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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - May 18, 2017

 

In This Issue

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

Coming Events

September

21 Parent Council Coffee Morning @ 10:00

May Menu

Menu

Salad Bar

 

 

 

Reminder

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As a thank you for all your time and support throughout the year, the PC invites you all to a fun morning on Sunday, May 28 from 10 o’clock on in Vera Melissa in Urla Iskele.  We will have Turkish Kahvalti , which will be served at 10:30, and spend a lovely time together! There will be 2 bouncy castles for the children and a lot of space for them to play.

The breakfast will be free to our families, however extras are not covered.

Please fill out the form and send it back to Ms Selin by the 22th of May since we need to confirm with the Restaurant.

We are looking forward to spending time together,

Sincere Regards,

Dagmar Falk

Parent Council

Address: İskele Mahallesi, 2018/11 Sokak No:4, 35340 Urla/İzmir

Phone: (0232) 752 00 98

 

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful Spring Fair last weekend (even though I was stuck to the wall!). I wish to thank everyone who played a role is bringing it to fruition. This includes the families who attended, the Parent Council, the Student Council, the Newspaper Club, our teachers, Business Office, Security and custodians. Ms. Sara and Ms. Selin deserve a special mention for all their efforts in coordinating the whole event.

Finally, I wish to thank to Ms. Samantha, together with Ms. Didem and Coach Umay, for their unrelenting patience, energy, and dedication in preparing our students and delivering such a great Gym Show.

I feel fortunate. We are a lovely community and I am proud of the team I work with here at school.

Enjoy your extended weekend.

Ulfet Okbay

Principal

Primary News

This week the students in Reception 1 and Year 2 went to the Izmir Zoo together; the excursion was organized by Ms Lynnette, together with Ms Sandi. The students not only enjoyed walking around the zoo, looking at animals and finding out more about their characteristics and habitats but also had the opportunity of working in mixed age groups. The Year 2 students looked after younger students and explained to them in simple terms what they were seeing; they enjoyed playing the role of leading teachers, while the younger students enjoyed being looked after and listened carefully to what was being explained to them. It was a great learning experience on many levels.

On the same day, a group of Upper Primary students went off to the Isikkent school for a Swimming Gala, accompanied by Ms Samantha, Mr Angus and our swimming teacher Nuri. Although we are still waiting for the official results, we would like to congratulate Aditya Oberoi, Alibek Yelgezekov, Annanya Oberoi, Antonio Morais Fonseca De Sa Sampaio, Kaan Meler, Kiana Mohseni and Riccardo Zamero. 

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary School)

Secondary News

Final Assessments for year 7 - 10

Final assessments for years 7 to 10 will take place next week. 

For year 7, 8 and 9 this will include progression tests in English, English as a 2nd Language, Mathematics and Science.

Students should ensure that they have the necessary equipment for each examination. 

Blue / Black pens, Rulers, Math instruments (compass and protractor), Scientific Calculator (for Mathematics paper 2 and Science papers). Translation dictionaries can be used for mathematics and science examinations. 

Textbooks
Year 11 - 13 students may begin returning textbooks to the library after they are no longer needed for examinations.  Returning students who wish to keep textbooks or reading books over the summer must take the books to our librarian, Ms. Maria to have them reissued. 

Edria Murray

Deputy Principal (Secondary)

Message from the Counselor

Acceptance and “The Sushi Train” Metaphor

When teaching children and teenagers about how our minds work, one of the main challenges is promoting the understanding that our thoughts and emotions are fluid: they naturally come and go and oscillate. The idea of trying to control or supress some of our unpleasant thoughts and associated feelings not only is ineffective but it can actually end up amplifying the very things we were trying to avoid in the first place. Plus, it can generate even more negative emotions, as a person can then feel additionally angry, frustrated or guilty for not having that kind of control.

So, what is the alternative? One approach is acceptance. Noticing thoughts and feelings, no matter their nature, and just let them be. You can be aware of your thoughts and emotions and not have to act on them or change it. Many principles of mindfulness can be helpful, as it focuses on directing the attention to the present moment. Self-compassion and being kind to yourself are also practices that support emotional intelligence and acceptance.

I recommend checking the short, easy and instructive video below, by Dr. Russ Harris, a world-wide reference on the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach, author of best-sellers such as The Happiness Trap, The Confidence Gap and The Reality Slap.

With the Sushi Train Metaphor animation Dr. Harris guides the audience through the acceptance approach: our minds being the “chef” that produces a wide variety of “dishes”: some neutral, some attractive and others that are not that pleasant. It’s a fun way to teach children to be aware of their thoughts and feelings without having to react to them every time.

Sushi Train Metaphor by Dr. Russ Harris https://youtu.be/tzUoXJVI0wo

 

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