We had wet, rainy weather this weekend but the girls still managed to make the most out of it with their activities. They had tennis, cooking and hip-hop on Saturday, and even had a chocolate egg hunt in the house! They had fun searching for them and it was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon!
On Sunday the girls went to Maison Cailler where they learned about the history of the chocolate brand and got to taste some yummy treats.
Now it’s time to spend the evening doing homework and tidying the rooms to get ready for the upcoming week.
Searching for chocolate eggs
Is there one here?
Over the past two weeks during our wellbeing session, we have been talking about online safety. The two takeaway points we have dealt with so far are Online Life vs Real Life and Scams, Security and Identity Theft.
It is important that the girls know and are aware of how to protect themselves online, so for today’s wellbeing session we did a reflection of what we learned so far.
We asked them the following questions:
What would you do if you had to spend 1 day without your phone?
What would you do if someone was being mean online to you or a friend?
What is your advice when using social networks?
Check out their answers below:
This evening we got the opportunity to watch and enjoy our fellow boarders talents!
From dancing to singing, everyone enjoyed all the performances and well done to all – especially to our Old Portena girls who did an amazing job up on the stage!
Ready and excited to perform!
This weekend was great fun in Old Portena.
We had our usual activities, such as cooking, in the House we have professional chefs.!! We also enjoyed the amazing weather on Saturday playing some tennis outside for the first time this year, SPRING IS COMING!
Today, we went and tried Paintball! It was great fun to try it for the first time, but we did not all love it, at least, we tried something different and we were all together!
Our football star Chihana received an award for recognition of her work at the Nord Anglia European games in Budapest, where she scored 14 goals.
Well done and congratulations Chihana!
Last night, former Old Portena boarders Manuela, Darina, Rin and Paria came to visit the house. They talked to our grade 8 students about what it’s like transitioning from middle school to high school, and also about the grade 9 choices.
Thank you so much girls for taking the time to talk to the younger students and answering any questions they had!
Another weekend has gone and passed, and as usual the girls chose to do their usual activities like tennis, chess and baking. Mia, Lily and Ashley also enjoyed a few hours of shopping in Geneva.
Meanwhile, Chihana had a busy few days in Budapest where she participated in the Nord Anglia Basketball and Football tournament with the CDL Panthers football team. Chihana and her team won first place in the tournament – very well done girls!
Elsewhere, Vlady went on a trip to Rome with other boarders. She got to see the beautiful sights the city has to offer, and even got the opportunity to watch a Six Nations match between Italy and Wales.
Looking forward to the next weekend!
Today we celebrate Isabella’s birthday. We wish you a great day!
The fourth pillar of our wellbeing programme is all about the important topic of online safety. With kids using the internet from such a young age, it is more important than ever to teach them how to be vigilant online.
For this particular pillar, we have our very own advocate, Lily, who will help lead the discussion during our wellbeing meetings. Thank you Lily!
Our first takeaway point for this pillar is Online life vs Real Life. Our advocate hosted a quiz in our house to help the students start to think about their life online. How much time do they spend online daily? How do they choose to interact with friends? Do they live in the moment, or through a lens? etc. Also thinking about the balance they have in their life between time spent online and the elements of Pillar 1, which was about Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds.
Old Portena wishes you a wonderful evening and start of the week!
This weekend in Old Portena was full of fun. We had the usual Saturday activities but we chose this time cooking and wood crafting. And on Sunday we went to play Laser Tag a game full of adrenaline and emotions, we had a blast!
Vlady and Ashley went to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Spain: Barcelona and they had the opportunity to visit the museum of her main football team. We are looking forward to their arrival so they tell us all they have learned. Wishing them a safe flight back!
Yesterday evening was our monthly boarding assembly. This is a time where all boarders gather together to share news and present something they are passionate about.
Afterwards, we had our weekly international dinner and this time we were treated to a delicious Bulgarian dinner!
While most of our girls spent the February break with their families, Ran, Chisa, Chihana, Ashley and Mia went up to the mountains in Crans Montana for the Winter Camp. They spent the week enjoying the slopes and doing fun activities. They all had a great time and now they’re having a chill weekend after the busy week!
Old Portena is now open once again and we can’t wait to warmly welcome our girls back to the house!
We hope you had a great February break and are ready for the rest of the semester. See you all soon!
The Old Portena team wishes you the best time at home with your families. For those coming to the Ski Camp, we will have a fantastic week full of new adventures!
Rest well and recover fully for the last part of this School Year!
Wishing you a great time!
Yesterday we enjoyed a Valentine’s Day dinner with all of our friends. The dining hall was decorated for the special day and roses were handed out to the girls. How nice!
