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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...

Listening, Learning and then Leading

In our parents' newsletter, Principal Dr Cook explains why he believes great leadership starts with listening. One of many wisdoms attributed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama is: “When you talk, you only repeat what you know; But when you listen, you learn something new”. It’s hard to argue that there’s...

Graduation 2019 – New destinations and challenges await

Tomorrow, the Class of 2019 graduates – a time of celebration – a day of great pride and accomplishment! Our graduates have come a long way and reached the end of a journey – their school days are over and now new journeys and new destinations await. Throughout life they...

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...

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...