HAPPY EASTER ๐Ÿฐ AND SPRING BREAK ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒป

As the Easter bells ring out and the first buds open, the Easter vacations offer students a welcome opportunity to relax, recharge their batteries and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Whether exploring new horizons, immersing yourself in a good book or simply basking in the sun, the Easter vacations are the ideal time to recharge your batteries.

After months of hard work at school, the spring break is the perfect opportunity to take a well-deserved break before the final stretch of the school year.

We hope the girls have a wonderful vacation!

With love,

Maria and Lina ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

The Wizard of Oz, or When Bad Things Happen To Good Actors: a Boarding production

Tonight we had the chance to attend our first boarding play.

The play, directed by Miss Iola and Mr. Ronan was a funny representation of when bad things happen to good actors during a representation of their play. The students’ performances were brilliant and we all had some good laughs.

We can’t wait to see their next play!


Maria and Lina ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

Active weekend with our girls ๐ŸฅŠ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

Lately, our Villa Ecureuil girls have been choosing very active activities for their weekends, and the truth is that there is no better way to spend their free time!

On Saturday morning Sofiya put on her climbing shoes and headed to the climbing wall to enjoy the views all from the top.


In the afternoon, Kseniia left the house focused on enjoying a frenetic boxing session. After a quick warming session with the jumping rope, Kseniia put on her gloves and jumped to the ring to “fight” against one Concha Annexe boy.


Akmaral, on Sunday, headed to the Dance Room to “enjoy” a pilates lesson. One of the students there was a Champs des Bois kid who, from what Akmaral said, was the best in the class! She returned exhausted but very happy she moved a bit during the weekend.

Best,

Maria and Lina ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

A night to shine: 2024 Boarding Talent Show

Last Wednesday we celebrated our annual Boarding Talent Show. The girls came up with a funny performance of Bruno Mars’ song ‘Uptown Funk’. they rehearsed very hard and, although we had some technical issues during our performance, they had a lovely time and enjoyed it! Unfortunately, we only managed to score 12th position. Fair to say that some houses had amazing performances!

Best,

Maria and Lina ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

Nowruz Mubarak

Tonight we celebrated the Persian New Year with all of our students and we welcomed our beloved Spring season, which has brought us amazing weather and some lovely sunrays.

May this new year bring joy, health, and happiness to everyone.

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Best,

Maria and Lina ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

DELICIOUS WEEKEND ๐Ÿซ

This weekend was full of different activities!

Festichoc is an annual chocolate festival held in Versoix. It brings together several Swiss and foreign chocolatiers. It’s the biggest chocolate festival in Switzerland! Admission is free, and you can sample as many chocolates as you like. What more could you ask for? ๐Ÿ˜ It looks so yummy!!

Check out this amazing chocolate creation made by the pastry chef of the CDL cooking team (Carolina).

Keeping with the gourmet theme, Miss Lina prepared an apple crumble. We’re lucky enough to have lots of fruit at our disposal. Sometimes, some of them don’t get eaten, so we might as well make a nice cake out of them! ๐ŸŽ

Food aside, many of our students took part in the charity football tournament this afternoon, which makes us extremely proud. They had a great time competing against each other, while helping to raise funds. ๐Ÿ’ช

What better way to end the weekend than with a relaxing Pilates class to recharge your batteries and prepare for another week of classes. This is what Akmaral did ๐Ÿ˜‰

With love,

Maria and Lina ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

Swiss delights in our home

We enjoyed a lovely Swiss dinner back in our house as it’s that time of the month when we celebrate dinner together in our home.

We had a lovely evening where we discovered Haruka DOES NOT eat vegetables, having a glass of milk at lunchtime is mandatory in Japan, and the girls have a specific shower in the house they like to use. Overall, it was a cozy evening where we all enjoyed sharing anecdotes.

HAPPY RAMADAN ! ๐ŸŒ™

Muslims from throughout the world celebrate the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan, which begins when the crescent moon appears in the sky. Today is the opening day of a month-long journey of spiritual renewal and growth that includes fasting, prayer, and introspection. ๐Ÿคฒ

Ramadan is more than just abstaining from food and drink from dawn till dusk. It’s a time of heightened devotion, self-discipline, and compassion. It’s an opportunity to deepen your relationship with God and ask for pardon for your transgressions. It’s a time for unity, generosity, and gratitude. ๐Ÿฉท

We send our best wishes to all of our Muslim students on this day of prosperity. We hope you experience inner peace, joy, and an abundance of blessings during this Ramadan.

