Welcome back 💕✨

Today we welcome back our returning students to the boarding houses and we are excited to hear all about their adventures from the break! ✨🌏

And as you can see, Spring has definitely sprung here and our garden is blossoming beautifully 🌸 May this glorious weather continue 🌞

A wholesome weekend 💕

This weekend, our students spent quality time with their friends, enjoying each other’s company over beautifully cooked meals.

Kseniia & Daria cooked a traditional Russian lunch with salad, chicken, and potatoes, and homemade pancakes to finish 🥞

Ayaka cooked a hot pot using fresh and healthy ingredients, and it smelt absolutely delicious! It went down very well with her friends 🍜

Regina decided to try something new and went horseback riding! As it was her first session, the instructor helped her bond with the horse through exercises that required trust. This included horse riding facing backwards, on her knees, and on the side. Regina loved it and is already looking forward to her next lesson! 🐴

Marcela went to the slopes and thoroughly enjoyed herself. The day started out cloudy, but then it started snowing, and soon enough the sun broke through in time for the students to enjoy the last day of the season! ⛷🌞

Meanwhile, Defne & Sakura helped raise awareness around plastic waste by participating in a school project supporting ‘Mother Earth’ 🌏 There will be a video on our CDL social media soon, so feel free to check it out!

And finally, to finish the weekend off on a sweet note, Sakura baked a delicious Strawberry Tart. This was probably the most challenging bake yet, as she had to produce a crème pâtissière, but Sakura being Sakura, challenged herself and proved she could do it! Well done 👏

All in all, it was jam packed weekend, full of fun and plenty of variety 💖💕

This weekend in Louis Degallier 56 ✨

After a busy week of mock exams, our girls had a lovely, relaxing time this weekend, and enjoyed different activities and celebrations.

On Friday, it was International Women’s Day and Taisiia got treated to some gorgeous roses from her loved ones 🌹

Sakura & Defne took their DJ Mixing skills to the next level – a great duo who are definitely ready to take to the stage! 💿🎤

Marcela, our Louis Degallier Globetrotter headed to France to see the wonderful sights of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and the iconic Musée de Louvre. She also got to see the famous Mona Lisa, and enjoy all the Parisian delicacies! 🥐

The girls who stayed in the boarding house got to enjoy their usual weekend activities, as well as our very own Saturday night movie club, complete with popcorn, laughter and relaxation.

We also had plenty of fashion shows ahead of the official Graduation photos this week, and we have no doubt that our girls will look great in whichever outfit they opt for! 💖

 

 

February break at CDL ⭐❄

Whilst some of our students travelled back to see friends and family during the break, others joined the school trips available, including the Winter Camp to Crans Montana, and a very special trip to Finland ⛷🌲🏔

Here are some wonderful photos from the students in Louis Degallier 56 & 60 who joined the school trips. I think it’s clear to see that both experiences were full of fun, exploration, and memorable moments 💖✨

Here is Marcela at the famous Arctic Circle in Finland! ❄

The trip to Finland also included Huskey rides, magical visits to reindeer parks, snow-shoe touring and a wonderful trip to the Ranua Arctic Wildlife Park, an organisation that specialises in protection programs for endangered Arctic animals, as well as offering care and support for wounded or orphaned wild animals. It was here that the students got to see Finland’s only Polar Bear, a highlight of the trip! 🐺

Some of the group were lucky enough to witness the famous Northern Lights pictured in the early hours of the morning – a truly magical experience indeed 💚💙

Meanwhile, some of our boarding students took to the slopes in Crans Montana and were met with excellent snow conditions, perfect for their winter sport pursuits 🎿⛷

As you can see, the students were spoilt with some beautiful views up in the Swiss Alps 🏔

 

Baking with Blueberries 💜

Sakura & Regina produced a real crowd-pleaser this weekend with their delicious blueberry cheesecake 🧁

They made a big cheesecake for the house, and then, kindly delivered some mini cheesecakes to the boys in Louis Degallier 60 ⭐

Here is a video showcasing the skill and effort that went into making this, what can only be described as, lilac coloured MASTERPIECE! 💜💜💜

 

