Today’s Thinking Child is Tomorrow’s Achiever

Dear Uplands Family As we get closer to the end of 2020, we can all agree that this year has been like no other year. We had to dig deep within and rise above the challenges that this year brought and find ways to adapt......

We hope that next year will be a return to live Chapel services and that this team will have a great year of service in helping lead our worship. Our new Sacristans for 2021 are the following pupils: Jessica Knott, Calla Harman, Miecke Prinsloo, Sienna......

Uplands Prep is leading the way on the sports front with another successful Inter-House event – this time a Cross-Country event. As always, we are committed to developing natural talent, providing opportunities for our children and developing coaches at the same time. I am extremely......

The relationship between Uplands and its wonderful community is a treasure, one that has lasted for over 92 years. We have worked hard to capture this treasured relationship in the very first edition of A View from Legogote. This newsletter is a proud collaboration between......

The Grade 000s had the privilege of meeting Oom Fred, a beekeeper. We were taught about the ‘awesome job’ these tiny creatures do for our environment and the importance of saving and looking after the bees on our planet. The children were intrigued to see......

We hosted a ‘Mini Olympics’ Sports Day on Saturday 23rd February. The children made a grand entrance to the song ‘Chariots of Fire’ while waving their flags and enjoying all the applause. It was a fun-filled celebration for the children as they participated in a......

Our brave little explorers got the opportunity to dig through some gooey jelly to find the fossil dinosaurs that were hidden away. On another excursion, our paleontologists had to excavate frozen eggs to retrieve some more dinosaur fossils that had been stuck in those ice......

We have quite a few upcoming herpetologists (zoologists in the field of reptiles) in Gr 000 after having two pet chameleons visit us. To follow our theme of Reptiles, Mango and Mielie each came to spend a morning with us. The children got to watch......

Young children are naturally inquisitive and are known to be full of questions about the world around them. At Uplands Pre-Preparatory, it is important for us to take advantage of the innate drive in our children to investigate how and why things work and to......

According to an online article in The Education Hub research has shown the visual arts to be a rich domain through which young children can explore and represent their experiences, think through and deepen their sense of their world, and develop their creative thinking. It is......

Shiver Me Timbers, Pirates! Our Grade 0s have sailed through treacherous waters this year. They excelled with their online programme and adapted so well when they returned to the safe island of Uplands. The brave Pirates have captured new skills and are ready to walk......

On Monday 30th November, the annual staff soccer game took place. In sweltering heat, the staff team could just not keep up with the fit and conditioned Grade 7 group. The final score was 6-4 in the children’s favour. As a group of staff, we......

Uplands Matric Class of 2020 have written their last exam today. As has become the tradition at Uplands College, the pupils have donated their school shoes and stationery to pupils in need in the local Kabokweni community. Spirits are high as the 2020 Matrics look......

We are feeling an overwhelming sense of achievement today as the last of our Journeying Grade 10s returned to the fold.  They have all walked, climbed, hobbled, swum and snacked their way over 110km amongst the magnificent (once you’re over them) mountains surrounding Barberton. That......

Our current Uplands Grade 000s, 00s and 0s and our new children for 2021 visited their new classrooms and had a taste of the fun and excitement that lies ahead for next year. They met their new teachers and classmates, were introduced to their new......

This term, the Grade 9 Visual Arts students explored printmaking. They were introduced to the history of printmaking in South Africa and the characteristic bold, patterned and contrasting relief prints created by artists such as John Muafangejo. Having been given a theme around Art and......

For the past five days, we have bade farewell to the 2020 Journey Groups. Today was a bittersweet moment as we said goodbye to our last group, Ubhejane. The final send-off was conducted by Mr Vincent Gelderbloem. He encouraged the girls by saying that if......

This morning we bade farewell to our last boys group as they left for Journey. Encouraging words from Mrs Casey Fowler and the 2019 Inyathi group was what the boys heard. This was the message from the girls: “When we heard that Inyathi was a......

“No pyjamas” were the words that echoed down the corridor while Mrs Sharon van Reenen was checking the Ingwe girls’ bags before they went to their Journey send-off. Some girls thought they were going glamping. The girls made a grand entrance as they walked and......

This morning, Group 3 (Ibhubesi), the second boys’ team, said their goodbyes to their friends and family as they left for Journey. During the send-off, Mr Hennie Joubert reminded the team of the following, “Like in any team, you will have good days and you......

A perfect Lowveld day dawned this morning as we bid farewell to our first girl group (Insele). Some were nervous about what lay ahead but the mentors for their Journey, Miss Amy Phillips and Miss Genevieve Keyter, assured the hikers that they were about to......

