I was delighted to see some of CdL students and celebrate Joanne’s birthday.
We are very happy to have back on campus Joanne, Isabela and Gabriela who arrived just today. The girls are happy to be back and looking forward to start school on the 8th June.
Tip of the week:
- Exercise gratitude
You may feel like everything’s wrong in the world right now. But there are little things in your life that are good. But because of your clouded thoughts brought by the quarantine, it’s easy not to see them. You can break this loop by exercising gratitude. Every morning or night, think of five things you are grateful and write it on a notebook or your phone’s notes. It can be a small thing as waking up, sleeping in a comfortable bed, or time with family. Practice it every day and you will see a difference in your mood.
Dear all, I hope you all had a nice weekend. Primary school starts today and we are happy to have life brought back within our campus, taking the adequate precautions of course.
Tip of the week:
Social media distancing
One of the easiest ways to have emotional triggers is to through social media. With the crisis, everyone’s frustrated, angry, and depressed. And social media is everyone’s platform to express and let go of these emotions. There’s nothing wrong with how you want to express your emotions, but it can cause a ripple of negativity, affecting everyone around you. It’s the least of things you want to on this tough time. So practice social media distancing. Give yourself space from all the negativity in social media and the urge to use it for your frustrations. Instead, get your news on reliable sources and be a light to others.
This is our 6th week and I am sure that some of us might be experiencing different feelings due to this extraordinary situation.We are experiencing a pandemic. It’s a scary time for everyone. We can’t help but feel overwhelmed with emotions. We feel sad, scared, and worried. Isolated and quarantined, it’s even hard for us not to be dragged into a worry spiral. External and internal noises are louder. And sometimes, it can bring us down.
The tip of this week to take care of our mental state could be:
- Practice mindfulness meditation
Mindfulness meditation can bring you clarity and calm. It’s a practice the encourages you to be present, acknowledge your emotions, and let it go. And it’s all grounded by breathing. Practicing it will help you be less overwhelmed with all the emotions triggered by the pandemic and the quarantine. It will remind you that what your feelings are normal and it’s okay. And eventually, what you’re feeling will end.
Dear all, welcome back on our remote learning program. I hope you all had a nice and relaxing holiday with your families. We are back on our scheduled online classes and our daily contact to see if everything is back on track. I was super happy to contact our lovely Ecureuil young ladies and see everyone in good spirits.
Tip of the week: keep on smiling, you’re on the right way 🙂
Dear parents and students.
We are reaching our 4th week of remote learning and it has been fantastic. Our students have been accustomed with their academic responsibilities and they are keeping up the good job. Thank you all for keeping your spirits up.
Tip of the week: If sunny, get close to your window or terrace and let photosynthesis do the work 🙂
Send us your picture of positivity!
Please join in for the CDL Act of Solidarity this weekend.
This weekend (4-5th April) we are inviting all of the CDL community to join us in a positive act of solidarity. We’re asking all students, parents and teaching and boarding staff from pre-school to high school to spend a moment to come together to connect us all… virtually!
Great!What would you like us to do? First, take a moment to consider something or someone that has provided humour, joy, positivity, support or strength during your journey during isolation and remote learning. Perhaps your favourite desk top lucky charm, the view from your new ‘classroom’ window or maybe your family pet!
What do I do next? Take a photo on your phone, if you are a younger student ask a parent to help you then email it to us.
When do you need my photo? Please submit your photos to us by Wednesday 8thApril to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then compile all the photos together to create a digital mosaic which will be shown in a future blog. We know that we are stronger together, so please support this message and join us by submitting your photo to bring about more inspiration, positivity and smiles.
Today we are starting our 3rd week of remote learning, and I am sure that everyone has been accustomed with what needs to be done. I would like to thank all the girls who have responded with great maturity and responsibility for their studies. I would also like to thank all teachers who have done a tremendous work to make sure that our students get the best education.
