Athletics and Activities Blog

October 6 2023,
Athletics and Activities

Jonathan O’Sullivan –  Athletics and Activities Coordinator

Dear Chinthes,

ISY are Yangon Athletic Conference champions again! On Friday evening the YAC volleyball finals were held at Yangon International School. Our high school girls played a great game and won 3rd place and our boys played an epic match to win the YAC championship again. Please read below for a full outline of how these matches played out.
Our middle school basketballers were at it again this week as they build up to their final tournament today, Friday October 6. On Wednesday they welcomed International School Myanmar to ISY. Please continue below for the match report on how these games turned out.
In other news, on Thursday ISY sent a Model United Nations (MUN) team of delegates to Singapore for a conference there. Please read below for more details.

Internal Swim Meet Action

Upcoming Athletic Events and Practices

Middle School:

Girls and Boys basketball Friday 6th October, Final Tournament @ ISY

High School:

Girls and Boys Volleyball Friday and Saturday, 13 and 14 October, Yangon Citywide Tournament @ ISY and YIS

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 Cross Country:
Tuesday/Thursday girls/boys 7:15 (ISY Field)

HS Golf:
Wednesday/Friday girls/boys 3:30-5:30 (Yulong Golf Range)

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 Action

    Middle School Athletics

    This middle school basketball season has been a very competitive season, especially in the boys division. On Wednesday, ISY hosted International School Myanmar for girls and boys matches.
    The boys have been building up well towards the season defining tournament this coming Friday and this match would be a great yard stick measure to how they can expect to do. ISM look like the team to beat this season so this was always going to be a tough game. ISM ran out to an early 4-10 lead and then 8-20 in the first half. However, this is when the Chinthe spirit kicked in and the ISY boys made a strong comeback. Late in the second half our boys were trailing 18-22 and looked strong. However, ISM would prove to be too good on the day and win 22-33.
    Despite this loss the boys will be in with a good chance in Friday evening’s season tournament.
    The ISY girls middle school team has had a better run of the season so far. They remain undefeated and were looking to continue this on Wednesday night.
    The girls started slowly to be 4-4 early on in the match. However, skill and size started to show as ISY showed strong defense and rebounding to consistently extend their lead. The girls were comfortable winners in the end. The ISY girls basketball team is looking like the team to beat in this Friday’s end of season tournament.
    After the ISM matches both girls and boys squads were able to play an inter squad match by mixing up the A and B teams. These were played in very good spirit and it gave a chance for the younger players to get some game time with refs and scoreboards and crowds cheering. Thai was a nice way to finish the season for the B teams.
    Today, Friday October 6, our middle school basketball teams play their end of season tournament. Last year the girls team won and the boys team came second. The girls will be trying their best to match that result and the boys team will be looking to go one better. All of ISY wishes these teams the best of luck and skill for this tournament.

    High School Volleyball Action

    High School Athletics

    The first part of the high school volleyball season concluded on Friday evening.The Yangon Athletic Conference high school volleyball finals. The ISY girls team were playing off for 3rd and 4th spot and the boys were playing for the championship. First up was the girls.
    The girls have had very tight games all season and in some regards could have been playing for the championship as well if not for a few points here and there. However, the girls put any disappointments about not playing for first place aside as they took a very focused mindset into this match. Coach Just wanted them to focus on doing the basics right for the whole match.
    The girls started strong and raced out to a 2-0 set lead. The girls were playing consistently and making their shots count.
    In the third set the girls started to falter a little so Coach Just called an unusual early time out. He reminded them of the basics and focusing throughout the game. That seemed to do the trick and the girls comfortably won their match 3-0.
    Well done girls. We can all see that you are building towards the SEASAC tournament at the start of November.
    Next up the boys had their chance to retain the YAC high school volleyball trophy. This would be a different match to the girls final. Both the boys and girls competitions have been very close this year and this match would highlight that. A five set thriller is the term that springs to mind.
    The boys started off well winning the first set but not by much.The second set was only separated by a few points as was the third and forth! The set score was 2-2 leading into the final and deciding set.
    Our ISY boys held their nerve and were able to win this tense affair 3-2 to become the YAC high school boys volleyball champions again. This should give them some momentum going into the SEASAC tournament as well.
    Well done boys, this was a great effort, especially considering the quality opposition.
    The girls and boys teams should also be congratulated for how they conducted themselves on and off the court. They played their best and did their best to win, however, they also were gracious in victory and truly showed the Chinthe Way.
    Next up for the volleyball teams will be the Yangon Citywide Invitational on October 13 and 14.

    High School Football Action

    SEASAC Information

    The high school cross country team is looking for more members. By training for this team you will improve your fitness by a long way! You will feel good about yourself and your added fitness levels will help you with other sports.
    You will be expected to run a 5km race but by then you will be so fit this will be easy for you!
    If you are interested in running please speak with Mr. Just or contact me on my email at the end of this blog about this exciting opportunity.

    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
    SEASAC Cross Country @ Garden International School, Malaysia, November 24, 25

    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

    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

    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.