End of Year Party

This evening the girls had so much fun at the end of year party! They played in laser tag, water activities, slides and many more, while enjoying some delicious ice-cream!

Old Portena Memory Books

Over the past year, Old Portena have made wonderful memories with friends and taken part in so many activities, that we have enough photos to fill up our Memory Books! The girls will be able to keep these books forever to remember our special year together! We are looking forward to seeing the finished books next week!

Wellbeing Happiness Project

This week the Old Portena ladies took time to think of someone that had been truly inspirational in their lives, and they wrote a letter of gratitude thanking them for all the ways that they had made a difference. Soon afterwards, the girls sent these special messages to the person that they had in mind via photos of their letters, phone calls, and emails. Many families, members of staff, and friends were contacted throughout the evening. These tokens of appreciation brought much love and true happiness to both people involved. It was a special evening as we heard of the truly inspirational ways that people can make a difference in another person’s life, and of the power that a grateful heart has towards everyone’s happiness.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

To the mothers of all these blessed kids who are far from their children on this special day; we are thinking of you and wishing you a very happy Mother’s Day! Your kids are very special to us, each one unique in their own extraordinary way; all gifted and talented in different areas that create our CdL family.


Dear Old Portena Ladies,

you have all left and the House is quiet without you! We are comforted by the fact that you will be back in a couple of weeks and fill the House with fun loving energy, each one of you in your unique way. In the meantime, we wish you the Happiest of Holidays with your families and friends!! See you in a couple of weeks..

International Women’s Day!

The 8th of March is International Women’s Day that grew out of the labour movement to become a recognised annual event by the United Nations. The seeds of it were planted in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. The idea to make the day international came from a woman called Clara Zetkin. She suggested the idea in 1910 at an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. There were 100 women there, from 17 countries, and they agreed on her proposal unanimously. It was first celebrated in 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland and in 1975 the United Nations started celebrating the day officially.

International Women’s Day has become a date to celebrate how far women have come in society, in politics and in economics. Please join Old Portena as we celebrate this day by honoring our Director General, Pauline Nord, and thanking her for building an excellent school community and helping our students achieve outstanding academic results by inspiring them with her hard work and dedication, to becoming the world’s future leaders.




Etiquette, Manners and Grace.

This week we began our new project on etiquette and manners. The focus in our meeting last night was on the importance of greeting people correctly.

The girls enjoyed the role-plays and we hope to provide them with some life skills which they can use with confidence and grace.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Karina, Annie, Amy and Elsa  have been having a wonderful day of celebrations and have sent us some lovely home photos of their special meals. The Old Portena girls thoroughly enjoyed the  Chinese dinner in the dining hall last night too!

Saturday skiing in Morgins & Les Crosets!

Our students enjoyed a day of skiing unlike any other! In fact, the yellowish light and brown skies that you see are not a photographic error but rather a rare meteorological phenomenon that occurs around three times a year in Switzerland due to dust sand travelling from the north-west African Sahara Desert and upward towards Europe. Until next Saturday!



Games, Games, Games!

Part of building positive friendships in our house has come from the fun games nights! After much laughter, we have made many great memories together!

Getting ready to start Speed Smarties and Trying to beat the two dice chocolate game using gloves and cutlery!

Peer Pressure Workshop for Wellbeing Pillar 3

Miss Jody, the Boarding Counsellor, gave a workshop on Peer Pressure to all the Middle school students last Friday. This was followed up by some positive and negative peer pressure acting! After these scenarios, we discussed how each of us felt about being in that particular situation and how we could help others in need or promote positive friendships.

A Chain of Respect!

Our Chain of Respect reminds us of all the qualities that are needed to make friendships stronger by respecting each other despite our differences, in our similarities and by standing up, together, against bullying. With all of these qualities that the girls identified this evening, we see that we can build feelings of trust, safety and wellbeing. We enjoyed Chisa’s birthday cake as we learned some valuable lessons.

Samedi du Partage – A Collective Charity Activity

Paria, Rin, Taisiia, Vlad, Sasha and Oscar all volunteered at Coop Versoix supermarket today to collect food and hygiene products from customers. These products are stored by the Geneva food bank Partage and distributed throughout the year to charitable groups all over the city, which collectively provide around 900 free meals every single day to those in need, thanks in part to the generosity of the public. Great Job guys!

