A commemorative postage stamp on the 150th Anniversary of the Woodstock School, an international co-educational residential school in Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand :
Issued by India
Issued on Jun 2, 2004
Issued for : The Department of Posts honors the contribution of Woodstock School through the issue of this commemorative postage stamp.
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : First Day Cover
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Print Quantity : 0.8 Million
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Madras Security Printers Ltd.
- Woodstock School has been providing a distinctive international education in Mussoorie for nearly 150 years, and is one of the few schools in India which is known world-wide.
- First established in 1854 as an English-medium school for Protestant girls, the school became co-educational in 1926. In 1958, Woodstock School became the first school in all of Asia to receive international accreditation; the school currently holds accreditation through both the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (USA) and the Commission on International and Trans-regional accreditation. In India, Woodstock’s awards are recognized by the Association of Indian Universities and the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations.
- Woodstock School offers a college-preparatory Kindergarten through Grade 12 curriculum that enable students to enter Universities in India, the USA, Europe and throughout the world. During its history, Woodstock has served both foreign and Indian national children requiring an international education. For nearly forty years, the school has placed an active emphasis on its international characteristics via student enrolment, staff composition, and academic and co-curricular programming. Woodstock students come to Uttaranchal to study from more than 30 nations and represent over 20 different nationalities.
- Historically, Woodstock teachers and students have come from all over the world to live and work at this school in the Himalayan foothills. Staff and students alike have been attracted to its close, truly international community and the liberal Christian heritage upon which Woodstock is based.
- Woodstock School’s mission is to lead the way in international education in Asia by providing a world-class international education taught by highly qualified international staff and by bringing students from different cultures and religions together in a unique residential setting in the Indian Himalayas. The school aims to inspire each student to be a responsible citizen, committed to service to others and stewardship of the earth. Woodstock’s vision is for a worldwide family committed to one another and to building a better world.
- Setting consistently high academic and moral standards, the school makes it a priority to ensure that future Woodstock graduates will go on to make significant contributions in various fields across the world and within India. Many Woodstock graduates choose to pursue trans-national careers in government, corporate and service fields. Woodstock School has produced many individuals who have made notable contributions within India and throughout the world in fields ranging from academics to sports, music, art and drama.
- In addition to educational and economic impacts on Mussoorie and its surrounding area, Woodstock’s presence has also enhanced the physical environment. It has preserved its forest for future generations by working with the Forest Department and providing its own forest guard. Today, it is cited by the Forest Department as a model oak forest biome.
- Woodstock is involved in historical preservation projects, in plastic recycling and tree-planting projects, and in educating the many visitors that come to the school about the issues and challenges that face this region.
- The Woodstock School truly teaches its students the value of its motto “Palma Non Sine Pulvere” (No palm of victory without the dust of struggle).
- Text : Woodstock School, Mussoorie, Uttaranchal.