Ramadan Mubarak to all of you and your loved ones! ๐Ÿฅฐ

Ramadan Mubarak Wishes And Images For Friends And Family

Maria and Lina ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

Weekend of new adventures ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿง—๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

This weekend has been the weekend of discovering new activities. It was Sofiya’s first time trying the indoor climbing wall and, although her hands were very soared after an hour exploring high altitudes, she had plenty of fun and can’t wait to go again next weekend. Kseniia went on a more relaxed activity and stretched to start the week with more energy. On her side, Bruna attended an artshop dedicated to the legendary artist Zao Wou Ki. Inspired by a poem, she painted this huge painting below. After connecting with the art, she took a little stroll around Versoix and enjoyed the smell of wet grass.

International Women’s day โ™€๏ธ

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day.

Today we celebrate all the women around the world who have and are still fighting for their rights, for social equality.

Today we celebrate the amazing women who live in our house: Akmaral, Fields, Bruna, Haruka, Kseniia, and Sofiya. Thank you for fighting every day for your dreams and for what you believe in. Don’t ever let anyone stop you. We can’t be prouder to see the amazing women you are turning into.

International Women's Day: A Special Date

 

Kseniia’s birthday ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ

Today we celebrate Kseniia’s 18th birthday.

We all reunited in the kitchen to sing Happy Birthday and share some delicious Cheese cream cake. We enjoyed a lovely evening discovering that 5 out of our 6 girls speak while sleeping, which sometimes can create very funny situations in the rooms.

Kseniia, we wish you all the best on this day.

Winter Camp in Crans-Montana โ›ท๏ธโ„๏ธ๐Ÿซ•

During the February break, most of our students went back home, but a group of 70 students (both Boarding and Day students) embarked on an adventurous week in Crans-Montana, where they skied, snowboarded, or went ice skating, and enjoyed night activities like bingo, and bowling.

Bruna attended this winter camp for the second year in a row! She had a lovely time in the slops and got the chance to ski for the first time this season.

Both staff and students enjoy a wonderful week in the mountains. A big thank you to the Camps Department for organizing this amazing experience for our students.

Until next year, Crans-Montana!

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We are back ๐Ÿงฉ๐Ÿชน

February Break is almost over and we can’t wait to welcome back our girls in the house for this month before the Easter holidays (yes girls, just a month and you’ll be back on holiday!)

In the meantime, in this picture, you will find some clues as to what the girls have been up to during their holidays. Can you guess?

Maria and Lina ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

Haruka’s birthday ๐ŸŽ‚

Today we want to take this opportunity to celebrate Haruka’s 17th birthday and wish her a lovely day!

We know for a fact that she is enjoying the last few days of the holidays we have left. We can’t wait to welcome her again and celebrate with her this amazing day.

HAPPY FEBUARY BREAK !

After weeks of assiduous study and extracurricular activities, this vacation is an opportunity for many students to rest and recover. Whether it’s catching up on sleep, spending time with friends and family, or discovering new interests, the February vacations provide an excellent opportunity for relaxation and self-care.

During these beautiful vacations, here is the girls’ program:

Bruna will have fun skiing in Crans Montana, Switzerland, for a week with our school. โ›ท๏ธ

Sofiya will be soaking up the sun in Malaga, Spain. โ˜€๏ธ

Kseniia intends to explore Geneva while staying with her sister. ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ

Fields will also be staying close by to enjoy Switzerland. ๐Ÿ”๏ธ

Haruka will have fun with her family in Japan. ๐Ÿฅฐ

We hope you have an amazing February vacation, whether you’re hitting the slopes, taking in the sun, or just relaxing at home. We’ll see you at school again soon!

vacances fรฉvrier | Prunelli di Fium'Orbu

A bientรดt !

