Woodstock School India, Boarding School, Residential International Christian Education

Archived News Spring 2005


Baccalaureate
Woodstock's graduation occasions are always special. This year's Baccalaureate was no exception, the colorful costumes, the décor of the hall, the fine playing of the orchestra - and a wayward candle setting light to the podium - all made this a fitting farewell for Eminence ’05.

One of the traditions of this occasion is for parent and child combinations to talk about their perceptions of what Woodstock has meant. On this occasion, Ye Na made a point of standing up alone to show how Woodstock had enabled her to become independent of her family. Juuda Tamminen and mother Karen Bowdish Tamminen '69, a staff member at Woodstock, reflected on how Woodstock turned a young man from Helsinki into a global citizen, with friends from different nations, faiths and backgrounds. Karen Tamminen pointed out her family’s long connection with Woodstock – she was born in Landour Hospital and attended Woodstock from KG – and the sense that it was a place you could always return to. Bennett Samuel and his father provided a witty double-act, focusing mostly on the spiritual growth that Bennett had seen while at Woodstock.

The address was given by Virgil Miedema, Board member. He probably surprised many there who didn’t know his background by complimenting Apurva Thanju for his reading of the Bible in Nepali – in fluent Nepali! His comments were based on Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things. “ From their Woodstock education the graduating class have learned discernment, and the ability to welcome diversity. Through prayer and thought they will be able to increasingly decide for themselves what things are, indeed, “true, honourable, pure and lovely”.

The service ended with the congregational singing of the great Celtic hymn “Be thou my vision”.

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WOSA tea
Sunday afternoon, 5th June, saw the annual WOSA tea – a chance to welcome the next batch of WOSA members as the seniors prepare for their graduation. A good number of former students were there, including those from the Woodstock staff. June Blickenstaff ’70, staff member and WOSA-India council member, welcomed the new members in a witty and entertaining speech. She pointed out the statistical likelihood of members of the graduating class marrying one another, marrying other former Woodstock students, becoming millionaire donors to the school, coming back to work here, and sending their children to Woodstock. All of those possibilities (except the millionaire!) were illustrated by WOSA members present. David Jeffery , Principal, added his comments, and Bhuvnesh Kumari '50, WOSA-India President, told a story from her youth in the USA which illustrated the caring, worldwide network which is WOSA. Finally, Darab Nagarwalla ’81 sang a Garhwali folk song; the accompanying circle dance was demonstrated by some of the people who had made the mistake of arriving early!

Flags from classes down the years hung proudly in the sunny Quad or in the dining room, and the whole atmosphere was festive as befits such a joyous occasion. Ten of the Seniors left a few minutes early to play a last challenge game of soccer against the staff at Hansen Field; they won 3-1 in a hard fought game. We had to let them have their final victory!

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International Expo
A first for this year, the International Expo was an opportunity for Grade 10 and Grade 12 students to work together for two weeks on a project outside their normal academic studies, and to present their work to the whole school. The projects ranged from the physics of music to the performance of music; from DNA experiments to food sampling; from cycling proficiency to the greenhouse effect. Mixed groups of Elementary, Middle and High School students worked their way round the school, visiting and participating in the exhibits and eating lunch together.

Among the highlights were the afore-mentioned Physics of Music, a lab full of experiments and demonstrations of the nature of sound waves, illustrated with guitars, lengths of spring, frequency generators and wave form analysers. This was unanimously voted as the best display and presentation of the day. A close second was the percussion workshop – a dozen or more students and staff demonstrating how rhythmic patterns were built up using a variety of drums and bells. The bicycle display was notable for a very sobering demonstration of what happens to heads which are not clad in helmets upon striking a hard object – pieces of watermelon were scattered around the area like.. well, use your imagination!

Imagination was something of a theme of the day. Many of the displays were creatively developed, and it was a good exercise for High School students to try and make their content accessible to the youngest Elementary student. All in all a worthwhile exercise, and one which can be developed for the future.

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STAR weekend
The Senior Transition Retreat has over the last three years become a valuable fixture in Woodstock’s end-of-year calendar. 85 seniors together with a group of staff decamped to a wooded valley near Kempty Falls for three days of thinking about the past and the future. It included sessions on preparing for the move to other cities and countries, exploration of cultural differences, and plenty of time to just be together.

