Boarding House Review at Collège du Léman

Our students attended a session today with Mr Usher and Mr Salva regarding the first stage of the House Review. This process is something that the Boarding Department completes every two years, to ensure the happiness and safety of the students in their second homes.

As parents and guardians, you will also receive a House Review Survey which gives you an opportunity to share your opinion on several topics.

Wellbeing Pillar 2, Charity and Community Service

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, clean up lake Geneva, helping staff in our everyday tasks, teach younger students, etc.

We also watched this video about the Benefits of Community Service

 

Community Service at Collège du Léman

This weekend we continued our weekly Community Service by tidying up our campus and the local area. We feel we have a duty to care for where we live and the land we borrow from nature. It is important for students to be able to give their time and energy and take this moment to reflect. Everything that they pick up, has been dropped by another person. If only we all took responsibility for our own trash and recycled it, we would all be living in a better place.

 

 

 

Respect Week at Collège du Léman

 

As part of our school-wide RISE week for Respect, and to draw further attention to be more respectful on our CDL campus, we have decided to focus on a theme: One small step makes a big difference.

In our J.B. Terray 27 Boarding House, we have created this image below to suggest one small effort that they can do in relation to Respect.

 

 

Wellbeing Pillar 2 . Discrimination and Diversity

This week in our Wellbeing session we focused on Respecting Diversity and Discrimination.

Diversity refers to the ways that we all are different from one another. Some differences can be our gender, sexuality, ethnicity or culture, religion or spirituality, family, how much money we have (our social standing), age, body size, and ability. We believe diversity (all the things that make us different) should be appreciated and celebrated! Loving differences starts with being curious and open-minded when someone seems different from us.

Discrimination is when people treat others badly because they are different from them in some way. A form of discrimination called oppression is often used to take power away from an individual or a group of people. It can be hard if we experience discrimination, but there are supports and ways of resisting.

We also watched this video about Bullying and Diversity

Wellbeing Pillar 2 . Protecting Against Bullying and Promoting Diversity

During our house assembly and following our wellbeing program, tonight we focused on Racism and Stereotypes and how they lead to bullying.

We discriminate because we feel we protect ourselves, as a group, from those who are not just like us. Bullying is a result of a stereotype which quite often does not represent the truth.

There are several types of bullying that teenagers can experience, though some can be more obvious than others.

Being capable of identifying the forms of bullying and where they come from is the first step to enhance the awareness and feel confident to effectively tackle it around us.

Four common types of bullying :

Physical Bullying- This type of bullying involves hitting, kicking, punching, pushing and tripping, or stealing or damaging personal property. Physical bullying can cause both short term and long term damage

Verbal Bullying- Verbal bullying involves name-calling, insults, teasing, threats or homophobic or racist remarks. While verbal bullying can start out harmless, it can mount to levels that start affecting the individual target. Some signs of verbal bullying include things such as being withdrawn, becoming moody or a change in appetite.

Social Bullying- Social bullying, referred to as covert bullying, is often hard to recognize and can be carried out behind the target back. It’s often done to harm someone’s social status and/or to cause humiliation. Signs of this type of bullying include shifting towards being alone, mood changes and becoming withdrawn from a group of friends. Examples of this type of social bullying include:

  • Lying and spreading rumours
  • Rudely mimicking someone
  • Playing nasty tricks to embarrass and humiliate
  • Negative facial or physical gestures
  • Encouraging others to exclude someone
  • Damaging someone’s social acceptance or reputation

Cyber Bullying- This certain type of bullying can be overt and covert bullying behaviour. The bully would use digital technologies, including hardware like computers and smartphones, and software such as social media, texts, websites and other online platforms. Cyber can happen both in public or private and sometimes only the target and the bully know it’s occurring. Signs of cyberbullying may involve your child, after being on their phone or social media sites, more and becoming sad or anxious afterwards. Cyberbullying includes:

  • Abusive or mean text messages or posts, images or videos
  • Purposely excluding others online
  • Posting nasty gossip or rumours online
  • Imitating people online or using their log-in to hurt them

We also watched this interesting video about stereotypes and bullying.

