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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - January 06,2017


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
Parent Conferences
Parent Council Coffee Morning
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





If you received but not sent back signed an English Support letter or a Learning Support plan, please do so as soon as possible.



Secondary Activity Assembly - Team building exercise.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Since returning from the holiday, the issue of security has been occupying much of my time. We have met with each of our security officers for the purpose of ascertaining their thoughts on areas that need strengthening. We also met with the Regional Security Manager from Philip Morris, Tony Soloman, and his colleague, Mehmet Teköz, yesterday. Tony has much experience with international school security. We plan to work in continued partnership with Tony and Mehmet and will have our follow up meeting in a fortnight.

We have received much valuable feedback and guidance from these meetings and we are taking measures to tighten security. As a start, we will be keeping the school gates locked during the day. You are still welcome on campus but please be sure to look at the camera just outside by the gate so that the guards can see who you are and let you in. We will be setting up an audio-visual intercom system for this purpose in the near future where the guards will be able to buzz you in.

Please remember that all your belongings should be passed through the x-ray machine and that everyone should go through the metal detectors. These machines are regularly checked and they are not hazardous to health. If changes to our security procedures are deemed necessary, you will be informed of new measures as they are put into place.

Finally, please make sure that Alison has your emergency contact numbers and that they are up to date. We would appreciate it if you could send her these numbers by Monday, should they need updating.

Stay safe,

Ulfet Okbay

Primary News

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a lovely holiday. Students were happy to be back and see their friends and teachers. We missed them too! If your child is in Upper Primary, you are invited to join an Assessment Workshop that I will be presenting on Parent Consultation Days  Invitation: Primary Assessment Workshops 

If you are able to attend, you will have the opportunity to find out more details about how and when your child is assessed, and what Progression and Checkpoint tests are, and ask any question you like.

Sara Borgarelli

Primary Deputy



Secondary News

Cambridge Examinations 

Secondary 1 Checkpoint. 
Students in year 9 will take the Cambridge Secondary 1 checkpoint examinations during the week 17 - 21 April. Checkpoint examinations, in Mathematics, Science and English / English as a 2nd Language are given to year 9 students in over 10000 schools worldwide.
The checkpoint examinations will assess the student's skills in these subjects and  and give valuable feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education.

The tests are marked in Cambridge and each student receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report. Students will receive a grade from 0 to 6, but checkpoint is not a qualification and students do not pass or fail. 

IGCSE, AS and A level

IGCSE, AS and A level examinations will take place from 2 May to 9 June. Some courses however have practical tests or coursework with an earlier due date. 

Please note the following dates: 

27 March - AS Applied ICT practical examination.

29 March  - A level Applied ICT practical examination. 

25 April and 27 April: IGCSE ICT practical examinations.

20-21 April IGCSE Art practical examination.

Edria Murray

Secondary Deputy

Parent Conferences

Students will have received their progress reports with recommendations for how they can take their learning to the next level. Parent Consultations are a good opportunity to discuss learning further with your child/children's teachers. 

Appointments can be arranged on either January 19th & 20th.  Please fill in the completed form sent home today with the oldest child and return it before Tuesday 10th January to the Academic Assistant, Ms Selin Belik.

On each consultation day there will also be a chance to go to a Primary Assessment Workshops, and Secondary (Y10-13) Course selection - IGCSE, AS and A level Presentation. 

Parent Council Coffee Morning

Dear Parents, 

The PC wishes you a happy, healthy, wonderful New Year!.

The Parents Council's Coffee Morning of this month will be on Friday, January 13th  at the Altınoluk Restaurant starting at 10.30. The Price will be 25 TL included nice Turkish Kahvaltı.

Looking forward to seeing a lot of you. 

Direction: M. Fevzi Çakmak, 35445 Urla/İzmir


Parent Council

From the Counselor

How To Talk To Children About Terrorism

Welcome back and happy New Year! Hope you all had a good winter holiday break.

Although this is a topic nobody enjoys talking about, especially as we want to protect our children against any form of exposure to, it is important that we ourselves are prepared to approach the subject of terrorism. As you know, there have been several recent sad and scary events around the world and in Turkey, so unfortunately nobody is immune to some of its effects. 

Below you can find some good resources and guidelines to help you prepare to talk to your kids. General recommendations, as in many difficult topics, are to be open to listen to the child and find out what they already know, and to provide simple and age appropriate explanations to their questions. As you will see, one of the reasons it is so difficult to talk about terrorism is because it is hard to comprehend it and make sense of it ourselves. Accept it, and know that in that moment your child really need is for you to be calm and provide a sense of safeness. Also, observe how your child responds, even days after the talk, and allow the topic to be revisited as the child demonstrates the need to. Remember that a predictable routine is crucial for children to feel safe. Look out for signs of anxiety, and avoid exposure to very graphic news.  

How to Talk to Kids About Terrorism ( 

How To Talk To Children About Terrorism (Huffington Post)

Terrorism (Kids Health)

Carolina Zambom Barboza

School Counsellor


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