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Outdoor Learning

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...

Mid-stream surveying

Grade 10 geography field trip to the River Aglar This week Grade 10 students got the opportunity to put the theory they've learned in the classroom into practice in the great outdoors. To build on their work learning about rivers, 36 geography students went on a field trip to the Aglar River near Thatyur to get...

Mussoorie Half Marathon

"For me, running isn't competition. Running is a space to breathe, or more than breathe, pant in air and be real. I want to be real more than anything else, and in days encased in concrete and screens, that realness keeps me grounded." Shanti Mathias, Woodstock student Early on the morning...

Activity Week – Rafting Expedition

This Activity Week Woodstock’s entire Grade 8 class ventured to Rishikesh for a rafting expedition on the Ganges, coordinated by the Himalayan River Runners. For our first two days we were based at the Himalayan Hideaway Lodge. At the nearby beach some students kayaked and swam in the river and...

Outdoor education at Woodstock - activity week 2016
Activity Week – Camp Snow Leopard

Our Grade 6 students experienced a whole raft of excitement this activity week at their camp facilitated by Snow Leopard Adventures. From their base in Shivpuri village on the banks of the river Ganges they participated in a range of activities including cycling, rock climbing, hiking, and rafting down 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 outdoor education survey
Surveying the great outdoors

The great outdoors and the educational opportunities it provides has always been a key part of life at Woodstock School. Given our incredible location in the Himalayas, you could say that it comes with the territory. But there's always more we can do to make the outdoor experience at Woodstock...