We didn’t learn this at school, but your child will at Savremena

It’s a fact that school didn’t teach us certain life skills: how to save and use money, how to change a car tyre, how to cook our favourite meal or clean our home; not to mention time management, coping with pressure or managing different life situations.

Most secondary schools don’t teach these skills. They teach us laws of maths, biology or physics, but not how to use them in everyday life. This is left up to us. In fact, it's something life teaches us through trial and error; the hard way.

However, there is a school in which kids gain life skills

But what if we tell you there is a school that provides students with these skills? You’ve heard it right: students at Savremena Gimnazija learn how to do chores, prepare meals, do gardening, maintain their health and hygiene, build relationships and develop critical thinking skills. In other words, they gain life skills and knowledge.

Savremena’s students gain real-life skills in areas such as: personal development and career, environmentalism, health and diet, everyday life, house repair and maintenance, artistic ability and love of art, survival skills and first aid, as well as social, communication and empathy skills.

Savremena: a school for socially and emotionally intelligent children

From day one, Savremena’s students gain presentation and time-management skills in the field of personal success and career. They learn why it is important to read, study for the sake of knowledge and not the marks, how to use maths in everyday life, think critically, solve problems and develop coding skills. Subsequently, they upgrade and advance these skills, learn how to cope with pressure, explore using advanced Google and Wiki tools, write emails, and conduct themselves in a job interview. They acquire sales, entrepreneurial and negotiation skills. In other words: they learn how to become independent and launch a business.

When it comes to social, communication and empathy skills, the students are taught how to be good people, how to address the elderly and help others. Also, they learn how to show respect and love, but also how to earn respect and solve conflicts. In addition, they are taught how to behave online, and accept compliments and criticism and interpret body language. They also learn about human and voting rights and politics.

Environmental and health awareness among the students

Savremena Gimnazija is an eco-school which educates students about the importance of environmental protection, and instills in them a love of nature and the environment. Hence, the students can do gardening and help animals, and they also learn about sustainable development.

Taking into account that Savremena is a healthy and encouraging environment, special focus at the school is placed on a healthy life and diet. Students are taught how to take care of their physical and mental health, why exercising is important and how to have a healthy diet, while the young ones learn about the importance of maintaining personal hygiene. In addition, mastering dance movements is also one of the activities enjoyed by Savremena’s students.

A new reality: children doing chores, cooking and taking care of themselves

Mums and dads surely remember home economics, a subject we used to have at school. Not everything from bygone times is necessarily bad; in fact, we should use the best from the past for a successful future. Hence, the everyday skills Savremena’s students gain resemble those taught in home economics; they are just more advanced and more comprehensive.

Students acquire these skills at Savremena through curricular and extracurricular activities. Even if most kids previously learn them at home, they still hone them and develop them at school. This is why from day one, Savremena’s students learn how to dress themselves and help around the house.

At Savremena, students learn the basics of cooking, washing and ironing clothes, and sewing. They will know how to cook their favourite meal, turn on the washing machine, iron the outfit they need and sew a T-shirt. The goal is to prepare the children to take care of their needs and solve problems, without waiting for their parents to do these chores for them. We want our students to be as independent and skilful as possible.

Therefore, the students learn how to keep their rooms tidy and do simple house repairs, change a bicycle or car tyre, hang a painting, paint and use various tools.

Able to survive in all circumstances, but devoted to art

We want our students to be able to cope with different conditions, circumstances and situations, which is why we teach them different survival skills, e.g. how to light a fire without matches, build shelter or find food in nature. They learn how to give first aid treatment, tackle extraordinary situations and acquire self-defence skills.

Given that without art we would not be homo sapiens, and our lives wouldn’t be fulfilled, it’s important that children develop a love of art through education. In lessons, clubs and extracurricular activities, as well as through visits to museums, theatres, cinemas, exhibitions, concerts and other events, Savremena’s students develop a love of different art forms.

They learn how to take photos, and record and edit videos. These skills are necessary for 21st-century literacy, when reading, writing and basic MS Office skills are not enough. This is why it’s important for Savremena’s students to master the skills of the future.

Students ready for a successful future

Senior students with advanced maths skills and obligations, learn how to manage their finances.

They start with managing their allowance and move towards more complex tasks they will require later in life, such as: purchasing and renting property, learning about credit cards, loans, saving and investments, securities, stocks and the like.

Most of the aforementioned skills refer to social and emotional intelligence; but they are much more than that. They enable children to lead successful lives in the 21st century, have a career and job they love, and build good relationships with their families and friends. In other words, they will become good and skilful people who live in accordance with true values and can tackle any situation and challenge. With these skills, a bright future is guaranteed.

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I am extremely pleased and proud to be the parent of a Savremena student. During my first encounter with the school management, when I asked about my child’s potential enrolment, I saw how much love, enthusiasm and professionalism you put in your work. I was impressed by your approach, ideas and methods. I couldn’t believe something like this existed in our country! It doesn’t take long to realise that this is a school you would recommend to everyone. Creativity, modern technology, top-quality education, and most of all, the humaneness that can be seen throughout the school, make it truly different and worthy of its name – Savremena Gimnazija. With such an approach, the success of this school and, consequently, our children’s success, is unavoidable. Congratulations! Jelena Đorđević, Andrija’s mum
Contemporary in any sense of the word, our school offers functional knowledge and quality preparation for tertiary education in Serbia and abroad. Implementing modern and creative teaching in the classroom, where the teachers’ pedagogy and students’ performance are aligned with the highest academic standards for the high-school finals, our school develops linguistic, mathematical, scientific, artistic, cultural, technical and ICT competence, which is a prerequisite for further education and professional development. Teaching is supported by the interactive whiteboards and educational software, whereas practice exercises research and critical thinking.