Kitchen’s Team Work

Today we had our first boarding competition: Bake a cake.
Thanks to Miss Margot’s experience and our boys motivation we managed to bake an amazing, delicious and beautiful cake.
We will keep you updated about the result 😉

Cycling club

Today our boys went to a nice bike ride around Versoix. Even if there were older students, Zhiyu, Nicholas and Matvei were the one always at the front leading the group even with their tiny little yellow bikes.
After the end of the water activities, you might see our littlre rider more often on the roads.

Start the weekend on the Lake

This morning Matvei, Zhihu and Nicholas went to Padle and Kayak on the Léman Lake. They enjoyed a lot to discover this new activity and most of all had fun in the warm water. There are only few days left for them to experience some water activity before we swap for some winter games and sports.

National day of China

Tonight we celebrate the National day of China. Zhiyu’s mum came by the house to cook some delicious dumplings for us. The boys ate plate after plate and enjoyed a nice dinner at the house. Special thanks to Zhiyu’s mum for preparing 200 dumplings for us!

Wellbeing pillar 1

Yesterday we had another house meeting in which we discussed we rounded off the first wellbeing pillar. During the housemeeting we learned about stress. Through a video we learned what stress is. After the video we discussed things that can cause stress, such as not understanding, schoolwork and pressure. After discovering what gave us stress the children listed things that can help then manage stress: reading, doing exercise, watching TV, drawing… That last one we put into practice when doing a drawing meditation. We listened as someone guided us through connecting pen with paper and our bodies with our minds. The perfect end to our evening. 

Watch a short video here!

Furthermore we selected our first primary House Captain. Matvei has been chosen as our House Captain due to his good behaviour, kindness, homework ethic and being responsible and joyful. 

Skateboard Workshop

Here’s how the progress is going. This is a little project that Liam has been putting together, he was recently gifted an old skateboard and has had the lovely idea to upcycle it and try to sell it to raise money for charity. On our way through this journey Concha Blanca Boarding House was kind enough to gift us 2 more old battered skateboards. We got straight to work at sanding them down to strip all of the old paint off and we spent this afternoon getting very artsy! The children all came up with their own designs and the did a great job!

Here are the steps we took…

No Screens Before Bed Week

During this pillar, one of the things we’re most proud of the children for is the great week we just had. It was our ”No screens before bed week” The children chose activities they would like to do instead of watching an episode of a cartoon before bed. We put these options in a hat and picked one out every evening.
On Monday we all did some reading from our lovely home library in Champs des Bois, Tuesday we had a board-games night and all played a wonderful memory game together, Wednesday we had social hour on campus with the other Boarding Houses, Thursday the children went for another social hour in the evening and on Friday we set up a ”skateboard shop”. We helped Liam strip down old skateboards that we have now painted as pieces of artwork, Liam plans to sell these artistic boards to raise money for charity. Well done to all of you!

Geneva

After a morning filled with activities, some went horse riding, others running or boating, we spent the afternoon in Geneva. The children enjoyed roaming around in a few stores and playing in the park. One of the stores gave Liam a skateboard deck, which he wants to paint and turn in to a complete skateboard. We also payed a visit to an exhibition about happiness in the Quartier Libre SIG. After all this fun, there were a lot of sleepy faces on the bus.

 

Wellbeing pillar 1

After talking about healthy food and good sleep, in this weeks wellbeing session we talked about screen time before bed. We talked about the effects of screen time on our physical and mental health. Because of these effects we decided to not watch TV anymore for an entire week. There were screams of shock in the house when we announced this, but the children came up with some nice alternatives for the evenings. Next week we will paint, play hide and seek, boardgames etc. instead of watching TV.