Bulletin

New Union Pre-school building

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.

   

Union u/10 hockey festival

On Saturday, 13 May 2017, Union Preparatory School hosted their u/10 hockey festival on the Union High Astro Turf. What started off as a chilly morning turned out to be a great day for hockey. The teams all got to play 5 matches. The schools who travelled to take part were: Gill, Collegiate, Summerwood, Victoria Primary, Middelburg home school and Union. All the girls and boys showed remarkable sportsmanship on the field, great manners off the field and the day was enjoyed by all.

   

Union Prep's "Playscape" 

“Playscape” is an outdoor learning facility which has been established at Union Preparatory School. It all started with an old unused netball court and a vision.
According to The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom(UK), learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. The outdoor environment offers space and is therefore particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Young children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which supports brain development and the creation of neural networks.

A substantial amount of research was done by the committee and educators in order to ensure that the layout, equipment and activities allowed for a productive “outdoor classroom” and a useful aid in curriculum instruction. Focus was placed on hand and eye coordination, increasing the cooperation between the right and left brain and enabling physical interaction with educational concepts.
The construction of Playscape was done by a team of volunteer parents, educators and school staff. Playscape activities include: a traverse climbing wall, a giant number grid 1-100; Twister; a variety of horizontal and vertical hoops for ball/beanbag activities; Mirror Me; climbing frame; large chalkboard; giant Chess and balance beams. There is also a circuit of exercises which include hopscotch, tightrope, hopping, side jumps, mind-the-crack and walking on all fours.

Playscape is a facility that will never be complete as there will constantly be new activities added and rotated to maintain excitement and interest. Union Preparatory School looks forward to many happy hours of learning and play in this outdoor learning area.