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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - November 6, 2015


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary and Secondary Sports Day
Trimester Examinations
Primary Student Council
Parent Council - feedback from the October coffee morning
Parent Council - Coffee Morning
From Counselor

Coming Events

No events found.

November Menu


Salad Bar





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.

After School Parent Pick-ups

Please be reminded that if you are picking up your child, you need to wait outside B block until students are dismissed and/or escorted out by their teachers. School ends at 15:15 for all students; Reception 1 and 2 children leave the building a bit earlier to avoid congestion. Your attention to this allows teachers to ensure that the day is finished without interruption of classroom procedures.

Time Change

The time will go BACK by one hour on Sunday, November 8 @  03.00 am. 

Message from the Principal

The campus was busy over the holiday with the installation of new play apparatus in the main garden, and in the Early Years garden. Students have had a wonderful time exploring new possibilities and have been wonderful about listening to instructions and taking turns. An additional supervisor is on duty in the garden at breaks and lunchtime. Students are not to use the apparatus unsupervised.

Primary and Secondary Sports Day

Students and teachers had a great time yesterday, Thursday November 5th, celebrating Sports Day out at the Gaziemir Athletics track. Students in Years 1 and 2 took part in many events, from obstacle course and medicine ball toss to egg relay, 100 m and javelin. Students in Years 3 to 13 took part in track running events, and in field events, such as discus, javelin and long and high jump. Before Thursday, all students were briefed on the importance of fair play and good sportsmanship, and Miss Samantha, our PE teacher, prepared the students during her lessons so that they knew what to do once at the track. Next week, during our regular assemblies, students will be receiving individual and team awards. I would like to congratulate all the students for their hard work and great results, Miss Samantha for her professionalism and dedication and all the parents who volunteered to help out for their support. Enjoy the photos!



Trimester Examinations

Trimester examinations for year 10 - 13 will take place from 23 to 27 November. 

 In addition to regular homework students should:

    - Revise regularly    

    - Ensure that they have the correct equipment for their examinations. 

Examination Equipment

   - Two blue / Black pens   

   - Pencil    

   - Ruler

   - Math instruments (compass / protractor)   - Scientific calculator (non graphing) for Mathematics and science exams.

Paper translation dictionaries can be used by students in IGCSE level courses except language examinations. Dictionaries cannot be used for AS and A level. 

Primary Student Council

Crazy Hair Day was an astounding success! The Primary Student Council would like to announce that we raised 106 tl. This money will go to a local charity. Primary Student Council appreciates all of the people who participated in this event. There will be more events to follow!

Parent Council - feedback from the October coffee morning

This week The Principal, Primary and Administrative Deputies met informally with the President of Parent Council, The Deputy and the Secretary to share some of the questions and concerns raised at the last coffee morning. 

The food service: Unfortunately, to have a longer lunch time would mean the buses leaving later, and a re-scheduling of the whole school day. Currently lunch is served from 11:30 until 12:40, with three sittings. The Deputies and Principal regularly observe students at lunch, and for most meals, the queues are running more smoothly than in September and students seem to be finished in time. Another survey of students will be conducted in late November to gather feedback. The serving staff have been asked to give Secondary students larger portions (on request, so as not to encourage waste) and Mr Ersoy will be looking into the temperature of the food served. The Nutrition Committee works with the caterers to develop the monthly menu. It is usually issued the Friday before the new month begins.  Keskinoğlu's organic range of chicken and eggs is served. To add more variety to the menu, this month saw the introduction of fish cakes.

Teacher observations: lessons are regularly observed by Deputies on a drop-in basis and there is a formal observation and professional appraisal process supervised by the Principal. Teachers from overseas are hired on two year contracts and have to meet rigorous hiring requirements.

Student Support Services: The main areas covered by the Student Support Team are: Counselling (college, career and guidance), English Support and Learning Support. Students are referred to this specialist department by either parent or teacher request.

In-school activities: While in Primary, activities are rotated so that students have the opportunity to develop new skills, in Secondary school there is a choice, including, for example,  Maths Help, French First Language, and Turkish Conversation, which were introduced in response to parent requests. Some students in Upper Secondary opt to self-study for an IGCSE examination - a popular choice is their home language and they work with a mentor. 

Parent Council - Coffee Morning

First of all, may I take this opportunity to thank you all for the amazing ideas you came up with at the last coffee morning for the Winter Fair. Myself and the other members of the parent council are working hard to put most of them into action!

Parent Council Coffee Morning
Friday 20th November 10 - 12pm
15tl per person for tea / coffee and pastries

To try and balance out the varied locations that families live in and around İzmir, the parent council's next coffee morning will be in Iskele, Urla.
Please join us for a drink and a chat at this lovely hotel Maison Vourla and get to meet up with other parents.
(Map & directions should be in the website or otherwise search for it on Facebook and a map comes up)
See you there'

From Counselor

Helping Kids Handle Worry (from

This week we had great fun coming back to school and joining Sports Day! It was great to see children of all ages being active, working together, helping and cheering for each other. 

