On Monday evening, the UHS Interact Committee and R.C.L. (Representative Council of Learners) attended an anti-bullying workshop conducted by drama therapist, Mrs Paula Kingwill.
This was the first step in creating an awareness in the school community of the scourge of bullying, and the devastating effect that bullying can have on children, and on adults.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumours, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

There are many roles that children can play. Children can bully others, they can be bullied, or they may witness bullying. When children are involved in bullying, they often play more than one role. It is important to understand the multiple roles children play in order to effectively prevent and respond to bullying.

Through creative role play and group work, the learners were led through various scenarios which provided insight into why bullying occurs and they were provided with strategies to combat bullying, and how to support victims and bullies themselves.
More workshops have been scheduled to roll this campaign out to the rest of the school in order to create an even safer and happier environment for all of our learners. The school management, who attended the workshop, are committed to facing this challenge head-on to ensure that bullying in all its guises is not welcome at UHS.



Two years ago, in July 2015, two learners from Denmark, Esther and Silas Ackermann, decided to take a gap year. And what better place to come to than Union High, where their cousins, Luke and Jenna McNaughton were at school. They figured that it would be less “scary” to come to an entirely different country if they knew at least some people.
In Esther’s words: “At first everything was very confusing, but the students at Union High helped us and made us feel welcome in no time. We have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what has been the best experience – climbing mountains, seeing elephants or swimming in the ocean. It is impossible to choose. The year itself, with all the wonderful people we have met and won’t ever forget, has been one of the best years of our lives. We wouldn’t exchange our Union experience for anything else.”
In July last year, Esther and Silas returned to Denmark to do their final year at school.
This year, in July, younger brother, Noah, has joined Union for his gap year. Esther commented: ”We are quite sure that the staff and learners at Union will take as good care of our “little” brother, Noah, as they did with us.”
Esther and Silas is currently on a visit at Union, to ensure that Noah is settled in, but also for Interschools, before they return to Denmark for that final year at school.



Three Union High School boys were selected to play tennis for the Karoo Tennis Team in a tournament held in Sun City this past weekend.

Brent Hesselink, Aron Erasmus and Kwande Mhlabeni were lucky enough to fly to Sun City for a full weekend of tennis. Their Karoo team was made up of 5 players, 4 from Graaff-Reneit and 1 from Somerset East.

They made it all the way to the finals of the tournament and came second overall.

Many thanks must go to Inalise Pienaar for putting the team together and accompanying them to Sun City.



Union High matrics that played their last rugby match om home-ground finished on a high note with their 24-21 victory over Gill College. Well done Ocean Wilma, Matthew Jones, Ross Stanley, Cowan Swartz, Wiegard Brummer and Cohen Pieterse, and thank you for your service to the school.



Kelsey Minnaar played her 100th cap for the Union High 1st Hockey Team on 17 April 2017. This plaque has been placed in the Derek Light Technical Area at the Union High Astroturf. She is the first Union High hockey player to achieve this feat. Congratulations, Kelsey.


SPORT RESULTS - 26 - 29 July

Wednesday, 26 July - Junior hockey vs Gill
1st Junior Team:  2 - 1
After a slightly uninspiring practice session on Monday, we were anxious to see how the girls would perform in their first match after the long break.  Any fears were dispelled as the team shifted straight into gear from the start whistle. Within the opening seconds of the game our girls had fired the first shot at goal, and although it was unsuccessful, this set the tone for the game. Union pounded the defense of Gill College with relentless pressure, but struggled to add the finishing touch and get the ball into the net. The girls' perseverance was eventually rewarded with two fantastic goals. A joint effort between Soso Mroro and Anna Pringle gave us an early lead, while Chloe Shires slotted home the second goal to put us ahead by 2. Gill College fought back with one well- deserved goal, but were unable to penetrate the Union defenses again and the game ended with the Union girls as 2 - 1 victors.
An outstanding performance given the time away. Well done to the entire team!

