The Albuquerque Sá family, of 3 children, studied at The British School through 3 decades. In 2008, their parents told us of how they were doing:
“Marcelo Sá ’1996, the eldest son, finished the IB Diploma at TBS in 1996 and went to Bentley College, Massachusetts-USA, where he graduated in International Relations. He was always very active in school, participating in the school’s futsal and basketball team, taking home with him several medals from the RANCHOs he went to. He is now at Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, responsible for the area of ‘institutional communications’ focusing on the CVRD’s perceived image in the market.
Fábio Sá ’2000 left the school in 2000 and decided to stay in Brazil. He, who was also very active in school’s sports and other matters, entered PUC-RJ via ENEM and in 2004 graduated in Publicity and Marketing (Publicidade e Propaganda). He is currently Commercial Manager for Esporte Interativo.
Thaissa Sá’2005, our youngest, always very responsible and dedicated to all she puts her mind to. Thaissa, entered PUC-RJ in 2006, via ENEM, for in Publicity and Marketing (Publicidade e Propaganda). At the end of her first year at PUC she was awarded a scholarship for her excellent academic achievements. When the award was given, Thaissa had gone to the USA for a ‘holiday work experience’ and therefore, her mother and bother represented her at the ceremony.”
In the words of Marcelo Sá‘1996: “Estamos muito orgulhosos da Thaissa e reconhecemos o importantíssimo papel que a formação na Escola Britânica desempenha no sucesso de sua carreira acadêmica. Mesmo os três irmãos já tendo saído do colégio, ficam os votos para que a Escola continue contribuindo para a formação e valorização de jovens que, como a Thaissa, atingem o sucesso por mérito de seus esforços acadêmicos, de seu caráter, de sua integridade e de um senso ético inabalável.”
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Daniel Cunha’1994 visited the school in December 2009: “(…) I was amazed by how deep those values settled into my conscience of what it is that makes a great person – it is by those very standards that I measure myself to this day. And there is no doubt that my years at The British School had the most profound effect on who I am as a person, second only to my immediate family. The reason I am going into this is that I have always looked back on the benefits I took away from those years in terms of the academic skills and capabilities, which undoubtedly gave me a strong edge in my future years, and shaped a curious and well informed mind. But that day I realized finally that the effect was much deeper and went far beyond skills – it really was about who I was to become, who I am, who I want to be, and how to choose the paths to get there. And, clearly, it was all part of the plan! Not having had any children yet, I have never really put much thought into what I expect from a school for my kids, beyond a good education. What, in fact, makes up a great education is a subject that is in many respects new ground for thought.(…) Having acknowledged all this more clearly and completely over the past days, is a grand thank you to everybody who was a part of that period of my life, who put much of it all in motion and always strove to make sure that the school was a special environment in every respect.”
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Cristina Guerreiro ’1999 left to England right after graduation, and received a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from the University of Central England. Further on, she also studied in Italy and then in the United States. She has lived in San Francisco, USA, where she studied animation and produced work for MTV and advertising agencies. Her paintings can be seen at exhibitions throughout the USA. On the words of Holly Kozelsky, Bulletin Accent Editor of the Martins Ville Bulletin, “Cristina Guerreiro’s paintings bring to life the sights and sounds of a revived area of Lisbon, Portugal — Bairro Alto, which dates from Medieval times. The area started falling into disrepair years ago and then experienced a renaissance of use and appreciation. In the past decades, the life and flair in its narrow streets has fascinated artists, writers and poets. Many tourists go there now. It has become a vibrant section of the city famed for music, dining and nightlife. Fado music, with guitar and viola, is typical of the region. Guerreiro’s paintings capture the excitement of the music and energy, and also Bairro Alto’s age.”
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Rafael Mellin de Campos’1996 (AKA Sael) wrote to us in December 2010: “(…) It’s been 14 years since I graduated from The British School, Rio de Janeiro. Right now I’m 31, married, and a happy father to a beautiful baby girl. I work in the film/tv industry and I enjoy immensely what I do. I don’t mean to brag about any of this, but there’s really not much I can complain in life. Actually, I can’t think how one could be much happier than this. Life’s been pretty good, to say the least.
And I truly believe that a lot of what I’ve achieved in life so far, has to do with what I learned in school. Even now, years later, I often catch myself thinking of the huge role that teachers had in my life – and in the lives of my close friends from the Class of ’1996. We still keep in touch, most of us, and it’s not rare that we talk about the days in school and some of the hilarious and disastrous events we had. And we always remember it all with a smile on our faces, with a great sense ofgratitude and saudades (can’t think of a better word to precisely describe this).
(…) So, the most important thing I want to say is: thank you. Thank you very much.
Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to teach us a lot of what’s important in life. And I don’t mean just within the subjects… Thank you for helping to create the environment that we spent most of our childhood and adolescence in, and that have shaped, in so many ways, who we became as adults.
Thank you for providing us with just the right balance of discipline and care; for knowing when to reprimand and when to forgive. Thank you for insisting to teach students that spent half of the class drawing waves and surfers on the notebook – sorry for that, … And thank you – dare I say it – for the great amount of homework we had! I don’t remember it much fondly, but I admit that all the deadlines and reports taught me to deal easier with a lot of work stuff later.
Well… In conclusion, I believe that the person I became is a direct result of the education I had – from my parents and from my teachers. And I can’t think of better teachers than the staff we had.
I can only hope I’ll have such a positive impact in other people’s lives as my teachers had in mine. Once again, thanks.”
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Tatiana Falcão’1999 started in Law School in 2000 at Universidade Cândido Mendes until 2004, and graduated top 10% of her class. She was an intern with Pinheiro Neto Advogados from 2002 to 2004 and accepted there as a lawyer thereafter. She continued working there from 2005 to 2006 as a tax lawyer and, while she did her Post-Graduate Degree at Insitituto Brasileiro de Estudos Tributarios (IBET). She then moved on to Cambridge University, UK, in September 2007, from which she graduated with the LLM (Master of Laws) degree in 2008. With that in hands, she went to the Hague Academy of International Law (summer/2008) and to New York University, USA, (August/2008) for the International Taxation Programme, the top tax programme in the US – to graduate in May 2009.
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