AKH Prefects 2021/22

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€

Union High Schoolโ€™s boarding house prefects for 2021/22 were announced during Arthur Kingwill Houseโ€™s recent hostel supper.

These learners were elected by their fellow boarders to provide them with leadership and guidance during the upcoming year.

Being a house prefect is the ultimate honour given in any school boarding establishment and means a great deal to all who are chosen.

With the honour of being a boarding house prefect comes great responsibility, but the badge presented to them is a symbol in the faith bestowed upon them by the school community and we are sure they will all do an excellent job!

๐—–๐—ข๐—ก๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ to (back) Bubele Thibini, Siya Badiwe, Kendall Krige, (middle) Tamsin James, Kathryn Odendaal, Simamkele Soyana, Chloe Shires, (front) Thembelihle Mxhunyelwa, Asa Matross and Lonwabo Sishuba.

They will be led by Asa Matross and Bubele Thibini as Heads of Hostel and Kendall Krige and Lonwabo Sishuba as Deputy Heads.

AK House Dinner

๐—” ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€ โญ
On Monday evening, 11 October, the Grade 8 to 12 boarders at Unionโ€™s Arthur Kingwill House enjoyed their annual house dinner and awards evening on the fields in front of the Tony Burrell Union.
The weather played along beautifully for this auspicious event, themed โ€˜Under the Starsโ€™, with fairy lights and great camaraderie creating a wonderful ambiance.
The event was an opportunity for the boarding houseโ€™s staff and learners to reflect back on the year, to celebrate and recognize the immense growth each boarder experienced in this time, as well as to say farewell to the matric group.
It was a delight to see the learners dressed in their finery – they represented themselves very well and enjoyed a truly memorable evening.
To start the evening, Mr Donald Kingwill, Superintendent of Arthur Kingwill House, welcomed the guests and thanked all those who had contributed to the success and happiness of the past year, particularly the 2021 Grade 12s and prefect body. They have led the boarding house with quiet dignity and a passion for the school which doesnโ€™t go unnoticed.
๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต, ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ด, ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜บ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ:
Tennis Award: Jarrod Naude and Gemma Naude.
Basketball Award: Primrose Mutapati and Thando Matotie.
Grade 8 and 9 General Knowledge Champions: 1st Oyama Tukwayo, 2nd Megan Nortje and 3rd Angus McLaggan.
Grade 10 to 12 General Knowledge Champions: 1st Kendall Krige, 2nd Simamkele Soyana and 3rd Jarrod Naude.
Top Academic (Grade 8 and 9): Joy Merifield.
Top Academic (Grade 10 to 12: Grace Merifield.
Service Awards: Martin van der Berg, Primrose Mutapati, James Pienaar, Soyama Mbetshu, Jarrod Naude, Hannah Watermeyer, Thando Matotie, Kaydn Retief, Rogan Odendaal, Litha Mngoma, Michael-Joe Newton, Kelly-Page Scott.
The Fidelitas Award for the boarder who contributed most to hostel life by being punctual, neat, courteous and well-behaved: Rogan Odendaal.
The Bridget Stander Memorial Trophy for the learner who, by his or her character, conduct, spiritedness and qualities of leadership, has contributed most to the boarding life at Arthur Kingwill House: Primrose Mutapati.
The prefect body for 2021 โ€“ those who will lead this boarding house and take care of the younger boarders over the next year โ€“ was also announced. This will be made known in a separate announcement to follow soon.

New Common Room at AKH

๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ
A lounge area with a flat-screen television and DSTV access, recreational tables, indoor games, puzzles and reading materials to suit various needs are some of the facilities Union’s Grade 8 to 11 female boarders will be able to access at the new ‘girls common room’ at Arthur Kingwill House.
Located in what was once the Prue Murray Sick Bay, the room was recently converted into a recreational space for exclusive use by the boarding establishment’s girls and opened to learners at the start of this term.
This new room offers the perfect platform for learners to interact with one another and relax with a movie or a game or two.
๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€. ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ!

Thank You OUA!

Union High School extends its grateful ๐—ง๐—›๐—”๐—ก๐—ž๐—ฆ to the Old Unionite Association for gifting the matric girls at Arthur Kingwill House with a new fridge for their common room.
Seen here are Grade 12 boarders Hannah Watermeyer and Primrose Mutapati with the new addition to their common room.

Youth Day 2021

On Wednesday morning, 16 June, as South Africa commemorated Youth Day, Union High Schoolโ€™s junior boarders took full advantage of the beautiful day and the magical place we live in.
The day was full of fun, adventure and laughter as the Grade 5 to 7 boarders went on a 5 kilometre walk by way of Mountain Drive – accompanied by their matrons – making memories together and taking a break from their everyday routines.
The boarders had a wonderful time connecting with each other and the outdoors.
After the walk, the boarders were treated to a braai, salads and some delicious cake!

