UHS Welcomes New Senior Hockey Coach

Union High School is excited to announce the appointment of Miss Antonet Louw to lead our hockey coaches and teams. She will also serve the school as its sports administrator.
Miss Louw brings a wealth of coaching experience with her, but more importantly, her coaching philosophy is a perfect match for our Union community.
She believes that the values learned from participating in sport allow young athletes to grow as people. Her past colleagues mention that one of her greatest strengths is building relationships and say not only is she an unbelievable teacher and coach, but she is an even better person.
Miss Louw attended Oranje Meisieskool where she captained their first hockey team and served as the school’s deputy head girl as well as the hostel’s head girl.
After having earned her provincial colours in hockey every year from the age of 12 and later her national colours in the u/16, u/17 and u/18 divisions, she went on to study at the University of the Free State, where she furthered her hockey ambitions while completing her B. Ed Foundation Phase degree as well as her Honours in Educational Psychology.
Some of her highlights as a player, to name but a few:
• Representing the University of the Free State as part of their women’s hockey team from 2016 to 2019. (She also represented the University of Massachusetts while studying abroad for a year.)
• Representing the Free State province on a provincial level as part of their u/21A side as well as their Women’s side thereafter.
• Being selected to represent South Africa as part of their SA u/21 side, the u/21 African Cup Team and the u/21 Junior World Cup Team.
• Captaining the national side in several matches during the u/21 African Cup as well as the u/21 Junior World Cup in Chili.
• Over the years, she has also represented the Madikwe Rangers, the Orange Rivers Rafters as well as the Namaqualand Daisies in the Premier Hockey League.
Despite being a force to be reckoned with as a player, she has also managed to amass an impressive portfolio as a hockey coach and has built a sterling reputation as a dynamic, creative, resourceful and high impact leader.
Miss Louw’s achievements as a coach are too many to list and cover all levels from provincial teams (as coach to many of the Southern Free State provincial teams), to schools hockey, having served as a coach at the Oranje Meisieskool at an u/14 level, right up to u/18.
We are very excited to welcome her to our exceptional school and can’t wait for our players and parents to get to know her – we know she will be an incredible asset to the community!

Welcome to the Union Family Mr Mfenguza

We are very excited and proud to 𝗪𝗘𝗟𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗘 the newest member of the Union family.
Mr Samkelo Mfenguza, who has joined the staff as the new Geography teacher for Grades 10 to 12, recently relocated to Graaff-Reinet, after having taught at the Umtata Christian Private School in Mthatha for the past eight years.
Mr Mfenguza is an accomplished and passionate educator, boasting a 100% matric pass rate for his Grade 12 Geography learners for the past five years as well as a ‘Teacher of the Year 2020’ award.
He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and an abundance of ideas to enhance the learners’ education and looks forward to getting to know the learners better and becoming part of this community.
We congratulate him on his appointment and extend our best wishes to him on this exciting new journey.

Well Done Tara

Grade 8 learner Tara Ferreira competed in a TSA tournament held in Port Elizabeth on Saturday and Sunday, 27 and 28 March.
Tara played exceptionally well, coming out tops in the Girls’ u/14 division.
Well done, Tara!

Boarding At UHS

Boarding is a happy and contented way of life for many of our learners.
Union High School offers co-educational boarding from Grade 5 through to Grade 12, with options for weekly, termly and casual boarding.
The Grade 5 to 7 boarders are housed in Herby Arnott House and the Grade 8 to 12 boarders in Arthur Kingwill House.
(Weekly boarding is available for Union Preparatory School’s Grade 1 to 4 learners at Max Kroon House.)
Each house has been structured in such a way that it offers its boarders a comfortable home-away-from-home where they can feel a sense of belonging, make friends and enjoy their school years fully immersed in Union’s vibrant campus life.
If you are considering the boarding experience for your children, there really is no better place for them to be than at our wonderful school.
Read more about boarding at Union on our website at http://www.unionschools.co.za/boarding-facilities/ or contact us at 049 891 0262 to find out more or to arrange a visit.
➤ 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗱𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝟯 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭.