 

First Parents Teacher Meeting

Today we had our First Virtual Parent & Teacher Meetings and we are so proud of the girls and all the positive feedback we received.

We would also like to thank our Teachers and staff from Collège du Léman, which are directly and indirectly involved in their education and wellbeing. We are sure they are on the path of Lifelong learning, the voluntary act of learning throughout life. Discover the benefits of a learning mind-set for personal and professional development and we can only thank everyone for providing them with that.

Congratulation girls, for all your efforts and dedication.  We are proud of you!!  This is the way to go.  Go ahead  !!

Well-Being 2nd Pillar Protecting Against Bullying and Promoting Diversity. Empathy Workshop with Mrs. Jody

After our October Break, we started the Second Pillar of our Wellbeing Programme, focused on Protecting against Bullying and Respecting Diversity. 

Through the next seven weeks, we will be asking students to explore an area of interest relating to this pillar through a podcast or other research area. We will be asking them to take note of their thoughts and feelings. The aim of this experience is to have a lasting impact on how the students view diversity or bullying. 

Tonight, during our weekly house assembly, we discussed what bullying is, what bullying includes, and how to deal with bullying at school.  Furthermore, and as we did in our First Pillar, students will think about an individual and a community project to carry out during this period, until the Christmas Break.

Tonight we had a special guest, Mrs Jody our boarding counsellor. The girls were happy to meet Mrs Jody and very grateful for this wonderful workshop.

Happy Spanish Day !! Internationalism at Collège du Léman

This national holiday commemorates the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas.

Columbus was attempting to find a western sea route to India. After leaving the Canary Islands, Columbus’ ships had been sailing west for five weeks, when on the morning of October 12th 1492, land was spotted.

The sighting is recorded as having been made by a lookout, but Columbus insisted that he had seen a light from land a few hours earlier, therefore making sure that he was awarded a lifetime pension from the Spanish Royal family for being the first person to spot land.

They then made landfall at an island in the Bahamas, which he named San Salvador, though it is not sure which island in the Bahamas this actually was.

Columbus’ voyages across the Atlantic Ocean initiated the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

 

Cleaning up Lake Versoix !!

Our girls managed to spend several hours on Saturday giving back to the community by cleaning up Lake Versoix, we were very proud of our House’s turnout as most of the girls were keen to get involved and never once complained as the day became tiresome. Good job girls, Proud of you !!

 

 

Saturday Snack, fruits.

In our community, we believe that fruits are very important for the daily food intake, and as we are supporting a healthy lifestyle, every Tuesday and Saturday, we are getting the fruits-sources of many essential nutrients that are under-consumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate. Thank you to our boarding managers for these delicious fruits!

MEDITATION SESSION

Comments after the meditation session from our girls:

Lia: “It allows us to learn and perceive all senses”

Bozhena: “Every bone in my body was relaxed and it seemed that I was in sync with my body and my mind. Great experience.”

Katia: “Meditation is being present in the moment”

Bianka: “After the session, mediation is adquiered and perfected with practice. The more you practice the better you are at it and you are more connected to the environment.”

Sofia: “It was really nice to be able to feel things that normally we don’t have the time to even be aware of.”

Arlene: “I liked it because it is something that you cannot do right or wrong because there is no results just what you feel and how you understand and applied it into your life.”

Galia: “It allowed me to find some equilibrium and be more connected with my body. To be able to put all the worries aside and concentrate only in what that happening in that instant. ”

Amaliya: “Although this activity was not my favorite one, I like the state of mind that I was left with after the session.”

Muslima: “The body almost can do it all but is the mind who we need to convince. Being able to leave all my worries for a while was really rewarding .”

Mindfulness session with Mrs. Jody

The thing that separates the good schools from the great, is about how well they understand that what they teach, doesn’t just lie in the academic. For as high as our academic standards at C.D.L are and how hard our students work; what we pride ourselves on is an education that can prepare us for when life truly begins.

