Inter House ISC Debate Competition 2015-16

Debate CompetitionOne of the highlights of Cottons’ rich plethora of extracurricular activities is the Inter House Debate Competiton. Both participants and spectators eagerly look forward to the flying of sparks that stems from the battle of wits between our exteremely talented debaters.

This year, the ISC Inter House Debate was held during July. The topic that was given to the contestants is – “Should the Death Penalty be Banned?” This year, the debate was made even more special thanks to the presence of our esteemed friends from the St. Edmunds College.  Padmanabhan Krishnamurthy from Thomas House won the Best Speaker’s Award, while Abhinav Dutt of Pakenhamwalsh House emerged as the Runner Up speaker in the 11th Standard Section. In the 12th Standard Section, Jayaditya Vittal of Pope House won the Best Speaker’s Award while Vishnu Giri of Pettigrew House finished second. Thomas House  emerged as the overall winners.

This was truly an entertaining and informative contest and left everyone wanting more.

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CoMUN – 2015

Months of preparation, weeks of anxiety, and days of waiting deserve to be kicked off grandly. And that was just what happened at the opening ceremony of the Cottons Model United Nations 2015, the fifth iteration, complete with competitors from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, and, taking our reach to a whole new level, Dubai and Palestine. The competition was highly energetic, extremely intense and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone associated with it. It truly cemented Cotton Boys’ domination of the National MUN circuit and set the bar even higher for next year’s version.
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President’s Visit – 2015

Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, on the 23rd of December, was graced by the Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Honorable President of India. He was accompanied by Shri Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka, Shri Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka, and  Dr. G Parameshwara and Bishop Rev Dr. Prasanna Kumar Samuel, Chairman, Karnataka Central Diocese. On this day, the former Principals of both Cotton Boys’ and Cotton Girls’ were felicitated for their years of service. Grammy Award Winner, and Old Cottonian,  Ricky Kej, accompanied by Grammy Award Winner Wouter Kellerman, the renowned South African Flutist, with the assistance of the combined choir of Cotton Boys’ and  Cotton Girls’, enthralled the crowd with their melodious odes. Tanvi Shah, one of India’s finest vocalists, captivated the audience, which consisted of nearly 13000 people. In the Christmas Program that followed, nearly 1200 students of Junior I and Junior II instilled the warmth of Christmas in our hearts.  On the same night,  the staff members along with their families, capped off what proved to be a truly wonderful day with an equally wonderful dinner. This was truly an occasion to be remembered and truly epitomized Cottons’ ambition and drive for success.  
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Sesquicentennial Graduation Day – 2015 – 16

The Sesquicentennial Graduation Day was held on the 23rd of January, 2016. It saw a plethora of Cottonians take the next step in their lives and head out into the world with their heads held high. The Chief Guest was Bharat Ratna Dr. C.N.R Rao, one of India’s most accomplished scientists, and only the 4th Scientist to be awarded India’s Highest Civilian Honour. The School Captain, Naveen Bhadrecha was the recipient of all 4 Cups in the Senior Section, while Shuvam Mishra and Adyant Balaji were awarded Cups in the junior Section. Padmanabhan Krishnamurthy was appointed as the School Captain Designate for the academic year 2016-17, and received the mantle of responsibility from the outgoing Captain, Naveen Bhadrecha. All in all, the Sesquicenetennial Graduation Day was a grand success and was an occasion to be remembered.
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Kindergarten Rhythm and Rhyme Time 2016

The school auditorium was transformed into the magical world of music – the universal language that connects people. As the boys of Upper Kindergarten took stage, one class at a time, they had the audience consisting of grandparents, parents and siblings riveted with their enthralling and scintillating performance that touched every heart.

The tiny tots of the Kindergarten got the audience to tap their feet and savour the electrifying spirit.  Songs by Dire Straits, Bruno Mars, One Direction and Madonna were just some of the songs rendered by our young Cottonians.

