Today’s Thinking Child is Tomorrow’s Achiever

Do not miss our Monday Live Chats during the school holidays. Instagram page: @uplandswhiteriver   Below is the schedule   22nd of June 2020: Bevan Masher, our 2020 Uplands College mentor, will be interviewing Mietani Chitambira who is a 2018 Uplands Past Pupil. Time: 18:00 – 18:30   29th of......

Please join us on the 19th of June 2020 for our online Uplands College End of Term 2 Assembly. Time: 07:30 The Assembly can be watched on these following social media platforms: Facebook: UplandsWhiteRiver YOUTUBE: Uplands WhiteRiver...

Join us on the 15th of June 2020 for our Monday Live Chat, when Vaughn van Reenen, our 2020 Uplands College Head Boy, will be interviewing Ian Weir who is a 2010 Uplands Past Pupil. Time: 18:00 – 18:30...

Join Mr Roy Gluckman in a safe space where pupils from diverse backgrounds can meet, appreciate each other and plan for change. Discuss and speak from your own perspective and be open to new and varied points of view. You may think, ‘I am just......

Join us for our Monday Live Chats on our uplandswhiteriver Instagram page every Monday at 18:00 – 18:30 conducted by our 2020 Uplands College Mentors and Uplands Alumni. Hear their stories of successes and challenges, where are they now and what they have accomplished since......

The Uplands PTA would like to extend their thanks for your participation in the Virtual Build-a-Burger Challenge. We had 36 wonderful entries from Grade One through to the College – all of which looked scrumptious and we hope this challenge provided an opportunity for a......

Join us today at 14:30 for our Uplands College sport webinar series.   Speaker: Erin Hunter Biography: Current South African Ladies’ Hockey captain. Topic: Structure, Discipline and managing workload   Please see link below for the webinar:   meet.google.com/saa-yjyp-ndh...

The Uplands College Sport Department invites the Uplands Family (staff, coaches and parents) to join them today at 17:00 for the Uplands College sport webinar series. Speakers: Robin Arkell and Wayne Lombard Biography: Robin Arkell (Uplands past pupil) is currently the lead Strength and Conditioning......

Join us today at 14:30 for our Uplands College sport webinar series.   Speaker: Speaker: Charl Du Toit Biography: South Africa Paralympic Athlete. He represented South Africa at the following championships: 2012 – London Paralympic Games 2013 – Lyon IPC World Championships 2014 – Glasgow......

Join us today at 14:30 for our Uplands College sport webinar series.   Speaker: Dean Carlisle Biography: Uplands past pupil – Founder and CEO of Non-profit company (Lessons in Conservation) Topic: Studying, International Club Cricket and Creating a NPO   Please see link below for......

Join us today at 14:30 for our Uplands College sport webinar series. Speaker: Ryan Rickelton Biography: South African First-class Cricketer for the Imperial Lions of Gauteng. Topic: Pathway to Professional Sport Please see link below for the webinar: meet.google.com/ovv-rwvp-hzz and to join by phone, +1......

Uplands College sport department would like to welcome all of you to a number of on-line sporting webinars. All pupils, parents, Old Uplanders and staff are invited to attend the webinars below. There will be time for questions and an opportunity for you to engage......

The Uplands PTA has missed you all so much and we are therefore excited to host our first virtual event!  This week, we invite you to find time as a family to make the most delicious burgers and send us a photograph of you and......

Please join us on the 18th of May 2020 for our online Assembly to bid farewell to Mr Gary Sim. Time: 07:30 The Assembly can be watched on these following social media platforms: Facebook: UplandsWhiteRiver YOUTUBE: Uplands WhiteRiver...

CLICK HERE to watch: Special words of thanks from Thandaza  In this short video (click on the above link), Thandaza shares her gratitude for all the education #CHAMPIONS in her life during the Covid-19 national lockdown. Thandaza (Grade 2, Nyalungu Primary School), is one of......

