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News from the Horse's Mouth

 23 March 2015
Newsletter 10 

Letter from the Editor

Please find the Scripture for the week here.

    Some points of particular interest in the expanded sections below include:

  • Shane Cuthbertson - wishes those going on school tours well, and the rest of the school a happy holiday.

  • Allan Chandler - wishes the school tours good luck, congratulates our Acapella group, and wishes a Blessed Easter to all.

  • Barbara Taljard - reminds PS parents of the parent teacher interviews taking place this week in the FP, and the SP Interviews this Tuesday from 4pm - 7pm, and a Happy Easter to all.



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Our sincere condolences to Mrs Joan Bester (JP Aftercare) on the recent passing of her husband, our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this sad time.


To Nonto Mkize, our HS Secretary, on the passing of her partner, Sandile.  Our sincere condolences to her and her son Khwezi.  You are both in our thoughts and prayers.


Golf Day - 8 May at Kloof Country Club - further correspondence will go out during the course of the week.


Wishing you all an enjoyable, safe and blessed Easter. 


Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

Google Calendars for parents

We plan ahead as far as possible for test dates and sporting fixtures, and so information gets added into these areas often. For this reason, we have set up a number of different Google Calendars to allow parents and students to access information as soon as it is available, so that they may also plan ahead.

We have a separate calendar for each Grade’s academic deadlines starting from Grade 5 onwards. This allows teachers to make sure that a grade is not getting overloaded with deadlines bunching up. We also have separate sporting calendars for each Phase of the school.

We have included a section at the end of the newsletter to explain google calendars in more detail.

Your login details for the portal have been included in the email sent to you for this newsletter – please note the easy to use address for the portal:


Achievements   Extra-mural Calendars   Academic Calendars
Week Ahead  Quick Links
Tuesday 24 March SP Vision & Hearing Screening
  SP Report Evening
  FP Parent Interviews
Wednesday 25 March SP Vision & Hearing Screening
  Grade 1 Careers Dress-up Day
  FP Parent Interviews
  SP Cricket vs Atholl Heights - Home & Away
Thursday 26 March SP Vision & Hearing Screening
  Non-Academic Day
Friday 27 March JP Interhouse Gala - Edoo Barker Pool
  Break up Day
  FP closes early - 11:00
  SP closes early - 11:30
  HS closes early - 12:00


Scripture for the week


After the Sabbath, around dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb. Suddenly there was a powerful earthquake. For an angel of the Lord had come down from heaven, stepped forward, rolled the stone away, and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were as white as snow. Because they were so afraid of him, the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Stop being afraid! For I know you're looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here. He has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that He has risen from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee, and you will see him there. Remember, I have told you!" So they quickly left the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples. Matthew 28:1-8

It’s been a busy term for everyone and from me I pray that you may all have a restful, peaceful and blessed Easter holidays. As the angel said to the two Mary’s: Jesus has risen from the dead and with”…great joy …ran to tell the disciples”. May this Easter time be a time of great joy for you and your families because what Our Lord has done for us.  

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

During the course of the last week I have had further comments on the success of the Long Walk. It seems that almost everyone loved the changes to the route and asked that we keep them. Much was also said about the quality of the organisation and even more about the variety on offer at the refreshment tables. We made a big change this year in the way we handled the litter problem and received many compliments on how clean the route was after the event.

The results are in and it is very rewarding to see that we had record numbers of finishers in the 80km and 55km events. The weather was kind, but I did sense very high levels of determination as well. This year there were 234 walkers finishing the 80km. This is the highest number ever. In 2014 there were 159 and in 2013 there were 230, which was the previous record. The number of 55km walkers was also a record at 351, with 331 in 2014 and 303 in 2013. Who said that people are not as tough as they used to be?

The April holidays will, as usual see a large number of tours going away. These include:

HS Rugby: 1st XV to Cape Town

HS Hockey: Boys 1st to Johannesburg

HS Hockey:  Boys U14 to Pretoria

HS Hockey:  Boys U16 to Crawford La Lucia Tournament

HS Netball: U15 and 1st to Pretoria

SP Cultural Tour: Grade 7 to Cape Town

The High School smaller choir, “Retrobeats”, returned victorious today after winning the National Acapella Choir Festival in Welkom over the weekend. We were the defending champions.

As usual the first term has been long and busy and we are all looking forward to the break. The first month of the new term will be full of new challenges and opportunities.

Have a restful and invigorating holiday! 

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

Once again, my heartiest congratulations to all who organised, assisted and walked last Saturday. The weather was kind to us and it was a memorable traditional event.

Please note that on break up day there will be 5 formal academic lessons and a closing Awards Assembly. Unless they are away on tour, I expect all pupils to be present.

