UHS HOSTING 30TH FESTIVAL:  31 March - 3 April  

It is always a privilege to be able to host an event of this nature and to extend a warm welcome to all our guest schools, parents and supporters who are attending our 30th Senior Rugby and Hockey Festival.

The generous sponsorship from Caltex and College Motors, Hyundai Graaff-Reinet, Graaff-Reinet Supa Quick and Spur Steak Ranches has afforded the Union High School, and all involved, this wonderful opportunity in sport, and for this we wish to thank Mr Pierre le Grange, Mr Dawie Putter and Mr Andrew Cherrington most sincerely for supporting this highlight of the winter season. We take pride in our association with these companies.



  Saturday 1 April   Monday 3 April
Time  FIELD: UHS Puttick Time  FIELD: UHS Puttick
Camps Bay vs Linkside
Andrew Rabie vs Winterberg
Grey Cherries vs Swartland
Gill vs Grens
Volkskool vs Pearson
Charlie Hofmeyr vs Grey Unicorns
Grey vs Stirling
Union vs Cambridge
Paarl Gim Daisies vs Grey Unicorns
Grey Cherries vs Grens
Grey vs Muir
Gill vs Cambridge
Pearson vs Swartland
Westering vs Camps Bay
Volkskool vs Stirling
Union vs Charlie Hofmeyr
  FIELD: Botanics   FIELD: Botanics
Muir vs Westering
Paarl Gim Daisies vs Grens 2nd
Grens 2nd vs Andrew Rabie
Winterberg vs Linkside

  Saturday 1 April   Sunday 2 April
Time FIELD: UHS Astroturf Time FIELD: UHS Astroturf
Brandwag vs Victoria Girls
Gill vs Stirling
Volkskool vs Paarl Gim Inv.
Linkside vs Cambridge
Nico Malan vs Grens
Westering vs Settlers
Victoria Girls vs Framesby
Paarl Gim Inv. vs Union
Brandwag vs Union Inv.
Stirling vs Volkskool
Gill vs Cambridge
Westering vs Paarl Gim Inv.
Nico Malan vs Union
Framesby vs Cambridge
Stirling vs Settlers
Grens vs Linkside
Victoria Girls vs Union Inv.
Nico Malan vs Brandwag
Framesby vs Volkskool
Union vs Settlers
Linkside vs Gill
Westering vs Grens
  Monday 3 April    
Time FIELD: UHS Astroturf    
Nico Malan vs Paarl Gim Inv.
Settlers vs Cambridge
Linkside vs Victoria Girls
Union Inv. vs Westering
Framesby vs Gill
Grens vs Volkskool
Brandwag vs Union





Union High wishes to once again thank Hyundai Graaff-Reinet for their generous sponsorship of the 1st XV rugby and the 1st XI hockey clothing.



The first rugby team travelled to Grahamstown this weekend to play against Nico Malan at the Graeme College Rugby Day. Union went down 18-50. Ikhona Koeberg and Matt Harpur scored our tries.
Despite another heavy loss there were improvement and new players gained valuable experience at first team level. We look forward to being back on our home turf for our fixtures during the 30th Annual Senior Rugby festival next weekend. We are eager and excited to put in two good performances.



Union’s 1st XI hockey girls took part in the Greg Beling Festival this past weekend.

On Friday they played their first match against Stirling High School, which saw Union dominate with 45 circle entries, against Stirling’s 10. But Union’s failure to use their opportunities left the game at 0 - 0.

On Saturday they played two matches. The first was against Kingsridge, which saw the girls use their opportunities much better, scoring three goals. But they were complacent, allowing the opposition to score two goals. Union won the match 3 - 2. Three hours later Union played a top ten school, Clarendon, scoring first and leading up to the last 10 minutes, when they conceded a penalty stroke and a last minute penalty corner, which left them devastated to lose 2-1.
Sunday was the true test – to take the number 1 ranked team in the country, Oranje Meisieskool. A lot of people didn’t give Union a chance, but little did they know. Union put on a fine performance, leaving Oranje girls running like never before, as Oranje girls were asking their coach to come off the field, as they were tired going into half-time. Union were down 2-1, conceding another penalty stroke at the end of the game. Union lost the match 5-1, leaving us with a great amount of respect from other schools all over the country.

