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INTER-PROVINCIAL BIATHLON

On Saturday there was an Inter-Provincial biathlon held in Port Elizabeth, with teams from Border, South Western Districts, Southern Free State and Eastern Province competing.

Union High participants in the EP team were: Philip Kroon, Enya Kemp, Candice Russell, Michael Krige, Cameron Muir and Gerrit Brink.

Congratulations to all of them and in particular Gerrit, for winning a gold medal in the U/19 section and Cameron, who won a gold medal in the U/17 section (photograph).


  

JUNIOR SCA NEWS

The Junior SCA (School Christian Association) of Union High, which consists of learners from grades 5, 6 and 7, meet on Wednesday evenings. Lauren Waddelow, of grade 6, prepared a fun and interactive lesson on the Fruits of the Spirit from Galations 5: 22-23. A project grew out of this lesson whereby Fruits of the Spirit 'necklaces' were made and distributed to learners and staff who wanted to take part in this initiative. The headmaster and prefect body for 2017 were of the first people to wear their reminder tag. This tag which lists the fruits of the spirit and the Bible reference reminds all who wear it that we need the Holy Spirit's help to act in love, be joyful, spread peace, be patient, kind, good, faithful and gentle, and to exercise self-control. These are tough times we live in and we can surely benefit from visual reminders such as these to help us cope with Christian care in this world.

  

TOP 10 ATHLETICS MEETING

Earlier this month, 12 of Union High’s athletes took part in the Top Ten Athletics meeting in Cradock. Various schools from as far afield as Upington and Paarl, were represented. In total, 82 teams took part. Union was placed 39th overall.
We wish to congratulate the following athletes (in photograph from the left) for their achievements:
Matthew Jones - U/17 - Shot put (13,07m) - Bronze (3rd place)
Kyle Sparks - U/19 - Javelin (41,2m) - Bronze (3rd place)
Cameron Muir - U/16 - 3000m - (10:04:85) - Silver (2nd place)
Soyama Mbobi - U/16 - 100m (10:98s) - Bronze (3rd place) - absent from photograph

  

JUNIOR CRICKET RESULTS

U/13 vs Laer Volkskool
Last Wednesday, Union's Under 13A team played a match against Laer Volkskool. Union won the toss and elected to bat first. After a watchful 10 over opening stand from Sisipho Arnols and MJ Newton, union was able to accelerate towards the end of their innings, to finish on 82 for 4 after 20 overs. Sisipho Arnols top scored with 27 runs and Josh Calitz ended on 15 not out.
Union bowled well and took wickets early, which kept Volkskool on the back-foot throughout their innings. Despite a late flurry of runs, Union managed to bowl the opposition out for 71 runs, to win the match by 11 runs. Aaron Erasmus and Kyle-Luke du Preez each took 3 wickets, Josh Calitz took 2, and James Pienaar and Daniel Nell each took 1.

U/13 vs Lorraine Primary
On Saturday, Union hosted Lorraine Primary School. After losing the toss and bowling first, Union had Lorraine in trouble at 140/9. Unfortunately, dropped catches and missed run out chances allowed Lorraine's last partnership to add another 65 runs to their total. Lorraine ended their innings on 205 all out.
What was terribly disappointing was the fact that we gifted them 68 runs in the form of extras. Josh Calitz was our best bowler taking 3/36 in his 9 overs. Kyle-Luke du Preez, Aron Erasmus and James Pienaar chipped in with 2 wickets each, and Jarrod Naude took the final wicket.
Union did not bat well and failed to apply ourselves at the crease. They lost wickets at regular intervals and could only manage 93 all out. James Pienaar was the one batsman who knuckled down and put up a good fight, scoring a patient 32 runs.
Union lost the match by 112 runs.

U/11 vs Laer Volkskool
Union lost the toss, was asked to bat first and scored 91 for 4 in 20 overs. Union also bowled well and they bowled Volkskool out for 81 runs, winning the match by 10 runs.
  

BLOOD DRIVE 

The Grade 6V class accompanied Mrs Vorster, their class teacher, to watch her donate blood and learn all about the process.

Mr Jacobus Felix of the SA National Blood Service, explained the criteria and process of blood donation to this fascinated group of learners. They were enthralled by what they learnt and saw and we expect enthusiastic blood donors from this group in a few years’ time.

This term’s blood drive at Union High School exceeded the target when 58 units were donated by scholars and staff. Our thanks and appreciation go to Mrs Lizet Crankshaw for her organisation and the dedicated manner in which she co-ordinates and runs Blood Donation at Union High.
  

