On Thursday, June 9th, five students from class 2A (group 1) and 4 students from class 3k (group 1) along with an English teacher, Proffesor Marzena Kossak-Wąchała, took part in a lecture entitled
„President Ronald Reagan, Prime Minister Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II”.
The lecture was given by Peter M. Robinson – an American author, research fellow, television host and former speechwriter for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan. He completed his studies at Oxford and after Oxford, Robinson applied for a position at the White House. He was transferred to President Reagan’s staff as a special assistant and speechwriter, where he wrote the famed 1987 “ Tear down this wall” address. The speech, delivered by Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin on 12 June 1987, contained a memorable sentence: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Mr Robinson is currently the host of Uncommon Knowledge, an interview show by Stanford’s Hoover Insitution in California. He is also a research fellow at this Institution as well as a co-founder of the Ricochet website.
The exposition was organized by The WSB University as part of the Fund for Support of Science co-financed by the Górnośląsko-Zagłebiowską Metropolia and started at 3p.m on Zoom platform.
Not only was it a great English lesson for us but also a solid dose of knowledge from history. The lecture revolved around the end of Cold War and three particular figures who played indispensable roles: Ronald Reagan, Minister Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II. We hear a great deal from historians these days that history is a matter of large and personal forces and individuals can only play small or insignificant roles. Peter Robinson, however, presented his view on it and talked through this one moment in history when things could not have happened as they happened and when they happened without these three remarkable individuals. The Pope helped ordinary Poles and East Europeans banish their fear of Soviet Communism, convincing them that liberation was possible. The Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher restored her country’s failing economy by reviving the “vigorous virtues” of the British people. The American president rebuilt America’s military power, its national morale, and its pre – eminence as leader of the free world. Together they brought down an evil empire and changed the world for the better.
The lecture was fortified with some videos of discussed characters’ speeches what made the lecture even more compelling. At the end of the meeting participants had a chance to put a question to Peter Robinson, which one of our students did! We were really glad and grateful that we could listen to this lecture and learn a lot of interesting facts. We are looking forward to the next one….
Wikipedia, photos from WSB
Written by Patrycja Stodółkiewicz from class 2a, edited by Ms M.Kossak-Wąchała
Many celebrities were seen during the Platinum Jubilee. Some of them were even taking a big part in the celebrations. An enormous number of 150 people named as national treasures were put in different decker buses and each bus was a representation of a certain decade of the last 70 years. The photo is showing Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell who were leading the 90’s bus.
During the Jubilee Pageant Queen Elizabeth II was not seen in person. However, a hologram of the Queen was put in a golden carriage. This part of the parade was accompanied by military units. While the Queen wasn’t present in the pageant, she showed up in a quick video from the palace. In the video, she was seen having tea with Paddington, a British bear famous thanks to the book and movie series with the same name. They were talking about their shared love for marmalade sandwiches.
The Queen was present at the Trooping the Colour parade but it was her grandson, the youngest child of Kate and William – Louis who stole the show. He was misbehaving, as a child on such occasions often does and there are quite a lot of photos where an audience can see him making silly faces and gestures.
James Bond also made an appearance at the Queen’s Jubilee. At the “Party at the Palace” taking place on Saturday, actor Daniel Craig was shown paying tribute to the Queen. The next day, during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant some of the cars from James Bond movies were displayed.
Member of the iconic band Queen, Brian May also had his share of Platinum Jubilee surprises. He entered the stage during the Jubilee concert with a big figure showing Queen Victoria by his side.
At the Platinum Party at the Palace spectators were surprised when 400 drones lit up the sky showing some of the things associated with Her Majesty. Some of the light work showed number 70, a cup of tea with a teakettle, and my personal favourite – a corgi.
news written by Maja Suchecka from 3B, edited by Ms J. Wołkowicka
On Thursday in London, the annual Trooping the Color parade was held. It was attended by 1,500 soldiers, 400 members of military orchestras, and 250 horses. The participants of the march departed from Buckingham Palace, walked through the representative avenue The Mall, and the parade square where the military inspection was held, and then returned to Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth II watched the parade from the palace balcony.
The culmination of the ceremony was the flight of several dozen Royal Air Force planes and helicopters over London. Typhoon fighter squad made “70” in the sky. Members of the British royal family, eighteen to be exact, watched the show from the balcony of the palace. Although the greatest enthusiasm of those gathered in front of Buckingham Palace was caused by the appearance of Elizabeth II. four-year-old Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William and Princess Kate also drew a lot of attention. During the flight of the planes, the boy covered his ears with his hands several times, and look quite unpleased.
Definitely, It was Louis’ hijinx which unequivocally stole the show! He stuck his tongue out, had his hand over his mother’s mouth and it looked like she was telling him to behave. Then he yawned dramatically, looking like a tiny thunderclowd he sat on his Grandpa Charles’ lap.
All of Britain waited for the royal family to appear on the balcony. It hasn’t happened since 2019, which is why it caused great excitement from the audience. Unfortunately, Prince Harry, his wife Meghan, and the queen’s son, Prince Andrew, did not appear among the royal family. Although young couple attended the jubilee itself.
