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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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“Through education, there is hope of changing society” – Inauguration of the 92nd Principals Conference
It 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.Some Related Post.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”-George Bernard Shaw
Playtime is a very important part of a child’s developmental activities allowing room for creativity, discovery and exploration. At Cottons we have introduced Lego toys for the students of the Kindergarten.
Lego’s unique interlocking system is an exciting way for children to learn about construction and design. It is a great tactile toy which allows children to develop muscles in the fingers and hands.
Playtime is often seen as a ‘waste of time’; when in reality young children learn best while playing. Having access to simple building toys allows them to put into practice their early cognitive skills of recognition, creativity, and hand-eye movements.
Lego time is a time of great excitement and joy for the tiny-tots. The pleasure on the faces of the boys as they open their boxes to play is something that we deeply treasure here at Cottons.Some Related Post.
The Thanksgiving Service was held for the staff and outgoing students on 27th January 2014 at St. Mark’s Cathedral.
The solemn occasion was held as per tradition as a precursor to the Graduation Day. The service which focuses on thanking the almighty for the blessings of the past year was conducted by Rev. Dr. Moses Jayakumar, Vice-Chairman, Board of Management.
The outgoing staff participated in the lighting of the lamp to marble the beginning of the service. The Vice-Principal and the Principal read the bible verses, with Principal Prof. John Zachariah reading from the Gospel.
Rev. Jayakumar, speaking on the occasion presented to the congregation the importance of change in our lives and he also emphasized the presence of God as a guiding light for the people in a time of transition.
Paaras Belandor, the outgoing School Captain and Arihant S., Head of Day Scholars led the congregation in prayer while Mrs. Veronica C prayed for the outgoing students. The choir present on the day, sang in melody the trifold ‘Amen’ as the service reached its close.
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“TEENY WEENY CRAFT WORLD”
“Imagination is everything, It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein
‘Teeny Weeny Craft World’ was this year’s annual Kindergarten craft exhibition, which was inaugurated by our beloved Principal Professor John Zachariah. The exhibition was a colourful, enchanting visual extravaganza.
Craft is an important medium of instruction for children, known to bring out the creativity in young minds and help develop fine motor skills.
The Kindergarten hall was transformed into an exciting imaginative world where plastic bottles were converted into colourful scarecrows, compact discs into beautiful fishes and rabbits, paper cups into gorgeous flowers and paper plates into charming caterpillars. It was an endless sea of creativity.
The exhibition was a grand success with the parents appreciating the creative freedom given to the boys and the hard work put in by the teachers.Some Related Post.span>
Christmas is a magical time at Cottons. Excitement reverberated in the air as the festival of joy and giving was celebrated with great festive spirit. Great effort was taken to decorate the Kindergarten block in red, snow white and pine-green streamers and balloons. The well decorated Christmas tree was a huge attraction for the children.
The children came dressed in their party attire to celebrate the season with their friends. The boys of the Lower Kindergarten enacted the Nativity Scene depicting the birth of Christ. A pleasant and happy atmosphere was created with the singing of Christmas Carols and party songs. Their joy and excitement knew no bounds when Santa Claus made a grand entry, bringing each one a special gift and a bag of goodies.
Through fun and celebration the very important message of peace, hope, love and joy was shared with the children.
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Childhood is the most beautiful of all life’s seasons.A little splash of colour can brighten up the day and when it’s Colour Day in the Kindergarten Block, the day is truly kaleidoscopic.
This year Colour Day was celebrated in two phases – one when the boys dipped their tiny palms in a tray of paints and made hand impressions on the front of their very own personalized aprons and the second when they splashed with gay abandon on the lawns of the block using various colours of paint and a sponge cut-out.
Colour Day gives us the opportunity to take the boys into a magical world where colours come alive. Each colour so unique and special in making the world we live in so beautiful – Just like each little boy in our care, unique and so very special.