As we moved further into quarantine, it has been advised to fully stay home under complete lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading. Celebrities kept themselves busy in many various ways while also showing how they deal with being quarantined.
The most popular tv-show hostess Ellen Degeneres has decided to let time pass by catching up with her famous friends, attempting puzzles and showing off her magic tricks! She facetimed stars like Courteney Cox, Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine or John Legend. She recorded herself doing all of mentioned thing that can be watched on her youtube channel.
American actress and comedian Mindy Kaling who initially gained recognition for the sitcom “The Office” shared a very relatable picture on Twitter. She posted a photo of herself in a button-down top, pajama pants and slippers. She wrote: “When all of your meetings for the day are video conference calls.” I think we all can see ourselves here.
Gal Gadot, who went on to earn worldwide fame for portraying Wonder Woman created a montage of more than 20 celebrities singing “Imagine” by John Lenon.
“I ran into this video of this Italian guy playing the trumpet in his balcony to all the other people who were locked inside their homes. And he was playing ‘Imagine’ and there was something so powerful and pure about this video. And it goes like this …” she said on her Instagram video. Then the clip shows many celebrities taking turns singing “Imagine” fro their own isolation locations. The actress posted the whole video on her Instagram account.
While many people took comfort in the video, others criticized the celebrities for not taking action in helping others during the pandemic.
Famous actor Brad Pitt decided to go little over the top and acted as the disease specialist Anthony Fauci.
Dressed exactly like Fauci he humorously imitated his gravelly voice. The actor tried to break down some of president’s statements.
Earlier Trump had said in an interview that “Anybody who needs a test gets a test. And the tests are beautiful.” Pitt referring to that said: “I don’t know if I would describe the test as beautiful, unless your idea of beauty is having a cotton swab tickle your brain. Also when he said everyone can get a test, what he meant was almost no one.”
Finally, the actor ended his act by removing his wig and thanking the real Fauci “for your calm and your clarity in this unnerving time,” and also thanking medical workers and their families. He added, “Live, kinda, from all across America, it’s Saturday night.”
News prepared by Magdalena Szyda , class 2g.
Elizabeth II was born in April 1926, but just like her predecessors, the official birthday celebration – due to better weather – takes place on the second Saturday in June. Their main point is Trooping the Color – a solemn military parade in central London and an army review. About 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians usually take part in the parade, followed by thousands of spectators.King George II began this tradition in 1748.
Unfortunately, during a pandemic all meetings and group celebrations are limited. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s festivities were canceled at the end of March. Buckingham Palace did not reveal whether and in what form the festivities will take place.
Ultimately, a modest ceremony took place on Saturday at Windsor Castle, to which the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, moved during the epidemic. A small group of Welsh Guardsmen pre-contributed – keeping a two-meter distance between themselves in accordance with government guidelines – through the castle courtyard, while a military orchestra played military marches.
The ceremony was watched by the queen herself – there was no other member of the royal family in the castle courtyard, not even Prince Philip. Usually the birthday celebration of Elizabeth II is an opportunity to meet the entire royal family, who from the balcony of Buckingham Palace observes the flight of Royal Air Force aerobatic aircraft.
The monarch’s official birthday took place at Windsor Castle, and not in London, for the first time since 1895, when Queen Victoria was still reigning. The previous case, when Trooping the Color was canceled, occurred in 1955, three years after Elizabeth II took the throne – the reason was a nationwide strike by railwaymen.
Hundreds of wishes flowed toward the queen on social media. On the official profile of the royal family on Twitter, there were touching wishes along with a photo :
”Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the Armed Forces, Head of State in 16 countries and the longest reigning Monarch in British History. Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Happy birthday, Your Majesty! ”
News prepared by Oliwia Karczewska from class 2b.
Presumably we all heard a story about a brutal murder of George Floyd in the Minneapolis in the US state of Minnesota. Meghan Markle decided to break the silence in that issue and give a special speech. In an address to the graduating class of her former Los Angeles high school Immaculate Heart, the Duchess of Sussex called the situation in America “absolutely devastating” and knew she had to address it.
