‘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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Define yourself by character, not grades

People often use the example of Bill Gates being a Harvard dropout to define success as a result of hard work and not the outcome of receiving a world-class education with the highest grades.   However, when the grade 10 AP World History preliminary results were released a few days ago, it suddenly occurred to […]

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International students keep eye on U.S. elections

I remember walking into the living room one morning to catch my friends laughing at the TV. It was the summer of 2016, I was just 14 years of age and had no clue how politics worked. “Donald Trump is running for president,” one of my friends said while she laughed at the screen. Back […]

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Once on this mountain: Ms. Annie

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 just spent four years teaching Grade 6 Humanities and EAL at the American International School in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Prior to […]

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Tigers in Action: STEM at Kaplani School

Editor’s note: This is the first-ever video produced by The Woodstocker and we are currently experimenting with video journalism. In the future, we will try to get more video series like these on our YouTube channel. Stay tuned for more. The Tigers in Action series aims to highlight the plethora of student activities and initiatives […]

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Once on this mountain: Mr. Stephan

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 from New Delhi.   What subject do you teach? I teach MYP Arts for grades 9 and 10. […]

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Once on this mountain: Mrs. Sen

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? Ulan Bator, that’s in Mongolia. I worked there for the past five years and before that, I worked at Kodaikanal International […]

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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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Insect infestation bugs dorms

On Sunday, Aug 25, Hostel was immersed in the unpleasant sound of a fire alarm that drove people out of their rooms to inquire about the situation.  The alarm was triggered by someone accidentally spraying deodorant near the smoke alarm in their room as an attempt to kill some bugs. Many in Hostel were perplexed […]

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Worst flu season in years strikes campus

A terrible flu season has hit the Woodstock community. Since the start of the semester, the health center has been flooded with patients with flu-like symptoms⁠—including cough, cold, fever, and sore throat. The first week of school, however, was when the flu was most prevalent. Mrs. Alice Singh, a nurse at the health center, said, […]

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MY Goes Offline for a Week

The MY (Middle Years) No Device Week, is exactly what it sounds like — a week of minimal screen time for middle years students.  Once every semester, for a week, students learn, play, and live without the assistance of technology. This year, No Device Week was the last week of August, from August 26 to […]

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Desi GAILers Take Over China

“GAIL is a fun experience. I got to meet new people, open up to people and while doing all of this, I learned so much,” Maanasa Muppala, Class of 2022 said.  Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL), is an annually held conference which was hosted by Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) this year. 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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The troll team that reached the finals

“Most of our players still do not know how to play zone defense,” Siddharth Bhandari, Class of 2020, a starting player on one of the Swish-A-Thon finalist teams: Bhandari Bois, said. Bhandari Bois comprised of a member of the Win Mumby team, three players in the senior team, and four players who have never played […]

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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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Pressure builds momentum towards future

The golden-colored numbers hanging on the railing above Parker Hall flickers in front of my eyes, reminding me of the number of days until my graduation. The number takes me back to the time when this moment was all a future to be awaited. A time when I was intimidated by the horrifying stress resulting […]

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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: 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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10 things to do before graduation

As of April 30, 2019, with only 25 days left for the Class of 2019, The Woodstocker decided to create it’s very own Bucket list for the seniors. Being at Woodstock is an amazing experience and it would be regretful if one didn’t enjoy everything it has to offer before moving on. 10. Go on […]

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