• 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.
The Art Club visits
various studios and galleries in the Eastern Cape during
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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.
|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
JUNE 2018 - ANOTHER SPRINGBOK
SCOUT FOR UHS
notable achievement was celebrated at a
function at the Scout Hall in Graaff-Reinet
last Friday evening, when Cameron Muir was
presented with his Springbok Award for
Scouts. Cameron grew up scouting under the
guidance of Bruce Maree. At a young age, he
found solace in the natural world, and found
his true self there. Strong and
self-assured, Cameron is passionate about
the outdoors and comes into his own in
nature. He was also elected
as Headboy at
Union High where he displays true leadership
skills beyond the school environment.
At the same ceremony, brothers Karl and
David Venter and Jayden Swart were also
invested into the Scout Troop.
have been 74 scouts who have achieved the
highest award of Springbok Scout over the
years that scouting has been existent in
Graaff-Reinet. In recent times Brian
Kingwill, Brian and Stuart Welman, John
Marais, James Moore, Rodney Naude, Kevin and
Carl Watermeyer, Joe Kroon, Kayne Kingwill,
Kobus Olivier , Leonard Kingwill, Kevin
Prinsloo and Johan Vorster (to name a few),
have achieved this prestigious accolade.
Only 1% of all Scouts manage to put in the
hours and dedication and become Springbok
Scouts. To become a Springbok Scout, one has
to undergo a rigorous series of challenges
before the age of 18. Bear in mind that this
is not a school activity, and has to happen
over and above academic, cultural and
sporting responsibilities at school. Some of
the challenges include:
• Camping out in
the wild for 30 or more days as a Scout.
• To build a 1:20 scale model of a proposed
construction project needed in the
community, and train and lead scouts in the
building of the project.
• Lead the
Patrol in planning, cooking and serving a
3-course hot, healthy meal to at least 6
people on an open fire, in camp, from raw
• Plan and lead a hike of
more than 30km and 2 nights over a route you
have not covered before with a group of no
less than 4 members. Select a theme as the
focus of the hike and submit a written log
organisational and leadership skills by
planning, organising and conducting a camp
for at least 2 patrols of at least 2 nights.
• Identify a need in the community and plan
a solution and lead a patrol in meeting the
• Plan and conduct a ‘Scout’s Own’
• Attend 3 meetings of
the Court of Honour and fully understand the
execution of such a meeting.
• Have an
understanding of the importance of mutual
respect between people of different gender,
race and culture.
• Give an oral
presentation about the effect Scouting has
had on your life.
• Enter into a Personal
Growth Agreement with the Troop Leader.
Attend a Panel Interview to confirm
assimilation of all aspects of the Scout
Programme and that the Promise and Law have
been adopted as a way of life.
du Bruyn, regional commissioner of Scouting
in Cape Midlands presented Cameron with his
Springbok Scout Award. It was a memorable
moment when Cameron received his award
before his parents Debbie and Devrin Muir.
The ceremony was followed by a hearty braai
prepared by the Scouts in honour of these
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