2nd Junior Team:  2 - 0

Thursday, 27 July - Junior rugby vs Gill
U/13A:  10 - 7
U/13B:  17 - 0
U/11A:  15 - 0
U/11B:  0 - 24

Friday, 28 July:  Senior hockey vs Collegiate

UHS 1st vs Collegiate 1st:  0 - 5
On the Friday evening, Union’s 1st hockey team had good preparation in the run-up to interschools, playing against Collegiate – one of the Top 5 hockey schools in the country. Union put up a good fight and had opportunities in the first half, but didn’t use them, and they were 1-0 down at half-time. Five minutes of complete loss of concentration at the start of the second half left the Union girls conceding two goals and eventually a 5-0 loss. The player of the match was goalie, Sima Desemela.
UHS U16/A vs Collegiate U/16A:  1 - 7
UHS U/16/B vs Collegiate U/14A:  0 - 10

Saturday, 27 July
Senior rugby & hockey vs Gill
1st XV:  24 - 21
The First team were involved in a nail-biting encounter with Gill College on Saturday. The effects of the three-week holiday were evident from the outset with us making far too many unforced errors, two of which led to tries for the opposition. We found ourselves 0-12 down after 10 minutes. Fortunately, we regrouped well as a team and showed a lot of character to claw our way back into the contest. Cowan Swartz and Luthando Skapu scored outstanding individual tries which kept us within reach at half-time. Gill stretched their lead to 10-18 before Ross Stanley crossed the line for our third try. After another Gill penalty, we were trailing 17-21 with just a couple minutes left in the game. We did incredibly well to work our way downfield and maintain possession in a high-pressure situation. With the final move of the game, Cohen Pieterse once again displayed his finishing abilities to score the match-winning try. Matt Harpur converted to bring the final score to 24-21.
The team must be commended on their never-say-die attitude and the way they kept composure under tremendous pressure. The support from the school definitely helped and is always much appreciated.

2nd Team:  29 - 5
U/16A:  8 - 3
U/15A:  17 - 0
U/14A:  33 - 5

1st Team:  12 - 1
On Saturday, the Union girls played against Gill College and they were ready to fix Friday’s mistakes, scoring 2 goals in the 1st 5 minutes. The girls played an outstanding brand of hockey. At the start of the second half, they fielded a team without matrics, and excelled to a 12-0 lead. Gill scored one goal, with the final result being 12-1. Players of the match were shared between Paige de la Harpe and Jenna McNaughton.

U/16A vs Gill 2nd Team:  7 - 0
3rd Team vs Gill 3rd Team:  4 - 0

Junior Sport vs Clarendon Park

1st team:  1 - 2
2nd team:  0 - 1
3rd team:  1 - 2
4th team:  0 - 5

U/13A:  19 - 27
U/13B:  0 - 7
U/11A:  0 - 40
U/11B:  5 - 46



It gives us great pleasure to announce the following achievements by Union High’s hockey players at the Inter-Provincial Tournaments held during the June holidays:  Micela Loock and Jenna McNaughton received silver medals for the Eastern Province Under 16A team, losing to Western Province in a shoot-out in the finals.
Kelsey Minnaar captained the Eastern Province Under 18A team to win gold at the IPT, and was also selected for the South African Under 18B team.

We praise these players for their hard work at the Inter-Provincial Tournaments; not only for them to represent Union High, but also to be recognised in our province as well as in the country. They are a great inspiration to the younger hockey players in our school.



The Union High School has long enjoyed a wonderful learner exchange programme with Salisbury Cathedral School, a 900 year-old school in Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, with its incomparable setting beneath the famous spire of Salisbury Cathedral. The school is one of the oldest educational establishments in the world, founded in 1091 by St Osmund, nephew of William the Conqueror and Bishop of Salisbury, to educate the choristers of his Cathedral at Old Sarum.

