BY: BHARAT JUNE 20, 2013 00:07
Shimla: A team of four students of Bishop Cotton School have successfully scaled the 19688ft (6,001 m) Mt Deo Tibba (Mountain of Gods) – a technical peak set back in the Manali valley.
A team comprising of Mahim Gupta (student leader), Sanjeev Sikri, Anirudh Dipta, Madhav Sahejpaul and Shubham Hissaria was accompanied by Mr.Dinesh Kumar (teacher/instructor).
The expedition began on June 3, and ascend to the summit was carried out in the early morning hours of June 11. The weather was furious and unfavorable for climbing so the team, taking on the odds, had to ascend from the advance camp (set at 16000ft) to the summit i.e. a seven hour trek on 80 degree inclined ice walls, in one go.
Crossing over open crevasses and heading through snowstorms and temperatures as low as -20 degrees, the team reached the summit and unfurled the school flag and the tri-color at 9:15 am of the June 11.
Unfortunately, Shubham Hissaria felt altitude’s blunt at 18200feet and was forced to descend to the advance camp to seek medical aid.
Though, the height of the peak may not seem really challenging for a professional mountaineer, but the equipment, skill and stamina required for scaling the peak was no less than that required for any other higher peek in the Himalayas.
The team of students underwent a basic mountaineering course and training at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali (ABVIMAS).
Mr.Rajiv Sharma, former deputy director of ABHVIMAS, Manali was the team’s technical adviser of the expedition, which was planned by Trek India Outdoor under the supervision of Mr. Naresh Kumar.
It is worth noting that recently a team of students from Lawrence School Sanawar set a new record as six of its members’ summitted the world’s highest peak – Mount Everest!
A milestone was reached on Sunday 5 May 2013 when the first two BCS boys on a Student Exchange Programme entered Marlborough College.
The School Captain, Raghav Gandhi and his friend Manvendra Tomar, a Prefect of the school, arrived at Heathrow Airport at 7 a.m. that Sunday morning. They were met by John Whitmarsh-Knight, who took them to his home to await collection by taxi for their journey to Marlborough College.
Mr Mark McVeigh, the College International Liaison Coordinator, saw them settled into their respective Houses for a good night’s sleep, before getting into the School routine the next day.
The boys, who are wonderful ambassadors for BCS, have been shown tremendous kindness and help and been made to feel absolutely at home from the moment of their arrival. Doubtless they will have their stories to tell when their all-too-brief stay is over.
I travelled over from Mallorca to see them but could not do so until the Sunday as they went on a School trip to Bristol all day on Saturday.
On Sunday I was invited, with them, to the home of Mr and Mrs McVeigh for Sunday lunch. Two girls from Waterford School, South Africa, on a similar exchange programme, also joined us. After a delicious meal, we three OCs watched the Old Marlburians playing cricket. The day was completed when we went for a curry at the Raj Indian restaurant, where we were joined by Mr Martin Evans, Secretary of the Marlburian Club.
On the Monday and Tuesday both boys went up to London to enjoy the experience of the ‘big city’. A few days later – on 25 May – they returned home, after a memorable time.
Many people have been involved in this programme. From B.C.S., the Headmaster, Mr Roy Robinson and his able Assistant Praveen Dharma. Old Boy K.C. Anand has helped liaising between School, parents and the British High Commissioner to obtain visas and saw them onto the plane at Delhi Airport. Mr Deep C. Anand has cemented the relationship between the two schools, hosting a Reception for the Master of Marlborough College, Mr Jonathan Leigh and his wife Emma. Present at the Reception, along with Old Boys and their wives, were two Marlburians on the Exchange Programme – Hugo Wilson and Sam Green – who, having been accommodated at Mr Deep C. Anand’s guest quarters in Gurgaon, were then accompanied up to Shimla for their stay at B.C.S. We hope to see them and their two predecessors from the year before – Rory Manley and Max Adams – at the OCA Lunch on 29 June at the Bombay Brasserie.
From Marlborough, the newly appointed Master – Jonathan Leigh – took immediate interest and through Mr Mark McVeigh, the successor to Larry Lamont, the programme was put in place. Mr Martin Evans, Secretary of the Marlburian Club, has kept an eye on the programme and with Jane Pendry – Alumni Relations Manager- ensured that the exchange has featured in the Marlburian Magazine and Newsletter.
Last but not least we are grateful to Mr John Whitmarsh-Knight, who has spent several spells in BCS teaching the boys – amongst them Raghav Gandhi and Manvendra Tomar – for his support and wonderful act of meeting the boys at the unearthly hour of 7 a.m. in London.
We must now look forward to the repeat of this Exchange on a yearly basis – with longer time being spent in Marlborough and eventually the exchange of teachers being added to the programme.
With our sincere thanks to all those involved for their time, effort and keen interest in the success of the exchange.