There was a great deal of excitement in the air as Uplands College said goodbye to the first Grade 10 Journey group. The young men in the Indlovu team could not wait to begin their adventure. The pupils will follow a new route through reserves......

Congratulations to Ms Clare Bolingbroke, who has received her Master’s Degree cum laude in Clinical Psychology, specialising in Applied Research....

The Grade 7 classes teamed up to raise money for their Graduation Dinner at the end of the year. A huge thank you to Cornel Kennett from Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge for sponsoring the raffle draw prize valued at R12500. Congratulations to Rue van......

Our annual Uplands Christmas Market takes on the format of a street market this year.  It takes place on Saturday 31 October from 09:30 to 16:00 on the road outside the main boom gate at Uplands. Shoppers should use the main entrance road and will......

Thanks to donations from the Japhet family and Lori Wagner for the JOC gardens, three campus checklists have been created for our beautiful natural environment. Here is Duncan Butchart’s second campus checklist: Dragonflies and Damselflies of Uplands. His first was the Birds of Uplands –......

Two of our Uplands College teachers, Mrs Celeste Smith and Ms Amy Phillips recently completed their Honours degree in Education. Mrs Smith studied through the University of Stellenbosch and received a BEd Honours, Cum laude, specialising in Educational Support. Ms Phillips completed her BEd Honours......

On Friday 16 October, the Grade 10 Drama pupils presented their fairytale productions … with a twist! “The tale of uSindi” replaced the classic Cinderella and “’Lil Red in the Hood” provided some wonderful comic antics for the Grade 1s. Performing in the amphitheatre, the......

Uplands College presents its School and Boarding Mentors for 2021.  They proudly pledge to recognise, respect and uphold their leadership role within Uplands and promise to serve each member of the school community with vigour, to ensure that Uplands remains THE school. School Mentors Amani......

Uplands College Honours Evening for 2020 took on a new look this year. Following COVID-19 regulations, it would have been impossible to accommodate the entire school body, teachers, parents and families in the school hall. To this end, with some 2020 insight and hindsight, Uplands......

The Uplands College CANSA debutantes hosted a Breast Cancer awareness day. Pupils were encouraged to wear pink and the CANSA debutantes sold doughnuts and snow cones to raise funds for this worthy cause. The Uplands CANSA debutantes would like to express their sincere gratitude for......

Uplands Online Honours Evening focuses on all our top achievers across Academics, Sports, Culture and Service. As such, only the Grade 12 Academic awards, Culture and Service trophies and First Team Sports trophies for sports that completed the season this year will be announced. The......

The Matric Dance is always a highlight on our school calendar, but with Covid-19 limiting social gatherings, this rite of passage had to be re-invented. We simply could not say farewell to our Matrics of 2020 without celebrating their growth and achievements with them under......

On the 9th of October 2020, Uplands Matric Class of 2020, along with special guests, parents, teachers and fellow pupils, attended their final Valediction Assembly on a perfect, warm Lowveld morning. The class were honoured for their ability to adapt to the unusual year and......

The Uplands Marketing Department with the help of Ms Jennifer Schaum, HOD Expressive Arts, and her Matric Art pupils ran a campaign from October 6 to 9, to introduce the young artists. The ‘Meet the Artists’ campaign gave the Uplands community a chance to get to......

Two days of our Grade 11 Leadership Camp has taught us what we are, who we can be, what we can learn from the animals, what we value, how we can affect change and how to have fun in the process....

Uplands Outreach is pleased to share our latest edition of Winning Ways, showcasing the remarkable success story of the Insikazi Circuit. Our thanks and appreciation to all our donors and supporters.  Your support is allowing this transformation to occur, despite the challenging times – thank......

On the 5th of October 2020, Uplands staff were thrilled to receive a delicious Cake-on-a-stick. They looked almost too good to eat. Uplands thanks all their staff for their commitment to the school....

We can all agree that this year was tough, especially for the Class of 2020. This morning, the Matrics were able to have some harmless fun when they celebrated their “40 Days.” 40 days marks the number of schooling days left for the Matrics to......

The Kgwale Le Mollo (KLM) Foundation awards young students from economically disadvantaged, rural communities in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa with an Education Scholarship to attend Uplands College. We are delighted to announce that, after an extensive selection process, Samkelisiwe Nyalinga and Wisani Zwane......