The Duchess admhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg20WI4q47Qitted to feeling nervous at the beginning of the speech : “I wasn’t sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that it would get picked apart. And I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.” Meghan said.
There was a valuable sentence in that annunciation which duchess conveyed. “George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered… and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know.”
Meghan also spoke about when she began secondary school in 1992 after the brutal beating of Rodney King. She said, “I was 11 or 12 years old when I was just about to start Immaculate Heart Middle School in the fall, and it was the LA Riots, which was also triggered by senseless act of racism. And I remember the curfew and I remember rushing back home and on that drive home, seeing ash fall from the sky and smelling the smoke and seeing the smoke billow out of buildings and seeing people run out of buildings carrying bags and looting. And I remember seeing men in the back of a van just holding guns and rifles. And I remember pulling up at the house and seeing the tree, that had always been there, completely charred. And those memories don’t go away.”
brutal beating of Rodney King
A woman expresses her feeling sorry for the youth who have to look at that terrible events and live in the state of world on which they didn’tdeserve. Her words were as follows: “So I am sorry that, in a way, we have not gotten the world to a place that you deserve it to be.”;”Please know that I am cheering you along all the way, and I am exceptionally proud of you.”. From her speech also flows a beautiful message:”I remember one of my teachers said to me before I was leaving before a day of volunteering, ‘Always remember to put other’s needs above your own fears.'”. To avoid this kind of dramatic situations we have to talk about it, we have to respect laws of other humans as well as ourslaws, we have to help persons in need and love each other not detest.
News prepared by Weronika Szydłowska from class 2g, edited by Mrs Kossak
With every major traditional sports being impacted by the pandemic some may be wondering is Esports being under pressure because of the COVID-19. Sadly, I must say yes. But how? Aren’t Esports just sitting by the computer clicking keyboard very fast and so on? Maybe, but on the production side of things it’s much different.
Ultraliga and financial troubles.
Starting with our regional League of Legends (LoL for short) league – Ultraliga, I must say at first it looked very promising. With only play-offs being held online, instead inside of Polsat Studio it was disappointing, but surely needed. As Ultraliga has stated in their post on Facebook they had to change the format of transmission, to assure safety of the staff. Even though the 3rd season of Ultraliga finished smoothly, pre-season got everybody worried. First of all, piratesports made a very controversial decision to hire a roster made of rookies who play for free, because their budget was very limited due to pandemic. But it gets even worse. Third best team in the league – devils one, had to withdraw from the league due to financial issues. The players were left without an organisation. Thankfully another organisation was willing to take over the roster and take part in 4th season of Ultraliga which started just last tuesday (9.06).
LEC with a quick recovery
Moving from our Polish league to more serious business, we head to LEC (LoL European Championship) where on March 13th there was a decision made to suspend the league until further notice. Further notice came just four days later. LEC came back, but under a different approach. Players now instead facing each other in the studio, they were to play from their houses (mostly team provided apartament for the whole team before the whole situation). Last two weeks and play-offs were held online with whole cast being moved from the studio to their home. They even made a song about it!
CS:GO Major Postponed
Sadly LoL isn’t the only game where pros were forced to adapt to the new situation. With the pandemic major Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament is forced to reschedule to November, from May. Happily what that means is that prize pool for the tournament has been made bigger to compensate to the teams for lack of the second Major. The new prize pool is about 2 million dolllars.
Rio de Janeiro Major:
News prepared by Konrad Błosiński from class 2b.
How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody
It was the evening of Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis. An ordinary police action, which took place at that time, turned into a racist conduct. The person who was being arrested on the street was a 46-year-old George Floyd, a black bouncer, originally from Houston who had lost his job at a restaurant when the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Footage from the nearest restaurant security camera helps us understand what really happened. Two employees from Cup Foods confronted Floyd and his companions about an alleged counterfeit bill he just used in their store to buy cigarettes. They demanded the cigarettes back but walked away empty-handed. Four minutes later, they called the police. According to the 911 transcript, an employee said that Floyd had used fake bills to buy cigarettes, and that he was “awfully drunk” and “not in control of himself.”
