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Alumni Spotlight – Shruti Ganguly

Shruti Ganguly is a filmmaker based in New York City. She left Woodstock in 2000, having spent three years at the school. Moving to Northwestern University in the States after graduation to study Art and Economics - she thought she would become an investment banker who would paint, on the...

Mr and Mrs Chophel
Alumni news – Mr & Mrs Chophel set to retire

Mr. & Mrs. Chophel, who have an association with Woodstock that spans 43 years, will retire this summer. Throughout their many years of service, they've been an inspiration to generations of students and staff alike, with kindness, compassion and an unbending dedication to the community.   Mr & Mrs Chophel outside the school clinic...

Syria Civil Defense, aka the White Helmets, respond to an emergency
The White Helmets – striving to save lives

Woodstock Student Shatakshi Kabi reflects on her conversation with alumnus Nellie Little about the work of Syria Civil Defense, colloquially known as The White Helmets.   A few weeks ago, the Centre for Imagination hosted a screening of the documentary, The White Helmets, an impartial, voluntary rescue force working to save lives in Syria. The screening provoked a good amount...

Alumni Spotlight – Shubhashish Bhutiani

Shubhashish Bhutiani graduated from Woodstock in 2009, having spent eight years here. After studying film at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he found himself back in India as a lost 22-year-old.   Deciding to backpack through India, he made his way from Kerala to Varanasi. It was in Varanasi that...

Hadisa Wali, Woodstock alumnus
Alumni spotlight – Hadisa Wali

Hadisa Wali came to Woodstock in 2009, when she was chosen by the Afghan Scholars Initiative (ASI) to attend Woodstock. She had always wanted to go to boarding school and was very excited to move to India.   Founded by Qiam Amiry, ASI gives opportunities to exceptional young Afghan students to learn and...

Asma alumni spotlight
Alumni Spotlight – Asma Ebadi

Asma came to Woodstock in 2011, when the Afghan Scholars Initiative (ASI) selected her from a pool of 120 students to apply to Woodstock. Founded by Qiam Amiry, ASI gives opportunities to exceptional young Afghan students to learn and grow in an international environment with the aim of becoming future...

Li Chu
Li Chu ’59: July 1941 – January 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and invaluable member of the Woodstock community, Li Chu, on 25 January. Whether you knew Li in person or not you can be sure to have been touched by her work for Woodstock School and...

TZ Chu Woodstock Alumni
TZ Chu ’52: April 1934-September 2016

It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Woodstock’s dear friend and Distinguished Alumni, TZ Chu on 16 September. Surrounded by family members and very much at peace, TZ lost a battle with cancer which he had fought with considerable stoicism and resolve. TZ will be...

Farsi Nejad is a Woodstock Alumni, class of 1980
International Recognition for Woodstock Alumni – Faris Nejad

“The Curse of the Ancient Greeks”   Faris Nejad (Fardis Nouraninejad), Woodstock graduate, 1980 has recently received international recognition for the publication of his realistic contemporary fiction, “The Curse of the Ancient Greeks”, in two languages. (English and Greek). He has had the honor for his novel to be one of the...

Distinguished Alumni 2016 - Frederick S. Downs, Jr.
Distinguished Alumni 2016 – Frederick S Downs, Jr. (Rick)

Every  year Woodstock School recognizes alumni whose lives have made a significant contribution to realizing our ideal of “education for a world of difference”. We are pleased to announce our Distinguished Alumni for 2016 - Frederick (Rick) S Downs, Jr.    Born in Jorhat, Assam in 1961 to missionary parents, Rick started Woodstock in...