Rockschool Piano Examinations

Union learners Melissa Naude and Sasha Cochrane were officially presented with their Rockschool certificates of achievement today, for their stellar performances during their respective piano examinations at the end of last year.
Both pianists obtained distinctions, with Sasha Cochrane earning 90% for her Rockschool Grade 3 practical piano exam and Melissa Naude earning 93,75% for her practical Rockschool Debut Piano exam.
See the previous Facebook posts announcing their respective achievements here:

Learners Add Colour to Middle Street

On Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, 3 and 4 March, a few of Union’s learners enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience of working alongside renowned artist, Michèlle Nigrini, while creating a massive work of art in Middle Street.
Their eye-catching mural was created to celebrate the unique immersion of colour, collaboration and creative interaction of two simultaneous art exhibitions in Graaff-Reinet, which opened to the public on Friday, 5 March.
The first exhibition, ‘In Conversation with Colour Symphony’, is being housed at the Jan Rupert Art Centre in Middle Street and is a group exhibition comprised of over 40 artworks.
The second exhibition, ‘Outside In’, is a solo exhibition by Nigrini, and is being housed in Church Street, at the Imibala Gallery.
Both exhibitions are centred around Nigrini’s extraordinary installation, ‘Colour Symphony’, which was moved from the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch to the Jan Rupert Art Centre in Graaff-Reinet for this event.
Union High School extends its thanks to the Jan Rupert Art Centre and to artist Michèlle Nigrini for involving the learners in this project and invite the public to view their finished mural in Middle Street.

Biathlon Inter-provincial Event

This weekend (19 October 2019) Eastern Province hosted an Inter-provincial event in which we competed against other biathletes from Southern Free-State, Border and Eden. While 8 of our learners were selected to compete for EP in this event, only 5 were available to participate on the day.  Despite our diminished numbers, Union was able to place a commendable 9th out of the 19 schools represented at this event.

Although none of our girls managed to finish in the top three in their respective age-groups, every one of them improved on their previous bests in either, or both of the disciplines. Union is extremely proud of these athletes that continue to push themselves to achieve with every performance.  Well done, girls!

Biathlon: 3rd League Event

Union well-represented at third league event

With many of the school’s athletes competing in multiple sporting codes, it is often difficult for the Union Schools to field a large team of biathletes due to other weekend sports commitments.

With the third league event of the biathlon season being held mid-week – on Wednesday, 9 October – it was fortunately possible for the school to field a larger-than-usual team, with thirteen biathletes travelling to Port Elizabeth to compete.

Despite the weather being somewhat chilly and fairly wet, the conditions were actually close to ideal for a good performance all-round. This was reflected in the big improvement in points scored by most of the athletes this week.

The learners’ stellar efforts saw some of them being selected to represent the EP teams in their respective age groups during the upcoming EP Championships which will be held in Port Elizabeth next Saturday, 19 October.

Congratulations to Mia Botha (A team), Mack Rubidge (B team), Jade Shires (B team), Elia Railton (B team), Bowen Langmead (Development team), Drew Dobinson (Development team), Rebecca Copeman (Development team) and Tyra Binney (Development team).


Grey Junior Donates Water

Having heard of Graaff-Reinet’s dire water situation, Grey Junior School’s u/13 cricketers, who visited the town today for a fixture against Union, brought 155 litres of water along with them, which they donated to Union’s hostels.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to them for this wonderful gesture!

HAH Hostel Supper

A memorable evening was recently enjoyed by all the girls at Union’s Herby Arnott House.

The Egyptian-themed annual house dinner presented an opportunity for all involved to reflect on the year in boarding and to acknowledge the departing Grade 12s.

This year the HAH girls were joined by the little Max Kroon House boarders, who were all very excited to attend this special event.

During the course of the evening, a select few special guests were honoured for their contribution to hostel life, thank you gifts were presented to hostel staff and farewell gifts were given to the matrics.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the hostel’s new prefects for 2019/20.

Congratulations to Jade Shires (Headgirl), Lauren Rose-Innes (Prefect) and Ayden Brown (Deputy Headgirl).

They will be assisted by monitors Primrose Mutapati, Kaydn Retief, Hannah Watermeyer and Soyama Mbetshu.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all those present and the school extends its heartfelt thanks to all involved for creating such a special evening for the girls.

Biathlon – Event #2

Union’s biathletes enjoyed great weather in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 7 September.

Six Union biathletes travelled through to Port Elizabeth on Saturday (7 September) to participate in the 2nd league event for the season. This outing saw us welcoming another 2 newcomers, Mack Rubidge and Elia Railton to the team. Jade Shires and Elia Railton are to be congratulated on a fine start to their season, while some of the boys have certainly left room for improvement.

We eagerly await the announcement of the EP team selections for the upcoming interprovincial event, to see if any of our athletes have managed to qualify on the back of one league event.

I would like to thank all the learners that were on the bus for being so willing and eager to get involved in helping change the tyre on the bus after an unfortunate blowout on the return journey.

Biathlon – Event #1

Only three Union biathletes made the journey to Port Elizabeth to compete in the 1st league event of the 2019/2020 season. Despite the very cold and blustery conditions, newcomers to the sport, Mecoli Vorster and Luc Railton competed for the first time and acquitted themselves well, while Brigette Oelofsen was sadly unable to complete the run due to a recurring knee injury. All three competitors did surprisingly well in the swim portion of the event, despite the long layoff over the winter season. They are looking forward to improving both their swim and run times in the next league event which is to be held this coming weekend.

EP Biathletes Selected

The following biathletes have been selected to represent EP at the Highgate Interprovincial event to be held in Oudtshoorn on the 2nd of February.

Mia Botha
Drew Dobinson
Kendall krige
Hannah Bodenstein
Jade Shires
Jenna McNaughton
Megan Doyle

Reserves are:
Rebecca Copeman
Brigette Oelofsen
Bowen Langmead

Congratulations to all these athletes.