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 ๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฃ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ ๐—”๐—–๐—”๐——๐—˜๐— ๐—œ๐—– ๐—”๐—–๐—›๐—œ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—  ๐Ÿฎ, 2022.
๐˜’๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ!
๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ:
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.
๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ:
1. Caitrin Spence
2. Siphosethu Malotana
3. Cadee Arends
4. Brigette Oelofsen
5. Tayla Kingwill
6. Trinity West and Gemma Naudรฉ
8. Lwanda Ntlonti
9. Jenna-Lee Jansen, Anna Pringle and Andrue Victor
๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ:
1. Joy Merifield and Naโ€™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
๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿต:
1. Erin Gedult
2. Megan Nortjรฉ
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
๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿด:
1. Katelyn Trollip
2. Samantha Charles
3. Amber Bezuidenhout and Ciara Kivedo
5. Taegan Hamid and Jade Palmer
7. Melissa Naudรฉ
8. Anebel Norval
9. Endinako Jadezweni and Misha Newton
๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿณ:
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
๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฒ:
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
๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฑ:
1. Clea Clarke
2. Helen van den Heever
3. Adriaan van Jaarsveld
4. Chantรฉ Bezuidenhout
5. Aidan Ferreira
6. Rachel Wenham
7. Kira Hector and Kate Charles
8. Miley Burger, Jae Fillis and Logan Marais

Summer Awards 2022

This past summer, we were thrilled to be able to get back out on the field and dive back into the pool.
Our special ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐— ๐— ๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐——๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐— ๐—•๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ that was held this morning, Friday, 8 April, was, therefore, the perfect opportunity to revel in our learnersโ€™ achievements in the various summer sporting codes.
On top of that, we were also able to award Full Colour awards for Music and Culture and Service Awards to our Library Monitors and SANBS Peer Promoters.
๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด.
Congratulations to the following learners who were awarded ๐—™๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—–๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ฆ during Union High Schoolโ€™s recent Summer Awards Assembly
โ€ข Jamie Jaftha (Full Colours for Culture and Music), โ€ข Barbara McNaughton (Full Colours for Music), โ€ข Caytah-Leigh Koeberg (Full Colours for Tennis).

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Top Academic Achievers

At Union High Schoolโ€™s recent prizegiving ceremony, the ๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฃ ๐—”๐—–๐—”๐——๐—˜๐— ๐—œ๐—– ๐—”๐—–๐—›๐—œ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ in each grade were acknowledged for excellence during the academic school year.
The learners who claimed the top spot in each respective grade, are as follows: (left to right) Erin Gedult (1st on Year Grade 8 ), Katelyn Trollip (1st On Year Grade 7), Caitrin Spence (1st on Year Grade 10), James Rose-Innes (1st on Year Grade 12), Matthew Basson (1st on Year Grade 11), Naโ€™eem Mohammad (1st on Year Grade 9), Anna Stocks (1st On Year Grade 6) and Antonia Adams (1st on year Grade 5).

Junior Prizegiving 2021

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜
Union High School held its annual prizegiving ceremony for its Primary Department (Grade 5 to 7 learners) on Wednesday morning, 20 October.
The event is one of the most important days in the schoolโ€™s calendar which is long-awaited by everyone – educators and learners alike.
Before learners were presented with different awards as per their performance and achievement, they were addressed by the departmental head of the Primary Department, Mrs Evette Cloete.
In her address, Mrs Cloete emphasized that the prizegiving ceremony is a significant moment in which to celebrate the assiduousness and hard work of the learners across all subjects and extra-mural activities.
โ€œThe schoolโ€™s annual prize-giving ceremony is that moment of the year in which we recognise our top achievers as well as encouraging others to take their studies seriously, so that next year they could be counted amongst outstanding learnersโ€, said Mrs Cloete.
The event also featured delightful performances by two of the primary departmentโ€™s pianists, Taegen Hamid and Katelyn Trollip.
Then came the moment that everyone had been waiting for – the presentation of awards.
Although the ceremony saw numerous awards presented to learners across all subjects and grades, the climax of the event was the presentation of the Old Unionite Shield for the Dux learner which was this year awarded to Grade 7 learner, Katelyn Trollip, who received a big round of applause from her peers and all present in the hall.
It is our firm hope that the time following the prizegiving ceremony will be well-spent by learners and educators alike, as they conclude the yearโ€™s work.

Grade 5:

1๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ: Antonia Adams (left)

2๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ: Cate Cochrane (middle)

3๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ: Owen Paxton (right

Grade 6:

1๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ: Anna Stocks (middle)

2๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ: Tara Piercey (left)

3๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ: Aimee Short (right)

Grade 7:

๐˜–๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆย ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅย ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณย ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆย ๐˜‹๐˜ถ๐˜นย ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต (1๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ) & ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ-๐˜™๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ค, ๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Š๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ 7 (๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ) ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ:ย ย Katelyn Trollip (middle)

2๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ: Ciara Kivedo (left)

3๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ: Samantha Charles (right)

Senior Prizegiving 2021

Union High Schoolโ€™s ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ก๐—œ๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ญ๐—˜๐—š๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š was held on Wednesday morning, 20 October.
We are so glad that we were able to celebrate the many successes of our learners who have really risen above the challenges imposed by the past year.


