Wishing you a fantastic February break filled with relaxation, fun, and cherished memories! Whether you’re exploring new places or enjoying cozy moments at home, take this time to recharge and unwind. Embrace every opportunity for adventure and make the most of this well-deserved break. Enjoy every moment to the fullest!
This weekend our students once again had fun partaking in their favorite usual activities like climbing, tennis, skiing, and cooking among many more. This weekend we also had two of our students representing us in a math competition held in Hague. But the most important event of this weekend probably was the Lunar New Year which our students of Asian descent celebrated.
In the debut football tournament match for Olympus, the atmosphere was charged with excitement as two formidable teams faced off on the pitch. The game showcased a blend of skill and determination, capturing the attention of the spectators on the side. The clash set the stage for a series of legendary encounters that will define the grand victor of this tournament.
The Olympus boarders at CDL recently enjoyed a weekend filled with exhilarating activities that brought both excitement and unity. From the gripping Climbing Cup, where an Olympus champion emerged victorious, to a friendly tennis activity showcasing skills and sportsmanship, the boarders demonstrated their prowess in various sports. In between, moments of relaxation were found through mindful stretching sessions, and invigorating trail runs added a touch of nature to the mix. The main event of the weekend was a memorable trip to Rome, where the students explored historic places and experienced the rich culture of the City. This weekend not only provided a diverse range of activities but also creating lasting memories that will be cherished for a long time.
The weekend that just passed was the CDL Mountain Weekend for 2024. Our younger boarders went to Leysin while the oldest went to Crans-Montana. It was once again a weekend full of fun, thrills, and joy. The students went skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, ice skating, and a lot more. Some even visited the thermal baths. An unforgettable experience was created thanks to that. amidst the beautiful Leysin landscape. Along the various games and activities we also played this Mountain Weekend at CDL was perfect.
In our ongoing effort to cultivate a nurturing and inclusive environment, Week 3 of Pillar 3 was dedicated to exploring the complexities and joys of international friendships. These friendships, rich in diversity, open our eyes to new cultures, traditions, and perspectives, contributing immensely to our school’s vibrant community. However, with this diversity comes the responsibility of navigating cultural differences sensitively.
Despite the best intentions, cultural misunderstandings can lead to microaggressions – subtle, often unintentional acts of discrimination or insults towards marginalised groups. These can stem from ingrained stereotypes or simply a lack of awareness. Recognising and addressing these microaggressions is crucial for maintaining the integrity and health of international friendships.
Nikolai and Andre gave brilliant definitions of Microaggression and some examples of how we may be guilty of this in our interactions with each other without ill intent.
To deepen understanding and self-awareness, students completed a questionnaire, with the central question being, “What microaggressions have you personally dealt with or witnessed?” This exercise encouraged our boys to reflect on their experiences, share them with their peers, and contribute to a more empathetic and inclusive environment.
Last weekend’s CDL Mountain Weekend at Leysin was nothing short of spectacular, providing thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts with an unforgettable experience amidst the beautiful Leysin landscape. From exhilarating skiing adventures down the powdery slopes to the joyous laughter echoing through the air during tobogganing escapades and ice skating, the mountain weekend was a true celebration of winter. For those seeking a unique and immersive experience, the opportunity to take part in igloo building added a creative touch to the snowy landscape. Moreover, the excursion to the glacier showcased the pristine beauty of the region, allowing participants to connect with nature. The CDL Mountain Weekend proved to be a perfect blend of adventure and camaraderie.
Continuing our journey on Pillar 3, this week we looked into what makes a good friend.
In our journey through life, the friends we make are not just companions, but mirrors reflecting our own selves. But what exactly makes a good friend? What traits do we seek in these important people who walk alongside us in our lives? To delve deeper into this question, we conducted an exercise focusing on the key qualities people value in friendships.
We played a game with the students for them to identify what quality they felt their friends had – and to stick it on them!
The top qualities were brotherhood, loyalty, trust, honour, company, help, and honesty, each embodying a critical aspect of what it means to be a good friend.
After a challenging first week of classes, the boarders were eager to make the most of the first weekend back on campus. With assignments and tests before and after the break, they took a break from their academic routines and embarked on a weekend filled with thrilling activities, pure enjoyment, snow, and an epic laser tag showdown that would set the tone for the new semester.
The snow and cold didn’t scare the students off having fun, maybe it being our first snowy week made them more excited.