Boarding At UHS

Boarding is a happy and contented way of life for many of our learners.
Union High School offers co-educational boarding from Grade 5 through to Grade 12, with options for weekly, termly and casual boarding.
The Grade 5 to 7 boarders are housed in Herby Arnott House and the Grade 8 to 12 boarders in Arthur Kingwill House.
(Weekly boarding is available for Union Preparatory School’s Grade 1 to 4 learners at Max Kroon House.)
Each house has been structured in such a way that it offers its boarders a comfortable home-away-from-home where they can feel a sense of belonging, make friends and enjoy their school years fully immersed in Union’s vibrant campus life.
If you are considering the boarding experience for your children, there really is no better place for them to be than at our wonderful school.
Read more about boarding at Union on our website at http://www.unionschools.co.za/boarding-facilities/ or contact us at 049 891 0262 to find out more or to arrange a visit.
โžค ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿฏ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ.

New Junior Co-ed Boarding Establishment

One thing is certain: change is essential. Change means growth, progress and moving forward.
In what has been one of the most significant developments at Union High School in recent times, the school officially reopened its two boarding houses as co-ed establishments on Monday, 1 March 2021 – Herby Arnott House as a junior co-educational boarding house for Grade 5 to 7 learners and Arthur Kingwill House as a senior co-educational boarding house for Grade 8 to 12 learners.
Herby Arnott House has served the school as its girlsโ€™ hostel since 1959 when it was built. Arthur Kingwill House, in turn, has served as the schoolโ€™s boysโ€™ hostel since its construction in 1953. As of this week, these two boarding establishments now offer Union High Schoolโ€™s boarders a modern, vibrant and age-appropriate co-ed experience.
Combined, the Union Preparatory School and Union High School now offer three co-educational boarding houses:
โ€ข Max Kroon House for the Grade 1 to 4 learners;
โ€ข Herby Arnott House for the Grade 5 to 7 learners and;
โ€ข Arthur Kingwill House for the Grade 8 to 12 learners.
At Union, we pride ourselves on providing our boarders with a safe and supportive environment and believe that the restructuring of our boarding establishments as co-educational houses will have many benefits for our learners, not least the further development of the family atmosphere for which Union is rightly proud, but it will also serve to provide a mutually supportive environment for both boys and girls to live and work together and learn from each other.
All three houses have separate boysโ€™ and girlsโ€™ wings with spacious common rooms, game rooms and extensive grounds and sports facilities that provide the necessary break-out spaces for busy and active children.
An experienced and dedicated team of boarding staff creates a warm and caring atmosphere across all three boarding houses, offering round the clock support to ensure the learners feel at home.
Each house has been structured in such a way that if offers its boarders a comfortable home-away-from-home where they can feel a sense of belonging, make friends and enjoy their school years fully immersed in Union’s vibrant campus life. This enables learners to flourish at a time in their life when they are making great leaps in their academic, physical and emotional development.
Seen here is our very first group of Grade 5 to 7 boarders to reside in Union’s new junior co-educational boarding establishment at Herby Arnott House.

Drive-by Farewell For Aunty Pam

With the ongoing pandemic thwarting an in-person party, the staff at Arthur Kingwill House, one of Union’s boarding houses, had to get creative in saying goodbye and congratulations to a beloved member of staff who is retiring after a long career at the school.
The moment was therefore celebrated, from a distance, on Sunday, 14 June, in what is becoming an increasingly more common way to โ€œget togetherโ€ โ€“ a drive-by.
After having first all gathered at AK House, the friends and colleagues of Ms Pam Hector then drove to her house, with each of them stopping to tie a balloon to her fence and to wish her a well-deserved rest and an enjoyable retirement.

โ€˜Aunty Pamโ€™ as she was affectionately known, has worked for the Union Schools’ boarding houses for the past 34 years and has always been regarded as a very kind and dear lady.
Her gentle nature was appreciated by both the adults and the young AK House gentlemen alike.
The boys have always spoken very highly of her and the Houseโ€™s superintendent Mr Donald Kingwill and his wife Alet will always remember her for her gentle nature and friendliness.ย  As a retirement gift from her friends and colleagues, Aunty Pam was presented with a beautiful king size blanket made up of squares, knitted by the ladies who worked at AK House during the winter of 2017, that was recently crocheted together.
Happy retirement, Aunty Pam. You will be missed!