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 Decemberber @ 08:30 – 09:30



David Kinghorn had a vision. He was on a mission. The prize was a once in a lifetime experience.....and he wanted it!

As part of the Pick 'n Pay Trolley-Dash raffle, there was also a prize for the learner that sells the most tickets. David sold 540 tickets! And for his efforts he won a helicopter flight for 4 people.
Thanks to Fly Karoo, today was the day that David and his family had the chance to fly over Spandaukop, the Valley of Desolation, as well as the school - seeing everything from the air. And what a beautiful sight that was!



Union High hosted another very successful Golf Day on Saturday. The weather was perfect and a super day was enjoyed by all. The winners of this year's Golf Day were Mr M Erasmus and Mr M Visagie, here seen with Headmaster, Mr W Pringle.
Of course a day such as this would not be possible without supporters. Union High is indebted to committed sponsors and supporters. We wish to thank the following sponsors for their generous contribution to make the Golf Day a success: Bryan Bands Sports, Caltex College Motors, Chip ‘n Dip, Derek Light Attorneys, Gerber Botha and Gower, Hyundai, Jac Grobbelaar Photograph, Miglio, Loock Safari’s, Karoo Catch, Ken’s Radio, Midboard, The Old Unionite Association and Pick and Pay.  



Over the past few weeks Union High has been hosting an internal 5-a-side hockey tournament. Teams were made up of girls and boys, teachers and learners, SA players and novices, but at the end of the day, fun was the name of the game!

The final of the tournament took place last week between the Duracell team and the Thunderbirds. It was a tense match, with the Duracell team scoring first, followed by a quick goal from the Thunderbirds. And that was the run of the game, with Duracell leading by one goal for most of the match. Playing 15 minutes a side, and with 2 minutes to go, Thunderbirds was leading by two goals. However, this did not stop the Duracell team scoring another 2 quick goals, finishing the match on a 10 all draw. This resulted in a penalty shoot-out between the two teams, which ended with Duracell winning on a technical goal.

This was a fun-filled tournament, with every player giving it their all to get the ball into the goal box. The competition was fierce, and the boys certainly did not stand back to let the girls in.
Congratulations Duracell for winning this one – you will certainly be challenged again next year!

Congratulations to the Duracell Team, Matthew Broeksma, Matt Harpur (Captain), Micela Loock, Kelsey Minnaar, Jenna McNaughton, Luke McNaughton, Kaydn Retief and Jade Shires, for winning the Super 5 Hockey Tournament.



Union High’s Eco Club visited our local water treatment plant last Friday and learned from Gerrit Niemand how water from Nqweba Dam gets from the dam to our taps. They also understood that it is CRITICAL for EVERYONE to be WATER WISE, since only 3% of our dam water (dam levels now at 13%) is usable. When the dam water level drops to 10%, then our town will have to rely on borehole water and it is not known how much water these boreholes will yield.



Congratulations to all the Union High competitors who took part in the Eastern Province Inter-Provincial Biathlon in Port Elizabeth over the weekend. Front: Sanja du Plessis (7th in girls under 19), Cameron Muir (2nd in boys under 19) and Candice Russell (4th in girls under 19). Back: Micela Loock (8th in girls under 17) and Jenna McNaughton (5th in girls under 17).



The girls and staff at Herby Arnott House are sad to bid farewell to Margaret de Boer who has worked here for an astounding 30 years! According to hostel superintendent Martie Sullivan, Margaret has been a hard-working, diligent member of staff who seldom missed a day’s work. Margaret took great pride in preparing delicious meals for the girls and her knowledge of the intricacies of running a large kitchen is incredible. Margaret will be sorely missed because of her positive work ethic and helpfulness. The Herby Arnott girls presented Margaret with cake, gifts and flowers and formed a guard of honour for this special lady who has been an integral part in the lives (and feeding!) of so many.



