Weekend Adventures!

It snowed this weekend and the girls were very excited.

Coco and Cora visited Gruyeres and the Cailler Chocolate Factory

Fun fact Coco is a descendant of Daniel Peter who is the inventor of milk chocolate at Nestlé.


Rei and Yvonne enjoyed a nature hike.

 

Football champion!


Congratulations to our football champion Joelle !

Her team received 3rd place after a tournament in Lausanne today, she is really pleased and the trophy is on display in New Portena!

lots of love,

The new Portena Team

x

Weekend fun!

 
Lots of our girls were in Paris this weekend and having so much fun and we had some incredible painting with lights and nature walks with the others! Another fun weekend at New Portena!

lots of love,

the New Portena Team

 

 

Weekend Fun

This weekend was packed with fun activities.

Taisiia played some tennis on Saturday morning with a friend.

Bice, Joelle and Defne made some delicious tiramisu which they kindly shared with the house.


Sabine, Sara and Sayuri baked some delicious white chocolate chip and strawberry muffins with the Champs de Bois kids.

Volleyball Tournament

This past weekend the school volleyball team participated in the Suisse Group of International Schools tournament in Leysin.

On the Saturday they won all the matches they played. On Sunday they won all the matches except for one and they came 3rd overall.

We are so proud of the entire team and want to give a special shout-out to our very own Zoya for their incredible work.

Happy mid autumn festival!!!!


Today is the Mid Autumn festival in China, our amazing Mary showed a video about the festival to all our girls and then we all shared some delicious mooncakes  🥮🥮🥮

thank you Mary for sharing the story of the festival and a small piece of your culture!

lots of love,

The New Portena team x

Lake Clean Up!

Yesterday a lot of our new Portena girls volunteered to help the lake Geneva Cleanup project. They were there to help with setting up the equipment and tents for divers and volunteers that would be the ones actually cleaning the lake. Here are some pics from the day.

Why is Sleep Important?

Pillar 1 of our wellbeing programme in CDL is 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.

The teenage years are a formative period. The brain and body experience significant development, and the transition to adulthood brings important changes that affect emotions, personality, social and family life, and academics. Sleep is essential during this time, working behind the scenes to allow teens to be at their best. Unfortunately, research indicates that many teens get far less sleep than they need. Sleep is vital for people of any age. For teens, though, profound mental, physical, social, and emotional development requires quality sleep.

During one of our Boarding House assemblies, we asked each girl the effects that can be caused from lack of sleep, and how it can impact many areas of our lives? We got a lot of good answers and have condensed it into this poster. Enjoy!

Teacher visit

Some of our girls teachers came to visit us today and it was so nice to have a chat and for them to see the house. It was great for us to meet them and share some cakes !

 

 

lots of love,

The New Portena Team x

Mountain Weekend!!!

This weekend our lovely ladies went to the Leysin Mountain weekend with all the boarders. It was a full weekend of fun where they did a range of activities from acrobranching and castle visits to mountain biking and Hiking.

Lots of love,

The New Portena Team x

Cheffing it up

It was a big week for cooking and baking in the New Portena house.



Sara, Sayuri and Sabine made some delicious pasta arrabiata.

Sakura baked some chocolate chip cookies.



Both Defnes, Anya and Cora made some apple crumble as well.

Wellbeing Pillar 1 – Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds – Week 2

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.

During our Boarding House assemblies this week, we will be talking to the students about the effects that can be caused from lack of sleep, and how it can impact many areas of our lives.

Lack of sleep reduces focus and it will make it more difficult for student’s to learn. Studies have shown that poor quality sleep, or not enough sleep, can lead poor organisational skills, a decrease in mood or behaviour, reduced attention span and even memory loss. We would like to outline the importance of sleep to our students so that they are fully prepared and they give themselves the best opportunity possible to achieve their full potential – in all aspects of their lives. Allowing the brain the sufficient amount of time to rest and recover means we give ourselves the best chance to succeed.

Also throughout this pillar, we are running a Daily Fitness Challenge across our Boarding Community. This is to encourage our students to get active, have fun and take their minds off things that may be causing them stress. The participation, competitiveness and enthusiasm the students have shown so far has been fantastic and we hope to see this continue throughout September with even more students taking part. Please find some photos below from the challenge so far…..

