The Union High School
celebrated its 99th birthday over Founders'
Weekend 27-29 January. The festivities began
with the Founders' Assembly on Friday
morning, a joint celebration between the
Preparatory School and High School, the only
occasion during the year when the two
schools get together. On Founders’ Day the
school pauses to recognise that parents,
educators and learners before us, and the
broader community, have given of themselves
to build what we now enjoy. All the learners
received a piece of special birthday cake as
part of the celebration.
A.G.M. of the Graaff-Reinet branch of the
Old Unionite Association, Mr John Crankshaw
was elected Chairman, Mr Kevin Watermeyer
Vice-chairman and Mr Greig Rose-Innes
National Chairman. Mr Grant Hobson, who has
served on OUA committees for many years
The annual Union
Triathlon took place on Friday afternoon and
was a well-supported family event which
provided everyone, no matter their fitness
or lack thereof, with an opportunity to
participate, attracting a good number of
teams from in and around Graaff-Reinet. It
was wonderful to see people of all ages
gathering on Union's emerald green fields,
keen for an afternoon of physical activity
and mental challenge.
Participation was the name of the
game at the Annual Union High
Triathlon on Friday afternoon.
1. 00:56:03 K. Krige, K. Shires,
2. 01:10:39 B. Oelofse, A.
Kroon, S. Kotshini
Junior School Boys:
1. 00:56:50 B. Hesselink, J. Langmead, K.
2. 01:02:29 A. Erasmus, M.
Ferreira, B. Thibini
Senior School Girls:
1. 00:41:41 S. Du Plessis, M. Doyle, J.
2. 00:41:55 K. Rose-Innes, E.
Russel, B. Langmead
3. 00:48:03 Lynette,
Senior School Boys:
Shaheen, H.J, Llewellyn
00:38:47 J.D, Jaco, Owen
00:40:40 M. Harpur, M. Krige, M.
C. Muir, B. Muir, D. Muir
00:41:52 R. Langmead, B. Langmead,
3. 00:43:40 B.
Hesselink, M. Hesselink, M.
1. 00:32:03 H. Sparrius, G. Brink,
2. 00:33:57 A. van
Rooyen, G. Jonker, E. Foedien
00:45:51 S. Desemele, A. Brink, C.
1. 00:39:24 A.
2. 00:41:53 C. Muir
3. 00:50:17 N. Keyser
That evening, a Steak Evening hosted by
the Old Unionite Association, was enjoyed by
the entire community in the Tony Burrell
Union. The atmosphere was one of good
fellowship and camaraderie and was enjoyed
by all as past pupils and parents all
descend on the school and enjoy a weekend of
Saturday, while the men were playing
cricket, the moms and their daughters
enjoyed a morning tea at the annual Gisela
Kingwill Mother-Daughter Tea on the school
lawns. It was a wonderful occasion where fun
was had by all. The theme was “Into the
Woods” and the front lawns of the school
were beautifully decorated.
Mothers and daughters, all dressed
in whimsical white, enjoyed the
Gisela Kingwill Mother and Daughter
Tea in the Union High Gardens.
Six cricket games
from U/9 to 1st Team, between the boys and
their fathers and past pupils, took place on
the school fields and the Botanics
Sportsgrounds. The day was filled with much
laughter as this year the dads got the
better of the junior boys, and some very
competitive cricket was played between the
senior boys and the Old Boys.
UHS U9 vs dads - The U9 boys won by 57 runs.
UHS U11 vs dads - No official score – just a
fun game between boys and dads.
vs dads - The Old Boys won the match by 38
UHS U15A vs Old Boys - The U15 boys
won by 3 runs.
UHS 2nd team vs Old Boys –
The 2nd Team won
UHS 1st XI vs Old Boys -
The Old Boys won by 183 runs.
1st XI player, Wiegard Brummer, and
Old Unionite and father, Mr Johan
Brummer, wishing each other good
luck before the start of the match.
The following UHS cricket
players received awards:
Bowen Langmead (Best Performing
Player – Under 15), Ross Stanley
(Captain of winning team – 2nd
team), Matthew Broeksma (Best
Performing Player – 2nd Team), Luke
McNaughton (Best Bowler – 1st XI)
and Ronan Retief (Best Batsman, Most
Valuable Player and Best Performing
Batsman – 1st XI)
In the early morning the
moms (and dads) took on the junior girls in
a fun hockey match. The Prep School’s Under
9 girls won 3-1, and the Under 10 girls lost
4-5. Then it was time for the Junior 1st
Team vs the parents.
|The parents were quick to the
ball, despite being of the older
generation. The girls fought back,
but just could not get past the
intimidating look of some of the
moms, and lost the match 3-1.
The following junior UHS
hockey players received awards:
The Player of the Match: Chloe
Player: Barbara McNaugton.
|| In the late
afternoon, the Old Girls took on the
UHS 1st Team, which was won 3-0 by
the 1st Team.
following senior UHS hockey players
Oelofsen received the prize for
being the best defender on the day,
and Kia Hoffman for scoring the best
Thank you to all the Old Girls and Old Boys
for a fantastic afternoon's hockey.
After a whirlwind of activity, the
participants and supporters were able to
wind down with a traditional Karoo braai in
the Union. It was a wonderful weekend of
good, clean family fun enjoyed by everyone
concerned. The school extends its sincerest
appreciation to the Old Unionite Association
Committee for their organisation and hard
work over the weekend, and to all those
parents, friends and supporters of the
school who made the effort to be part of the