The annual Union High School Prizegiving was held in the school hall on Friday 20 October. The guest of honour, Mrs Elaine Stanley, who graciously presented the prizes to those being recognised, was introduced by Master-of-Ceremonies, Mr Rory Sullivan. Mrs Stanley has two children, Lauren and Ross, who have matriculated at Union High, and is married to Arland who is Chairman of the Union High School 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.

click to view Prizegiving Awards document

A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the head prefects of the school for 2018: 

Left to right:  Matt Harpur (Deputy Headboy), Cameron Muir (Headboy),
Rebecca Langmead (Headgirl) Kelly Rose-Innes (Deputy Headgirl)

First on year in grade 8 - 12 
 Anje Oelofsen (Gr 12), Amanda Brink (Gr 11), Yu-Pei Rong (Gr 10),
Laetitia Theron (Gr 9) and Hannah Watermeyer (Gr 8) 
Kelsey Minnaar
All-round achievement in Sport
: Mortimer
Floating Trophy - Senior Girl
as well as the following awards:
Senior Victrix Ludorum: UHS Trophy - Athletics
Tallies Agencies Sulette Damons Prize for the
Pienaar Trophy for Open Girls’ Doubles Champions (shared with Micela Loock)
Ross Stanley
All-round achievement in Sport
- Smith-Mack Trophy - Senior Boy
as well as the following awards:
Senior Victor Ludorum: The Radium Cleaners Trophy - Athletics
Cecil Murray Trophy for the MOST OUTSTANDING RUGBY PLAYER of the season
Way Memorial Bursary to the boy in Matric, who, by his character, conduct spiritedness and qualities of leadership, has contributed most to the life of the school – Head Boy
Jade Shires
All-round achievement in Sport - Edie Brodie Trophy - Junior Girl

Bowen Langmead
All-round achievement in Sport - Norman Dodd
 Trophy - Junior Boy
as well as the following award
3rd in Grade
  Rebecca Langmead
FA Kingwill Cup for All-Round Achievement
as well as the following awards:

2nd in Grade
UHS Prize for English
Herby Arnott Trophy Open Girls - Cross-Country
  Yu-Pei Rong
Leon Fouche Floating Trophy for
progress in Music
Pierre van der Merwe Floating Trophy for the most outstanding Music pupil
as well as the following awards:
Merit certificate for Music (Theory)
1st in Grade - Luckhoff Memorial Prize
Joan Thornton / Bobs Bremner Memorial Prize for the student obtaining the highest marks in Mathematics, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences
Vrede Award for Bilingualism
St. James’ School prize for English



The annual Union High School Junior Prizegiving was held in the school hall on Friday morning
20 October. Mrs Yvette Cloete, Head of Departent, welcomed everyone and introduced the guest of honour, Mrs Roz Krige, who graciously presented the prizes to those being recognised.  Mrs Krige was assisted by Mrs Wendy Venter.

click to view Prizegiving Awards document

First in Grade
Matthew Basson (Gr 7), Caitrin Spence (Gr 6) and Caytah-Leigh Koeberg (Gr 5).
Matthew Basson

More than 80% in 9 subjects
Subject prizes in English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences
1st on year - Old Unionite Shield for the Dux Student
Hazel van Niekerk Award for All-Round Achievement in Academic, Sport and Culture to a Grade 7 (boy or girl or both) who will continue their education at Union High School

Aron Erasmus

Oxenham Cup for the Most Promising
All-Round Junior Sportsman

(shared with Siphiso Arnols)
as well as the following awards:

U/13 Bowler who took the most wickets
U/13 Batsman who scored the most runs
Justin Kingwill Trophy for the Best All-Round Cricketer Under 13
Gilbert Biggs Cup for the Junior Boys’ Tennis Champion
Siphiso Arnols

Oxenham Cup for the Most Promising
All-Round Junior Sportsman
(shared with Aron Erasmus)
as well as the following awards:

U/13 Victor Ludorum - Athletics
U/13 Best Fielder - Cricket
UHS Cup for the Most Promising Player - Rugby
Achieved more than 80% in 3 subjects
Chloe Shires

Oxenham Cup for the Most Promising All-Round Junior Sportswoman
as well as the following awards:

UHS Hockey Trophy for the Best All- Round team player
Certificate for Girls Doubles Champions - Tennis
An average of more than 80% in 6 subjects
An average of more than 80% for the year
Jamie Jaftha

Leon Fouche/Joan Kramer Cup for the pupil who gained the highest mark in the external piano exam
The Leon Fouche Cup for the most outstanding Music Pupil

