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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - April 07, 2017


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
Message from the Admissions
Message from the Counselor

Coming Events


29 Performing Art Show 13:00 - 14:30
30 Primary Science Fair @ 14:10 for Years 1 to 6
30 R1 assembly @ 9:00 in the gym


01 Ed-Ex: Year 6
07 Year 13 Graduation @ 18:00
08 Year 6 Graduation @ 14:10
11 R2 Graduation @ 14:15
12 Talent Show @ 13:00 in the gym
12 Gymnastics Display @ 15:00 (CLUB)
13 Last Day of the Students & Final Report Cards @ 13:00

April Menu


Salad Bar




Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

For our Year 13 students, the Year 13 Graduation Ceremony marks a turning point in their lives, as they leave school behind them, and step out into the wider world, into higher education, vocational training or work, as independent young adults. Each year a student who is a role model to others is chosen as the Valedictorian,  to voice the thoughts and feelings of the graduating class. The Valedictorian must have a sound academic track record, demonstrate leadership skills, community awareness and involvement, as well as being of good character. Our class of 2017 has twelve remarkable young people all with great virtues and personal attributes and each one of them is a credit to our school.

I am very happy to announce the selection of Margarita Saenz Martinez as the Valedictorian to represent the class of 2017.

Margarita has been selected for her outstanding academic efforts and achievements, for her ability to balance her academics, music and sports, for her contribution to the wider community with her work with refugee children, and for being a terrific role model. Congratulations Margarita!

Wishing you all a pleasant weekend,

Ulfet Okbay

Primary News

Dear Families,

It was nice to see your children back in school, rested and energized after our spring holiday! This trimester is going to be very busy with new units to be learnt, Checkpoint tests in Year 6 in April, Progression tests for Years 3 to 6 in May, Earth Day activities, Spring Fair, Gymnastics Show, Performing Arts final shows, Year 13, Year 6 and Reception 2 Graduations, and the final June Awards assembly. 

In preparation for Earth Day on April 25th, when we will be carrying out a series of activities in our garden, such as planting seeds and plants and making art out of recycled materials, we would appreciate if you could send in with your child any of the following items:

- empty but clean plastic bottles, cans, pots, carton boxes - no glass 

- coloured plastic bags

- old CDS

- old magazines and newspapers

- Seeds or seedlings (both flowers or vegetables and herbs)

Before wishing you all a good weekend, just a reminder for Year 6 students about their Cambridge Checkpoint tests schedule. Please, note that exams planned for Monday, April 17th have been moved to Monday, April 24th. 

Year 6 Checkpoint Examination Schedule

Students have been reminded of the regulations they need to abide by, and the equipment they are allowed to bring. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me and or Mr Angus. 

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal 

Secondary News

Year 9 Checkpoint

Please, note that exams planned for Monday, April 17th have been moved to Monday, April 24th. 

Year 9 Checkpoint Examination Schedule 

Subject focus - Art 

Lower secondary students have had an exciting and varied trimester in art.  They recently studied the artist Yaacov Agam, who is famous for making images that change according to where the viewer is standing.  

They made our own versions of these, which are pictured below.  (There are two views of a bulletin board display--notice how the images are different in each!) 

The students worked hard on this task, and were very proud of themselves upon completion of this assignment. 

Students are currently working on a pottery project, using the coil pot method.  This allows the students to create unique vessels without a pottery wheel.  Many of them enjoyed using their hands in this capacity, even though creating sculptures is a very different experience than making 2D art.   

Edria Murray

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents,
We just wanted to give you a little reminder about the Primary rainbow party (for Years 1-6), which is on Thursday, April 13th. The theme is rainbow, which means that your child has the opportunity to come dressed in bright colours. We are looking forward to seeing your son/daughter there!
Warm regards,

Message from the Admissions

Dear Parents

Your children will be bringing home this afternoon hard copies of the Re-Registration Forms and the Payment Policy and Fees for next academic year. If you have already sent back an electronic copy, you do not need to do anything.

The Re-Registration Form is required by the Ministry of Education so I would be very grateful of your prompt return of this form, or the Withdrawal Form.

Many thanks,

Alison Yesildag

Message from the Counselor

At our last lower secondary assembly Ms. Maria introduced the topic of bibliotherapy: how reading a book can help you face life challenges by answering questions, giving new perspectives, allowing you to identify yourself with the characters and helping you realize you are not alone. Realistic fiction can be especially helpful when experiencing changes and transitions that are common in adolescence and in international school settings.  Although bibliotherapy can be used by counsellors and psychotherapists, our aim for this assembly wasn't to address specific mental illness as much as to show how a book can help facing normal day-to-day challenges.

The students then looked at different books that were selected because they had main characters that are the same age as themselves and that experience several challenges that most teenagers can relate to. After becoming familiar with the book, each student then wrote a recommendation or a “prescription about how that book could help someone: “if you feel lonely, you should read this book”. Then they exchanged books and repeated the process. Some students shared their book prescriptions with the whole group.

Some of the recommendations were put together in a bulletin board on Block B. Students also received the list of the tittles we explored, all available in our library. You can access the list here.

We were glad to see that the activity motivated students to reach out for more books!

The original post that inspired us can be found here.

Ms. Carolina & Ms. Maria


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