On Thursday evening in front of Buckingham Palace and 2,000 other places across the UK and its overseas territories, many light signals are planned to be lit creating a chain to symbolize unity.
Article written by Hanna Fijałkowska from class 3k, edited by Ms Kossak-Wąchała
On Saturday, members of the royal family appeared at the Epsom Downs racetrack, where they watched the 243rd edition of the famous Derby horse race. Later In the evening the “Platinium Party at The Palace” took place, it was a musical moment to celebrate an extraordinary jubilee. Tens of thousands of Brits and tourists from all over the world gathered in front of Buckingham Palace.
Due to the fact that Elizabeth II was not present at the event, the full attention was focused on Prince Charles and the younger generation of royals. The event was attended by many members of the royal family, led by the heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Princess Camilla, as well as Prince William and Princess Kate and the children who had stolen the entire show. However, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan weren’t there. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship with some members of the Royal Family remains “very, very frosty” despite snaps of them interacting with royals at the Trooping the Colour ceremony. Harry and Meghan returned to the UK for the celebrations on June 1, but as non-working royals, the couple were excluded from making a public balcony appearance with the likes of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
During the concert, Prince Charles paid tribute to the queen. The heir to the throne addressed her from the stage with the word “mommy”. The whole speech was moving and the crowd absolutely adored it.
At the beginning of the concert, we got a dose of British humor – Elizabeth II received a cup of tea at the palace with Paddington Bear! Soon after, Queen + Adam Lambert entered the stage and amused the audience with “We Will Rock You”. They were accompanied by drummers from the Royal Marines with snare drums.
Alicia Keys astonished the audience after she sang “Empire State of Mind”, which tells about New York. Before the song, however, she mentioned that the British capital always reminds her of New York. Later, she likely noticed the audience’s confusion and changed New York to London in the text.
Next, the taped performance of “Your Song” played by Elton John in one of the rooms of Windsor Castle was broadcast, and at the end of the song, a huge corgi dog made by floating drones appeared above the palace!
Article written by Hanna Fijałkowska from class 3k, edited by Ms Kossak-Wąchała.
Everybody who would like to improve English has many options to choose from. Always remember that you can learn English in many different circumstances, using different sources, surprisingly…even the court trial…
After 6 years of fighting for the truth Johnny Depp has won his defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard. The trail took place in Virginia, United States of America in Fairfax County Courthouse.
For the last couple weeks we were able to watch live what was happening in the courtroom. We saw the evidence that each team presented to the jury. We heard testimonies from witnesses from both sides. The verdict was announced on Wednesday 1st June 2022. It came five days after the closing arguments.
While listening to the lawyers we could hear many words connected with law. We would like to present you some of them and tell you what they actually mean. We will start with some generl ones:
“LAWSUIT” – a legal dispute that’s decided in a courtroom; also called a “TRIAL”
“COURTROOM” – the place with the judge, lawers, etc;
“PLAINTIFF” – the one making the complaint (J.Depp);
“DEFENDANT” – the one trying to prove she’s not responsible for doing the things that he’s accusing her of doing (A.Heard)
“TESTIMONY” – a formal statement that is made about what people saw, heard etc, after having promised to tell the truth
It goes without saying that there were a lot of “OBJECTIONS”. This is the way of informing the judge that the other person’s evidence or testimony shouldn’t be allowed. Then lawyers have to say why they object and give a good reason. Let’s study some of them below:
“OBJECTION HEARSAY” means that a person testified as to what they know to be true.
“OBJECTION, NO FOUNDATION” means that a person failed to explain the background circumstances of how they know the information that they are testifying about.
“OBJECTION, LEADING” means that the other side asks the question which leads the witness to a certain answer.
“OBJECTION, NON-RESPONSIVE” means that a person starts responding to a question with information that is completely unrelated to the question.
“OBJECTION, CALL FOR SPECULATION” means that a person doesn’t know if the statement was true or not but testifies about it or a question that is posed can only be answered by using speculation.
Every time when the judge agreed that the objection was right, she said “I SUSTAIN THE OBJECTION”. But when she didnot she said “OVERRULED” or “I ALLOW IT”.
Some other words used in the courtroom and their definitions:
“OATH” is a promise to tell the truth;
“JUROR” is a person who is on the jury;
“CROSS EXAMINATION” is questioning of a witness by the attorney for the other side;
“ALLEGATION” is a claim ar assertion that someone hasa done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof;
“EVIDENCE” is an information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other;
“EXHIBIT” is a document or material object produced and identified in court or before an examiner for use as evidence;
“VERDICT” is the decision of a petit jury or a judge.
“WITNESS” is a person called upon by either side in a lawsuit to give testimony before the court or jury.
You can watch some useful film on youtube to learn more:
Article written by Klaudia Wosik, Maja Olszewska and Maja Podsiadło from class 1f, edited by Ms M.Kossak