And much like the academic, the basics is where it all comes together. Because maintaining a healthy body and mind doesn’t require much creativity. But it does require routine. Simple maintenance in the most obvious areas. Getting enough sleep. Eating well. Reducing time spent between them and electronics. And it’s easy to forget that. So at C.D.L, in our Wellness sessions, we bring our girls at Villa Terray together to remind them about those healthy basics and getting them involved in revitalising their interest in them.

Featured below is a photograph of our boarding C.D.L counsellor Mrs Jody supervising a mindfulness exercise.

 

Wellbeing Pillar 1 – Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds – Hobbies

We are now entering the fifth week of the Wellbeing Pillar 1. This week the topic to be covered in the Boarding Houses will be based around positive activities. We would like the students to ask themselves ‘how do they spend their free time?’ This is linked to the second takeaway point of this pillar which is: ‘How can we use our hobbies to de-stress?’ Therefore, we would like the students to first identify their hobbies (perhaps relating to sport, art, reading or music etc), then encourage them all to use these extremely beneficial activities as a positive form of relaxation or destressing.

Having a hobby is a great way to spend your spare time and unwind from your daily routine – whether it’s learning a new skill, doing something outdoors, reading, or doing something musical or artistic.
Spending time on an activity that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression.

Activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed. Group activities like team sports can improve your communication skills and relationships with others.

 

Your interests may be creative, athletic, academic, or something distinctly personal. You may choose a hobby that you can do alone or as part of a group. Whatever your interests are, there is sure to be a hobby out there for you. What matters is that it is something you find meaningful and enjoyable.

Wellbeing Pillar 1 Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds – Stress

We are now entering the fourth week of the first Pillar of our wellbeing programme – Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds.
The second takeaway point from this pillar is ‘How can we use our hobbies to de-stress?’. Every single one of us is faced with a certain level of stress in our lives at some point. We appreciate that our students with have pressures and stress to deal with from many different aspects of their lives, therefore it is crucial that we talk about how we can help identify these stressors and how we can help manage those stress levels. This is another big step in identifying how we can maintain a healthy mind in order to benefit our well-being.

During our Boarding House assembly this week, we specifically talked to the students about ‘How can we identify personal stressors. The idea behind this topic is that it’s important to learn how to identify what it is exactly that is putting under stress before we then find appropriate activities and strategies to help alleviate that stress.

We also watched this interesting video about how we can provide them with more knowledge surrounding stress management.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival !! Chinese Tradition

Mooncake Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also called the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival. It traditionally falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which is in September or early October on the Gregorian calendar.

In 2021, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 21st (Tuesday). Chinese people have a 3-day public holiday from September 19th to 21st.

A “mid-autumn festival” is also celebrated in many other Asian communities besides China. In China, it’s a reunion time for families, just like Thanksgiving, while in Vietnam, it’s more like a children’s day.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival in China after the Chinese New Year. Chinese people celebrate it by gathering for dinners, worshipping the moon, lighting paper lanterns, eating mooncakes, etc.

Thank you to our Boarding Direction for these delicious mooncakes !!

 

Do emoji ever die? The true story behind the images on our iPhones

Muslima in “Les Roches Global Hospitality Education”

🏅 A group of 8 IBCP students are taking part in a fantastic challenge this week hosted by Les Roches Global Hospitality Education – Switzerland

🍽️  Supervised by experts, they had a week to prepare the best dining experience possible: from decorating a pop-up restaurant, to planning, cooking, and serving a 3-course meal for 8 demanding judges, including the Director General of Les Roches and a team of hospitality specialists. We wish them the best of luck! 🍀

Wellbeing Session,1st Pillar.The effects of screen time before sleeping 😴

We are now entering the third week of the Wellbeing Pillar 1. This week the topic to be covered is The effects of screen time before sleeping’This is again linked to the first takeaway point of this pillar which is: How important is sleep?’ 

