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Principal’s Views

Keeping the big picture in perspective

A few weeks ago, members of the Woodstock Class of 1981 returned to campus for their 35th reunion. During their visit, the class had a discussion with our 12th Graders. The students' questions (and the answers from the Class of ’81) ranged from the amusing to the profound. One question...

A place to learn

The word 'pedagogy' comes from the ancient Greek language and literally means 'to lead the child'.  Today, the word is used to refer to the method and practice of teaching.  There is a phrase which I often think of when I walk around our campus.  It is the phrase, 'pedagogy...

Woodstock student climbing
Divining real potential

“Oh look – she has her father’s nose!” I love listening to the comments people make when they see a new born baby for the first time. Perhaps you can remember some of the comments people made when you children were tiny. As humans we love to look for clues...

The gift of global mindedness

Reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic used to be referred to as the 'three R’s' and they were seen as the fundamentals of a good education. But we know it takes more than reading, writing and mathematics to raise a balanced child fully equipped for life in the twenty-first century. Nowadays, even if we...

Positive energy

I recently read an interesting article in the science news.  Dr. Olaf Kruse, a biologist at Bielefeld University in Germany published research showing that plants can use other plants as a source of energy in addition to the well-known process of photosynthesis.  We all know that plants need water and...

Changing the leopard’s spots

Two leopards casually wandering the Camel’s Back Road in Mussoorie late one night were captured on CCTV cameras last week – a remarkable reminder that we live close to nature in this beautiful mountain environment. Of course, these are very shy creatures and most unlikely to appear when people are...

A student similes through a magnifying glass
Building emotional agility

Two weeks ago, I came across a fascinating concept I hadn’t heard of before. I discovered it through an article kindly sent to me by a Woodstock parent. The article was a summary of Dr Susan David’s new book, 'Emotional Agility'. This concept of emotional agility has helped me to...

Woodstock Students during activity week
Adventures for life

This week, the entire school will be out on Activity Week - one of the most unique and formative aspects of a Woodstock education. With activities carefully selected to be appropriate to the age-group concerned and accompanied by experienced staff, students will have a remarkable opportunity to explore our stunning Himalayan...

Woodstock student participating in activity week
Growing roots and wings

Several times recently different people have forwarded me the following TED Talk by Julie Lythcott-Haims - academic, author and the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford: [embed width="600" height="480"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nd2ORQOSfw[/embed] It’s a great talk – and I recommend it. Her latest book, “How to Raise an Adult”. Lythcott-Haines makes a powerful case against parents...

Children at Woodstock School
Cultivating emotional connectedness

Fascinating research published by the American Medical Association reports the results of a survey on over 90,000 teenagers – one of the largest ever carried out. The research concluded that ‘emotional connectedness’ was the single most significant factor in protecting young people from emotional distress, violent behaviour, substance abuse and...