24 May - Afrikaans FAL paper 3 (grade 5 - 12)
28 May - Grade 8 - 12 Exams start   
senior exam timetable
30 May - Grade 7 Exams start    
junior exam timetable
2 June - Change in senior sport fixture:  UHS vs Westering (home); UHS vs Winterberg (as on term calendar) will be played as a midweek fixture in the third term
4 June - Grade 5 & 6 Exams start
16 June - Public Holiday: Youth Day
19 June - Cross Country
21 June - School Closes for Pupils / Report Collection: 13:00 – 13:30
22 - 25 June - Anne Beagley Junior Rugby and Hockey Festival



RUGBY - Please not change in fixtures:
1stXV & U/16A matches cancelled
09:00 U/14A
10:00 U/15B
11:00 U/15A
12:00 2nd Team

10:40 3rd Team vs Marlow 4th team @ Spookhuis Field, Marlow

10:00 U/16A vs CHS 3rd Team
11:20 2nd Team
12:00 1st Team





The matric Farewell of 2018 was a glittery evening to say the least! Right from the small and big (really big) vehicles, to the final, barefoot dance, the matrics were smiling from ear to ear.

After walking down a fairy-lit carpet we entered into an equisite forest! Our eyes feasted on stumps, candles and pine cones as we mingled and took a few precious pictures. We were then escorted downstairs to the picturesque dining area. We ate, laughed, danced and made memories that we will never forget.

Thank you to the Grade 11 class, Matric Farewell Committee and everyone else who was involved in making the evening so special!
(By Rebecca Langmead)



U11A:  15 - 12
U13A:  26 - 10



The grade 6 class had to create mandalas this term in visual arts. They decided to assemble nature mandalas.

They discussed and applied the following design principles: symmetry, contrast, repetition and harmony!
Beautiful work by our Grade 6s!



The Grade 10K glass filled 26 bottles for the Eco-brick project. Pictured here are Eco reps, Katherine Imrie, Liyema Sonjani and
Erin O'Halloran. Erin filled almost 20 bottles!



The provincial round of the Minquiz competition was held last week in Port Elizabeth where schools from the around the Eastern Cape participated. A team of three Grade 12 pupils, Amanda Brink, Michael Krige and Kelly Rose-Innes, represented Union High School at the competition.

They endured a tough individual written quiz in the morning where they had to answer 40 multiple choice questions in only 45 minutes. They did very well to make it through to the oral quiz of the Gold section which was held after lunch.

The oral quiz was even more demanding. They faced off against 4 other teams on the stage watched by an audience and a team of judges. Not only were the learners required to recall and apply a scientific or mathematical concept, but they also had to manipulate formula and a host of numbers in their heads. All this was done with no calculators or writing tools and to top it off they only had 30 seconds to come up with an answer. No wonder the standard answer was always C!

Even though the team was not placed amongst the top 3 in the final round, they gained a great deal of experience and fun was had by all.



Thursday, 17 May
U/11A: 10 - 10
U/13A: 31 - 12

Friday, 18 May
Inaugural day of first Karoo Round Robin Tournament
Union High welcomed five Karoo teams to take part in the first round of this much needed tournament. A wonderful initiative that hopes to grow the sport of hockey in our area. The participating teams were Union, Cradock, Graaff-Reinet Primary, Gill and Middleburg Homeschoolers. Union got off to a promising start by notching up two wins and a draw. The Union girls hope to produce even better results in the 2nd round.

We thank all the participants for travelling so far to join us. It was especially wonderful to see the introduction of Graaff-Reinet Primary School to our Karoo league. We wish them all the best for this season.

Saturday, 19 May
Junior 5th team:  0 - 0
Junior 4th team:  0 - 0
Junior 3rd team:  0 - 0
Junior 2nd team:  1 - 0
Junior 1st team:  0 - 0
Our Junior hockey teams travelled to Port Elizabeth this weekend to face up against some strong competition at Lorraine Primary. We were happy to be able to field 5 teams for this fixture and it was super to see some girls who had never played hockey before, coming forward to help fill the teams.
The day was evenly matched all round, and both schools battled for the upper-hand throughout. The only goal of the day was scored by Ferronique Booysen for the 2nd team and this, in turn, led to the only win of the day. The 2nd team won 1 – 0, while all the other games ended in goalless draws.

1st team match report
This midday fixture on a hot and dry day left both teams struggling to maintain the blistering pace they set for themselves from the outset. Regardless of this, it was impressive to watch the girls continue to give their all in a physical and fast-paced encounter. The run of play changed constantly and neither team was ever in complete control of the game.

