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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - November 13, 2015


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
From the Counselor

Coming Events

No events found.


Bus Behaviour Contract

If you haven't done so, please make sure your child returns the Bus Behaviour Contract signed to Miss Selin Belik as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.

Saturday Clubs

Dear parents please note that there are no clubs this Saturday due to the CIS visit. See you again on the 21st! 

Message from the Principal

Parent Council and the Winter Bazaar Committee have been busy gathering ideas for the Winter Bazaar and Concert on 12th December. Next week, during our Parent Council Meeting,  the schedule and activities will be finalised, and we will send more detailed communications to you. Parent Council is organising the sale of a souvenir tea-towel which can be pre-ordered. Please ask your child on Monday for the order form.

On Tuesday, November 10th students, faculty and staff gathered in the garden for a short ceremony to show our respect to the Father of Turkey, Atatürk, and to mark the 77th anniversary of his death. Mr Ersoy and Ms Vanessa represented our school at an official ceremony in Gaziemir

Primary News


As a part of the Host Country Studies, last week Year 5 and 6 students visited to Ethnographic Museum in Konak, the Historical Elevator in Mithatpaşa and ate lunch at the Ora Restaurant in Gaziemir. Students started the excursion by visiting the museum to observe and discuss a collection of folkloric artifacts. After the museum, they went to Dario Moreno street and Asansör, the historical lift which is one of the landmarks in Izmir. The students had a hot drink there and enjoyed the view . After the Asansör they continued to the Ora restaurant for the lunch. The students practiced their Turkish skills by ordering food and loved to eat pide. 


This excursion was organized by Miss Aysin, our Turkish and HCS teacher, to provide students with a cross-cultural and basic Turkish language focus in order to develop an appreciation and understanding of the culture and language of our host country, Turkey. Studying the products, practices and perspectives of a culture brings the student closer to understanding how the people of that culture think and to develop an appreciation of other people's lives.

Secondary News

From the librarian

Reading regularly for pleasure helps students of all ages develop their literacy skills, which results in higher academic achievement.
Our school library contains many books suitable for secondary school readers. Some of the popular books are: 

Inkheart Novel by Cornelia Funke
The Magician's Nephew  by C. S. Lewis
Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose by Legs McNeil 
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

From the Counselor

Encouragement, Praise and Self-esteem*

Building self-esteem is an important part of the emotional development. It is the belief that we belong and are accepted, strong and capable, loved.

We all like being recognized in our achievements and receiving compliments. But praise can actually be discouraging, if it’s the main way used to show appreciation of our children.

Praise is a reward, and needs to be earned. Through praise, we learn to please others instead of finding internal satisfaction. Praise does play a part in relationships, but if it becomes a habit, children may feel vulnerable and worried when they are not praised, or end up depending exclusively on other people’s feedback or judgments to feel worthwhile.

Encouragement, on the other hand, helps children learn to believe in themselves, and teaches them to find their own strengths and special qualities. It notices effort and improvement, not expecting perfection. While praise focuses on results, encouragement focuses on the process. By using encouragement, you can show that you accept the child and acknowledge his/her unique individual qualities.

When your child shows you something they have made, instead of automatically praising them by saying things like “good job”, “this is beautiful”, “you are great”, you can try noticing what is special, focusing on how they have done it and even asking the child “what do YOU think about it?” or “How did YOU feel when you were making this?”. It may feel unnatural at first, but encouragement is a skill and, like all other skills, it needs to be practiced. You can also use encouragement with other adults and, this is very important, you can encourage yourself and notice your own efforts as a parent.

Some other tips for using encouragement are:

Love and accept your child: Every child is special – good at some things and not so good at others. Accept them as they are. Don’t expect them to be perfect. Pointing out what is wrong doesn’t help them improve – it simply discourages them. Accept your child without accepting misbehavior – there are bad choices, not bad children.

Notice when your child tries or improves: Improvement takes time – every skill is made up of small steps and efforts, it’s a process and not a final result.

Give honest, timely feedback: the more specific and honest your feedback is, the more value it will have. Children know when we are telling them the truth and we can show respect by being honest with them. This builds trust in your relationship.

Have faith in your child. Expectations are powerful. Look at the big picture – don’t worry about the mistakes.  Remember that “Growing up is a process – it takes years”.

*This article was based on the Parent Handbook from the STEP Program (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting). For more information please visit


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