September 17, 2013

Daniel Cunha’1994

Daniel Cunha’1994 visited the school in December 2009: “(…) I was amazed by how deep those values settled into my conscience of what it is that makes a great person – it is by those very standards that I measure myself to this day. And there is no doubt that my years at The British School had the most profound effect on who I am as a person, second only to my immediate family. The reason I am going into this is that I have always looked back on the benefits I took away from those years in terms of the academic skills and capabilities, which undoubtedly gave me a strong edge in my future years, and shaped a curious and well informed mind. But that day I realized finally that the effect was much deeper and went far beyond skills – it really was about who I was to become, who I am, who I want to be, and how to choose the paths to get there. And, clearly, it was all part of the plan! Not having had any children yet, I have never really put much thought into what I expect from a school for my kids, beyond a good education. What, in fact, makes up a great education is a subject that is in many respects new ground for thought.(…) Having acknowledged all this more clearly and completely over the past days, is a grand thank you to everybody who was a part of that period of my life, who put much of it all in motion and always strove to make sure that the school was a special environment in every respect.”

April 7, 2011

TAABS 2011′s Children

  
Bernardo - Juliana Bahiense Faria'98

Bernardo – Juliana Bahiense Faria’98

Davi - Edoardo Oliveira'94

Davi – Edoardo Oliveira’94

Gabriel - Will Makant'92 Andrea Dantas'95

Gabriel – Will Makant’92 Andrea Dantas’95

Lara - David Pinto'96

Lara – David Pinto’96

 

June 7, 2010

Helena Grillo’s Baby

  

Helena Grillo’94 gave birth to handsome Yuri on Feb 19th 2010, in Barcelona, Spain. He was delivered at home, weighing 3,125kg after what the mother called a ‘long (12 hours) but smooth birth”.  Congratulations to the entire family!

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June 7, 2010

News from Stephan Arkcoll’94

  

In December 2009 we heard from Stephan Arkcoll, who left TBS in 1990, but would have graduated in the Class of 1994.

“I would have finished in 1994 had I remained in Rio.  My parents relocated to South Africa in 1990 and I have been living in Cape Town since then. I still have some family in Brazil and tend to come back for visits every couple of years or so. I just wanted to commend you and the team on a great Falcon – in our days we had an annual book which was published and I still have some copies stacked away at my parents’ home.  In particular this edition of the Falcon seems to bring back memories after reading Mr. Wiseman’s report on the spirit of the school award. I still remember the days Mr. Wiseman arrived at the school – my favorite teacher!  He gave us a slide presentation on Brunei and to the day I still remember what the capital of Brunei is… amazing. In my final year I received a book from Mr. Wiseman - an award for best Geography pupil, an award I have cherished since then. Please send my regards to him – I doubt he remembers who I am – seems like centuries since I was a pupil travelling on a 1 ½ hour bus trip from Barra to Botafogo on a school bus every morning! Keep up the good work!

June 7, 2010

Julia Fritsch’s’1966 Wedding

  

Julia Fritsch’96 and Rafael got married on Nov 28th 2009 at the “Igreja Nossa Senhora do Bonsucesso” in Rio de Janeiro. Rafael Fritsch’95 and his wife were ‘padrinhos’ and entered the church with their baby son. Laura Fritsch’2010 was also a ‘madrinha’, Gabriel Fritsch’2012 played the violin and Felipe Fritsch’2015 carried the rings.
The beautiful ceremony was followed by a great party at Copacabana Palace. Mr Paul Wiseman, school Director, and several ex-students were present, including Pedro Seiler’96, Alice Franco’96, Kevin Tang’97, Luciana Matsuda’96, Isabel Ribeiro’96, Celina Ribeiro’98, Adriana Nogueira de Andrade’94, Bruna Costa Furtado’96, Clarissa Oliveira’96, Anna Flora Werneck’96, Anna Julia Werneck’96, Roberta Sumares’96, Manuela Sumares’98.
We were all thrilled by the couple’s happiness. All the best to the new family!

