Athletics and Activities Blog

November 17 2023,
Athletics and Activities

Jonathan O’Sullivan –  Athletics and Activities Coordinator

Dear Chinthes,

Athletics has ramped up again at ISY. On the weekend our ISY footballers played in the Yangon Citywide Invitational Football Tournament. As well as that, this week we had middle school volleyball and high school football matches. Please read the below Middle and High School Athletics sections for a report on these matches. ISY likes athletics because it seems we are playing even more matches next week as the respective Yangon Athletic League sports near the end of their seasons. Please also read the Upcoming Athletic Events section for all the information on upcoming athletics at ISY.

Upcoming Athletic Events and Practices

Middle School:

Girls and Boys Volleyball Practice, Wednesday and Friday, 3:30-4:30 PM, at ISY gym

Girls and Boys Volleyball November 22, Vs ILBC at ISY

Girls and Boys Volleyball November 24, Vs ISM at ISY

Girls and Boys Volleyball November 30, Vs ILBC at ILBC

High School:

Girls and Boys Football November 10 and 11, Yangon Citywide Invitational, at South Dagon Field

Girls and Boys Football November 17, Vs ILBC at South Dagon Field

Girls and Boys Football November 21, Vs ISM at ISM

Girls and Boys Football November 23, Vs ISM at ISY

Girls and Boys Football November 24, Vs ILBC at ISY

Girls and Boys Football November 29, YAC Semifinals at TBC

Girls and Boys Football December 1, YAC Finals at South Dagon Fields

Practice Times

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

HS Football:
Tuesday girls/boys (alternate times) 3:30-5:00 PM, 5:00-6:30 PM (ISY Field)
Thursday girls 3:30-5:00 PM (ISY Field), boys 5:00-6:30 PM (ISY Field)

HS Touch Rugby
Monday 2:40-5:00 PM (ISY Field)
Friday 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 Golf:
Wednesday/Friday girls/boys 3:30-5:30 (Yulong Golf Range)

MS Volleyball:
Wednesday, Friday 3:30-4:30 PM

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

    Middle School Athletics

    ISY traveled to International School Myanmar on Wednesday for their latest Yangon Athletic Conference match. ISY traveled with both girls and boys teams. ISM has proven to be a quality volleyball school at high school level this year and we would find out if this would be the same for middle school. 

    The first game would be the girls. ISY started off slow with ISM building a substantial lead in the first game. All players had the chance to play in that first game. The second game was a bit closer with both teams playing better volleyball and having longer rallies. Unfortunately the form that ISY showed in the second game was not enough to win the match. ISY would lose 0-2. The girls all had fun and showed that they are improving.

    Then it was the boys turn. The boys were challenged early by the quality of ISM. The ISM boys, just like the girls, were well drilled and had great command on the basic skills needed for middle school volleyball. Both teams traded points in the early exchanges of the match. Eventually the ISY boys would show their skill and expert coaching and pull out to a commendable lead. In the end they would win the first set comfortably. The second set would follow the same plot as the first, with early exchanges and then ISY pulling away and maintaining a sizable lead. The ISY boys would win 2-0.

    SEASAC Information

    SEASAC Golf 

    Next week it is the turn of our SEASAC golf team to travel and represent ISY. They will be traveling to Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday and compete Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and return Friday evening.

    We wish the girls and boys representing the Chinthes all the very best!

    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 Golf @ Bangkok Patana School, November 22, 23, 24

     Yangon Citywide Invertational Football Tournament

    High School Athletics


    On the weekend ISY’s high school football teams played in the
    Yangon Citywide Invitational Football Tournament. This was a one day tournament hosted by ILBC International School and held at the South Dagon fields. 

    The tournament was run as a round robin league style, where each team played the other teams once. Each match was two ten minute halves which meant for fast paced matches. It was also hot on Saturday and although there is plenty of shade at South Dagon fields on the sidelines, there is never any shade on the fields. This makes for a hot day and hot competition!

    The boys played exceptionally throughout the tournament. We managed to sustain our level of our high performance in every game winning the tournament with room to spare. As always our conduct on and off the pitch was exceptional. Well done boys!

    The girls maintained a high level of play throughout the day. The girls defense warrants mention because they went the whole day without conceding a goal. However, on the other side we were unable to convert our opportunities into goals and were unable to score a goal as well. This meant that all our matches ended up 0-0. This also meant that the girls would finish 3rd on goal differential. The girls still played with spirit even though the conditions were hot.

    YAC Football
    On Thursday evening the girls and boys high school football teams were in action again. This time playing their first Yangon Athletic Conference league game. ISY hosted Yangon International School. 

    The girls played first and it would only be a bit of brilliance that allowed YIS to score a very good goal in the first half. This meant that ISY were 0-1 down at half time. The second half was an attacking game for the ISY girls. The girls piled on the pressure to the YIS goal line but YIS were well served by a good goalie who saved them on many occasions. A special mention should go to the ISY goalie who pulled off some great saves of her own for the home team. In the end the score would remain 0-1 to YIS. 

    These were only the first games of the league and there is much more action to follow.

    On thursday ISY also hosted Crane International School Myanmar (CISM) for two friendly basketball matches. CISM brought high school girls and boys teams. Although these were technically friendly pre-season matches they were still played with high intensity. 

    The girls played very well and there are some very good signs for the future of ISY basketball. However, they would lose the match by a small margin. 

    The boys also played well with high intensity. They would win their match.

    These games were a good chance to play against different opponents before our SEASAC and YAC tournaments start.

    After School Activities 

    This is the last week of ASAs. Thank you to all the teachers, parents, student leaders and outside helpers that have provided a wide range of activities for our students. I think there was something for everyone to try, make a difference and have fun. Also, thank you to the students that have given something new a go or continued with something they love.
    The next session will start on January 29. In January, please look out for information about how to sign up and what activities are on offer in this blog as well as the Principals’ blogs and the “Friday Notices” that are sent out by email.

    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.

    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

    There will be no community sport on Saturdat due to the ISY International Day.

    Touch rugby will start up again on Thursday evening at 5:30. You are all welcome to come and try this great sport. 


    Facility Schedules


    The school campus will be closed on Saturday, November 18, for International Day.


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

    Fitness/Weights Room
    Closed 7 AM – 2:30 PM (School hours)
    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
    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)
    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:

    Kindest regards,

    Mr. Jonathan O’Sullivan