We would like to thank Mrs Gamiet for looking after our girls, as well as the parents who supported. Thank you also for all the good luck messages that were sent to the girls. They were 14 amazing ambassadors as there is no challenge too big for them.
To the girls – thank you for everything that you represent in our school.



The first junior hockey squad travelled to Port Elizabeth this weekend to participate in the Collegiate Junior Festival.
The team is a young group of girls who (as it is very early in the season) have not had much time to practice or play together as a team. After every match on Saturday, we could see them gaining from the experience of the festival and we are sure they will develop as a team during the season.
Collegiate A:  lost 4 - 0
Calendon (East London):  drew 0 - 0
Herbert Hurd:  lost 3-0
Kingsridge (King William’s Town):  drew 0 - 0



It will always be seen as a thankless job, but Union High wishes to thank their First Aiders for being available at every rugby and hockey fixture during the season, as well as weekly training sessions. These girls are highly trained, and offer up their free time to be of service to their school. With the 30th Annual Senior Rugby and Hockey Festival taking place from the 1st to the 3rd of April, they are once again ready with their ice packs, plasters, bandages and above all, expertise, to attend to any injury that might occur.
Thank you for looking after our rugby and hockey players. It gives us great peace of mind to know that help is always at hand.



Some of Union High's Eco Club members were rewarded with an outing to Asante Sana Private Game Reserve last Friday and Saturday. Kitty Viljoen showed the children around her organic food tunnels where she cultivates herbs, cucumbers, raspberries and much more. On Friday evening wild animals grazed peacefully close by as the group enjoyed braaing and watching the sunset. Soon after that load-shedding kicked in and out came the solar lamps.  Dinner was enjoyed by the gentle light of solar lamps around a large farmhouse kitchen table. That night the kids watched the moon rise over the mountain, lighting up the night sky. After that everyone slept soundly until they were woken up by the dawn birdsong. Denis was the group's guide for the morning and took us on a long and interesting game drive, teaching us about animal dung and tracks, different ecosystems and vegetation, and many different animals: some big, some small, some land creatures and some air creatures. The group was also privileged to watch a 12-seater plane land on the airstrip and do some direction calculations.There was time to relax and soak up the beautiful enviroment before heading back to school. These eco warriors had a very good attendance record this term and as a reward thereof enjoyed two fantastic days in this natural and wild paradise.


A group of 11 Union High swimmers participated in the Top 8 Invitational Gala on Saturday 18 March, which pits the top swimmers of schools in the province against each other.  The Union swimmers who were invited to take part were: 
Hannah Bodenstein;  Kendall Krige;  Jade Shires;  Kelly Chester;  Mack Rubidge;  Ben Kroon;  Candice Russel;  Jenna Harvey;  Gerrit Brink;  Paige de la Harpe;  Johan Vorster.

Congratulations to the following swimmers on their medal wins:
Girls 14 Years
Jade Shires – Gold for 50m Backstroke and Bronze for 50m Freestyle
Kelly Chester – Silver for 50m Breaststroke and Silver for 50m Freestyle
Boys U15/16
Mack Rubidge – Bronze for 50m Freestyle
Ben Kroon – Silver for 50m Backstroke
Girls U15/16
Candice Russel – Gold for 50m Breaststroke
Paige de la Harpe – Gold for 50m Breaststroke, Backstroke and Freestyle.
Gerrit Brink – Gold for 50m Breaststroke, with Bronze for both 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle.
Johan Vorster – Gold for both 50m Backstroke and Freestyle, and Silver for both 50m Breaststroke and Butterfly.