With best wishes
Hon. Life President OCA (UK)
Received from Mr. Robinson – Headmaster of BCS firstname.lastname@example.org
Kurt Mitson was born in Kharagpur, in West Bengal on the 19th April, 1981. His early education was at La Martiniere College for Boys, Lucknow and he later graduated from Pune University. He was married to Banita Mitson. Kurt Mitson served as a Junior School Teacher at Bishop Cotton School from March 2009 till December 2010. He was last working at Don Bosco, Siliguri.
Kurt Mitson passed away on the 9th of May, 2013 at a tender age of 32. He is deeply missed by his wife, mother, sister, brother and other members of the family. He will be remembered with sincere gratitude by all the staff & students at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla.
BY: RAVINDER MAKHAIK
Shimla: Hosts Bishop Cotton School, Shimla (BCS) came out winners at the prestigious annual 18thSlater Debates, pinning down 15 other top schools of the country, with Vasant Valley School giving a tough time in the final round that ended today.
For the final topic ‘Juveniles deserve adult punishment for adult crimes’ had BCS debating it on the affirmative side and Vasant Valley School, Delhi on the opposite side.
Judged from diction, presentation, clarity of topic and other debating parameters Yash Vardhan Singh of BCS was declared the best speaker at the Slater Debates, a little while ago.
Courage in the Face of Adversity award went to Garvit Chaudhary of Pine Grove School, Dharampur and the Most Promising speaker went to Shreya Kohli of La Martiniere Girls, Lucknow.
At one of the semi-final debate rounds held today Yash Vardhan Singh of BCS was 1st, Ankita Niyogi of Sri Ram School was 2nd and Ankit Gongal of BCS was third. The topic of the debate was ‘Bribery is an accepted norm in the contemporary society’.
At the other semi-final debate between Vasant Valley School, Delhi and La Martiniere Girls, Lucknow (LMG) on the topic “Advertising creates artificial needs.” Vasant Valley School won with Namrata Narula and Anjani Gupta securing 2nd and 3rd positions Shreya Kohli of LMG, Lucknow bagging the 1stposition.
Started in 1996 by former headmaster Kabir Mustafi, the Slater Debates are held in honour of Revd. Dr. Samuel Slater was the first headmaster of BCS.
The format adopted is the Cambridge pattern with three speakers for and three speakers against; along with 1 reserve speaker each, to generate a healthy debate on current issues confronting society and the country.
Spread over four days the inter-public school debating exchange helps to facilitate friendship, exchange of views and ideas with a view to foster student inter-action, so that they can gather together and debate in a friendly and competitive spirit, said a BCS spokesman.
Top 16 Schools to slug it out at Slater Debates at BCS Shimla
BY: RAVINDER MAKHAIK
Shimla: Fifteen top schools from India and one from Dubai meet here to trash out debating points, starting Wednesday, at the Slater international inter-school debates hosted by Bishop Cotton School.
The schools participating are Frank Anthony Public School, Delhi, La Martiniere Girls School, Kolkata, Dubai Modern High School, La Martiniere Boys, Kolkata, La Martiniere Girls, Lucknow, Pine Grove School, Dharampur, Modern High School, Kolkata, St. James School, Kolkata, The Assam Valley School, Assam, The Doon School, Dehradun, The Lawrence School, Sanawar, The Vasant Valley School, New Delhi, La Martiniere College for Boys, Lucknow, Auckland House Girls, Shimla and The Sri Ram School, Gurgaon. The lone international school participating in the debate is the Dubai Modern High School.
Based on the Cambridge debate pattern, with three speakers for and three speakers against speaking on a topic as many as 19 topics ranging from abstract to topical would be debated upon over four days by the participants.
Held in honour of the first headmaster of BCS, the Reverend Dr. Samuel Slater Memorial Invitational Inter-school English Debates have acquire a reputation of being amongst the best debating platform for school children since 1996 when top schools began to be invited for it.
Some of the topics slated to be debated upon this time are Using torture to obtain information should be banned, Socialism is dead, Bribery is an accepted norm in contemporary society, Corporal punishment should be reintroduced in school, Indian democracy is nothing but a game of numbers, There are no bad children only bad parents, The media offers a biased outlook on events, A presidential form of government would be better than the current parliament system, Advertising creates artificial needs, New technologies add little to the quality of education and The united nation organization is a toothless lion.
Winners of the last three consecutive debates, La Mariniere Boys’ School, Kolkata have in 17 years been on top in five years (1999, 2002, 2010, 2011 and 2012), the Doon School Dehra Dun have won on three occasions (1996, 1997 and 2007), Mayo College for Girls, Ajmer (2001 and 2009), La Martiniere Girls School, Kolkata (2004 and 2006) and Bishop Cotton School, Shimla (1998 and 2005) have won it on two occasions each and St James School, Kolkata (2000), The Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai (2003) and The Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehra Dun (2008) one time each.
Among those who have witnessed and judged these debates include the former BBC India correspondent Mark Tully and late Mrs Amita Malik, the famous media critic.