Union High School vs Winterberg Agricultural High School
Team Time Field    
1st XV 13:20 Puttick    
2nd 12:10 Puttick    
U/16 11:00 Puttick    
U/15 10:00 Puttick    
U/14 09:00 Puttick    
Team Time Field    
UHS u/16B vs WAHS 1st Team 09:00 UHS Astro    



UHS vs Cradock
Union’s first team put together a much improved performance to beat Cradock 47-8. After a slow start Union went into halftime with a 19-8 lead. Playing against the wind in the second half seemed to assist the team’s ball-in-hand approach and they ran in a further 4 tries. The pleasing aspect was the fact that the Union boys managed to maintain possession and go through several phases to create space and numbers on attack. The fact that the majority of the 7 tries were scored around the outside of the Cradock defensive line was testimony of the fact that the team played with width and gave the ball air. It was also evidence of some good decision-making by backs and forwards alike. Tries were scored by Cowan Swartz, Thando Haarmans, Terrence Siyaya, Cohen Pieterse, Matthew Broeksma and Ross Stanley (x2). Matt Harpur had a good day with the boot, converting 6 out of 7 attempts. Congratulations to Cameron Muir on earning his first cap off the bench.

2nd Team:  40 - 5
U/16:  39 - 12
U/14:  24 - 12

On Saturday, after a week’s break, Union’s 1st hockey team stamped their authority early in their match against Cradock, with the girls scoring their first goal in the first 23 seconds. The Union girls showed great respect for the game by not celebrating goals, but jogging back into position and be ready to mount an onslaught on the Cradock goal.
Union simply outclassed Cradock, not only with their skill set, but also with tactical awareness. They need be praised for the way they kept their structure, which inevitably made the game look easier than what it was. We thank the girls for celebrating their win with the utmost respect for the opposition. The whole team deserves to be Player of the Match. The game ended 10 minutes early, with Union winning 11 – 0.
UHS 2nd Team vs Cradock 3rd Team:  10 - 0
UHS U/16A vs Cradock 2nd Team:  12 - 0

50 Caps for the 1st Team!

Congratulations to Anje Oelofsen, Henze Jaftha and Candice Russell for achieving their 50th caps for the 1st hockey team during their match against Cradock this past weekend.



Union High staff and learners were treated to the wonderful and heartfelt testimony and music of Andre de Villiers during Assembly this morning. Speaking from the heart, Mr de Villiers held the attention of learners through his stories about his past, his precious family, his trials and successes in his music career and his walk with God.

De Villiers is a very gifted singer and songwriter. His songs have a genuine message to them and he sings them with a real anointing. He certainly has a great touch with his audience and relates well to high school learners.

Amongst others, he sang his famous "Memories" song, which ended in a standing ovation from the audience.

Andre will be performing at The Assembly of God Church on Sunday morning and at the NG Grootkerk at 5pm on Sunday afternoon. Do not miss a performance of this outstanding man of God.



The Art Club visited the studio of Photographer Jac Grobbelaar on Thursday, 18 May. We learned about the importance of of symmetry and perspective when taking photographs.
After a very informative lecture we had the opportunity to crit photo's that we took using the knowledge we gained. We are looking forward to our next visit to Jac Grobbelaar when he will share with us the Art of Framing.

We headed for the mountains for a visit to a farm studio where Mr Rose-Innes showed us the magic of wood turning on a lathe. He took a rectangular block of wood and transformed it into a beautiful wooden chalice right in front of our eyes.

Then James Rose-Innes mesmerised all with his skills of creating beautiful glass beads using a gas flame and coloured glass rods.

There was ample opportunity for taking photographs, and the learners put the knowledge they gained at our previous outing to the test.

It was a lovely outing and we thank the Waddelows for the sweet breakfast treats.



The Mintek quiz was held on Thursday, 18 May in Port Elizabeth. Three of our top Mathematics and Physical Science Grade 12 Learners, (left to right) Anje Oelofsen, Kerrin Kingwill and Amy Chaplin represented Union High School at this annual event, participating in the Gold Section.

