Bulletin

GRADE 6 EXCURSION

After much planning, organising and purchasing of necessary items, a very excited Grade 6 group left for Kirkwood late in August. We arrived at African Imprint Outdoor Centre shortly before lunch time and the children enjoyed a picnic-style lunch around the trampolines and braai area.

After being informed about all the do’s and don’ts, they settled into their bungaloes and changed clothing for the first fun activities. In groups, they were put through their paces in a variety of activities including canoeing down the river, building a canon, braving an obstacle course, and many other physically challenging tasks which tested their balance, co-ordination and sometimes their courage!

On the second day, we awoke to drumming rain on the roof and very sleepy, quiet children. With outdoor activities not being possible, we arranged to bring our trip to the Addo Elephant Park forward by a day. We saw much beautiful wild life; zebras, kudus, widebeest, warthogs and springbuck, but the elephants remained allusive. According to the guides, they hide in cold weather. Despite the disappointment of not seeing them, our learners were able to appreciate the other species and the vastness of the park.

The final day arrived far too soon and all our learners and teachers felt that they would have enjoyed an extra day in the country-side. It was a pleasure taking such a well behaved group of children away and I would like to thank Mrs Venter and Mrs Rose-Innes most sincerely for driving and looking after our Grade 6 group so diligently.

Mrs L. Vorster

  

UHS PREFECTS FOR 2018 ANNOUNCED

Union High School is proud to announce their prefects for 2018 (in alphabetical order):
Sibongiseni Baatjies
Amanda Brink
Matthew Broeksma
Zolisa Dweba (RCL Representative)
Matt Harpur
Zita Jacobs
Ikhona Koeberg
Michael Krige
Rebecca Langmead (RCL Representative)
Faith Macdonald (RCL Representative)
David Macozoma
Cameron Muir (RCL Representative)
Yente Retief
Kelly Rose-Innes
Uthimna Somi
Back (left to right): Ikhona Koeberg, Michael Krige, Matt Harpur, Matthew Broeksma, Cameron Muir, Zoliza Dweba, Sibongiseni Baatjies , David Macozoma
Front (left to right): Uthimna Somi, Faith MacDonald, Rebecca Langmead, Amanda Brink, Zita Jacobs, Kelly Rose-Innes, Yente Retief

  

UHS RCL FOR 2018 ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to the following learners for being elected to serve on the Representative Council of Learners for 2017 / 2018:

Grade 8:
James Rose-Innes
Kyle-Luke Du Preez
Hannah Watermeyer
Shayna Japhta

Grade 9:
Bowen Langmead
William Kayster
Laeticia Theron
Sakhe Booi

Grade 10:
Peter Watermeyer
Bonginkosi Johnson
Taylyn Miller
Jenna Mcnaughton

Grade 11:
Zolisa Dweba
Cameron Muir
Rebecca Langmead
Back (left to right): Peter Watermeyer, Cameron Muir, Zolisa Dweba
Middle (left to right): James Rose-Innes, William Kayster, Bowen Langmead, Kyle-Luke du Preez
Front (left to right): Faith MacDonald, Sakhe Booi, Rebecca Langmead, Jenna McNaughton, Hannah Watermeyer, Taylyn Miller, Laeticia Theron, Shayna Japhta
Absent: Bonkinkosi Johnson

  

WINTER SPORT AWARDS 2017

RUGBY
Junior awards:
Likhona Finca
Sisipho Arnols
Rhuze Hendricks

Team awards
:
Mthawelanga Mzimba
Matthew Jones
Ocean Wilma
Michael Krige
Daliwona Mathiale
Ikhona Koeberg
Terrance Siyaya
Jason Beaumont
Iviwe Ndamane
Kyle Sparks
Cowan Swartz
Thando Haarmans
Ronan Retief
Olwethu Ngcai

Half-colours:
Luthando Skapu
Matt Harpur
Zusakhe Ngwane

Colours:
Cohen Pieterse
Ross Stanley
Wiegard Brummer
Matthew Broeksma

HOCKEY
Junior awards:
Chloe Shires
Sonwabise Mroro
Barbara McNaughton

Team awards:
Kelly Rose-Innes
Sanja Du Plessis
Simbongele Booysen
Paige de la Harpe
Kiah Hoffman
HALF-COLOURS FOR HOCKEY
Louise Randall

Colours:
Anje Oelofsen
Henze Jaftha
Simamkele Desemela
Yente Retief
Rebecca Langmead
Candice Russell
Micela Loock
Jenna Mcnaughton

Honours:
Kelsey Minnaar (re-award)


  

SENIOR TENNIS - MARCO WASSERMAN

Union High's 1st and 2nd tennis teams had another victiorious tour to the annual Marco Wasserman Tennis Tournament in Middelburg. Both teams won their leagues in the tournament.

