The beginning of a journey

The beginning of a journey

Mixed emotions marked the graduation ceremony of class 10 and 12 students of Bishop Cotton Boys’ School recently. As many as 539 students, including 362 students from class 10 and 177 students from class 12, were part of the three-hour-long event. The theme for the graduation was ‘On the Wings of Change’.

Outstanding students of the school were given awards of excellence. The winner of the ‘The School Captain’s Cup’, ‘Maiden Cup’ and ‘Best All Rounder’ (class 12) was Paaras Belandor.

 Keerthi Sudhakar Vasishta and Tanadol Rungruengnoravet walked away with the ‘Best Boarding Prefects’ trophy, while ‘Best Senior Prefect’ trophy was awarded to Arihant R Sungay, ‘Best Junior Prefect’ to Naveen Bhadrecha and ‘Best All Rounder’ (class 10) trophy went to Umashankara SR.  

About his experience, Paaras Belandor, the school captain said, “Beautiful is what describes our time here at Cottons. Our greatest strength has been our diversity.

There have been exciting and turbulent times but we’ve had our teachers and parents standing with us in those times.”

Giving the farewell speech, Vishnu PK Giri said, “We are going to miss the assemblies, during which we come together, the sports day, the inter-school competitions and other events.”

 Pointing out that their teachers have always shown a friendly approach towards them, Vishnu added, “We are indebted to our alma-mater.” Terming his two-year journey in the school as ‘magical’, Nikhil Varghese, a class 12 said, “It’s been a good learning experience. By staying in the hostel, I learnt how to be independent and approach life in a different way.” 

Shounak Roy, another graduating student said, “It’s mixed emotions that I feel at this point of time. Of course, the challenges that the future holds is worrying but I am excited about graduating.”

The teachers too, who were fond of the students, were an emotional lot.

“They have been a wonderful batch. But what made them stand out was that they were always cheerful. When there were differences of opinion, there were students who knew how to mediate between the staff and themselves and handled the situations well,” said Parveen Nayeem, a senior teacher from the school.

Principal John Zachariah advised the students, “Don’t be afraid of change or unwilling to change for the better. This is just the beginning of a journey that will unfold. Enjoy it, for you never know where it will take you.”

 He added, “But remember to pursue your passion and take responsibility
for your successes and failures. Express gratitude to all those who have helped you.”

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