An average of over 80% in 6 subjects
An average of over 80% for the year



A small group of Union biathletes competed in the third EP Biathlon League event in Port Elizabeth last Wednesday. They had mixed results, with some improving on either their running time or their swimming time. Candice Russell improved on her total points. The results were:
U/17 Girls : Jenna McNaughton – 6th (1843)
Amanda Brink – 7th (1606)
U/19 Girls : Candice Russell – 2nd (2033)
Sanja du Plessis – 5th (1821)
U/15 Boys : Corniel Vorster – 3rd (962)
U/19 Boys : VC Beldon – 2nd (1463)
Ben Kroon – 3rd (1361)
Unfortunately Cameron Muir and Micela Loock withdrew due to illness.
The following learners have been selected to represent Eastern Province in an Inter-Provincial meeting taking place in Port Elizabeth on the 28th of October:
Micela Loock – EP ‘A’ – Girls U/17
Jenna McNaughton – EP ‘B’ – Girls U/17
Candice Russell – EP ‘A’ – Girls U/19
Sanja du Plessis – P ‘B’ – Girls U/19
Cameron Muir – EP ‘A’ – Boys U/19
Best of luck to these learners.


On 14 October 2017, 10 athletes participated in the prestigious Bestmed, Madibaz and Tams Superspar Schools Top Ten Athletics Meeting held in Cradock. Various schools as far afield as Upington and Paarl, were represented. The Union-team was placed 30th out of 83 teams.

The following learners received medals for outstanding performances:

Iviwe Ndamane 2nd 800m
Thando Haarmans 2nd Long Jump
Sanja du Plessis 1st 800m

Although Soyama Mbobi did not receive a medal, he contributed the most points towards Union High School’s total with 833 points for his 100 m and 764 points for the 200 m. He had stiff competition and finished 4th and 5th in the two events.

Thank you to Mr Koeberg who went with the learners and Arnold for driving the bus.


Junior Cricket vs Lorraine Primary
Under 11
On Saturday Union’s Under 11 cricketers played a 40 over match against Lorraine Primary. Lorraine won the toss and elected to bat first. Although the Union boys were not used to the concrete pitch and the bowlers struggled to bowl a consistent line and length, their poor fielding also let them down, which allowed Lorraine to score 223 for 4 in 40 overs. The top bowlers were Shakir Kazi, who took two wickets for 38 runs in 8 overs, and Dylan Kivedo, who also took two wickets for 42 in 8 overs.
The Union boys also struggled with their bowling and were soon 28 for 5 after 6 overs. Cullen Marais and Thokozani Mpanza put on a tenacious 50 run partnership, occupying the crease for almost 16 overs. However, Union had another batting collapse and lost their last 5 wickets for only 10 runs in 7.1 overs, and got bowled out for 89 runs. Cullen Marais top scored with 41 runs.  Union lost the match by 134 runs.

Under 13
In their match the Under 13 boys batted first and managed to score only 79 runs. This was disappointing after a good week of preparation. Brent Hesselink, Matthew Basson and Kwande Mhlabeni each scored 12 runs.  Lorraine chased down the total in the 12th over of their innings. Hlali Skepe and Laythan Carelse each took a wicket. Hopefully the under 13 boys will learn from this experience and put together a much-improved performance on Thursday against Gill College.
Union lost the match by 8 wickets


At Interschools this year Union High School launched a Trolley-Dash fundraiser in partnership with Pick ‘n Pay. Three winners were drawn last Thursday and the Grade 6 learner that raised the most funds, David Kinghorn, was awarded with a helicopter flight for four people, sponsored by Fly Karoo.
On Sunday afternoon at 5, the three winners, Lauren Waddelow, Mr Norman Kroon and Anja Oelofsen and a very excited Grade 6G class and their parents, gathered at Pick ‘n Pay to take part in the trolley-dash. Positions were drawn, as there was a 1 minute, 2 minute and a 3 minute dash.
With the encouragement of the grade 6 class, winners were running through the aisles of Pick ‘n Pay, filling their trolleys with whatever their heart desires. Mrs Waddalow from Pick ‘n Pay then also allowed Mrs Gerber, class teacher of the grade 6Gs, with the very excited encouragement of her class, to have a 30 second dash for an end-of-year class party. Eats and drinks were also offered to all who attended.
What a fun-filled fundraiser this was for all involved. Union High wishes to thank Pick ‘n Pay and Fly Karoo for their generosity in sponsoring prizes and look forward to making this an annual event.

