Did you know that Prince Charles visited our school in the 1970s?
Mike Stirk’1986 remembers it!
In September 2013, Mike Stirk – Class of 1986, but in school only from 1976 to 1978, sent this great email. It is always a pleasure to hear from our ex-students! Thank you Mike!!! We shall be in touch!
“Hi, I Came across the TAABS website today whilst trying to prove to my daughter that Prince Charles did indeed visit “my school” whilst I spent 18 months living in Rio from 1976-78, and you did at least have a picture that helped me prove my case!
Quite amazing to see such a lively alumni association. Read through all the old newsletters (and in turn the Facebook group) just to see if there was a picture that included me but it would seem not. I would have been 7 when I started at the school and 9 when I left, so at a guess Class 1 (Junior 3) when I joined. We came to Rio because the company my father worked for had won a contract with the Brazilian navy. We lived on R. Domingos Ferreira just one street back from the Copacabana.
Unfortunately there my memory starts to let me down. I remember the uniform and indeed my parents may even still have the (blue checked?) shirt that was signed/graffitied when I left and possibly even a class photo (I will ask, and if I can get it I will scan it in), I remember having to eat the black bean stew even though I was convinced it was the worst food ever created and I remember having a distinct 8 year old crush on a couple of older Scandinavian girls who rode the same bus to the school as me.
Unfortunately my memory of teachers and schoolmates is gone. As is the Portuguese that I seem to remember being pretty fluent in (probably wasn’t but it sounds good!) when I returned to the UK the school couldn’t offer lessons and so it drifted away.
Not sure what else to say. Absolutely loved my time in Rio, playing barefoot football on the beach, visiting the Maracanã and all the other sites around the city and visited Manaus on the way home. Always vowed I would return to Brasil but somehow it’s never happened.
I am married, with two children now and I guess most aspects of live are now fairly unremarkable but whenever the “tell us something interesting about yourself” type conversation occurs my first answer is always having been a student at TBS Rio and the visit of Prince Charles.”
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.”