Community Service and Charity

On our journey for Pillar 2– this week we explored Community Service and Charity.

This is something we are incredibly passionate about in the Boarding Community. It is a way for us to give our time, energy, love and support to those in need or who are less fortunate. It is an important educational moment for students to learn empathy for others and to appreciate the position we are in and how we can use it to spread kindness.

We had our Boarding Counsellor come to give an introduction to Empathy. In her conversation, we concluded that empathy is the first step in making us sensitive to the importance of community service. When we help others, we express our empathy. When we help others it is the best way to combat social differences, and it also gives us a glimpse of the meaning of life from a perspective that is sometimes completely opposite to ours.

This week Dias gave the presentation.

Fun Filled Weekend

This past weekend was another busy one. With plenty of activities on offer for the students to take part in. We had our usual offering of tennis, Cooking, Running, Volleyball, Climbing, Photography, Woodworks, Baking, Chess, Biking and Zumba. However this weekend we also had the charity events of Samedi du Partage a trip to Gruyere and our Community Service.

Discrimination and Diversity

For this week’s part of our Pillar 2, we focused on Discrimination and Diversity.

Understanding the context and environment in which bullying (and any other types of discrimination) occurs is a key factor in combating bullying. The opposite of ‘discrimination and bullying’ is ‘diversity and tolerance’. This is something we try to celebrate and encourage in Boarding.

This week Hector did our presentation.

Cultural diversity, Ethnic diversity, Religious diversity, Age diversity, Gender diversity, Sexual orientation, Disability diversity and many more, are just some of the ways we need to be more open, tolerant and compassionate to others. If on the one hand, we should promote diversity in all these areas, we also need to be aware of the possibility of discrimination in each of these areas. The above list also enables us to have a clearer understanding of the various situations in which discrimination occurs in society. It does exist and it is easy to find it when we participate or engage in any of these fields.

Charity- Gift Box Appeal

Keeping Pillar 2 in mind, one way of promoting diversity and protecting others is to think of those less fortunate and who we can help. We, therefore, felt that for Christmas we could do gift boxes for those in other countries who are desperately in need of even the basic essentials, plus a little treat for the festive season.

The Boarding Community came together financially but more importantly with their time, energy and love to create these boxes.

Volleyball Success

This weekend the school had their first internal volleyball tournament. This was well represented by Leman 1 in which we had 7 students participating. As our students were mixed in different teams which means some more success than others, however, we still had Leman 1 players in the winning team!

Community Service

This weekend we continued our weekly Community Service by tidying up our campus and the local area. We feel we have a duty to care for where we live and the land we borrow from nature. It is important for students to be able to give their time and energy and take this moment to reflect. Everything that they pick up, has been dropped by another person. If only we all took responsibility for our own trash and recycled it, we would all be living in a better place.

 

Pillar 2- Promoting Diversity and Protecting Against Bullying.

Following on from Pillar 1. We have embarked on our second Pillar.

Under the umbrella phrase of “Promoting Diversity and Protecting Against Bullying” we wish to focus on two takeaway points;

Bullying happens in different social settings – deals with the fact that bullying is not just related to racism and physical violence. It can be found in a lot of different social contexts and takes place for various reasons. It links with discrimination, and it is one way of expressing it.


Diversity: how can we work together? – As an opposite to discrimination we have diversity and all the options we have available to tighten our bonds and learn more about each other, again in a whole lot of different settings. Community Service and Charity allow us to perceive the world and people from a different perspective and encourage us to fight our stereotypes while at the same time granting us the possibility of working together for common causes.

 

Well done, Gabriel!!

Gabriel got on stage and spoke in front of the whole Boarding community this week to talk about the incredible work he did over the summer for wildlife preservation. We are incredibly proud of Gabriel’s passion for taking care of the environment and the work he did was amazing and very important.

Latest match of the Basketball Tournament

The latest match of this year’s Basketball tournament saw the Léman boys take on Concha Boarding House. We did well to win the match but that was not the greatest moment of the evening. We were proud of how supportive our boys were towards the younger students and it was amazing to see the little ones look up to the senior boys as role models. It is important to our values that our students are kind and take care of each other.

Halloween Night

Tonight we enjoyed the festivities of Halloween Night. The dining room was decorated, students and staff dressed up, pumpkins were carved and the party commenced at New Portena. It was a great effort by all and a huge amount of fun.

Cleaning Lake Geneva

Congratulations to Amir, Admir, Amirhossein, Raphael and Iman for volunteering to go down the Lake on Saturday morning to clear the rubbish from our lovely beaches. It is important to look after our environment and we are very proud of these boys.

  

Weekend Activities for the Léman 1 lads

 

The Léman 1 boys enjoyed yet another weekend jam packed with fantastic activities. It is so important to get outside and be active when we can. This way we can clear our heads, work our bodies, and make sure we are in the best possible condition for school, and life. The activities this weekend included running, volleyball, cooking, music, golf and laser tag!

Wellbeing Pillar 1 – Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds – Week 5

We are now entering the fifth week of the Wellbeing Pillar 1. This week the topic to be covered in the Boarding Houses will be based around positive activities. I would like the students to ask themselves ‘how do they spend their free time?’ This is linked to the second takeaway point of this pillar which is: ‘How can we use our hobbies to de-stress?’ Therefore, I would like the students to first identify their hobbies (perhaps relating sport, art, reading or music etc), then encourage them all to use these extremely beneficial activities as positive form of relaxation or destressing. 

Having a hobby is a great way to spend your spare time and unwind from your daily routine – whether it’s learning a new skill, doing something outdoors, reading, or doing something musical or artistic.

Spending time on an activity that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression. Activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed. Group activities like team sports can improve your communication skills and relationships with others.

Your interests may be creative, athletic, academic, or something distinctly personal. You may choose a hobby that you can do alone or as part of a group. Whatever your interests are, there is sure to be a hobby out there for you. What matters is that it is something you find meaningful and enjoyable.

Nord Anglia Global Sports Competition – 2km run

Every year, College du Léman organise several sports events for the Nord Anglia Global Sports Competition against all Nord Anglia schools worldwide. Friday afternoon, after school, we took some Boarding students along for the latest event, which was a 2km run around the local running track. They all did fantastically and we are very proud of the amazing effort they put in. It was a perfect way to end a tiring week at school, and a greater way to start a weekend. These students have shown a great example to the rest of our community, demonstrating the importance of a healthy body and mind – our first pillar of wellbeing. Well done to Leman 1’s Ablai, Iman, Mishaal and Amirhossein – great work boys.

 

 

Wellbeing Pillar 1 – Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds – Week 4

The second takeaway point from this pillar is ‘How can we use our hobbies to de-stress?’. Every single one of us is faced with a certain level of stress in our lives at some point. We appreciate that our students with have pressures and stress to deal with from many different aspects of their lives, therefore it is crucial that we talk about how we can help identify these stressors and how we can help manage those stress levels. This is another big step in identifying how we can maintain a healthy mind in order to benefit our wellbeing.

During our Boarding House assemblies this week, we will be specifically talking to the students about ‘How can we identify personal stressors’. The idea behind this topic is that it’s important to learn how to identify what it is exactly that is putting under stress, before we then find appropriate activities and strategies to help alleviate that stress. Please find a video below that we will be showing to our students this week, to provide them with more knowledge surrounding stress management.

 

 

Léman 2 – 2 Olympus

The second match of this year’s Boarding Football Tournament saw two very evenly matched teams from the Léman and Olympus Boarding Houses. A valuable point was earnt for the championship and the Léman boys now have to wait 2 weeks for their next match, against the Concha lads. Well done boys, and good luck for the next one!