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IMPORTANT 3RD TERM DATES

4 September:  Formal Tests: Grade 5 - 11
20 September:  Please not that the Music Hour has been moved to 26 September
23 - 27 September:  Grade 10 Odyssey
26 September:  Music Hour (6.30 pm, UHS Hall)
27 September:  Report collection
Friday, 28 September : School closes

Download the following documents for Term 3
:
EVENTS CALENDAR
CULTURAL EXTRAMURAL ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME
WINTER SPORTS PROGRAMME
GRADE 8 - 11 FORMAL TEST TIMETABLE
GRADE 5 - 7 FORMAL TEST TIMETABLE
     

BIATHLON

The following learners have been selected to represent EP in the upcoming Interprovincial event that will be held in Bloemfontein on the 29th of September.

u/15 girls:  Hannah Bodenstein and Drew Dobinson - EP B
Kendall Krige - EP Development team
u/19 girls:  Megan Doyle and Jenna McNaughton - EP B

From left to righ: Hannah Bodenstein, Megan Doyle, Kendall Krige, Jenna McNaughton and Drew Dobinson


     

MATRIC INDUCTION - OUA

The matric class of 2018 enjoyed their induction into the Old Unionites Association on Wednesday evening. Mr Derek Light, speaker and Chairman of the Union Trust, 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.




     

CRICKET FIXTURES - 22 SEPTEMBER

UHS VS BRANDWAG
1st XI (40 overs):  09:00 @ Asantesana
2nd Team (35 overs):  09:00 @ Brandwag, Uitenhage
U/15A (35 overs):  09:00 @ Brandwag, Uitenhage


     

GRADE 6 EXCURSION

The grade six learners visited the African Imprint Outdoor Centre on the banks of the Sundays River, just outside Kirkwood, from the 10th to the 12th of September. This facility caters for outdoor learning activities which are facilitated by a group of well qualified instructors.

The children were put through their paces in a variety of activities which challenged them in various ways. They were taught the basics of rowing, balancing, turning and stopping canoes on the river; they had to overcome their fears on a zip-line over the river; they learnt to build flag poles and had to brave a stringent obstacle course. All activities were carried out in groups. Points were allocated to each group for performance, attitude and enthusiasm and healthy competition prevailed amongst the groups. Many other challenge, balancing and ball skill games made up the remainder of the activities.

The group also visited the Addo Elephant Park for a morning and were treated to sightings of two big bull elephants and a herd of buffalo. Many buck species, zebra, dung beetles and other wild life were spotted. For many this was a first time experience.

The weather treated us most kindly and the learners enjoyed their tasks in sunshine with no wind. A swim in the cement dam was enjoyed by many.

Our sincere thanks go to Mrs Wendy Venter and Mr Reinhard Gerber who willingly drove the buses and assisted us.





     

BIATHLON - 2ND LEAGUE EVENT

Five Union biathletes travelled through to Port Elizabeth on Saturday to compete in the 2nd league event for the season. The blustery conditions made it difficult for the athletes to record good run-times on the day, and all struggled to score well in this portion of the event. This meant that, in order to hit the 2000 point benchmark the girls would have to produce exceptional swim times. After a long winter layoff from swimming, this was a big ask - and yet, although nobody actually managed to reach the target score, the girls all did surprisingly well in the swim, with some even managing to better their times from the previous season!
The girls registered the following scores for this event:
Hannah Bodenstein 1856
Kendall Krige 1853
Drew Dobinson 1827
Megan Doyle 1844
Jenna McNaughton 1924
Well done to these girls for competing so well under trying conditions. Special mention must go to our newcomers to the sport, Hannah Bodenstein and Megan Doyle who both did very well.
     

