Pillar 3. International friendships at Terray Boarding House

Tonight during our well-being tutorial, we focused on the reflective question: Do you embrace the international community, or do you prefer the convenience of building friendships within your own culture and language.

At Collège du Léman, teaching extends beyond the classroom. The family environment in which we live should encourage our girls to take care of each other and create a strong bond, and above all, one that will last a long time. Many friendships are formed and they find that their social circle becomes larger, more diverse, and more interesting. Friendships are a very important element in a person’s life. This is why boarders experience throughout this pillar various ways of making friends that are beneficial to them. They will also have to analyze and understand that there are situations in which certain social environments can be harmful and should be avoided, the more than well-known “bad influences”.

Respect across different nationalities is important for the school’s principle of RISE, but it is much more than just an acronym. It is the most important principle in our house as we are all coming from different countries. Living with such an amazing internationalism spirit made us all learn about different cultures and most importantly, embrace our own.



Wellbeing Pillar 3, Building Positive Friendships

The weeks before the February break, our well-being sessions continue and we will concentrate on the third pillar: Building positive friendships. Tonight, during our house assembly, we focused on: What are the benefits of an international Friendship? How does the boarding house support and encourage those friendships? What advice would you give future students coming into an international school environment? And lastly, do you know some examples of famous international friendships?


We also watched this interesting video about international Friendship Day

January Monthly Assembly

Our first Boarding Assembly in 2023 has seen the launch of The Third Pillar of our Well-being Program, Building Positive Friendships. 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, 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.


Welcome January 2023 !!

It is with great gratitude that we end this year, thanks to all the wonderful moments we have enjoyed in our community, in and out of the classroom, at the many artistic, sporting, and musical events that have taken place recently.

Joyeuses fêtes & Happy Holidays to all our students, staff, parents, and all those who are part of the Collège du Léman family. May 2023 bring you health and happy moments that you will cherish for a long time.

Happy holidays to all!!

J.Terray Boarding House will close its doors this weekend, and we would like to take this chance to wish all our girls and their families, Happy Winter Holidays and Happy 2023!! Enjoy these festive weeks with family, friends, and beloved ones. Stay safe !!

Terray Team




Winter Dance

After two years of not being able to celebrate outside the school, we were finally able to get together. It was a fun night where we all enjoyed ourselves and put on our best clothes.

Award Ceremony at Collège du Léman ,First Semester

Tonight we had “The Awards Ceremony”, where some of our girls received a medal for being involved in Activities, Boarding Life, and Academically reaching excellent grades. 

Congratulations to our girls for the awards they received at the boarding ceremony tonight 


Academics Award: Zembova Bianka,


Boarding Life Award : Gomez Hernandez, Amanda

Activities Award : El Haje , Dalaa


Baking Competition

Today was the Baking competition. All the houses made a cake and Terray girls did a delicious Christmas cake with Nutella. Magnolia and Ana Sofia take the lead in doing the cake.


Well-Being. Pillar 2 Reflective Question

We have reached the end of the Second Pillar and during our weekly pastoral tutorial, our girls had the opportunity to reflect on this second pillar of our well-being program. They have written on paper about how they all say they value diversity and if they are comfortable with differences. They also reflected on the positive effect of the Community Service and Charity actions we are taking these weeks









Well-being Pillar 2.Fighting Bullying and Promoting Diversity.

Tonight during our well-being tutorial, we focused on the second takeaway of this Pillar 2: Noticing differences is normal but there are many ways to be an ally.

We reflected with the students on the notion of diversity itself. It’s easy to label diversity as something uniquely linked to ethnicity, creed or sexuality… However, there are many, many other forms of diversity. Simple things such as personal tastes or hobbies are a source of diversity, and these are at least as visible as the above-mentioned ones.

We had an interesting discussion about why we bear judgement towards someone who doesn’t have the same religion or the same beliefs and not towards someone who doesn’t listen to the same music or supports another sports team.

We also watched this video which gives a simple explanation of the real notion of differences and diversity.

Wellbeing Pillar 2 . Integration and diversity

In tonight’s house assembly, we focused on the first key takeaway of this pillar: Integration and diversity are part of the international agenda of the world’s most important institutions.  We talk about it at a lower level, at schools, work and public places. However, that topic is at the heart of the identity of all the major international organizations and that is something that sometimes we overlook to consider diversity something to think of at an individual level. Beyond the political message on the importance of diversity, institutions like the UN have a policy of promoting diversity in their work force and enabling all types of people to access job position within their ranks and therefore setting the example on integration and teamwork.   