Soon, the first police vehicle arrived on the scene. Officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng stepped out of the car and approached the blue S.U.V. Seconds later, Lane pulled his gun. We don’t know exactly why. He ordered Floyd to put his hands on the wheel. The officers cuffed Floyd’s hands behind his back. From the 911 transcript and the footage, we now know three important facts: Firstly, that the police believed they were responding to a man who was drunk and out of control. Secondly, even though the police were expecting this situation, Floyd did not acted violently. Thirdly, that he seems to already be in distress. Later, the two officers moved Floyd back to their vehicle and Floyd fell to the ground. He said he was claustrophobic and refused to enter the police car. During the struggle, Floyd appeared to turn his head to address the officers multiple times. According to the complaints, he told them he can’t breathe.
Nine minutes into the arrest, two other policemen arrived. Floyd told them he could not breathe while they tried to force him into the car. Then, one of the policemen was struggling with Floyd for at least a minute in the driver’s side backseat while another one watched. Finally they got off the car and Floyd, still handcuffed, fell to the pavement, face down. That’s when two witnesses began filming. The footage from the first witness shows us that all four officers are now gathered around Floyd.
It’s the first moment when we can clearly see that Floyd is face down on the ground with three officers applying pressure to his neck, torso and legs. Floyd stopped moving around 8:20, though he was still conscious, face down.
The officers call for non-emergency medical assistance, reporting an injury to Floyd’s mouth. In the background, we can hear Floyd struggling. The call is quickly upgraded into a call for emergency medical assistance.
Despite calls for medical help, Chauvin keeps Floyd pinned down for another seven minutes. Floyd tells officers that he can’t breathe at least 16 times in less than five minutes.
– “You having fun?” – said bystander
But Chauvin never takes his knee off of Floyd, even as his eyes close and he appears to go unconscious.
At 8:27 pm, an ambulance arrives. Emergency medical technicians checked Floyd’s pulse. Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost a minute after the ambulance arrived, despite Floyd being silent and motionless.
Around 8:29, Floyd was lifted by paramedics onto a stretcher, then loaded into an ambulance which departed for Hennepin County Medical Center.
Floyd was pronounced dead at 9:25 at the Hennepin County Medical Center emergency room.
All four officers were fired the following day, after videos made by witnesses and security cameras became public. Two autopsies found Floyd’s death to be a homicide. Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, to which was later added second-degree murder; the three other officers were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights opened an investigation into the practices of the Minneapolis Police Department on June 2. On June 5, the Minneapolis City Council applied with the State of Minnesota for banning choke holds and neck restraints, requiring police officers to intervene against, and report, the use of excessive force by other officers.
The first part of the news was written by Magdalena Orda from class 2g.
Situation in Minneapolis
George Floyd’s death have sent shock waves cross the world. People are expressing sympathy to all victims of police officers’ violence and to their families. They are especially supporting black people and fighting for respect for them. It’s incredible that so brutal and inhumane situation has happened in such a prospering and developed country like USA. Americans couldn’t stand that behaviour so it was beginning of demonstrations in the whole country. Especially tense situation is taking place in Minneapolis.
Fires raged through the night in Minneapolis after a group of demonstrators swarmed a police station, which officers had been ordered to abandon as protests intensified in a city rocked by the death of George Floyd in police custody. Demonstrators breached a door and entered the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct station as fires spread, resulting in destruction and further revolution.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he ordered police to vacate the Third Precinct before it was overrun by protesters. “The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life, of our officers or to the public,” Frey said early Friday, noting that he made the call after learning there “were imminent threats.”
Earlier Frey said even peaceful protests weren’t welcome after the curfew. Highways were closed and officials urged all residents to stay home, saying it was necessary to separate peaceful protesters from those intending to cause further damage to a city reeling after days of fiery demonstrations.
“Don’t go out of your homes; don’t make things more difficult,” Minnesota governor Tim Walz said. Local officials’ increasingly strict stance comes after days of violence in the city.