CRICKET RESULTS - 14 & 15 SEPTEMBER

UHS vs WOODRIDGE

14 September
UHS 1st XI vs Woodridge 1st - T20
On Friday the 1st XI played against Woodridge in a T20 at Botanics.
Woodridge batted first and scored 107 for 5 in their 20 overs.
Bowling figures:  Sinethemba Ndudula 1/10 in 4 overs;  Luke McNaughton 1/18 in 4 overs;  Matt Harpur 1/20 in 4 overs.
Union then replied with 1008 for 2 in 18.3 overs winning the match by 8 wickets thanks to a outstanding 92 run partnership between Matt Harpur and Cowan Swartz.
Batting:  Matt Harpur 44 not out;  Cowan Swartz 41 not out.

15 September
UHS 1st XI vs Woodridge 1st - 50 overs

On Saturday Union took on Woodridge again in a 50 overs match.
Woodridge won the toss and sent Union in to bat.
After a shaky start losing two quick wickets Matt Harpur and Cowan Swartz knuckled down and put together a well-played 50 run partnership laying what was looking to be the perfect platform, however we lost both batsmen in short succession and left Luke McNaughton and Caerwyn Spence to try and rebuild the innings who managed a 40 run partnership. Unfortunately neither were able to take advantage of their starts and fell to good consistent bowling and we were bowled out for 159 in 48 overs.
Batting:  Luke McNaughton 37;  Caerwyn Spence 33;  Cowan Swartz 30.
Woodridge then came in to bat and Unions bowlers struggled to find their line and length coupled with a fair amount of missed chances allowed Woodridge to cruise to victory with only 5 wickets down.
Best bowlers:  Matt Harpur 3/35 in 7 overs;  Brett Amsterdam 3/70 in 8 overs.

U/15A vs Woodridge U/15A - 50 overs
Woodridge batted first and scored 119 all out.  Best bowlers:  James Pienaar 3/20 in 10 overs;  Josh Calitz 2/23 in 8 overs;  Kyle-Luke Du Preez 2/20 in 7 overs.
Union went in to bat and replied with 117 all out.  Best batting:  Rogan Odendaal 49;  Sisipho Arnolds 25.
Union lost the match by 2 runs.
     

CRICKET RESULTS

UHS U/15A vs CRADOCK

Cradock batted first and scored 88 for 3 in 20 overs.  Kyle-Luke du Preez took 1 wicket for 8 runs in 4 overs, Rogan Odendaal 1 for 11 in 4 overs and Kwande Mhlabeni 1 for 16 in 3 overs.  Union replied with 93 without loss in the 13th over.
Kyle-Luke du Preez 56*
Sisipho Arnold's 25*

Union High School won by 10 wickets.


     

SPEECH COMPETITION - GR 8 & 9

Union High's grade 8 & 9 Speech Competition was held on Tuesday evening. Congratulations to Melissa Swart (middle), who finished in 1st place. Second place went to James Rose Innes (left) and Catelyn Anthony (right) was placed third. Sixteen learners took part in the competition. We also thank our adjudicators Moyra Marais, Garth Hitge and Rachel Pringle.

     

THE SHORT CORNER @ UHS ASTROTURF

The parents, friends and supporters of Union hockey will, from 2019, be able to enjoy a warm cup of coffee and other refreshments and eats at the new Union AstroTurf “Short Corner”, and will no longer have to walk all the way to the Tony Burrell Union to keep warm on chilly winter mornings.

This project was the brainchild of Mrs Liesl de la Harpe, then a serving School Governor, and Mr Stephen de la Harpe (Class of 1989) who kindly donated the capital for the project. Their daughter, Paige, represented the 1st Hockey Team and matriculated in 2017. Mrs de la Harpe indicated that she hoped that the project would contribute to the spirit around the AstroTurf.

The drawings for the project were supplied by Mr Bernie Weyer of Waterston Weyer Roon Architects and the builder was Jackson Faltein Construction. The building, with its gabled roof is in keeping with the existing standard of all of the facilities on our beautiful campus. The electrical work was done by Mr Grant Hobson of Ken’s Radio. The name for the facility, "The Short Corner” was coined by 2018 Headgirl and 1st Team Hockey Captain, Rebecca Langmead.

