96th Annual Conference of Heads of Anglo-Indian Schools-2018

The Anglo-Indian Schools in India have been the portals which have taken in children and sculpted them to fine young men and thus have in the process helped shape the world. The association of heads of Anglo-Indian Schools in India organized the 96th All-India Principals Conference from 4th to 7th January 2018, at Bishop Cotton Boys’ School and The Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore.

The Inauguration of the Principals Conference was held on Thursday, the 4th of January 2018 in the School auditorium. Dr. Pallam Raju, former HRD Minister, Government of India was the chief guest. The Keynote address was delivered by Mrs. Margaret Alva, former Governor of Rajasthan & Uttarakhand. Mr. Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, conducted an interactive session with the audience.

On the 6th of January, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of the Parliament addressed the gathering at The Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore. On the same day, two panel discussions were held, on the topics ‘The role of education in keeping India secular and progressive’ and ‘Ensuring the wellbeing of the students in our schools and the proactive interdependence of all the stake holders.’ The moderators were Dr. Rajeev Gowda, Member of the Parliament, and Mr. Aditya Sondhi, Additional Advocate General, State of Karnataka, respectively. The panel members were as follows:

    Panel 1:
1. Prof. Prabhu Dev Former Vice-Chancellor, Bangalore University 2. Col. Dr. DPK Pillay Shaurya Chakra, Sr. Defence Specialist, National Security Council 3. Dr. Thimappa Hegde Director, Narayana Institute of Neurosciences
4. Dr. V.S. Elizabeth Professor, National Law School of India University
5. Fr. (Dr.) Joseph Lobo, SJ Director, Regional Theology Extension Centre
6. Dr. Denzil J. Godin MLA, West Bengal
7. Mr. Paul Machado Vice-President, AHAIS
    Panel 2:
1. Mr. Praveen Sood, IPS Director General of Police, Internal Security
2. Mr. Carlyle McFarland, Principal, La Martiniere College, Lucknow
3. Mr. Darryl Bloud, Vice-President Schools, GEMS Education, Dubai
4. Mrs. Vinisha Nero, MLA
5. Mr. Steven David, Senior Journalist
6. Ms. Purvaa Sampath, Music Therapist
7. Mr. Dinesh Gundu Rao Working President, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee

On the 7th of January, the last day of the conference, the officers from the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi conducted an important session.

Cottons Christmas Programme

      Christmas is celebrated in Cottons with an evening of carols and music. This year Christmas was celebrated on the 15th of December. There were Christmas carols performed by our school choir, the Bishop Cotton Boys’ Kannada Choir, St. Luke’s Church, Nathaniel School of Music and the very popular ‘The Chariot’ from Pune.

      Some of the songs were accompanied by dances performed by the students of Junior School. A special performance by Jason Zachariah kept the audience spellbound.

Kindergarten Christmas Programme

      December is a joyous, fun filled month in the kindergarten section of school.

      The kindergarten annual Christmas programme was a colourful potpourri of music and dance. A beautifully staged play by the boys of the Lower Kindergarten had naughty elves, petite angels, jolly santas and enthralling snowmen taking the stage of the school auditorium by storm much to the delight of their rapt audience consisting of all the boys of the Lower and the Upper Kindergarten. The serene Nativity tableaux helped impart the values of caring, sharing, peace, joy, love and happiness to our little ones.

      A truly magical season for the children – Christmas is like candy slowly melting in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it would last forever.


Synchronize 2017

On the 7th and 8th of November, Bishop Cottons held their Science Fest, Synchronize. This year, the school went international, inviting dignitaries from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Dr. Robert Fury and Mr. Firestone both gave guest lectures at the event and had glowing comments about the school and their heritage. Mrs. Preetha Ram, the Chief Guest for the day inspired the students with her speech about technology and entrepreneurship. With 18 events covering a variety of fields, the Fest was truly Powered by Science and Driven by IT  Some of the Most notable events were Bloodwork, the forensic Criminology based event, Cryptonite, the Cryptography based event and Clash of the titans, the debate and Moot Court event. The final prize was awarded to Christ Junior College who managed to secure a placement in almost every event.

Senior & ISC Prize Day-2017

The 21st of August was a historic occasion for Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, as it marked the school’s One Hundred and Fifty Second Prize Day, for the academic year 2016-17.Rajeev Gowda , Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha, was in attendance as Chief Guest. Miss Kanika Choudhary was the Guest of Honour. The Senior School and ISC prize day, which was an amalgamation of all sections of the school, was a grand success.

Junior School Prize Day-2017

The 19th of August was a historic occasion for Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, as it marked the school’s One Hundred and Fifty Second Prize Day, for the academic year 2016-17.Dr.Thimappa Hegde was in attendance as Chief Guest. The Junior School prize day, which was an amalgamation of all sections of the school, was a grand success.

Cottons Model United Nations 2017

On the 3rd, 4th and 5th of August, Bishop Cotton Boys’ School hosted the largest Model United Nations Conference in South India. With over 700 delegates in attendance and a widely respected executive board consisting of the winners of the Harvard MUN and Ivy League MUN, CoMUN has upheld its reputation as the best in the country.

Prefects’ Investiture

On the 17th of June , a hundred an seventeen Junior and Senior prefects were formally vested with authority by the Principal , Professor John K. Zachariah. The school captain, Adyant Balaji , Head of Day Scholars ,Agasthya Manmohan and the Head of Boarders ,Manan Khandelwal promised to be loyal and preserve to uphold the school’s name and heritage. The chief guest , Mr.Bhawani Pratap Rana, a former school captain, reiterated the role of leaders in others’ lives , giving guidance to the prefects on their newly appointed roles .This solemn event marked the beginning for many to display their skills and build the characters.                      

Word Environment Day-2017

World Environment Day is observed on June 5th every year. The Theme for 2017 as declared by the UNEP is ‘Connecting People to Nature’. A special Assembly was held at School on June 9th to mark this very important day. Our dear Principal, Prof John K. Zachariah walks the extra mile, to leave no stone unturned, to make sure that our 6,000 odd students are instilled with the value of caring for the Environment. Our Chief Guest for the day – was Mr Santhosh R. Sutar, currently serving as the Regional Director at CEE (Centre for Environment Education).His keynote address emphasized the importance of PLANTS on our Planet. ‘Planting of Saplings’ was indeed a fitting finale to this meet, wherein our Principal, Chief Guest, Treasurer, Staff and students of the various uniformed services – the NCC, Green Brigade, SAFE, ( etc ) took part.

Graduation Day – 2016 – 17

  The Graduation Day was held on the 21st of January, 2017. It saw 587 Cottonians take the next step in their lives and head out into the world with their heads held high. The Chief Guest was Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, who was the former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India .  Adyant Balaji was appointed as the School Captain Designate for the academic year 2017-18, and received the mantle of responsibility from the outgoing Captain, Padmanabhan Krishnamurthy. All in all, the Graduation Day was a grand success and was an occasion to be remembered.

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