Athletics and Activities Blog

February 2 2024,
Athletics and Activities

Jonathan O’Sullivan –  Athletics and Activities Coordinator

Dear Chinthes,

There has been a lot going on at ISY this week.
On Tuesday we welcomed International School Myanmar to ISY for high school basketball.
On Wednesday our middle school football team traveled to ISM. Early on Thursday morning we wished our SEASAC teams and groups well as they traveled to their respective competitions and festivals. For live feeds of our Chinthe athletes competing at their respective SEASAC tournaments please see the links below. Then, to top it all off, After School Activities started this week.
To read more about these events and athletics please continue reading below in the relevant sections.

Upcoming Athletic Events and Practices

Middle School:

MS Football, Feb. 7, 3:30 PM Vs YIS at ISY (Postponed)

High School:

HS Basketball Girls and Boys, Feb. 2, 3 and 4, SEASAC Tournament

HS Touch Rugby Girls, Feb. 2, 3 and 4, SEASAC Tournament

HS Basketball Girls and Boys Feb. 14,  3:40 Vs YIS at ISY

HS Basketball Girls and Boys Feb. 16,  3:40 Vs YIS at YIS

Practice Times

HS Softball:
Wednesday girls/boys 3:30-5:00 PM
Saturday girls/boys 9-11 AM (AREA club)

HS Touch Rugby
Tuesday 2:40-5:00 PM (ISY Field)
Thursday 3:30-5:30 PM (ISY Field)

HS Basketball:
Tuesday/Thursday girls/boys 3:30-5:30 PM (ISY Gym)
Saturday practices will be confirmed by your coaches

HS Badminton
Monday/Wednesday girls/boys 3:30-5:30 PM (ISY Gym)

ES Swim Team:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:20-3:20 PM

MS and HS Swim Team:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:30-5:00 PM
Tuesday and Thursday 6:45-7:45 AM

    SEASAC Information

    On Thursday ISY said farewell and good luck and skill to our girls and boys basketball teams, our girls touch rugby team and our arts festival group. Please continue reading for more information on where and what they will be doing this weekend and for the link to watch the matches live!

    Links to live streams of the SEASAC tournaments.

    SEASAC Boys Basketball

    SEASAC Girls Basketball

    SEASAC Girls Touch Rugby

    (Repeated) On Thursday morning, ISY will be sending four teams to various SEASAC events/tournaments in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. These events will be SEASAC girls and boys basketball, SEASAC girls touch rugby and the SEASAC arts festival.

    The boys basketball and girls touch rugby teams will both play their tournaments in Singapore. Boys basketball will play at the Australian International School and girls touch rugby will be played at United World College East.

    The girls basketball and arts festival will both be held in Kuala Lumpur. The girls basketball will be held at Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School and the arts festival will be held jointly between Garden International School and Mont’ Kiara International School.

    It is exciting for our arts festival students because this is the first time since 2019 that a SEASAC Arts Festival has been held. I am very happy that ISY has an arts contingent for this returning event.

    I am sure you will all join me in wishing all of our students the very best of luck and skill at these events.

    What is SEASAC?
    The Southeast Asian Student Activities Conference is the athletics and activities conference that ISY belongs to outside of Myanmar. Each year ISY sends students to athletic, Model United Nations conferences and arts festivals. These events are a very valuable opportunity for our students to connect with other like minded students across Southeast Asia. This section in the Athletics and Activities blog will outline some of the important information and general happenings around SEASAC events.

    SEASAC Dates:
    SEASAC Touch Rugby @ UWCE, February 2, 3 and 4
    SEASAC Basketbal Girls @ Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School, February 2, 3 and 4
    SEASAC Basketball Boys @ NIST, February 2, 3 and 4
    SEASAC Arts Festival @ GIS and MKIS, February 2, 3 and 4

    High School Athletics

    On Tuesday ISY welcomed International School Myanmar to play our high school basketball teams. The boys basketball team would play first and then the girls basketball team. ISM is tipped as our teams’ biggest challenge for the Yangon Athletic Conference (YAC).
    As they say in basketball, our team started “Cold”, and it seemed that none of our shots would go in. On the other hand, ISM were able to capitalize on our mistakes and score on many of their opportunities. After a while ISY warmed up and started to make some of their shots but by this time the deficit was too great and ISM would win, 27-48.
    It was up to the high school girls basketball team to pull back the Chinthe pride in the next game. The ISM girls basketball team on paper was stronger than their boy counterparts so our girls would need to be at their best. Unfortunately, the girls came out cold like the ISY boys in the previous game. However, unlike the boys the girls would find some form and only trail 8-11 at the end of the first quarter. From there, there were touches of brilliance by both teams but ISM had two very good scorers on their team that would dominate most of the scoresheet. At the end of the third quarter ISM would lead 18-30 and at full time would win 20-41.
    Both of our high school basketball teams will benefit from their respective SEASAC tournaments this weekend and it could well be a different story when we play ISM later in the season.