The 3-minute winner, Lauren Waddalow’s trolley was over-flowing with Christmas presents for the family, a few niceties, and also a whole lot of goodies for charity.
Mr Norman Kroon and his wife, Jenny, won the
2-minute dash and decided to donate the contents
of their trolley to Vuyani Safe Haven.
Anja Oelofsen won the 1-minute dash but, with the help of Ross Stanley, had no problem in filling
her trolley with goodies to the value of more than
R6 000! Some for herself, some on mom Noeleen’s instruction, and some for charity.



Union High vs Volkskool
U/13 A
In a T20 match against Volkskool on Tuesday afternoon, the U/13 A team put together a polished performance to win by 21 runs. We lost the toss and were put into bat. Sisipho Arnols displayed the temperament of a professional opening batsman by batting for 15 overs while wickets were falling around him. He scored 20 off 37 balls and anchored our innings. Matthew Basson scored a quick fire 10 off 10 balls and Jude Langmead provided much needed impetus at the back of the innings scoring 20 not out off 22 balls. We ended on 110/6.  With the ball, Aron Erasmus was once again outstanding. He opened the bowling and finished with figures of 5 wickets for only 3 runs in his 4 overs. He bowled 2 wides which means he conceded 1 run from the bat in 24 deliveries. The rest of the team, including wicket-keeper Sisipho Arnols, all got a chance to bowl and bowled well. Volkskool couldn’t recover and finished on 89/9 after their 20 overs.

On Tuesday afternoon our u/11A cricketers played against Laer Volkskool in a pro twenty match. Union won the toss and elected to bat first. Our batsmen occupied the crease well and scored at a healthy rate. Opening batsman Peter Michaels scored a solid 39 runs at the top of the order and was well supported by Dylan Kivedo and Cullen Marais. Union scored 123 for 4 in their allotted 20 overs.
Top batsmen:  Peter Michaels: 39;  Cullen Marais: 24;  Dylan Kivedo: 16;  Shakir Kasi 10 not out.

Laer Volkskool began their run chase needing 124 runs for victory. The Union opening bowlers started very nervously conceding 22 runs in the first 2 overs. As soon as they settled wickets fell in quick succession through accurate wicket to wicket bowling. Cullen Marais got rid of the opening batsmen and was well supported by Dylan Kivedo and Cameron Swarts. In a brilliant piece of fielding Kyle Liebenberg and Junior Kedemeli combined well and accounted for a stunning run out to dismiss Laer Volkskool. Union bowled Laer Volkskool out for 42 runs after 10.2 overs.

Top bowlers:  Dylan Kivedo: 4 wickets for 3 runs in 2 overs;  Cullen Marais: 3 wickets for 20 runs in 3.2 overs;  Cameron Swarts: 2 wickets for 7 runs in 2 overs

Union won the match by 81 runs.



As part of the Goals for Cancer initiative with Huyndai and Caltex, Union High, this morning, proudly handed over a cheque of R10 000 to the Graaff-Reinet Cancer Association. As reported before, at every hockey match that Union’s 1st hockey team plays, they start each half of the match by playing with a pink ball for a period of 5 minutes. For each goal that is scored during the 5 minutes, Huyndai and Caltex donate R100 to the Cancer Association. This year, that amount totaled up to
R10 000.  We wish to thank Huyndai and Caltex for partnering with Union High in such an important cause.

Back: Stephan de Souza (Caltex), Joggie Vorster (Hyundai), Geowynne Gamiet (Union’s 1st team hockey coach) and Mr Pringle (Headmaster)
Front: Margie Parks (Cancer Association), Liz Savage (Cancer Association), Rebecca Langmead (1st hockey team) and Virginia Christoffels (Cancer Association).



U/15 vs Joubertina
On Friday afternoon Union’s under 15 cricket team played a 20/20 match against Joubertina, who won the toss and put Union in to bat first. James Pienaar 76* and James Pringle* retired in the 13th and 15th overs respectively. Bowen Langmead scored 19 runs and Brett Amsterdam 22 not out, which took the score to 209 for 1.  Union’s boys restricted Joubertina to 47 for 7 in their 20 overs. Most of the boys got to bowl two overs each, with James Pringle taking 3 wickets for 2, Kwezi Simon 1 for 3, Lihle Mxhunyelwa 1 for 6 and a stumping by Michael-Joe Newton off the bowling of Jarrod Naude.
Union won by 162 runs.

