Junior Rugby and Hockey Festival

Raw determination lights in the eyes of players, tension radiates as the shot at the goal just misses and the crowds roar with untamed excitement as the final try secures the win.

Emotion stings the air and everyone is simply alive with spirit.

This past weekend’s Anne Beagley Junior Rugby and Hockey Festival, which is now in its 21st year, can definitely go down as one of, if not the most memorable of the festivals to have been hosted by Union High School in Graaff-Reinet.

Sponsored by Caltex Eastern Cape and Botha’s Garage, the festival saw 30 teams from as far as East London, Port Elizabeth and Knysna, compete on both the rugby and hockey fields.

In spite of load shedding, cold temperatures and water logged fields, parents, coaches, guest schools and their supporters, were treated to displays of talent, skill and sportsmanship by many young sport stars of the future and an atmosphere of healthy competition and friendly rivalry prevailed for the 3-day duration of the fun-filled festival.

Mrs Anne Beagley’s vision 17 years ago was to create an opportunity for brother and sister schools from cities, to come and experience a weekend of Karoo hospitality and friendship. This has certainly was attained.

On the rugby field, Union’s u/13A side managed two wins and a loss.

On Saturday, Union started well, beating Westering Primary School 60 – 0. Sunday saw Union beat George Randell Primary School 17 – 14 in a tightly contested match. On Monday, Union suffered their first loss of the festival, scoring 12 points to the Grey Bulldogs 31.

On the hockey side on Saturday, Union’s 1st Juniors enjoyed great success, scoring a total of 35 goal during their seven games and only conceding one! Union beat Gonubie Primary School 10 – 0, Westering Primary 2 – 0, George Randell Primary 9 – 0, Stirling Primary 4 – 0, Riebeek College 5 – 0, and Victoria Primary 5 – 0. Monday morning saw Union lose their only match of the festival, going down against Lorraine Primary 1 – 0.

Union also entered an invitation team in both the rugby and the hockey. Although both teams found it tough going against their respective u/13A competition, they gained valuable experience which will stand them in good stead going forward.

Volkskool’s hockey and rugby also delivered a good showing at the festival with Volkskool’s hockey team ending the festival undefeated, having beaten Lorraine Primary 2 – 0, the Union Invitation team 11 – 0, Charlo Primary 1 – 0, Stirling Primary 4 – 1 and Sunridge Primary 3 – 1.

Volkskool’s rugby team played against the Grey Bulldogs, Queen’s College and Stirling Primary, losing their respective encounters 0 – 28, 0 – 31 and 10 – 17.

All the games in both codes were played in great spirit, and the players gave their all.

Union extends its grateful thanks to all those who attended the festival and contributed to the success of this year’s event.

Top 10 Academic Achievers Term 2 2022

On behalf of all the educators and staff at Union High School, Graaff-Reinet, we would like to congratulate the 𝗧𝗢𝗣 𝟭𝟬 𝗔𝗖𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗠𝗜𝗖 𝗔𝗖𝗛𝗜𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗠 𝟮, 2022.
𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘶𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬!
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝟭𝟮:
1. Grace Merifield
2. Matthew Basson
3. Kendall Krige
4. Marli Brummer and Amber Binney
6. Michelle Doyle
7. Alexandra Imrie, Kathryn Odendaal, Tamsin James and Matthew McNaughton.
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝟭𝟭:
1. Caitrin Spence
2. Siphosethu Malotana
3. Cadee Arends
4. Brigette Oelofsen
5. Tayla Kingwill
6. Trinity West and Gemma Naudé
8. Lwanda Ntlonti
9. Jenna-Lee Jansen, Anna Pringle and Andrue Victor
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝟭𝟬:
1. Joy Merifield and Na’eem Mahomed
3. Sarah Wilmot
4. Caytah-Leigh Koeberg
5. Jayden Swart
6. Joshua Basson
7. Max Price and Charlize Vorster
9. Joshua Neill
10. Johannes du Plessis
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝟵:
1. Erin Gedult
2. Megan Nortjé
3. Tara Ferreira
4. Kenza Neill
5. Sarah Jacobs
6. Aaminah Steele and Pieter-Trystan Hulleman
8. Muhammad Ahmed
9. Sasha Cochrane
10. Mihle Thibini
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝟴:
1. Katelyn Trollip
2. Samantha Charles
3. Amber Bezuidenhout and Ciara Kivedo
5. Taegan Hamid and Jade Palmer
7. Melissa Naudé
8. Anebel Norval
9. Endinako Jadezweni and Misha Newton
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝟳:
1. Aimee Short
2. Amber Slater
3. Tara Piercey
4. Kirsten Collett
5. Elizabeth Houseman
6. Sixolile Singeni
7. Jade Slater
8. Zach Verwey
9. Richard Murray
10. Benji Loots
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝟲:
1. Antonia Adams
2. Isabella Hulleman
3. Zunaida Deysel
4. Cate Cochrane and Owen Paxton
6. Philip Kayster
7. John-Henry King
8. Gerda Clarke, Carlen Prinsloo and Thomas Taylor
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝟱:
1. Clea Clarke
2. Helen van den Heever
3. Adriaan van Jaarsveld
4. Chanté Bezuidenhout
5. Aidan Ferreira
6. Rachel Wenham
7. Kira Hector and Kate Charles
8. Miley Burger, Jae Fillis and Logan Marais

Salisbury Exchange Programme 2023

𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 to 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘁 𝗞𝗲𝗻𝗺𝘂𝗶𝗿 and 𝗭𝗼ë 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗹𝘀 who have been selected to participate in Union High School’s 2023 Salisbury Exchange Programme.
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘦 7 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘪𝘯 2023 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 Salisbury Cathedral School 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘥𝘰𝘮.

