Teenagers learn when adults act as good role models. But when it comes to developing great communication and social skills, practise with other kids can be invaluable. Building strong social skills can help teens make friends and feel better equipped to deal with stress and other issues as they develop and grow knowing there is support from the people around them.
One of the best ways for kids to learn to communicate well is to have them interact in a group and use the teachable moments which are created. Board games are fun and one of the easiest ways for kids to engage with one another. Playing a game requires patience, being able to take turns, agreeing to and sticking to the rules, and being a good friend – whether you win or lose.
Tonight to introduce Pillar 3 of our wellbeing program: Building positive friendship we have played Jenga, a game of coordination where players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating an increasingly taller and more unstable structure. May not be ground-breaking or new, but, with a few simple tweaks, it can be used to teach valuable communication skill.
Jenga is a great game for building decision-making skills and improving hand-to-eye coordination. But, most importantly, the aim of this game is to teach kids the importance of being patient, how to be a good friend under pressure, and how to contain their excitement when a friend knocks the tower over!
It was a great start for a great topic! 🙂
Tonight’s assembly started with a brilliant interpretation of ‘O sole mio from our Boarding trio the Three Tenors!… followed by the many upcoming events for this new year :
- CDL TALKS, inspiring new leaders- with Ismael Fernandez the 28th of January
- Mountain weekend + Winter camps
- Wellbeing – pillar 3: ” Building positive friendship”
We also had Sofia, Miss Cristina, Mr Usher and Mr Salva talking about important matters as Healthy habits, Environment or friendship.
Thanks everybody for a great assembly 🙂
In our Wellbeing latest conversations (Pillar 2 Protecting against Bullying and Respecting Diversity) we focused on Charity, “providing for those in need; generosity and giving” finding that even small actions can make a significant difference.
As previous years Boarding students have been very enthusiastic participating in the Christmas Action Project where presents are prepared and delivered to foster homes with children.
Terray girls decide to do their bit. They bought a personalised gift, wrapped it nicely and attached a meaningful message. Natalina and Olivia were one of the lucky students who accompanied the delivery of the presents with Mr Usher and Mr Salva and they couldn’t be happier seeing the smile of the kids receiving their present 🙂
During yesterday’s Boarding Assembly Olivia, Natalina and Johannes shared their experience with all the Boarding students and expressed the positive impact of this action.
Thank you for your generosity!
The CDL group including Ana S., Maeva and Louise travelled to Germany’s biggest amusement park. Europa Park is situated in the town of Rust near Freiburg and has beaten the global competition to win the award for the best amusement park in the world several times in a row. Europa Park is first and so far the only park in Europe to be given this award!
Also, the students played a visit to the traditional Freiburg Christmas Market in the heart of the beautiful old quarter.
That was a great weekend!
In our weekly wellbeing meeting, we have talked about the important role Community service plays at Collège du Léman. How can we participate, what are the positive effects of our actions in favour of the community and what kind of sense and fulfilment we can find. These are some of the questions we have talked through in our meeting discovering very positive answers.
Our school encourages all students to connect with the greater community, giving them the opportunity to engage with a variety of activities. Terray girls have helped to mentor students, cleaning up lake Geneva, helping staff in our everyday tasks, teaching younger students, etc.. Some of our girls started really early! like Ana Sofia who helped to clean up the beaches of her hometown with her family as you can see in the picture below 🙂
Wonderful to see your kind spirit girls!
During last weekend in Paris…..
On Saturday CDL students visited iconic places as the Louvre Museum, Montmartre or Champs Elysées, finishing the day at the Arc de Triomphe with amazing views from the top.
On Sunday they went to the famous Eiffel Tower, climbing to the top of the tower where they had an incredible panoramic of Paris. Afterwards, they enjoyed a nice excursion by boat through the Seine River where they could see how is now the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Thank you for the pictures Rikka!
Respect is on the cornerstone principles of our School ( RISE: Respect, internationalism, spirit and excellence). It denotes both a positive feeling of esteem for a person and also specific actions and conducts representative of that esteem. Respect can be defined as allowing yourself and others to do and be their best.
But “How does respect look? How does respect sound? How does respect feel?”
We have revised this concept with the help of a very personal Aya’s presentation. She has shown a lot of gratitude to the ones who work closer with students, Teachers and House Parents and has displayed very meaningful reasons to respect them.
Most of us had a special teacher that had a lasting effect on us so, last but not least, Aya encouraged us to talk about a teacher who was important in our life’s 🙂
Thank you Aya for your thoughtful words!
Today we have continued with the second pillar of the Well-being program: Protecting against bullying & respecting diversity with an excellent Olivia’s presentation about Bullying .
We have learnt about it; what is , people affected: those who are bullied, those who bully, those who witness bullying and their negative effects in all of them. Olivia did a fantastic job not only preparing this presentation but sharing her own experience and facilitating that everyone in the house shared their experience too.
Thanks Olivia, brilliant work!
Terray girls took the masterchef competition to another level with this incredible Terray Cake!
Ana Sofia’s creation has Austro-Hungarian roots, it is a light sponge with the main ingredient being almonds and hazelnuts. It is filled with homemade raspberry/strawberry jam, as well as crème pâtissière and chocolate cream. On the top it has 11 choux craquelin, covered in caramel filled with vanilla crème chantille or crème pâtissière. The piping is meant to resemble the very classic gâteau St-Honoré.