Union High School won 17 medals in total and therefore the “Best Performance” Trophy of the whole event.  Johan Vorster also won the Victor Ludorum trophy.  Union gave a brilliant performance, and the swimmers were well rewarded for all their hard work during the season.



Senior rugby vs St Andrews College
The Union 1st XV played against St Andrews College on Saturday in what was expected to be a huge challenge for them. Union were certainly underdogs but relished the opportunity to test themselves against an all-boys school with a rich rugby tradition. Having to travel to Grahamstown and being only their second match of the season, it turned out to be a tough ask of our boys.
In typical Union style, they threw all that they had at their opponents and played for the full 70 minutes. Union dominated possession, but just could not convert pressure into points. Rather, it seemed like every time they were on the brink of scoring, St Andrews would turn over possession and score at the other end of the field. The physical disadvantage took its toll on us in the second half and this allowed the opponents to score soft tries towards the end of the match. The final score was 10-66. Terrance Siyaya scored our only try.
Although a heavy defeat is never an easy pill to swallow, the Union boys have learnt heaps and gained invaluable experience from playing against a quality side. This will stand them in good stead as the season progresses.
Rugby Results
1st XV:  10 - 66
2nd Team lost 57 - 0
U/16A lost 72 - 3
U/15A lost 55 - 0
U/14A lost 34 - 3


A group of High School boys, Mr Kingwill and Ms Street learn about worm farming and its benefits with John Westcott.



The 1st XV got off to a great start  on Saturday, beating St Andrews 38-8. After a nervy opening few minutes, we seemed to settle and began executing our plans. With 10 debutants in the team, a few nerves were to be expected but the manner in which we composed ourselves and never let the opponents into the game was very pleasing. Our discipline let us down at times and this is something we will have to eradicate before our next fixture. We showed maturity for this early stage and showed glimpses of what we are capable of. Tries were scored by Olwethu Ncgai, Daliwonga Mathiale, Cowan Swartz, Cohen Pieterse and Ocean Wilma.

The forwards man of the match goes to Matthew Broeksma for his tremendous work ethic and commitment in the tight. Amongst some very good performances by the backs, Cowan Swartz was outstanding, and gets the nod for backline man of the match.

Despite all the positives, we are aware that there is still a lot of work to be done and huge room for improvement. This week will be a different challenge but one which we are looking forward to.

Congratulations to all the teams and thank you to the whole school for the support.

U/14A:  UHS won 49-15
U/15A:  UHS won 10-7
U/16A:  UHS won 62-7
2nd Team:  UHS won 27-23
1st XV:  UHS won 38-8



The second Moonwalk in Nieu-Bethesda took place last Saturday and drew a crowd of 300 enthusiastic people who came to relish in the magical moonlight in this picturesque village. The grade 11 fundraising team from Union High was touched by the overwhelming response from the community, many of whom had to drive a fair distance to get there. The Nieu-Bethesda Sports Club provided the base from where the 12km event began and by 6pm carloads of people had arrived to be debriefed by the organisers.

Union High marshals ensured that no one got lost and enthusiastically encouraged walkers and runners as they passed by. This year the route started off in the forest along the sloot to the West of the village – a beautiful experience for many as they walked through the late light of dusk. Dogs gambolled along the 250 participants, children tripled along, team mates sang, and everyone found their stride. While the 5km walkers turned at ‘Sam’s Drift’ and headed homewards through the pear avenue, the 12km walkers and runners were marshalled up the steep pass towards Riverdene farm. The moon was rose behind the Karoo koptjies as they strode past ‘Mariette se bankie’ and up towards the turnaround point at the grid at the top of the pass. The moon was magical and bright and many people chose to switch off their head-torches to fully appreciate the natural light that it offered on an evening that was perfectly mild and still. It is a privilege that Karoo people have the opportunity to be able to walk in an untouched, pristine environment such as this. The organisers are very grateful to the local police force who ensured the safely of participants on the route.

