples 🙌
Thank you very much to girls for getting involved in this little project. 🤝
This week was very busy and energetic for our girls 😏
On Monday, we had the scariest night of the year … Halloween 😈🎃
On Wednesday, during the Boarding Assembly, one of our Prefects, Sofya Navasardyan together with the other Prefects, gave a speech about the 44th Course de L’Escalade, a joyful and popular sporting event held on the first weekend of December that gathers together an impressive number of runners!
Well done, Sofiya! 🤗🙌
On Saturday, Laura Jane went to a basketball tournament with the day students to play against Aiglon.
She really enjoyed it! 🏀
As usual, our girls took part of the weekend activities and being with friends.
Here are some pictures from them! 😊
This week, we also started our rehearsals for the Christmas Album, and it has been so good since the girls involved in this and coming up with great ideas! Very excited for Christmas! 🎅
On Sunday, our two Prefects went to an Escape Room with Mr. Usher and the rest of the Prefects
They had so much fun!! 🙋♀️
Also, during this week we celebrated the birthdays from the girls during the break and the ones from this week together 🎉
Leaving you with a little video to show our week in Villa du Lac! 🤩🤩
Our week is going very fast!
Everyone is excited for the October Break and our girls really deserve it 😎
Today and tomorrow, we are busy with packing and organizing their rooms 🙌
On Monday we had our basketball match – Day Students vs Boarders 🏀 And the Boarders won!!!
We are very proud to say that Laura Jane was the only female boarder playing and she was amazing!
Well done LJ!
We are so proud of you! 😍
On Tuesday, Ines Asseli and Mila Marzo received the Certificate of Membership to the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools.
We are so proud of them! 💕
All of our girls have been amazing during this first half term! 🙆♀️
This week has gone by fast and our girls have been busy!!
Last Saturday, some of our girls went to Lake Cleaning and they had so much fun! 🙌
Well done to Danielle, Bruna, Yuhan, Coco, Wakana and He He! 👏
Also, last Tuesday we had our first house dinner and its was amazing!
On Wednesday, we had our usual House Meeting, we focused on the takeaway point of the importance of a healthy balanced diet for sports and everyday life! We are very glad and proud that we have a great group of girls that are very athletic! 🤗
This weekend we had an amazing time in the mountains!
Getting some fresh air, beautiful views and amazing food!
Our students were involved in such fun and fantastic activities during Saturday like climbing, shelter building, hiking, learning some survival skills from the bushcraft activity and for some more adventurous girls scaling Via Ferrata 🙂
On Sunday we had the Olympic Games and it was so much fun!
Thanks to Laura Jane Henderson, we can leave you an video to see how much fun and energetic this weekend was!
We are in the middle of the second week and continue to get to know each other 🙂
Cooking is one the of favourite things to do in house!
Lola and Vivien are an example of that 🙂
Today, we had our house meeting and a very important topic was our main goal!
Discover how we can use sport and our hobbies to maintain a healthy mental balance.
We are looking forward to seeing what initiatives the girls come up with 🙂