Shot In The Dark.

After a rainy day, the boys took advantage of the calmer evening weather and went out onto the astroturf to play some football.

As it’s Sunday, they also had to play and communicate fairly quietly, which was definitely a challenging experience.

As you can see, visibility was less than ideal.

So dark goalkeeper Dias couldn’t find the goal.

Karim, Dias, Timur, HHECtor, Iman and Mark after leaving the goal in the dryer for a bit too long.

Running Man!

Ablai once again got himself up this morning, even AFTER doing leg day the previous day, and went for a 4 km run with Mr. Joe and the rest of the Running Club crew.

Running past the Mies roundabout, looping back to CDL

The final result. Good job boys!

Baking You Crazy!

We had quite a large group of boys in cooking today – in fact Leman 1 dominated the second time slot. As a result, the house was chock full of chocolate and lemon/vanilla cupcakes.

Some colorful icing to add an element of surprise when you bite in – will it be chocolate or lemon?

Henry and Zihao mentally preparing for the task ahead.

Amirhossein and Junqi take making cupcakes very seriously.

Summer Resonance

This evening, CDL students of various ages gathered together to put on a series of musical performances and showcase the skills they have been developing this year – including three of our boys Gabriel, Amirhossein and Ilian.

The Dynamic Duo, Ilian (drums) and Gabriel (bass/vocals)

Amirhossein on drums with the Olympus boys Murat (xylophone) and David (

Contemplative Drumming

The Staff Choir performing Bohemian Rhapsody

Round 2 for our resident songbird

Get with the Program!

International Day Success!

Today we celebrated our diverse community here at CDL with International Day!

As a result of world events, this is the first time in a few years that we have been able to hold this event, and the return was a resounding success.

By the time I managed to get to the Chinese and Japanese food stalls, organized in part by some of our Leman 1 students, they had been completely sold out!

If only Weihao was as good at League as he was at running the Chinese food stall!

Masanobu, Aoto and Taichi grinding out some shaved ice. Yoku Yatta!

Don’t be fooled, Shintaro is having the time of his life!

Fired Up And Ready To Grill!

This evening, Leman 1 and Leman 2 barbecued together to celebrate the birthday of our dear Mr. Antonio from Leman 2!

Mr. Rogerio and the suspiciously ever youthful Mr. Antonio grilling up a storm…does anyone have any garlic?

Invading their oh-so-delicious space.

Henry digging in with abandon

Ablai’s Weekly Run

This morning, Ablai once again joined Mr. Joe from Olympus for a 5km run. He was fairly tired already and it was a blisteringly hot day, but he pushed on.

We would like to commend him for his perseverance and tenacity!

Good job Ablai, we’re proud of you!


Puttin’ On The Ritz

This sunny Sunday afternoon, a bunch of our 10th graders headed to the Golf de la Vieille-Bâtie and spent the afternoon on the course.

Carlos checking if Amirhossein is real, while Amir tees up.

Carlos baffled by Baudelio’s existence as well.

A Rollercoaster of a Weekend!!

The latest instalment of our adventurous trip programme saw a group of our Boarding Students travel to German this weekend to visit the incredibly fun Europa Park!! Although all our students are very tired now, they all had a brilliant time!

Wellbeing Pillar 5 – Making Safe and Responsible Choices

This week we will be focusing on the second takeaway point for this pillar.

Attachment figures.

The attachment theory focuses on relationships and bonds (particularly long-term) between people, including those between a parent and child and between romantic partners. The quality of our early attachments profoundly influences two things:

• Our personality
• Our relationships later in life

Depending on their attacment style, our students are either able to empathize with others, to share
feelings with other people, show trust, engage in long-term relationships, have high self-esteem, enjoy
intimate relationships, seek out for support etc or not.

Since our attachment styles are formed so early, we neither remember much about this stage of
development nor do we have control over it. Therefore, our attachment traits are typically subconscious and automatic. As a consequence, we might find ourselves repeating the same unhealthy patterns – in our relationships with ourselves and with others – over and over again. Therefore, we may make unsafe and irresponsible choices.

So, since Awareness is the beginning of change, this week we will ask our students to take an attachment questionnaire quiz to help them figure out their attachment style.

International Dinner Night!

It is International Dinner Night ladies and gentleman!

This balmy Wednesday evening we had the opportunity to enjoy some food generously provided by Chef Marie-Noelle from Le Chef Dodo.

Chef Marie-Noelle

Bon Appetit!

WELLBEING PILLAR 5 – Making Safe and Responsible Choices

Welcome to the fifth and final of our Wellbeing Programme : Making Safe and Responsible Choices.

The key take-away points from this pillar will be as follows:
1. Time in: how do you connect with inner world?
2. Attachment figures: how our attachment style influences the way we make our decisions?

This week we will focus on Time in!

What we experience in our inner world, which includes our feelings, thoughts, perceptions,
memories, beliefs, hopes, dreams, desires, motivations, longings etc, can occur even without us
being aware of it. The lack of self-awareness entails the failure to see the patterns in our behaviours
and thinking. As a result, we risk making choices that are not aligned with what we really are and
with what we really want.

On the contrary, when we develop the habit to pay attention to these inner experiences we become
more self-aware. This can help us have more control over the decisions and choices we make and
prevent us from being at the mercy of our own feelings, desires and external negative pressure.

Virtuoso Ablai

This evening, during our Boarding Assembly, Ablai played Claire de Lune by Debussy.

And what an excellent job he did! He has practiced diligently for days and it showed!

Laser focus.

Look at that smile!

The Leman Menace

On this day, the Fourth of May,

Leman Old Glories came to play,

With Leman 1, to see who would stay,

In our Boarding Football Tournament!

The Leman Old Glories (plus Chihana!)

Keep your friends close….

After an arduous game in the rain and a tight first half, Leman 1 came out ahead with a score of  6 – 3!

Paddling Away!

This evening was the first round of our Boarding Ping-Pong Tournament.

Amirhossein represented Leman 1 in the first round and went up against Herman from Concha.

Eid Mubarak!

Ramadan is over, and our own Amirhossein is celebrating the end of his 30 days and 30 nights fast by enjoying a meal with his friends.

Nadim got a pizza too!

We ordered some Iranian kebabs, rice and drinks to make him feel more at home.

The Art of Service

Today, the boarding volleyball team represented Collège du Léman in an intermural volleyball tournament which involved teams from the American School of Leysin and La Châtaigneraie.

Two of our boys – Tomohisa and Amirhossein – are a part of the team.

After a series of intense and incredibly tight matches, they took Second Place!

Spick and Span

Today our boys joined the Community Service group and helped keep our campus clean and beautiful.

The Crew (minus Karim), bellies full from brunch and ready to go. Especially Dias!

Carlos and Tima, doing their part.

Karim, looking dapper as always.