Happy February Break

After a busy start to 2024, it is now time for a short break.

While some girls are heading to Winter Camp in Crans Montana, others are going to the Finland trip to see the northern lights, and the rest are spending it with their family. Enjoy the week and see you soon!

International Dress Up Day

It is International Dress Up Day in school today. Layla, Melissa and Liza dressed up in their national clothes/colours for the occasion. It is lovely to see the girls supporting this initiative and showing pride in their cultural backgrounds!

Responsibility in the Boarding House

During our house meeting, Isabella, Radi and Ran gave a presentation about responsibility. As we are all living in the same house, it is important that we respect and are courteous to one another. The girls stressed the importance of this in their presentation. Thank you girls for doing this!

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️

This day is all about celebrating the love you have for the people in your life, and we did so by having a special dinner surrounded with friends. The girls also received roses from their friends 🌹 We hope you had a special day too!

 

Karen and Lisa’s birthday!

Last night’s double birthday celebration for Karen and Lisa was nothing short of magical.

The air was filled with laughter, warmth, and joy as Old Portena girls commemorate these two incredible souls.

The genuine happiness on Karen and Lisa’s faces as they blew out the candles on their joint birthday cake was a testament to the love and camaraderie that surrounded them.

It was an amazing moment of joy, a celebration that truly exemplified the beauty of shared happiness and the importance of celebrating life’s milestones together.

 

Weekend in Old Portena

After 2 consecutive ski weekends spent up in Leysin, it was back to the usual weekend routine on campus. The girls took part in their favourite activities like cooking and horse riding, and the trampoline park on Saturday. And on Sunday they went ice skating!

Meanwhile, Lisa, Liza and Mira ventured off to Rome with a great group of boarders and staff. While there they enjoyed the delicious food and sights Rome had to offer.

What a nice weekend the girls had!

Wellbeing Pillar 3: Toxic Friendships and Relationships

Yesterday evening was the last week of Wellbeing Pillar 3, and we focused on identifying the warning signs within relationships.

During our house meeting, the girls did a Kahoot in which they were presented with different scenarios that could occur amongst friends, and they had to decide whether they were red, yellow or green flags. By having this discussion, the girls were able to reflect on their own friendships and gain insights into potentially harmful dynamics.

Bonding muffins!

Today, we crafted a batch of “bonding muffins” as a collaborative effort among the Old Portena girls.

Together, they worked seamlessly as a team to bring forth these exquisite delights.

Take a moment to admire the results—aren’t they irresistibly delicious?

 

Wellbeing Pillar Week 3

In week 3 of our 3rd wellbeing pillar, we discuss with the girls about international friendships and addressing microaggressions.

International friendships enrich our lives by exposing us to diverse perspectives, cultures and traditions. These connections foster mutual understanding, breaking down barriers and promoting global harmony.

Despite the positive intentions behind international friendships, they can inadvertently lead to unintended microaggressions due to cultural differences and misunderstandings.​

It’s crucial to approach these relationships with open-mindedness, cultural sensitivity, and a willingness to learn to avoid unintentional microaggressions and foster genuine understanding.​

Microaggressions are subtle insults or unintentional discrimination typically directed at marginalised groups.

At one point or another, we all have said the wrong thing unintentionally as we go about our daily lives. It’s important that you address and correct the harm that you have caused.

Old Portena in Leysin!

🎿❄️ Just swooshed through a spectacular weekend in Leysin, surrounded by the breathtaking Swiss Alps! 🏔️❤️

Despite the chilly weather, the snow activities were pure joy, and the cozy atmosphere made it all the more magical. 😊✨

From thrilling ski runs to making unforgettable memories with friends, it was a weekend filled with laughter and adventure. 🚡

Can’t wait for the next one! 🗓️

More plans in the pipeline, more fun waiting to be had.

Who’s ready for another weekend of excitement? 🎉

 

Wellbeing Pillar 3: Week Two

We move on to the second week of our third wellbeing pillar, which is focused on cultivating positive friendships and relationships. Last week we focused on identifying characteristics of positive friendships, while this week we are looking inward and reflecting on the type of friend we are and how we can be a better friend.

For our house meeting today, we discussed this point with the girls, and each of them wrote down what made them a good friend, and what they can do better.