The first round consisted of a written section where each learner completed a test individually. Based on a schools combined marks 5 teams were chosen to go through to the oral quiz section held in the afternoon where teams competed with each other on stage.

Our team did themselves proud in the written section, coming out top in the Gold section, and were chosen to compete in the afternoon quiz event. Here they faced some very challenging questions and were very unlucky to just miss out on third place.

Special congratulations must go to Kerrin Kingwill who was only one of five learners in the entire event to obtain a certificate for excellence in the written quiz. She obtained an astounding 98 % which saw her being placed amongst the top two learners and she was awarded Top Learner in the Gold Section. Kerrin was chosen to represent the Eastern Cape Team for the National Minquiz event in July.



Girls u/11 (3 km)
1. Caytah-Leigh Koeberg 18:59
2. Princess Mcinga 25:02
3. Sisipho de Vos 27:22

Boys u/11 (3 km)
1. Camran Swartz 15:02
2. Dylan Kivedo 18:00
3. Peter Michaels 20:59

Girls u/13 (4 km)
1. Brigette Oelofsen 22:50
2. Drew Dobinson 25:02
3. Sonwabise Mroro 27:22

Boys u/13 (4 km)
1. Siyamthanda Badiwe 19:46
2. Ruzhe Hendricks 21:13
3. Laythan Carelse 21:44

Girls u/15 (4 km)
1. Busisiwe Chimaliro 22:40:00
2. Marche Green 22:53:15
3. Vuyolwethu Booysen 23:35:10

Boys u/15 (6 km)
1. Matthew Carelse 29:22:25
2. Joshua Calitz 30:00:22
3. Hlumisa Kalipa 31:52:11

Girls Open (4 km)
1. Rebecca Langmead 19:14:01
2. Micela Loock 20:59:10
3. Candice Russell 20:59:19

Boys Open (8 km)
1. Cameron Muir 35:44:14
2. Matt Harpur 36:49:19
3. Cowan Swartz 38:08:22



20 May 2017
The U13 rugby team has had a difficult start to their rugby season, losing their first three matches against Muir, Westering and Karel Theron. The leading causes were a lack of fitness, tackling and just plain simple mistakes. This did not deter the boys at all for their match against Kingswood this past weekend. Instead they practised extra hard, concentrating on the finer details, and sometimes training four sessions a week.
This past weekend they out-competed Kingswood in fitness, skill and determination. With each try their confidence grew, ending the match early and finishing off with a score of 48 – 0. The coach was extremely proud of them and hope they wil realise their potential and start believing in themselves. The goal now is to focus on the week ahead, where they will be facing tougher opposition on Saturday against Cradock.  Try scorers were Likhona Finca, Sisipho Arnols, Siyamthanda Badiwe, Ruzhe Hendricks, Wade Edwards , Phawu Gaza. Conversions were by Sisipho Arnols
Other Results:
U9A lost 5-24
U11A drew 0-0
U11B lost 5-47
U13A won 48-0
U13B won 17-15

1st Juniors
The 1st juniors played entertaining hockey in this home fixture against Kingswood and came away with a deserving 2 – 0 victory. The Union girls played superior hockey throughout and maintained possession for a large percentage of the game. Some beautiful individual and team efforts made this a thrilling game to watch and both goals were as a result of great determination in the circle. Well done to Alison Kroon and Anna Pringle for managing to convert their opportunities into two lively goals.  Special mention must be made to Chloe Shires who controlled the mid-field and set up some fantastic plays for her team mates. Congratulations to the whole team on a mature and consistent performance that was pleasing to watch.

2nd Juniors
The 2nd junior team amazed with some wonderful hockey in their home game against Kingswood. The Union girls dominated play throughout and played beautifully as a team. It was especially encouraging to see the girls putting in some of their practiced pieces successfully into play, and they came away with an incredible 6 goals to show for their efforts.  Great commitment and opportunism on attack were rewarded in the form of one goal for Sadé May, two goals for Sesethu Kotishini and three goals for Drew Dobinson. Well done to the whole team for a superb effort.