Results:
UHS 1st team
(top 4 boys and girls) beat:
Middelburg 50/22
Hoer Volkskool 45/27
De Aar 37/35
Invitatiinal Mens' Team from Grootfontein (no girls) 40/32
UHS 2nd team beat:
Middelburg 38/18
Hoer Volkskool 46/10
De Aar 41/15
PJ Olivier 43/13

Congratulations to our tennis players and a great, big thank you to Mrs Vorster and Mrs Galloway for once again taking great care of our boys and girls!

     

SENIOR CHESS

On Friday, four of our chess players went to Middelburg to participate in a closed tournament. This tournament was held to determine the ranking of the team from the Chris Hani District, of who would go through to the South African Junior Chess Competition.
All our players were selected for the team, with Timothy Dickinson ranked 2nd place, Zintle Maki 5th, Liano Naido 6th and Phoebe-Sue Adonis as a reserve.

     

GRADE 5 EXCURSION

Thirty-seven excited Grade 5s set off on Monday morning for the Oudtshoorn district. Ms Street, Mrs Nell and Trevor went with them.
Stopping at a Farm Stall called “Doornkraal”, just outside De Rust, we stretched our legs and enjoyed our packed picnic lunches. We arrived at the Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn and our guide took us through the different sections, sharing interesting information with us. Amongst others, we saw the fearsome crocodiles, huge white lions, white tiger, cheetahs and even leopards. The porcupines were grumpy and aggressive and the snakes were scary. There were dwarf kangaroos and emus, exotic birds, vultures, cute meercats and much more. 
Leaving the Wildlife Ranch we made our way to our accommodation at Cango Mountain Resort. We unpacked, settled in and explored what would be our home for two nights. The first night was full of excitement and after a delicious supper of lazagne made by Mrs Mahomed, it was lights out by 10pm.
Tuesday morning was rainy and cold and after breakfast we headed for Wilgewandel Holiday Farm. Here the Grade 5s were divided into two teams and the teams selected their own leaders. The groups learned about pioneering and had to survive as the San people did long ago. They had 5 tasks which taught them 5 values: faith, respect, perseverance, patience and courage. Thereafter the children took part in a challenging, muddy obstacle course. It began to rain and so sadly the rides and games were cancelled. We all enjoyed a wors roll, chips a juice. A ceremony was held and some certificates were awarded.
Next up was an afternoon visit to the Cango Ostrich Farm, but we had to go and change into dry, warm clothes first. At the Ostrich Farm the children were taught interesting facts about ostriches. Some children received with a hug from the big bird and all the children stood on ostrich eggs to demonstrate how strong they are. After that we headed home to play and just relax. We had an early supper of hamburgers and salad and then we held a talent show and prizes were issued. After our busy day, it was lights out at 9pm. We were up early on Wednesday morning and after breakfast we packed up and headed for the magnificent Cango Caves. Our tour guide taught us about the discovery and history of the cave, stalactites and stalagmites. On our return trip, we stopped once again at the Doornkraal Farm Stall and enjoyed the chicken pies and juice they prepared for us. It was truly an exciting excursion that we enjoyed a great deal.


     

SENIOR SPEECH COMPETITION

On Tuesday evening, 22 August,  Matthew Light, Peter Watermeyer, Abongile Relu, Bavuyise Hermans, Rebecca Langmead and Taylyn Miller participated in the final round of the Annual Speech Competition. The adjudicators commended all the speakers on highly creative speeches which were very well delivered.

Abongile Relu was second and Taylyn Miller was placed first.

Well done to all the speakers. The audience also enjoyed a short speech by Derek Light, an accomplished public speaker of note.

Mrs Grewar would like to thank Kelly Rose-Innes for ensuring the smooth running of the programme and also the audience for their excellent behaviour.

