Spotlight on the achievers

Spotlight on the achievers

Students of Bishop Cotton Boys’ School were recently awarded for their performance during junior school prize day, in front of an auditorium full of proud parents and grandparents.

The young ones, who were recognised for their achievements in academics and co-curricular activities, also put up mesmerising performances. Right from choir singing to a piano and poetry recital and medley of dances, elocution and a play, the audience were in for a treat. It was evident that a lot of hard work had gone into the entire programme.

Joshua Jacob, a class five student, walked away with an award for excellence in academics. He said that it’s daily work that has helped him stay on top. “I make sure that I go home and revise what is taught in class the same day. I have always been topping and this method is what has helped me, especially since the competition is intense,” he said. Vedhant Krishi, a class five student who was awarded for excellence in studies amongst the boarders, added, “I study every morning and evening. Especially since I am in boarding, we are made to study and do our daily work.”

Various awards including the ‘most disciplined student’, ‘most promising student’, ‘best sportsman’, ‘best musician’ and ‘most focussed students’ were given away. Farhaan Safiulla, who got the ‘best musician’ award, enjoys playing the drums. “Although I used to learn the guitar and drums, I took to the latter more naturally. I practise everyday and go for class once a week,” said the class five student. Viduttan Dutt, a class six student, who walked away with an award for an essay, said, “Every night I read a book before I go to sleep, which helps me in writing essays. Right now, I’m reading books by Roald Dahl and Agatha Christie. It was a combination of my story and description that got me the prize.”

Taking part in elocution, drama, essay writing and cricket got Rakshit Agarwal the ‘best all rounder’ award. “I balance the number of activities I take part in, which helps me devote time to a number of items,” said Rakshit. Emphasising the importance of working hard and doing one’s best, chief guest Dr Thimappa Hegde, director of Narayana Institute of Neurosciences, advised the students to give a 100 per cent to whatever they do.

Pointing out to common mistakes parents make, he said, “Parents make two kinds of mistakes — ommission and commission. Either they are too busy to look into what their children are doing or they pin their dreams and aspirations on their children.”