Recommended Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7” with S Pen Wifi & LTE
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7” with S Pen Wifi
Proline TAB 10.1” Wifi & 3G

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.

Tablet registration
The cost of tablet registration is R528 per learner per year payable at the beginning of the year.

Parental control
The DinnerTime app allows parents to control kids' access to Android Devices.  The free app currently works only for Android for kids, but parents can use either Android or iPhone.

Install the app on the kid's Android device and chosen as "kid" when prompted. From the kid's device, you send an SMS to the parent's device, who is asked to link with the child's. Finally, you will have to give the app administrator access on the kid's device. It's all detailed in this instructional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neDtOjymijg

The parent device needs the ability to send and receive SMS since that's how the gadgets are connected. The kid's device doesn't need phone capabilities.

You can currently link two parents to each kid's device, and two kids to each parent's device.



Union High School recently gave gorgeous Christmas gift bags to the members of the ACVV Protected Workplace. This was a whole-school project that forms part of Union’s Eco Schools Programme, under the theme of Community and Heritage. This was made possible thanks to the funds raised by the Fun & Fame Show (held in August), and donations from the staff and the Interact Club. The Eco Club made the bags out of recycled newspaper and packed and decorated them in the Christmas spirit. Mrs Sarie Whitlock with three of the beneficiaries, Maria Pieterse, Unathi Mazana and Romano Ligman, were happy to receive these 33 creative Christmas gift bags and thanked the Union staff and learners for their generosity and continued support for community projects.



In 2012 one woman’s dream became a larger-than-life project that astounds every day; the ‘Pink Trees for Pauline’ was founded. Carol-Ann van Jaarsveld took the legacy of her mother and grandmother, both of whom she had lost to cancer, and turned it into an epic tale of hope, encouragement and belonging. The initiative was born and since then, in October every year, all the trees along the roads in Graaff-Reinet are wrapped in pink material.
This year, Union High School took it one step further. Headgirl, Amy-Lee Kroon, is the brainchild behind ’Pink Socks for Cancer’. During the month of October, all Union Schools learners were permitted to wear pink socks on a Friday. These they could purchase at the school’s clothing shop. Once the project was launched, the school was inundated with calls from other schools and organisations across South Africa – trying to find out where they could get hold of pink socks!
On Monday, it was a great honour for Union High to be able to hand over a cheque for R 9 000, raised through the pink socks campaign, to Pink Trees for Pauline.
However, that was not the only project in which Union High supported The Cancer Association this year. Another was the partnership between Union High School Hockey and College Motors / Caltex Fresh Stop, cemented by an initiative where the 1st Hockey Team's performance directly benefits the local Cancer Association. The drive is called "Goals for Cancer" and every goal scored by the 1st XI girls this year resulted in a donation of R100 from Caltex Fresh Stop to the Cancer Association. This partnership managed to raise R 6 400 for the Cancer Association this year.

Two great initiatives from Union High School supporting the community, raising cancer awareness, and making a difference in peoples’ lives.

In the photograph Union High School Headgirl 2016, Amy-Lee Kroon, is handing over a cheque for R9 000 to Marlee Smith and Andre van Rensburg of Pink Trees for Pauline.



The Union High School paused on Friday 11 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 Weldon 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 Bezuidenhout lowered and raised the national flag. Wreaths were laid by the Head Prefects, Timony Miller and Ross Stanley and by Mr Bruce Maree 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".



As a warm-up for the cricket season to come, Graaff-Reinet Cricket Club challenged Union's 1st Team to a Pro 20 match on Friday evening at the Botanics.  GRCC won the toss and elected to bat first. They batted well, but Union restricted them to 123 runs in 20 overs. Sine Ndudula was the best bowler by taking three wickets.  Union's batting was good and they passed the total with only 6 wickets down. A great partnership was formed between Luke McNaughton and Bowen Langmead, who shored 64 runs in 6 overs to win the game for Union.  Luke McNaughton scored 45 not our, Matt Harpur 36 and Bowen Langmead 29 not out. Union won the match by 4 wickets.



Our top 4 girls and boys participated in the Jocelyn Marais Invitation Tennis Tournament organised by Matchpoint Tennis on Friday and Saturday (4/5 November).  The competition was incredibly strong, but all our players rose to the challenge and played very good tennis. It was a great experience and the players certainly benefitted from exposure to tennis of such a high standard.  Mrs Grewar and Mrs Gerber would like to thank our players for their exceptional sportsmanship. Well done to our fine young ambassadors.

On Friday night, the U/13 A’s played against Westering in a T20 match held under lights at Botanics. The clash with the Jocelyn Marais Tennis Tournament meant that four B-team players got an opportunity to play competitive cricket against a very strong Westering side. Westering won the toss and batted first, scoring 174/5 in their 20 overs. Jarrod Naude bowled well and was rewarded with 2 wickets, while Phillip Kroon and Dylan Kriel each took 1 wicket. We batted well but just too slowly and finished on 84/8 at the end of our innings. Sisipho Arnols top scored with 20 and MJ Newton played well for his 13.
We lost the match by 90 runs.

