Union High School bids a sad farewell to our Head of Hockey, Mr Alvin August this week.
Mr August has been a valued member of the Union family for the past three years and will be greatly missed by the learners and staff.
We wish him and his family all the best as they make a new home for themselves in Stellenbosch.
𝗔 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗚𝗕
As we await the results of our 2021 School Governing Body (SGB) elections – which were successfully held today, Friday, 19 March – Union High School would like to extend a vote of thanks to our outgoing SGB parent members for their consistent involvement and loyal service, having made a significant difference to our 102-year-old school during their tenure.
As a well-balanced unit, they have complemented one another in professional skills brought to the table, showing collective mindfulness and prudence towards the needs of the Union school community, in so doing ensuring that many significant achievements were realised during their watch.
As a school community, we are truly indebted to ALL the members of the Governing Body for the time, commitment, professionalism, dedication and effort put into the school and thank them all for their committed support in ensuring the continued success of the Union High School.
As of today, Tuesday, 16 March, Union High School’s media centre is once again open to learners every afternoon after school (Monday – Thursday) between 14:00 and 15:00.
Learners are invited to make use of this facility’s modern computer equipment, as well as free Internet services, for research or as a safe, supervised space for quiet reading and homework while waiting for their afternoon sport lessons to commence.
Last year, Mr Pringle and I were involved in negotiating one of the most exciting prospects the school has ever had.
We met with a sponsor that is willing to add additional teaching specialists as well as incredible new facilities to the Union product.
All of the costs will be covered by the sponsors!
Here is what will soon be available to all the learners, and the many generations to come:
🡆 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆: For the first time ever, Xhosa and Afrikaans learners will have access to home language specialists that will assist each child to easily streamline into education in English. A Xhosa teacher has already been appointed at the pre-school and the preparatory school is currently building a language centre that will accommodate Xhosa, Afrikaans and English additional specialized teachers. These teachers will assist the existing teaching program. By the time learners progress to Grade 5 the language transition to learning and being tested in English will be so much easier.
🡆 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆, 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗵𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲: At no cost to the parents an optic fibre Internet system is currently being installed throughout the schools and hostels. This will not only allow the teachers to use all available digital platforms but has the potential to soon provide each child in Union data-free access to the schools Learning Management System from any of the already existing hubs spread throughout Graaff-Reinet. Internet research-based learning will soon be available to every learner at Union. It is the knowledge tool of the future. Plans are in place to teach Information Technology and basic coding techniques. The CAT lab at High School is ideally set up to launch a brand-new branch of teaching!
🡆 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗵𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲: The Maths Department is on the verge of an exciting re-vamp! The classroom space will be the first of many to be totally upgraded and equipped with 21st Century Digital Age facilities. A campus-style environment will be created. An additional Maths teacher will be employed to further boost this strong department. We are planning for continuous access to Maths assistance throughout the day and in the afternoons. The science department and laboratories will then be upgraded and boast the best of facilities available.
🡆 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁: The SA Schools Act encourages the SGB to continuously reinforce the skills of the educators. All 53 of Union’s teaching staff across the three schools are currently engaged in a program instituted by the Keller Institute. This is based on the most current research concerning the neurological development of a learner’s developing brain, and how best to compliment it.
🡆 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗺𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗽𝘂𝘀: We have submitted a five-year plan to uplift and equip all the classroom spaces with the latest teaching tools and technology. We wish to make classrooms that are bright, clean and airy. We are planning outdoor teaching spaces around the campus. These will provide learners with a brand-new learning experience. On 23 March we are launching the first phase of an interactive mural celebrating the diverse culture of the Union community. In this launch, there are exciting prizes for those learners that can best manage all three of the most difficult tongue twisters that the different languages have to offer.
🡆 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲: The benefits and the opportunities every Union learner, and those to come, will receive from this visionary project will reshape education at Union in the years to come. We will lead the way in embracing the future of learning. It is a thrilling prospect. The recent changes in global society have altered the world dramatically, and, as a school, we are well prepared to embrace the change and thrive. We have the opportunity to lead the way.
As we realise the opportunities that are tantalizingly ahead of us, may Union continue to be the wonderful school it has always been.
𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯: 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘎𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘰𝘥𝘺, 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