The girls played exceptionally well and it was so pleasing to see their continued determination and maturity despite their exhaustion. On noticing the visible fatigue in both teams, the coaches came to a mutual agreement to cut the game short by 5 minutes in the interests of health safety, and the game ended in a scoreless draw.



A Top level club meeting, attended by twelve of our top academic learners and five Eco-Representatives from the primary school accompanied by Ms Street and Mrs Rose-Innes, was held on 16 May 2018. This meeting was addressed by Mr Jurg Wagener who was accompanied by his wife, Rita. He is the owner of Sterland Stargazing in Sutherland, and is running a training session on stargazing over three days in Graaff-Reinet.

Mr Wagener explained that stars consist of gases exploding, that blue stars are young stars and red stars (owing to temperature) are fading away. Each star has its own beauty and characteristics. He also illustrated the difference between the Southern, Diamond and False Cross and how to recognise them in the constellation. He further shared how and where to identify SCORPIO, ORION and planets such as JUPITER, SATURN and VENUS . The presentation was interesting and enough to unlock the curiosity of our learners.



Congratulations to the following girls on their selection to Eastern Province Hockey Teams:
(photograph left to right)
Chloe Shires u/14B
Micela Loock u/18B
Candice Russell u/18B
Yente Retief u/18B



Union High hosted a very successful friendly chess tournament on Monday 14 May. We had a record number of chess players participating - a total of 110!

The following primary schools took part: Laer Volkskool, Laerskool Karel Theron, Gill College, Graaff-Reinet Primêr, Kroonvale Primêr, Cradock Primary and Union High School.

The following high schools participated: Hoër Volkskool, Marlow Hoërskool, Cradock High School and Union High School. Each chess player played four matches. It was a very enjoyable afternoon of chess.


SPORT RESULTS - 11 / 12 MAY 2018

On Friday, various hockey teams travelled to Port Elizabeth, to face Collegiate Girls High, one of Union’s toughest opponents of the season. The Union girls showed a lot of resilience and determination and did the school proud by playing with heart until the very end, in a very entertaining match, which produced phases of quality hockey. A special mention must be made of goalkeeper, Sima Desemela, whose performance was one of pure quality.
1st Team: 0 – 3
2nd Team: 0 – 7
U/16A: 0 – 4
U/16B: 0 – 3

Burgersdorp - Hockey
2nd Team vs Burgersdorp 1st Team: 1 – 0
3rd Team: 0 – 0
U/16B: 1 – 0

Burgersdorp – Rugby
1st XV: 8 - 13
Conditions were not ideal and the cold, wet weather forced us into an unfamiliar playing style but, regardless, we let ourselves down on Saturday. We scored early and perhaps this lulled us into a false sense of security. Our opponents put us under tremendous pressure by holding onto possession and forcing us to make countless tackles. This took its toll on our energy levels when we did get the ball and we lost composure at crucial times. A lack of discipline in our half allowed them to edge their way ahead on the scoreboard and we could not recover. Breyton Damons was the sole try scorer and Matt Harpur kicked a penalty. We certainly had our chances but failed to convert, losing the match 8-13.

Backline player of the match goes to Sibongiseni Baatjies who defended like a trojan and fought his hardest to get us on the front foot from set-pieces. The fact that his playing kit was barely recognisable was indicative of how committed he was throughout the game. The best forward was Cleathon Koeberg, who grabbed only his second chance in the starting line-up with more than both hands. He punched above his weight with ball in hand and his physicality on defence proved that he is up to the challenge of wearing the White Jersey. Hard work and soul-searching will be the order of the day over the next two weeks.

2nd Team: 17 – 12
U/16A: 24 – 10
U/15A: 24 – 17
U/14A: 35 – 19


13 UHS learners travelled to Despatch to represent Union High at the bi-annual Despatch Kunstefees. Together they prepared 29 items ranging from poetry, monologues, dramatised prose, dialogues and dramatised poetry. Our learners did exceptionally well and we are very proud of them. They were awarded two B's, two B+'s, nine A's, and 11 A+s. We are very excited about the five A++ (above 90%) certificates awarded to three of our extremely talented girls!