Can't Sleep At Night? Here Are Five Ways You Can Tackle Insomnia

We care about all the elements which interfere with the life of our students. One of these is the time spent in front of screens before sleeping.

The Link Between Your Cell Phone and Insomnia - Sisters in Health

Using phones, or any screens for that matter, before you go to sleep has an effect on your health and subsequently your wellbeing. Scrolling through your phone or watching something on your laptop at bedtime can keep your mind psychologically engaged, preventing your brain from switching off effectively at the end of the day. The blue light that comes off the screens reduces the melatonin levels in your body. Melatonin is the hormone within the body that controls your sleep cycles. It is also possible that scrolling and watching can trigger emotions within your brain that will delay your sleep and can lead to you lying awake reflecting on those emotions. We would like to outline the importance of sleep to our students so that they are fully prepared and they give themselves the best opportunity possible to achieve their full potential – in all aspects of their lives. Allowing the brain the sufficient amount of time to rest and recover means we give ourselves the best chance to having a healthy mind, and a healthy body

 

We also watched this interesting video about How smartphones affect our sleep

 

 

Today our VIP Teachers visited our J.B. Terray 27 Boarding House

Merci aux professeurs qui sont venu nous rendre visite à J.B.Terray 27  aujourd’hui. C’était un plaisir de passer du temps avec vous, et on espère que vous vous êtes amusé autant que nous (non seulement à cause de notre nourriture !)  🙂

Thank you to all the teachers that came to visit us in J.B. Terray 27 today. It was a pleasure being able to spend time with you, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves too (not only because of our food!)  🙂

 

 

 

Wellbeing First Pillar, Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds. Sleep 😴

Following our Pastoral Program, tonight we had our second Wellbeing session focused on The effects from lack of sleep and How does it affect all areas of our life.

The discussion was interesting. Everybody shared the reasons that can make us go late to bed: social media, homework, stress, etc. Using  their answers we set up a new action plan: 

1- Unlike us, who have grown up without the internet and mobile phones, our students were born into the age of the Internet and for them, it is something intrinsic and second nature.  Students need 7/ 8 hours per night to sleep. Due to their lack of sleep, we made a deal: During the week, they are not allowed to use mobile phones after 22.30. 

2- To help relax their body and mind after an intensive daily routine, we suggested that they take a shower and drink a tea or infusion before bedtime. Obviously, family calls/chats are important as well as attending yoga classes or meditating, all helping them feel more relaxed.

 3- They need at least five meals: breakfast, snack at school, lunch, snack after school, and dinner. We suggested that they avoid eating fast food and energy drinks. Best to drink water. Tuck shop is cancelled so they can buy their healthy food. 

4- They must practice more sports. Almost all of them have signed up for 1 or 2 activities during the week/weekend: fitness, volleyball, horse, soccer, tennis.

We also watched this interesting video about How sleep affects our brain. 

Happy Jeûne Genevois !! Swiss Tradition

The Jeûne Genevois is a public holiday specific to Geneva. It falls on the Thursday after the first Sunday in September. On this special day, the people of Geneva traditionally eat prune tart.

 Tarte aux pruneaux (plum pie)  is often served as dessert in Geneva homes on Jeûne genevois. Any knowledge as to how this tradition began seems to have been lost, although it may have come about as a means to allow women and housekeepers a way to spend the day in prayer, having cooked plum pies the day before (area plums being in season).

The practice of fasting could be observed in the. Swiss cantons as far back as the 15th century. The Diet, an assembly of the representatives of the cantons in place until 1848, organised penance and thanksgiving days. Each canton could decide what form these fasts would take.

The origin of the Jeûne Genevois dates back to the first fast recorded in Geneva, at the beginning of October 1567, following the repression of Protestants from Lyon. From 1640, fasting was seen as a moral and religious act and became an annual practice at the initiative of reformed cantons. It was seen as an act of humility and solidarity with the poorest members of society.