 

 

Weekend Hang Outs

This weekend, the girls headed into Geneva,  hung out on campus and ate out and in together. Enjoy the photos of the good times had.


Kate, Taisiia and Kseniia grabbed some boba tea.


Defne and Venus shopped till they almost literally dropped them grabbed some food.


Moli and Sayuri chilled on the sports pitch.

Defne, Moli and Anya took some selfies.

Mary, Ghida, Cherry and Sofia visited one of the outside villas.

Cherry, Mary and Carina had dinner with a friend.

 

Movie Night!!!

We had our very first movie night of the year. We have a movie jar which was filled with 3 movie ideas by each of the girls. We watch whatever is pulled from the jar.

Defne A was the first to pick a movie and she pulled out Jumanji.


We made some popcorn, s’mores and hot chocolate for the big event and gathered together for the movie.

Can’t wait for the next movie night!

WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!

We would like to formally welcome Ana Sofia aka Molina to our boarding house. She taught us a new card game and we taught her our very strict uno rules. She already fits in so well and we are really happy she has joined us.

Home cooked meal


After a long first week back at school some of our lovely ladies made everybody some Spaghetti Carbonara and we all sat down to have our beautiful meal together.

Thank you Sakura, Bice, Sayuri and Sara !!!

P.S.  it was delicious

lots of love,

The New Portena Team

First day back

So exited to have our house filling up with all the lovely ladies of New Portena!


it’s a pleasure to see all the girls smiling! We enjoyed a fun game of UNO Defne, Coco and Anna were our three champions!!

Love,

The New Portena team x

 

Welcome to New Portena !!!


We are so excited to welcome you back for another wonderful year at New Portena!

You may already know Ms. Terri Davis and we are so excited to welcome our new deputy Ms. Maria-Sofia Mantonaki and our two new house tutors Ms. Yewande Ajala and Ms. Emilie Keating.

Love,
The New Portena team

 

End of Year Party

Our girls enjoyed the amazing weather and had so much fun!!!

We had a sister fight, who do you think won?

Mary looking professional with her water gun, be careful, she is ready to shoot

Of course, our party soul … THE SPEAKER 🙂

Sabine tried first the slide, what an experience

Why can’t basketball players go on vacation?

They aren’t allowed to travel…. *Ba dum chhh*

On Wednesday, we came face to face with Leman in the basketball tournament. We dodged, dribbled, passed, scored and sweated, but sadly not enough to come home with a victory. Our girls played hard and well, and we are proud of them taking part in these tournaments.

We have one more tournament to go, let’s see how we match up against Olympus!

Quiz Night

Tonight, all houses took part in an EPIC competition to find out who had the best general knowledge. We came a respectable 4th place, to Villa Du Lac’s 1st place, Leman One’s 2nd Place, and Megard’s 3rd place. Well done to Ghida and Sabine for representing New Portena and all houses. And thank you for a fun, friendly and competitive tournament.

Bonus Question: How many bones Sharks have? (Scroll for the answer!)

Answer: none, their skeleton is made out of cartilage!

New Portena raises chefs!

 

Today in New Portena we were craving cookies, so we made them!

First, we needed to find the perfect recipe, Yvonne helped us with her culinary knowledge.


Next step, wash our hands properly

And we started the process:

Mixing ingredients and giving them shape

we could not forget, the less fun part, but most important, cleaning afterwards


And what goes last?

ENJOYING THEM!!!!

Thank you very much Sabine, Yvone and Liam for this fun rainy Sunday afternoon. You are great cooks!!!!

EID MUBARAK – 13th May 2021

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr (Eid Mubarak) 2021

The holy month of Ramadan has come to an end and the Muslim community is all geared up to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. The religious festival is celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal, on which people do not observe fast on this day. Eid is usually celebrated a day after the crescent moon sighting in Saudi Arabia, which is considered sacrosanct

Observed by the Muslim community around the world, on this day, loved ones come together to break the fast. Not only that, on this day people express gratitude and pray to Allah for everything they have. They wake up early in the morning, dress up wearing new clothes and wish their loved one

Having a WHEEL good time

Congratulations to Sakura who came runner-up in Day 9 of the May Fitness Challenge- How many cartwheels can you do without stopping? Sakura aced this challenge by doing 50 cartwheels! Well done as well to Elise and Bianka who got 20 and 25 respectively.

