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  • An International Family

    Our diverse international community features students and staff from over 100 nationalities

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  • Personalised Learning

    We value each student’s individuality as well as his or her integration into society. Our programme of studies prepares our students for the demands of a global 21st century.

    CDL prepares students for the worlds top universities

  • Our People

    We benefit from talented and experienced faculty, staff and our Senior Leadership Team.

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  • A range of activities

    The opportunities don't stop when the school terms end. We offer a range of activities for your child to discover, from ski trips to performing arts camps and guided GAP years

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  • A Place to Call Home

    Whether your child is joining us at Pre-K or midway through their learning journey, we offer a nurturing environment that will make a huge difference to their future

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  • Broadening Horizons

    From the city to lake and the mountains, every child will find something to love in our range of activities

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  • A Safe Place to Grow

    Our safe and welcoming campus will be a home where your child can learn to be confident and independent

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  • Say Hello

    Get in touch or visit us to discover what makes Collège du Léman an inspiring place to learn

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The benefits of learning to climb

Climbing is not only great exercise but helps students to develop resilience and problem solving skills. Find out how climbing benefits your child mentally and physically.

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The skills children learn through rock climbing and other physical activities can help them to climb their way to success in school and life.  These are just some of the transferrable characteristics and skills that students gain from learning to climb:

Responsibility: Children have to learn how to take responsibility for their own safety. They must carefully follow instructions and double check their own equipment before every climb. They learn to consider their own safety and the safety of others in different situations.

Problem solving: Children have to mentally plan a route up the wall and then adjust that plan if they get stuck. This requires quick, flexible, and creative thinking - skills essential for success in today’s rapidly changing global workforce.

Motor skills: There are few other sports that use such a variety of motor skills. Children develop hand and finger strength which helps to improve dexterity and mind-muscle connection. They also gain physical strength in their arms, legs and their core muscles. Other physical benefits include bilateral coordination – where children learn to use both sides of their body together. This helps create neural pathways across the midline of the brain, reinforcing the mind-body connection.

Resilience: Children learn to challenge themselves, set their own personal goals and endure when they are struggling. They realise that they are supported by climbing coaches so it is safe to fall or make mistakes and try again. They also have a group of friends, peers and coaches, cheering them on every step of the way. Resilience, also known as grit, leads to greater success in life than a person’s innate ability alone.

Confidence: When a child succeeds at a challenge they have set for themselves they gain confidence in their ability. They are more likely to take risks in learning in other areas. 

Participating in climbing and other physical activities helps children to grow physically, emotionally and socially, developing skills that will support them in school and later on in life. The uncertain conditions they face in experiential learning activities mimic the environment we face in the real world, forcing students to learn how to adapt to different situations.

We offer a variety of activities that engage students physically and mentally through our Global Campus. Learn more about the Personal Challenge Expedition in Les Martinets, Switzerland or our Citizenship Expedition in Tanzania.