Here are the results
1. Amahle Finca: A
2. Keoarana Letube: A, A
3. Musa Zweni: A, A
4. Sasha Cochrane: A, A+
5. Aziza Mduduma: A+, A+
6. Sisipho de Vos: B, B+, A
7. Aaminah Steele: B, A, A+
8. Lolitha Saki: B+, B+, A+
9. Erin Gedult: A, A+, A+
10. Cadee Arends: A+, A+, A+
11. Brigette Oelofsen: A+, A++, A++
12. Caitrin Spence: A+, A++, A++
13. Rachel Houseman: A+, A+, A+, A++


Last Thursday evening UHS hosted Asherville High School in a Prepared Speech Competition for Grade 10 learners in The Tony Burrell Union.

The evening was most enjoyable, and Mrs Grewar would like to thank all those who were brave enough to speak. Well done to Kwezi Simon who was placed first.

A word of thanks to Laeticia Theron for her part in welcoming the guests and to Somila Batala, Bowen Langmead and Déger Williams for adjudicating. They certainly did a wonderful job and gained insight into what constitutes a good speech.

We look forward to the Grade 11 Speech Evening which will be held later this term.


Union's junior hockey teams travelled to Somerset East today to play against Gill Primary.
3rd Team:  1 - 0
2nd Team:  1-0
1st Team:  0 - 0


UHS vs Aliwal North High School
Rugby Results
The Union first team fought their way to a narrow 24 - 21 victory over Aliwal North on Saturday. In unusually warm conditions the boys struggled to build any continuity and made too many errors, which resulted in much frustration from the players themselves, as well as spectators. It was a real ding-dong battle with the lead changing several times. Fortunately, Union was able to score three excellent tries and dug deep on defence which secured the win against tough opposition.

Breyton Damons finished off an excellent passage of play to score Union’s first try. Cowan Swartz then showed his class by scoring two long range individual tries either side of halftime. Matt Harpur converted all three tries and kicked a penalty.

Backline player of the match once again goes to Cowan Swartz, who seems to glide through defences with ease and create scoring opportunities with every touch.

Forward of the match was Gary Shell. He got through a mountain of hard work and stood his ground on both sides of the scrum.

It wasn’t a fluent performance, but sometimes a close win builds character and mental toughness, which are things that can’t be coached. The team can be proud of themselves for winning, despite feeling that they weren’t at their best.

Further results
2nd Team:  34 - 5
U/16A:  21 - 0
U/15A:  0 - 12
U/14A:  19 - 5

Hockey Results
At Saturday’s match against Aliwal North three of the Union 1st Team hockey players, Micela Loock, Sima Desemela and Jenna McNaughton, received their 100 caps for the 1st team. We congratulate these three players on this great achievement, and thank them for their hard work and dedication. 
Jenna McNaughton Sima Desemela Micela Loock

During the match, Aliwal North set up a very negative game plan which made it difficult for the Union girls to finish off the hard work they were putting in. Nevertheless, the Union team was far too strong for the Aliwal team winning, the match 4-0.  Rebecca Langmead scored a hat trick and Kelly Rose-Innes scoring her 1st goal for the 1st Team.

Further results:
2nd Team:  5 - 0
U/16A:  7 - 0
3rd Team:  1 - 0

Junior rugby & hockey results vs Westering Primary
Rugby results
U/13 rugby
In their match against Westering Primary, it being only their second official match of the season, the under 13 boys played with great passion and dominated the collision. Unfortunately, they enjoyed very little possession and towards the end of the game their opponents ran in two soft tries. Although the boys lost 5-27, this team is constantly improving and seem to be very close to securing future victories.

Hockey results
1st Team
Union’s 1st Junior team fielded a slightly depleted team due to injuries and illness, and seemed a little slow off the mark. A goal from Westering was needed to shake the Union girls into action. After realising they were 1-0 down, they suddenly started to take back control of the game. Soso Mroro equalised the scores with a spectacular individual effort, which saw her carrying the ball from her own defensive circle, finishing it off by smashing it deftly past their keeper. Soso also scored the second goal after a beautifully timed pass from her wing, Chloe Erasmus, to give us the 2-1 win.

Player of the Match for the 1st team undoubtedly goes to Musa Zweni who weathered numerous attacks from the opposing team and pulled off some phenomenal saves in the process. Without her composure in the box, the outcome would most certainly have been very different. On this note, we would like to thank Sima Desemela, the 1st team keeper, who spent time with the junior keepers during the week to impart some of her vast knowledge. The work she did with them was evident in both matches.

Second Team
The 2nd Juniors were first up and taking the hot, energy-sapping conditions in their stride, they launched their attack on the home team. The play was fairly evenly matched though and after a ding-dong battle for possession, neither team were able to score resulting in the game finishing in a goalless draw.

3rd and 4th Junior hockey teams also played against Westering. Both teams lost 1-0 but gained valuable match practice.