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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - March 11, 2016

 

In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Secondary News
Primary News
PE kits
From the Student Council
From the Counselor

Coming Events

October

17 Ed-Ex: Year 3
17 Principal's drop in session @ 14:15
18 Ed-Ex: Year 1
19 Parent Consultation Evening
20 Parent Consultation Day
24 Ed-Ex: HCS Year 5 & 6
26 Autumn Holiday (Oct 26-29)

November

07 Sports Day at the Gaziemir Municipality Athletics Track

REMINDER

Final Payments: 2015/2016 Academic Year

For those families paying by installment, please note that final payments are due on 15 March 2016.  If you have any questions please email Ms Alison: yesildaga@mefis.k12.tr

 

Year 1 book day door

Message from the Principal

As our families often need to know dates for the upcoming academic year, we try to release a draft of the calendar as early as possible. Please remember that it is only a draft. Also, please note that the first day of school is on September 1st, and that there will be a break soon after the beginning of the school year because of the 'Bayram' holiday that we are obliged to observe. It is also possible that the 16th September will be declared an official holiday. Please find the draft calendar for the 2016-17 academic year here.

Secondary News

Shadow Day

On March 9, students in year 12 participated in shadow day, an opportunity to experience a workplace environment. 

This year, shadow day focused on careers in the Automotive industry. 

One group of students went to Opel and observed the interpersonal side of the auto industry including: After-sales marketing, finance, human resources, legal counsel, logistics and sales. 

The second group visited Cevher alloy wheels and learned about the production side of the industry including engineering design, health and safety, aluminium casting, quality control and finishing.

Thanks to the mentors at both companies for providing our students with this opportunity.

Primary News

Last Monday, March 7th, Primary students celebrated World Book Day. All classes, including the English Support ones, decorated their door with their favourite book cover. Students and teachers voted on the best door, and the Year 1 class won with 'There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly' by Mark Carthew and Michael Rosen. The Year 2 class prepared the play 'The Paper Bag Princess' by Robert Munsch and acted as travelling minstrels performing for all the other year groups. Many students dressed up their favourite book character and the day ended with a whole Primary assembly where Miss Gail told a story for the students. To celebrate books and reading, Miss Maria has been organizing activities in the library for each year level based around Dr Zeuss' birthday, which fell on March 2nd. 

On the same day we had the Years 5 and 6 Speech Contest Finals in the Conference Hall. Students in Years 5 and 6 prepared speeches on a topic of their interest and presented it in front of their classmates and teachers; four students made it into the finals: Anatola Gilbert and Leea Lindholm in Year 5, and Kylie Mangan and Matilda West in Year 6. Miss Vanessa, Miss Gail and myself were the jury and after listening to their speeches, we proclaimed Kylie Mangan as the winner. Students were graded on verbal skills (enthusiasm and elocution), non-verbal skills (eye contact, body language and poise, and content (subject knowledge and organization of information). They all did a great job, and it was really hard to choose the winner!

PE kits

Some students have been waiting for replacement PE kits.  The order was delivered to our school in Istanbul but unfortunately had to be returned as the standard was below our expectation. Thank you for your understanding.

From the Student Council

Theme Week is coming back! You don't have to pay, just dress up and have fun!

Monday, March 21st - Formal Day - wear your finest clothes

Tuesday, March 22nd - Careers Day - wear whatever you want to be when you are older

Wednesday, march 23rd - Rainbow Day - be colourful!

Thursday, March 24th - Celebrity Day - you want to be someone important? Today it's your chance...

From the Counselor

Online Games

We know kids love games and are attracted to technology like never before. It is very important to teach children to have fun, but to also be balanced in their choices. Playing on the computer or tablet can be a fun way of learning and developing skills.

Make sure you offer choices of games that promote concepts, values and skills that are cultivated in your family. Watch out for the content and the format of the games your children want to play. Is it age appropriate? Is it safe? Is the child taking something positive out of this activity? Does it promote skills that can support them in other aspects of their lives? Pay special attention to games that somehow send out messages that are violent or extremely competitive. A good tip is to observe your child before, during and after playing the games, and how his/her behavior was influenced by it.

Games can also be a good opportunity to talk about taking turns, making mistakes, facing challenges, and about internet safety. But, most of all, support your child in trying new things and having a balanced life style. Playing online is fun, and so is going to a park, playing in the garden or having a traditional board games party with friends and family!

Technology can be a wonderful tool if used properly. Below you can find some suggestions of educational websites with games or apps for children. I would love to hear about your favorites too!

 

http://www.pbs.org/parents/fun-and-games/

http://www.funbrain.com/

http://www.fitbrains.com/

http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/

http://www.education.com/games/

http://imaginationsoup.net/2012/05/10/favorite-educational-ipad-apps-for-kids-reading-writing/

 

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