Wellbeing Discussions

‘Making Safe and Responsible Choices’: Last Wednesday, we sat down in groups and discussed the positive and negative consequences of different decisions. We discussed topics surrounding; smoking and vaping; sexual activity; bullying online and in person; judging others online; underage drinking; not following your dreams.

We were very impressed with the answers and comments the girls gave us and hope they will put into practice these types of pros and cons mentally before making risky decisions.

Wellbeing Pillar 5

Second week of our Pillar 5: Making safe and responsible choices.

The discus-sion points of week 2 will be around:

The ESSENCE of teen brain and the science behind decision making process.

The objectives are to :

  • Debunk some of the most misleading and disempowering myths around adolescence
  • Explore how changes in brain structure during adolescence are just part of anatural, innate and healthy development which simply prepares teens for grown-up life
  • Being aware of this process and honouring this unique and fascinating moment in our life, can help teens and adults (caregivers) alike to support each other
  • Explore how the awareness of upsides and downsides of the different cardinal features of adolescence can help our kids to develop a fully integrated mind,and reduce and contain the risks of harm and serious injuries. At the same timethis awareness can help educators (and parents) to bring a more empathic andcompassionate approach when interacting with, looking after and guiding ado-lescents during these tumultuous years.

 

Morges Tulip Festival

On Sunday, we went to lovely Morges, a lovely town on the edge of Lake Geneva. Created to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vaud Horticultural Society in 1971, the Tulip Festival continues to delight the many annual visitors from Switzerland and abroad.

Fun in Geneva

Our girls profited from the lovely weather and long days by going to Geneva either on Friday night or Sunday. Everyone enjoyed spending time by our beautiful lake surrounded by the wonderful mountains.

Kata’s Plank Challenge

For the past month we have been challenging the house and visitors to see how long they can hold a plank for!

A plank is a good way to train your abdominal muscles, but has many other benefits such as: improving stability, aiding posture, reducing back pain, strengthening your back and arm muscles!

Check out our leaderboard:

Keeping it reel at the lake

Bianka took full advantage of our beautiful weather and surroundings, by going to relax by the lake and even went for a swim! The lake was 10 degrees Celsius and Bianka felt the benefits!

Benefits of swimming in cold water:

1. It boosts your immune system

The effects of cold water on the immune system have been studied widely. Cold water helps to boost the white blood cell count because the body is forced to react to changing conditions. Over time, your body becomes better at activating its defences.

2. It makes you happier

Cold water swimming activates endorphins. This chemical is what the brain produces to make us feel good during activities. Cold water swimming is also a form of exercise, and exercise has been proven to treat depression. Cold water swimming brings us close to the pain barrier. Endorphins are released when we’re in pain, to help us cope with it.

3. It improves your circulation

Cold water swimming flushes your veins, arteries, and capillaries. It forces blood to the surface and helps to warm our extremities. Repeated exposure adapts us to the cold.

4. It burns calories

The heart has to pump faster in cold water and the body must work harder to keep everything warm while swimming. Overall, far more calories are burned during cold water swimming than swimming in warmer conditions. The idea that drinking cold water increases the number of calories you burn may be a myth, but it is a fact that cold water decreases your body temperature so much that the body must act.

5. It reduces stress

Cold water swimming places stress on the body physically and mentally. Many studies have identified the link between cold water and stress reduction. Cold water swimmers become calmer and more relaxed.

Online Safety- why is social media dangerous? (By Linda Grade 10)

There are many disadvantages of sharing personal information online. The biggest disadvantage is that we do not fully understand privacy on the Internet. Although people think that they’re accounts are private, do we really know how private they are and how different organisations use our information ? For example, social media doesn’t provide much privacy protection for the users. They watch users and see what kind of things they put into their profiles and what interests them, through their interactions.

