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: Ana Sofia, Defne, Mia, Ana Lucia, Maria Luiza, Jasmine, Maria Clara, Venus, Raquel, Ava, Ella, Yuki and Priscilla for making this year so special and enjoyable for us.   We shall miss you!

Boarding Team ( Your Swiss Family )

International Dinner at Collège du Léman, Egyptian evening 🛕

Today, we had our final international dinner before leaving for summer vacation. The variety and quality of each meal were truly delightful. We are grateful to our boarding directors for allowing us to “travel” around the world every Wednesday and celebrate the internationalism of our boarding community.

We also want to thank Chef Olivier for taking care of our meals throughout the year. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him in August, when he can continue delighting us with his wonderful recipes!

Celebrating the End of the Year at Our School!

Today was a special day at CDL boarding, as we celebrated the end of the school year with a series of fun and memorable activities.

Throughout the day, we had several stations with different activities and it was wonderful to see everyone participating and having a great time together.

We are so proud of our students and grateful for the wonderful memories we’ve made this year. Here’s to another amazing year ahead of us!

A Sky-High Adventure: Paragliding with Yuki and Ava

 

This weekend, two adventurous girls from Terray went paragliding with our school. It was an exhilarating experience, with stunning views and a sense of freedom as they soared through the sky.

It was their first time for Ava and Yuki, and the mix of excitement and nerves quickly turned into pure joy. They returned with big smiles, amazing stories, and a newfound sense of confidence.

Kudos to all the brave participants for making this adventure unforgettable!

Pillar 5 Wellbeing.Making Safe and Responsible Choices

Tonight during our house assembly, we focused on the 5th Wellbeing Pillar: Making Safe and Responsible Choices. Our main goal was to help students understand and deal with peer pressure, emphasizing both its positive and negative effects.

Using various activities and discussions, our students explored how peer pressure can impact their decisions and behavior. They learned strategies to make safe, responsible choices and to encourage their peers to do the same.

We also screened a video created by the advocates of  5 Pillar , which featured feedback and reflections from our students on the work done.

Class 2024 🎓 , 64th Graduation at Collège du Léman

What a remarkable achievement for the Class of 2024! We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the graduates from Villas Terray & Ecureuil: Defne, Jasmine, Maria Luiza, Ana Lucia, Ana Sofia, Maria Clara, and Mia.

Your dedication and hard work throughout your time at Collège du Léman have culminated in this momentous occasion. As you embark on new adventures beyond our campus, please know that you carry with you the RISE values and memories that have shaped you during your time here. Though farewells may seem bittersweet, remember that you will always remain an integral part of the Collège du Léman family, no matter where your journey takes you.

Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors, and may your successes continue to shine brightly wherever life leads you.

Boarding Team

 

 

 

 

 

Pillar 5. Week 3 Wellbeing: Making Safe and Responsible Choices

Continuing our pastoral program, focusing on Pillar 5 this week, we explore the second key point: ‘How can I assist myself and others when facing tough decisions?

The advocacy team has crafted a succinct yet enlightening video providing guidance on navigating challenging choices.

 

Following the video, we prompted our students to reconvene in groups. They were tasked with posing a brief inquiry about their own methods for handling difficult decisions.

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Pillar 5.Week 1 Wellbeing: Making Safe and Responsible choices

During tonight’s house assembly, and following our Well-being Program, we focused on ‘Making Safe and Responsible Choices.’  This topic holds particular significance as students mature and prepare for the transition to college, where they’ll assume the responsibilities of adulthood. Adolescents encounter a myriad of influences, both online and in real life, presenting significant temptations. It’s crucial that they develop strong, healthy morals and principles to navigate these challenges effectively.

To facilitate the submission of ideas for students, a QR code has been generated.

 

Wellbeing Programm, Pillar 5, Making Safe and Responsible Choices

Tonight, during our Boarding Assembly  has been launched the final Pillar of our Well-being Program: “Making Safe and Responsible Choices” Extremely important topic, especially as they grow older and head towards college to become fully-fledged adults. Teenagers are surrounded by many influences both online and in real life. There is much temptation and it’s important they develop their own strong healthy morals and ideals.

Monthly Boarding Assembly

Tonight, during the Monthly Boarding Assembly, led by our boarding director Mr. Usher, various topics were discussed such as the EDI Reading Challenge, Celebrating Success, the launch of Pillar Five of our Well-being program, the Fitness Challenge, the Trip to Tanzania, G12 arrangements, among other topics. As usual, it was another successful assembly! !