At Bishop Cottons, we instil the love for music at an early age. Music forms an integral part of our curriculum with songs sung every morning at assembly time. In the words of Plato – “Music and Rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”.

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Resurgence – 2015

On the 28th of October, 2015, Bishop Cotton Boys’ School held its annual Commerce and Economics Fest.  Sudhakar Rao, IAS, was the Chief Guest. With a plethora of events ranging from Area 51 to Dalal Street, Resurgence was a grand success. Christ Junior College emerged victorious, with the host school finishing in the Runners Up position.
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Sesquicentennial Annual Prize Day – 2015

The 12th of September was a historic occasion for Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, as it marked the school’s  One Hundred and Fiftieth Prize Day, for the academic year 2014-15. Eminent personalities such as Sandalwood favourite, Shivraj Kumar, Justice Michael Saldhana and Madhu Natraj were in attendance as Chief Guests and Guests of Honour.  The combined prize day, which was an amalgamation of all sections of the school, was a grand success.

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Synchronize 2015

Synchronize 2015 was conducted on the 18th and 19th of September. Bishop Cotton Boys’ School were crowned the champions.

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World Environment Day – 2015

As a part of its sesquicentennial year celebration Bishop Cotton Boys’ School in association with the United Nation Environment Program observed the World Environment Day.

The centre of attention was the cyclathon which drew in hundreds of students, staff members and even celebrities like film star Malashree and Murli Vijay.

The cyclathon was flagged off by Rev. P. K Samuel, Bishop, Church of South India, also the Chairman of the board of management at 6:15 a.m on 5th June . Leading from the helm was the Principal, Prof. John Zachariah. Lending his support was renowned environmentalist Suresh Heblikar, who arrived with his son, Akshay Heblikar, to spread awareness and consciousness about the environment. Addressing the student body Mr. Heblikar talked about environmental degradation over the years and went on to highlight that little things done by individuals do make a difference. Following this, was the screening of  a documentary by Eco Watch directed by Mr Heblikar himself. After which an array of activities for students of all age groups was conducted. These included hand printing, poster making, collage making, a quiz, a poetry writing and a photography contest. With an encouraging response from the students, it seems likely that change in the world is well nigh imminent.

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All India Principlals Conference

“Through education, there is hope of changing society” – Inauguration of the 92nd Principals Conference

_DSC3584It was a special moment in Cottons history, as it held the 92nd All India Principal’s Conference of the Heads of Anglo-Indian Schools in India, graced by the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the Chief Guest, on Sunday, January 5th, 2014.

Other dignitaries who attended the conference included Guest of Honour Mr. Nadan Nilekani, Fr. Jose Aikara, chairman, CISCE, Mr. Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary, CISCE and Mr. Carl Laurie, President, AHAIS (Association of Heads of Anglo-Indian Schools). The event began with an address from Principal John Zachariah, who outlined the basic essence and aims of the meet. Nandan Nilekani and Dalai Lama were next invited to light the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the meet.

Addressing the gathering, the Dalai Lama Spoke about how he had met several philosophers and spiritual gurus during his stay in India. The common denominator he found in all of their philosophies was that they all aimed at love, self-discipline and tolerance. He also expressed concern over the recurring natural disasters, occurring due to climate change all over the world, citing that man-made problems would only increase unless we developed a sense of oneness of humanity.

The 78 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner went on to say that modern education is materialistic, and one needed to develop a good heart in order to prevent education from being self-centered. Replying to a question from the audience on how to achieve inner peace, he said, “There need to be understanding that anger never helps to solve a problem. It destroys our peace of mind and blinds our ability to think clearly. Anger and attachment are emotions that distort our view of reality.”

The keynote speaker, Mr. Nandan Nilekani, an Old Cottonian and Chairman of The UIDAI, said that students should be taught how to learn and adapt according to the situation. He mentioned that Aadhar was just a simple idea, and how he had relearnt several things in the course of its development, thus helping in the coverage of a large portion of the population. In the same way, students should be curious about their surroundings.

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