 

 

First Weekend of the Year

The start of the second semester means that we are back to the usual weekend activities! The girls are back to doing their old favourites, like cooking and horse riding, and an outing to Geneva on Saturday afternoon. And to top off the weekend, they enjoyed a game of laser tag on Sunday!

Wellbeing Pillar 3: Building Positive Friendships

In this new school term, we launch Pillar 3 of our Wellbeing Program, which is focused on cultivating positive friendships and relationships.

One of the most important aspects of attending a boarding school are the friendships the girls make. The close-knit environment make for relationships that grow and develop, which in turn can lead to life-long friendships.

This important topic will be discussed during our weekly Wednesday meetings for the next several weeks. For this week, our takeaway point is identifying characteristics of positive friendships and a video was shared for the girls to watch.

Happy Winter Holidays!

We wish you all a happy and peaceful winter break! The house is now closed and will reopen on Saturday 6th of January 2024.

For now, relax, enjoy and spend time with your loved ones. We’ll see you next year!

Lights Show at Château de Coppet

Yesterday evening all our Old Portena girls along with some other boarders, visited Château de Coppet to learn about its history, and we also watched an illuminating lights show at night. It was the perfect outing to enjoy together before we break for the holidays!

 

Secret Santa

We all got into the Christmas spirit today, and we exchanged our Secret Santa gifts. Thank you girls for putting a lot of thought into your gifts, everyone was spoilt!

Miyuki is 11 years old!

In the heart of celebration and laughter, Miyuki’s birthday became an enchanting tale of joy, with the sweet crescendo being a magnificent cake that stole the spotlight.

Layers of velvety goodness, adorned with vibrant colors and delicate edible flowers, awaited eager forks.

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Marmite de l’Escalade

Every December, the city of Geneva celebrates L’Escalade, which commemorates the defeat of an attempt to conquer the Protestant city by the troops of the Catholic Savoyards.

This historic event is celebrated in various ways, one of which is the smashing of the marmite de l’Escalade, a chocolate cauldron filled with marzipan sweets. The oldest and the youngest join hands and smash their hands over the cauldron, revealing the sweets inside.

Miyuki and Isabella, the youngest and oldest in the House, about to smash the marmite

 

 

A magical night to remember!

Tonight, we gather under the glittering stars for the Winter Ball, a spectacular event that marks the culmination of a semester filled with hard work, growth, and unforgettable moments.

The venue, cloaked in an aura of elegance, is set to host us in its welcoming embrace. Beyond the exquisite food and the enchanting ambiance, tonight is about coming together as a community. It’s a chance to reflect on the challenges we’ve faced, the triumphs we’ve achieved, and the friendships that have blossomed. The Winter Ball is a melting pot of shared experiences, a space where we can revel in the collective spirit that defines us.

As we dust off our finest attire and prepare to dance the night away, let’s savor the moments that make this event so special. The Winter Ball isn’t merely a conclusion to the semester; it’s a celebration of the journey we’ve undertaken together. It’s a reminder that, despite the academic rigors, we have created a vibrant and supportive community that stands strong in the face of challenges.

Old Portena Yearbook

This evening after our weekly house meeting, we continued to work on the Old Portena Yearbook, with the girls sticking their favourite pictures on it, and writing an end-of-year semester reflection. We’re excited to continue this for the next semester!

Awards Ceremony

Last night we celebrated our boarders in our annual Award Ceremony, where medals were given to those who displayed an outstanding contribution to Boarding Life, Activities and Academics.

Lisa and Anne got an award for Boarding Life, Karen and Isabella for Activities, and Karen for Academics. Huge congratulations girls!





Snow day sounds like a special day!

Embracing a magical snow day at Old Portena was an absolute delight!

The day unfolded with the much-anticipated House Competition for Gingerbread house building, and to add to the joy, an unexpected snowfall granted us the opportunity to craft our own charming snowman.

Our spirits soared as we not only reveled in the friendly competition of constructing gingerbread masterpieces but also gleefully ventured outside to build our very own snowy abode.

It was an enchanting and joy-filled experience that left us with heartwarming memories of a truly special day at Old Portena .