Amongst the sessions we looked at the concept of Third Culture Kids. There were seminars on safety, on relationships, on racism and other ‘isms. Students going to particular countries – India, USA, UK, Canada - spent time with staff from those countries talking about living and studying in those environments. Always popular is “Guys Only” and “Girls Only” session – the chance to ask all those embarrassing questions! The most entertaining part of the weekend was undoubtedly the skits performed by students to illustrate the perils of cross-cultural interaction. There were some wonderful vignettes of “innocents abroad”.

It wasn’t just work. There was ample opportunity to play in the pool and just hang around with friends. Most fascinating was watching soon-to-be-college students haring around the hillside playing “capture the flag” and arguing about who had been caught and who hadn’t!

Feedback from the three-day weekend was, as ever, positive. Hopefully some of what the students learned will stay with them – hopefully not when they find themselves for real in a situation which they lampooned in one of their skits! (Pete Wildman - staff)
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Grade 9 retreat at the Hanifl Center
On 20th May the 9th grade class gathered for repast, remembrance, and relaxation. Led by their class governors, Kate Forbes and Dawa Bokhang, the group enjoyed a leisurely meal, of Tibetan favorites, including the rich delicacy of brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Afterward they gathered on the Burgoyne Camp Ground where they used their expertise in stealth and nonchalance in rousing games of capture the flag. This was followed by a series of 9th graders facing the question of “Who do you Love?” The response elicited either a quick seat swap between the individuals seated on either side of the respondent and the questioner, or a mad scramble among a number of students who shared the quality loved by the questioned.
Then it was time for the found farewells to the students departing Woodstock this year. There were seven in all to be facilitated on this occasion, and individual members recalled the impact those who are leaving had on them, and their classmates.

Later, around a bonfire the group told each other stories, set up their sleeping accommodations, and munched marshmallows; some even tried roasting them in the bonfire. The levels of conversation around the camp died down with the fire until even had drifted off under a full moon canopy.

Sleeping outdoors has an unusual effect on some. With this group, everyone was infected. The whole group was up and ready before mid-morning. In fact, they had eaten breakfast, broken camp, and cleaned the area well before the 10 am departure time. Although the time was short at the campground the memories of the evening and of those who were celebrated as they depart will remain for many moons with all of us. (James Geddes, staff).
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Jazz Jam
The 2005 Jazz Jam marked another peak in the musical mountains scaled by the intrepid instrumentalists of Woodstock and their tutors who labor night and day to entertain the rest of us. How does one commend such an event without being guilty of sycophantic gushing? Well, find me another school that has a single musical group that can provide a whole night of hard-nosed frivolity for a fickle mass who are not confined to their seats.

How did Mr. Craft keep the punters gagging for more and more and yet more? A sharp starter in “Rock Around the Clock” whetted the appetite, and “Delta Dawn” slipped down with ease. James Kemp and InSuk Jung soloed in “Go Daddy O”, preparing the way for that classic, Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther.” Mr. Craft gave that old anecdote about Louis Armstrong’s reluctance to do yet another forgettable Broadway filler, ending up with a pension check in the form of “Hello Dolly.” “Seven Steps to Heaven” followed and “Que Pasa” marked the end of the first course.

There were two amazing combos to accompany the ice-cream sundaes and coffee served expertly by Grade Eleven in the interval. Were the Grade 11 hotshots topping their elders – who can say? The comparisons were forgotten when the whole troop beat out Glen Miller’s “In the Mood.” Jun Young Chung and Cheon Ha Jeon made fair shape with the solos. My favorite of the night was “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” Two new soloists appeared; Dorien Ediger-Seto and Tim Smith. More irresistible fun music followed with “Meet the Flintstones.” There was a fusion thing at the end with amazing percussion and the very last piece was well a dramatized “Cowboy Bebop” with Jun Young, sporting a smart Stetson and roaring at the audience.

The vocal contribution was added to with two remarkable songsters in the form of Abhishek Thomas and Vezotulo Vadeo. The former belted out “Soul man” with remarkable commitment to the genre and the latter was amazing doing an Ella Fitzgerald style rendition of, “Ain’t no sunshine when you’re gone.”

Full marks to all involved. “The whole band had star turns.” Jack Dyer pointed out. The pianists Jee Hye and Grace filled out the mid range and Amit brought up the low end with totally proficient playing on the coolest five-string bass. Azar was steady on guitar and the various drummers never missed a beat.

