As our academic year progresses, we welcome many new staff members. The Woodstocker caught up with some of them to chronicle the first chapter of their adventures.
Where are you coming from?
Mr Ancic: We come from the capital city of Serbia, Belgrade. It is a beautiful country in the South Eastern part of Europe. It’s to the North of Greece and to the South of Hungary.
What subjects do you teach?
Mrs Ivana: I teach DP music and piano.
Mr Ancic: I’m teaching MYP general music and piano.
What’s different about Woodstock from the last place you worked at?
I think what is different is not in terms of the last place, it’s in terms of the last decade. We don’t know what is different because we never actually fully experienced Woodstock. What makes a school is not only the building, it is the community and the people which is very difficult to experience in current circumstances. It is a lovely community from what we are seeing online from lessons, meetings etc. But it is very hard to compare because education has shifted to a different mode. I think the educational system is what’s different.
Woodstock is doing really well online. Distance learning is very challenging for us and students. We are really trying to do our best to make all your subjects less overwhelming.
What are your goals for the academic year?
My goal is to prepare my students for the next years of music education, especially piano. We need to prepare a lot of things and units. We need to be ready for the future. I also want to prepare my students for the piano exam. We get very few opportunities for this exam and I want my students to be satisfied with their grades.
It’s pretty much the same! My goal is really to prepare my students to successfully pass the DP courses, especially grade 12. I want to prepare them to submit the best of their work. My goal is also to encourage them, inspire them to enjoy the whole process, to not be stressed out. And music can be the anchor to release that stress.
We want to nurture the students’ love of music. Sometimes they don’t know what they like and why they like it and it’s really important to make them aware of the process.
Are there any fun facts about you that you’d like to share?
Fun fact about me?
He is the funniest fact! (Laughs)
I can always find fun even in the smallest places.
I don’t know what is fun about me. I am so serious!
But sometimes you can provide this beautiful relaxed element of life. (Smiles) We like to travel and the fun fact is that we travel with kids, eight suitcases and dogs!
What’s one thing you like about Mussoorie?
We’ve never been there.
But what we saw from the pictures is that it’s beautiful with such a great environment and great equipment. Great people and management!
In our preparations to come to campus, I’ve made a list of restaurants and coffee shops I’d like to visit, such as Landour bakehouse and a few others. I am excited to enjoy these places!
What’s one thing you have noticed about Woodstock students?
They are very keen to develop their skills, aware of their educational process and very committed to it.
Although I have small classes, I have noticed that these young people are extremely creative and intelligent. They are passionate not only about themselves, but also about the world. They are very unique and have authentic personalities. It’s really enjoyable to work with them. I’ve also noticed I can learn a lot from them. They are so updated about so many different things. That’s so cool!
Naavya Jain is a staff reporter
Edited by Rewa Nyangmi