Principal's Welcome


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the Primary School Principal it is my pleasure to welcome you to MEF International School (MEF IS). I look forward to welcoming all new and returning families to our school community as we begin our 2017 - 2018 academic year. MEF IS provides quality international schooling to expatriate and permanent resident foreigners living in Istanbul, with around 50 different nationalities represented across the school. The primary school offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) with its robust curriculum and inquiry based approach to learning. The holistic nature of the PYP allows for development of the student’s social, emotional and academic learning, with emphasis on the Learner Profile’s attributes and attitudes that grow our students to be self motivated, self disciplined global citizens with a love of learning. Our teachers are an international mix from both hemispheres with a wide range of teaching experience: They are warm and caring and focused on helping their students progress and achieve highly. Together with the leadership team and our support team we all work together to bring to life our school motto of “Building Bridges Between Countries and Cultures.”

The relationship between school and families is one we seek to cultivate and grow positively. We believe in the value of communication and as such have established many ways for you as parents to keep in touch with what your child is learning and how they are achieving. We do this through formal written reporting twice a year and parent conferences three times a year, but also more informally through end of unit sharing sessions, regular sharing of progress and achievement at the end of each unit of inquiry and through our class websites. We welcome parents to visit the classroom and make appointments to meet with teachers at any stage. Any email communication we seek to respond to within 24 hours, though over weekends or holidays you will understand if this may be somewhat delayed. Further information can be gleaned from our school website, facebook, monthly meetings with the principal, calendars and newsletters.

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) also wishes to welcome you to MEF International School. The PTA provides the school community with support during the school year and coordinates many school events, fundraising, programs and activities. The main aim of the PTA is to promote co-operation between parents and staff, and to foster a sense of community in order that our children’s learning experiences are enriched and celebrated. If you wish find out more about the PTA, their activities, and information about joining, please contact the PTA at for further details.

As I walk the school hallways and visit classrooms I can confidently say that we offer an exceptional education for every child that attends our school. We offer a world class international curriculum that seeks to grow learners who want to make the world a better place through meaningful action and inquiry based learning. We look forward to partnering with you to help bring this to fruition. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me via email, for further discussion.

Kind regards,

Linda Allen – Primary School Principal