The rain threatened to mar the event, and indeed there was an inch of the stuff on the slabs at 5pm. It was Mr. Craft’s last year and I suspect the question of moving to Parker Hall for a dry show just did not arise. The table decorations were sacrificed and people put on an extra layer, but any cool they experienced was totally cool. Yeah man. (John Montgomery, staff).
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World Literature Symposium
This year’s World Literature Symposium began with a special event. Three seniors, Shreya Thapa, Apurva Thanju, and Samira Kuhn, presented their papers on the works of Nayantara Sahgal '43 with the author herself present. Mrs. Sahgal was on campus to receive her Distinguished Alumni award, and she graciously agreed to listen to the students opine on aspects of her work such as feminism, independence, and freedom. Mrs. Sahgal also hosted the students at her home in Dehra Dun, serving cold coffee and submitting to an interview.

At the symposium Mrs. Sahgal was not alone in responding to the students. Woodstock alumnus and author Steven Alter '74 and Vinod Mehta, the editor of Outlook magazine, joined Mrs. Sahgal. After listening to Woodstock’s three seniors, the men and woman of letters lead a panel discussion about literature, journalism, and the craft of writing.

While only three seniors presented their research that first day, the entire senior class did eventually share their findings on a variety of genres and periods of literature, from Amoz Oz to Amitav Ghosh, from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Gustav Flaubert. Of 85 essays submitted by the senior class, three were selected to remain archived in the high school library. Anjuli Wagner wrote about empowerment in J.M Coetzee’s Disgrace. YeNa Kim explored morality in Dostoevky’s Crime and Punishment, and Shreyasi Mukherji analyzed motherhood in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Unfortunately, none of these authors was able to attend their presentations
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Jazz band at Tibetan Homes
Nate Craft, jazz band director, is drawing near to the end of his contract at Woodstock. At the same time, inevitably, a number of the members of the band are graduating or moving on. With this in mind, Nate was keen to find outlets for the band over the last few weeks of school, and a venue was readily available at the Tibetan Homes Foundation, just down the road in Happy Valley. The concert hall was impressive, the crowd was large and appreciative, and everyone who went had a great time. Together with Jazz Jam, later in the month, these were two fitting ways to end Nate’s era of jazz at Woodstock.
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Distinguished Alumni Award - Mrs. Nayantara Sahgal '43
On Friday 29th April, renowned author and political commentator Nayantara Pandit Sahgal was honoured by Woodstock School by being presented with the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award was in recognition of her long career as a novelist. Mrs. Sahgal, who spent two years of her education at Woodstock during the Second World War, is the author of nine novels published in India and abroad; six works of non-fiction; and numerous articles for newspapers and magazines in India and abroad. Much of her writing is concerned with the politics of India during the post-Independence period; much of the detail and accuracy of these writings derives from her family ties. Her uncle was Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister; her first cousin Indira Gandhi, India’s third prime minister; and her mother, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, India’s first ambassador to the UN.

Guest speaker Vinod Mehta, Editor-in-Chief of Outlook magazine, commented on these family ties. He said that despite her closeness to political power, which gives a sense of reality to her work, she had not been drawn into its circles, and had maintained her integrity. She is, he said, one of India’s greatest writers. Nayantara Sahgal’s novels have been given several awards: Plans for Departure won the Commonwealth Writers’ Award in 1987 and Rich Like Us won the Sinclair Prize for Fiction in Britain in 1985 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in India in1986. Her last novel, Lesser Breeds, was published in 2003. She is the editor of Before Freedom: Nehru’s Letters to His Sister (1909-1947), which appeared in a new illustrated version in 2004.

Before a packed hall of students, staff and guests David Jeffery, Principal of Woodstock School, gave a short introduction to Mrs. Sahgal and her work, which was later illustrated by a an audiovisual presentation. The award was presented by Mrs. Kaye Aoki, Deputy Principal. Earlier in the afternoon, Mrs. Sahgal, together with Mr. Mehta and visiting writer Mr. Stephen Alter, another alumnus of Woodstock, formed the panel at a very illuminating symposium on writing attended by students and staff.

