It was wonderful to be there last Saturday among you all and to savour the flavour of such a fine get together. Apart from the lovely arrangements and the cuisine, what was more to be appreciated was the visible hard work and dedication with which both you and Kuljinder have, socially, welded together such a large number of OCs around here. I’m sure under the care of you both, the family here will grow even more, much to the happiness of us all. Well done. Please convey my congratulations to Kuljinder. Could I have his e-mail iD ?
I regret Mr. Brown’s daughter, Susan, could not make it. She lives at Bexhill, close to Hastings,and was taken up with a medical problem. She is planning a trip back up to Shimla ; both she and her husband hope to be in India about the 10th of October.
It was nice to meet Mr. Bhardwaj from BCS and to hear him. It was very pleasing to see the nostalgia that his presence and Speech stirred up among your generation. He is a fine man, conscientious, dedicated and faithful, and full of humility : all qualities not so easily available nowadays in one piece. As I have been in touch with School in recent years more than most of you over here, all you Guys can feel comfortable and happy in the thought that our School is doing very well under the stewardship of Headmaster Robinson. For the very good work he has done over the last decade he deserves the wholehearted support of all us Old Cottonians.
More again. Carry on with the good work. All the best in your profession.
The following 22 OCs from the class of 1956 ( we were 28 in school ) contributed Rs.10,000/- each towards the Golden Jubilee Award for the all-round Best Cottonian of the Year, besides booking themselves in for stay at Eastbourne Hotel :
The ones shown with an asterisk were unable to attend, though most regretfully, on account, differently, of back injury, death of near relation, and unavoidable international commitment.
Dear Mr. Robinson
This letter should have been with you a few days earlier : a letter carrying the grateful thanks of the Class of 1956 for your wonderful cooperation and support, all the way, in helping mould our Golden Jubilee Reunion into the magnificent event it has really been. The Special Order of Service ( bearing our name ) in the Holy Trinity Chapel, the lavish High Tea, the detailed round of the School Estate ( inclusive of Rifle Shooting ),the Cricket Match with Special Rules (no LBW, no run outs and five extra overs! ) The Inter – House Music Extravaganza ( well done boys ! ) and the Grand Finale in the shape of the HM’s Dinner, embellished with the lovely Souvenir packet ( those fabulous etchings of nostalgic school buildings ) will live with us all the way through. While thanking you personally Mr.Robinson, we should like to thank, also, all the members of the School Staff, as well as the Class IV friends who played their part in making our Golden Jubilee so colourful and memorable. We should like, also, to recall some of the landmark events of this spectacular Reunion which, too, indeed, could only have been possible with your spontaneous cooperation and support :
1956 GOLDEN JUBILEE AWARD for the BEST COTTONIAN OF THE YEAR
The Award, in its parameters, as well as in its distinguished status, will work as a silent, yet forceful, motivator in raising the all-round performance of all Cottonians, and, in so doing, will help enhance the image of BCS in the comity of Public Schools in the country. Apart from seeing one’s name go up on this extraordinary Honours Board, the Silver Salver and the accompanying Cash Award of Rs.5000/- would put some more extra shine on the metal of motivation The Silver Salver. The Class of 1956 carry the pride and satisfaction of having raised the Corpus of Rs.2,20,000/- between themselves to finance this outstanding Award, through annual interest accrual, and undertake to swell it further, should inflation so require. The First Winner, the Golden Jubilee Winner, of the Award for 2006, should be in the process of evolution ! GOLDEN JUBILEE GREENS The Granite Stone on the way down to REMOVE, while commemorating the Tree Plantation carried out by the Class of 1956,seeks to splash the message to present and future Cottonians, to Green BCS, Green Shimla, Green India. In short, to value the urgent need to prevent denudation of this valuable natural resource and to protect and promote the greening of their environment, wherever they happen to be.
Distribution of BLANKETS to Class IV Staff This has a message too : In the midst of your jubilation, remember to remember your foot soldiers. They, and their welfare, come first : Always & Everytime.
So, that’s it Mr Robinson. In the forge of your Headmastership, and with your active participation and support, the Class of 1956 have had the privilege to set a road map for succeeding Jubilarians to follow. May they do better, for in their so doing, the biggest gainer will be our beloved Alma Mater, the School of Bishop Cotton.
Last year, we had all dreamt a dream. The dream has come true. Our renewed thanks to yourself, to Mrs. Robinson, to all the members of your Staff, and last, but never the least, to all our young Cottonians.