In addition, sharing personal information online will expose all of your privacy and can be used by people with ulterior motives. When using the Internet, people can steal your  personal information. When you post things like your name, birthday, credit card number and your place of residence online, there will be a risk of your information being used by others and what they can and will do with this.

How to create a secure password (by Kseniia Grade 9)

This article is written by Kseniia in Grade 9, as part of her individual project. She decided to research what a strong password is and how to create it.

What passwords are not strong?

Passwords are ordinary words or phrases, letters or numbers in a row.  People often use them when they don’t think about security or just want to quickly finish registration.

Ex: Alex1234; Dog56;

What passwords are strong?

Strong passwords are combinations of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.

Ex-aYn72Wn; QqHoi@73Hj

How to create a strong password? 

1. Take any random phrase, for example, EgyptCat.

2. Replace some letters with special characters.  It will be easier to remember if you replace the letters on the basis of similarity.  For example, a on @, i on!, O on 0.

Ex- Eg!pedK0t

How not to declassify your password?

Create a new password for every important service.

Enable two-factor authentication wherever this option is available.

Do not put your passwords in the browser.

On your marks, get set… POST!

For this Pillar’s Community Project (Online Safety), we have separated the girls into 5 teams. Each team must come up with a post, either a photo, video or combination of both, and post it onto their social media accounts. After a week, we will see which team has the most interactivity from their followers and others (interactivity includes: views, likes, comments and shares). Whoever has the most wins a special prize at the end of the week! We hope this challenge allows the girls to think twice before posting as they will be able to see how easy it is to get things to go ‘viral’/ seen by other people, including people they never met!!

Good luck girls! May the most creative and best team win.

Wellbeing Workshop- posting on social media

In tonight’s house assembly, we explored social media and how what we post can effect many different aspects in our current and future lives. We asked the girls questions which they had to answer with ‘yes’, ‘no’, or ‘I don’t know’ showing their answers on a piece of card. We then discussed the answers to gain a better understanding surrounding each topic and question. It was great to hear and see the girls responses. We hope this session was inspirational and educational.

A fun filled weekend!

This weekend has been packed full of activities! For the first time in months, the girls were allowed in Geneva which made them all very happy. Today some girls went on a trip to the Alimentarium in Vevey whilst others went skiing in Verbier!

Welcome back!

We are very happy that the girls who stayed on campus enjoyed this last sunny week, those who chose the Winter Camp had the best time as well.

The Boarding House is open, and we are really excited to welcome back the remaining girls, and get the rest of the term underway!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Today at dinner we had a very nice decoration to enjoy this lovely day.

On Valentine’s Day we think of those

Who make our lives worthwhile,

Those gracious, friendly people who

We think of with a smile.

I am fortunate to know you,

That’s why I want to say,

To a rare and special person:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

By Joanne Fuchs

February Boarding Assembly

We had the opportunity to listen to our lovely Elisa with this amazing song. Such an amazing talent. Well done!

We could also share some moments and ideas for the end of the Pillar 3 of the Wellbeing Program, this time we talked about building positive friendship.

Let’s talk about peer-pressure

During our house-meeting we addressed the subject of peer-pressure, which is a common phenomenon amongst youngsters. Negative impulses can come from friends, classmates and social media, and can effect our decision making and behaviour. Smoking, vaping, drinking, conformism are just a few of the worrisome results of peer-pressure.

It’s very important to learn about independent decision making, and peer resistance skills in order to avoid peer pressure. It’s also essential that the students have confidence and trust in their adult caregivers and therefore, if and when, they experience peer pressure, we encourage them talk about it and ask for help.

Winter dinner

In order to celebrate the end of the year before the vacation, we enjoyed a nice and bright winter dinner in school. The cafeteria was transformed for the occasion and it was absolutely stunning!! Everyone made an effort to be well dressed and prepared.

We all had a good moment while keeping our usual precautions, as we were sitting by house, what we’re doing for a while already.

ONE, TWO THREE – masks off!

Award Ceremony

Tonight we had the great honor to give medals to the winners of the award ceremony. We were rewarding the students for their participation in the boarding life, their participation in activities, and for their good academic results.

