Union High School

Clubs and Societies

Debating and Public Speaking

The Debating Society has meetings twice per term during which workshops in debating (different styles of debate) and encourages quick-thinking and innovative argument.

Public speaking competitions are held annually, both in the middle and the senior school. Children are coached to overcome the fear of public speaking and encouraged to exercise this most valuable life-tool. The top two achievers in the school's competition then participate in the Interschool's competition against Volkskool.


Eco-Club

The 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. Union High received their Gold Eco-School’s Award in 2016.

Ms Street, with the help of an Eco-School’s Committee, coordinates the whole-school Eco-School’s Project, which is a partnership between WESSA and SANParks . Every year two Eco Representatives are chosen in each class. Projects from various themes are chosen on an annual basis and these projects are accumulative and have to be sustained each year. Please like and follow us on facebook: UHS Eco-Life
Union boasts the following projects to date:
2014 – Resources: Paper recycling
RECEIVED OUR BRONZE AWARD
2015 – Healthy Living: Healthy minds, souls and bodies
RECEIVED OUR SILVER AWARD
2016 – Biodiversity: Indigenous plants and animals in our area
RECEIVED OUR GOLD AWARD
2017 – Global & Local Issues: Fire & Flood (whole school)
Biodiversity: Worm Farm (High School hostel Eco Representatives & Mr Kingwill)
Healthy Living: upgrading some boys’ & girls’ bathrooms (Interact Club &
Mrs Gamiet)
Resources: Reduce our electricity bill through education and awareness (whole school)
AIMING FOR PLATINUM AWARD

Performing Arts Club

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 dance item.
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.

Interact

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.  







Scouts

The 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.

The 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 106 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, 73 Springbok Scout Badges. Currently there are two Scouts in the Troop working on their Springbok 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.

The 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.

The Graaff-Reinet Scout Troop is divided into three sections: Cubs: Grades 2 to Grades 4, 7 years to 10 ½ years under the guidance of Mrs Wendy Venter, meet on a Tuesday evening from 18h00 to 19h30; Junior Scouts, Grades 5, 6 and 7 meet on a Thursday evening from 18h30 to 20h00 along with the Senior Scouts. Mr Bruce Maree looks after both Scout Troops with a total of some 50 Scouts. All branches of the Scout Group meet at the Chookie Geard Scout Hall.