In This Issue
- Upper Secondary students making smoothies as part of their fund-raising initiative.
Message from the Principal
Because our school is authorised by the Turkish Ministry of Education, in the last week we have undergone a two day inspection. The four inspectors checked such things as the teaching programme, the teachers' certifications, that the catering company and security employees undergo regular training, as well as touring the school to inspect the buildings for health and safety. The inspectors will report back to us in more detail, but assured us of a good outcome.
May 19 Youth and Sport Celebrations
Last Thursday, May 19th, Miss Sara, the Primary Deputy Principal, and Miss Aslı, our Administrative Assistant, represented our school at the 19th May Youth and Sports Day celebration in Gaziemir. This is an annual Turkish national holiday celebrated to commemorate Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s landing at Samsun on May 19, 1919, which is regarded as the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence leading to the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.
To celebrate this occasion, youths sing the national anthem, recite poems, parade, take part in sports and realise cultural activities, such as performing folk dances and epic dramas to commemorate Atatürk and his companions. All local public and private schools took part in the celebrations, including our sister school Aslanlar Ortaokulu, whose Principal, Mr İsmail Balcı, you can see in the photo.
Last week I wrote about final exams, but education is not just about preparing for tests. The best way young children learn is through play and hands-on, creative activities. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence needed to engage in new experiences and environments. Play is recognized by the United Nations as a specific right for all children, and at MEF IS children have plenty of opportunities to explore through play. Learning occurs when children play with blocks or play dough, paint a picture, make-believe and role-play. During play, children try new things, solve problems, invent, create, test ideas and explore. Children need unstructured, creative playtime, as well as they need structured Literacy and Numeracy curriculum time. I wish you all a very playful weekend with your children!
Progression tests Yr 7 - 9
Progression tests in English, English as a 2nd Language, Mathematics and Science take place next week.
Students are reminded to bring the following equipment
Blue / Black pens, Rulers, Math instruments (compass and protractor), Scientific Calculator (for Mathematics paper 2 and Science papers). Translation dictionaries can be used for mathematics and science examinations.
Exams next week
The following IGCSE, AS and A level examinations will take place next week.
From the Parent Council
The next coffee morning will take place in Bibi Bade's house on Friday, May 27 @ 11:00.
Bring a plate of your favorite food, salad or cake! We will give a price for the BEST dish at the lunch.
The Map: https://maps.google.com/?q=38.<wbr></wbr>362366,26.843384
If you need the full address, please contact Miss Selin.
The Parent Council welcomes you all!
From the Library
We would like to inform all MEFIS students and families that next week is the last week to borrow books from the library. For this reason, it is important that all Primary students bring their library book bags for their library time next week. From May 30th to June 10th, the library will be open to students to read or consult materials but they won’t be able to check out any items. Returning students will be able borrow books for the summer vacation during the last week of school. Thank you for your understanding.
From the Counselor
“Take your emotions to school!”
In my constant search for resources to share with parents, teachers and students about education, parenting and mental health, I came across some of my favourite websites and blogs. I find it very interesting to learn what a wide range of specialists have to say about these topics, and the practical advice they recommend.
This week I would like to share a blog called Intense Emotions and Strong Feelings: A Language Everyone Should Understand, by clinical psychologist Mary C. Lamia, Ph.D.
As a school counsellor, I cannot stress enough the importance of talking about feelings and emotions. We can start from “translating” a young baby’s sensations – it is never too soon! Of course, in order to help our children understand and express their feelings we must feel comfortable dealing with our own emotions in our everyday lives.
The two articles below are directed for teenagers, but there are some interesting ideas I believe all adults can benefit from too. Hope you enjoy these readings!
Take Your Emotions To School!
Five Ways Emotions Guide Teens to Academic Success
Take Your Emotions To School! (Part 2, Social Success)