Athletics and Activities Blog

September 22 2023,
Athletics and Activities

Jonathan O’Sullivan –  Athletics and Activities Coordinator

Dear Chinthes,

It has been a busy week for our high school athletes. There was a football tournament on Saturday and Sunday and our volleyball teams played two games this week. Please read below for a roundup of the action in our High School Athletics section.
Next week there are more games scheduled for our middle and high school teams. Of note is the high school Yangon Athletics Conference volleyball semifinals and finals. The venues for the semifinals are yet to be determined but the finals will be played at Yangon International School. Please see our Upcoming Events section for more specific information. This section will also include times, days and venues for any athletic practices over the next week.

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 and Practices

Middle School:

Girls and Boys basketball Tuesday 26th Sep, ISY @ ISM (A team only)

Girls and Boys basketball Thursday 28th Sep, ISY @ YIS (A team only)

Girls and Boys basketball Wednesday 4th October, ISM @ ISY (A and B teams)

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

High School:

Girls and Boys Volleyball Wednesday, 27th September Semifinals (Teams and venues to be confirmed)

Girls and Boys Volleyball Friday, 29rd September Finals at YIS (Teams to be confirmed)

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)
Saturday girls 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (ISY Field)

HS Volleyball:
Tuesday/Thursday girls/boys 3:30-5:30 PM (ISY Gym)
Saturday boys 9:00-11:00 AM (ISY Gym), girls 10:00-11:30 AM (ISY Gym)

MS basketball:
Wednesday/Friday girls/boys 3:30-4:30 PM (ISY Gym)
Saturday boys 8:00-10:00 AM

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

    Elementary School Athletics

    Tonight (Friday September 22), ISY will hold its first swim meet of the school year. This swim meet is an internal meet. This means that the athletes in our swim program will have a chance to practice what it’s like to participate in a real swim meet without the added pressure of outside competition.
    The swimmers will warm up, be ready when their event is called. They will proceed to the marshaling area when requested and then move into the right area and position for when their race is called. Then, when it is time for the race, the swimmers can experience what it’s like to be at the start of the race, that moment of calm before the starter’s whistle. This also gives our coaches and volunteers an opportunity to practice timing and the different roles that are needed to run a successful swim meet.
    This is a great opportunity for all our ISY swim team and swim community.

    Middle School Athletics

    Although the middle school basketball teams did not play this week they still had their regular scheduled practice times. Next week the teams are set to play International School Myanmar on Tuesday 26 and Yangon International School on Thursday 28 of September.
    The following week the basketball teams will play Yangon International School on Wednesday September 4 and then our end of season tournament on Friday September 6. This tournament will be hosted by ISY. More information for this will be in next week’s blog.

    Tonight (Friday September 22), ISY will hold its first swim meet of the school year. This swim meet is an internal meet. This means that the athletes in our swim program will have a chance to practice what it’s like to participate in a real swim meet without the added pressure of outside competition.
    The swimmers will warm up, be ready when their event is called. They will proceed to the marshaling area when requested and then move into the right area and position for when their race is called. Then, when it is time for the race, the swimmers can experience what it’s like to be at the start of the race, that moment of calm before the starter’s whistle. This also gives our coaches and volunteers an opportunity to practice timing and the different roles that are needed to run a successful swim meet.
    This is a great opportunity for all our ISY swim team and swim community.

    High School Athletics

    It was another big week for our high school athletics. ISY had teams competing in a football tournament and regular season Yangon Athletic Conference volleyball matches.
    On Saturday and Sunday ISY entered a girls and boys team in the Yangon Inter-School Football Championship. This would be a great preseason opportunity for the players and coaches of these respective sides. The championship was played over two days.
    The girls entered this with a full training squad. There were some minor injuries and illness from the start of the previous week but all that was now put aside for this tournament. There were four teams in the girls competition which would mean each team would play each other twice.
    The girls started against probably the toughest team in the tournament, PSA Team. They lost 0-3 followed up by a 0-2 loss to International School Myanmar. This loss seemed to get the girls going because they backed this up with a 5-1 win against KBTC School. This was a great way to finish the first day of matches.
    The second day was a more positive day for our girls. They lost 1-3 against PSA Team, but followed up that with wins against ISM 1-0 and KBTC School 2-0.
    This weekend was a great way for the girls to start their preseason on a high. All in all the girls scored 9 goals in 6 matches. That is a strike rate we should be happy with.
    The boys went into this tournament with a much more experienced team and were looking to achieve some goals. The boys played well with cohesion and continuity. The boys reached the semi finals only to lose on penalties (such a terrible way to lose, just ask any English fan). They played great football throughout the tournament and achieved most of their goals. Benny, class of 2025, was the MVP of the whole of the senior boys teams

    Last week our high school volleyball teams also played two matches, one against ILBC International School and the other against International School Myanmar. Both of the fixtures were away games.
    On Tuesday, September 19, ISY sent girls and boys varsity and junior varsity teams to ILBC. ILBC always provide plenty of passion for their home matches so it would be an exciting trip for the ISY athletes and their supporters.
    The ISY girls were looking forward to playing their best and putting their good practice onto the court. The varsity girls team were able to do this and played a great match winning 3-1. They showed a lot of positive steps towards the YAC finals next week and the SEASAC tournament coming up in early November.
    The junior varsity girls team also played well and are showing great improvement. They won 2-0.
    The boys played with great spirit and were also able to win 3-1. This puts them in a good place to hopefully host a home semifinal next week.
    The junior varsity boys team also played well to win their match 2-0.
    On Thursday ISY traveled to International School Myanmar. ISY traveled with boys varsity and junior varsity teams and the girls varsity team. ISM is proving to be a quality volleyball school this year and will be hard to beat. Our girls varsity lost another close game 2-3 and our boys lost 0-3. The junior varsity boys drew 1-1.
    The YAC high school volleyball semifinals and finals are next week. The semifinals will be on Wednesday and the finals will be on Friday. There is still one more match to be played that will determine the outcome and hosting rights to the semifinals. The finals will be played at Yangon International School on Friday evening.

    Tonight (Friday September 22), ISY will hold its first swim meet of the school year. This swim meet is an internal meet. This means that the athletes in our swim program will have a chance to practice what it’s like to participate in a real swim meet without the added pressure of outside competition.
    The swimmers will warm up, be ready when their event is called. They will proceed to the marshaling area when requested and then move into the right area and position for when their race is called. Then, when it is time for the race, the swimmers can experience what it’s like to be at the start of the race, that moment of calm before the starter’s whistle. This also gives our coaches and volunteers an opportunity to practice timing and the different roles that are needed to run a successful swim meet.
    This is a great opportunity for all our ISY swim team and swim community.

    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

    Tonight (Friday September 22), ISY will hold its first swim meet of the school year. This swim meet is an internal meet. This means that the athletes in our swim program will have a chance to practice what it’s like to participate in a real swim meet without the added pressure of outside competition.
    The swimmers will warm up, be ready when their event is called. They will proceed to the marshaling area when requested and then move into the right area and position for when their race is called. Then, when it is time for the race, the swimmers can experience what it’s like to be at the start of the race, that moment of calm before the starter’s whistle. This also gives our coaches and volunteers an opportunity to practice timing and the different roles that are needed to run a successful swim meet.
    This is a great opportunity for all our ISY swim team and swim community.

    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 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
    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.