     

SENIOR CRICKET - PEARSON FESTIVAL

On Thursday 6 September, the 1st XI cricket team left to take part in the annual Pearson Cricket Festival. Owing to the rain, the boys played just one match. Despite this, the boys made use of every opportunity to enjoy the outing and put together some fun-filled team building experiences.
Results from the T20 vs Muir on Friday.

Union won the toss and sent Muir in to bat, hoping to take advantage of what appeared to be perfect bowling conditions. Union were met with some very good patient batting upfront from the Muir openers who put together a solid partnership. This was finally broken by some fine fielding which resulted in a run out. This allowed the Union boys to put pressure on the new batsman and they managed to curb Muir’s run rate. Union continued to take wickets at regular intervals, but it proved too little too late and Muir managed a well-played 139 in their 20 overs. Union went in to bat and could just not find any rhythm, struggling to get the scoreboard ticking over or put together any form of a partnership. The Union boys lost early wickets and could just not recover ending their innings on 64/6 - losing the match by 75 runs.
Bowling figures: Jaden Brotherton took 1 for 33 in 4 overs, James Pienaar 1 for 40 in 4 overs, Caerwyn Spence 1 for 13 in 4 overs and Khwezi Simon took 1 wicket for 8 runs in 2 overs.

The best batsmen were James Pringle top scored with 19 not out and Peter Watermeyer 11 not out.


     

EP RUGBY UNION U/17 SEVENS QUALIFIERS

On Friday, 7 September, twelve rugby players, coached by Mr Felix and Mr Sparrius, travelled to Port Elizabeth to participate in the EPRU under 17 Sevens qualifiers. This was the first experience of 7’s rugby for the Union boys, and after the first match, the team realised what fitness levels are required of them to perform at optimum level, and to enjoy the game.

Union’s players were devastated to lose three of their matches on the stroke of the final whistle. However, through positive reinforcement and self-belief, they knew that a victory in the final match was inevitable. In a free-flowing match, displaying all their skills, the Union boys were extremely tenacious and outplayed their opponents, ending their campaign with a well-deserved victory.

This was an enjoyable tournament, with many positives taken and lessons learnt about this wonderful game. We commend the team on their great sportsmanship and being fine ambassadors for our school.
Results: Lost 0 - 33 to Framesby; Lost 5 - 12 to Andrew Rabie; Lost 5 – 12 to Humansdorp;
Lost 7 – 12 to Ndzondilelo; Won 29 – 10 against Arcadia.

     

KARATE TOURNAMENT

On the 1st September students from the Karoo OGKK (Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Kyokai) dojo based in Graaff-Reinet attended the 35th Annual Southern Cape and Eastern Cape Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Tournament held in the picturesque town of George in the Western Cape.

The Tournament, hosted by Jannie Le Grange Sensei (7th Dan), saw teams from George, Uniondale, Port Elizabeth and Graaff-Reinet compete across 26 different divisions based on age, gender and rank in elimination stages. The categories for this tournament were Kata (detailed pattern of movements) and Kumite (freestyle sparing).

Having never attended a karate tournament before, our learners elected to compete in the individual Kata category with approximately 110 other entrants.

They returned home with two gold and two bronze well deserved medals, with James Rose-Innes and Max Price each achieving a bronze medal and Max Wright and Tyra Binney bringing home gold.

     

CYCLING

On Saturday, 1 September, three Union High learners took part in the Angora Classic held in Jansenville.
James Potgieter came 3rd in his age group, finishing his 25km mountain bike race in 1:20:05. Keanu Nel also finished 3rd in his group with 1:37:35 and Megan Nel did a 10km race in 1:27:45, finishing in first position in her age group.

     

JUNIOR CHESS

Union's junior chess team competed in a triangular tournament against players from Graaff-Reinet Primêr and Gill Primary in Somerset-East on Wednesday 5 September.
The results were as follows:
vs Graaff-Reinet Primêr
1st team - won 7 - 5
2nd team - lost 4 - 8

vs Gill Primary
1st team - won 8 - 4
2nd team - won 10 - 2

The final scores for the tournament:
1. Union - 31 points
2. Graaff-Reinet Primêr - 25 points
3. Gill Primary - 16 points.