I appreciate your co-operation in this regard.

I take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed Easter, and good luck to all pupils representing the school on tours.

News Flash:  Retrobeats, our Acapella group, retained their title on the weekend at the National Competition in Klerksdorp. Heartiest congratulations to Tatiana Kotzé and the 11 youngsters!! I am very proud of them.

Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Our Grade 7 Zenith participants once again proved how worthwhile this course is and amazed and delighted us with their speeches. Many thanks to parents for the excellent support, as well as to those teachers who sacrificed their time to support their pupils.

Our Grade 2s thoroughly enjoyed their festival of “Food from around the world” on Thursday and our Grade 3s had a super time at Treasure Beach last Friday.

Thank you for the great support at our Senior Primary Inter-House gala on Friday, and very well done to Savory who came first and to our senior and junior victor and victrix ludorums. Thanks to all staff- the gala was well organized and it was great to see the excellent progress our swimmers have made. Well done to the coaches and swimmers alike.

It was most heartening to attend the entire school Outreach Assembly last Wednesday and to hear from Philip Lanz how much money was raised for those less privileged – this despite the present economic situation. Thank you to all families for your generosity and enabling us to continue our worthwhile outreach support and commitments.

Please remember there are no extra murals this week for both the Foundation Phase and Senior Primary, except for the action netball semi-finals- and hopefully finals- this evening, tennis and cricket practices and matches and the rugby pre-season training. Sport only starts in the second week of the new term for the Foundation Phase, but all extra-murals start in the first week for the Senior Primary.

Parent teacher interviews for our Foundation Phase take place tomorrow, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 March in the afternoon, as per times booked, in the teachers’ classrooms. Our Senior Primary interviews are also scheduled for tomorrow, 24 March, from 16:00- 19:00 in the Habberton Hall. You will receive your SP child’s report today and trust you will study it closely and then avail yourselves of the opportunity to see the relevant teacher/ teachers.

What do we, what do we, what do we say?” “Thank you! Another one, Eyo, Eyo!” In the words of the children, a huge thank you to everyone for all the support, from our dedicated teachers for their unfailing commitment, loyalty and support over this long eleven week term and to you, the parents, for encouraging and supporting your children in their activities, commitments and functions. It is much appreciated

Wishing you all the best for the holiday, especially to our Grade 7s and History teachers going on the Grade 7 cultural tour to Cape Town. We trust that you will have a blessed Easter and a special time with your family and look forward to seeing you back at school on Tuesday, 14 April.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & steers – Kloof


Phoebe Bothma - for her improved attitude and trying so hard to finish her work on time.  Well done.


Hannah Lang - for her cheerful disposition and positive approach to each school day.


Gabi Rockey - for trying hard to work neatly and for her kind nature towards others.


Laura van Tonder - for her beautiful working, delightful reading and helpfulness in the classroom.


Luyanda Shezi - for walking with such determination and participating in the fun.


Ella Krautz - for determination, hard work and cheerfulness in all her lessons.  Well done.


Shayna Fernandes - for her kindness and gentleness and for her persevering attitude and grit she showed in the Long Walk even though her feet were sore.


Rory Mazery - for her caring, giving heart and beautifully presented tasks.


Joel Jooste - for trying hard to listen well and improve his focus and pace when he works.
4dP Daniel Carey - for consistently working hard and for being so responsible with his belongings.
4M Erin Simpkins - for her enthusiastic approach to her school day.
4F Darian Maclean - for her enthusiasm and commitment to every part of her school day.
5vL John Robbins - for his positive attitude to his school work, good manners and the kindness he shows towards his peers.
5P Megan Hoogerheijde - for growth in confidence and perseverance with difficult tasks.
5L Morgan Scott - for growth in confidence and a more positive attitude towards swimming.
6B Charlotte Williamson - for her sweet and cheerful nature and positive attitude in the classroom.
6M Amy Harwin - for her hard work and enthusiastic approach to her work.
6H Joshua Barnes - for doing so well in his Geography test.
7M Caitlyn du Plessis - for her huge effort in the Long Walk - finishing 55km!
7C Erin Ogden - for her good manners, consistent hard work and positive attitude.
Qwinton Knöcklein & Rory Camp - for completing the 55km Long Walk!
7S Matthew Parfitt, Tim Bartlett & James Pooley - for their achievement of completing the 55km Long Walk.



congratulations to Jordan Bezuidenhout on achieving his Gold certificate in Mathletics.

Cultural Achievements


Nic Leisegang and Jordan Pieters were selected to attend the League Developmental Debating Tournament which took place on the 22nd March.

Both debaters excelled.

