Rockschool Workshop

Our music teachers, Mrs van der Walt, Mrs Brink and Mrs van Rooyen started their year by attending a Rockschool workshop, presented by Mrs Naome Bezuidenhout, an international Rockschool examiner from Vanderbijlpark in South Africa. Rockschool is an international exam board, “Awarding the Contemporary Arts”.

RSL was founded on an ethos to provide innovative, contemporary qualifications for music and the arts. Being at the forefront of the industry for over 25 years, their operations include Rockschool Graded Music ExamsTeaching and Performance Diplomas, Vocational Qualifications (VQ’s) and Performance Arts Awards (PAA).

They pride themselves on delivering the most academically rigorous, industry-relevant qualifications designed to support aspiring artists, educators and teaching establishments – wherever they may be.

Our teachers were instructed on the content of the piano syllabus, from Debut to Gr 8, and the standard and different aspects of the graded exams. They learned a lot and are excited to implement the syllabus as another option of instruction into our music program for learners who wish to earn a graded qualification in contemporary piano music.

 

South African Junior Chess Championships

Five of our learners (left to right in photograph), Amahle Finca (U/16A), Harun Wajid (U/18A), Liano Naidoo (U/18A), Tracy Petitt (U/16A) and James Rose-Innes (U/18A) represented the Chris Hani District in Chess at the South African Junior Chess Championships that were held in Johannesburg from 15 to 20 December. The event included the following categories: Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, Under 18, Under 20.
The SAJCC is the largest chess tournament in South Africa and one of the biggest chess events in Africa with approximately 2300 players and 300 coaches and team managers attending from all over the country. It was indeed an honour for these five learners to represent our School and the district at such a prestigious event.

 

Music Evening

The formal Music Evening was held at the end of the 3rd term. This was an opportunity to acknowledge all the students’ hard work and dedication throughout the course of the year. All the music students were also able to display their unique talents.

From the start, with a performance by the Union High School Junior Choir, to concluding with a solo by Zintle Maki, accompanied on the piano by Rebecca Langmead, the audience enjoyed an evening filled with ambience and an abundance of talent.

A special thank you goes to our music teachers, Mrs van der Walt, Mrs Brink and Mrs van Rooyen, for all their hard work and dedication in growing the music talent in our school. Thank you also to the Public Relations and Media departments for their help in making this very special evening a tremendous success.

Eco Wise Day

Union had their 3rd Eco-Wise day for the year. Rosemary, Demetri & Jesse from SANParks taught 48 Grade 5s and two educators about plastic. The theme was “Plastic Panic – Plastic Play”. Learning through a variety of ways was fun, interactive & creative.

The grade 6V class visited Vuyani Safe Haven to play with the children and donate some toys and clothes.

Mrs Gerber’s class went to the Camdeboo Daycare Centre. They played games with the children and took them some chocolate muffins.

The Grade 7Rs collected corks, elastic string and old t-shirts and made durable and fun cat and dog toys for the local SPCA.

Various other activities also took place on the school campus. Another active and fun-filled Eco-Wise day for Union High!