School re-opens Monday 9 October @ 07:05
Summer uniform is compulsory from the start of the 4th term
Summer school times Mon – Fri: 07:05 – 13:30
A - 10 Dinner: 12 October @ 18:00
Valedictory: 13 October @ 11:00
Gr 12 NSC Examinations start: 16 October

Snr Prizegiving: 20 October @ 18:30
Jnr Prizegiving: 20 October @ 10:00

Remembrance Day Ceremony: 10 November @ 12:00
Annual General Meeting: 17 November @ 13:00 in the Tony Burrell Union
Report collection: Wednesday 6 December @ 08:30 – 09:30



It will be compulsory for all Grade 8 – 10 learners to have tablets, as specified below at the start of 2018.
No sim cards are allowed in tablets during school time.
Tablet slingbags are available at UHS Clothing Shop.
No I-pads please!

Recommended Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab A P585 10.1''
Proline H10882

Minimum tablet specifications
• Quad Core CPU at 1.2 GHz processing speed.
• 16GB internal storage space.
• 2GB RAM or higher.
• Android 5 or higher (Lollipop or later).
• A-grade Wi-Fi components.
• Battery life that can last up to 8 hours during video play.
• Screen size – minimum 9.7” (inches)

Tablet registration
The cost of tablet registration is R528 per learner per year to be paid at the start of the year.



The weekend of the 17-18 November we had a coaching clinic. It was hosted by Union High but presented by Jolene Dippenaar from Pretoria. Jolene is a well-known coach with the top structures of cricket South Africa. She started the Friday 14:00 with the under 11 group and it was clear that the boys were in for a tough weekend. It was very interesting for the coaches it was different to what we are used to. There was a lot of emphasis on fielding and conditioning of teams and players, this is a part cricket that coaches tend to neglect and plays the arguably the most important part of a cricket game and can win or lose a game for you.
Later that day we had the under 13 boys and the intensity was immediately lifted and the boys were been tested. The next morning we started at 08:00 with the keeping session and all the keepers from 10-16 years old were there. This was the first time that they ever had professional keeping coaching, one or two of them have had some work done by old boy Jonathan Crankshaw and they were better prepared.
With every age group older the intensity became higher and she made sure that they were treated professionally, and with that comes no free time and no soft soaping. They were pushed physically and mentally and made them have a good luck at themselves as cricketers and made them realise how hard the game must be played.
From a coaches perspective it was surely interesting to hear and see how the coaches at the top levels feel and plan the way they work with a team and it was clear that it does not matter what team you coach it could be the under 9C team but they must be treated coached with the same intensity to ensure that they will learn and develop as cricketers.
I want to thank the school and the old unionites for giving a big financial contribution so that we can expose our players to higher level coaching and exposing coaches and players to new and interesting techniques and skills that some of the players did not know they have. I also must thank the Lizette and John Crankshaw for hosting Jolene and Jonathan for helping her as an assistant coach, without these contributors we would not have been able to do this.



Every year Union High's hostels accommodate the Unogwaja Team on their Pedal for Peace journey. This week the hostel boys were rewarded for their hospitality when they received bicycles from the Team.
A message from the Superintendent of Arthur Kingwill House: "The Arthur Kingwill House boys are really enjoying the bikes you have donated to us. Much appreciated. We are looking forward to many an early morning cycle before school."



Cullen Marais, Laythen Carelse, Jude Langmead, Brent Hesselink and Shakir Kazi have been included in the U/12 Karoo Cricket team to play in the annual u/12 Cricket Festival in Port Elizabeth from 1 - 3 December 2017. They will be competing against Albany, Winterberg, Kouga, Port Elizabeth teams and Uitenhage teams. Well done boys!



Results of the first B age group gala for the new season are very encouraging. Seventeen Union swimmers travelled to Port Elizabeth for this gala, which was held at the Newton Park Indoor pool on Saturday, 18 November.
For some it was their first experience at a B gala and are now keen to work on improving their times. Most of the regular swimmers improved their times recorded during the first term, even though it is early in the season.
The following learners did well to be placed in the top 3 in their age group in the different events:
Kelly Chester : 1st and 2nd place
Kendall Krige : 3rd place
Michael Krige : 2 x 1st place
Ben Kroon : 2 x 1st place and 2 x 2nd place
Jade Shires : 1st place
Jason Wright : 2 x 2nd place and 2 x 3rd place



On Friday evening, five of the six Union High cricketers, who have been selected for the Under 17 Eastern Province Inland Team, attended the capping ceremony at St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth. They will be representing the EP Inland Team at National Week, which is taking place in White River from the 10th to the 14th of December.

