Union High School

Pastoral Care

The Counselling Centre provides a vital service to our learners who at times find it extremely difficult to deal with all of life’s pressures. Learners sometimes need help to resolve personal concerns that could hinder academic concentration and achievement if left unattended. The counselling process includes many aspects such as guidance regarding relationships, integrity, self-esteem, teaching stress and relaxation coping mechanisms, self-discipline, goal-setting, academic planning and study skills, time management, career planning, decision making, problem solving and an understanding of self. The counselling process endeavours to teach learners to make better choices that will help them to meet their needs in more effective ways as they strive to develop better relationships, increased happiness and a sense of inner control of their lives.

Students Christian Associations
Junior School SCA
picA number of committed Christians from grades 5, 6 & 7 gather together every Wednesday evening, under the guidance of Ms Street. These intimate meetings take the form of a Bible lesson and activities around a specific theme, supported by Scripture references and prayer. It is a safe space where sensitive issues are tackled and vulnerable humility is rewarded by God’s grace and spiritual growth.

Senior SCA
Senior SCA includes all learners from Grade 8 to Matric. We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings from 18:15 to about 19:30. We believe it is imperative that our young people live out their faith in their everyday world and help to influence their world positively.

Besides the weekly meeting, we also pray at school during second break once a week and every term allocate a full week to such prayer times. Opportunity is given for testimonies to be shared at such meetings. We support the learners in their spiritual growth and are encouraged to have learners leading meetings at break on their own and also ministering at school assemblies on Monday and Friday mornings when those opportunities are opened for them.
 
As the opportunity presents itself, SCA organises “outside” speakers to address our learners.

As a school outreach we support the local CMR (Graaff-Reinet) in the form of a Generosity Project - money is collected by all classes on a monthly basis and this contribution goes a long way to support vulnerable children in our area.

Learners are also afforded the opportunity to visit the local hospital to pray for the patients and to distribute small gifts.  Furthermore we encourage our learners to support local Christian Innitiatives
organised by local churches.

Christian Group Activities
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love".  Psalm 103:8

We support the Faith for Daily Living Foundation and are pleased to report that many of our learners make use of this daily devotional which is provided free of charge by this organisation. Learners also encouraged to share their faith during class devotions in the mornings as well as at formal assemblies. 

Various denominations organise youth group activities during the term.

Elevate – every Friday night at The Assembly Church (grades 8 – 12)

The Alpha Course is held annually for senior pupils.

Boarders attend the church of their choice on Sunday mornings. One evening a week is made available for confirmation, cell groups and catechism classes.

A Moms-in-touch prayer group meets every Monday morning at 7.15 in the Tony Burrell Union.

Pupils meet for prayer every Thursday at second break.

Contact details for the various churches are available from the SCA teachers in charge.