Last Tuesday, our Akmaral had the opportunity to be invited to Nowruz. 🤩
Nowruz marks the first day of spring and is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on 21 March. It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 million people all around the world and has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions.
The weekend is almost over and our girls had so much fun! Spring is coming here and everyone is happy to enjoy the good weather 🌞
Lots of activities took place during the weekend: some of our girls participated to the Community Service – Lola, Vivien, Sedef and Leyla spent time cleaning the campus. Well done girls!! 👏
Food is always a highlight in our house: Sofiya cooked and enjoyed a delicious Carbonara! During Baking Club Kylie, Sofja, Kate, Sabina and Sangeetha prepared an Asian recipe – Honk Kong bread: super yummy 😋
Addison had an amazing time in La Tzoumaz where she enjoyed fresh snow and sunny weather for the Ski Club ❄☃
This week the girls will be participating in the CDL Talent Show – pictures will come on Tuesday, so stay tuned!!
Last Wednesday, during the House Meeting our Pillar 4 advocates, took the lead and introduced the Pillar 4 on our Wellbeing Programme. 🤗
The main takeaway point was: are we conscious of how much time we spend on our phones – do we spend an equal amount of time living offline?
The girls answer to quiz with the following questions:
How many hours per day do you spend on your phone?
Which social media do you have? – select all that apply
Thinking of your followers – do you know them all?
On a normal day, do you speak more with friends in person, or via your phone?
Do you use your phone in the last 30 minutes before sleeping?
From what age do you think a young person should be allowed on Instagram / TikTok / Snapchat?
Do you think people only show a ‘good side’ of life on social media?
Have you ever experienced something negative online?
It was a great way for the girls to have a discussion between them. They got into a an agreement that next Wednesday, after our house meeting, all of them will do a phone detox during the evening/night! 😊🙌
The weekend is over in Villa du Lac and our girls had so much fun! They enjoyed being able to get out and about in the nice weather 🌞
They took part to lots of activities: some of them baked brownies and a delicious fruit crumble 🍰 Others spent time skiing in La Tzoumaz! Last but not least, Sophie, Sarah and Eugenia participated in the boarding trip to Barcelona 😊
Now all that is left is for the girls to prepare for the week ahead!
This weekend the girls spent time in various activities and, luckily, the weather was really nice 🌞
On Saturday, some of our girls went to La Tzoumaz for the Ski Club. They skied all day, going from slope to slope. It was a lot of fun. At the end of the day everyone was tired but very happy. We are fortunate to have such beautiful landscapes and to be able to enjoy them. 🎿
Sarah went to cooking and she prepared a delicious chocolate mousse 😋
Bruna and Sarah received unexpected gifts: flowers for both of them from special people 💐
On Sunday, some of our girls went to enjoy ice skating in Nyon. They had a great time! Elsewhere on campus, Ana Claudina helped to clean up around the school and Kate and Coco led the charge on our drive for sustainable living in Villa du Lac by doing the recycling.
The artists among us helped Miss Alison to complete the house jigsaw puzzle (we found out Miss Alison really like jigsaws!!!🤣).
During our House Meeting this week, we talked the Well Being Pillar 2 – Building Positive Friendships. 🤗🤸♀️
The Takeaway point for this pillar will be:
What are the benefits of an international friendships?
Our girls had a great idea to show the international relationships they have around the house. 😊 Here is the idea they came up with: because we all have our fingerprints, they decide to put theirs on a map, where they are from, and connect it with their roommate to show that they are from different side of the world and that boarding gave them the opportunity to create international friendships! 🤝🏻
It is so important and such a fantastic idea that we had to put it in the house! 🙌
We hope you had a nice weekend! Our girls had a fantastic weekend at the mountains ⛰
They spent their days skiing, exploring and having so much fun with their friends! They enjoyed two beautiful sunny days on Saturday and on Sunday 🌞 For some of them it was the first time skiing, for others it was not, but the excitement and the fun were always there 🤩
We really love to see them happy and with such big smiles!!
Lunar New Year, falls on Jan. 22 this year, when Asian communities around the world will say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger and usher in the Year of the Rabbit.
The year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar is designated the Year of the Rabbit.
The rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac and symbolizes grace, beauty, mercy and good luck. Rabbits are also associated with the moon, because of the mythical Jade Rabbit who lives there.
In addition to the 12 zodiac animals, the lunar calendar is also based around a cycle of 10 “heavenly stems” each of which represents one of the five elements of Taoism: fire, earth, water, wood and metal. So 2022 was technically the Year of the Water Tiger, and 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit.
Last Wednesday, for our International Dinner we had Chinese Food to celebrate the New Year with our students! 😎
We wish a Happy Lunar New Year to all of our students! 🤗
The key word for this weekend was FUN and we really hope our girls enjoyed their time before going home for Winter Break.
The special night of the year was on Saturday: the annual Winter Ball! In this magical night our boarders all got dressed up and gathered for s celebration together. Anticipation and excitement was high in the lead up and the event was a great success! The girls had a lot of fun dancing and spending time with their friends!
