Last week rang of a familiar situation: an IASAS week here on the SAS campus. Yet, it was entirely different. Though travel plans and interscholastic competition has fallen prey to the cancelation machine that has surrounded the corona virus outbreak, there’s still an energy in the air when multiple teams of SAS students—representing the best in their respective disciplines—are attempting to move forward in novel ways with the traditional IASAS celebration.
You’re more likely to associate the IASAS concept with athletics. Last month, SAS hosted IASAS Touch Rugby and Rugby, as well as girl’s Tennis. There was a buzz on campus as there usually is when we host IASAS, with a campus looming with student-athletes from all six of the IASAS schools – International School Bangkok, International School Kuala Lumpur, International School Manila, Jakarta Intercultural School, Taipei American School, and last but not least, Singapore American School.
Most students at SAS have experienced at least one IASAS, and I think everyone can agree that it’s a super fun experience whether you’re playing on the court or field, or watching and cheering on the sidelines. But where did IASAS originate? And how successful have our Eagles been since the start of IASAS?
IASAS stands for the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools.
The six members of this Association, all private international schools located all throughout Southeast Asia, share a long history of friendly competition. The first year that there were competitions under the name of IASAS was in the fall of 1982, however, competitions between some of the schools had started prior.
The first form of this was the Singapore-Bangkok games, between SAS and ISB. In 1980, ISKL was asked to join this, forming the Triangular Games. Just like this, more and more schools began to join until the six member IASAS was solidified.
IASAS, although we know it for the crowded bleachers filled with ecstatic parents and student bodies banging drums and shaking cowbells, isn’t totally revolved around just sports. Here’s a quick guide to how IASAS events are split up over the academic school year.
IASAS also showcases activities that are part of the arts and academic competition between schools, most of which are being hosted this week—virtually or otherwise—during the Cultural Convention. Students are still trying to compete to win, just not dressed in red and blue jerseys.
Our media affiliate, Studio41, produced a dedicated first take episode to highlight those teams enjoying their IASAS moment this week:
In these many years that SAS has been participating in IASAS, we have established ourselves as primary competitors on the field, on the court, or on stage. Our goal is not only to win, but to win in accordance to the principles of the eagle way. According to the sas.edu.sg website, since the establishment of IASAS in 1983, our SAS eagles have earned over 250 gold medals.
With the eagles winning the gold championship for five out of six sports during season one, as well as girls and boys swimming and girls basketball this season, our eagles will continue to make us proud as season three approaches, as we host girls and boys softball and baseball! Be sure to come support as we try to add more to our collection of 250+ gold medals.