Thursday, 29 August 2019

Woodstock School, Landour, Uttarakhand - one of the oldest schools in India founded in 1854

Woodstock school,Landaur, India  boardingschoolsofindia.com
Woodstock School, an international coeducational residential institution in Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India, is one of the oldest ones in Asia and for the past 165 years it has been providing international education  to the natives and others. The school's motto is  ''Palma Non Sine Pulvere'' meaning no palm of victory without the dust of struggle. In 2004, Woodstock celebrated 150 years of its long eventful journey from its humble inception. Honoring the school's contribution to nation building, the Government of India issued a Woodstock School commemorative postage stamp  way back in 2004.
Woodstock school,Landaur, India .woodstockschool.in
Located  in the breath-taking  foothills of the Himalayas, it is a private nonprofit institution with Indian Christian Minority Status, offering  kindergarten through Grade 12 instruction, with a residence program beginning in Grade 5.  In 2019, Woodstock School  officially  got the accreditation  as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, with full authorization for both the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP).
Founded in 1854  as an English Medium school for protestant girls, it  has been functioning on the present campus since 1856. When it became popular, necessity arose to start a school in the north with an American curriculum to prepare students for American colleges and universities. Missionaries took keen interest in establishing an institution that would be on par with western schools. It was in 1926, a full American coeducational program had been introduced at Woodstock. Believe it or not in 1959, Woodstock's progress was so good it became the third high school outside North America and the first school in Asia to receive US accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Woodstock school,Landaur, India you tube.
Realizing the cultural fabric of the Indian society and fusion of many religions, 1960s, saw the introduction of cross-cultural courses in social studies, literature, art and religion. Also included were the  Indian classical music and dance lessons and their introduction was very much appreciated by all sections of the  society.  

In 1990 the Indian universities accepted  the Woodstock Diploma as being equivalent to the Indian school-leaving examination, thus allowing graduates to enter Indian  and foreign universities with considerable  ease. A year-abroad study program was instituted by the school to gain a unique experience in a foreign land. First called the "Package Program," it is part of the SAGE (Studies Abroad for Global Education) network and after 1992, it has close link with the Friends of Woodstock and its predecessor organizations in North America. Students from more than 30 countries representing more than 20 nationalities study  at Woodstock in Uttaranchal. 

Woodstock teachers and students come from all over the world to stay here and learn in a liberal Christian environment and the residential system promotes the fusion of different cultures and religions in a friendly atmosphere conducive to personal growth, better knowledge and nation building. The vision of Woodstock is a cohesive worldwide family committed to one another and building a better world. The school  also gives due importance to music, drama and arts that bring out the ethos of various countries and cultures. 

 Since global warming and environmental pollution gaining currency in the last decade, the school gives much emphasis on safe environment. Students are  encouraged to get involved in various
projects like tree planting, plastic recycling etc.
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