Jnr Interhouse Gala 2019

On Friday, the junior department enjoyed a final competitive outing before knuckling down to the serious business of exams, when they took part in their annual interhouse gala.  With the end of the year looming, spirits were high and the competitors gave their best and produced some excellent results.  Tightly contested races throughout the day made for thrilling viewing for the spectators, and as the day culminated with the crowd-favourite, the exciting ladder relay, shouts and screams filled the air as the houses cheered their respective teams on.  Arnott house won this race and also did exceptionally well to take the Interhouse trophy with a 488 to 302 point win.

Well done to all the swimmers who participated and thank you to all the staff and parents involved in making it a successful and enjoyable day for all.

VICTOR AND VICTRIX LUDORUM

POINTS ORDER PER AGE-GROUP

AGE GROUP   GIRLS   BOYS  
U/11 1 Misha Newton 29 Bradley Davenport 24
  2 Mecoli Vorster 15 Tristan Hope 16
  3 Rebecca Copeman 14 Peter-Daniel Clegg 15
           
u/12 1 Chloe Erasmus 24 Matthew Paxton 29
  2 Emma Short 22 Daniel Marais 20
  3 Sasha Cochrane 16 Hayden Pienaar 18
           
u/14 1 Tyra Binney 30 Matthew Davenport 30
  2 Caytah-Leigh Koeberg 24 Jayden Swart 18
  3 Alinda Goosen 16 Max Price 15
           

OVERALL POSITIONS AND WINNERS OF VICTOR AND VICTRIX

GIRLS:

1st

2nd

3rd

 Tyra Binney – VICTIRX LUDORUM

Misha Newton

Caytah-Leigh Koeberg  & Chloe Erasmus

30 points

29 points

24 points

BOYS:

1st

2nd

3rd

Matthew Davenport – VICTOR LUDORUM

Matthew Paxton

Bradley Davenport

30 points

29 points

24 points

 

Karoo U/12 Coach

Mr Floris Steenkamp, Union’s Junior Sports Administrator, has been selected to serve as the coach of the u/12 Karoo cricket team.

He will be accompanying the team when they participate in the annual u/12 Rural Cricket Festival in Port Elizabeth from 29 November to 1 December.

As announced last month, nine Union cricketers were selected for the team. They are Shaakir Kazi, Makukhanye de Beer, Matthew Paxton, Xavier Barlow, Kananelo Kometsi, Yaseen Kazi, Neelon Fourie, Daniel Marais and Yonela Wana.

We extend our best wishes to Mr Steenkamp who we know will leave no stone unturned in ensuring his team is well prepared.

Lest We Forget

Almost 101 years ago, at 11 am on 11 November 1918, an armistice was signed to bring World War I to an end.

Every year, as this date nears, Union High School commemorates the lives lost in “the Great War”, and the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, by observing Remembrance Day.

This year was no exception with the learners, staff and special guests gathering in the quad on Friday, 1 November, for a special Remembrance Day Service.

The Ven. Dr Mark Marais led the devotions, after which the Headmaster, Mr William Pringle, spoke about the significance of the day, highlighting the importance of Remembrance Day in “showing respect for those who were willing to serve their country and, if need be, to make the ultimate sacrifice so that we who are here now can have the life that we know”.

Two bugle calls, the ‘Last Post’ and ‘The Reveille’ were then played by Mr Charles Maasdorp, Union’s Head Boy of 1951, while Mr Hanno Sparrius lowered and raised the national flag.

The Last Post is a bugle call that has been incorporated into military funerals where it is played as a final farewell, symbolising the fact that the duty of the dead soldier is over and that they can rest in peace, while ‘The Reveille’, is a call that marks the beginning of each day to wake up soldiers. The two tunes symbolise sunset and sunrise respectively, and in the context of this occasion, they symbolise death, but more importantly a promise of resurrection.

The Union High School Roll of Honour was then read aloud by Mr Sparrius, to remember the Old Unionites who perished in valiant struggles “for hearth and home”.

Other traditions that were observed included a minute of silence for reflection and the laying of wreaths by the school’s Head Prefects, Sakhe Booi and Bowen Langmead, as well as by Mr John Crankshaw, on behalf of the Old Unionite Association.

 

EP Midlands Management

Congratulations to Mr Sean Koeberg (left) who has been tasked with managing the EP Midlands u/17 cricket team that will participate in Cricket South Africa’s National Rural Week 2019.

In addition to this, we also extend our congratulations to Union’s Senior Sports Administrator, Mr Raymond Hamilton (right), who has been asked to serve as the team’s assistant coach.

Union wishes them everything of the best in preparing the team for its campaign. We trust that they will do a sterling job and that the team will go from strength to strength under their guidance.

The National Week will take place from 10 to 14 December 2019 at Kearnsney College, Durban.

