Senior Prizegiving 2019

Union High School’s annual Senior Prizegiving Ceremony, held on Friday evening, 11 October, was once again a wonderful occasion for the Union learners, their families, members of the school community and staff to come together to celebrate the individual and collective achievements of Union’s learners in all areas of school life.

As the school’s pianists delivered a set of special performances, parents took their seats quietly and expectantly.

Listening to “Shallow” from the movie ‘A Star is Born’ played by Brigette Oelofsen, John Lennon and Paul McCarthy’s “Let it Be” played by Anna Pringle, “Joueur de Harpe” played by Caitrin Spence and “Comptine d’un autie ètrè” played by Jamie Jaftha, they waited to celebrate these moments of achievement with their children.

The senior choir then treated the audience to a performance of “Gaudeamus Igitur” while the members of staff entered the hall and took their seats on stage.

The audience was welcomed by Headmaster Mr William Pringle, who introduced the evening’s guest speaker, Mr David Langmead, chairman of the School Governing Body.

Following Mr Langmead’s speech, Mr Pringle then delivered the traditional Headmaster’s Address, during which he briefly sketched the achievements of the year.

The senior choir’s performance of “When you believe” by Stephen Schwartz received a resounding applause.

Once again it was after this musical interlude, that the distribution of the prizes took place. The prizes were presented by special guest Mrs Sandy McNaughton.

This was followed by vocalists Taylyn Miller and Zintle Maki, accompanied on the piano by Hannah Watermeyer, singing “You Say” by Lauren Diagle.

The highlight of the evening was the induction of the 2019/20 Head Prefects. Congratulations to Bowen Langmead (Headboy), Sakhe Booi (Headgirl), Brett Amsterdam (Deputy Headboy) and Laetitia Theron (Deputy Headgirl).

To conclude the evening, the outgoing head prefects of 2018/19, Peter Watermeyer and Jenna McNaughton, delivered a vote of thanks.

After this very inspiring and successful ceremony, it is hoped that our learners will find in the words spoken, and the experiences lived, clear points from which to chart their course.

We congratulate all of those who excelled in their academic, culture, service or sport and consequently received their well-deserved awards.

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6th Anna Pringle
5th Trinity West
4th Brigette Oelofsen
3rd Cadee Arends
2nd Siphosethu Malotana
1st UHS Prize Caitrin Spence
Vrede Award for Bilingualism Caitrin Spence
St. James’ School prize for English Caitrin Spence
6th Matthew McNaughton
5th Amber Binney
4th Kathryn Odendaal
3rd Matthew Basson
1st GSC Rubidge Memorial Prize Kendall Krige
1st GSC Rubidge Memorial Prize Hannah Bodenstein
St James’ School Prize for English Hannah Bodenstein
Vrede Award for Bilingualism Hannah Bodenstein
6th Amzolele Relu
5th James Pringle
4th Melissa Swart
St. James’ School prize for English Melissa Swart
3rd Kyle-Luke du Preez
Sue Wynford Trofee vir die beste leerder in Afrikaans Kyle-Luke du Preez
2nd Hannah Watermeyer
Joan Thornton / Bobs Bremner Memorial Prize for the student obtaining the highest marks in Mathematics, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences Hannah Watermeyer
1st Luckhoff Memorial Prize James Rose-Innes
Vrede Award for Bilingualism James Rose-Innes
6th Matthew Hesselink
5th Deger Williams
4th Sara Kingwill
3rd Bowen Langmead
Fergusson Family Prize for the Best Geography pupil Bowen Langmead
2nd Katherine Imrie
UHS Prize for English Katherine Imrie
1st Luckhoff Memorial Prize Laetitia Theron
ACVV Prize for Afrikaans 1st Additional Language Laetitia Theron
Vrede Award for Bilingualism Laetitia Theron
W.A.A. Shield for the most promising Life Sciences pupil Laetitia Theron
Kroon Family Prize for Physical Sciences Laetitia Theron
Lauren Weyer Prize for Mathematics Laetitia Theron
McGaffin Prize for Afrikaans First Additional Language Sasha Bosch
Zoetvlei Prize for Geography Ebben Johnston
UHS Prize for Mathematical Literacy Christine Harris
FNB Cup for Computers Applications Technology Christine Harris
UHS Prize for Tourism Jemimah Mangunda
6th Zintle Maki
UHS Prize for English Zintle Maki
Vrede Award for Bilingualism Zintle Maki
4th Ethan Gedult
Max Kroon Prize for Mathematics Ethan Gedult
4th Jenna McNaughton
UHS Prize for Music Jenna McNaughton
3rd Megan Doyle
2nd Sanja du Plessis
GB&G R.C. Prinsloo Prize for Accounting Sanja du Plessis
Bloemhof Prize for Life Sciences Sanja du Plessis
Old Unionite Prize for Physical Sciences Sanja du Plessis
1st Luckhoff Memorial Prize Micela Loock
UHS Prize for Life Orientation Micela Loock
UHS Prize for Business Studies Micela Loock
James Loock Cup – Academic Interhouse             Daly House                    