ABRSM MUSIC EXAMINATIONS 

This year, 26 of Union High’s pupils completed the annual ABRSM (Royal Schools) piano exam, which took place on 15 September 2016. To successfully pass this practical exam takes a great deal of commitment, hard work and regular practicing. We are very proud of our pupils who took on this challenge, besides their many other responsibilities, to prepare themselves for the exam. The day of the exams was marked by many nervous faces and shaky hands, but they all faced their fears and completed it successfully!

The names and results of the ABRSM Grade Candidates (piano) are as follows:
• Grade 6: Faith McDonald – Distinction; Jenna McNaughton – Merit; Kayla Hobson – Pass
• Grade 5: Yu-Pei Rong – Distinction; Peter Watermeyer – Merit; Jade Shires – Pass;
Phoebe-Sue Adonis – Pass
• Grade 4: Erin McNaughton – Pass
• Grade 3: Jamie Japhta – Distinction; Hannah Watermeyer – Merit; Shayna Japhta – Merit;
Chloe Shires – Merit; Carmen Beaumont – Pass; Barbara McNaughton – Pass;
Sabrina Potgieter – Pass; Cole Reizenberg – Pass
• Grade 2: Anna Pringle – Merit; Caitrin Spence – Merit; James Potgieter – Pass; Taylyn Miller – Pass
• Grade 1: Meghan Basson – Pass; Rachael Houseman – Pass; Alison Kroon – Pass;
Leah Marais – Pass; Jamie Rudlin – Pass; Lauren Waddelow - Pass

The following students wrote the ABRSM Theory exams and passed with excellent results.
• Grade 5: Faith McDonald – 87%; Kayla Hobson – 89%; Jenna McNaughton – 90%

Royal Schools Exam Candidates
Primary School

Back Left to Right: Allison Kroon,
Barbara McNaughton, Lauren Waddelow, Carmen Beaumont, Hannah Watermeyer, Chloe Shires, James Potgieter, Anna Pringle, Rachael Houseman

Front Left to Right: Shayna Japhta,
Jamie Rudlin, Caitrin Spence, Jamie Japhta, Leah Marais
Royal Schools Exam Candidates
High Schoo
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Back Left to Right: Jenna McNaughton,
Peter Watermeyer, Phoebe-Sue Adonis,
Yu-Pei Rong, Kayla Hobson, Jade Shires, Taylyn Miller

Front Left to Right: Faith McDonald,
Sabrina Potgieter, Meghan Basson,
Erin McNaughton, Cole Reizenberg
Royal Schools Theory Candidates
Left to Right: Jenna McNaughton,
Kayla Hobson

  

PREFECT CAMP 

Last weekend, the 2016/2017 prefect body of Union High School went on a camp to Karoo River Rafting. Here they got the opportunity to get to know each other, develop their leadership skills and learn how to function as a team. At the end of the camp they voted for the head prefects, whom will be announced at the annual prize-giving on 21 October.

  

SUCCESSFUL GOLF DAY 

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 T Pretorius and Mr R George, 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: Chip ‘n Dip, Camdeboo Supermeats, Derek Light Attorneys, Gerber, Botha & Gowar, Hyundai, Inyatsi, Karrigrove Wildlife, Karoo Taxidermy, Ken’s Radio, Loveleigh Skin and Nails, Andre Marais, Mesh Steel & Weld, Midboard, Motolek, Nommerpas, The Old Unionites Association and Drostdy Toyota.

  

A - 10 DINNER

What an honour it is to complete you whole school career in one school, and in this case – Union!

Twelve years ago a group of 20 grade 1’s started their schooling at Union Preparatory School. For twelve years they learned together, laughed together, played sport together, had fun together and were naughty together. Now, twelve years later, they will be walking through the gates of Union High School one last time – together.

To celebrate this milestone, every year, the Grade 4 class of Union Prep School hosts an A to 10 Dinner. This black tie event is especially for those learners that completed their whole schooling career at Union. The matrics and their parents are gracefully welcomed at the Prep School Dome and escorted inside by the grade 4’s, after which all are entertained with song and dance. This is followed by a final walk across the Union fields, to the Tony Burrell Union, where they enjoy a scrumptious meal.

The A to 10 Dinner is one of the great traditions at Union, and always a very special occasion.

