1st XI vs Stirling
Union High’s 1st XI cricket team played a 40 over match against Stirling. Union won the toss and elected to bat first. Stirling’s bowling was very good and made it very tough for Union’s boys to score runs. They had to work hard and played well, finishing the innings on 219 for 5 after 40 overs.  Cowan Swartz batted well and scored 29 runs, as well as Ocean Wilma with a very good innings, scoring 55 runs. But an excellent innings from Matt Harpur, with a score of 80 not out, gave stability to Union’s middle order and made it possible for them to set up their innings.

Stirling went to bat and Union’s bowlers were struggling in the windy conditions, but managed to bowl Stirling out for 169 runs. All the bowlers contributed equally.
Union won the match by 50 runs. 

U/15A vs Stirling
Union won the toss and elected to bat. The Union boys were able to put three partnerships up front, allowing the team to score 198 for 9 in 40 overs. Brett Amsterdam (Man of the Match) scored 68 and Bowen Langmead 64.  Good fielding from Union, which included an excellent catch by William Kayster at point, was marred by a few dropped catches, which kept Stirling in the match. However, Stirling was bowled out for 180 runs in the 139th over. Union  .

This was a great win for Union to finish off the first half of the season.


Thirteen Union High athletes were selected to represent the Camdeboo Athletics Team at the meeting held at the Oval in Port Elizabeth on Friday, 24 February.
We wish to congratulate the following athletes on their results:
1st places
Marché Green (U15 Girls High Jump)
Matthew Jones (U19 Boys Shot Put and Discus)
Sanja du Plessis (U19 Girls 800m)
2nd places
Erin Mitchell (U14 High Jump)
Sanja du Plessis (U19 Girls 1500m)
Ntsika Ngongoma (U14 Boys 400m)
4th places
Bowen Langmead (U15 Boys Javelin)
Sima Desemela (U17 Girls 400m)
Rosslyn Sparks (U17 Girls Discus)
Jason Beaumont (U17 Boys Discus)
Cameron Muir (U17 Boys 3000m)
Thando Haarmans (U19 Boys Long Jump)

The following athletes were selected to represent the Sarah Baartman District Team at the Eastern Cape Championships in East London on 10 and 11 March.
Ntsika Ngongoma – U14 Boys 400m
Matthew Jones – U19 Boys Discus and Shot Put
Sanja du Plessis – U19 Girls 800m

Congratulations to all the athletes on their fine achievements, especially those who will be representing the school and district at the Eastern Cape Championships


Union’s U/13As played against Frans Conradie in a 30 over match on Saturday. We batted first and scored 94/8. Sisipho Arnols treasured his wicket and batted for 25 overs, scoring 35 off 72 deliveries.
Unfortunately, our bowlers seemed to be off the mark all day and we only managed to take 3 wickets before the opposition reached their target. Aron Erasmus was the sole wicket taker and there were two run outs.  Union lost the match by 7 wickets.


A group of 14 Union swimmers took up the challenge and competed in the Spar River Mile on Sunday 26 February.
In the Ladies Mile Jade Shires and Kelly Chester were the first Union swimmers to cross the finish line.
In the Men’s event, Mack Rubidge followed by Johan Vorster, crossed the line first for Union.
Our youngest swimmers this year were Gr 7’s, Kendall Krige, Chloe Shires and Corniel Vorster.
Michael Krige, Cameron Muir, Ben Kroon, James Potgieter, VC Beldon, Amanda Brink and Sabrina Potgieter also completed the race.



On 23 February the Grade 10 Tourism class of Union High School visited the Drostdy Hotel. The learners were welcomed by the Food and Beverage manager, Mr Izak van Rooyen. He gave them a tour of the 5-star facility and enriched them with the history of the Hotel. The in-room technology of this establishment was something that the learners have just seen in books. The key-card gives access to all facilities in the room and it switches everything off within 10 minutes of leaving the room. The heated towel rails were just one of the luxuries that stood out in the bathrooms. The facilities and surrounding areas are all of the finest quality. This was a wonderful experience to all. Many learners hope to be in the position to stay at or maybe even own a hotel like this one day.



