Media Centre Reopens

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.

Montego Cares

Union High School was delighted to receive a donation of quality multifunctional A4 office paper from the ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€ initiative earlier today, Friday, 12 March.
Paper is the lifeblood of any school as thousands of sheets are used to educate learners by way of printing and photocopying the necessary notes, exam papers and the like.
Seen here is Union High School receptionist, Ms Elsebe Moos, with the donated paper.
Union extends a grateful word of thanks, not only for the paper donated to our school, but for that distributed to all the other schools in Graaff-Reinet, many of which are suffering from extreme budget constraints.
Donations such as these contribute immensely to every schoolโ€™s pursuit of academic excellence.

Rockschool Piano Examinations

Union learners Melissa Naude and Sasha Cochrane were officially presented with their Rockschool certificates of achievement today, for their stellar performances during their respective piano examinations at the end of last year.
Both pianists obtained distinctions, with Sasha Cochrane earning 90% for her Rockschool Grade 3 practical piano exam and Melissa Naude earning 93,75% for her practical Rockschool Debut Piano exam.
See the previous Facebook posts announcing their respective achievements here:

Message From The SGB Chairman

Dear Parents,

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:

๐Ÿก† ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†: 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.

๐Ÿก† ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜†, ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ: 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!

๐Ÿก† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ: 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.

๐Ÿก† ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜: The SA Schools Act encourages the SGB to continuously reinforce the skills of the educators. All 53 of Unionโ€™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 learnerโ€™s developing brain, and how best to compliment it.

๐Ÿก† ๐—–๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜€: 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.

๐Ÿก† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ: 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.

๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ
๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ: ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ, ๐˜œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