Vivien Chen – Class of 2001 contacted the school in 2009: “I graduated from The British School in 2001. At that time, and still in doubt and equally divided between two careers (Veterinary Medicine or Management), I decided to roll a dice and let fate decide. Management it was. I decided to apply (vestibular) only for PUC-RJ, the best for that course at the time. I was admitted for the 2002 second semester, which I applied for. By August 2005, I was admitted for an internship (estágio) at IBM Brazil, to join the Global Financing team supporting Financial Sales Executives in USA and Canada. My fluency in English, acquired after 11 years at TBS, certainly helped me to get that job! By September 2006 I was offered another temporary hire position to lead a team of 14 interns, which I was currently part of, while also expanding the scope of our support to USA, Canada and now Latin America . After only 7 months I was promoted again (in May 2007), and moved to a new team, now as a regular IBM employee. By December 2007 I completed my Bachelor of Management degree at PUC-RJ, achieving a good 9.7 (out of 10) score for my final project (monografia). On May 17th 2008 I got married to Davi Borges at the Christ Church of Rio de Janeiro (Paróquia de São Lucas) on the Botafogo Site. For almost a decade I walked past that church when arriving and leaving school every day and we also had our graduation ceremony there, so I couldn’t think of any better place for my wedding ceremony. Having two special friends to stand by my side at the altar as my ‘padrinhos’ and so many others, who I met as just a kid at TBS, there watching and supporting us made my wedding ceremony and party even more special!”
Former student, Vivien Chen, told us what she’s been up to and it’s our pleasure to share this great news with you. In the first photo, we can see Vivien with her husband Davi Borges (they got married in May 2008) In the second photo Daniela Soares’01, André Weinert’01, Marina Tavares’01, Ana Maria Sena’01, Manuel Costa (1995-2000), Marcelo Teixeira’01, João Pedro Bogossian’01 and Fernando Visser ’01.
“I graduated from The British School in 2001. At that time, and still in doubt and equally divided between two careers (Veterinary Medicine or Management), I decided to roll a dice and let fate decide. Management it was. I decided to apply (vestibular) only for PUC-RJ, the best for that course at the time. I was admitted for the 2002 second semester, which I applied for.
By August 2005, I was admitted for an internship (estágio) at IBM Brazil, to join the Global Financing team supporting Financial Sales Executives in USA and Canada. My fluency in English, acquired after 11 years at TBS, certainly helped me to get that job! After only 6 months as part of that team, I was offered a temporary hire within another team, but unfortunately could not accept due to many other changes happening in my life then. I was moving in with my fiancée in February 2006 and got officially engaged on May 2006. Fortunately, I got to share that special moment with friends who are also alumni from TBS.
By September 2006 I was offered another temporary hire position to lead a team of 14 interns, which I was currently part of, while also expanding the scope of our support to USA, Canada and now Latin America . This time I took it, but not for long though. After only 7 months I was promoted again (in May 2007), and moved to a new team, now as a regular IBM employee.
By December 2007 I completed my Bachelor of Management degree at PUC-RJ, achieving a good 9.7 score for my final project (monografia).
On May 17th 2008 I got married to Davi Borges at the Christ Church of Rio de Janeiro (Paróquia de São Lucas) on the Botafogo site. For almost a decade I walked past that church when arriving and leaving school everyday and we also had our graduation ceremony there, so I couldn’t think of any better place for my wedding ceremony. Having two special friends to stand by my side at the altar as my ‘padrinhos’ and so many others, who I met as just a kid at TBS, there watching and supporting us made my wedding ceremony and party even more special! For my honeymoon I visited Buenos Aires and Mendoza in Argentina, where I also met André Weinert’01 and later went to London, UK and visited Matthew Johnson’01, Frederico Aragão’01 and Chiara Brown’00.
In February of this year (2009) I left IBM Brasil due to my husband’s transfer from Rio to Melbourne, Australia, where I currently live. We plan on returning to Rio sometime next year, to have our first child (which we also plan to have next year) and to apply for my Masters Degree in E-Commerce Marketing.”
(According to the father – “nome de princesa!!!”)
By: Adriana Nogueira de Andrade’94, Admissions, Communications & Marketing Officer
On November 27th 2008 Marcelo Sá’96 and Clara had a beautiful baby girl. Helena arrived in Nova Lima – MG, Brazil, and in January 2009 moved with the family to Rio de Janeiro. The godparents Fabio Sá’2000 and Thaissa Sá’2005 are very proud indeed and try to enjoy every moment possible with her. Soon after they moved to Rio, Fabio Sá’2000 and Roberta got married. The wedding took place on January 31st 2009 at the ‘Santa Teresinha Church’ (Palácio Guanabara) and the party went on at the Fluminense Football Club party hall.
Congratulations to the beautiful couple! Helena was just two months old, but there she was at the godfather’s wedding… in her diapers as it was just too hot! ☺ Also present were Rafael Gryner’2000, Felipe Abeid’2000, Leonardo Viegas’2000, Paulo Niemeyer Neto’2000, Thomaz Vidal’2000, Marcos Carnier’1999, Rodrigo Lampreia’1999, Rafael Grabowsky’1999, Antonio Cotrim’1999, Felippe Lara’1999, André Carnier’1997, Rafael Mellin-Sale’1996 and Michael Stanford’2001. Grandparents Andréa Nogueira Gentil and Carlos Roberto de Albuquerque Sá, very proud of their children indeed, enjoyed the party all night long. On the very next day it was Thaissa Sá’2005’s time to fly away. She is now at Leeds University, England, on the scholarship programme via PUC-Rio for her major in Management and Communications. Once again The British School, Rio de Janeiro congratulates the Sá family on their beautiful path through life!
