IBO Members Visiting Gymnasium in Banja Luka


Orfej is the official school paper of the Gymnasioum in Banja Luka. The editorial of Orfej counts about 15 active members,although this number is constantly changing.The school paper are edited purely by students,of course with the help of  the coordinator prof. Ivan Jevdevic.They write about different topics, interesting and useful for readers.In the group of readers, there aren't just current students,but also former students and citizens.There are about 2-4 editions in one school year, full of new and interesting contents.Through this the hard work and creativity of our students gets the credit it deserves and through the educational topics their attention is averted towards correct moral and spiritual values.

Debating Club „Castra“
The debating club „Castra“ was founded in March 2001 by our history professor Zoran Pejašinovic and since then we had remarkable results. In 2003 and 2004 we were the national champions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and we had 2 of our debaters participating in the World Championship – in 2003 in Slovenia (Marija Jokic) and in 2004 in Estonia (Jelena Jokic). We have also participated in several debating camps in Neum and Sarajevo, we had TV debates every year since the grounding of the club and this year we are going on a TV debate in Sarajevo in May. Last year we had debaters from Gracanica come to debate against us, and now we are preparing to host the debaters from the newly formed debating club in Prnjavor. On the debate meetings we do different types of debates, we practice our speaking skills and learn how to express ourselves in a better way. Today we have around 10 members and we are expanding every year with new students applying to our school. Anyone who wants to join the club is more than welcome.
• Slaviša Mijatovic, II8

Debating Club „Gimnazijalac“
Another debate and public speaking club in our school is club "Gimnazijalac". The concept of our debating club is just like the one of debating club Castra. Our coordinator is teacher Zivka Kukric and we also went to numerous school, regional and national competitions in debating and public speaking and won many of them.

The Anglistic Culture Group
The Anglistic Culture Group or as it is popularly referred to as ’the English group’, was formed last September, under the coordination of our English teacher Nataša Nikic. The aim of this section is to help us, the students, in finding out more about the English language, culture, the way of life and anything that we might find interesting, but we can’t find out on our regular classes due to the lack of time in regular teaching process. Basically, we are meeting to talk about all aspects of English – not just the language as many might assume. The meetings are held in the language classroom every weekend, where we can use various equipment, such as a computer, TV, video and stereo, which largely help us in our researches. Since September we had several projects, like music, which was the first and most successful one. Afterwards we did quite a lot of projects, including Britain, America and some other English speaking countries, British and Irish traditional music, the Eurovision Song Contest, film, computers, aliens and some other topics. Mostly, our emphasise is on Britain, but we do not have an exlusive policy of researching Britain only. During the week each member carries out individual or group research on the given topic and on our meetings at the end of the week we present our gathered information in form of presentation, followed by group dialog and discussion, where everyone can participate and say what they know about the topic. The supervising professor also participates in the discussion and she helps us in finding new projects and new ideas for the research we are doing. I would also like to mention that we had a round table at the end of the first semester where we had a discussion about the Youth Leadership Program in which we participated and which is organised by the Government of the USA every year. We are also going to have another round table and we are also planning a debate at the end of school, in May or June. Also I would like to mention, that for now, the group has 10 members which all attend the second year. We hope we will have more members next school year, from the first classes and possibly from the second ones. That would be the most basic information about our group, and we hope that we showed you what we are trying to do there.
• Deana Racic, II4
• Sanja Subotic, II4
• Slaviša Mijatovic, II8

Common people
Our sections counts 4 members: Marijana Zimonja, Maja Ajdar, Pavle Miovčić and Goran Luburić. We are all from the same class. Two of us are translators, one is designer and fourth member is encharged for internet presentations.
From the beginning of the high school we are taking part in different types of exibitions, we are translating texts that are on our school internet presentations, we're hosting exibitions like "Mali inost" and we also took part in video-conference. Our menthor is our english teacher, Milena Jujić.

German Drama Course
Our German drama course came into being because of our love for this language. In our group there are eleven members, students of 2nd and 4th grade. The texts we perform are written usually by the members or we just rewrite the original work. With these dramma texts we represented school on several book fairs and smal inosts and were very successful. So far we did two different plays, the first one is about a man on a court of law and he is being judged by animals; and the other one is Goethe's "Sorrows of young Werter", which was written by one of our members and translated in German by another. The person who made all this possible is our mentor, German language teacher, but also our friend Ana Cabric.

English Drama Course
Our English drama course came into being because of our love fot this language. In our group there are eleven members, students of 2nd and 4th grade. The texts we perform are written usually by the members or we just rewrite the original work. With these drama texts we represented school on several book fairs and Smal Inosts and were very successful, we also had a performance in the theater and all tickets were sold, there were arround 250 people. So far we did three different plays, the first one was a parody on Shakespeare's "Hamlet", rewritten by our English teacher, the second was fairytail mess which was written by a member of our group and the last one is at Newark airport. The person who made all this possible is our mentor, English language teacher,but also our friend Andrijana Stokic-Penda.

