Thrilled to announce that we clinched the top spot in the annual Bake-Off competition! Our winning creation? A divine triple-layer japanese sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream. The girls then iced the cake with a swiss meringue buttercream in the design off a christmas tree with cake pops as presents.
Shoutout to the girls for turning the kitchen into a party zone. Winning tastes even sweeter when you’ve got an awesome team by your side! 🥳🍰 #BakeOffWin #DreamTeam
We got all festive this week, diving into the seasonal decorations with a mess of lights and ornaments. Unboxing the good stuff, we’re laughing, sharing stories, and jazzing up the house with funky decorations. It’s a full-on Christmas transformation, and it’s all hands on deck, making memories as we go.
Today we have participated in a very special event which creates a very special environment in our community. In this occasion, Zoya and Stacy representing our house, helped to wrap the present that will bring joy to other kids this Christmas.
Its very nice to see the enthusiasm in our students when doing such a lovely iniciative to help others. Well done to all the students who participated.
In the spirit of spontaneous adventures, our boarding house recently embarked on a day trip to Lyon, and let me tell you – it was nothing short of magical! From the early morning excitement to the laughter-filled train and bus rides, our day in Lyon was a delightful escape, offering a taste of the city’s charm in just a few short hours.
Lyon, nestled in the heart of France, is a city renowned for its rich history, delectable cuisine, picturesque landscapes and amazing shops. Our first stop was the heart of Lyon – the Old Town. Narrow cobblestone streets, charming boutiques, and the scent of freshly baked goods in the air greeted us. Lyon, famed for its culinary prowess, beckoned our taste buds and we had a lovely lunch in the old town.
No trip to Lyon is complete without a leisurely stroll along the riverbanks. The Rhône and Saône rivers provided the perfect setting for relaxation and reflection. We then spent the rest of the day shopping till we literally almost dropped.
As the day unfolded, our boarding house family shared laughter, stories, and the joy of exploring a new place together. Our day trip may have been brief, but the connections forged and the experiences shared made it a chapter in our boarding house story that we’ll cherish forever.
A special thank you to Melissa for planning the trip. Until the next escapade, Lyon – merci for the memories!
In our journey towards fostering a culture of wellbeing, this week’s focus is on a fundamental aspect of human interaction – respecting diversity, specifically in terms of race and ethnicity. Building a community that values and celebrates differences not only enriches the lives of its members but also plays a crucial role in preventing bullying.
To combat bullying and promote a culture of respect, we must actively foster inclusivity. We’re creating a space where everyone feels valued, no matter where they come from.
This week, Mr. Iker and Ms. Ana have introduced a challenge for the students. The objective is to encourage them to recognize and appreciate the commonalities that they share.
The girls in the house had a lot of fun with this challenge. There were many takes of the audio recordings due to the sheer amount of laughter. The challenge proved to be fun and educational to an extent.
we would like to wish you happy holidays. may they be days to enjoy with family, friends and to recharge your batteries. We look forward to seeing you back with lots of activities and events to enjoy. Happy holiday!
Tonight we had dinner together in the house. This time, our humble abode turned into a festive fiesta with a hint of Mexican flair – because we had burritos for dinner. Taste-wise, the burritos were a hit. But what elevated the meal was the sprinkle of shared jokes, the garnish of collective effort, and the sauce of companionship. Dining in together is as much about the moments created as it is about the food consumed.
I am thrilled to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Gia, Zia and Martina on their outstanding achievement of being inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS). This recognition is a testament to their dedication, hard work, leadership, and commitment to both academic excellence and community service.
Being a member of the NHS is no small feat. It means that they have not only showcased academic prowess but also embodied the core values that the society holds dear: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. Each of these pillars represents the best in student achievement, and their induction signifies that they’ve met the rigorous criteria set by the national organization.
To my girls, I am confident that with the foundation you’ve built and the recognition you’ve now received, you’re poised for even greater successes ahead. Cherish this moment and take pride in your accomplishment.
Last night we decided to have an impromptu movie night. A movie night, in essence, is more than just about the film. It’s about dimming the lights just right, making sure the snacks are in easy reach, and wrapping yourself up in your favourite blanket or snuggling next to your loved ones.
Stacy and I made some Nigerian beignets, which are aptly named “puff puff”. We pulled out our leftover snacks and got down to the business of picking a movie. We eventually landed on Grease. Zia had never watched it before and her reactions were priceless. The best part was the off-tune sing-alongs, and of course, the emotional rollercoaster that is “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”
This week we decided to cook dinner and eat as a family. Eating together is more than just sharing food; it’s sharing life. It’s about laughter, stories, and building memories.
Taco Thursday is a testament to the idea that while traditions are comforting and wonderful, there’s always room for flexibility and change. Whether you’re a Taco Tuesday purist or ready to adopt Taco Thursday , there’s no denying that any day with tacos is a good day.
This weekend we had so much fun. On Friday we celebrated at school the traditional “Welcome bbq”, where our girls had the change to help in the diverse charities. Well done!
All the girls attended different activities, bodyshaping, stretching, and tennis. Some of the girls went to the amusement park Walibi where they had so much fun, and Gabi joined our Boarding trip to Disneyland Paris.
No doubt it has been a great weekend for all of us, and we have got energy for the week!!
One of our aims this year is to improve our overall level of french as a house. We have fluent speakers and absolute beginners in the house. We decided that the fluent speakers will write out phrases throughout the week for the non french speakers. Learning a new language can be intimidating, but this method takes the pressure off and can boost confidence. This increased confidence can have a profound impact on their overall language learning journey.