Globally what we want to achieve with this point is that students understand that Diversity and Integration are present far beyond the school environment or our individual background and that it’s a top priority in the world today. Sometimes, this might be overlooked, and we believe it’s important they acknowledge that the work and reflection being done here is echoed in the World Leading Institutions.
Take away point 1 – Integration and diversity are part of the international agenda of the world’s most important institutions.

We also watched this interesting video about UN volunteers

Monthly Assembly. Well-Being 2nd Pillar. Protecting Against Bullying and Promoting Diversity.

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.

Through the next seven weeks, we will ask students to explore an area of interest relating to this pillar through a podcast or other research. 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.


We also talked about some different topics, such as School Trips, Academics, Xmas Dinner,etc.











Well-Being .Pillar 1. Reflective Question


We have  reached  the end of the First Pillar and during our weekly pastoral tutorial  our girls had the opportunity to reflect on paper about this first pillar of our well-being program. They have written about how their friends and the people around them have a positive impact on their healthy balanced lifestyle regarding nutrition and physical activity.

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.

Teachers came to our house this afternoon

A HUGE thank you to Mrs Samarra, Mr Levy, Mrs Chung, Mr Van Leeuwen, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Jody Kallay, Mrs Gonzalvez, Mrs Robinson, Mr Botcheff, Mrs Balbe, Mrs Lemale, Mrs Enrech, Mrs Tandy, Mr Fitzgerald, Mr Levy,  Mrs Robinson, Mrs Van Moorsel, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs R.B.  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.

Weekend Activities

This weekend the girls from Terray were busy Ana Sofia did Tennis, Magnolia Bodyshapping, Amanda, Bianka, and Dalaa join the  Chess club and Selin did Baking delicious macarons. Well done girls!!!

Wellbeing. Pillar 1. Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds

In tonight’s house assembly, we focused on the second key takeaway of this pillar: The importance of a healthy balanced diet for sports and everyday life.

Staying healthy is at the top of nearly everyone’s priority list, and our daily choices can determine just how healthy we are. Not everything is in our control, but the habits and approaches we take to our health can often make a difference between being healthy and unhealthy

We also watched this video and we discussed how a healthy balanced diet can benefit them with sports performance, as well as academic performance, brain development and growth.

Laundry service, delivered

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This week, Sabine has made use of the laundry service, which the School provides for our students (Monday morning pick-up/Wednesday afternoon delivery) as well as choosing a weekly slot in case she wants to do her laundry in the house by herself.  


CP1 class, benefits of reading by Bianka

This morning CP1 students enjoyed Bianka’s video focused on the benefits of reading .This Well-being class has been led by Mrs Amanda Gardiner (IB Core and Reach Coordinator)  and Mrs Jana Krainova (Head of IB Programmes ,IBDP Coordinator and Pastoral Head)

Bianka made this video about the benefits of reading and how books can help not only to deal with stress but also with anxiety.

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 or a Via Ferrata. The girls also had the chance to do study hall in the afternoon. Sunday we had plenty of Carnival games. They all had a lovely time and Selin won a silver medal for the house!!


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 celebrate our first mountain weekend in Verbier.

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Wellbeing. Pillar 1. Nurturing Healthy Bodies and Minds

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 and we watched this interesting video about Discover how we can use sport and our hobbies to maintain a healthy mental balance.
This pillar aims to highlight the importance of a healthy body and mind in our day to day to lives. A crucial part of this pillar will be to help the students maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle in many aspects, including sleeping patterns, physical activity, nutrition, and relaxation methods.
We will be having discussions with our students over the next few weeks in our House meetings based on these two takeaway points 1: First: Discover how we can use sport and our hobbies to maintain a healthy mental balance and Second: The importance of a healthy balanced diet.
We will ask our students a reflective question:  How have their friends helped them in achieving a healthy balanced lifestyle regarding nutrition and physical activity
This first Pillar will accompany our students 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.
Throughout this school year, students will be encouraged to complete an individual project and a community project for each of the five Pillars of Well-being. These projects are focused on activities that are meant to support growth and self-awareness. We believe that this will allow our students of all age groups to take ownership of their well-being.


Informal Meeting with teachers at Collège du Léman.

This afternoon we had our first meeting with our boarders’ teachers to discuss their first weeks settling into her new academic year at Collège du Léman.

Sofia’s Advisory Teacher, Mrs. Samarra

Maria Clara’s Advisory Teacher, Mr. Mc Guire

Magno, Selin, and Bozhena’s Advisory Teacher, Mrs. Skidmore

Amanda’s Advisory Teacher, Mr. Van Leeuwen

Ana Sofia’s Advisory Teacher, Mrs. Murray

Dalaa’s Advisory Teacher, Mr. Penrose

Bianka’s Advisory Teacher, Mrs. Tandy


Sabine? Advisory Teacher, Mr. Botcheff


Thank you for helping to make this welcome event a success and for reassuring the parents that their daughters are in good hands for the year ahead!