U/14 vs Hoër Volkskool U/15A
On Thursday afternoon, Union’s Under 14 team played a Pro 20 match against Hoër Volkskool’s Under 15A side. Union won the toss and elected to bowl first. Volkskool scored 114 for 5 in their 20 overs. The top bowler was Kyle-Luke du Preez, who took 3 wickets for only 12 runs in 4 overs.  Union lost early wickets and were bowled out in the 18th over for 52 runs. Josh Calitz was the top batsman, scoring 15 runs. Union lost the match by 62 runs.

U/13A Cricket vs Niko Brummer
The U13 A’s played against Niko Brummer in a Pro 20 match on Wednesday afternoon. Union won the toss and elected to bowl first. Union did well to restrict the opposition to 72/7 in their innings. Aron Erasmus and Rhuze Hendriks took 2 wickets each. Daniel Nell and Matthew Basson each both took 1 wicket.  Union struggled with the bat and lost regular wickets due to a lack of application at the crease, and was bowled out for 49 runs in the 16th over. Union lost the match by 23 runs.

U/11A vs Nico Brummer
Union’s under 11A cricketers also played against Nico Brummer in a Pro 20 match. Union won the toss and elected to bat first. Our batsmen struggled ith the bat and found themselves in trouble with 4 wickets down for 12 runs after 8 overs. Cullen Marais came in to bat and put some respectability to the score, smashing 20 runs off just 8 balls. Cullen got run out and Union lost their next 5 wickets for only 6 runs. Union were bowled out for 50 after 13.3. overs.  Our bowlers struggled to find rhythm and conceded 20 extras. Cullen Marais made the break-through, trapping Nico Brummer’s opening batsman lbw and bowling the other respectively. Union’s boys showed great fight by taking 7 wickets. Special mention must be made of Junior Kedemeli for taking a great catch and Shakir Kasi, for an excellent run out. Nico Brummer reached the target with 3 wickets remaining after 12.3 overs.  Wickets were taken by TK Mpanza (2 for 13 in 4 overs), Cullen Marais (2 for 20 un 3.3 overs), Shakir Kasi (1 for 8 in 3 overs) and Cameron Swarts (1 for 12 in 2 overs).  Union lost the match by 3 wickets.



Eastern Province Biathlon has eastablished a School League, which will encourage healthy competition amongst the Eastern Cape schools. It is based on a points system where schools will earn point both for participation and achievement in the various age groups.
The Eastern Province Biathlon Championships took place in Port Elizabeth on Monday 20 February. We congratulate our Union High biathletes on their achievements at these championships. Gerrit Brink received a silver medal in the Boys’ Under 19 category, Cameron Muir received silver in the Boys’ Under 17 category, Candice Russel received silver and Micela Loock bronze in the Girls’ Under 17 category.
Union High is currently placed 6th out of the 16 schools that are part of the EP Biathlon School League.



Two notable achievements were celebrated at a function at the Scout Hall in Graaff-Reinet last Friday evening. Graaff-Reinet resident Bruce Maree is synonymous with scouting in the area. 2017 marks the 50th year of his involvement with the Scouting movement in Graaff-Reinet alone – and this was after he had been involved for 10 years further afield. This retired maths teacher’s influence has touched many young lives as he has taught many boys the principals of Scouting. Bruce Maree still takes scouts on expeditions to the surrounding peaks and farms, giving them a taste of life and survival in the outdoors. In this day and age where many youngsters spend hours in front of screens – this taste of reality leaves the Scouts with a distinct advantage over those children who spend precious little time in the beautiful natural surroundings on our doorstep. Graaff-Reinet Scouts has been active for an impressive 107 years!

Johan Vorster 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. Quietly spoken, but strong and self-assured, Johan is passionate about the outdoors and comes into his own in nature. Scouting gave him the opportunity to travel as far as Japan to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, with fellow scout Ben Kroon. Vorster also attended the Lexden Patrol Leader Training Unit in Pietermaritzburg where he was honoured to be Troop Leader – only 2 scouts from Graaff-Reinet have ever had the honour of being a part of this excellent leadership unit. His survival skills, including being an adept medic, led him to being invited on Union High’s Odyssey, where he was invaluable as a medic, team leader and help on this challenging journey. He was also chosen as a prefect at Union High where he displays true leadership skills beyond the school environment.

There have been 73 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 (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 s 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 ingredients.
• 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 for evaluation.
• Demonstrate 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 need.
• Plan and conduct a ‘Scout’s Own’ church service.
• 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.