Maria and Lina ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

Internationalism: being a global citizen

This week at Collรจge du Lรฉman we are celebrating “internationalism” as part of our RISE program. We asked the girls to come up with what they understand as “being a global citizen”.


In addition, we also asked the girls to share with us something about their country. Could be a fun fact, something they love, or a tradition.

Love is in the air… ๐Ÿ’Œ๐ŸŒน

The best part of Valentine’s Day is that it’s not strictly reserved for romantic love between partners. Here in Boarding we also like to reinforce the meaning of having good friends and nourishing relationships, as we saw during the last Wellbeing Pillar. the love that comes from another friend it’s also a way of love, and it shouldn’t be excluded from this meaningful day.

Today students had the chance to send roses to their loved ones. You could see friends hugging each other and being thankful for their friendship while exchanging roses and cards.

The dining hall was beautifully decorated with heart-shaped chocolates and ornaments. The food was delicious and the students shared their excitement with one another, making the wait to go back home easier for everyone.

Much needed Spa trip before the holidays ๐Ÿง–โ€โ™€๏ธ

Today after brunch, Kseniia, Sofiya, Akmaral, and her friend Sangeetha, embarked on an amazing trip to Geneva. Our destination? Bain Bleu Spa & Hamman ๐Ÿคฉ


After taking the train and the bus, the girls immersed themselves in a completely relaxing experience. First, they visited the Hamman, where they enjoyed different rooms where they could relax, such as saunas, swimming pool, and hot stones siesta.

Afterward, it was time to go to the rooftop pool to admire the views of the lake and the mountains.

The experience was so soothing, that we had to fight not to fall asleep on the way back to school.

What do we love in this house? LASAGNA ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Dinner in the House is a boarding event we all look forward to.ย  Last night the girls were even happier when they saw that we had lasagne for dinner! They all came quickly downstairs to finish setting up the table and start eating one of their preferred dishes.ย  We ended up discovering Sofiya’s mom and Bruna’s sister are pregnant and expecting next month!!

We talked about our families, our brothers and sisters, and how many cousins we have (just for reference, Bruna couldn’t say the number of cousins… bear in mind she had 11 uncles from her dad’s side!!!).

We had a lovely dinner where we continued to get to know each other. We can’t wait for the month’s dinner!

Lunar New Year ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿงง๐Ÿฅ 

This year, many East Asian countries will celebrate the Lunar New Year on the 10th of February. This day marks the beginning of a new year based on the cycles of the moon. The festival is a time for family gatherings, feasting, and paying respect to ancestors. Each year is symbolized by one of the twelve zodiac animals, with this year being the Year of the Dragon. Festivities typically include dragon dances, fireworks, red lanterns, and the giving of red envelopes filled with money for good luck. It is a time for reflection, renewal, and wishing for prosperity in the year ahead. The Lunar New Year is a vibrant and joyous occasion that brings people together to celebrate traditions and customs that have been passed down through generations.

Tonight, for our International Dinner, we had the pleasure of celebrating this day with all our East Asian students celebrating the Lunar New Year.

MISS MARIA’S BIRTHDAY๐Ÿฅณ

Birthdays are always special occasions, and what better way to celebrate than with a homemade cake?

Join us in spreading some birthday joy as we gather around to bake and decorate a special cake for our fabulous house parent: Miss Maria!

We want to thank you for your investment, your kindness, and for being an extraordinary House Parent (and colleague).

๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽŠ Let’s make her 26th birthday unforgettable! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰

A special thank you to Bruna for preparing this delicious vanilla cake, and to Akmaral for sublimating it in such an incredible way!! ๐Ÿ˜

๐ŸŒ๐ŸŽถ And because birthdays are a global celebration, let’s wish Miss Maria a Happy Birthday in different languages!

In CDL, we stand up for diversity, and this magical video we sent to Miss Maria is a wonderful example.