While everyone was out on the course, an efficient team of Union grade 11’s and their parents prepared supper – delicious roosterkoek made by Caroline Swartz and pure beef patties from Kamdeboo Supermeats made for hearty burgers that everyone enjoyed. A festive evening then ensued and no one was in a rush to leave.

Token prizes were awarded to the following:
12km run: 1st, Stefan Steynberg, 2nd Lotter van Niekerk, 3rd Elize Steynberg.
12km walk: 1st Kwande Mhlabeni, 2nd Hernus Stols, 3rd Jude Langmead.
5km walk/run: 1st Pieter Fourie, 2nd Jako Steynberg; 3rd Bernard Louw.
True teamwork, the generosity of the Nieu-Bethesda Sports Club, community spirit, good weather and the natural beauty of Nieu-Bethesda made for a successful evening out that many people will not forget!



The well-loved story of the ants who worked through the summer collecting food while the grasshoppers were lazy, was brought to life this past week as Union High School’s Junior Department presented their biannual Musical. Seven weeks of hard work culminated in a delightful presentation of Disney’s adaption of this Fable. The cast of 146 children never left the hall during the 2 hour show, which provided an interactive platform for the show to be performed, often making the audience feel part of the scenes. The hall and stage was vibrant with music, movement and enthusiasm, resulting in a production in which fun and enjoyment by both cast and audience was the theme that ran throughout.

The production was competently led by Rachel Houseman as the narrator. The grade 5 and 6 learners were cast as ants, and the natural busy activity of this age lent a natural feel to their acting. The grade 7 learners also took easily to the characters of the mean grasshoppers and bugs. Because of the large number of characters in the story, a large number of the children had the chance to perform important roles, all of whom handled their parts with understanding and maturity.

The main character, Flik, was convincingly played by Ruzhe Hendricks, who tackled his role enthusiastically, cleverly grasping all aspects of Flik’s character. Another noteworthy performance came from Reagoboka Malope who played the villain, Hopper, with skill. The sweet voice of Princess Atta, played by Amber Binney as well as the voice of Barbara McNaughton who led a couple of the songs, showed much talent. The part of Princess Dot showcased the natural acting and singing talent of Brigette Oelofsen and the Queen and Ant Councilors were well cast. The eccentric collection of Circus Bugs were well depicted by their actors and actresses, although, in the end, the show was stolen by Junior Kedamile and Cassidy Goliad who provided a lot of the comic element with their antics as the Circus characters Tuck and Roll.

Another highlight of the show was ‘The Cup Song’ where 30 children accompanied the song with a rhythmic sequence of synchronized clapping and cup noises while depicting the building of a fake bird to scare off the grasshoppers.

Directed by Mrs Putter, the running of the show involved all the teachers of the Junior Department as well as a technical crew of learners from the High School. Most of the props, including eighty ‘seeds’, were made by the school’s Art Club facilitated and helped by Mrs Rose-Innes. Mrs Janet Kingwill once again gave of her time and experience to paint the backdrop and some of the other artwork.
Well done to the staff and children of Union High for another excellent production.



Congratulations to Ross Stanley and Kelsey Minnaar, who have been selected as captains of Union High’s 1st Rugby and Hockey teams for the 2017 winter season.



Congratulations to the following Union cricket players for each taking at least 5 wickets in a match during the cricket season: Brett Amsterdam (U15), Matt Harpur (1st XI), Terrance Siyaya
(1st XI), Waylon du Plessis (1st XI)
and Aron Erasmus (U13).



In the final T20 match of the season between Union and Volkskool last Wednesday, the Union Under 13A team put together an outstanding performance to beat Laer Volkskool by 9 wickets.

Volkskool won the toss and elected to bat first. At 56 for 3 after 10 overs Volkskool was in a dominant position. Some accurate bowling after the drinks break brought Union back into the game and bowled Vokskool out for 79 runs. Hlaki Skepe took 3 wickets for 20 runs and Daniel Nell 2 for 17. Aron Erasmus and Kwande Mhlabeni took one wicket each. Ruhze Hendriks bowled brilliantly at the death, conceding just 1 run in 2 overs.

