,,If I could go back it would never be the same”
This story is filled with emotions, because it is my life. I don’t know where to start. Well.. The dreams about my own brand and business come from the past, from my childhood. Those things are one of few memories which I have. Years were passing, but the dream survived the rebel period. I can’t say it was empty years, but I am grateful to have them, because of them I am just where I want to be. Being ruthless had taught me a lesson, a lesson of seeing our world differently with my eyes, a lesson how to rescue myself from the evil lusts and rise from the ground up to the top. That big dream helped me, I built my nature from scratches. I tried to plan, organise. Trying to have my dream not only in my head anymore, but also in front of my eyes is now in my hands. Finally after so many years the Big Day has appeared on a horizon. I was so happy like never before. It changed me immediately, what is more I felt that deep in my heart. This feeling showed me that the new era of my life has begun and I still couldn’t believe that. I was so positively shocked that all other stuff which was always around me started to lose value. Now when my dream came true I pray to God for guidance not to get lost during my path to glory and peace. The name “Artisan” came out of nowhere it just appeared somewhere in my sight. All I had to do is go grab it. This word is not like any other word. It describes a person who, with the help of tools and manual skills of bare hands, creates something from nothing , a beautiful miracle. I want to be that person, I want to join the legacy of people who wanted to make something then leave it on Earth after their deaths and be proud of it. I am a religious person, I believe in heaven, I believe in St Peter’s gate, which protects good from bad. And when I cross it I want to hear Peter himself ,, good work kid you deserve to be here”. The sentence ,,The Life Changing Group” it’s not a joke, it can really change your life. It already changed mine to something better. And I will share the goods with others . This is my freshly-baked motto ,,Big efforts for Big dreams”!
photos by Agata Kapuścińska and Mateusz Gzel from 3 G
Late October and early November are surrounded with mythical, magical and mysterious aura. It’s the time of the year when we honor the people who are no longer with us and when we think about the afterlife way more than usually. But these special days don’t look the same in every country. When some cultures write the day of the dead as depressing and majestic, others celebrate it in warm and joyful atmosphere.
In Poland we celebrate the All Saints’ Day on the 1st of November and All Souls’ Day on the following day. It’s a time of pensiveness and nostalgia. We go to the cemetaries where our loved ones rest and we recall the time they spent with us. It’s usually the time of the family reunions as well. Similar customs can be observed in the countries where the Roman Catholic is a dominant religion. Our day of the dead has a really long tradition. According to the lore, it’s the time when the dead come to the Earth and scare the living. That’s why people celebrated ‘Dziady’. They wanted to propitiate the souls not to scare them by lighting the candles which was supposed to warm them and light their way. This is where the custom of lighting candles on the graves has its origins.
The most contrastive with our traditions is probably the way they celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) in Mexico, where the celebrations last for three days. The 31st of October is a day when they recall the dead children that are called the angels. The two following days are dedicated to the dead adults. However, it’s not about crying. It’s a pretty cheery time that takes weeks to prepare. They make the special altars for the deceased family members, who are supposed to welcome them in the world of the living and buy a lot of sweets and presents for them. They do visit cemeteries just like us, however, not to decorate the graves, but to celebrate. A very popular symbol is a sugar skull – a representation of a human skull made of sugar or clay.
One of the most well-known traditions is American Halloween, which is inspired by an old Celtic holiday – Samhain. It’s celebrated on the 31st of October and, just as in Mexico, it’s a joyful day full of fun. People decorate their houses to look more scary. One of the most common decorations, used also as a symbol of this day is, a Jack-o-lantern, a craved pumpkin with a candle inside. Kids dress up as monsters and roam from house to house asking for candies using a famous phrase ‘trick or treat’.
Even though most days of the dead take place in Autumn, in Japan they celebrate it in July or August. They believe that the dead come to visit them and put special lanterns in front of the doors, so the ghosts wouldn’t get lost. They organise ritual dances in the cities, and send the lanterns down the rivers in little boats with the symbols of the dead.
News prepared by Karolina Gruca from 2g.
The Time to Move T-shirt contest returns in 2019! If you are at least 13 years old and not more than 30, design a Time to Move themed T-shirt that best represents the spirit of the campaign, share it and have a chance to travel around Europe on train!
One of our students, ALEKSANDRA SUFIN, class 2g has already designed a Time to Move themed T-shirt that best represents the spirit of the campaign TIME TO MOVE- a collection of events for young people organised all over Europe during the month of October. The activities focus on introducing hundreds of possibilities through which you can go abroad and take part in an international projects, explore Europe or gain experience you need for your future, like volunteering in another country for a few months, school exchange or internships abroad.