The girls have taken it a step further and have started adding translations of their native tongue as well. This was not the plan at the start but it is amazing to see how it has grown organically. We live in this international environment and by sharing the beauty of language, students aren’t just sharing words, they’re sharing worlds, experiences, and a piece of themselves.
This week’s pictures are a little early but that’s no harm. We had 2 special guests make an appearance . We were very happy that Regina and Michelle came over for a cup of tea and to spill the tea. Their university adventure has begun and we can’t wait to hear all about it.
Rituals are an important part of human life, steeped in beauty and significance. They provide a sense of order and structure in an otherwise crazy world, they promote feelings of safety and that wholesome feeling of groundedness.
Our daily picture is our little ritual that has come to provide comfort and adds a little magic to our day. We finally have one photo with all the girls.
We had our dinner in the house today and the girls really enjoyed it. We sat and talked about our day, jokes were made and ideas flowed. It was truly a warm and refreshing atmosphere.
Henry Ford once stated that “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” I believe that the main goal of the mountain weekend is to spend time together and bond.
During this weekend, the girls participated in a myriad of activities from zip lining to rock climbing and a sprinkle of some good competition. The girls genuinely had fun together therefore I think the weekend was a success.
Thank you to Marusya and Melissa for spearheading our goal to get a daily picture. We usually take these in the morning before breakfast and this has integrated nicely into our routine. The next step is getting every single girl to make an appearance.
We even had a familiar face come back to visit. The girls were pleasantly surprised and thrilled that Ms. Irini came to visit.
Today we have had the first House competition of the year!! The girls have participated in the games and had so much fun. It has been a pleasure to see them trying hard to beat other Houses and gain some point for the House Competition. They are already winners for us!! Well done girls!
“Being part of a family means smiling for photos.” –Harry Morgan
We started off the day with a selfie which Marusya has wants to become a daily routine. Some love the camera and others don’t but we all have a good time together. We hope you enjoy these snapshots of our day.
We have come to the end of our first week of school. We had our welcome back assembly and a welcome dinner. This weekend, the girls participated in some activities, did some shopping and spent time together.
“A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery.”
— Sarah Ban Breathnach
This quote sums up the yearly experience for all our students but especially our new ones. This is Gabi’s first year in CDL and we are certain it will be a memorable one. She has already participated in a range of activities and is making new friends. Gabi has fit right in to our little family and we are all excited to see what the year brings
We are happy to announce that Louis Yung 7 Boarding House is open and ready to receive the girls. We are excited to start a new year full of new things to experience, learn and live in Boarding. We are ready to welcome you all to this year 2023-2024!
As the school year comes to an end, it’s time to celebrate and bid farewell to the year. What better way to do so than with an epic end-of-school event that promises a day filled with laughter, excitement, and an abundance of fun? Our students had so much fun and some of our gils were brave enough to try a scary jump!! We got some energy with popcorn, ice cream, and burritos for dinner.
As this momentous chapter of your lives comes to a close, we bid you a heartfelt farewell and celebrate the remarkable journey you have undertaken this far. Throughout this past year, you have experienced growth, formed deep friendships, and gained invaluable experiences. We have immense pride for the individuals you have become, as your resilience, determination, and positive spirit have made a lasting impact on those around you. From the early mornings and late-night study sessions to the shared laughter, tears, and significant support, you have embodied the true spirit of sisterhood, forming lifelong bonds that will extend beyond the walls of this House. Equipped with passion, and a strong belief in your abilities, embrace the challenges that lie ahead, as they will shape and strengthen you further. As we bid you farewell, our hearts are filled with joy. The future holds even greater adventures for you! Remember, your potential known no bounds, and we have every confidence in your ability to shine brightly! We believe in you, and will forever hold you in our hearts.
On Monday afternoon (Pentecôte), our boarding house garden transformed into a vibrant and cheerful gathering space where the girls had the chance to bond, make delicious crepes, and temporarily set aside their books. With both Aida and Eirini present, it was an event that fostered a sense of community, relaxation, and shared laughter. At LY7, we are strong believers of the power of breaks in fostering a positive mindset and building a strong support system!
With the help of Regina, our pastry chef, and Melissa, the French crêpe master, we all embraced the opportunity to indulge in delicious crepes. Each girl had the opportunity to choose her own fillings and toppings, ranging from classic options like Nutella and fresh strawberries to more adventurous combinations like lemon zest and powdered sugar. Laughter and friendly banter accompanied the crepe-flipping process as the girls tested their culinary skills.
It might seem like there’s no time for exercise during the exam period, but it is widely believed that taking time to fit in some movement can have immense benefits!
Exercise relieves anxiety and stress
Exercise improves memory retention
Exercise increases focus and concentration
Exercise boosts your energy
For this reason, ‘May Fitness Challenge’ was back again this year! Since the beginning of this month, we have had daily fitness challenges for the Boarding community. Each day, students were encouraged to take part in various exercises and compete against fellow boarding students.
The winners of the daily challenges in each House were rewarded with privileges, and there was also a prize for the student who participated in the most challenges throughout the month. The main goal of this initiative was to provide our students with a chance to have fun and briefly disconnect from the pressure and stress they may be feeling due to their exams. Congratulations to all those actively engaged in this campaign!
