10 November 2021
Bishop Cotton School (BCS) Shimla welcomed back their youngest students today when they had a party to open the Junior school classrooms after many, many months of online lessons for Class III upwards. The school welcomed the HP Government’s decision to reopen schools again for the first time in 20 months.
Some boys haven’t been in the classroom since March 2020, so it was a joyous day to have the Junior boys back at their desks in school once again. A few new boys have not even seen the campus of the 162 year old school before, joining the school during online teaching only.
BCS is one of the oldest residential boys’ schools in Asia (founded 1859) and has played a key part in shaping the development of public schools and education in India as well as producing a host of well-known and successful alumni. The Slater Debates were started here at BCS named after the first headmaster Dr Slater.
Director Mr. Simon Weale the Headmaster Mr Mathew John and Mr Kiran Thakur together with the Junior school staff welcomed the boys back with a party and a cake and a tour of the Heritage campus.
The school has kept the hostels open throughout this academic year, with class VIII and above being taught in the past couple of months.