Elementary Principal’s Blog
April 7th
Blog Post 
Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal


The International School Yangon is a community of compassionate global citizens.


We aim to develop lifelong learners who will be a force for positive change in the world.

Dear Parents,


Today we celebrated Thingyan at ISY. The celebration began with an assembly where we all learn more about this special festival. Following this, the students took take part in water fun outside. Special treats were supplied during lunch breaks. See some pictures below of PreKindergarten students taking part in making traditional treats.

This was such a fun event, special thanks to the Parent Association, who sponsored and organized the event. Thank you to all the parents who supported the day.

Progress reports are available today. Parent conferences are also coming up at the end of April. All upcoming dates can be found below.

Have a great holiday. 

Ms. Sandy Sheppard
Elementary School Principal



As temperatures rise at school, parents are advised to apply sunscreen to their children before they arrive each day. To ensure extra protection, labeled sunscreen bottles can be brought to school for reapplication during the day.

At outdoor playtime, we require children to wear a named hat, and on exceptionally hot days, they are encouraged to play in shaded areas. Finally, staying hydrated is crucial, and students are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids throughout the school day.


Our Pre-Kindergarten class has been learning about castles. How did this topic transpire? It came from the students. If you ask our Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Ruth, about where she gets her ideas for the topics they study, she will say most of them come from the students. See some of their recent art work below. Read more about this in the ISY Learning Story here.


Celebrating Monday Math, Grade 2 and 3 champions, Congratulations!

Dates to Remember

7th April – Progress Reports go home 

10th April to 17th April – Thingyan Holiday

19th April – Parent sign up for conferences

27th April – Parent/Teacher Conferences (no school for students)


G5 students created and sewed their own felt plushies.

You can see them on display in the School Office.


The campus is not supervised until 8:00 AM each morning when we have one teacher on duty.

Elementary School students from the Access to Education service learning group went on a walk-a-thon to raise money and awareness of one of ISY’s partner service organizations; the Kalihtaw School.  Great job Chinthes!–

Social Development Continued Ages 11-12

This article will be the last in this series focusing on the social development of children.  Over the past several weeks, we have identified general social development milestones of children ages 4-10.  This article we will look at the tweens or students aged 11-12.  “Tweens” is a slang term used for children in those middle years after primary but before teens.  These years are unique in that some children will begin puberty, while others may not yet experience this life change.  Although the physical development may be varied, there are still some social-emotional developments that are similar for children this age.  These include:

  • Begin to explore identity through their clothes, hairstyles, hobbies and friends
  • Decision making skills develop but can be challenged or influenced by peer pressure
  • More independence and begin resist physical affection from parents
  • Less emotion regulation, experience strong emotions quickly and rapidly
  • May begin to rebel and question family values
  • Greater reliance on friends and their expectations

I hope you have found this series helpful.   If you have concerns about your child’s development, please feel free to reach out to me, Ms. Patty at escounselor@isyedu.org


The 7th-grade students performed skits about peer pressure for Grade 4 students today.


Grade 3S students learned a new game called ‘Hoops.’ They introduced the game to all students in the assembly and it is now a new game that is being played at recess times. Thank you Grade 3S!

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Bahan Township
Yangon, Myanmar

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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.