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East London gathering of Old Unionites

The Old Unionites hosted a function at the beautiful home of Howard and Judi Sheard at Bonniedoone, East London after the first team girls' hockey game against Oranje on Friday night.
National Chairman of the Old Unionites Association, Greig Rose-Innes, welcomed the large group of Old Unionites and encouraged them to join the 100 club. A very pleasant evening was had by all!
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New Union Pre-school building to commence

On Thursday, 15 June, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Derek Light, signed the contract with Mr Raymond Smith of Perfecto Builders, for the construction of the new Union Pre-school on the corner of Park and Donkin Streets. The construction of the building, designed by Mr Bernie Weyer of Waterston Weyer Roon Architects, will commence on 3 July 2017 and will be completed and handed over to the Union Pre-school Governing Body on 11 December 2017. The new school, which will boast four large classrooms and modern facilities, will be open to receive learners in January 2018. It is situated conveniently opposite the high school and will allow the pre-school learners access to all of the school’s facilities and fields
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Employment opportunities  

The drastic depletion of aquatic organisms in the ocean presents a viable and market-driven business opportunity, which can contribute significantly to South Africa’s aquaculture production, develop skills in the aquaculture sector, and attract investment, whilst closing the national supply-demand gap for fish.
Karoo Catch has identified and responded to this opportunity, and following 10 years of research, development and piloting, we are now focussing on the establishment of a commercially viable business unit (incubator) and long-term support for the development, expansion and replication of the initiative.
The following employment opportunities are now available. Unless otherwise indicated below, applications will close at 14h00 on 28 July 2017 

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Old Unionite elected as President of World Packaging Organisation

Old Unionite, Pierre Pienaar who matriculated 1977 and qualified MSc (Packaging Engineering) has been elected as President of the World Packing Organisation. Read more at http://www.packagingnews.com.au/news/new-australian-head-of-wpo-elected-at-interpackFoto: WPO President Elect Pierre Pienaar (left) with incumbent President Tom Schneider. 

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Union High loses mentor, teacher and friend

It is with deep regret and sadness that we inform the Union community of the untimely passing of Mr Fanie Bezuidenhout, Head of Department at the School. Fanie passed away at home on his 63rd birthday on the 6th of April. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jackie and all the children at this difficult time.

Fanie has been a vital cog in the UHS machine since his arrival at the School in 1990 and has impacted profoundly on the lives of thousands of Unionites, and especially the young men who resided under his care at Arthur Kingwill House.

Below is a poem which I shared with Fanie a few years ago, and I share it at this time of sorrow, because I know that this is what he would like us to all to endeavour to be. I also believe that it describes the type of man he was. It's not always easy to be strong.

God wants us to be free.
Free to demonstrate toughness when a situation or relationship demands it.
Free to display grit, strength, commitment, and decisions under the Holy Spirit's direction.
God also wants men to be free to demonstrate tenderness, sensitivity and humility.
Free to be vulnerable enough to foster intimacy and to shed tears.
Authentic masculinity provides a divine elasticity in men.
They can lead with firmness, then submit with humility.
Challenge with a cutting edge, then encourage with enthusiasm.
Fight aggressively for a just cause, then weep over suffering.
Secure, free, authentic men leave a mark - on their colleagues, friends, wives
And especially their children.

Fanie will be sorely missed by everyone at Union High School and in the greater Graaff-Reinet community. Some people just leave deeper footprints than others. Rest well, Mr Bez.
Yours faithfully
William Pringle
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Union High hosts another successful Senior Rugby & Hockey Festival

Over the last weekend of the first term of 2017 Union High hosted its 30th Annual Senior Rugby and Hockey Festival and once again it was a tremendous success, with teams from across the country taking part in the festival.
With 800 learners and 115 coaches attending, we had hostels bursting at the seams, but the hard-working staff of Arthur Kingwill House and Herby Arnott House made it work and as always Union was complimented for its great hospitality. We wish to take this opportunity to thank our hostel staff for all those extra hours and their contribution to the success of the festival. The same goes to Mr Kingwill and his team of ground-staff for ensuring that our facilities were always in impeccable condition.
Thank you to our rugby and hockey moms and dads for feeding the coaches, sponsors, staff, medics and referees at the Union. As always, the food was of the highest quality (and quantity). Thank you also to Mr Crankshaw and his team of old Unionites for their contribution.
A festival of this magnitude cannot be hosted without its sponsors. To our main sponsors for festival – Hyundai, Caltex, College Motors, SupaQuick and Spur - we appreciate the ongoing support from your businesses. We are looking forward to many more years of working together.
Congratulations to the coaches on the teams’ performances over festival. You and the teams made us proud on and off the field!