The four Uplands boarding houses gathered on the 1st of October 2020 for the annual Boarders Leavers Dinner, for which the theme this year was Superhero. The Heads of the Boarding Houses and various pupils reminisced on their five years in boarding with wonderful speeches,......

As our Monday Live Chat campaign comes to an end, we would like to thank the following people who made this campaign a great success: To Uplands Marketing Department, Uplands Past Pupil Association (UPPA), 2020 Uplands College school mentors, as well as our lovely guests,......

Join us on the 14th of September 2020, for our Final Monday Live Chat on our uplandswhiteriver Instagram page. Monday at 19:00 – 19:30 conducted by our 2020 Uplands College Mentor interviewing our Old Uplander....

It was with a huge amount of excitement that Uplands  Preparatory School were granted permission to host some social tennis fixtures on Friday afternoon. Under strict and monitored conditions, our top 4 boys and girls played single and doubles matches against our friends from Penryn......

This week we have been blessing the classrooms – and just by chance most of the children have also been sprinkled with Holy Water. Although we have done it now, it does not really have much to do with COVID, as the blessing is really......

Learning should connect pupils to the real world and in this instance it required pupil creativity, collaboration, global citizenship and digital skills. Life Science pupils were tasked to create a video promoting eco-tourism in the Galapagos Islands. Successful videos highlighted the unique adaptations of species......

Join us on the 7th of September 2020 for our Monday Live Chat. Manuel Machiana Júnior, our 2020 Uplands College mentor, will be interviewing our Uplands Past Pupil Jean Mortlock who is a 2001 Uplands Past Pupil. Time: 19:00 – 19:30 Instagram page: @uplandswhiteriver...

Join us on the 6th of November 2020 for the Uplands Past Pupils’ Association (UPPA) Golf Day Venue: White River Country Club Cost: R300 per player, R2 000 per tee box Contact: Brenda Archdeacon 082 820 9855 to book your four ball or sponsor a......

Calling all Uplands Grade 1 – 7 pupils and parents! You are invited to join the Uplands Preparatory Culture Department in creating your version of a Terrific Tableau. Terrific Tableau competition rules 1. To enter you will be required to sign into your Google account......

The Grade 1 classes had a lovely morning cycling around the cricket field during our annual Grade one bike day. They were very proud of their bikes and helmets. Some of the children were impressively agile on their bikes while others are still learning to......

Come join us at the Uplands Christmas Market on the 31st of October 2020. Time: 9:30-16:00. Venue: Uplands. The Market is a unique Christmas gifting fair hosted at Uplands in White River. Lots of fun for the whole family. Enquiries: 076 702 3540 or uplandschristmasmarket@gmail.com...

Calling all Uplands Grade 1 – 7 pupils and parents! You are invited to join the Uplands Preparatory Culture Department in creating your version of a Terrific Tableau. Terrific Tableau competition rules 1. To enter you will be required to sign into your Google account......

The Uplands board and staff were thrilled to welcome Sean Carlisle back to campus this week for a brief visit. Sean, our incoming Executive Head, will officially start in January 2021. Sean graciously gave up his mid-term holiday from Hilton College to take time to......

Uplands PTA and White River Animal Hospital invite you to join them from 1 September to 31 October 2020 for The White River Animal Hospital 2020 Virtual Dog Walk Details of how to enter/ cost/ what entrants receive: Enjoy a walk with your dog/s Pay......

The Uplands board and staff were thrilled to welcome Sean Carlisle back to campus this week for a brief visit. Sean, our incoming Executive Head, will officially start in January 2021. Sean graciously gave up his mid-term holiday from Hilton College to take time to......

Calling all Uplands Grade 1 – 7 pupils and parents! You are invited to join the Uplands Preparatory Culture Department in creating your version of a Terrific Tableau. Terrific Tableau competition rules 1. To enter you will be required to sign into your Google account......

Join us on the 17th of August 2020 for our Monday Live Chat. Khumo Ranape, our 2020 Uplands College mentor, will be interviewing our Uplands Past Pupil Jessica Tecklenburg who is a 2007 Uplands Past Pupil. Time: 19:00 – 19:30 Instagram page: @uplandswhiteriver...

Calling all Uplands Grade 1 – 7 pupils! You are invited to join the Uplands Preparatory Culture Department in taking part in the virtual Courageous Choir Competition. The virtual Courageous Choir will sing an arranged version of Memories by Maroon 5. Entries close 26 August. ......

Calling all Uplands Grade 1 – 7 pupils and parents! You are invited to join the Uplands Preparatory Culture Department in creating your version of a Terrific Tableau. Terrific Tableau competition rules 1. To enter you will be required to sign into your Google account......

