QUEEN’S ROAD: To mark its sesquicentennial year, Bishop Cotton Boys’ School has planned a number of activities, one of which is a carnival called Magnifeier 2015. As the tagline goes, it is the ‘king of all carnivals,’ said Ryan Sujith, who is part of the organising committee. “There are more than 100 stalls set up. We have games, food stalls, sports and great music too, as we have many popular bands participating in the three-day event,” he added.
On Friday, the first day, even as the gates were thrown open, students poured in to register for the gaming event called, Chaos. Here, teams battled it out in LAN-based games like NFS Most Wanted, Unreal Tournament, Counter Strike Global Offensive, Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Halo: Combat Evolved. “Over the course of the day, there were more than 20 teams who participated in the various events,” informed one of the organisers, Nihal George, a Class XI student. In fact, the event was such a hit that they have a pile of registrations lined up for the next two days as well, he added.
Elsewhere on the school grounds, stalls were brimming with students and parents. Stalls which had Wheel of Fortune and casino-like games saw a lot of activity, while amusement rides like Breakdance and Ferris Wheel were the other attractions. Young kids were encouraged to try their hand at the real-life version of the popular mobile game, Angry Birds. A row of stalls selling clothes, bags and accessories were also set up.
DJ Ivan, a former Cottonian and considered the numero uno DJ in the country, will perform on Saturday. The carnival will also have a slew of dance and music performances with The Peepal Tree, Bhoomi, Lourd Vijay’s Dance Studio and many others taking part. Events like Futsal (Football), Skyhook (Basketball), Farbe Krieg (Paintball) and Cross Fader (DJ Battle) will also be held at the event, which will go on till February 1.
In 1865, Bishop Cotton School started its journey under the guidance of Rev Samuel Thomas Pettigrew, in a small building on High Grounds. Today, 150 years later, the school has not only grown with a well-equipped campus and a formidable student strength, but has also earned the reputation of being one of the most iconic institutions in the city.