Congratulations to Trevor Moos, Brett Amsterdam, Cowan Swartz, Waylon du Plessis and Matt Harpur (Captain) – here seen with Team Manager, Siya Mpumlo.  Absent: Sinethemba Ndudula



On Friday, 11 November, the Annual Primary Interhouse Gala was held. At this gala we encourage all learners who can swim to participate. There are events for the stronger swimmers as well as for those not so confident in the water. Although there were no new records set at this gala, there was keen competition in many of the events with some very exciting, close finishes.

It was encouraging to see a few learners overcoming their fears and taking part in the 25m kicking or swimming events, a first for some. (On the other hand it was disappointing to see some learners, who can swim, not taking up the challenge at all!)

The final results were:
2nd Daly: 332
1st Arnott: 473



The Union High School paused on Friday 10 November to pay respect on Remembrance Day, a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the members of the armed forces who have died on duty since World War I. Remembrance Day is usually observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918, as the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.

Reverend Oriel Alby led the devotions, while the Headmaster, Mr Pringle, spoke about the significance of the day, and its relevance to the youth of today, that now, thankfully, a great many South Africans, have no personal experience of war, no way of knowing the anguish of enforced separation, or the greater grief of separations made permanent. And for that reason amongst others, it is time to renew our pledge.

Mr Pringle told the story of Old Unionte Lt. Victor De Kock RN, MBE, DSC, and MID, South Africa’s most decorated sailor. He was born in Clarendon in 1919, matriculated at Union High in Graaff-Reinet and died at the age of 23 years having earned the highest of military honours. He was the South African Navy’s most decorated war hero, the only officer to receive three awards for gallantry. He was one of four members of the Union High School 1937 1st Cricket Team who were killed in action during the Second World War.

It is fortunate that in schools and in workplaces, in cities and in the country-side, South Africans stop, just for a moment, to consider what was lost to us. And to recognise what was granted to us by the exercise of such moral courage.

Mr Charles Maasdorp, Headboy of the school in 1951, played the Last Post and the Reveille while Mr Sparrius lowered and raised the national flag. Wreaths were laid by the Head Prefects, Rebecca Langmead and Cameron Muir, and by Mr John Crankshaw on behalf of the Old Unionite Association. By this act of remembrance, we cherish and nurture this possession, their gift. We prove an understanding both of its value and its cost. We build a bridge across time. By recognising both what has been lost to us and what has been gained, by renewing our pledge to remember, we declare, of all our fallen:
"They are not missing. They are here".



After a year of intense studying a small group of Grade 7 History learners qualified to attend this excursion. We had to change our venue at very short notice and could therefore not trace the path the Voortrekkers took in the area close the Wapadsberg Road. We visited a few farms in the Camdeboo instead and started our weekend with a lovely hike to a huge poplar forest on Onbedacht Farm. This is the farm where Gideon Scheepers, a Boer Scout and commanding officer hid and was captured during the Second Anglo-Boer war (South African War).

To this day, his death, and his resistance to British rule, is commemorated each year at the supposed site of his execution where a memorial has been erected to his memory. The memorial and an information board may be visited just outside of Graaff-Reinet, near the Nqweba Dam on the Murraysburg Road.

On the way to the forest we walked past a small wetland and quickly revised the content of the fourth term Geography syllabus! Our destination was reached without too many scratches and fence-climbing. We studied this term in Geography the topic of river health and set out to establish whether the river that flows through the poplar bush was indeed healthy. We all rigged up our sticks with some bait and then started crab-fishing. Healthy crab and frog populations are indicators of a healthy river. Some girls (and boys) had to overcome their fear of picking up a live crab and provided much entertainment! The crabs were released back into the river.

We then headed to Grootvlei Farm to help collect sheep and cattle, and some of us got a chance to cuddle with a newborn goat kid. Supper was ready and after with our tummies full we made our way to Langfontein Farm for a moonlit swim. A cup of hot chocolate and cookies was just the right thing to send us off to dreamland. We stayed at Westbrook Guest House. Breakfast was served and after a walk in the veld we returned to Graaff-Reinet.