 

Winter Festive Concert

Last night we all went to Eiger auditorium to watch a wonderful Winter Concert. Boarders from other houses took to the stage to show off their musical skills, and our very own Anne and Isabella also took part in the spectacle, playing the violin and cello respectively. Congratulations to all those involved, it was a magical night full of beautiful performances!



Bake Off Competition

Today we had the Bake off competition, where every boarding house had to bake a cake and the best one wins. For ours, we baked a cake based off our pink house hoodie. The girls were really focused with helping and decorating our cake. Well done girls!








Samedi du Partage

On Saturday morning, Kate volunteered for Samedi du Partage. The goal was to distribute dedicated shopping bags to customers in Aldi, who in turn can shop and fill the bags with food and essentials for people in need.

Well done Kate for taking part in this initiative!



R E S P E C T

We’re carrying on with Respect Week, and I’m thrilled to share this incredible video featuring the girls in the House. Not only are they actively participating, but we also have older girls joining us to offer their guidance and present respect from a unique perspective.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the essence of respect. Respect is the recognition and appreciation of the inherent worth, dignity, and rights of individuals, regardless of their differences. It involves treating others with courtesy, kindness, and consideration. This week is an opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of respect and its multifaceted expressions.

In the video, our girls and the older mentors will shed light on the diverse ways in which respect manifests itself in our lives. Through their experiences and insights, we aim to cultivate a culture of mutual understanding and appreciation within our community. Stay tuned for a journey into the heart of respect, as we continue to learn and grow together.

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RESPECT week

Respect Week at Old Portena has been off to a fantastic start.

On Monday, our girls came together to kick off this special week by creating a captivating poster that not only promotes the values of RESPECT but also delves into its deeper meaning. In a close-knit boarding community like ours, the question of how respect grows is particularly poignant. It flourishes here through daily interactions, open communication, and a shared understanding of each other’s unique backgrounds and perspectives. Respect is the foundation upon which our community thrives, and this week is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to celebrate and strengthen that core value that unites us.

Trip to Europa Park

While some girls stayed on campus this weekend, Kate, Mira, Radi, Karen and Lisa went off on a trip to Europa Park with other boarders. Even though the weather wasn’t on their side with it being wet and rainy, they still had a lot of fun enjoying the rides and attractions. Check out some photos below!





Weekly Meeting

For our weekly meeting last night, we had a Kahoot to see how much of the girls know about the house rules, and they also continued to fill in their yearbook with pictures!

We also talked about the second pillar of the wellbeing programme, which is Protecting Against Bullying and Protecting Diversity. For this session we talked about similarities between roommates.

 

Pumpkin Carving

Each year we have a pumpkin carving competition, in which each houses attempt to transform pumpkins into works of art. The girls got their creative juices flowing, and we are very happy with the end result!

Halloween Celebrations

Yesterday we celebrated Halloween, and the whole boarding community transformed into a lively hub of ghoulish festivities, all in the spirit of Halloween!

The girls got dressed up, enjoyed a Halloween-themed dinner in the Leman dining hall, and went trick or treating to other boarding houses. It was certainly a night full of spooky delights!

 

Welcome Back!

Old Portena is open and we are looking forward to welcoming you back to the house! We hope you all had a lovely October break and feel refreshed and ready to take on this second half of the semester!

Dinner at Home and Happy October Break!

Tonight we had dinner at home, a monthly a occurance that happens and one in which the girls always look forward to. For this we do not go out to the Leman cafeteria as usual to eat dinner, we simply have the food delivered to the house. We had Mexican burritos, tortilla chips and corn. The girls enjoyed it! Thank you especially to the kitchen staff for doing this!

It is also our last dinner together before the October holiday. From tomorrow the girls are going away to enjoyed a much deserved break after a busy first half term of the school year! Enjoy the break and see you in two weeks!

Which team do you suppport? We are all a TEAM!

Wednesdays in Old Portena are our special House moments where our girls sit together and take a moment to reflect on the past weekend and upcoming week.

This week we have launched our Internal House Competition:

 The girls earn points based on their behavior and dedication to both our house and the boarding community. This encourages a spirit of unity and shared responsibility, fostering good behavior, teamwork, and a strong sense of community engagement. It’s a fantastic way for our girls to not only showcase their individual strengths but also to collectively make a positive impact on the world around us.

After the break, come ready with ideas and full of energy to win every week!!!

Which team are you in?

Go Cheetahs!

Go Lions!

Go Tigers!

 

Happy Birthday Layla!

Today’s house meeting was extra special as we also celebrated Layla’s birthday. We wish you the very best Layla!

The girls also continued filling in their Old Portena yearbook, cutting and putting pictures on it to capture memories of the year.

October Mornings

The cool October mornings bring a sense of coziness and warmth to our boarding house, where every day begins with a shared ritual – breakfast. For the past few days, Liza and Miyuki decided to add a little extra charm to the start of their day by twinning in style!

Snippets of Boarding Life

In Old Portena, there are always things happening and we are always on the go!

We had a lovely tree that was painted by a day student, all done and brightening up our staircase. Friday afternoon after school, we went to Coop to stock up on food, and then on the weekend we had our usual activities. A particular highlight was the 5KM race for both students and staff, and in which Karen and Layla took part in! Well done girls and everyone!

This is our last weekend before the October break next week, and the weather was definitely on our side – sunny and lovely!

Thai International Dinner

Dinner on Wednesdays are special because we get to eat food from other countries. And last night we were transported to the rich and vibrant flavours of Thailand.

International Dinners at Collège du Léman is a celebration of diversity, a reminder of sharing experiences and flavours from around the world. It’s also a time for our students to bond over their love of food! What culinary adventure are we going to next week? Stay tuned for more!

Weekend Recap

This past weekend has been a busy one.

On Friday afternoon after school, Karen, Anne, Mira, Kate and Radi left for Disneyland Paris with other boarders. They spent the weekend there, experiencing the rides and magical atmosphere Disneyland is known for.

Back on campus, aside from doing their usual activities, and the weekly Geneva outing, the girls also ventured to a nearby adventure park called Walibi on Sunday. Lots of fun and laughter was had that day!

Looking forward to the next weekend!

 

Wellbeing session and New Project: Old Portena Year Book

We’re thrilled to introduce our exciting new project, the Old Portena Year Book, which is all about celebrating the vibrant spirit and well-being of our community. We believe that physical activity plays a pivotal role in enhancing overall well-being. As we embark on this journey to create a memorable yearbook from scratch, we’re not only preserving memories but also promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Let’s capture the joy of movement and the essence of our amazing community on every page. Stay tuned for updates and be part of this wellness-filled adventure!

 

Saturday Activities

Saturday is the best day of the week! There is no school, and is a free day for the girls to enjoy their activities, like horse riding, cooking and running. It’s also a day where the girls can go to Geneva to shop!

Mountain Weekend in Fiesch

This weekend was spent up in the mountains of Fiesch. The girls had a variety of activities to choose, from hiking and mini-golf, to a ropes course and via ferrata. And on Sunday we played some mini-games in the sports field!

It was definitely a weekend full of fun and adventure! Now we are back on campus and ready to start the new week.

 

 

Trip to Annecy

Today is Jeûne genevois, which is a public holiday in Geneva. Since there is no school, we took advantage of the day and visited the beautiful French city of Annecy. We took a boat ride in the lake, and then went shopping. The girls were very happy!

Enjoying the Fresh Air!

Warm, sunny weather for the past few days means we can enjoy our garden and sit outside! We’ve been having our study hall in the fresh air, and in the evenings we play board games!

Today we also had the pleasure of having Defne and Ana Sofia, prefects from Terray boarding house, over in the house to give a presentation to the girls. They talked about the dangers of smoking and vaping and the importance of making heathy decisions. Thank you very much ladies!

 

 

Weekend activities!

Exploring the great outdoors in Geneva with some awesome sun-soaked adventures like accrobranches and horse riding! Getting to know each other better through these amazing experiences has been truly unforgettable.

Sun (rain) day fun day!

Sundays are for fun and relaxation! After brunch, Layla, Radost and Karen went to Aquapark while the rest of the girls stayed on campus to enjoy the activities on offer. It was also a day to bond with each other while playing board games and doing arts and crafts!

Saturday Activities

It’s the first weekend of the school year and it was a busy one full of activities for the girls!

Mira chose to do kayaking while Miyuki, Kotoka, Ran and Layla went to cooking. Melissa, Karen, Radost and Kate did horse riding, while Lisa enjoyed some climbing.

After lunch, we also had the chance to go to Geneva to go shopping and Miyuki and Lisa tagged along!

 

First day at College du Leman!

Today we had a very busy day! We had orientation day in the morning, where the girls got to meet their homeroom teacher and their classmates.

And then in the afternoon we got to relax and chill in the house for a bit before heading to the Concha gardens to enjoy their large outdoor space. The girls played some games and swam in the swimming pool. Check out some pictures below!

Welcome Assembly and Cocktail

It was a very exciting day on campus as we welcomed all new boarders. Today we are happy to welcome Anne, Kate, Karen, Mira, Layla, Lisa and Miyuki to Old Portena!

They got to see their rooms, meet their roommates and make new friends! We also had a welcome assembly in the afternoon and ate some yummy food afterwards. The kids also enjoyed a treasure hunt after dinner. A long, busy but exciting day!

Welcome Back!

The summer holidays are finally coming to an end, and the Old Portena team are looking forward to welcoming both old and new girls to the house!

We hope you had an incredible summer and are ready to start the new school year. We can’t wait to see you all!

 

Grade 8 Graduation

Congratulations to our Grade 8 students Ashley, Mia, Vlady, Chihana, Amy and Lily who graduated from Middle School today! Next year they are moving to the big world of High School. In addition, Chihana received the REACH sportsperson award, which is given to the student who best exhibits the important values of sport. Mia and Ashley also received the prize for the most improved student.

We are all proud of the hard work you have displayed over the past year and we know you will all excel in High School! We wish you the very best!

 

 

 

Last but not least!

Today we got together for our last birthday celebration, which unfolded under the glorious embrace of perfect weather. It was a day filled with friends, love, and laughter, painting a picture of pure joy that will forever be etched in our hearts.

Last Weekend of the Year!

This weekend was the last time the girls took part in their usual activities for this academic year. They went to cooking, golf, banana boat, a Geneva outing, chess and baking. Ashley and Vlady also got to go to the Observatory in Geneva, where they learned about astronomy and all things about space! We also celebrated Mia’s birthday in advance, with a fun little party and cake!

Now it’s time to prepare for the last few days of school before the start of the summer holidays!

 

End of Year Event!

As the academic year comes to a close, nothing marks the occasion quite like the End of Year Event.

It’s a celebration packed with amazing activities that cater to everyone’s tastes and preferences. From thrilling water games to friendly competitions, this event provided endless fun.

The party’s refreshing water elements, including a sparkling pool and exhilarating slides, offer a splash of excitement and relief from the summer heat.

Amidst all the laughter and splashes, cherished friendships are strengthened and new memories are made. And let’s not forget the delectable ice cream delights that make this party truly unforgettable.

Sharing laughter and indulging in frozen treats with friends creates a warm and joyful atmosphere.

Student Led Conferences

Today was a special, and a little bit stressful day… Indeed, our girls had their student-led conferences ! For this, they had to present their REACH portfolio, explaining how they achieved their goals this year.

Throughout the year, the girls have done their best to be responsible, eco-friendly, active, creative and healthy, and this conference was the opportunity for them to show to their teachers and houseparents, how they have managed to achieve REACH goals.

This presentation was a little bit nerve-wrecking for our girls, but they all did an amazing job !

Anna getting ready for her presentation

Stella explained to us how she takes responsibility for her pet’s wellbeing

A colourful portfolio by Mia !

Kelly, ready to start her presentation !

Cute cats to relax the atmosphere, well thought Lily !

Our one and only house captain, Ashley !

Chihana has had many responsibilities this year, between all her activities and life as a boarder.

Chisa’s colourful presentation

Singaporean International Dinner

Wednesdays as always is International Dinner and today we enjoyed Singaporean cuisine: noodles with chicken skewers. We’ve also been lucky to have warm, sunny weather the past few weeks, so every Wednesday we embrace the fresh air and eat outside!

A Sunny June Weekend

Our warm and sunny weekend started off with a delicious dinner in the house on Friday! Miss Maral and Miss Cristina cooked for all the girls and we all enjoyed a yummy chicken burger, cakes and snacks!

And as usual on Saturday and Sunday the day was full of activities for the girls. Cooking, tennis, banana boat and a trip to Aquaparc was in the cards for all.

Aquaparc in particular was the highlight, and everyone enjoyed swimming and all the water slides!

Meanwhile, Stella had the opportunity to go tandem paragliding over Lake Geneva. It was an amazing experience and she was really happy that she was able to go!

 

Trip to Milan!

Ashley, Chihana, Vlady, Mia, Isabella, and Lily had an amazing experience in Milan together. They really made the most of every trip they went to, but this one, as the last one, was the most special one for them.

Check some of the amazing pictures:

Vienna Trip

Over the 4 day long weekend, several of the girls jetted off to Vienna. They spent an exciting few days exploring this charming and artistic city with other boarders! They visited museums, castles and ate delicious food such as wiener schnitzel and apfelstrudel. They all had a nice time, as you can see from the photos below!







Lunch in the House!

Today there is no school due to the long weekend holiday, and with most of the girls away on a trip to Vienna, Miss Cindy took this opportunity to cook lunch for those who are left in the house.

She prepared pasta carbonara, so creamy, rich and yummy! And of course there is always room for dessert. This time we had brownies with a raspberry coulis to accompany it. Just the perfect plate of sweetness to finish off our delicious meal. Everyone really enjoyed it! Thank you Miss Cindy!

 

Together we enjoy more!

Chisa and Kotoka went to watch her friend Chihana playing football. It was a great experience, Chihana was playing against boys and her team did a great job!

Aller Chihana!

We tasted a home made lemon cake, fresh and sweet for the energy needed on a Saturday afternoon!

 

 

 

Anna and Mia are proffesional chefs, they love cooking and make great dishes. This time Mia helped our new join to the community Alessia,  what  a teacher  you  are Mia!

Chefs in the House

This afternoon we spent a lovely time in Geneva and our girls got the necessary ingredients to make this fabulous Hot Pot! Typical Chinese dish they all love. Nothing is as tasty as homemade food!

The House has an extraordinary smell 🙂

 

Boarding Assembly and evening activities

Yesterday evening we had our monthly boarding assembly, where Isabella and Kelly got to play Habanera on the cello in front of the boarding community. We are proud of you girls, very well done!

The final Pillar of our Well-being Program was also launched yesterday during the assembly. This time the topic is “Making Safe and Responsible Choices”. This is an extremely important topic, especially as students grow older. Teenagers are surrounded by many influences both online and in real life. There is much temptation and it’s important they develop their own strong healthy morals and ideals. Through the next weeks, we will ask students to explore an area of interest relating to this pillar through a podcast or other research.

After the assembly and eating an international cuisine of Lebanese food for dinner, some of the girls headed out to Olympus to play some sports! Being active is always important!

Weekend activities in Old Portena

Another weekend, another list of activities for the girls to choose from! On Saturday, Chisa, Isabella and Anna went to cooking while Amy and Lily played tennis. It was also a warm and sunny day, so in the afternoon we ventured out to Geneva to enjoy the city and do some shopping! Sunday was a more chill day, starting with our yummy brunch and the girls doing activities such as Body shaping and Stretch & Relaxation. And of course the day wouldn’t be complete without crêpes and cookies for a treat!

Meanwhile, Mia, Ashley, Vladi and Ran went on a trip to sunny Spain to visit Madrid with other boarders. It’s certainly a great way to spend the weekend! Let’s take a look at some photos from the past few days below:

Chasing the ball in tennis

Preparing spaghetti in cooking class

Shop till we drop!

Sunday brunch options

A variety of sweets to choose from

A Sunday staple in Old Portena: crêpes

Vladi, Mia, Ran and Ashley in Madrid with other boarders

Birthday Celebrations and International Dinner

This week in Old Portena, we celebrated two of our girls’ birthdays. It was very nice and fun gathering together with friends to celebrate their special day! Happy birthday Amy and Kelly!

And as usual for our International Dinner this week, we had a taste of other counties cuisine. This time we had a Chinese evening, and it went down a treat! The girls enjoyed it!

 

 

Even without SUN, the DAY was outstanding

We had an amazing time in Chamonix. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking, and we spent our day in the beautiful train/gondola and walking down to the amazing ice cave in the glacier.