Tip of the week: Find fun things to do at home – put music that you like and dance or sing
Dear all, a week has passed and it has been a new and challenging experience for everyone. I am happy that with our daily contact with students, our collaboration with teachers and with the support of CdL community, we managed to enable this new venture. Let’s continue with motivation and energy for this 2nd week of remote learning.
Tip of the week: Set a daily schedule and stick to it.
Dear parents and students. Since the start of this week we have been going through a big challenge. Everyone is back to their homes and since Tuesday, students started the online distance learning experience. It must have been overwhelming for some, but if we try to have a fix daily schedule we can all manage to go through these times. Every Saturday Ecureuil parents are going to receive an email from Ecureuil House Parents in order to get information about how the week went.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Stay at home and be safe <3
Tonight’s conversation was about addiction and the way it works for ourselves. The girls expressed their concerns about phone addiction and food addiction and expressed ways to manage it. Addiction starts with feelings, it is a sickness and it can be treated. We just need to recognize when there is a loss of control over our lives and to be able to talk about it.
What Are Substance Abuse and Addiction?
The difference between substance abuse and addiction is very slight. Substance abuse means using an illegal substance or using a legal substance in the wrong way. Addiction begins as abuse, or using a substance like marijuana or cocaine.
You can abuse a drug (or alcohol) without having an addiction. For example, just because Sara smoked pot a few times doesn’t mean that she has an addiction, but it does mean that she’s abusing a drug — and that could lead to an addiction.
People can get addicted to all sorts of substances. When we think of addiction, we usually think of alcohol or illegal drugs. But people become addicted to medicines, cigarettes, vaping.
Addiction means a person has no control over whether he or she uses a drug or drinks. Someone who’s addicted to cocaine has grown so used to the drug that he or she has to have it. Addiction can be physical, psychological, or both.
Signs of Addiction
The most obvious sign of an addiction is the need to have a particular drug or substance. However, many other signs can suggest a possible addiction, such as changes in mood or weight loss or gain. (These also are signs of other conditions too, though, such as depression or eating disorders.)
Signs that you or someone you know may have a drug or alcohol addiction include:
- use of drugs or alcohol as a way to forget problems or to relax
- withdrawal or keeping secrets from family and friends
- loss of interest in activities that used to be important
- problems with schoolwork, such as slipping grades or absences
- changes in friendships, such as hanging out only with friends who use drugs
- spending a lot of time figuring out how to get drugs
- stealing or selling belongings to be able to afford drugs
- failed attempts to stop taking drugs or drinking
- anxiety, anger, or depression
- mood swings
- changes in sleeping habits
- feeling shaky or sick when trying to stop
- needing to take more of the substance to get the same effect
- changes in eating habits, including weight loss or gain
If you think that you or someone you care about is addicted to drugs or alcohol, recognizing the problem is the first step in getting help.
Many people think they can kick the problem on their own, but that rarely works. Find someone you trust to talk to. It may help to talk to a friend or someone your own age at first, but a supportive and understanding adult is your best option for getting help. If you can’t talk to your parents, you might want to approach a school counselor, relative, doctor, favorite teacher.
Helping a Friend With Addiction
If you’re worried about a friend who has an addiction, you can use these tips to help him or her. For example, let your friend know that you are available to talk or offer your support. If you notice a friend backsliding, talk about it openly and ask what you can do to help.
If your friend is going back to drugs or drinking and won’t accept your help, don’t be afraid to talk to a nonthreatening, understanding adult, like your parent or school counselor. It may seem like you’re ratting your friend out, but it’s the best support you can offer.
Above all, offer a friend who’s battling an addiction lots of encouragement and praise. It may seem corny, but hearing that you care is just the kind of motivation your friend needs.
During our session we figured out through some questions about the type of learner that we are. Most of the girls are visual learners which means that their language memory is better when it appears in a form of a text, pictures graphs and video clips. However sometimes it is possible to combine visuals stimulus with sounds and voices in order to absorb information within class. In any case, I was pleased to see that the girls can recognize how it is better for them to understand and remember their study materials.
