Academic Top 10

Grade 11

1. Matthew Basson

2. Kendall Krige

3. Grace Merifield

3. Amber Binney

5. Kathryn  Odendaal

6. Chloe Shires

7. Hannah Bodenstein

7. Jamie Jaftha

7. Marli Brummer

10. Michelle Doyle


Grade 10

1. Caitrin Spence

2. Siphosethu Malotana

3. Cadee Arends

4. Brigette Oelofsen

5. Gemma Naudé

6. Trinity West

7. Tayla Kingwill

8. Anna Pringle

9. Andrue Victor

9. Siyamthanda Desha


Grade 9

1. Na’eem Mahomed

2. Caytah-Leigh Koeberg

2. Joy Merifield

4. Charlize Vorster

5.Sarah Wilmot

6. Sadé May

7. Johanes du Plessis

7. Joshua Neill

9. Ethan Linch

9. Jayden Swart


Grade 8

1. Erin Gedult

2. Tara Ferreira

3. Megan Nortje

4. Sarah Jacobs

4. Pieter-Trystan  Hulleman

6. Kenza Neill

7.Aaminah Steele

7. Sasha Cochrane

9. Alaistair Imrie

10. Kananelo Kometsi

10. Noah Edwards

10. Danika du Preez

Letter From UHS Governing Body Chairman

Dear parents & guardians,
𝗣𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗮 𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗚𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗕𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗻, 𝗠𝗿 𝗞𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗶𝗻 𝗞𝗮𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿, 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝘄:
“As the 2021 academic year draws to a close, we are, as always, extremely grateful to our Headmaster, Mr. W.E. Pringle and the Union High School staff.
The commitment and determination of our teachers and non-teaching staff ensured successful navigation of the school’s affairs amidst many challenges in the education sector, but also in our day-to-day lives.
Whilst the scale of the Covid-19 pandemic amplified, our staff remained steadfast and they excelled under difficult circumstances.
With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the resolve of our school has been tested to the limit, but the Union community saw it through and performed marvellously in trying circumstances.
In line with our commitment to quality education, Union continued teaching on online platforms during the lockdown period, and was the first school in the region to resume normal in-person classes for all our grades.
The new members of the school’s Governing Body were inducted approximately four months later than expected, but each member has taken to his/her portfolio with excitement and enthusiasm. We are certainly blessed to have a team of governors with a wealth of skills, qualities and dedication that will benefit the school immensely. In the limited time up to the present, the SGB has tackled several exciting and ground-breaking projects.
The governors and staff have a shared view of keeping Union at the cutting edge of advancement, staff development, modern education methods and superior facilities/equipment, with particular emphasis being placed on language literacy, science and mathematics.
With the generous support of a corporate sponsor, we are in a position to invest in advanced staff enrichment, classroom modernisation, hi-tech wireless connectivity and the like.
𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗶𝘁 𝘂𝘀.
We also owe our gratitude to you as parents and guardians. Parents make up a very important component of the Union family. Without your support and resilience, Union would have faced an uphill battle to keep the ship afloat. You have shown that the hardship faced by society did not deter you from giving your child the support needed to get the best education in our region. The school is dependent on our parents and guardians to achieve success in its mandate to provide quality education.
We would, therefore, like to encourage all parents to remain closely involved with your child’s education and we will always welcome your inputs and suggestions.
As we all prepare to take time out to recharge our batteries, we would like to wish you all a peaceful and blessed festive season with your loved ones.
Be safe and be kind.”
𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺,
𝗠𝗿 𝗞𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗶𝗻 𝗞𝗮𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿
𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗜𝗥𝗠𝗔𝗡: 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗚𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗕𝗼𝗱𝘆

Matric 2021 Done & Dusted!

