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Woodstock students jump into a river during activity week
Into the Breach

Woodstock Principal Dr Craig Cook explains how exposing students to new cultures, landscapes and experiences during Activity Week provides an opportunity for them to thrive.  Harold Garfinkel was a master of the socially awkward. A professor of sociology, he is known as the founder of ethnomethodology – the study of how...

Three Types of Fun

Do you know that there is a fun scale? That is, at least when it comes to the spending time in the great outdoors. Enthusiasts will tell you that there are three types of fun. Type one fun, put simply, is fun – before, during and afterwards. It could be a...

Saunter, Don’t Hike

Woodstock Principal, Dr Craig Cook, reflects on the joys of sauntering.  In two weeks’ time, our students will be heading off for activity week. Undoubtably one of the highlights of the school year, it gives all our students the chance to swap the classroom for the great-outdoors and step outside their...

Peak Performance on Nag Tibba

In April, a group of our Middle Years students ventured to Nag Tibba for a weekend of walking, camping and learning - lead by our senior accountant Ritesh Farmer. At 3,022 metres, it's the highest peak in the Himalayan foothills surrounding Woodstock. As well as a chance to enjoy the...

CFI Resident Intern Tomas Forman
Tomas Forman – CFI Resident Intern

Tomas Forman, a gap year student from the United States, joined the Centre for Imagination during the Winter and Spring of 2018. Here he tells the story of his time in India, his work at the Centre, and how it's impacted him.   How did you find out about internships at the...

Leadership through nature at the Hanifl

In November, 39 students from Mira Model School, Delhi, got the experience that will last a lifetime courtesy of the Hanifl Centre. They were as Woodstock's own hub for outdoor and environmental education for a three day immersive programme. They learnt practical skills for outdoor adventure, such as pitching tents and...

Climbing the walls

The Himalayas may be the ultimate challenge for climbers and mountaineers the world over, but you've got to start somewhere. Our climbing wall provides a safe, controlled environment in which students can hone their skills and develop ability. And once they're ready, we're in the right spot to help them...

Setting the Scene in Lucknow

Grade 6 English field trip Last week our entire Grade 6 class went on a week-long field-trip to explore local author, Ruskin Bond's book, A Flight of Pigeons. Using Lucknow as a backdrop in which to set the scene, the students were able to visualise the story which they had been...

Dayara Bugyal trek team photo
Faith, Trust, and a Dash of White-stuff

Mix 23 students and a Himalayan winter wonderland and you've got a recipe for excitement and adventure. Woodstock student Kahini Dhoat writes about her expedition to one of India's most beautiful alpine meadows.   On Friday 24 Feb, a bunch of Woodstock students and staff departed for a weekend trip to Dayara Bugyal,...

Developing natural leaders at the Hanifl Centre

The Hanifl Centre is our hub for outdoor and environmental education. As well as enabling students to learn about the Himalaya and develop their skills in outdoor education, the Centre plays a broader role contributing to sustainable development and the wider outdoor learning agenda. With a wide variety of different...