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 2022/2023


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: Arlene, Muslima, Galia, Angelina, Katia, Bozhena, Bianka, Amaliya, Joelle, Lia and Sofia for making this year so special and enjoyable for us.   We shall miss you!

Boarding Team ( Your Swiss Family )

From Villa Terray , A HUGE thank you to our Partners in Crime for their support, resilience and perseverance this year !! 🙏

Mrs Pauline Nord, General Director

Mr James Bearblock (High Principal ), Jana Krainova-Samuda ( Head of IB Programmes),  Mr Philip Shaw (Deputy High School Principal , AP Coordinator  and Charity Coordinator , Ms Tracy Usher ( High School Administrative Assistant)

Mrs Amanda Gardiner ( IB Core and Reach Coordinator. English and Theory of Knowledge Teacher )

Mrs Melanie Batey ( University Advisor )

Our wonderful Admissions Team lead by Mrs Laura Bayat

Mrs Claire Rocheteau (Camps Manager ), Matthew Svenningsen and  Annick Quard ( Camp Coordinators)

XCR Activities Team


Our  Kitchen Staff lead by Mr Olivier


Our nurses, Mrs Floriane Maitre and Mrs Aliénor Régis

Mrs Paula Vieira  ( Our Cleaning Lady)


Mrs Marina Karpova ( Guidance Counsellor and Learning Support Services )

Our IT Team lead by Mr  Jean-François

Mr Carlos Riberio (Administrative Assistant)

Mrs Rosario Bautista ( Book Store )

Mr Jean Pierre ( Security Staff )

Mr Alain ( Crossing Staff )



Hichem Mékacher ( Reception)

And special mention to Mr Usher ( Boarding Director )


Madam Salamin (  Deputy Head Boarding )


and  Mr Salva Politano  ( Deputy Head of Boarding and Pastoral Program)





Collège du Léman, Open House

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Joul, Ascension long weekend at CDL

Visit Chillon Castle 

Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva.  It is situated at the eastern end of the lake, on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve, which gives access to the Alpine valley of the Rhône. Chillon is amongst the most visited medieval castles in Switzerland

Pool time 

Brunch Time


Community Service, Litter picking campus

Meditation Day

Wellbeing Programme Pillar 5 Making Safe and Responsible Choices.


During our well-being tutorial, we focused on Attachment figures this week, the second key takeaway of this Pillar 5.  Attachment theory focuses on relationships and bonds (particularly long-term) between people, including those between a parent and child and between romantic partners. The quality of our early attachments profoundly influences two things:

• our personality
• Our relationships later in life

Depending on their attachment style, our students are either able to empathize with others, share feelings with other people, show trust, engage in long-term relationships, have high self-esteem, enjoy intimate relationships, seek out support etc., or not.

Since our attachment styles are formed so early, we neither remember much about this stage of development nor do we have control over it. Therefore, our attachment traits are typically subconscious and automatic. Consequently, we might find ourselves repeating the same unhealthy patterns, in our relationships with ourselves and with others, repeatedly.

So, since Awareness is the beginning of change, tonight we  asked our girls to take an attachment questionnaire quiz to help them figure out their attachment style.


Wellbeing Programme Pillar 5 Making Safe and Responsible Choices.

In tonight’s house assembly, we focused on the first key takeaway of this pillar: Time in, How do you connect with the inner world?

What we experience in our inner world, which includes our feelings, thoughts, perceptions, memories, beliefs, hopes, dreams, desires, motivations, longings etc., can occur even without us being aware of it. The lack of self-awareness entails the failure to see the patterns in our behaviours and thinking. As a result, we risk making choices that are not aligned with what we really are and with what we really want.

On the contrary, when we develop the habit to pay attention to these inner experiences we become more self-aware. This can help us have more control over the decisions and choices we make and prevent us from being at the mercy of our own feelings, desires and external negative pressure.



Monthly Boarding Assembly. Pillar 5 Making Safe and Responsible Choices

Tonight, during our Virtual Boarding  Assembly, has been launched the final Pillar of our Wellbeing Programme: “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.





Community Service at Collège du Léman. Litter Picking with Joelle

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.

Today Joul took it upon themselves to do some litter picking on campus. It was therefore nice to show the responsibility we feel we have towards our school community and keeping it clean.