Our “ J.B. Terray 27 ” Boarding House is ready to celebrate a holiday! And since we don’t have to go to school tomorrow, we are all looking forward to the trip to Lausanne to visit the Olympic Museum. This excursion is going to be organized thanks to our great Boarding Activity Managers! !!  You will be able to see the beautiful pictures of these trips tomorrow.

Wellbeing First Pillar, Nurturing healthy bodies and minds.

As a new school year begins, J.B. Terray 27 and the whole boarding community will be focusing on looking after ourselves and others around us. We will be spending an hour a week together concentrating on what it means to have a positive attitude towards our own wellbeing and the benefits it can bring us both academically, socially, and personally. This will be a 5 pillar program carried out over the year, focusing on different areas of our lives. Tonight we had a special guest, Mrs Jody our boarding counselor. The girls were happy to get to know Mrs Jody and very grateful for her visit and support.

 

The first pillar we are building is Nurturing healthy bodies and minds. This first Pillar will accompany our girls through these first weeks of the school year, and it will offer them the opportunity to work on a range of many different projects and activities until the October Break. During the next weeks, we will cover crucial topics such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, and emotional regulation which will be the main focus of this Pillar.  

We strongly believe in the importance of sport and activities and the extensive benefits they have on both our physical and emotional well-being. We think it’s very important that where we work hard, rest and relaxation are also vital. This can be provided by sports also, but other constructive ways to look after ourselves emotionally can be reading, listening to music, meditating, making things or yoga. 

   Throughout this school year, students will be encouraged to complete an individual project and a community project for each pillar of well-being. Our community project will involve the whole Boarding House.

 

Yes, we’re open, again !

Collège du Léman is welcoming all the new and “old ” boarders . Villa  J.B.Terray 27 is finally starting to come alive again after the summer break!  Wishing all the boarders a fantastic, exciting, productive, and unforgettable New School Year 2021/2022

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Wishing you all a fantastic Summer !!

Happy holidays! We wish you all a well-deserved and relaxing Summer holiday! Thank you to our J.B. Terray girls: Diana, Louise, Ruijin, Kateryna, Alina, Maeva, Isabella, Lia and Katia for making this year so special and enjoyable for us.   We shall miss you!

Boarding Team ( Your Swiss Family )

 

 

Last Assembly of the year and stay safe Movie

The girls had their last boarding assembly of the year and we are very proud to announce that Katia is going to be a Prefect next year!!! Welldone Kati 🙂

The girls also watched the stay safe movie and we had a great discussion about it after and how this can be in the real world. It was great to have their point of view.

Stay safe girls 🙂

Big Day, Graduation 2021 🎓

We are proud of you, Louise Lacoste, Ruijin Song , Isabella Peterson, Alina Kazmina, Diana Mokabber , Maeva Vasquez and Kateryna Yalpachyk  ! We are wishing you all the best for your future . God bless you girls !   Go ahead!!  We love you

Boarding Team ( your stepfamily in Geneva )


 

 

Wellbeing Pillar 5. Self-Discipline

Following our Pastoral Programme , we watched this interesting video about How Happiness is dependent on self-discipline.

Self-discipline, or self control, means taking possession of our own mind. The power of thought is the only thing over which and human being has complete unquestionable control. We have the power of the self-determination, the ability to choose what out thoughts and action will be. If you direct your thought and control your emotions, you will ordain your destiny.

Take charge of your life. You are what you think !

 

Well-being 5 Pillar. Decision Making. Consequences. Mistakes. The adolescent brain.

Following our Well-Being Programme, today’s conversation was about decision making and consequences.

Decision making is the process of making choices by identifying a decision, gathering information, and assessing alternative resolutions. Using a step-by-step decision-making process can help us make more deliberate, thoughtful decisions by organizing relevant information and defining alternatives.

The Consequences of Choice: The Final Step in Decision Making

Before moving ahead with a decision, it is imperative to consider possible adverse consequences of feasible alternatives. The negative consequences of any action are as tangible as its benefits, sometimes more so. Once a decision has been made and implemented, any of its negative effects will eventually become real problems. The effects of decisions—good or bad—always outlive the decision-making process that produced them.