Friday dinner in the house

Last night we had dinner in the house. The girls helped me cook Moussaka. They really enjoyed the opportunity to learn different dishes and how to make a healthy dinner. GOOD JOB!! 👏👏👏





Are you A Jackal or A Giraffe? A Nonviolent Communication Workshop with Mrs. Jody, our Boarding Counsellor

Marshall Rosenberg, an American psychologist, author and trainer, who came up with the jackal and the giraffe, explained them this way: “At an early age, most of us were taught to speak and think jackal. This language is from the head. It is a way of mentally classifying people into varying shades of good and bad, right and wrong. Ultimately it provokes defensiveness, resistance, and counterattack. Giraffe bids us to speak from the heart, to talk about what is going on for us, without judging others.”

One of Marshall Rosenberg’s key points is that it’s not just about communication. It is about two different worldviews: One that sees the world in terms of conflict, constant struggle, and competition; and the other, while recognising that conflict exists, sees the world in terms of harmony, empathy and cooperation.

So, which one would you choose? The Jackal or the Giraffe?




Spirit Week

This past week we celebrated ‘Spirit’ from our school motto and each section of the school did a project to demonstrate their Community Spirit. Within the Boarding Community, we aligned this with our Wellbeing Pillar 2- Promoting Diversity and Protecting Against Bullying. We believe we have a strong bond as a Boarding Community and that together with the diversity among us we bridge cultures to come together and show our community spirit. To demonstrate this we created a video.

House Dinner

Tonight as a part of the community project of the Wellbeing pillar 1our girls decide to cook. They decide the menu wheat pasta with tomatoe sauce, garlic bread and salad.They also set up the table. We served their plates individually. Good work!!

Wellbeing pillar 1

For the Wellbeing program Pillar 1 (Healthy Mind and Bodies) our girls from Middle and Primary school made a diary about how their nutrition affects their sleep patterns and backed it up with the science that they researched.

Workshop with Jody

Last Wednesday Mrs. Jody, our school Councillor, organised a workshop for our Wellbeing series on ‘Emotional regulation.’ The Middle and High school students that attended really enjoyed learning more about this topic.


Well-Being Programme Pillar 1

The first pillar of our Well Being programme is now being launched.

We consider Well Being a core element of what we do in Boarding. Well Being is the basis to everything and even above grades and academic or sport achievements we care and strive to ensure all the students are feeling well, in their bodies, in their minds, with their choices and with their friends.

The Well Being programme is scheduled to run along the school year and for each term, a different pillar will deserve our focus and work.

In this first half-term of the year, we will direct our energies, particularly to Nurturing Healthy Minds and Bodies with a particular emphasis towards Emotional Regulation.

How will we work? During the weeks to come, we will be discussing and directing students to a personal reflection on these topics and we will encourage them to develop some individual projects. These projects will aim at leading the student to reflect on his or her habits, see how they benefit their Well Being and extend this perception with the help of some creative activities.

Examples: Keeping a sleeping diary or take the time for a nature walk and see observe the nature.

Likewise we will develop some community projects, normally based by House but with the possibility of linking them to other Houses.

What we aim at, is leading the students to reflect and integrate these activities as part of their lives and encourage them to reflect so they can perceive the Take-Away points of such actions.

There are no right or wrong projects, as long as they lead the student to internally assimilate the benefits he can get from this or that activity. These projects can be based on habits the students already have and sometimes they didn’t even realize how beneficial they were.

Throughout this school year, students will be encouraged to complete an individual project and a community project for each pillar of well-being. These projects are focused on activities that are meant to support growth and self-awareness. We believe that this will allow our students of all age groups to take ownership of their wellbeing.

Parents, students, educators, walk with us this path. We count on your support to make the best for our students wellbeing.


Trip to Yvoire, France

Yvoire is a Medieval Floral Town on Lake Geneva, France. The town is well known for its medieval buildings and summer floral displays, as well as the Jardin des Cinq Sens a garden in the centre of the town.

This traffic-free village has managed to preserve much of its medieval look with town walls and gates, a historic castle, and narrow cobblestone streets. Yvoire is a beautiful town year-round but particularly attractive during spring and summer when it is filled with flowers blooming from seemingly every balcony and windowsill. Yvoire is hugely popular with day-trippers and thus has a large number of restaurants, cafés, boutiques, art galleries, studios, and souvenir shops.

 O.P. girls have enjoyed this Sunday there!!





CDL Tour Middle School

Today we did the cdl tour for the new students to show them where all the facilities and the middle school classes. We finish all this long walk in the Versoix Lake with an ice cream. Well done.