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New Zealand is considered a leader among other countries in dealing with COVID-19. WHO
announced the state as the ideal for others. Despite strict restrictions, economic loss was about
equal to the one in Europe or America. What was the prime reason for this success? And is their
implemented strategy able to work out in different countries?

When the virus first struck, New Zealand immediately took actions recommended by WHO.
People who were coming back from countries with a high percentage of people afflicted by the
virus were quarantined. Then, two weeks of self-isolation applied to everyone returning from
abroad. But that changed and the borders remained open only for residents and citizens. A
four-stage alert system was implemented, that was based on existing fire alerts. It was
immediately enforced on level two and its corresponding security principles. With that, they also
developed a contact tracing system. It relied on testing individuals that had been in contact with
the infected person. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admitted that these were the most strict
regulations in the world at that moment. On the 25th of March, the alert raised to level four, and
with that, it was the beginning of the national lockdown. When there were no new cases of
coronavirus for a long time, the borders were opened once more. But that was a failure, some
regulations were not obeyed, and that caused new cases of infection. It resulted in anger among
the nation and the departure of David Clark the health minister, who ignored the nationwide
New Zealand was praised in the report by WHO for its fast action and act upon the start of the
virus. The state became a role model when it comes to dealing with the pandemic. Yet the
country leaders state that if it wasn’t for help from Taiwan, Vietnam, and China, the situation
would be worse. Prof. Barker said, “This strategy could work anywhere that has functioning
government and infrastructure”.

In ‘conversation paper’ Gluckman, Helen Clark, and Rob Fyfe, talked about foregoing strategy.
They also spoke about the changes, which New Zealand needs to implement to remain safe from
the virus. But they also state that the country needs to soon re-enter the international arena.
Helen Clark said that it’s time for New Zealand to consider how long it’s ready to stay
unconnected from the rest of the world. It’s a fact that New Zealand brilliantly coped with the pandemic.

However, we must agree that itbears a huge economic loss, which will be hard to rebuild. The geographical features had ahuge influence on the government’s work and the success of their strategy. But restrictions on
the pandemic in this country need to be moderated soon. A stable economic situation is needed,
otherwise, there will be the problem of worsening emotional and social wellbeing in New Zealand.

Hopefully, this nation will hold its standards on dealing with a virus while also developing the economy anew.
Right now, New Zealand reduced the restrictions and they remain on level one alert. But the
government and tourist websites warn us that the situation can get worse. It is important to
remember that the levels of alerts might grow to the highest level – four. If you want to visit this
country, keep in mind that only someone who has New Zealand citizenship can enter.
Otherwise, you must try to get approval for access. After arrival, a person must go through an
obligatory 2 weeks quarantine and receive a negative result for the COVID-19 test.

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( Graphics):

  1. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds up COVID-19 alert levels during a press conference at
    Parliament on March 21, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images
  2. New Zealand coronavirus alert levels. Photograph: supplie

Article written by Katarzyna Gawron from 1a, edited by M.Kossak.

On Tuesday, March 23rd, several students from class 1A (group 1) along with an English teacher, Proffesor Marzena Kossak-Wąchała, took part in a lecture entitled ‘’Navigating U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making: The Core Elements’. The lecture  was held by Ambassador Dr. Paul J. Dobriansky, foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs. She is a Senior Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is Vice Chair of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. 

The meeting   was organised within 17 Festiwal Nauki Akademii WSB Online and started at 4 p.m on ClickMeeting platform.

The exposition revolved around decision-making process of the United States foreign policy in global, regional, bilateral and multilateral contexts. During the lecture Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky discussed American techniques and practice, the Role of Congress and  Foreign Policy Tools. Participants of the speech learned about “Soft Power”, non-governmental stakeholders and the most effective national security strategies. The lecture provided an excellent foundation and understanding of the various challenges in decision-making and the range of policy instruments to address them. Secret negotiations are also worth emphasizing e.g in the early 2010s, the Obama administration secretly communicated with Iran about a potential nuclear deal. The meeting was a valuable expierience for all students. They could learn lots of U.S policy , all processes which concern the management of the state or working in the capitol. How about you ? Would you like to take part in an interview like that ?