Our Grade 12s wrote their very last paper of the 2021 NSC examinations this morning! We celebrated with special cupcakes 🧁
𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘀: we aimed to give you the knowledge, skills and wisdom you need in life, we hope that the education you gained here will help you with your future careers, so you can continue to achieve excellence and reach new heights.
Your journey with the school may end here but the chapters for the rest of your life have only just begun!
Set your goals high and dream big! Make mistakes, learn from them and unlock your potential!
We wish you farewell, 𝗚𝗢 𝗕𝗥𝗔𝗩𝗘𝗟𝗬 𝗜𝗡𝗧𝗢 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗙𝗨𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗘!

Matrics Donating Shoes To Those Less Fortunate

As soon as they put down their pens after writing their last exam on Wednesday morning, 1 December, Union High School’s 2021 matrics – the school’s newest alumni – put their school shoes on their desks to be donated to those less fortunate.
This has become a popular way for Union’s Grade 12s to give back at the end of their high school careers.
As we watched the matriculants leave the school in high spirits – either barefoot, in flip flops, or wearing only their socks – our hearts swelled.
At Union, we strive to cultivate a culture of giving among our learners and seeing so many pairs of shoes and knowing the importance they hold for the underprivileged, make us very proud of our learners.
𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥.

Eisteddfod: Senior Pianists

Union High School was very fortunate to have many talented senior pianists participating in this year’s Karoo #Eisteddfod.
All of them did very well and we’d like to congratulate the following learners on their excellent results:
• 𝗞𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗹𝗼 𝗞𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝘀𝗶 entered two pieces, 𝘓𝘢 𝘝𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘦 𝘥’𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦 by Yann Tiersen and the 𝘚𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘊𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘰, for which he received 70% and 84% respectively.
• 𝗘𝗿𝗶𝗻 𝗚𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 entered four pieces, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘦𝘧 𝘕𝘰.5 from ‘In Southern Seas’ by W Carrol (86%), 𝘉𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘊, 𝘞𝘰𝘖 54, by L van Beethoven (84%), 𝘈 𝘒𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘊𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘪𝘯 by R Michael (81%) and 𝘔𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘤𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘕𝘰. 2 by B Liu Michael (80%).
• 𝗩𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗠𝗰𝗘𝘄𝗮𝗻 entered two pieces, 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘯 (𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭) and 𝘓𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘎𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳, for which she received 70% and 86% respectively.
• 𝗝𝗼𝘆 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱 was awarded an exceptional 95% for her entry, 𝘔𝘢𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘓𝘦𝘢𝘧 𝘙𝘢𝘨 by S Joplin.
• 𝗢𝘄𝗲𝘁𝗵𝘂 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗶 was awarded 70% for her entry 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘗𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 by H Mancini.
• 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲 𝗢𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗳𝘀𝗲𝗻 entered two pieces, 𝘍𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘥 by A Walker and 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘍𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘠𝘰𝘶 by Yiruma for which she received 84% and 86% respectively.
• 𝗖𝗵𝗹𝗼𝗲 𝗦𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀 (absent on photo) entered 𝘗𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘯 by J Radnich and was rewarded with a splendid 96%.
• 𝗝𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗲 𝗝𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗵𝗮 (absent on photo) entered 𝘚𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘉 𝘔𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘳, 𝘒.377 by D Scarlatti and received 86% for her efforts.
Well done to all of you!

Eisteddfod: Junior Pianists

𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 to our junior pianists on their wonderful results following this year’s Karoo Eisteddfod.

Every single one of them scored above 70% (Silver).

They are: Aaliya Jaftha (87%), Cate Cochrane (84%), Chloe Davids (75%), Gerda Clarke (77%), Antonia Adams (82%), Aimee Short (77%), Jenna Woods (77%) and Taegan Hamid (87%). Absent from photo: Samantha Charles (75%) and Antonia Adams (82%).

Well done to you all!

Scout Camp

Camping is one of Scouting’s best known and most loved traditions.
The Union boys affiliated to the Graaff-Reinet Scout Troup left for their annual camp this afternoon.
We hope they have a great time as they pitch their tents, tell stories around the campfire, and experience the great outdoors at its very best.
We’re sure the outing will provide them with many unforgettable moments!