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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - May 5, 2017


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
From the Parent Council (Tombola)
Primary News
Secondary News
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

May Menu


Salad Bar




Year 4 Metropolis Excursion
Year 3 a gymnastics and fitness workshop Excursion
Y4and Y5 students in Space Camp Excursion

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Our garden is looking lovely and the plants planted on Earth Day by our students are thriving. Temperatures have risen this week and this has brought with it an increased use of our outdoor areas. I have seen lessons for Biology, English and Host Country Studies occurring in various parts of our garden as well as other activities and lessons. Obviously, the heat brings with it a tendency to believe that the semester is about to end and although we are not far from that, we do have another six weeks yet. So it is great to see our teachers and students making the most of our garden and it also helps to keep our students focused and motivated.

Wishing you all a pleasant weekend,

Ulfet Okbay

From the Parent Council (Tombola)

Dear Parents,
The Parent Council will be having a Tombola at this year's Spring Fair as usual. To make it a huge success we kindly ask from all our parents from Rec 1 to Year 13  to send donations. Please send your donations to Miss Selin.

Here are some suggestions as to what you could contribute:

- A bottle (Anything contained in a bottle; it doesn't just have to be wine! Bubbles, liquid soap, lotion etc. are great too)

- Chocolate

- New toys

- Food: anything yummy!

- soaps, bath products, perfumes

- New books

- Seasonal gifts 

If you could wrap your contribution, we would be extremely grateful. 
Thanks in advance for your support. 

Note: If you would like to help us at the event please contact us.

Please make sure you're free on Saturday, 28 of May because the Parent Council wants to invite all of you parents to a nice Turkish Kahvaltı to say thank you for your support. 

Primary News

This week we had three excursions in Primary. On Tuesday, May 2nd, Year 4 students went to visit the historical site of Metropolis, where they observed an ancient amphitheater and some other important remains, as part of their learning in Social Studies, Science and Literacy. 

On Wednesday, May 3rd, Year 3 students had the opportunity to take part in a gymnastics and fitness workshop given by qualified teachers in a safe and warm environment. This experience has benefited not only their physical development but also helped them developing their team and communication skills. Once at the gym Ms Gail has also referred the students to the content studied in the Science unit ' Keeping Healthy and Fit'.

Some students in Years 4 and 5 took part in the residential excursion to Space Camp, just down the road from our school campus, as part of Year 5’s topic Earth and Space. Accompanied by Ms Katherine and under the guidance of experienced Space Camp supervisors, students took part in a variety of exciting educational activities, such as the 1/6th gravity chair, the simulator, and the rocket launch. They had so much fun that they did not want to come back!

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary School)

Secondary News

Progression tests year 7 - 9  

Students in year 7 - 9 will take progression tests in English, Mathematics and Science during the week 22-25 May. 

Progression tests provide information on your child's strengths and weaknesses in different areas of these subjects and are taken by students in Cambridge schools around the world. After the progression tests have been completed, parents will receive a report on their child's achievement as well as average global results in each area. 

Students will achieve a percentage grade and a level of achievement compared with year level objectives.


Gold (G) The student has confidently met year level objectives

Silver (S) The student has met most year level objectives

Bronze (B) The student has met some year level objectives

Edria Murray 

Deputy Principal (Secondary School) 

Message from the Counselor

Book recommendation for all parents of teens

As your child grows and changes into teen years, it is so natural that communication becomes challenging. This young person is in the process of figuring out who he/she is and finding his or her own place in the world, way beyond their parents’ caring eyes. The movement of taking distance from parents and focusing on friends is one of the many important milestones of adolescence. But with understanding of the complex processes that are happening inside your child, new ways to connect and re-invent your relationship are possible.

That is why this week I am sharing a book recommendation, one I believe every parent of teens should read. This book was designed to be read by both parents and teens. It can be very empowering for a teenager to have access to the knowledge of “Brainstorm: the power and purpose of the teenage brain”. You can find more information below, as well as the links to purchase the book in English, Spanish and German (digital, paperback or audio versions are available). 

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