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 28 April 2015
Newsletter 13 

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 - reminds parents that children should remain focused during the short week and our thoughts go out to the Bentley family as they await Rob's safe return to SA.

  • Allan Chandler - reminder that 28th, 29th and 30th April are normal school days.

  • Barbara Taljard - congratulates our Marimba bands and Choirs on their performance last week, and wishes the Grade 7s well for their Shakespeare evening on Wednesday night.



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Congratulations to Penny (HS Librarian) and Mark Thompson on the safe arrival of their baby girl, Amy, born on 23 April at Westville Hospital, weighing 4.1kg. 



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 28 April Grade 7 Shakespeare Dress Rehearsal (15:45 - 18:45)
Wednesday 29 April SP Rugby & Netball vs Virginia
  Grade 7 Shakespeare Sound Check (16:00 - 17:00)
  Grade 7 Shakespeare Evening - Great House Lawn (18:00)
Friday 01 May Public Holiday - Workers' Day


Scripture for the week


I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

During the Easter holidays we had the privilege to visit a cheetah rehab centre near Hluhluwe and were able go into their enclosures to touch and stroke them. Did not realise how massive especially adult males are, they are truly built for the kill. They are fearfully and wonderfully designed by God

Even more so are we and here in this scripture the author praises God for designing us and creation so well. However, we often find ourselves struggling with a low self-esteem, we are not good enough or handsome enough or beautiful or cool enough. Hey, we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God! Doesn’t that count for something!

I think during the school going years the crisis for many young people is the ability to be able to be accepted and treated with respect especially by their peers. However, I do believe whatever our age our esteem and confidence should come from God Himself not be reliant on other peoples opinion because if we do we are setting ourselves up to be disappointed. Sadly enough, human beings tend to be more critical of each other than being positive, it is our sinful nature. Let God be your source of confidence and esteem.

Between the 18th and 22nd May we are having our Christian Arts Festival here at Thomas More and our theme is ‘Wonderfully Made’ and is based on the scripture above. We all have gifts and talents and some display them more readily than others but we want to encourage all to find out and use their God giving talents not only for themselves but to benefit others. For we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God!

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

After a lovely 3-day weekend, please can we just remind pupils to keep focused in this short week.  School will carry on as per normal in these 3 days. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Rob Bentley (Sr. Belinda's husband) who is part of a South African team at Everest Base Camp, who were severely affected by the earthquake in Nepal this weekend. We trust Rob and the team will return safely to SA and to their families. 
Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

Just a short note from me this week with a gentle reminder that Tuesday (28th), Wednesday (29th) and Thursday (30th) are normal school days.

Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Well done to our Grade 4 and 5 Choir, marimba groups and the High School choir on their performance on Friday in our Mackenzie Centre for the folk from Rob Roy retirement home who visited us. Not only was the entertainment superb, but the “young-at-hearts” thoroughly enjoyed interacting with our young people and had a delightful afternoon outing.

Thank you to those parents who made the time to be at our merit assembly last week. It is appreciated. We do trust we have a good turnout of parents, especially Grade 7s, at our Shakespeare evening this Wednesday outside the back of the Great House, using the ambience of the House itself as our setting. We will have excerpts from Shakespeare commemorating the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday which falls on 23 April yearly. We will also have our newly formed school orchestra performing. We have organized a back-up generator to accommodate the scheduled load shedding, so only rain will now stop us. We will not be providing eats for the Grade 7 participants so please feed them before bringing them to school. The evening should be over by about 19:30. Thank you to Mr Gary Balarin for behind the scenes support. Extra special thanks to Ms Roberta Ramasamy for all her hard work, commitment and dedication in creating something very special for our Grade 7s.

We have had many PADSSA trials these past two weeks and now begin matches in earnest after this forthcoming long week-end. While I am in favour of competing, and believe in winning (but not “at all costs”), I also believe equally in participation and enjoyment. We should love our children, encourage them and support them to fight their own battles, and overcome their obstacles. I would like to share with you the following poem, written by Diane Loomans, which comes from A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul :

If I had my child to raise all over again,

I’d finger-paint more and point the finger less,

I’d do less correcting and more connecting.

I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes,

I would care to know less and know to care more.

I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.

I’d stop playing seriously, and seriously play,

I’d run though more fields and gaze at more stars.

I’d do more hugging and less tugging,

I would be firm less often and affirm much more.

I’d build self-esteem first and the house later.

I’d teach less about the love of power,

and more about the power of love.

“It is nobler to try something and fail than to try nothing and succeed. The result may be the same, but you won’t.” (Author unknown). All the best to you all for the short week ahead and forthcoming long week-end. 

Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof



Liam Bell - for his beautifully presented tasks and the wonderful improvement in his self-control.


Gubhuza Mlambo - for settling in so well at Thomas More this term and for his polite, cheerful ways.


Beko Sikhosana - for improved self-control and for trying so hard to listen carefully to instructions.  Keep it up - I am proud of you.


Simone Cairns - for her beautiful work and positive approach to tasks.


Dhruv Kalicharan - for his enthusiasm and positive approach to his whole school day.