Calling all Uplands Grade 1 – 7 pupils, and parents. You are invited to join the Uplands Preparatory Culture Department in creating a Virtual Culture Experience. R1000 cash is up for grabs! ENTER NOW!...

Greetings from White River to all Old Uplanders and all friends of Uplands. We hope you are well and healthy during these historic Covid-19 times. As the UPPA committee, we are writing to provide an update on the following UPPA topics: • The postponement of......

Uplands Pre-Preparatory Grade 0s have been working very hard at home during lockdown. They are making their teachers very proud with all their wonderful efforts. Lesedi Mokoena followed her teacher’s recipe perfectly to make chocolate rice crispy treats. Donae Kriel used materials from nature to paint......

Uplands Preparatory School took ‘World Book Dress-Up Day’ on-line to supplement their online teaching.  Students dressed up as their favourite book characters and met with their teachers and fellow students online, to discuss the books they are currently reading....

On Earth Day 2020, we seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world – not for one day, but forever. While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not......

Please join us on the 27th of April 2020 for our online Uplands College Freedom Day Assembly. Time: 07:30 The Assembly can be watched on these following social media platforms: Facebook: UplandsWhiteRiver YOUTUBE: Uplands WhiteRiver...

We welcome the following Grade 8s onto our Senate body – one which represents the Uplands pupils in school matters. We congratulate them on their appointment. Being voted in by their peers means that they are regarded as influencers in their grade and we encourage them......

Uplands is pleased to announce the recipients of its Open Scholarship Awards for pupils with exceptional talent entering the College in Grade 8 in 2021. A competitive field of aspiring candidates from twenty-nine primary schools from Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Botswana, Mozambique and eSwatini......

We are extremely proud of our 9 athletes who attended the Mpumalanga Schools Athletics Champs in Secunda this past weekend. Results are as follows: Nick de Zwart U13 boys Long Jump – 4th Gabriel Buchanan U13 boys Shot put – 11th Guy McCarthy U10 boys......

Luyanda Mbatha has been selected to attend the South African Schools Athletics Champs as a member of the Mpumalanga team, after being crowned Provincial Champion. Luyanda jumped a season best of 1.40m winning the U11 girls’ competition at this weekend’s Provincial Champs hosted in Secunda....

Gypsy Day was enjoyed by the Grade 7 students on the 12th of March to celebrate the conclusion of their gypsy-themed English studies. Flamenco dancing and stokbrood braaing were some of the fun activities enjoyed....

Uplands certainly has talent, as superbly showcased on Tuesday evening. Out of 46 entries, 22 performances made it through to the final round, entertaining the audience in four categories: instrumental, vocal, dance and drama. Congratulations to the category winners, as well as to the three......

On Wednesday 11 March, Uplands College supported CANSA by hosting a Shavathon. The day was filled with huge excitement as the whole college showed their support to those affected by cancer by shaving, spraying or donating their hair. #CANSA #CANSALowveld #TheCancerAssosiationOfSouthAfrica...

Monday 9 March was an important day for the Uplands Grade 8 Class of 2020. After completing their induction programme, it marked the annual Uplands tradition of The Signing of the Pledge and being officially welcomed into the Uplands family. The Grade 8s gathered together......

Uplands College 1st XV and U16 played against Lowveld High School at the annual Mbombela Challenge. Both the 1sts and U16 won 24 to 7 and to 12 respectively. Points scorers for the 1st team were as follows: tries to Milile Labe, Jonathan Clark, Frederich......

Wihan Blom and Matt Takawira played in the Chess Unlimited Open Tournament on the 29th of February in Nelspruit. Wihan came 2nd in Section B with a perfect score of 5 out of 5 after a tie break. Well done to Wihan, who received a......

The long-anticipated day finally arrived. The Matrics of 2020 were formally invited to their Matric Dance after assembly today. There was much excitement as they were ushered to the Uplands College Day Pavilion where they collected their invitations amongst fallen rose petals and some light......

