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Back on track!

On the 26th of June 2021, students from classes: 2e, and 2j, together with our teachers – Ms Roma Ociepa and Ms Joanna Wołkowicka, took part in a trip of qualified tourism to Beskid Żywiecki. We started our journey with the march from Sobolówka, heading to Kotarz pass. At the beginning of our trip, the sky was cloudy, the air was moist, and hiking trails full of mud after the recent storms. Track from Mała Rycerzowa to Wielka Rycerzowa, was steep, but the effort was worth it. After descent to Bacówka PTTK hostel on Rycerzowa, the sky have cleared, and the temperature rose. We spent our resting time having a nice conversation in our small group. On the final stage of our trip, we were walking next to the Cicha River.

That journey was a perfect ending of 2020/21 school year. The first trip after the summer break will take place on the 4th of September, 2021. Route: Kocierska pass – Potrójna – Łamana Skała – Leskowiec – Groń Jana Pawła II – Rzyki Jagódki

See you on the trail!

news prepared by Bartosz Berski from class 2 e, photos by Cezary Kołodziejczyk from class 2 j , edited by Ms Joanna Wołkowicka

“Tips for learning at home” by Kasia Gawron from 1a

Studying can be really hard and tiring, especially if you struggle to focus or keep things neat. If you want to hear some tips on how to make your learning easier and more effective, I invite you to my presentation. I hope it will help you with your daily learning problems and give you some new ideas. We’ll focus on limiting distractions, choosing the most suitable learning method, and organizing your workspace. I hope you’ll find is interesting and useful!

Man who saves pangolins

Thai Van Nguyen is on mission to stop the extinction of pangolins. He founded  Save  Vietnam’s Wildlife in 2014 and has already rescued over 1.500 pangolins. Thai created Vietnam’s first anti-poaching unit which trains rangers on wildlife conservation. The unit also destroys illegal camps  and removes wildlife traps. In 2017 he opened the first Vietnam’s pangolin  education center where  people can come to visit and meet real animals and raise awarness of them. The education center provides conservation courses  for students and the general public. Thai also opened Vietnam’s first pangolin rehabilitation centre which has released almost 500 pangolins back into the world. He has been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his contributions to pangolin conversation in Southeast Asia.

He sets a good example for all of us, as we need to realise we are the ones who destroy animal’s habitat so we the ones to help!

Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-57477560

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/15/asia/gallery/save-vietnams-wildlife-goldman-prize-thai-van-nguyen-c2e-spc-intl/index.html

Written by Iga Cierpisz from 1a, edited by Ms M.Kossak

Mexico – An Ultimate Paradise?