Collège du Léman. International Day 2024 !!

🌍 A day rich in flavours, colours and emotions. Our International Day 2024 went wonderfully well, and the student volunteers had the opportunity to showcase dishes from every continent.

💙💛❤️ Internationalism is an important value for our community, and we’re very happy for our students to share wonderful days like today. Our students also had the chance to attend musical performances and a football tournament.

Monthly Boarding Assembly Pillar 4 Online Safety

During our Monthly Boarding Assembly tonight, we successfully launched the fourth pillar of our Wellbeing Program: Online Safety.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the holistic well-being of our community, the Online Safety pillar aims to empower students with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the digital landscape responsibly and safely.

 

Geneva International Motor Show

Although it is generally acknowledged that the automobile was “officially” born with Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach’s “Benz Patent Motorwagen”, which was presented at the Paris World Fair in 1889, studies and first experiments with motor vehicles began much earlier. All over Europe, but also in Switzerland!

Isaac de Rivaz, a Swiss citizen, tried to motorize a chariot in 1775 using steam and then gas. Swiss engineers can also be credited with several significant achievements in the automobile sector from the end of the 19th century: front-wheel drive and the gear-transforming flywheel, a kind of automatic gearbox before its time, by Henriod, the overhead camshaft by Popp, the progressive extension pulley gearbox by Weber, and the asphalting of roads developed by Dr Guglielminetti.

The Swiss car industry experienced a period of euphoria at the beginning of the 20th century: there were more than 70 Swiss car manufacturers and the first races and rallies were held.

It was in this context that the first Swiss National Automobile and Cycle Exhibition was organized in Geneva in 1905. Switzerland was then at the heart of the European automobile industry and its automobile production was renowned for its reliable and luxurious products.

Today our students had the opportunity to visit ans enjoy this incredible car show . It have been exciting to explore and experience the different brands and models on display.

❄️Happy February Break!❄️

Villa Terray has just closed for the February mid-term break. We are proud of all the girls for all they have achieved throughout this half term. We hope they get to enjoy this well-deserved break and return with their batteries fully charged! The boarding house will be open again on Saturday 24th February from 9am. We are already looking forward to seeing everyone in a week’s time!

RISE Week at Collège du Léman : Internationalism

RISE is an acronym representing Respect, Internationalism, Spirit, and Excellence – the core values of College du Leman. With a school community comprising over 110 nationalities and cultures, our RISE values lie at the heart of everything we do. We firmly believe in respecting diversity, a hallmark of our school community.

During this week, we are commemorating Internationalism. Our students are actively engaged in formulating a College du Leman specific definition of Global Citizenship, and the integration of their perspectives is indispensable to this ongoing process.

 

Pillar 3, Week 4. Building Positive Relationships.

We’re currently on Week 4 of our Well-being Program, where we’re delving into the 3rd Pillar: ‘Building Positive Relationships’. During our latest session with the students, we focused on examining toxic friendships and relationships. Our main goal was to identify the signs of a toxic friendship or relationship through Kahoot scenarios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillar 3 Wellbeing Programme,Building Positive Relationships

Following our Pastoral Program, we are now in Week 3 of the delivery phase of the 3rd Pillar, which is focused on “Building Positive Relationships`”The focus of our assembly is to explore international friendships and identify and address “ microaggressions. These are the thinly veiled, everyday instances of racism, homophobia, sexism (and more) that you see in the world. Sometimes it’s an insult, other times it’s an errant comment or gesture. It is crucial to understand how to recognize and handle microaggressions in our interactions to foster positive relationships.

 

Pillar 3 Building Positive Friendships .Week 2

In tonight’s assembly and following our pastoral program, we intend to shift our focus inward to reflect on the qualities of friends.Positive friendships constitute an integral aspect of the journey to adulthood, as they enable children and teenagers to acquire significant social and emotional skills, such as being attuned to the thoughts, feelings, and well-being of others.

Healthy friendships and relationships are predicated on mutual care, understanding, respect, and responsibility. In such relationships, individuals are capable of solving problems together while communicating honestly, as they share at least some of the same goals and values.

Our challenge for this session was to create a compelling videos that symbolize the essence of friendship.