Festival Rugby Report
On Saturday, we played against Cambridge in what was an eagerly anticipated clash. Our team looked forward to playing at home and this was evident in the way they approached the match. We played with commitment and passion to secure a 13 – 5 victory. Cambridge was physically bigger but we managed to disrupt their attack with excellent defence and intensity throughout. Ross Stanley finished off a well-constructed team try in the first half to put us ahead. The momentum switched back and forth with Cambridge scoring just before half time. Unfortunately, we could not convert pressure into points but rather missed out on what should have been certain tries. Our handling and impatience caused frustration from players and supporters alike. Fortunately, a second half try by Cohen Pieterse and converted penalty by Matt Harpur gave us a two-score cushion and we managed to hang onto this until the final whistle.

Monday’s match against Charlie Hofmeyer was a disappointing one for us. We seemed flat-footed and put in a lacklustre performance. We could not control possession and our intensity on defence was far off the pace. Unforced errors at critical moments hurt us and we could not find our rhythm as a result. Our opponents capitalised on our failure to protect the ball and used their opportunities better than we did. We lost the match 17 – 39. Ross Stanley scored a good individual try and Ikhona Koeberg did well to finish off our most promising passage of play, dotting down underneath the posts. Matt Harpur kicked two conversions and a penalty.
Our thanks go out to all involved with the organisation and running of the festival. It was another incredible experience for us as the First Rugby Squad. We are truly grateful for the opportunity and for the hard work which was done behind the scenes.
It was an emotional weekend for us after hearing the news of the passing of Sean Kroon, a member of our First XV in 2016 and a good friend to many. Sean played an integral part in the 2016 season and will long be remembered for his dedication. His work rate from the side of the scrum was immense and he was always willing to put his body on the line for his teammates. As a coach, I knew I could rely on him at any time and in any situation. He never let me down and often exceeded expectations. Off the field, he was a real character and added so much to the chemistry of the team with his quirky personality and unique perspective on life. It was a privilege for us all to share the special moments of the season with a young man who loved every minute of what he did. We will miss him dearly and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. The ‘white jersey’ family has lost a brother but he will forever live on in our hearts and in the change room.

Festival Hockey Report

After winning the EC SPAR Hockey Spar Challenge on Friday, Union's first hockey team continued their success when they played their first game of the Festival against Paarl Gym from Cape Town. Paarl Gym played with the same intensity that the Union Team has been accustomed to play. The Union girls used their opportunities well and beat Paarl Gym 8 goals to 0.

On Sunday they played two games. During the first game against Nico Malan the girls wasted their opportunities in the first half and only scored one goal. The second half was much better and Union scored 5 goals to 0. The second match was played against Settlers High School from Cape Town. It was a well-rounded game and Union displayed their exquisite skill, beating Settlers 9-0.

On Monday, Union played against Brandwag from Uitenhage, who Brandwag brought a negative type of game that the Union girls weren't use to. It forced the Union girls to try to counter it by using a different structure. It frustrated the Union girls, but it forced them to play harder and comfortably win 4-0.

Over the festival the Union girls showed their level of fitness, skill and their understanding of the game. They dominated this weekend with finesse and were graceful and humble after every game and saw each game as a challenge. In total they played 4 games, scored 27 goals, averaging 6 goals per game and conceding 0.

It was a very successful festival for Union’s 1st Hockey Team and the girls are looking forward to the rest of the season.

Day 1 : Saturday 1 April
Camps Bay High School 32 vs Linkside High School 17
Hoërskool Andrew Rabie 22 vs Winterberg Landbou Skool 23
Grey College Cherries 39 vs Swartland Hoërskool 7
Gill College 22 vs Hoërskool Grens 26
Hoër Volkskool 16 vs Pearson High School 34
Hoërskool Charlie Hofmeyr 17 vs Grey High School Unicorns 15
Grey College 68 vs Stirling High School 3
Union High School 13 vs Cambridge High School 5
Muir College 18 vs Westering 10
Paarl Gim Daisies 52 vs Grens 3

Brandwag Hoërskool 1 vs Victoria Girls 0
Gill College 0 vs Stirling High School 4
Hoër Volkskool 2 vs Paarl Gim 0
Linkside High School 1 vs Cambridge High School 3
Nico Malan Hoërskool 2 vs Grens Hoërskool 0
Westering High School 0 vs Settlers High School 0
Victoria Girls 0 vs Framesby Hoërskool 4
Paarl Gim Invitational 0 vs Union High School 8
Brandwag Hoërskool 2 vs Union High Invitational 1
Stirling High School 6 vs Hoër Volkskool 0
Gill College 4 vs Cambridge High School 1

