Eco Wise Day

Union had their 3rd Eco-Wise day for the year. Rosemary, Demetri & Jesse from SANParks taught 48 Grade 5s and two educators about plastic. The theme was “Plastic Panic – Plastic Play”. Learning through a variety of ways was fun, interactive & creative.

The grade 6V class visited Vuyani Safe Haven to play with the children and donate some toys and clothes.

Mrs Gerber’s class went to the Camdeboo Daycare Centre. They played games with the children and took them some chocolate muffins.

The Grade 7Rs collected corks, elastic string and old t-shirts and made durable and fun cat and dog toys for the local SPCA.

Various other activities also took place on the school campus. Another active and fun-filled Eco-Wise day for Union High!


Bright Ideas Workshop

On the 25th September 2018 five of our learners attended the Bright Ideas Workshop held at the Panorama Hotel. After being served with a buffet style breakfast, the learners participated in various workshops that addressed the topics: What is innovation? What is entrepreneurship? What does it mean to start a business? During the afternoon the learners were given a workshop on how to develop a business pitch, and were given the opportunity to practice pitching their own business proposals that they had prepared for this event.

Learners were then transported to the finish line of the Solar Car Challenge 2018 race, where they met with the Solar Car Team from Switzerland. After a buffet style dinner, the learners had to pitch their ideas at a Cocktail Event held during the evening where the judges made their final decisions and prizes were awarded to the winners of the Bright Ideas Innovation Challenge.

The Cocktail event was attended by The Ambassador of Switzerland, H.E. Mrs Helene Budliger Artieda and her co-hosts, the CEO of the Technology Innovation Agency, Mr Barlow Manilal, the Executive Mayor of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Ms Eunice Kekana and the Mayor of the Dr. Beyers Naude Municipality, Mr Deon de Vos.

Three Union High School teams entered their proposals for this exciting challenge: Chevonne Prinsloo and Rosslyn Sparks, Erin O’Halloran and Katherine Imrie, Siphesihle Jali and Mandilakhe Matotie. The team of Erin O’Halloran and Katherine Imrie won 3rd place, each receiving a tablet with an attachment keyboard. Siphesihle Jali and Mandilakhe Matotie received the Ambassador’s Award for pitching their “Terminator” proposal. This award gives them the opportunity to apply for the Technology Innovation Agency’s Youth Technology Innovation Programme. If they are successful in this programme they will join the best young entrepreneurs across South Africa to take part in the Swiss Business Development Programme in Cape Town where 10 top entrepreneurs will be selected and flown to Switzerland for another week of training and pitching to experts and investors.

Well done to all of our learners for their courage and innovative ideas. Each school that was represented at this event received a laptop for their participation.

Grade 10 Odyssey

And off they go….

The journey began this morning for the Grade 10 class of 2018 when they set off on their Odyssey. The goal is to complete a five-day hike which begins near Nieu-Bethesda and ends in Graaff-Reinet. The mission is 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.

Enjoy this journey, Grade 10s. This is an experience of a lifetime!

Cricket results: UHS vs Brandwag

1st XI
On Saturday 22 September Union High School played against Brandwag from Uitenhage in a 40 over match at the beautiful Asantesana Game Reserve.

Brandwag won the toss and sent the Union lads into the field on a flat track. Due to the conditions of the pitch our seamers struggled to pick up wickets, but maintained a decent economy rate. Cowan Swartz and Matt Harpur picked up a stick each. Brandwag were 97 for 2 at drinks. After drinks the captain brought on Caerwyn Spence and Jaden Brotherton to see if our spin attack could cause some damage. This proved to be exactly the right call! Our spin twins cleaned up the rest of the Brandwag batting line up and kept them at bay to reach a modest total of 167 all out in 39.2 overs.

Best Bowlers:  Caerwyn Spence 4 for 26 in 8 overs;  Jaden Brotherton 4 for 22 in 7 overs.

After lunch Union went in to bat. A sublime start by Jaden Brotherton and Brett Amsterdam saw Union have an opening stand of 70 runs. In the 18th over we lost our first wicket and in walked cool and calm Luke McNaughton. It didn’t take him many balls to get going…A few overs later he was joined at the wicket by Captain Matt Harpur. The two of them easily took on the Brandwag bowling attack and cruised to victory in the 29th over.

Best Batsman:  Jaden Brotherton 43;  Brett Amsterdam 36;  Luke McNaughton 59*;  Matt Harpur 17*

Union won by 8 wickets.

2nd Team
The 2nd team played at Brandwag in a 35 over match. Brandwag won the toss and elected to field first. Our batsman struggled up front losing wickets in quick succession. We were soon 40 for 5 when Trevor Moos and Brendan James consolidated for a well played 50 run partnership to restore some hope to the innings. This was backed up by another 40 run partnership between Khanya Butshingi and William Kayster. Union were eventually bowled out for 154 in 33.4 overs.

Top batsman:  Trevor Moos 31;  Brendon James 20;  Khanya Butshingi 20;  Noa Cilliers 18

The bowlers seemed troubled and struggled to bowl a consistent line and length. Poor fielding didn’t help our cause as we dropped catches at regular intervals. Brandwag past our score in the 20th over having lost only 3 wickets.

Top bowlers:  Matthew Hesselink 1 for 25 in 3 overs;  Trevor Moos 1 for 28 in 4 overs.

Union lost the match by 7 wickets.

The U/15A team also played a 35 over match at Brandwag. Union won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Josh Calitz struck in the 2nd over of the match and from there on James Pienaar ripped through the top order. Brandwag soon found themselves 30 for 5. After an amazing bowling effort, Brandwag was bowled out for a poultry 44 runs.

Best bowlers:  James Pienaar 5 for 15 in 6 overs;  Josh Calitz 2 for 21 in 4 overs;  Jarrod Naude 3 for 0 in 1.3 overs.

Union then went in to bat and confidently scored 45 runs without loss in 5 overs.

Best batsman:  Kyle-Luke du Preez 32*;  Sisipho Arnolds 6*

Union won by 10 wickets.

Matric induction to 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.


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


Cricket Results: 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.

Winter Awards

Leah Marais
Anna Pringle
Lonwabo Hanabe
Chuma Sobantu
Laythan Carelse
Ben Kroon
Damon Fouche
Cleathon Koeberg
Luke McNaughton
Matteo Mahona
Zusakhe Ngwane
Ikhona Koeberg (Re-award)
Daliwonga Mathiale (Re-award)
Olwethu Ngcai (Re-award)
Mthawelanga Mzimba (Re-award)
Gary Shell
Breyton Damons
Sibongiseni Baatjies
Michael Krige
Jason Beaumont
Terrence Siyaya
Iviwe Ndamane
Ronan Retief
Cowan Swartz
Luthando Skapu
Matt Harpur
Thando Haarmans
Matthew Broeksma (Re-award)
Sonwabise Mroro
Leah Marais
Tayla Kingwill
Brigette Oelofsen
Chelsea Theron
Christine Harris
Jade Shires
Marche Green
Simbongele Booysen
Sanja Du Plessis (Re-award)
Kiah Hoffman
Kelly Rose-Innes
Henze Jaftha (Re-award)
Simamkele Desemela (Re-award)
Yente Retief (Re-award)
Rebecca Langmead (Re-award)
Candice Russell (Re-award)
Micela Loock (Re-award)
Jenna Mcnaughton (Re-award)
Chloe Shires