Boarding Assembly. Pillar 3 Building Positive Friendships

Our first Boarding Assembly in 2024 has seen the launch of The Third Pillar of our Well-being Program, Building Positive Friendships.

 

Friendships are one of the most important elements of our lives. We are social beings and despite differences between us, we can all agree that we need people around us to be fulfilled in our nature.

In Boarding, this is even more emphasized. By being away from the family, the students are led to create strong bonds to lay the foundations of their “Boarding Family”. Peers, roommates, and colleagues become like brothers, confident, close friends… in some cases, inseparable for life. The nature of this connection is then authentic, genuine and forged by the circumstances and the kinship that the setting enhances.

This third Pillar will accompany our students, and it will offer them the opportunity to work on a range of many different projects and activities until February Break. The first Takeaway point: Identifying characteristics of positive friendships. Please see the video created by the advocates for this Pillar 3

 

 

 

Wishing you a season filled with warm moments and cherished memories.Best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a very Happy New Year. 

Christmas Dinner at the Hilton Hotel

Last Saturday evening, the girls enjoyed our annual Christmas dinner and dance at the Hilton Hotel. The girls looked lovely in their outfits and it was lovely to see everybody helping each other to get ready for the event. What a fantastic evening of good food, good company and dancing.Thank you, Mrs. Lucelia, for organizing such a wonderful event!

Awards Ceremony

Tonight we had our First Awards Ceremony, where some of our girls received a medal for being involved in Activities (Raquel), Boarding Life ( Ana Sofia) and Academically reaching amazing grades ( Maria Clara and Jasmine). Well done to all of the winners. We are proud of you !!

 

Former Student from Ukraine came to visit us at Collège du Léman.

Today’s meeting with Kateryna was a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with one of our valued alumni. She came by to enjoy a “petit goûter” and share her memories of her time at CDL, and we were thrilled to hear about her. It’s important to us to keep in touch with our alumni and maintain a strong connection with our community, and Kateryna’s visit was a great reminder of that. We look forward to continuing to engage with our alumni in meaningful ways and nurturing the relationships that make CDL such a special place.

Gift Box Project at Collège du Léman. Wellbeing Pillar 2- Community Project

Many of us reflect on our personal values and take a meaningful look at the structure of the society we live in. It is everyone’s responsibility to come together and stand for equality, diversity, and inclusion. For that, the girls in JB Terray chose to participate in the Annual Gift Box project. Now, what is the Annual Gift Box project?
The annual gift box project is an initiative where students choose to participate by donating either money or items. This includes items like toothbrushes, soap, school supplies, socks, toys, chocolate, and more. These essential items make a significant impact on the lives of those in need. The boxes are sent to children in orphanages, schools, and hospitals who are living below the poverty line.
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Samedi du Partage

This great event is essential for the entire Geneva social network, supporting people in need. Volunteers engage with individuals at the supermarket, encouraging them to donate food and other hygiene products. A big thank you to all the students involved.

 

Gratitude and Togetherness: Celebrating Thanksgiving in Terray

As the weather gets chilly and the air becomes crisp, we find ourselves immersed in the spirit of Thanksgiving here at our beloved home. This special time of the year is not just about turkey and pumpkin pie; it’s about gratitude, reflection, and coming together.

In moments like this, it seems like time pauses as we swap stories and reminisce about the quirks that make each of us unique. We share anecdotes that become a part of our collective narrative. From the hilarious mishaps of the last semester to the triumphs that still bring smiles to our faces.

Thanksgiving reminds us to cherish these moments, the joy of connecting with friends who feel like family, and the simple pleasure of being surrounded by people who understand and appreciate us.

Wishing you all a Thanksgiving filled with joy, laughter, and the company of those you hold deal.

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍂🍂

 

 

Respect Week. RISE at Collège du Léman

RISE is an acronym for Respect, Internationalism, Spirit, and Excellence – the core values of College du Leman. Our school community comprises more than 110 nationalities and cultures, and our RISE values are at the heart of everything we do. We believe in respecting diversity, which is the hallmark of our school community. Our students understand that every individual is unique, and they learn to value and appreciate these differences for the richness they bring to the school and wider community. We are confident and strong in our values and beliefs, and we strive to instil these values in our students.

