In House Dinner

Ce soir nous avons eu la chance de partager le repas ensemble sur la terrasse de Concha. Les étudiants se sont réuni autour d’un plat de lasagnes fumantes. L’odeur alléchante et le goût savoureux ont créé une ambiance chaleureuse. Ils ont partagé des rires et des conversations tout en se nourrissant. Les assiettes vides étaient le témoignage d’une soirée de camaraderie et d’amitié, transcendant les frontières culturelles. Cette expérience a renforcé leur connexion et leur désir de construire des liens durant l’année à venir et promettant de se réunir à nouveau.

Tonight, we had the opportunity to share a meal together on Concha’s terrace. The students gathered around a plate of steaming lasagna. The enticing aroma and delicious taste created a warm atmosphere. They shared laughter and conversations while nourishing themselves. Empty plates were evidence of an evening of camaraderie and friendship, transcending cultural boundaries. This experience strengthened their connection and their desire to build bonds during the coming year, promising to reunite again.

Les Nouvelles Du Monde Pour Apprendre Le Français

Afin de promouvoir la langue Française au sein de notre établissement avec nos pensionnaires de l’internat , nous avons mis en place cette année différentes exercices, ateliers et techniques pour les encourager à apprendre cette belle langue.

Un des exercices consiste à mettre à dispositions des élèves des journaux, des magazines et des quotidiens, ce qui leurs permet de lire en français mais aussi  de suivre l’actualité Suisse et Internationale. Même si certains manquent encore d’aisance et de vocabulaire, le contexte et leurs connaissances permettent de lire un article sur un sujet qui les intéresse, en occurrence le Hockey pour Adam ou les jeux vidéos pour Krisitian.

In order to promote the French language within our institution among our boarding students, we have implemented various exercises, workshops, and techniques this year to encourage them to learn this beautiful language.

One of the exercises involves providing students with newspapers, magazines, and daily publications, allowing them to read in French and also to follow Swiss and international news. Even though some still lack fluency and vocabulary, the context and their knowledge enable them to read an article on a topic that interests them, such as hockey for Adam or video games for Kristian.

Our Wellbeing, our Priority! (Chapter 1.1: Nurturing Healthy Minds and Bodies)

Today, as we do every Wednesday, we held our House Meeting to introduce the topic of wellbeing.

Our first meeting was held today, and we kicked off with the first pillar, “Nurturing Healthy Minds and Bodies.” This year, along with our colleague Ms. Perrine Manoury and the amazing team of Wellbeing Advocates (Regina, Marcelo, Etoile, Laura Jane, and Ajuka), we focused on the topic of sleep.

Did you know that research shows that 60% of Middle School students and 70% of High School students do not get enough sleep on weekdays? It’s concerning, isn’t it?

So, during this first session, we touched base with the boys to understand how much sleep they are getting and, more importantly, to raise awareness about the consequences of insufficient sleep on our daily lives. We emphasised the first key point, which is “Understanding the importance of sleep in our daily lives.”

The boys watched a video created by our Advocates team, who did an incredible job. We are immensely proud of their commitment and dedication. Now, it’s time for us all to reflect on and work through this important aspect of our lives.

 

 

 

 

House Meeting & Wellbeing

During tonight’s House Meeting, we kicked off our Wellbeing program by discussing Pillar 1, Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds.

Our main focus today was on sleep and how getting enough sleep is incredibly beneficial for our health.

Research shows that 60% of middle school students and 70% of high school students are not getting an adequate amount of sleep on weekdays. 

The aim of this pillar is to highlight the importance of sleep and healthy sleeping routines in our day-to-day lives. A crucial part of this pillar will be to help the students by providing them with tools to get a better quality of sleep.

The boys will also be participating in the Sleep Better Challenege, where they will be trying out one of the tips we have given them to get better sleep for a week and lets us know next Wednesday.

We are looking forward to the results!

Mountain Resort Weekend in Fiesch!

This weekend, the boys had the absolute pleasure of travelling across Switzerland to Fiesch, to enjoy an action packed fun weekend in Fiesch, for their Mountain Weekend Trip.

The boys landed in on Friday evening, and after dinner, had the opportunity to explore Fiesch and hang out at the resort, where there were board games and other activities organised.

Then on Saturday, everybody went their seperate ways to meander an excellent and wide variety of activities. These ranged from Multi Sports, Mountain Biking, & Mini Golf to Rope Courses, Glacier Hiking & Via Ferrata. A hungry crew came back in the evening to enjoy some dinner before having a relaxing evening, having some more free time to explore Fiesch and discover some of the exciting local restaurants and interesting attractions (the biggest one no doubt being the local Coop!).

On Sunday there were group & team activities planned out for the morning, and then it was on to the thank you’s & the time to hit the road.

Thank you to the all the team, both here at CDL and those over in Fiesch, for the fantastic weekend. The boys loved it!

Jeûne Genevois | Trip to Annecy!

On Thursday we celebrated the Geneva canton public holiday, Jeûne genevois. However, we were not idle – there is, after all, no rest for the wicked – and so the boys got to experience a lovely day trip to the beautiful city of Annecy in France.

 

Friday Night Chilling With The Boys

Friday – the day everyone at school always looks forward to. The favorite day of many around the world, Friday is almost always associated with fun, relaxation and it marks the end of a week of work. It is the reward for our efforts over the previous four days of the week.

To quote a classic hit song by The Cure,

“Monday you can fall apartTuesday, Wednesday break my heartOh, Thursday doesn’t even startIt’s Friday, I’m in love”

We had a superb gathering at our house and the guys cooked some awesome food

Jeff was honing his skills at basketball

Ariel did what the Skywalkers were destined to do in the original Star Wars, and brought balance to the force. He did make it look effortless.