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

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 !

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 !

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

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 !