May 17, 2016

Urca Site – Little 8


On the first day, our volleyball girls played against PACA School and EARJ and won both games by 2 X 0. The following day despite giving their best they unfortunately lost to a strong St. Paul’s team but made the third and fourth places game. Unfortunately, they lost in this final game to EAB Bulls by 2 X 0 and finished in fourth place. Sophie Ramos played her best and had a positive attitude in the games and was awarded the Green Card Prize.

Futsal boys played hard games on the first day, losing against PACA and getting a tie against EARJ. The results were 7 X 1 and 2 X 2, respectively. The following day it was also tough, with some boys exhausted and others injured they lost both games. Those made them compete for the seventh and eighth places. Finally, the boys could celebrate, winning against Graded Eagles 5 X 2 and finishing in seventh position for the tournament. Claudio Chagastelles did some amazing defences and was an excellent sportsman was awarded the Green Card Prize.

The cheerleaders pushed the teams in all games and did a beautiful routine presentation and a unit dance with the Cheerleaders from other schools. Despite nobody winning medals this time, everybody had fun, played games and made new friends.

Congratulations Falcons team for representing our school!




May 12, 2016

Urca Site – First TBS Diplomas Awarded


Our congratulations go out to the students listed below for achieving the TBS Diploma Bronze level following their participation in the end of year programme 2015 and successful completion of a reflective essay based on what they had learnt from the experience. The TBS Diploma is awarded for a student´s participation in activities related to Creativity, Action and Service inside and outside school. We hope many more students will achieve the award this year and remind all to keep a constant record of their activities as they go through the year.

Debora Magalhães

Deborah Fagade

Francisco Guimarães

Gabriela Souza

Gabriela Sperb

Gavin Fuentes

Helena Franco

Juan Garcia

Julia Sereno

Juliana Zuma

Leticia Rodrigues

Luiza Campos

Maria Eduarda Rodrigues

Pilar Lemos

Sabrina Ellis

Sofia Montalto

Sofia Cavendish

Theo Taulois

Thiago Donato

Tomaz Williams

Vitória Custódia


May 12, 2016

Botafogo Site – Class 4 Paraty Trip


Class 4 had an amazing time in Paraty. We would like to use this opportunity to thank the children for representing TBS so well; many of the guides on the trip commented on how well the children behaved and were impressed with their energy, focus and inquisitive minds. We would also like to thank all the staff involved for looking after the children and making sure that they had a fun and rewarding week.





May 12, 2016

Barra Unit – The Genetics of Twins by Prof. Claudio Stern FRS from University College London


The mechanisms which result in the birth of twins during the creation of the human embryo have been investigated for some time now, but it is only the advancements in DNA sequencing technology that has allowed scientists to assess the role specific genes play. In a fascinating talk given to our class 10 and 11 students about the genetics of twinning, Prof Stern explained the most recent research. His objective in Brazil was to get as many DNA samples from twins and their relatives from a very small village in Candido Godoi which has an extraordinary record of families with twins, and in fact, one of only 5 known communities on Earth with an unusually high proportion of twins. Once every two years all of the twins return to this village for a grand reunion which provided Prof Stern with the ideal opportunity to collect samples from what until now has been an largely overlooked but genetically exceptional village. With these samples he hopes to reveal the identities of some of the genes involved in the process of twinning, and thereby help further understand perhaps the most important question in science: how a single cell can grow into a human being.


By Patrick Brannac



May 12, 2016

Barra Unit – A Talk About Trinity College – Dublin


In May, we had the pleasure to welcome representatives, and friends, from Trinity College, Dublin. It was the third visit from the team. This time Antonio brought with him Professor Fabio Boylan (who has been visiting before) from the School of Pharmacy and Sarah O’Brien from Applied Linguistics. As usual, the multicultural and multilingual team provided an enthusiastic introduction to the one of the most prestigious universities in the world. They answered questions of both a general nature related to the university and the historically rich and culturally diverse capital city of Dublin and more specific questions about courses and requirements. The team has a very good understanding of what it is like for foreign students at the university and provided information about the experience and opportunities available to Brazilians – and others – at the university. Antonio is Spanish and Professor Boylan is a Carioca so there is a wealth of personal insight about the thriving international community at this most traditional of universities.

Thank you Antonio, Fabio and Sarah. On behalf of The British School, we look forward to seeing you again.

Mr Briggs



May 5, 2016

Barra Unit – Class 6 Healthy Eating


On Wednesday 13th April we were very fortunate to receive Dr Luis Claudio Benevenuto, a well known nutritionist, to talk to Class 6 about food and healthy lifestyle. The talk was both lively and informative with some excellent advice for our students on what they eat, and should eat, on a daily basis and how this might affect their lives both now and in the future. The focus was very much on the choices that they make on a daily basis and how they are in control of these choices.


May 5, 2016

Barra Unit – School Spirit Day


On Friday, 15th April 2016, we had our first Spirit Day. Since the Falcons were about to leave for the ISSL, we thought it would be a good idea to have all senior school students show their love and support for our athletes by wearing either red or blue to school.

After looking into Casa Arte Vida, their project and current situation, we decided we had to do something to help, to show we care. That’s when it hit us; all those who decided to come without uniform would give us a small donation, and all the money collected would be donated, and what a great turnout it was. We were able to collect over R$1,000, and are very glad we’ve finally have begun to help.

Yet this is only the beginning! A promising year is to come, with several Student Council events and Spirit days ahead, all in the spirit of bringing the community together and helping those who need it.

The Student Council


May 5, 2016

Barra Unit – Zika Assembly


On Wednesday 30th March, Dr Correia kindly took an assembly for Classes 5, 6 and 7 about the Zika Virus. His assembly was very informative, including elements of Biology and Geography, as well as explaining to students about what measures they can take to help control the mosquito population and thus help to prevent the spread of the disease. The students very warmly received the assembly. I should like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Correia for making time in his busy schedule to talk to our students.