Can this pandemic help us fight a greater crisis?

When I first read about the World War, the Bubonic Plague, or the Great Depression, I took solace in the fact that these were the issues of a bygone era. I thought my only knowledge of such catastrophes would come from my history books or the occasional documentaries my teachers screened in class. I never […]

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A message to Adcresco

Dear Adcresco, I have known you since the day I stepped foot on campus in 2011. Now they are taking me away from you in a hazy chain of forwarded emails. Times have never been more unfair but that is our luck. We have always gotten the short end of the stick. Now it is […]

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Slut-shaming is not uncommon, even in 2020

In the age of #MeToo and woke culture, everyone is quick to say they respect women. Donald Trump, who famously bragged that he “grabbed a woman by the p***y,” claims that no one has more respect for women than him. If these are the standards of respect that the president of the United States holds, […]

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Best pathways to education are rugged and steep

As Woodstock students, we live in one of the most beautiful parts of India, the foothills of the Himalayas. This biodiverse location is what makes outdoor education such a valuable part of the curriculum. Woodstock seeks to educate each one of its pupils through the environment around us. However, I fear that the school’s outdoor […]

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The Puris bid a grateful goodbye

As I walked into the Alumni and Development office after what had seemed like years, I did not know what to expect. I had not had a proper conversation with the Puri’s after the fall of my Sophomore year when I was class governor. But here I was sitting on a wooden sofa ready to […]

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Far, far away: Rocky roads from Kaza to Manali

My anxiety and anticipation mounted just as we reached the end. When I first started to ride, I never imagined making it from Kaza to Manali. And just when I got lost in the happiness of finishing the ride and escaped into my world of thoughts, my cycle tilted to the left and then to […]

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Far, far away: How to thrive in a local village

The moment we arrived at our base camp, everyone sighed and rolled their eyes as we prepared ourselves for the long week to follow. On the 14th of October 2019, a group of 14 students from Grade 9 headed to Silkoti Danda, a small village about 3 hours away from school. Over the week, we […]

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Online classes create barriers in learning for many

As the world battles several different crises in the midst of a pandemic, millions of students around the globe are struggling to keep up with their education. Earlier this month, the school made the decision to remain closed for the rest of the academic year. However, to continue educating its students, the school formulated a plan […]

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School turns to technology due to Coronavirus outbreak

As students look forward to completing the last week of school before mid-term-break, teachers have started training with Ms. Vimmi Dang, executive assistant, for the upcoming parent-teacher conferences. Due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, parents will not be permitted to enter school premises as precautionary measures and will have to meet with their […]

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Racism spreads along with coronavirus

At the start of the year, winter break was extended for students for a few days due to heavy snowfall. Then, as news spread about the Coronavirus, to avoid any liability in the event of cases, the administration decided to make attendance optional for two more weeks. Additionally, the school sent out an email that […]

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The return of Love, Simon

This Valentine’s day, on Feb. 14, the school screened Love, Simon, an American romantic comedy. Roughly twenty students and five staff members attended the event.  When the movie was initially released in March 2018, Mr. Dylan Bach, learning support teacher, pushed for the movie to be screened at the school. The original idea behind screening the […]

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One semester in, DP concerns still linger

With the school’s decision to change its curriculum and adapt the IB Diploma Programme (DP), came several questions, concerns, and controversies. Now, Woodstock’s first IB batch, the Class of 2021, has already started their second semester in the DP. Even after an entire semester, the anxiety and angst among teachers and students seem only to […]

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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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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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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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Persevering in Ballet

A year ago, I was getting ready for the most important competition of my life. You’re probably thinking about a sporting event or something more on the educational side. Well, it was neither. It was a ballet competition. I had been training for over three years. Every day, I reluctantly got out of bed at […]

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Far, far away: watching the last sunset over the village

Photo by Stephan Eicher As we looked upon our last sunset over Chopdiyal Village, the vibrant hues of brilliant orange melted into each other. We thought back to the impact this trip made on us.  On the first day, we woke up to suffocating heat and the screams of village babies. “Aghhhh,” everyone groaned in […]

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Far, far away: rapidly rafting in Rishikesh

Two pairs of white eyes illuminated in the darkness merely 20 meters away from our campsite. Its eyes prompted horrified faces and shrieks of fear from some of my friends and I. We began to hear growling noises, but it didn’t come from the side of the beach where we saw the white eyes. Eventually, […]

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Review: Life is beautiful, humanity shines through

Roberto Benigni’s 1997 comedy-drama Life is Beautiful is a cinematic masterpiece in all its glory.  It takes place in the Kingdom of Italy in 1939, following the story of Guido Orefice, an exceptionally witty and lovable Jewish bookstore owner. Guido runs into and falls in love with an upper-class woman, Dora, played by Nicoletta Braschi, […]

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Little Shop of Horrors brings staff together

Upon their arrival in school, students were surprised to see posters of a staff musical around high school. Before the end of last year, Broadway’s sci-fi classic Little Shop of Horrors was set to be performed in Parker Hall after the break. Students were excited to celebrate an evening with loud laughter and enthusiastic applause. But […]

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Backstage with “The Addams Family”

The Addams Family, directed by Rhea Ali and Veer Arya of Class of 2020, was presented on three nights from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23 as a culmination of several months of effort, earning a standing ovation on opening night. A steady anxiety and apprehension grew in the play production members from the beginning of […]

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Review: Lotte’s Homebaked Goods and Landour Coffee

On the Mullingar slope, Lotte’s Homebaked Goods, a quaint Dutch café, has recently opened much to the delight of the students and staff.  The ambiance in the café is beautiful and cozy, closely resembling that of a café in the Netherlands, where Lotte Kapur is originally from. There are eye-catching paintings of tulips, the clock, […]

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The case of the missing girl

Editor’s note: Riya Gupta writes the first ever fictional short story to be published on The Woodstocker. Her writing is inspired by several works from the collection The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami.   Sitting on top of the hospital bed, I told my wife to get me my trunk. This trunk had all the important case […]

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