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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - December 16, 2016


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
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

January Menu


Salad Bar




Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Today your children have received their reports. Please review this report with your child. As you do so, please be sure to focus the conversation on your child’s effort toward success with questions, like “what have you done to create this success?” or “What might you do differently?”, if you or they are unsatisfied with their current progress. This emphasizes their central role in their academic achievement. When children understand that effort leads to success they are willing to apply greater effort in the future. If they have the misunderstanding that success comes from something outside of themselves, that they cannot control, like their intelligence or the favour of their teachers, they will be less likely to perceive the need to apply future effort.  If you are unfamiliar with “growth mindset”, you may like to watch this TED Talk entitled “The power of believing that you can improve” by Carol Dweck, a leading name in this field.

We will be holding a parent-teacher conference on the 19th and 20th of January. Details
about this event will be shared nearer the time.This will give you the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss his/her progress in more detail.

I wish you all a great holiday with your near and dear.

Warm regards,

Ulfet Okbay

Primary News

This week in Primary, students in Years 3 to 6 had a Maths Competition. In mixed groups, they had to answers a series of questions within a certain amount of time by helping each other; the winning group will be rewarded with a small prize once back from the holidays.

Meanwhile, in the Year 2 classroom, as part of their Science topic Rocks and Minerals, the children learnt about volcanoes. They studied the after effects of a volcanic eruption and what happens inside the Earth to enable the volcano to erupt. They also learnt the terms ' extinct, dormant and active', and located on a world map where some famous volcanoes exist. Year 2's homework task was to make a volcano from card in order for it to be used to make their own volcanic eruptions. The standard of homework was very high, and we received a wonderful selection of amazing volcanoes; using baking powder, vinegar, food dye and liquid soap students recreated eruptions and had a lot of fun, as you can see from the photos!

Secondary News

Community service at EÇEV

As a part of the CS program Year 8 and Year 10 students visited EÇEV School in Altındağ - İzmir on December, 15 th  2016. 

Our students observed their educational life and they had a chance to help less fortunate children by participating in their English lessons and improving their social awareness skills.

Mrs. Selen and Mrs. Sidney organized some games and activities. Our students were very understanding, helpful and friendly during the activities and enjoyed helping them. The EÇEV students were also very happy to be with our students. 

We also visited their kindergarten class and gave their New Year presents made by our students. It was very good experience for all of us.

Science Fair

On Wednesday, students in year 10 and 11 presented their science fair projects in the conference hall. 

Students chose an area of their interest in Chemistry, Physics or Biology and carried out an independent experiment to demonstrate their skills.

From the Counselor


The paperclip:

This adorable short video went viral online. It shows a three year old being thankful for a simple paper clip that her mother made seem special. Showing gratitude for small things or actions depends on the perspective you take and values you cherish for yourself and your family in everyday life.

You can also check out WellCast’s The Gratitude Experiment  here: . Great for sharing with your Primary or Middle school child!

If you are feeling a bit more scientific you might also enjoy BrainCraft’s The Amazing Effects of Gratitude on

I wish you a wonderful winter break. May you enjoy it with family and friends, near or far. Take a moment to be grateful and thank all the special people in your life.

Looking forward to seeing you in 2017!

Ms. Carolina


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