The academic goals are connected with getting good results, succeeding in IB, getting high honors, improving their GPA and ultimately get into their best choice University. In order to reach our goals, we need to have a structured and consistent plan and stick to this plan. Inner discipline is also a big factor, within reasonable frames. Be positive, be specific, set your goals high enough to be challenging but reasonable enough to achieve. State your goals in writing and keep them out where you can see to remind and motivate you. Telling others about your goals can also help. Just remember that:
- You set a ‘road map’ for where you want to go.
- You are able to select the most appropriate method for reaching your goal.
- You are able to more easily gauge your progress toward your goal.
- You are able to make adjustments to your goal and methods as needed.
- You know when you have reached your goal and can appreciate your accomplishment.
An interesting discussion about our physical and emotional health. Our physical health depends on our way of living -sleep, food, exercise. However, there is also our emotional health who is as much important as the physical one. Our structured, balanced and caring life in Collège du Léman has helped our students to recognize their emotions and manage them by different strategies and support. Except for their families and friends, they can always have us, the House parents and the School’s Pastoral and Counselling department.
A fruitful conversation took place in our lounge today and all the girls were engaging with great interest.
What is the definition of a role model? Someone that you look up to.
We all have role models.
What are their qualities?
They have high moral values and they are honest.
They project confidence.
Role models demonstrate their commitment to a desired goal and are willing to invest the necessary time and effort to achieve success. They don’t give up easily and they persevere when confronted by obstacles. Their passion to succeed inspires youngsters to follow through and reach the goals they set for themselves.
In order for role models to be influential, they must show respect for others.
Role models inspire others with an upbeat, optimistic outlook on life.
In our House, everyone’s role model or models come from family members. Grand-parents and parents who managed to succeed in life with their perseverance and positive energy. Strong passionate people who are kind and compassionate. We are all lucky and grateful to have these people in our lives. We want to learn from them and set the example to others as they did.
And you know…. you might be this role model. It’s all about good intentions and kind actions.
Tonight we all got together in our kitchen and the girls made their favorite banana bread divided into 2 groups. I was very pleased to see that they all put themselves to it, and they got really engaged. While waiting for the cakes, the conversation lit up by sharing different facts concerning our countries.
Alaskan Husky vs Siberian Husky…
Wait, there are two different types of Huskies?
As their names suggest, the Alaskan Husky and Siberian Husky were developed on two continents.
Difference between Siberian Husky and Alaskan Husky temperament
Regardless of their lineage, Huskies are all well-known for their wolfy looks and high energy.
Does that mean that there is no difference between Siberian Husky and Alaskan Husky temperament, though?
The answer is certainly “no!”
And it’s got everything to do with what the Alaskan and Siberian Husky were each bred to do.
Siberian Huskies were originally bred to be working and hunting dogs.
But once they became a registered breed, they were subjected to much more scrutiny and fine-tuning.
Alaskan Husky temperament
On the contrary, Alaskan Huskies were bred to be and remain loyal sled dogs.
As such, Alaskan Huskies may not enjoy life inside the home.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t keep one as a pet.
But it does mean that they require a lot of exercise and stimulation in order to keep their minds and bodies healthy.
They may also be want to chase after wildlife, and they are known to leap over fences as gracefully as deer or to dig under a fence as stealthily as a Beagle.
Siberian Husky temperament
Siberian Huskies also need a few hours of exercise each day – they are akin to long-distance runners.
And they may also try to escape and chase after wildlife or other pets in your home.
Siberians are a little less “all work and no play” than their Alaskan counterparts.
Friendship is a very important part of our lives. Ecureuil girls shared their feelings about their ideal friend and they described their role as a friend with the help of a small quiz.
For teenagers, good friends can be like a personal support group. Friends and friendships give teenagers:
- a sense of belonging, a feeling of being valued and help with developing confidence
- the sense of security and comfort that comes from being with others going through similar experiences
- information about the changes that puberty brings, and what’s going on physically and emotionally
- a way to experiment with different values, roles, identities and ideas
- experience in getting along with people of the opposite sex
- a social group to do new things with, especially things that are different from what families do.
