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New Woodstock Video

Parker Hall was renovated in time for graduation. The magnificent new Parker Hall was the result of a gift from the Class of '48. The front of the stage was rebuilt and the entire hall freshly painted. New chairs were bought up from Delhi and assembled one working weekend. The wiring was redone, the stage lighting system replaced. The renovations also included putting in new teak flooring, a wooden proscenium and stage doors, a new grand drape, window curtains and wooden pelmets.

Independence Day was celebrated on August 15. The flag-raising ceremony in the morning had to be held in Parker Hall because of rainy weather. Many staff members and students helped make the employees lunch that day. Dinner was served in leaf thaalis and tea in terracotta kullars in the Quad Dining Hall and Auditorium. An Indian Culture performance in Parker Hall rounded off the evening. Just two weeks into the new semester, Mrs. Datta's students sang, played instrumental music and danced folk dances. Special mention must be made of the Bhangra troupe that sat down after a vigorous dance and started to sing, without stopping to take a breath.

Peeling onions for the employees lunch on Independence day
Wedding bells will ring at the end of this term. There are three Woodstock staff weddings in the winter break - Laurie East, who teaches Sociology and Politics and Government, will marry Alter Ridge Staff Sarah Derksen; Priya Dinakaran, who teaches Math in high school will marry Christy Gnanaraj, who teaches computer science in Tamil Nadu and high school coordinator Mark Shaw- Hamilton will marry Margaret Rollands, a nurse from Wales. We welcome the new brides to Woodstock.

Ten students from Woodstock and six from Manava Bharati School have formed a collaborative team and are taking part in the Junior Summit 1998, hosted by the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The summit is designed to give 1000 students all over the world the opportunity to talk to other students through e-mail about global problems children can help solve. The topic for the discussion group has not been finalised yet. One of the highlights will be the selection of 100 delegates from all the participants to attend a six-day summit at MIT in November 1998.

THE NEW WOODSTOCK VIDEO IS COMPLETED AND READY FOR SALE. A two-year project by Tom Kidder, the 22-minute video captures the spirit of the school and its exquisite setting. All areas are covered e from academics to hiking, KG through grade 12, community serv: ice, activity week, the arts, spring sale, sports, life at dorms and 9 more. PAL copies are on sale at the Alumni Office for Rs. 300. NTSC copies are available through KWI in Atlanta, Georgia.
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