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Happy birthday, Mr Goss – 94th 

May 3rd 2023

My dear Mr Goss,

Warm and sincere wishes on this your 94th (Ninety Fourth) birthday. My friends, I and our respective families wish you a wonderful day. May the years ahead, and may there be many, many more, continue to bring you good health, great happiness and tons of laughter.

Looking back and from my collection, I am sending as attachments to this mail a few photographs of the way we still remember you. The change, which has surely occurred over these long years, does not register in our mind’s eye. You are still the spritely young man we knew who walked in briskly into the class and went about the assignment without much ado. What was enormously enjoyable was your introducing us to Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. Those class sessions were inevitably the most enjoyable and certainly the most remembered. It certainly did inculcate the reading habit in so many of us. Sometimes I wish we had started with P G Wodehouse though Conan Doyle is a class apart in an entirely different genre. In those mostly quiet corridors, peals of laughter generated by a Jeeves incident may have had other consequences, I suspect !!

I will not recount your fearful and stern marking record but I think it was all well-meant. No blemishes ever attached to us but it was a good inkling, a warning lesson, perhaps, of how tough life can be. It all began with red ink in the classroom !!

Thank you, Mr Goss.

With great warmth and affectionate wishes from us all, once again


Vijay Khurana

My dear Mr Goss,

A very Happy Birthday to you.
I recall our Geography lessons, 39 Steps,  and your being our Housemaster !
Many Happy Returns !
Our best regards to your family.

Govinder Singh
Ibbetson 1952-1963

Hi Mr Goss: I wish you a very happy birthday. May all your wishes come true. Best regards also to your charming wife.
Joe Joshi 1
Rivaz 1954 – 1963
Commercial airline / combat pilot and war correspondent in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Senior editor of print and broadcast news with worldwide experience.

Joe Joshi

Dear Mr. Goss,
Wishing you a most wonderful and a very happy birthday with all my heart.
Respectfully yours,
NP Pawa

Dear Mr.Goss
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday.
May God give you good health and happiness.Warm regards to Mrs Goss.
With lots of love.
K.Vijay Singh

OC Week 2022 – Info & Invite

Dear Old Cottonians

The Director, Head Master, Faculty, staff and young Cottonians take the greatest pleasure in inviting all of you back to your fabulous Alma mater to partake and enjoy the Old Cottonian Week from 28th October to the 30th October, 2022.

It has been a very difficult two years with Covid and we understand the extreme disappointment of many batches especially starting from the Class of 1970 through Class 1971 who were cruelly denied their golden jubilee celebrations in the appropriate year.

At this OC week you all should come together and celebrate the memories and experiences at your BCS; relive the moments and sing the school song loud and clear for all the world to hear!

Our programme is as follows; we must of course acknowledge Class of 1970,1971,1972,1973 for their golden jubilee and Class of 1997 for their silver jubilee:

Date & Timing

Friday, 28 th October 2022
9:30 a.m.  Campus Tour for the Batch of 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 & 1997 (Escorted by the Prefectorial body)

11:00 a.m.  High Tea in the main School Dining Hall for The Batch of 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1997, Staff – Main School & Junior School, Upper Sixth Form.

11:30 a.m  Soccer Match between the Batch of 1997 and School Team
1:30 p.m  Buffet Lunch in the Main School Dining Hall for the Batch of 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 &  1997; Staff (Main School, Junior School, Administrative) & Upper Sixth Form.

2:30 p.m  Interaction with the Batch of 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1997 with the Upper and Lower Sixth Form in the Irwin Hall.
4:30 p.m.  Arrival of the Car Rally: organised by OCA (Northern Chapter)

5:15 p.m onwards  High Tea and Prize Distribution in the Irwin Hall.
8:00 p.m.  Director’s Dinner for the Old Cottonian, Batch of 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1997, Staff- (Academic, Administrative) and Live Music; Courtesy Mr. Jaspal Sawhney (Vice President – OCA India)
Venue: The Lodge
Dress Code:
Gents: Formals-Blazer & Tie
Ladies: Formal-Western/Indian

Saturday, 29 th October 2022
9:15 a.m.  Special Chapel Service in the Holy Trinity Chapel for the Old Cottonian, Batch of 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1997 Main School Boys, Staff Main School & Junior School.
Dress Code:
Gents: Formals-Blazer & Tie
Ladies: Formal-Western/Indian

10:00 a.m.  High Tea in the Main School Dining Hall for Old Cottonian, Staff- Main School &  Junior School, Upper Sixth Form.
10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Annual Cricket Match (T20) between OC Cricket XI v/s Staff

Team Cricket XI.

2:00 p.m  Lunch in the Director’s Lodge Side Lawn for the OC Cricket

Team, Guest, Staff Cricket XI, Staff- (Academic, Administrative) & Upper Sixth Form

8:00 p.m.  Annual OCA Dinner at Marina Hotel organised by OCA-Himachal Chapter.
Special Invitees-Director, Headmaster, Bursar, Admin
Officer, Second Master, House Masters-Curzon, Ibbetson, Lefroy, Rivaz.
Dress Code: Formals-Blazer & Tie

Sunday, 30 th October 2022
09:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m  Cricket Match (T20) between Batch of 1997 XI v/s School Cricket XI.

2:00 p.m.  Lunch (Main School Dining Hall); Batch of 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1997, Old Cottonian, Staff (Main School, Junior School, Administrative) & Upper Sixth Form.

