At the time when
the school passing through its most critical phase, Mr. R. I.
Thornton was given charge. Eyebrows were raised and
apprehensions barely concealed for none could comprehend how the
lot fell on such a young, different and unassuming man to take
control. Possibly this was the most ignoble chapter in the
history of Westcott: Strong undercurrents were fire amongst
staff members and students were surly and openly antagonistic.
Amidst this chaos Mr. Thornton maintained an unperturbed
demeanor and chose to focus his attention on positive measures.
It was this attitude that won him the governing body’s approval
and he was confirmed in the post Principal in June 1982.
ceased only at the surface level and the task of ‘manning the
controls’ was a formidable one. For one so young and gentle in
his ways Mr. Thornton showed tremendous forbearance. A relapse
is always distressing and opened up problems galore. Slowly,
very slowly the tremors faded away and conditions stabilized. No
date, month or year can be started as to when this stability was
restored but it heralded the dawn of a new era in B.W.B.S
Imperceptibly the perspective had widened and the approach and
outlook become modern.
With the consent and blessings of the governing Body a
co-educational Plus II Section (Science) was opened in
August 1983. Out
of 23 students 6 were girls, the first to step into the male
dominated campus. Additions were made to the faculty to teach in
this new section. It started on a healthy note and give a fillip
to the school attracting boys as well as girls from other other
schools in Ranchi and outside.
academic performance had suffered a major set back during the
period of crisis. With the exception of a few boys who managed
to secure high percentage, on an average the I.C.S.E results
tended to be mediocre. In this sphere again the charge was
gradual; the re-vitalization of the system was initiated and
allowed to take its course. Extra-curricular activities, which
had always been an integral part of the curriculum, were given
more importance. Whether on stage or on the game field, in
school or outside the boys were encouraged to participate
whole-heartedly. Some of the activities in the school were
Science Exhibition-cum-handwork display, Quiz Competition,
Math’s Olympiad and Inter-house Fairy tale competition.
June 1984 the
tuition fee was raised from Rs.60/-p.m. and to Rs.65/-p.m and
charged for 12 months, the boarding fee also increased from
Rs.240/-p.m to Rs270/-p.m. The work of repairs, renovation and
extension had to be undertaken. More class rooms were needed as
sections of each class increasing. The school was moving towards
its Diamond Jubilee, it was therefore essential to move with the
times and hold its own in every sphere.
came into its sixtieth year. After the terrible storm it had
weathered there was a deep sense of achievement and the morale
was high. The Diamond Jubilee called for hearty celebrations. As
per tradition the celebrations commenced with a thanksgiving
service which was followed by festivities which continued for
five days in succession. A spirit of camaraderie had pervaded
the school and it was like carnival time in Westcott. During
this year Mr. Thornton was sanctioned leave to pursue further
studies. In Sept’1987 the school bid ”adieu!“ to Mr. Thornton
who left for England for 10 months. Mr. R.B. Barnes was called
to officiate as acting Principal. He knew well the customs and
traditions of the school because of his former association with
it. An inherently innovative man he took his responsibility
seriously and fulfilled it with aplomb. September 1988 Mr.
Thornton was warmly welcomed back into the Westcott family. On
his return Mr.Barnes was designated Vice-Principal. His trip to
England had reinvigorated him and he was brimming with ideas for
further improvement and expansion of the school. A proposal was
set forth for the construction of a new block which would house
a kitchen, dining hall, conference room. A hall for cultural
activities, the hostel as well as quarter for residential staff.
The idea was to plan and prepare ahead to accommodate a large
number of students to shift the entire hostel into the new block
and all classes – juniors, intermediate, senior – on different
floors of the old building. It was a major project and time as
well as resources were required before it could be executed.
By 1990 the total
strength had touched 1608 out of which 1164 were dayscholars.
While dayscholars came from all parts of the town there were
boarders from different part of the country. The school had
already acquired eight buses. Within a decade (since 1080) the
school had shifted into a different gear. The work done in the
classrooms and the cultural activities reflected this change.
There was a change in the number and pattern of Examinations.
The coordinator system was introduced. The marking scheme also
was changed to give a wide margin to the students. Teachers were
encouraged to plan out their lessons for a better output.
Conforming to the Government rules, corporal punishment was done
away with. Any act of indiscipline was dealt firmly by the
teacher concerned or handed over to the Discipline Committee.
The inclusion of computers as a subject was a significant step.
It started in a small way but in time the school was able to set
up a proper Computer Laboratory (in 1988).
The foundation of
the new block was laid in 1993. In the meantime the old building
was renovated, more quarters for staff and servants were
constructer and a number of necessary extensions were made.
Within a short span the Audio-Visual centre, the canteen, the
Gymnasium were set up and opened for the students. On 8th
May’1996 the ground floor of the new block was inaugurated.
has been made to impart education in an environment that is
conducive as well as in keeping with the changing times. In and
out of the classrooms the aim is to educate the student to face
life with honesty and courage and inculcate values in them that
will make them worthy citizens of the world. For an integrated
developments of the students co-operation and interaction are
vital and as a means to achieve greater interaction Parent
Teacher Meetings are held at intervals in the course of an
Christmas, Cantata, Annual sports, Prize Day are the main
functions of the school which are smoothly conducted and well
attached by parents and other guests. Besides, innumerable other
inter-house, inter-class competitions are held internally.
Principal’s Day and Teacher’s Day functions are entirely managed
by the captain with the Perfects assisting him. Mediocrity has
given way to excellence and in the recent past we have had
students scoring above 90 percent in the I.C.S.E Examination. In
the field of games and sports our students have always won
laurels; in Nov’2001 in the Chotanagpur Diocesan Cultural and
Athletic meet our school won the Championship in Athletic and
the second place in the cultural show.
establishment the school has grown and blossomed and acquired a
new complexion; practically every part of it has had a face lift
and yet not an iota of its old charm has decreased. Credit must
be accorded to the Principal for lifting the school out of its
austere surroundings into an environment that appeal to one’s
aesthetic sense and is at the same time practical.
long year Bishop Westcott Boys’ has gained good repute and risen
to prominence. The vicissitudes it has faced have only served to
strengthen and fortify it. Today in its seventy-fifth year it
has already marched triumphantly into the third millennium, a
new sprit has developed which has enthused higher hopes for
greater improvements and triumphs in the years to come. From
1927 to2002 the school has steadfastly followed the words of the
“Never give in Dear Westcott Strive to the set of the Sun…..”
This year (2002) as the school celebrates its Platinum Jubilee
its motto “Non Nascor Mihi Solum” (Live not for self alone) is
reemphasized and the vision that it envisages is re-pledged- to
impart meaningful education and prepare citizens with the values
who will make the society, the country and the world a better