Martin du Bruyn, regional commissioner of Scouting in Cape Midlands presented Bruce Maree with his certificate of service. He also presented Johan with his Springbok Scout Award. Headmaster of Union High, Mr William Pringle, also presented Bruce Maree with a certificate of appreciation for his continued contribution to the school on the Scouting front. It was a memorable moment when Johan received his award before his parents Anje and Hannes Vorster and, notably, both sets of grandparents.

The ceremony was followed by a hearty braai prepared by the Scouts in honour of these admirable men.



Over the weekend the Union High Top 12 Girls tennis players hosted Girls High School from Queenstown. This is a fixtures has been played for many years, and is always well supported by our parents and visitors.
5 of Union’s girls managed to win both their singles and doubles matches and the final score was UHS 11 and GHS 7 matches.



A group of 18 Union swimmers, from U/13 to Open, participated in the final B Age Group Gala on Saturday 18 February.  There were many swimmers at this gala, the biggest this season, all hoping to be invited to the Top 8 Gala in a few weeks time, which will end off the swimming season.
This was the third gala in the week for the swimmers and all did very well swimming personal best times or very close to their best times. Not all the results were available by the end of the gala, but we await them, together with the names of those who will be invited to the Top 8 Gala.


 Four Junior School athletes, representing the Graaff-Reinet team, took part in the Mega Districts Athletics Meeting held in Port Elizabeth on Friday 17 February. They all did well and gained the following places:
Thokozani Mpanzi - 4th in the boys U/11 Shot Put
Dylan Kivedo - 5th in the boys U/11 High Jump
Kendall Krige - 5th in the girls U/13 High Jump
Sisopho Arnols - 3rd in the boys U/13 Long Jump



1st XI
Last weekend, Union High’s cricket teams hosted Muir College. In the 1st XI declaration match, Muir won the toss and elected to bat first. Union limited Muir to only 166 runs in 49 overs. The top bowlers were Matt Harpur, with bowling figures if 13 overs – 2 maidens - 5 wickets for 49 runs, and Ronan Retief with 9 overs – 2 maidens – 2 wickets for 23 runs.
Union went in to bat and scored freely with an opening partnership of 54 runs between Waylon du Plessis and Ronan Retief. After losing their first wicket, Union could not manage to get together another proper partnership and lost wickets in regular intervals. Waylon du Plessis scored 33 runs, Ronan Retief 31, Matthew Broeksma 19 and Wiegard Brummer 19. In the end, Union were bowled out for 164 runs after 47 overs, losing the match by only 2 runs.

Congratulations to Matt Harpur on his 5-wicket haul against Muir College.

Under 15
In another declaration match for the Under 15s, Muir won the toss and elected to bow. Brett Amsterdam top-scored with 74 runs not out, Jarrod Naude a well-played 18 and James Pringle 11 runs. While Union struggled against Muir’s fast bowlers, Union scored 141 runs all out in the 41st over.
Union bowled very well and took regular wickets, with Bowen Langmead taking 4 for 24 runs in 10 overs and Brett Amsterdam 5 wickets for 27 in 15 overs. Union’s fielding was very tight, which kicked off with an excellent run-out by James Pringle in the first over. This set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Bowen Langmead also took a brilliant catch at mid-on, eliminating Muir’s star player. Khanya Butshingi took another important catch at mid-off.

Brett Amsterdam was undoubtedly Union’s Man of the Match, but what a great team effort by our Under 15 boys! Union won the match by 60 runs.



A large number of Union swimmers participated in the Annual Gala against Volkskool on Wednesday, 15 February. We await the individual results, BUT it was announced at the gala that Union had come out as the 2017 winners by only 2 points.

In this gala we had swimmers from U8 through to the open events giving of their best and filling the lanes with their green swimming caps.

It was pleasing to see how many were prepared to swim for their school - even though they have a busy sport programme. We hope that the enthusiasm to swim will remain with our swimmers as there is still the Interschools Karoo gala on the 2 March. The team to represent Union will be announced by next week.

Congratulations to all our swimmers, as well as the captains of our swimming team, Paige de la Harpe and Johan Vorster.


It is not a coincidence that the colour of blood is the same as the colour of love! The greatest gift of love we can give someone on this Valentine’s Day is the gift of life. Although our target was 51 units, the Peer Promoters and learners rallied together and donated 66 units.
Well done UHS!