On Sunday we celebrated the Escalade, an annual festival in Geneva, held each December commemorating the defeat of an attempt to conquer the Protestant city by the Catholic Duchy of Savoy in 1602. The celebration involves smashing the Marmite of Chocolate by the youngest and the oldest persons present … well done Paria and Michelle!!
We are looking forward a great last week with the girls!🤩
After a long period of deliberation, great effort and attitude coming from the students, we are pleased to announce that Michelle Armenta and Lola Burillo are the New House Captains from Villa du Lac 🙌🤩
We are very proud of you two 💕
The week in Villa du Lac was busy and went very fast.
Our girls deserved a well-rested weekend! 🤪
Christmas is around the corner and our tree is already up 🎄🎄
And Laura Jane can’t wait for Christmas and already open her calendar. Or maybe just wants the chocolates 😝
On Wednesday, Sarah Perrin went on a Volleyball Tournament and ended up in 2nd place!
We are very proud of you Sarah! 😍
On Saturday the girls went to Geneva, hanged out with friends and had a great time ⭐🥰
On Sunday we the Gift Box Wrapping which consist in collecting and sending giftboxes to poor families in eastern Europe. Each box had a specific set of items like (toys, stationary, school materials, sweets, toiletries…).
Well done to Natalia and Elina for taking part of this action 👏💕
This weekend we had to amazing trips around Switzerland.
On Saturday some of the girls went to Interlaken to do some sightseeing and have a guide tour through with beautiful city!
On Sunday the girls went to one of the most famous Christmas Market – Montreux 🎅🎄
Last week we started with the WELLBEING: Pillar2 – Respecting diversity and protecting against bullying.
Take away point 1 – Integration and diversity are part of the international agenda of the world’s most important institutions.
We talk about it at a lower level, at schools, work and public places. However, that topic is at the heart of the identity of all the major international organizations and that is something that sometimes we overlook to consider diversity something to think of at an individual level. Beyond the political message on the importance of diversity, institutions like the UN have a policy of promoting diversity in their work force and enabling all types of people to access job position within their ranks and therefore setting the example on integration and teamwork.
During our house meeting, we asked the girls to tell us what Diversity meant to them, in the context of the school and the house. They were asked to pair up with their roommate and make a video or a voice note, discussing what they learned from each other’s cultures.
Here are some examples 🙌
Thank you very much to girls for getting involved in this little project. 🤝
This week was very busy and energetic for our girls 😏
On Monday, we had the scariest night of the year … Halloween 😈🎃
On Wednesday, during the Boarding Assembly, one of our Prefects, Sofya Navasardyan together with the other Prefects, gave a speech about the 44th Course de L’Escalade, a joyful and popular sporting event held on the first weekend of December that gathers together an impressive number of runners!
Well done, Sofiya! 🤗🙌
On Saturday, Laura Jane went to a basketball tournament with the day students to play against Aiglon.
She really enjoyed it! 🏀
As usual, our girls took part of the weekend activities and being with friends.
Here are some pictures from them! 😊
This week, we also started our rehearsals for the Christmas Album, and it has been so good since the girls involved in this and coming up with great ideas! Very excited for Christmas! 🎅
On Sunday, our two Prefects went to an Escape Room with Mr. Usher and the rest of the Prefects
They had so much fun!! 🙋♀️
Also, during this week we celebrated the birthdays from the girls during the break and the ones from this week together 🎉
Leaving you with a little video to show our week in Villa du Lac! 🤩🤩
Our week is going very fast!
Everyone is excited for the October Break and our girls really deserve it 😎
Today and tomorrow, we are busy with packing and organizing their rooms 🙌
On Monday we had our basketball match – Day Students vs Boarders 🏀 And the Boarders won!!!
We are very proud to say that Laura Jane was the only female boarder playing and she was amazing!
Well done LJ!
We are so proud of you! 😍
On Tuesday, Ines Asseli and Mila Marzo received the Certificate of Membership to the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools.
We are so proud of them! 💕
All of our girls have been amazing during this first half term! 🙆♀️
This week has gone by fast and our girls have been busy!!
Last Saturday, some of our girls went to Lake Cleaning and they had so much fun! 🙌
Well done to Danielle, Bruna, Yuhan, Coco, Wakana and He He! 👏
Also, last Tuesday we had our first house dinner and its was amazing!
On Wednesday, we had our usual House Meeting, we focused on the takeaway point of the importance of a healthy balanced diet for sports and everyday life! We are very glad and proud that we have a great group of girls that are very athletic! 🤗
This weekend we had an amazing time in the mountains!
Getting some fresh air, beautiful views and amazing food!
Our students were involved in such fun and fantastic activities during Saturday like climbing, shelter building, hiking, learning some survival skills from the bushcraft activity and for some more adventurous girls scaling Via Ferrata 🙂
On Sunday we had the Olympic Games and it was so much fun!
Thanks to Laura Jane Henderson, we can leave you an video to see how much fun and energetic this weekend was!
We are in the middle of the second week and continue to get to know each other 🙂
Cooking is one the of favourite things to do in house!
Lola and Vivien are an example of that 🙂
Today, we had our house meeting and a very important topic was our main goal!
Discover how we can use sport and our hobbies to maintain a healthy mental balance.
We are looking forward to seeing what initiatives the girls come up with 🙂