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Principal’s Views

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...

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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...

Grandparenthood and Guiding Principals

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 something I imagined many years away. When the day finally came, nothing could have prepared me for the emotion! It...

Disconnecting and reconnecting

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 to reflect, take stock, and resolve to make positive changes to our lives. I want to...

Lives built on extraordinary foundations

[blockquote text='There’s something about the place, something about the Woodstock experience, which keeps on bringing people back.' text_color='#90231d' width='' line_height='undefined' background_color='' border_color='' show_quote_icon='yes' quote_icon_color='#90231d'] 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...

Beating back-to-school anxiety

I am the world’s worst dental patient! Before visits to the dentist my stomach is full of butterflies. My dentist has learnt how to cope with this very anxious patient - every procedure is carefully explained to ensure there are no surprises, each prod is gentle and the pain-numbing injections...

Three things that set Woodstock apart

A new school year and the Woodstock campus buzzes with energy and life!  Drawn from all across India and around the world, young people of diverse creeds, cultures, languages and backgrounds have come here to live and learn together.  With over 100 new students this year and many nationalities represented...