Union High School

Headmaster's Message

For children in a country school, life isn't solely routine.  Take your eye off the hockey ball and you could see a Black Eagle circling overhead or a lone Kudu bull watching from the mountain slopes.

Union High School supports the Classical educational philosophy of a child active in all four spheres of development within the changing South African community - academic, physical, cultural and pastoral - and encourage the students to participate in all four developmental areas as widely as possible. The school offers a wide variety of activities in each of these spheres and students are encouraged both to participate and to excel. The school offers Grade 5–12 English-medium co-education and has approximately 500 students.

We also strongly believe in co-educational education as the most natural educational model in which to educate pupils for life. We live together, work together, so surely we should educate boys and girls together. It is ultimately our aim to produce young adults who are independent thinkers with physical and moral courage who are articulate, well-mannered, tolerant, educated in the widest sense of the word, sensitive to the needs of others and dedicated to the service of their fellow man and the community as a whole. We encourage the pupils to see themselves, together with the staff, parents and Old Unionite Association, as partners in pursuing the Union Mission.

Mr. William Pringle

Our Vision

We are committed to creating a happy environment where all students are afforded every opportunity for growth, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential in academic, cultural, sporting and spiritual activities under the guidance of professional educators, thereby enabling them to become fulfilled, self-reliant and responsible citizens.

Our Mission

  • To provide a high standard of all-round education to every student, thus making a significant contribution to nation-building through the development of the human resources of our country;

    • To be accessible to students from the wider South African community, while maintaining English as the medium of instruction;

    • To inculcate the values of truth, loyalty and justice, as enshrined in our motto;

    • To use the opportunities provided by communal and boarding life to develop in our students attitudes of tolerance towards others, and respect for their person and property;

    • To utilise fully the resources offered by the local community and opportunities presented by the school's unique situation to develop the interests and abilities of the students as widely as possible;

    • To foster an environment which will encourage students' spiritual development based upon Biblical Christianity, without prejudice to students from other religious backgrounds; and

    • To offer girls and boys the opportunity to develop together in a stable home-like environment.