In addition to the daily fitness challenges, our girls have been regularly attending the weekly “Fitness,” “Bodyshaping,” and “Stretching & Relaxation” sessions on campus, which also take place on weekends.
Today we have celebrated International Day in CDL. A very important day for us to celebrate in our community. The girls have volunteered to help and had so much fun. Thank you girls for your support in this important day.
Taking a break from studying to indulge in some culinary adventures can be a refreshing and enjoyable way to recharge someone’s mind and nourish their soul. Not only does it provide a much-needed escape from the stress of studying, but it also offers a creative outlet and a chance to explore new healthy flavors and recipes. The act of baking is a multisensory experience. It allows our girls to focus on the present moment immersing themselves in the task at hand. Not to mention, the rewards of their culinary efforts are simply delightful. Whether it’s enjoying a warm slice of homemade blueberry pie or sharing a meal with the rest of the House, the joy of creating something with their own hands is unparalleled.
A big thank you to Ms. Sarah for sharing her passion for baking with our girls during the two weekends she spent in our House!
The highlight of our cooking adventures in these past two months was our pizza making session, led by Martina, our one and only Italian cook of the House!
Our last family-style dinner in the House with Regina and Eva!
Congratulations to all our boarding students of Grade 12 on completing their exams!
As the curtains draw to a close on the Grade 12 end-of-year exams, we want to extend our warmest congratulations to Eva and Regina who have both persevered through countless hours of studying, faced challenges head-on, and demonstrated unwavering determination throughout this academic journey.
Dear Eva and Regina,
Now that the exams have come to an end, it’s time to take a moment to reflect on how far you have come. Regardless of the outcomes, know that your efforts have not gone unnoticed. The knowledge you have gained, the skills you have honed, and the personal growth you have experienced are all invaluable. You have shown immense growth not only academically but also as individuals ready to tackle the challenges of the world. As you await the results, remember that they are just one part of your journey. Embrace the valuable lessons you have learned, cherish the memories made, and hold your head high knowing you have given your best!
It was such a privilege for me to be your House Parent for a few months, and it has been an incredible journey! Watching you grow, mature and work hard to achieve your goals has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
I remember the day I came into the House and I met all of you. It was such a big adventure for all of us to learn to know each other after a few months with another House Parent. Thankfully, we became a wonderful team and I enjoyed each moment with you… Even if living every day together was not always so easy! I am proud of you and the progress you have made.
It is time now for me to say goodbye. I know that transition might be challenging, but I am confident you will handle it easily.
Please, remember all the values we have instilled in this House. Always be kind, compassionate, and respectful towards others. Pursue your dreams and your goal with determination as you did for the past few months! And above all, never forget that you are strong and capable!
Weekend activities are an integral part of the CDL boarding experience, offering our girls a chance to unwind and explore their interests outside of academic pursuits. In March, a diverse range of activities were offered on and outside campus that catered to a variety of interests and hobbies. The weekend activity schedules with all the options can be found below.
‘Bodyshaping’ and ‘Stretching & Relaxation’ have been by far the two most popular ones for the girls in our House this month. It appears that they have come to understand that physical fitness is essential for a healthy lifestyle and that attending such activities on a weekly basis helps them stay active and maintain their physical health. These classes are taught by Ms. Linda, an experienced instructor who guides students through various exercises and stretches that help improve their flexibility and muscle tone.
As we head into our two-week spring holiday, here’s a look at some highlights of our past few weekends at Louis Yung 7.
On Tuesday, the girls took part in the Boarding Talent Show, a special event that brings together the entire Boarding community and showcases diverse skills and talents of our students, such as dancing, acting, singing, doing magic tricks, or playing instruments. The girls had the chance to perform, as well as enjoy the performances and acts of their fellow boarders. The Louis Yung 7 unicorn dancers came 4th place, after receiving 100 points, based on three criteria: creativity, participation and performance!
Behind the scenes: Due to their academic commitments at this time of the year, finding time to rehearse and putting a performance together was definitely a challenge, but we are very proud of the girls for having managed to do so, with success. During our rehearsals in the House, not only did we have a lot of fun, but it was a great opportunity for them to bond even more, by collaborating, exchanging ideas, and helping one another. Thank you, Stacy, for taking the lead. Your enthusiastic spirit was much appreciated!
A big WELL DONE to everyone! It surely was a memorable and enjoyable experience for the entire boarding community!
The fourth pillar of our wellbeing programme is concerned with Online Safety. For this particular pillar, Regina, our advocate, has been leading the discussions during the wellbeing meetings in the House.
1.Online Life vs Real Life
Our first takeaway point for this pillar was Online life vs Real Life. So, during the first wellbeing session, Regina hosted a quiz in the House to get the girls thinking about their internet and social media usage. ‘How much time do we spend online daily? How do we choose to interact with friends? Do we live in the moment, or through a lens? Do we use our phone at night?’etc. Also thinking about the balance we have in our lives between time spent online and the elements of Pillar 1. Once the girls completed the poll, the results were shown and an interesting discussion followed, with the girls agreeing that finding a balance between online and offline activities can help themhave meaningful relationships and maintain good mental and physical health.The last part of the first session included signing up for a Phone Detox challenge that Regina proposed, and the girls agreed to give it a try for a week!
2. Scams, Security, Identity theft
The topic of the second session on Online Safety was ‘Scams, security, and identity theft’. Regina delivered a presentation on how to safely navigate the worldwide web and how to protect ourselves by identifying scams. In this digital age we all live in, awareness of the different types of online scams is absolutely necessary. Taking precautions means that our online personal information can be protected to a greater extent.The girls were engaged in a Kahoot quiz on online safety.