Well done to Wade Edwards and Lana Bouwer who were both unbeaten on the day!

     

EP U/17 SEVENS TOURNAMENT

UHS will take part in the EP U/17 Sevens Tournament at Andrew Rabie over the weekend.
Fixtures:
Friday 7 September
Match: Time: Venue:
14:20  UHS vs Framesby  (A – Field)
16:40  UHS vs Andrew Rabie  (B – Field)

Saturday 8 September
09:00  UHS vs Humansdorp  (A – Field)
11:20  UHS vs Ndzondelelo  (B – Field)
13:00 UHS vs Arcadia  (A – Field)

*There will be playoff games if we progress through the round robin.
     

MATHS CAMP

Determined to make a mathematical difference to Maths formal learners at Union High, Ian and Katrin Alleman have hosted the top set of learners each year in the village for the past 5 years. During this time, engineer Gustav Weich inspires these learners and expands their thinking – unravelling how exciting and stimulating maths can be. With Ian and Katrin overseas this year, Ronel and Charmaine at ‘The Karoo Lamb’ ensured that the group were fed and housed comfortably for their 2 night stay in the little village.
This year Gustav took the group into his world of structural engineering. Through his skills of simplifying what he learned studying the subject for 6 years, he taught learners how to measure the weight that the bridge can withstand per meter. Bethesda has its very own suspended footbridge, so the topic was literally and figuratively right underneath their feet! The group also explored other bridge structures and how to measure how much weight certain types of bridges can withstand – allowing them to calculate what is needed to build bridges to carry desired mass. Learner Chevonne Prinsloo said, “Maths camp was a mathematical brain adventure. We questioned our knowledge and we have grown closer as a group. Thank you to those who made us laugh, and to those who helped us solve the problems. We hope to have more adventures like this one!”

Roslyn Sparks summed up the camp in a creative manner, “ By subtracting ourselves from our ordinary lives and adding some adventure to the equation, we learned a very special type of maths this weekend. I couldn’t help but wonder that if we multiplied the time we spent there, just how much more we could have learned. Thanks to everyone who invested time in us to make this camp possible!”

Maths teacher, Elrich Jantjies, explained how they also looked at Game Theory – a common principle used in everyday life that many are unaware of. Game theory is the process of modelling the strategic interaction between two or more players in a situation containing set rules and outcomes. Today, game theory applies to a wide range of behavioural relations, and is now an umbrella term for the science of logical decision making in human, animals and computers. Yu-Pei Rong expressed, “ I have never experienced a more intense level of frustration than sitting hours on end with a maths problem, only to find out that the answer was wrong the entire time! But maths camp has taught me resilience and perseverance and has given me the will to try again and again!”

Mr Jantjies says that each year the group does something completely different under the guidance of Gustav, but the main objective stays the same: “Even if they don’t remember everything they’ve learnt, we want learners to fall in love with mathematics, and know that it’s not about getting the right answer, but about their journey getting there. We also want the grade to grow closer and work together, because this is the way the world works.” Thanks to the generosity of people like Ian and Katrin, and the expertise of Gustav and Mr Jantjies, they have managed to achieve this over the past 5 years.

“Challenging yet motivational, I’m thankful to everyone who I shared it with and the friendly Nieu-Bethesda locals too! This weekend was certainly a reminder that even if you aren’t the best at maths, it can be fun!” (Kirsten King), and to sum it all up perfectly, Zintle Maki said, “Maths camp was phenomenal, it formed a bridge between the fun and factual side of maths. I just wish it could have been longer!”


     

UHS CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY

Union High School celebrated Arbor Week on Monday 3 September. At an outdoor assembly, three Grade 9 learners led the devotion and spoke about the tree that was planted, the White Stinkwood Celtis Africana unVumvu, Witstinkhout.

