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BCS celebrates 163rd Annual Speech Day, Shimla, India.

Justice Goel tells BCS boys ‘to stay a diverse community’

Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, held their 163rd Annual Speech Day awarding boys across the school with their prizes, school ties, certificates and cups.  Bishop Cotton School is one of the oldest boarding schools in Asia, and was the first school to use the house system in India.

The hotly contested house prize went to Ibbetson House who won the traditional BCS ‘Cock House Shield’. The award is given out to the House that scores the most points in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities.

Chief Guest Justice Ajay Mohan Goel, Judge, High Court of Himachal Pradesh presented the prizes and awards to the Cottonians’ in all subjects of school, including the Best All Round Student prizes and Good Conduct awards.  

The School Captain and the BCS Director also gave speeches to the whole school recording the year’s experiences and triumphs of 2022.

Justice Goel stressed to the young audience in his address to remain a diverse community as they go out into the world. He said;

“You all live here as a family. You all live here with love and affection towards each other, which is the result of your personal bonding with each other and not a result of your cast, colour or creed.”

India, though it  is a young country, it is a very old civilization. India is the land of Sadhus and Fakirs, India is the land of Gods and Goddesses, India is the land of Mother Teresa.

It is this diverse culture of this country which you represent and when you leave the school, do not forget that if Bishop Cotton School can be a mini India, then why can’t India be a mini Bishop Cotton School?

As you live cordially and harmoniously with each other in the premises of the school, please take a pledge that you will continue to live like this with all your countrymen.”

Justice Goel also opened up the new basketball/tennis court by the heritage chapel and started off the first match on the renovated court.

Bishop Cotton School is an institution rooted in history and tradition. Over decades, its alumni have included some of the most distinguished men in India and elsewhere. From the uniformed services to administrators, from businessmen and industrialists, to authors and actors, Bishop Cotton School has nurtured nascent talents and helped them come to fruition.  This is a school that provides a child with a firm foundation to look capably and confidently to a global role in the years to come.

Ibbetson boys win the Cock House Shield 2022 – well done boys

Justice Goel opens the resurfaced courts

4 Responses
  1. Dawn Harrison

    I would sincerely appreciate any assistance you nay be in the position to offer in respect of my attempts to locate an ex student from BCS Shimla.
    He would have graduated from your College in or around 1962.
    He continued his studies in Australia between 1963 and 1967 at Box Hill Boys High School in Box Hill Melbourne Victoria.
    His name is Vijay Kumar Pawa DOB 20 August 1946 (The year however may be incorrect).
    I knew Vijay throughout his Australian study period, and up until he finally returned to his family business located in Bangkok.
    I have made many attempts to locate Vijay without success but now turning to you for any assistance you can give.
    I would be most grateful for your sympathetic consideration of my enquiry.
    Kind regards

    1. bishopcotton

      Hi Dawn, I searched for Vijay Kumar Pawa on the OCA website, and it appears he may have passed away, Old Cottonians Association
      Very sorry for this news, thanks for contacting

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