News prepared by Patrycja Stodółkiewicz, Artur Dawczyk and Tomek Baranowski from class 1a, group1; edited by Ms M.Kossak

After wedding in 2018, leaving the royal family in 2020, Duchess of Sussex Megan and her husband Harry not only are re-arranging their lives in Santa Barbara, but also are making crucial decisions such as an honest interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During the conversation they decided to speak out loud about their history.

Megan was one of the long-awaited guests in the show, but as we learn, she did not get permission from the royal family to take part in it. Hence, when asked what has changed the most in her life after Megxit, she admitted that having the right to choose again and decide whether to say yes or no. The Duchess confessed that she was silenced in many matters, she had to hand over her driving license, documents, even meetings with friends could only take place with the consent of the “Company”, because that was what she called the Royal Family. One of the most surprising things, revealed by the couple, was the fact that one family member was concerned about the skin color of their unborn baby Archie.

Moreover, the public after the birth of the child announced that the parents did not want their son to be called a prince. As we learn from the interview, it was the other way around In addition, Megan was afraid for her son, because he was not supposed to get the security that every family member has. These events and the general atmosphere in the palace made the Duchess feel miserable, lonely and unaccepted. When asked by Oprah, she said that she had suicidal thoughts due to the problems at the time. Harry also had some unpleasant situations while at Buckingham Palace. His relationship with William got worse and his father, after their official retirement from the royal family, stopped answering phone calls.

Despite the fact that the couple did not want to reveal too many details, out of respect for their relatives, they assured that Queen Elizabeth never made them feel sorry and no unpleasant words fell from her lips. In the royal family it is not like in a fairy tale. Megan might have expected life there to be easy and perfect and did not realize how many sacrifices awaited her. Although, the royal family expressed their sympathy for the couple saying that they were sorry to hear that they had to go through so many difficult times.

The truth is always somewhere in the middle, so I don’t want to judge anyone. If Megan and Harry are over the moon now, all you have to do is to be happy for them.




News prepered by Aleksandra Sufin from 3g, edited by Ms M.Kossak

On March 10th, during the English language lesson, the US Consul for Consular Services Susan Keyack met with class 3B, chaired by teachers from both groups – Professor Marzena Kossak-Wąchała and Professor Joanna Wołkowicka. All participants met on the Zoom platform for 45 minutes, it was held as part of the Meet America program of the US Embassy and the American Center Krakow, which was represented by Mrs. Bożena Piłat.

At the beginning of our 45-minute discussion, Mrs. Consul presented 10 points that she had prepared before, which contained the most important and interesting aspects of the USA. Knowing that  Ms. Keyack’s understands and knows America like anybody else, the students prepared several questions for Ms. Consul, which were of course answered during the second part of the meeting. The questions addressed to Mrs. Konsul were of various topics – concerning both private life and the entire country and its culture. Due to the fact that each student had the opportunity to think up the questions, we could raise the exact topic that interests us. Each participant also had the opportunity to talk directly with the Consul, because the previously prepared questions were read by their authors. In addition, all Polish-speaking participants could talk to a person who speaks English fluently, and therefore  has American accent (native speaker).

We found out what Mrs. Kosul point of view, her preferences and favourites aspects of USA are. When asked where’s the best direction for our first excursion, she reccomended us to visit her state – California because of stunning beaches and Warner Bros Studio. Regarding Los Angeles  Mrs. Keynack mentioned that it’s possible to come across celebrities as in her case – Robert Pattinson for example. She also talked about a diversity of a mixed climate and adverted what is the best aspect of USA. According to her – it’s independence which distinguishes USA among other countries. We didn’t skipped a cultural topic too. One of the student’s question was about movies and books that can be called “classics”. It wasnot a suprise for us to hear the answer: “Mean girls” and “To kill a mockingbird” or “Gone with the Wind”. What’s more, we asked what  her fauourite American holiday was – Halloween for its climate and fun. Knowing a bit of USA, we’re also aware that the gun ownership is legal in some states and access to gun is so easy. That is why our next quiry was about the safety of travelling across the USA, including the idea of hitchhiking there. We came to know that Mrs. Konsul wouldn’t favour the plan of hitchhiking because it’s even illegal in some states (as we know each state has it’s own law), but she assured us not to be afraid of gun. The United States is such a wonderful country that we shouldn’t be stopped to make our dreams come true for the fear of gun attacks which occur in every country.

