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Alumni News Archive

When Katie Jo Walter asked her soon-to-be short-term alumni host in the U.S. if she could bring him anything from the hillside, Marlin Schoonmaker ’67 replied, “There is one goodie from...

On Saturday, 28 May the Class of 2022 Graduated from Woodstock School, the first students to have an in-person graduation ceremony since 2019 and Woodstock’s second ever class to graduate with both ...

Team Woodstock visited Bangkok last week to meet with our diverse community of prospective parents and alumni as well as former staff and friends!   Over the Weekend, our school team hosted Alumn...

The Woodstock School leadership team’s ongoing alumni engagement and admissions outreach trips took a stop at Kathmandu, Nepal in the recent weeks. Nepal has always been an important region for Wood...

With travel restrictions easing in the region, we have been making the most of this opportunity to travel to different regions to meet with members of our community. Earlier this month, a team from W...

This May, the first ever Woodstock Alumni Artist Residency will take place at Woodstock School’s campus! The residency is a collaboration between Woodstock’s Centre for Imagination, Art Depar...

Ajai Thandi, Class of 2009, gave up his corporate career as an investment banker to co-found one of India’s most popular coffee brands, Sleepy Owl Coffee. In this interview, Ajai shares how Woodstoc...

  WOSA Asia’s formation last year has provided some much-needed encouragement for many alumni groups and networks in different regions to re-engage and strengthen their communities. One effort ...

It’s always exciting to see how our alumni community are finding new ways to reconnect with one another. Over the past few months, a few alumni artists from our community got together to brainstorm...

Yasmin Padamsee Forbes, alumni from the class of 1987, shares her wonderful stories of travelling and change among the world with us. Having experience in sustainable tourism, human rights, and global...

Saturday, 30 October, was Worldwide Woodstock Day, our annual celebration for everyone in the school community, wherever they are in the world. In a typical year, alumni gather together in far-flung p...

Jamie Alter, Class of 1999, a successful YouTuber, actor, social media influencer, and a sports journalist, talks about his life experiences and journey. Jamie is the son of the late actor and Padma S...

Rehan Khan,  Class of 1988, is on a journey to serve others and make a difference in peoples lives. He has been actively involved in the pharmaceutical industry as one of the top leaders and truly be...

Over the last week, as one surveys the hills surrounding us, tell-tale plumes of smoke have signalled forest fires burning through the tinder-dry Himalayan woodland. They are always a feature of th...

Kilang Yanger, alumni from the Class of 2002, shares her journey of discovery and growth following her graduation from Woodstock. Being a scientist and having a Ph.D in cancer biology, as well as havi...

This subject of this month’s Alumni Spotlight, Stefan Eicher, is an artist who helped found the arts organization Art for Change and currently teaches in the Art Department at Woodstock School. ...

Anah Iqbal, Class of 2011, shares with us about her journey, influences and Woodstock experiences that helped her become an artist. Anah is the creative director at Muse Global India and has accomplis...

Ashwin Chacko ’07 is a digital designer based in Dublin, Ireland. He is a multi-disciplined illustrator who creates various conceptual illustrations. Ashwin uses art as a way of storytelling and tak...

Rose Sandy, a fellow graduate from Woodstock School, has achieved many great accomplishments that have created her legacy of being an established writer and avid thinker. Being the daughter of a diplo...

Joshua John, alumni from the class of 1998, has been exploring the wonders and thrills of art and motorcycle culture since his years at Woodstock School. Born in Darbhanga, Bihar, Joshua grew up in Ut...

Ruchi Narain is a Mumbai based film maker and has fond memories of Woodstock to share with us. Her 20 years of vast experience in the Film Industry includes films such as ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi...

Davina Stephens, a New Zealand born artist, discovered her love for art right here in Woodstock. Having lived in some of the world’s most culturally diverse places like Indonesia, India, and Italy, ...

At Woodstock School we absolutely stand against the terrible injustice perpetrated on George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, as well as ongoing structural racism that persi...

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing away of Mrs. Phuntsok Dolma Chophel. Dolma has been an integral part of the Woodstock story for more than 43 years. She...

Woodstock School has temporarily closed its campus. This is a precautionary measure and at present there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 within the Woodstock community. Students will con...

Our Principal, Dr Craig Cook pays a tribute to Thomas Chandy, who served as the Woodstock School board president on two occasions and sadly passed away in November 2019. As a community of learners, W...

What were your interests and passions as a student at WS? Woodstock was the place where many of the interests and passions I still have today really took shape. Curriculum wise, the literature and soc...

What brought you and your family to Woodstock? What years and which grades were you at Woodstock? My story of ending up at Woodstock is unique just like so many of us in this community. My parents wer...

This is a piece Wayne wrote for his retirement home newsletter and for his son and daughter and Stephen Goheen.  He attended every class but second standard at Woodstock from Lower Kindergarten to te...

When did you graduate and how many years did you spend here? I graduated in 1945 after spending 9 years at Woodstock School. Where are you from? I am from North India and was born in Lahore which was ...

Stephen Alter is an author of both fiction and non-fiction. He has received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada, 2002-03 for his book Elephas Maximus. He worked as the directo...

Dear Alumni and Friends, Two weeks ago our seniors graduated and left Woodstock.  They have come a long way and reached the end of a journey – their school days are over and now new journeys and ne...

A lyre tree symbolises many things, including longevity and virtue. Woodstock is an embodiment of longevity; the history and the stories of many alumni are still heard, and names are up on the plaques...