On Saturday in a 40 over match, Westering again batted first and scored 228/8. Phillip Kroon bowled brilliantly taking 3/30 in 8 overs. Josh Calitz, Alutho Cekiso, Dylan Kriel, Jarrod Naude and Rhuze Hendriks took one wicket each. Unfortunately we struggled with the bat and were bowled out for 35, losing the match by 193 runs.  It was always going to be a challenge taking on a team with 3 provincial players with us losing four regulars, but we learnt from the experience and all the boys should bounce back better for it.

On Friday afternoon a T20 match was played - Westering scored 194 for no loss of wickets in their 20 overs.  Union Scored 73/8 after 20 overs - Result Union lost by 121 runs.

On Saturday in a 40 over match Westering won the toss and elected to bat first. Union bowled well and managed to get them all out for 156 runs. Brent Hesselink took 3 important wickets. Union went in to bat and got off to a good start scoring 40/2. Unfortunately we were not able to maintain the momentum and were bowled out for 68. Result - Union lost by 88 runs



We are pleased to report that an amount of R10027.00 was collected during the Charity Dash for Cash held on Thursday, 3 November.  Congratulations to Damon Fouche and Zusakhe Ngwane, they managed to collect R1250.00.

Thank you to all pupils who participated and all the residents of Graaff-Reinet who so kindly donated to this worthy cause.



The Junior Chess Club ended off the year with some friendly chess at the Meerkat Deli. A milkshake helped to sooth the losses and celebrate victories.



As their last excursion of the year, the Junior Art Club visited the studio of Elsona de Klerk, and were blown away by the scale of which her operation runs. It is a hub of creativity and art, run by so many talented people.
It was a fantastic outing, and our young artists left full to the brim with ideas and enthusiasm about art and creativity.



At the B-age group gala held in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 29 October, Union was well represented by 19 of our swimmers. There were over 400 swimmers at this gala, from 30 different schools. This was the first gala for our swimmers and some good times were swum. From the results of this gala, Union was placed 5th out of 30 schools. Well done to our swimmers!



The fourth annual Top Level History Tour, where learners from Union High School enjoy an excursion to Quaggasfontein and Springfontein farms took place from 28-30 October. The activities enjoyed by the learners included following the route where the Voortrekkers trekked, hiking down a mountain, hunting for fossils and artefacts, playing a bit of cricket, stargazing during a magical night walk and entertaining themselves by playing old-fashioned games. The learners and staff thank Phlippie and Liesl Loock for being such welcoming and generous hosts and are already looking forward to next year's trip.



U/15 cricket tour to East London
Friday, 28 October:  T20 match vs Cambridge
UHS won the toss and elected to bowl in overcast conditions. Cambridge was bowled out for 67 in the 15th over. Trevor Moos took 3 for 0 runs, Brett Amsterdam 3/6 and Luke McNaughton 2/18. Union passed their score with the loss of 1 wicket in 9 overs. Trevor Moos scored 24 runs and Brett Amsterdam 22 not out. Bowen Langmead scored 10 not out. UHS won the game by 9 wickets.
Saturday, 29 October:  50 over match vs Stirling
Stirling won the toss and elected to bat and was 66 without loss in the 21st over when rain stopped play.
Sunday vs Stirling - 30 Over Match vs Stirling
Stirling won the toss, elected to bat and scored 189/6. Lunga Zantsi took 2 wickets for 24 runs. Union went in to bat and scored 138/8. Brett Amsterdam scored 32, Kwesi Simon 15 and Noa Cilliers 13. UHS lost by 51 runs

U/13 A vs St Georges Primary
The U/13 A’s played two matches over the weekend (28 & 29 October) and did the school extremely proud. In a T20 match on Friday, we fielded first and restricted St Georges to 105 all out. Kyle-Luke du Preez took 3 for 11 in 4 overs and James Pienaar took 3 for 13 in 4 overs. Aron Erasmus, Alutho Cekiso and Josh Calitz each took a wicket.
We batted superbly to reach our target with only 5 wickets down. Josh Calitz top scored with 28 not out, James Pienaar scored 25 and Sisipho Arnols played well for his 16 not out. We won the match by 5 wickets.
In a 40 Over match on Saturday, we lost the toss and were sent in to bat on a damp, sticky wicket. We constructed our innings perfectly and scored 177/6 in our allotted overs. James Pienaar (47), Kyle-Luke du Preez (28) and Josh Calitz (25*) all impressed with the bat.
We struck early with ball in hand and continued to put the squeeze on our opponents with accurate bowling and excellent fielding. Both opening bowlers, James Pienaar and Aron Erasmus, took 3 wickets in their opening spells. Dylan Kriel and Kwande Mhlabeni took a wicket each. Congratulations to Kwande for taking his first ever wicket in a competitive match, but it certainly won’t be his last. We also affected two well taken run outs which meant St Georges could muster only 50 runs in their innings.
We won the match by 127 runs.