The schools' exchange programme provides a unique opportunity for some of our Grade 7 learners to take part in an exchange scheme. After having spent the second term of this year at Salisbury, we wish to welcome back Amber Binney, Corniel Vorster, Marli Brummer and Daniel Nell, who had the opportunity this year to take part in the Salisbury Exchange Programme.

At the same time it gives us great pleasure to announce the Grade 7 learners Union learners lucky to have been chosen to spend the second term of 2018 in Salisbury and who are thrilled about this once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity. Congratulations to Jemma Naude (daughter of Grant and Tamaryn Naude of Hanover), Anna Pringle (daughter of William and Catherine Pringle of Graaff-Reinet), Jude Langmead (son of David and Bronwen Langmead of Nieu-Bethesda) and Brent Hesselink (son of Martin and Kay Hesselink of Murraysburg).



Congratulations to the following Union High music students for achieving excellent results in the ABRSM grade 5 theory examinations. Jade Shires (left) and Phoebe-Sue Adonis (right) both gained 78% and Yu-Pei Rong (centre) an outstanding 98%!



Class of ’57 (60 years)    
Danie van Deemter:  083 400 2486 vandeemter@telkomsa.net
Class of ’62 (55 years)    
Robin Abbott:  083 975 2155 dabbott@telkomsa.net
Class of ’67 (50 years)    
Audrey Adam:   auds.adam@gmail.com
Pat Wallis:  082 976 0496 thewallishome@gmail.com
Class of ’72 (45 years)    
Jenni Rogers: 072 436 8690 hathersage@intekom.co.za
Class of ’77 (40 years)    
Lynne (Moore) Terblanche: 082 218 8268 lynne.ter@gmail.com
Class of ’82 (35 years)    
Haydn Potgieter: 082 445 7028 haydnpotgieter@yahoo.com
Class of ’87 (30 years)    
David McNaughton: 082 339 8646 karooconnections@intekom.co.za
Class 0f ’92 (25 years)    
Wayne Savage: 082 327 8557  dsavage@deloitte.co.za
Class of ’97 (20 years)    
Sarah Spence: 083 642 3731  
Douglas Weideman: 072 264 2996 douglas@ecodirect.co.za
Class of ’02 (15 years)    
Diane Murray (Stern): 082 929 3231 oudelandfarm@gmail.com
Class of ’07 (10 years)    
Warren Minnaar: 084 495 8236 warrenniell@gmail.com
Lynne Turner (Mugglestone):  076 983 1084 Lynne.Turner@investec.co.za
Class of ’12 (5 years)    
Laszlo Maya: 071 141 0050 lazmaya03@gmail.com

 30 JUNE - 3 JULY 2017 

Brought to you by College Motors

During the July school holidays, Union High School hosted another very successful Junior Rugby and Hockey Festival.

The 18th Annual Anne Beagley Junior Rugby and Hockey Festival was opened by Mrs Yvette Cloete (HOD) on the Union Puttick field on Saturday 1 July 2017. Twenty-nine rugby and hockey teams marched across the field, proudly displaying their school banners in a moving ceremony.

Teams from as far afield as Somerset West, Komga, Grahamstown, East London and Port Elizabeth, competed on both the rugby and hockey fields. Parents and friends were treated to displays of talent, skill and sportsmanship by many young sport stars of the future and an atmosphere of healthy competition and friendly rivalry prevailed.

Mrs Anne Beagley’s vision 18 years ago was to create an opportunity for brother and sister schools from cities, to come and experience a weekend of Karoo hospitality and friendship. This has certainly been achieved. Our visiting scholars enjoyed the fresh Karoo air and fun activities in a safe environment while their coaches and parents enjoyed the culinary expertise of a group of dedicated Union High School parents, as well as the hospitality of the Old Unionite Association.

We wish to once again thank our dedicated sponsors, College Motors, Hyundai, Caltex and Powerade for their contribution to the Union sports festivals. Without their support, a festival of this magnitude will surely not be possible.

