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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - January 13, 2017


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
Message from 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

January Menu


Salad Bar




Reminder; Parent Conferences

If you didn't send your parent teacher conference letters, Please fill in the completed form and send to Ms Selin Belik by Monday, January 16th. 

Appointments can be arranged on either January 19th (15:30-18:30) & 20th  (8:30-16:30).

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. 

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

What a week we have had! Tuesday saw an unprecedented amount of snow here in Izmir (and especially in Gaziemir) and today we have wonderful sunshine and temperatures of twelve degrees centigrade. I want to make sure that there has been no misunderstanding and point out that we at school have no power to close school for the day. It was the Governor of Izmir’s decree that all schools in the city were closed on Wednesday. We were thankful for this decision as roads around school and other parts of Izmir were very hazardous Wednesday morning.

Next week I will be at a teacher recruitment fair in London and will not be available from Wednesday onward. This means I will not be available during our Parent Consultation Day. Should you wish to meet with me, please contact Ms. Selin to arrange an appointment for my return. In my absence, I leave school in the capable hands of my Deputies, Ms. Sara and Ms. Edria.

Wishing you a pleasant weekend,

Ulfet Okbay

Primary News

Learning through play is a term used in education to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them while playing. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence needed to engage in new experiences and environments. Play is recognized by the United Nations as a specific right for all children, and at MEF children have plenty of opportunities to explore and play.

Play also contributes to brain development. Evidence from Neuroscience shows that the early years of a child’s development (basically, from birth to age six) set the basis for learning, behaviour and health throughout life. The child’s neural pathways are influenced in their development through the exploration, thinking, problem-solving and language expression which occur during play time, so play paves the way for children’s future learning.

Learning occurs when children play with blocks or play dough, paint a picture or play make-believe and role-play. During play, children try new things, solve problems, invent, create, test ideas and explore. Children need unstructured, creative playtime, as well as they need structured Literacy and Numeracy curriculum time.  There is, anyway, a strong link between play and learning for young children, especially in the areas of problem solving, language acquisition, literacy, numeracy and social, physical and emotional skills.  Through make-believe games, children can be anyone they wish and go anywhere they want. When they engage in role-plays, they learn how to cope with feelings, how to bring the world around them into a small, manageable size, and how to become socially adept as they share, take turns and cooperate with each other. When children play, they are learning new words, how to problem solve, and how to be flexible.

So, my recommendation for this weekend is play, play and more play. Enjoy it!

Secondary News

JMUNESCO Conference

On January 6, 7, 8 Mr. Ted, Ms. Sidney, and Mr. Reichard accompanied the MEF Model United Nations club to Ekin Koleji School in Seyrek, Izmir. The Model UN organization is sponsored by THIMUN, which is a not-for-profit educational foundation that has links with the United Nations. 

Each conference has a theme and this year was, ‘Addressing Global Inequalities.’ 

Over the course of the three days students engaged in a role-playing activity where they assumed the role of the country of Poland and its response to a range of real world problems ranging from the growth of HIV-AIDS in the developing world to Gender Equality in the workplace. 

Club members also had to research and write a position paper which they then delivered to their committees. Following these position papers there were both formal and informal debates all leading to the adopting of a written resolution. 

There was also a dance. Special recognition was given at the end of the conference for delegates who exhibited exemplary skills in preparation, participation, and debate. 

Ask Bade of Year 9 received the most outstanding delegate award for his time in the World Health Organization committee. 

The advisors of the MUN club would also like to thank all students for their hard work and cooperation during the conference. 


Dear parents,

STUCO has planned a dress up day for every other Friday.  It was supposed to begin today but due to unforeseen circumstances this week we were unable to inform people. 
We have therefore decided to have the event next Thursday and then the following Friday (Thursday, 19th and Friday, 27th Jan). This will allow us to be back on track with the correct scheduling.

Therefore we have planned themes for these Fridays: 19th Jan - PJ day, 27th Jan - Old times day, 10th Feb - Character day , 10th March - Super hero, 24th March - international day.

We also wish to inform you that the tuck shop will start it's usual routine on Tuesday 17th Jan.

Thank you for your understanding,

Message from Counselor

Self-esteem and body image projects
In the following weeks the Lower Secondary students will be working on self-esteem, body image and the influence of media in that process. We will be discussing these topics and working together in our PSHE assemblies. I will be sharing more information in the next weeks.
To start the conversation, I would like to share this 12 minute TED Talk by Meaghan Ramsey called "Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you". The description is: About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “Am I ugly?” Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impacts of low body and image confidence—from lower grade point averages to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. And then shares the key things all of us can do to disrupt this reality.Please find the video here

Parent Council Coffee Morning

Thank you for joining our Coffee Morning today. It was great to see so many of you.

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