     

SPORT RESULTS - 19 AUGUST

SENIOR RUGBY VS GRENS
1st XV:  The First Team lost 31-41 in a ding-dong battle against Grens in East London on Saturday. After the high of last weekend’s Interschools win and suffering five injuries, we made a slow start and found ourselves trailing 12-31 before half-time. Their enormous backs dominated the gain line and forced us into making uncharacteristic errors on defence and attack. Two of their tries came through interceptions against the run of play which was heart-breaking. With the wind at our backs in the second half, we increased the tempo of the game to force their big players to work hard without much rest. This style of play gave us renewed energy and momentum swung completely in our favour. Some incredible attack got us within five points at 31-36 before Grens scored the try which sealed their victory.
Ross Stanley led from the front, scoring a hat-trick and being influential throughout the match. Cohen Pieterse and Iviwe Ndamane were our other try scorers, both rounding off superb team plays.
It was perhaps not the ideal ending to the season, but we can be proud of the way we fought back and it certainly was a spectacle for all present.
Other results
2nd Team:  12 - 5
U/16A:  12 - 32
U/15A:  0 - 69
U/14A:  0 - 52

SENIOR HOCKEY VS GRENS
1st Team:  The first team girls played their final match against Grens on Saturday. As a fun way to end off the hockey season, they played the match with the defenders and attackers switching positions and the umpires blew with extended advantage. Despite over 30 shots at goal, we only managed to score 2. But nevertheless, it was an enjoyable, hard fought match. The final score was 2-0.
Leaving the 1st Hockey girls with the following exceptional statistics:
Played 31
Won 21
Drew 5
Lost 5
Win percentage 68%
Goals For 152
Goals against 26
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to, encouraged and supported the girls this season.
Other results
2nd Team:  7 - 0
U/16B:  12 - 0

JUNIOR HOCKEY VS LORRAINE
1st Team:  1 - 1
After playing to a 0 – 0 draw against the Middleburg home-schoolers on Friday, the 1st team girls were eager to take on the travelling Lorraine team on Saturday morning, but once again had to be satisfied with a draw.

While it is always an anti-climax to end a game (and especially a season) on a draw, it was still a lovely game to watch. It was a tightly contested match with both teams displaying some attractive hockey. A beautiful pass towards the box by Chloe Shires was finished off by an opportunistic dash by Alison Kroon, putting our girls in the lead by one goal. Our girls held this tenuous lead until the last few minutes of the match, when the dogged determination of the Lorraine team finally paid off and the managed to slip a soft goal through our defence to even the scores.

Although the girls were disappointed by the result, all the teams enjoyed a wonderful day of hockey played with spirit and sportsmanship. Thank you to all involved in organising and participating in yet another wonderful weekend of sport.
Other results
2nd Team:  1 - 0
3rd Team:  2 - 2
4th Team:  1 - 0
5th Team:  2 - 0

     

JUNIOR TENNIS

On Tuesday 15 August, the top 6 junior boys and girls played tennis against Cradock.
Congratulations to Aron, Tayla, Marli and Chloe, who won their singles matches.
Results
Boys:  2 - 7
Girls:  3 - 6


     

GENEROUS DONATION FROM CMW

We wish to thank CMW for their generous donation of R22 587.15 and for including ourselves and Hoer Volkskool in this initiative; and their support to the greater Graaff-Reinet community. Thank you also to the local farmers for their support.
As part of the donation CMW offered some animal products for sale to our parents and supporters. The following is available: Ivomec Liquid (5 litres) , which is an anti-parasitic dosing remedy for sheep and goats at R800, and Ivomec Matrix Lamb (5 litres) for the control of internal parasites in sheep at R1700.
Should you wish to purchase either of these products, kindly contact Vanessa Harpur on 049 891 0262 or uhsmarketing@unionschools.co.za.


From left to right: Mr Wally Weeks, General Manager of Fibre & Livestock, Mr Philip Piek, Livestock Marketer in Graaff-Reinet, Mr W Pringle, Union High School Headmaster and Mr Chris Troskie, Manager Fibre & Livestock.



     

INTERSCHOOLS - DONE AND DUSTED

The 2017 annual Interschools clash between the Union Schools and Laer and Hoër Volkskool will once again be remembered as one where sport and good sportsmanship emerged the winner. From the start on Monday, on the rugby and hockey fields, as well as in the cultural activities spectators were entertained by the exceptional skill and ability of both schools, and the spirit in which the schools played the game.

