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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - September 23, 2016


In This Issue

Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
From the Library
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

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Firstly, I would like to thank you for the support you have shown us with regards to the dress code. There is a marked difference this week and although the colder weather has helped, I believe that our students sense of responsibility, together with your support, is the reason for this.

I also wish to thank all of our parents who have remembered to sign and return the bus behaviour contracts that were distributed before the holiday. For those of you who have not done so, you may find a copy of the contact HERE. I ask that these parents complete and return the contract as soon as possible.

My appreciation also goes to all those parents who came to the Parent Council Coffee Moment today. It was great to see so many people attend this event. I look forward to working with our Parent Council in order to further improve our school (every school has room for improvement!).

Finally, I have come to realise that there is a need to explain the type of principal I am and my approach to leadership and education. I have been in education for 25 years now and have my initial degree, masters and current studies in my PhD program, all based on education. Whilst education is a passion for me, it is also my area of expertise. For me, education is about the child as a whole and about us helping them to grow as individuals as well as academically. This means that if I feel it is important, I will take your child from their lesson in order to speak to them. Please do not feel that your child is in serious disciplinary trouble if I call them to my room. It is more likely to be a case of having a conversation with them in order to increase understanding: be it mine, theirs or another child’s.

My leadership style is not to rule from the top but to lead from within. I do not want to be an aloof Principal who rules from her ivory tower. I believe that the best kind of leadership occurs when trust and relationships are built and this happens by being amongst and working with the team. I will strive to form such relationships with all members of our school community, including faculty, staff, parents and students.

Wishing you all a pleasant weekend,

Ulfet Okbay


Primary News

This week I would like to give you some information about our assemblies and their purpose; every Monday morning we gather all Primary students in the Conference Hall at 9:00 o' clock to start our week together by singing a song, reading a story or doing a Maths fun activity. During assemblies we also reinforce school rules and make announcements regarding school life, like the upcoming Student Council elections. Starting from next month, every month a class will be doing a presentation during those assemblies and you will be invited to watch it. Information regarding special class assemblies will be put on the Google sites and Friday newsletter. At times, Miss Carolina, our Counsellor, will be delivering a special presentation on a PSHE topic; Personal Social and Health Education is part of the curriculum and classroom teachers integrate it into their lessons, but special presentations are also carried out by Miss Carolina, on topics such as personal hygiene, friendship conflicts or sex education.

Before wishing you all a happy weekend, I would like to ask you to donate clean empty plastic bottles of any size or colour to be used for some craft activities on October 1st during our Autumn Welcome. Thank you!

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary)

Secondary News

Winter and Retake examinations

Winter series Cambridge IGCSE, AS and A  level examinations will take place during October and November. Students taking these examinations have received their statement of entry.
Students should be prepared for examinationas and ensure that they have the necessary materials.

Preparing for higher Education

Students in year 10 to 13 should be making plans for their education after year 13. Planning includes deciding onthe countries they are considering as well as individual universities and programmes. To assist them in their decisions, our counselor, Ms Carolina, has started working with Year 13 students on their future education plans. 

Edria Murray

Deputy Principal (Secondary)

From the Library

We will like to extend our cordial welcome to all the members of our MEFIS community!

We are excited to see returning and new students, and hear what everyone has been reading or studying during the summer.

I would like to remind everyone that all students have been given access to our online library catalog Follett Destiny. By using Follett Destiny, students may search for library resources or verify what books have been issued to them.

To find more information about how to log in on Follett Destiny and other library general topics , please visit our library website at: MEFIS Izmir library

Maria Jorge


From the Counselor

Tips for having a great time in Middle School,

From the Lower Secondary students (PSHE Assembly)

Carolina Zambom Barboza

School Counsellor


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