Some of the questions they had to think about were: ‘What is the strongest password? When shopping online, which payment option is generally the safest? What does “Accept all cookies” mean? What is catfishing? What is the best way to know if a website is secure? How can you be found online? ‘
At CDL, our Sunday morning tradition is to enjoy a delicious brunch!As can be seen in the photos, our famous Sunday brunch has endless options for all of our girls’ preferences. We are very thankful to our kitchen staff for ensuring that our Sundays always begin like this!
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day on which the achievements of women are recognised. It is celebrated every year on the 8ᵗʰ of March. It is also a day to come together and remind each other that we need work towards equality for women all over the world. The theme for International Women’s Day 2023 is #EmbraceEquity.
It gives us great happiness and pride to see our girls flourish into compassionate, ambitious and extraordinary young women. Girls, may you always be Dreamers, Believers, Doers and Achievers!
Today, Gia and Marusya represented Louis Yung 7 in the Inter-House Ski Competition. The competition took place at an amazing ski resort at La Tzoumaz this morning! Our two passionate skiiers were determined to do their best in the Race, but most of all, to enjoy a wonderful day in the mountains!
They both returned to the House with huge smiles and an amazing surprise for us all… Louis Yung 7 is the winning House in this competition, as Gia managed to finish in first place and Marusya in fifth place, giving us a total of 220 points!! Way to go, girls!
During the monthly assembly, Gia and two of her friends decided to talk about Lebanon. They shared with us their cultures, foods, and why we really need to visit their country. Good news: they convinced us! It’s time to take our flight tickets now…
Louis Yung 7 has just closed for the February mid-term break. We are proud of all the girls for all they have achieved throughout this half term. We hope they get to enjoy this well-deserved break and return with their batteries fully charged! The boarding house will be open again on Saturday 25th February from 9am. We are already looking forward to seeing everyone in a week’s time!
Art comes in many forms. Woodcrafting is an underappreciated method of art with many benefits. Wooden objects may look simple; however, the creation process is intricate. Woodworking engages the brain system in a complex manner. It involves creativity, math, logic, memory, spatial reasoning, emotions, and hand-eye coordination. Every part of the brain operates while planning […]
As an international school, it is important to share traditions. Today, the girls discovered the “Chandeleur”, a French tradition that takes place on February 2nd (yes we are a bit early). The Chandeleur is mostly known as “the day of the crêpes”, simply because we eat crêpes on that day!
In some French regions, people hold a coin in their left hand and need to hold the pan in their right hand. If you flip the crêpe on the first attempt, it means you will have financial luck for the rest of the year. It’s a very superstitious day The girls all tried to flip their crêpes and thankfully, none of them fell on the floor. But most importantly, they were delicious!
Tonight during our well-being tutorial, we focused on the reflective question: Do you embrace the international community, or do you prefer the convenience of building friendships within your own culture and language?
Here is the answer from the girls: “At Louis Yung 7, we are all from different nationalities. Sometimes, we share the same languages but that’s it. It is something very positive and amazing in the House because it helps us to embrace other’s cultures and to discover new countries! Also, we believe international friendships helps us to be a better open-minded person. Sometimes, having some friends from the same country is easier, but when we make friends at Collège du Léman, it is not because of their nationalities, it is because of their personalities.”
Today, we celebrated the Lunar New Year (a little bit early!), one of the most important events in Asian countries. It’s a time of joy and happiness!
Did you know over 2 billion people celebrate the Lunar New Year? Now, they can add all of our students to their statistics!
2023 is the year of the Rabbit (兔), starting on January 22nd and ending on February 9th. The year of the Rabbit is supposed to be a year of luck as it is considered the luckiest of the 12 Zodiac animals! Here is a little recap of the Rabbit story :
To celebrate it, we had a nice Chinese dinner with the girls!
But… What are the girls’ Zodiac signs? Let’s find out!
Gia, Marusya, Melissa, Zia (born in 2006) : Dog (戌) : honest, amiable, kind, cautious, prudent, loyal etc.
Stacy, Ameli, Martina, Regina (Born in 2005) : Rooster (酉) : talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, loyal etc.
Eva (Born in 2004) : Monkey (申) : creativity, curiosity, cleverness, confidence etc.
So… Is their Zodiac signs match their personality? I have to admit some of them are real!
In 1602, Geneva was coveted by the Savoyards. Chales-Emmanuel I intended to make Geneva his capital north of the Alps. On the night of 11-12th December 1602, a troop of 2000 soldiers launched a surprise attack. Arriving in Painpalais, the mercenaries climbed the walls surrounding the city. Armed with nothing more than courage and halberds, the citizens of Geneva, men and women alike, ran out of their houses to defend the city. They fought off the enemies using any means to hand. A number of stories recall the courage of La Mère Royaume, who scalded one Savoyard with her pot of soup. Since 1881, chocolate cauldrons decorated with the coat of arms of Geneva have been sold and eaten at this time every year in honour of the bravery.
Following the tradition, Zia and Eva, the youngest and oldest girls in our house, smashed a chocolate ‘Marmite’ and we all enjoyed eating the chocolate afterwards!
The anticipated special night of this term was finally here on Saturday! Our annual Winter Ball! The girls were certainly very excited for this celebration, especially because it had been two years of not being able to celebrate it outside school due to the restrictions. The event was a great success and the girls seemed […]
Santa decided to come early this year to bring us a present!