The Woodstock Distinguished Alumni Awards were introduced in 2003 as a way of honouring former students who had achieved a high level of recognition in their chosen field, and whose lives and work serve as an inspiration to students today. Previous awards have gone to Brig. Kim Yadav '38, former ADC to Mountbatten; Dr. Carl Taylor '32, Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in the USA; Dr. Robert Griffiths '52, Professor of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University, USA; Rev. Bob Alter '43, a former principal of Woodstock who has a lifetime’s involvement in NGOs in India, and Rev. Fred Downs '49, former Professor of Church History, who taught at United Theological College, Bangalore, for nearly 30 years.
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Win Mumby Basketball Tournament 2005
The 6th Win Mumby All India Basketball Tournament, which is organized by and held at Woodstock School, took place from April 21st to 23rd. The teams arrived on 20th April, and there was a pep rally, a tea and formal welcome in the Quad Dining Room held that afternoon. Eight boys’ teams and eight girls’ teams participated in this tournament, including two teams from Woodstock. The teams were:

Girls: Welham Girls'- Dehra Dun; St. Thomas’ Girls - Dehra Dun; YPS - Patiala; PPS -Nabha; Modern School - Delhi; Lawrence School - Sanawar; Shri Ram School - Delhi and Woodstock School.

Boys: Welham Boys - Dehra Dun; The Doon School - Dehra Dun; YPS - Patiala; PPS -Nabha; Modern School - Delhi; St. George’s School -Mussoorie; Shri Ram School - Delhi and Woodstock School.

We hosted 168 students, 24 coaches and 10 referees over the weekend. Two teams stayed at Midlands, 2 at Ridgewood, 2 at Alter Ridge, 2 at Hanifl and 1 at Hostel. The rest of the teams stayed at hotels in Landour. The tournament is a league-cum-knockout tournament. On Saturday, April 23rd both the semi-finals and the finals took place. Welham Girls’ was defeated by Delhi Modern in the last game of the girls’ finals, and the Woodstock boys’ team made it to the finals but lost out to Doon School in an exciting and hard-fought finish. This was the first time in the six years’ history of the competition that the boys have not won the final, and they were understandably disappointed. Still, there’s always next year…

Diana Biswas Memorial Concerts
Over recent years Delhi audiences have grown used to enjoying the sounds of Jazz from young Woodstock musicians. This year they were able to hear a completely different side of Woodstock’s varied musical repertoire. The Woodstock School Orchestra played two concerts very well-received concerts of Western classical music. The same programme was presented on both evenings. The main feature was a performance by gifted young violinist Yee Rae Kim, playing with the orchestra for the last time before leaving Woodstock in the summer for a four-year music study programme in the USA. Yee Rae is, according to Head of Music Reid Blickenstaff, “probably the best violinist to have studied at Woodstock in the last 50 years”. Yee Rae performed Mozart's Concerto for violin and orchestra (K218), which included a beautifully constructed solo section during which it was hard to realise that there was only one violinist playing. Other highlights of the concert were Mozart's Symphony no. 33 in Bb maj (K319) and, a rousing finale, Brahms Hungarian Dance no. 5. As might be expected, this last piece was especially well received at the first concert, which took place at the Hungarian Cultural Centre. There was standing room only for the wide range of guests, who included the Hungarian Ambassador.

The second concert, at the India International Centre, was well attended by alumni and friends of Woodstock, as well as others who were just keen to hear some well-performed music. They were not disappointed, and again an encore was demanded. For the students and staff of Woodstock who formed the orchestra it was an unforgettable experience to play in two such prestigious venues, and the hospitality offered to the group in Delhi by Board members and parents made it a really enjoyable weekend for all.

Click here to read tributes to Mrs. Biswas from former and current students and staff, and from family and friends.
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Easter Service at Woodstock - 20th March
Our Easter service was held on Palm Sunday. To suit the program and to add to the occasion the chaplaincy council decided to have the service in the Quad. Songs and sketches supplemented the talk in bringing home the meaning of Easter. The student worship team led some singing; a group of Middle School students did a short sketch on how the cross showed God’s love; a staff and student group gave a dramatized reading from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Three staff sang an Easter song set to a French medieval tune, with guitar, fiddle and sitar. Pete Wildman gave a short talk about the cross being God’s intervention in the world, and two Elementary staff presented a lively and humorous parable about carrying surplus baggage when you go camping. Full of references to actual incidents on Activity Weeks - with the culprits named and shamed –it communicated well with the packed Quad. With music from a string ensemble and a brass ensemble, and hot cross buns and chocolate afterwards, it made for a memorable afternoon. The offering from the Easter chapel began a fund to purchase a new generator for Landour Community Hospital. This was prompted by the fact that two of our recent babies were born there in difficult conditions during a power cut. The hospital was also a great help in the recent tragedy on Tehri Road, when a bus went over the khud (25 people killed, 20 were injured). The offering totaled Rs. 66,300 (about 10% of the expected cost of the generator).
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Elementary Sports Day - 19th March
Sports Day is always one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the school calendar, by students and parents alike. Some parents had travelled from as far away as Chattisgarh to cheer on their children.

