Athletics and Activities Blog

October 20 2023,
Athletics and Activities

Jonathan O’Sullivan –  Athletics and Activities Coordinator

Dear Chinthes,

This past week many of our Chinthe athletes were in action. ISY hosted a swim meet, our high school footballers traveled to British School Yangon, our high school volleyball teams played their last competition games in Yangon for the season and our middle school volleyball players started training for their new season.
Last Friday and Saturday our high school volleyball teams played in the Yangon Citywide Invitational tournament. This was a very competitive tournament and to find out how our teams went please continue reading below.
On Wednesday our high school football teams traveled across town to BSY. These games were much needed for our preparations for SEASAC. Continue reading for a report on how these games went.
On Thursday evening, ISY held a friendly swim meet. BSY and a couple of guest swimmers were competing against our Chinthes. Please see our Swim Team section for a report on this successful meet.
Also, middle school volleyball training has begun. If you would like to join or want more information, that can be found in the Middle School Athletics section.

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 1, Vs YIS at ISY

High School:

Girls and Boys Volleyball and Football travel to SEASAC tournaments from November 2-5

Practice Times

HS Softball:
Wednesday girls/boys 3:30-5:00 PM (ISY Field)

HS Football:
Tuesday girls 3:30-5:00 PM, boys 5:00-6:30 PM (ISY Field)
Thursday girls 3:30-5:30 PM (ISY Field), boys 4:00-5:30 PM (AREA Club)

HS Volleyball:
Tuesday/Thursday girls/boys 3:30-5:30 PM (ISY Gym)
Saturday boys 9:00-11:00 AM (ISY Gym), girls 9:30-11:30 AM (ISY Gym)

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 Basketball End of Season Tournament

    Middle School Athletics

    Volleyball season has started. The girls and boys teams train every Wednesday and Friday in the main gym from 3:30-4:30. It is not too late to join. If you have not filled out the form to join you can do so here. It’s as easy as that! Then, come along to practice on Wednesday and Friday. See you there.

    Yangon Citywide Invitational Volleyball Tournament

    High School Athletics


    On Friday and Saturday past, our high school volleyball teams competed in the Yangon Citywide Invitational volleyball tournament. This was a good chance for our players to experience tournament style play before they head off to SEASAC. The standard of volleyball in Yangon has increased in the past few years and this tournament would be a good test for our players. Both our girls and boys teams progressed through pool play to make the semifinals. Without too much trouble our teams progressed through these games to make the finals.
    Both our teams would play against International School Myanmar. ISM has a strong volleyball program so these would be tough games. And so they proved that. Unfortunately our teams were both pipped 1-2 to ISM.
    Our athletes should hold their heads high because they fought till the end. And as they say, “There are only wins and lessons. There are no losers.”


    On Wednesday the ISY girls and boys football teams were welcomed by the British School Yangon. These matches would be much needed gametime for our football teams heading to the SEASAC competition soon. The girls played first followed by the boys.
    The girls started their match strongly, by holding more possession than the BSY team. The BSY pitch is a lot bigger than the ISY field and so this meant that we could play a wide game. However, this took some getting used to for our girls. But, the girls did adapt and started to string together some great passes and put pressure on the BSY defense. To their credit BSY also put pressure on us and had some shots at goal, however, the ISY defense held strong and kept the ball out of our goal.
    All this pressure by ISY meant that eventually the BSY defense had to break, and it did. ISY scored a wonderful flowing goal, with great teamwork shown in the build up.
    ISY girls would eventually win 1-0.
    Then it was then the boys’ turn to show what they can do. And they did. It was not long before ISY were on the scoresheet. And again. And again.
    The boys played with fluidity and grace at times and this was reflected on how many chances they created for themselves and how many of them they converted. ISY also stayed strong in defense. In the end, ISY ran out to a good 6(ish)-0 victory.

    High School Football Action

    Swim Team

    On Thursday night, ISY hosted swimmers form the British School Yangon, MLA and Heroes schools. This was a chance for our young and experienced swimmers to show everyone what they have learnt from the recent internal swim meet and to show off all the hard work they have been putting into training so far this season.
    The guest teams had some great swimmers in their number but ISY were up to the challenge. Our ISY swimmers swam as well as they could and proved that we are tough to beat in our own pool. This meet was a friendly one but if points were counted, ISY would have won the trophy!
    Well done to all our swimmers for their commitment in the pool and patience and attitude out of the pool.

    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

    SEASAC Information

    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 Football @ British School Jakarta, November 3, 4, 5
    SEASAC Volleyball @ NIST, Bangkok, November 3, 4, 5
    SEASAC Golf @ Bangkok Patana School, November 22, 23, 24

    After School Activities 

    Please remember that elementary school ASAs finish at 3:05pm and middle and high school ASAs finish at 3:25pm. Students will be ready for pick up from the Teak Steps at these times. When elementary school ASAs have finished, elementary school students should be waiting at the Teak Steps for pickup, even if they are waiting for an older sibling.

    ASA Times:

    Elementary school ASAs 2:25pm-3:05pm

    Middle and High school ASAs 2:40pm-3:25pm

    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.

    Community Sport

    There are currently two community sport opportunities happening at ISY. The first is community touch rugby. This is held on the ISY field from 5:30 PM every Thursday. Touch rugby is a fast paced game and easy to learn and is a great way to meet new people from our community and around Yangon. All levels of experience and fitness are encouraged. Come along and give it a try. If you would like to play please email Jonathan O’Sullivan on

    On Saturday, there is an opportunity for parents to play badminton. Each Saturday there will be community badminton in the ISY gym from 2-4 PM. You will need to bring your own rackets and birdies.

    Facility Schedules

    Due to the Thadingyut holiday some facilities will be closed during the October break. On October 28, 29 and 30 the swimming pool and gym will be closed.
    Please see the holiday schedule below for any more changes to the facility usage. Please note, these changes will be from October 23 to 30.

    October Holiday Facility Schedule Oct 23rd to 30th

    GYM Court 1 and GYM Court 2, Limitation 20 pax, 1 hour booking
    23rd to 27th open only from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Saturday 28th, 29th and 30th closed for Public Holiday

    Cover Court, Limitation 20 pax, 1 hour booking
    23rd to 30th open only from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

    Field, Limitation 20 pax
    23rd to 30th open only from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

    Play Ground, Limitation 20 pax, 1 hour booking and the same as outdoor
    23rd to 30th open only from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

    Pool, open from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (noon)
    Closed on 28th, 29th and 30th

    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

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

    +95 (0) 9 880 441 040


    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 ( 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.