 

We all make mistakes . Helping teenagers learn from their mistakes

In today’s world where we tend to focus on success and money, mistakes are frowned on. This attitude has been past on to our teenagers. Some parents don’t expect their teens to make a mistake or fail at something. If their teen does make a mistake, the consequences can be severe.

Teenagers are very aware of the pressure on them to succeed and never make a mistake. Many teens who make mistakes are terrified of telling their parents because they fear their reaction. Some teens even consider suicide if they failed a test at school. Teens feel this pressure because parents arrange for tutors so they will get good grades. Also parents are sending their teens to courses to prepare them for the SAT test and parents are also arranging for consultants to help their teens get into good colleges. This is a great deal of pressure and stress.

Think back to when your son or daughter was learning to stand or walk. When the child fell, you would tell them good job for trying and keep trying because you will get it. We say this all the time to our little children. However, for some reason when that little child becomes a teenager, mistakes are not as acceptable and often teens get into trouble for making a mistake.

Yes, as a teen their mistakes get bigger and can be very serious. Obviously if a teenager made a mistake of shop lifting or driving while drunk, these are very serious issues and deserve negative consequences the first time they occur. However, if the mistake is they forgot to do their homework or they came home 20 minutes after curfew, these are not as serious and do not require a severe consequence. Remember the consequence needs to be related to the mistake. If it is too severe or if there is no consequence, the teen will not learn anything.

As parents, we need to remember that teens are starting to learn about relationships and how to handle responsibilities as adults. When they were younger they needed to learn how to walk and had to be toilet trained. We were patient with them as little children, why not be patient with them as teens?

When your teenager makes a normal life mistake, instead of getting mad or frustrated look at it as a teaching opportunity and a bonding opportunity. When your teen makes a mistake this gives you an opportunity to discuss what type of adult you would like to see them mature in to and what values as an adult you hope they will have. It is also a chance to grow closer because if you talk with your teen it give you the opportunity to learn about them and for your teen to learn about you.

We also  watched this interesting  video about the adolescent brain by Dan Siegel

It’s not so easy being an adolescent these days. We become aware of the world around us, are flooded with input through digital media about our extended global family, and learn about the world’s intense and overwhelming problems. And even more, puberty’s onset is getting earlier, and the time between our childhood dependence and adult responsibility over the last century has moved from a couple of years to a dozen or more.

For adolescents, this means that the pruning down of existing neurons and the laying down of myelin sheaths connecting the remaining linked neurons will continue years after we stop referring to them as “teenagers”

 

💃 Happy International Dance Day! 🎶 at Collége du Lèman

🎬 We are very proud of our students who were selected to represent CDL in Juilliard’s Construct-A-Dance challenge. This involved them creating, choreographing, dancing and filming themselves in groups. 🕺

🏅 Our brilliant dancers and passionate teachers Veronika and Sophie were awarded a certificate for their hard work. 👏

#collegeduleman #internationalschool #ecoleinternationale #boardingschool #geneva #switzerland #juilliard #contructadancechallenge #internationaldanceday #dance #madeforcreativity

Eat a fruit or not? Decisions after decisions. Wellbeing pillar 5.

Today we had a chat over some fruits and it was about decision making. I took an apple and I asked them whether they wanted to eat it or not? And the conversation started there.

I asked them have you ever wondered just how many decisions you make in a day? I got frowned faces. So I answered this question, neuroscientists predict it’s a mind-blowing 35,000! (Yes, I searched about it before, like I do every time we are about to have a debate about a wellbeing project.).

Then I went on to ask them if they could number how many decisions they had to make since they woke up. I started my list by, when I woke up I saw it was 7am so I questioned myself whether I should get up or stay in bed 30more mins. It followed by whether I should drink my coffee with or without milk,  go straight to the computer or enjoy my coffee in the sun, drink a second one or wait for brunch, enjoy the sun or open my phone to check messages etc. Then they started to think of all the decisions they made until then and realised that they were actually a lot!

