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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - May 26, 2017


In This Issue

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

June Menu


Salad Bar




Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

This week, four lower secondary students participated in an art competition hosted by St. Joseph's School in Alsancak.  Miyabi in Year 8, and Gabi C., Gabi W., and Paula in Year 9 spent Wednesday afternoon completing paintings on the topic of "Art and Humanity". These students had 3 hours to complete an entire painting, without assistance from any adults, devices, or other images.  All of these ladies worked hard, made beautiful paintings, and were wonderful representatives of MEF. Congratulations on a job well done!

Wishing you a pleasant weekend.

Ulfet Okbay


Primary News

Dear Families,

All students in Years 3 to 6 have been working really hard on their Progression tests this week; the results will be sent home on June 7th. If you have a question, or would like to come in to view the test papers, please let me know and I will arrange an appointment for you. Test papers cannot be returned to students because the same test will be used for the same year group next year; Cambridge updates them every 3 to 4 years only.

Last Wednesday, May 24th, Ms Tracey and Ms Raisa took the students to see the Tahtalı dam and the Menderes water treatment plant as part of their Social Studies topic of ' Water and its Cycle'.

We finished the week today by having a Primary Science Fair which involved all students from Reception 2 to Year 6. Students moved from one station to another and had the chance to do experiments and activities on the following topics: The Human Body, Electricity, States of the Matter and Magnets.

I wish every one of you a fun and relaxing  weekend.

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary School)

Secondary News

Results of final assessments

Year 7 - 10

Students in year 7 to 10 had their final asessments  and progression tests this week. 

Students in years 7 - 9 will receive their progression test results on 7 June. 

The progression test report will show their progress in each subject as a whole as well as individual components. 

Year 10 students will receive their examination results by  June 2.

Checkpoint, IGCSE, AS and A level

Secondary 1 Checkpoint results are sent directly to school and will be available from June 30. 

IGCSE, AS and A level results will be available on August 10. Students have received the login details to access their results online as soon as they are available. 

Edria Murray

Deputy Principal (Secondary School) 

Message from the Library

Secondary students will be asked to return their textbooks to their teachers by June 12th. Other materials such as novels or reference books issued to them may be brought straight to the library by June 12th. After all the items have been returned to the library, returning students will be able to check out books for the summer break on Thursday, June 15th.

In order to be able to see what books need to be returned to the library, students may log into their personal library accounts.  To access a student's personal library account, click on Follett and use the following login credentials:

Username: mefis_lib_(name of the student in lower case letters)

Password: name of the student followed by the first letter of their surname, lower case, no spaces.

Maria Jorge


Message from the Counselor

Harvard, parenting and raising caring, ethical children

You may have come across the links below as they have been recently shared on social media. I am always looking out for parenting and education tips, and when I saw one of the articles, listing five things parents should do to raise “good” kids and quoting a prestigious institution such as Harvard University, I wanted to know more.

So, going a little deeper I found this beautiful project from Harvard University called Making Caring Common (MCC). Their mission is to “help educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice”. How? “MCC uses research and the expertise and insights of both practitioners and parents to develop effective strategies for promoting in children kindness and a commitment to the greater good, to influence the national conversation about raising and educating caring, ethical children”. If you are interested in learning more and reading their reports and resources, the project’s webpage is From that page, there is a tab exclusive for parenting resources, which you can access here.

The articles that have inspired the search and give a very good overview of the recommendations for parents are listed below:

If You Want to Raise Good Kids, Harvard Researchers Suggest These 7 Tips

According to Harvard Psychologists, parents who raise “good kids” do these 5 things

Carolina Zambom Barboza

School Counsellor


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