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

Laundry Time | Funny emoji, Funny emoticons, Emoji love

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

Is an international school really that different? Come and find out why we think beyond academic success. Learn how our holistic approach inspires to students to acquire 21st century skills and be ready for the future.

Join us on campus and speak to our Middle School, High School Principals and students on campus as they share what makes their experience unique.

Register today!


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.

RISE at Collège du Léman

Today, we’re looking back at all the community’s work on the “R” in RISE: Respect!
🎶 “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me”, just like the song, so we asked the entire CDL community and compiled some of the many great answers here!




Wellbeing Session. Pillar 4. Online Wellbeing

In today’s wellbeing session, we focused on Online Wellbeing.  Firstly we began by discussing these takeaway points: 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,  girls answered this Digital Phone Detox Challenge as part of their individual projects for this Pillar 4

We also watched the video that has been made by the Student Advocate Group.

Wellbeing Session. Pillar 4. Your Online Life


Following our Pastoral Program, this week during our house assembly we discussed two interesting points about our “Online Life”. First one: What is our true reason for posting our pictures, videos online and second one Why do we think society now values followers, likes and comments on someone’s post as a measure of their success

Think before you post       Social media concept.

Also, we watched the video that has been made by the Student Advocate Group for this Pillar 4.


Wellbeing Session. Pillar 4. Online safety


During our house assembly and following our wellbeing program, tonight we focused on  the topic What you post…. at that moment

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, careers, 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 security.
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.

We also watched this interesting video :

Monthly House Assembly

Tonight, during our Monthly Boarding  Assembly, has been launched the fourth Pillar of our Wellbeing Program: Online Safety. The takeaways we will cover this Pillar are: Cyberbullying, Online Life, and Online Wellbeing.  This pillar 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.

Also, two of our students gave a powerful presentation about the importance of peace and friendship regarding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

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International Dinners at Collège du Léman, Malaysian Dinner

                                                                                                The Malaysian Chef

                                                                                             Vegetarian dish with tofu


                                                                                                                                                                                                             Shrimps Laksa

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Poultry Rendang

Collège du Léman, first boarding ski weekend in Crans Montana 💭⛷️🏂

We had a fantastic weekend up in Crans Montana. The whole boarding community went together to have a Swiss Alp experience. The snowfall was wonderful and they all had a great time. We stayed in La Moubra. The students had a choice of skiing, snowboarding or staying at camp and doing activities. It was a great experience. The conditions were excellent for experienced and beginner skiers.


Maps of Crans Montana ski resort in Switzerland | SNO ®




Well-Being Session. Pillar 3 Boundaries

Following our well-being program Pillar 3, tonight, during our weekly house assembly we discussed Boundaries,  and why is this so important in building positive relationships.?

Setting boundaries is an important part of establishing one’s identity and is crucial for mental health and well-being. Setting healthy boundaries can have many benefits, including helping people make decisions based on what is best for them, not just the people around them. This autonomy is an important part of self-care. Healthy boundaries are a crucial component of self-care.

Boundaries can be described as how emotionally close you let people get to you. They are also where you draw the line within a relationship. They say how much you are willing to give or take before requiring that things change or deciding to call it quits. …

Boundaries are one of the measures of relationship health.

We also watched this interesting video about how we can set healthy boundaries with toxic people.


February Break is almost here !!



    We need your flight tickets for February Break 

 From Friday 18th February to Sunday 27th February 

Building positive friendship. Well-being. Pillar 3. Individual projects. Games.

Teenagers learn when adults act as good role models. But when it comes to developing great communication and social skills, practice with other kids can be invaluable. Building strong social skills can help teens make friends and feel better equipped to deal with stress and other issues as they develop and grow knowing there is support from the people around them.
One of the best ways for kids to learn to communicate well is to have them interact in a group and use the teachable moments which are created. Board games are fun and one of the easiest ways for kids to engage with one another. Playing a game requires patience, being able to take turns, agreeing to and sticking to the rules, and being a good friend – whether you win or lose.

UNO and JENGA are great games for building decision-making skills and improving hand-to-eye coordination.  But, most importantly, the aim of these games is to teach kids the importance of being patient, how to be a good friend under pressure, and how to contain their excitement when a friend knocks the tower over!


Campus Litter Picking. Community Service

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.


Collecting fruits by Bianka and Arlene

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 and also thank you to Bianka and Arlene for your help today.


Boarding Assembly. Pillar 3 Building Positive Friendships

Our first Boarding Assembly in 2022 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, colleagues become like brothers, confidents, 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 two takeaway points for this pillar are: What is a Toxic Friendship and, Boundaries, Why is this so important.

