Secondary School Blog
Happy Thingyan
Mike Simpson

Secondary School Principal

April 7, 2023

It was great to see our students celebrating the start of the Thingyan holiday and we are very grateful to our Parent Association and ISY parents who organized all the fun today.

Also today, our Grade 12 students began their study leave in preparation for their final IB Diploma exams. We are very proud of our Seniors and we are sure that you will all join us in wishing them all the very best of luck.

We would like to wish you all an enjoyable and restful Thingyan break. We look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday, April 18 as we move into a busy end of the year.

Secondary School Events

This week:

Fri, Apr 7:

  • Quarter 7 Reports Cards available on Powerschool (see access instructions below)

Apr 10-17: Thingyan Break (no classes)

Coming up:

  • Apr 21: Earth Day / Middle School Dance
  • Apr 27: Parent Teacher Conference (no classes)
  • Apr 28-May 19: Grade 12 IB Examinations
  • May 1: Labour Day (no classes)
  • May 3: Full Moon Day of Kasone (no classes)
  • May 30: Grade 12 Graduation

Counselor Weekly Newsletter

Every week, Mr. A-G, our High School Conselor, provides our High School students with a weekly update. This update provides students with information about a variety of topics including college and university application processes.

IB Diploma Art Exhibition

Congratulations to our four Grade 12 artists who exhibited their work yesterday evening.

Quarter 3 Reports

Your child’s Quarter 3 Report is now available on PowerSchool. The purpose of this report is to provide a summary of what has been covered in Quarter 3 and an indication of your child’s academic achievement at this point in time. 

Please take the time to review this report together with your child. If you have any questions relating to your child’s reports, please email your child’s teacher(s) for clarification. If you have any questions relating to the reporting process in general, you can contact Mr. Simpson on msimpson@isyedu.org

Parent Teacher Conferences will be from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursday, April 27 in the ISY Gym. These conferences will be an opportunity to discuss your child’s Quarter 3 Report and general progress with their teachers. Students are encouraged to attend the conference with you. You will be able to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences from April 19 and you will receive sign up instructions after the Thingyan Break.

Accessing PowerSchool:

  • Click the following link to access PowerSchool
  • Enter your username
  • Enter your password. If you have forgotten your username and password contact powerschool@isyedu.org for assistance.
  • Click on the login button

Accessing your child’s Semester 1 Report Card:

  • Once you log in, you will see your child/children’s name on the left-hand side top of the screen along with the information of the student schedule. 
  • Click on your child’s name 
  • Click on the “Document” icon on the left side of the screen
  • Student Documents box will appear on the screen
  • Click on the file name “Q3 Report Card 22-23”

If you have difficulty accessing your child’s report, please know that you can contact the Secondary School office by email (secondaryoffice@isyedu.org) for assistance.

Les Monsieur Monsieur

On Wednesday we were treated to a performance from two Swiss composers, vocalists and interpreters from French-speaking Switzerland. 
Laurent and Mario perform under the name Les Monsieur Monsieur and are true ambassadors of the Swiss culture abroad. This was their second visit to Myanmar within the framework of the Francophonie – a movement that celebrates and promotes the cultures of French speaking nations around the world.
They performed songs in the four Swiss national languages of French, Italian, Swiss German, and Romansh.

Secondary School Art

Check out the new posts on the Secondary School Art Facebook page.
Great drawings can be done in 2 minutes! We are amazed at the work the Grade 9 artists can do in such a short amount of time.
We are also very proud of our IB Diploma Grade 12 students who exhibited their work last night (see the photo above).

Athletics & Activities Blog

There was heartbreak for the girls and triumph for the boys in the latest high school basketball playoff matches played on Wednesday evening. Please read below for a match report and information on where and when to watch finals this afternoon (Friday).
Our middle school boys football team is currently playing their end of season tournament. Please check out our Athletics & Activities Blog to see how they are doing.

Technology Integration at ISY

ChatGPT

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence language model that is designed to respond to users prompts and questions in a human-like conversational manner. This means that instead of just providing links to where you might be able to find information to answer a question as a search engine like Google does, ChatGPT can answer a question in human-like language in a variety of ways as requested by the user.

ChatGPT is a very powerful tool and, as with any powerful tool, students and teachers must use it with care and for the right purpose. How and why we might use ChatGPT is something schools around the world have been thinking about a lot lately. At ISY we have been thinking about this in terms of our future focused Vision for our students. 

Click here for a summary of ISY’s approach to the integration of new technology into the learning process. While this was developed as we considered the role of ChatGPT in our classrooms, this approach can be applied to any technology. We have used the acronym LEARN to organize our thinking:

Science Collaboration

Today our Senior Science students presented to our Grade 5 students. Earlier in the year, our Grade 5 students challenged our Seniors to explain to them some scientific concepts that they had questions about. Today, their questions were answered!

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.