In Class of 2016 Matric, Wendy-Lee Scott’s words:
“Eight years ago, we stood at the Prep School gate awaiting the A-10 Matrics of that year. This year, we were the A-10 Matrics arriving at the gate. It was just the final event before Valedictory that reminded us that our time at UHS was finished.
The dancing with the grade 4s was incredibly entertaining to watch and do. Seeing our parents and classmates skipping around definitely inspired laughter and the fun wasn’t lost in between the losing of shoes and partners.
The grade 4s sang beautifully and the Matrics especially enjoyed the final song where each of our names was sung in turn, as they said their goodbyes.
There were stories that had been long forgotten, but hearing them brought back fond memories of the days spent at Union Prep. We were reminded of the silly things we did and what legacy we left behind. Mrs Kingwill had many interesting stories of us, and it really brought warmth to my heart to see how far we’ve come as a grade.
I know that all the Matrics that attended were so appreciative of all the work done by the grade 4s, their parents and the teachers under Ms Rich at Union Preparatory School. Thank you so much. It truly was a night to remember.

We didn’t realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun…”

Photograph:  Class of 2016 matrics, Sean Kroon, Quentin Naude, Mitchell Knott-Craig, Jonathan Crankshaw and Kayla Hobson, attended the A to 10 Dinner with their Old Unionite parents.



 
  

VALEDICTORY - GOOD BYE TO THE CLASS OF 2016 


After 12 years at school, the Class of 2016 waves school life and Union High School goodbye!

  

OUA WELCOMES CLASS OF 2016 

On Tuesday evening, the Matric Class of 2016 were officially welcomed into the Old Unionite Association. Mr Jerry Rose-Innes, Head of the Class of 1956, and subsequent Chairman of the Governing Body, shared a few words of wisdom with the learners, and emphasized the importance of their future contribution to their alumni, and staying in touch with their alma mater. They all received their official Old Unionite Association membership card, after which they shared a meal one last time.


  

SENIOR CAPE SCHOOLS CRICKET WEEK 

The Cape Schools Cricket week, hosted by Wynberg Boys’High School as part of their 150th celebrations this year was a wonderful week of cricket which was enjoyed by the boys and staff. Participating schools were: Wynberg, SACS, Rondebosch, Paul Roos and Paarl Boys - from the Western Cape and from the Eastern Cape were Union High School, Dale College, Queen’s College, Selborne College and Grey High.

In our first match, played against Paarl Boys, we batted first and were bowled out for 94 runs. Mention must be made of Wiegard Brummer, who batted very well. Paarl Boys passed our score with only 2 wickets down and we lost by 8 wickets. In our second match we were outplayed by a superb SACS side, unfortunately our batting left us in the lurch and we were bowled out for 80 runs. SACS passed our score with no wickets down and we lost by 10 wickets.

On day three, we played Wynberg who batted first and scored 305/7. Our batting started off well (Jonathan Crankshaw 74) and we were set to reach the target, but an unfortunate collapse in the middle order resulted in a score of 150 all out and we lost by 125 runs. On day four we played Paul Roos who batted first and we managed to limit them to 80 for 6, but struggled to bowl out the tail-enders and they ended with a score of 280 for 8. We went in to bat and showed good form (Jonathan Crankshaw 46), but unfortunately we lost wickets in quick succession and eventually scored 200 all out and lost by 80 runs.

  

