The debating team of Bishop Cotton School (BCS), Shimla, is gearing up for the 26th Annual Slater Debates, set to take place from Friday, October 27th to Tuesday, October 31st on the BCS campus. This highly prestigious competition, named in honor of the school’s first headmaster, Rev Dr. Samuel Slater, who led BCS from 1863-1885, draws top debating schools from across India. Last year, the girls of La Martiniere, Kolkata, emerged as the victors.

BCS Director’s Enthusiasm

BCS Director Simon Weale expressed his excitement, describing the Slater Debates as one of the highlights of the academic year. He welcomed young debaters from across India and highlighted how the event provides a unique opportunity for BCS students to experience the atmosphere of a university campus for a week. The debates serve as a platform for showcasing the intellectual prowess of these sharp young minds.

Team Preparation

The recently announced BCS debating team has been diligently preparing to face the challenging competition. They have been working hard to consolidate their knowledge and sharpen their debating techniques. The teams will be judged based on various criteria, including style, speed, tone, volume, diction, fluency, clarity, delivery, and the quality of their arguments.

BCS: A Pillar of Education in India

Bishop Cotton School, founded in 1859, is one of the oldest residential boys’ schools in Asia. It has played a pivotal role in shaping the development of public schools and education in India while producing numerous well-known and successful alumni.

Participating Teams

The Slater Debates will host 16 participating teams from various regions of India, showcasing the diversity and talent in the country’s debating scene. The list of participating schools includes:

  • La Martiniere For Girls, Kolkata
  • La Martiniere For Girls, Lucknow
  • Mallinson Girls School, Srinagar
  • Mayo College, Ajmer
  • St. James’ School, Kolkata
  • St. Thomas’ Girls School, New
  • St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata
  • The Assam Valley School, Assam
  • The Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai
  • The Sri Ram School, Aravali
  • Tyndale Biscoe School, Srinagar
  • Auckland House School, Shimla
  • Auckland House School for Boys, Shimla
  • Covent Of Jesus And Mary, Chelsea, Shimla
  • Loreto Convent, Tara Hall, Shimla
  • Bishop Cotton School, Shimla

The Slater Debates promise to be an intellectual battlefield where these bright young minds will demonstrate their debating prowess and vie for victory.


The 26th BCS Slater Debates are set to captivate audiences with the exchange of brilliant ideas and articulate arguments. Stay tuned for this prestigious event that promises to be a celebration of intellectual excellence.

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