The long awaited moment :)

Dear all

After a few hectic final weeks, we have finally reached the end of this school year. These final weeks were divided amongst exams, packing, farewell to friends and of course the Euro 2016 🙂

Now it is time to say “see you soon” to most of you and “good luck” to those who are leaving us for new adventures.

In a way or another we hope each one of our boarders will have found his place in our community and that you cherish the memories of the moments spent here at CDL this year.

The good news is that when you come back a full year full of stories and moments is waiting for you and we hope you will enjoy is, at least as much as you did this ending year.

In the meantime, dear students, families and friends, we wish you a wonderful summer and a relaxing holiday.



My life in College du Léman

During the course of this year I, Yousef Kassem, have challenged myself educationally as well as creatively. This year has proven to be unforeseeable, if you take into account all the good thats occurred as well as the bad, both weighing themselves out evenly, this year I had pushed myself to a point I thought I was not capable off in order to be able to display the grades I have achieved over the course of these three marking periods. A year ago I would have deemed it impossible for me to succeed in such an equivocal manner, by pushing myself to succeed in my academics as well as striving for better health by my going to the gym three times a week for over two months.

Over the course off my life I have never really taken my academics seriously, any academic institution that I would attend in the past would always have quarrels with me in one way or another, but at some point I decided to myself enough was enough when I finally made my way to College du Leman.

This institution has taught me more about myself day by day throughout my two years of attendance. It has taught me the values of self preservation as well as given me insight to its infinite wisdom, this school has given me memories that I will cherish for the remainder off my life and has taught me lessons that I will be applying to every aspect of my life once I graduate, and somewhere within myself I know that I appreciate the opportunities that i have been given even though it is not easy to see. But perhaps the best experience off all was coming back to my tutors after a tedious day of schoolwork after a long day, knowing that whatever troubles ailed me, they would be there to guide me and make sure that I do not stray from the right path. To conclude this I would also like to mention that I look forward to whatever challenges await me next year, and that I look forward to graduating from College Du Leman.

Orchestre Suisse Romande

IMG_2092Being a boarder at CDL is not just about school,sports and trips. It is also about sharing different passions, trying new things, experiencing new sensations.

Yikang, attended on Friday the Classical Concert by the OSR. He had a great time and deeply enjoyed what he has seen and heard.





Fondé en 1918 par Ernest Ansermet, qui en est le chef titulaire jusqu’en 1967, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande compte 112 musiciens permanents. Il assure ses concerts d’abonnement à Genève et Lausanne, les concerts symphoniques de la Ville de Genève, le concert annuel en faveur de l’ONU, ainsi que les représentations lyriques au Grand Théâtre de Genève. Sa réputation s’est bâtie au fil des ans grâce à ses enregistrements historiques et à son interprétation du répertoire français et russe du XXe siècle.

Son Directeur artistique et musical sera le chef britannique Jonathan Nott à partir de la saison 2016-2017. Son chef principal invité est le maestro japonais Kazuki Yamada.

Formation de réputation mondiale, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, sous l’égide de son chef fondateur, puis des directeurs musicaux successifs (Paul Kletzki 1967-1970, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1970-1980, Horst Stein 1980-1985, Armin Jordan 1985-1997, Fabio Luisi 1997- 2002, Pinchas Steinberg 2002-2005, Marek Janowski 2005-2012, Neeme Järvi 2012-2015), a toujours contribué activement à l’histoire de la musique avec la découverte ou le soutien de compositeurs contemporains. Les œuvres de Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinski, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Benjamin Britten, Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell ou Richard Dubugnon ont été créées à Genève par l’OSR. C’est d’ailleurs toujours une de ses missions importantes: soutenir la création symphonique, et particulièrement suisse. L’OSR est partenaire de Pro Helvetia pour le projet « œuvres suisses » jusqu’en 2017.


Alexander Joel, Direction

Harriet Krijgh, Violoncelle



Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Coriolan Overture, op. 62 (8’)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75): Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107 (28’)

Interval (20’)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47): Symphony No. 4 in A major, op. 90, the Italian (27’)