14th August is a special day in the annals of Bishop Cotton Boys' School. The school was founded in the year 1865, by the visionary Rev. Samuel Thomas Pettigrew on this day. This year too the student representatives conducted a special assembly. Lakshaditya, captain, Pettigrew house, gave a brief history of the school. Moksh, Daryan Raj, Franklyn Immanuel and Aditya Muralidharan enthralled the student body with their stunning performances. Mr. Abhishek Raju, a leading architect of batch 1997 and former Vice Captain of Pettigrew house, addressed the students. In his speech, he stressed on carrying the school motto forward. Mrs. Indu Shinto and Mrs. Elizabeth Angiras represented the Pettigrew house. The day long celebrations came to an end with a special chapel service for the faculty members.
A Drive to survive: Bringing Back the Green in the Garden
As part of their World Environment Day celebrations, Bishop Cotton Boys School organized a special assembly on the 7th of June,2019 in harmony with the theme “Beat Air Pollution” (UN) .
Mrs. Suja Warriar, Leader CSR, Infosys, was the special guest speaker, who is well known for utilizing her passion of reviving the Tribal Communities of India. In her speech, she stressed on “Money plants in plastic bottles” as a wealth out of waste initiative to check the rising pollution levels while remaining aesthetically pleasing to the senses.
She added that she would like to be an active participant in all the eco activities conducted by the school like seed ball making and DIY paper bag making. The school though rich in greenery, added a few more plants to keep up the cause of ” take care of your environment and it will take care of you” Finally, Mrs. Elizabeth Angiras, HOD, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, led the student body in a pledge, that promised to nurture the nature in a sustainable way.
On the July 13th 2019, the Annual Prize Day was celebrated to honour the most talented students from Classes 6 to 12.The Chief Guest for the event was Dr. H Sudarshan Ballal, the Chairman of Manipal Hospitals. He expressed his congratulations to the prize winners, but also reminded the senior students of their responsibilities as citizens of India. He reminded them of the various problems India faces, and urged them to take actions to bring about positive changes in society.
Being one of the closest disciples of the Lord, Saint Peter has always bourn an important role in his duties. It is, thus, only prudent to honour our patron saint by paying a tribute to the ancestry which has built Bishop Cotton’s to the stature it stands at today.
The festivities for every academic year begin on the 29th of June, as is tradition, with an air of solemnity on St. Peter’s day.
On this occasion, as is custom, the Bishop and presiding dignitary, Rt. Rev. Dr. Prasanna Kumar Samuel leads the institution in prayer. This year, the preacher was Rev. Dr. Chilkuri Vasantha Rao, who professed the sermon.
Our prayers are wholesomely garnished by the eloquent music, which is highlighted by the phenomenal efforts of the school’s augmented choir.
The extravagant Kindergarten Annual Day programme was held on the 27th of March 2019. The chief guest, leading paediatric cardiac surgeon Dr. Colin John and the Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. P.K. Samuel were enthralled by 380 of our youngest Cottonians as they brought the school auditorium alive with their energetic dance moves, interesting costumes and colourful accessories.
India’s incredible linguistic diversity was showcased via vibrant dances in six different languages encapsulating the splendour and grandeur of our rich heritage.
‘The Grand Cottonian Circus Parade’ was an entertaining play that brought out the message – “Sharing is caring”. Exotic animals, petite ballerinas, agile acrobats and mischievous clowns had the enthralled audience swaying to their artistic moves. A truly fitting finale for yet another successful academic year here at Bishop Cottons!
The fruit salad day was held on 6th February 2019. Learning and having fun is what the Kindergarten curriculum encapsulates. As adults we know the benefit of eating fruit and the arduous task most parents face in convincing their children to eat fruit. Fruit Salad Day is party time for our little ones as luscious fruits and dollops of whipped cream are met with delighted giggles and sticky little fingers wiping the fruit salad bowl clean.Some Related Post.
“ Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”
On 21st January, 2019, Bishop Cotton Boy’s School pledged to give the world over six hundred committed YOUNG men, who walked out of the portal of their second home knowing that they would forever reap the benefits of what they had learnt in their time at Cottons.
