Christmas Dinner After Party

After our lovely Christmas Dinner, the two Léman Houses got together for some after party time 🙂

Giggles, sweets, a Kahoot on Pop Culture and the Swiss tradition of the Escalade Marmite kept the boys in a good mood for the rest of the evening… surely with an important sugar intake 🙂

Kahoot is taken seriously by some

Tim, the big winner of the Pop Culture Quiz

The eldest and the youngest in the room…

…have broken the Escalade Marmite, under the watchful eye of the only Swiss in the House

 

Happy Birthday Tim

2 days later, it’s celebration time again and we shared the lovely chocolate cake for Tim’s 17th birthday. We wish Tim a life full of great adventures and thank him for his contributions to the Boarding community.

Happy birthday Tim from all Léman 2 House 🙂

Happy 18th birthday Misha

It was a special day in Léman 2 as we have celebrated Misha and his 18th birthday.

After dinner we got together to sing С Днем рожденья тебя and share a slice of chocolate cake.

We wish you all the best for you and your future Misha.

🙂

Awards Ceremony

End of Semester means Awards Ceremony and for the first time in nearly two years we managed to do it all together and celebrate so many achievements.

Léman 2 was well represented with Mateus winning the Boarding Life Award.

And Rakann having a medal for his outstanding Activities Participation

 

A special mention to Kotaro who also got a medal for his outstanding academics with the highest score for a grade 12. Unfortunately he was not able to attend but he was with us from his quarantine facility in Japan where he will have to stay for a few more days.

But his medal is here with us. Well done everyone 🙂

Gingerbread house, a real challenge!

The house competition is back, this time with the challenge of creating a gingerbread house, Rakann and Hamza have been working very hard, realising how difficult this challenge can be but most of all having fun in the creation process, they have discovered that sugar glue is not as effective as normal glue and that the gingerbread sheets break easily.

But we can only congratulate them for doing their best, let’s see if the judges give us any points for the competition.

Samedi du Partage

Helping others while having a good time.

We are proud of our lovely boys who took some time on a Saturday to help with the collection of donations at the Samedi du Partage.

A total of 21 Boarders joined this initiative and Léman 2 had 6 representatives who did a great job welcoming the costumers and their donations for this food bank.

It is even more rewarding when one of this students calls at the end of his shift, simply to say: “I am happy I did this. It made me feel so good that I entered the supermarket and bought a lot of items to donate myself”.

Proud and touching. Thank you everyone for this.

Why do we focus so much in Community Service and Charity

Today we had again the visit of Ms Jody. Our counselor stopped by to give us a quick briefing on empathy.

During her talk we came to conclude that empathy is the first step that leads us to be sensitive to the importance of  Community Service. As we help others, we express our empathy.

As indicated in the graph below, this is expressed in different levels and quite often without us even noticing it.

 

As mentioned before and so many times, helping others is the best way of fighting differences in society and also to give us a glimpse of what life is about in a point of view sometimes totally opposite to our.

 

Nae Nae, this young student, explains on her Ted Talk that the benefits are not only for those who receive. Actually, by giving we also end up receiving, something that quite often has been overlooked.

 

Well-deserved relaxation

Steam, bubbles, relaxing light, thermal water, thanks to these elements we could relax today at the Bain Bleu Spa in Geneva.

Our students have been able to go to a Spa as a reward for their efforts in this last part of the semester, in the Spa there were several pools, one of them outdoor with views of Lake Léman, with water jets, bubbles, and a sauna with herbal scented steam.

Without a doubt a relaxing experience that will help us to face these last weeks before the holidays with strength.

 

Volleyball tournament

Finally the long awaited date has arrived, the volleyball tournament!

Today three of our students, Kotaro, Mateus and Taichi attended a tournament with the CDL team against other schools. And we have good news: they won all the matches!

Despite having to get up early on a Saturday morning, our players put on their best performance and enjoyed the morning with their teammates.

From Léman 2 we want to congratulate all the team and coaches, thank you very much for your effort, but above all to a very important person for us, we want to give a big hug to Kotaro, we really appreciate you!

 

 

Where there is discrimination ? Where to promote diversity.

Being aware of the contexts and settings where bullying (and any other kind of discrimination) takes place is the a key element to fighting it.  As two sides of the same coin, diversity and tolerance are on the opposite side of the spectrum of these same settings. 
  • Cultural diversity / discrimination. 
  • Racial diversity /discrimination. 
  • Religious diversity / discrimination. 
  • Age diversity / discrimination. 
  • Sex or Gender diversity / discrimination. 
  • Sexual orientation diversity / discrimination. 
  • Disability diversity/ discrimination. 
Therefore if in one hand, we should promote diversity in all these fields, we need as well to be aware that for each of these fields there might be discrimination. They are opposites and we should opt for the good one 🙂
The list above allows us as well to have a clearer view of the variety of situations where discrimination takes place in society. It is really present in many domains and it is easy to find it when we are involved or engaged into any of these fields.
Thinking particularly about  bullying, this also allows us to perceive that bullying does not affect only young people or takes place only in schools. Adults, are also targeted and the results can also be absolutely devastating.

The video below, sets us up with a couple of hints and guidelines on how to “disarm” a bully. A little bit of derision and subtle humor can be enough sometimes to bring a situation to an end. One needs to show the bully that we are not feeling affected by his words and like a game that we lose, we don’t want to play again.  Not always easy and it certainly requires a lot of self-confidence but it’s worth trying…