Athletics and Activities Blog

September 8 2023,
Athletics and Activities

Jonathan O’Sullivan –  Athletics and Activities Coordinator

Dear Chinthes,

This week our middle school athletes had their chance to play their first matches of the new school year. On Wednesday they played at ILBC International School and on Friday we will host Yangon International School. Continue to read below for how they went. Our high school volleyball teams continued their season this week with a game against ILBC International School. This was another great game from ISY. Please read below for how this game progressed.

If you are enthusiastic about athletics at ISY but can’t get to the games here is an opportunity to watch the games that you have missed. Continue reading below for more information about watching athletics at ISY on demand.

This week we finished another full week of after school activities (ASA) and this was also the last week to change an ASA if you wanted.

After School Activities 

This week was the last week that students would be able to switch their after school activities. This is so the teachers of each ASA can now have some consistency in attendance.

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

Girls and Boys basketball Friday 8th September, 3:50pm Vs YIS at ISY

Girls and Boys Yangon Citywide Invitational Table Tennis Tournament Saturday, 9th September at YIS

Girls and Boys basketball Wednesday, 13th September 3:30pm Vs ILBC at ISY

High School:

Girls and Boys Yangon Citywide Invitational Table Tennis Tournament Saturday, 9th September at YIS

Girls and Boys Volleyball Wednesday, 13th September 3:30pm Vs YIS at YIS

Girls and Boys Volleyball Wednesday, 14th September 3:45pm Vs ISM at ISY

Girls and Boys Invitational football tournament September 14th and 15th September between 8:00am – 3:00pm at 3M Field

    Elementary School Athletics

    During PE the elementary school students from grades 2-5 have been learning about the 3 Principles of Games. These principals are Play by the Rules, Play Fair, and Show Sportsmanship. To practice these three principles we have been learning and playing different games in PE.

    Middle School Athletics

    This week was a big week for our middle school basketball players. ISY had two matches for our girls and boys teams. On Wednesday ISY traveled to ILBC International School. This was a big test for our young athletes, for some of them this was their first game of basketball ever!

    The girls played first and started with a bang. They scored the first points, however, to some confusion they scored them for ILBC! This did not worry our athletes though because we then scored the next six points as well to lead 6-2. So ISY had scored the first 8 points of the match! Although ILBC were to catch up in parts of the match ISY had control of the game from start to finish. ISY eventually won 18-8. Or 20-6, if you consider all of our goals.

    The boys were next and they continued from where the girls left off. They had some moments where they were neck and neck with ILBC but showed a bit more control when it counted. The boys won 19-12.

    Today, Friday 9 September, our girls and boys A and B middle school teams play Yangon International School at the ISY gym. The games will start at approximately 3:45pm. Spectators are most welcome.

    Tomorrow representatives from ISY will be playing in the Yangon Citywide Table Tennis Tournament at Yangon International School. We wish these athletes the very best of luck!

    High School Athletics

    On Tuesday ISY hosted the ILBC International School girls and boys high school volleyball teams. ILBC brought over A and B squads so this was a great opportunity for all our high school volleyball players to get some time on court.

    The A teams started off the evening with some very consistent play. The girls were able to put their loss from last week behind them and win comfortably 3-0. The girls played more consistently for longer periods of time. This is something that Coach Just will be looking for over the rest of the season. If you missed this game you can watch it on demand. Just follow the link in the ISY Sports Broadcasting section below.

    On Court 1, the boys were looking to continue their form from last week. They showed why they are the early league leaders this season with another fine 3-0 win.

    Following these games our younger high school volleyball players had a chance to shine. The boys were able to continue from where the A team left off and ran out comfortable winners in their match.
    The match of the day was saved for our girls B team. This game ended up being a three set thriller! ISY lost the first set but then went on to win the second set to set up a grandstand finish. This was the last game of the evening and no one left early, such was the dramatic nature of this game. ISY and ILBC traded points all through the deciding set until ISY was able to clutch a win from the jaws of defeat, winning 2-1. The ISY athletes in this game would have learnt a lot about handling pressure.
    Tomorrow representatives from ISY will be playing in the Yangon Citywide Table Tennis Tournament at Yangon International School. We wish these athletes the very best of luck!

    High School Athletics

    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.

    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.

    It is not too late to sign up to SEASAC golf or SEASAC cross country. If you would like to trial for either of these teams please email or drop by the Athletics and Activities Office next week.

    Note, golf and cross country do not conflict with volleyball or football.

    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

    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

    Due to some pool maintenance the school pool will be closed on Saturday 9 September. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    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
    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
    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.