Marcos Akstein’01 contacted us a few months ago and sent a beautiful letter which you can read below. He was a student from the age of 3 and graduated in Class 11 in 2001. After leaving school, he went to college at IBMEC-RJ and studied Economics. Currently, he is an Investment Analyst at Constellation Asset Management, based at São Paulo. He is responsible for studying public companies in the retail sector, analyzing quantitative and qualitative aspects of the company. His older brother, Marcelo Akstein‘95, also studied at The British School and graduated in 1995. He has graduated from PUC-RJ in Engineering and now runs the family business.
Dear Mr. Wiseman, I would like to share something with you. I was a student at The British School since the age of 3. Today, 6 years after my graduation, I still remember how important the school was for my child and teenage hood. What I want to share with you is not only about the knowledge gained at TBS, but also how I face the world today and what my role in it can be. Despite the time spent at The British School, it is only now, after being more mature that I see clearly that my education was always guided to turn me and my colleagues into future leaders. The school has made us believe in ourselves providing us with the self-confidence to reach our goals and channeling our energy to make this world a better place for all. I have finally read carefully what you wrote in my yearbook (2001) and became surprised since I didn’t know you very well… I had never realized that the school had such an influence about how I think or how act today. I have always thought that there was something special about me, but never realized why I was so worried about how things are or if I could be able to do something remarkable someday. Reading your letter, Mr. Wiseman, provided me great comfort in knowing that The British School is performing a real revolution in the mind of future adults, making them see the world with other eyes and trying their best to change it. In this modern world, I believe that few are so ahead to think as properly as they should. Many are using drugs to become happier, but this happiness lasts for just some few hours. Others are working for money and looking at the future always wanting more, forgetting about the present. Few people make good use of their time, which in my opinion is enjoying the present and working for the future. Surpassing obstacles and reaching goals, helping others and improving themselves is what I see as the way to reach a significant life and true happiness. I know that I am not near perfection, neither the best among my friends in my profession. However, thanks to The British School and the great teachers I have had, I strongly believe in my potential. I am working hard to make my dreams come true and am motivated to work and be someone with enough power to change what is around me. I have started to see things happen as I work with a clearer goal. I am also sure that the school believes in me and in all of its students, no matter how skilled they are. I thank The British School for my wonderful past and all it will still do for my future and for the world. Keep up with the good work! Please send my greetings to all teachers! Marcos Hess Akstein
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!
I graduated from The British School in 2001. From there I went to Baltimore, Maryland – USA, to study Biology/ Pre-Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. By my second year I decided to change my “Major” from Biology to Economics, and the University of Maryland was a better institution for that. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Maryland in January of 2006, then went back to Brazil for a year to work. In December, I applied to Graduate Studies programs in 9 universities across the United States. My first choice was Berkeley, which I unfortunately was not accepted for, but a few weeks ago I received a letter offering me a Fellowship for my second choice, Northwestern University, located in Evanston, Illinois, about 30 minutes away from Chicago. The PhD I will pursue is in Political Science, or more specifically, in International Relations. University rankings vary a lot, but Northwestern usually ranks in the Top20, but the Department, especially in International Relations, is evaluated as a top 5 program. Since I don’t have a Master’s degree yet, it should take 5 to 6 years to complete both. The Fellowship they offer is of 20 thousand dollars of stipend for 9 months out of each year, with additional funds available if I choose to stay for the Summer. The Fellowship package also pays for all my tuition and fees costs, as well as medical insurance. During my first year I don’t have to do anything to maintain the offer (apart from keeping a B average), but in the 2-4th years I have to be a Teaching Assistant and teach 10-20 hours a week. This isn’t such a heavy burden either, considering that it will be very helpful if I decide to follow a Tenure track academic career and teach for a living after I complete the PhD. Classes start on the 17th of September. While I am very much looking forward to them, I can’t help but be scared of the weather. Everyone I talk to speaks highly of Chicago and Northwestern, but they all warn me of how cold and bleak the city can get during the longish cold season. I guess Chicago isn’t as pleasant as Berkeley as far as weather goes, but I heard that it makes up for it in matters of Culture and Entertainment, so the solution is to buy myself a heavy jacket and “suck it up”. Eduardo Nunes’94 Although I left The British School just before taking the IGCSE’s, in 1992, to move to the United States, I have always considered myself an honorary member of the alumni club – so much so, that my classmate Adriana Nogueira de Andrade’94 has validated my presumption by inviting me to submit an update on my life for the Falcon (alongside my brother Pedro’s update.) So, here goes: After moving to the United States, I went to a public high school just outside of Washington, DC, that offered the I.B. curriculum. So, I was spared the cruel fate of not obtaining the baccalaureate. I graduated with a degree in English literature from a small liberal arts school in Wooster, OH named (surprisingly) the College of Wooster. After college, I moved back to the Washington, DC region. For the past several years, I have been working as the Director of Standards and International Affairs at the American Association of Blood Banks. It’s not exactly the same as writing about James Joyce, but sometimes the level of linguistic complexity is comparable. A few years ago, we obtained funding via the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to do HIV-relief work in Africa, and I have had the opportunity to travel to Mozambique and Rwanda to work on standards-setting projects. In addition, work has taken me to Mexico, England, Spain, the Netherlands, and of course, Brazil, as I had the opportunity to speak at a conference sponsored by the Hemocentro of Ribeirão Preto. Last April, I got married to my long-time girlfriend, Sasha Sutherland. We live happily, with our two cats, in the Adams Morgan neighbourhood of Washington DC (practically next door to a Brazilian restaurant called “The Grill from Ipanema” and I am not making that name up!) As soon as we figure out how to fit all of the wedding presents into our apartment, we’ll probably have to figure out what to do with the rest of our lives, I guess…