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.
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
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.
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:
email@example.com or Tel: 082 783
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.
Union Celebrates 97th Birthday
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.
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
That evening, a Steak
Evening hosted by the Old Unionite Association,
was enjoyed by the entire community in the Tony
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
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
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.
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!
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
All in all a wonderful
morning was had by all. Fortunately, even
the weather obliged – ten minutes after the
final item, the heavens opened!
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.