Our former student, Anna Pereira’2005 was accepted to the LL.M. at Stanford! The LL.M. (Master of Laws) is an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree. We congratulate Anna for her new achievement and wish her all the best!
The Brazilian scientist and alumni Diana Prado Lopes Aude Craik’2005 won the top prize in a British contest of scientific photographs, organized by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
After her graduation at The British School, Rio de Janeiro, she was offered places at Harvard, Princeton amongst others well known universities. She then majored in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. Currently, she is working towards her PhD degree in quantum physics at the University of Oxford, UK.
The winning photo was made using a microscope from Oxford University. It shows a chip that was developed by a colleague and herself, as part of a research on the development of quantum computing with ions. She won the Eureka category and also the overall prize.
Congratulations, Diana! We’re proud of you!
The Albuquerque Sá family, of 3 children, studied at The British School through 3 decades. In 2008, their parents told us of how they were doing:
“Marcelo Sá ’1996, the eldest son, finished the IB Diploma at TBS in 1996 and went to Bentley College, Massachusetts-USA, where he graduated in International Relations. He was always very active in school, participating in the school’s futsal and basketball team, taking home with him several medals from the RANCHOs he went to. He is now at Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, responsible for the area of ‘institutional communications’ focusing on the CVRD’s perceived image in the market.
Fábio Sá ’2000 left the school in 2000 and decided to stay in Brazil. He, who was also very active in school’s sports and other matters, entered PUC-RJ via ENEM and in 2004 graduated in Publicity and Marketing (Publicidade e Propaganda). He is currently Commercial Manager for Esporte Interativo.
Thaissa Sá’2005, our youngest, always very responsible and dedicated to all she puts her mind to. Thaissa, entered PUC-RJ in 2006, via ENEM, for in Publicity and Marketing (Publicidade e Propaganda). At the end of her first year at PUC she was awarded a scholarship for her excellent academic achievements. When the award was given, Thaissa had gone to the USA for a ‘holiday work experience’ and therefore, her mother and bother represented her at the ceremony.”
In the words of Marcelo Sá‘1996: “Estamos muito orgulhosos da Thaissa e reconhecemos o importantíssimo papel que a formação na Escola Britânica desempenha no sucesso de sua carreira acadêmica. Mesmo os três irmãos já tendo saído do colégio, ficam os votos para que a Escola continue contribuindo para a formação e valorização de jovens que, como a Thaissa, atingem o sucesso por mérito de seus esforços acadêmicos, de seu caráter, de sua integridade e de um senso ético inabalável.”
Pedro Lopes’2005 initiates his life in the Horse Market! After graduating in Veterinarian Medicine, Pedro is now into horse breeding and auctions. His has participated in the 2011 National Pampa Auction with this beautiful future stallion!
Michelle Laterman’05 graduated in Architecture at PUC-Rio in July 2011. Congratulations to Michelle and to proud parents for this great achievement!
Marcelo Sá’96 and Clara’s daughter, Helena, was baptised on March 27th 2001 at Mosteiro Irmãs Clarissas, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro. Her godparents, Fábio Sá’00 and Thaíssa Sá’05, are certainly proud of their little angel!
(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!
Former student, Rita Lobo, who graduated in TBS in 2005, tells us some news about Thailand:
“When I first volunteered to go and teach in the ESC school in Nupo Temporary Refugee Camp, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into, and I mean that in the best possible way. I and one other volunteer were going to this Camp, where we would spend 3 weeks. It was located 6 hours south of the border town of Mae Sot, where all of our friends were staying. I didn’t really know what to expect, and no one seemed able to tell me practical things about the camp. But I went anyway. Nupo Temporary Refugee Camp is a pretty amazing place, as I found out as soon I arrived there. It is literally in the middle of nowhere, 6 hours from a hospital, 3 hours from a petrol station but only 20 minutes from the violent Thai-Burma border, where Burmese military like to lurk around with big guns and mortars! Even though it is called a “temporary refugee camp”, Nupo has been here for around 20 years.
It started as a Karen refugee settlement. They were the first ethnic minority to escape Burma en masse, as they are the most viciously persecuted, but were soon joined by all different types of Burmese refugees, all escaping the SPDC dictatorship that grew more violent every day. Now there are over 7 ethnic groups and 5 different religions coexisting peacefully in Nupo camp. The 20 thousand people that live in the camp have not adopted their former government’s taste for ethnic discrimination. The camp is really enormous. It is spread over in a flat clearing in between big wild mountains and rice paddies. Over the past 3 years it has almost doubled in size as the Thai authorities changed their policy towards Burmese refugees. Before 2005 they had been allowed to live in cities and try to adapt to the Thai society, but with the ever increasing flux of immigration they were now made to live in camps and then encouraged to re-settle in a third country (usually the USA or Australia). No more Burmese refugees are being granted permanent political asylum in Thailand, so the 200 thousand refugees live in the 7 camps along the border, waiting to be transferred to a third country. And that is why Carl and I are here. A lot of these people will be transferred to the USA in the next few months and they do not speak a word of English. ESC school is located in a section of Nupo camp for Political refugees, that is those who escaped Burma because their political activities and beliefs were putting them in danger of being persecuted/arrested by the SPDC.
The original idea was to teach English to those facing resettlement so they could carry on their activities for a free Burma and their fight for democracy from their new location. Originally, classes were taught by the few with some English experience, but eventually the number of students grew so much, and their level of English improved beyond the capacities of the local teachers. That is when they started bringing in foreign teachers, that is, native speakers who were willing to come and spend some time teaching English and helping out in the school. ESC now has almost 500 students aged 13 to 60 and over. It is not a formal high school. It is what they call a school for continuing education, which means that most of the students there have completed their formal education else-where, and now come to ESC to learn English and prepare to apply to Universities once they have re-settled. It is an ambitious project.
