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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - October 21, 2016


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
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

October Menu


Salad Bar




November Menu


Salad Bar





Greenhouse magazines and order forms were distributed among students last week.Be kindly reminded that the last day to return forms to school is Monday, October 24th. We cannot accept any late forms. Thank you!

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Firstly, I wish to thank those of you who came for Parent Consultations. It was great to see you take advantage of this opportunity to meet with teachers. I hope that your meetings where informative and constructive.

Once again, we need help from parents in the form of volunteers for the library. During the start and end of the year, the library can be particularly busy. For example, at present we have new books that need to be catalogued and labelled. If you are willing to volunteer to help or would like more information, please contact our Deputy Principal, Ms. Sara Borgarelli (

Finally, please remember that Fiday, November 4th is our Sports Day, with primary in the morning and secondary in the afternoon.  The event takes place at a municipal facility here in Gaziemir. We expect all our students to attend. It should be a fun day and we believe it will help build and promote community spirit. You, our parents, are also welcome! ( see here for the address.)

If you do not give permission for your child to participate, please be aware that they will be supervised in school and will have to individually complete previously set mathematics and English work. Every student attending or not attending must return the permission form. If you choose not to send your child to school on that day, it will be classed as an unauthorized absence.

Wishing you a pleasant weekend,

Ulfet Okbay

Primary News

This week, the Year 3 class organised a 'celebration of work' activity to mark the end of their Social Studies unit 'Living Together'. During this unit they discussed the word community and what this means. They thought about communities they belong to, with a focus on our school and class community. As part of their learning they worked on a variety of challenges and activities where they had to work together as a team. They were encouraged to think about how they talked to each other and how they listened. 

To mark the end of this unit, parents of Year 3 children were invited in to school to participate in the same team building activities. The children worked hard as guides to explain and monitor the activities. Time was then spent in the classroom sharing work completed over the last few weeks. Thank you to all those parents, grandparents and older brothers for participating in the activities with such enthusiam,  and special thanks to Ms Gail for organizing this wonderful activity. 

Sara Borgarelli

Primary Deputy

Secondary News

Trimester Examinations

Students in year 10 to 13 will take trimester examinations between 21 and 25 November 2016. Trimester examinations will assess the students progress for the year and will provide the student with guidelines on how to improve their performance.

Students are expected to come to school as usual during the examination week. 

When they do not have an examination, students will have supervised study time and will be able to receive assistance from their teachers in preparation for the examinations. 

Students should ensure that they have the necessary equipment for all examinations. Students taking mathematics and science courses will require a basic scientific calculator. Calculators must not have graphing functions or show working. 

Direct translation dictionaries can be used in IGCSE examinations (except for language examinations). Translation dictionaries must not contain additional explanations or illustrations. Electronic translation dictionaries are not permitted in examinations. 

Edria Murray

Secondary Deputy

From the Counselor

What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It (by Amy Williams, Edutopia)

Yes, we must talk about this. Our children may seem to know how to manage technology better than we do most of the times, but that does not mean they have the maturity to deal with it. What is acceptable and what is not? When does a joke become offensive? How far can a message or picture or video go? Can we take it back? What happens to privacy in the online world? These are just a few of the questions we discuss every day with students and parents. Please check out this comprehensive resource about cyber bullying and what we can do about it. It’s a good way to use the technology to have an open conversation, and protect children from becoming victims or perpetrators in this context!

“The ability to connect with practically anyone at any time has given way to a new form of bullying that has been dubbed cyberbullying. This can come in many forms, any of which are harmful, but all of which use current technology in some way. These can include but are not limited to: text messages, emails, social media attacks […] One of the most obvious aids in the fight against bullying, whether in person or online, can not possibly be repeated enough. If you see something, say something. […] If possible, stand up against bullying, but never lower yourself to the bully's level. Be cautious about who you give your contact information to, as this can lead to unwanted communication. Never participate in cyberbullying. Never take photos or videos without someone's permission”.

Full article:

Ms. Carolina


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