I would like to share an article from, about Helping Kids Handle Worry. Hope you enjoy it!

Ms. Carol

Kids don't have to pay bills, cook dinners, or manage carpools. But — just like adults — they have their share of daily demands and things that don't go smoothly. If frustrations and disappointments pile up, kids can get stressed or worried.

It's natural for all kids to worry at times, and because of personality and temperament differences, some may worry more than others. Luckily, parents can help kids learn to manage stress and tackle everyday problems with ease. Kids who can do that develop a sense of confidence and optimism that will help them master life's challenges, big and small.

What Do Kids Worry About?

What kids worry about is often related to the age and stage they're in.

Kids and preteens typically worry about things like grades, tests, their changing bodies, fitting in with friends, that goal they missed at the soccer game, or whether they'll make the team. They may feel stressed over social troubles like cliques, peer pressure, or whether they'll be bullied, teased, or left out.

Because they're beginning to feel more a part of the larger world around them, preteens also may worry about world events or issues they hear about on the news or at school. Things like terrorism, war, pollution, global warming, endangered animals, and natural disasters can become a source of worry.

Helping Kids Conquer Worry

To help your kids manage what's worrying them:

Find out what's on their minds: Be available and take an interest in what's happening at school, on the team, and with your kids' friends. Take casual opportunities to ask how it's going. As you listen to stories of the day's events, be sure to ask about what your kids think and feel about what happened.

If your child seems to be worried about something, ask about it. Encourage kids to put what's bothering them into words. Ask for key details and listen attentively. Sometimes just sharing the story with you can help lighten their load.

Show you care and understand. Being interested in your child's concerns shows they're important to you, too, and helps kids feel supported and understood. Reassuring comments can help — but usually only after you've heard your child out. Say that you understand your child's feelings and the problem.

Guide kids to solutions. You can help reduce worries by helping kids learn to deal constructively with challenging situations. When your child tells you about a problem, offer to help come up with a solution together. If your son is worried about an upcoming math test, for example, offering to help him study will lessen his concern about it.

In most situations, resist the urge to jump in and fix a problem for your child — instead, think it through and come up with possible solutions together. Problem-solve with kids, rather than for them. By taking an active role, kids learn how to tackle a problem independently.

Keep things in perspective. Without minimizing a child's feelings, point out that many problems are temporary and solvable, and that there will be better days and other opportunities to try again. Teaching kids to keep problems in perspective can lessen their worry and help build strength, resilience, and the optimism to try again. Remind your kids that whatever happens, things will be OK.

So, for example, if your son is worried about whether he'll get the lead in the school play, remind him that there's a play every season — if he doesn't get the part he wants this time, he'll have other opportunities. Acknowledge how important this is to him and let him know that regardless of the outcome, you're proud that he tried out and gave it his best shot.

Make a difference. Sometimes kids worry about big stuff — like terrorism, war, or global warming — that they hear about at school or on the news. Parents can help by discussing these issues, offering accurate information, and correcting any misconceptions kids might have. Try to reassure kids by talking about what adults are doing to tackle the problem to keep them safe.

Be aware that your own reaction to global events affects kids, too. If you express anger and stress about a world event that's beyond your control, kids are likely to react that way too. But if you express your concern by taking a proactive approach to make a positive difference, your kids will feel more optimistic and empowered to do the same.

So look for things you can do with your kids to help all of you feel like you're making a positive difference. You can't stop a war, for example, but your family can contribute to an organization that works for peace or helps kids in war-torn countries. Or your family might perform community service to give your kids the experience of volunteering.

Offer reassurance and comfort. Sometimes when kids are worried, what they need most is a parent's reassurance and comfort. It might come in the form of a hug, some heartfelt words, or time spent together. It helps kids to know that, whatever happens, parents will be there with love and support.

Sometimes kids need parents to show them how to let go of worry rather than dwell on it. Know when it's time to move on, and help kids shift gears. Lead the way by introducing a topic that's more upbeat or an activity that will create a lighter mood.

Highlight the positive. Ask your kids what they enjoyed about their day, and listen attentively when they tell you about what goes great for them or what they had fun doing. Give plenty of airtime to the good things that happen. Let them tell you what they think and feel about their successes, achievements, and positive experiences — and what they did to help things turn out so well.

Schedules are busy, but make sure there's time for your kids to do little things they feel good doing. Daily doses of positive emotions and experiences — like enjoyment, gratitude, love, amusement, relaxation, fun, and interest — offset stress and help kids do well.

Be a good role model. The most powerful lessons we teach kids are the ones we demonstrate. Your response to your own worries, stress, and frustrations can go a long way toward teaching your kids how to deal with everyday challenges. If you're rattled or angry when dealing with a to-do list that's too long, your kids will learn that as the appropriate response to stress.

Instead, look on the bright side and voice optimistic thoughts about your own situations at least as often as you talk about what bothers or upsets you. Set a good example with your reactions to problems and setbacks. Responding with optimism and confidence teaches kids that problems are temporary and tomorrow's another day. Bouncing back with a can-do attitude will help your kids do the same.

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