Today, over 20 teachers, local and foreign, volunteer at ESC, teaching 7 levels of English, and GED and GCE preparation classes that will enable refugees to sit exams and attend universities in the USA and Australia after they re-settle. Because it is not a school for children, and because a lot of the students are prepared to leave at a moment’s notice when their re-settlement papers come through, ESC has not been recognized as a formal school and receives no funding from any NGOs or from the Thai-Burma Border Committee. The school depends on independent donors which means that sometimes they can afford electricity and sometimes they cannot, and sometimes there are school supplies and sometimes there aren’t.
I spent almost a month in Nupo this past summer and it was the most amazing experience imaginable. As well as teaching, we helped out with the administration of the school, helping them find funding and develop their projects. One of the ideas was that if we created a real sense of community and school spirit, maybe they would get recognized as an official school and would have more opportunities to grow and develop. We started a Students’ Union that now helps in raising money to help keep the school open as well as meeting with the Camp Leaders on a regular basis, in the hope of improving education, not only for ESC but for the whole camp. We also founded a school newspaper, The Burma Student Post, which is now reaching it’s third edition with it’s circulation up to one thousand copies and reaching all sections of the camp, not only the school. Recently, the school administration applied again for formal recognition, and we all have our fingers crossed.”
Muitos de nossos alunos sonham em estudar no exterior. No entanto, Pedro Lopes ‘05 se aventurou em um caminho justamente inverso: preferiu estudar Medicina Veterinária na Universidade Federal de Viçosa-MG. A certeza de sua opção surgiu graças ao “work experience” (experiência de trabalho), na Classe 10, quando ele estagiou em uma fazenda em Bauru-SP, através de um contato de Rose Peixoto, nossa Careers and University Counsellor. Pedro reconhece que a TBS foi muito importante para sua formação acadêmica, já que a oportunidade que teve aqui lhe proporcionou uma visão enorme do mundo: “São vivências que não se aprendem em livros, mas que se obtém aos poucos, no dia-a-dia, com colegas e professores de diferentes países”. A idéia de Pedro é também a de aproveitar alguns dos intercâmbios que a UFV oferece e, mais adiante, dar continuidade a seus estudos no exterior. Com certeza a British School se orgulha muito de ter um ex-aluno em nossa Minas Gerais. Parabéns, Pedro!
Our alumni are shining wherever they go! The Albuquerque Sá family, of 3 children, studied at The British School through 3 decades. Their parents have recently us of how they are doing and their letter can be seen fully below. Marcelo Sá ’96, the eldest son, finished the IB Diploma at TBS in 1996 and went to Bently College, Massachusetts-USA, where he graduated in International Relations. He was always very active in school, participating in the school’s futsal and basketball team, taking home with him several medals from the RANCHOs he went to. He is now at Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, responsible for the area of ‘institutional communications’ focusing on the CVRD’s perceived image in the market. Fábio Sá ’00 left the school in 2000 and decided to stay in Brazil. He, who was also very active in school’s sports and other matters, entered PUC-RJ via ENEM and in 2004 graduated in Publicity and Marketing (Publicidade e Propaganda). He is currently Commercial Manager for TopSports Marketing Ventures. Last, but certainly not least, we have Thaissa Sá ’05. The youngest in the family, always very responsible and dedicated to all she puts her mind to. Thaissa, entered PUC-RJ in 2006, via ENEM, for in Publicity and Marketing (Publicidade e Propaganda). At the end of her first year at PUC she was awarded a scholarship for her excellent academic achievements. When the award was given, Thaissa had gone to the USA for a ‘holiday work experience’ and therefore, her mother and bother represented her at the ceremony. In the words of Marcelo Sá ‘96: “Estamos muito orgulhosos da Thaissa e reconhecemos o importantíssimo papel que a formação na Escola Britânica desempenha no sucesso de sua carreira acadêmica. Mesmo os três irmãos já tendo saído do colégio, ficam os votos para que a Escola continue contribuindo para a formação e valorização de jovens que, como a Thaissa, atingem o sucesso por mérito de seus esforços acadêmicos, de seu caráter, de sua integridade e de um senso ético inabalável.”
Letter form the parents of Marcelo, Fábio and Thaissa:
“Caro Mr. Wiseman, A Thaissa, nesta nova fase, já está colhendo os frutos do excelente aprendizado recebido durante todo o tempo em que estudou na Escola Britânica. Ingressou na PUC através do ENEM em 2006 e obteve ao final daquele ano média de 9.7, a maior do curso de Comunicação Social – Publicidade e Propaganda, sendo contemplada com uma bolsa-desempenho para o primeiro semestre de 2007. Gostaria mais uma vez de parabenizar e agradecer ao corpo docente da Escola Britânica, bem como aos demais funcionários que tanto contribuíram para o sucesso da Thaissa, o qual certamente irá se perpetuar tanto na vida acadêmica quanto na profissional. Cabe ressaltar que os irmãos da Thaissa, Marcelo e Fábio, também ex-alunos desta escola, estão muito bem colocados no mercado de trabalho e em franca ascensão.
Andréa e Carlos Roberto de Albuquerque Sá”
We can all see that the Albuquerque Sá family is really proud of their children’s achievements, and so are we! Congratulations Marcelo, Fábio and Thaissa!