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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - October 7, 2016


In This Issue

Autumn Fair Photos
Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
Library News
Parent Council Coffee Morning
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





We are pleased to announce that our After School Clubs program is ready to run! We will have clubs starting on Monday, October 10th. If you have a child joining a club and you have decided that you will be picking your child up, be kindly reminded that pick-up time is at 4:25 PM. 

Autumn Fair Photos

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

I would like to thank all who came to our Autumn Welcome last Saturday. Although the turn-out was low, the weather was beautiful and it was lovely to reaffirm existing connections and make new ones.

Our motto, “Buildings bridges between countries and cultures” captures the essence of our school. As the only international school in Izmir, we have a vital role to provide the opportunity for families and faculty from different countries and cultures to come together to share, support, learn and grow. This is as true for the adults as it is for the students. We are fortunate to to have such a wealth of diversity to enrich our lives and learning. Here at MEF IS Izmir, we believe that by working in partnership with parents we can make our school better. Therefore, it should comes as no surprise that building relationships with you is very important to us.

Please save the date for our next event, our Winter Show and Bazaar on Saturday, 10th  December. We look forward to seeing even more families on that day.

Wishing you a pleasant weekend,

Ulfet Okbay

Primary News

Let's have a look at what is happening in Year 1 this week!

In English, the Year 1 students have been working on some of the Jolly Phonics sounds and on writing stories in familiar settings; in Maths, they have started to talk about additions as combining two sets of things and adding more than two small numbers; in Science, the students have started a unit on Senses and talked about eye sight.

I was particularly impressed with the work Miss Tracey and Miss Raisa did in Social Studies; students were looking at how boats move. As a class, they discussed that some can move by using our muscles, some can move by the wind and some move using an engine. They then made their own sail boats using pop sticks. They glued them together and made a sail too. They went into the garden and used the hose to create their own river in the canal around the garden. The children were so excited to see their boats sail down the river! It was a fun learning experience for them. 

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary)

Secondary News

Using technology to support Education

Technology enables students to support their learning in many ways both in the classroom and at home. Tracking their progress in Physical Education, recording and analysing experimental data in science classes and accessing the most up to date information for research are all more accessible due to technology. 

Online connections through google classroom and docs enable our students to communicate with their teacher and each other. Secondary teachers post homework tasks and additional resources on their google classrooms. For free homework assistance and study help, more students are using online resources. Educational videos designed to help students understand concepts are plentiful. You tube channels such as Crash course and Vertasium have over two million subscribers and provide useful supporting material for students.

Websites specifically designed for supporting student learning are also readily available.

Recommended Websites for secondary students include: 

The Student Art Guide ( - This website provides assistance for examination art students including advice and student work examples. 

BBC Bitesize ( - for students from Key stage 3 (Yr 7 - 9) to A level. This site provides summaries, short animations and practice questions.

Khan academy ( - Originally launched as a mathematics site, Khan academy now has a range of subjects including economics, history and sciences.

Gojimo revision ( - This site has short revision quizzes for some subjects at IGCSE, AS and A level. Each question provides a brief explanation after the student answers.

Edria Murray

Deputy Principal (Secondary)

Library News

Dear Parents

As part of the special emphasis our school places on reading and on foreign languages, we are taking part in the Scholastic ISBC Book Club run by Greenhouse, a major children’s book specialist in Istanbul. Magazines and order forms to buy books from this company will be distributed among Primary students next week. Please bear in mind that the main interest level of this Book Club is Primary Years, therefore only students attending classes from Reception to Year 6 will be given magazines. If you are interested in taking part in this Book Club but have no children attending Primary, let us know and we will provide you with a copy of the magazine. We hope that you and your child will enjoy looking through the club magazine and choosing from the exciting range of English books available.

Maria Jorge





STUCO has started its activities and is actively collecting ideas from all classes. The first meeting was a success and we are excited to be working together this school year!

Class representatives 2016-17

Together with Marco, Moritz, Linn and Sogol (officers), the class reps will be in charge of the communication between their classes and STUCO and support all STUCO activities. Please congratulate our leadership team:

Year 2:  Ela Diker

Year 3:  Emily Moore

Year 4:  Ariadna Diaz

Year 5:  Suzannah Gilbert

Year 6:  Yuka Jaisuea

Year 7:  rotation as needed

Year 8:  Alison Moore

Year 9: Ella Persson

Year 10: Kike Tuakli

Year 11: Cem Bora Ayberk

Year 12: Danica Putter

Year 13: Ulaş Yılmaz

Parent Council Coffee Morning

Dear Parents, 

The Parents Council's Coffee Morning of this month will be on Friday, October 14th at beautiful Leone Patisserie from 10.00 to 12:00.

Looking forward to seeing a lot of you. 

Para toda la preciosa gente espanola enviamos una invitacion porque nos gusteria veros tambien en esta reunion. 

Venid el 14. de oct. al Cafe Leone en Alsancak!

Direction: Vasıf Çınar Bulvarı 29/A Alsancak - İzmir, Turkey

Parent Council

From the Counselor

Teaching Teenagers to Cope With Social Stress

This week I read an interesting article from the New York Times that I would like to share with you. There is no easy or fixed way to support children. Each child is unique and should be seen as unique. But there are things we, as adults, can do to better understand them and help them. I will continue to share articles and ideas about child development, parenting and education, and hope you enjoy and find them useful.

If you come across any interesting materials and you believe other parents would also benefit from them, please feel free to share them with me. I will be glad to post them!

So, this week’s full article can be found here:

David S. Yeager, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin found a surprisingly effective technique. At the beginning of the school year, students participated in a reading and writing exercise intended to instill a basic, almost banal message to help them manage tension: People can change. (…) The students who completed the exercise subsequently had lower levels of stress, reported more confidence in coping and achieved slightly higher grades at year’s end, compared to a control group”

Ms. Carol

Carolina Barboza

School Counsellor/Psychologist


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