February 27, 2014

Vivien Chen’2001

Vivien Chen – Class of 2001 contacted the school in 2009: “I graduated from The British School in 2001. At that time, and still in doubt and equally divided between two careers (Veterinary Medicine or Management), I decided to roll a dice and let fate decide. Management it was. I decided to apply (vestibular) only for PUC-RJ, the best for that course at the time. I was admitted for the 2002 second semester, which I applied for.  By August 2005, I was admitted for an internship (estágio) at IBM Brazil, to join the Global Financing team supporting Financial Sales Executives in USA and Canada. My fluency in English, acquired after 11 years at TBS, certainly helped me to get that job! By September 2006 I was offered another temporary hire position to lead a team of 14 interns, which I was currently part of, while also expanding the scope of our support to USA, Canada and now Latin America . After only 7 months I was promoted again (in May 2007), and moved to a new team, now as a regular IBM employee.  By December 2007 I completed my Bachelor of Management degree at PUC-RJ, achieving a good 9.7 (out of 10) score for my final project (monografia). On May 17th 2008 I got married to Davi Borges at the Christ Church of Rio de Janeiro (Paróquia de São Lucas) on the Botafogo Site. For almost a decade I walked past that church when arriving and leaving school every day and we also had our graduation ceremony there, so I couldn’t  think of any better place for my wedding ceremony. Having two special friends to stand by my side at the altar as my ‘padrinhos’ and so many others, who I met as just a kid at TBS, there watching and supporting us made my wedding ceremony and party even more special!”

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February 27, 2014

Flinker Family


Raquel Flinker'2003

The Flinker Family wrote to the school in 2009: “We would like to thank The British School for the education it has provided for our children.  It enabled them to achieve the following, which we would like to share with you:

On December 9th 2008, Raquel Flinker’2003 was awarded  the ”Excelência Acadêmica” certificate at PUC-RJ, given to the 20 top students of Engineering. She got it for 2006.  In 2007, she studied at the University of Texas, USA. While on vacation, she worked at an environmental consulting company in Austin, Texas. She will be back in March 2009 to finish her studies.

Deborah Flinker'2004

Deborah Flinker’2004 is studying (“double major”) a 2-year programme at École Central – Marseille, France.  At PUC Rio, she was taking Chemical Engineering, whereas in France, the course is “Engineering” (general).  It has a different approach, new subjects, and new language (French).  She is working hard and looking forward to be back in August 2009.

Both Raquel and Deborah were able to study abroad as a result of their good academic results – a consequence of the background gained at The British School.

Raphael Flinker'2007

Raphael Flinker’2007 has finished his 1st year of Medical School at Souza Marques. He is very enthusiastic about the course and he is sure of his professional choice. Presently, he is very happy planning a trip to Europe in January 2009 (‘mochilão’).

Whenever possible, they meet their friends from The British School. I think that is great!

Maria Carmen & Edward Flinker”

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February 27, 2014

Igor Tumasov’2008

Igor Tumasov'2008

Igor Tumasov’2008, scored 40 in the IB, and was offered a place at Georgetown (USA), Emory University (USA) where he received a US$50,000 per annum Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship, and several other universities.

“I got the answer from Georgetown, USA, where I applied for early decision and I’m pleased to tell you that I have received an unconditional offer that congratulates me for my personal and academic excellence and offers me one of the first places in the freshman entry class of 2009. (…) I have also applied for a place at Emory College through the Emory Scholars Program, together with my application for the International Relations course. I have been awarded one of the US$50,000 per annum Robert W. Woodruff Scholarships. This scholarship is granted to “to young men and women who have demonstrated qualities of forceful and unselfish character, intellectual and personal vigor, outstanding academic achievement, impressive skills in communication, significant leadership and creativity in school or community, and clear potential for enriching the lives of their contemporaries” (According to the Emory College website) The scholarship will cover all my tuition fees as well as college accommodation and board. (In 2009) I took this full scholarship they gave me and I am planning to graduate in Political Science and Religion or Sociology. I also got into an extremely competitive programme for the study of Ethics here at Emory. I applied once I got here and I’m currently the only freshman participating. I want to thank the school  once again for everything and for the wonderful school that gives all the opportunities necessary to get even to the most competitive universities in the world.”

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February 27, 2014

Juliana Neves’1997

Juliana Neves'1997

Juliana Neves’1997, who graduated in Architecture, from UFRJ, contacted the school in 2002: “This is one of the great things about the IB: we learn how to learn and this makes IB graduates more skilful than others. When I was called to work as an intern, one of the first things my boss asked me was: “Tell me more about this IB and CAS.” He was extremely interested and I guess this was one of the reasons why I was picked.”

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February 20, 2014

John R Mills’2004

John R Mills’2004 contacted the school in 2006: “While I understand that I have forged my own path, I appreciate those who have helped to provide the tools I need to do it. You are one of those people who helped provide some of these tools during my time as a student at The British School.  I am very grateful for the opportunities you helped create and the friendship we have shared.  The confidence and experience I gained at the school is an asset which I continually draw upon. I hope other students who have had the opportunity to an education at The British School will recognize the privileged position they are in and learn to make the most of the opportunities and experiences available to them.”

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February 20, 2014

Luiza Aguiar’2009

Luiza Aguiar'2009

Luiza Aguiar’2009 was been approved to join IBMEC/RJ and PUC-Rio for the International Relations course. She was also offered places by the Royal Holloway University and University of Leeds, both in the UK. In the words of her mother, Mrs Barroso: “Gostaria de parabenizar a escola pelo resultado no vestibular e desejo todo sucesso no ano novo que se inicia.”

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February 14, 2014

Michael McLauchlan’2010 & The McLauchlan’s

Michael Mclauchlan'2010

Michael McLauchlan’2010 & The McLauchlan’s

“During one of my several long and laborious lectures at university, a lecturer quoted Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: “There is no place like home“. He did relate that to post-colonialist literary theories, but that quote struck me as being something a little more important than just literature (which is quite surprising!). I think wherever one person goes, the Latin phrase “eadem mutata resurgo” remains true - I rise again changed but the same“. Education definitely moulds people into future academics, but we will always be true to where we belong.

I believe that I was not only brought up at home, but also at The British School – a community that cared for me so dearly for 15 years of my life. The school taught me how to love learning and to love others. It taught me my greatest passion in life, something that drives me every day: theatre. I can now sing, dance, act and play an instrument because of my involvement with the theatre and music departments. It taught me how to be honest, caring and humble.

I was also brought up at the school to speak up when I felt there was no other voice being heard, especially with the Model United Nations programme. The school gave me strength to face my fears and gave me powers to overcome them. I tried things I would never have dared before in my life, such as the Duke of Edinburgh programme, and made friends during these expeditions that I speak to until this very day.

“Mr Peter McLauchlan, his son Christopher and his grandson Michael, three generations of The British School students since 1925.”

Mr Peter McLauchlan, his son Christopher and his grandson Michael, three generations of The British School students since 1925.

And as tears run down my face as I remember all the good times I spent with my friends and teachers at the British School whilst writing this letter, I would just like to thank you. Thank you for making all my wildest dreams possible. I owe so much to you, perhaps in everything and every way possible. I just feel I have become the person I am because of you and the school I so adore – the place I love to call home.  Thank you.”

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