In Msholozi – about five kilometres from Uplands – is the Shechem organisation that has started a feeding scheme for 80 vulnerable children in that community. The Uplands family contributed food as its Mandela Day 2020 initiative. A big load of non-perishables was collected and......

Join us on the 10th of August 2020 for our Monday Live Chat. Ruth Chaliyumba, our 2020 Uplands College mentor, will be interviewing our Uplands Past Pupil Rumbidzai Tendaupenyu who is a 2009 Uplands Past Pupil. Time: 19:00 – 19:30 Instagram page: @uplandswhiteriver...

Grade 1s went “on a Safari” today. They had leopards, crocodiles, rangers, anti-poachers, tourists and birds – the list was endless. Well done, Grade 1s, on your creative ideas!...

The Uplands family is rich in Diversity. Our unique cultures bring us together and give us the warm environment to celebrate and learn from each other. It was therefore fitting that the Uplands 2019 School Magazines were a celebration of that aspect of our school.......

Sometime during last year, Dave Ernstzen mentioned to me that he had had a desire for a long time to have a stained glass window put in the Chapel. So we began to put something together.  By the beginning of this year we had secured......

The Uplands Equestrian Centre has devised its own Internal Assessments for all its horse and pony riders to take part in, if they wish to do so.  These assessments take place twice a year and encourage the children to expand their riding expertise and horse......

Calling all Uplands Grade 1 – 7 pupils and parents! You are invited to join the Uplands Preparatory Culture Department in creating your version of a Terrific Tableau. Terrific Tableau competition rules To enter you will be required to sign into your Google account to......

Recently, while going through some records, Lynette Carlisle found a basic Uplands bird list from 2011. This was compiled by Duncan Butchart, the well-renowned naturalist. As Duncan is a friend, we contacted him and requested a beautiful checklist makeover. Attached please find the new list,......

Join us on the 3rd of August 2020 for our Monday Live Chat. Lindelwa Fakude, our 2020 Uplands College mentor, will be interviewing our Uplands Past Pupil Leanne Berger who is a 2007 Uplands Past Pupil. Time: 19:00 – 19:30 Instagram page: @uplandswhiteriver...

In our new lockdown world, it’s even more important that we stay connected to help each other thrive. Please send us your new contact details – whether you are a graduate, past parent, leaver, ex-staff member…at Uplands, Everyone counts! Please update your details: https://uplands.co.za/alumni-update-your-details/...

Our present Grade 7’s wrote the IEB International Benchmark Tests last year as part of our ongoing benchmarking at the end of the Intermediate Phase. We are very proud of the following pupils who were awarded certificates for their efforts. Certificate of Distinction for English:......

The Uplands Preparatory Boarders took a Sunday morning trip out to Graskop to enjoy the spectacular views from God’s Window. The morning was rounded off with some delicious pancakes at Harries Pancakes.  ...

Join us on the 27th of July 2020 for our Monday Live Chat. Thato Sebopela, our 2020 Uplands College mentor, will be interviewing our Uplands Past Pupil Regina dos Santos who is a 2004 Uplands Past Pupil. Time: 19:00 – 19:30 Instagram page: @uplandswhiteriver...

As is our tradition at the College, our Grade 8 and 9 students have contributed to the national Mandela Day Drive.  They have spent their 67 minutes creating books for teaching basic English vocabulary, and making clothes peg mathematical games.  The finished products are to......

Kaapsehoop is set out between large natural clearings in the rock fields near the top of the escarpment overlooking the lush De Kaap Valley situated some 800 metres below, with distant views towards Barberton and Nelspruit.  ...

In association with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the IEB offers International Benchmark Tests. These tests assess the generic skills that underpin English and Mathematics. Congratulations to the following pupils who achieved excellent results in the IBTs that were written in 2019: English......

Join us on the 20th of July 2020 for our Monday Live Chat Valentine Hlatswayo, our 2020 Uplands College mentor, will be interviewing our Uplands Past Pupil Zine Sekhukhune who attended Uplands Preparatory School from 1985 until 1990. Time: 19:00 – 19:30 Instagram page: @uplandswhiteriver...

Please Note: Due to load shedding the time for today’s Monday Live Chat has changed to 20:00 – 20:30. We apologies for any inconvenience. For today’s Monday Live Chat, Kayla Schefermann, our 2020 Uplands College mentor, will be interviewing Courtney Gehle who is a 2013 Uplands Past Pupil. Time: 20:00......

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......

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