The whole house is decorated and everything is ready for the evening of Halloween.
We made every effort to complete the decorations before the arrival of the girls from holidays and we are very happy that they enjoyed this surprise.
During the October break Melissa joined an amazing trip in Vietnam and Cambodia with other students of the school. The two weeks were filled with exciting activities and places to visit. Trips like this can be incredibly enriching and provide a wealth of experiences and memories.
After being in Hanoi, students went to Sapa which is one of the most interesting towns in North Vietnam and where there are beautiful mountain-spaces, diversity of minority people, and rice terrace fields, especially Fansipan Mountain well-known as Indochina Top. Students had the opportunity to interact with the locals during a visit to a Primary boarding school in the area and they did a boat tour in Tràng An. They also did a one-day cruise where they could do some kayaking in a lagoon and visit Sung Sot Cave. They visited the Vietnam Military Museum to learn about their history and enjoyed a rickshaw tour of the city and shop for souvenirs.
Memories of Cambodia will also always be unforgettable for the students. In Siem Reap they embarked on a culinary adventure with a cooking lesson, where everyone learned how to cook traditional Cambodian dishes and received certificates for their culinary achievements!
It was a great luck also to have the opportunity to visit an orphanage: the time spent with children was truly heartwarming.
The 15 students who went on this trip generously donated school materials to 65 local students in need, a seemingly small gesture which meant so much to these children. We are so proud of Melissa and all the students for taking time to do such a beautiful thing.
Students were delighted to have a traditional dinner while enjoying a lovely Apsara Dance show.
The visit to the Angkor Wat and the Tomb Raider temple captivated them and after that they journeyed to the capital, Phnom Penh.
On their last day they had the privilege to interact with the local students, an enriching experience that touched their hearts.
The last two days were particularly full of happiness and hugs for the return of the students to the house. After spending time away from their regular routines and studies, New Portena’s girls feel recharged, relaxed, and excited to return to their daily lives. We were looking forward to having them back with us. 🧡
The first half of the term is officially in the books, and it’s time to recharge and enjoy some well-deserved time off.
To all our New Portena girls, we wish you an incredible October break filled with relaxation, adventures, and the opportunity to explore the world around you. Take this time to rejuvenate and make the most of the moments that lie ahead.
As we bid farewell for now, remember that the friendships and memories we’ve created will always be with us. Cherish this break, and we look forward to seeing you all reenergized and ready for the second half of the term.
Enjoy your time off, and make the most of every moment! 🍂🌟 #OctoberBreak #NewPortenaJourney
Today, we gathered for our second at-home dinner, and it was a heartwarming affair. Our menu featured mouthwatering tacos with soft tortillas and a delightful chocolate cake for dessert.
This relaxed dinner gave us all a chance to unwind and savor the simple joys of community living. As we shared stories, laughter, and delicious food, it felt like a perfect evening.
Tonight holds a special place in our hearts because starting tomorrow, many of our New Portena girls will set off for the October break. So, in a way, this dinner was a farewell, a moment to cherish together before we embark on our individual journeys, knowing we’ll reunite soon.
Here’s to a fantastic October break for everyone, and we can’t wait to create more beautiful memories when we return. 🍽️🍰✨ #NewPortenaJourney
Yesterday the 0-5 km race took place in Collège du Léman: the aim of the event was to initiate the student to healthy habits as the run. Everyone was free to participate by covering the distance best suited to their abilities and it was amazing to see the enthusiasm of the students in trying to push themselves harder than what they originally planned.
It was also a nice way to spend a sunny Sunday morning in the open air, in good company, among many laughs… ❤️ just like a real family!!! 🏼
Every evening, Mrs. Fana brings her culinary magic, and last night was no exception. She’s a kitchen wizard, and the girls absolutely love her. For our latest adventure on the #NewPortenaJourney, Mrs. Fana treated us to a French classic: crepes. Some girls pitched in with the cooking, while others eagerly waited to savor these delectable delights.
As the crepes sizzled on the griddle, our excitement grew. Mrs. Fana’s expert hands turned batter into golden pancakes. It was like witnessing a master at work, and we couldn’t wait to dig in. Smiles, laughter, and the taste of France filled the room.
Bon appétit, and here’s to more tasty adventures! 🥞😄
At Collège du Léman’s recent Second Boarding Assembly, our New Portena Family members, Bice, Hanna, and Sayuri, shared their heartwarming project: the “Gift Box Appeal.” This annual fundraiser aims to provide Christmas boxes to those in need.
The Gift Box Appeal embodies our community’s spirit of compassion and giving. It’s a simple yet impactful initiative where we collect and distribute Christmas boxes filled with gifts, spreading holiday joy to those less fortunate. It reminds us of the importance of giving back, nurturing empathy and generosity in our students. It showcases our diverse community’s unity and collective power for positive change.
As we approach the holiday season, let’s be inspired by the Gift Box Appeal and commit to making a difference in the lives of others.