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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - March 10, 2017

 

In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Secondary News
Primary News
Message from the Library
Message from the Counselor

Coming Events

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21 Parent Council Coffee Morning @ 10:00

March Menu

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Salad Bar

 

 

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

As our families often need to know dates for the upcoming academic year, we try to release a draft of the calendar as early as possible. Please remember that it is only a draft. Also, please note that the first day of school is on September 6th, right after the ‘Bayram’ holiday. You can find the draft calendar for the 2017-18 academic year here.

Wishing you all a pleasant weekend,

Ulfet Okbay

Secondary News

Subject focus - Physical Education

This Trimester in PE, we have had a full fun packed programme! Students have worked hard to improve their fitness level and strength in our Health and Fitness unit, and worked hard to learn new skills and refine them to make a sequence of their own in Gymnastics.

Our Heath and Fitness unit has been especially interesting! Students have been looking at different ways of training, improving their cardio vascular fitness and strength, and have worked on their own training programmes using a programme called SWORKIT with the schools IPADS. 

Students in year 9 have also created their own workout videos called "The Couch Potato Project" where students have had to make a video aimed at the unfit layabout to try and get them to do some fun simple exercises in front of their TV using things that can be found in an average home to help them exercise.

Examination Dates:

27 March: Applied ICT AS practical

29 March: Applied ICT A level practical

April 17-21:  Year 9 Checkpoint

May 2 - June 9: IGCSE, AS and A level examinations.

Edria Murray Deputy Principal (Secondary School) 

Primary News

A round of applause this week for the Year 2 students and their teacher, Ms Lynnette! Last Monday, March 6th, the Year 2 students presented their assembly in the conference hall for the Primary students and parents. The assembly was in two parts. 

During the first part, Alara Çağatay, as a reporter from CIN Children's International News, interviewed the children about their 2 recent trips. The Year 2 pupils had recently visited the Ethnographic museum in Konak and seen a variety of interesting objects from the past; they used their own words to talk about the pictures that were shown on the screen. They had also visited Metropolis in Torbalı, and played and sung in the amphitheatre. While there, they also searched for treasure and were very lucky to find some! The children took plasticine impressions of some of the intricately carved stones and then they climbed to the highest point, the Acropolis. Alara was a fantastic reporter!

The second half of the assembly involved the children acting out the story of ' Where The Wild Things Are'  by Maurice Sendak. They also sang two songs, one about the play and the other was about being different. The children introduced themselves first and said which country they came from with the aim of celebrating diversity!

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary School)

Message from the Library

Dear Parents:
As part of the special emphasis our school places on reading and on foreign languages, we are taking part in the Scholastic ISBC Book Club run by Greenhouse, a major children’s book specialist in Istanbul. Magazines and order forms to buy books from this company will be distributed among Primary students next week. Please bear in mind that the main interest level of this Book Club is Primary Years, therefore only students attending classes from Reception to Year 6 will be given magazines. If you are interested in taking part in this Book Club but have no children attending Primary, let us know and we will gladly provide you with one copy of the magazine. We hope that you and your child will enjoy looking through the club magazine and choosing from the exciting range of English books available.

Maria Jorge

Librarian

Message from the Counselor

Back to Basics: Teaching teens to cope with stress and anxiety.

The article I am sharing this week focuses on teenager's anxiety, but the very essential tips are actually universal, no matter the age. Every time a student or parent talks about or demonstrates stress-related concerns, I ask about these basics. 

Don't underestimate the importance of nutrition, sleep and exercise, all parts of a balanced life and healthy routine, as the very first steps to cope with challenges in life. Sounds too simple to be true… and that is why we tend to overlook it!

After making sure the basics are covered, working on having an open and understanding relationship will support all other possible strategies and interventions to help you and your child deal with stress and anxiety.

Check out the full article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/teen-angst/201702/back-basics

 

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