A PROUD MOMENT!
The Batch of 1991 celebrated 25 years of graduating from Bishop Cotton School, and installed the tallest flag pole in all of Himachal Pradesh – 110 feet – with the Head Master Roy Robinson hoisting a massive 30’x15′ Tricolour. A band consisting of Jawans of the Assam Rifles played the Indian National Anthem and presented colors.
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The matter relating to visits of OCs to the school was discussed with the Headmaster and he was informed of the apprehensions expressed by some members of being shut out of the campus and not being allowed to visit their Alma Mater.
Mr Robinson assured me that the old boys are always welcome to visit the school but the entry of visitors has to be balanced with the need to avoid disturbance of school routines and the present day security issues ( regarding which he has received a communication from state authorities). Hence, OCs are advised to call and seek permission before visiting the school and, if this was not possible, to wait awhile at the gate while the security gets a clearance from the Headmaster/Senior Master.
In addition, he assured me that they can visit anytime from 3pm to 5pm on weekdays and through out the day on Sundays when classes are not in session.
It must be understood that students do get disturbed when classes are in session and visitors are seen on the first flat.
I would also like to request the Chapter Heads to issue some sort of ID cards for OCs as this would make it easier to distinguish them from other visitors and meet the needs of security. They must also maintain proper decorum on their visits and not create any disturbance as, by doing so, they shall set an example for the school kids to emulate.
Thanks and regards,
President OCA India
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The following email was received by the President / OCA India from Mr. Roy C. Robinson Headmaster of Bishop Cotton School for circulation to all OCAs and OCs:
From: headmaster <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 4:41 PM
Subject: Protocol for Old Cottonians
To: B. M. Singh; Sukhinder Singh; Narinder Chauhan
The President, Old Cottonians Association All India
The President, Old Cottonians Association Northern Chapter
The President, Old Cottonians Association Himachal Chapter
Dear Presidents of the Various Old Cottonians Associations
I write to you with a reasonable submission, whereby you are requested to make it known to all Members of the Old Cottonians Associations that common courtesy and decency as well as etiquette and protocol demands that any OC wishing to visit the School, ought to intimate and get prior consent before doing so. This unfortunately is not being practiced and I have had the sad and ugly experience of OC’s landing up and demanding entry into the School campus, sometimes at fairly unreasonable hours with the extreme expectation that The Headmaster would roll out the red carpet for them as and when they so desire it, which unfortunately is not possible. They sometimes throw their weight around and indulge in name dropping etc. to get entry.
I would request you as Presidents of the various chapters to make this known to all concerned so as to avoid future embarrassment on all sides.
Bishop Cotton School, Shimla
EDITOR: Please see the update from OCA India on 1st October 2013
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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.