The contest runs until 31 October 2019. After the closing, Eurodesk will choose winners. Additionally, Eurodesk will choose 5 more contestants with outstanding creations.
The winners will receive the following prizes:
- The winners of the first places in the two categories will each receive an Interrail Global Pass that can be used for 7 days within 1 month.
- The public voting winner will receive an Eastpak luggage.
- The 5 contestants with outstanding creations will receive an Eastpak backpack each.
VOTE FOR OLA ON : https://contest.eurodesk.eu/entries/185460801
News prepared by Mrs Marzena Kossak
On the thirteenth day of September, on Friday, all freshmen together with some teachers went on an integration trip. It took place outdoors in Folwark in Kamyk. Buses with participants left Częstochowa at 9.00 and after half an hour they were already there. After a short preparation, the presentations of each class began. When everybody got to know each other, a nice woman from Kamyk was preparing something to eat for the participants. When everything was done, teenagers were dancing, because after their little show it was time for a party. But when they heard that they could eat sausages and bread and drink juices, they stopped and at once started rushing to the place where the food was served. They were eating and talking when their teachers told them it was time to come back. Everybody had fun and for sure they won’t forget this amazing day.
news prepared by Karolina Kluba from 1 G
edited by Ms Joanna Wołkowicka
photo by Mateusz Gzel from 3 G
Weronika Rodziewicz and Weronika Piotrowska from 3d took part in The World Youth Climate Strike in September and wrote the following article about it. They also prepared the conversation lesson concerning the topic. As you can see on the photos below they are really devoted to this serious matter. Teenagers notice the problem and do care about the environment !
“The World Youth Climate Strike is an initiative that aims to draw
attention of those in governments to a dangerously changing climate. Its
participants oppose the indifferent attitude of the rulers. Protests
against the passivity of politicians related to climate crisis are planned
in 130 countries around the world. The date of September 20 was not chosen
at random. On Monday, September 23, the UN Climate Summit began in New
York. Young people wanted to show that they were not indifferent before
such an important event .
The action also spread across Poland. The organizer of the protests is the
Youth Climate Strike here. It is a movement of pupils and university
students who are not passive to the climate change caused by human
September 20, Friday, was the day of the Youth Climate Strike. Częstochowa
also joined the campaign. The demonstation of young people was organized as
a part of the ‘Thousand Cities Protest’. It had its finale at
Biegański Square.Young people gathered with posters, banners and smiles on
their faces at 10.00 . Then a group of over 100 people walked along the
High Street to Bieganskiego square shouting their slogans. Students from
our school also took part in the strike. “It was indeed a very
interesting experience. Passers-by waved at us cheerfully and applauded. I
felt that people are not really indifferent to the climate change and we
as the voice of young people can really achieve something.”
One of the pedestrians said:”I was most impressed by the creativity of
the students. Their posters were made in comical and comprehensible way.
They draw attention to the most important climate problems, “said
The World Youth Climate team in Częstochowa has already announced in
social media that it would not be limited to only one event. It is already
preparing further events that are to engage young people and make them
aware of environmental problems. We look forward to participating in them.
We also encourage you to check social networking websites!”
Article written by Weronika Rodziewicz i Weronika Piotrowska from class 3d
Photos taken by Weronika Rodziewicz.
On the 10th June, 2019 at 8.30 a.m. classes 1g and 2f with their teachers : Ms Roma Ociepa, Ms Sylwia Denis, Mr Łukasz Jarząbek and a guide from the “Mamuno” travel agency left Częstochowa and set out for Zakopane for a four-day trip.
Day 1 GUBAŁÓWKA
At 1 p.m. we arrived at the place – it was a small village Ząb which is located on the eastern side of Gubałówka Hill. Unfortunately, the guide informed us about the change of accommodation from the guesthouse “Za lasem” in Poronin to the guesthouse “U Aniołka” in Murzasichle. After leaving the bus, we started our expedition from hiking Gubałówka Hill along Pope’s Trail. During the way, the guide told us about interesting places located there. Despite the tiredness of the journey and the road uphill, all of us safely reached our destination. Being at the top of Gubałówka Hill we could admire – Butorowy Wierch (1660m above the sea level), a ski resort, the panorama of the Tatra Mountains, Zakopane, Podhale, Pieniny, Gorce and Beskid Żywiecki and a chairlift. The next 2 hours were organized for the purchase of souvenirs or eating a meal. At the agreed time we went down from Gubałówka Hill to the place where the bus was waiting for us. At 6:00 p.m. we arrived at the guesthouse “U Aniołka” in Murzasichle, where we ate a meal. After unpacking our suitcases, we had time to use the infrastructure of the facility or the pool that was located in the guesthouse.