UHS ODYSSEY 2016 

On 26th September, 65 Union High grade 10’s set off on their “Odyssey” from Nieu-Bethesda to Graaff-Reinet. Their mission was to walk down the Gats River canyon carrying all that they needed on their backs to be completely self-sufficient for 5 days in the wilderness. An Odyssey is a journey of self-discovery where, through physical hardship and lack of distraction, one comes to a realisation as to one’s physical, mental and spiritual place on this planet. By the end of the 5-day journey, each grade 10 had grown and learned more than they ever imagined.
Day one was a relatively easy hike and the group slowly got used to their heavy packs, readjusting as they walked through the pear blossom lined avenues of Nieu-Bethesda. Entering at de Toren farm, the group learned to navigate using their maps through the Gats River canyon. River crossings and icy swimming stops taught teamwork and tolerance as learners were seen assisting each other across rivers on boulders and rocks. Camping in an ancient pomegranate forest under the orange cliffs beneath the magnificent stars above Aasvoelkrans that night, the group started to appreciate the magnitude of where they were.
Mr Pringle joined the Odyssey for the day and began with an early morning devotion on day 2, stressing the importance of unity in this grade and working together for the good of all. He spoke of being the type of people who “build things up” as opposed to those who “break things down” – a message which the group evidently took to heart during the Odyssey and probably into their lives beyond. The walk from Aasvoelkrans was long and tough. The old abandoned farmhouse at Schoonberg was a welcome sight, and after a quick clean up in the reservoir, the group was treated to a stimulating and thought provoking drama workshop facilitated by Paula Kingwill.
The route on day three took everyone along pristine pools alive with birdlife, a huge pool at the base of a magnificent waterfall and through other secret places in this area. The final ascent to our camp at Poortjie pushed many to their limits as they had to ascend a fossilised waterfall and then still walk 4 km before laying down their packs. At this stage, everyone had become seasoned campers, and the campsites that were chosen and created were quite beautifully crafted. Water was in scarce supply at this camp, and valuable lessons were learned as to how precious this resource is.
Morning came early on day 4 and everyone was awoken pre-dawn. Armed with only their sleeping bags and a very precious letter from loved ones, the Odyssians were taken out into the darkness of the dawn and positioned in solitude across the Karoo landscape for some hours. For most this was an invaluable time of solitude, silence, focus on the present, and personal reflection. Solitaire was an experience that no one will ever forget. There were those who came out in utter bliss, those who wept, those who built memorials, those who climbed to the peak of who they are, and those who were simply overwhelmed by the experience.
Evening came too soon and with it a plethora of well managed campfires sprung up along the river bed. Everyone was taught how to roast an entire chicken on a stick and how to make a perfect loaf of bread on the open fire. After everyone had eaten their fill they gravitated towards the central hearth – and the fireside songs began! The hills resounded with a wealth of melody and the unison between each and every person on this journey was tangible and unforgettable. That night around the glorious fire symbolised exactly what this Odyssey was about. A group of young adults from all over South Africa, from all walks of life and from a myriad of descendants – coming together, as one. Over these 5 days of hardship and rhapsody, these children walked together, grew together and formed a beautiful circle of togetherness that will surely unify them completely for their last 2 years at Union and into their lives beyond.
Walking into Graaff-Reinet on day 5 with Spandaukop before them, a sense of pride and real achievement was tangible. Each and every person who began this Odyssey completed it, even though the challenge was extremely difficult for some. As they rounded the corner into Caledon Street, tar underfoot, escorted and cheered on by proud friends and family, a sense of utter euphoria surrounded this unique group of friends. No longer simply classmates, this group had spent a week surviving in the wilderness, completely connected to that which is real. They had pulled and pushed each other over every barrier and had come out stronger, wiser, more connected, more realised and unified young people, ready to take Union into the future.

 
 And off they go…..!   The girls assisting each other to cross the river over boulders and rocks. 
 
 Zig-zagging up the mountain….   Water, glorious water! 
 
 Dinner is ready - roast chicken on a stick!   A very special moment shared at the campfire, singing songs and just being together on the final night 
  Mr David and Mrs Bronwen Langmead - The Grade 10s of Union High thank you for this unforgettable experience!  You planned it, walked it with us and looked after us!


  

ECO-WISE BIODIVERSITY DAY 

Union High recently celebrated their second 2016 Eco-Wise Day. The eco-time kick-started with an excellent presentation by Old Unionite, Bronwyn Botha from SanParks, on biodiversity and the need to protect our indigenous plants and animal species. She stressed how unique our area is and that there are certain species which are only found here and nowhere else on the planet.
The audience was led to understand why litter was a problem and why recycling and upcycling are of the utmost importance. After the motivational lesson, learners split up into groups for various eco activities.
The grade 5s created models of endangered animals out of waste materials and others made newspaper gift bags. Bird feeders were made by the grade 6s, to encourage a variety of bird species to visit their gardens.
One of the grade 7 classes did an audit of what they found in the river, while some girls created stunning sun-prints, using leaves and the boys made spekboom terrariums out of 2L plastic bottles.
The grade 8s all went off to learn about recycling at our local waste management centre, while some of the grade 9s enjoyed a trip to the Valley of Desolation. Some grade 9 girls attended a self-defence class and they also took part in an outdoor sensory activity. Another group of grade 9s tested their knowledge in a fun animal and plant quiz.
All the grade 10s were on their Odyssey, hiking from Nieu-Bethesda to Graaff-Reinet, while the grade 11s studied how to grow protein foods at the fish farm project.
It was another very successful eco-wise day for all the Union learners, full of fun, learning, adventure and creativity!


Photograph:  Union’s grade 7 boys made spekboom terrariums out of 2L plastic bottles, as a celebration of their 2nd 2016 Eco-wise Day.