During the Winter Awards assembly on Friday morning, 18 August, the newly elected prefects were each presented with a prefect tie and badge.
𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 to Union High School, Graaff-Reinet’s new prefect body of 2023/24: Joshua Basson, Tyra Binney, Caytah-Leigh Koeberg, Ethan Linch, Nangawethu Macanda, Na’eem Mahomed, Bontle Mashiane, Sadé May, Joy Merifield, Joshua Neill, Sobuhle Nyambali, Lolitha Saki, Camran Swartz, Uyanda Tele and Sarah Wilmot!
We would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the outgoing prefects. Your immense contributions, unwavering commitment and remarkable leadership have left an indelible mark on Union High School. You have been instrumental in guiding and inspiring your peers, and 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚.
As we embark on this new chapter, let us remember the words of John C. Maxwell, “𝘈 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺, 𝘨𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺.”
May this quote serve as a constant reminder for our new prefect body to lead with integrity, empathy and vision. Together, let’s create a legacy that inspires and empowers others!
We’d like to give a special 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗢𝗨𝗧 to Union High School, Graaff-Reinet Grade 9 boarder 𝗥𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗻 𝗘𝘄𝗲𝗿𝘀 who, on Wednesday afternoon, 19 April, went beyond the average citizen’s call of duty!
During their weekly outing to town, Ronan and his fellow boarders were standing outside a grocery store in Graaff-Reinet, when he heard a commotion and then spotted a suspected shoplifter fleeing past them.
Without hesitation, Ronan chased the shoplifter down and apprehended him.
The end of the first term was celebrated with an explosive mix of colour, water, upbeat music and squeals of laughter as high-spirited learners gathered on the field on Tuesday afternoon, 28 March, for the Interact Club’s end-of-term 𝗖𝗢𝗟𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗦𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗛 fundraiser.
Congratulations to Grade 12 learners Kaitlin Kenmuir and Ndalo Qwalela who have recently been elected, respectively, as the new chairperson and vice-chairperson of Union High School, Graaff-Reinet’s 2023 Representative Council of Learners (RCL).
Early Monday morning, 26 January, Union High School, Graaff-Reinet’s new Grade 8s, along with the prefects and grade teachers set off on a hike into the Camdeboo National Park.
The reason for this was two fold – firstly, to orientate themselves in the beautiful natural environment and secondly to get to know one another and the prefects.
After 5km of gradual uphill, the Grade 8s reached the top of the neck, flanked by Spandaukop to the left and the Valley of Desolation to the right.
The view into the Camdeboo was spectacular and in turning around and seeing Graaff-Reinet way below, it dawned on everyone how much they had ascended.
𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙨’ 𝙂𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙚 8𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙮 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜. They then continued to walk without so much as a whimper, another 10kms through the back routes of Mountain Drive. As they walked, they stooped to pick up bits of litter that unscrupulous humans had left on Mountain Drive, leaving the park as it should be.
On arrival back at school, everyone enjoyed a swim in our beautiful newly extended pool. The prefects then took over and everyone had lots of fun playing team building games before sharing lunch together.
Union extends its 𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗙𝗨𝗟 𝗧𝗛𝗔𝗡𝗞𝗦 to Mrs Claire Lemke, who blazed the trail.
With much excitement, the school gathered in the hall this morning, 19 August, for the announcement of Union High School’s new prefect body for 2022/23.
𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 to (in alphabetical order) Cadee Arends, Lana Bouwer, Siyamthanda Desha, Brent Hesselink, Joshua Horne, Jude Langmead, Siphosethu Malotana, Brigette Oelofsen, Anna Pringle, Hlakanipha Skepe, Chuma Sobantu, Caitrin Spence, David Venter, Karl Venter, Andrue (AJ) Victor, Shona Zana and Ngomusa Zweni.
This is an outstandingly capable, confident and humble team of leaders from within our current Grade 11 class. May they have the conviction and wisdom to lead the school to new heights next year!
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀’ 𝗣𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲
To conclude the 2022/23 prefect induction ceremony our new prefect body took the stage to sign the prefects’ book and pledge. Signing this book is a symbolic gesture of their commitment to their new roles.
In 2021, Union High School launched a cross-age peer mentoring programme at the school to promote the learners’ physical, social and emotional well-being.
The programme is constructed between the older and younger learners, with mentors being assigned to specific class groups so that the younger learners can benefit from the experience and knowledge of the older ones.
The support of parents and teachers is undoubtedly vital for the success of our learners. However, the impact that guidance and advice from people who are closer in age can have is often overlooked – in fact, peer mentoring has been shown to lead to improved attitude to school, attendance and behaviour. It can also help learners to build up a peer network within their school, causing more holistic benefits such as a sense of community and belonging.
Union High School’s new Grade 8s started their year with a fun-filled 𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 day.
The aim of this activity is not only to promote positive interaction among the Grade 8 group, but also to establish a relationship of 𝙢𝙪𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩 and 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 between the Grade 8s and the school’s prefects.
So, bright and early Thursday morning, 20 January, the excited Grade 8s – accompanied by the guides from the Camdeboo National Park, Union staff members and school prefects – set off on from the school on foot, making their way through the scenic Camdeboo National Park, all the way to the park’s Environmental Education Centre.
Here, the Grade 8s enjoyed lunch after which they engaged in activities with the park’s educational team and then tackled a series of specially designed tasks that facilitated them working together as a grade and co-operating with the senior mentoring system in the school.
This was an excellent opportunity for the senior leaders of the school to get to know their younger charges.
The learners seemed to have a lot of 𝗙𝗨𝗡 while creating a lot of 𝗛𝗔𝗣𝗣𝗬 𝗠𝗘𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗦 of this exciting phase of their schooling.
Although completely exhausted, the Grade 8s arrived back on campus that afternoon, prepped, excited and ready to embark on the journey of being a senior at Union High School.
Union High School’s Matric Class of 2021 enjoyed their matric dinner at the end of the third term.
Held at the Drostdy Hotel on Wednesday, 29 September, the elegant affair saw learners pull out all the stops to look their finest.
Themed ‘Masquerade’, the venue was decorated in black and gold and saw the learners being treated to a beautifully prepared 3-course meal, during which the headmaster and head prefects shared a few words with the Grade 12s.
Some members of staff also joined to celebrate the matrics, what they have accomplished, and the friendships and bonds they have formed over the years.