Erin Stuart - for having a positive start to the new term and for really trying hard with her schoolwork.


Devon Harwin - for his good manners and cheerful greetings and for the excellent work that he is producing.  Well done.


Ryan Browning - for his spectacular poster and teach back about The Blue Crane.


Izabella Cahi - for always having a positive attitude and making a consistent effort in class.
4dP Liam Theunissen - for his excellent manners, good work ethic and sportsmanship.
4M Nikoloas Bratos - for his high standard of work in the classroom and positive attitude on the field.
4F Rachael Easson - for her beautiful anners and diligence in all her tasks.
5vL Umika Nathoo - for her kind, gentle nature and good manners and positive work ethic.
5P Uyanda Zulu - for his friendly, outgoing nature and interest shown in lessons.
5L Sarah Simpson - for her positive, friendly nature and giving of her best.
6B Caleb Smith - for his positive attitude and cheerful nature in everything he does.
6M Melissa Roome - for her kind and gentle nature and for always giving of her best.
6H Rebecca de Klerk - for her kind, gentle nature and positive attitude.
7M Jaime Lamb - for being well mannered and working well in Science.
7C Brendan O'Loughlin for his good manners and continuous hard work.
7S Luke Haarhof - for his enthusiasm and confidence on tour.


Cultural Achievements


Congratulations to Aidan Conradie - for commitment and positive contribution to the overall performance of the Durban Passion Play.  Well done Aidan.



Congratulations to Kathleen Young and Zara Prakasim on their recent modern dance performances in front of the Dance Examination Board for Modern Theatre Dance, where Kathleen received a Distinction and Zara a Merit Certificate for their dance routines.  Well done girls.


Sporting Achievements

HS Girls' Hockey
1st TMC 0 1st Danville 3
2nd TMC 2 2nd Danville 2
TMC U16A 1 Danville 0
TMC U16B 1 Danville 1

TMC U14A 0 Danville 1

TMC U14B 1 Danville 2


HS Girls' Netball
1st TMC 25 1st Toti 30
2nd TMC 4 2nd Toti 24
TMC U16A 22 Toti 8
TMC U15A 12 Toti 5

TMC U14A 16 Toti 8

TMC U14B 15 Toti 2


KZN Netball

Congratulations to Alex Hanger and Casey Houston who have been selected as non-traveling reserves for the KZNU14 and U18 teams respectively. Well done girls.


HS Boys' Hockey
1st TMC 2 1st DHS 2
2nd TMC 1 1st DHS 5
TMC U16A 4 DHS 0
TMC U16B 1 DHS 1

TMC U14A 8 DHS 2

TMC U14B 2 DHS 1

HS Rugby
1st TMC 10 1st Port Shepstone 30

2nd TMC 5 2nd Port Shepstone 17

15A TMC 18 Port Shepstone 3

14A TMC 20 Port Shepstone 40


HS Boys' Tennis
1st TMC 44 1st Kingsway 3


HS Junior Debating

TMC 1 vs Holy Family College – TMC won and best speaker was Emily Barnes

TMC 2 vs Kingsway – TMC won and best speaker was Gael Comarmond


SP Netball vs St Mary's DSG

U13A: 12-5 (TMC win)

U13B: 11-3 (St Mary's win)

U13C vs TMC U13B:12-3 (TMC win)

U12A: 17-8 (St Mary's win)

U12B: 4-0 (TMC win)


PADSSA Netball
Congratulations to the following girls who have made it through to the second round of U13 Netball trials. They will now represent PADSSA at the final round of Netball trials

Dinah Frey

Ava Terblanche

Hanna Alexander


Action Netball

Well done to the U12A netball team for coming 2nd in the plate final and Rebecca de Klerk for being selected as 'Player of the Match'.

Well done to the U13A netball team for coming 2nd overall in the Action Netball league. Congratulations to Hanna Alexander for being 'Player of the Match' as well!

Ava Terblanche and Hanna Alexander need to be congratulated on their very successful IPT tournament for KZN action Netball during the past holiday coming 2nd in the country! Well done girls.


Life Saving

Dayna Deeble took part in the South African Surf and Lifesaving championships during the holidays. There were 21 clubs that took part. She achieved a third place in the Surf Swim, third place in the Beach sprint and first place in the Four Flags Race. A wonderful achievement Dayna. Well done.


KZN Action Cricket

Congratulations to Brayden Doran and Ethan McCormick who have been selected for the KZN U10 Invitational Action/Indoor Cricket training squad. Both boys will represent KZN U10 at the Interprovincial Junior tournament in the June/July holidays.  Well done boys.



Congratulations to Thomas Gourley and Alexandra Lütz who both took part in the SANESA Qaulifier 3 last weekend.  Tom placed 2nd in working hunter and 3rd in the competition at 70cm.  Alex placed 5th in competition and 7th in Ideal Time.  Well done to you both.


MTB Championships

Congratulations to Keegan Brand who participated in the MTB Championships. Keegan placed 2nd in the Cross Country (Provincials), 1st in downhill (KZN Provincials) he also won this series for the year.  3rd in SA Cup Cross Country and 3rd in SA Cup sub junior age group.  Well done Keegan.


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.