During ‘social time’ from Monday to Thursday, some of the Prefects come to Old Portena to help the girls in any way that they can. From giving advice, helping with homework and chatting about the day in general, they are always around to help. Ruitung was a Boarder in Old Portena 4 years ago so it is very special to have her back with us.

Where Does Our Food Come From?

This weekend the Old Portena girls will be learning about where their food comes from.

We started off today in the garden just outside Old Portena where all the Boarders are encouraged to take the lovely variety of produce that grows throughout the year.

We are also looking forward to trying some new soup and smoothie recipe ideas! It is so easy to be healthy in the Boarding house because the girls can step out into their back garden to choose their favourite fruit and vegetables, before blending them together to create their very own colourful masterpieces.

Tomorrow we will visit the orchards in Versoix. We will balance out our healthy smoothies by picking apples to make apple crumbles! Join us again tomorrow!


The Egg Drop Challenge

Firstly, we won the motto competition and Alison did a splendid job of representing our house at the presentation evening. Absolutely fantastic work from everybody! What a fantastic way to start off the weekend.

Every Friday in Old Portena the girls take part in an afternoon activity together after a busy week at school. This week, we split into teams and did an ‘Egg Drop Challenge’.

The aim was to shield an uncooked egg in some way to ensure that it didn’t crack when dropped from a height and onto the ground. Each team was given:

  • 20 straws
  • A brown paper bag
  • A trash bag
  • Some string
  • Some tissue
  • A piece of paper
  • Some celotape

I am pleased to say that all the staff were very impressed by the intelligent designs made up by the teams. I think we definitely have some future engineers and architects in our house. Every egg survived! But most of all, we had a lot of fun and strengthened our new made friendships.

Here are some photos of the different teams at work.