This is a solemn day that follows the feasting and jollity of Shrove Tuesday. It is the first day of Lent, and at Uplands, as in many churches, we have a special service where we have the sign of the cross marked in ash on......

In the old days, to make sure that they were not tempted to continue eating as normal, people tried to eat up all their rich foods before Lent started. So they had a big feast on the Tuesday before Lent. As all the eggs, butter......

Lessons in Conservation (LiC) is a student-run NPO that seeks to educate the youth of Sub-Saharan Africa about basic ecological principles and the importance of conservation. Since their establishment by past pupil and mentor Dean Carlisle in April 2018, they have given lessons to 1514......

In preparation for their 12-day Grade 10 Journey next year, the Grade 9 group embarked on a splendid hike through the mountains at Queen’s River Adventure Camp in Nelshoogte Forest Reserve outside Barberton, Mpumalanga. On the 22nd of February 2020, with all the gear and......

The Grade 8s are currently at Sugar Bay on their Grade 8 camp. This camp is all about having fun and cementing newly-formed friendships among their peers. The camp is filled with fun activities for the pupils to choose from. With the sea a stone’s......

Uplands Preparatory put their best (bare) foot forward at this year’s Barefoot Day. They collected over 900 pairs of shoes to be donated to Sinani, an organisation with 1100 orphans in their care. A massive thank you to everyone who brought a pair (or five)......

Our annual Uplands Open Day took place on Saturday 22nd February. Our Uplands Pre-Preparatory School hosted its ‘Mini Olympics’ Sports Day on Saturday 22nd February. The children made a grand entrance to the song ‘Chariots of Fire’, while waving their flags and enjoying all the......

Uplands looks forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus on the 22nd of February 2020. Please see below our programme for the day. For more information about our Open Day contact Mrs Keren Gear: kgear@uplands.co.za / 013 751 3141...

The Grade 0s thoroughly enjoyed a ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ where they used their ‘Teddy Ears’ to listen to the popping Popcorn. They also had to identify different sounds, listen to what their friends had to say, and think of ways how to use their ears......

The Grade 000’s have been having fun learning about colours. They explored using their sense of “touch” by playing with green finger paint....

The Grade 00’s had the most amazing time learning about their wonderful and fascinating bodies. From exterior to interior – you name it, we did it! We learnt about germs through scientific discovery using pepper and soap. We listened to our hearts and made a......

The Grade 0000s started the term off by exploring different colours using block counters. They stacked, grouped and had fun playing with the blocks....

Uplands Preparatory School recently joined the world in celebrating Read Aloud Day. Pupils from the Senior Phase went to the Junior grades and read stories to the younger pupils. World Read Aloud Day was established to boost reading for children and to strengthen the bond......

Uplands College pupils had a wonderful 2020 Christian Camp with the theme of ‘The Light of the World’, appropriately held at Ekukhanyeni (the Place of Light). Our guest speakers were Rudolph Schutte and Morné van Staden from Church Unlimited who helped us understand that we......

What a fabulous morning! The Uplands mums and dads across the Prep showed off their creative hairdressing skills and the children were stunning models. Thank you to the Uplands PTA and all the mums and volunteers who joined in to spread the joy this Valentine’s......

What are we going to love this week, especially on Valentine’s Day? Our planet! Uplands’ SMILE programme showed their love for the planet, with pupils from Maqamela Primary School this week, by teaching them about flora and helping them plant a Spekboom. Did you know?......

World Pangolin Day was celebrated on the 15th of February, the day being created to raise awareness about pangolins, as these unique mammals frequently fall prey to traffickers. Our Uplands pupil, Lia Ziessler, created a beautiful work of art as her contribution to raise awareness......

Uplands is incredibly proud of all the athletes that represented our school with such brave hearts on Saturday 8th February. After a very emotional start to the day, remembering MJ and his untimely passing, our athletes gave it their all for MJ. Uplands bagged a......