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April 7, 2010

Daniel Cunha’1994 Back at TBS-RJ

  

On the 4th Dec 2009, Daniel Cunha, Class of 1994, visited the school at the Botafogo site. He met Mr Paul Wiseman, Mrs Adriana Nogueira de Andrade’94, and was part of a really nice assembly for Classes 3, 4 and 5.

He then wrote to us this beautiful letter which we would like to share with you all.

“Dear Paul,
Just writing to say it was great to see you, and even better that we had a chance to meet at the old grounds – it is always a very special experience to go back there, where literally every corner holds a good memory.
Also, thanks for the chance to sit in during the assembly, it was really great. I meant everything I said that day, and I guess I got a little emotional during my interventions, but the whole day really struck a very strong note for me. First, being there that day, it hit me that since a very early age our teachers were talking to us in very serious and mature terms about such important issues as the fundamental values that makes a good person in a great community. It sounds strange that kids of eleven would be talking about responsibility, attitude, teamwork and leadership. But looking back I remember very clearly how much we talked about these matters, in assembly, in class, at sports, and how seriously we took them since an early age.
A lot of remembering! But more importantly, following your presentation I was amazed by how deep those values settled into my conscience of what it is that makes a great person – it is by those very standards that I measure myself to this day. And there is no doubt that my years at The British School had the most profound effect on who I am as a person, second only to my immediate family. The reason I am going into this is that I have always looked back on the benefits I took away from those years in terms of the academic skills and capabilities, which undoubtedly gave me a strong edge in my future years, and shaped a curious and well informed mind. But that day I realized finally that the effect was much deeper and went far beyond skills – it really was about who I was to become, who I am, who I want to be, and how to choose the paths to get there. And, clearly, it was all part of the plan! Not having had any children yet, I have never really put much thought into what I expect from a school for my kids, beyond a good education. What, in fact, makes up a great education is a subject that is in many respects new ground for thought.
So I guess what I want to say, having acknowledged all this more clearly and completely over the past days, is a grand thank you to everybody who was a part of that period of my life, and a very special one to you, who put much of it all in motion and always strove to make sure that the school was a special environment in every respect. In between all the memories these last few days, I remember how much the school began to change since the first year of your tenure (quite a clear memory as I was part of the revolutionary committee that boldly took to the streets demanding for change at the British School! Remember?). I recall very clearly how much communication and respect within our community grew to become an essential element of the whole experience, in fact, how the sense of being a unique and strongly bonded community really came into place, and how the school continually raised the bar in terms of its goals and achievements, academic and otherwise. I was very happy to see that the tradition lives on and has reached new and exciting levels, that the drive to grow, expand and improve the school’s capabilities continues, and that the fundamental values that shape people are still the centrepiece of The British School experience.
So thank you, deeply and sincerely, and my congratulations to you and the entire staff, old and new, for such an important and well performed work, that has such a deep and lasting impact on those whose lives you touch. Please extend this message on my behalf to everybody else to whom it is due.
I wish you all a great end of year season, an excellent new year, and a happy inauguration of the new facilities at Botafogo (somewhat jealous I confess – how I would have loved to practice my basketball skills in that new court!).
All the best,
Daniel B. Carneiro da Cunha – Class of 1994″

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October 3, 2009

Alice Franco’s (Class of 1996) Wedding

  

Former student Alice Franco (Class of 1996) married André Chateaubriand Martins on June 26th 2009 at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, downtown, Rio de Janeiro. The party was held at Gavea Golf Club and many friends from The British School, Rio de Janeiro were there: Eduardo Muniz’93, Adriana Nogueira de Andrade’94, Marcelo Sá’96, Rafael Mellin’96, Pedro Seiler’96, Clarissa Oliveira’96, Julia Fritsch’96, Carol Lima’96, Anna Julia Werneck’96, Brunho Cunha’96, Isabel Cantidiano’96, Joanna Ribeiro dos Santos’96 and Patrick Hruby’96. We wish all the best for Alice and André!