Unfortunately, we were missing some girls (Alison, Cherry, Yvonne) but we keep their medals and we will give them to them on their return.

Congratulations to Sabine and Bianka for the boarding life award and Ghida for her best academics achievement for GR11 / IB1!

And then we ate the “chocolate marmite” broken according to the Swiss tradition!

It represents a battle between French and Swiss people where the Swiss citizens defended themselves by throwing boiling soup onto the invaders.

Samdi Du Partage

The CDL Make A Difference Society (MADS) and the Parent Faculty Association (PFA) are teaming up to support the Partage food bank this year. Partage is a Geneva-based, hunger-fighting charity, which supports thousands of fortunate individuals and families each week with 3 main goals:

  • Social: helping those in a precarious situation and fighting hunger
  • Economic: providing professional rehabilitation for job seekers
  • Ecological: reducing food waste while maintaining a small ecological footprint

During these difficult times, it was nice to see Elise jump at the opportunity to help others. This was her individual project for the Wellbeing Pillar 2, celebrating diversity and combating against bullying.

Well done, Elise!

Bake-off competition!

 

Sakura thank you for this project which can be linked to our wellbeing project. Bringing diversity and  inclusion through a Japanese recipe.

Bianka and Radka thank you so much for helping with the decoration.

WELL DONE GIRLS!

Gift Box Appeal

Some of our girls helped packing and carrying boxes for the gift box appeal as part of their individual project for this Wellbeing Pillar, which is celebrating diversity and combating against bullying.

This appeal is aimed at helping children learn about giving to others not as fortune as they are. The timing links well with the UN “Rights of the Child Day” on 20th November. A number of schools use the appeal to show that poverty is not so far away and help students to understand how others live. This is a non religious and purely humanitarian appeal. The Gift Boxes get sent to needy children in Eastern Europe children who have never had a gift, many living in unbelievable poverty. In the boxes are special treats, sweets and toys, provide toiletries and especially school needs, so helping them attend school with items not provided by the state.

 

Wellbeing Community Project

This wellbeing pillar is all about celebrating diversity and protecting against bullying. Therefore, New Portena joined 2 primary boys in their a cappella singing activity. The aim was to give the students a different experience, trying something new, whilst providing support to the youngest members of boarding.

The teacher prepared a tailor-made session aiming to have a constructive exchange between students of different ages. We hoped us joining the activity helped to boost the boys confidence as well as allowed our girls to experience diverse moment out of their usual weekly routine.

 

Movie night- The Great Gatsby

Last night, we watched ‘The Great Gatsby’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio. A film request made by Mary as she is studying the book in English classes. We love when we mix education and entertainment! Our movie snack were cut up pieces of apple, bananas and pears.

Note: we do not have to wear masks in the house as we are a ‘family’.

“Nick Carraway, a World War I veteran who moves to New York with the hope of making it big, finds himself attracted to Jay Gatsby and his flamboyant lifestyle.”

Reward system!

Our house reward system is officially up and running with Eva D being the first one to choose her reward!

This system was designed and created by the house parents with the student’s helping to come up with rewards ideas they would want. Good collaboration and teamwork!

We are back!

Welcome back home ladies!

We are getting ready for all of you.

We can not wait to see you back home.

We hope you have enjoyed the Summer Holidays and are rested for the amazing year yet to come.

Loads of love

Terri, Rosana, Sarah and Cristina

 

Message from Inge & Francis Clivaz

When Inge and I arrived in Versoix, on a beautiful spring day in April 1960, we didn’t think, BUT REALLY NOT 60 years later, that we would find ourselves in this magnificent campus of nearly 2’000 students which has become one of the jewels of Swiss private education. The worldwide reputation of the Collège du Léman is such that it has inspired and served as a model for the creation of several campuses around the world: Brussels, Cheng Du in China, Dubai, Kigali in Rwanda and Manhattan in New York.

Sixty years ago we opened the doors of the CDL to receive our very first students: beautiful Hala, Zeena from Baghdad and the very shy Carine from Tel Aviv. These young girls were followed day after day by students from all over the world! Since the first day, we have lived together in perfect harmony.