Most of the junior sport was played on Friday. The 1st Junior Hockey teams played excellent hockey and delighted the crowd with their fine performances in a match that ended in a 2 – 2 draw.

With beautiful sunny weather on Saturday, the crowds were once again blessed with a full day of tough matches. The 1st Team Hockey match was a match to remember with both teams playing aggressive and exciting hockey on the Union Astroturf. Union won this match 5 - 0. At the Botanics Sports Grounds, Volkskool started off the day in style by winning all the junior matches, as well as the U15A and U16A matches. Union then hit back by winning the U14A match, and one of the most entertaining matches of the day, the 2nd Team match, which was dominated by Union and they managed to win that match 26-10.

All was set for the final match of the day. The 1st XV Rugby match was one of mixed emotions. Union was ahead throughout the match. With the game wrapped up and time elapsed, Volkskool ran in a consolation try with the last play of the game. With both teams having played entertaining rugby, the final score was 23 – 20 to Union.

Interschools is truly alive and well and we look forward to many more encounters in the future. It’s a week where the entire Graaff-Reinet community benefits. Graaff-Reinet is indeed privileged to have two wonderful schools that compete in this manner.
We would like to thank our main sponsor FNB, as well as Brian Bands Sports, Supa-Quick and Caltex College Motors. We also say thank you to all the parents and Old Unionites for all their hard work. It is much appreciated.
  
     

UHS 1st HOCKEY TEAM VICTORIOUS AT INTERSCHOOLS 2017

Words cannot describe how well Union's 1st hockey team played on Saturday in the much awaited interschools match against Volkskool. They dominated the game from the start to the final whistle (final score:  5 - 0).

The team wishes to thank everyone for their support at the match as it added to the amazing atmosphere at the game.

It was decided to hand the The 'Player of the Match Award" to the four matrics, as they played their last interschools match.

     

UHS 1st XV WINS INTERSCHOOLS

In what many described as a typical Interschools encounter, the First team emerged as 23-20 victors on Saturday against arch rivals Hoer Volkskool. After the tense build-up, we started brilliantly when Ronan Retief scored an outstanding opportunistic try which Matt Harpur converted. Volkskool then pounced on a loose ball to score and convert. We kept our noses in front through Matt Harpur’s accurate boot, with him kicking three penalties before half-time. Momentum was swinging in Volkskool’s favour after the break and wave after wave of their attack resulted in them scoring an unconverted try to bring them within three points. This soon changed when Luthando Skapu scored a phenomenal try, outstripping the opposition defenders for 50 metres to score under the posts. Matt Harpur again converted to make it 23-13. With the game wrapped up and time elapsed, Volkskool ran in a soft try with the last play of the game.

The match was incredibly physical and our players put in a colossal defensive effort from number 1 to 15. We were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes of the second half and still managed to hold off their attack for long enough to secure another memorable Interschools win.

     

JUNIOR HOCKEY

A letter from the coach
As a relative newcomer to Union High, nothing could have prepared me for the intensity, passion and spirit that surround the traditional fixture of interschools. Even at a junior level, the emotions run high and the desire and pressure to win is phenomenal. Before the games, I took both my teams aside and told them that I don’t care if they win or lose, as long as the leave the field with no regrets. After screaming my lungs out on the side-lines and suffering a few coronary episodes, I can say with utmost honesty, that not one of those girls has a single thing to regret. Every girl played with absolute single-minded guts and determination throughout and I want to commend each and every one of them for their efforts on the day. They played hard and they played fair. More than that I cannot ask.
The 2nd team managed to convert their positive energy and perseverance into a 1 – 0 win over Volkskool, with a gem of a goal from Sesethu Kotishini. Both Volkskool and Union came close to scoring further, but both goals were disallowed when it was determined that the shots were made from outside the respective circles. This was an extremely tense and closely matched game and I congratulate the girls for pushing to the end to hang onto their win.
The 1st team girls were desperately sad to have played to a 2 – 2 draw after having been 2 – 0 up at one stage. Both goals were scored by Soso Mroro, who had an outstanding game and dazzled with some individual runs. Leah Marais also deserves special mention after some spectacular efforts in defence. Although the result was disappointing, the draw did not happen because we stopped trying, or because we played any worse. The girls played like the champions they are to the bitter end, and I was proud of the fight they put up. But we do need to give credit where it is due: the Volkskool girls stepped up to the plate after being issued a very strong challenge by our girls in the first half and they came out fighting for retribution with everything they had. Well done to both teams for participating with passion and fairness, and for putting on a fast-paced and evenly-matched display that was wonderful to watch.
Thank you to all the event organisers for an incredible week of sports and culture. It has been a real eye-opener for me. I am proud to be part of the loyal Union community and eagerly look forward to our next interschools!