This was a lovely reward for studying hard, and all future Grade 7’s are encouraged to work hard so that they can go on this trip.



“One team, one Union!”. The 15th Interschools Athletics Meeting against Hoёr Volkskool, was held on Wednesday, 25 October and Mr Dorfling dedicated this meeting to Mr Fanie Bezuidenhout. It was a hot and windy day, but that did not stop the Union team of taking part in big numbers and breaking quite a few records.

Union received 16 first places, 14 second places and 11 third places. First places were awarded to the following learners:
J. McNaughton 800 m Girls u/16
N Ngongoma 100 m Boys u/14;  200 m Boys u/14
J Duba 100 m Boys u/15
M Carelse 800 m Boys u/15
R Sparks Discus Girls u/17;  800 m Girls u/17
S du Plessis 800 m Girls u/18;  1 500 m Girls u/18
I Ndamane 800 m Boys u/17;  1 500 m Boys u/17
E Mitchell High Jump Girls u/14
B Amsterdam Long Jump Boys u/15
L McNaughton Javelin Boys u/16
B Vers 200 m Boys u/15
M Rubidge High Jump Boys u/15
T Haarmans Long Jump Boys u/17

The following learners broke records:
S du Plessis 800 m Girls u/18 2:44,65 minutes;  1 500 m Girls u/18 5:50,66 minutes
E Mitchell High jump Girls u/14 1,38 m
T Haarmans Long Jump Boys u/17 6,03 m

The athletes must be congratulated on their good performance, participation and sportsmanship. There is still just “One team, one Union”….



On Friday and Saturday, four boys and six girls participated in the annual Jocelyn Marais Tennis Tournament hosted by Match Point Tennis Academy. Once again the competition was very strong, but our players certainly played some fine tennis, particularly against the ranked players.

We are very proud of Aron Erasmus, who was awarded the Jocelyn Marais Floating Trophy at the prize-giving ceremony. Well done, Aron!

Mrs Grewar and Mrs Gerber would like to express their thanks to the players for their excellent behaviour both on and off the court.
  Mrs Gerber (Coach), Taylor Kingwill, Barbara McNaughton, Marli Brummer and Chloe Shires at the Jocelyn Marais Tennis Tournament.
  Cullen Marais, Matthew Paxton, Aron Erasmus and Brent Hesselink at the Jocelyn Marais Tennis Tournament.



U/13 A
The U/13 A’s put in a truly memorable performance on Saturday at home against Jeffrey’s Bay. With 4 of our regular players unavailable due to the Jocelyn Marais Tennis Tournament and Grade 7 History Excursion, it gave others a chance to play some competitive cricket and did they just.
Jeffrey’s won the toss and elected to bat. Laythan Carelse proved to be their nemesis after he took 3 wickets in the first over of the match. He continued to pile on the pressure with accurate swing bowling and finished with figures of 5 for 31 in 5 overs. Kwande Mhlabeni and Ruzhe Hendricks bowled their off-spin in tandem and this really put the brakes on any opposition momentum. Kwande took 4 for 20 in 5.5 and Ruzhe took 1 for 18 in 4. Jeffrey’s Bay were bowled out for 86.
Kwande again rose to the occasion again with the bat after being asked to open. He played brilliantly to score 20 off 31 deliveries. Sisipho Arnols anchored the innings facing 33 deliveries for his 18.
JJ Liebenberg scored 9 not out and Josh Chester 5 not out to see us home to a 4-wicket victory.



U/13 A
After losing the toss and bowling first, we restricted Gill to 80 all out. Usual wicket-keeper Sisipho Arnols, bowling leg-spin for the first time in a match, took 3 wickets for 9 runs. Aron Erasmus, Kwande Mhlabeni and Daniel Nel each took 2 wickets. Laythan Carelse took the other wicket.
We batted very well to reach 42/1 after 8 overs. We had a small collapse in which we lost 3 wickets in the space of scoring 4 runs. We still managed to reach our target in the 16th over with 5 wickets in hand. Sisipho Arnols top scored with 26. Aron Erasmus made 21 not out and Ivan Murray a well-played 13.