Save The Date

Please ๐—ฆ๐—”๐—ฉ๐—˜ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐——๐—”๐—ง๐—˜ for the annual Gisela Kingwill Mother & Daughter Morning to be held over this yearโ€™s Foundersโ€™ Weekend, on Saturday, 29 January at 09:00.
Themed ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด, this yearโ€™s event will be held under the trees on Union Preparatory Schoolโ€™s front field and will feature talks by ๐˜ผ๐™™๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™’๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ค๐™™, one of South Africaโ€™s top female speakers, and ๐˜š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ข ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, owner and founder of Sophiaโ€™s Roses.
The event will also see the launch of the new โ€˜Karoo Family Favouritesโ€™ recipe book!
Tickets will go on sale on Monday morning, 24 January, and will be available from Mrs Elsebe Moos at the Union High School front office.
Make sure you donโ€™t miss what promises to be a delightful get-together!

We Stand Tall!

On Wednesday, 19 January, Union High Schoolโ€™s new Grade 5s had the privilege of adding their names to Unionโ€™s Stand Tall Project – a participatory art installation created through the collective involvement of Union High Schoolโ€™s learners.
With the inspiration behind the project being the habit of parents measuring their children at home, โ€˜’๐™๐™๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™Ÿ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉโ€™ was launched at Union High School last year as an interactive installation that aims to commemorate a learnerโ€™s time at Union, by measuring their height at certain intervals during their school career.
Much like the doorframe at home, this wall will record a learnerโ€™s growth at their Union home.
Today, the new Grade 5 learners were invited to stand against the wall while their teachers marked off their height. Then, armed with a permanent marker, they labelled it with their name, surname and date.
This installation will gradually have more and more individual markings and names added to it at specific intervals during the school year, which we hope in years to come will create a constellation of measurements blurring the boundaries between art and everyday life.

UHS Welcomes Mrs Linda Rowe

Union High School is delighted to welcome Mrs Linda Rowe to our team of educators.
Mrs Rowe – who boasts 33 yearsโ€™ experience in the education sector – will be teaching Afrikaans to the schoolโ€™s Grade 8s and 9s.
Mrs Rowe recently settled in Graaff-Reinet after having moved here from Orkney where she served as an educator at Milner High School in the nearby Klerksdorp.
Mrs Rowe brings with her both a passion and enthusiasm for teaching and we are proud to have her on board!

Calvin Beck Takes The Reins As Hockey Coach

Union High School is incredibly excited to announce the appointment of Mr Calvin Beck as our new Head of Hockey and Sports Administrator.
Mr Beck is one of the top young coaches in South African youth hockey today and is committed to building a strong programme here at Union.
Before joining Union, Mr Beck served as the Head of Hockey at Hoรซrskool Jim Fouchรฉ in Bloemfontein, where he coached both the girlsโ€™ and boysโ€™ squads while being responsible for the overall development of hockey as a sport at the school.
Prior to this, he served as coach to the University of the Free Stateโ€™s 2nd menโ€™s hockey team and assisted the 1st team. He also enjoyed a 7-year tenure as the coach of the Central University of Technologyโ€™s hockey teams (four with the womenโ€™s squad and three with the menโ€™s).
In addition to this, he boasts a long-standing association with Free State Hockey โ€“ as coach, selector and head of High Performance for teams from u/16 through to senior level.
To say that we are excited about the wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience Mr Beck is bringing with him to the benefit of our players, is an understatement.
We look forward to a bright future for Union hockey with Mr Beck at the helm.
โ€ข ๐˜”๐˜ณ ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ง-๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ, ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ-๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด.

Staff Awarded For Commitment And Long Service

We were very fortunate to be able to start our year off by celebrating some of our staffโ€™s long-service milestones.
While we continue to reiterate that the commitment, dedication and hard work by all staff is noticed, greatly appreciated and worthy of recognition, in this particular event we honoured members of staff who have been with Union for 10 years (2 awardees), 15 years (1 awardee) and 20 years (1 awardee).
Over the years, these loyal colleagues have helped to make this institution and the Union community who we are today.
Please join us in congratulating Mr ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™ž๐™ช๐™จ (10 years), Mrs ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™ฎ ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ก๐™š (10 years), Mr ๐™…๐™ค๐™จ๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ ๐™Š๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข๐™š๐™ฎ๐™š๐™ง (15 years) and Mrs ๐™‰๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™– ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™™ (20 years).

Virtual Music Showcase

Over the past two years, Union High Schoolโ€™s music students have continued to make steady progress on the piano despite the many disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
As they’ve been deprived of the opportunity of performing in front of a live audience for quite some time, our Music teachers, Mrs Sanette Brink and Ms Zelda van Rooyen, dead set on sharing their studentsโ€™ talents with the Union community, asked all their pianists to carefully prepare a piece for a virtual music showcase at the end of 2021.
Please take the time to watch our fabulous performers!
The showcase includes performances on the piano by all our pianists and includes beginner piano pieces through to advanced.
Thank you to all of our performers for taking the time to video and share your beautiful music.
We look forward to the day that our Music Department can host their Annual Music Evening in person on the Union stage again just like in years past.
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ. – ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป’๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ

Academic Top 10

Grade 11

1. Matthew Basson

2. Kendall Krige

3. Grace Merifield

3. Amber Binney

5. Kathrynย  Odendaal

6. Chloe Shires

7. Hannah Bodenstein

7. Jamie Jaftha

7. Marli Brummer

10. Michelle Doyle


Grade 10

1. Caitrin Spence

2. Siphosethu Malotana

3. Cadee Arends

4. Brigette Oelofsen

5. Gemma Naudรฉ

6. Trinity West

7. Tayla Kingwill

8. Anna Pringle

9. Andrue Victor

9. Siyamthanda Desha


Grade 9

1. Naโ€™eem Mahomed

2. Caytah-Leigh Koeberg

2. Joy Merifield

4. Charlize Vorster

5.Sarah Wilmot

6. Sadรฉ May

7. Johanes du Plessis

7. Joshua Neill

9. Ethan Linch

9. Jayden Swart


Grade 8

1. Erin Gedult

2. Tara Ferreira

3. Megan Nortje

4. Sarah Jacobs

4. Pieter-Trystanย  Hulleman

6. Kenza Neill

7.Aaminah Steele

7. Sasha Cochrane

9. Alaistair Imrie

10. Kananelo Kometsi

10. Noah Edwards

10. Danika du Preez