The UK’s early election, which was announced in April, took place on 8th June 2017 all over the country. By this election Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to increase the power of her party (Conservative Party) in House of Commons. As a result, the Conservatives have won, but they didn’t manage to gain majority of seats. That kind of situation is called in British politics „hung parliament”, which means none of the parties can rule independently. The second largest party after the election is Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn. The difference between votes cast on those two parties is really small and many people take it as May’s failure, despite the victory of the Tories. If Theresa May wants to create strong government, she will need to hurry. The Labouries have declared their will to form the minority government. They also want current Prime Minister to resign. If Theresa May will bow the knee to the Labour Party? If there will be no softer Brexit? Time will tell.
Surveries have predicted the victory of the Conservative Party. However, the predicted advantage of the Conservatives over the Labouries was bigger.
Written by Kacper Górak from 2b.
On 3rd June 2017 people all over the world found out about the shocking terror attack in the
heart of London which left 11 people dead (including 8 victims and 3 attackers) and up to
48 people injured.
The attack was conducted using a white Renault van hired a few hours earlier by Khuram
Butt, the ringleader. Three terrorists are believed to have used a rented flat in east London
to prepare for the attack arming themselves with kitchen knives with ceramic blades and
fake explosive belts. At 21:58 British Summer Time the van travelled south across London
Bridge in an apparent reconnaissance of the target. Then, it returned six minutes later,
mounted the pavement and hit multiple pedestrians, killing three of them. After the crash
of their van on Borough High Street, the attackers ran towards Borough Market area,
which was bustling with people enjoying themselves on a balmy Saturday evening. There,
they shivved four people in the restaurant called Borough Bistro. One witness reported that
the terrorists shouted “This is for Allah”. Later on, they rampaged through the area,
entering many pubs and restaurants to stab anyone in sight. Finally, the three attackers
were shot dead by armed officers from the City of London and Metropolitan Police forces
outside the Wheatsheaf at 22:16. The official death toll raised to eight after recovering the
last victim from Thames.
The Metropolitan Police advised the public to run or hide from any attacker and to remain
calm. All buildings in the neighbourhood were evacuated and London Bridge, Borough and
Bank tube stations were closed due to the request of the police. Furthermore, new security
measures were introduced on eight central London bridges after the attack to prevent
further vehicle attacks, with the installation of large barriers made of concrete.
In the morning after the incident the Prime Minister Theresa May returned to Downing
Street from campaigning for the general election and said the UK “cannot and must not
pretend that things can continue as they are” as she set out tough measures to tackle
terrorism in response to the attack. She also said that there must now be greater regulation
of the internet and that existing online “safe spaces” that allow terrorism to “breed” must
On the same day, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said: “We are confident about the fact
that they were radical Islamic terrorists, the way they were inspired, and we need to find
out more about where this radicalisation came from.” Later that day, Amaq News Agency,
an online outlet associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), said the
attackers were ISIS fighters. On 5th June, two of the attackers were identified as Khuram
Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane. The third attacker, Youssef Zaghba, was identified the
We invite you to share condolences for the victims of the London Terrorist Attack in our Guest Book.
Written by Damian Adamowski from 2b.
Many people had been waiting for this day for a long time. No one expected that it would end like that. On 22nd of May 2017, Ariana Grande was performing a concert from her Dangerous Women Tour in Manchester Arena. When people were leaving the show, it was an explosion outside the arena. People who were inside started to panic. The explosion killed at least 22 people and more than hundred people were injured.
After that people started to look for their friends and families on social media. Some of them were found, but not all. Explosion killed 2 Polish people. They were parents, who were waiting for their daughters after the concert. Their older daughter started to look for them using Facebook, but unluckily they died in explosion. This experience showed that social media have power.
The star was really broken after it happened. It was some rumors that she would cancel her tour. It is also said that Ariana will pay for victims funerals, but no one said if it’s true. Also a homeless man, who was sleeping close to arena, become a hero, because he was helping people, who were injured.
Black ribbon with pair of bunny ears which pays tribute to fans killed in Manchester attack.
