UHS HOSTING 30TH FESTIVAL: 31 March -
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.
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.
RUGBY AND HOCKEY
Saturday 1 April
Monday 3 April
FIELD: UHS Puttick
Camps Bay vs Linkside
Rabie vs Winterberg
Cherries vs Swartland
Volkskool vs Pearson
Charlie Hofmeyr vs Grey Unicorns
Grey vs Stirling
Paarl Gim Daisies vs Grey Unicorns
Grey Cherries vs Grens
Gill vs Cambridge
Pearson vs Swartland
Volkskool vs Stirling
Union vs Charlie Hofmeyr
Muir vs Westering
Daisies vs Grens 2nd
vs Andrew Rabie
Saturday 1 April
Sunday 2 April
FIELD: UHS Astroturf
Brandwag vs Victoria Girls
Volkskool vs Paarl
Linkside vs Cambridge
Nico Malan vs Grens
Victoria Girls vs
Paarl Gim Inv. vs Union
Brandwag vs Union Inv.
Gill vs Cambridge
Westering vs Paarl Gim Inv.
Malan vs Union
Stirling vs Settlers
Grens vs Linkside
vs Union Inv.
Nico Malan vs
Framesby vs Volkskool
Union vs Settlers
Westering vs Grens
Monday 3 April
FIELD: UHS Astroturf
Nico Malan vs Paarl Gim Inv.
Settlers vs Cambridge
Union Inv. vs
Framesby vs Gill
Grens vs Volkskool
UHS HOSTING SPAR HOCKEY CHALLENGE
HYUNDAI SPONSORS UHS 1st RUGBY & HOCKEY
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.
1st XV RUGBY VS NICO MALAN - GRAEME DAY
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
1st XI HOCKEY: GREG BELING FESTIVAL
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.
JUNIOR 1ST HOCKEY: COLLEGIATE FESTIVAL
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
(East London): drew 0 - 0
Hurd: lost 3-0
William’s Town): drew 0 - 0
UHS FIRST AIDERS READY FOR FESTIVAL
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.
LOYAL ECO CLUB MEMBERS REWARDED
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.
TOP 8 GALA
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
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
Mack Rubidge – Bronze for 50m Freestyle
Ben Kroon – Silver for 50m Backstroke
Russel – Gold for 50m Breaststroke
Paige de la Harpe –
Gold for 50m Breaststroke, Backstroke and
Gerrit Brink – Gold for 50m
Breaststroke, with Bronze for both 50m
Butterfly and 50m Freestyle.
Vorster – Gold for both 50m Backstroke and
Freestyle, and Silver for both 50m
Breaststroke and Butterfly.
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.
RUGBY RESULTS - SATURDAY, 18 MARCH
Senior rugby vs St
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
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
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.
1st XV: 10 - 66
lost 57 - 0
U/16A lost 72 - 3
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.
GREAT START TO THE SEASON FOR UHS
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.
to all the teams and thank you to the whole
school for the support.
U/14A: UHS won 49-15
UHS won 10-7
U/16A: UHS won 62-7
2nd Team: UHS won 27-23
UHS won 38-8
MOONWALK - NIEU BETHESDA
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.
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
5km walk/run: 1st Pieter
Fourie, 2nd Jako Steynberg; 3rd Bernard
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
ANNUAL SCHOOL PRODUCTION
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.
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
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
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.
RUGBY & HOCKEY CAPTAINS FOR 2017
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.
UHS CRICKET STARS
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)
Aron Erasmus (U13).
CRICKET RESULTS: U/13'S BEAT HVS
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.
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.
BIATHLETES ON THEIR WAY TO NATIONALS
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
UHS CENTENARY LOGO
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.
High badge may be used in your design. The
closing date for all entries is 30 June
Entries may be sent to Vanessa
Harpur in our Public Relations Office at
firstname.lastname@example.org. For any
questions or queries, please contact Mrs
Harpur on 049 891 0262.
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.
boys and girls excel at Clover Tournament in
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
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
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
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.
1sS Union - 327
2nd Gill - 319
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.
JUNIOR CRICKET VS GILL COLLEGE
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.
SAVE THE DATE: FULL MOON WALK
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
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!