Letter from the Chairman

“As another year draws to a close at Union High School, Graaff-Reinet, it is with pride and gratitude that I reflect on the unwavering support and commitment exhibited by the Old Unionite Association (OUA) this past year.
𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙨, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙊𝙐𝘼 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙙𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡, 𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙫𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙛𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙞𝙙 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣. These past couple of years have tested our resilience, as the OUA mourned the sudden loss of two of its chairmen. The impact of these losses was felt deeply throughout the organisation, but the spirit of the OUA prevailed.
Through strength, determination and unity, we have rebounded from adversity, eager to build upon our past successes and foster growth within the association.
While the OUA endeavoured to provide ongoing support to the school, we also recognised the need for continuous improvement. With this in mind, 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝘂𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗢𝗹𝗱 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀.
This venture promises exciting opportunities for renewed connections and collaborative ventures within our ever-expanding alumni network.
Throughout the year, the OUA has worked tirelessly to organise a series of functions aimed at raising funds in aid of the school. These events have not only been successful in generating financial support, but they have also fostered a sense of camaraderie and nostalgia among former learners and current parents.
In addition to fundraising efforts, the OUA has remained actively involved in the school community, attending various events, celebrations and award ceremonies. We take immense pride in witnessing the incredible achievements and dedication displayed by current learners. Their accomplishments serve as a reminder of the exceptional education and character-building experiences that our association seeks to support and preserve.
𝗟𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗨𝗔 𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲. We envision a strengthened bond between past and present learners, further enhancing the legacy of the Union Schools. By updating our database, we aim to facilitate meaningful interactions between Old Unionites, creating opportunities for mentorship, career guidance and lifelong connections.
As Chairman of the Old Unionite Association, I am inspired by the determination and resilience demonstrated by the OUA community. Together, we shall continue to forge ahead, ensuring that the school remains a beacon of excellence for generations to come.
𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘯𝘸𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭, 𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘱𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘮𝘯𝘪 𝘯𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦, 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘰𝘯 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴.
In conclusion, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all Old Unionites, supporters, and the wider Union community for their unwavering dedication to our shared mission. The OUA remains steadfast in its commitment to our alma mater and eagerly anticipates the positive impact we can create together.”
𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗺 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀,
𝗥𝗵𝗲𝘁𝘁 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘁𝗼𝗻
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