     

INTERSCHOOLS 2017

     

MESSAGE FROM THE HEADMASTER

The Union High School community is, once again, excited at the prospect of being a part of the energy of the annual Interschools clash. We are very proud of the traditions that have developed around this occasion since its inception in 1919 and we are extremely pleased to share the day with so many people who travel from all over South Africa and, for that matter, from abroad, in order to be a part of the excitement and drama that inevitably accompanies the clashes.

As always, the sporting tussles will be hard-fought and tense. All the players will be keen to end off the season on a high note. They cherish this opportunity to display their talents and to prove their mettle in front of the many spectators that attend the matches. As we wish all the participants well, we look forward to a wonderful weekend of sport and of sportsmanship of the highest order.

Union High School welcomes all visitors to Interschools 2017. It is wonderful to see so many past pupils from the schools returning to meet up with classmates and other friends. We trust that your reunions will be enjoyed by all and that you will be able to look upon this weekend back at your respective Alma Maters with much pleasure and with many fond memories. Our school thanks you for joining us, and we assure you that the efforts that you have made in order to be with us over this weekend do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Much of what makes this weekend special is a result of the friendly, festive and enthusiastic atmosphere that your presence lends to Interschools.

Our sincere thanks are extended to our sponsors, First National Bank, whose contribution to this event helps us to ensure that it remains an occasion of note for all.

William Pringle
HEADMASTER 
     

MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SPORT

It is that time of the year when we all look forward to Interschools with great anticipation. What makes the week so special is that so many learners, from both schools, will be involved in some seriously competitive encounters in a variety of codes; and a display of support which always exceeds all expectations. Often the clashes are full of drama and there have been some truly tremendous and memorable encounters, action-packed in every way. The rivalry between Union and Volkskool has always been keen and we trust that the spirit of Interschools will prevail and that both schools will come out of the day with much credit.
 
We welcome the past pupils and friends of the school and trust that everyone will enjoy the time spent at their Alma Mater. We are indebted to our parent body, who support the school and go to great lengths to make a day such as this something special. Many people have worked extremely hard to ensure a successful 2017 Interschools and we are grateful for their efforts.

Rory Sullivan
HEAD OF SPORT 
     

OUR TEAMS

1st RUGBY TEAM
From left to right:  Left to right : Luthando Skapu, Zusakhe Ngwane, Cowan Swartz, Ronan Retief, Matthew Broeksma, Matthew Jones, Cohen Pieterse (Vice-Captain), Ross Stanley (Captain),
Mr Carl Bezuidenhout (Coach), Wiegard Brummer (Vice-Captain), Terrance Siyaya, Daliwonga Mathiale, Ocean Wilma, Matt Harpur, Michael Krige, Ikhona Koeberg, Thando Haarmans.
2016 season
The First Rugby team of 2017 have perhaps exceeded expectations on many occasions. Having lost 13 players from last year’s starting line-up, many expected this year to be a ‘building’ year. This has certainly not been the case. The 2017 team has played some incredible rugby and exuded the passion and pride which has become synonymous with the white jersey. The matches against old rivals Muir College, Westering and Gill College epitomise what this team is all about. On both occasions, we snatched victory in the dying moments after being ‘backed up against the ropes’ for most of those games. We have certainly had our low moments but as Rocky Balboa famously said, “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

A lot of the success can be attributed to a strong leadership group and immense work ethic both on and off the field. This team is based on being good human beings and the recognition that the whole is greater than its parts. Players have made sacrifices and lifestyle changes to fit in with the squad ethos and values.

