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.
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.”
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 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 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”