The ceremony began with the students being led on to the massive stage by the School Captain, which was followed by the School song signifying that every Cottonian who left this great institution would swerve neither to the left nor to the right but would move On Straight On on their journey of life. As is tradition the auspicious ceremonial lamp was lit to ensure that the evenings ceremony had the Lord’s blessings.
The school captains spoke on behalf of the graduating batch . The Chief guest Mr. Rajeev Chandrashekhar requested the students to keep in mind that no dream is achieved without hardwork and that as Cottonians they had the responsibility of contributing back to their school in whatever way they could. Guest of Honour Dr.Aditya Sondhi, an old Cottonian himself shared a few anecdotes from his time at Cottons and how it was vital that the graduating batch led a life of high discipline as that is the greatest mark of a Cottonian.
A number of teachers who had served the school loyally but had now chosen to part ways were honoured for their impeccable service to this great institution.
As is tradition, the mantle of responsibility was passed on from Periakaruppan Annamalai to the new School Captain Designate, Siddharth Soneja who was given the honour of ensuring that the school flag flew high for the next year. Awards were given out to the School Captain, the Head of Day Scholars and the Head of Boarders for their excellent service. Awards were also given out to students who had shown exceptional all round and leadership qualities. The highlight was Chirag Kripalani who won three awards.
The night ended with beautiful sight – over six hundred students standing with their lighted torches ready to step into the real world and light up any place they went.Some Related Post.
The Thanksgiving Service was held for the staff and outgoing students on 19th January 2019 at the school auiditorium.
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 Vincent Vinod Kumar. The . Rt. Rev. Bishop P K Samuel addressed the students and blessed the students.
The outgoing staff participated in the lighting of the lamp to marble the beginning of the service.
The staff and students shared tea bringing to close an afternoon of spiritual and reflective thoughts.Some Related Post.
A bust of the founder of our school Rev. S T Pettigrew was unveiled situated at the entrance of the school. It is a tribute to the legacy of our founder.A state of art synthetic multipurpose grass turf was dedicated on 16th December 2018 by the Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. P.K. Samuel .
‘To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest amongst us’.
The value based legacy of Cottons was further reiterated by a tremendous undertaking of the school. Staff and students visited 100 old age homes, orphanages and other NGOs to interact and spread Christmas cheer to the inmates. It was a lesson in reality and an opportunity to empathise with the less fortunate during the festive season.
On 16th of December, the students of Junior school presented a musical “The Secret of Christmas”, directed and choreographed by Mrs. Joann Kenneth . Through the brilliant acting, beautiful singing and excellent choreography, the young ones reminded the audience about the true meaning of Christmas.
This was followed by a time of fellowship at the dinner for staff members and their families.Some Related Post.
The Kindergarten Sports Day is an exceptionally entertaining and colourful experience! The 31st Annual Kindergarten Sports Meet was held on the 8th of December and the prestigious First Eleven Field of the school was invaded by majestic penguins, soaring kites, exotic Hawaiian dancers, jolly Santas, buzzing bees and playful sea animals, to name a few of the participants of the inter class novelty races.
Sports, a great leveller, teaches our students the true spirit of sportsmanship, camaraderie, team spirit and grace in both, victory and defeat. Excising the body helps free the mind and with acute concentration , sweaty foreheads and eyes firmly glued to the finishing line, our littlest Cottonians gave it their all as they vied for a prize winning spot on the podium, proudly egged on by their enthusiastic grandparents, parents and siblings, their loud cheering reverberating through the historic school grounds.
The students of the Lower Kindergarten dressed up as the sport meet mascots, representing the festive Christmas season. Dignitaries and parents were welcomed by the boys of the Upper Kindergarten, dressed up as jolly little Santas, cheering the upcoming holiday season. Well-coordinated mass drills by the Lower Kindergarten saw the students paying tribute to tennis greats in their drill titled ‘Tennis Menace’ while the students of the Upper Kindergarten paid tribute to the greatest Formula 1 champion of all time, Michael Schumacher with their drill titled ‘The Cottonian Grand Prix’. Ten boys from the Upper Kindergarten brought the school track alive as they raced with each other in their battery operated, motorised, colourful toy cars.
Another enthralling and scintillating Sports Day was brought to an emotional end when the school flag was lowered in a poignant closing ceremony and the flag handed over to the school Sports Director, Mr. Anil Dutt for safe keeping till next year.Nec Dextrorsum Nec Sinistrorsum.