You’re Never Too Old to be Young

On Wednesday, May 13th, as part of the weekly interdisciplinary lessons, students from grades 9 and 10 were asked to make short instructional videos documenting any skill they wanted to share with and teach to elementary students. In return, the elementary students also made their own videos highlighting something new that they’ve learned or talking about their experience with growth…
May 14, 2020

YMUN-20 Zooms-In on COVID-19

On the morning of May 6th, students from high school Model United Nations gathered in a Zoom meeting to participate in the first-ever virtual YMUN conference, as the customary Yangon Model United Nations XI conference was canceled due to COVID-19.  Some students had the flag of the country that they are representing in their background. Eric and Erica, grade 11…
May 7, 2020


A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the big BANG happened. Following this ethereal expansion of space, the Earth formed, and human life came into existence after lemurs evolved into Old World monkeys that evolved into gorillas that finally evolved into humans. One such lemur to Old World monkey to gorilla to Homo erectus to Homo…
April 23, 2020

Watering Imprinted Roots

On March 21st, a group of ISY teachers visited the Basic Education High School Shwe Thaung Yan, situated in the Ayeyarwady Division. This is the same school that the students who went on the December 2019 WWW Mangroves trip visited, where laptops and small printers were donated. This time, ISY donated a large photocopier that was left unused in the…
April 8, 2020

For the Love of Service Learning: A Double Displacement Reaction

As the “heart of our school” and “a pillar of our community,” Daw Winsome has been nominated for and proudly announced as the recipient of the ISY Community Service Award. The award was presented to Daw Winsome on March 6th at the annual ISY Gala. This award brings light to those in our ISY community who have been notably dedicated…
March 19, 2020

Leaf It to the Mangroves

During the high school Week Without Walls, nine students from ninth and tenth grade took a trip to Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park situated in the Ayeyarwady region. The aim was to plant mangrove trees to offset ISY’s carbon footprint. Ms. Every, one of the teacher supervisors, emphasized that “for the students, it was to plant mangroves and experience things different…
January 23, 2020

‘Tis the Season to Give

Every day, we go to school unaware of how clean our learning environment is and of the forces that surround us to keep us safe. Thus, it’s important to acknowledge the fact that we benefit from having such kind and caring custodians, technicians, security guards, and others who aide in maintaining cleanliness and keeping order in our school. Christmas season…
January 10, 2020

The Initial Spark

On December 4th and 5th, 2019, ten organizations that are actively advocating for the environment in Yangon visited ISY as part of the “Earth Day Spark” event. The idea behind this event was to connect ISY students and teachers with organizations that are fighting to protect the environment. The UN Sustainable Development Goals 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, and 13…
December 6, 2019

TOK Talks Compassion

On November 14th, the eleventh grade students were given the opportunity to attend a Theory of Knowledge compassion conference led by three guest speakers: Katy Webley, Sayadaw U Nodhinana, and Daw Kathleen Thein. The objective of the conference was for students to “better understand how they know compassion and how it plays out in real-life situations.” Students are actively listening…
November 27, 2019

Elementarily Compassionate

The elementary school has been deeply involved in service learning this school year. Last week, Global interviewed two of the elementary student-centered service learning groups: “Compassionate Chinthes” and “Compassion and Kindness.” They meet every Thursday and Friday weekly. As suggested by the groups’ names, the students’ work is centered around the idea of compassion and how it can bring positive…
November 14, 2019