Cricket Results

𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗫𝗜 𝘃𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗖𝗖
On 27 March, Union’s 1st XI played against the Standard Cricket Club in a 40 over match in Cradock.
Union won the toss and elected to bat first. The team was bowled out in the 30th over for 95.
James Pienaar (34) and James Pringle (13) top-scored for Union.
Old Unionite William Copeman – playing for Standard CC – was responsible for most of the damage to Union’s batting line-up, taking 6 wickets for 18 runs in 6 overs.
When Standard CC went in to bat, they managed to pass Union’s score in the 21st over.
Jarrod Naude (1/10 in 3 overs) was Union’s top batsman on the day.
Standard CC won by 9 wickets.
𝘂/𝟭𝟱𝘀 𝘃𝘀 𝟮𝗻𝗱 𝗫𝗜
Union High School’s u/15 cricket team recently took the field against the school’s 2nd XI.
The 2nd team went in to bat first, scoring 221 all out in the 37th over.
The top scorers were Daniel Nell (89 not out), Dylan Kriel (39), Mihlali Tyanase (25) and JJ Liebenberg (13).
The u/15’s top batsman was Makukhanye de Beer, who took 5 wickets for 29 runs in 7,5 overs.
The u/15s were bowled out for 56 in the 16th over.
The 2nd team’s top bowler was Mihlali Tyanase (5/3 in 4 overs).
The 2nd team won by 165 runs.

Interact Club Shares The Easter Love

In the days leading up to this year’s Easter weekend, the members of Union High School’s Interact Club launched a special appeal for Easter egg donations, with the hopes of providing the little learners of the Union Preparatory School and Union Pre-School each with a chocolaty surprise before Easter.
The Interact Club’s members were completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the school’s learners and their parents, with a huge number of eggs being donated.
Not only could the Interact Club supply Easter eggs to all the learners in the pre and prep school, but they could also give eggs to the learners at the high school, deliver to Vuyani Safe Haven and dole out some to numerous local farm workers.
Union High School extends its thanks to everyone who supported this project! We also thank each and every member of the Interact Club for reaching out to the little Unionites in the pre and prep school.
➤ Congratulations to the Grade 10P class on collecting the most eggs!

Goodbye, Mrs Botes

Today, Wednesday, 31 March, marks the end of Mrs Danelle Botes’ time here at Union.
Mrs Botes, who has been teaching Geography at the school for just over two years, has decided to put her red pen down for a while in order to be able to spend some more time with her two young children.
Since being appointed at the start of 2019, Mrs Botes has been an amazing asset to the school. She is passionate about whatever she does and her friendly disposition and encouraging attitude will be sorely missed by the learners and her fellow teachers.
The school would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all her hard work and wish her everything of the best for her future.
Seen here is Mrs Botes with some of her Grade 12 learners. To say that they will miss her dearly is an understatement!

Tricky Tongue Twisters

For the month of April, Union’s learners have been challenged to tackle three different tongue twisters in, respectively, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and English that weave together a wonderment of words designed to twist the tongue.

The competition will see Union’s young lovers of alliteration attempt to say these terrifically tough tongue twisters for a cash reward!

We wish our learners all the best as they push their linguistic and articulation skills to the limit!

The isiXhosa tongue twister reads as follows: “Iqaqa liziqikaqika kuqaqaqa laqawuka uqoqoqo” which loosely translates into English as “The skunk rolls over in the grass and sprains its windpipe”;

The Afrikaans tongue twister reads as follows: “Grys, grillerige goggatjies grawe graag geweldige groot gate”; and

The English tongue twister reads as follows: “Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie”.

Can you say it better?

Watch here how it is done!
Seen here is Grade 7 learner Josh Arends attempting the English tongue twister, “Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie”.
Seen here is Grade 12 learner Vuyo Booysen attempting the isiXhosa tongue twister, “Iqaqa liziqikaqika kuqaqaqa laqawuka uqoqoqo” which loosely translates into English as “The skunk rolls over in the grass and sprains its windpipe”.
Seen here is Grade 7 learner Anna Bouwer attempting the Afrikaans tongue twister, “Grys, grillerige goggatjies grawe graag geweldige groot gate”.

Nurturing Emotional Intelligence

“𝘐𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘳, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘸𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺.” – 𝗚𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻 𝗞𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗿
On Thursday, 25 March, the educators of the Union High School, Union Preparatory School and the Union Pre-School, spent their afternoon in the company of Mr Gavin Keller, Executive Director of Keller Education, who presented an engaging, inspirational and motivational session to the staff on the nurturing of emotional intelligence in learners.
This session was part of the Union Schools’ ongoing professional development partnership with Keller Education.

Good Luck Mr August!

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.