On Sunday all of our girls were really focused and helping with the bake off competition, well done girls!
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 !
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!
Weekends are never boring! Let’s take a look at what the girls did…
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 !
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.
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!
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 !
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.
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 !
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 !
Both the crêpes and the dangos turned out amazing of course !
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 !
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 !
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. 😀
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…
and more !
Next week, the girls will enjoy an especially long weekend of 4 days ! What will you do for the long weekend ?
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.
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.
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 !
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 ?
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 !
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. 😉
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 !
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 !
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 !
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.
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! 😀
Today our girls were literally put in the flowers during International Women’s Day. Darina received a beautiful note from her Father accompanied by a bouquet of gorgeous flowers. Sabina’s brother surprised her as well with a big bouquet of colourful flowers.
In the evening we all ate a delicious meal: Piadina, Grilled vegetables and houmous and Hake Parmentier.
A perfect way to end this special day! 😀
We’re always happy when it’s the weekend and we see the girls doing a lot of fun activities. Luciana went to the climbing accompanied by some boys from other houses. She showed she was really strong and climbed many difficult walls, always to the top! 😀
Sally and Kylie went to the Dinosaur expo in Geneva. Luckily they went after the Dinosaurs’ lunchtime and didn’t get eaten by any of them! ;p
The rest of our girls went cooking, enjoyed some time outside in the sun and did some groceries in their beloved Coop! 😀
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, as part of our wellbeing program, we explored healthy and toxic relationships and what to do if we find ourselves in one. The girls did a Kahoot and chose their group projects for our new Wellbeing Pillar. Some will be working on videos, posters and impactful images that reflect on friendship and how to build healthy relationships.
Last night in Collège du Léman we had our anual Winter Dinner. Nice food, fancy clothes, magical lightning and the best company made it a night not to forget. It was the perfect way to remind everyone how close they are from the holidays and this magical time of year, as well as a great opportunity to spend some time all together and dress up.
Our girls looked absolutely stunning!
Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Falalalala 😁 Today we had our Secret Santa gift exchange and we were really impressed about how much thought our girls put into their gifts. It was one of those nights in which everyone shares moments of joy and laughter, we sang, we clapped, we ate some of Maria’s homemade snacks…! Merry Christmas Old Portena!
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.
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 🙂
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
Tuesday’s mean basketball! Tonight we had a surprise in the field and we played our monthly basketball match against Concha! And what a match! This time it was super close and the girls were more motivated than ever to take the lead. We also had some special guests from New Portena, who supported the girls in the field and joined the fun. Thanks to everyone for this evening 🙂
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!
What a better way to begin a Saturday than with an early tennis session!
Today is the start of the October break! Our girls are real travelers, and while many of them are returning to their home countries, others have decided to explore new places like Paris, Lisbon or even Switzerland. It has been a great start to the school year and we hope everyone comes back with lots of energy and new stories to tell.
On behalf of the Old Portena team, we wish everyone a great holiday and see you very soon!
Healthy eating is one of our main points of focus for this year, but eating healthy doesn’t mean not enjoying what we eat. Today Miss Cristina made us a delicious apple cake with cinnamon and dates. Dates are an amazing natural sweetener, full of nutrients and good energy 🙂 The girls definitely approved!
Today the girls made a Macaroni Monster cake. Well done!!!
We don’t need to do great things in order to improve our wellbeing, sometimes the simple things like a walk or making healthier snack choices can have a big impact! Some of our girls stayed closer to school and tried this at the local supermarket. They were all encouraged to make at least one healthy choice in their weekly shopping and these are some of the results.
For our wellbeing session of today we proposed a drawing meditation to our girls. First, they closed their eyes and tried to be aware of their bodies and emotions. After, they drew freely with their eyes still closed listening to the meditation guide. Finally, they started filling their drawings with the shapes that expressed best their present state. We love the results 🙂