Vaccine Hesitancy- Why people must take it.

It may be a shock for most of the world but not for all. Many in the healthcare sector and a few outside of it had predicted that the world may face a pandemic sometime in the future. Almost everyone agreed that a health disaster was more likely than say a world war. After SARs […]

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Who’s really responsible for our privacy invasion?

A couple of months ago, Elon Musk demonstrated how the Neuralink chip brain implant works while testing it out on a pig in September. This is said to be the link to ‘merge’ humans with artificial intelligence (AI). It is a coin-sized gadget that can be placed in the brain and charged like a normal […]

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COVID-19: what’s happening to teenagers?

For some, COVID-19 has brought new opportunities to work from home, spend time with family, and to invest in themselves. However, for others, the onset of the pandemic was more than just a wake-up call. Covid-19 has had a lasting effect on all families, and with so much happening simultaneously, it is important to step […]

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Talk less, listen more

Most of us cannot count the number of times we’ve heard the phrase “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.” I remember the first time this was said to me— I was very young, arguing with my older sister about something trivial like what kind of chocolate is superior. The argument devolved into a screaming […]

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Sleep: unlocking your mental potential

While it’s common knowledge that sleep is important, this pandemic has made it highly difficult for those who already can’t sleep and even those who didn’t face a problem before. Inquiry cases with therapists due to sleeping problems have increased by 20- 30% which is not surprising due to the unusual circumstances. One of the […]

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Mental health: another crisis that needs our attention

When Sushant Singh Rajput, a widely celebrated Bollywood actor, recently committed suicide, it stirred up conversations about mental health on media platforms across India. Everyone, from politicians and activists to celebrities and businesses, seemed to acknowledge the importance of mental health through social media outbursts and in their condolences for Rajput’s family. However, just a […]

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Has India distributed the vaccine well?

On January 16th, 2021, almost nine months after the pandemic was declared – India like many countries began its battle against the COVID-19 virus that had taken a toll on its population. To begin with, India began with those most at risk : healthcare sector workers and frontline staff. Official data shows that at least […]

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Dorm parents in an empty Midlands

A thin breeze flows in the window. Footsteps echo through Midlands hall. Soft drops of water leak from the taps splashing on the ground, contrasting to the harsh rain falling from the monsoon sky. It’s been eight months since school has shifted to distance learning. Eight months since dorms went from a place full of […]

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A whole new world: children and COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic and all that comes with it, from national lockdowns to social distancing, has its fair share of stress, complete boredom and fear for all of us. But imagine living in today’s new normal with a limited understanding of global pandemics and hardly any idea why you can’t go to your best friend’s […]

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Potential return of WS 22 & 24

It’s been a year since we were last on campus. Because of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Woodstock had to go online for over a year, and while online learning has been tough for some and pretty good for others, many do actually want to return back to campus. The school is happy to announce that they […]

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TedX Woodstock goes virtual

Last year’s TEDx Woodstockschool event occurred in the Hanifl Centre in Mussoorie, India, with a live audience of 85 people. With the theme “Weathering the Storm,” there were six accomplished, vibrant, and thought-provoking speakers like Devika Cariapa, a children’s author, and Priya Prakash, a healthcare entrepreneur. They shared their thoughts and experiences on how they […]

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The chaos of coronavirus

A series of short stories dedicated to keep you informed on the latest updates on the Woodstock coronavirus situation. Extensive preparation for reopening is underway: students not required to return to school until February. “There was no summer holiday for most teachers,” Mr. Doerfler said in an exclusive interview with The Woodstocker. With the pandemic […]

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School introduces Social Justice Education

On August 31, Mr. Jeffrey Doerfler, the recently appointed head of UY, introduced the concept of Social Justice education by screening a Ted Talk during the Upper Years assembly.   The conversation about making Social Justice education a part of the school’s curriculum started over the summer, when the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee was […]

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Sophomores face disappointment due to school closure

The school has finished its sixth week of distance learning after the spread of COVID-19. Alongside spending time with family and face-timing friends, students are having classes every day to get the most out of this situation. However, many grades are greatly affected by this, with Grade 10 as no exception.  For starters, the IB […]

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Presidential candidates make their pitches

With StuCo elections around the corner, The Woodstocker interviewed the four presidential candidates. This is what we asked. Here is what you need to know. The female candidates are Aadya Aryal and Jigmet Angmo. The male candidates are Suryansh Singh and Mukhtar Mohamed. What is your vision for the school? Aadya: Building an environment of […]

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Win Mumby 2019 highlights

Due to distance learning, Win Mumby was cancelled this academic year. However, since it is the tournament week, The Woodstocker decided to create a video highlighting the achievements of both the girls and boys team from last year. Victor Pashuk is a staff reporter.