But first, we ate a delicious apple pie, which is the perfect cozy winter dessert. It was so good, that is why I made two for the girls! Nothing was left…
Then, it was time for Secret Santa. Everyone was part of it and it was a lovely moment with the girls. What a pleasure to have those moments of joy in the House! I hope everyone was happy about their present!
Today, Louis Yung 7 took part in the inter-house Bake-Off competition. With Regina being the master pastry chef, and Ameli, Eva and Marusya being excellent sous-chefs, the girls spent a really fun afternoon in the kitchen preparing our carrot cake. The result certainly impressed our judges, but what is more, is that we all enjoyed […]
Apart from ‘Samedi du Partage’, today the girls took part in several on-campus activities of their choice, such as Woodcraft, Stretching, Bodyshaping and Running. They also helped out in decorating the dining hall Christmas tree. It’s always great to see them being this active and trying their best to keep a balance between academics, fitness and hobbies!
As every year, CDL participated again in the Samedi du Partage initiative with a lot of our students volunteering during the day on Saturday to promote the activity. The aim of the food collection of Samedi du Partage is to help all people in need in Geneva, whatever their difficulties, their age or their situation. From our House, Stacy, Zia and Martina took on this volunteering role with a huge smile and a great sense of responsibility! Thank you, girls, for all that you do to be active members of the broader community!
Noticing differences is normal but there are many ways to be an ally.
While last week we reflected on how the sense of diversity is part of a global world, this week we will reflect with the students on the notion of diversity itself. It’s easy to label diversity as something uniquely linked to ethnicity, creed or sexuality… However, there are many, many other forms of diversity.
Simple things such as personal tastes or hobbies are a source of diversity, and these are at least as visible as the above-mentioned ones.
Therefore, why do we bear a judgement towards someone who doesn’t have the same religion or the same beliefs and not towards someone who doesn’t listen to the same music or supports another sports team?
The video below gives a simple explanation on the real notion of differences and diversity.
We all want to be allies in this crusade and all our work in terms of charity and community service does pay a great service to bring us together, acknowledging the differences but strengthening our similarities. That should be the key and that is the way that as a school we’re paving.
On a more individual level, we believe the answer lies in the following video.
Today, Eva and Regina had an important meeting with Mrs. Batey, our CDL University Advisor to discuss their plans for the future. As you can see, they are very focused and probably thinking about which university they should choose for next year!
Last week we started our 2nd Pillar of our Wellbeing Programme.
It is a very delicate topic but it’s good to be able to talk about it openly and objectively. As in pillar 1, we have two take away points. This week we discussed about Take Away point 1
Take away point 1 – Integration and diversity are part of the international agenda of the world’s most important institutions.
We talk about it at a lower level, at schools, work and public places. However, that topic is at the heart of the identity of all the major international organizations and that is something that sometimes we overlook to consider diversity something to think of at an individual level. Beyond the political message on the importance of diversity, institutions like the UN have a policy of promoting diversity in their work force and enabling all types of people to access job position within their ranks and therefore setting the example on integration and teamwork.
Globally what we want to achieve with this point is that students understand that Diversity and Integration are present far beyond the school environment or our individual background and that it’s a top priority in the world today. Sometimes, this might be overlooked, and we believe it’s important they acknowledge that the work and reflection being done here is echoed in the World Leading Institutions.
Arrival weekend has just come to an end, with our girls returning from all over the world, after having spent an enjoyable week away with family. From our side, we are definitely glad to have them back and to hear them share their experiences with such enthusiasm! On another note, with Halloween being just around the corner, the atmosphere on campus is rather ‘spooky’ and so is our House! A big warm welcome back and Happy Halloween!
Today we gathered around the kitchen and prepared a delicious meal for the whole house. All the girls from the house have cooperated, together, to prepare a salad, two omelettes and two lasagnas. They chopped the vegetables, fried and boiled the ingredients and also helped with the table set up.
In the end, we had the meal sitting all together and enjoying this valuable moment, laughing and chatting, sharing and caring because at the end of the day, that is what matters. Thanks to all of them for being so cooperative and helpful.
Tonight we have improvised a House dinner, as we received a nice present from Gia’s family: local and homemade Lebanese food. It was delicious and we also enjoyed nice and intense conversations to get to know each other better and celebrate Aída’s birthday with a lovely cake. The “Happy birthday” song was sung in 8 different languages!! It has been a very nice evening with a great family ambience.
Tonight at our weekly meeting we had the opportunity to reflect on paper about this first pillar of our wellbeing program. The girls have written about how their friends and the people around them have a positive impact on their healthy balanced lifestyle regarding nutrition and physical activity.
Even though the weather has become a bit grey and wet, our weekend has been very active. Our girls have participated in different activities, such as running club, tennis or golf. Of course, we have also been delighted by our Sunday’s brunch to recover.
Today in the Wellbeing Session, we had discussed how to have a healthy balanced diet and how it could help in our lives. Also, the girls had enjoyed a very relax meditation to help them to regulate stress.
First Mountain Weekend in Verbier. Our girls did Rope Course, Rock Climbing, Overnight Hiking, Multi- sports and they had a lot of fun while doing it. The girls enjoyed that there was a wide variety of activities to choose from. The experience bounded them closer . In addition, they had more time to spend with their classmates and got to know their them a bit better.