Gabriela chose the following video for us to watch:
or Fête de l’Escalade (from escalade, the act of scaling defensive walls), is an annual festival in Geneva, Switzerland, held each December in celebration of the defeat of an attempt to conquer the Protestant city by the Catholic Duchy of Savoy. Troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, attempted a surprise attack during the night of 11–12 December 1602, but according to legend, were repulsed by a cook who dumped boiling vegetable soup on the invaders before raising an alarm. The celebrations and other commemorative activities are usually held on 12 December or the closest weekend.
What is the chocolate tradition for the Fête de l’Escalade? Each year, the citizens of Geneva take part in the tradition of smashing a chocolate marmite (cauldron) decorated with the city’s colors — red and yellow, and its coat of arms. The cauldron is typically smashed on December 12, and there is a specific ritual that accompanies this process. Within a family household, for example, the youngest and the oldest join hands and recite the phrase, “Ainsi périrent (or périssent) les ennemis de la République,” — which translates to something like, “Thus perished (or perishes) the enemies of the Republic!” Then, they smash the chocolate cauldron with their clasped fists.
Here we did in Villa Ecureuil as a nice tradition. Well done girls and amazing Swiss chocolate 😉
Tonight it was a beautiful evening. The girls enjoyed a lot during our house dinner and some of them stayed till later talking and exchanging interesting stories from Christmas traditions, trips, holidays and differences-similarities within religion and customs. We are very lucky and privileged to be part of the CdL community. Thank you girls for being such a wonderful group of young ladies.
Gruyères is a medieval town in the Fribourg canton of Switzerland. It’s known for production of the cheese of the same name. The 13th-century Château de Gruyères is a hilltop fortress with a multimedia history show and ornate rooms. Inside the small St. Germain Castle, the H.R. Giger Museum shows artwork relating to the film “Alien.”
Why volunteering and charity work matters
There are many people who say that they wouldn’t spare their time without monetary or tangible gain. Its demeaning, my time is precious are excuses often used. There are also many people who say that they wouldn’t donate to charities. There’s an old phrase saying that ‘no man or woman is an island’: everyone needs support and assistance at some point in their lives. In the hour of need, the power of human kindness will move individuals to freely give their time, donate money, clothes or other tangible items. Volunteering and charity work shows compassion and understanding, more importantly it’s a privilege to be able to share what we have been blessed with and give something back.
A big thanks to Ecureuil girls for their commitment into charity and actions of kindness.
Tonight Donata talked to us about the different benefits when helping our community:
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career.
Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.
Benefits of volunteering: 4 ways to feel healthier and happier
- Volunteering connects you to others
- Volunteering is good for your mind and body
- Volunteering can advance your career
- Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life
The girls had different ideas of promoting and presenting their countries. It can be through food sharing, politics and history discussion among students. International relations class is also a very resourceful subject to share information. Andrea likes to share facts about her country (Colombia) since not a lot of people know about them. In the end everyone agreed that music and danse are beautiful ways to promote and express themselves. The girls were very interested in listening to different sounds and trying different danses.
The Pastoral Care’s purpose is to address the social and emotional well being of all students. In tonight’s conversation we talked about what our Pastoral Care program is about and who are the ones that the girls would trust to talk to, about any issue that concerns them.
Our Pastoral care program involves staff, students and the school community designing and implementing initiatives that focus on addressing the social and emotional well being of each student. This approach embeds qualities of productive and respectful relationships, a strong sense of community and individual responsibility. We underline the care and respect of all, with the ultimate goal to build the capacity of the school community to support each student to grow, develop and engage in meaningful and successful learning. Quality pastoral care is about all school staff enhancing the well being of students through their relationships, interventions and the learning experiences they provide.
Here we go with our VilllaECUREUIL STARTER
It is really tasty =)
Tonight we had a nice discussion about being in a community with people from different cultures, and we came to the conclusion that we can find a lot of things in common with people even from a completely different continent. We shouldn’t be prejudiced, in the end we are all differently same. We are valuable human beings who deserve to be treated with kindness and understanding. I am very happy to see the girls getting along and work together as a small group in a big international community.