Arbor Day originated in 1872 in the United States territory of Nebraska. Mr J. Sterling Morton, a newcomer to the treeless plains of Nebraska, was a keen proponent of the beauty and benefit of trees. He persuaded the local agricultural board to set aside a day for planting trees and through his position as editor of Nebraska's first newspaper, encouraged participation in the event by publishing articles on the value of trees for soil protection, fruit, shade and building.

Mr Morton's home, known as Arbor Lodge, was a testament to his love for trees and so inspired the name of the holiday; Arbor Day. Within two decades Arbor Day was celebrated in every US State and territory, and eventually spread around the world. The tradition continues annually in the second week of August, in global acknowledgment of Mr. Morton's slogan, "other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future."

In South Africa, Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1983. The event captured the imagination of people who recognized the need for raising awareness of the value of trees in our society. As sources of building material, food, medicine, and simple scenic beauty, trees play a vital role in the health and well-being of our communities. Collective enthusiasm for the importance of this issue in South Africa inspired the national government, in 1999, to extend the celebration of Arbor Day to National Arbor Week. From 1 to 7 September every year, schools, businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in community "greening" events to improve the health and beauty of the local environment and propose a green future for South Africa.


     

START OF CRICKET SEASON

SENIOR CRICKET - UHS VS PEARSON
Friday, 31 August
UHS 1st XI (T20): UHS won by 7 wickets
On Friday the 1st XI got their season under way playing a T20 against Pearson. Union won the toss and sent Pearson in to bat. The bowlers immediately found their straps with maintaining a perfect line and length and put Pearson under pressure from the get go, striking with two quick wickets. The Union boys continued to build great pressure with the ball and had Pearson struggling at 76/5 after 17 overs. Unfortunately they were unable to capitalize on all their opportunities, which allowed Pearson to reach a total of 125 in their 20 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Matt Harpur finishing with figures of 3/22 and Brett Amsterdam 2/18 off their allotted 4 overs respectively.  Union went in to bat and got off to a perfect start with a wonderful 36 run opening partnership between Brett Amsterdam and Luke Mc Naughton. Despite losing both openers in one over Matt Harpur and Cowan Swartz showed great maturity and batted with tremendous intent putting together a very well-played 56 run partnership, which then allowed Bowen Langmead to come in and play a blistering innings of 19 to take us across the line winning the game by 7 wickets. Special mention must be made of Matt Harpur who had a wonderful all round performance and finished on 50 not out with the bat.

Best bowling figures:  Matt Harpur 3/22 in 4 overs;  Brett Amsterdam 2/18 in 4 overs
Best batting scores:  Matt Harpur 50 not out;  Luke Mc Naughton 25;  Bowen Langmead 19 not out

Saturday, 1 September
UHS XI  (50 overs):  lost by 8 wickets
On Saturday the 1st XI took on Pearson again in a 50 over match. Pearson won the toss and sent Union in to bat. Despite being full of confidence after their performance the previous day Union were unable to carry on where they left off with the bat. They were met with some wonderful accurate bowling and were never allowed to put any substantial partnerships together after the well grinded 40 run partnership between Brett Amsterdam and Matt Harpur. Union continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and could only manage a less than modest 108 all out.

Pearson went in to bat and Union immediately found their line and length striking in the very first over. They continued to bowl with great accuracy and were able to keep Pearson under pressure, however missed some chances which allowed Pearson to knuckle down and with little scoreboard pressure they were able to manage Union's score with only two wickets down winning the match by 8 wickets.

Best batting scores:  Brett Amsterdam 25;  Cowan Swartz 15
Best bowling figures:  Cowan Swartz 2/34 in 8 overs

Despite the loss the Union boys must be commended for the way in which they played their cricket this weekend and even when their backs were against the wall they never gave up and maintained a positive approach to the game. All in all it was a great start to the season.

2nd Team (50 overs):  lost by 181 runs
Pearson batted first and scored 239 for 5 in 40 overs. Sintu Nkosinkulu took 2 wickets for 39 in 8 overs. Union replied with 58 all out.  Union lost by 181 runs.