Prime Minister Theresa May has been chairing a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee. She described it as a ‘callous attack’ on the victims – including ‘defenceless children’. You can watch her on BBC NEWS on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT671j39V4k
News prepared by Olga Baranowska from 2b, edited by Mrs Marzena Kossak-Wąchała
22th March was a typical day in London. Many tourists were walking next to The Palace of Westminster and on Westminster Bridge. No one was expecting that something like that would happen. At 14:40, a grey car driving 122 km/h bomped into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. One of the victims-to-be in order to save life, jumped into The River Thames. Briton Khalid Masood who caused this attack, crashed the car and run around the corner into Parliament Square and through the open Carriage Gates where he fatally stabbed an unarmed police officer. After that Masood was killed. The attacker took the lives of 5 people and injured 50! It only lasted 82 seconds….
On 25 March, Neil Basu – Deputy Assistant Commissioner – said that detectives believed Masood had acted alone and that there was no information or intelligence to suggest further attacks were planned.
He also added: “There is a possibility we will never understand why he did this.”
But British also admitted something really important: ” We are not afraid. London stands united”
News prepared by Olga Baranowska from 2b, edited by Mrs Marzena Kossak-Wąchała
OPEN DAY AT KOPERNIK HIGH SCHOOL!
Have a look at some photos…
Last Tuesday in our school we had an open day. Many students from junior high schools had an opportunity to learn about our school from the inside. We hadn’t even thought that there would be so many people. Our open day was a big success.
Everything started at 9 A.M. That time our guests started to fill our school. It was almost impossible to get bored. That’s because there were many attractions like dance shows or rollerblade and fitness performances. What’s more our theatre group “Grupa pod Wiszącym Kotem” (The group below the hanging cat) prepared a play that delighted everyone. We could also admire our sports teams. But there is a reason for everything and these attractions took place just because we wanted to show the visitors how many things they could do being in our school.
However open day is open day. There were 8 stands where our classes presented their profiles as well as they could. Everything that was prepared looked magnificent. As the science classes showed us many experiments, the humanistic classes could talk about the things they’re interested in for hours and hours basing only on a map. However the most often heard words were “ Our school is THE BEST in our region and so is our class” Indeed, I can’t deny that standpoint.
Honestly I’m a bit sad that day passed so quickly. But we shouldn’t brood over the past. We should go forward. And what’s there? Another open day!!!
news prepared by Konrad Strach from 2 B, edited by Ms Joanna Wołkowicka
We have the pleasure to inform You that 3 of our students from 2b (all of them are from OUR TEAM!) got to the finals in a nationwide English Language Competition called DAY BY DAY. They are among other 100 participants whose diaries will be read and judged by the jury. The results will be announced on 15th May. We must say that for us they are already the winners. Congratulations to :
OLGA BARANOWSKA (leading teacher Mrs M.Kossak-Wąchała)
SEBASTIAN BOŻEK (leading teacher Mrs J.Wołkowicka)
KONRAD STRACH (leading teacher Mrs J.Wołkowicka)
We would like to thank You for your votes!
News prepared by Mrs Marzena Kossak-Wąchała
We would like to introduce Our Team – all students who contribute to our COPERNICUSNEWS.
It’s been 15 years! since it all started… In 2002 a group of five ambitious students (Ania Maria Szałas, Ania Kołodzińska, Rafał Paradowski , Jarek Wójcik and Marcin Otwinowski ) with their teacher Mrs Marzena Kossak-Wąchała created a website which still works today. Of course the form has changed, as well as the students, it’s natural. But there is something that is always actual – numerous ideas, passion, imagination, sense of humor, cooperation and willingness to DO something MORE! I would like to give special thanks to one former student – Rafał Kazik ( graduated in 2014)- who is “responsible” for its today’s look (WordPress).
Today the Team is from class 2b: Matylda Kalinowska, Olga Baranowska, Damian Adamowski, Kacper Górak, Sebastian Bożek, Konrad Strach, Natalia Mróz, Martyna Sławińska, Klaudia Capiga, Beniamin Piłat. We can always count on other students from that class who give some suggestions for Saying/Quotation of the Month and Mrs Joanna Wołkowicka, who joined the Team in 2015. We all hope You enjoy reading our articles and news. Not only are they interesting to read but it is also a good way to improve Your language skills.
If You are not our student but You consider choosing our High School, remember You can join US too!
This is OUR TEAM!
News written by Mrs Marzena Kossak-Wąchała