Overall, each one of the girls enjoyed the trip very much. All of the girls are looking forward to the future mountain weekends with CLD
Our brave girls have fought today to win the Sport Competition. It has been amazing to see how this group is becoming a family and how the House spirit has united them today. The result doesn’t really matter, but they have proved they will be great competitors this year!
These days we have been busy, receiving our girls, getting to know each other, having fun and having loads of emotions. We have asked the girls to think of one word to describe these first days… “Awesome, exciting, cozy, new, home….” were some of them. This is just the beginning of the new adventure in Louis Yung 7 Boarding House. Welcome to the new School year 22/23!
Our first Brunch together
Going out together
Some time to relax and use the Wellbeing welcome package
Louis Yung 7 Boarding House is ready to open its doors for the new School year 2022/2023.
We are very excited to welcome our girls very soon and share a whole year of experiences, new goals and tonnes of smiles.
Today the House closes the door with loads of memories of the year. Our girls are already part of the story of this House and we hope they have take valuable lessons and great memories! We wish you a great summer and we will be opening on the 24th of August! Enjoy holidays!
This has been our last weekend in Boarding for this year. We have had our last brunch and celebrated the CLD International Family Day, with a great success despite the high temperatures. Kate volunteered to help and was presenting her stage performance! Well done!!
What a day it has been for all our students in Collège du Léman, the weather was splendid, the school organised various wonderful activities, beverages and endless yummy ice creams for us all to enjoy. It was lovely to see everyone taking part and making the most of this event 🙂
An early start this morning for our girls in LY7 to get ready for their very special graduation day, we watched this ceremony live from our boarding house, it was an amazing moment to see them in their beautiful dresses and graduation gowns. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Sophie Bernardo, Varvara Timoshkina, Petra krizkova and Polina Ryzhuk for their achievement and we wish them the very best in the future.
Tonight, we have celebrated a very special event. Tonight the grade 12 girls returned and we have had the opportunity to have a last dinner together. Even though it is not raclette session, it was girls’s choice. And we made virgin cocktails. We share laughs news and a very nice evening once again all together for last time this year. After dinner we played a very special Kahoot that make girls laugh and cry of emotion for our farewell.
A wonderful long weekend at Collège Du Léman, so many things were organised, a trip to Copenhagen, Montreux Castle, golf, biking and much more… We were delighted to have the on-site pool open with a lifeguard for our students to enjoy! At LY7 we had a sound bath meditation in the lovely outdoor garden. As always brunch was exquisite. Varya made us some homemade frozen drinks this afternoon, they were just yummy 🙂 overall it was an enchanting weekend.
We have planted several vegetables and flowers and it is already visible how soon we will have some results. Today we have seen our first bean!! Our main gardener is Varya who is excellent with plants and loves to spend time taking care of the garden.
The girls and house parents enjoyed a magnificent selection of food for brunch today, we all look forward to Sunday to indulge with this wide selection of delicious food catered for us but our amazing team of chefs. Thank you so much
This pillar allows students to reflect on what they experience in their own inner world, which includes their feelings, thoughts, perceptions, memories, beliefs, hope, dreams, desires, motivations, longings ect… these feelings can occur even without them being aware of it. The lack of self-awareness entails the failure to see the patterns in our behaviors and thinking. As a result, we risk making choices that are not aligned with what we really are and with what we really want. When we develop the habit to pay attention to these inner experiences we become more self-aware. This can help us have more control over the decisions and choices we make preventing us from being at the mercy of our own feelings, desires and external negative pressure.
This is a very powerful exercise that will support students to make safe and responsible choices.
This sunny weather has inspired Varya today to collect some mint and flowers in our garden to create a refresh and beautiful virgin cocktails for us in the House. Varya is very creative and she has prepared this lovely drink tonight. Thank you Varya!
Tonight we have had our weekly international dinner in a different way. We have had a Food Truck on campus and we have enjoyed the lovely weather we have this spring. It has been great and students have enjoyed a lot!
A busy weekend for our students studying hard and preparing for the approaching exams! however, we managed to find some time to enjoy the weather in our amazing outdoor garden, the girls joined in this Sunday, the sound bath workshop to unwind the stress cumulated throughout the week. We also took part in May fitness challenge highest score of jumping jacks performed by Petra 61 jumps in 30seconds Sophie scored 47 jumps and Rym 43 jumps. It was a nice moment shared with the LY7 girls, creating lots of memories before end of term.
We are finishing our Wellbeing Pillar 4 based on Online Safety.
As conclusion of the Pillar the girls have decided to create a Poster with their own ideas and great reflections on it that we also discussed during our last meeting.
We couldn’t make the Phone Detox, but it was very nice to make them aware of the little accomplishments they can do to don’t be so dependent on devices. Each of the girls checked their daily and weekly activity on the phone and we had some surprises! It was great to reveal and share all together putting some attention on our Wellbeing.
Today we have celebrated our traditional Talent Show. We have performed with Louis Degalier Boarding House and it has been a success!! The girls have performed the song ” WHEN I’M GONE” and it was a great show. We have received a lot of compliments. A big WELL DONE girls!!
Wonderful afternoon LY7 girls & LDG had a rehearsal for their talent show performance, I was very impressed with the rhythm!! I won’t say more. Check our blog on Tuesday or Wednesday evening to watch their act. The girls also enjoyed a sound bath experience to unwind, release and reboot. It was a very relaxing moment.
