Athletics and Activities Blog

September 15 2023,
Athletics and Activities

Jonathan O’Sullivan –  Athletics and Activities Coordinator

Dear Chinthes,

There has been a lot of athletic action happening this week with our middle and high school athletes involved in a number of matches. Community sports have started at ISY with the option of badminton, pickleball and touch rugby.
The high school volleyball teams traveled to Yangon International School this week and also hosted International School Myanmar. Please read below the match reports on these games.
Our middle school basketball teams hosted ILBC International School on Wednesday evening. Continue reading for a rundown of what transpired in these matches.
There is an opportunity to play community sports again at ISY. On Thursday there is touch rugby and on Saturday there is badminton and pickleball. Please see the Community Sport section below for more information about both of these sports.

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

Upcoming Athletic Events

Middle School:

Girls and Boys basketball practice Wednesday and Friday, 3:30pm at the ISY Gym

High School:

Girls and Boys Yangon Inter-School Football Championship tournament September 14th and 15th September between 10:30am – 4:00pm at Star City Sports Club

Girls and Boys Volleyball Wednesday, 19th September 3:30pm Vs ILBC at ILBC

Girls and Boys Volleyball Wednesday, 21rd September 3:45pm Vs ISM at ISM

    Elementary School Athletics

    Next Friday, 22nd September there will be an internal swim meet at ISY. This will give our swimmers a chance to practice, go through the motions and experience what it is like to be in a swim meet but without the pressure of other teams being there. The athletes will do everything like they would do in a normal swim meet and try to set some personal best times.

    Middle School Athletics

    This week ISY hosted the ILBC International School middle school basketball teams. ILBC brought over girls and boys, A and B teams. The games were fast and fun as they are usually in middle school athletics.
    The girls and boys A teams both won their matches. They showed that they were a cut above opposition.
    The B team both lost to ILBC but that is okay because they showed that there is a lot of potential in the younger players in the ISY middle school.
    Next Friday, 22nd September there will be an internal swim meet at ISY. This will give our swimmers a chance to practice, go through the motions and experience what it is like to be in a swim meet but without the pressure of other teams being there. The athletes will do everything like they would do in a normal swim meet and try to set some personal best times.

    High School Athletics

    This week was a long week for our high school volleyball players. Our girls and boys varsity and junior varsity teams played two games.
    First, on Wednesday, ISY traveled to Yangon International School (YIS). Our varsity teams played well and although the sets were close in all the matches our girls varsity team lost to YIS 2-3 and the boys lost 0-3.
    On the brighter side both our JV teams won their matches in what was a very noisy environment.
    International School Myanmar brought their girls and boys varsity and junior varsity teams to ISY on Thursday evening.
    The volleyball competition this season must be the most competitive I have seen in a long time.
    Both the girls and boys games went to 5 sets! The girls were unlucky to be on the wrong end of a 2-3 scoreline but the boys brought it home by winning 3-2.
    Next up the JV teams played two very spirited games. The girls won 2-0 and the boys also won 2-0.
    The high school football season will kick off this weekend with the Yangon Inter-School Football Championship tournament. This will be the first chance that our high school girls and boys will play as a team in competition this season. We wish both teams all the very best.
    Next Friday, 22nd September there will be an internal swim meet at ISY. This will give our swimmers a chance to practice, go through the motions and experience what it is like to be in a swim meet but without the pressure of other teams being there. The athletes will do everything like they would do in a normal swim meet and try to set some personal best times.

    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

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

    Swim Team

    Next Friday, 22nd September there will be an internal swim meet at ISY. This will give our swimmers a chance to practice, go through the motions and experience what it is like to be in a swim meet but without the pressure of other teams being there. The athletes will do everything like they would do in a normal swim meet and try to set some personal best times.

    Swim team training has well and truly started this week.
    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 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.

    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. 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
    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.