Wonderful Endings and New Beginnings

Dear Ana Karina and Ana Cristina,

Last weekend you graduated from high school. A chapter of your life has come to an end and a new one begins (university, yay!). We have been lucky enough to witness the last year of this adventure and all we can say is that we are very proud of you both and we are going to miss you. You are amazing individuals, driven and passionate. You are ready for your new challenges, in which we are sure you will find new successes and new opportunities to learn and grow.

Thank you for leaving your mark on New Portena. Good luck on the next leg of your journey, we know that you will do amazing. โค๏ธ


Boarding House Photo Competition: “Home at CDL” ๐Ÿ“ธ

At New Portena, the theme for this yearโ€™s photo competition was “Home at CDL.” Our entry captured a beloved tradition: every Wednesday, Ms. Fana makes us pancakes, a ritual that has become a cherished part of our New Portena family. This weekly event not only fills our stomachs but also warms our hearts, perfectly embodying our sense of home at CDL. ๐Ÿฅžโค๏ธ

Here’s to celebrating the little moments that make our boarding house truly special! ๐ŸŒŸ

Exploring Venice with Yufei ๐ŸŽญ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Our very own Yufei had a blast over the Ascension weekend, joining the school trip to Venice. ๐Ÿ›ถ

After the arrival at Venice airport, the students strolled through the city and had a tasty pizza dinner. The next day, they explored Doge’s Palace, enjoyed lunch at Hard Rock Cafe, and had free time to take in Venetian sights, including gondola rides. On the third day, the students also visited Murano Island to witness glassmaking, and explored Fenice Theater. They ended this final day with shopping and dinner.

An unforgettable adventure filled with culture, history, and fun! โœจ

Melissa and Paulina’s Adventures in Tanzania and Zanzibar๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ

During their spring break, Melissa and Paulina embarked on an unforgettable journey to Tanzania and Zanzibar as part of a school trip. Their experiences were filled with meaningful activities and cultural immersion.

In Tanzania, they contributed to community projects, such as helping at a construction site for Dolly Bush Primary School and installing solar panels for local families. They also had thrilling wildlife encounters during a safari, getting up close to elephants, zebras, and more.

Their adventure continued in Zanzibar, where they enjoyed snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, visiting Disappearing Island and the Blue Lagoon, and exploring Stone Town. They also had the opportunity to learn about spice farming and indulge in delicious local cuisine.

As their spring break comes to an end, Melissa and Paulina return home with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the diverse cultures and natural wonders of Tanzania and Zanzibar. ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒž #SpringBreakAdventures #TanzaniaZanzibarExploration

Welcome Back, New Portena Girls! ๐ŸŒบ

As spring blooms around us, we warmly welcome all the New Portena girls back from their enriching spring break adventures. Some of our girls enjoyed the school trip and explored the wonders of Tanzania and lounged on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. It’s clear that unforgettable memories were made.

With the last exams on the horizon and university beckoning for some, these final weeks are a blend of anticipation and reflection. With only 10 weeks until summer, let’s savor every moment of this vibrant season together. Here’s to cherishing the remaining days of spring, and of this year’s New Portena Journey. ๐ŸŒธ

New Portena Girls March for Women’s Rights!

This Sunday, March 10th, our New Portena girls came together to mark International Women’s Day. They marched around Versoix, standing up for women’s rights and equality. Their unity and determination echoed the spirit of empowerment celebrated on this special day. Together, they marched for a brighter future for all women. โœŠ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ #WomensRights #Solidarity

Embracing Global Citizenship ๐ŸŒโœจ: Our House Assembly Reflections

During our last house assembly, the girls delved into what Global Citizenship means to them. Words like Acceptance, Together, Inclusivity, and Internationalism emerged, reflecting a spirit of unity and diversity. Concepts of Equality, Liberty, and Openness underscored their commitment to a world of fairness and freedom. As a community, we celebrate the beauty of diversity and embrace the values of Globalisation, Location, and Celebration in fostering a global mindset.

Discovering Rovaniemi: A Winter Wonderland Adventure! โ„๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

Sayuri, Rin, Ashley, Yufei, Gergana, Paulina, Melissa, Vladislava, Lily, and Chihana embarked on an unforgettable journey to Rovaniemi, Finland, during the winter break. The Arctic landscape welcomed them with a fresh blanket of snow, setting the stage for an enchanting experience.

From visiting Santa Claus’s village to exploring the pristine wilderness through ice skating and sleigh rides, each day was filled with magical moments. Despite cloudy skies, the anticipation of witnessing the Northern Lights kept spirits high. Some were lucky enough to witness them on the second night!

Although the auroras remained elusive, the group’s spirits weren’t dampened as they embraced every adventure, from dog sledding to visiting a reindeer farm. Each experience added to the magic of their winter wonderland excursion. โ„๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸฆŒ #NewPortenaJourney