We were lucky to have a weekend full of sunshine on campus. The girls were full of smiles and were in a good mood because of it! They enjoyed their usual activities like tennis, cooking, an outing to Geneva, baking and chess.
After a nice weekend with great weather, it’s time to get ready for the week ahead by doing some homework and tidying up the house!
Old Portena is a busy House, but always full of fun and laughs!
This weekend was a very special one for two reasons: Mrs. Maral’s birthday and Isabella’s first time in Geneva. Of course, we celebrated together.
Friday night we had a special takeaway night with a movie to disconnect after a long working week.
Saturday we enjoyed our favourite activities: cooking, tennis, hip hop and football. After it, we went to Geneva together. Grade 8s had their first meal together in a restaurant, it looked fantastic, and Mrs. Maral and Mrs. Cristina got very jealous.
After a long afternoon enjoying the lovely Geneva sight seeing such as the Jet d’eau, we came back home to celebrate Maral’s birthday and sing and dance together.
Today, we went ice skating: SO MUCH FUN!!!
Today we had our Monthly Boarding Assembly.
we enjoyed some amazing home made snacks
Of course a Wednesday can not end without our favorite dessert: crêpes, how delicious!
And … our internal House Competition:
Who can beat Mrs. Maral playing Rummikub?
Ashley is still thinking …
This weekend was again spent in the beautiful Swiss Alps village of Fiesch. The girls and other boarders once again had the opportunity to enjoy the impressive alpine scenery and the various sports activities that were on offer such as skiing and snowboarding. Some also went on an excursion to the town of Brig!
What a great weekend we had!
Welcome to the third pillar of our well-being programme: Building Positive Friendships.
This pillar is a short pillar, only two weeks long however it is a topic that is at the forefront of our student’s progression and development.
The Takeaway point for this pillar will be:
- What are the benefits of an international friendship?
During our house meeting today, we discussed the importance of international friendships and the girls wrote down what being a good friend means to them.
We ended the meeting on a sweet note as the girls ate crepes, their favourite 😊
It is a pleasure to finally meet our lovely girl Isabella. We had a fantastic evening playing games and enjoying a chocolate cake that Angelina brought. Thank you very much, it was delicious!
This weekend we spent a lovely time in the Swiss Alps. The whole school came together to enjoy the lovely landscape, sports activities, and wonderful sunshine.
Our girls enjoyed different activities such as bowling, billiard, snowboarding, skiing, and sightseeing.
We even had a round of BINGO! Unfortunately we were not very lucky 🙁
This evening some of the girls participated in a badminton tournament and they had fun while being active! Lily won 2 games and Chihana won 1. Well done girls!
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Old Portena.
We hope you had an amazing time at home with your family and friends, we are ready for the new adventures of this New Year 2023!!!
The Old Portena team wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season and a happy and peaceful New Year.
The house will reopen on the 7th of January. Enjoy the break and see you then!
Happy birthday Lily! We hope you have an amazing day. We wish you all the best!
“Ainsi périssent les ennemis de la République”
L’Escalade takes its name from the assault on the ramparts of the City of Geneva by the troops of the Duke of Savoy during the night of 11/12 December 1602. Every year in December, the Fête de l’Escalade commemorates the victory of Geneva with a blend of humour and tradition.
Des petardes inside the marmite are a resemble of festivity and the tradition says to break it with a friend.
Great outfits, outstanding behaviour and lots of laughs during this great event.
The girls had an amazing time, ate great food, and had so much fun with their Housemates.
Thank you very much to all the staff members who helped to make this possible.
Today too, the Christmas spirit was present at Old Portena. Indeed, the house was full of Santas ! We had our little Secret Santa Party, and we were all so spoilt.
Thank you Santa !
Christmas was in the air last night as we built and decorated a gingerbread house. As this is a competition between all the other houses, the girls really got stuck into it and tried their best to decorate to the best of their ability. Let’s hope we win!
The end result!
Last night, the boarding community gathered to celebrate and give awards to students who displayed an outstanding contribution to Boarding Life, Activities and Academics.
Huge congratulations to all students who won awards, especially our Old Portena girls! We are all very proud of you!
Ashley and Mia are winners of the Boarding Life Award
Ran and Mia are winners of the Activities Awards
A happy Amy got an award for Academics!
What is the best way to prepare for the week ahead? Eat some yummy homemade cake of course!
On Sunday all of our girls were really focused and helping with the bake off competition, well done girls!
This Saturday was full of activities, we had cooking, tennis and we helped with he Christmas Decorations. Then we had some time to enjoy Geneva with our friends.
This weekend was no ordinary one. Our girls had the opportunity to go to a lot of different places ! To start, two of our girls went on a boarding weekend trip to Paris. Mia and Ashley had a great time over there !