Junior Rugby & Hockey Festival

We’re counting down the days to our 𝟮𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗲 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗴𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝘂𝗴𝗯𝘆 & 𝗛𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘆 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹, taking place this weekend, 24 to 27 June.
The matches will be played on the Union High School AstroTurf and rugby fields from break of day, till late afternoon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as the competition takes place for the first time since 2019.
A huge amount of work has gone into the planning of this sports fest, none of which would have been possible without the support of our anchor sponsors for this event, Caltex Eastern Cape and Botha’s Garage.
With 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝟲𝟱𝟬 𝘂/𝟭𝟯𝗔 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗿𝘂𝗴𝗯𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘆 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗮𝗳𝗳-𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘁 this Friday, we look forward to a great weekend of rugby and hockey action to come.
𝘚𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘺, 25 𝘑𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘵 6.30𝘱𝘮
𝚁𝟷𝟹𝟶 𝚙𝚎𝚛 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗
All parents, Old Unionites and friends of the Union Schools are invited to a steak braai in the 𝙏𝙤𝙣𝙮 𝘽𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙤𝙣 on Saturday evening, 25 June, at 6.30pm during Union’s 21st annual Anne Beagley Junior Rugby & Hockey Festival.
𝗣𝗿𝗲-𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 your tickets with Mrs Suzanne Marais at 049 891 0262 or secretary@unionschools.co.za

Diving Into Pool Project

Union Preparatory School and Union High School, Graaff-Reinet are incredibly excited to announce that it recently commenced with a new project, which will see 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗽𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗱.
It has long been one of the school’s ambitions to lengthen the pool from its current length of 25 yards (22,84 metres) to that of a standard length competition pool – 25 metres.
Construction to have this accomplished, commenced earlier today, Monday, 20 June.
𝘖𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘥, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘸𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘨𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘴 (𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 25-𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘰𝘰𝘭) 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘧𝘰𝘳, 𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘸𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘴𝘸𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘵 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴

1st Hockey Results – Bloemfontein Tour

It was with great anticipation and excitement that Union’s 1st team hockey girls travelled up to Bloemfontein this weekend for a set of hockey matches against some fierce opposition.
𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱, 𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁 𝗝𝗶𝗺 𝗙𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵é 𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗼𝗼𝗻, 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘃𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀, 𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝟭 – 𝟬.
The team then took on Oranje Meisieskool’s 2nds early this morning. In what was a very entertaining match to watch, OMS managed to clinch a 4 – 2 win against Union.
Shortly afterwards, the girls went toe-to-toe against the Free State’s u/16A side. Although they were tuckered out from their encounter against Oranje, they still produced beautiful play, but suffered a 0 – 5 defeat in the end.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘧𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺.

Art Club Excursion

Union High School, Graaff-Reinet‘s 𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗖𝗟𝗨𝗕 was fortunate to pay a visit to the studio of international wildlife artist, Mr David Langmead, this week.
Mr Langmead spent time explaining the process of oil painting, the importance of composition and the value of hard work to the interested young artists.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘊𝘭𝘶𝘣 𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘳 𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮

U/13 Rugby Results

𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗢𝗨𝗧 to our u/13A rugby players who have enjoyed several successes these past couple of weeks.
• The boys came out tops in their encounter against Hangklip Primary, winning the match 26-24.
• The team then followed this up with a 43 -22 victory against a visiting Niko Brummer Primary School side.
𝘞𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦, 𝘣𝘰𝘺𝘴!

Provincial Sport Representatives

𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 to Union High School, Graaff-Reinet hockey players, Misha Newton, Leigh-Ann Murray, Caytah-Leigh Koeberg and Sadé May, who were selected to represent EP Hockey!
While Misha and Leigh-Ann were selected for the u/14B side, Caytah-Leigh and Sadé will represent the u/16B side.
“𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘢𝘧𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦,” said Union’s Head of Hockey, Mr Calvin Beck. “𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥.”
𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 to Union High School, Graaff-Reinet rugby players, JJ Liebenberg and Bubele Thibini, on being selected to represent the Eastern Province u/18 Academy Week side that will be competing at the upcoming u/18 SA Academy Week, being held at the Huguenot High School in Wellington from 3 to 9 July.
𝘞𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘑𝘑, 𝘉𝘶𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘶𝘤𝘬 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵.

Hockey Results vs Framesby

Union High School’s u/16A hockey side and 1st team hockey girls enjoyed a great fixture against Hoërskool Framesby this morning, Saturday, 11 June, winning both their respective encounters!
𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯’𝘴 𝘶/16𝘈 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘸𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩 2 – 1, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 1𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘢 4 – 2 𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺.