- Bishop Cotton Girls' School
Infobox UK school
name = Bishop Cotton Girls' School
size = 140px
motto = "Nec Dextrorsum Nec Sinistrorsum"
("Neither to the Right Nor to the Left")
established = 1865
Private School, Boarding School
Protestant(Church of South India)
head_label = Principal
Mrs. Princess Franklyn
chair_label = Chairman & Deputy Moderator
chair = Rt. Rev. S. VasanthKumar, Karnataka Central Diocese
Rev. S.T.Pettigrew, Rev. J.Gordonand Rev. R.Firth[http://www.cottongirls.com/History.htm A History of Bishop Cotton Girls' School, Bangalore] ]
Rev. J.Gordon Rev. R.Firth
street = St. Marks Road
postcode = 560 001
staff = 150 (approx.)
gender = Girls
houses = Barton, Elmes, Foley, Maiden, Millington, Waller
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publication = The Cottonian
Bishop Cotton Girls' School, also known as BCGS, is a private all-girls' school for boarders and day scholars in
Bangalore, Karnataka, India. It is known for its rigorous curriculum, house system, organized games and school sports, and the prefect system. The school also offers numerous academic scholarships, which aid students from lower income backgrounds to afford tuitionand boarding fees. It has been awarded the International School award by the British Council, and is regarded as one of Asia's leading academic institutions.
Founded in 1865, it is one of the oldest established
boarding schools in Asia.
The school was named after Bishop
George Edward Lynch Cotton, the son of an Army Captain, who died leading his Regiment in battle. He was a scholar of Westminster School, and a graduate of Cambridge. In 1836 he was appointed Assistant Master at Rugby by Doctor Thomas Arnold, one of the founders of the British Public School System.
BangaloreCity, the school originated from a co-educational system, until its split from Bishop Cotton Boys Schoolin the nineteenth century. It is based on the ICSEformat of education, and has teaching facilities from Kindergarten, 1 to 10 (ICSE) as well as 11 and 12 (ISC).
Bishop Cotton Girls School has many extracurricular activities, such as sports, debates, creative writing, dramatics, declamation, verse speaking and choir. Over 140 years old, it has been visited by eminent personalities, including former Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi. Fact|date=May 2008It is affiliated with Bishop Cotton Boys School, which is situated nearby on St. Marks Road. It is also affiliated with the Bishop Cotton Schoolin Shimla.
The School Song and Founder's Hymn
The Bishop Cotton
school songwas penned by Rev. H. Pakenham-Walsh, of the Brotherhood of St. Peter, Warden of the school from 1907 to 1913, later to become Bishop. The words were set to music by N.M. Saunders, Esq..With its refrain "On, Straight, On", it follows the spirit of the School Motto, "Nec Dextrorsum Nec Sinistrorsum", Latinfor "Neither to the Right Nor to the Left". The honored tradition of singing the school song and the Founder's Hymnin the Chapel or in assemblies held in the School Auditorium continues to this day.
Alumni of the school are known as Old Cottonians, or OCs. The Old Girls' Association (OGA) Members President is Mrs. Girija Shankar.
Some Famous Old Cottonians include:
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman & Managing Director of BioconLtd., and India's Richest Woman in 2004
Jayalalitha, famous Actress turned Politician, and Former Chief Ministerof Tamil Nadu, India
Nafisa Joseph, Miss IndiaUniverse 1997, successful model, and a respected Animal Rights Activist
Diana Hayden, Miss World1997, actress, and host of the History Channel's "Biography" series in India
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