The last question was what are differences between Polish cities and American cities? and Mrs. Keyack didn’t failed us. She said that most things are similar and we have everything we need here. The only thing she misses is her family.

You can watch the photos from the meeting in a slideshow.

News prepared by 2 students from class 3b: Oliwia Kluźniak and Zuzia Margas, edited by Ms M.Kossak

The origins of music festivals date back to ancient Greece, where such events often involved competitions in music, arts and sports. Since then, they have become a big part of the culture and a large number of people readily participate in them every year all around the world.
Modern music festivals evolved from the spirit of Woodstock, which in 1969 gave festivals global recognition. Even though the idea of music festivals came to the United Kingdom from the United States, now some of the UK’s events are world-renowned and have been held for many years.
One of the oldest festivals organised in Great Britain is Cheltenham. It started off as three small concerts in 1945 and as one of the first music festivals in Britain, Cheltenham helped to pave the way for future events of that kind and attracted worldwide attention.
Throughout the years it has grown to an enormous size and people travel great distances to participate. Its main goal is to promote up-and-coming young artists and encourage others to take part in the celebration.

Another one of Britain’s oldest music events is Edinburgh International Festival, first held in 1947 to raise people’s spirits after the war had ended. It started as typically classical event, but nowadays it consists of whole variety of different performances – from opera, theatre and visual arts to comedy and contemporary music.

One of the biggest and most famous musical events is Glastonbury, first organised in 1970. It was known then under the name of ‘Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival’ and it was inspired by the open-air concert headlined by Led Zeppelin. The festival was reated to celebrate music, dance, poetry, theatre and all other forms of entertainment, centred on the hippy movement. It started growing in popularity in 1980s, and since then the raise in recognition hasn’t stopped. These days it attracts tens of thousands of people every year and the tickets are always sold in record time. Throughout the years it featured artists like U2, Oasis, Imagine Dragons, The Cure, Joe Cocker, Radiohead and many others. Glastonbury has managed to maintain some of its free love, hippie ethos. It is committed to environmental causes, raising money for Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid.

But why are music festivals such a big business? Most of all, it has a lot to do with effects of modern life and the constantly changing music industry. People now are more likely to spend money on experiences such as participating in live music events over material goods. Nowadays, there’s nothing easier than clicking on a YouTube video and listening to our favourite music in a matter of seconds. There are thousands of different streaming platforms that allow us to listen to music for free. That’s why live music gained huge popularity. Experiences are being valued more and more. It’s hard to disagree that live music, even with the stuffy atmosphere of the concerts and noisy crowds is perceived differently to listening at home. It’s not even about listening
per se. People enjoy dancing, screaming at the top of their lungs and feeling a part of a group that enjoys the same type of entertainment as themselves.

news prepared by Lena Kozłowska from 2 B, edited by Ms Marta Leśniak

On Monday, March 1st, a few students from class 2F ( group 2) presented an exceptional project on an English lesson which was actually a Zoom meeting organised by na English teacher. The lesson was based on Candy Chang’s project called “I Wish This Was” – an interactive public art project that invites residents to voice their ideas about improving the neighborhood by using fill-in-the-blank stickers to let people provide input.

You can read and watch more about this idea here:

I Wish This Was

We, however, decided to change/improve something different….. Students were asked to talk about how they would change our school, what major differences they would impose, assuming that we donot have to worry about money any more. Because of time of the pandemic we imagined that such stickers could be found in many different places in our school. Fill-in-the-blank stickers “gave” us an easy tool to voice what we want and where we want it (eg. stickers pasted on doors, walls or utility rooms – “I wish this was a renovated and well-equiped science lab”, “I wish this was a school with air-conditioning” or “I wish this was a school canteen” )

So this is what the students from class 2f prepared…

Every group prepared something very special. Let’s see it!

