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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - March 24, 2017


In This Issue

Message from The Principal
Secondary News
Primary News
News from STUCO
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

April Menu


Salad Bar




Reception 2 display of their unit on Plants and Flowers

Message from The Principal

Dear Parents

Please note that final payments for this academic year are now due.  If you need an extention for any reason, be sure to send your proposed schedule through to Ms. Alison Yesildag who will be able to confirm if it is possible. Many thanks for your kind attention to this very important matter.

All your children should have brought home their second trimester reports today. Kindly remember that these reports give students feedback upon which to reflect. Please ask your children to reflect deeply, both on their successes and the areas that could be improved. We suggest you reflect on choices, time, and effort that may have resulted in the success. This helps students identify good strategies and reinforces the idea that their choices, about when and what kind of effort they put forward, are central to their success.

Finally, I would like to thank the Student Council for their efforts in planning and executing the Lower Secondary Dance last Friday. They made it a night to remember for our Year 7-9 students. I also wish to thank their sponsor teachers and the our chaperone teachers for their help. Well done all!

Have a great holiday,

Ulfet Okbay

Secondary News

On Wednesday, Year 10 and 11 had the chance to visit  Edor Electronics, a multinational company leader in research, development and production of  automotive industry parts such as ignition coils, electronic control units for controlling combustion and advanced electric system for hybrid applications. 

Students started the excursion by attending a presentation made by the head of external relations and the head of quality control where they got the general idea of the company and how the company cares about environmental preservation and respect. 

After this they moved through different production lines, where starting from raw materials, it was possible to obtain the final product ready to be sold to clients. On that step, they had the opportunity to ask questions and get detailed answers.

This field trip was organized by the Secondary Science Department, to provide students a first-hand information regarding application of instrumentation and control in process industry, involving them in a real world experience and to enable them to appreciate the relevance and importance of what they learn in the classroom.

Edria Murray 

Deputy Principal (Secondary School) 

Primary News

The week started in Primary with the Year 1 assembly on Monday, March 20th. The students showcased what they have learnt this trimester in English, Maths and Social Studies. They sang songs, they danced to those songs, they presented their dolls from the unit Famous People from the Past, and they recited a story and then read out their own version of that story. They did all this with enthusiasm, energy and excitement, displaying their love for learning; special thanks go to Ms Tracey and Ms Raisa not only for organizing the assembly but also for working hard every day in the classroom with the children. 

Students in Years 5 and 6 attended an educational excursion to the Atatürk Museum last Wednesday, as part of their Host Country Studies programme; they had the opportunity to learn more about our host country and its founder, and then practised their oral skills by ordering food and drinks at a Turkish restaurant. 

I wish all of you a pleasant and refreshing spring holiday, and look forward to seeing your children develop and progress even more in the last trimester. 

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary School)

News from STUCO

Last week Friday, StuCo organised the Lower Secondary Dance for year 7-9. We had an amazing time dancing and eating. We also elected the MEFIS prince and princess, Eylül (year 9) and Fabio (year 9) were crowned as MEF royalty.

For more pictures please clıck here 


Message from the Counselor

Let’s talk about report cards!

We’ve had a very exciting week at MEFIS. We are still proudly celebrating the success of the Lower Secondary Dance (Congratulations to STUCO for the beautiful job they have done!); the Talent Show was filled with great acts from our students; Upper Secondary students had their PSHE assembly about adolescence and sexual education; and now we are off for Spring Break!
Before we are all out for the week break, parents and children will receive the students’ reports for second trimester. This is such important feedback about how your child is doing in school in all areas. That is why it is crucial to take the time to process the information and have a productive conversation with your child about their progress. Look into strengths, improvements, and areas to work on. Get your child’s perspective on it and help him or her think about their effort and strategies they have used or would like to use to keep on growing. Do not label the student’s report as good or bad: there is a lot more information there than the superficial first look into grades.
Below you can find some articles that share ideas on how to understand and discuss your child’s report. It is important to make sure you understand the school’s system and how the assessments are done. Always remember to contact your child’s teachers if you have questions or concerns or need further information on how to best support your child.
Ms. Carolina

What the Report Card Really Means: Find out how to read your child’s report card — and respond to grades both good and bad.

Talking Over Your Child's Report Card

How Parents Miss the Point of Report Cards: turn report cards –good or bad – to your child’s advantage

Decode Your Child's Report Cards

How to talk to your kid about report cards: The dos and dont’s of discussing a failing grade with your child




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