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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - April 21, 2017


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
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 Student Council

Dear Parents, 

We just wanted to inform you that we will continue opening the tuck-shop on Tuesdays.

Have a great weekend,


Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

This week we met with the Parent Council core members and I thank them for their enthusiasm and commitment. They have many great things planned for our Spring Fair on May 13th (10:00-14:00). Please save the date and be sure to come along to participate in what promises to be a fun day for all.

Our student population is ever changing and in order to be sure that all students are aware of our emergency procedures, we have earthquake, fire and lockdown drills in each trimester. We plan on having a lockdown procedure next week. Therefore, please be sure that your children are aware of this in order to avoid panic.

Wishing you a pleasant weekend,

Ulfet Okbay

Primary News

A few weeks ago we were invited by the Izmir Rotary Club to take part in an international painting contest for students aged 10-11. A few of our students in Years 5 and 6 decided to take part in the competition and, with the help of our Art teacher, Ms Hailey, produced some paintings on the theme ' How do you dream of the world you would like to live in?'. The award ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 19th; Suzannah Gilbert (Year 5) and Annanya Oberoi (Year 6) received special mention by the jury and their paintings were chosen to be exhibited. Well done, girls!

Before wishing you all a relaxing weekend, I would like to remind you that all students in Years 3 to 6 will be sitting their Cambridge Progression tests  next month from May 22 -26, in English/ESL, Maths and Science. These tests are cumulative tests on the programme covered during the year by the students, and give an indication to both teachers and parents of what their strengths and weaknesses are. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Also, a message from our PE teacher, Ms Samantha. Starting from next week until the end of term, students will be having swimming lessons on the following days:

Year 1    Tuesday

Year 2    Thursday 

Year 3    Friday

Year 4    Monday

Year 5    Tuesday

Year 6    Friday 

Students will need to bring their swimming costume, a towel, pool side shoes, a pair of goggles and a latex swimming hat.On the other PE day, students will be outside for outdoor adventurous activities (OAA), so they should be dressed in appropriate outdoor PE clothes and have outdoor PE shoes. If the weather is bad, students will be using the gym and do team games, so their indoor PE shoes should always be in their lockers.

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary School)

Secondary News

IGCSE, AS and A Level Examinations – Questions and Answers

When do the examinations start?

Most written examinations will take place between 2 May and 9 June. All students have their examination schedule and should check their schedule carefully.

Why do some examinations finish at 16:00?

As students in many countries take Cambridge International Examinations, a key time is given to ensure all students taking the examination are in the examination room at the same time regardless of time zones.

The key times for Turkey are 12:00 for morning exams and 16:00 for afternoon examinations.

Can my child study at home?

It is recommended that IGCSE, AS and A level students attend school during the examination session. Teachers will be available to guide then and provide assistance right up to the day of each examination component.

It is permitted for students in year 11 - 13 to study at home between 2 May and 10 June. However, if your child chooses to study at home you must:

1. Inform Ms Selin Belik on the morning of the absence. 

2. Ensure they arrive at school at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start of their examination.

NOTE: Students may not study at home if they have exceeded the maximum absences for the year

What is 'special consideration'?

As IGCSE, AS and A level examinations contribute to qualifications, special consideration can be given to students whose performance in an examination is affected by circumstances outside of their control such as illness or injury. 

Affected students should take the examination if possible and provide a doctors report covering the day of the examination and an explanation of the nature of the illness / injury. The report will be sent to Cambridge with a special consideration request.

If your child is too ill to take an examination at all, a hospital report will be required.

NOTE: Students who do not complete enough components for a subject may not be eligible for a grade in that subject.

When will we recieve the examination results?

IGCSE, AS and A level results will be released on August 10, 2017. 

Students will be issued with an online login and password to access their results as soon as they are available. 

Edria Murray

Deputy Principal

Message from the Counselor

Coping with intense feelings of sadness, anxiety or depression can be a real struggle for all of us. It is especially difficult in times of vulnerability and periods of transition, making pre-teens and teenagers more at risk of using strategies that can be dangerous such as drug abuse and self-harm which can sometimes result in suicide. 

Because it is not an easy topic and causes discomfort to talk about it, many people choose to look away and avoid it. Please know that studies show that, contrary to popular belief, talking about suicide does not increase the risk of it happening; quite the opposite. Having access to accurate information and to appropriate support and help channels can be the key to prevent it.

Please be aware of the fact that most likely your child will have contact with information about depression, self-harm and suicide. For example, two trends are being vastly shared on social media about these issues. The Blue Whale “game” is a dangerous online threat that is targeting children and teens and challenges victims to complete a series of tasks that include self-harm and ultimately committing suicide. Along with the enormous success of the best-selling book and now Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”, the themes related to depression, self-harm and suicide are spreading quickly and its impacts are still to be evaluated. You can find some initial discussions here

In situations like this, prevention is key. If you are concerned about your child, or your child has mentioned concern for a friend, please do contact me. These are serious topics and deserve our full attention.

Alert signs may be dramatic changes in behavior or appearance, social isolation, sudden drop in grades or school performance, mood swings, and any signs of self-harm such as eating disorders, cutting, medication or substance abuse.

More information:

Carolina Zambom Barboza

School Counsellor


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