Ashima came to Woodstock on the 20th of May as the Guest Speaker for WOSA (Woodstock Old Students Association) Assembly. Each year, the Alumni Office welcomes the graduating class into the Alumni Comm...

Key speeches from 2019 Graduation service, including from Valedictorian Award winner, Khushi Agarwal and Best All-Round Graduating Student Award winner Faisal Qadir.   Valedictorian Award –...

Taeho Kim became a parent at Woodstock when his son Jihoon joined Grade 8 in July 2018. Where are you from and what do you do? I am from Busan which is a large port city in South Korea and I am an ...

Woodstock School has announced the appointment of Dr Craig Cook as Principal Designate. Dr Cook will join Woodstock in the new academic year starting in July 2019.   Dr Cook brings to the positio...

Woodstock School is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Craig Cook as our new Principal. Learn more about his journey, life and passion.   Craig has family connections with Asia which str...

KAPIL GUPTA ’92 (Woodstock Board Member since September 2018) My connection to Woodstock is through the Indian side of my family, which has lived in Dehradun for several generations. My father atten...

Rishi Thomas is currently a junior at the University of Southern California. He is majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Applied Analytics at the School of Engineering.   Where are you ...

  Marie Saleem visited Woodstock during the fall of 2018 to attend her 25th class reunion. Originally from the Maldives, she currently lives in Sri Lanka and works with Reefscapers as a consultan...

  Unknown to them, 1947 was a pivotal year for two children coming to Woodstock School for the first time.  Ashok Mayadas was enrolled in Standard One in March, and Judith Dillingham joined the Stan...

Key speeches from 2018 Graduation service, including from Valedictorian Hyechan Jun, Salutatorian Hah Yeon Lee, and guest speaker, former Head of High School, Jonathan Seefeldt ’00.   Valedic...

When did you graduate and how many years did you spend here? I graduated in 2006 (Intrepid) and while my time there was divided in two, I spent about 8 years altogether. Where are you from? I’m ...

The Class of 2018 has spread out across the world to new destinations and adventures   On Saturday 26 May, the Class of 2018 graduated and left Woodstock! For everyone in the school community –...

With the Class of 2018 quickly approaching their Graduation, we caught up with the three students – Jayant Singh, Abhishek Bhandari and Avanya Joab, who have been at Woodstock the longest to fin...

Annie Dieselberg graduated from Woodstock in 1982, having spent her senior year at the school. Describing herself as a true Third Culture Kid, her citizenship is American but she started moving at a ...

Woodstock alum Susan K Rits ’79, founder of Rits & Co, is leading a practical course for budding entrepreneurs at this year’s Summer at Woodstock programme. She tells us more about wha...

Dr Long announces the establishment of Woodstock’s Guiding Principles, along with a new arrival to his family.   I never saw it coming! I’d thought about it – but it was always somethin...

Woodstock alum Stefan Prakash Eicher ’90 – pictured above with Joshua John ’98 – is returning to the hillside to lead Summer at Woodstock’s Art for Change course. He tell...

Have you ever considered that there are many ways to be a part of life at Woodstock, including giving us your time? Darab Nagarwalla ’80 joined the staff at Woodstock because of his passion and...

Varun Kedia graduated in 2013, having spent 10 years at Woodstock. He went to the Cass Business School in London and graduated with a BSc in Business management. While at university he started and r...

Duc Pham graduated from Woodstock in 2003, having spent five years at the school. He moved to Woodstock from Ho Chi Minh City, in the South of Vietnam. He is the co-founder of Freelensia, the world&#...

Nikhil spent grades 5 to 10 at Woodstock, but did not graduate from the school. He moved to Woodstock because his father was Head of Finance at the school. From warm memories of hosting boarders at ho...

The less connected you make yourself, the more meaningful connections you can develop. Dr Long shares his New Year resolutions for 2018.   Welcome to 2018! For many of us the New Year is a time t...

Anjuli graduated in 2005, having spent her senior year at Woodstock. She went on to Tufts University and studied Peace & Justice studies and Community Health as an Undergraduate Degree. She then ...

When Grishma finished tenth grade in Nepal and was waiting for her final results, family friends whose children were at Woodstock encouraged her parents to send her here. They had also visited the sch...

On 28 October, Woodstock alumni from across the globe came together for Worldwide Woodstock Day. From Arizona to Toronto, and Sydney to (of course) Mussoorie, Woodstockers met to catch-up over delicio...

One of the most rewarding aspects of spending a lifetime in teaching is following the lives of the children you teach onto adulthood, finding out about their incredible achievements and reflecting on ...

A sense of adventure brought Madhvi to Woodstock from Mumbai! She remembers how hard she had to work to get her parents to say yes. Fortunately, they had friends who had their children at Woodstock, a...

Dr Eleanor Nicholson has spent the last month at Woodstock running the Women in Leadership Program. At Woodstock, she has dedicated her time to the Centre for Imagination, as well as staff and student...

A more literary title would be Passage to India, The Return of the Native, or Richer by India (to duplicate the title of my mother’s book about our life there in the 1950’s), but all of these woul...

Our graduates leave Woodstock for prestigious universities and colleges the world over   On 26 May, our seniors graduated and left Woodstock. They have come a long way and reached the end of a jo...

Sara graduated from Woodstock in 1981, having spent two years at the school. Born in Bombay, her family moved to Tehran in 1971, where she lived until they had to return to India to escape the Iranian...

All the speeches from 2017’s Graduation and Baccalaureate services, including from Valedictorian and Salutatorian Shar and Shanti Mathias, pictured above.   Valedictorian Speech – Shar Ma...