What’s more, a CNN crew was arrested while reporting on the protests in Minnesota. CNN said in a statement that the three journalists were arrested “for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves.” Correspondent Omar Jimenez was released from custody and back on the air little more than an hour later, though it was unclear if his colleagues were still detained.
Demonstrations throughout the USA
Demonstrations in the United States appeared to have turned into a nationwide movement protesting systemic racism.Thousands marched in big cities like New York and Seattle, and tighter groups in small towns like Vidor, Texas; Havre, Mont.; and Marion, Ohio, condemning injustice and racism of the law enforcement system.
In New York, nearly a thousand people streamed into Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, and several thousand gathered near Central Park in Manhattan. Some danced and others played music, and chants of “Whose streets? Our streets!”Protesters continued marching more than three hours after curfew, mostly in Brooklyn.
In Seattle, a demonstration organized by health care workers drew thousands who walked from Harborview Medical Center to City Hall. Many wore scrubs and lab coats and carried signs that read, “Black Health Matters” and “Racism Is a Public Health Emergency.”
Protesters in San Francisco briefly stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge in one of two dozen demonstrations planned for the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend. “This is the awakening of America,” said one protester, Nate Payne.
In Los Angeles, just south of the University of Southern California campus and the historic core of the city’s black community, a procession of marchers decked out in Trojan cardinal and led by the U.S.C. Black Student Assembly completed a three-mile walk around the campus. Members of the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, a Latina and Native American activist group, led a protest walk around At California State University, Los Angeles.
In Philadelphia, thousands of people filled the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, marching from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to City Hall. Some of them were demanding that the city should cut the Police Department budget by at least 10%.
The second half written by by Oliwia Lizurej, also from class 2g.
We did it again! We decided to take part in this special international contest. This year is 21th 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.
These year 10 students from VII Mikołaj Kopernik High School decided to join. IT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST NUMBER OF STUDENTS SINCE WE TOOK PART FOR THE FIRST TIME!
- Weronika Piotrowska (3d)
- Oliwia Lizurej (2g)
- Magdalena Orda (2g)
- Magdalena Szyda (2g)
- Aleksandra Sufin (2g)
- Weronika Szydłowska (2g)
- Julia Kanak (2b)
- Julia Gorajek (2b)
- Oliwia Karczewska (2b)
- Konrad Błosiński (2b)
This year the theme was – “A Letter from Myself in 2030”
The contestants were supposed to imagine what an ideal world ten years from now would be like. They were to write a letter from themselves in 2030 to their present (2020) self, in which they describe the state of the world, the way people are living, and what they are doing in society. In addition, including an important message that they might wish to tell their present selves was important.
It’s a great challenge for all of us; for all 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 today!
All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2020.
You can find some details about the competition and organisation Goi Peace Foundation here (source):
News prepared by Mrs Kossak -Wąchała
We should take care of our mental health in daily life. Many people are not aware of the fact that it is a really significant part of our life. Neglecting the psyche can have unpleasant consequences. It may lead to such big issues like chronic fatigue, hypersensitivity, sadness, depression, anger, tearfulness etc. and then there is a simple way to get sick. That’s why we ought not to forget about our mental health and try to be concerned about it as best as we can.
Nowadays we must deal with huge global problem what is COVID – 19 pandemic. We were not prepared for it and for everyone it was a scary surprise. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis has transformed our world into a dystopian nightmare that keeps intensifying, with little clarity about the months ahead. Governments around the world have enforced strict lockdowns, leaving behind a melancholic trail of closed schools, empty airports, deserted streets, and locked-up cafes and stores. We had to get used to “new normal” which is not easy to accept because of many prohibitions and warrants. It causes that we feel like in the cage that is controlled by virus and there is no way out. Pandemic has a huge impact on human’s mental health – many people lose job, have numerous arguments with family, spoil their relationships because of insulation and primarily they worry about virus infection. Unfortunately, the problem of domestic violence has escalated as well.
People endure it worse and worse but fortunately there are many solutions that could make us feel better!
The most important is acceptance
We can overcome difficulties provided that we face up to the reality. Pandemic is not our fault and we didnot directly influence this situation. We should stop “struggle” with it, take a breath and try to make peace with “new normal”. Let’s treat it as something transient which will end someday and we will be able to live our normal life.