But the best part of the trip was the time we spent together. We laughed, shared stories, and created new memories that we know will last a lifetime. There’s something special about being surrounded by nature and good company that makes everything feel just right.

 

We’re back !

Dear parents, dear agents, dear readers.

Old Portena is open again and ready to welcome back our girls for the last stretch of the semester. New season, new activities ! This semester, our girls will be able to enjoy some amazing water activities on lake Leman.

In the meantime, we look forward to hearing everything about our girls’ holidays !

Pre-Holiday Party

With the Easter break coming up, and the girls going away on holiday for 2 weeks, we decided to gather together one last time tonight to have a party!

Snacks, chats and a good time before the break is always a good idea!

A Rainy Weekend

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?

Wellbeing Session – Online Safety

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:

Boarding Talent Show

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!

On our way to the show

 

 

Weekend in Old Portena!

 

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!

A Special Visit

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!

Weekend Activities

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!

Wellbeing Pillar 4 – Online Safety

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.

 

Every weekend is fun in Old Portena!

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!

Boarding Assembly and Bulgarian Dinner

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!




A Fun Week at Winter Camp

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!

 

 

Welcome Back!

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!

Happy Holidays!

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!

A Sunny Weekend

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 weekends are always fun!

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!!!

 

Wednesday is always a busy day!

    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 …

Another lovely weekend in Fiesch

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!

Wellbeing Pillar 3 – Building Positive Friendships

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 😊



Weekend in the Swiss Alps!

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 🙁

 

First Weekend of the Year

After the winter holidays, the girls are back at it again with their usual weekend activities! They enjoyed tennis, woodcrafting, stretch & relaxation, chess and baking. And of course they enjoyed some crepe time on Saturday. Check out some of them in action below.




Le jour de l’Escalade

“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.

Boarding Winter Ball 2022

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.

 

Gingerbread House Competition

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!

 

Boarding Awards Ceremony

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!

Europa Park Trip

Most of our girls spent a fun weekend in Europa Park with other boarders. They enjoyed all the amazing rides and the glittery Christmas decorations – no doubt getting them into the holiday spirit!

Old Portena is going places !

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 !

Wellbeing Session – Pillar 2

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!

 

Weekend in Old Portena

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.

Rainy Wednesday

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 🙂

Weekend in Old Portena

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

A calm weekend back at OP

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

Happy October break!

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 😊

Swiss Vapeur Parc

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

 

Wellbeing Pillar 1 – concluding phase

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:

  1. Discover how we can use sport and our hobbies to maintain a healthy mental balance
  2. 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.

 

Weekend activities

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

 

Slam Dunk !

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 !

Weekend in the mountains

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 !

Mid-Autumn festival celebrations

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 !

House meeting and Introduction of Wellbeing

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.

 


House Captain!

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

House Rep!

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!

House Competition

The boarding house competition has begun, and it started with the sports competition!

Everyone participated in sports games such as three legged race, tug of war, musical chairs, baskets, ping pong race and badminton shooting. Well done girls for the great team spirit you displayed!







A busy afternoon!

Today we had our first Monthly Boarding Assembly, followed by a welcome dinner where the girls enjoyed a delicious meal. Afterwards Ms Maral made crepes for the girls as a treat for our first House Meeting. Thank you Ms Maral!




An evening of games

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!



Welcome back!

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!

Old Portena

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 !

Sweet summer holidays !

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 !

Memories

 

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 !

Something’s cooking !

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

Hard work to success !

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 !

End of exams!

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!

End of year event!

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!

Our star on the road!

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!!

One extra day of fun!!

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’s not over yet

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 process…

The result ! Miam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow, our girls will be out for the afternoon at Lausanne’s fair : Luna Park. Enjoy it !

House spirit on the RISE

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. 😀

 

Beware !

Concha Annexe + Old Portena friendship

Open the curtains !

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 !

No school means FUN TIME!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copenhagen trip!

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!

Smells like summer !

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 ?

Europa-Park 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.

 

Well-being pillar 5!

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.

Oriental dinner for our special Wednesdays!

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.

Sun and sand to start the week!

 

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!!

La côte d’Yvoire

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…

Sunny Saturday at CDL

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 !