In this video, you will hear: Bruna in Portuguese, Haruka in Japanese, Kseniia in Russian, Akmaral in Kazakh, Sofiya in Armenian, and Miss Lina in French. Unfortunately, we are missing Fields for English, so we have decided to finish with English all together. ๐Ÿฉท

Drapeau du Brรฉsil โ€” Wikipรฉdia Drapeau du Japon โ€“ Mรฉdia LAROUSSE Drapeau de la Russie โ€“ Mรฉdia LAROUSSE Drapeau de l'Armรฉnie โ€” Wikipรฉdia Le drapeau du Kazakhstan โ€“ Les plus beaux drapeaux du monde ETATS-UNIS

We wish all the best to Miss Maria, and again:

BON ANNIVERSAIRE from Switzerland!ย Drapeau et armoiries de la Suisse โ€” Wikipรฉdia

 

Miss Lina ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

Red, Yellow and Green ๐Ÿšฉ

Today’s wellbeing session evolved on how to identify if we are good or bad friends/partners. We all think we are well aware of how to identify when someone is treating us wrongly but sometimes we can be so mesmerized with that person that we can not see the signs of them treating us badly.

For this, we presented the girls with an interesting Kahoot with different scenarios and they had to identify if each scenario was a green, a yellow, or a red flag.


This interactive activity allowed us to identify different scenarios and listen to everyone’s opinions. The girls expressed their feelings and allowed us to have a very interesting discussion about boundaries and healthy relationships. They didn’t identify any of the scenarios as yellow flags, which led us to think they are more aware of what they want in their life as a friend or a partner than what they thought.

Sun and snow vs clouds and calm

This weekend the girls were spread out on two different campuses.

Akmaral joined the second ski weekend, this time in Crans-Montana. After attending an exam on Friday, she made her way up to the mountains to enjoy the lovely sunny (but also cold) weather the canton of Valais mountains had prepared for them. While our priority during the weekend is assuring students have fun and make the best of their time in Switzerland, we also pass on to students the importance of academics, and that’s why Akmaral decided to focus her Sunday morning on University applications and homework.


Back at CDL, and talking about University applications… we got the fantastic news: Bruna got accepted into a second university of her choice!!! We couldn’t be happier for her and the achievements she is accomplishing. We are very proud of her. We are sure we will receive many more good news regarding University applications…


As you can imagine, it was a very quiet and calm weekend here on campus. Most of the students went to the mountains, and the ones who decided to stay in Geneva spent their time studying and going to Geneva to get a break from homework.

Kindest regards,

Maria and Lina

Microaggressions: what are they and how to detect them

In this third week of building positive friendships, we discussed about international friendships and microaggressions. In our boarding community, we have more than 100 different nationalities, which allows our students to connect with people from all around the world.

International friendships enrich our lives by exposing us to diverse perspectives, cultures, traditions, and ways of thinking. These connections foster mutual understanding, breaking down barriers and promoting global harmony.

However, international friendships can lead to unintended microaggressions due to cultural differences and misunderstandings. It’s crucial to approach these relationships with open-mindedness, cultural sensitivity, and a willingness to learn to avoid unintentional microaggressions and foster genuine understanding.

But, what are microaggressions? These are subtle insults, or problematic statements, typically directed at marginalized groups. They are typically based on race, ethnicity, or gender. And the statements or actions are often ambiguous enough to elicit plausible deniability. Sometimes when we try to call someone out on it, it can lead to a denial that there was any ill intent.

SKI WEEKEND IN LEYSIN โ›ท๏ธโ„๏ธ

Nestled in the Swiss Alps, Leysin offers not only breathtaking views but also a myriad of winter activities that make it an ideal destination for a memorable getaway. Girls enjoyed a journey filled with school camaraderie, snowy escapades, and the thrill of speeding down the slopes.

Our adventure began as we arrived in Leysin, greeted by the crisp mountain air and a landscape transformed into a winter wonderland. Leysin boasts a range of ski trails suitable for all levels, from beginners to seasoned enthusiasts.

For a change of pace, Sofiya headed to Leysin’s tobogganing park, where the fun knows no bounds. With the snow-covered landscape as our backdrop, Sofiya and other students embarked on a tobogganing adventure, racing down the hills, and creating memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Enjoy these wonderful photos. ๐Ÿฉท

ย ย 
Villa Ecureuil ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

Wellbeing Pillar: Week 2

Last week we focused on what qualities we look for in a friend when we meet new people.