Thank you also to all the rugby and hockey teams that have travelled far and wide to attend the Union Festival. Travel safely and we look forward to hosting you again in 2018!

The results are as follows:

Saturday, 1 July  
  Komga Junior vs Laer Volkskool 15 - 22
  Muir College vs Lilyfontein School 17 - 5
  Stirling Primary vs Grey Junior 17 - 15
  Hudson Park Primary vs Clarendon Park Primary 50 - 17
  De Hoop Primary vs Graeme College 17 - 12
  Gonubie Primary vs Westering Primary 12 - 15
  Union High School vs Summerwood Primary 19 - 26
Sunday, 2 July Results
  Clarendon Park Primary vs Komga Junior 33 - 10
  Gonubie Primary vs Summerwood Primary 24 - 12
  Lilyfontein School vs Grey Junior 12 - 32
  Muir College vs De Hoop Primary 5 - 17
  Hudson Park Primary vs Westering Primary 15 - 17
  Laer Volkskool vs Graeme College 5 - 19
  Union High School vs Stirling Primary 0 - 54
Monday, 3 July  
  De Hoop Primary vs Hudson Park Primary 30 - 10
  Grey Junior vs Gonubie Primary 12 - 0
  Graeme College vs Summerwood Primary 19 - 21
  Muir College vs Komga Junior 35 - 5
  Westering Primary vs Stirling Primary 0 - 38
  Laer Volkskool vs Clarendon Park Primary 15 - 10
  Union High School vs Lilyfontein School 48 - 7
Saturday, 1 July  
  Union High School vs De Hoop Primary 0 - 1
  Collegiate Junior vs Stirling Primary 2 - 1
  Erica Girls’ Primary vs Gonubie Primary 0 - 0
  Komga Junior vs Lorraine primary 0 - 1
  Lilyfontein School vs Laer Volkskool 0 - 3
  Summerwood Primary vs Victoria Primary 1 - 0
  Union High Invitation vs Westering Primary 0 - 5
  Clarendon Park Primary vs De Hoop Primary 0 - 0
  Union High School vs Gonubie Primary 3 - 0
  Collegiate Junior vs Komga Junior 1 - 0
  Erica Girls’ Primary vs Lilyfontein School 0 - 1
  Stirling Primary vs Westering Primary 0 - 1
  Clarendon Park Primary vs Victoria Primary 2 - 0
  Union High Invitation vs Summerwood Primary 0 - 1
  Laer Volkskool vs Lorraine Primary 2 - 2
Sunday, 2 July  
  Union High Invitation vs Clarendon Park Primary 0 - 3
  Westering Primary vs Laer Volkskool 5 - 1
  Collegiate Junior vs De Hoop Primary 0 - 1
  Union High School vs Komga Junior 3 - 0
  Stirling Primary vs Summerwood Primary 2 - 2
  Lilyfontein School vs Lorraine Primary 1 - 2
  Erica Girls’ Primary vs Victoria Primary 2 - 0
  Gonubie Primary vs Union High Invitation 2 - 0
  Clarendon Park Primary vs Laer Volkskool 2 - 0
  Westering Primary vs Komga Junior 7 - 0
  Collegiate Junior vs Summerwood Primary 0 - 0
  Stirling Primary vs Erica Girls’ Primary 1 - 0
  Union High School vs Lilyfontein School 2 - 0
  Gonubie Primary vs De Hoop Primary 0 - 0
  Lorraine Primary vs Victoria Primary 0 - 1
Monday, 3 July  
  Erica Girls’ Primary vs Laer Volkskool 2 - 1
  Komga Junior vs De Hoop Primary 0 - 3
   Lorraine Primary vs Gonubie Primary 0 - 0
  Clarendon Park Primary vs Collegiate Junior 0 - 1
  Lilyfontein School vs Summerwood Primary 0 - 0
  Victoria Primary vs Westering Primary 0 - 4
  Union High School vs Stirling Primary 2 - 0