October 5, 2016

Giovanna Coutinho’2011


It is always an honour and great feeling to receive news from our alumni. This week, Giovanna Coutinho, Class of 2011, shared her ‘life after TBS” experience with us! Congratualtions for all your achievements, Giovanna. The British School family is very proud of you!


“I started at The British School in Nursery and went through all the way to Class 11, always being one of the “shy kids” in my year group. I always took an interest in the art classes and opportunities that were offered, and I can remember clearly that Class 5 was a pretty big arts year for me. I still remember one of the pieces I made very vividly – it was a clay sculpture based on Henry Moore’s work – and I was incredibly proud of it, even though I didn’t particularly know why at the time.

As I went on to Class 6, that interest in the arts continued to grow, and I started drawing and exploring different crafts more frequently during my free time and also in the classroom with Mrs. Arlete’s and Mrs. Leah’s support. As it was, Art quickly became my favourite subject at school, along with ICT and later ITGS, and looking back at it today it’s actually no wonder that I ended up in the 3D/CG industry. I recall enjoying all graphics-related content in IT class, including some extra-curricular “challenges” that were created to help us learn more about different software such as Microsoft Word and Photoshop. I had no idea at the time, but those opportunities definitely helped me shape a path that I would follow for my career in the future.

When we were told to find an internship opportunity near the end of my school years, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do yet – so I picked animation, since it was something I grew up with and legitimately enjoyed from a very layman perspective. It was actually very difficult to find an internship in this area – most opportunities we found were with design and advertising companies, since animation isn’t necessarily a big industry yet in Brazil. When I did find something in actual animation, it was at a small advertising studio which was working on a 3D ad about mosquitoes, which at the time didn’t particularly peak my interest since I was convinced I wanted to work on 2D, traditional animation.

University applications started rolling out, and I applied for the animation program in a number of art schools in the USA. I had a lot of help from different teachers at TBS, and ended up being accepted into a handful of art schools that peaked my interest. Cue September 2012, when I started my animation program at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

I always saw myself as one of the more diligent, prepared students in my yeargroup at SCAD, and I know my education at TBS was largely responsible for that. It was clear to me that people around me weren’t quite as prepared to try their hardest even in our core design classes, or even as comfortable to stand in front of the class for reviews and “dailies”. If you knew me during my time at TBS, you’ll know I wasn’t particularly comfortable with public speaking, but I’m very thankful that we had so many opportunities to improve those skills in school. I might not have known (or wanted to accept it) at the time, but those public speaking skills were essential to my success in university, even at an arts school. Before getting to SCAD I was under the illusion that I’d be able to continue to be my shy, quiet self, and when I got there I noticed many others were also surprised to learn that even as an artist, you must be able to communicate your ideas clearly and coherently. This made me wish I had taken advantage of more of the public speaking opportunities TBS provided, but even though I didn’t participate in too many of them, the ones I did take part in were enough to give me an advantage over most other students around me.

After taking some introductory courses to 2D/traditional animation, I figured out it wasn’t for me, and that I enjoyed computer animation a lot better – more specifically, rigging. Rigging is the stage of the animation pipeline which comes between modeling and animation – think of it as making a puppet. Modelers make the pieces and build the look of the puppet – riggers add the strings which allow the puppet to move – animators move those strings around to make it look good in motion. That being so, rigging is a very important step in the process, as it defines how good the animation will be able to be. It’s an art, but it’s also very technical and involves a decent amount of math as well as problem-solving skills and creativity.

I decided to become a rigger in 2014, graduated college in November 2015, and started my career at an animation studio called Rooster Teeth in March 2016.

Rooster Teeth makes web-based content, animated and live action, and has millions of fans. In 6 months of work here, I’ve rigged for 3 different shows – Mercs, RWBY Chibi and currently RWBY, which will premiere on October 22nd. For each project, I’ve worked on a pretty high percentage of assets, be they characters or props – we only have 3 members in our team, so I’ve had my hands on a lot of stuff and been responsible for some pretty big developments here.

Here are some examples of my work – all very motion-dependent.

RWBY Volume 4 Character Short – Premieres Oct 22

RWBY Chibi season 1:

Red vs. Blue (mainly episodes 9, 10 and 11) season 14:

RWBY season 4 isn’t out yet, but the trailer will be published next week – for now I’ll link to this Tweet with a tease of the trailer:


Thank you TBS for providing all the most important foundations skills I would need.”

By Giovanna Coutinho – Class of 2011

May 5, 2016

Anna Pereira’2005 at Stanford!


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!


March 31, 2016

Diana Aude Craik’2005 – Scientific Photograph Winner


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.

More details at: http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/noticias/2016/03/160323_brasileira_oxford_foto_ss

Congratulations, Diana! We’re proud of you!

Images from BBC Website

Images from BBC Website

Winning Photo

Images from BBC Website

December 3, 2015

Leandro Fonseca’s Son


Congratulations to Leandro Fonseca’1997 and Juliana Leite, for the arrival of their baby! Guilherme was born on December 3rd 2015.  Leandro is brother to Daniel Baptista’2002, Lívia Fonseca’2005 and son to Mr Arnô Fonseca – Head of PE and Ms Celia Chaves – PE Teacher at TBS.

The British School community wishes all happiness and lots of love Guilherme and the entire family!



September 2, 2015

Goycoolea Family Visit TBS


The Goycoolea family visited TBS in August this year. Adrian Goycoolea’1990 and Michele Goycoolea’1983 studied in the school until 1980. They visited Botafogo site with their parents.


The British School is very happy with your visit! Hope to see you next time!



July 4, 2015

Class of 2005 – 10 Year Reunion


On the 4th of July, The Class of 2005 had their reunion at the Adam Reid Hall – Botafogo Site. Graduates from the Class of 2005 and teachers enjoyed the evening with lots of memories of ten years ago and with the life-long friendships made it a special night.

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April 13, 2015

Matthew Miles visits TBS


Matthew Miles was a student at TBS in 1982 or 1983 – when he was about 10 years. On the 13th of April, after 32 years, he visited Botafogo Site!

You’re always welcome!

2015-04-13 Visit by Matthew Miles (1)

2015-04-13 Visit by Matthew Miles (3)

2015-04-13 Visit by Matthew Miles (4)

February 27, 2014

Vivien Chen’2001

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!”

February 27, 2014

Flinker Family

Raquel Flinker'2003

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

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

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”