U/15A Team
Union batted first and scored 51 all out in 22 overs. Pearson replied with 52 without loss.
Union lost by 10 wickets.  U/15A (50 overs):  lost by 10 wickets
     

BIATHLON - EVENT #1 FOR THE NEW SEASON

Only two Union biathletes made the journey to Port Elizabeth to compete in the 1st event of the 2018 / 2019 season. Hannah Bodenstein participated in her first biathlon, and did well to place 7th in her age group with 1799 points, while Drew Dobinson placed 6th in the same age group, with 1885 points. Both girls did surprisingly well in the swim portion of the event, despite the long layoff over the winter season, but will be looking to improve substantially on their run times for the next meeting in two weeks’ time.
The Annual EP Biathlon prize giving was held earlier in the year, and Cameron Muir received the following awards in his absence:
• His EP badge – which is awarded to athletes who are selected for the EP “A” team for 5 consecutive years
• And the trophy for dedication and performance in the u/19 category.
Congratulations to Cameron on his selection for these awards.

     

AK HOUSE DINNER & PREFECTS 2019

The gentlemen of Arthur Kingwill House held their annual dinner in the Tony Burrell Union on Thursday evening, 30 August. The Union was beautifully decorated by Mrs Kingwill and the hostel matrons.

Mr Kingwill, Boarding Superintendent, welcomed the guests and thanked all those who had contributed to the success and happiness of the past year, particularly the 2018 Grade 12 class and prefect body under the leadership of Michael Krige. They have led the boarding house with quiet dignity and a passion for the school which is unrivalled in recent years.

One of the Grade 12 boys was recently heard to say: When I arrived at AKH in Grade 5, a Grade 12 boy helped me carry my luggage up to my room. At the time, this was unheard of. Now, it is unheard of that a Grade 12 boy will not help a junior boy in this way. What a wonderful testimony to the healthy culture that exists in our home-away-from-home for our children!

Mr Kingwill always has a message for the boys, and this year, a moving and inspirational video entitled “Leaders Eat Last” provided those present with much food for thought about what true leadership entails, and why some teams pull together and others don’t.

The boys, led by Konke Koyingana, entertained the guests with their beautiful singing, a part of the evening which always highlights the spirit of the boarding house, and provides outsiders with a small glimpse of behind-the-scenes hostel life.
Congratulations to the following boarders who were elected as the 2019 Arthur Kingwill House prefects:
Khanya Butshingi (Head Boy), Luke McNaughton, Peter Watermeyer, Iviwe Ndamane (Deputy Head), Lihlombe Qambata and Zusakhe Ngwane
 


     

UHS ANNOUNCES 2019 PREFECTS & RCL

PREFECTS 2019 
 
Back (left to right): Ebben Johnston, Peter Watermeyer, Yu-Pei Rong, Iviwe Ndamane,
Bonginkosi Johnson, Khanya Butshingi and Gregon Jenneke
Middle (left to right): Taylin Miller, Sanja du Plessis, Megan Doyle, Gary Shell and
Jenna McNaughton
Front (left to right): Kay Koeberg, Sasha Bosch, Ethan Gedult, Zintle Maki and Micela Loock
 
 

RCL MEMBERS 2018 / 2019 
 
Back (left to right): Hanna Watermeyer (gr 9), Peter Watermeyer (gr 11), Yu-Pei Rong (gr 11),
Benito Vers (gr 10) and Brett Amsterdam (gr 10)
Middle (left to right): Sakhe Booi (gr 10), Martin van den Berg (gr 9), Laetitia Theron (gr 10),
Matthew Basson (gr 8) and Jenna McNaughton (gr 11)
Front: (left to right): Melissa Swart (gr 9), Lisakhanya Mvandaba (gr 8), Grace Merrifield (gr 8),
Zintle Maki (gr 11) and Sisipho Arnols  (gr 8)
Absent:  Kyle-Luke du Preez