The beautiful country with the turbulent history. You must have heard about Mexico! As a tourist you see what you would like to see, sandy beaches, blue ocean, the Mayan pyramids or the Cenotes. However, how much do you know about the society and people living there?
Mexico is divided into two various social layers. There are the wealthy and the poor. The middle class is just beginning to shape. There are huge differences between both castes. I don’t solely mean what is visible to the naked eye, during the first impression, but something more, something deeper in inhabitants’ culture. Let’s scrutinize typical stages of Mexican life.
Childhood
For the youngest life is the most complex and miserable. Since the day they were born, children, who originate from poorer community, have struggled with ubiquitous hurdles. They don’t have childhood. Most of them have to combine school with work. Children have many duties after classes, such as cleaning the house, cooking dinner or feeding animals. Some of them have also part-time jobs. In many houses beating, selling for sex services or exploitation is the fact commonly encountered on the daily basis. For those fortunate who attend school it is a safe place, where they may make friends and be taken care of. At the same time their peers who come form richer groups, don’t have such troubles. They don’t have to be so scared and they possess everything the poorer can only dream of. Safety, comfort and attention is what makes such things different. However, first and foremost, they have food and love, one of the most vital values in life.
Toys
There is an enormous contrast between both groups. Some children can have any toys they would dream of and some cannot. Their rattles are made out of bottles with little stones inside and they are also used as makeshift instruments. Obviously, they are deprived of such common technological gadgets as mobile phones or computers with games, so they spend a lot of time in the open air, running, playing together and inventing miscellaneous playful activities. It might seem shocking in the 21st century that those children cannot have any access to the internet and, therefore, they are so unimaginably limited with knowledge we take for granted.
Educational system
What is interesting, the state of Mexico doesn’t provide equality in educational system. High quality schools are accessible only for the rich. That is why poorer families cannot afford to send their children to such schools. It is hard to improve their standards of life if they don’t have an opportunity to learn and then find well-paid jobs in the future. It sets them forever in the group of the poor.
Accommodation and food
What about places where people live? It’s so easy to say when it comes to the wealthy. They have houses, which don’t differ from acceptable standards. However, what about the poor? Very often they don’t even have basic sanitary facilities or running water, not mentioning the place such as bathroom. They live in huts in the jungle, but also in slums. Many of them have only tent-like places without walls. They are exposed to everything what lurks in the forest, especially animal attacks. Moreover, they eat very humbly. Their diet is monotonous, staple and not very nutritious. They breed also cows, chickens and goats.
Hazards
Mexico is not the safest place in the world and it poses many risks to dwellers and tourists alike. Unfortunately, this country is under power of people who manage drug cartels, which is surprising because they have democratic government. In many cities everyone has to watch out for thieves and muggers who can rob or even kill. The sounds of gunshots are common. However, the worst is that adolescents are tied down to selling drugs because it is for them a fast earning. They establish cooperation with cartels and that is what determines their future if they survive.
After death
Mexicans celebrate All Souls’ Day as a reason for joy and pleasant memories. Families create altars, which are decorated with toys and sweets for children and tequila when it comes to the graves of the adults. Almost always they place the photo of the late person as an inseparable element of the decoration. The food, which they brought, is eaten in the cemetery. This is how families celebrate with the dead. Burial places, however, differ in terms of how much money people have. The rich have elaborately ornamented and colourful tombs. The cemeteries of the poor don’t present that style at all. Families can’t afford to buy a separate place in the graveyard. That is why, after some years, the bones are pulled out and put into the boxes. This way they have space for the next relatives. As described above there are huge differences between social layers in every aspect of life. Although Mexico may be reckoned as a dangerous place with dark sides of life, it is also a charming country. Sandy beaches and the ocean encourage tourists form all over the world. There are also magnificent monuments, mainly the Mayan remnants, such as pyramids. Moreover, three fantastic theme parks are located in Mexico, Xcaret, Xplor and Xenses, which combine entertainment with history of the previous civilisations. Each of them is different and, for sure, worth visiting. Furthermore, what is vital to try is the delicious, local food, which you will not find in any other place in the world.
Also hotels provide their guests with a high standard of accommodation. Despite the fact that inhabitants don’t live according to European standards they are fantastic, cheerful, friendly people in everyday personal contact. We can learn form them how to be happy against the odds!

There are a lot of countries that are worth visiting just for once, and, definitely Mexico is one of them!

news and pictures from Iga Sękiewicz from class 2 j, edited by Ms M. Mąkowska

EURO 2020

On June 11, 2021, the sixteenth tournament for the European championship in football began at the stadium in Rome. The tournament was carried over from the previous year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which prevented the tournament from going as planned. It is a unique Euro tournament because it is played in 10 different countries all over Europe. 24 teams take part in the tournament, which has guaranteed their participation through earlier eliminations.

The title of European champions will be defended by the Portuguese who won 5 years ago in the final against the French. Also for the first time in the history of this tournament, the VAR video verification system is used during the tournament. In addition, as a result of changes introduced in 2020 by IFAB at the request of the FIFA and UEFA football federations during official matches of the national teams, each team may make five substitutions during the match, within a maximum of three scheduled breaks for each of them. It is, therefore, the first-ever international tournament to comply with these rules.

A terrible situation happened in the 43rd minute of the Denmark-Finland match. Christen Eriksen fell to the pitch, his teammates reacted quickly and after a moment, the medical services began to help the player. The game was stopped and no one knew what would happen next with Eriksen. After 2 hours the match was finished. The next day, we found out that the player was in cardiac arrest, the player is now in the hospital, and the doctors informed him that he was fine.

news prepared by Mateusz Konopka and Kacper Jóźwiak from class 2 L, edited by Ms J. Wołkowicka

The 100th birthday of Prince Phillip

On 10th May Queen Elizabeth II honored her husband who unfortunately  passed away on 9th of April 2021, aged 99- nine weeks before his 100th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, the Queen planted a rose, bred and named for Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Mr Weed said: “It’s a commemorative rose for all the marvellous things that he did over his lifetime and for everyone to remember so much that he did.”