A 50 over match was played on Saturday, where Union was again asked to bat first. In a reversed batting order, the Union boys scored 306 for 8 in 40 overs. The following boys retired once they reached 50: Lihle Mxhunyelwa 54*, Jarrod Naude 52* and Bowen Langmead 54* (in 18 balls). Other contributions came from Kwezi Simon with 20 runs, Kyle-Luke du Preez 29 and James Pringle 18.  Just before lunch Joubertina started their batting innings and were bowled out in the 13th over for 39 runs. Best bowlers were Kwezi Simon 3/7, Bowen Langmead 1/5, Kyle-Luke du Preez 1/1 and Khanya Butshingi 3/1.  Union won by 267 runs.

Thanks to the boys for the spirit in which these matches were played, where all got a chance with the bat and ball. The sportsmanship shown during both matches is commendable.

U/13 vs Grey
Grey won the toss, elected to bat and the Union boys bowled them out for 167 in the 33rd over. This might have been reduced considerably had Union held their catches and displayed more discipline with their lines and lengths. Union conceded 63 extras, which meant they kept undoing any pressure built and allowed the Grey scoreboard to keep ticking over. In hindsight, Union could easily have bowled Grey out for under 100 runs.

Hlaki Skepe, Laythan Carelse, Rhuze Hendriks and Kwande Mhlabeni each took 2 wickets. Matthew Basson took 1 wicket.  An inability to occupy the crease resulted in Union being bowled out for 60 runs. Matthew Basson put up a good fight and top scored with 28.  Despite losing by 107 runs, the team showed a huge improvement from previous years.

U/11A vs Grey U/11B
The under 11A team played a 40 over match against Grey Junior’s under 11Bs. Grey won the toss and elected to bat. Union took two early wickets through Shakir Kasi and Cullum Marais, and placed the pressure solidly on Grey. Grey managed to put together a good partnership, which reversed the pressure. The Union bowlers managed to keep their discipline and consistently attacked the wickets, bowling 8 batsmen clean. The bowlers complimented each other and should feel very proud in restricting Grey Junior to 133 all out.  The top bowlers were Shakir Kasi, who took 3 wickets for 30 runs in 6.4 overs, Cullum Marais, 3 for 20 in 7 overs, Dylan Kivedo, 2 for 33 in 6 overs and Cameron Swarts who took 1 for 40 in 2 overs. 

The Union team started their run chase through Cameron Swarts and Peter Michaels. They settled nicely at the crease and kept the scoreboard ticking. Grey brought on a spinner who gave Union’s batsmen a tough time. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Union stayed ahead of the required run-rate. Cullum Marais batted very well for his 30 runs and a gutsy batting display by Junior Kedemeli and Thokozani Mpanza saw Union home. The top batsmen were Cullum Marais with 30 runs, Dylan Kivedo with 18 and Thokozani Mpanza with 10 not out. Well done to the Union team on a good all-round performance.  Union won the match by 2 wickets.


The newly-elected prefects for 2018 have spent the weekend at Skietfontein, doing a lot of team-building exercises in preparation for their task next year.



On Friday morning, after a very special Valedictory Assembly, the Class of 2017 walked through the doors of Union High School one final time. We wish you well in your final exams.
Until we meet again!.



Only two month to go before our gap-year students, Mitchell Knott-Craig, Kayla Hobson and Jean van der Merwe, return from the United Kingdom where they have spent the year at Salisbury Cathedral School.



The matric class of 2017 enjoyed their induction into the Old Unionites Association on Tuesday evening. Mr Greig Rose- Innes, guest speaker and Chairman of the National Branch of the Old Unionites Association, shared some tales of his time at Union High and sent the matrics off with special words of wisdom, encouraging them to always return to their Alma Mater and to remember the values instilled in them during their school years at Union High.



On the 7th of October VC Beldon (left) and Cameron Muir (right) took part in an inter-provincial biathlon held in Bloemfontein. It consisted of a 2km run and 100m swim, with certain benchmark time that the run and swim needed to be done in. Despite the wet weather, the results from the boys were very pleasing. Congratulations to Cameron Muir, who was placed second and VC Beldon fourth.



The girls at Herby Arnott house recently held their annual hostel supper. It was a glamorous affair with a wonderful dinner and entertainment presented by the hostel staff.
Thank you Mr and Mrs Sullivan for being the home away from home parents to this great group of girls.