I told them that someone once told me that life is just a series of decisions, one right after another, each determining the life that we lead. Sometimes the decisions are small and inconsequential, like my morning selections. However, sometimes the decisions are big. They have the power to shape us, such as which college to attend, and the degree to pursue, whom to marry or where to settle down. And the ripple effect that follows can feel like you’re riding a tidal wave. Regardless-big or small, every day these choices are written into our story.

So we talked about how to get to the root of decision making and we came up with these 6 steps;

  1. Identify the problem/conflict to be solved.
  2. Gather relevant information.
  3. Brainstorm possible solutions.
  4. Identify potential consequences.
  5. Make a choice.
  6. Take action

This was a great interaction time and now they know that learning to make their own choices help them be more independent, responsible, and confident. It gives them a sense of control over their lives, reducing anxiety and promoting resilience. Furthermore, it encourages self-exploration and helps them to solidify their values.

Let’s continue with more decision making; whether to eat another fruit or stop there? Let’s apply the 6 steps and make a decision!

 

Virtual Monthly Boarding Assembly. April

Tonight, during our Virtual Boarding  Assembly, has been launched the final Pillar of our Wellbeing Programme: “Making Safe and Responsible Choices”

The key take-away points for this Pillar will be three : first , the ESSENCE of teen brain and the science behind decision making process ; second , consequences and third , self-discipline.

Also, our girls will be given only two choices for their Individual Projects. They will have to join either the discipline revolution project or the happiness project

Wellbeing Pillar 4- Who are our followers?

What makes social media actually ‘social’ are the connections users make with other users on the platforms. Every social networking site handles these connections differently, calling them ‘connections’, ‘friends’ and ‘followers’, amongst others. Having friends and followers is how we find out what other people say and do. Your friends and followers are much more likely to see your online content than those outside of your network, which is why it’s important to be mindful of who you connect with and what you share. On some platforms, if two accounts follow each other, this may allow additional communication channels such as private messaging.

Some tips to stay safe online;

1. Be Cautious of Sharing Too Much

2. Adjust Privacy Settings

3. Limit Details About Work History

4. Verify Who You’re Connecting With

5. Keep Control of Comments – Be Aware of Impersonators

6. Don’t Share Personal Details

7. Check Out Your Own Account

8. Know Employer Boundaries or Acceptable Use Policies

9. Control What Information is Shared with Outside Sources

10. Be Careful of Over-Friending

11. Consider Forming a New Social Network

12. Single Sign-On: Open ID

13. What Goes Online Stays Online

14. Know How to Block Unfriendly Followers

15. Keep Passwords Strong

 

And last but not least, enjoy your social media, but don’t forget to enjoy your social life  ❤️

Recycling for our responsibilities and future.

The girls have been doing a community project this last two weeks, going over the recycling rubbish and separating them once again. They are not only doing it to deal with the consequences of some of their actions but also to save their own planet.

These bins are only supposed to be for PET, but, as you can see in the picture, there are thousands of different things in them that are not PET bottles.


The girls were pleased to do this and at the same time shocked to see how disrespectful the others are towards our planet. Here is a recorded message from them;

Thank you, girls, not only for showing that you are responsible for your actions but towards our planet! As I said before, I am sure you are growing up to be great women.

Well-Being Tutorial 4th PIllar. Before and after Internet: How Things Changed.

This afternoon, over some strawberries and cream, we started discussing if they remembered their lives when they were very young before they could actually start playing with the internet.

I also talked about my experience and we had a nice chat that led to different discussions, like, What do you most like about the internet? What do you use most? What you don’t like? and If something bad happened to them related to the internet, bullying, shaming and etc.

I t was nice to see so many different points of view and freely discuss it 🙂 Here are some things for you to reflect on before and after the internet.

 

 

 

 

Taking resposibility.

I am proud to say that the girls took their responsibilities into their hands and went ahead with this recycling sorting task in the school.

Seeing you being responsible for the consequences of your actions and completing this task with great intention could not make me less happy.

