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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Cash or compassion: which do we value?

Woodstock prides itself on the fact that it attracts students from all parts of the world, from different cultural, religious and social backgrounds.  But do we ever stop to consider the true implications of this? To consider the fact that Woodstock is home to a community of students from not only different ethnic backgrounds, but […]

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Get up and do something

Nobody should come to Woodstock just for a traditional “academic” experience. While academics at the school are supported by mostly strong faculty, the fact remains that simply utilizing only these resources, which many students fail to do, does not constitute education at the school. Woodstock was founded in perhaps one of the most isolated, beautiful […]

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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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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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One hundred days of Cook: an update on new leadership

After Dr. Jonathan Long’s departure at the end of the last academic year, Dr. Craig Cook, our newly appointed principal, had big shoes to fill. Dr. Long was loved by the community, and many doubted if the administration could find someone who was good enough to replace him.  On November 14, Dr. Cook completed his […]

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Upholding the pillar of the community

Community Engagement, one of the four pillars of the Woodstock’s 2020 vision foundation, emerged in 2014. Since 2020 is just around the corner, The Woodstocker deems it vital to address the role it has played as one of the cornerstones of the school community. Mrs. Sanjaya Mark, previously the Head of Junior School, received the […]

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School hosts first-ever TEDx event

With the aim of enlightening young minds with new ideas, the school hosted its first-ever TEDx Woodstock School, event on Nov. 23, 2019 at Hanifl Centre.  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TEDx WoodstockSchool was a half-day event curated by a select group of highly motivated students, headed by Navya Sethi, Class of 2020, […]

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Homecoming Mela cures nostalgia

The numerous alums who are constantly occupied by their work and several other duties along with current students, staff, and parents came together last weekend to attend another one of Woodstock’s annual Homecoming Melas, which was hosted by the alumni department along with their team of 16 student interns.  Since the school has experienced massive […]

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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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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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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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Far, far away: bonding at a tiger reserve

Little kids chuckled all around me as they ran across the playground of a small government school, just a few kilometers from our resort. I hid behind one of the broken walls of the main school building with little Sunita, while one of the other kids looked for us. We were playing hide and seek.  […]

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Far, far away: reaching Baiyan Top

“I am feeling so tired right now” were the first words I wrote in my sketchbook which would detail my journey to Baiyan Top. It was 6:00 a.m. as we boarded the bus for an 8-hour journey to our campsite. I was pretty excited and wanted to keep an open mind. Otherwise, I knew I […]

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Life as a freshman

I spent a short amount of time in Middle Years as I joined in 8th grade, but I loved every moment of it. Thus, the transition to Upper Years was filled with mixed emotions.  The first few weeks of high school went relatively well, however, the classrooms and schedule confused me. Many people told me […]

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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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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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