We are exceptionally proud of both teams. They stayed hungry for the win and pushed themselves to the very end.
Other Results:
UHS Jnr 4th vs KC U11B won 4-0
UHS Jnr 3rd vs KC U11A lost 0-2
UHS Jnr 2nd vs KC U13B won 6-0
UHS Jnr 1st vs KC U13A won 2-0



Every school’s Matric Farewell is a traditional rite of passage where Matriculants celebrate the end of a 12 year journey and anticipate their transition into adulthood. It is an evening that is regarded with much reverence and is remembered fondly as they enter into their lives as young adults. Union’s celebration took place last Friday evening, and what a beautiful evening of sophistication, elegance, and a celebration of beauty and joy it proved to be!

The weather was perfect as the cavalcade of both exotic and charming vehicles slowly made their way up to the Panorama – the perfect venue for such an event. As the sun set over Spandau and the lights of Graaff-Reinet twinkled below them, the 2017 Matrics made their way proudly down the red carpet much to the delight of the well contained crowd who came to watch and cheer their arrival. The young women ALL looked astounding. Their dresses were stylish, classy and elegant – with vibrant red being a popular choice. Clean lines and long hemlines were the order of the day – pure and exquisite beauty seemed to shine from within each and every girl. The gentlemen did not disappoint either! They were trendy and snappy with suits of navy blue and aubergine, and interesting hats and shoes to boot! Hairstyles were well thought out and beautifully executed. It was wonderful to witness these young men and women taking a confident stride onto the cusp of adulthood.

On entering the building, guests were whisked up a stairway through flocks of more than 2000 origami birds that had been lovingly folded into form by the enthusiastic grade 11 class who made the whole event possible. The origami bird is significant in Japanese culture. Traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, wishes would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. The Matrics entered the venue enveloped in hope, healing and good wishes! Upstairs, a collection of suspended clouds lit from within, reflected forever in the glass over the beautiful town below.

Head girl, Timony Miller reflects, “The thousand hanging paper birds, the gently illuminated cotton clouds, the perfectly-captured atmosphere of serenity – all came to settle in a soft place within my heart until the tears glistened in my eyes. The effort was absolutely amazing, and the night itself was beyond special. I’ve said it countless times: it was really Heaven on Earth.”

A photo-booth of dramatic wings turned the already beautiful into real angels, and much fun was had by all as they posed with friends, as a record of the magical evening. The view of Graaff-Reinet is breath-taking and became an appropriate part of the décor. Once everyone had arrived and mingled, they were welcomed and invited to take the stairs ‘down to earth’ where a dramatic contrast awaited them. Union’s Head boy, Ross Stanley said, “I never thought it could, but even coming down to Earth took my breath away! We enjoyed a three course meal in Paris, Rio, Bangkok and many other locations from around the World. The company fitted the theme as they all could have passed as Angels!”

After dinner and moving, relevant speeches, the grade 11’s performed a cutting edge dance. Well- rehearsed, opening waltzes pre-empted everyone dancing the night away in the little piece of escapist Heaven that they were transported to that evening.

This Matric farewell reflected the passion and teamwork of so many. A dedicated group of grade 11’s who worked tirelessly fundraising over the year and who executed their ambitious project with excellence – gleaning valuable life-skills along the way ; the team at the Panorama who were accommodating, helpful and professional; so many businesses in Graaff-Reinet that gave so generously in so many ways; the Beyers Naude Municipality who cleaned for days around the venue, even sweeping the streets – and most importantly – the Matric class of 2017 who, with their outlook and attitude, made this evening truly one of sophistication and grace.



Congratulations to Jenna McNaughton and Micela Loock on their selection for the Eastern Province Under 16A Team.

Congratulations also to Union hockey girls, Henze Jaftha (Under 18B) and Kelsey Minnaar (Under 18A) on their selection for the Eastern Province Team.