The rose is deep pink, dappled with white lines and double-flowered. Personally, I think that it is very beautiful. What is interesting is that we can buy the same rose for our gardens. For every rose sold, £2.50 will be donated to a charity fund set which Philip originally established in 1956. It supports young people in more than 130 countries. “The Fund will give a million more young people, from all circumstances and backgrounds, the opportunity to achieve a DofE Award,” the palace said.

Apart from that several members of the royal family also honored his birthday. Giving examples such as Prince Charles, the couple’s eldest son, and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, shared an image on instagram of a two-year-old Charles holding his father’s hand after the duke returned from a trip to Malta in 1951. Meanwhile, the Earl of Wessex, Edward, the duke’s youngest son, said although the Royal Family “would have loved it if he had been here” to celebrate his 100th birthday, his father “did not want all the fuss and bother”.

Sources:

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fuk-57422065%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0B40i2m7ISKE0GTHZn_ET8PPPVNpjazzsNZcUzkmOOTPxpsCDr3EkXMoA&h=AT3MOxjBkIyZjyzVvHV8r8sy_HJ1Y98gWk32UkFgQCH-gy5SUgWac4Ql4vuVmG-4_wBWRQCBB53XL-eo8bUsfRdGRLQoPkh3r89b0rb3fpxwAu1ooF-tWgg-P25kIL5Jaxy6Cw

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2Fnews%2Fqueen-elizabeth-prince-philip-100th-birthday-rose%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0fiqREo-qE1RH7wQJDwf17J-JA876jRrC-FLpkk4322_upjYRSEQH6gw4&h=AT3MOxjBkIyZjyzVvHV8r8sy_HJ1Y98gWk32UkFgQCH-gy5SUgWac4Ql4vuVmG-4_wBWRQCBB53XL-eo8bUsfRdGRLQoPkh3r89b0rb3fpxwAu1ooF-tWgg-P25kIL5Jaxy6Cw

Written by Sandra Baran from class 1a, edited by M.Kossak

THE NEW ROYAL BABY

          On June 4th at 11.40 a.m. the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world. Harry and Meghan managed to keep this happy news a secret for about 48 hours. Then the couple issued a statement on the website of Archewell, their non-profit organization, and expressed gratitude for the love and prayers they have felt from across the globe. They also asked well-wishers to make a donation to an organization that supports women rather than send gifts.

Lilibet was born at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California and weighted  7 lbs 11oz (3.4kg). Meghan and the baby girl are well and back at home. As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex protect the privacy of their family, they have not released any photos of their daughter yet.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the Queen, Harry’s father, Prince Charles,and Prince William and Kate, were delighted with the news. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined them in sending his congratulations.

The baby girl is named after her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet. As the story goes, King George V interpreted his granddaughter’s attempts to say “Elizabeth” as “Lilibet.” The name stuck and has been used by the family ever since. For their daughter’s middle name, Harry and Meghan chose “Diana” to honor her late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.

           The newborn has mixed-race ancestry. She has dual nationality of the United States and the United Kingdom. Lili is the eleventh great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and is eighth in the line of succession to the British throne. Like her 2-year-old brother, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, it is unlikely she will have a title, although she is currently able to become a princess once her grandfather, Charles, Prince of Wales, takes the throne.

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/meghan-gives-birth-baby-girl-called-lilibet-statement-2021-06-06/

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-57378117

https://ewn.co.za/2021/06/07/the-british-throne-where-does-lilibet-diana-fall-in-the-line-of-succession

News written by Patrycja Stodółkiewicz from class 1a, edited by Ms Kossak.

QUEEN TO MEET US PRESIDENT NEXT WEEK

WHEN?

Like the Buckingham Palace said, the Queen will meet US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle on Sunday 13 June. The meeting will coincide with the end of Biden’s visit to Britain for the G7 summit of leaders from the world’s biggest economies.

THE FIRST MEETING

For Britain’s Queen and US President Joe Biden it will be first one-on-one meeting since his taking the office. All preparations and plan have been elaborated via talks between the White House and the Palace.

The coronavirus pandemic has limited opportunities for Biden to travel abroad after taking his post in the Oval Office so the G7 will be his first foreign engangement in person. And when it comes to the Queen, it will be her first major encounter with a world leader since the death of Prince Philip in April. Also it comes after a year in which most of her engangements were postponed over to coronavirus pandemic.