 

Pillar 2. Protecting Against Bullying and Promoting Diversity. Orientation and Gender Identity

Following the first challenge, which involved creating an audio piece highlighting numerous similarities, we are set to progress to the second activity of pillar 2 in tonight’s meeting. Specifically, this activity pertains to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Our advocates’ team has proposed an interactive Question and Answer designed to provide insights into issues related to sexual orientation or gender identity. Our students will participate, scanning the QR code on the poster. Their responses( entirely anonymous) will be gathered and collated in a shared document for subsequent discussion.

 

 

Odd Socks Day !! Anti-Bullying Week at Collège du Léman

Today, we are thrilled to celebrate Odd Socks Day, an exciting initiative that embraces and celebrates the unique qualities that make each of us special. This initiative is part of our commitment to Anti-Bullying Week, promoted by our Wellbeing Advocates. We encourage all our students to join in by wearing odd socks to school, symbolizing and celebrating the wonderful diversity that makes each of us unique!

Europa Park Trip

This weekend Venus, Maria Clara and Defne had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Europa Park in Germany. A lot of fun was had by all as we enjoyed the exciting rides and delicious food that was on offer!

Wellbeing Pillar 2 .Protecting Against Bullying and Promoting Diversity

During our house meeting as part of our well-being program, the advocates for Pillar 2 proposed a challenge for roommates to create a video or audio emphasising numerous similarities.

 

Here are the results:

 

 

 

 

 

November Boarding Assembly

During our Monthly Boarding Assembly led by our Boarding director Mr. Usher, the Second Pillar of our Well-being Program was launched: Protecting against Bullying and Respecting Diversity. We are feeling proud of the presentation that Ana Sofia and Mia made about ” El dia de los Muertos” as part of our Cultural Diversity. Celebrating and understanding diverse cultural traditions is a valuable aspect of education and promotes inclusivity within our school community.

 

 

Welcome Back!

Another exciting term to come, with events such as the Pumpkin Carving Competition and the Christmas Dance ahead of us, it’s set to be a fun one!  Welcome back, girls!

National Honor Society at Collège du Léman

The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nationwide organization for high school students. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship (academic achievement), leadership, service, and character. The National Honor Society requires some sort of service to the community, school, or other organizations. Congratulations Defne for becoming a new member of the National Honor Society! We are very proud of you!   🙂

5 KM Race at Collège du Léman

This race was open to everyone, but we were especially eager to encourage students who have never run before to take their first steps towards a healthier lifestyle. It was a fantastic chance for them to achieve a personal milestone, test their limits, and have fun while doing so. We want to emphasize that there was no pressure for success; participants could stop or walk at any time during the race. Well done, runners !!

 

 

 

Sustainability Competition at Collège du Léman

 

To encourage our students to better use the recycling centres, we are launching a competition for all students of the school.At Collège du Léman, we are raising awareness of how to recycle correctly. Students are encouraged to create a short video advertisement with iMovie. All projects submitted that meet the criteria will be rewarded with House Points, REACH or CAS hours in Creativity or Responsible Citizenship / Service. Well done Maria Luiza, Mia, Ana Luica and Ava !

Monthly Boarding Assembly

This evening, we had our monthly Boarding Assembly led by Mr. Usher, our boarding director. A great opportunity for everyone to get together and share news from the month along with any announcements and any accomplishments.

Disneyland Paris

This weekend a lucky group of Boarders set off on the first trip of the year and enjoyed an exciting yet exhausting weekend at Disneyland Paris. Ava and Mia all had a great time meeting the famous characters and riding the rollercoasters!

Wellbeing Pillar 1. Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds.

Tonight’s assembly started with this wonderful video made by our fantastic team of student advocates. Certainly, the strong connection between physical health and mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being. It’s important to understand that physical activity doesn’t only benefit our bodies; it plays a significant role in promoting our mental well-being as well.

 

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

Thank you to all the teachers who 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 it.

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.

 

 

Collège du Léman ,Community Service

Community Service is something that at CDL we feel very passionate about and try to instil in all the students of the school. Within the school, they work on the REACH programme which promotes the students to address the areas of Health and Activity, Responsible Citizenship and Creativity. They must complete thirty hours per year during their school career.

Within the Boarding House, we accomplish many of these by providing activities and opportunities to take part in events and projects.

On Sunday Ana Lucia, Maria Clara, Mia, Raquel and Maria Luiza took it upon themselves to do some litter picking in the forest path running alongside the campus. Well done girls !!

