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 14 April 2015
Newsletter 11 

Letter from the Editor

Please find the Scripture for the week here.

A warm welcome to our new families that have joined us this term.

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

  • Shane Cuthbertson - Welcomes everyone back and reminds families of the Matric Dance this Friday evening.

  • Allan Chandler - Welcomes Liz Bowen to the HS Library whilst Mrs Thompson is on accouchement leave.

  • Barbara Taljard - Welcomes Mrs Dinnematin (Locum in place of Mrs Hollamby) and Ms Dlamini (Purple Group Assistant) to the Foundation Phase. 



View the Classifieds here! Need an Aupair? Housesitter? Evening Dresses for Hire? Mobile Hairstylist! One Direction Tickets on Sale! and more....


Stock Shop - PS Hockey Bags

Limited stock of Primary School Hockey Bags - first-come-first-served! 


Golf Day - please contact Rae Griesel 031 764 8697 if you would like to donate prizes, sponsor a hole, or book a 4-Ball.


Matric Dance - Hall viewing and arrivals- Hall viewing on Friday afternoon is from 13.30 - 15.30 only.  For the arrivals, please be seated by 5.30pm.

There will be parking for parents in the High School parking at the top entrance of the school as well as in the new tarred car park.

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
Thursday 16 April PS Inter House Cross Country - Savory Field
Friday 17 April SP Grade 7 Shakespeare Rehearsal (2 - 5pm)
  Matric Dance - Peter Habberton Hall
Saturday 18 April SP 1st Team Rugby Festival - Home
  SP Grade 7 Shakespeare Rehearsal (2 - 5pm)


Scripture for the week


While Jesus' disciples were talking about what had happened, Jesus appeared and greeted them. They were frightened and terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost, but Jesus said, "Why are you so frightened? Why do you doubt? Look at my hands and my feet and see who I am! Touch me and find out for yourselves. Ghosts don't have flesh and bones as you see I have. " After Jesus said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. The disciples were so glad and amazed that they could not believe it. Luke 24:36-41

I hope and pray that you all had a blessed Easter holiday. He is risen! He is risen indeed! I often chuckle to myself when I read the above scripture; it is not just the disciple’s amazement of seeing Jesus standing amongst them but also the terror they must of felt! Exactly how I might of felt “They were frightened and terrified…”. They sadly never took seriously what Jesus Had said to them before His crucifixion, that He would rise from the dead. How seriously do we take the Easter message: That Jesus is alive and with us today? Jesus reminds us in John 20:29: "Is it because you have seen me that you have believed? How blessed are those who have never seen me and yet have believed!" The promise from Jesus is even though we are not witnesses to His life, death and resurrection we are blessed because we believe in Him. So be blessed this day and believe.


Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

Welcome back to the start of the second term. Hopefully everyones batteries have been recharged and all are energized and enthusiastic about the challenges that lie ahead. The second term is always a busy one. Winter sports are demanding and academically the mid-year examinations loom. Planning and time management will be crucial for the pupils. I recently came across a comment that reads:




We allow so much to clutter our lives. This creates stress that is often really unnecessary. There is so much activity around us and the secret is to find our own world and to prioritise what is really meaningful to us.

The highlight this week is surely the staging of the Matric Dance on Friday evening. This is always a spectacular event and it is certainly worth attending the arrivals parade which is held in the car park from 17:30. The Hall can also be viewed for a short while after school from 13:30 to 15:30.

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

Welcome back to what is always a busy and industrious term. We get right into the swing of things with sport fixtures this week, and the Matric Dance on Friday evening, a highlight for the Grade 12s. I look forward to a productive couple of months!

We welcome Liz Bowen into the Library for the full term as Penny Thompson goes on accouchement leave. Welcome to Liz, and all the best to Penny.

A number of tours took place over the Easter break and I have received many positive comments about the general behaviour and commitment of our youngsters. Well done to all of them, and sincere thanks to those staff members who gave of their time.

Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Welcome back to all our Thomas More families after the Easter holidays. A warm welcome also to Mrs Melissa Dinnematin as Blue Group locum assistant for Term 2 while Mrs Jenna Hollamby is on accouchement leave and to Ms Hazel Dlamini who joins us as the Purple Group Assistant.

We are also glad to have Mrs Annette Swart back with us as she does a locum for Mr Moolman who is recuperating after a knee operation. A special welcome to all those children new to Thomas More this term. We trust you will soon feel at ease and that you and your families will settle in easily.

I hope you all had both a blessed time at this important time in our Christian calendar, as well as an opportunity to relax with your family and have an enjoyable break. We also trust that your children are rested and refreshed, ready for the challenges of a new school term. I certainly had a good rest and my husband, daughter and I spent meaningful quality time with my son, daughter-in law and little granddaughter, whom we had really missed.

I am glad that our Grade 7 cultural tourists had a terrific time and learnt much while enjoying themselves in Cape Town. Thank you to the teachers who gave up holiday time to accompany them.

No doubt a number of you will watch not only the arrivals of the Matrics and their partners on Friday evening, 17th April, to their Matric farewell, but will also marvel at the different modes of transport. Certainly the girls enjoy the experience and dream of when they will become fairy princesses in their special year, while the boys dream of their modes of transport! The Matric Dance fashion show is the following week on Thursday 23 April - tickets available at the door.

The Inter-house Cross country takes place this week during school hours from 08:00 to 10:00. Children may come to school in their Phys. Ed. shorts, house T-shirts and takkies and do not have to change after the run . It looks set at this stage to be a cooler day which will make for good running (please bring school tracksuits to keep warm after you have run).

All the best to you all for a busy and happy second term.

Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & steers – Kloof


Will resume next week.

Cultural Achievements

None to report this week.


Sporting Achievements


Congratulations to the following girls who were selected for PADSSA last term:

U18A PADSSA Team - Amy Balarin

U18B PADSSA Team - Caitlin Downes, Tayla Kymdell, Summer Robertson

U16A PADSSA Team - Robyn Phipps, Tatum Olivier

U16B PADSSA Team - Hannah Robinson

U14A PADSSA Team - Cassy Balarin, Kayleigh Du Toit, Andani Mashige, Courtney Sim, Carmen Vicent

U14B PADSSA Team - Alex Hanger, Sarah Kemp, Victoria Ridgard



Congratulations to Jenna Bentley, Josh Munstermann, Keshav Gounden and Kim Dawson who all competed in the National Bouldering Competition in Cape Town with the KZN team during the school holidays.

Jenna Bentley was the only TMC pupil to make the finals and climbed well to take 5th place.    Well done to all our climbers.


Action Netball Mixed Team

Congratulations to Daniel Bentley and Ashley Harper who both played in the mixed U18 Invitational KZN Action Netball side, although Daniel had also been selected to compete in the National Bouldering Competition over the same period, his commitments lay with the Action Netball team who he had been training with for some time.  The team (of mainly U16s) were placed 2nd in the 6 and 7-a-side competitions, losing only to a very strong U18 Western Province team.  Daniel showed so much potential that he has been selected to play for the U16 Mixed South African Team in the Tri-Nationals Indoor Netball Competition in Perth, Australia in July this year.  Well done Daniel.


TMPS 3rd Team Cricket vs Atholl Heights

TMPS scored 74 for 9 in 20 overs

Atholl Heights scored 57 for 10 in 16 overs

Bowlers: L. Gibson - 4 overs, 10 runs, 2 wickets

S. Mashiloene - 2 overs, 5 runs, 2 wickets

TMPS U13C Team won by 17 runs.


KZN U13A Inter Provincial Action Netball

Congratulations to Hanna Alexander and Ava Terblanche who both represented KZN in the U13A Action Netball Tournament.  The team competed against 10 other provincial teams and only lost 1 match in the Round-Robin stages.  They competed in the finals and were placed 2nd with Silver medals.  The KZN team also won the Spirit award for the series.  Well done to both Hanna and Ava.