A REALLY GOOD CLOSENESS

Mentioned figures have a quite good relationship and have been in touch in recent months. The Queen sent a private message ahead of his inauguration in January and the Bidens sent condolences to the monarch following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. The couple said that they were keeping the royal family ”in our hearts during this time”.

MEETINGS WITH US PRESIDENTS

The Queen during her 69 years reign has met all elected US leaders except Lyndon B Johnson. The first president Queen Elizabeth II met was former President Harry Truman in 1951, however at that time she was only a princess and ascended the throne next year. As the result, Joe Biden will be the 12th serving US President the Queen has met as monarch.

Have a look at the slide shows her Majesty with different American Presidents.

Sources

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/03/politics/queen-elizabeth-joe-biden-meeting-scli-intl-gbr/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-57345764

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/03/queen-to-meet-president-biden-at-windsor-castle-in-june

Zdjęcie

CNN

https://time.com/5333083/queen-elizabeth-trump-visit-presidents/

News written by Klaudia Soboniak from class 2f, edited by Ms Kossak

BBC LIVE CLASSES – next encounter

On 27th May another lesson of the BBC LIVE CLASSES international project took place. Class 1a had a chance to actively participate in this event.  Together with the help of Professor Marzena Kossak-Wąchała, we were able to benefit from the project, despite the stationary lessons.  Fortunately, everyone managed to organise the necessary equipment (smartphones, tablets, laptops, headphones and a TV set) so each of us successfully connected for the lecture on a ZOOM platform. It was the second lesson of this project where students of our school could expand their English and integrate with people from other countries.

This innovative project aims to unite learners from all over the world with their love for the English language. To our surprise, not only was the lesson attended by students from Poland but also from all over the world.  We had the opportunity to hear people from Argentina, Turkey, Mexico, Russia, Qatar, Slovakia, Colombia, New Zealand, Greece, Brazil and Ukraine. We have come across a very interesting and worthwhile topic, which is “Engaging with nature”. We are glad to have broadened our knowledge on such an important matter these days. We mainly focused on issues in the area of ecotourism.  In the beginning, the trainer, Dan Shepherd, welcomed all and introduced us to the main rules of the lesson.  The presenter, despite the huge response, tried to catch, appreciate and comment on each statement.  Initially, we watched an interesting video about an eco-hotel in Ecuador.  We were able to learn about the founder’s thoughts and plans and see how this nature-binding hotel operates.  We could also present our ideas for spending time in such asylum. In the end, we had a chance to describe a place from our country  where we feel close to nature.

All the students tried to be active and participate in the lesson as much as possible.  We are glad that we had the opportunity to benefit from such a brilliantly organized and educational initiative. Our class is looking forward to taking part in this project again.

Let’s have a look at the slideshow! the photos show some of the exercises the sudents had to do, the film and …how hard class 1a worked during this inspirational lesson.

Written by Katarzyna Gawron i Aleksandra Janus klasa 1a, edited by Ms Marzena Kossak

On the beaten track.

Brak opisu.

On the 29th of May 2021 students from two classes: 2e and 2j together with our teachers Ms Roma Ociepa and Ms Joanna Wołkowicka took part in one of the tourist trip cycles. This particular one was to Beskid Śląski. These trips have a name of Zygmunt Łęski and promoter of these trips is Regional Section of a tourist organisation PTTK in Częstochowa.

Track of the trip was planned precisely and started with entry by a lift to Polana Stokłosicy (851 m above sea level). This place had breath-taking views and scenic mountain panorama. Next we went on a hike to the top of Wielka Czantoria (995 m above sea level). While we were hiking, thick fog appeared and we could barely see anything through it. After reaching the top, we had a moment to breath and prepare for further journey. Our next destination was PTTK hostel in Soszów Wielki (886 m above sea level). To get it done, we had to take a long way during which we faced a lot of various atmospheric phenomenons.

Several times we got caught in the rain, after which the sun always came out. After few hours of walking through forest and mountains, there was a storm with hail. When we got to the PTTK hostel in Stożek (957 m above sea level), we could rest and enjoy the view. After the break, we went to Wisła Łabajów, where our trip ended.

The next trip will take place on 12th of June 2021.

Route: Sopotnia Wielka Kolonia-Schr. PTTK Hala Rysianka-Romanka-Sopotnia Wielka

See you on the track!

news and pictures by Aleksandra Głębocka and Bartosz Berski from class 2 e, edited by Ms Joanna Wołkowicka