There are a lot of extracurricular activities in Gymnasium and many of them have had a lot of success in their work. One of the Student Council's duties is to promote the extracurriculars, so here we'll describe majority of them briefly, and you can find more information about them by following the links.
Orfej is the school paper of the Gymnasium in Banja Luka. The editorship of Orfej counts about 15 active members, although this number is constantly changing. The school paper is edited purely by students, of course with the help of the coordinator teacher Ivan Jevdjevic. They write about different topics, interesting and useful for readers. Their readers are not just current students, but also former students and other citizens. There are about 2-4 editions per one academic year and each of them is full of new and interesting contents. Through this, hard work and creativity of our students gets the credit it deserves and through the educational topics their attention is averted towards right moral and spiritual values.
The web site enovine.net was started by our teacher Zeljko Grbic. This site offers a lot of valuable information about Gymnasium and other schools, youth activities and about other stuff of interest for young people (movies, fashion, fun,...)
Znanje.org is open, electronic data base of the educational essays, sites and e-books from the field of science, culture, sport and fun. Znanje.org is edited and prepared by a team of ambitious and professional young people with different interests under leadership of teacher Zeljko B. Grbic. The site has been working since 2001.
Multimedia group is a school organization that expresses students' talents in certain fields like journalism, computer graphics, programming, web programming. One of the most active teams is the team for web design, which has during the past few years created a number of websites, like www.znanje.org, www.enovine.net, which have more than 5000 visits a day. Besides these, following the reforms and modernization of our educational system, we have created a series of interactive educational CDs, 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 a support role. We provide digital assistance for both teachers' and students' presentations. Our mentors have published more than 30 books on many different topics, such as: mathematics, physics, and computer science. We have participated on the Banja Luka Book Fair and the Inost, in 2004 and 2005 and we won many awards in the categories for the best presentation, the most imaginative stand and the most charming personnel award.
Aleksandar Tepic, III4
The project Culture vs. Drugs 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 schooler”. This play was performed on Book Fair in Banja Luka, in some Primary schools in Banja Luka, 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.
Milos Milovanovic, IV2
Jovica Kesic, II1
The debating club "Castra" was founded in March, 2001 by our history teacher Zoran Pejasinovic and since then we have had remarkable results. In 2003 and 2004 we were the national champions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and we had two of our debaters participating in the World Debating 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 creation 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 Banja Luka 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. Slavisa Mijatovic, II8
Slavisa Mijatovic, III8
Another debate and public speaking club in our school is the club "Gimnazijalac". The concept of our debating club is just like the one of the debating club Castra. Our coordinator is teacher Zivka Kukric and we also went to numerous schools, regional and national competitions in debating and public speaking and won many of them.
Our group counts 5 members: Marijana Zimonja, Maja Ajdar, Pavle Miovcic, Goran Luburic and Lela Draganic. Three of us are translators, one is designer and the fourth member is in charge for internet presentations. We are taking part in different types of exhibitions, we are translating texts that are on our school's internet presentations and we also take took part in video-conference. Our mentor is our English teacher, Milena Jujic.
Marijana Zimonja, IV6
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.
The English group was formed last September under the supervision of our English teacher Natasa 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, and that 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 different equipment such as a computer, TV, video and stereo, which largely help us in our researches. Since September we have had several projects like music, which was the first and the most successful one. After that we did quite a lot of projects, including researches about 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 emphasis is on Britain, but it is certainly not limited to Britain. For now, our group has ten members.
Deana Racic, III4
Sanja Subotic, III4
Slavisa Mijatovic, III8
German drama course was created because of our students' love for the German language. There are eleven members, Sophomore and Seniror Year students. The texts we perform are written usually by the members or we just revise the original work. With these drama texts we represented the school on several book fairs and other competitions and we were very successful. So far we produced two different plays, the first one is about a man on a court of law and he is being judged by animals; the other one is our edition of Goethe's "Sorrows of young Werter", which was written by one of our members and translated in German by another member. The person who made all this possible is our mentor and our friend, German language teacher, Ana Cabric.
The psychology group was founded last year by our teacher, Vanja Kuruzovic 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 on team work under our teacher's guidance. The teacher proposes some topics 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 the problem better. Through those exercises and discussions we try to learn as much as possible about psychology and human life. Some subjects we discussed were: verbal communication, relation between teachers and students, frustrations, emotion, etc. We also did some interesting psychology researches. Some of the research subjects were drugs and addiction problems, first sex experience, influence of SMS messages on daily communication amongst youth and problems of AIDS. This psychology research is composed of making theories and questionnaires, distributing them and making final conclusion about are the theories confirmed or not. These researches help us determine the main problems of youth and we try to find some ways of dealing with them.
Members of the physics section have already made some important successes under the mentorship of teachers 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 the state competition. Also, student of second grade, Jovanovic Branislav who took the third place on regional competition, and students of the Senior Year Radevic Bojan and Ivanovic Milos who took first and second places on regional competition qualified for the state competition, which takes place in Gradiska on May, 13. We've also created two presentations that won the awards 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 machine for measuring the acceleration of the object.
Jovica Kesic, II1
The volleyball group has had a lot of activities where the students were able to show their skill. Last year there was a school competition in volleyball with every class participating. After the tournament, the Senior Year students decided to present that even on the Internet and their younger friends, who wanted to help them, also got themselves involved in that action. As a team we've participated on the City volleyball tournament of HS students. We want to include as many people as possible into our group, so in order to achieve that we've created a web-site about volleyball where we put some rules, exercises and a lot of interesting things about that sport.
Bojana Marjanovic, III4