Mrs Vorster took the opportunity to set an example to her Grade 6 class by donating blood and educating them on the process and importance of donating blood.



Union Schools' boarders enjoyed Valentines' Day with a special picnic on the grass in front of Arthur Kingwill House. Everybody was spoiled with a "foody-bag" containing hotdogs, cold drinks, chips and more, with red, pink and 'I love you" balloons everywhere. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Kingwill for this very special initiative. Everybody had a wonderful time picnicking under the trees!



On Monday evening our Interhouse Gala was held in perfect conditions in a sparkling pool.

Competition between the two houses was keen throughout the evening. After the first four events Daly, was in the lead but then Arnott took the lead right through to the final event. The final points position was:

Daly - 371  /   Arnott - 520

There were events for swimmers from U/12 through to the open events. The open boys and girls events produced some exciting finishes which were lovely to watch.

The only record to be broken was in the Senior Boys Medley Relay where Daly took off nearly 2 seconds from the old record set in 2003.

Well done to all the swimmers who participated, especially those who had to find their costumes at the bottom of their cupboards.



On Monday our Top 6 tennis girls and boys played against Cradock High School. Although this team has always been a challenge to us, our girls beat them again by 7 matches to 2.
The boys, unfortunately, lost 3 matches
to 6.



Join the UHS grade 11 fundraisers under our Karoo night sky on Saturday the 11th March! ThE 12km walk/run starts @ 6.15 pm at the Nieu-Bethesda Sports Club.
Registration from 5pm. There is a 5km loop around the village too! Do not miss this incredible opportunity to walk under the almost full moon in our spectacular Karoo! Entry forms available from tomorrow at UHS front office and Brian Bands Sport. Light supper included in price...cash bar available. See you there!



On Saturday, 11 February,  our U/13 and U/11 cricket teams hosted Muir College. The results were as follow:
The U/13As played a 40 over match. Union batted first and scored an imposing 183/6. Aron Erasmus top scored with 60 and Sisipho Arnols batted patiently for his 37 from 90 deliveries.
Muir struggled against our accurate bowling and was all out for 55. Kwande Mhlabeni, Brent Hesselink and JJ Liebenberg each took 1 wicket. Aron Erasmus topped off a brilliant individual performance by taking 6 wickets for just 7 runs in 8 overs.  Union won by 128 runs

Muir won the toss & elected to field first in a 50 over match. Union scored 90 runs all out in 37 overs. Camran Swartz 21, Dylan Kivedo 18 & Thokozani Mpanza 13 not out, all contributed well with the bat.
Union made good use of their bowlers and dismissed Muir for 75 runs in 25.3 overs. Shakir Kazi produced excellent figures - 5 for 21 in 7.3 overs.The highlight of our bowling attack was once again the accuracy with which our bowlers bowled. Union's opening bowlers Thokozani Mpanza and Cullen Marais were very economical & applied pressure throughout. Camran Swartz was also part of the wicket takers taking 2 wickets for 8 runs in 2 overs.  The top bowlers were Shakir Kazi - 5 /21 in 7.3 overs, Thokozani Mpanza 2/14 in 5 overs, Camran Swartz 2 /10 in 2 overs and Cullen Marais 1/15 in7overs.
Union won by 25 runs.

Congratulations to all Union’s young cricketers.
Union’s senior teams, the 1st XI, 2nd Team and Under 15s, will be playing Muir this coming weekend at home.



On Friday, 10 February 33 our our top athletes took part in the Camdeboo District Meeting at Collie Koeberg.

Summery of Results are as follows (non-official results)
1st Places - 15
2nd Places - 11
3rd Places - 10

Well done to all our athletes



Union High 1st XI vs Gill College 1st XI
Union High played Gill College in the national T20 on Tuesday 7 February. Union won the toss and elected to bat. After a slow and steady start we started kicking on and putting pressure on the Gill bowlers and fielders. We played a very constructed innings and ended up on 167/7 after 20 overs.
Top Batsmen:
Wiegard Brummer 61
Ocean Wilma 40
Ronan Retief 22 not out
Cowan Swartz 19
Gill went in to bat and also started slowly due to a good bowling and fielding effort. We managed to stick to line and lengths and bowled them out for 71 runs.  Waylon du Plessis bowled extremely well - 4 overs 0 maidens 5 wickets 5 runs.
Union High won the match by 96 runs.

