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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - April 08, 2016


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Primary Swimming Lessons
Secondary News
Primary Student Council
Parent Council
From the Counselor

Coming Events

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April Menu


Salad Bar





To help us plan for the Upper Secondary Prom on Friday, June 3rd, please remember to hand in the Prom interest letter. Thank you.

Spring Fair - Tombola

Spring Fair, the biggest event of the school calendar is coming up soon, and is shaping up to be another amazing evening. Tombola is always a successful event and we need your support again this year. Some ideas of items that you could send in with your child are: girl toys, boy toys, chocolate boxes, beach toys, bath products, bottles of wine or beer.

We would appreciate your donation for the Tombola by Friday, 29th April. All donations can be given to Miss Selin Belik. Thank you in advance for your support.



Parent lunch

Message from the Principal

We were all sorry to hear that our US NATO students were not able to return after the Spring holiday as a cautionary measure. I would like to reassure our families that there is increased police surveillance of the school as part of a city-wide protection strategy. Also, this week, we began to screen all adults, including teachers, coming into school. Please do let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Primary News

Here is some information about the Cambridge Progression Tests that all children in Year 3 to 6 will sit in about a month (May 23rd-May 27th).

These tests assess the progress made by the child throughout the whole year in English/English as a Second Language (ESL), Maths and Science. They provide teachers and parents with valuable feedback on which learning objectives have been met. The tests are marked internally by the classroom teachers; a report is then generated through Cambridge on the basis of their results and sent home to families with the final Trimester 3 report cards.

There are two papers for Science, three papers for Maths (including a Mental Maths test) and two papers for English and ESL. Students scoring between 0-39% (bronze certificate) demonstrate to have a basic grasp of the curriculum content and have achieved a few of their year level learning objectives and are working towards achieving others. Students scoring between 40-79% (silver certificate) demonstrate to have a sound grasp of the curriculum content and have achieved many of the learning objectives as expected for their year level. Students scoring 80%-100% (gold certificate) have an excellent grasp of the curriculum content and have successfully achieved the majority of the objectives taught that year.

Please, do not hesitate to contact me and/or your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Primary Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons will begin for all Primary students the week of April 25th, and for Lower Secondary students, the week of May 2nd, until the end of the school year. 

For swimming lessons, please ensure your child has the following items: a silicone hat (no thin plastic or cloth caps, please), a towel or a robe, poolside shoes, a swimming costume (please no baggy shorts or bikinis), a plastic bag to place wet items in and a pair of goggles (no snorkel goggles please). Primary students will be scheduled to do one swimming lesson a week. On their other PE day, students should have their PE kit (including indoor shoes) and should wear trainers to school in case of outdoor play. Secondary students will swim every PE lesson until the end of the year.

Primary students will be swimming on the following days:

Monday - Year 3

Tuesday - Reception 1,

Wednesday - Year 1, Year 4, Reception 2

Thursday - Year 6, Year 5

Friday - Year 2

If you have any questions or concerns, or do not wish for your child to take part in Swimming lessons, please email Ms. Samantha or Mr. Hollis on the following emails: Samantha Bayik:  Hollis Smith:

Secondary News

Dress code reminder

Students are reminded to review the school dress code as the weather becomes warmer. 

In particular, skirts and shorts should be mid thigh length or longer and clothing with thin shoulder straps is not suitable for school. 

Ripped clothing, including designer ripped jeans are also not suitable. 

The dress code guidelines are available here

Checkpoint Examinations 

Year 9 checkpoint examinations take place next week, from 11 to 15 April. 

Key exam dates: 

- Checkpoint exams:  -  11-15 April

- IGCSE Coursework - 22 April

- IGCSE, AS and A level exams 3 May - 10 June

Primary Student Council

Year 5 and 6 had an election on Friday for Student Council. We are pleased to announce that from Year 6 the representative will be Jeongwon Choi, and the representatives from Year 5 are Annanya Oberoi, Arda Ozbutun, Dawid Jedreas, Javier Sanchez, and Kiyana Mohseni. Congratulations!

Parent Council

On Tuesday at 10:00, Parent Council is meeting to re-elect and re-organise the committee. If you are interested in becoming a member of Parent Council, then please inform Ms Vanessa, or Ms Bibi Bade, or Ms Laura Delahay.

In preparation for the 2016-17 Academic Year, members of Parent Council are also meeting later next week to liaise with representatives from six different bus companies to consider the service offered.

From the Counselor

University planning: College fair and Campus visits

Planning for life after Secondary school is a complex task that should start well before senior year. Students can and should start exploring career paths early on. Once they have some consistent ideas of their interests and related careers available, it’s time to start exploring institutions that can help achieve educational and professional goals....

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