Fun Weekend

Today, we held our exciting End of Year event, bringing together the entire Boarding community to celebrate the past year. We enjoyed a variety of games, delicious ice cream, and fresh popcorn, making it a memorable day for everyone.

Diego playing laser tag

Diego is ready to take flight on the bungee.

On Saturday the annual Bol d’Or sailing race took place on Lac Léman.

Also on Saturday the charity event where students and staff took on the 60km running (in 10 x 6km runs as a relay) versus a 170km bike ride around Lac Léman to raise money for The World Bicycle Relief.

 

✨⭐ Paragliding ⭐✨

Today, Marcela was lucky enough to go Tandem Paragliding here in Switzerland ✨

Thankfully she had good weather, the clouds literally cleared the second they were in flight mode, meaning she had beautiful views over Lake Geneva and it’s surroundings 🌎

Marcela said it was an amazing experience, something she will never forget! ⭐

Class of ’24 celebrations ✨

It’s been one week and we are still reminiscing about the endless celebrations from last weekend.

Below are some photos and videos of our graduates at prom and the official graduation ceremony 👩‍🎓🎉

 

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We are beyond proud of their achievements, both academic and personal. Not only have they have worked incredibly hard to reach this point, but they leave CDL with memories & friendships to last a lifetime 💕

We can’t wait to see what they will get up to during this next chapter of their lives and whatever they choose to do, we have no doubt they will fully embrace this part of their journey ✨

Best of luck to our wonderful leavers,

The World Is Your Oyster 🌎⭐

 

Graduation Class of 2024

Yesterday marked a significant milestone as the graduation ceremony for the class of 2023/24 took place. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the graduates for their hard work, dedication, and achievements. This momentous occasion is a testament to their perseverance and commitment to excellence.

As they embark on new journeys and pursue their dreams, we wish them all the very best in their future endeavors. May their paths be filled with success, happiness, and fulfillment. Congratulations once again to the class of 2023/24, and here’s to a bright and prosperous future!

 

Well-being Pillar 5: “Making Safe and Responsible Choices¨

This week, we concluded our Wellbeing Pillar 5. To wrap up this pillar, our well-being advocates have created a conclusion video addressing some of our boarders’ questions. Over the past four weeks, we have been deeply engaged in discussions with our students about peer pressure and decision-making. We explored how peer pressure works, its various forms, and the profound impact it can have on our lives and decision-making processes. Through these conversations, our students gained valuable insights and tools to better understand and navigate the influence of peer pressure in their daily lives.

Time off!

Seven ways to reset and relax between finals

Clean your area
No matter how you feel an exam went, at least the class is now over. Celebrate (quickly) by clearing your space, even if that just means moving all of your study materials out of sight. Having them literally out of the picture helps solidify that you’re done with that class and makes it easier to move on to your next subject. Even if you’re just moving everything to the floor so that you can more thoroughly organize it later, it’s pretty satisfying to shove everything to the side. A clean workspace will minimize distractions and boost your productivity once you return to studying.
Watch your favorite TV show
Grab your computer and put on your favorite light-hearted show. A movie’s probably too long, because you don’t want to sacrifice your limited study time, but a 30- or 45-minute show is great for calming and clearing your mind. Pick something you don’t have to pay much attention to, as you’ll probably start the episode and still be focused on what you wrote down for the essay question or whether you drew that graph correctly. But by the time the episode’s over, you’ll be smiling and ready to attack your next exam!
Take a walk or exercise
If there’s still light outside, get out of your living space. Being stuck inside surrounded by textbooks and notes can get overwhelming, and having a physical separation between you and your work is helpful. If you can’t get outside, try doing an at-home workout or meditation, however short. It’ll get your blood pumping and your focus off mental stress and onto physical sensations, helping you to reset. As an added bonus, exercise has been tied to better moods, concentration, and lower stress.
Cook and eat food
When we’re so busy, it’s easy to skimp on meals that take more than a few minutes to prepare. While your mind’s still busy reciting equations from your exam, take the time to cook a more nourishing meal. You’ll have the added bonus of more nutrients and better taste. If you don’t have any talents in the kitchen, order take-out. You just finished an exam, treat yourself!
Catch up with friends
Call or video chat with a friend. Having an interaction with someone who cares about your well-being can relieve the stress of the finals. Schedule a time to have a conversation after your exam, or plan a socially-distanced picnic. Alternatively, spend some quality time with your family or roommates. You might be tempted to unload your worries onto others, but take a break from all that stress and have a fun conversation with them. Talking about good things is a worthwhile activity to put yourself in a positive mindset. Hanging out with a buddy (even online) and having any semblance of human interaction can boost up your mental health.
Listen to your favorite podcast
If you feel the need to be productive during your break, listen to a podcast on a topic that interests you the most. There is a podcast for nearly every subject, from current event updates from the New York Times’ The Daily to conversations with the former first lady in The Michelle Obama Podcast. Give your eyes a break from the screen and close your eyes. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, listening to a podcast will lighten your busy day.
Sleep and don’t set an alarm
After those midterm all-nighters, you deserve to catch up on your sleep. You might wake up in three hours or not until the next day, but keeping your circadian rhythm on track is crucial to staying awake during the day and feeling good. Hang that “Do Not Disturb” sign on your bedroom door, grab your pillow, and count some sheep. Alternatively, if it’s the middle of the day and you need to study later, there’s no shame in afternoon naps! Get your beauty sleep to be refreshed to tackle your next final.
By Aliza Rabinovitz and Emma Cho

The city of canals ✨

This weekend, 4 of our Louis Degallier students joined the school trip to Venice and had an incredible time in the beautiful sunshine! 💕

The students enjoyed visiting the fabulous Doge Palacio, where they were able to discover its history through a guided tour. After, they had some free time to explore the famous city of canals 🌎

And of course, you can’t visit Venice without enjoying a Gondola ride through the beautiful turquoise canals ✨

On the last day, the students went to Murano Island to discover the history of glassmaking. They were mesmerised by the skill and talent of the craftsmen, a truly memorable experience 👏

Italian food was enjoyed by all, including pizza, pasta and every flavour of gelato. Below is a picture of Marcela’s seafood spaghetti which she said was incredible! 🍝

They returned this evening with big smiles on their faces, they truly loved this magical place and made some wonderful memories 🥰