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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - February 05, 2016


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Class of 2016: Valedictorian
Secondary News
Primary News
From Counselor

Coming Events



26 Secondary Internal Exams (Feb 26 - Mar 1)
27 Swimming Gala between 10:00 to 14:00
27 Ed-Ex: Turkish Culture


01 Tea time with the Principal @ 14:15
01 Book Day
09 Lower Secondary Dance @ 15:30-19:00
12 Assembly - Year 1 @ 14.10
19 Assembly - Year 5 @ 14.10
20 Ed-Ex: Year 1
21 Ed-Ex: Year 4

February Menu


Salad Bar




Message from the Principal

The photo above is of a statue in the grounds of MEF Schools in Istanbul. It shows Dr Ibrahim Arıkan standing proudly beside his primary school teacher, who was such an inspiration to him he went on to become a teacher himself. We all touch the lives of the people we meet in small ways, but through his dedication to education, his genuine love for learning, his warmth and interest in others, Dr Ibrahim Arıkan touched the lives of thousands. With a choice of offices to work from in the city, it is telling of the man he was that he chose to use an office in the school. Of all his enterprises, the schools were dearest to him as his memory will always be dear to us. Today I held short assemblies for Secondary students to understand the legacy of Ibrahim Bey during which we observed a minute of silence.

Class of 2016: Valedictorian

For our Year 13 students, the Year 13 Graduation Ceremony in June marks a turning point in their lives, as they leave school behind them, and step out into the wider world, into higher education, vocational training or work, as independent young adults. Each year a student who is a role model to others is chosen as the Valedictorian,  to voice the thoughts and feelings of the graduating class. The Valedictorian must have a sound academic track record, demonstrate leadership skills, community awareness and involvement, as well as being of good character. Our class of 2016 has nine remarkable young people all with great virtues and personal attributes and each one of them is a credit to our school.  For his strong academic record, his involvement in school activities, and for being a sensible role model to younger students, the Valedictorian selected to represent the Class of 2016 is: Fergus O'Donoghue.

Secondary News

Developing creativity in lower secondary

Students in lower secondary can explore and develop their creativity through their visual and performing arts courses. 

In visual arts, students in year 7 to 9 have been  investigating patterns through looking at traditional tiles from Turkey and Spain, 3D patterns and the work of the artist MC Escher. In class, we have been carving 'linos' and we will be printing onto fabric over the next 2 weeks.

This trimester in Performing Arts, Year 7 - 9 are working in "ensembles" (2-6 person group), composing musical pieces, creating a skit or choreographing a dance. In-class performances of these works in progress will begin in the next few weeks. Homework assignments include journal reflections on their progress and challenges, as well as hand-outs from mini lessons on cross rhythms (music composition), character study (dramatic arts), and choreographic sequences (dance). We are also beginning preparations on the musical and dance pieces which will be performed later in the year.

Caterina making a repeated 3D design
Bartosz carving a penrose cube

Primary News

Between last week and this week Lower and Upper Primary students attended special PSHE assemblies, run by our Counsellor Miss Carolina.

For students in Reception 1 to Year 1 Miss Carolina did a presentation on Sharing (including taking turns, playing together and choosing a different toy/activity in case of disagreement with other students), and Taking Responsibility (being honest and cooperative, following rules and not blaming others).

Older students from Year 3 to Year 6 attended a presentation on how to get rid of Bad Habits, from nervous ticks that become worse when feeling anxious or upset, to repetitive behaviours that may annoy other people around us. Some examples are nail biting, finger sucking, sneezing or coughing without covering their mouth.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is part of our Primary curriculum; it is a programme of learning through which children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society; it is delivered through homeroom teachers on a daily basis and through special assemblies run by the counsellor that target specific topics.

From Counselor

Please find Ms Carol's article here


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