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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - September 30, 2016


In This Issue

Autumn Welcome
Message from the Principal
Primary News
Secondary News
Parent Council
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




Autumn Welcome

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Emergency procedures have been a big focus for us this week. We have had an earthquake, security and fire drill. I want to congratulate our students for their responsible approach to these three drills. We still need to work on reducing the time taken to complete the evacuations but I am happy to report that it is decreasing with each drill. For those of you interested in taking a closer look at our emergency procedures, please click HERE.

Please don’t forget about our Autumn Welcome tomorrow morning. This event will provide the opportunity for meeting other parents and our teachers in an informal setting. I look forward to seeing you then.

Warm regards,

Ulfet Okbay

Primary News

This week I would like to briefly mention how our library and our Google sites work. 

All students have access to the library once a week. Students can borrow up to two books for a week, but if they want to keep them longer they can by asking Miss Maria, the Librarian, to keep the same book. Students are normally guided when choosing books by the librarian and their classroom teachers; students whose English is still developing may choose books that are not entirely suitable for them because of the language being too hard, but we encourage them to borrow them anyway, and read them at home with a parent if they really like the book. Up until Year 4 students will take home a level reader every day, including English Support students. Students in Years 5 and 6 would normally be reading chapter books.

All of you parents should have received an email by the classroom teachers with an invitation to access your child's Google site. If you have experienced problems, please contact your child's teacher. On each site, there are links to Specialists' pages: PE, Languages,  Performing Arts and Visual Arts. We are still working on updating the Student Support Services site (Counselling, Learning Support and English Support).

I wish you all a great weekend; enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary School)

Secondary News

Subject focus - Lower Secondary Humanities

In their humanities courses, students have been learning about past civilizations. 

Year 9 have been focussing on the age of exploration and the age of discovery. This topic includes famous explorers, the silk road, trade, gunpowder, warfare and cultural exchange. Students have been preparing news reports on famous explorers.Year 8  are learning about the Byzantine Empire and examining its structure known as the Theme System. In addition, they are looking at the growth of Byzantine cities and students are giving short presentations about certain aspects of a Byzantine city.

Year 7 have been focusing on ancient civilizations. Year 7 students enjoyed playing the role “detectives of the past” in our Humanities class. Students interpreted cave painting and artifacts found in caves once inhabited by prehistoric humans. By doing so, students worked towards achieving their first learning objective for the subject this year: understanding how do social scientists interpret the past.

Edria Murray 

Deputy Principal (Secondary School)


This week at MEFIS, students had the opportunity to experience true student leadership as we held general elections for our Student Council (STUCO).

Upper Secondary candidates ran for officer positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer). They prepared their campaigns with posters and a speech during a school assembly, followed by individual votes from all students from Year 2 and up. We were impressed by the level of their speeches and would like to congratulate all of our candidates for their work. Well done!

We proudly present you the MEFIS Izmir 2016-17 STUCO Officers:

President: MARCO VÖEGELI (Y13)

Vice-President: MORITZ FALK (Y13)

Secretary: LINN PERSSON (Y12)

Treasurer: SOGOL MOAF (Y13)

Together with the class representatives (one per class from Year 2 up to Year 13) they will be representing all students and running initiatives to make our school and community a better place! The list of class representatives will be published next week. You can also follow all STUCO updates on our website:

We are looking forward to a great year working together.


Ms. Carolina & Mr. Angus

"STUCO Coaches"

Parent Council

Dear Parents,

We hope you have had a nice start to the school year and that we can welcome you all tomorrow at the Autumn Welcome! The PC will be present!

Friday September 23th we had a first Coffee moment at school followed by a Parent Council Meeting yesterday afternoon which was attended by the Assistant General Manager, Mufide van der Hoeven, as well as the Principal and Deputy Principal.  During this meeting the new board was elected. Dagmar Falk will continue as President, with Bibi Bade as Vice President and Kyra Ottens as Secretary. These three have already been working in the PC since last May. New member, Amanda Foote, who just arrived in Izmir and has two kids at our school, will hold the position of treasurer. We are very happy that there are 6 more returning families who have now joined the PC: Cecilia Degen, Sibel Mc Kenzie, Mickey Catagay, Vasilina Burmeister,  Marianne Persson and Natasa Louvrou.  With this team of 10 we have all years represented except for years 6, 7 and 10. So if you are a parent willing to join the PC as a member, and your kids are in these years, please let us know! 

The newly formed PC will be in close contact with school about general issues, but will also start organising the Winter Fair. If you have any ideas, comments or concerns in general, please let us know. We will be around during tomorrow’s Autumn Welcome. But you can also always send us an email: parentcouncilmefisizmir@gmail.

Please don’t forget to like our Facebook page This page will also keep you up to date with all the latest PC events. The next coffee morning will be Friday October 14th!

Have a lovely weekend!

The PC

From the Counselor

University representative visit to MEF IS Izmir

Next Monday, October 3rd, at 2:30pm, I will be meeting with Ms, Lily Fong, admissions representative from Lynn University (USA).(Please find more information about Lynn Uni below.)

Secondary students and parents are all welcomed to join in and meet with us, to get materials and ask questions about admissions and programs offered at Lynn. If you plan to attend the meeting, please let me know by Monday morning. 

This is a great opportunity to talk to a real university admissions representative and I strongly encourage your participation. 

About Lynn

Founded in 1962, Lynn University is an independent, innovative college based in Boca Raton, Fla. With more than 2,700 students from almost 100 countries and nearly all 50 U.S. states, the school is an Apple Distinguished School and is consistently ranked among the top five most international schools by U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” Lynn provides an array of academic opportunities, offering 24 bachelor’s, 10 master’s and one doctoral degree, alongside cultural clubs, sororities and fraternities, special interest groups, academic and religious organizations, as well as championship athletics. The school’s core curriculum program, The Dialogues, award-winning iPad program and international student base help Lynn graduates gain the intellectual flexibility and global experience to fulfill their potential in an ever-changing world.

Thank you,

Carolina Zambom Barboza

School Counsellor


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