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Troll teams play a friendly match to make it on court

On Friday, Feb. 14, two teams from the Class of 2021 ‘Bonzu’ and ‘Swish-hub’ engaged in a 4 on 4 Basketball match, which would determine their fate in representing their grade at the Swish-a-thon tournament.  The results had the entirety of those assembled in surprise, with Bonzu securing the win with a two-point difference.  The […]

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Swish-a-thon 2020: Predicting for PINK

The sixth Swish-a-thon tournament, scheduled to start on Friday, Feb 21, will be dedicated to raising money for PINK, a foundation that helps and supports women with breast cancer. The Woodstocker presents its statistical predictions on who will dominate this season, and help raise the most money. Will it be the Win Mumby Tigers or the […]

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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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Frenemies with the IBDP

Am I stressed with my work and assignments? Absolutely, but is it enough to make me feel dejected? No. When I joined Woodstock in August 2020, I had no experience with the IBDP. It was an overwhelming transition to be in the IB after being under the Cambridge curriculum for seven years, but a relative […]

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My experience with COVID-19

Coronavirus is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered virus that has affected millions of people in India and world-wide. On Aug. 28, I returned from one of the best trips I had taken this year to my friend’s house in Chandigarh only to be found bed ridden for the next two weeks. After […]

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New beginnings…on zoom?

Covid-19 has taken us all by surprise, and left the entire world at a standstill. I remember the day when I walked out of my school in Miami, FL for the last time as a sophomore. Little did I know that life for me would change drastically in two ways. I would become a junior […]

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Waiting at home, away from family and friends

On March 16, after the school’s decision to shut down temporarily,  I arrived home in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our usually unmanageable and crowded airport was almost eerily quiet, and I got out of the airport with my baggage much faster than ever before. Outside the airport, Kathmandu seemed to be its usual bustling self. Street vendors […]

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It’s not just my struggle, it’s ours

As one of the many Indian students at the school, I was able to go back home for the spring break, quite excited at the thought of having a stress free week, away from all the academic pressure. Little did I know that my junior year was about to hit rock bottom.  There is no […]

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Out of the frying pan, into the fire

On the morning of March 17, four Korean students and I entered the desolate Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, welcomed by the few that worked there with glances of suspicion and disgust. It was 10 a.m., a time usually busy for the airport with no empty chairs and long lines, but these days, rarely anyone wants […]

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Review: Shutter Island

Shutter Island is a murder mystery film made in 2010 that is sure to keep you entertained. Shutter Island is the name of an eerie island located off Boston, where a civil war fort has been converted into a prison for the mentally insane who have committed crimes such as killing their own family members. This […]

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Students get crafty during pandemic #3

The Students Get Crafty During Pandemic series aims to share the various artworks individuals have been working on during these unprecedented times.  Puttarkasa Sripoongtanakul, Class of 2022, is an expert artist and loves doing art both digitally and in person. “Nostalgia” is the word Sripoongtanakul uses to describe this artwork. She was commissioned to draw […]

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Students get crafty during pandemic #2

The Students Get Crafty During Pandemic series aims to share the various artworks individuals have been working on during these unprecedented times.  Nysa Bhatia, Class of 2022, is a skilled and brilliant artist and has been painting since she came to Woodstock, 8 years ago. The theme for her artwork is traveling to different countries […]

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Students get crafty during pandemic #1

The Students Get Crafty During Pandemic series aims to share the various artworks individuals have been working on during these unprecedented times. Pritha Anand, Class of 2022, has always been interested in art and her talent never fails to impress. Here are some pieces she worked on over the summer: If Anand had to describe […]

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