Day 2 Kościeliska Valley and thermal pools
At 8.30 a.m. we ate breakfast and at 10:00 a.m. we took a bus to the place where the second guide was waiting for us – we started the journey through Kościeliska Valley. The guide told us about the history associated with highlanders and their customs. We also encountered a “bacówka”, where everyone could taste the freshly made, traditional delicacy of the mountains – oscypek. The views were so beautiful. We could stop by the spring and even try the water flowing there. The aim of our trip was the mountain hut “Ornak”, where we could eat a meal. A memorial picture with a guide was taken there. After going back to the bus, we went to a picturesque village Poronin, where we spent 2 hours taking a bath in the thermal waters. Jacuzzis and a pool designed to play volleyball, gave us an opportunity for both rest and play. In the evening we also had a great time – we organized a bonfire and a disco.
Day 3 NOSAL and KRUPÓWKI
At 10:00 a.m. we started a mountain tourthe top of the Nosal Mountain (1206m above the sea level). Despite our enthusiasm it was not easy to reach the summit, because the road was not easy and we do not belong to people often walking in the mountains. However, after all, we reached the summit, where the memorial photographs were taken. Going down from the top, we went to the district of Zakopane- Kuźnice, and then to the most popular street in Zakopane – Krupówki, where we could see several horse-drawn carriages. We had free time to buy souvenirs, eat a traditional meal or enter various shops located there. At 6:00 p.m. we arrived at the guesthouse, where we ate a meal and spent our last night in the mountains. in the Western Tatras – climbing to the top of the Nosal Mountain (1206m above the sea level). Despite our enthusiasm it was not easy to reach the summit, because the road was not easy and we do not belong to people often walking in the mountains. However, after all, we reached the summit, where the memorial photographs were taken. Going down from the top, we went to the district of Zakopane- Kuźnice, and then to the most popular street in Zakopane – Krupówki, where we could see several horse-drawn carriages. We had free time to buy souvenirs, eat a traditional meal or enter various shops located there. At 6:00 p.m. we arrived at the guesthouse, where we ate a meal and spent our last night in the mountains.
Day 4 CRACOW
After packing our things, we ate breakfast and said goodbye to the guesthouse in Murzasichle. At 11:30 a.m. we were in Cracow. We started the tour traditionally from the Wawel Castle , through the Wawel Cathedral, the Barbican and the Main Market Square (St. Mary’s Church, St. Adalbert’s Church, the Cloth Hall) – where we also had free time to eat and buy souvenirs. At 4:00 p.m. we left Cracow. On the way back we all sang and thanked the teachers for the care. We were in Częstochowa at 6:15 p.m.
To sum up, I consider the trip to Zakopane to be successful. Sightseeing, swimming in thermal waters and climbing to the top of Nosal Mountain gave us a lot of fun. In addition, we all got integrated and got to know each other better. I think that now everyone is looking forward to the next such trip in the next school year.
written by Weronika Małek from 1 G
photos by Ms Roma Ociepa and Weronika Małek
edited by Ms Marta Leśniak
We did it again! It’s been our fourth time since we decided to take part in this special international contest for the first time. This year is 20th Anniversary Special Edition.
This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.
This program is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
Based in Japan, the Goi Peace Foundation is a public benefit organization supported by members around the world working together to create a culture of peace. Its mission is to foster a sustainable and harmonious global society by promoting consciousness, values and wisdom for creating peace, and by building cooperation among individuals and organizations across diverse fields, including education, science, culture and the arts.
This year 7 students from VII Mikołaj Kopernik High School decided to join.
- Aleksandra Pełka (3g)
- Weronika Szydłowska (1g)
- Mikołaj Matuszczyk (2d)
- Weronika Rodziewicz (2d)
- Laura Pacud (2d)
- Weronika Piotrowska (2d)
- Jakub Włodarski (2d)
The topic was “Creating a Society Full of Kindness” (What does “Kindness” mean to you? How do you think we can create a kinder society? Carry out ten acts of kindness, and then use your experience as inspiration in writing essay ) .As a special edition, this year’s contest involved action in addition to writing, so that participating in the contest directly contributes to creating a better world.
It’s definitely a challenge for all of us; for students to write a good, 700 word-long essay and compete with so many participants from all countries and continents, as well as for the teacher (Marzena Kossak-Wąchała) to guide them. All of them wrote really good essays which were sent to Japan. All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2019. Good luck!
You can find more on https://www.goipeace.or.jp/en/work/essay-contest/
News prepared by Mrs Marzena Kossak.