Day 2 : Sunday 2 April
Hockey Results
Westering 1 vs Paarl Gim 4
Nico Malan 0 vs Union High School 6
Framesby 4 vs Cambridge 1
Stirling 3 vs Settlers 0
Grens 3 vs Linkside 3
Victoria Girls 3 vs Union Invitational 3
Nico Malan 3 vs Brandwag 3
Framesby 2 vs Volkskool 1
Union High School 9 vs Settlers 0
Linkside 0 vs Gill 4
Westering 5 vs Grens 0

Day 3 : Monday 3 April
Paarl Gim Daisies 10 vs Grey Unicorns 18
Grey College Cherries 60 vs Grens Hoërskool 8
Grey College 92 vs Muir College 10
Gill College 45 vs Cambridge High School 12
Pearson High School 46 vs Swartland Hoërskool 20
Westering High School 24 vs Camps Bay High School 8
Hoër Volkskool 0 vs Stirling High School 65
Union High School 17 vs Hoërskool Charlie Hofmeyr 39
Grens 2nd Team 19 vs Hoërskool Andrew Rabie 33

Nico Malan Hoërskool 1 vs Paarl Gim Invitational 4
Settlers High School 0 vs Cambridge High School 1
Linkside High School 0 vs Victoria Girls2
Union High Invitational 0 vs Westering High School 1
Framesby High School 2 vs Gill College 1
Grens Hoërskool 1 vs Hoër Volkskool 4
Union High School 4 vs Brandwag Hoërskool 0

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Union Mourns one of their own

Union High is mourning the death of Old Unionite, Sean Kroon, after he was shot and killed in an armed robbery at his home in Bloemfontein on the 1st of April.
Sean matriculated from Union last year and was a first year BSc student at the University of the Freestate. Sean started his schooling career at Union Preparatory School in 2005, and for 12 years his laugh could be heard in the corridors of Union. Both his father, Michael and mother, Joanne (nee Bell), were Old Unionites – Michael part of the Class of 1978 and Joanne the Class of 1981. Sean left the family farm in Willowmore this year to go and study in Bloemfontein, with engineering as his main subject.
Messages of condolences are streaming in from friends everywhere. Sean was much loved and popular amongst his peers. He was a free spirit that lived his life to the full, as if every day was going to be his last; he had dreams and ambitions, as if he was going to live forever. He was a genuine friend, and someone that loved people.
The Governing Body, staff and learners of Union High School extend their sincerest condolences to the family.
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The Old Unionite Association regrets to record the passing of Stephen Charles (Oubaas, Pants) Moore ( Class of 1979) – our thoughts and prayers reach out to Thelani and the whole Moore family – a memorial service to be held in the NG Kerk, Willowmore at 11h00 on Saturday, 4 March 2017 

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Reunions - List of Convenors

60 - Class of ’57 - Danie van Deemter - 083 400 2486 - vandeemter@telkomsa.net

55 – Class of ’62 - Robin Abbott – 083 975 2155 – dabbott@telkomsa.net
50 - Class of ’67 - Audrey Adam - 082 653 - auds.adam@gmail.com
Pat Wallis - 082 976 0496 - thewallishome@gmail.com
45 - Class of ’72 - Jenni Rogers - 072 436 8690 - hathersage@intekom.co.za
40 - Class of ’77 - Lynne (Moore) Terblanche - 082 218 8268 - lynne.ter@gmail.com

35 - Class of ’82 - Haydn Potgieter – 0824457028 - haydnpotgieter@yahoo.com
30 - Class of ’87 - David McNaughton – 082 339 8646 – karooconnections@intekom.co.za
25 - Class 0f ’92 - Wayne Savage - 082 327 8557 - dsavage@deloitte.co.za
20 - Class of ’97 - Sarah Spence - 083 642 3731 Douglas Weideman - 072 264 2996 - douglas@ecodirect.co.za
15 - Class of ’02 - Diane Murray (Stern) – 082 929 3231 – oudelandfarm@gmail.com
10 - Class of ’07 - Warren Minnaar - 084 495 8236 - warrenniell@gmail.com
Lynne Turner (Mugglestone) - 076 983 1084 - Lynne.Turner@investec.co.za
5 – Class of ’12 - Laszlo Maya – 071 141 0050 – lazmaya03@gmail.com

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Bruce Maree - 50 years at the helm of the Graaff-Reinet Scout Troop

