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.

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:

Well Done Melissa!

Congratulations to Grade 6 learner Melissa Naudรฉ who passed her practical Rockschool Debut Piano exam with distinction – 93,75%!
Melissa takes music lessons with Ms Sanette Brink and is the very first Union learner to have played an exam associated with the Rockschool Piano syllabus.
Well done and congratulations Melissa, the many months of dedicated and consistent practising have paid off! We are very proud of you.

Project ‘Love Sandwiches’ Gains Momentum

It was with much anticipation that Union High School’s Grade 9 learners arrived at school on Wednesday morning, 19 February.

It was their turn to participate in the Interact Club’s ‘Love Sandwiches’ project, so they arrived at school bright and early with all their necessary sandwich-making supplies in hand and – most importantly – a can-do attitude!

The learners, who were challenged to make as many sandwiches as possible in an hour’s time for Graaff-Reinet’s impoverished residents, managed to set a new record of 743 sandwiches!

Since its inception at the start of the term, the Interact Club watched with amazement as their project gained momentum with more and more sandwiches being delivered by the school’s respective grades each week.

“We are so proud of all our learners, teachers and parents for supporting this project so wholeheartedly,” said the Interact Club’s Teacher-in-Charge, Mrs Abigail Gedult.

The 743 sandwiches were delivered that same afternoon to the Camdeboo Hospice, the Umasizakhe and Horseshoe Clinics as well as the Khanyisa Day Care Centre.

“It was truly overwhelming for our Interact members to see the joy on every recipient’s face when they delivered the sandwiches,” concluded Mrs Gedult.

โ€ข Click on the following link to find out more about this project:ย