At the dinner, the hostel prefects for 2018 were announced:
Front (left to right): Rebecca Langmead, Simamkele Desemela (Deputy Headgirl),
Uth-imna Somi (Headgirl) and Phawoluhle Abraham

Back (left to right):Likho Zwakala, Candice Russell, Bavuyise Hermans, Yente Retief and
Kelly Rose-Innes


We are very proud of our 24 pupils who took on the challenge, to practice hard and prepare themselves for their piano exams this year. The day of the exams was as usual marked by nervous faces and shaky hands, but they all completed it successfully!

The names and results of the ABRSM Grade Candidates (piano) are as follows:
• Grade 7: Faith McDonald – Distinction; Yu-Pei Rong – Merit; Rebecca Langmead – Merit; Jenna McNaughton – Pass
• Grade 6: Angelica Jankovich-Besan – Merit; Kiah Hoffman – Pass; Phoebe-Sue Adonis – Pass; Jade Shires – Pass
• Grade 4: Jamie Jaftha – Distinction; Hannah Watermeyer – Merit; Chloe Shires – Merit; Barbara McNaughton – Merit; Cole Reizenberg – Pass; Carmen Beaumont – Pass; Shayna Japhta – Pass
• Grade 3: Anna Pringle – Merit; Taylyn Miller – Pass; Caitrin Spence – Pass
• Grade 2: Jamie Rudlin – Pass; Ann-Noleen Koeberg – Pass; Caytah-Leigh Koeberg – Pass
• Grade 1: Lana Bouwer – Merit; Hilary Jacobs – Pass
• Prep Test: Vivian McEwan

The following students wrote the ABRSM Gr 5 Theory exams, and passed with excellent results.
• Grade 5: Yu-Pei Rong – 98%; Jade Shires – 78%; Phoebe-Sue Adonis – 78%

Kiah Hoffman played her Gr 3 Violin exam and passed with Merit.

Yu-Pei Rong, currently a grade 10 learner, started his formal music education towards the end of his Gr 7 year in 2014. His progress was as follows:
2015: Played Gr 2 – passed with Distinction
2016: Played Gr 5 – passed with Distinction
2017: Wrote Gr 5 theory – passed with 98%; Played Gr 7 – passed with Merit
Congratulations to Yu-Pei on his outstanding progress and results.

Congratulations to all our music student on their excellent results!


During the school holidays, Union’s 1st XI cricket team attended the 50th Annual Cape Schools Cricket Week, which this year was hosted by Grey High School in Port Elizabeth.

Day 1: Union High vs Paul Roos
On the first day Union played Paul Roos Gymnasium in a time cricket match. Paul Roos won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 254 for 6 in their 65 overs. Matt Harpur took 3 wickets, Cowan Swartz 2 and Sinethemba Ndudula 1.
When Union went in to bat, they played for a draw, but unfortunately got bowled out with one ball left.
Paul Roos won the match.

Day 2: Union High vs Dale College
Union won the toss, elected to bat first and scored 124 runs, with Luke McNaughton scoring a beautiful 52 runs off only 35 balls.  When Dale went in to bat, Union limited them to 80 runs all out. Waylon du Plessis took 4 wickets, and Matt Harpur and Brett Amsterdam two each.  Union won the match by 44 runs.

Day 3: Union High vs Queens College
Again Union won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 202 runs all out. Matt Harpur scored 36 runs, Sinethemba Ndudula 35 and Bowen Langmead 30.
Union bowled Queens out for 96 runs. Waylon du Plessis and Matt Harpur each took 4 wickets and Cowan Swartz took 2.

Day 4: Union High vs St Andrews High School (Bloemfontein)
St Andrews won the toss and batted first, scoring a total of 294 runs. Sinethemba Ndudula and Cowan Swartz took 3 wickets each and Matt Harpur took 2.
Unfortunately the target was just too high for the Union boys and they were bowled out for 88.
St Andrews won the match by 206 runs.

We wish to congratulate the Union boys and their coach, Mr Hannes Lombard, on a successful Cape Schools.



The journey began in the middle of this year as the Grade 10 class of 2017 had confirmation that their Odyssey would take place at the end of September during the final week of the third term. The goal was to complete a five-day hike which began near Nieu-Bethesda and ended in Graaff-Reinet. The mission was to walk with all they needed in their backpacks and face the elements, come what may, discovering much more about themselves and the others in their grade.

A willing team of Grade 10 parents offered to help and on behalf of each Grade 10 pupil, we would like to thank each parent who served for their assistance. Kevin and Lisa Watermeyer agreed to take the baton from David and Bronwen Langmead to facilitate the running of this event. The Langmead’s initiated this adventure last year and kindly offered to be a part of this year’s Odyssey and we are grateful for their advice, support and practical assistance.