Try to avoid bad news
When we face to a moment of crisis we are more vulnerable to unpleasant reports from the world. The constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless and may exacerbate existing mental health problems. Now it’s not hard to find something bad because coronavirus pandemic is the main topic in the media. Of course it’s not possible to avoid everything which is connected witch COVID – 19 – I think we should even know what to do if we want to be safe – but the most reasonable solution is find the balance. Try to look for content which is amicable to your mind and make you relax and fine. Sometimes, have breaks from social media and mute triggering keywords and accounts.
Be in touch with your friends and family
Pandemic made us stay at home and it caused break from friends and family meeting. It has a really bad impact on human’s mental health because we need to contact with other person to stay in good condition. That longing makes us feel depressed and lonely. Fortunately, we live in modern times and we have access to Internet! We are able to make a video call to our friends and family and that’s the best option! I know….it’s not what we expected because live meeting is definitely better than seeing loved ones on the screen, but that’s necessary to be safe.
Simple but effective way – chillax
I’m sure you’re thinking of what this is? Chillax means chill and relax. I know, I know…there is world pandemic! How to chill in that situation? It’s not easy, but possible. All is in your head. Reality could be like you think. It depends on you and your way of thinking. Try to distance yourself and find something which brings you happiness. Maybe it’s sport that you can take at your home? Or try your hand as a cook? It doesn’t mean you must become a chef instantly…Moreover, find something which is the best for you – find the laugh! Because it’s the most effective treat for bad mood. Sometimes simple solutions are the most effective.
Are there any pros in pandemic?
At first sight it’s difficult to find positive aspects of virus which turned world upside down. But when you stop and try to look from the other perspective you will realize that this the best time for you. Only you and your life. Think of all those moments when you postponed everything because you were so busy living your fast life. You neglected apparently less valid things to take care of other which you face in your life. Now it’s time to take a deep breath and think. Think what or who you need, what are your purposes etc. I know it’s the paradox but that break it’s the best for you and your health. You can distance yourself and see something in new vision. Maybe you needed that change to change your life?
You are not alone
The last advice – don’t forget that you’re not alone with your issues! Many people have mental problems during the pandemic and that’s okay! They have the right to it – we’re just humans. But it’s not the end of the world. First step – be aware of it and look for help. There are so many institutions which offer mental treatment. You can and you should make a video call with psychologist when you’re not able to deal with your problems.
For example there is number where you can make a call if you need:
116 123 – Emergency helpline
And the most important motto is:
JUST SMILE AND WAIT! BETTER TIMES WILL COME…
News prepared by Julka Gorajek from 2b, edited by Mrs Kossak
The nationwide competition was entitled: „…Ale konkretnie?”. The students were supposed to prepare original work in English language based on this topic which wasn’t easy because of the whole idea of that type of poetry. The main theme was EXCLUSION.
Concrete poetry is an arrangement of linguistic elements in which the typographical effect is more important in conveying meaning than verbal significance. It is sometimes referred to as visual poetry, a term that has now developed a distinct meaning of its own. Concrete poetry relates more to the visual than to the verbal arts although there is a considerable overlap in the kind of product to which it refers. Historically, however, concrete poetry has developed from a long tradition of shaped or patterned poems in which the words are arranged in such a way as to depict their subject.
Kinga Król from class 1a ( leading teacher Anna Cholewa –Purgał ) took the 3rd place (her work below) Congratulations!
Our school was represented by 5 more students, whose works were also really good.
Weronika Piotrowska (class 3d – leading teacher Marzena Kossak-Wąchała)
Aleksandra Sufin (class 2g – leading teacher Marzena Kossak-Wąchała)
Weronika Szydłowska (class 2g – leading teacher Marzena Kossak-Wąchała)
Wiktoria Marchewka (class 1e – leading teacher Anna Cholewa –Purgał)
Paulina Stankow (class 1e – leading teacher Anna Cholewa –Purgał)
News prepared by M.Kossak