Kotaro’s 18th birthday

Today was a special day at Léman 2, a day that we have had on the CDL calendar for 5 years now, that can only mean one thing, Kotaro’s birthday.

Without a doubt, Kotaro is a friendly, kind, joking, committed person who likes to help others and now he is 18 years old!

At Léman 2 we have only good words to say about you and in this, your last year, we hope you enjoy yourself as much as we enjoyed you.

The boys also wanted to congratulate Kotaro on his birthday, although it ended up being especially chocolatey!

Luckily the cake survived (Kotaro too) and we were all able to eat it together, a bit of sweetness to say goodbye to the week and start the last week before the October break.

Great work on the lake cleaning

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

 

 

Ayam… the Chef

What to do on a rainy weekend?

Meet Ayam the Chef, proudly showing his Pizza Calzone done in Cooking Club on Saturday

Sunday was the bake-off. Cake was at the menu. Ayam the chef, seconded by his apprentice Junior, the chef-to-be, worked on a marble cake to be presented for the House Competition.

The visual result is great… I am not telling you about the taste because you might want to try it too 🙂

Great job Ayam!:)

Hobbies and how they help us distress

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.

New chef at Leman 2

This weekend, our student Justin took part in the cooking workshop. Besides having a good time he learned that too much sugar is sometimes not good for cakes.

We will keep you posted on our culinary progress.

Wellbeing – How smartphones affect your sleep

We all have heard that, and we all do it… But this explanation is so concise and straight to the point that it made us all think about it and wonder about a change of practice.

Smartphones are great devices but they need to be taken into account carefully. Overusing it becomes a worrying practice.

And when it comes to sleeping, we are probably talking about the most essential function of our body. Neglecting it is a major mistake which can lead to serious damage if not addressed.

Sleeping is great, delicious and the key to a healthy life.

And for the sake of curiosity, check the 22 interesting facts below 🙂

Teachers visiting the Houses

Some of the High School teachers came for a visit… We welcomed them in our terrace, and organized for some treats to share with them and to make them feel welcome.

This is a great opportunity to get to establish a little bit more of a personal connection with them and for them to have an idea of what the life of a boarder is all about.

Teachers, if you are reading this, you are always welcome to pop up for a visit, a chat or simply to say Hi. Our doors are open 🙂

Funny weekend in the mountains

This weekend we were in Leysin, a beautiful place in the middle of the Alps.

On Saturday we were able to do some activities such as climbing, horse riding, visit the Aiger castle, accrobranching, orienteering, etc…

And today we enjoyed a lot of outdoor games in competition with the other houses of course.

We leave you some pictures so you can see how we have enjoyed it.

           

How Sleep affects your brain

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.