Uplands has great pleasure in inviting you to join us for our Open Day on Saturday 22 February 2020 at 08:00. Current Grade 7 pupils are invited to write the Grade 8 (2021) Entrance/Scholarship Examinations.  Registration starts at 08:00, followed by an optional Boarding experience.......

On Sunday 19 January, the Grade 8s had their first Chapel service at Uplands College, under the nurturing care of the mentors. It was a wonderful service led by Fr Andrew, with superb worship led by the staff members from the Music Department. The service......

The Grade 7s of 2020 attended a Leadership camp this weekend. Various aspects and topics of Leadership were discussed with the pupils, such as effective communication, leadership styles, transformation and diversity etc. Activities were put into place that gave the pupils an opportunity to implement......

On the 25th and 26th of January 2020, Uplands hosted the Princess Dutch Clinic powered by SportWays. The clinic attracted players from all areas around Mpumalanga between the ages of 8 and 18 years old. The Princess Dutch Clinic powered by SportWays focuses on educating......

Uplands Prep School hosted its annual Inter-House Athletics Day on Saturday the 25th of January 2020. A number of pre-events took place on Wednesday the 22nd of January, the majority of them being the middle distance events. A superb day was enjoyed by all and......

The Grade 8 Camp-out is an opportunity for us to achieve many things. The purpose of this event is to give the Grade 8s an opportunity to bond with their Mentors; for expectations of the busy, yet exciting term to be passed on; for simple......

Uplands hosted an Open Age Chess tournament on Saturday the 25th of January. The tournament was well attended and competition was tough, with Banele Mhlango, one of Mpumalanga’s U20 players who has represented South Africa quite often in the Africa Junior Championships, leading in the......

Uplands Outreach is delighted to present our Annual Impact Metrics infographic, highlighting data from a record-breaking year. Congratulations to Mr Mandrew Nyambi (Insikazi Circuit Manager) and our 34 partner schools for these exceptionally positive results. We hope you enjoy reading this synopsis of our impact.......

Once again, Uplands College celebrates a 100% pass rate, with 96% of the candidates meeting the requirements for Bachelor’s Degree Studies. The school is particularly proud of its top achievers, with 39% of the grade attaining three or more distinctions and an average of 2.2......

Spekboom is an indigenous, evergreen, environmental miracle worker, with the potential to tackle carbon emissions like no other plant can. The Preparatory pupils have been planting and learning about this amazing succulent in their Skills Sessions with Mr Ernstzen and the Enviro Club with Mr......

The pupils had a lovely celebration of musical talent at Uplands Preparatory. This week’s trilogy of concerts has been fantastic and it has been such a privilege to hear our children perform on stage. Thank you to our parents for supporting their children, as well......

Our Grade 000s, 00s and 0s had their Orientation Day, where the children were given the opportunity to meet their new teachers, and the parents attended a presentation in the AV room....

A highlight of the Uplands calendar year is The Journey, a 12-day self-discovery and personal strength experience. This Rite of Passage requires: removal from the familiar (people, devices, comforts, patterns); a physical challenge; unpredictable elements; a rewarding natural environment; engagement with one’s internal and social......

As part of our support for the Lula orphanage centre, and as we seek to grow awareness for the world around us, our College pupils have donated food parcels to the centre. We thank our pupils for their generosity, and Lula for the kindness and......

The Uplands Pre-Preparatory School put on their annual Nativity Play, ‘Busy, Busy Bethlehem’ on Tuesday 26th November. This event was yet another highlight for the children, and they all had their special time to shine on the stage. The Grade 0s all had speaking parts......

On 28th November, the Uplands Preparatory Senior Phase hosted an exciting and really fun Inter-House Gala. We were blessed with amazing weather, with temperatures in excess of 30’C which was more than ideal for an action-packed gala. Our overall winners were Ogilvie House, with a......