Nic was in the winning team (20 teams overall) and was placed first on individual speaker scores. Jordan was in the team that came second overall and he came second on individual speaker scores.   Well done guys!


National Acapella Competition

Retrobeats Acapella group took part in a National Acapella competition in Klerksdorp on Saturday 21st March. Congratulations to them for winning the competition for the second consecutive year. The audience loved their performance and gave a standing ovation.


Sporting Achievements

TMPS Cricket 2nd vs Curro HCA 2nd

TMPS 103 /9 after 20 Overs

Lola Lee 20 not Out

Match drawn. Rain stopped play.


TMPS 3rd vs Curro HCA 3rd

TMPS scored 120 / 2

Batsmen: S. Daniel 28 not out

S. Mashiloane 51 not out

HCA scored 71 / 10

Bowlers: D. Gregson 4 overs 20 runs 4 wickets

M. Maclean 3 overs 13 runs 2 wickets

D. Launspach 3 overs 16 runs 2 wickets

D. Dronca 0.4 overs 6 runs 2 wickets

TMPS won the game by 49 runs


Grade 2 & 3 Gala at St. Mary’s

Our Gr. 2 & 3s swam at St. Mary’s. There was good competition and we had the following results:

1st place – 4

2nd place – 5

3rd place – 7

4th place – 11

5th place – 7

6th place – 5

7th place – 2

8th place – 1


U9 hardball cricket vs Kloof

On Wednesday our u9's played their final game of the season vs Kloof. The boys were hoping to end the season on a high and record their first win. Kloof won the toss and opted to bat first. We came out fired up and the bowlers were magnificent. Bowling with a disciplined line and length they soon had Kloof on the ropes and managed to bowl them out for 35 with all the bowlers contributing. We then came out to bat and showed great concentration in keeping the new ball out and were lead home by Max Buchan and Ryan Bronwing for a comprehensive 7 wicket win. An excellent all round team performance. Well done boys!


Grade 3 Netball Tournament

Our Grade 3s played in their last tournament for the term. They all had fun and we had the following results:

TMC 1 vs TMC 2     2-0

TMC 3 vs Winston Park 2    0-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park 1    1-1

TMC 1 vs Winton Park 2     2-1

TMC 2 vs TMC 3     1-0

TMC 1 vs Winston Park 1    1-0

We have had an unbeaten season! Well done girls!  



Congratulations to Matthew Watts on his recent SA Level 2 National Swimming results:

3 Golds (200m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle)
1 Silver (100m Freestyle)
1 Bronze (400m Freestyle)

Well done Matthew!


Equestrian Results

Congratulations to the following children who took part in the SANESA Interschools Horse riding competition this weekend:

Katelyn Legg:-

1st in Competition Jumping 70cm

1st in Welcome Equitation class

3rd in Working Hunter class

Cayla van der Walt:-

1st in both her Welcome Dressage Tests

Thomas Gourley:-

4th in Working Hunter

4th in Equitation

4th in Show Jumping

Alex Lutz:-

5th and 6th in ideal time

Hannah Patterson represented Thomas More in Tentpegging and received an individual 2nd in tentpegging and TMC came 5th overall.

TentpeggingHannah Patterson - 2nd Place SANESA Tentpegging (15 March Equestrian2015)


Thomas Gourley - SANESA Q2 - Shongweni




























Google Calendars for parents

All of these calendars start out with basic information and then details are added as we find them out. E.g. at the start of a term, a subject test will be booked for a later date. As the time draws closer, the teacher is able to determine more fully what syllabus the class has managed to cover thus far, and will fill in details of what will be in the test at that stage.

It is important to note that this information is “live” and needs to be checked regularly. We have links to the different calendars available inside our website, found under the different Phase sections. We also have links to the same calendars inside the Parent Portal. The calendars that apply can be found under each of your child’s subheadings.


The Horse’s Mouth Newsletter has all calendar links available to be able to easily find whichever calendars you need to.


How to use the Google Calendar:

After you have clicked on the relevant calendar link, it will show you the default monthly view of the calendar:


There are navigation buttons at the top left to change dates easily to look back or to future events:


You are able to change the view of the calendar using the buttons at the top right to show only a week at a time, the default monthly view, or if you click on “Agenda” then you will see a list of events scheduled:


Please note – it is not a good idea to print the calendar out, as the information might get updated and you will not realize this if you are referring to a print out of a calendar at a certain point in time.

To see more details about a heading in the calendar, you need to click on that heading – it will pop-up a small window giving you what details have been filled in already. This is where we have information such as which teams are playing and times, and also what material will be covered in a test/examination:

It is important to note here that it is also not a good idea to click on the bottom option “Copy to my calendar” here, for the same reason as printing, you will not receive updated information if anything changes in the live calendar.