This team is a family of young men who are striving to achieve against many odds and they certainly intend to continue this trend in the forthcoming week. We will keep moving forward…
Mr Carl Bezuidenhout
1stXV Rugby Coach
 
1st HOCKEY TEAM
Front (left to right): Candice Russell, Kelsey Minnaar (Captain), Rebecca Langmead
Seated (left and right): Henze Jaftha, Simbongele Booysen
Back (left to right) : Sanja du Plessis, Micela loock, Jenna McNaughton, Kelly Rose-Innes, Mr Geowynne Gamiet (Coach), Simamkele Desemele, Yente Retief, Paige de la Harpe, Lousie Randall, Anje Oelofsen
2016 season
The Union High School hockey first team has had a remarkable season so far. Union team has played tough competition this season, not only playing the number one schools in the country (Oranje Meisies Skool), but 3 more schools in the top ten. They also convincingly won the Spar Challenge and have been unbeaten against DSG, playing them 3 times - drawing twice and winning once. The team currently consists of only 4 matrics with a wealth of experience. They average 64 first team caps per player, with Kelsey Minnaar the most capped Union High School player ever at 115 caps and Rebecca Langmead and Yente Retief will get their hundredth cap at Inter-Schools.
The team had 4 Inter-provincial representatives this year being:
Kelsey Minnaar : EP u/18A Captain and winning gold
Henze Jaftha : EP u/18B
Micela Loock: EP u/16A Vice-captain and winning silver
Jenna McNaughton: EP u/16A winning silver

Union High First hockey team statistics speak for itself, hence them being ranked 29th in the country, which is a remarkable achievement for the size of our school.
Played 28
Won 19
Lost 5
Drew 4
Goals for: 145
Goals against: 26
Mr Geowynn Gamiet
1st Team Hockey Coach
 
1st TENNIS TEAM
From left to right:  Micela Loock, Kelsey Minnaar, Rebecca Langmead, Jenna McNaughton, Kelly Rose-Innes, Kerrin Kingwill (Girls Captain), Mrs L Galloway (Girls Coach), Mr L Vorster (Boys Coach), Noa Cilliers, Bowen Langmead, Matt Harpur, Ocean Wilma, Ross Stanley, Wiegard Brummer (Boys Captain)
   

OUR CAPTAINS

1st Rugby   1st Hockey   Chess
   
Ross Stanley   Kelsey Minnaar   JP Kruger
"One Team, One Union.”
 Fanie Bezuidenhout
   “Team work is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.”
Ifeanyi Enoch
   “Life is like a chess game – you don’t want to waste a move.” Bing Gordon
1st Tennis Girls   1st Tennis Boys   Shooting
   
Kerrin Kingwill   Wiegard Brummer   Ocean Wilma
 “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible.”
Audrey Hepburn
  “The only shots you miss, are the ones you don’t take.”   “Missing my target is not an option. Raise. Aim. Fire. Repeat.” - Anonymous
Speech   Quiz   Golf
     
Timony Miller   Amanda Brink   Ocean Wilma
“For, you my darling, if you cannot speak from your own heart, you cannot hope to touch theirs.”   “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin   “The only important shot in golf is the next one."


SPORT RESULTS - 5 AUGUST 2017

SENIOR SPORT VS PEARSON
Hockey
On Saturday Union’s 1st hockey team took on their 4th team of the season that is ranked in the top 10 – Pearson. Union went into the game trying to rectify last week’s performance against Collegiate, by trying to play without a lapse in concentration. It was deemed as one of the hardest games that the Union girls would have played this season. Mr Gamiet said that he has to commend the girls as they achieved that with flying colours. What was more satisfying is the manner in which the Union girls played. The coach was also off his seat from the start of the match, with the girls creating numerous opportunities to score and he also commented that it was the best hockey that he had seen from the Union first team girls in the four years that he has coached at the school. The game ended with a well-deserved 0 – 0 draw. Now the 1st team looks forward to completing their performance by finishing their opportunities this coming weekend.
Results:
1st:  0 - 0
2nd:  0 - 6
U/16A:  1 - 5
U/16B:  0 - 10
3rd:  1 - 10

Rugby
The First team went down 3-36 to a very strong Pearson side on Saturday. After losing both our locks to injury inside the first 10 minutes, Union seemed unsettled and our initial plans disrupted. We did well to stay in the contest despite gifting the opposition points. The halftime score was 3-16, and we felt like momentum had shifted slightly in our favour. Pearson were relentless on defense and we had few opportunities in their territory. They capitalised on our poor execution in tough conditions and stretched their lead beyond our reach. Our team must be commended for their efforts and for the fact that we put up a fight until the bitter end. David Macozoma and Mtha Mzimba, must be applauded for playing almost two full matches without much rest.

