The Autumn term was full of excitement, challenges, hard work and fun for the boys in Belvedere.
The students took part in all aspects of Aiglon life, and bonded through our house expedition, competitive house shout performance and chilled Belvedere movie nights. Despite a busy end of term, the Belvedere boys wanted to provide some genuine service in the run-up to Christmas. Therefore, we came up with the idea to send Christmas cards and volunteer at a local soup initiative.
While watching Home Alone together on a Saturday night, we wrote over 140 Christmas cards to elderly members of the community. This was an excellent experience for the students as many had never sent Christmas cards --and had to write in French. Each student wrote about 10 cards each, personalising them by drawing pictures or adding additional messages. We received many lovely cards in return, wishing the boys a Merry Christmas and good luck in the New Year.
Additionally, at the beginning of December, a group of 5 Belvedere boys accompanied by Miss Lumsdaine and Mrs Pedro, travelled to Vevey to help at the local winter soup initiative. The event was run by the Ville de Vevey and Caritas Charity. It provided the opportunity for those in need to have some bread and soup. The boys spent most of the time giving out flyers and welcoming people, as well as serving hot soup and tea. The students had the opportunity to practice their French and chat with members of the community. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed getting involved in local events.
Following our Christmas adventures, the students enjoyed a lovely holiday with their families and have since returned to the Winter term refreshed; they are already loving their time on the slopes together.