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Extension to Tony Burrell Union

An exciting new extention to the Tony Burrell Union was officially opened over the 2015 Interschools weekend.
Thanks to a substantial and generous donation from the Class of 1985 and invaluable assistance, organisation and input from a dedicated OUA committee, “The Rory Sullivan Braai” was officially opened by the man himself at a ceremony held after the Old Unionites Association AGM on Friday, 7 August 2015.
The enclosed area, consisting of a massive wood fired braai area as well as a large gas grill and adjacent amenities will go a long way towards complimenting the already impressive Union catering facilities.
The legendary Union steak braai’s promise to become even more legendary and this increased capacity allows the Union to cater for larger groups than ever, in an efficient and social manner and was extensively utilised over the Interschools weekend.
Mr Sullivan expressed his gratitude to the class of ’85 for their generosity and for the humbling gesture of naming it after him.
We look forward to seeing you at the next Union function.
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UHS Farmers Market

Our three hostels, Arthur Kingwill House, Herby Arnott House and Max Kroon House will be holding the inaugural "UNION FARMERS MARKET" as a fundraiser the weekend of Interschools.  Original Karoo products like lamb, venison, biltong, wors, rusks, melktert, marmalades, lemon syrup, ginger beer, jams, chutneys, pies, fresh fruit and vegetables, ground coffee, plants, compost and many more products will be on sale.
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OUA Fundraising Initiative

The Old Unionites Assosiation is raising funds which will be used to the benefit of the school facilities and learners. Phase one was sold out and completed.  Phase 2 consisting of 88 plagues is now available and plaques are R2000 each.  If you would like to purchase a plaque and for banking details - please contact Bruce Maree.  Contact details:  chiefscout@intekom.co.za or Tel: 082 783 7027
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Newly renovated swimming complex

On Tuesday evening, 17 February, which was a beautiful Karoo night, Union High hosted their annual Inter-house Gala at the newly-renovated swimming complex.

With immense gratitude to the Matric Class of 1989 for their financial contribution to the school, we have been able to upgrade the facility with new gates, fencing, starting blocks, lane dividers, fixing the fountain, painting all walls and a general face-lift to the whole area.
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Union Celebrates 97th Birthday

The Union High School celebrated its 97th birthday over Founders' Weekend 30-31 January. The festivities began with the Founders' Assembly on Friday morning, a joint celebration between the Preparatory School and High School. All the learners received a piece of special birthday cake as part of the celebration.
The annual Union Triathlon took place on Friday afternoon and was a well-supported family event which provided everyone, no matter their fitness or lack thereof, with an opportunity to participate.

That evening, a Steak Evening hosted by the Old Unionite Association, was enjoyed by the entire community in the Tony Burrell Union.

On Saturday, while the men were playing cricket, the moms and their daughters enjoyed a morning tea at the annual Gisela Kingwill Mother-Daughter Tea on the school lawns. It was a wonderful occasion where fun was had by all.

Six cricket games from under 9 to 1st Team, between the boys and their fathers and past pupils, took place on the school fields and the Botanics Sports-grounds. The day was filled with much laughter as the junior boys got the better of their dads, much to the amusement of the moms, and some very competitive cricket between the senior boys and the Old Boys.

The UHS 1st XI played against the UHS Old Boys in a 50 over game. Old Boys batted first and took full advantage of the inconsistent bowling and were able to score freely. The Old Boys were eventually bowled out in the 48th over after posting a target of 319 runs. Quinton Naude took 3 for 42 in 9 overs. UHS went into bat and lost a wicket in 2nd over. Michael Dry and Quintin Naude batted well to put on 2nd wicket partnership of 135 runs. After 25 overs UHS were well in control with 160 runs for 2 wickets down. UHS slowly lost momentum and were eventually bowled out for 282 runs, falling just 37 runs short. Quintin Naude top scored with 72, Jonathan Crankshaw 48 and Michael Dry 60.

UHS U15A vs Old Boys - UHS U15A won by 7 wickets
UHS 2nd XI vs Old Boys - Old Boys won by 5 wickets
UHS 1st XI vs Old Boys - Old Boys won by 37 runs

In the afternoon, two fun hockey matches between the girls and their moms and Old Girls were enjoyed on the Union Astroturf. Some competitive hockey was played and the outing was a great success and a great atmosphere prevailed. The Junior girls drew 3-3 and the 1st XI beat the Old Girls 4-2. Thanks to all the Old Girls and Old Boys for a fantastic afternoon's hockey.
After a whirlwind of activity, the participants and supporters were able to wind down with a traditional Karoo braai in the Union. It was a wonderful weekend of good, clean family fun enjoyed by everyone concerned. The school extends its sincerest appreciation to Mr Greig Rose-Innes and the Old Unionite Association Committee for their organisation and hard work over the weekend, and to all those parents, friends and supporters of the school who made the effort to be part of the activities.

Gisela Kingwill Mother & Daughter Tea

The last Saturday morning of January was earmarked for the annual Mother and Daughter Tea hosted by the UHS Grade 11’s. This event formed part of the Founders’ Day activities as Union High School celebrated its 97th birthday in style.

The guest speakers, Mrs Jenny Biggs and Mrs Karin Marais, both of whom have enjoyed a long association with the school, shared their personal insights regarding issues relating to moms and daughters. It was most uplifting listening to their experiences and witnessing the boldness with which they spoke regarding their Christian faith.

Their spiritual food for thought matched the treats on offer! The ladies tucked into platters brimming with savoury and sweet and for a while everyone forgot about calories.

Light entertainment, in the form of singing and musical items, was enjoyed by young and old alike. Every now and then the winners of the lucky draw were announced to the delight of the winners!

It wasn’t all about entertainment, though. Time was set aside for some interaction and audience participation as two teams set about unscrambling and presenting a poem by the late great Maya Angelou. Hats off to the grand older ladies who were such great sports.

All in all a wonderful morning was had by all. Fortunately, even the weather obliged – ten minutes after the final item, the heavens opened!

Till next year – be the best mom you could possibly be – and be the best daughter ever!

The annual Mother and Daughter Tea is held in fond memory of Mrs Gisela Kingwill who passed away in 2013.
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