Seniors and SAT stress

I am never getting into colleges! I have heard this phrase from various different classmates in the last one month, more frequently in the past week. Classmates who prepare for SAT endlessly, for hours, with shaky hands and droopy eyes — all because of the lack of sleep and excessive caffeine intake.  With SAT looming […]

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A Convenient Lie

As I observed dying turtles and choking marine animals painted all over my Instagram feed, I wondered if these images actually motivate people to make a change. After encountering numerous occasions of my peers bleating about minor inconveniences like the food for lunch, or the walk up to school, – despite the fact that we […]

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We must overcome menstruation stigma

Many in the Woodstock community might find it shocking that some women around India use cow feces as a substitute for a sanitary pad, but many of these women do not have a choice. As hard as it might be to accept this fact, especially after seeing young activists constantly trying to break taboos about […]

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‘We don’t need no education,’ why pop culture hates school

In 1979, Pink Floyd, a psychedelic rock band, released “Another Brick In The Wall,” where its chorus rang, “we don’t need no education//we don’t need no thought control.” Later in 2014, Charli XCX, an English singer and songwriter released the song “Break the Rules,” that reached the 36th position in the Billboard Hot 100. The […]

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Water is running out; so is time

The month of May marks a dire deterioration of the water situation of Mussoorie and the rest of India. Even by just taking a step outside of our school campus, one can see hundreds of people filling up at nearby a water outlet, awaiting the few droplets of water that flow once a day for […]

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Adults should not intervene in student politics

When the Student Council presidential candidates opened the floor to questions after their speeches last week, several staff members took the opportunity to call into question the candidates’ skills and ideas. Several of these comments made by staff members were considered especially discouraging and targeted towards specific candidates, thereby raising questions about the appropriate extent […]

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Once on this mountain: Ms. Larissa

As we begin our new academic year, we welcome many new staff members. The Woodstocker caught up with some of them to chronicle the first chapter of their adventures. Where are you coming from? I spent most of my life growing up in Seattle.  What subject do you teach? Music.   Why did you come to Woodstock? Woodstock […]

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Once on this mountain: Mr. Bajaj

As we begin our new academic year, we welcome many new staff members. The Woodstocker caught up with some of them to chronicle the first chapter of their adventures.   Where are you coming from?I’m from India and I used to teach in an international school in Dehradun.     What subject do you teach?I was always […]

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Once on this mountain: Mr. Scott

As we begin our new academic year, we welcome many new staff members. The Woodstocker caught up with some of them to chronicle the first chapter of their adventures.   Where are you coming from?  I am coming from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I worked at Spring Field School in Philadelphia. I was a chemistry teacher there.    Why […]

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Once on this mountain: Mrs. Amal

As we begin our new academic year, we welcome many new staff members. The Woodstocker caught up with some of them to chronicle the first chapter of their adventures.   Where are you coming from?  I was born in Lebanon but I consider Canada as home. I recently moved from Muscat, Oman to Woodstock and I […]

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Indian Cultural Week conveys Gandhi’s virtues

When the word Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, or the various monikers associated with him, such as the likes of ‘Bapu’ and  ‘Mahatma’, are first heard, minds often swirl around the tapestry of many shades in which he painted the world.  People think of India’s impassioned struggle with the British or maybe, the Salt Satyagraha and the […]

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Dengue outbreak strikes Doon

A sudden outbreak of dengue fever has struck Dehradun valley, putting a halt to several school trips to Dehradun over the next week. On Sep. 26, the school received an email from Mr. Ethan vanDrunen, Vice Principal, regarding the immediate cancellation of events such as the district basketball tournaments, the climate strike, and the Activity […]

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Theft robs students of comfort

There have been multiple reports of repeated acts of theft in Midlands since the start of the academic year.  Although several announcements and sessions have been held, the girls continue to experience loss of expensive personal belongings including large sums of money.  “Most of us have a really busy week. We do not stay in […]

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IB transition brings tension

Starting the 2019 academic year, the Class of 2021 entered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), discontinuing the Advanced Placement curriculum, with mixed reception. The preparation for the transition started in September 2018: every week, students attended extensive sessions about the courses offered, the grading format, and more. In addition, teachers attended workshops throughout the […]

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School renovation begins with the walk

The renovation of the path up to school is one of the most prominent developments of the semester. Being a central part of every student’s life, the change has not gone unnoticed.  As most students were unaware of the renovation, they were surprised by the new stone-based path.  Mr. Raveesh Dogra, Head of the Estates […]