Although at the end of the Elementary Sports Day the Condors were flying high, there was no doubting, from the look on the children’s faces, that everyone was a winner. Indeed by the end of a busy morning every child had picked up at least one medal.

It was wonderful to see the determination and enjoyment of the 72 young children as they competed in numerous track and field events. Some as young as 3 years old giggled and puffed their way around the ECP/ Grade 1 Obstacle course. As the age of the competitors increased the competition ‘hotted up’ and there were a number of ‘photo finishes’. Thankfully, there was no shortage of cameras!

The sunny day was concluded with some fun races. The Middle School Sack Race was run and was a great way to thank these older children for all their help and support. Then the adults bounced their way down the track with some tricky behaviour from Mr John.

With medals jangling and smiling red faces all the children and spectators made their way to Alter Ridge for a well earned celebratory lunch. Once again, a big ‘THANK YOU’ to the P.E. Department for organizing another great day.
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Talent Show 2005 - 19th March
The 2005 talent show was unbelievable. As a veteran of three of these events and a scattering of similar ‘rock shows’, the sentiment has some meaning. There were moments of entertainment in previous shows, but these were often unintended, and only occasionally emanated from the talent on display. The 2005 event was based on Channel 06, a fictitious TV channel, started slowly with a slightly out of tune guitar duo. Out of tune guitars are essential to any talent show here. Guitarists are such optimists – “It was in tune when I bought it!” Perhaps this was a clever idea to lower expectations slightly, because from here on, there was a growing sense of professional and competent delivery. The first half peaked with pathos and rock, finely mixed in vision and sound, as Nipun and his band celebrated all things Nepalese. This was enhanced by a Korean dance that could have been a touring troupe, freeloading around the sub-continent to amazed audiences, but it was Jung Min from the Math 11 class and her friends. More song and dance followed in the second half, but the continuity video threatened to steal the show. There were superb, between-act adverts and promotions, shown on the big screen, sending up everything from the Principal’s transport to World Wrestling Federation. The finale was the traditional, all-class junior and senior surprise, and while the Homeroom teacher Jenna Gareis’s firm grip on timing left us gasping for more, we emerged from Parker Hall more than satisfied that there is talent in Woodstock, diverse, thoughtful and plain rowdy. (Staff - John Montgomery)
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Welcoming New Members of the Community - 17th March
One of Woodstock’s favourite occasions is when we welcome the new children of staff. This time there were four to greet. Rufus and Vijeta Emmanuel had their Joshua; Ashish and Jasmine Gill were showing off Jemima, born 15 minutes after Josef, the son of newly-arrived staff Lorenz and Radha Petters; and finally the most recent arrival, Kinley, son of Darryl and Jodie de Boer. Dot Wildman prayed for and blessed all of the new members of our community, and we were blessed not just by the sunshine, but by the tasty samosas and sandwiches which accompanied the event!
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Visit from Kimball Union Academy USA - 16th March
David Weidman, ’79 and former teacher, and a group of his students were welcomed for a visit to Woodstock. They participated in a High School assembly, and visited the Hanifl Center, as well as attending a STUCO meeting and various High School classes. The visit began with an enthusiastic welcome during High School assembly, where David spoke to Woodstock’s students about his time at the school, and how excited he was to bring his current students back. Three of the KUA students then wowed Woodstock’s students with vocal performances and a short dramatic monologue.
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Tsunami Relief Efforts
In mid-February, the Student Council (STUCO) began a fundraising effort in support of tsunami relief efforts in the region. The initiative encompassed a series of events intended to raise money for the tsunami victims as well as generate awareness of the various dimensions of the disaster. Accordingly, the week-long project began with a Hunger Awareness Day, during which students in all three schools as well as some staff skipped lunch in a gesture of solidarity toward those left without enough to eat. Following that, there was a call for donations in exchange for students to wash cars, clean houses, or do other errands for staff.

