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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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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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: Kedar-krazy-kantha

Kedarkantha, one of the most famous peaks in Uttarakhand, is located at 12,500 feet; it is definitely a challenging climb. On October 13, 18 students in Grade 10, along with three chaperones, went on a five-day hike to summit this peak. This was one of the most challenging yet significant and crazy weeks of my life. […]

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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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Far, far away: navigating through GEMS

When the sun is quite high up in the sky, the students start getting out of bed. Unlike last year, in tenth grade, this activity week starts quite slow. After an hour or so, all students and chaperones move to Ms. Lorry’s house and have a long and peaceful breakfast. She is the principal of […]

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