I am sure you are growing up to be great ladies 🙂 Let’s go for a second round of helping hands tomorrow too, this time with music!


Community Project. 4 Pillar Well-Being Tutorial

Following our Pastoral Programme and as part of our Community Project for our Wellbeing Pillar 4 Online Safety, we were watching the movie You’ve got mail,1998. This film reveals the boundaries of the online relationship: no specifics, including no names, career or class information, or family connections.

Second Virtual Parent Teacher Meeting

Today we had our Second Virtual Parent & Teacher Meetings and we are so proud of the girls and all the positive feedback we received.

We would also like to thank our Teachers and staff from Collège du Léman, which are directly and indirectly involved in their education and wellbeing. We are sure they are on the path of Lifelong learning, the voluntary act of learning throughout life. Discover the benefits of a learning mind-set for personal and professional development and we can only thank everyone for providing them with that.

Congratulation girls, for all your efforts and dedication.  We are proud of you!!  This is the way to go.  Go ahead, is the last stretch !!

Well-being Tutorial : Pillar 4. What goes online & staying safe

This week in our Wellbeing Session, we have watched some videos regarding Online safety and  Staying safe.

 

TIPS TO STAY SAFE ONLINE

There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself safe online.

Think before you post
Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, teachers or future employers seeing. Once you post something, you lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it.
Don’t share personal details
Keep things like your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private, and check what people can see in your privacy settings. Remember that people can use small clues like a school logo in a photo to find out a lot about you.
Watch out for phishing and scams
Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them information, like your password. Someone might also try to trick you by saying they can make you famous or that they’re from a talent agency. Never click links from emails or messages that ask you to log in or share your details, even if you think they might be genuine. If you’re asked to log into a website, go to the app or site directly instead.
Think about who you’re talking to
There are lots of ways that people try to trick you into trusting them online. Even if you like and trust someone you’ve met online, never share personal information with them like your address, full name, or where you go to school. Find out more about grooming.
Keep your device secure
Make sure that you’re keeping your information and device secure.
Never give out your password
You should never give out your password or log-in information. Make sure you pick strong, easy to remember passwords.
Cover your webcam
Some viruses will let someone access your webcam without you knowing, so make sure you cover your webcam whenever you’re not using it.

Healthy cookies and Challenge with Diana :)

Diana was feeling like the weather didn’t help with the mood today, so we decided to make some healthy cookies for everyone in the house and we ended up doing an abbs workout challenge to kick some more endorphin in.

The cookies were so yummy, thank you, Diana 🙂

And here goes the hard work to burn them off, kick some endorphin in and give us a smile 🙂

Saturday is paid off 🙂

Virtual Monthly Boarding Assembly. March

This term brings the launch of our 4th pillar within our annual Wellbeing Programme. This pillar called Online Safety will accompany our students through these next five weeks of the school year, and it will offer them the opportunity to work on a range of many different projects and activities until the Easter Break. During our weekly well-being tutorials, we will cover crucial topics such as What Goes Online, Stays Online;  Who are your Friends/Followers; and Safety First Workshop Online Harassment which will be the main focus of this Pillar. Also, our girls will be encouraged to complete an individual and community project, just as they did during the last pillars.

We also have to thank Maeva and Diana, our Prefects for their help with tonight’s topics, full details about A.P. Mock exams, last ski day, Talent Show and Boarding Phrase Competition to name a few. Thanks for your contribution!
Girls, enjoy your apple pie & hot milk 
Boarding Team

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away“

In our community, we believe that fruits are very important for the daily food intake, and as we are supporting a healthy lifestyle, every Tuesday and Saturday we are getting the fruits-sources of many essential nutrients that are under-consumed, including potassium, dietary fibre, vitamin C, and folate.

It’s the winter break!

J.Terray will close its doors tomorrow morning and we hope everyone will enjoy their break and recharge the batteries 🙂

Enjoy the winter break, and be ready for some snow fun like our super Maeva!

 

We will be waiting for you from next week girls!!!