The Brown and the
News and Notes . . .
Winnter Major Remodeling Projects Completed
Woodstock was a busy
place this winter, with several facilities undergoing improvements.
AlterRidge ding room received a new Kota stone floor, an acoustic
tile ceiling, improved dishwashing facilities, and more sinks. Delayed by
the snowfall in February, a new generator was installed to provide more
study power to the campus. Also completed were the remodeling of the
HS Library, the Early Learning Center, and the Community Center.
Senior Girls' Soccer Team
For the fourth year,
the girl's soccer team traveled to Delhi to play the American
Embassy School. Only two weeks after school opened, and with
Hanson Field still buried under snow, they a succeeded in
holding their own, losing the first game 0-2, and winning the
second 2-0. They also played a friendly match against Vasant
Valley School in Delhi, which ended in a goalless draw.
New Ensembles Attract More Music Students
arrival last July, new Music Department Head
Charles Lloyd found his department unable to meet the demand
for private lessons. His solution was to form a Beginning Band
in which the basics of music are taught and which is open
to anyone who can find an instrument to play. When ready,
students move into the Intermediate or Advanced Bands.
Private lessons are now restricted to intermediate and
This semester the music
department introduced a Beginning String group that provides the
same opportunity to students wanting to learn a string instrument.
Qualifying players can move into the Junior Strings, Intermediate
String or Orchestra ensembles.
NESA Math Competition Victory
The math department
is pleased to announce that Grades 11 & 12 placed first in the
Near East South Asian Association of American Schools math
competition. Over 28 schools competed in this contest. The last
time we won first place was in1994-1995.
Information Technology Meeting Hosted
In March, Woodstock
hosted the first of several meetings of Headmasters, Information
Technology coordinators and teachers from Mussoorie and Dehra
Dun schools. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss mutual
vises and needs in the area of educational technology. The meeting
was very much appreciated by the participants, and Woodstock will
continue to provide IT professional development opportunities.
Elementary and Middle
school faculty were able to benefit from the experience and expertise
of Vera McIlroy, a trained facilitator and Woodstock’s Grade K-2
teacher, when she ran a course on "Literacy and Learning" on
4 Saturdays in Mach and April at a local hotel.
Developed jointly in Australia
and the U.S., the course explored the nature of and latest research in
learning and language and helped staff to explore their own philosophy
and practice. Through practical sessions staff were able to devise and
investigate ways to support students to become effective readers,
writers and spellers.
New Boarding Rules for Grade 2 Students
The minimum age
of acceptance into boarding has been lowered to 2nd grade for
children write sings at Woodstock as of July 2000.
Child's Play on Mt. Hermon
The theme for Big
Brother/Big Sister Day this March was „Fairyland, and it was held on
the scenic Mt. Hermon Flat, Re NHS organized games and other activities
to keep both high schoolers and elementary kids occupied for a
fun-fed six hours.The weather was
cooperatively sunny. The day ended with a special tea.
New High School Lounge
the opening of the new High School Staff Lounge, a very
tasteful and well-lit space located in the old industrial arms
room. The Class of 49, in celebration of them 50th graduation
anniversary, contributed the funds that made tai possible.
The new lounge houses comfortable rattan sofas and tables
in one half of the space and 15 individual carrels (units of a
desk and bookshelves) around the perimeter of the other half.
At the center of the carrel area, there is a large octagonal
computer workstation, which holds eight computers. A new and highly
appreciated feature is the acoustical ceiling with recess
florescent lighting fixtures. It provides dramatically better
light and sound proofing. The industrial arts workshop has
been moved to the basement of the Media Center building.
Shines at Interschool Meet
at the Inter-school t rack and field competition at
Wynberg-Allen, the Woodstock senior girls blew away
their competition, finishing first. Julia Grav, a SAGE student
in Grade 10, won the Senior Girl's Individual Best Athelete award.
New Server Up and Runnnnnning
Information & Communications Technology
department has installed a new server made possible
by a donation firm KWL This server gives each student
and staff member storage space and provides
faster e-mail services.
1999 it was confirmed that Woodstock School was accepted
for K-Grade 1 2 reaccreditation by the Middle States
Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSA)
under their new "Accreditation For Growth" protocol.
Woodstock was tied with the American Embassy School
in Delhi as the first schools in India to recieve this
internationally-accepted American accreditation. This was
also the first time accreditation was sought for the elementary
K-Grade 5 program.
Reigns in Parker Hall
In November, 1999,
the major play was The Princess Bride, cleverly adapted
from the movie into a musical by Director Lucinda Malgas and
student directors Hannah Baymham and Jonathan Seefeldt. The
ordinal music score was composed and performed by a staff and
student jazz band.
Performed on Nov. 12th & 13th,
the play starred senior Daniel Smith as Wesley and sophomore Nai Laicer
as Buttercup, young lovers who are separated by the evil prince Humperdink
(Kanishka Bannerjee) who wants to marry Buttercup. Wesley 4 ailed by
the sword fighting Spaniard Inigo (Nirwan Moktan) and a brainless
giant Fezzik (John Hudson) in vanquishing the prince and winning his
bride. A brilliant sword-fighting scene (a Principal's nightmare) was
choreographed by senior Dok-In Kim. The stage crew also worked hard,
building a tremendous number of sets, induding a boat.
March witnessed the
comic drama, Arsenic and Old Lace, starring Bronwyn
Lutz and Ariadna Khafizova as elderly women on a bizarre
mission of mercy. Nirwan Moktan, Hannah Baynham, Dance
Russell, Sahajo Haertel, and Hai Dang Nguyen added lively
complications to their mad world. As usual, some "stock
masala was added for a very enjoyable experience.
The production was Mrs.
Kate Kettler's first as director at Woodstock. Stage and AV
support for the production was ably provided by Mark Bradby,
Class of 95, and an excellent student crew.
There is a rumour that the
two ladies in question are residing in Landour, and that there is
still room in their cellar...
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