At 6 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, 24th of September, Mr Pringle and Mrs Shell welcomed a group of 69 expectant Grade 10 pupils at the school busses. Mr Kingwill and his team of drivers drove the group of learners and a few parents (who were walking on day 1) to the bridge at De Toren on the outskirts of Nieu Bethesda. Everyone gathered excitedly and Kevin Watermeyer gave them a friendly welcome and a synopsis of the day’s walk. The group set off with much chatter and laughter, the journey had begun!

The terrain of the Gats River Canyon is something to behold, dramatic landscape, rocky paths and a breath-taking view from all directions. Sunday’s group of parents who walked included Daleen Hobson, Michelle Cilliers, Sharon Shell, Chinelle Marais, Phlippie & Liesel Loock, “Nibs” Price, David & Bronwen Langmead and Lisa Watermeyer. We were also joined by the Headmaster, Mr Pringle and Mr and Mrs Donald Kingwill, Superintendent of Arthur Kingwill House.

The walkers walked very well on their first day and before long we were at our first camp site where Kevin and Johan Vorster had prepared the terrain for their arrival. Team work came in to play with ‘regular campers’ helping their friends who had never erected a tent, let alone slept in the wilderness. We had a most enjoyable first night around camp fires and a big thank you to Mr Dean Marais for organizing the braai.

On Day 2, we had an early start where tents were packed up and everyone gathered for a workshop presented by Mrs Paula Kingwill in the beautiful surrounds. The learners enjoyed working in groups and within minutes the underlying theme of diversity and culture was put across and celebrated. That day’s walk was more of a challenge and perseverance and tenacity was the name of the game. Everyone experienced several emotions from laughter to a few tears but reached the destination – the Schonberg waterfall. They climbed down to the river bed where a camp site was set up for the next two nights.

Our sincere thanks are extended to Paul and Liezl Merifield for bringing in the dinner supplies and creating a small oasis for the adults in the middle of nowhere. A few willing Moms had prepared delicious bolognaise sauce which was heated up and various groups cooked their spaghetti. It was early to bed as everyone had had a hard day of walking and climbing. There was a welcome sound of rain falling in the early hours of the morning, much needed in the dry Karoo.

Day 3 was a ‘rest day’ in camp and it began with a solitaire experience. The adults took small groups and placed the learners individually in the open veld. The objective was for them to be alone and to have a time of contemplation and reflection. One will never know what happened to each individual during those five hours but for many, it was a rare experience of time alone in nature. The rest of the day was relaxing around the camp site and a bread-making demonstration by Bronwen Langmead and a demonstration of cooking a chicken over the fire by David Langmead. Everyone was put into new small groups and had the task of baking their own bread and roasting a whole chicken. For the most part, scrumptious bread and delicious chicken was enjoyed by all! The evening ended with a spontaneous time of song and dance around the fire. Indescribable!

Day 4 started with pack up and preparation for a challenging day of walking. Everyone will remember the beautiful and rugged canyon, the steep climb out and the welcome sight of a school bus to take the walkers to the last campsite at the top of Ouberg. By this stage, tents were easily erected and an afternoon of rest and happy chatter was enjoyed by all. Our final evening braai was kindly provided by the hostels and capably braaied by Mr Ronald McNaughton who had also prepared the campsite.

We are most grateful to the parents and staff who made the time to join us for our final supper. Mr Pringle gave a most inspiring and thought-provoking talk on the ‘Odyssey’ and Kevin Watermeyer thanked all for their contributions. Three of the learners whose parents had walked the entire route thanked the organisers. We had some spontaneous feedback and all-in-all it was a fitting celebration of a wonderful time.

Day 5 was welcomed with a surprise that the walk down the old Ouberg pass to Graaff-Reinet would be done without back packs! After the 5 km descent, three UHS buses took the walkers to the Nqweba Dam where Johan Vorster and Kevin Watermeyer had their back packs for them to carry to school. The last stretch was one of mixed emotions: excitement that the end was in sight, a better understanding of classmates, a new realization of what can be achieved and a satisfaction of having completed a tough assignment. Well done Grade 10’s, you achieved the goal with much dedication and good heart and when you look back in years to come, these 5 days will be significant!