We also talked about the following questions:
Tonight during our session, we talked about what bullying means. They girls shared incidents that could be dealt as bullying situations and we have also discussed our intolerance as a School and Community into such incidents.
See below our anti-bullying policy for our students.
ANTI BULLYING POLICY RISE
Respect, Internationalism, School spirit, Excellence
Collège du Léman promotes positive respectful behaviour towards others and within this context takes a
strong stance against bullying in any form. This policy outlines the ongoing effort to make this a whole
school commitment. All members of the school community have a right to work in a secure and caring
environment. They also have a responsibility to contribute, in whatever way they can, to the protection and
maintenance of such an environment. CDL believes that a safe and civil school environment is necessary for
students to learn and achieve. We recognize that bullying causes physical, psychological and emotional
harm to students and that a safe environment supports their ability to succeed academically and develop
emotionally into responsible, caring individuals.
Anyone who becomes the target of bullying should feel that he or she need not suffer in silence, but can
speak out and will be supported by CDL. In this way, the student will help put an end to his or her own
abuse and that of other potential targets.
We expect students to:
- Refrain from becoming involved in any kind of bullying, even at risk of incurring temporary
- Intervene to prevent bullying, where it is safe to do so.
- Report any witnessed or suspected instances of bullying, to dispel any climate of secrecy and help to
prevent further instances
A student witnessing or being the subject of inappropriate or unkind behaviour should let a member of staff
know either by:
- Writing down the details and placing it in the ‘class box’.
- Finding a quiet moment to speak to an adult
A student who is witnessing bullying or a student who is being bullied should complete a written report (email
or paper) with the Homeroom Advisor/Advisory teacher.
The Pastoral Head, Deputy Principal and Principal will be informed.
Our girls have suggested several ways to protect our world and environment: recycling, avoid single use plastic, less meat consumption, be a volunteer, be kind, donate to charities, improve yourself.
Tonight our well being session was dedicated to how we feel about our selves. It was very nice to see that the girls in Ecureuil do appreciate things about them selves but they also recognize things that they should work on in order to improve. We had a piece of greek style pie and then a discussion about people’s first impression, if we get easily influenced by other people’s opinion depending on who these people are. This was a nice meeting with a lot of sharing and food for thought.
Tonight it was a lovely and fruitful evening with Ecureuil girls. We all shared information about eating habits and different diets that are very common nowadays. Food and nutrition has been always a very interesting topic, and I was very happy to see the self awareness and conscience about the girls’ eating routine. See below a number of questions that we discussed while enjoying a piece of cake.
Today Maria and Diana leaded the session giving a zumba class and we enjoyed a lot. I am very happy that the girls are exercising regularly and they are aware of the benefits: exercise makes us happier, it helps in weight loss, it gives us more energy, more positive thoughts and motivation, it helps our brain and memory therefore our academic performance.
In our session today, we talked about how it has been this first week of school. The girls have been sleeping well and are getting used to their new life in the Boarding Community. It has been an interesting session, since we tried a ten minute meditation-relaxation session and for most of the girls it was really nice and relaxing, for others it was quite challenging to let go and focus on their presence. I was glad to see that the girls appreciated. Looking forward to our next well being session!!!
The Olympic Capital, Lausanne has been home to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) for 100 years and in 1993, the IOC founded its unique official museum on the banks of Lake Geneva. In 2013, The Olympic Museum was completely renovated with the most up-to-date facilities. Now on three floors, the exhibition presents the origin of the games, the competitions and the athletic spirit through over 150 screens and 1500 objects: The Olympic torches and medals of all The Olympic games, as well as the equipment of the most famous athletes. CDL students spent a great time today visiting this fantastic museum.