Our girls who decided to spend the weekend at Old Portena visited Interlaken on Saturday. The name of the city literally means “between lakes”, as it is situated between lakes and surrounded by amazing mountains.
On Sunday, we visited the Montreux Christmas market, a very beautiful and big market with tons of tasty treats and pretty things to buy. The weather was on our side this weekend, as we didn’t have any rain during these trips.
Now after all this, a well-deserved rest !
Interlaken, Paris, Montreux, so many places to be !
This afternoon in our weekly wellbeing session, we continued our discussion about diversity.
The second takeaway point this week is: Noticing differences is normal but there are many ways to be an ally.
A fruitful discussion was had as we talked about how diversity isn’t just about our ethnicity or the colour of our skin, but also about our hobbies and personal interests. It’s about what makes us unique and different from everyone else, but also embracing that uniqueness because without it, the world would be a boring place.
At the end of the session, everyone had the chance to write nice qualities about each other. It was an interesting session indeed!
This weekend we had great fun in the House.
As usual, Saturdays we do some shopping, get some snacks for the week and enjoy some time outside. This time we got the opportunity to go to Geneva or stay on campus and visit the local supermarket.
Today, we played LASER TAG with our house mates, and it was great fun. We did two teams, and both won once, so it made it very nice and balanced.
Now, we will do some homework during the study hall period, we will go to dinner at 18:30 and we will get ready for the upcoming week.
This week in the second pillar of our wellbeing program, we talked about integration and promoting diversity.
Our first takeaway point is: Integration and diversity are part of the international agenda of the world’s most important institutions.
The girls watched a video about diversity and they wrote down what it means to them. Find some photos below!
What can be better to recover from a long cold rainy day than coming home and getting home made orage spongy cake?
Thank you Mia for helping with this fantastic dessert!
Enjoy it 🙂
Weekends are never boring! Let’s take a look at what the girls did…
Tennis on Saturday morning
Anna and Mia enjoyed cooking
Anna and Vladi went to Geneva for some shopping
Ashley and Mia made cookies in baking club
Chisa, Ran, Kotoka and Chihana playing chess
A competitive game of Monopoly for Anna, Vladi and Stella
Pumpkin carving House competition!!
Today we had the opportunity to dress up and get enjoy an amazing party, some Houses were fully prepared for us to go trick or treat!
This weekend, our girls are coming back from close and far away places… And we are so happy to have them in Old Portena again. They got some time to relax and recuperate before going back to school, and the jet lag is real for some of our girls. Of course, the amazing Sunday brunch will help them get that energy back !
4 of our girls went to the CDL trip in Portugal !
Sunday, crêpe day
Old Portena will open its’ doors again on Saturday at 9AM, and we are looking forward to hearing all about our girls’ holidays !
Are they ready to enter the spooky season here at CDL ? Boo knows…
It’s officially the start of the October holidays and all the girls are off to enjoy a much deserved break after a busy and exciting start to the school year!
Have a great week everyone and we hope you come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the second half of the term 😊
Summer weather to enjoy this Sunday in our garden!!
Autumn is the perfect moment to visit the lovely country we live in. Today we went to Fribourg and enjoyed and amazing weather together.
This weekend at Old Portena was a calm and enjoyable one. A weekend of relaxation and fun activities. See for yourself !
Some tennis on a Saturday morning !
Very serious cooking for others !
Fun time in Geneva !
We have extremely proud to have heard Maryam playing during the Boarding Assembly, very brave of you. Well done!
On Tuesday we had the Disney Quiz House Competition! We did a great job, well done Lily, Ashley and Mia. Thank you for representing Old Portena in the best way!
and of course we love playing uno in the evenings!
The best way to get to know Switzerland is by travelling by train. What if there is a little train that takes you everywhere?
Today we enjoyed the most picturesque Swiss train stations and its lovely moments
This week we concluded the first pillar of our wellbeing program. NurturingHealth bodies and healthy minds.
These were the two take away points of this pillar:
- Discover how we can use sport and our hobbies to maintain a healthy mental balance
- The importance of a healthy balanced diet
We asked our girl a key question: How have my friends helped me in achieving a healthy balanced lifestyle regarding nutrition and physical activity? And these were the main answers:
Also, as part of our wellbeing program, we decided to create a “grateful” poster and this month, starting today we will be writing what we are grateful for, first was Mia.
“Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.” Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
The girls were busy this weekend and took part in activities such as cooking, tennis, golf, baking, chess, body shaping and also an outing to Geneva!
