February 27, 2014

Igor Tumasov’2008

Igor Tumasov'2008

Igor Tumasov’2008, scored 40 in the IB, and was offered a place at Georgetown (USA), Emory University (USA) where he received a US$50,000 per annum Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship, and several other universities.

“I got the answer from Georgetown, USA, where I applied for early decision and I’m pleased to tell you that I have received an unconditional offer that congratulates me for my personal and academic excellence and offers me one of the first places in the freshman entry class of 2009. (…) I have also applied for a place at Emory College through the Emory Scholars Program, together with my application for the International Relations course. I have been awarded one of the US$50,000 per annum Robert W. Woodruff Scholarships. This scholarship is granted to “to young men and women who have demonstrated qualities of forceful and unselfish character, intellectual and personal vigor, outstanding academic achievement, impressive skills in communication, significant leadership and creativity in school or community, and clear potential for enriching the lives of their contemporaries” (According to the Emory College website) The scholarship will cover all my tuition fees as well as college accommodation and board. (In 2009) I took this full scholarship they gave me and I am planning to graduate in Political Science and Religion or Sociology. I also got into an extremely competitive programme for the study of Ethics here at Emory. I applied once I got here and I’m currently the only freshman participating. I want to thank the school  once again for everything and for the wonderful school that gives all the opportunities necessary to get even to the most competitive universities in the world.”

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February 27, 2014

Juliana Neves’1997

Juliana Neves'1997

Juliana Neves’1997, who graduated in Architecture, from UFRJ, contacted the school in 2002: “This is one of the great things about the IB: we learn how to learn and this makes IB graduates more skilful than others. When I was called to work as an intern, one of the first things my boss asked me was: “Tell me more about this IB and CAS.” He was extremely interested and I guess this was one of the reasons why I was picked.”

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February 20, 2014

John R Mills’2004

John R Mills’2004 contacted the school in 2006: “While I understand that I have forged my own path, I appreciate those who have helped to provide the tools I need to do it. You are one of those people who helped provide some of these tools during my time as a student at The British School.  I am very grateful for the opportunities you helped create and the friendship we have shared.  The confidence and experience I gained at the school is an asset which I continually draw upon. I hope other students who have had the opportunity to an education at The British School will recognize the privileged position they are in and learn to make the most of the opportunities and experiences available to them.”

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February 20, 2014

Luiza Aguiar’2009

Luiza Aguiar'2009

Luiza Aguiar’2009 was been approved to join IBMEC/RJ and PUC-Rio for the International Relations course. She was also offered places by the Royal Holloway University and University of Leeds, both in the UK. In the words of her mother, Mrs Barroso: “Gostaria de parabenizar a escola pelo resultado no vestibular e desejo todo sucesso no ano novo que se inicia.”

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February 14, 2014

Michael McLauchlan’2010 & The McLauchlan’s

Michael Mclauchlan'2010

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.

“Mr Peter McLauchlan, his son Christopher and his grandson Michael, three generations of The British School students since 1925.”

Mr Peter McLauchlan, his son Christopher and his grandson Michael, three generations of The British School students since 1925.

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.”

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September 20, 2013

Albuquerque Sá family

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 Sa'1996

“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.

Fabio Sa'2000

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.”

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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.”

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September 17, 2013

Cristina Guerreiro’1999

Cristina Guerreiro ’1999 left to England right after graduation, and received a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from the University of Central England. Further on, she also studied in Italy and then in the United States. She has lived in San Francisco, USA, where she studied animation and produced work for MTV and advertising agencies. Her paintings can be seen at exhibitions throughout the USA. On the words of Holly Kozelsky, Bulletin Accent Editor of the Martins Ville Bulletin, “Cristina Guerreiro’s paintings bring to life the sights and sounds of a revived area of Lisbon, Portugal — Bairro Alto, which dates from Medieval times. The area started falling into disrepair years ago and then experienced a renaissance of use and appreciation. In the past decades, the life and flair in its narrow streets has fascinated artists, writers and poets. Many tourists go there now. It has become a vibrant section of the city famed for music, dining and nightlife. Fado music, with guitar and viola, is typical of the region. Guerreiro’s paintings capture the excitement of the music and energy, and also Bairro Alto’s age.”

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September 17, 2013

Rafael Mellin de Campos’1996

Rafael Melin'1996

Rafael Mellin de Campos’1996 (AKA Sael) wrote to us in December 2010: “(…) It’s been 14 years since I graduated from The British School, Rio de Janeiro. Right now I’m 31, married, and a happy father to a beautiful baby girl. I work in the film/tv industry and I enjoy immensely what I do. I don’t mean to brag about any of this, but there’s really not much I can complain in life. Actually, I can’t think how one could be much happier than this. Life’s been pretty good, to say the least.

And I truly believe that a lot of what I’ve achieved in life so far, has to do with what I learned in school. Even now, years later, I often catch myself thinking of the huge role that teachers had in my life – and in the lives of my close friends from the Class of ’1996. We still keep in touch, most of us, and it’s not rare that we talk about the days in school and some of the hilarious and disastrous events we had. And we always remember it all with a smile on our faces, with a great sense ofgratitude and saudades (can’t think of a better word to precisely describe this).

(…) So, the most important thing I want to say is: thank you.  Thank you very much.

Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to teach us a lot of what’s important in life. And I don’t mean just within the subjects…  Thank you for helping to create the environment that we spent most of our childhood and adolescence in, and that have shaped, in so many ways, who we became as adults.

Thank you for providing us with just the right balance of discipline and care; for knowing when to reprimand and when to forgive. Thank you for insisting to teach students that spent half of the class drawing waves and surfers on the notebook – sorry for that, … And thank you – dare I say it – for the great amount of homework we had!  I don’t remember it much fondly, but I admit that all the deadlines and reports taught me to deal easier with a lot of work stuff later.

Well…  In conclusion, I believe that the person I became is a direct result of the education I had – from my parents and from my teachers. And I can’t think of better teachers than the staff we had.

I can only hope I’ll have such a positive impact in other people’s lives as my teachers had in mine. Once again, thanks.”

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September 17, 2013

Tatiana Falcão’1999

Tatiana Falcão'1999

Tatiana Falcão’1999 started in Law School in 2000 at Universidade Cândido Mendes until 2004, and graduated top 10% of her class. She was an intern with Pinheiro Neto Advogados from 2002 to 2004 and accepted there as a lawyer thereafter. She continued working there from 2005 to 2006 as a tax lawyer and, while she did her Post-Graduate Degree at Insitituto Brasileiro de Estudos Tributarios (IBET). She then moved on to Cambridge University, UK, in September 2007, from which she graduated with the LLM (Master of Laws) degree in 2008. With that in hands, she went to the Hague Academy of International Law (summer/2008) and to New York University, USA, (August/2008) for the International Taxation Programme, the top tax programme in the US – to graduate in May 2009.

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