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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - January 27, 2017


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
From Admissions
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,

Thank you to all those parents who attended our Parent Conferences. It was lovely for teachers to have to the chance to meet and talk with you. All the feedback I received points to the successful partnership that exists between home and school. In my eyes, there are three important factors at work when it comes to our students’ education. They are like the three vertices of a triangle and each is as important as the rest in the formation of the triangle. Students, school and home must all work together in order to build the strongest education experience possible.

As I wrote before, I was at a teacher recruitment fair in London and therefore was unable to be available during the Parent Conferences. As you can imagine, recruiting international teachers for Turkey is not an easy task in the present climate. However, I am happy to report that we are making progress.

Wishing you a pleasant weekend,

Ulfet Okbay

Primary News

We started the week with the Year 3 assembly, organized by the students and Miss Gail on the Social Studies topic of 'The Rain Forest'. Students displayed their knowledge of the topic's Geography and Science learning objectives by acting out the story 'The Great Kapok Tree" by Lynne Cheery; students shared with the audience the importance of protecting our rain forests because it gives us oxygen and plenty of produce we need. Students did a great job at acting out and narrating the story, and wore colourful costumes.

I was also very impressed by the work done by the students in Year 1; they read the story 'Little Red Riding Hood' (version by Jess Stockham) and made beautiful baskets to bring to their grandmothers. On the baskets they wrote sentences about what they want to bring to their grannies. This is a fantastic way to motivate students to write and encourage them to put their ideas on paper; emergent writing “means that children begin to understand that writing is a form of communication and their marks on paper convey a message”; this normally happens during the reception years. Emergent writing progresses along a developmental continuum where reading and writing develop simultaneously and are interrelated. Reading facilitates writing abilities and learning how to write in turn improves reading ability; progress in one fuels development of the other.

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary School)

Secondary News

IGCSE, AS and A level examinations. 

This week students taking IGCSE, AS or A level examinations have received their statements of entry. 

Most IGCSE, AS and A level examinations will take place from 2 May to 9 June. 

Some courses have practical tests or coursework with an earlier due date. 


Coursework components enable students to be assessed on skills or knowledge which cannot be easily assessed within a timed examination due to the time required or access to equipment and resources. All coursework will be completed between February and April.

The following subjects have coursework  components which contribute to the student's final grade. 

IGCSE Physical Education - Coursework counts for 50% of the final grade

IGCSE English Language (without Literature)  - Coursework counts for 50% of the final grade

IGCSE Geography - Coursework counts for 27.5% of the final grade

IGCSE ART - Coursework counts for 50% of the final grade

AS Level Art - Coursework counts for 40% of the final grade

A Level Art  - Coursework counts for 50% of the final grade

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.

From Admissions

Dear Parents

To assist with early planning for the next academic year, I would be grateful if you could return the intentions letter which was sent home today.  This is for intentions only and not an official confirmation. Official re-registration forms will be sent home during the 3rd Trimester.

Thank you

Alison Yeşildağ

Admissions Officer 


Next week STUCO is going to setup a station next to the tuckshop on Tuesday and Thursday; for Valentine's Day so that children can order chocolates and write cards for their secret admirers.

Message from the Counselor

Paper Napkin Mental Health Challenge #2: Sphere of Control

This is the second week of the Paper Napkin mental health challenge, to promote awareness on the importance of mental health in simple, no-cost activities. This week the topic is perceived control and its importance in reducing anxiety and making choices that can have a positive impact in our everyday lives. This is a great exercise for both adults and children. Will you give it a try?

“When we believe that we can control our surroundings, we perform better, we’re less anxious, and we’re happier. We might not always have control over what’s for dinner or what time curfew begins, but it is important for us to figure out what we do have control over in our lives and focus on that.”

Full article and steps for this challenge available here:

Ms. Carolina Barboza


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