Ran and Mia are pleased with what they made in cooking class
Chihana keeping focused in chess club
Ran and Kotoka walking the streets of Geneva
Vladi trying her hand at golf
Mia, Anna and Stella in baking club
Stella and Anna with their finished product
Our girls played a basketball match against the girls from Villa du Lac on Thursday night. We didn’t win but our girls gave it their all, a lot of them participated and they showed good sportsmanship ! Maryam is our big scorer of the night, but there was also a good team work between everyone.
Well done girls !
The importance of a healthy balanced diet for sports and everyday life
Maryam and Mia make the most of their photography classes, they take wonderful pictures of us and the campus.
Today we celebrate Ashley’s birthday. Ashley brings such a great energy to the house and we are so happy to celebrate her special day together! Here’s to another year around the sun!
This weekend was extra special, as we all went together to the mountains in La Tzoumaz ! A calm ski resort situated 1500m above sea level. Fresh air assured !
The girls had different activities to choose from, some of them went biking down the mountain, others went climbing, others hiked up and some even did some shelters or rope courses in the woods.
The weather was amazing for the occasion and our girls were all so well behaved and nice, we are super proud of them and had a great time. Thank you girls !
and Jeûne Genevois day out in Lausanne…
Today was a beautiful and busy day for our girls ! First, since it’s a bank holiday for Geneva, there was no school, and all the shops of the canton were closed. Not a problem, we took this opportunity to go to Lausanne ! Plan for the day ? Olympic museum and little bit of shopping in the city.
The museum is very modern and interactive, we particularly enjoyed the last part testing our memory skills, reflexes, etc. Vladi and I got 46 at the reflex skill ! None of the girls wanted to race though, I wonder why… 😀
Afterwards, when back in the house, our girl Annie was super kind to bring some mooncakes for all of the house ! A Chinese cake to celebrate the mid-Autumn festival (中秋節). This was a great discovery for a lot of us, and just shows again how amazing it is to live in an international house, celebrations from everywhere ! Thank you Annie for sharing with us.
Our OP girls get 1st place, of course !
Mooncakes with or without nuts !
Today the girls go to know our Wellbeing Program Pillar 1 – with our first takeaway point:
Discover how we can use sport and our hobbies to maintain a healthy mental balance
Most of our girls are ready for the year with the first goals set and an amazing experience ahead.
We are pleased to announce that Jiaxi HE (Annie) will be our House Captain for the 2022/23 academic year! Congratulations, Annie!
We are really proud of you
Chihana has earned the role of House Representative in Old Portena for this academic year! She will be the voice of our students in the regular House Representative Meetings with Miss Lucélia and Miss Terri in the Boarding Office!
Well done, Chihana!
Today we visited Geneva and we did some errands. After an amazing thunderstorm, the sun shined beautifully
This week we started our cooking club, Mia and Kotoka joined and made a wonderful fried rice plate. We can not wait for next week’s project!
The girls visited Concha this morning to go through the school rules and expectations with the House Parents. Well done everyone for listening!
It was a hot sunny day today and the girls spent a bit of time in the afternoon chilling in the house. After dinner we all went out to enjoy the fresh air and we played some ball games including dodgeball, volleyball and even tag!
An evening well spent!
Today we welcomed back our new students and they all had a welcome assembly where they got to meet their teachers, meet other fellow students and do some activities.
It was a great start for the new school year and we are looking forward to it!
The summer vacation is coming to an end and… We can’t wait to meet our new girls! And to welcome our older girls back!
What did you do during the summer vacation ?
We enjoyed the sun, the lake, sometimes even the sea, and most of all, we enjoyed spending some time with our loved ones.
In the meantime, house Old Portena will be open from tomorrow morning, 9AM, for all our newcomers ! There will be a welcome assembly as well as a welcome cocktail from 17PM until 19PM, where the parents are also welcome !
After loads of packing and cleaning, our lovely house of Old Portena will soon be closed for the summer…
Thank you to all of our girls for an amazing year full of memories and love ! Thank you also to the parents, agents, all the CDL team, for making this year so enjoyable.
We wish you all a beautiful summer holiday.
We will be back soon, and we can’t wait to see our girls again and meet our new girls. Take care of yourselves and enjoy the summer !
As it’s the last weekend of the school year, it is a good time to reminisce of everything that has happened in Old Portena since August. So many beautiful memories to cherish while getting ready for this last weekend before the great summer holidays !
In Old Portena, a lot of our girls like to get creative in the kitchen. You will often smell some ramen, eggs, bread, some vegetables, etc. being cooked !
Today, our girl Yustyna decided to make dango, and make a video out of it. She also helped me making the crêpes and showed of her amazing flipping skills ! See for yourself, she can even double-flip !
Preparation : check
Both the crêpes and the dangos turned out amazing of course !