The Uplands Preparatory Foundation Phase Inter-House Gala was held on Thursday 28th November. A combination of fun, singing, cheering, determination and an atmosphere of competiveness floated in the air. The children enjoyed the fun races, collecting bobbing corks and keeping ducks and frogs dry on......

The Uplands Preparatory Music Department, in collaboration with the Uplands PTA, hosted a delightful Carols by Candlelight evening on Monday 2nd December. The evening was very well attended, with members of the Uplands community enjoying the snacks and drinks on sale while relaxing on picnic......

The Grade 3 pupils had an opportunity to explore Money as a concept in Maths. We focused on supply and demand, what profits and losses are, as well as the various needs and wants that businesses have to take into consideration. At the beginning of......

In our Pre-Preparatory School, we certainly have many engineers in the making. Playing with a variety of building and creative products helps children build self-confidence and encourages their independent learning too. By allowing children freedom in construction play encourages them to think independently and make decisions based on what they......

The Pre-Preparatory has many doctors, nurses, pilots, mommies and other professions in the making. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas. When children engage in pretend play, they are actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life; they learn......

To instil a love for the environment and nature, our Grade 0000 children are exposed to lessons outdoors. The outdoor environment offers a unique stimulus that captures children’s attention and interest.  At the beginning of the term they planted garlic cloves and have eagerly watched......

Uplands Pre-Preparatory School hosted a family ‘Spring Day Picnic’ on Saturday 31st August. The parents brought their picnic baskets and blankets and spent a relaxing morning under the gazebos while the children played with their friends and enjoyed an array of entertainment. This event featured......

The Preparatory has announced the 2020 Sacristans. They took over from the 2019 team on Friday 1 November and are now responsible for all Chapel Services in the Preparatory School. We wish them well. The chosen 2020 Sacristans are Darell Awogu, Sonney Waspe, Minet van......

The Grade 3 families, children and teachers thoroughly enjoyed teaming up this year to organise another successful Dog Walk. The Dog Walk took place on the 1st September 2019 in aid of the White River Animal Hospital Welfare Fund. There were exciting activities and stalls......

On Sunday 8th September we had our annual Thandaza Walk (Prayer Walk). It was well supported and it was great to see some new and younger faces with lots of energy enjoying the walk and praying the thematic prayer stations. Our themes this year covered......

Honours Evening at Uplands is always such a special occasion – definitely one of the highlights on the year’s calendar. As a school we celebrate the top academic Matric pupils, as well as identifying pupils who have excelled in different facets of school life. We......

On the 19th of October, Uplands Preparatory Tennis team participated in a Tennis South Africa Rising Star Tennis Tournament. Pauline Tardan, Pippa Pappas, Thuli Khoele and Sally Gitlin played in the girls’ draw and the boys’ team was made up of Joe Gitlin, Gabriel Buchanan,......

Uplands College warmly welcomes our new exchange pupils from Australia. Noah Brinsden and Marshall Browne both join us from Hale College, Perth. Noah, who is hosted by Zandre de Kok, joins us in Founders Boarding whilst Marshall, hosted by Alex Lane, will be in Goss......

The annual College Boarder’s Leaver’s Dinner took place on Thursday 10th October. It was an opportunity for our Matrics to reflect on their 5 years in boarding, to reminisce over fond memories and to connect as friends. It was also an opportunity for the boarding......

We are extremely proud of the Uplands Preparatory 1st XI Hockey boys’ team of 2019. They are the Ehlanzeni Champs (4th year running), the Mpumalanga Champs (3rd year running) and the Bronze medallists at the CHAMP OF CHAMPS. Special mention must be made of Bruce......

The Matthew Prior Cricket Festival is a memorial festival in honour of Matthew John Prior. This cricket festival is an annual event hosted by Uplands Preparatory in memory of Matthew John Prior who sadly passed away whilst opening the batting for Uplands Prep 1st XI......