Monks Cup for Grade 8 and 9 Caitrin Spence
NCW Cup for Grade 10-12 Meghan Basson
Geoffrey Kingwill Trophy for Chess Champion Liano Naidoo
Merit certificate for best Actress in a school play Melissa Swart
Merit certificate for best Actor in a school play James Rose-Innes
Merit certificate for best supporting Actress in a school play

Petra Japhta

Tumelo Teys

Merit certificate for best supporting Actor in a school play Buchule Siloti
Merit Certificate of Progress in Music Melissa Swart
Leon Fouche Floating Trophy for progress in Music Brigette Oelofsen
Pierre van der Merwe Floating Trophy for the most outstanding Music pupil Jenna McNaughton
The Fanie Bezuidenhout Memorial Trophy for the Best First-Aider Jada Smith
UHS Prize for General Knowledge – Junior(Gr 8 & 9) Brigette Oelofsen
UHS Prize for General Knowledge – Senior(Gr 10 – 12) Rogan Odendaal
Marlene Rubidge Cultural Award for the Grade 11 who contributed most to the Cultural Activities of the School Jade Shires


Senior Victor Ludorum: The Radium Cleaners Trophy Luke McNaughton
Senior Victrix Ludorum: UHS Trophy Sanja du Plessis

Most Creditable performance on Sportsday:

E. Brodie Trophy

Sisipho Arnols
Best Boy James Potgieter
Best Girl Jenna McNaughton
UHS Trophy U15 Girls Drew Dobinson
Temlett Hockley Trophy U15 Boys Siyamthanda Badiwe
Herby Arnott Trophy Open Girls Sanja du Plessis
UHS Trophy Open Boys Matthew Carelse
Brian Bands Sports Prize for the MOST PROMISING U15 CRICKETER Sisipho Arnols
CC Prinsloo Floating Trophy for the BEST FIELDER in the 1st TEAM Bowen Langmead
Wally Kingwill Trophy for the BEST BATSMAN Jaden Brotherton
Alan McCabe Memorial Trophy for the BEST ALL ROUNDER Brett Amsterdam
Robert Leak Shield for the BOWLER who took the most wickets during the season Brett Amsterdam
Harold Wright Trophy for Interhouse Champion:        Daly House
Tallies Agencies Sulette Damons Prize for the MOST OUTSTANDING HOCKEY PLAYER Jenna McNaughton
Wagner / Wright Cup for the MOST PROMISING HOCKEY PLAYER Jade Shires
Gail McArthur Trophy for the player showing the BEST SPORTSMANSHIP Micela Loock
Donald Kingwill Trophy for MOST PROMISING U16 RUGBY PLAYER Michael-Joe Newton
Andre du Plessis Floating Trophy for the MOST DEDICATED 2ND XV player Khanya Butshingi
Chumani Booi Trophy for the MOST VALUABLE BACK Brett Amsterdam