KZN U18 Action Netball

Congratulations to Leah Sim and her team who placed 3rd in the Interprovincial competition during the school holidays.


U12A Action Netball

Congratulations to our U12A team who won silver medals at the Action Plate Final.  Well done girls.


HS Hockey Boys' U14A (Ken Florens Festival at Northwood)

vs Parktown lost 3 – 1

vs Rondebocsh lost 6 – 0

vs Waterkloof lost 4 – 1

 vs Glenwood lost 7 – 0

vs Prince Edward lost 4 – 2

vs Kearsney lost 3 – 2


HS Boys’ U16A Hockey (Crawford La Lucia Tournament)

vs Kearsney 2nds lost 0-1

vs Crawford La Lucia 1st won 2-1

vs Clifton 2nd lost 1-2

vs Bremen Hockey Club from Germany won 3-0

vs DHS 1st lost 1-4

Final play-off vs Crawford LL 1st drew 0-0


HS Boys’ U16A Hockey (Tuks Tour)

vs Middleburg 1st lost 1-3

vs Affies 2nd lost 1-3

vs Menlo Park U16A drew 1-1

vs Louis Trichard 1st lost 1-2

vs Standerton 1st won 8-0

vs Affies U16 won 3-0


HS Girls’ U14A Hockey

vs Curro Hazeldean won 10-0

vs Garsfontein B won 7-0

vs Zwartkop won 9-1

vs Pietersburg drew 1-1

vs Afrikaans Hoer Meisieskool won 5-0

Played Menlopark B in the finals and won 4-1.

U14A Girls’ ended 1st out of 13 schools.


HS Boys’ U14A Hockey

vs Afrikaans Seuns Hoerskool B won 5-0

vs Zwartkop won 6-0

vs Menlopark B won 9-1

vs Menlopark A lost 6-0

vs Noordheuwel drew 2-2

vs Garsfontein won 2-1

Played Menlopark A in the finals and lost 3-1.

U14B Boys’ ended 2nd out of 7 schools.


HS Girls’ U16A Hockey

vs HS Middelburg won 3-0

vs Afrikaans Hoer Meisieskool won 2-0

vs Ermelo HS won 1-0

vs Witbank HS lost 1-0

vs Zwartkop HS drew 2-2

vs Menlopark HS won 1-0

vs Uplands College won 2-0

Played for position 3 and 4 and beat Curro Witbank 1-0.

Girls’ U16A ended 3rd out of 16 teams.


HS Girls' 1st Team Hockey

vs Petra High drew 1-1

vs Grantleigh won 2-0

vs Uplands College drew 1-1

vs Ermelo 2 won 2-0

vs HTS Witbank won 2-0

In the final lost 4-0 to Ermelo HS.

Girls’ 1st Team ended 2nd out of 14 teams.


Casey Balarin, Carmen Vicent, Christine Heyns (Grade 7), Jordan Jamieson Akuse Mlanzi, Gavin Blythen, Kendal Scott-Moncrieff, Summer Robertson and Amy Balarin were selected for a Tournament All Stars team at the end of the clinic.


HS Boys’ 1st Team Hockey

played in the Founders Tournament hosted by Parktown Boys’ High School.

Results were as follows:

vs KES drew 1-1

vs Parktown BHS lost 4-1

vs Queens College won 3-0

vs Noordheuwel lost 2-4

vs Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool lost 3-0

vs Dale College won 1-0

The 1st Team boys were complimented by the Tournament Director and the umpires for their impeccable behaviour on the field. We are proud of them. 


HS Rugby

1st Team Rugby went to Somerset College and played 3 games:

TMC vs Somerset College Lost 42 -7

TMC vs Woodridge College Lost 32 -12

TMC vs Westerford Won 29 -12



Ulwazi Equestrian Eventing Show

Congratulations to both:-

Tyler Jelf (pictured right) - Sanesa 70cm eventing – 1st place

Katey Legg (pictured left) - Sanesa 60cm eventing – 1st place













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.