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Athletics & Activities Blog – February 5

Please follow the rules while wearing a mask.

Earlier this year, we reopened the facilities after a short break. Since reopening, ISY has been very clear that people using the facilities need to wear masks at all times, stay in groups of no more than six, and social distance at 6 feet apart. This is for the safety of the whole community and follows both government and health guidance. Recently, members of the PE department have increasingly had to remind members of the community about the rules that we have in place. Unfortunately, those reminders have not always been followed. Please let me emphasize again that these rules are for the safety of the community and must be obeyed at all times. We need to make sure everyone is safe at all times at ISY, which necessitates we all do our part and follow the rules.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce to our talented PE assistants so that it is easier for you to put a name to a face when one of them approaches you.


Maung Maung Tin

Coach Maung Maung has been at ISY since 2012.  He was a member of the Myanmar National Baseball team from 1990 – 2001.  He participated in the 23rd South East Asia (SEA) Games in the Philippines (2005) and the 24th SEA Games in Thailand (2007).  Your children will know Maung Maung from his work in MS/HS PE as well as coaching the MS & HS boys soccer teams and the HS boys softball team. Maung Maung’s wife Amy is a teaching assistant in the Science department at ISY and helps coach the girls soccer and softball teams.

Myat Zarchi Hlaing

Zarchi has been at ISY for five years.  She holds a black belt in Karate and was selected for the Myanmar National Team in 1999.  She competed in the 20th SEA Games in Brunei (1999) and the 23rd SEA Games in the Philippines (2005), where she earned a bronze medal! From 1999 to 2008 she was the women’s Karate representative for the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). Your children will see Zarchi online and in person helping with ES PE and assistant coaching MS & HS girls basketball.

Saw Htoo Ghay Poe

Coach Saw Htoo is easily recognized on campus.  He has been at ISY since 2015. The kids in ES PE classes love Mr. Saw Htoo, but he also helps with MS/HS PE classes. Saw Htoo is a Ministry of Sport First Division Volleyball Player who specializes in strength and conditioning training.  He also helps coach the HS & MS boys volleyball teams.  Before coming to ISY Saw Htoo worked at the Ministry of Construction and Ministry of Livestock Fisheries and Rural Department.

HS/MS After School Activities Begin Monday!

Session 3 Middle/High School ASAs will begin Monday, February 8 and will run through Friday, April 2.  ES ASAs started Monday, February 1.  On-campus ASAs are on hold until further notice.  ASA teachers will be in touch with start dates as they become available.

If you missed out on ASA registration this week, please check out the Session 3 ASA Packet and then email Ms. Hnin K Khine in the Athletics & Activities office to sign up.  There are still spaces available in some programs.

ISY Facilities Update for February 5-12

Transition days are on hold for now, so we are going to return to the facilities schedule that was shared just prior to Winter Break.

ISY Pool

  • Monday – Friday 6:00am – 8:00am & 1:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Saturday 6:00am-6:00pm / Closed Sundays

Weight Room & Fitness Area

  • Monday – Friday 1pm-7:30am
  • Open 24 hours Saturday & Sunday

Outdoor Spaces

  • Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 8:00am – 6:00pm

Close contact sports will not be permitted at this time.  Visitors must provide their own sports equipment.  Group size of six or fewer people are permitted at this time.

Elementary school students MUST be accompanied by a parent or adult supervisor at all times.  One parent / adult must accompany no more than five students.  The parent and child(ren) must all must sign-up online to an available time slot ahead of time in order to maintain proper social distancing measures. ISY is not responsible for supervision of students during these times.

Please note masks need to be worn in all public areas of the school, except while in the water.  This includes while using the outdoor facilities for small group games and activities.  We also ask that you make every attempt to practice social distancing. Please always enter through the front steps area as this entrance is outfitted with a thermal camera to check temperatures.  In addition, please bring your school ID to avoid the need to sign-in at the front gate.  We also ask that everyone wash their hands at the sinks on the front steps before entering the campus.  The indoor gym is not available at this time.

Please use the following link to reserve a space. If there is a space and time that does not appear on the form, then it has been blocked for a program or filled by other users.  Facility Reservation Form

Any questions should be addressed to Ms. Isom:

HIIT Classes for the ISY Community

High Intensity Interval Training Classes (HIIT) for the ISY Community have started up again.  Please join us online each Friday at 7am for a great community workout. If you are interested in joining this free, 30-minute, all-abilities class please send me an email at and I will share the link with you.

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