Celebrating 103 Years

Friday, 28 January, marked the occasion of the Union High Schoolโ€™s 103rd birthday.
As is tradition, the day was celebrated with a Foundersโ€™ Day Assembly, which felt particularly special, as we were all able to come together again in the school hall after a trying two years.
This annual celebration sees the school community โ€“ past and present – coming together ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ง๐™š๐™›๐™ก๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™˜๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™กโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ and those that have helped to shape who we are, and to acknowledge the community members, both past and present, who have influenced the character and values that embody the vibrant, engaging, socially inclusive and safe environment we see today.
This yearโ€™s special assembly was opened by the schoolโ€™s principal, Mr William Pringle. He extended a word of welcome to all those present and delivered a short devotion. Following this, the Union High School song, was beautifully sung by the learners.
Headboy Matthew Basson then offered the school prayer, after which Mr Pringle spoke about the history of the school, subtly reminding all those present of the tradition and strength behind it.
Headgirl Kendall Krige, learner Sixolile Singeni and UPS learner Keith Hudson then delivered special messages in honour of the occasion.
๐˜ผ ๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐™–๐™™๐™™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™งโ€™๐™จ ๐˜ผ๐™จ๐™จ๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™ก๐™ฎ, ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™—๐™ก๐™–๐™ฏ๐™š๐™ง ๐™—๐™š๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™Š๐™ก๐™™ ๐™๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ก๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š (๐™ฃรฉ๐™š ๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ) ๐™†๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ฏ๐™š๐™š, ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐™ค๐™˜๐™˜๐™–๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ.
The blazer was gifted to Mrs Kotzee in recognition of her Honours Award she obtained while at school for exceptional all-round achievement and meritorious service to the school. (An Honours Award is one of the highest accolades presented at Union and is only awarded on very rare occasions.)
Mr Dave Stern, Chairman of the Old Unionite Association, stepped up to present her with the blazer. The standing ovation Mrs Kotzee received was a reflection of the approval of all those present.
After the cake was presented and the candles lit, the learners filed their way out of the hall to fetch their doughnuts and watch the sports for the afternoon.
๐ŸŽฅ ๐˜ˆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ: https://youtu.be/Wr1ula7VS3s