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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - June 03, 2016


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Teacher Update
Final Performing Art Concert
Primary News
Secondary News
From the Library
From the Counselor

Coming Events

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June Menu


Salad Bar




Photos from PA Show

Message from the Principal

This time of the year showcases our students' learning from Reception 1 to Year 13, with a busy season of events. I was fortunate to join the R1 class on a teddy bear's picnic. It is impressive to see how their language and interactive skills have developed over the year. Congratulations to Years 1-9, and the End of Year Show's 'special guests' from Upper Secondary for confidently performing their song and dance routines. Drama Club members and the Year 6 Host Country studies children entertained us with plays in the garden, and in preparation for the upcoming week, rehearsals for Year 13 and Year 6 graduations are underway. All this is happening at the same time as the main exam season is winding down. Out of 159 Cambridge exams, there are only 10 more to go!

Teacher Update

Offers have been made and accepted by the five new teachers who are coming to work at our school next year. Ms Hailey, Art, and Ms Sidney, Secondary ESL/English, are from the US. Dr Emmajane, Biology, Ms Lauren, Reception 1, and Mr Steve, Geography, are from the UK.

Our teachers who are leaving are: Mr Pete, Art; Mr Nico, Geography; Mr Jeroen, Biology; Ms Meral, ESL/English; Ms Şirin, Reception 1. We will miss them. Between them they have served the equivalent of 16 years in our school!

Final Performing Art Concert

Congratulations to all students in Years 1 to 9 for the beautiful performances prepared under the guide of Miss Ostrosky last Wednesday, June 1st. 
The students presented a series of songs and dances from Latin America and Africa; some of the choreographies were actually designed by the students themselves. They all participated with enthusiasm and tried their best to apply the skills learnt during the year in their Performing Arts classes, while having fun.

Primary News

A huge round of applause to the Year 6 class who performed a traditional Turkish play last Thursday, June 2nd in our garden. The students read the story of Keloğlan' during their Host Country Studies classes with Miss Ayşin, and put together a play based on one of his adventures: Keloğlan and the Sultan. Erin Murray was the narrator; Joona Tiira was Keloğlan, Jeongwon Choi was the Sultan, Alexander Doyle and Alyssia Parker were his guards, Matilda West was Cleopatra, Rebeka Pavic was Cleopatra's guard, Annabel Baert was the Princess and Su Tuncay, the Sultana. 
The play was performed to thank the parents who volunteered this year in school and the Parent Council members, who made an invaluable contribution to our community by giving up some of their time to assist with various activities and events. The Drama club, directed by Mr Angus King, also performed for them four Aesop's fables: The Crow and the Pitcher, The Hare with Many Friends, The Heifer and the Ox, and The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. Congratulations to all students involved!

Secondary News

Study Leave

Study leave for students in year 11 - 13 ends on June 10.  Year 11 and 12 students are expected to attend school from 13 - 17 June. 

Exams next week 

The following IGCSE, AS and A level examinations will take place next week. 

History Projects

Students in Year 8, Year 9, and Year 10 History classes presented their 3-D model projects. Students were asked to pick an historical event or icon and give a presentation on its history and to create a model of their topic. This project enables students to demonstrate their knowledge of a historical topic and provides opportunity for them to demonstrate their presentation and practical construction skills.

Y8 Projects

From the Library

Dear Parents,
Summer vacation is almost here! We are pleased to announce that returning students will be able to borrow books for the summer from June 13th to June 17th (last week of school). This will help for sure to keep reading skills strong and learning fresh during summer time!However, before letting the students check out books to enjoy during their holidays, we need to complete an end-of-the-year inventory. In order to do so, we need all checked out books returned to the library by June 10th. To find out more information, please visit our website at MEFIS library website

From the Counselor

Saying goodbye

The end of the school year, especially in the international school environment, is marked by goodbyes. Besides saying goodbye to classroom teachers and the group children have been with for a whole year, there is the extra challenge of preparing to move if your family is relocating someplace else, or preparing to say goodbye to friends that are moving away.

It is not an easy task and I doubt it is anyone’s favourite thing to do, but these goodbyes are very important parts of the transition and the adaptation to the new circumstances. Children, just like us adults, can try very hard to avoid dealing with the pain and even deny the experience. Ambiguous feelings are the norm, and we just do not like feeling confused!

Below you can find some tips for helping your children (and yourself!) cope with changes and transitions related to saying goodbye.

It is important to take the time to honour the friendships and the good memories built together. Sometimes it is helpful to build something concrete that can be worked on such as a picture book, letter, poem, or meaningful small gift that can be given to the person you are saying goodbye to (either staying or leaving). Know that this is not at all about the material value, but it is about representing the importance of the person in your life.

Although it is tempting, do not avoid talking about the move or missing their friend once he/she is gone. Allow your child to miss the friend and acknowledge it. It is a normal part of life. Don’t bring it up all the time, but be open to talk about it if your child wants to. They might also just respond by feeling sad, angry, irritable, and not make the direct connection to the situation.

Encourage new or reinforce existing relationships; not in the sense of replacing a friend, but increasing the confidence in their ability to nurture relationships just like before – every friendship needs some time and effort to begin and flourish. As I always say, we only add and multiply friends, and never lose the true ones we have met in our paths. Things change, of course, but this can be a wonderful opportunity to learn, be flexible and develop social and emotional intelligence.

It is sad to say goodbye, but only because you had the joy of meeting special people. To the ones leaving, I wish you all the best and please do keep in touch! For the returning families, I will be happy to see you next year, and we will go through all the changes and adaptations together. But it is not time for goodbyes yet! Let’s cherish the last weeks of school and make it the best for the children!

Ms. Carol

For more ideas, please check:

When Friends Have to Say Goodbye

Helping Children Say Goodbye to Teachers and Friends

How to Help Your Kids Say Goodbye

DOs and DON’Ts of Being the “Expat Left Behind”


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