Crêpes : almost done
This Saturday, despite the heatwave, our girl Chihana and her amazing team had a veeeeery long day at their football tournament with 14 teams in Bern… 7 matches in one day !
And guess what ?
They got second place ! It was a long, exhausting, but fun day for them. We are so proud of Chihana, and her team of course, well done !
What best idea than jumping in the pool after a long tiring day of exams?
Today we enjoyed the Concha garden pool with our friends, in this heat, the best thing to do is to get in the water!
The year is coming to an end and even though our girls are fully focused on their exams, we got some time today to enjoy the lovely weather in our beautiful Concha garden.
Please see attached some amazing pictures full of smiles.
What a nice way to release some stress!
Out football star, Chihana, got the opportunity to travel to Barcelona to play in an International tournament to represent Switzerland with her team, USTS.
They are trying their best to qualify!!
Today Marina visited us and helped us relax a little bit through an amazing mindfulness exercise during this important exam period. I am sure it will help us in a stressful moment.
Thank you very much Miss Marina.
Monday was a bank holiday here in Switzerland and we did not have school, therefore we used the opportunity to enjoy a little fair in Lausanne. It was great fun and the weather again was incredible.
It might be Sunday evening, but the weekend is not over yet ! Nevertheless, let’s have a look at what our girls have been doing these last two days.
A super fun activity made its’ appearance on Saturday : wakeboarding. Perfect in this sunny and hot weather ! An exciting opportunity to say the least.
Our girls also had the opportunity to cook some delicious cupcakes, or go horseback riding, chess, biking, baking, etc. A lot of things to choose from !
The result ! Miam.
Tomorrow, our girls will be out for the afternoon at Lausanne’s fair : Luna Park. Enjoy it !
This Saturday was a very exciting day for Old Portena and Concha Annexe. We had a common house activity proposed by CA girls : Paintball !
Two teams, but one common goal : just have some fun. We have to admit that the girls got us at every match… One day, we’ll have our revenge ! In any case, great game girls ! Also, great behaviour and spirit for this day, very proud. 😀
Concha Annexe + Old Portena friendship
On Thursday evening, grade 6 and 7 did a play. The girls did their very best, and put on a fantastic show for the public ! Well done girls.
The end of this school year might be getting closer, but the fun is certainly not over !
We might not be the winners, but we feel like it.
Well done to the teams, it was great atmosphere.
This lovely Sunday was perfect to enjoy the sun and our surroundings. Versoix has a lot to show us.
After the tiring day, we needed to cool down, and what is better than a quick jump in our Concha pool? And we can not forget, our water fight!
Today as we do not have School due to the Swiss bank holiday, we used this opportunity to enjoy this fantastic weather; we visited Chateau Chillon in Montreux, a beautiful fort by the Lake Geneva.
After the delayed flight, the girls finally landed in Copenhagen last night. The kids remained in high spirits and were all happy. They had some time for pizza for dinner.
Today the fun began:
They have all had a fantastic day exploring the lovely city of Copenhagen.
They started the day with a visit to the National Museum of Denmark where they enjoyed a Viking exhibit.
Then, after visiting the Christiansborg palace, they went to the famous Nyhavn harbour for lunch.
They took the students on a cruise through the canals of the city, touring past all the beautiful sights, including the famous little mermaid statue.
The students enjoyed some free time in the city centre, and they will soon be heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
They have an amazing group of kids, and they are all having a nice time!
Yesterday our girls performed their musical choices in front of their class after been practiced the whole year in their music lessons.
WELL DONE GIRLS!
This afternoon Darina performed in the IMYC showcase in front of her class and showed her most valuable talent.
Well done Darina, we are really proud!
This weekend felt just like summer, over 30°, sunny skies, humid weather… But still, activities went on as usual, and our girls kept up with a busy lifestyle here at CDL !
What did they do, you ask ?
Well, let us show you…
Some of them went horseriding
Others worked their brains in a game of chess
then some cooked some deliciousness
or went for a bike ride through the woods
or even played some volleyball, very appropriate with the current weather !
and more !
Next week, the girls will enjoy an especially long weekend of 4 days ! What will you do for the long weekend ?
This weekend we got the opportunity to join the School trip to Europa Park. We left on Friday evening direction Germany. There, we spent two fantastic days in the park with our friends. There were many type of rides to make the most of each second in this great Theme-park.
Last night during our House Meeting we discussed a few topics we needed with the girls and then we watched a video Mr. Salva sent to us to launch the last pillar of our wellbeing program.
We started the delivery phase of Pillar 5: Making Safe and Responsible Choices.
As announced during the Assembly the key take-away points will be:
Time in: how do you connect with inner world?