Several other sales followed in short order. At lunch time there was an auction of items donated by staff and students, as well as of some students who had volunteered to be “sold.” Next came a sale of momos and donated baked goods in the Quad. After school, tickets were sold to a movie night, with all proceeds going to the fund. In addition, one Sunday’s chapel collection was dedicated to the tsunami victims, and by itself brought in Rs 18,000. By the time STUCO’s fundraising efforts had finished, in the second week of March, total proceeds for the fund were nearly one lakh.
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Woodstock Remembers the Life of Diana Biswas
On Sunday, February 13th, alumni and friends of Woodstock School gathered together for a memorial service honouring the school’s longest-serving member of staff. Diana Biswas, who passed away on 14th January 2005, had served as Music Department Secretary for 45 years; as well as presiding over music practices, she had been active in sports, hiking and in just being a friend to students.

Diana Biswas was well known in the Mussoorie area not just for her work at Woodstock School, but as long-time secretary of Christ Church. Her reputation spread even further, as Mr. Ravi Arthur, a music department colleague, reported in his tribute: “Last week I made a phone call to the Secretary of the Delhi Symphony Society, Mr. Gautam Kaul, to inform him about the demise of Mrs. Diana Biswas. His immediate response was, ‘The grand lady of the Himalayan hills is no more’.”

The service was a moving tribute to a woman who had touched so many lives. A number of musical items were featured, including a veena selection by former music staff Mr. Ajit Singh, a cheerful piece played by the Beginner Strings Ensemble, a collective singing of the hymn “How Great Thou Art”, and a choral tribute sung by the staff. Mrs. Biswas was remembered as an enduring presence on the hillside. Those who shared fond memories of her included actor and former student Tom Alter, and former staff members Mrs. Saroj Kapadia and Ms. Lillian Skinner Singh. Tributes were in both English and Hindi, as were psalms and hymns. Among others attending were Brig. Kim Yadav and US-based author Stephen Alter, both former student of Woodstock, and Mr. Ganesh Saili, long-time friend of the school.

Earlier in the day staff and students held their own memorial service. Those who spoke about Mrs. Biswas’ impact on the school included current and former students and staff including Mr. Darab Nagarwalla and Mr. Manohar Lal, who had worked for Mrs. Biswas in the Music Department for more than 35 years.
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Stephen Alter at Spring Staff Retreat

Stephen Alter, Woodstock alumnus and author of a number of books of fiction and non-fiction, was guest speaker at the Woodstock staff retreat on February 1st. His theme was how the natural world can be looked at in both a scientific and a literary way, and how each approach complements and enriches the other. Stephen drew many examples from his own time in the hills around Mussoorie, and concluded with the reading of a passage from his book "Sacred Waters: A Pilgrimage up the Ganges River to the Source of Hindu Culture".

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It is with great sorrow that we must let you know that Mrs. Diana Biswas passed away on Friday January 14 at about 4:45 p.m.
The funeral was held on Saturday 15th at the Landour Cemetery. We will organize a memorial service when more of her friends are back on the hillside in February. It is very hard to accept that she is gone, but it is a blessing that she did not suffer long.
I know that we are all grateful to have known such an amazingly generous and caring person, but we will sorely miss her and the Quad will be strangely empty without her around. She was taken to Disha Hospital in Dehra Dun on Monday the 10th due to severe back and knee pain but did not respond to treatment, and her condition rapidly worsened on Thursday Jan 13 when she began to bleed internally. She lost consciousness that night, and slipped away the next afternoon, surrounded by friends.

We would like to collect tributes, memories, stories, biographical information, and pictures of Mrs. Biswas which can be shared at the memorial service, which will be held in February, after school reopens. They will also be used in publications and then preserved in the school archives. Please send them to Sharon Seto at the school, or email to sharonseto@woodstock.ac.in. There will also be a memorial fund established in honor of Mrs. Biswas. Contributions will be accepted at the school or through KWI. Principal Mr. Jeffery will announce the purpose of the fund during the February staff retreat.

Click here to download a short PowerPoint tribute shown at the staff retreat on 31st January 2005.

Two memorial services will be held on Sunday 13th February; one at 3.00 p.m. for the whole school, and one at 4.30 for the wider community - karamcharis, friends of Woodstock School and other Mussoorie folk.
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