The Grade 1’s had a wonderful outing to the White River Garden Pavilion. They were able to pot their own plants and learnt about waterwise gardening, as well as how to read seedling labels to see if they need sun or shade. The next day,......

The Annual Uplands Matric Final Chapel is an event whereby the Grade 12s in Uplands attend their final chapel service for high school. The evening is generally conducted by Father Andrew in conjunction with the Grade 12s who are part of the Christian Committee. This......

The Uplands CANSA Debutantes celebrated their hard work and fundraising efforts at this year’s CANSA Ball, held at the Emnotweni Arena on Friday 25 October. Our CANSA Debutantes raised more funds than any other school. We thank Mrs. Yulandi van Zyl and the 2019 CANSA......

This year’s Matric Art Exhibition was opened by our top achieving Art student, Farrah Cruse, at our Valediction Breakfast on Friday 18th October. Our Matric Visual Art Class of 2019 has achieved an exceptionally high standard of meaningful and skilfully-executed imagery. The pupils explored a......

Our Uplands  service is a rite of passage for our Matrics. This ceremony marks their last academic day at Uplands. It is moment for reflecting on the years shared together and to symbolically bring this time to a close. As each Matric pupil rings the......

Uplands Outreach is pleased to share our latest edition of Winning Ways, showcasing success stories and best practices. ·       Learn about professional development in schools ·       Hear from our program beneficiaries about the power of life-long learning ·       Read about our highlights during the past few......

The Grade 00s tackled the Creepy Crawly theme with enthusiasm. The following two weeks had children finding all sorts of insects in the school garden and at home, which they collected and eagerly showed their friends. To encourage scientific discovery, we posed the following question......

I huge congratulations to Craig Cameron-Mackintosh (Class of 2005) on being named overall winner for the Sanlam Portrait Award 2019! On display with some excellent artworks in the Top 40 until 23rd October at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery.    ...

Our children have all participated in a number of hockey and cricket festivals and matches this term. Well done on outstanding results and behaviour!    ...

On Cue Theatre’s annual performance was showcased to both the Foundation and Senior phases on Tuesday. Each performance was designed to target the two different age groups and did so brilliantly: the sounds of laughter and delight coming from the hall could be heard from......

The Uplands College CANSA Debutantes hosted a colourful Rainbow Run on Saturday the 17th of August 2019. Mandisa Singwane and Nicole Elliot were the student leaders of this initiative in the aid of CANSA. The Rainbow route consisted of 5km of fun on the Uplands......

Student leadership matters in schools. Leadership, therefore, has to be nurtured and is an Uplands goal. Through teaching leadership, Uplands aims to graduate pupils who are capable of self-starting behaviour, who are confident, organised and directed, who can lead a team of people towards a......

On the 14th of August, the Expressive Arts Department pulled out all the stops and showcased the best of Dance, Dramatic Arts, Music and Visual Arts across the College grades. Creatively hosted by Onkgopotse Aphane, Cebisa Kuboni, and Bruna Jeque, the audience was entertained around......

On Thursday morning on the 8th of August, we celebrated the ‘40 Days’ landmark with our Matric group of 2019. A positive new tradition was established with the Empact staff preparing a special breakfast that was enjoyed by Matrics and teachers alike. You will see......

The SANESA organisation promotes all Equestrian Sport within South Africa’s school community. Members of SANESA are represented by each member School. Every South African province has SANESA representation, and provincially there are four Qualifiers hosted in the first seven months of the year; the eight......

The Uplands College CANSA Debutantes hosted a colourful Rainbow Run on Saturday the 17th of August 2019. Mandisa Singwane and Nicole Elliot were the student leaders of this initiative in the aid of CANSA. The Rainbow route consisted of 5km of fun on the Uplands......

On the 6th of August, Uplands School’s top musicians performed at the annual Classical Concert, held in Uplands College hall. The talented pupils proved that they are born performers and the audience was enthralled by their musical abilities. Students from the Preparatory to the College......

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