Collège du Léman, Well-Being Program Pillar 1.Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds. Sleep

At Collège du Léman, our students ‘ well-being is defined as being physically and mentally healthy and able to cope with life’s challenges positively and constructively.

Our student’s health and academics are very important and this year we want to have a different focus on their well-being by providing them with the tools that a teenager needs to maintain a healthy body and mind.

During our house assembly, tonight has seen the launch of the First Pillar of our well-being program, Nurturing Healthy Minds and Bodies

 

The aim of this pillar is to highlight the importance of SLEEP and healthy sleeping routines in our day-to-day lives. A crucial part of this pillar will be to help the students by providing them with tools to get a better quality of sleep. A good sleeping routine has been proven to have a positive impact on one’s overall well-being.

 

It’s wonderful to acknowledge and thank Ana Sofia and the other advocates for their efforts in creating these videos for this first pillar.

Amazing weekend in Verbier

This weekend we had our first Mountain Weekend in Verbier. This was a fantastic opportunity for the whole Boarding Community to spend a weekend up in the mountains. Doing this at the start of the year allowed us all to have time to bond and get to know each other while doing group-building activities and enjoying the amazing scenery.

Our girls had plenty of different activities to choose from. Some of them went mountain biking, rock climbing, or hiking. Others preferred to go to a ropes course, do multi-sports on camp.Sunday we had plenty of Carnival games.



 

 

 

 

Discovery Days.Explore Your Horizons !

Over the last week, our students have been away enjoying their Discovery Days – learning new skills and taking part in team-building activities! our Grade 11 and IB1 students have been away enjoying their Discovery Days – learning new skills and taking part in team-building activities!

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.

 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 Annecy which 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.

 Sunday tradition here at Collège du Léman:  Sunday Brunch

Just like in many (big) families, we like to gather and relax on a Sunday morning, sharing good food and talking about everything and anything. Everyone can find something they would like to eat: croissants or bacon, fruits or eggs, everything is fresh and cooked on the spot by our amazing kitchen staff.

And as it is Sunday, there is no rush. The cafeteria opens at 9.30am and closes at 11.30am, so everyone can go when they want. Such a good thing for the ones who are eager to go on activities in the morning, or for the ones who want to sleep longer.

 

 

 

Welcome to Collège du Léman!!

Welcome to Collège du Léman!! As the excitement of a new academic journey begins, we are thrilled to extend our warmest greetings to all incoming students arriving at the airport! Miss Maral is there for all of you!

Our dedicated staff and one of our Prefects students eagerly await for your arrival at our Welcome desk at the entrance of the school, ready to support you!!

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 2023/2024

We wish you all a well-deserved and relaxing Summer holiday!

On behalf of the Terray Team and the entire Collège du Léman community, we would like to extend our warmest wishes to all of you for a fantastic summer. It has been an incredible year filled with growth, learning, and achievements. Now it’s time to take a well-deserved break and enjoy precious moments with your loved ones.

May this summer be filled with relaxation, joy, and new experiences. Take this opportunity to recharge your batteries, explore new horizons, and create lasting memories. We look forward to welcoming you back refreshed and energized for another remarkable academic year in August.

Thank you for being part of our wonderful community. Have a fantastic summer!

Welcome Defne !

Defne, a new student who has been allocated to Villa Terray for the upcoming year, has been warmly welcomed by our House Representative, Ana Sofia. Defne, we are excited to have you as part of our Villa Terray family, and we look forward to witnessing your growth, achievements, and contributions in the upcoming academic year.

Our last delectable brunch of this academic year

A heartfelt and resounding thank you goes out to our incredible Kitchen Staff: Mr. Antonio, Mrs. Andrea, and Mr. Olivier. Their exceptional skills, dedication, and hard work have made every Sunday’s brunch an unforgettable culinary experience. Mr. Antonio’s mastery of the kitchen has continuously amazed us. Mr. Olivier’s behind-the-scenes efforts have been nothing short of extraordinary and, Mrs. Andrea’s unwavering dedication and attention to detail have played a vital role in the success of our Sunday brunches.

Thank you once again for your care, support, and dedication. Your hard work behind the scenes often goes unnoticed, but we want them to know that your efforts have not gone unnoticed and are greatly appreciated We are fortunate to have you as part of our community !!

End of Year Event

Today was our end-of-year event. There were many activities such as a sliding slide, climbing, and more water activities. Maria Clara dared to do bungee jumping. They had a great time!!!