“𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘧 𝘐 𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘨𝘰 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘴, 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦.” – Martin Luther
You might find this to be an interesting decision to make on your last day of life, but it truly embodies the importance of not being selfish, but rather giving to those who will come after you.
Twelve years ago, in 2009, Union High School’s Representative Council of Learners (RCL) led by the school’s head prefect John Marais, planted these eight White Stinkwood trees on the school’s pavement in Caledon Street to replace the cypress trees that had died over time. The 2009 Grade 8 learners, led by Courtney Shell, were charged with watering them regularly.
Today, these trees – which were mere saplings in 2009 – have grown considerably, providing shade to an entirely new generation of learners at Union while adding immense aesthetic value to Union’s campus.
We applaud the 2009 RCL for this initiative which resulted in an important and meaningful gift to Union’s future generations.