Your origins, your social background, your diverse religions were a source of constant enrichment and gave rise to magnificent exchanges. Your well-being and academic performance were always at the centre of our concerns.

Your deans and professors came from all over the world. Think of Mr. Marchi (Italy), Mr. Nawar (Egypt), Mr. Salamin (Switzerland), Mr. Boschert (USA), Mr. Gale (England), not forgetting Chief Robert (Holland) who all contributed greatly to the cultural diversity of the campus.

During your years at the CDL, you have forged bonds of deep friendship for life.

You were like our children! You are forever part of this wonderful family at the CDL. We are always happy with your family, social and professional successes and are so proud to see you put into practice on a daily basis what we have taught you all these years: respect for others!

We would like to remind you again of the college’s motto which is: “Educate and teach in a spirit of openness and tolerance so that its students become citizens and leaders of a world respectful of differences”.

We send you our warmest messages and hope to have the pleasure of seeing many, if not all, of you again in June 2021 in Geneva to finally celebrate the 60th anniversary.

Versoix, May 2020,

Inge & Francis

Collège du Léman

From Tuesday 17th March, our students and teachers will move to Remote Learning Online. Communication has been shared with all our parents and we welcome any questions. As part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools our students will have access to online resources around the world. We want to take this time to wish our families all the best and we hope everyone stays safe during this challenging period.

À partir du mardi 17 mars 2020, nos élèves et nos enseignants passeront à l’apprentissage à distance en ligne. La communication a été partagée avec tous nos parents et nous sommes à votre disposition pour toutes questions. En tant que membre de la famille des écoles Nord Anglia, nos élèves auront accès à des ressources en ligne du monde entier. Nous voulons profiter de cette période pour souhaiter à nos familles tout le meilleur et nous espérons que chacun restera en sécurité pendant cette période compliquée.

#collegeduleman #internationalschool #nordangliaeducation

Boarding Assembly


During the Boarding Assembly, this month we welcomed Linda. And Christine was super Brave to go on stage and talk about Corona Virus.

“This is time for science, not rumor,

this is time for solidarity, not stigma”

 

 

 

 

Our Crystal in THIMUN!!

The THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations) conference is a five-day simulation of the United Nations for secondary school students, which takes place at the end of January each year in the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague.Our Crystal along with other CDL students are participating this year.We are expecting them back to give us their insight and thoughts from this valuable experience.

She is somewhere in there:

 

From the closing ceremony:

House Assembly!Valuable communication every week!!

A very warm evening where we communicate important information to the girls!Main topic the coronavirus which has already affected lots of people in the world  in many areas.We explained that The virus is still too new to entirely predict how it will evolve , however, basic hygiene is the best recommendation for all.Furthermore the risk in our territory is very very low.

Following Cristine with the valuable help of Linda gave a heartwarming  presentation about the Chinese spring festival and its great importance to Chinese people.

You can find it here : Presentation

And Yes we had smores  from Mrs Kata and Mrs Dace!!!!

Welcome Polina and Alexandra!!!

This week we had the pleasure of welcoming two exceptional  ladies in New Portena.Polina comes from Russia she joined grade 10.Alexandra comes from Spain and joined grade 11.Both very extrovert and friendly, managed to make an excellent first impression to the rest of the girls.They also have chosen a variety of afternoons activities from our extended extra curricular program. Kickboxing ,Yoga,Horse-riding,Chinese and many more will keep them proactively busy.

WELL-BEING / GEOGRAPHY

In our 3rd Pillar we are talking about Internationalism for that reason we wanted to give a probe of how many different nationalities we have in our House. The girls not only knew where their friends live but also they learned where the country is.

A GEOGRAPHY REVISION never hurt anyone.

Sunday soup!!

Sunday today and it is time for our soup.We had a  chat with the girls about the importance of eating seasonal vegetables and fruits.They retain more nutrients than their counterparts making them the better choice for your health. Other benefits of eating seasonally : Supports local farmers who choose to farm sustainably and preserves the environment.

We enjoyed a creamy  leek soup and olive oil drizzled  croutons  !!