U/11 A Cricket vs St Georges Primary
Union lost the toss and was sent in to bat. We batted very well and kept the scoreboard ticking, batting out our full 35 overs. Jude Langmead scored 36, Brent Hesselink 25 and Cullen Marais 20. Union ended on 164/7 after 35 overs.
Union fielded very well, saving the day. We managed to get 6 run outs and that stopped St Georges' momentum resulting in a win for the Union team. St Georges' ended on 147/8. Union won by 17 runs.


Congratulations to Union High School cricketer, Jonathan Crankshaw, on his selection for the Eastern Province  U/18 Team. Jonathan will be going to Bloemfontein during December to represent Eastern Province at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week. This is the second consecutive year that he has been selected for Eastern Province. Well done, Jonathan. You make Union very proud!



The annual Union High School Prizegiving was held in the school hall on Friday 21 October. The guest of honour, Mrs Lizet Crankshaw, who graciously presented the prizes to those being recognised, was introduced by Master-of-Ceremonies, Mr Fanie Bezuidenhout. Mrs Crankshaw has two children, Kara-Lynn and Jonathan, who have matriculated at Union High, and is married to John who serves on the Old Unionite Association Committee.
Chairperson of the Governing Body, Mr Arland Stanley, presented his welcoming speech and reported on the activities of the Governing Body after which the Headmaster, Mr W.E. Pringle, presented his annual report.
It was a glittering occasion where the many achievements and triumphs, and those who simply work hard behind the scenes, throughout the year were recognised. In addition, a number of Grade 12 learners who intend studying at tertiary institutions next year received bursaries for further studies.
A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the head prefects of the school for 2016. The entire Union community was unanimous in their support for Ross Stanley (Headboy), Timony Miller (Headgirl), Cohen Pieterse (Deputy Headboy) and Kelsey Minnaar (Deputy Headgirl).


Head prefects for 2017

Left to right:  Kelsey Minnaar (Deputy Headgirl), Timony Miller (Headgirl),
Ross Stanley (Headboy), Cohen Pieterse (Deputy Headboy)
Top Academic learners in each grade

(left to right) Grade 12:  Wendy-Lee Scott, Grade 11:  Kerrin Kingwill, Grade 10:  Amanda Brink,
Grade 9:  Peter Watermeyer, Grade 8:  Sara Kingwill

Wendy-Lee Scott
The Tony Burrell Award
for Outstanding Academic / Cultural Achievement.
Merit Certificate for All-Round Excellence in Culture
Merit certificate for best Supporting Actress in a school play/musical
1st Luckhoff Memorial Prize
UHS Prize for Music
McGaffin Prize for Afrikaans First Additional Language
Bloemhof Prize for Life Sciences
Old Unionite Prize for Physical Sciences
Max Kroon Prize for Mathematics
UHS Prize for Life Orientation
UHS Prize for English
Vrede Award for Bilingualism
FA Kingwill Cup for All-Round Achievement
shared by
Jonathan Crankshaw and Kayla Hobson
Jonathan Crankshaw
Smith-Mack Trophy for all round achievements in sport - Senior Boy
Wally Kingwill Trophy
for the best batsman
Alan McCabe Memorial Trophy for the best cricket all rounder
George Wiehahn Cup for the Boys’ Singles Tennis Champion
Ludwig van Coppenhagen Trophy for the Open Boys’ Doubles Tennis Champions
Fergusson Family Trophy
for Open Mixed Doubles Tennis Champions
Louise Vorster Trophy
for Tenacity and Commitment to Tennis
Clive van Niekerk Memorial Trophy for True Sportsmanship
Kelsey Minnaar

Mortimer Floating Trophy for all round achievements in sport - Senior Girl
Pienaar Trophy for Open Girls’ Doubles Champions
Tallies Agencies Sulette Damons Prize for the most outstanding hockey player
Micela Loock
Edie Brodie Trophy for all round achievements in sport - Junior Girl
Wagner / Wright Cup for the most promising hockey player
Herby Arnott Cup for the most promising U15 Girl (tennis)
A Levy and Dulcie Bekker-Smith Memorial Trophy and Prize for the Girls’ Singles Tennis Champion
Melody Charles Memorial Trophy for the U15 Girls’ Singles Tennis Champion
Luke McNaughton

Norman Dodd Trophy
for all round achievements in sport - Junior Boy
Brian Bands Sports Prize
for the most promising U/15 cricketer