    Middle School Athletics

    On Wednesday ISY traveled to International School Myanmar to play our first game of the middle school football season. This was our first Yangon Athletic Conference game.
    This was our first outing as a team and we were rusty. However, considering this, ISY held the lead for much of the first half. This was always going to be a tough game because the ISM team was very skilled. The ISY boys football team put in a great effort but were well beaten by a very skilful side. 2-6 would be the final score of the match.

    Our next match is at home today (Feb. 2) at ISY against ILBC International School.

    After School Activities 

    Well done to all those students and teachers that have completed the first week of Session 2 ASAs. There have been a lot of student engagement this week and it will continue until April 5 when Session 2 finishes.
    This is a reminder that the end of next week (second week of ASAs) is the cut off for changing your ASA.
    Parents will be able to check their child(ren)’s ASA schedule on PowerSchool. They will also be able to check where and when the ASAs will be and who is the ASA supervisor. This information will be automatically updated as changes are made to the students’ ASA schedules.
    After the second week of ASAs, February 9, there will be no more changing from one ASA to another. Please make any changes to your child(ren)’s ASA schedule before this time.

    The times for ASAs are as follows:

    Elementary school ASA 2:20 – 3:05 PM
    Middle and high school ASA 2:40-3:25 PM

    ISY Invertational Friendly Swim Meet

    Swim Team

    Here are the training times for our elementary, middle and high school swim teams.

    ES Swim Team:
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:20-3:20 PM

    MS and HS Swim Team:
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:30-5:00 PM
    Tuesday and Thursday 6:45-7:45 AM

    Community Sport

    Every Saturday a group of ISY community plays badminton and pickleball in the ISY gym. This is from 3:00-5:00 PM. 

    If you are interested in playing either of these community sports please come along at the given day and time and you will be welcomed.

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    ISY Sports Broadcasting

    Last year a sports broadcasting club was started at ISY. They were able to cover some of our high school basketball games with great success. They produced a very professionally polished product.
    This year they will cover our high school athletics for the whole year. If you are interested in this please follow the link below and this will lead you to the group’s Youtube page. So far the group has covered two high school volleyball games and some of the high school basketball games from last year.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIzBh86SGxeV22RG6ZHYW2g

    Facility Schedules

    ISY facilities are open and ready to be enjoyed by the ISY community. You will be able to see below the available times to different facilities.

    Please note, to use ISY facilities you MUST use this booking form and be a member of the ISY community. No people outside of the ISY community will be given access to ISY without previous permission. This form also includes a liability waver.

    Tennis Court

    Weekdays 2:30-6:00PM

    Weekends 8:00AM-5:00PM

    (Middle and elementary school students need to be accompanied by an adult)

    Swimming Pool
    Mornings
    Open 6:30 – 7:30 AM Monday – Friday
    Afternoons
    Monday 5-6 PM
    Tuesday 3:30-6 PM
    Wednesday 5-6 PM
    Thursday 3:30-6 PM
    Friday 5-6 PM
    Weekends
    Open Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM
    Closed Sunday
    (Please note to use the Swimming Pool you must book your place)

    Fitness/Weights Room
    Weekdays
    Closed 7 AM – 2:30 PM (School hours)
    Weekends
    24 hours (Please note to use the Weights/Fitness Room you must book your place)

    **Please note** The Fitness/Weights Room is busy with a lot of equipment in it. Could all users please tidy up after themselves. This means wiping down equipment after using them and returning all weights and moveable equipment back to its correct place. This will make for a much more pleasant experience for everyone!

    HS students may use the Fitness/weights Weights Room unsupervised.
    MS students may use the Fitness/Weights Room only with adult supervision.
    ES students are not allowed in the Fitness/Weights Room.

    Outdoor Areas
    Weekdays
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 3:30 – 6 PM
    The Field
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the field will be used until 5:30 for ISY sports teams practice.

    (Please note that to use the Outdoor Spaces you must book your place)
    Weekends
    8 AM – 6 PM
    **These times may change once more sports start up at ISY**

    Questions or More Information

    As always, if you have any questions about what is in this blog or anything else that you may think of related to activities or athletics please feel free to contact me at:

    josullivan@isyedu.org

    Kindest regards,

    Mr. Jonathan O’Sullivan

    The International School Yangon
    20 Shwe Taungyar Street
    Bahan Township
    Yangon, Myanmar

    +95 (0) 9 880 441 040

    office@isyedu.org

    FUNDRAISING GALA

    The 5th Annual ISY Fundraising Gala is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at the PARKROYAL Hotel Yangon and will be in their Yadanar Ballroom starting from 6:00 pm. The theme will be The Garden of Hope. The Gala supports and links to ISY’s strategic theme of Sustainability. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the event, please see this linked sponsorship document with the sponsorship packages and form. Any questions regarding sponsorship should be directed towards our Advancement Associate, May Su Yadana Bo (mbo@isyedu.org) or +95 9 880 441 040, +95 9 964 210 248. You can also see further details about ticket purchases for the event on our ISY Gala webpage and Facebook Event page.