UHS vs Kingswood - Saturday, 13 May
1st XI:  15 - 36
The First Team match against Kingswood was a game of “could have’s”. We started poorly, allowing Kingswood to take a 19-point lead in the first 20 minutes. In the last 10 minutes before half-time, we managed to string together a couple of phases which led to Michael Krige scoring in the right-hand corner. This swung momentum in our favour and we came out firing after the break. We scored two excellent tries, through Iviwe Ndamane and Cowan Swartz, after displaying urgency to retain possession and good appreciation of where the space was.
Unfortunately, we made basic errors on attack and some poor decision-making presented Kingswood with field position and try-scoring opportunities. They capitalised on these chances and added a further 3 tries to their 3 in the first half.
We were disappointed with the final score of 15-36 because we realised that if we had reduced our mistakes and taken the easy options when under pressure, we might have been in with a shout at victory. It was not to be and we acknowledge that Kingswood were more clinical and accurate which made the difference at the end of the game.

2nd Team:  0 - 47
3rd Team:  5 - 31
U/16A:  7 - 55
U/15A:  16 - 36
U/15B:  24 - 12
U/14A:  0 - 56

1st Team:  0 - 1
On Saturday Union played Kingswood. After the heroic efforts of the previous night, the girls were flat to start off with and conceded early. Showing there fighting spirit once again, the girls carved Kingswood’s defence open on multiple occasions. Unfortunately their finishing let them down and they lost 1-0.

2nd Team:  1 - 1
U/16A:  3 - 3
U/16B:  0 - 0
3rd Team:  1 - 4

UHS Hockey vs DSG - Friday, 12 May
1st Team:  2 - 2
On Friday Evening Union played against DSG in front of a packed house. DSG came out firing, putting the Union girls under tremendous pressure and scoring 2 goals in the first half. The Union team showed enormous courage and tenacity and fought till the end, scoring the equalizer with only five seconds to spare, to which was arguably their best performance of the season .The game ended in a 2-2 draw.
2ndTeam:  0 - 6
U/16A:  0 - 5
U/16B:  0 - 4
3rd Team:  0 - 9



Union was invited to a friendly chess match against Gill Primary on Wednesday afternoon, 10 May. Due to our hockey girls' commitments somewhere else, we had to draw heavily on our third and fourth teams to fill the gaps. Union did not do as well as they hoped, but every match was an opportunity to learn.
Well done to Cassidy Goliad, who won all three his matches. Dylan Petitt also played well by drawing two matches and winning one.
We hope to be of full strength when we play against Gill again in the third term.



Union’s junior hockey teams took on Gill last week and came out on top.
The junior 2nd team girls treated their supporters to an entertaining fixture, trouncing their opponents by 9 goals to 0. The girls put together some pleasing attacking plays to keep Gill under pressure and they made the most of the loose ball in the circle.
Sesethu surprised with her finishing skills after picking up numerous rebounds in the circle and scoring an incredible 5 goals. Soso added a further 3, and Drew slotted home one more. Thank you, girls, and well done on a very plucky performance!
The junior first team match was fast paced and a tense forty minutes saw both teams walking away from the match in a goalless draw. A disappointing result for the girls, who fought hard and excelled in their defensive game.
The Union girls had numerous opportunities in the goal box, but failed to capitalize on the bumpy surface. It was a gutsy game and the poor conditions saw more than one girl escorted off the field in both games with injuries. Despite the result, this performance was an improvement on last week's game. Well done, girls!



UHS vs Aliwal North High School
Hockey Results
1st Team:  2 - 0
U/16A:  2 - 0
2nd Team:  4 - 0
U/16B:  6 - 2

Rugby Results
1st XV:  17 - 17
2nd Team:  48 - 5
U/16:  24 - 28
U/14:  9 - 14
U/15:  5 - 41

Junior rugby & hockey results vs Westering Primary
Rugby results
U/13:  7 - 32
U/11:  7 - 43
U/9:  0 - 24

Hockey results
1st junior:  2 - 1
2nd junior:  2 - 1     



The Art Club recently visited the Imbali Gallery at the Drostdy Hotel. The new exhibition is called “Glimpses of Eden”. The girls and boys admired the bold brush strokes and vivid colours used by the artists in the efforts to show off the splendour of nature.
We wish to thank Mrs Kim Emery for guiding us through the gallery, as well as the friendly staff at the hotel who served us with tea and cake.