In Ecureuil Boarding House we were very pleased to start our wellbeing program yesterday evening. We care about our students, and we are here to help them build the foundations to rise and shine through life. During this term we are going to focus on Nurturing healthy minds and bodies. I was happy to see that the girls have an awarness about what wellbeing means and why they should monitor and study their sleep habits. Sleep is very important for staying healthy and luckily, the average hour rate of sleep in our house is 8 hours per night. The girls are going to use a sleep diary in order to monitor and measure the quality of their sleep for 2 weeks. The sleep patterns are going to help us and them understand and try small changes at a time in order to improve their sleeping habits. I was happy to see their engagement to this project. Until next time, be happy and smile 🙂
While we are walking around Geneva, we talk about the main locations and we discover through riddles more information about the places we visit. Welcome to Geneva and CDL 😉
Pendant notre promenade sur Genève, nous faisons connaissance des endroits principaux et nous découvrons par énigmes les lieux de notre visite. Bienvenue à Genève et à CDL 😉
“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” -L. M. Montgomery
Girls enjoying a sunny Sunday
– studying all morning-
Study Break is as important as the study time. “Studies show that breaks in your study routine can positively affect your attention abilities. Taking breaks from studying every ninety minutes or so can improve both focus and attention. In addition to taking regular study breaks, what you do with each break can matter, too.” 😉
Check the nice video made by one of the students 🙂
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” N. Mandela
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”
“When you go through a negative situation, don’t think about it. Make it positive.”
“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to”
Hard training on Saturday morning! Bravo Valentina!
Crans Montana a nice place for the air quality and the landscape. Here is our super skier with her instructor having a great day in the mountains.
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Please join us for the annual Alumni Boarders’ Dinner on Friday, April 26th at 6.30pm at Collège du Léman!!
The period of four weeks before Christmas.
Practices associated with Advent include keeping an Advent calendar, lighting an Advent wreath, praying an Advent daily devotional, erecting a Christmas tree or a Chrismon tree, lighting a Christingle, as well as other ways of preparing for Christmas, such as setting up Christmas decorations.
Four candles (traditionally red) stand in the circle and each one represents one of the four Sundays of Advent. In the centre of the circle is a fifth candle (traditionally white), the Christ Candle, which is lit on Christmas Day.
We reached our goal and all the boarding houses and students have been very committed with this Christmas market
Ana Sofia spent her Saturday morning at the art workshop. She had fun creating a piece she calls “tunnel”. It is an inverse perspective work.
The ability to observe without evaluating is a higher form of intelligence ” Krishnamurti.
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change” Stephen Hawking
Theory of multiple intelligences:
Howard Gardner describes his first seven intelligences as follows:
- Linguistic intelligence: People high in linguistic intelligence have an affinity for words, both spoken and written.
- Logical-mathematical intelligence: It implies logical and mathematical abilities.
- Spatial intelligence: The ability to form a mental model of a spatial world and to be able to maneuver and operate using that model.
- Musical intelligence: Those with musical Intelligence have excellent pitch, and may even be absolute pitch.
- Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence: The ability to solve problems or to fashion products using one’s whole body, or parts of the body. Gifted people in this intelligence may be good dancers, athletes, surgeons, craftspeople, and others.
- Interpersonal intelligence: The ability to see things from the perspective of others, or to understand people in the sense of empathy. Strong interpersonal intelligence would be an asset in those who are teachers, politicians, clinicians, religious leaders, etc.
- Intrapersonal intelligence: It is a capacity to form an accurate, veridical model of oneself and to be able to use that model to operate effectively in life.
Today, some of us have learned what is crossfit… and it’s tough
CrossFit is an effective way to get fit. Anyone can do it. It is a fitness program that combines a wide variety of functional movements into a timed or scored workout. We do pull-ups, squats, push-ups, weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and a host of other movements.
LOCARNO, located on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore at its northeastern tip in the canton of Ticino at the southern foot of the Swiss Alps. There was the place where last weekend our School played the Football Tournament and our super boarder won her first award as a goalkeeper. Well done!
We are very proud of her, as a member of Ecureuil, we wish her the best in the next game! Congratulation for the prize.