Who would have thought on the 15 February 1967, that the Scout Committee interviewing Bruce Maree for the job of Graaff-Reinet Scoutmaster, would make a lasting appointment, which has stretched over 50 years in 2017.
In the first 50 years of the Troop's history (1910 - 1966), there had been 2 world wars and 13 Scoutmasters. Since 1967, the 14th Scoutmaster (now Troop Scouter) has remained at the forefront of Graaff-Reinet Scouting, the 4th oldest Scout Troop in South Africa.
Since his arrival at the helm, his mission has been to create an opportunity for every Scout joining the Troop, to obtain South Africa's highest Scouting Award, the Springbok Badge and the Troop has a proud record of 73 such Springbok Awards. Forty of those Springboks attended the Troop's 100th Anniversary in 2010.
The Union High School Headmaster, Mr William Pringle, presented Bruce with a framed recognition certificate on behalf of the hundreds of Scouts attending Scouts from the corridors of the Union High School. It reads: Union High School - In grateful recognition to Troop Scouter Bruce Maree for more than 5 decades of Dedicated Service to Union High Scouting especially for his Outstanding Success in producing a remarkable number of Springbok Scouts and Leaders for this School. Signed W.E. Pringle, Headmaster, 17 February 2017.
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"Sculpture" of Karoo stones

With a view to our school’s centenary celebrations, an old Unionite has proposed the creation of a “sculpture” of Karoo stones – all unique in shape, size and colour - to represent those who have passed through the school in its first 100 years and to link it to the landscape in which it is situated.

Added to this, the driveway from the Bruce Maree Gates leading to the Tony Burrell Union is an area of the school grounds which becomes very muddy when it rains, and is an area that the School would like to pave.

Combining the two ideas, it is our intention to pave that area with flat stone from the Karoo, and especially with stone from the farms of those who feel an historical connection to their alma mater.
Any past pupil, parent or friend of the School who would like to donate stones (or a stone) to this project and to have them laid down permanently on the School ground, in recognition of their own (or someone else’s time spent here), may contact Mr Donald Kingwill or Mr Pringle at the School, numbers: 049-8910262 / Mr Kingwill: 0825783415.
Your support for this historical, artistic and practical project would be much appreciated.
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Founders' Weekend

The Union High School celebrated its 99th birthday over Founders' Weekend 27-29 January. The festivities began with the Founders' Assembly on Friday morning, a joint celebration between the Preparatory School and High School, the only occasion during the year when the two schools get together. On Founders’ Day the school pauses to recognise that parents, educators and learners before us, and the broader community, have given of themselves to build what we now enjoy. All the learners received a piece of special birthday cake as part of the celebration.

At the A.G.M. of the Graaff-Reinet branch of the Old Unionite Association, Mr John Crankshaw was elected Chairman, Mr Kevin Watermeyer Vice-chairman and Mr Greig Rose-Innes National Chairman. Mr Grant Hobson, who has served on OUA committees for many years stepped down.

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, attracting a good number of teams from in and around Graaff-Reinet. It was wonderful to see people of all ages gathering on Union's emerald green fields, keen for an afternoon of physical activity and mental challenge

That evening, a Steak Evening hosted by the Old Unionite Association, was enjoyed by the entire community in the Tony Burrell Union. The atmosphere was one of good fellowship and camaraderie and was enjoyed by all as past pupils and parents all descend on the school and enjoy a weekend of festivity.

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. The theme was “Into the Woods” and the front lawns of the school were beautifully decorated.

Six cricket games fromU9 to 1st Team, between the boys and their fathers and past pupils, took place on the school fields and the Botanics Sportsgrounds. The day was filled with much laughter as this year the dads got the better of the junior boys, and some very competitive cricket was played between the senior boys and the Old Boys.

UHS U9 vs dads - The U9 boys won by 57 runs.
UHS U11 vs dads - No official score – just a fun game between boys and dads.
UHS U13A vs dads - The Old Boys won the match by 38 runs.
UHS U15A vs Old Boys - The U15 boys won by 3 runs.
UHS 2nd XI vs Old Boys – The 2nd Team won
UHS 1st XI vs Old Boys - The Old Boys won by 183 runs.

In the early morning the moms (and dads) took on the junior girls in a fun hockey match. The Prep School’s Under 9 girls won 3-1, and the Under 10 girls lost 4-5. Then it was time for the Junior 1st Team vs the parents. The parents were quick to the ball, despite being of the older generation. The girls fought back, but just could not get past the intimidating look of some of the moms, and lost the match 1-3. All in all, each person on the field had fun and the Founders’ Weekend was celebrated in good spirit. Thank you to all the parents that participated, and to the girls who contributed to this event. The Player of the Match was Chloe Shires, Best Defender Brigette Oelofsen and Most Promising Player Barbara McNaugton.

In the late afternoon, the Old Girls took on the UHS 1st Team, which was won 3-0 by the 1st Team. Anja Oelofsen received the prize for being the best defender on the day, and Kia Hoffman for scoring the best goal.

We wish to congratulate Kelsey Minnaar for being appointed as the captain of the 1st Team and Rebecca Langmead and Candice Russell as vice-captains. Thank you 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 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.
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