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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - February 24, 2017


In This Issue

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

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




March Menu


Salad Bar




Year 2 students working on paper mache masks

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

We were proud to host a swim meet with Işıkkent School yesterday. Year 2-6 swimmers took part in this event and it was great to see them making the most of this opportunity. Our thanks goes to the parents who came along to support. I wish, also, to thank Ms. Samantha for organising the event and Mr. Angus for assisting.

Extra-curricular activities give our students a chance to show their abilities outside the classroom and they allow us to observe our students in a different light. Research even suggests that students who take part in extra-curricular activities are more engaged or attached to their school. More importantly, such activities help develop the whole student and can lead to increased self-esteem.

Beyond this, events like the swim meet allow our students to meet students from other schools so that they are more aware of and, even connected to, the local culture and feel less like they are living in a bubble. We here at MEFIS Izmir are very aware that we need more opportunities to work in collaboration with those in the local community and are always looking for more ways to achieve this. If you have any ideas, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Warm regards,

Ulfet Okbay


Primary News

This week in assembly we had a Speech Contest final, and the winner was Anatola Gilbert from Year 6. Every year we run a speech contest for students in Years 5 and 6 and ask a panel of judges, made up of teachers and myself, to choose a winner. Students were assessed on various criteria, such as: clarity of speech, logical structure of the argument, and enthusiasm. This year Anatola displayed the best public speaking skills. Congratulations! 

On Monday after school, Primary teachers attended a workshop on writing moderation. We looked a different samples of writing and assessed them in line with the Cambridge rubric, then compared with each other to make sure we are all going by the same standards. This exercise also helps us making sure there is not a discrepancy between our internal and external assessment results.

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary School)

Secondary News

Book Day On March 2nd, Lower secondary students will take part in book day. From 11:00 - 11:30, all students will be reading. Lower secondary students can choose to read for their own interest or read to lower primary students during this time. Students should come prepared with a book to read. Our library has a range of books suitable for secondary students. Some of the popular ones are: 

A separate peace by John Knowles.

The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

My swordhand is singing by Marcus Sedgewick

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose by Legs McNeil 

Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden

The Broker by John Grisham

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Princess and the Unicorn by Carol Hughes


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 the Counselor

Growth mindset

Following the several school initiatives towards promoting self-esteem and confidence both in Primary and Secondary in the past few weeks, I would like to share this article about motivation and how to instil a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. The question here is: is intelligence fixed, or something that can be developed with effort, dedication, learning? And why does it matter?

According to the authors, “the quickest way to explain what it means to instil a growth mindset is: Praise your child explicitly for how capable they are of learning rather than telling them how smart they are”.

Approaching situations as opportunities for learning and growing helps children (and adults) feel more confident and try new things. It keeps them motivated and less likely to give up or avoid possibilities of making mistakes. The research explains that it is never too early or too late to start.

One of the dangers of the fixed mindset is the belief that if you have ability there shouldn’t be effort – we have all known people that were extremely smart, but it did not guarantee success as they often don’t develop good study skills and work habits that will be important in life. If it is a matter of “having it or not having it” (intelligence, ability, or skills) there is very little you can do about it and not much room for taking charge of your own learning. The growth mindset, on the other hand, sees effort as a way to activate abilities, and focuses on the process more than on the results.

Have a look at the full article and the video below for more information.

Carolina Zambom Barboza

School Counsellor


RSA ANIMATE: How To Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential:


One little change in how you talk to your kids can help them be more successful:

Parent Council Coffee Morning


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