• Art Club
The Art Club came into existence in 2016 when a
need to expose our learners to different forms of Art
was identified. Any learner from Grade 6 to Grade 12 can
join. The aim is to visit various artists in their
studios so that learners can see how Art can be used as
a way to generate an income, as way to relieve stress,
or just as a hobby.
In 2016 the Art Club visited
various studios and galleries in the Eastern Cape.
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Eco Club was established by Primary School
Educator, Jenny Street, at the beginning of
2013. Ms Street spent many years in the
‘wild’ where her passion for Nature
Conservation and Environmental Education
developed. This club is open to all serious
young conservationists from Grades 5, 6 & 7.
Meetings take place on alternate Tuesdays
and Fridays. Members are expected to commit
for a term at a time and there is a reward
outing for loyal members who can boast a
good attendance term record. The Eco Club
was the springboard which gave birth to our
school’s Eco-School Status.
society meets four times per term and aims
to provide a variety of interactive
experiences relating to debating and public
speaking in the hope that this will
encourage quick thinking and innovative
competitions are held for each grade and
this ensures that many learners get the
opportunity to deliver speeches in front of
Annual Junior and Senior
Speech Competitions are held and the winners
are invited to participate in the
Interschools' Speech Competition.
Grade 5 - 7 learners are also catered for
and participate in a Junior School Annual
held to assist speakers in developing their
skills. Speech writing also forms part
of the programme.
A committee is
elected annually and these members assist
the educator-in-charge with regard to
planning and facilitating the programme.
Senior group (grades 8 - 12) meets once a week to
practise their game and compete with one another. The
top twelve players regularly take part in matches
involving the Midland Schools. The chess ladder gives
Union Players an incentive to improve their standard of
chess. Players can attain team awards, half-colours and,
if exceptional, colours, in chess.
During the year,
the players take part in a knock-out competition for the
Geoff Kingwill Floating Trophy which is awarded at the
end of the year.
The Junior Chess group meets once a week to learn new
skills, practice their game and compete against each
other. A chess ladder is kept to show players where they
are ranked. Friendly tournaments are played against
neighbouring schools such as Cradock, Gill and Karel
Theron. During the annual Interschools, two Junior Chess
teams compete against Volkskool.
compete for the Harward Dixon Floating Trophy in an
internal knock-out competition.This trophy is awarded at
the Junior Prize Giving.
An informal chess
practice takes place once a year at a restaurant in town
as well as a movie night when a chess-related movie is
Performing Arts Club has been
running from 2016. This club is open for all learners in
Grade 8 to Grade 12. They meet on a Monday evening and
are exposed to various exercises in Drama, Song, Poetry
and Dance enabling them to develop their talents and
creativity. Run by Mr Jantjies and supported by Mrs
Putter, talents can also be identified for the casting
of the biannual Musicals.
The main event of the
year is an Inter-house Cultural Evening which is held in
Term 2. Both Daly and Arnott houses need to present a
One-Act Play, a song item, poetry, monologues and a
Talents from this club are also
showcased in other events through the year including the
annual Eco Club Talent Show which takes place in Term 3
and the Formal Music Evening also in Term 3.
The Interact club has strong support at
school. Fostering a social conscience amonst the pupils,
various fund raising events are held as well as
community work done where needed. All funds raised
are donated to local charities.
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South African Scout Association
caters for youth and
young adults from the ages of 7 through 30. It is split
into three sections, Cubs, Scouts, and Rovers, with each
section serving a different age group, and concentrating
on different areas of personal development. It is also
one of the largest youth organisations in the rural
parts of South Africa and performs many community
upliftment programmes in those areas.
Graaff-Reinet Scout Troop was established in 1910 and
continues to serve the Graaff-Reinet community and its
young men with distinction under the guidance of Mr
Bruce Maree. Scouts offer boys of Union High and beyond
an organisation based on a solid foundation of clean
living, honest work, unselfish citizenship and reverence
for God. In all 108 years the Troop has only had a total
of 14 Scout Leaders, probably one of the reasons for its
stability in our society.
The Graaff-Reinet Scout
Troop has presented 3 King Scout Badges, 5
Queen Scout Badges and since 1961, 74
Springbok Scout Badges.
Every four years a World
Scout Jamboree is held in some part of the world. Some
35000 Scouts come together for this event. The last
Jamboree was held in Japan in 2015 and two Scouts from
our Troop attended this spectacular occasion.
Graaff-Reinet Troop is recognised throughout South
Africa for its calibre of Scouts that go out into the
world. Many of our Scouts have attended the Patrol
Leadership Courses held around South Africa and most of
them have been invited back as staff on follow-up
courses. Our Troop has had representation of Scouts at
most of the International World Jamborees held every
four years in some part of the world.
Troop meets on a Thursday evening from 18:30
- 20:30 at the Chookie Geard Scout Hall.
Cameron Muir is currently working towards
achieving his Springbok Scout badge. During
the December holidays he completed his
construction project by building a tower big
enough for a patrol of 8 to sleep in.
Cameron at the helm of the project
shape slowly on a very hot day!
|Corniel, Cameron and JJ - total
survivors of the two
days - Cameron
is holding the model which was
times smaller than the actual
who climbed to the top!!
Bruce still climbs
up to the top of
Another great team-building project.
Task: Pitch one of the Troop's 8-man canvas
cottage tents upside down in the Scout Hall
to include all guys, poles, etc - eventually
took about 3 hours to complete! Scouts rated
it a great programme and it was not as easy
as one thinks - gravity is amazing when it
comes to keeping the poles in position
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