Solidarity activity at Lake Geneva on the beach of Versoix, today some of our students from Léman 2 took part in this beautiful initiative.
A great nature lover, our new friend Olivier, gave us a talk about the fauna and flora of the lake and the consequences that pollution is having on it. Afterwards we cleaned the beach of Versoix, a total of more than 2 kilos of rubbish was removed.
Good work by all present!
Here is also Mateus’ thoughts on today’s activity, bravo!
“Today we went to the biggest freshwater lake in all center Europe (Lake Geneva), our main goal was to do a simply clean parts of a small coast at the center of Versoix, our group had around 20 students from collège du Léman and we realised how polluted Lake Geneva was even before we started cleaning
We decided to make an effort to try save or at least help our environment in our local area, with the help of an experienced teacher. We managed to raise awareness in our community and raised a point about the problems of smoking cigarets, tobacco and more. Near the water of the lake, we see the effects of cigaret ashes. One cigaret can affect 1000 litres of water. This would harm our waters and putting at risk our sea life and areas surrounding our coast.
After 2 hours of cleaning, our group came back to the school with a different perspective of how we should treat the environment and how simple actions like we just did could make a big difference in things as important as the Lake Geneva is to us and to the citizens of France and Switzerland”
Mateus, participant in the activity and member of Léman 2
We have opened our session with some minutes of meditation… We dimmed the lights, played some relaxing music and let ourselves go with the chilling moment.
A few minutes can be enough to create a soothing effect. Mark and Rakann voice how this tiny fraction of time made them feel relaxed and away for tension, problems, anxiety.
It was a great warmer to the topic of this meeting: “How hobbies help releasing stress.”
Everyone has a hobby and therefore a way of putting away our problems, at least for a moment.
Junior is keen on reading – he enjoys it, he acknowledges the intellectual benefits of it and he feels relaxed while reading.
Mark is keen on sports and music – when he plays his mind is away, thinking of the melody and the harmonies.
Misha plays online… which is ok, as long as within reasonable limits. He gets a sense of evasion which helps him cope with the real world.
During this Pillar we have tried to entice the boys to find ways of improving their physical and mental wellbeing, not just with sports but with any other way they feel they benefit of an improvement in their quality of living.
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.
And these are things we will try to keep pushing throughout the school year.
This little video introduced our Wellbeing session today and served as a reminder of something we all know but don’t always respect.
Sleeping is definitely one of most important functions of our body and it plays a key role in the regulation of all the other system.
Lack of sleep provokes an unhealthy balance which can have visible effects in a short and long term. Obviously one bad night of sleep is not enough to hugely disrupt our “machine” but several nights, in a row, without proper recovery can lead to several health problems and a dramatic lack of energy.
Hand in hand with it we also used our session to introduce our Boarding Counselling team who challenged us to try a few minutes of very simple meditation. The aim was simply to allow us to relax and it is visible that some took the challenge seriously while those in the back row, were quickly overwhelmed by the benefits of meditation and the help it provides to fall asleep… (everything is related 🙂 )
All in all a curious experience for some and we will surely continue to work on this in future sessions.