Positive friendships are an important part of the journey toย adulthood. They help children and teenagers learn importantย social and emotional skills, like being sensitive to other peopleโ€™sย thoughts, feelings, and well-being.โ€‹

Healthy friendships and relationships occur when both people:

  • Care about each other.
  • Understand and respect each other and are responsible for each other.
  • Solve problems together and communicate with honesty.
  • Share at least some of the same goals and values.

In this second week, we want to focus on the type of friends we are. What do our friends think of us? Is there anything we can do better or improve to be a better friend to our friends?

We asked our girls to ask their friends these questions and reflect on the answers they got.

We can’t wait to share the videos with you in the next couple of days!

Best,

Marรญa and Lina.

Frosty the Snowmen

As you might already know, last week we had a huge snowstorm and the girls didn’t want to miss the opportunity to play in the snow, making snow angels and snowmen.

Ana Sofia and Mia, two of our lovely Ecureuil Annexe neighbors, came to the house and asked us to go and play with them (we couldn’t resist, who doesn’t like to play with the snow?).

As you can imagine, we ran to put on our ski clothes and head out of the house.

ย  ย 
Best,

Maria and Lina.

First weekend back on campus

This weekend was the first one we spent on campus after the holidays (and the only one we will spend on campus this month… more news to come soon!).

Although we haven’t had snow for almost a week now, the weather didn’t want to give us even a minute of sun. But if you think a grey cloudy weekend can stop our girls, you really don’t know them.

As per usual, Akmaral enjoyed practicing tennis, but this weekend it was time to make up for all the weekends she didn’t practice tennis over the holidays and she decided to play twice!!


Sofiya had a blasting experience playing Laser Tag in Olympus. It was a hard battle where all the students were very well prepared and trained. Her team lost but that’s not the most important thing, since she had an amazing time and enjoyed meeting other students for this brave fight.


Last, but not for that less important, Kseniia decided to change activities for a weekend and enjoyed a nice and quiet Stretching and Relaxation session, where she listened to some music with her friends while making sure to stretch and be conscious about the movements she was doing.

Everybody is back in the house enjoying the last few hours of the weekend, getting ready for a new week and a new weekend… where we will be going to Leysin for our first Ski Weekend of the season!

Best,

Maria and Lina.

Wellbeing Pillar 3: Building Positive Friendships and Relationships

Coming back from the holidays means we now introduce the third pillar of our Wellbeing Program: Building Positive Friendships and Relationships.

In this new chapter, we are going to work with our girls on how to recognize healthy patterns in our friendships, what values we look for in our friends, how to be a good friend, and how to detect red flags in friendships, among others. We want to make sure have the tools to identify what good friends are made of.

For this, we asked the girls what they look for in a friend:

  • Loyalty
  • Respect
  • Love
  • Support
  • Make me feel safe


Best,

Maria and Lina

24 hours of snow โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ

What a crazy (but amazing), last 24 hours we had in Geneva. It started snowing yesterday before noon and it only stopped today right before 11 am!

Being inside the house, cozy with our fluffy pajamas seeing snow for hours was a lovely winter image we all had in mind before coming to Switzerland. When we woke up this morning there was snow everywhere. We had to make our way jumping (very carefully) to make it to the gate.


Our girls didn’t want to miss the chance to enjoy a snowy but cold day, and they spent most of the evening outside with their friends.

Kseniia invited some friends over to have a VERY SAFE snow fight in our garden. After they were finished, they came to the house to get warm with a nice cup of tea Kseniia prepared for them.


Best,

Maria and Lina

WE START THE NEW YEAR WITH A NEW HOUSE! ๐Ÿก

Welcome back! We wish you had wonderful holidays.

As you know, we have an amazing new house ๐Ÿ˜ We’re now at the Villa Ecureuil!

Do you know what ecureuil means? It’s hard to pronounce, I know… It’s the French word for squirrel. ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ It’s a cute house for cute girls!

New year means new personal and academic goals. We will help the girls achieve their goals to become the best version of themselves !ย 

This weekend, Miss Lina baked a galette to celebrate the galette des rois. We also filled up on vitamins with beautiful fruits and chocolate!

We are so happy to have the girls back โค๏ธ

A bientรดt,

Maria and Lina ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