Cultural Bars For Melissa & Taegan

๐—–๐—ข๐—ก๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ to Grade 7 learners Melissa Naude and Taegan Hamid who were presented with cultural bars this morning, 20 August, in recognition of their contribution to the richness of the cultural pillar at Union High School.

Scouts In Action Again

The return to Scouting after a lengthy Covid-19 break was met with great enthusiasm by all the Union scouts.

Their first meeting for 2021 was held on Thursday evening, 13 May, in the Chookie Geard Scout Hall in Neser Street.

Open to all boys from Grade 5 to 12, Scouts has a lot to offer with a varied and diverse programme featuring unique hands-on learning experiences aimed at helping boys grow into their very best future selves.

Contact Mr Bruce Maree at 049 892 3203, 082 783 7027 or to find out more.

A Fresh Look At Studying

On Friday morning, 16 April, Union High School’s Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 learners attended an Elevate Education study skills coaching session.
These sessions, presented by energetic study skills facilitators, are aimed at developing a child’s study techniques in Time Management, Motivation, Growth Mindset, Stress Management and Exams and endeavours to reshape a child’s attitude towards studying and forge new habits that are modelled on the very habits used by past top students.

Philosophy Club

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜† ๐—–๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฏ
A new club was created at Union High School this year – and itโ€™s definitely making people think.
The ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜† ๐—–๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฏ will see participants getting together every two weeks to discuss numerous thought-provoking topics, that vary from the metaphysical to the pragmatic, including, but not limited to, morals, perception, love, emotions and different views of reality.
The club was created by Grade 12 learners, Max Wright and James Rose-Innes, who were inspired by a recent donation of a โ€˜THINK Tableโ€™ to the school by Old Unionite, Mr Adrian Arnott.
The Philosophy Club’s founders, Grade 12 learners James Rose-Innes and Max Wright.
Mr Arnott gifted the school with this extraordinary thought-provoking table in order to promote a culture of โ€˜deeper thinkingโ€™ at the school.
The idea behind it certainly took root and led to these two matric learners, who found the idea of developing often unvoiced ideas discovered in other classes too appealing to be ignored, establishing a forum for the free expression of thought and speech, where learners can have fun while having the space to explore ideas.
At its inaugural meeting on Tuesday afternoon, 9 March, it already boasted 14 members who delved right into the first topic up for discussion – a classic thought experiment known as the trolley dilemma, developed by philosopher Philippa Foot in 1967.
The trolley dilemma is a thought experiment about a fictional scenario in which an onlooker has the choice to save 5 people in danger of being hit by a trolley, by diverting the trolley to kill just 1 person. The term is often used more loosely with regard to any choice that seemingly has a trade-off between what is good and what sacrifices are “acceptable,” if at all.
The philosophical discussion that ensued generated a wealth of rich and meaningful conversation among the learners present and allowed the learners to think through the consequences of an action and consider whether its moral value is determined solely by its outcome.
Any learners that are interested in expanding their perspectives, joining in conversations that challenge opinions and sharing their insights are encouraged to attend the Clubโ€™s next meeting on Tuesday evening, 23 March, at 17:00 in the Union High School Hall.
Some of the Philosophy Club’s members around Union’s ‘THINK Table’ at the inaugural meeting on Tuesday, 9 March.

Academic Awards

We would like to take this opportunity to honour learners in each respective grade who had attained high academic successes during the course of last year.
We would like to congratulate these learners – not simply on their high achievement in academics, as important as that is – but on their deep and genuine engagement in learning and an eagerness to stretch and challenge themselves to get the most out of their education at Union.
โ€ข These awards are calculated on learnersโ€™ November 2020 results.
โ€ข These Grade 6 to 8 learners identified here, will be awarded academic bars, the Grade 9 and 10 learners academic ties and the Grade 11 and 12 learners Half and Full Colours.

Grade 6
Kirsten Collett
Nasreen Foster
Tara Piercy
Aimee Short
Amber Slater

Grade 7
Josh Arends
Amber Bezuidenhout
Samantha Charles
Taegen Hamid
Ciara Kivedo
Jade Palmer
Katelyn Trollip

Grade 8
Muhammad Ahmed
Sasha Cochrane
Zara Deysel-Douman
Tara Ferreira
Erin Gedult
Kenza Neill
Megan Nortje

Grade 9
Caytah-Leigh Koeberg
Naโ€™eem Mahomed
Sade May
Joy Merifield
Joshua Neill
Charlize Vorster

Grade 10
Cadee Arends
Lana Bouwer
Siyamthanda Desha
Jenna-Lee Jansen
Tayla Kingwill
Siphosethu Malontana
Gemma Naude
Brigette Oelofsen
Anna Pringle
Simone Prinsloo
Caitrin Spence
David Venter
Andrue Victor
Trinity West

Grade 11 Half Colours
Amber Binney
Alexandra Imrie
Chloe Shires

Grade 11 Full Colours
Matthew Basson
Kendall Krige
Matthew McNaughton
Grace Merifield
Kathryn Odendaal

Grade 12 Half Colours
Catelyn Anthony
Kyle-Luke du Preez
Petra Japhta
Litha Mngoma
James Pringle

Grade 12 Full Colours
Mekisha Manzana
Amzolele Relu
James Rose-Innes
Melissa Swart
Hanna Watermeyer