As always, plenty of fun and laughter was had during the process! 💖

Thank you girls for treating us this weekend! 🙏💕

Collège du Léman hits the mountains once again!🎿🏔

The only January blues we are experiencing are the crystal blue skies in the incredible Swiss Alps 💙❄✨

This weekend was our second weekend spent in the mountains and once again, we were spoilt with the most glorious weather 🌞

Our older students had the opportunity to visit Crans Montana, a popular ski resort in the Swiss Alps. Everyone who went on the slopes spoke of the great snow conditions and amazing ski runs ⛷🎿

The mountain weekends are always a great way to get to know other people within the CDL boarding community, and our students always return with lots of special memories made with their fellow boarders💕

Below are a few photos from both Louis Degallier 56 & 60 from the last two mountain weekends ✨

 

 

A wholesome weekend back in the boarding house ✨

This weekend was the first boarding weekend of 2024, and what a lovely weekend it was 💕

This week, some of the girls had mock exams, whilst others had deadlines for their university & college applications, so a relaxing and calm weekend was definitely needed 🙏

With new friendships forming, some freshly baked treats, day trips to Geneva and the joy of music, it was definitely a relaxing and wholesome weekend 💖

Daria baked some dark chocolate & sea salt cookies for the house, and Sangeetha baked some oozy chocolate brownies, both were delicious and gone within the hour! 🍪

Sangeetha enjoyed being back with the piano and guitar, and we enjoyed listening to her talents 🎸⭐

All in all, it was a great first weekend to welcome the students back, and welcome our new housemate, Marcela, to Louis Degallier 56 ⭐❤

 

Taking part in Swiss traditions ❤✨

Each year, the citizens of Geneva take part in the tradition of smashing a chocolate marmite (cauldron). This annual tradition is a tribute to a historical event that took place in 1602 whereby the people of Geneva summoned their courage and defended their city against an attack from the Savoyards.

Decorated with the city’s colours — red and yellow, the cauldron also features its coat of arms.

 

It is tradition for the youngest and the oldest member of the household to smash the marmite together, which for Louis Degallier 56 is Taisiia & Sakura! 🤝🎁✨

 

The History behind the tradition… ⭐

The attack of the Savoyards on Geneva took place during the evening of December 11, 1602. That night, when the soldiers arrived and the church bells sounded the alarm, the citizens of Geneva took it upon themselves to stop the invasion. Legend has it that Mère Royaume, a woman who was cooking a pot of soup, threw her cauldron and its scalding contents out the window to prevent the enemy from advancing. Although a rather violent act, it symbolises the spirit of the Genevois during this battle. Regular citizens taking the initiative to protect their city! And, succeeding! To honour the occasion, chocolatiers in Geneva began creating cauldrons that are made of chocolate and filled with sweet little marzipan versions of Mère Royaume’s vegetables. The cauldron tradition apparently did not become established until the 1880s.

 

It’s wonderful for our students to learn about the rich culture of Geneva. And of course, they get to enjoy the chocolate after 🍫

Gingerbread House Competition 🏆🎄🏡

This weekend, the girls in Louis Degallier created a Gingerbread House masterpiece that will compete in the final House Competition of the year ⭐

Polina, Daria & Sangeetha worked together on this project, each bringing their own unique style and flare to the decoration, watch the video below to see the process ⭐

Half way through the task, a friendly dog appeared in our garden! We managed to get hold of the owners who picked him up, but we were very grateful to look after him for a short while 🐶

Well done girls for your efforts, the house looks amazing and we are very proud of your decorating skills! 🤩

Montreux Christmas Market 🎅🎀🎄

Today we visited the famous Montreux Christmas Market and had a wonderful time looking at all the traditional festive gifts and tasting traditional Swiss food 🍭🍫

As you can see, we were extremely lucky with the bright blue skies, however, the temperature was a chilly 3 degrees so the girls found an indoor cabin to enjoy some hot drinks and warm homemade soup ready to start shopping again 🥣🧀

Surrounded by beautiful snowy mountains, right on the shore of Lake Geneva, Montreux is a wonderful town to visit, especially on a day like today 🌞❄

We even got a wave from Santa Claus who was making his way up and down the Christmas market 🎅⭐

All in all, it was a lovely day filled with lots of festive spirit 🎄🎀⭐