Attachment figures: how our attachment style influences the way we make our decisions?
This week we will focus on Time in!
What we experience in our inner world, which includes our feelings, thoughts, perceptions, memories, beliefs, hopes, dreams, desires, motivations, longings etc, can occur even without us 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.
On the contrary, 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 and prevent us from being at the mercy of our own feelings, desires, and external negative pressure.
On Wednesdays, we get the opportunity to enjoy our international dinners. Yesterday we also had the choice to eat outside and enjoy this beautiful sunshine. Our girls made the most of the time with their friends to charge the batteries and get ready for this difficult exam period at the end of the School Year.
We are really happy because the SPRING is finally here. We got to enjoy our inter-houses volleyball tournament against New Portena. We nearly won and had so much fun!
Really proud of Alana, Yustyna, Nastia and Luciana who did their best with Miss Cristina.
Well done team!!
Today, the girls went to the picturesque city of Yvoire, in France. The weather was beautiful and shiny, perfect to fully enjoy the day of wandering around in a postal-card place !
The coast of Yvoire
When on a boat, you have to try…
It’s another week-end at our boarding house, and as usual, the girls had a lot of different activities to choose from. Some of our girls went to play some tennis. Some went horseback riding. However, as usual, cooking is a winner !
And when you’ll see what they made, you will understand why.
Separating egg whites and yolks takes concentration !
Cooking is always better with good friends.
Mousse au chocolat, with langues de chat !
This month is also the fitness challenge, and today’s challenge was made for one of our girls. They had to do uppy-keepys with a football… Chihana was so good at it, that she didn’t stop at failure, she stopped when she got to 1000 !
1000 keepy-uppys for Chihana !
Some of our girls also went to Geneva. Perfect time for a bit of shopping, of course !
That’s it for today. Tomorrow, all of the girls will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Yvoire ! And they will get there by… boat ! Pretty exciting, no ?
Our football star Chihana joined the boys in their tournament this evening. What an experience!
Did you know? The fitness challenge is back!
Yesterday the challenge was to see how many baskets you would score in 1 minute.
We tried our best 🙂
When the weekend comes and the sun is by our side, we make the most of the time with our friends. We have learnt a new Chinese card game and we also made some delicious food.
Yesterday night, some of our girls took opportunity during their social hour to do some extra sports, as they usually do on Thursdays.
It’s always great to see our girls moving and enjoying doing some sports ! Great job girls !
You’ve got this Darina !
We’re one month into spring and right now, the sun is shining full blast ! The trees are full and green, temperatures are nice enough and our winter jackets are gone.
You know what this means ? This means that outside activities will be possible again, biking, kayaking, walking by Leman lake, enjoying sunny evenings outside the house… We can’t wait to enjoy the beautiful weather even more !
I’m sure there will be a lot more outside pictures to share soon. 😉
Perfect weather for a bike ride !
Two of our girls, Luciana and Kylie, spent their Easter break surrounded by beautiful landscapes… They went to Cyprus and Greece with a fantastic group of people !
The girls got to do some historical visits, as you can imagine, but also had the opportunity to snorkle, swim, try out some survival tricks building tents, kayak, etc.
Good food, beautiful weather, fun activities, great people, it was a good break !
Thank you to the team for making this possible !
After a long break of two weeks, the house will be ready and open from tomorrow 9AM to welcome our girls back. We can’t wait to see them again and hear about their Easter break.
We have missed you girls !
All the girls are off on their holiday adventures and we hope that you can all enjoy spending time with your family.
We can not wait for you to tell us your amazing stories!
The approach of Easter breaks also means the end of this term’s wellbeing theme : our online safety.
Through the weeks, we talked about many different subjects, going from how we present ourselves online, to the pictures that should or should not be posted, and who do we follow, do we know them in real life ?
The girls brought up many good points during these discussions. Most of us agreed that we only post the good sides of our lives. And we shouldn’t believe everything influencers post, because it’s mostly a facade. We’ve also taken some time to see how much time we spend behind our screens, and to be more careful about our privacy and who we follow and who follows us back.
Although internet will continue to play a central part in all of our lives, we are now more aware and able of how to handle it.
Thank you girls and CDL team for making this a very interesting pillar !
Yesterday we had an amazing House Dinner. Lasagna with some salad. DELICIOUS!
And after it we got some time to play with our friends!
And another round of diverse activities on the campus !
Between horse riding, cooking, running, chess, etc. There was a lot to choose from.
One activity is consistently popular on weekends… Cooking !
After all, who wouldn’t want to learn how to cook their own choux à la crème ?
Others put their brains to the test thanks to a chess game.
And others went for a walk, got to bake, or play some music. In any case, it was another busy week-end for our girls at the house !
