An Ode to My Bullies

Desertification is when a fresh and fertile piece of land turns dry and barren due to lack of water and nutrients in the soil. It has driven many animals and plants to the verge of extinction. I was happy. I was fine. I was a fresh, full and lively spirit when I joined Woodstock in […]

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Toxic culture is worse than virtual violence

“Violence in video games makes people violent.” Everyone has heard this argument before. Scientists have come out with “proof” of it, and the media won’t stop rambling about how video games like Grand Theft Auto have turned our youths into devils. The government, even U.S. President Donald Trump himself, won’t stop going on about how […]

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Participants run to cherish time

In the annual Inter-House Cross country race held on Nov. 19, Saira Mehra, Class of 2020, claimed the first position. Breaking the girls record — again —  she was “satisfied” with the results. Faisal Qadir won the senior boys race. As the Grade 11 and 12 crowds headed up for their races, excited chatter about potential […]

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Watch what you say: AI is listening

Last week, something really strange happened — I was talking to my friend, laptop in my bag, about how I wanted to buy fairy lights for my room. The very next day, I received a pop-up ad on Facebook about fairy lights from Amazon. I was creeped out by this seemingly spooky coincidence of ads, […]

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School hides ‘dirty clothes’ for CIS visit

The first of Woodstock’s five Guiding Principles is “We pursue wholeness,” which encourages students to ask questions like, “Do I speak the truth even when it is difficult” and “Am I in pursuit of truth?” After the Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation team visited at end of October, some wondered how true students had […]

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Writhing to stop

Breathe in, breathe out. Forcing myself to regulate my air, I put pressure on all of the muscles in my diaphragm, forcing it to contract. I cry out in pain because of the lack of oxygen. Once more, I force myself to breathe properly. I sit in the crowd, letting the words of my homeroom […]

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