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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - February 10, 2017


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
From Admissions
Parent Council Coffee Morning
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

February Menu


Salad Bar




Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

We were made very happy this week when we heard that our chemistry teacher, Mr. Alessandro Catervi, had become a dad. I can report that both mother and baby are healthy. We welcome little Livia Eylül to our MEFIS family.

Other than that, my message to you this week is brief. Please make the most of our mini-break. Make sure your children catch up on their sleep, get out and about, have fun and come back feeling refreshed and energised. I look forward to seeing all of our wonderful students back on Wednesday.

Warm regards,

Ulfet Okbay


Primary News

The week started in Primary with a Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) assembly for students in Years 4 to 6 about self-esteem run by our Counsellor Miss Carolina. After attending a brief presentation, students took part in an activity that helped them reflect on themselves, what they like about themselves, what makes them special. Next week Miss Carolina will be visiting classrooms and working with the students and the teachers on other tasks aimed at developing a sense of self-awareness and self-esteem. 

In preparation for World Book Day on March 2nd, we would like to invite students to bring to school books that can be donated for a book sale; they will be sold for 1 TL and the money raised will be donated to Miss Aysin for her Community Service project. Also, we would be grateful if you could send in empty clean yogurt pots for the students to start planting some seeds and seedlings that will then be used for some activities on Earth Day on April 21st. Seeds and seedlings donations are also appreciated.
Enjoy your holiday! 

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary School)

Secondary News

Lower Secondary Math

In mathematics this trimester, year 9 have been learning about graphs of linear functions.  They have been plotting them, calculating their gradient and finding their equations.  They have also been exploring how complex patterns can be generated by repeating a simple process as part of their project on fractals.

Year 8 students have been learning about probabilities based on equally likely outcomes in practical contexts, and listing systematically all possible mutually exclusive outcomes for single events and for two successive events.

Year 7 is learning about adding fractions, facing challenges on finding common denominators. 

Supporting your child's learning at home.

To help support your lower secondary child's math learning you can:

1. Make use of applications and websites targeted at lower secondary mathematics students. These applications often capture student's interest more than a textbook. 

Some good apps include: Buzzmath, Mathspace, DragonBox  Algebra 12+, isosceles: geometry sketchpad

2. If your child is struggling with math homework, help them find the answer rather than giving it. This will encourage students to develop problem solving skills and confidence. Providing the correct answer may give your child a better grade, but your child's teacher will not be aware of misconceptions or areas of weakness if their homework does not represent their level of understanding.

3. Ask your child questions about their work to encourage thinking. Good questions help students confirm, develop and extend their knowledge.  Good questions include: 

- What did you do in this step, and why did you do it? 

- Where do you think you could use this?

- How do you know whether your answer is correct?

Examination dates: 

27 February to 3 March: Trimester examinations Yr 10

22 February to 3 March: Trimester examinations Yr 11-13

27 March: Applied ICT AS practical

29 March: Applied ICT A level practical

Edria Murray

Deputy Principal (Secondary School)

From Admissions

Dear Parents

If you have not yet returned your intention form for the next academic year, I would be very grateful if you could do so soon even if your plans for next year are not yet confirmed.

Thank you very much

Alison Yeşildağ

Admissions Officer

Parent Council Coffee Morning

Dear Parents, 

The Parents Council's Coffee Morning of this month will be onThursday, February 23th  at the Lukkans Coffee in Gaziemir starting at 10.30. The Price will be 15 TL (cookies & Coffee).

Looking forward to seeing a lot of you. 

Direction:  Gazikent, 80. Sk. No:1, 35410 Gaziemir/İzmir

Parent Council

Message from the Counselor

University visits at MEFIS Izmir

Last Friday we had a visitor representing Minerva Schools at KGI who gave a presentation to interested upper secondary students about their programs and application process. The Minerva School at KGI is a partnership between Minerva Project and Keck Graduate Institute which is a member of Claremont University Consortium. This year alone they had 16000 applications across the globe out of which only 162 student were selected from 46 Nationalities. Minerva offers experiential learning where students go across 7 cities of the world (San Francisco to Argentina, Berlin, London, Taiwan, India and South Korea) and spend a semester there.   Overall 88% of students are doing internships in 100 different companies. There is full financial grants available to all those who qualify for the admission. At Minerva there are no admission quotas for gender or ethnicity, no consideration of the family or financial status and no enrolment caps. Minerva is constantly looking for exceptional students across the globe. The curriculum is heavily interrelated and becomes increasingly customizable to fit into the philosophy of "training students for jobs that do not exist yet," hence favours flexibility. As a liberal arts school, the concentrations offered are Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Business, Computational Sciences, and Arts & Humanities. You can read more about it here: 

Today we welcomed the admission officer from Webster Vienna.  Webster University is an American University with a global perspective. The Vienna Campus, Webster Vienna Private University, opened in 1981 and is accredited both in the USA and in Austria. The University focuses on excellence in teaching, the joining of theory and practice, small class sizes, and educating students to be lifelong independent learners prepared to participate in an increasingly international society. Webster has a unique international network of campuses that offers students the opportunity to do parts of their studies almost anywhere in the world within a single university system. A degree from Webster Vienna is accredited in both the USA and Austria, and recognized everywhere in the world. Webster University, a worldwide institution, ensures high quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. More information:

Later this month, we already have two more representatives scheduled to come to MEFIS, from the University of Birmingham on the 21st and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia, USA on the 27th.

Carolina Zambom Barboza

School Counsellor


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