February 16, 2016

Duke of Edimburgh’s News

  

During the week before carnival The British School hosted a three day INSET training teachers from schools around the region to be Adventurous Journeys Leaders on the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme. Mr David Clarke, the regional officer for the Duke of Edinburgh Award led the sessions and presented the school, represented by the DoE Coordinator, Ms Sara Pont, with a plaque recognising the fact that we are an officially designated DoE Centre.

DofE

Mr Robert Franklin, Mr David Clarke, Ms Sara Pont and Mr John Nixon.

February 16, 2016

IGCSE Results

  

Barra Unit:

2015 also saw the fourth cohort of IGCSE results for the Barra site. The students did very well with 50% A* – A grades, 74% A* – B grades and 92% A* – C grades awarded.

Several students achieved excellent grades across a wide range of subjects in the November Examination Session. Amber Jade Standish achieved 8 A* and 2 A grades, Isabella Sartori 6 A* and 4 A grades, Amri Paravath 4A* and 6 A grades and Daniel Feijo 2 A* and 7 A grades.

The results achieved at IGCSE bode well for the next two years of study on the IB Diploma Programme.

Mr Robert Franklin
Head of Barra Unit

 

Urca Site:

We are very pleased with our 2015 IGCSE results.

At the lower of the academic range, results were slightly lower than last year, with 83% of grades at A*-C (93% in 2014). However, this statistic matches up well to recent years overall (82% in 2013, 81% in 2012).

At the top end of the academic range, our results are certainly impressive. In 2014, we reported a record number of students achieving A* and A grades. This year, results are even better! In 2015, 6 students achieved an A* or A in every subject (3 students in 2014). A magnificent 15 students achieved 5 or more A* grades (7 students in 2014). And special mention must go to Leticia Schettino, who achieved an incredible 13 A* grades – the perfect score!

Congratulations to all students for their IGCSE results – we trust you will also go on to achieve great things in your IB Diplomas two years later …

Mr Tom Vignoles
Head of Urca Site
February 16, 2016

University Entrance – Urca Site

  

The excellent group of IB students who achieved our best IB Diploma results for many years have also been very successful with their university entrance applications.

It is a little early in the year to confirm the position with overseas applications. However, we are very pleased that one of our top scoring students remains in the running at this early stage for a place at Cambridge University in the UK.

Things are more advanced with our Brazilian applications. In December, we reported in our newsletter that 23 students had already received confirmed offers from PUC. We are delighted to announce that 44 students have now had their places confirmed at PUC or at another Brazilian university! It is still quite early in the admissions process at this stage, with several more rounds of offers to come, so for this number of students to have their places confirmed already is another remarkable achievement.

Congratulations again to the Class of 2015.

Mr Tom Vignoles
Head of Urca Site
February 16, 2016

IB Results

  

Barra Unit: 

In November 2015 our second cohort of IB students sat the IB Diploma Examinations. Out of 17 students that sat the Diploma 14 were awarded full bilingual Diplomas. Three students, Thiago Schmidt Rezende, Antonni Pykalisto and Immanuel Joseph achieved 40 points or over, with Thiago Schmidt Rezende getting an incredible 43 points out of a maximum of 45. The average score of the 14 students who were awarded the diploma was 33 points and of all 17 students was 31 points.

Many congratulations to all students who were awarded the IB Diploma and we wish all the students that graduated last year well as they embark on the next stage of their educational journeys here in Brazil or overseas. The results that they achieved should provide a great inspiration for the students coming through Class 11 this year and for those entering Class 10.

Mr Robert Franklin
Head of Barra Unit

 

Urca Site:

We are delighted to announce that the Class of 2015 secured our best IB Diploma results for many years!

This year, a record 56 students managed to secure the internationally-recognised IB Diploma qualification, an increase of 9 students on 2014, with the remainder of students passing the majority of subjects. The average points score of students who passed the Diploma was 33 points (31 points in 2014). Therefore, overall these are undoubtedly excellent results.

In fact, these results are even more spectacular at the top end. This year, a magnificent 16 students secured 36 points or higher (6 students in 2014), and 7 students achieved the world class score of 40 points or above (2 students in 2014).

Our congratulations to all students who achieved these very good results, and especially to our seven highest achievers, Luisa Lousada, Mariana Silva, Beatriz Marinho, Maria Saadi, Juliana Sales, Carlos Eduardo Ribeiro – and Felipe Fritsch, who top scored with a quite exceptional 44 points out of 45!

The Class of 2016 have some serious work to do now to match this achievement …

Mr Tom Vignoles
Head of Urca Site
February 16, 2016

Brazilian Directorate

  

Although TBS is classified and registered as an “international” school here in Rio de Janeiro, we are obliged to appoint certain education staff to roles within a team dedicated to liaising with the City and State authorities. This team of staff, the “Brazilian Directorate” advises our school on areas such as compliance with regulations, as well as helping to resolve a wide range of issues as we strive to operate an international system within a local context.

For the past 31 years, the Brazilian Directorate has been most ably led by our Diretora – Da. Therezinha Pientznauer. There is no doubt that Da. Therezinha has made a most valuable and significant contribution to the growth and successful development of The British School over the past three decades. For those of you who know Da. Therezinha, I am sure you will agree that our school has been most fortunate to benefit from her vast experience and wise counsel, as well as her warm and compassionate personality. Indeed, Da. Therezinha has been a truly dedicated educator, always striving for the best for our students and school community.

Sadly, Da. Therezinha has been in ill health for the last few years and I write to inform you that, from the end of January 2016, she has fully retired from her duties and service to TBS. Da. Therezinha is greatly missed and we are very appreciative of all she has achieved.

D Therezinha

 Therezinha Pientznauer

Brazilian Director (1984-2015)

February 4, 2016

Ms Ana Barone – 40 Years of Service

  

We would like to congratulate our lovely teacher, Ms Ana Barone, who has completed 40 years at The British School! We cannot thank her enough for her loyal service, dedication and care to so many students and colleagues over all these years.

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