We had a lovely shared brunch this morning, as always we were not disappointed by the lovely selection of food to choose from. We happily chatted and discussed our plans for the day. The weather was fabulous, a taste of spring was very much welcomed:)
Today we have celebrated CDL day, an amazing event where the staff and students have participated to create a special atmosphere on Campus. We have run the annual Grand Prix, we have enjoyed several concerts and performances. A lovely day to celebrate CDL spirit!
What could be better than a Sunday in a Spa?…. Probably share it in family with the LY7 girls! A great opportunity to relax together, have some laughs and a small excursion to Geneva with a stop for a dinner included.
The girls have enjoyed and we all are going to sleep pretty well tonight, ready for a new week.
A very important topic is being discussed with students to raise awareness about online safety, sharing pictures and personal details on social media.
Also to remind them about the serious impact posting particular pictures of them or friends can have in the long run! This Online Safety Pillar is extremely important as teenagers use social media frequently to maintain friendships, share interests, and connect with people. It has become a key part of their day-to-day life but they need to be aware of what NOT TO POST!! Unfortunately, it can not be removed.
2022 the year of the tiger the dining hall transformed beautifully to celebrate and welcome the Chinese New Year, the students and staff enjoyed tasting some scrumptious Chinese food and desserts. Xiè Xiè
Collège du Léman students spent a long weekend in Crans-Montana, they had an amazing ski experience with breathtaking views! The ski resort of Crans-Montana offers suitable pistes for all levels to make their ski experience unforgettable. All students enjoyed many activities on offer during their stay for skiers and non-skiers from snowboarding, skiing, snowtubing, ice skating, a day trip to Sion, escape game, board games, and trampoline. They liked their free time in town with friends exploring and dining in several restaurants.
Today we have made a delicious Foccacia, participating in the NAE Focaccia Art project.
Petra has been so motivated and has done a great and tasty job also trying to make Hummus for first time with a secret recipe!! Thank you Petra! It was a great success and we have shared all together in a nice evening meeting.
We have celebrated L’Escalade this weekend. It is an annual festival in Geneva, held each December in celebration of the defeat of an attempt to conquer the Protestant city by the Catholic Duchy of Savoy. We have had fun in the House with the traditional ritual of breaking the “Chocolate Marmite”.
This weekend we have enjoyed our traditional Christmas dinner. It was lovely to share a special night together before the holidays and have all the girls together for this special event. We have tasted a delicious dinner and had a great time.
Tonight we have shared a nice dinner in the House. We have enjoyed a raclette and the girls really enjoyed it.
After during our weekly meeting, we have received Miss Jody’s visit who has talked to us a bit about Empathy, in relation with our Pillar 2 of our Wellbeing Program – How to fight against Bullying. We have talked about diversity and respect. It has been a lovely evening.
We have spent a lovely busy weekend in Louis Yung 7. We have had time for a bit of work in the House, keeping clean our lovely house. Also time for baking muffins. And we have been helping in the Gift Box project, which will bring a lot of joy to some kids in the East of Europe for Christmas. Thank you girls for your help and solidarity!
Today we have celebrated the scariest party of the year. The girls had made a great effort to be creative and achieve a nice result to participate in the pumpkin carving. We have enjoyed a nice dinner and every girl has participated in the costume contest. It was a great experience sharing the night all together 🙂
It is time for a well-deserved break. Our girls have been working hard since the beginning of the year. We have enjoyed Boarding life and all the activities we had the opportunity to share in our community. It is time for October break, a perfect moment to recover energy and come back full of positivity. Enjoy the holiday! See you soon!
This week in our Wellbeing program, we have discussed ‘How can we use our hobbies to de-stress?’
The girls have talked about what help them to de-stress and how they use their hobbies to relax and keep their balance. We have identified our hobbies, which is the first step to afer use them as beneficial activities and positive form of relaxation or destressing.
Art, music, sport, crochet were some of the ideas we came up with.
Today’s session is linked with what we have been talking about these days: ‘How can we identify personalstressors‘. The girls discussed the different things they associate with stress and how they deal with it. It was nice to learn from each others ways of dealing with stress.
Tonight we celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with moon. Each September, Chinese families gather to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. The moon’s roundness symbolizes harmony and prosperity, and the festival celebrates the harvest, often bringing together family members from near and far. This is an opportunity for cultural exchange which the girls have enjoyed this evening together in the House.
This month we are proudly participating in the September Challenge Competition in line with Pillar 1 of our wellbeing programme. Our girls are really motivated and we have achieved great results. Well done girls!!
We are now entering the second week of the first Pillar of our wellbeing programme – Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds.
One of the takeaway points from this pillar is “How important is sleep?”. We find it a crucial topic for the students to explore when discovering how to take care of themselves and how they can maintain a healthy body and mind.
This week during our House Assembly we watchted the TED-Ed video “The benefits of a good night’s sleep” from Shai Marcu which has generated interesting discussion about this important topic.
For the next weeks we will keep discussing about our sleeping habits and how we can improve them.
We have spend a nice weekend together, there was time to study, but also to have fun together. Some of the girls joined the Baking Club this weekend and we have had a movie night on Saturday. It is a great feeling spending time together!
We are happy to see all of our students back and finally, we have had the opportunity to share a moment together and celebrate our first Assembly of the year. We proudly had Sophie on the stage sharing with the entire Boarding Community her Goals for the year.
For dinner, we have enjoyed our traditional Swiss welcome dinner. We are ready for the new School year!
