Bishop Cotton School, Shimla (BCS) celebrated the 75th Independence Day today, (Sunday 15 August) bringing together the residential school community in the bright sunshine with the senior school children. The younger children contributed remotely by sending in their Independence day messages online from home which was added to the BCS video recording of the day.
The sun came out for the flag raising ceremony as residential staff gathered on the first flat of the Shimla site for the National Anthem. The Indian flag could be seen for miles flying high on the BCS flagpole (of 106 feet high) in the blue sky across the Shimla area.
In his address, BCS Director, Simon Weale, said; “A vibrant, tolerant and free-speaking modern India has an increasingly important role in leading the democratic world against the many serious challenges facing us in the 21st century”.
BCS is one of the oldest residential schools in Asia (founded 1859) and has played a big 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 Cottonian family wishes all Cottonians a very happy Independence Day. Here are the highlights of the celebrations at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, with video contributions from the boys expressing their love for India and the values it stands for.