Collège du Léman, Winter Camp 2022 ⛷ in Crans Montana

Registrations are still open for our Annual Winter Camp in Crans Montana Winter Camp | Collège du Léman – International School – Geneva, Switzerland (nordangliaeducation.com)

All students who are 16 and older are required to have a valid G2 Covid Pass (Vaccine or recovery) to be able to attend our Winter Camp due to the rules in place at the hotel and for activities.

For more information, contact our Camp Team: camps@cdl.ch  🎿

Geneva Tradition: Marmite De L’Escalade



” For two weeks in December, the city of Geneva goes Escalade mad. As Roy Probert found, the people dress up in period costume and pay homage to a humble soup pot that saved the free world. Or something.

Geneva may be renowned as the world capital of peace and humanitarian work. But during the Escalade period, the citizens of the city show a surprising fondness for guns, swords and canons.

All Swiss people, it seems, have a secret love of dressing up in period costume, polishing muskets and playing fifes and drums. The Genevans are no different. But when they do it, they are remembering a decisive event which arguably made the city what it is today.

The actual day of the Escalade is December 12. It is Geneva’s 4th of July and Bastille Day, though, in keeping with Geneva’s puritan past, it’s celebrated with rather more sobriety. It marks the night when the small Protestant city-state defeated the Catholic forces of the Duke of Savoy and, it’s claimed, cemented its place as a bastion of freedom and tolerance.

“If it had not been for the Escalade, we would probably be French now. And that’s worth celebrating,” says Jean-Michel, who, like his father and grandfather before him, is a member of the 1602 Society, which organises the annual Escalade procession through Geneva’s Old Town.

But what, the visitor will be forgiven for asking, is the significance of the chocolate cauldrons that seem to be in every shop window in the city from the middle of November till the middle of December?

These are “marmites”, and they symbolise the soup pot which played a crucial role in defeating the French hordes.

The story goes something like this: On the night of December 11, the Duke of Savoy launched a surprise attack on the city. As they scaled the city walls with ladders (escalade means to scale) his men were spotted by a woman now affectionately known as Mère Royaume, who poured a pot of boiling vegetable soup over their heads and raised the alarm.

In reality, it was not Catherine Cheynel (Mère Royaume’s real name) who raised the alarm. But she was one of thousands of ordinary Geneva citizens who helped fight off the Savoyards, and her inventive weapon became the symbol of the Escalade.

Today the marmite is made of chocolate and filled with marzipan vegetables. Tradition dictates that the youngest and oldest people smash the chocolate pot and recite the phrase: “Thus perish the enemies of the republic”. In French, of course.

The really serious escalade festivities take place on the weekend closest to December 12. Members of the 1602 Society, dressed in those authentic Reformation period costumes, stage an understated, but fascinating procession through the old town.

At intervals along the way, they stop and a proclamation is read out (the same proclamation that was made after the Duke had been put to flight), muskets and canons are fired and the Geneva anthem Cé qu’è lainô (He who is on High) is sung.

Very few people seem to know what the 68 verses of Cé qu’è lainô mean, as they were written in an ancient Geneva patois. But that does not stop young and old belting it out with gusto. And nowadays they just stick to four verses, which helps.

In short, it’s not particularly complementary about the Savoyards. One verse goes something like this: “On the darkest night they came, and it wasn’t to have a drink. It was to loot our homes and kill us for no good reason.” Thank heavens the Genevans won.

“They have quite a story to tell,” says Keith Kentopp, an American who has lived in Geneva for some 30 years and one of the few foreigners in the 1602 Society.

There are around 2,600 members of the company of whom some 700 are allowed to wear costumes.

“There is nothing Disneyesque or commercialised about this. We know who the main characters of the Escalade were and we all have a role to play,” Kentopp says.

“It’s fun to dress up, but in a time of shifting values, the Escalade represents a kind of continuity. It’s about patriotism, tradition, and basic ideals like freedom.”

It’s also important to place the Escalade in its historical context. It happened at a time of massive religious upheavals in Europe, just before the outbreak of the Thirty Years War.

“It was only a small episode in history. Today we would call it a commando raid,” says Christian Colquhon, a former secretary general of the 1602 Society. “But the following year a peace treaty was signed which brought peace to this region.”

The defeat of the Catholic forces from France and northern Italy also confirmed Geneva’s position as a haven for dissidents and persecuted minorities.

“Many specialists agree,” says Colquhon, “if the Duke of Savoy had taken the city that night, it would not be the city that we know today – city of peace, a city of the world and the headquarters of the United Nations.”


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:  Katia 


Academics Award :Muslima


Boarding Life Award  : Bianka


Activities Award :Sofia

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.