Secondary School Blog

Taking Action

Mike Simpson

Secondary School Principal

October 13, 2023

Our students really made us proud this week. 

On Monday, we became aware of the serious flooding that has had a devastating impact on our Chinthe Fund service learning project partners: The Care to the Least Center (CLC) orphanage, Kalihtaw School, and the Yangon Animal Shelter. 

At Kalihtaw, although the school itself remained relatively unharmed, the community in which the students reside along with their families has suffered severe flooding. 55 families have been affected, 21 of which are Kalihtaw school student families. They have suffered severe damage to their homes, and a loss of basic necessities like food and water. Similarly at CLC, the children have had to evacuate the orphanage due to the flood. In regards to YAS, 30 dogs have gone missing, and resources like dry food, rice, and clean water are in dire need.

At ISY, compassion is something we talk about a lot. It is at the heart of our Mission as a school. At ISY, compassion is the ‘will and understanding to care about, respect and value the identity, culture, perspective, and experience of others in acting to make a positive difference to their lives and the world.’ 

At ISY, to be compassionate is to act. And our Secondary School students jumped in action this week.

On Tuesday, after ISY staff had reached out to CLC, Kalihtaw School, and YAS to identify what their needs were, our Chinthe Fund service learning groups met with their faculty supervisors and Mr. Sturmey, our Service Learning Coordinator. In little over an hour they had developed and put into action a detailed plan to collect and distribute what was needed. They had also developed a communication plan to involve the whole ISY community.

On Wednesday, students addressed a special Secondary School Assembly to communicate what was needed and how we can help. They also visited Elementary School classrooms to make sure everyone knew the plan.

On Thursday, essential items started piling up on the front steps and money to buy more items was being generously donated. 

On Friday, today, more essential items and money have been donated. The Middle School School Student Council organized a Movie Night with all proceeds from admission and food going to the Chinthe Fund. A bake sale and popcorn sale was organized outside this afternoon’s volleyball games to raise more money. Students volunteered to organize and pack essential items for quick and effective distribution to those in need.

On Saturday, tomorrow, and into next week, the essential items collected will be distributed to CLC, Kalihtaw families, and YAS.

Our support of CLC, Kalihtaw School, and YAS obviously goes beyond this week. However, this week required immediate action. We are very proud of how our students, with the support of their service learning faculty supervisors and Mr. Sturmey, acted so decisively and compassionately.

Secondary School Events

This week:


    • Chinthe Parent Learning Connections in Multi-Purpose Room from 8:30am to 10:00am (see below for details)
    • IB Diploma Review and Discussion in Multi-Purpose Room from 10:00am to 11:00am (see below for details)


    • YAC High School Football v YIS at South Dagon Field from 3:30pm
    • Invitational Swim Meet at ISY from 4:00 to 7:00pm


    • High School STUCO Movie Night from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    • End of Quarter 1

      Upcoming Events:

      October 21-30: Thadingyut Holiday

      October 31 -November 3: Spirit Week (see poster below for details)

      November 3: Quarter 1 Reports available on Powerschool

      November 8: Parent Teacher Conferences (no school for students)

      November 13-17: Grade Level Chinthe Expedition Meetings

      November 18: International Day

      December 11-15: Chinthe Expeditions

      Counselor Weekly Newsletter

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

      Click here for this week’s newsletter.

      Nourish Meal Plan

      Please order through PowerSchoolThis is the Nourish meal plan advertisement that is available to order.  Here is the Nourish meal plan showing the nutritional facts and the Nourish Ordering Procedures guide.

      Student Agreement of Acceptable Technology Use

      As responsible digital citizens, our students are required to sign a Student Agreement of Acceptable Technology Use every year. The agreement is explained to students in class before they sign it each year. Once a student signs the agreement, parents will receive an email to also sign it. As parents, please look out for this email and contact our Secondary School office if you have any questions.

      Chinthe Expeditions Update

      We have been very pleased by the positive response to our return to week without walls in the form of our Chinthe Expeditions programme. We are working very closely with our travel partners, Oway, in finalizing every detail around travel, accommodation and activities. It is very exciting for us to be doing this and thank you to those of you who have contacted us with your questions about your child(ren)’s expedition. Questions are always welcome and are helpful to us.

      To provide all of you with more specific information about your child(ren)’s expedition, Grade Level Expedition Meetings will be held at school during the week of November 13-17. In these meetings, we will be sharing specific information around travel, accommodation, and activities. 

      We will also be sharing security information and more general information as to how the expedition will run to ensure a fun and safe experience for all.

      Activities & Athletics

      Here is a link to Mr. O’Sullivan’s Athletics and Activities Blog for up-to-date information regarding Activities and Athletics at ISY.

      Chinthe Parent Learning Connections

      Wednesday, October 18

      8:30am t0 10:00am

      We extend a warm invitation to parents to join us on Wednesday, October 18th, from 8:30am to 10:00am for a session led by Dr. Hedger, Mr. Simpson, and Ms. Sheppard.

      Together, we will delve into an Adaptive Schools Assumptions Wall – an instructional strategy reflective of our classroom practices at ISY. This interactive experience is designed for parents to explore and discuss our Mission and Vision, as well as the instructional approaches we implement. We encourage a minimum of 10 participants and welcome a maximum of 30. To secure your spot for the session above, kindly register using the form provided here by Monday, October 16th. 

      Following this session, there will be another session from 10:00am to 11:00am. In this session we will shift our focus to a review and discussion of the IB Diploma program. This segment will be specifically tailored for parents with children currently enrolled in the IB program. No registration is required for this session. 

      Parent Association Notices re: International Day

      International Day is coming up soon on the 18th of November.  The Parent Association has a raffle at this event. The raffle raises money to be used by the Parent Association to support student activities.

      Thank you to all the parents and students who have donated raffle prizes so far. The parent association would love to see more come in. 

      Prizes can be dropped off in the B Building on campus or given to Crystal Win (09- 5165638).

      Contact Ms. Crystal Win for more information.

      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.