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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - January 20, 2017

 

In This Issue

Primary News
Secondary News
STUCO News
Message from Counselor

Coming Events

September

21 Parent Council Coffee Morning @ 10:00

January Menu

Menu

Salad Bar

 

 

 

Our swim team students participated in a swimathon this week, to raise funds for the LÖSEV association. They swam as a team a total of 14000 meters. Thanks to all of you for your contributions.

Primary News

This month Reception 1 students have started a unit on Clothing, including clothes and body parts, different clothes for different seasons, costumes and traditional clothing. Students will be learning Literacy, Numeracy and Science objectives through this topic until mid February.

Among the learning objectives to be covered are the following targets: to use the five senses to observe, select and manipulate clothing used during summer and winter months; to identify similarities and differences when exploring different types of clothing; to show an ability to order numbers 0 to 5 by using items of clothing; to learn the meanings of the words more and less than when counting and using items of clothing. 

The students read books about clothes, such as The Clothes I Wear, Clothes for Every Season and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Students discussed what clothes are needed in different seasons, and chose items to pack and take with them on a summer or winter holiday. They made very nicedisplays about snow jackets, socks with shape patterns and their favourite outfits.

Secondary News

Course Selection for 2017-2018

Students in year 9 to 12 have received their course selection information this week. Students who would like to discuss course selection or academic planning should contact our Counselor, Ms Carolina or Ms Edria Murray.

The course selection presentation can be viewed from the link below

Course Selection 2017

Geography Coursework field trip

The Geography trip to Kusadasi on the 12 and 13th was a success. Despite the bus arriving late to Kusadasi, and getting wet throwing plastic balls into the breaking waves, students battled the cold, murky weather to collect data towards their IGCSE coursework with the aid of the other secondary students. 
Friday was a much nicer day and we managed to complete our data collection including wave analysis, assessing longshore drift, measuring beach gradient and undertaking sediment sampling across the beach. The resident wild boar population made an appearance and we were able to sneak a trip to dominos in for some well deserved pizza! Overall a successful and enjoyable trip all around.

STUCO News

Dear upper secondary students,

The Student Council will be holding the first Prom meeting next Tuesday, 24th Jan.Every single one that wants to contribute to the shaping of Prom with valuable ideas (location, style, etc.) is more than welcome to join this meeting.

It will be held during the first part of lunch break in the conference hall.

Your Stuco Team.

Message from Counselor

Paper Napkin Mental Health Challenge #1

Here is a very simple idea, that requires nothing but yourself, some time, a pen and a paper. Promoting mental health doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive! This idea came up in an effort to train people on cognitive behavioural strategies, as a way to make it more accessible to the large amount of people that do not have direct access to mental health specialists. Give it a try, and teach your child!

What? Identify and apply your strengths when solving a problem.

How? Trace your hand on a napkin or piece of paper. Write down five of your greatest strengths – one on each finger. If you’re helping your kids, you can ask them what their greatest strengths are and help your kids write them out. Optional Bonus: Write the strengths on your real hand!

Then what? Next time you face an adversity, pick a finger. Use your strength to begin resolving your problem.

The challenge! Do this yourself and then teach one other person. When you’re done, ask that person to do the same.

The science in a nutshell: The research is clear: identifying and applying character strengths increases life satisfaction, well-being, and even academic performance.

For full article please check http://blogs.psychcentral.com/stress-better/2017/01/paper-napkin-mental-health-1-strengths/

 

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