Psiychology group
In our school also exist psychology group. The group started last year and it has 15 members. We have the leader of the group and the rules that must be respected in the group. Our work is based o team work under professor’s guidance. Our professor is Vanja Kuruzovic. Professor propose some subjects that we all discuss about. We are also free to suggest our own topics or maybe some problems that we have. We always have some interesting exercises which help us to understand better the problem. Through those exercises and discussions we try to learn as much as possible about psychology and human’s life. Some subjects that we discuss about were : verbal communication, relation between professors and students, frustrations, emotions…We also did some interesting psychology researches.

We will present some of the works that we do on psihology section and in our psihology classes. We'll present first our research that we did on our section. Most of thiese researches deal with minors problems and ways of dealing with them. Some of them are drugs and adiction problems, first sex expirience influence of SMS mesages on daily comunication amongst youth and problems of AIDS. This psihology research is composed of making theories and questionarys, distributing them and making final conlusion about are the theories confirmed or not. Thiese reseacrches help us to determine the main problems of youth and to try to find some ways of dealing with them. We'll also present one of the activities that we did on class. We're gonna present our personality posters. We did them in class as a part of our every day classes. Thiese posters present some of the main influences on development of every man. We divided thiese influences on four main factors: Family, Society, School and Media. We put each of thiese factors in one corner of the poster and made an image of a person in the midle presenting that they all make an individual person trough their difenent influences on each one of us.

Chemistry group
Chemistry group of our school started its work a year ago. Together with our teacher Ljiljana Marcic, a group of 15 students meet every week to advance its knowledge and do interesting experiments. We also prepare and assist the teacher with the experiments for the regular curriculum. Students are encouraged to join us and get to know the more interesting part of the Chemistry lessons and of course broaden their knowledge.

Physics section
Members of physics section already made some important successes under the mentorship of professors Rodoljub Bavrlic and Andjelko Glusac. Students of first grade Udovicic Aleksandar, Golubovic Zora, Bakic Slavisa, Konjak Nikola and Sevo Igor won first five places on regional competition in physics and they qualified for republic competition. Also, student of second grade, Jovanovic Branislav who took 3. place on regional competition, and students of 4. grade Radevic Bojan and Ivanovic Milosh, who took first and second places on regional competition qualified for the republic competition, wich takes place in Gradiska on 13. May. In this section were created two presentations that won the prizes on 8. international exhibit Inost 2006. Jovica Kesic won gold medal for web presentations about life and legacy of Nikola Tesla, and Igor Sevo and Bojan Radic won silver medal for animations. Also, under the mentorship of this section, the Youth company “Lumière” was founded in 2005., as a part of the “Youth entrepreneurship” project. It was founded by Mirjana Dakic, Sanja Vukic, Nebojsa Mandic, Vladan Djurdjevic and Natasa Luzija. This company makes and sales the mashine for measuring the acceleration of the object.

Multimedia group
I guess you are all wondering what is the so called "Multimedia group"? Well it's a school organization that expresses students' talents in certain disciplines like journalism, , computer graphics, programming, web programming... For example I'm a part of the web-design team, which has, during the past few years created a number of websites, like znanje.org, enovine.net, which have more than 5000 visits a day. Also I would like to mention a project made by group of ex-students, the so called "Kulturom protiv droge", or the translated version "Culture vs Drugs", which has organized many plays, concerts and volunteer actions during the past two years of its existence. Besides these, following the reformation and modernization of our educational system, we have created a series of interactive educational cd-s, from which I'll mention a few latest: Front Page, HTML, PhotoshopCS, MathCad, and also made a few tutorials for the programming languages we study on our computer science classes, the previously mentioned HTML, Basic and Pascal. Apart from the creative one, we also have support role. We provide digital assistance for both professor and student presentations. Our mentors have published more then 30 books on many different topics, such as: mathematics, physics, computer science and many other. Apart from the school we have participated on the Banja Luka book fair and the Inost fair, both 2004 and 2005; on which we won many prizes in the categories for the best presentation, the most imaginative stand and the most charming personnel award. Site >>
Sasa Tepic II4