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Library goes back in time

For the first time ever, International Literacy Day was celebrated on campus. Students had the opportunity to learn about the advancement in scriptures and writings which has taken place over thousands of years. Students from Government Primary School, Mussoorie were also invited to this event. The library staff organised a couple of educational activities for […]

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Tigers in action: 5-a-side 2019

Last Tuesday, September 10, the Woodstock Girls Senior team won gold and the Boys team ended runners up in the 5-a-side football tournament that took place in the Win Mumby Gym. The annual tournament lasted three days, and several schools around Uttarakhand took part. The Woodstock girls’ senior football team was held victorious in the […]

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The Goal-a-thon team that shall dominate them all

As the tenth Goal-a-thon season approaches, in approximately 19 hours, The Woodstocker decided to expertly predict outcomes. Girls Group A Scores Group B Scores 0% Risk vs Fanxy 1-3 Baba Balani vs Dhinchak Divas 3-0 Fanxy vs LesBeHonest 2-0 Matcha vs Baba Balani 1-4 LesBeHonest vs Milo 1-3 Baba Balani vs Too Holy 2-0 Milo vs 0% […]

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Badminton​ season opens with a smash

School has just been in session for a month, and the Badminton team has already displayed their high-level skills through their achievements. In a recent tournament held at Wynberg Allen school, the senior girls’ team won gold, and the boys’ teams came second.  The senior girls’ team was represented by Kiara Reavan and Frizia Rounak, […]

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Tigers repeat as Doon Cup champs

“I’ll be surprised if we win, but I’ll also be surprised if we lose,” said Kuhu Singh, Class of 2021, said before heading off for this year’s Doon Cup. The senior girls football team has been with three coaches in the past two years: Mr. Francisco, Mr. Puri, and Mr. Hubbard. But they worked past […]

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Sports Spotlight: Diya Singh

12 years ago, while watching boys around her play football, a 5-year-old girl’s heart was captivated by the sport. That’s when Diya Singh, Class of 2019, decided to master this game, regardless of all the obstacles that she would face. Her journey started when she came across the boys in her old school playing football. […]

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Understanding abuse

I felt really really lucky: lucky, privileged, and blessed.  I was walking into the shelter with a huge smile on my face. However, the expression on my face couldn’t have been more different when I left the place. There were tears in my eyes and I was struggling to keep them from dropping. I had […]

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Where the mountains echoed

Two bus rides, one train ride, and one flight later, the nine of us accompanied by Ms. Pike, Mr. Tesal and Ms. Ritika reached the beautiful Paro airport, encompassed by mountains and clouds. We had just flown over the majestic Mount. Everest and the warm fresh air of Paro that foreshadowed the delightful five days […]

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Leaving home does not mean losing home

A new home. After 14 years of living in the same place, with the same people, and the same routine, I was suddenly yanked out of the familiar routine to all that was full of the unexpected. I was happy where I was before; I had great friends, amazing teachers and lots of fun. I […]

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The perfect self-reproach

My parents have supported me for my entire life. They supported me when I wanted to be a football player, when I wanted to be a journalist, and now they support my dreams to become a lawyer. Then why do I feel like such a disappointment to my Dad? It all started only a few […]

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A flower of friendship in the midst of uncertainty

I am sacrificing my time and sleep to call a few of my old friends at 2:30 a.m. on a Saturday night. We reminisce over the times when we got mad at each other, stayed up late watching movies, tried disgusting food together, drooled over our celebrity crushes, and spent our last days together. We […]

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Learning beyond physical barriers

“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” – Morrie Schwartz from Tuesdays With Morrie That is exactly what this book has to offer: a slow and steady journey between the realms of life and death; a dying old professor’s last words that sometimes ring so true that the […]

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Superheroes, icons run rampant around campus

If Friendship Day is defined as “an annual celebration of the significance of friendship around the world,” then certainly for Woodstock, this definition does not do justice. Although the event occurred more than a month after the International Friendship Day, it surely cannot be given any other name. The community celebrates its own version of […]

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Review: ​”Sharp Objects”, packed with murder, foul, and fun

Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn’s debut feature is an agonizingly unsettling book. It forays deep into the nature of inherited trauma and derisive family dynamics. The aural dreamlike undercurrent of desolation running through this arresting psychological-thriller builds up an ever-festering sense of dread that pervades all your extremities. Camille Preaker, the protagonist of the story, is […]

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Review: Endgame, the true marvel of the MCU

The scale and spectacle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is unrivalled by any other series in the last decade. The amount of heavy hitters in this epic 22-film saga is jaw-dropping. The latest instalment is handled with such care, effort, and ambition that it is hard to classify Avengers: Endgame as a movie. It’s an […]

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