Finally, it’s Friday ! More time for the girls to meet up with each other in other houses. Today, Luciana, Darina and Nastya spent some time at Concha Annexe.
And they got an amazing treat thanks to Miss Maria who made them some amazing chocolate and peanut butter rolls as well as jam rolls. Made with oats and apples, for our health ! Needless to say, it was delicious.
What better way to start the weekend and all the activities it brings !
Today in our International Dinners we got INDIAN TIME
Yustyna is happy to be back and has missed these amazing dinners really much.
Of course, we can not forget our afternoon snacks. Yesterday we had home made banana muffins. R
Thank you very much Miss Maria for baking for us.
This weekend Berru and Nastia played some tennis during Saturday morning, they will become professionals very soon!!
Sally, Kylie and Amy spent a lovely Sunday afternoon enjoying the company of our great Musician Rogerio from Leman 2.
Darina, Luciana and Rin practiced their best shots in Badminton.
Yustyna and Chisa enjoyed the lovely weather we are getting these days and got some inspiration for their art creations.
This weekend, we also had the Chamonix Trip. Rin and Yustyna took this opportunity to visit our neighbour country, France and its lovely mountains.
This Wednesday, Chihana played an interschool championship with the Panthers High School girls and they won it.
well done team!!
Yesterday was on of the funniest, nicest and best days at CDL!
Thank you for helping us having so much fun!!!!
And of course, after a long day, we need a good recovery, Nutella sandwiches with a some banana on top.
“Sunday, Crêpe Day” – New tradition at Old Portena
This weekend our girls enjoyed some of the activities organised by the school. From cooking, horse riding and also a visit to the amazing Aquarium in Lausanne.
Chihana participated in a External School Competition with Panthers team, they won the 3rd position.
Chihana scored 6 great goals to help the team reach the Podium
We are very proud of her
Darina won the ski competition last weekend in the mountains, we are very proud of her.
Yesterday evening we had our weekly house assembly.
We had a lot to discuss with the upcoming talent show day and many other things.
Every girl also got awarded a house prize. There were prizes for the funniest girl going till the most hard-working till the master of sports.
We are proud of each of them, for having their own different personalities, characters and various talents! 😀
Last Wednesday we got together in Eiger Auditorium for our Boarding monthly Assembly.
This month was a bit special as two 16 years old Kate and Ksenia got on stage to share an amazing message of peace between Russia and Ukraine. How friendship and respect go beyond politics
Today Paria, Luciana and Manuela practiced together their keyboard homework.
Feel free to come to Old Portena to have some time in our lovely new space, all for us.
Chihana, Rin, Paria, Chisa and Kylie had the opportunity to enjoy our amazing camp in the mountains, they had such an amazing time.
We are happy to announce that the Boarding House is now open and we are please to welcome all our girls soon.
WE HAVE MISSED YOU 🙂
Whether you are skiing, travelling or enjoying some days with your family and friends, we hope you get a well deserved rest this week and enjoy a lot!
Today it was the Sports gala for the grade 8s and Luciana did an amazing job! She is so talented that she won the first place, we are so proud of her!
Annie is improving each day in her piano, we would love to see her on stage very soon.
Keep working hard Annie, well done!
The girls love their Sunday snack, there is nothing like a homemade healthy pancake, with loooooots of chocolate on top
Berru, Kylie and Sally went cooking on Saturday, they will become professional chefs.
Our favourite moment of the week – Sunday Brunch
Ghida and Cherry from New Portena skied today with Darina, such a great team!
Bonding between Houses
And Luciana in her usual Ski Club:
Tennis is so much fun when you play with your friends
Rin and Chihana enjoyed an amazing match with in Volleyball Club
Getting up this early is worth it if we get to enjoy an amazing snow day as today.
Finally Old Portena confronted Champ des Bois once again in Olympus 😉 Old Portena was not successful this time in terms of score, but what a great time we had! The pictures speak for themselves.
We are coming for you CDB!
Today we made Minnie Mouse pizzas to celebrate the International Pizza Day.
And then … the best part WE ATE IT!!!!!
Today we had our monthly assembly for February, online! The discussion for the day was the impact of charity and we concluded our pillar on friendship and healthy relationships ☺️
Today we celebrated the birthday of super Chisa! And look at that 🍰 we even sang in 7 languages, the list keeps getting longer.
Today we had a lovely house dinner with our girls and enjoyed some slices of pizza 😁 music, ice tea and some good mood for the last hours before our ski weekend! Thanks to our kitchen staff for working so hard on this.
Happy birthday Kylie
We hope you had an amazing day, we loved the cake 🙂
Manu helped this afternoon Maryan to get to know the last bits of our community. Thank you very much Manu! What a great House Captain!