Guest of Honour: Batch of 1973
We would also appreciate very much an acknowledgment of attendance by those who will make it; we understand the dates are “open house” and many may just shoot up to Simla! The young Cottonians at School very much look forward to meeting all Old Cottonians and look up to you as Global Ambassadors mentors; we encourage you to interact with all the young “guys”. On another note, the Slater’s Debate is celebrating 25 Years. This again will be a fabulous event with 32 school across India from 16th October to 20 th October 2022.
All Old Cottonians are most welcome to attend!

Warmest Wishes
Praveen Dharma
Administrative Officer & Coordinator: OCA

Great interaction with BCS Directors

Sent in by Vivek Bhasin [1970 batch]:

Thank You OCA Delhi: Kuttu Singh, Ash, Sunny (Chetan) for making this small group invite, a lovely evening at Tonino’s yesterday ( Saturday 10th Sep 2022). Great interaction with Director Simon , Communication Director Rebecca on “ what’s happened, happening and will happen at BCS! ).

Financial assistance sought

Dear OC,

Trust all of you are doing well.

We at  OCA,India have received a communication  from Mr.Simon Weale,Director,Bishop Cotton School requesting  OCA, India to kindly come forward and help Mr. Rajiv Mehrotra,the Bursar at Bishop Cotton School.

Mr.Mehrotra has been diagnosed with Cancer the treatment for which  is expected to cost approximately 40 lacs.This is creating an immense amount of financial stress on him, and as such he would end up exhausting his life savings. May I request you on behalf of the President and the Executive Committee of OCA,India to kindly make a generous contribution to help Mr. Mehrotra overcome this financial challenge.

Kindly make your deposit into the following account:

Old Cottonians Association India
Account No:SB-Institution-00921450000562

Greatful if after making the deposit you could kindly intimate OC Dhiraj Berry,Treasurer,OCA,India by sending him a copy of the deposit slip at dhirajberry@gmail.com You can also avail income tax rebate under section 80 G of the Income Tax Act.

Thanking you in advance for your help and assistance. Wishing you a great week ahead.


Ajay Thiara
Secretary OCA,India

Some OCs have consented to have their messages posted verbatim. These are being added below. The other messages remain unpublished – We respect the privacy and uphold confidentiality if so requested by any OC. Though they all reflect similar thoughts as are being quoted below.

In my opinion such costs should come from the group insurance that BCS should have in place for all BCS staff, or should be met from BCS funds.

BCS being predominantly responsible to have such measures in place for the welfare and wellbeing of its employees / staff. 

Anil Advani [BCS 1960-70]

The financial crisis confronting a school teacher is not new. In the case of a teacher in service, the plight is “less” severe since there are colleagues and senior employees who will be sympathetic to his cause. They know him and this is just what has happened with the Director seeking funds from the Old Boys association.

Going back further, I recall Mr Roshan Lal, the former Hindi teacher at an OC lunch, literally hands outstretched, seeking any kind of relief. None was rendered. Besides, Hindi teaching ranked so much lower in “class” both with the boys, even his students, and his former peers. It was a pathetic sight.  Some years later his condition and his poverty became so severe that pity finally overtook some students who built a shelter for him and provided for his mentally challenged son. The man and his son died under conditions that are indescribable. We showed no humanity.

About three years ago, I requested the OCA President for assistance for an OC in distress. The response was in all such cases the class to which the OC belonged should do crowd funding themselves since this is what the class of 1962 did for Umesh Dutta, one of their colleagues. I reminded him that the fund had been initiated by me and I had contributed as well though I passed out in the following year of 1963. The OCA did nothing

So, the OCA is not exactly sympathetic to either members of its association or giving and generous to staff members. The exception was Mrs Kabir Mustafi’s wife where the students who knew them gathered to collect funds and garnered a considerable amount even though most knew her condition to be a hopeless one.

In the case of an existing employee, he should, you rightly observe, be covered by a medical insurance scheme. That would operate to assist in just such a case without any burden or obligation on anyone else.

Secondly, the need for a benevolent fund has been raised ever so often both for the staff and former students, it is for the OCA to take this initiative. I have tried hard but got nowhere for a variety of reasons.

Finally, the OCA has forwarded funds to the School and it is important that purpose and utility of such amounts stand allocated to causes such as this one. We did that so well for Mrs DeMello, if you recall.

Given the above, I am not sure that there will be many willing to contribute unless they are or were his students but to send the hat around again and again is an effort with diminishing returns. We need a proper fund in place with its scope, purpose and method of collection and disbursement well established.


Vijay Khurana

BCS 2022 Cricket : UK tour

Message from Mr. Simon Weale / BCS Director:
Dear Old Cottonians, Plans are now well advanced for a BCS U15 cricket tour to the UK this summer from 8th-21st June 2022. We are just waiting for our visas. We are hoping to bring 33 boys on tour and to play a series of matches against a number of the top independent schools in the South of England. Our current itinerary includes the following fixtures
  • 9th June v Westminster School
  • 10th June v Culford School
  • 13th June v Merchant Taylors’ School
  • 14th June v Eton College
  • 16th June v Aldenham School
  • 17th June v Forest School
  • 20th June v Marlborough College
OCs will be welcome to come and watch matches (a full programme will be published closer to the time). On the evening of the 16th June we are hoping that an OC XI will play the Aldenham School Headmaster’s XI at Aldenham. If you are interested in playing in the match or in contributing towards tour funds please contact the school by email on director@bishopcotton.com

BTW, BCS just won the Cricket match against Lawrence School Sanawar. Congrats! Watch a video clip: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1053308961951434