Do you embrace the international community, or do you prefer the convenience of building friendships within your own culture and language?

That was the topic of today’s reflection in our House Assembly.

As before, we brought Aijuka, Chady and Zihao on “stage” to talk about their experience.

Aijuka is this very open person, who really gets on well with everyone and is appreciated by everyone in return. Aijuka has no limits to his perception of friendships. For him Boarding is all about embracing as many chances as possible and since there is not many people from Uganda in the community, he feels that he has to link with everyone at the same level and he doesn’t feel the need to find cultural or language features in common to start building a friendship.

Chady is very much like Aijuka… he numbered some of his closest friends and they are from different nationalities. However, a certain pattern could be spotted where his friends who are francophones slightly outnumbered those who aren’t.

Finally Zihao, told us about his experience and acknowledged that his closest friends are all Chinese. They feel this feature is a great binding force among them as they understand each other better and share so much in common. Having said this Zihao does not exclude friends from other nationalities… he simply tends to bond more with the ones from the same language and nationality.

Our key point is that there is no right or wrong answer… this is simply a reflection point. In Boarding we are faced with this variety of scenarios when it comes to friendships and the most important thing is that each student finds his balance within the spectrum and we all live together in harmony and sane values.

Henry is ready

We will be heading to the mountains tomorrow and hopefully enjoy a lovely weekend of snow. In order to save any possible second, Henry got ready and he will possibly sleep with his ski outfit so he doesn’t waste a single moment over the weekend 🙂

House Assembly, student voice and Positive friendships

To start 2023 in great shape we had a full and energetic House Assembly tonight.

It was great to see so many students speaking to the group and being the spokesperson for their peers.

We had Amir speaking about respect and quiet times and Quique talking about Valentine’s Day and the Clubs available for the students.

 

For the core of the meeting, we had a couple of lovely testimonials that illustrated the take-away point of the Wellbeing Pillar 3, on Positive Friendships.

In Léman, there are plenty of lovely friendships, international ones.

Amirhossein and Carlos, good friends and roommates, shared with the group how they felt that their different backgrounds could not interfere with their friendship. They both agreed that friendships have nothing to do with nationalities but with what brings them together and what they like about each other.

 

Roi and Parga hit it off from the first day, even if they met only in September. Parga is passionate about sharing the same interests as Roi, mostly the sports they do together ( Golf and Tennis ). Roi, cherishes Parga as he helps him a lot with his English and he feels a lot of gratitude for that.

 

All in all, these boys are only a few among the dozens of international friendships created, only this year, in Léman House. We realize then what a privilege it is to live in this setting. We all have a lot to share and learn from each other and the good experiences that are within our reach are endless.

Internationalism, is a key element of CDL’s identity and Boarding fulfills this purpose with passion and joy.

 

Léman family

Our family got bigger over the break and we are fortunate to welcome 4 new students in January.

They are all different, from different places and they all bring something new and unique to us. All the other boys were welcoming and integration has been so easy thanks to that.

Stefan from Romania, Pedro from Brazil, Mykhail from Ukraine and Hernan from Mexico are the new Léman boys and we are delighted to have them.

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Gingerbread House Competition

With the arrival of Christmas come the decorations and festivities.

Amirhossein and Seyed have built our Gingerbread House and we have to say that seeing their enthusiasm the foundations must be of good quality 🙂

The question now will be… when will we get to eat it? 😀

Escalade Run… Part 2

Well done and a round of applause to Antoni, Ablai, Rakann, Alex, Yosuke and Roi for their participation in the Escalade Run Cadets A, today in the streets of Geneva. It’s great to see their willingness to join the thousands of people who gather to celebrate this special event in the history of the Geneva Canton.

And for us it’s a proud moment to see them doing their best and pushing themselves but always in a spirit of comradery and fair-play.

Congratulations boys 🙂

Escalade Run for Tony and Mr Rob

Support is always important when we face a new challenge and this is what Tony and Mr Rob gave each other for the Escalade Run 2022.

Beyond the challenge, this traditional run in the streets of Geneva is involved in a fantastic atmosphere and will surely be a great memory for Tony.

Well done for participation, sportsmanship and for pushing yourself, Tony.

More runners will take their part tomorrow in the younger categories.

Respect Week

It sure is a basic and elementary expectation but it’s never too much to remind the boys of how important a tidy and organized room is for each one of us.

Besides that, it’s a matter of respect not just for themselves but also towards the roommates, cleaning ladies, House staff etc…

Simple gestures can sometimes convey an important message and therefore this was a particular effort we have done this week to ensure our rooms are (almost:) ) always presentable.

True that it’s not the most popular chore to do in a cloudy morning but surely everyone acknowledges the pleasure of walking back from school and having a tidy, neat and comfortable room to get back to and relax, rest or study.

Respect to these boys!!! 🙂

 

Pillar 2… Diversity

Noticing differences is normal but there are many ways to be an ally.
 
While last week we reflected on how the sense of diversity is part of a global world, this week we will reflect with the students on the notion of diversity itself. It’s easy to label diversity as something uniquely linked to ethnicity, creed or sexuality… However, there are many, many other forms of diversity.
Simple things such as personal tastes or hobbies are a source of diversity, and these are at least as visible as the above-mentioned ones.
Therefore, why do we bear a judgement towards someone who doesn’t have the same religion or the same beliefs and not towards someone who doesn’t listen to the same music or supports another sports team?
The video below gives a simple explanation on the real notion of differences and diversity.

We all want to be allies in this crusade and all our work in terms of charity and community service does pay a great service to bring us together, acknowledging the differences but strengthening our similarities. That should be the key and that is the way that as a school we’re paving.
On a more individual level, we believe the answer lies in the following video.

 

Wellbeing Programme Pillar 2 – Fighting bullying and promoting diversity

Last week we started our 2nd Pillar of our Wellbeing Programme.

It is a very delicate topic but it’s good to be able to talk about it openly and objectively. As in pillar 1, we have two take away points. This week we discussed about Take Away point 1

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.   

 

Globally what we want to achieve with this point is that students understand that Diversity and Integration are present far beyond the school environment or our individual background and that it’s a top priority in the world today. Sometimes, this might be overlooked, and we believe it’s important they acknowledge that the work and reflection being done here is echoed in the World Leading Institutions.

Jeune Genevois

Jeune Genevois means a bank holiday, which equals to “day with no classes”, which equals to day trip to Lausanne since all shops and venues are closed in Geneva.

A big group of boarders took advantage of this to visit the city, enjoy the views, do some shopping and relax in this beautiful city on the north shore of the Lake.

Tomorrow we will be heading to the mountains… more news will follow 🙂

Reading Roi

Roi wants to improve his English and he wants to do it quickly. Therefore, in the evening Roi always comes to us, before bed time and together we do some reading. We help Roi understanding what he is reading and he is making quick progress.

This evening, Roi brought a new book… Johnny English, the secret agent that became famous thanks to actor Rowan Atkinson.

If the book is as funny as the movie we are gonna have some good laughs 🙂