Maral made some nice crêpes today, we are so lucky!!!
The Boarding House is officially open and we cannot wait to have our girls back for a new semester full of challenges, adventures and lots of great memories. We hope everyone enjoyed a great start to the new year and some holiday cheer in family.
Wishing you a well deserved Break!
As every other Thursday the girls palyed a match against Champs De Bois. The final score was 6-6.
Tonight the youngest of the house Alana and the oldest of the house Luciana have to break the marmite of chocolate as a tradition of Geneva.
Today Sally was busy in Old Portena! She made us some lovely sugar cookies and apple pie!
This afternoon we took advantage of the strong snow storm we had this week and went a bit higher up the mountain. The views were absolutely stunning and our girls enjoyed some great time in the snow and a hot chocolate 😁
We are so proud of them 😍
Miss Maral made us the best crêpes ever. Thank you very much they were delicious!
Today we spent time learning who to skate, and also practicing a lot. Together we helped each others to keep going.
This weekend competition was GINGERBREAD HOUSES. We tried our best with the ingredients they provided to us, we also created some new additions.
It was really good fun to work all together with Christmas songs playing on the background.
We hope we win this one!!!!
Today we played a bit of everything during our activities morning
Today Chihana played with her US Terre Sainte FF15 team from Mies in Lausanne Nord Academy. They not only won the first place, but Chihana also got rewarded as the BEST PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT.
We are extremely proud of her, WELL DONE!
Ho, Ho, Ho…
…and the second of December was for Rin!
We are reaching the end of our Pillar 2: Fighting Against bullying and promoting diversity.
Last night during the House Assembly we had the chance to talk about bullying. Ella and Alana did their presentation and showed the girls some videos of how to stop it if you see something could be going on.
“Don’t do to others something you wouldn’t like to be done to you” Alana.
Alana got the chance to open our first door of the House Advent Calendar
What a perfect snowy day. Today we visited one of the most traditionally Swiss villages, the epicenter of cheese, chocolate and meringue: Gruyere! We enjoyed some snow fights and snowman building with some amazing views and a bit of shopping. After, we left for the Cailler chocolate factory and learned more about the history of the exclusive Swiss brand. Pictures to follow 🙂
It’s early in the season, but we already had our first day of snow!! The girls couldn’t believe it, everyone was so excited that we just had to go and play outside! And of course, after we made some delicious hot chocolate with cookies.
Today we celebrated Annie’s birthday at an authentic Chinese restaurant in Geneva. We are so thankful to her family for organising this beautiful afternoon for our girls 🥰 To many more celebrations, Annie!
Normally we have pancakes for our Sunday brunch, but it is never a bad time for some fluffly pancakes! Ask our grade 6 girls 🙂
As part of their individual projects for this Pillar, some of our girls prepared some posters about bullying and how to prevent it. We are very proud of our girls who dedicated some time to this topic.
Our football stair played a championshop yesterday in her team with High School girls getting the Third Position, only loosing in the semifinal.
The cold did not stop them to get to give the best of themselves, great job girls.
We are incredibly proud of this super star!
WELL DONE CHIHANA
Alana joined the boxing activity last Sunday, she used it to get some stress out before the busy week ahead.
Be careful if you see her on guard, she is ready!
Learning and laughing before bedtime 😊
Today was the day… after weeks of training and playing, Old Portena obtained the victory for the house against Champ des Bois! It was an exciting match full of emotion. Thanks to our girls for not giving up 🙂
For our school, one of the main values is RESPECT, therefore we created a House Box full of Respectful values followed by our community.
We RESPECT and VALUE:
Ourselves and our families
Other cultures and religions
The property of others
All members of our community
The laws and traditions of the societies in which we live and work
Winter days are approaching, but that only means it is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some warm water fun! Today some of our girls went to France to enjoy this amazing water-park with warm swimming pools and slides. It seemed like they had a great time!
A big part of our philosophy is showing the importance of giving back to the community. As part of the gift box action, some of our girls made some generous contributions and helped prepare and wrap up the boxes for them to be delivered. Good job Old Portena!
Today is Luciana’s birthday and her brother bought her a cake to celebrate her 14th birthday.
We hope you had an amazing day.
Wishing you all the best!
Last Wednesday we used the meeting to call our friend Sabina, luckily she came back home very soon.
We missed you so much, welcome back!!!
Thank you very much for this tasty cake, what a baker 🙂
Thank you Mrs. Bea for coming with us for this amazing walk and for showing us your lovely house. We can not wait to go back again!!!
On Wednesday we enjoyed the sunny sky and went to the forest to take some amazing nature pictures