ISY Alumni Newsletter

January Update

the latest news from the ISY alumni community

Posted by the ISY Communications Office 

Reconnecting with ISY Alumni

In an effort to be in touch with more ISY alumni, we have started an ISY alumni newsletter that will be sent out a few times throughout the year. We hope you will enjoy reading about the latest events at ISY and be informed of ways to engage with the ISY community.

Most importantly, we want to hear from you! Please fill out short form to make sure we have the most up to date contact information and send us a little note of what you are up to and where you are in the world!

The latest at ISY:

27th Annual Family Fun Fair

On Saturday, Nov 16, hundreds of students, family members, alumni, and ISY community members gathered for the 27th annual Family Fun Fair! Hosted by the High School Student Council and the many service learning groups at ISY, it was a successful event raising money for the many student-led service learning projects happening in the community. This year also marked the last year of Daw Winsome leading the event since its inception 27 years ago. The event’s success and tradition in the community speaks to her hard work and dedication.

High School students return from Week Without Walls

Often remembered by past students as one of the best weeks of the school year, this year HS students traveled to Kalaw (Gr 9) Hpa An (Gr 10) Kalaw (Gr 11) Chaung Tharand (Gr 9 &10) and Bangkok (Gr 12) before the holiday break. 

Week Without Walls has become increasingly centered around sustainability and service. Students not only travel to unique locations in Myanmar, but while there, they learn hands-on approaches to environmental sustainability issues.

New this year, students went on the first ever  Mangroves Trip to help restore the mangrove forest on the coast near Chaung Thar. Students spent 4 nights camping, learning about climate change, and planted over 100 trees! In partnership with the Worldview International Foundation and the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park,  ISY will create the “ISY Climate Park,” made of more than 100 hectares of land in which the ISY community can plant up to 250,000 mangrove trees.

ISY Alumni Get-together event on National Day 

A small group of ISY alumni and current staff met at Byblos Pub & Grill on National Day to reconnect and catch up. To be notified of future ISY alumni events, please make sure we have the most current contact information by updating your information here.

ISY Student Trash Heros!

50 secondary students met at Hledan Center to pick up trash with Trash Hero Yangon as part of our Service in Action afternoon on Jan 24! Students collected trash and helped raise awareness along with 2002 ISY alum and Trash Hero Founder, Phone Kyaw Moe Myint (Carl). Always happy to support our alumni and make a difference in our Yangon community! Thank you Carl! 

2002 Trash Hero founder alum Carl with ISY students.

Solar Energy presentation by 2009 Alum

In October, 2009 ISY Alum Kyaw Thiha Tun visited campus to present and share his experience and knowledge in the Renewable Energy sector. In an assembly for all secondary students, he highlighted how solar energy is a viable source for Myanmar, relating it to the Sustainable Development Goals of Affordable and Clean Energy and Sustainable Cities and Communities. After the presentation he shared, “It was great to see the enthusiasm of ISY high school students for Renewable Energy. I hope we can help and participate in ISY’s green and eco-friendly journey!”

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Our Alumni community is everywhere! 

3 currrent ISY teachers and staff ran into a past ISY teacher, Mrs. Linn Myaing at the Victoria Cliff Hotel in Kawthoung while on vacation. 

Chinthes in the news 

At the end of 2019, 2 ISY Alumni were named on the Irrawaddy list of 2019’s 5 most influential people. Read the article here.

1. Aung la N Seng (class of 2003)
4. Wai Thit Lwin (Class of 2006)

In Memory, Lon McCollum

A former ISY teacher, Lon McCollum passed away in Decemeber. A Theory of Knowledge, Psychology teacher and coach at ISY from 2003-2008, he was highly respected by the ISY community. Read a tribute written by ISY alumni and current ISY teacher Caitilin Tegenfeldt here

Community Service Award 2020

Nominations for the 3rd Annual ISY Community Service Award are now being accepted!

Every year ISY recognizes a member of the ISY Community who has been actively engaged as a force for positive change.  

Any member of the ISY community may nominate a person to this award. All nominated candidates will be reviewed by the ISY Service Learning Committee with one nominee selected each year.

To nominate someone or learn more view the website post here. Nominations accepted through Friday, Feb 14. The recipient will be formally acknowledged at the school’s annual Gala on Friday March 6th.

2018 Award Recipent, ISY alumnus Mr. Thu Zaw

2019 Award Recipient, Elizabeth Shick

Upcoming Community Events at ISY

International Day

Saturday, Feb 15, 4-8pm at ISY

Visit campus and check out the many country booths with food and games. The parade starts at 4pm followed by the annual Cultural Show at 5:30pm.

The 4th Annunal Fundraising Gala! 

The next great ISY community party is Friday, March 6 at Sule-Shangri-La Hotel. This year the theme is the Roaring 20’s!  Last year we had a few tables of alumni and we would love to welcome you and friends back again! Learn more here


ISY Alumni Posts

In Memory, Lon McCollum

In Memory, Lon McCollum

Lon McCollum, an ISY former Theory of Knowledge teacher, Psychology teacher and coach passed away recently. He taught from 2003-2008 at ISY and was highly respected by the ISY community.

Alumni Sports and Social

Alumni Sports and Social

Friday May 24th, 6:30pm, ISY Main Campus Come and play one of your favorite old school games with class mates from years gone by. Tom Just will be the games organizer and a few other teachers will be there to say hi. Afterwards you can reconnect over a shared meal....