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Education Matters

Woodstock School announces the search for a new Principal

After eight years as Woodstock School’s Principal, Dr Jonathan Long is moving on to a new challenge in June 2019. His leadership has had a huge impact on Woodstock today and will help to shape its future for years to come, and both he and Mrs Sue Long have been...

The Art of Global Citizenship

At Woodstock, this is what embodies global citizenship: "A global citizen is someone who is aware of and understands the wider world and has the disposition to transcend cultural, religious, and socio-economic difference in pursuit of the common good. Global citizens understand the only concept of 'we' that matters is the one that...

Social Anxiety Unfounded?

Teenagers say that social media provides them a valuable source of creative self-expression and makes them feel less lonely and more connected. So are parental concerns about social media unfounded? Woodstock Principal Dr Jonathan Long explores the ways, both good and bad, in which the technology can affect young people's...

Art on a Giant Scale

Grade 6 art students have been developing their observational skills by going big on some everyday items. Imagining themselves as giants, they've made huge replicas of some of their favourite foods and toys in Miss Genevieve's class. Blowing these up to such a colossal scale compels students to examine items they may...

Embracing teenage emotions

Woodstock Principal Dr Jonathan Long shares three simple steps to helping teenagers through what can be an emotional time. According to Steven Wood, Professor of adolescent brain development and mental health at the University of Birmingham, teenagers have more emotional range than adults. This is often seen in the ups and...

Playing basketball at Ridgewood Field
A healthy mind deserves a healthy body

Woodstock Principal Dr Jonathan Long explores the powerful link between our ability to think and our physical wellbeing.   A shocking report in the press recently really caught my attention. The BBC headline read, “Chronic exposure to air pollution could be linked to cognitive performance.” A new study from Peking University in China...

Education should cherish creativity, not crush it

To cultivate children's creativity, we must free them from fear, encourage them to experiment and let them dare to dream.   “How many uses can you think of for a shoe?” That’s one of the questions Dr George Land and Dr Beth Jarman came up with when they devised a test to...

Slow-track education

Woodstock Principal Dr Jonathan Long argues that when it comes to growing up, it's best not to rush.   More haste, less speed Joseph Allen is a professor at the University of Virginia. I first came across his work four years ago when details of his research began to appear in newspapers and...

Three themes that define a Woodstock education

Woodstock Principal Dr Jonathan Long shares three themes that define our approach to education. Why do we send children to school? There are probably dozens of answers to this question! And that’s a problem – because not all schools agree on what the purpose of schooling should be and why we...

Two weeks of summer – Summer at Woodstock 2018

After two weeks in the fresh mountain air of Summer at Woodstock, children have returned home invigorated—not only by the air, but by exposure to new ideas, the cultivation of new skills, and by a host of new friendships! Our first week included some beautiful sunny days that allowed for...