Very proud of your effort!
Check out the pictures of our Saturday trip to Lyon !!!
It is the third largest city in France, after Paris and Marseille and is set on a hilly site at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers.
We wandered the streets of the old town, Vieux Lyon and around the nice squares of Presqu’île. We climbed the hill to to arrive to the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière. We visited Lyon Cathedral and we had a french lunch just next to its door. Not forgeting we crossed some of the many Lyon’s bridges and discovered the lively street markets. 🙂
Nous avons fait un bon voyage!
Prefects are students that have proven they can be trustworthy and responsible. They have an interest in obtaining a leadership role in the House amongst their peers and they help bridge the gap in a number of areas between our Boarding community at large and the staff.
We are very lucky to count with two Prefects in Villa Terray, Ana Sofia and Natalina! They were helping in our last Boarding assembly. Also, Natalina went on stage to talk about the hidden reality of “brands”.
Thank you girls for your active collaboration!
Last week we started the second pillar of our well being Program: Protecting against bullying & respecting diversity.
During two sessions we have explored the term Stereotype. Studying in such a diverse School community, it is important that we challenge many stereotypes around us in order to respect each other.
With different games and discussions we have been looking about gender, looks and nationality stereotypes. Our discussion focused on identify them, think about their origin and their negative impact on our community.
Often when we begin to interact with people who are different from us, our experience of the “other” expands. It’s important to surface these general ideas about others that plays in our head. Once stereotypes are challenged repeatedly, it makes it harder to stereotype in the future.
Thank you Aya and Natalina for participating in the The 4th edition of Hooping for a Cure that took place at the end of this month in Collège du Léman. All proceeds will be donated to ESCA Cancer Support!
Congratulations Jasmine for becoming a new member of the National Honor Society!
We are very proud you! 🙂
Following our last session in Healthy nutrition, this week we have talked about sugar in our diet.
Teenagers have the highest intake of sugar among all population and, as any food, can be harmful if taken in excess. Especially sugars added during processing foods such as sodas, candies, pastries and snacks.
With a quiz game we have checked the daily intake recommended for teenagers and the surprising amount of sugar in some of our favourite drinks and foods!
4th Session of # Wellbeing at Terray’s
Mission –> Nutrition
This weekend we talked about balanced food, cooking ideas and methods of cooking, as well as we discussed about the budget and the healthy products/essential nutrients.
Bon appétit! Source of the pictures on the Power point: Google
A basic in the kitchen, very healthy and versatile. With a few apples from our nearby farm https://www.fermecourtois.ch/
Enjoying fruits at Villa Terray 🙂
This week we have discussed the importance of sleeping well. We started taking a questionaire about our routines and the scores showed that almost all of us should improve the cuantity and quality of sleep!
The disccussion after was interesting. Everybody shared the reasons that can make us go late to bed: social media, homework, stress, etc.. and we compared them with the one’s from the teens of the following video
Finally, after expolring ways to improve our sleep, we took a challenge …No phones or computers in our beedroom during the night. How was it?… Some of them read a book, others were chatting before bedtime but all of us saw that is possible to disconnect earlier from our phones and find ways to get better rest 🙂
Thank you girls. It was great to hear your ideas!
In our third session we have talked about meditation and the ways we quiet our mind down.
We have also listened to a guided meditation podcast. The theme was accepting change. As a senior high students there are many changes to be faced and sometimes we have desperately tried to prevent and stop change from happening.
Instead of resisting, it is better to allow change to unfold and try to understand what’s transforming and why.
The girls enjoyed of this calmed session and took some time after to relax before coming back to study.
Thank you girls for your ideas and your willingness to participate 🙂
Villa Terray girls did their very best along with the boys of Concha and the girls of Louis Yung 7 team. It was a terrfic afternoon where they battled it out across a whole field events, including badmintong shooting, tug of war, three legs race, ping pong race, keep the ball up and basket.
This week we had the visit of Yuna, a very friendly Yorkshire terrier. The girls were playing with her and enjoying of her sweet company.
No long after….. Olivia was walking our neighbour Dixie, a cute cocker spaniel. They went for a stroll and came back very cheerful after their first walk together 🙂
Last Tuesday we had our second Wellbeign session and we focused on the benefits of nature. We went for a walk in the nearby forest, part of Les Douves nature reserve.
We did this activity because just a walk in the woods can awaken the innermost feelings of happiness and peace.
After our walk we shared how we were feeling and noticing we were much happier and relaxed.
Studies show benefits of walking in nature like reducing stress, helping with depression, helping brain fuction or increasing positivity. A great discovery to realise how such a simple action can help us so much boosting our wellbeing.
Thank you for an amazing walk girls!
As a firts step in our Wellbeing programme, today, we have discussed what it means Wellbeing with the girls of Villa Terray.
It is important that we identify what can make us happy, healthy and confident and keep a balance with our achivements or academic skills.
To identify the wholeness of this concept we have created a Wellbeing wheel and we have chosen 6 values:
Sleep, Nutrition, Mood, Physical activity, Leisure time and managing School.
We have measured them in a scale from 1 to 10 reflecting how we are currently doing and we conected the dots linking one to the next so that all of the spokes on the Wellbeing Wheels.
It helped us to think where is our balance or what are the consecuences of choosing bad habits, how is all connected and the most important… how can all we find opportunities to improve our wellbeing with small changes 🙂