U/13 A vs Cradock
The U/13 A’s played against Cradock on Wednesday in a T20 match. We lost the toss and were asked to bowl first. Aron Erasmus and Daniel Nel picked up early wickets which put the Cradock batsmen on the back foot. Hlaki Skepe bowled a superb spell and was unlucky not to pick up a couple of wickets. Aron Erasmus finished with figures of 3 wickets for 9 runs in his 4 overs. Daniel Nel, Kwande Mhlabeni, Matthew Basson, Jude Langmead and R Hendriks all chipped in with 1 wicket a piece.
Special mention must be made of Sisipho Arnols’ incredible performance at wicket-keeper. He took 3 catches, a stumping and an unbelievable individual run out. All this while letting through just 1 bye.
We then batted intelligently to reach our target of 76 with 13 balls to spare and 3 wickets in hand. Aron Erasmus top scored with 21 not out, and Sisipho Arnols and Hlaki SKepe each scored 10 runs.
It was a good team performance and a great start to the season.



We wish to congratulate our newly appointed captain and vice-captains of Union High's 1st XI Hockey Team. Good luck for the 2017 season.
From left to right: Rebecca Langmead (Vice-Captain), Kelsey Minnaar (Captain) and Candice Russell (Vice-Captain)



The Top 6 junior boys and girls enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of tennis against Gill Primary on Monday.
The girls were beaten 4 matches to 2. Barbara McNaughton must be commended on excellent play on the day, in spite of her 5-6 loss in the singles.

The Union boys were outclassed by a determined Giill side and lost the encounter 3-6. Kwande Mhlabeni did well to win both his singles and doubles matches.

We commend the players on good sportsmanship throughout.



Over the last two weeks, Union Preparatory School and the High School Junior Department have had their inter-house athletics days as well as Inter-schools against Volkskool on Tuesday afternoon. In perfect weather conditions, our beautiful school fields were a hive of activity where athletes were involved in a total of 62 events, ranging from Under 7 to Under 13, involving field and track events. Many of the races were closely contested, making it difficult for the place judges.
During the Inter-schools meeting 16 new records were set, 7 by Union athletes.
Congratulations to the following learners on setting new records:
Ciara Kivedo - U9 60m
Daniel Short - U9 60m and 80m
Chloe Erasmus - U10 Long Jump
Fatima Siraz - U10 1200m
Sisipho Arnols - U13 100m and Long Jump

Junior Athletics vs LVS
At the Inter-schools meeting the final points position was:  Union 613 and LVS 654

Zonal Athletics
A small group of Union athletes, from Under 10 to Under 13, then took part in the Zonal Athletics Meeting at the Collie Koeberg Track on Friday. They all did their best and we await the official results to see who will be invited to the Mega Districts Meeting in Port Elizabeth on the 17th of February.



1st XI vs Graeme College
Graeme won the toss and elected to bat. They batted well and scored 219 for 8 in 56 overs.  Matt Harpur bowled 21 overs and took 2 wickets for only 58 runs. Terence Siyaya also took 2 wickets.

Union went in to bat and needed 220 runs to win. Union batted well, with Waylon du Plessis and Ronan Retief laying a good platform. Matt Harpur scored 42 runs, Ocean Wilma 44, Waylon du Plessis 39, Cowan Swartz 27 and Ronan Retief 19.  Union lost the match by only 9 runs.

U/15 vs Graeme College
Union won the toss and elected to bat first in a 65 over declaration match. On a difficult track, Union were bowled out for 105 runs in the 53rd over. Bowen Langmead scored 24 runs, Kwezi Simon 20 and Brett Amsterdam 19.

Union bowled well, but were unable to defend this low score. Graeme College passed the Union score in the 39th over. Bowen Langmead took 2 wickets for 25 runs and Brett Amsterdam 1 for 23 in 14 overs. 
Graeme College won the match by 6 wickets.

Due to wet fields, the junior cricket did not take place this weekend.



Congratulations to the following Union learners for their excellent results in the SWD Inter-Provincial Biathlon that took place in Oudtshoorn over the weekend:

Gerrit Brink - 5th place - also captain of Eastern Province
Cameron Muir - 6th place
Micela Loock - 20th place