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October 19, 2008

News from the New Generation!

  

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Theo, son of Tatiana Bacal’94 and Octavio was born on May 26th at ‘Clinica Perinatal de Laranjeiras’, Rio de Janeiro, weighing 3,460g and with 52cm. The British School family would like to congratulate and wish Tatiana, Octavio, Theo and the entire family all the best on this new and fabulous phase of life.

June 19, 2007

Better late than never… News from Dimitrios Manoukis’94

  

Dimitrios James Chirivas Manoukis’94 and Molly Jean Bettinger were married Oct. 18, 2003, in an outdoor ceremony at the Endwell Greens Country Club, Endwell – New York-USA. The bride is the daughter of Patrick and Carolyn Bettinger, of Lacona. The groom is the son of Chrysanthi Fairchild, of Brooklyn, and the late Demosthenes Manoukis. Matron of honour was Rachel Dingman, sister of the bride. Nicholas Manoukis’92, brother of the groom, was best man. It was great to have news from Dimi! Congratulations and all the best to the Manoukis family!

June 19, 2007

Great matches, great plays, great goals! World Cup? No, Founder’s Day Football!

  

Eduardo Muniz’93, Co-founder and President of TAABS

It was a perfect setting: a sunny – but cool – Saturday morning, a smooth pitch and a football. Parents, teachers, students, exstudents and even aggregates* joined in to play in the First Founder’s Day Football Mini-Tournament. Four, teams one dream: the privilege to be called the best in school! The mini-tournament consisted of two semi-final matches, one thirdplace match and the Grand Finale! In the first match of the day, the Alumni Falcons Team (former Falcon Team) played against a mixed Ex-Student-Teacher-Parent-Aggregates Team and came out with a close victory 2 x 0 thanks to the fantastic saves by Alex, the Ex- Student-Teacher-Parent-Aggregates Team goalkeeper! After the match, this is what one unidentified teacher had to say “We did not lose! We just did not win!!” That just about sums it all up! In the second match of the day, the Current Falcons Team faced a mixed Current Student-Teacher Team. The Current Falcons came out with an exciting victory 3 x 1 to reach the much anticipated Final Match-up against the Alumni Falcons Team. In the battle for the honorable 3rd Place, the mixed Ex-Student- Teacher-Parent-Aggregates Team counted on some new and rested starters to try and stop the dynamic Current Student-Teacher Team. That didn’t seem to intimidate the fast and young students who came out with their first victory of the day, 2 x 1 to earn 3rd Place. The Grand Finale was a true battle! The referee, somewhat distracted in the first two matches, had to keep a close attention at all times! The game was well played, with hard, but clean plays by both teams. After two 20-minute periods, the Alumni Falcons Team came out with a slight edge to beat the Current Falcons Team 2 x 1 in a thrilling finale to win the First Founder’s Day Football Mini-Tournament. In the end, great sportsmanship prevailed and both teams recognized each others strengths! After the matches the general feeling was “Why don’t we do this more often!?” cried Igor Santa-Maria’94. “When is the next school event? We need another football tournament!” concluded Marcelo Sá’96.

TAABS has promised to organize another football tournament in the next school event, as well as promoting more integration between ex-students and the school community. This friendly atmosphere is what The British School has that is so special. We ought to nurture this more often! Thank you to all of you who, current students and alumni, families and friends, were present at the event and have been supporting TBS and TAABS always!

*Aggregates – husbands, boyfriends, cousins and friends of students, teachers and ex-students! Note: Mr. Paul Wiseman, sent his special thanks to the ex-students Bernar Mattos’03, Rafael Vieira’99, Eduardo Muniz’93, Igor Santa-Maria’94, Adriana Nogueira de Andrade’94, Felipe Lara’99, Daniel Maldonado’99, Francisco Dantas’99, Filipe Maldonado’01, Daniel Coccaro, Rodrigo Infantozzi’96, Marco Carnier’97, Marcelo Sá’96, André Carnier’97, Leandro Chichito who helped promoting this year’s Founders Day Fete!