❄️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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CDL Gift Box Appeal!!! #thatboardingvibe #giftboxappeal #giftwrapping #giftbox #giving #shoeboxappeal #cdl

♬ Christmas Is Coming – DM Production

 

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.

 

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!!!

 

Graduation

We are so proud that you have graduated, Bianka, Amanda, Dalaa, Magnolia, Sabine, Sofia, and Bozhena have made it, now you can enjoy the summer and a new stage in your lives. WE WILL MISS YOU!!

 

Leavers Assembly

Today was the Leavers Assembly for the Grade 12. It was an emotional moment for everyone. But you made it!!!! Bea and I are very proud to have spent your last year in Boarding as your House Parent. We love you!!

 

 

Well-being Pillar 5. Making Safe and Responsible Choices

Tonight, during our Boarding Assembly led by our Boarding Director Mr Usher, 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.Through the next  weeks, we will ask students to explore an area of interest relating to this pillar through a podcast or other research.

 

Well-Being ,Pillar 4. Reflection

We are at the end of our Fourth Pillar in our Well-being Program.

Tonight during our  well-being tutorial, we had the chance to discuss and reflect on this pillar with our girls.

A huge thank you to the advocates, who made this video to wrap up this pillar .

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Online Safety ! Well done to the advocates. First video credit to @tamar #thatboardingvibe #onlinesafety #pillar4 #passwords #stoptheloop

♬ original sound – CDLivin’

 

 

 

Well-being Pillar 4. Takeaway : Scams, security and identity theft

Tonight in our Well-being Session, we focused on the take away  Scams, security and identity theft.

There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself safe online. Think before you post:

1.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
2.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
3.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.
4.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.
5.Keep your device secure Make sure that you’re keeping your information and device secure.
6.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.
7.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.

We have also watched these videos regarding Social Media Safety Tips and how to prevent identity theft

 

 

Well-being Pillar 4. Online Safety . Online Life vs Real Life

In today’s well-being session, we focused on Online Well-being. Firstly we began by discussing this takeaway point : Online life vs Real Life. Are you conscious of how much time you spend on your phone? and Who really wins by you spending more and more time on your apps?. Furthermore, our advocate Ana Sofia presented to the girls The Phone Detox Challenge. This could be a a really interesting project for some of our students as we aim to pose the question to them – just how obsessed are you with your phone.

 

 

Happy International Women’s Day

Today we are celebrating women all over the world and within our Nord Anglia community of schools. Magnolia, Maria Luiza, Sabine, Maria Clara, Bozhena, Sofia, Amanda, Bianka, Dalaa and Ana Sofia,  GO AHEAD !! And thank you to Mr Usher, Mrs Salamin, Mr  Salva and Mrs Lucelia for the chocolates and roses.

 

Ski Competition

Today Bianka and Amanda represented JB Terray in the ski Competition. The competition was in La Tzouma and they had a great day. Both gave their best in the competition. WELL DONE!!

 

 

Wellbeing.Pillar 4 Online Safety

The Monthly Assembly brings the launch of our 4th Pillar within our annual Well-being Program.
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. It’s a pleasure to announce that Ana Sofia will join the student advocate team for this Pillar 4.