Sullivan / Light Trophy for the most DEDICATED


Gary Shell
Cecil Murray Trophy for the MOST OUTSTANDING RUGBY PLAYER of the season Gary Shell
Gordon Gilfillan Trophy for the MOST VALUABLE FORWARD Cleathon Koeberg
Meyburgh Floating Trophy for the MAN OF THE MATCH AT INTERSCHOOLS Ebben Johnston
The Allistair Wallis Trophy for the Victor Ludorum Not awarded
The Maryanne Pringle Trophy for the Victrix Ludorum Not awarded
Garry Sullivan Memorial Trophy for the U15 Boys’ Singles Champion Brent Hesselink
Melody Charles Memorial Trophy for the U15 Girls’ Singles Champion Chloe Shires
Herby Arnott Cup for the most promising U15A Girl Chloe Shires
Nora van Niekerk Trophy for the 1st Team Girl who has shown the Most Sportsmanship during the year Jenna McNaughton
Pienaar Trophy for Open Girls’ Doubles Champions

Micela Loock &

Jenna McNaughton

A Levy and Dulcie Bekker-Smith Memorial Trophy and Prize for the Girls’ Singles Champion Micela Loock
Fergusson Family Trophy for Open Mixed Doubles Champions

Micela Loock &

Noa Cilliers

George Wiehahn Cup for the Boys’ Singles Champion Noa Cilliers
Louise Vorster Trophy for Tenacity and Commitment to Tennis Ebben Johnston
Ludwig van Coppenhagen Trophy for the Open Boys’ Doubles Champions

Bowen Langmead &

Matthew Hesselink


Edie Brodie Trophy – Junior Girl Chloe Shires
Norman Dodd Trophy – Junior Boy Sisipho Arnols
Mortimer Floating Trophy – Senior Girl Jenna McNaughton
Clive van Niekerk Memorial Trophy for True Sportsmanship Micela Loock
Smith-Mack Trophy – Senior Boy Brett Amsterdam
Lex Bremner Trophy for Sporting Endeavour Ebben Johnston


FPJ van Rensburg School Service Prize Jada Smith
Elizabeth Knott-Craig Service Prize Zintle Maki

Karoo Development Foundation Prize for

Unselfish Service

Sabrina Potgieter


Dickie van Rensburg Shield for overall Interhouse points – Daly House

The Principal’s Medal awarded to a learner of one year’s standing (not in Gr.8) who has made the most significant contribution to the life of the school.

Kathryn Odendaal

The Serman Family Prize for Matrics, excluding prefects, who through example, made a particularly valuable contribution to the school by maintaining the qualities of truth, loyalty and justice as enshrined in the school motto.

Sabrina Potgieter

Warmenhoven – Goodwill Shield awarded to a Grade 11 or 12 pupil living out his/her Christian faith and by showing goodwill and tolerance to all.

Peter Watermeyer

The Melda and Gordon Wright Award is awarded to the pupil whose personal development and attitude has developed most positively.

Mxolisi Zikalala

The Denise Pierce Bursary for the pupil in Grade 11 who through a cheerful, positive personality and participation in many aspects of school life has contributed most greatly to the life and spirit of the school.

Jade Shires

The PG Badenhorst Memorial Shield for Helpfulness in Sport.

Siphesihle Jali

Gieter Muller Trophy presented to the pupil who best exemplifies moral courage, consideration for and helpfulness to others.

Khanya Butshingi

The Puttick Prize awarded to the Prefect(s) (not heads or deputies) who through force of character and devotion to duty has contributed most to the smooth running of the school.

Bonginkosi Johnson

The Tony Burrell Award for Outstanding Academic / Cultural Achievement.

Not awarded

FA Kingwill Cup for All-Round Achievement.

Jenna McNaughton


Old Unionite Bursary for further study Gary Shell
Old Unionite Bursary for further study Peter Watermeyer
Rayfield Bursary for further study Micela Loock
Laing Bursary for further study Taylyn Miller
William Lawrie Bursary Bonginkosi Johnson

Fred Rubidge Memorial Scholarship – HAH Head

Zintle Maki

John Brodie Prize for the runners-up in the Helen Watermeyer/Joy Arnott and Way Memorial Bursaries – AKH Head

Khanya Butshingi

Joy Arnott / Helen Watermeyer Trust Bursary to the head girl of the school, as a present pure and simple, for her to do with as she liked as a memory of Helen Watermeyer, from whose little school in 1896, this big school had grown.

Jenna McNaughton

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

Peter Watermeyer