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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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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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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Far, far away: Memories of Mukteshwar

At 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning, while most students were lying in their cozy beds, dreaming or even having nightmares, Faadumo Adam, Aliciah Serbastian, and I (all from Class of 2021), the only students on the trip, along with Mr. Mark, Mrs. Mark, and Gracy, our three chaperones, were shivering in the cold waiting […]

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Once on this mountain: Ms. Larissa

As we begin our new academic year, 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? I spent most of my life growing up in Seattle.  What subject do you teach? Music.   Why did you come to Woodstock? Woodstock […]

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Once on this mountain: Mr. Bajaj

As we begin our new academic year, 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?I’m from India and I used to teach in an international school in Dehradun.     What subject do you teach?I was always […]

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