Jnr Tennis vs Collegiate

Union High School’s junior tennis girls competed against their Collegiate Junior School for Girls counterparts yesterday afternoon, Thursday, 31 October.

The matches, played on Union’s Bremner Courts, were tightly contested with excellent tennis being played.

The afternoon saw Collegiate winning 4 matches, to Union’s 2.

A special word of congratulations goes to Tara Ferreira who won her singles match, as well as her doubles match with partner Caytah-Leigh Koeberg.

Well done girls!

Gr 5 Excursion

Fifty Union High School Grade 5s recently enjoyed a great reward outing to the farm Slingersfontein, as well as to the biggest inland water mass in the country, the Gariep Dam.

After departing from school early Monday morning, 28 October, the group first made a pitstop at the home of Barry and Suzette Norval, where the children played on the zipline, jumping castle, trampoline, swings and various other play equipment.

After all their pent-up energy had been spent, they journeyed forth to Slingersfontein.  Upon arrival at the farm, the group were first taught how a windmill works and is maintained, after which Mr Anthony Murray spoke to the learners about the Boer War as well as the Slingersfontein farm’s pivotal role in it and then proceeded to show the children where the British had made camp during that time.

The group then hiked to the area where New Zealand soldiers had laid down their lives and viewed the monument erected in their honour.  Mr Murray then shared his collection of war artefacts, explaining to the children in detail what each item was.  Yaseen Kazi was then given the exciting opportunity to ignite a small quantity of gunpowder.

The learners loved hearing about the war and found it most interesting.  They also perused the farm’s collection of animal skulls and tried to identify which animals they’d been.

The ladies of the farm prepared a tasty lunch of mince and vetkoek and juice for all the hungry youths, after which the group continued their journey to the Gariep Dam’s Forever Resort.  Upon arrival at the campsite, gale force winds made the pitching of the tents quite difficult, but, with the help of kind and caring parents, the job got done with all the kids being taught a valuable lesson about perseverance!

When camp was established, all the kids enjoyed free play time of their choice.  The night was cold and windy, but in the morning everyone experienced a genuine appreciation for their warm and comfortable beds and homes.  Having survived the harsh conditions, the learners are definitely stronger for the experience.

A tour where the learners got to explore some of the13km of passages and halls within the Gariep Dam’s wall, was very interesting and informative. The children were amazed to learn that it took six years, from 1966 and 1972, to construct the dam.

The excursion concluded with lunch at the Colesberg Wimpy.  Needless to say, the busses were much quieter on the return trip, as most children used the time to catch up on lost sleep.

Union extends its thanks to Zanel and Anthony Murray, as well as Barry and Suzette Norval, for their wonderful hospitality and assistance. The school also extends its thanks to the Forever Resort as well as to the officials from the Department of Water and Sanitation for their excellent service while touring the wall.

Cleathon To Join WP Rugby Academy

Union High School’s Cleathon Koeberg was recently announced as part of the Western Province Rugby Academy’s intake for 2020.

Cleathon, a Grade 12 learner, excelled as Union’s 1st XV’s 8th Man this year, representing the Eastern Province Country Districts (EPCD) team at the 2019 u/18 Rugby Academy Week.

The WP Rugby Academy’s 2020 intake is an exciting blend of talent, that has the potential to really develop into an extremely competitive group of individuals.

With players from all over South Africa heading to Cape Town to “Realise their Dreams”, it’s going to be an extremely enjoyable journey to be part of and we wish Cleathon all the best as he strives to achieve his goals in WP.

Eco Club Visits SPCA

On Friday, 25 October, a caring group of Union Eco Clubbers visited the Graaff-Reinet SPCA.

Here, the learners were given a tour of the property, where they not only got to feed the animals but were also able to give them much-needed love and attention.

The visit proved to be a very enriching experience for the learners and Union extends its thanks to SPCA field worker Jean-Heinrich Pieterse whose love for animals is evident in his caring ways.

EP Midlands Cricket

Following extensive trials, eight Union High School cricketers have been selected to represent the Eastern Province Midlands u/17 team at the SA National u/17 Rural Week at Kearsney College, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal from 10 to 14 December.

Congratulations to Jaden Brotherton, Hlaki Skepe, Sisipho Arnols, Rogan Odendaal, Lihle Mxhunyelwa, James Pienaar, Kyle-Luke du Preez and Bowen Langmead!

Jaden Brotherton will captain the team, with Bowen Langmead assisting him as vice-captain.

Karoo U/12 Cricket

We wish to congratulate the following Union cricketers on being selected for the Karoo u/12 cricket team: Shaakir Kazi, Makukhanye de Beer, Matthew Paxton, Xavier Barlow, Kananelo Kometsi, Yaseen Kazi, Neelon Fourie, Daniel Marais and Yonela Wana.

We wish them everything of the best in the knowledge that they will represent us well!