All that is left is for us to bounce back up and prepare for the challenge that lies ahead of us this weekend.

Results
1st XV:  3 - 36
2nd:  27 - 26
U/16A:  5 - 19
U/15A:  0 - 61
U/15B: 0 - 59
U/14A: 0 - 70

JUNIOR SPORT VS HERBERT HURD
Hockey
A wonderful day of sport saw some exciting hockey being played at Union last Saturday. It was gratifying to watch as every single player on the field put in a superb effort. Both games were tightly contested, but Union managed to dominate throughout. Simple, structured play and sticking to the basics gave us the upper hand, while constant pressure in attack and maintaining possession kept Union in charge.
After a few unsuccessful attempts at goal, the 2nd team girls were finally able to put one in the box, when Caytah-Leigh Koeberg picked a loose ball out of the air and batted it into the net to put to the Union girls ahead. They hung on to the bitter end and kept putting immense pressure on the defences, but were unable to score again and finished the game 1 – 0.
The 1st team also had numerous opportunities, they were extremely unfortunate not to convert any of these into points, and will be working on their finishing skills this week in preparation for the interschools match ahead. A solid effort in defence from all the girls made it virtually impossible for the opposition to penetrate and Herbert Hurd only managed to get one shot at goal which was ably deflected by their Union’s confident goalkeeper, Musa Zweni. Although the whole team played beautiful, Brigette Oelofsen, Leah Marais, Kendall Krige and Soso Mroro deserve special mention for their tenacity and never-say-die attitude on the field. Despite the best efforts of all, the game ended in a 0 – 0 draw.
A wonderful day was had by pupils and staff. Thank you to Mrs Venter for a beautifully organised day, as well as to Mrs Gerber for help with the umpiring.
Hockey Results
Junior 1st:  0 – 0
Junior 2nd:  1 – 0
Junior 3rd:  2 – 0
Junior 4th:  1 - 2

Rugby Results
U/13A:  26 – 31
U/13B:  10 - 2
U/11A:  7 – 10
U/11B:  0 – 51

     

ECO CLUB - MINIMIZE WASTE

This term, through a series of outings, the UHS Eco Club is exploring why we, as global citizens, have to minimize our waste. Their first outing this term was to the Graaff-Reinet Landfill Site. The exercise started on route - 15 children aged between 10 and 14 years old made a list of the waste they saw and categorised this list under the following headings: plastic, paper, glass, metal, other.  
On arrival at the Landfill site, we were pleasantly surprised to see lots of activity taking place as a new pit was being expertly prepared. Viv Scoccia, the site engineer of this project, explained the details of this process to the group. This process needs to be repeated every 2 to 3 years. We were totally shocked at the enormous cost of such a project.
Municipal trucks that tip the town's waste here at the landfill site should be tipping only the waste that is left over, after it has been sorted for recycling. While we were there, we saw that this was clearly not happening as unsorted waste was being dumped at the site. This shows that there is no regard for the enormous expense it takes to create a landfill site.
These eco warriors worked on their lists of waste and eliminated all the waste products that could be sent for recycling. After some discussion, it was obvious that all the residents of Graaff-Reinet should be separating their waste and packaging it differently: opaque bag for recyclables and a black bag for other waste, to be collected on different days.
The club will be exploring the recycling depot and worm farming as part of this theme. Watch this space for more information on how you can minimize your household waste effectively.
     

JUNIOR CHESS

Our junior chess team took part in a chess tournament against Gill College and Cradock Primary on Tuesday 1 August.

Our third team played three matches each against Cradock, and managed to win 20-16. Many of the games ended in a draw. With more experience and exposure, our players will definitely win more games. The third team player who performed the best was Princess Mcinga who won two matches and drew one.

The first and second team played two matches each. They fared very well against Cradock by beating them 20-4. Our first team struggled against Gill and lost 2-10. They made hasty moves and were unsettled by their focused opponents. The best first team player was Brigette Oelefsen who won both her matches.

The second team were better prepared and did very well to beat Gill 10-2.

Well done to second team players Amahle Finca, Rachel Houseman, Sesethu Kotishini and Lana Bouwer on winning both their matches.

Gill won the tournament with 35 points, UHS came second with 32 points, and Cradock third with 5 points.

Our interschools match will take place in the school hall on Monday 7 August, at 15:30. Your support would be appreciated.