Choir Performance

Union High School, Graaff-Reinet‘s choristers had the honour of ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ๐— ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—”๐—ง ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ช๐—˜๐——๐——๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ข๐—™ Craig and Lisa-Anne Schafer at the beautiful Drostdy Hotel this afternoon, Saturday, 23 April.
๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.

Meet The Media Team

We are very excited to introduce Union High Schoolโ€™s new ๐— ๐—˜๐——๐—œ๐—” ๐—ง๐—˜๐—”๐— .
The ๐— ๐—˜๐——๐—œ๐—” ๐—ง๐—˜๐—”๐—  is an extra-curricular opportunity for learners interested in technology and digital storytelling.
In addition to bringing their voices and perspectives to Unionโ€™s growing online presence and brand across digital platforms, they also serve as ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™˜๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™กโ€™๐™จ ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™˜๐™ ๐™จ๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™–๐™™, assisting the various departments within the school with their technological needs.
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ:
๐—˜๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜
Daniel Marais
Alexander Neill
๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด
Josh Arends
Alastair Imrie
Bukhobenkosi Nomatye
Samantha Charles
๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†
Sarah Jacobs
Amy Waddelow
๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€
Johannes du Plessis
Erin Gedult
Leshay Fourie
Keisha Mentoor
๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€/๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€
Aashiq Hartley
JJ Liebenberg

Speech Competition

“๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ. ๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต.” – ๐—ข๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐˜€
Having the confidence to speak well is such an important life skill. While for many, the idea of public speaking may invoke a sense of trepidation, that certainly wasnโ€™t evident among the many learners who took to the stage these past two weeks to deliver their prepared speeches to the audiences at Union High Schoolโ€™s ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ก๐—œ๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—˜๐—–๐—› ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ก๐—œ๐—ก๐—š๐—ฆ.
Overall the standard of the learnersโ€™ speeches were very high, and, regardless of the age group, their confidence was astonishing.
๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ ๐™ค๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™–๐™จ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™จ:
Grade 8: Endinako Jadezweni
Grade 9: Erin Gedult
Grade 10: Sobuhle Njambali
Grade 11: Caitrin Spence
Grade 12: Kendall Krige
๐—ช๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐——๐—ข๐—ก๐—˜!

 

 

 

Scouts Summit Nardousberg

On Saturday, 15 January, five intrepid Union Scouts – ๐™…๐™… ๐™‡๐™ž๐™š๐™—๐™š๐™ฃ๐™—๐™š๐™ง๐™œ, ๐™†๐™ฎ๐™ก๐™š ๐™‡๐™ž๐™š๐™—๐™š๐™ฃ๐™—๐™š๐™ง๐™œ, ๐™…๐™–๐™ฎ๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ, ๐˜ผ๐™ก๐™š๐™ญ ๐™‰๐™š๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™‡๐™š๐™ข๐™ ๐™š – took off on a hike up Nardousberg accompanied by Old Unionites John Finlaison and Richard Collett.
Armed with meagre food rations which consisted of a few Pro-vitaโ€™s, a cheese wedge, one apple, a power bar, a carrot and as much water as they could carry, they took on the second highest mountain in the Eastern Cape (2400m).
The hike up was tough, but very well handled by the boys.ย 

They set up camp at the base of the peak at about 21:00 that night after hiking the last section in the dark and thick mist.
The next morning, the group was greeted by stunning 360หš views as far as the eye could see and a beautiful sunrise. After the short walk to the beacon at the peak to write their names in the record book, they headed back down, mercifully easier, for a lunch of boerewors rolls and reflection of what was a worthy achievement!
These five young men acquitted themselves very well with good manners and a tough spirit and are a credit to themselves, their school and families, well done!
A word of thanks is extended to Mr Bruce Maree, Graaff-Reinet Scoutmaster, for making all the arrangements for the hike and also to Mr Kobus Olivier who once again allowed the Scouts access to this wonderful piece of land!
โ€ข ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ด (๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ 5 ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ 10) ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ 18:30 ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ 20:30 ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ. ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜”๐˜ณ ๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ข๐˜ต 082 783 7027 ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ, 27 ๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 2022.

Virtual Music Showcase

Over the past two years, Union High Schoolโ€™s music students have continued to make steady progress on the piano despite the many disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
As they’ve been deprived of the opportunity of performing in front of a live audience for quite some time, our Music teachers, Mrs Sanette Brink and Ms Zelda van Rooyen, dead set on sharing their studentsโ€™ talents with the Union community, asked all their pianists to carefully prepare a piece for a virtual music showcase at the end of 2021.
Please take the time to watch our fabulous performers!
The showcase includes performances on the piano by all our pianists and includes beginner piano pieces through to advanced.
Thank you to all of our performers for taking the time to video and share your beautiful music.
We look forward to the day that our Music Department can host their Annual Music Evening in person on the Union stage again just like in years past.
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ. – ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป’๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ

Congratulations Taegen!

๐—–๐—ข๐—ก๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ to Taegen Hamid, a Grade 7 learner at Union High School, who recently passed her Rockschool Grade 2 Comtemporary Piano practical examination with distinction (90%)!

Art Club Explores Local Gallery

The members of Union High School’s Art Club managed to escape the searing heat this week and spent a cool, contemplative time in the Hester Rupert Art Gallery Graaff Reinet.
During this time they were shown some of the national treasures that are exhibited in this gallery, including original works by Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser, Alexis Preller and Walter Battis.
The young artists looked at works from various art movements such as Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism and Post Modernism.
They also saw works in different mediums including oil paint, watercolour, sculpture and various printing techniques.
We are so fortunate to have a collection such as this in Graaff-Reinet, and the Art Club came away with a new appreciation of the visual arts.

Interact Commemorates Women’s Day

Supporting and celebrating womenโ€™s rights is a year-round responsibility. So, during the month of May, to commemorate International Womenโ€™s Day, Union High Schoolโ€™s Interact committee hosted a Civvies Day, or rather days, on 19 and 20 May 2021, to raise funds for a very special project.
A staggering amount of R2 901 was raised and the proceeds used to purchase 580 packets of sanitary towels, which were delivered to Vuyani Safe Haven and the Thembalesizwe, Isibane, Kroonvale, Narsingstraat and Graaff-Reinet primary schools.
The Interact members extend their grateful thanks to Unionโ€™s management team, Headmaster Mr William Pringle in particular, for their support of this initiative.
A further note of thanks is also extended to the schoolโ€™s learners, members of staff, Ms Elsabรฉ Moos, Mr Donald Kingwill, Mr Trevor Zali and Mr Arnold du Plessis for going above and beyond to ensure the smooth running of this project.

Eco Club Is Back In Action

“๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ.” – ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ต๐—ถ
Eco Club gives all our learners who are interested in the environment a chance to meet, learn, discuss and expand their knowledge of environmental issues.
During their meeting on Wednesday afternoon, 17 March,, it was all about dogs as they kicked off a three-part series of hands-on lessons about pets and how to care for them.
This series encourages children to think about respect for pets and what they bring to the lives of human beings. They will understand that by providing animals with basic needs and treating animals with kindness and respect, they are demonstrating responsible pet care, environmental stewardship and acting as responsible citizens of the community.