In January, 2018, a trip to Malaysia was organized for the staff and students of Class 11 to have some recreation. On the night of 11th January, 46 students and 5 teachers boarded a flight to Kuala Lampur, the capital of Malaysia, the next morning. The group went sightseeing and visited famous sites including the Pink Mosque and the Administrative branch of the city. At noon, they boarded a cable car and were carried to the Genting Highlands. They visited the glorious Batu Caves, the King’s Palace, the Independence Square and had a tour of the skywalk in the world famous Petronas Twin Towers. The students and staff were back home on 15th of January.
On the eve of 21st January, 2018, 670 students graduated from Bishop Cotton Boys’ School. Breaking the record of the highest number of students to have ever graduated from a school at a time in South India, the Cottons Graduation Day was indeed a marvelous event graced with the presence of several important dignitaries. The Chief Guest at the event was the respected Dr. Salman Khurshid, former Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India who was kind enough to grace the occasion by addressing the gathering and congratulating the graduates, while wishing them luck for their future.
The other important guests at the event were the Rt. Rev. Dr. P. K. Samuel, Bishop of the CSI Karnataka Central Diocese, as well as Mr. Paulo Duran, Dr. Judith Gay and Mr. David Hilton, all of whom are highly respected individuals in their respective fields as representatives of esteemed institutions from Philadelphia, USA. The 2018-2019 School Captain Designate – Periakaruppan Annamalai, was handed the mantle of responsibility. This was followed by a solemn pledge, administered by the Principal, to the students to work hard in their future and to serve their country with all their heart and ended with a sumptuous dinner served to the 5000 guests at the occasion.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.