THE FIRST GROUP: Ewa Tkaczyńska, Roksana Ręczmin, Małgorzata Maroszek and Natalia Ślusarczyk. The girls prepared a really colourful and aesthetic presentation. They did a great job! They proposed truly practical changes:

1. Interactive boards and tablets.

2. Better equipment for bio-chem classes.

3. Expansion of the library.

4. Helpful sanitary products in the bathrooms.

5. Air conditioners.

6. An indoor swimming pool.

7. Some changes in the locker room.

8. Spread the ART!

9. More parking lot space.

10. Coffee machines.

11. Renovation of some classrooms.

12. More seating areas in the corridors.

13. A canteen.

14. A fancy patio.

15. More music.

Here you can find more details: https://view.genial.ly/603c017ed0bbb40d2ce07a0e/video-presentation-copernicus-news https://view.genial.ly/603ccd3fdbdb4b0d1445280c/interactive-content-ideas

THE SECOND GROUP: Julia Kozłowska, Klaudia Soboniak and Jarosław Nowakowski. This team also presented some interesting ideas. They’re absolutely creative and impressive. Here are their concepts:

1. Renovation of old destroyed classes.

2. Better students lockers.

3. Social area for students.

4. Eating place in school.

5. Chemical substances.

6. Motivational board.

7. Bigger and more equipped library.

8. Swimming pool or bowling alley.

9. Bike racks near the school.

There you can see their presentation:

9. Bike racks near the school.

There you can see their presentation: Zachęcamy do sprawdzenia wszystkich pomysłów w  ich prezentacji

THE THIRD GROUP: Zuzanna Tatarczyk, Wiktoria Rumik, Nicolas Rebane and Ewa Ziętek. This group appointed quaint brainchild too. They focused on making learning more comfortable and pleasurable. These are their proposals :

1. Renovation of the biological classroom.

2. Renovation of the chemical and physical classroom.

3. Renovation of the fireplace room.

4. Create a board for photos of photography group.

 5. Integration events for school community.

You can check presentation for more information: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1CQ_-wP15umLitTaneDktQCxQPPbcmdeRsP7VN3pE7OM/edit?usp=sharing

THE FOURTH GROUP: Julia Radek, Natalia Skuza and Maria Patyk. The girls likewise made great presentation about it. This team also picked some fantastic designs. Let’s check them!

1. Music room.

2. Biological equipment.

3. Accessories for theater activities.

4. Swimming pool.

 5. Game room.

6. Interactive whiteboard.

7. Library.

8. Better school lockers.

9. Radio station.

Here is their presentation: Link do prezentacji dziewczyn

These are some photos from the Zoom Meeting:

Today’s meeting was a great inspiration for all of us. Let’s call it – “A LESSON WITH A DIFFERENCE”. We are now convinced that this project is fun, low-barrier tool for everyone and the responses reflect the hopes, dreams and colorful imaginations of people. As you can see our students have heads full of great ideas! Some of them repeat themselves, so why don’t make it real? We believe that our concepts will be helpful to change something in the future. And what do you think? How would you finish the sentence :


And remember – together we can do anything we want! 🙂

Written by Ewa Ziętek from 2f and Ms Marzena Kossak-Wąchała


It is undoubtedly one of the biggest achievements of our school – we were given a special prize in Goi Peace Foundation Essay International Contest . Hard work paid off! Having tried for about 8 years we finally got it. We are among 59 other schools from all over the world which were awarded in 2020. The other schools represented such countries like: Mexico, Thailand, Australia, Laos, Malaysia, Belarus, Phillippines, Kenya, Turkey, USA, Japan, Italy, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, UK, Japan and Maledives. It is the school award, not individaual one which shows that we worked as a team as well and wrote 10 very good essays. From among 33,632 entries from 166 countries, the winners were selected. First prize winners (individual prize-from Sri Lanka and Ukraine) received the Minister of Education Award and presented their essays in the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2020 “Creating a Better World for Future Generations” held online on November 21, 2020. Marzena Kossak-Wąchała, as a teacher-coordinator and students’ adviser , took part as well, which was definitely a great experience.

The school was given a unique CERTIFICATE. We were waiting for it for a long, long time as it was shipped from Japan. And now we can proudly present it…

Once again we want to congratulate all participants:

  • There is also one more – WERONIKA PIOTROWSKA – already a student, who took part as well and was from class 3d at the time.

The photo below showing all of us is from a special meeting organised on 22nd January – we had a chance to meet online and summarise the contest. Hopefully , we will take part this year as well!

You can read more about the results on https://www.goipeace.or.jp/en/work/essay-contest/

We had also some radio and tv interviews afterwards, checks the links below:



Kopernik nagrodzony w Japonii