Union batted exceptionally well to reach the target in the 17th over, with only one wicket down. Siphiso Arnols (34) and Aron Erasmus (21) made a 72 runs partnership to get Union over the line.



We wish to congratulate Union bi-athletes, Gerrit Brink, Candice Russell and Cameron Muir, who have been selected to represent Eastern Province at the South African Biathlon Championships, taking place in Paarl during the March school holidays. These three Union bi-athletes have had a wonderful season to date, and we wish them everything of the best for this final hurdle.



Union High will be celebrating its 100th year in 2019. With this in mind, the School has decided to launch a competition to allow those who wish to participate the opportunity to design the Centenary Logo.
We invite all UHS learners, parents and Old Unionites to get their creative juices flowing and take part in the competition by designing the Union High Centenary Logo. This logo will be used on all branding for the whole year, i.e. stationery, advertising, branding on cars and buses, flags, umbrellas and all other memorabilia available during that year.
The Union High badge may be used in your design. The closing date for all entries is 30 June 2017.
Entries may be sent to Vanessa Harpur in our Public Relations Office at uhsmarketing@unionschools.co.za. For any questions or queries, please contact Mrs Harpur on 049 891 0262.



Last week the 1st Senior Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis teams played against Gill College in a school fixture. The girls won by 47 games to 34 and the boys by 54 games to 27.

Union’s senior boys and girls excel at Clover Tournament in Bloemfontein
The Top 8 senior boys and girls traveled to Bloemfontein over the weekend to compete in the Clover tournament. The girls’1st team of 4 players came 2nd in their section of 8 schools and playing off for 3rd position, were beaten by a very strong Oranje Meisies Hoërskool team to end a very creditable 4th out of 16 schools. The 2nd girls’team finished 7th in the 2nd teams’ tournament.

The boys’ 1st team of 4 players, began to reach their full potential over the last 2 weeks. They too ended 2nd in their section of 8 schools and won their play- off match against Grens Hoërskool to finish 3rd out of 16 schools. Ocean Wilma played exceptional tennis at number 1, losing only 1 singles match. Wiegard Brummer’s flawless doubles play must also be commended. The boys’ 2nd team finished 3rd in their section and 5th overall.  All our tennis players did Union High proud both on and off the court.



Our thanks to the Wilma family for the sponsorship of tennis clothes for our Boys 1st team.



The annual Karoo Interschools Gala was held in the Hoer Volkskool swimming pool on 2 March. In events ranging from U/9 through to our Open swimmers, 104 events in total, our Union swimmers made a difference by seeing that the Union lanes were filled where ever possible.
There were EP officials seeing that all strokes and relays were swum correctly. Unfortunately a few Union swimmers were disqualified and hopefully have learnt a lesson.
In the Primary Section, U/9 to U/14, Union were in the lead at the end of the first page of results but then were trailing until the last U/14 relays where our Girls U/14 A & B Freestyle teams came first and second and the Boys A team came first in a very close race! Participation in many events made the difference for Union.
Primary Section:
1sS Union - 327
2nd Gill - 319
3rd LVS - 280
4th Cradock Primary - 157
5th Yellowwoods Primary
Senior Section is divided separately into Girls and Boys. We won both these sections. Detailed results will be available later.



The Under 13 boys also played a Pro 20 match, won the toss and elected to bat first. A food team effort enabled us to score 111 for 9. Hlaki Skepe top scored with 20, Aron Erasmys and Ruhze Kendriks each scored 14, and Kwande Mhlabeni 10.

Union was outstanding with the ball and superb in the field, restricting Gill to 46 all out in the 13th over. Aron Erasmus again bowled an incredible spell, taking 5 wickets for 4 runs in 3.4 overs. Hlaki Skepe, Daniel Nell, Kwande Mhlabeni and Matthew Basson each to one wicket.  Union won the match by 65 runs.


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!