We are happy to let you know that Louis Yung 7 Boarding House is open and ready to receive our girls. We are sure this is going to be a very important year for all of us and we will be happy to share every moment of it. Looking forward to welcome you back!
Happy Holidays!! We wish you all a well-deserved and relaxing Summer holiday! Thank you to our LY7 girls: Laetitia, Louise J. Alina. Johane, Isabella. Jessica, Louise L and Aruzhan for making this year so special and enjoyable for us. We shall miss you!
This week in our Well-being Tutorial, Isabela made a presentation focused on Covid-19 and how to feel and manage this phase. We have to remember that no one is alone in this situation, so there is no need to feel scared because we are all in this together. Let’s try and focus on ourselves and the ones we love and not to panic. Be thankful for what you have. We should be eating well looking out for each other, being healthy and stable exercise. Our bodies experience new things. Remember to be clean while we all are stuck in this quarantine. Let’s figure out a way we can make our world a better place and cleaner so that we don’t have a problem like this in the future. At this moment we cannot forget who we are. We can’t let this get to us. We shouldn’t give up when we are so close to our goals. Let’s not lose hope because there is always a little good in a bad situation and we should accept that. And sure, enough things will eventually get better very soon. We just need to be patients, and we will get there.
We wish you a very restful, joyful and peaceful holiday with your loves one. Here in Louis Yung 7, we will be looking to see all of you, Alina, Laetitia, Ruijin, Aruzhan, Lulu, Louise, Johane, Isabella after the holidays. 🙂 We miss you!
Recently, Laetitia has been helping out in old portena to take care of the two little ones, Karina and Elsa. She made so much effort to get them ready for bed and play with them during social hours. The girls and Laetitia enjoy each other’s company very much.
Friendship isn’t about age or nationality, as long as you genuinely put in your time and energy, it will grow beautifully.
Tonight, Ms.Jody came to LY7 to check how are things going after our recent room change. All the girls have shown their satisfaction with our current rooming arrangement which is extremely important to our wellbeing.
Ms.Jody showed us a picture of a flock of birds flying in the sky, and she explained why the birds flock. It improves a bird’s chance of survival against predators because a large group of birds is stronger and better protected and with many eyes, the flock is far more likely to spot a would-be marauder. Also, the predator will find it harder to concentrate on a single victim, increasing the individual member of the flock’s chance of survival. Flocking also enables birds to fly further using less energy because when the strong leader bird flaps its wings it creates uplift for the birds behind. Living in the same house is just like flocking, in order to fly farther, faster and safer, we need to work as a team, support each other uplift each other.
The brand new World News Committee, led by students and guided by Mr.Rob, Mr.James, Ms.Terri, was introduced in today’s assembly.
Students who are interested in journalism, writing or just love to put their focus on what is going on in the world at the moment are welcome to join. They will discuss current affairs and relevant world news and then present in the future boarding assemblies.
Les épreuves communes de contrôle continu (E3C) qui concernent les élèves de 1ère, dans le cadre de la réforme du Bac 2021, se sont mises en place sous les meilleurs auspices au CDL, qui devient centre d’examen. Les enseignants ont reçu leurs convocations et les épreuves ont débuté le jeudi 30 janvier , avec l’anglais, dans des conditions optimales. Avec la dématérialisation, autre nouveauté de cette réforme, les copies, anonymes, sont numérisées, les corrections se font en ligne et chaque élève pourra consulter sa copie corrigée sur son propre compte…Une remarquable avancée….Prochaines étapes : les épreuves de LVB et d’histoire-géographie….Merci à toute l’équipe pédagogique et administrative pour son engagement sans faille et plein succès à tous nos élèves pour cette première étape du Bac…Emmanuel Coigny Executive Principal 1er et 2nd cycles #collegeduleman#ecoleinternationale#baccalaureat
Friendship, like all other things, isn’t always smooth sailing. It will be tested throughout the years, and only that will make it stronger!
In this session of wellbeing, we discussed how to deal with conflict and disagreement in friendship. First of all, we have to admit people aren’t the same, but it doesn’t change the fact different minds can have similarities here and there. Secondly, communication is key when we have disagreements with friends, we all agree that misunderstanding oftentimes is just lack of communication.
How can you make good friends if you’re not one yourself? The definition of a good friend varies from person to person, but there are certain traits, characteristics, and qualities that most people would agree make someone a good friend.
In this week’s wellbeing session, we are asking ourselves are we good friends to others and what makes us a good friend?
Some say we are there for our friends when they need help, others think they can lift their friends up when they’re down, we also agree that good friends should always stay true and honest to each other, respect each other’s individuality and accept each other for who they are.
There are many more qualities of good friends that we have discussed. Some qualities are more important to some people than they are to others. Each person must set his or her own criteria for what it means to be a good friend. And that means you, too, must possess those qualities in your interactions with your friends.
Starting off 2020 with Good vibes and positive energy.
There are voices that have been telling us the world is getting worse, but through Mr.Usher’s recap of 2019, we realize there is so much progress that this world has made in the past year.
We tend to focus on bad things so that we overlook all the positive changes around the globe. Just like Mr.Usher said, focus on good things, do good things and be a good example, good things will come to you.
In today’s wellbeing session, we watched an interesting TED talk video about how human relationships affect our mental and physical health. We all know that friendships and more in general relationships are an essential part of a human being’s life, in this Ted talk a psychoanalyst shared the study of his team, that the key of living a happy long life is not about fame or fortune but to have good relationships with friends family and community.