The project “Culture Against Drugs”
We'd like to present you the innovative teaching of Serbian language and the plays done as part of the project Culture against Drugs. It all began about three years ago when we included a new, interactive way of teaching with our Serbian language teacher Vera Bajagic. The whole concept is based on a very close cooperation of students with the teacher. Each class has its student-coordinator who makes a plan for each class, i.e. giving assignments to students. That way students aren't overburdened and each class carries out their duties successfully. The other part of the curriculum is consisted of a special approach to interpretation of literature masterpieces in which we try to make them close to students' understanding by using role-plays, music, paintings, dancing and whatever we find suitable and useful for their better understanding of novels and poems. As part of that we organized special classes for interpretation of works of our great poem writers – Aleksa Santic and Milan Rakic. We produced a play based on Moliere's Le misanthrope. And probably the work we're proudest of is our parody on Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet. We called our parody Rade and Jela and set the scene in a village near where two families have gotten into a very serious quarrel because the young man's family's cow moved into a pasture of the other family and ate everything. In response to that they took the cow and that's why our love couple, Rade and Jela, cannot be together. After many hilarious scenes we top off the play by an agreement between the two families in which Jela's family allows her to get married to Rade if his family gives them the cow. So, they swapped their daughter for a cow. The first play in this project was “One work day of High scholar”. This play was performed on Book exhibit in Banja Luka, in some Primary schools in Banja Luka, then in Primary school Jorgos Papanderu in Aleksandrovac, in III high school in Osijek and, of course in our school. Another play that was performed for the first time last year was “The Troubles of Young Verter”. This play was performed on Book exhibit and in our school. Many students took part in these plays, and participation in them was something special for participators. That way of working has proved very positive and effective, because students aren't overworked, all of them get an incredible comprehension of literature and every class is interesting for both, the students and the teacher. Site >>

Sports and recreation – Volleyball
It was my assignment to present our school’s sports section, that is our school’s volleyball section. We have lots of after school activities where students show their skills. However there was a volleyball competition last year in our school for each class. After our little championship students from 4th grade decided to present that event on the internet. Their younger friends who wanted to help them had themselves involved in that action and site was complete. I had also participated in that actionAs a team we went to the city high school volleyball championship. We decided to help some more people join our section or start training volleyball so we made a web page about volleyball where we put some of the rules, exercises and lots of other stuff on volleyball. I was also to tell our guests something about the Saint Sava celebration that we held in our school and the prize-winning essay that I wrote on the topic of 'Spirituality And Constituency Of Saint Sava And Saint Simeon'. Bojana Marjanovic II4 of the school year 2005/06. Site >>

The mountaineering group
The mountaineering group has a mileage bigger than all the other groups in the school.This,extremely active and numerous group,has the goal to introduce it’s members with the nature and beauty of our country,but the borders of our country are not their limits.They often travel and broaden their experience.Through different hikes, they learn how to submit to the rules of nature and how to survive in it.These activities,of course, rouse the ecological conscience of young people and help them take more care of the natural environment.Hikes on Kozara,springs of Pliva and Janja,as well as field trips to places close to Banja Luka,have all been organized by this group.They participated on the traditional marathon on Fruska Gora and in the future they plan to visit locations in the Federation. In cooperation with other groups from this school,during this year they visited the book fair in Belgrade, the archeological area Vinca and Avala.The coordinators are prof.Božo Maric and prof. Andelko Glušac

Students` council

First of all I would like to introduce myself. My name is Branka Kremenovic and I’m the president of students` council. The presidency period usually takes one year, so according to this, mine should be finished by Friday noon. So, I guess this would be one of my last speeches.

However, as I still have the obligation, or better say honor to represent students` council in the best way I’m able to, I’ll try to inform you what the students` council has done, what it is doing at the moment and our plans for the future.

The students` council has next roles:
1) To promote students` rights and duties (we are often present on the teachers’ councils and with this we make sure that the students’ rights are respected, but we also make statistics about their absences, so we are taking care of their duties too).
2) To make the connections between students and teachers as better as possible.
3) To take part in organizing cultural happenings and presenting students and their activities during fairs, conferences, TV shows and other public performances.
4) But then again we should think of ourselves too. There was a small team as a part of students` council which took care of the environment. After a while they became independent group called “Eco-Gym”. So, the idea came from us. Students also have music during lunch brakes. We also organize school parties where school bands have great opportunity to show their talents.
5) Maybe, the most important thing is that a big part of our activities is dedicated to volunteering and community work. To achieve this we cooperate with many non-government organizations like The Youth Information Agency, Red Cross, Youth Council, OSCE, Youth Communication Center, Republican Pedagogical Institution and many others. With YCC we organize an action in which we collect sweets for children without parents, children with special need and children from poor families. This activity is named “One candy, one child” and it became traditional in our school, just like in others. YCC also helps us to get in contact with institutions like The Geriatric Center, Orphanage, institutions who care of children with special need… The students` council also organizes group of Gymnasium students who voluntarily do workshops with these children or elderly people.

We also organize and attend round tables and workshops to get as much information as possible to improve students` council’s work.

In future we plan to develop this council in consent with the European standards and we hope that this council will become one of the main strengths of this school. One of the wags that we plan to do this is to include our students in the IBO program and make themselves more useful for the community.