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News from the Horse's Mouth

 4 May 2015
Newsletter 14 

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 - speaks about the benefits of co-educational vs monastic

  • Barbara Taljard - reminds parents of the Spectators' Code of Conduct when supporting your child on the side of the sports field



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Golf Day - To all the Golfers participating in our Golf Day on Friday, enjoy your day.  To those friends and families who have donated prizes, many thanks.  It is greatly appreciated.



Congratulations to Candice (PS Music Teacher) and Scott Mordecai-Jones on the safe arrival of their baby girl, Mia - born on 30 April at 15:28pm weighing 2.3kg. 


Wishing all our Moms a very special day on Sunday.

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
Wednesday 06 May SP Rugby vs Curro HCA (1st, 2nd, and U11 only)
Thursday 07 May Grade 1 and 3 Mothers Day
  Grade 2 Girls' (Curro HCA) and Boys' (Highbury) Soccer Matches
Friday 08 May Grade 000, 00, 0 and 2 Mothers' Day
  Golf Day - Kloof Country Club
  PS Interschool Cross Country - Curro HCA
Saturday 09 May Rugby vs Atholl Heights - Atholl Heights


Scripture for the week


And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Revelation 21:3-4

Last week I wrote about being fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and found myself once again concerned about people who are disabled either physically or mentally. How do they see themselves in the light of this scripture (Psalm 139:14)? I can’t fully comprehend the seemingly insurmountable struggles on a daily basis that they and their families have to face. Nick Vujicic, who was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterised by the absence of all four limbs, says “I believe if God doesn't give you a miracle, you are a miracle of God for somebody else's salvation” and “Hope is in the name of God, the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hope is when you compare your suffering to the infinite, immeasurable love and grace of God” and “I just hope people see that if God can do something beautiful with my broken pieces, then God truly has a plan for each and every one of us”

God I believe has a plan, a hope, and a future for us and what joy to see the day when “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away “.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

The debate between the benefits of co-educational versus monastic schools has been raging for many years. With the boom in the number of independent schools in this country, the trend has definitely been towards sending boys and girls to the same school. Many new independent schools have emerged in South Africa just recently and to my knowledge almost all have been co-ed. I cannot in fact think of any new monastic private schools that have started in this country in the last 10 years.

The bottom line is that the whole point of education is to prepare pupils for tertiary education, work and life. Skills such as emotional intelligence, relationship building and mutual respect need to be fostered in an environment that mirrors the real world. Surely this means that boys and girls need to learn to work together.

Single sex schools go back a long way and have many honourable traditions, but are they not a relic of the past? They go back to a time when men and women had very different rights and expectations. At Thomas More College we believe that in this new era it makes sense to educate boys and girls together.

I know that I am essentially preaching to the converted as the readers of this newsletter are largely already parents of this school. I would however recommend that you click on the link below to read an article posted on the website of Seven Oaks school in the UK. You should be very reassured that you have made the correct choice. Amazingly, this enlightened school was founded in 1432.

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

Primary School News

I do trust once again that you all had a wonderful long week-end and quality family time, as I did.

Thank you to all those parents and staff who supported our Shakespeare Evening outside the Great House last Wednesday evening. It was a very special event- notwithstanding the load shedding- made even more auspicious by having this special performance in the month of Shakespeare’s birthday (the 23rd of April) and having our Great House with its Shakespearian ambience as the back drop. Sincere congratulations to Mrs Roberta Ramasamy and all those who supported her on drawing out the potential within our children, and thank you to you as parents for supporting us to be able to achieve this. It was wonderful to see the involvement of the recorder group and the Grade 7s who are to be commended on their efforts and commitment. It was also rewarding to see them grow in confidence and maturity. To quote Shakespeare: “we know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

Our rugby and netball matches started in earnest last week against Virginia. Thank you to our parents for not only supporting these matches but also for abiding by our parent code of conduct for sport. For those new to our school, or whose children are involved in team sport for the first time this year, I have included it below, for your easy access as it applies to all sports and age groups.


· Your child is playing sport for his/her own enjoyment, not yours. Allow him/her to enjoy the game.

· You and your child are representing the school. Please be mindful of the image that your words and actions might reflect.

· We respectfully ask that spectators give the referees, coaches and all players the respect that they deserve. They are all trying their best.

· Coaches, parents or spectators who are found to be behaving in an inappropriate manner i.e. verbally abusing the referee, coaches or other spectators, will be asked to remove themselves from alongside the field of play before the match continues.

· Do not publicly question the referees’ judgment or their honesty.

· Children learn by example. Be a good example and applaud good play by both teams.

· Show respect for your son’s/ daughter’s opponents. Without them, there would be no game.

· Encourage your child to play by the rules.

· Praise your son/ daughter and his/her team on their efforts, not their results.

Please remember that all sport is, after all, just a game. If the game is played in the correct spirit, everyone will enjoy themselves.

We welcome back Mrs Sheila Chiles who will be doing the locum for Mrs Candice Mordecai-Jones while she is on accouchement leave. Candice’s baby girl, Mia, was born earlier than expected, on Thursday evening and mother and child are doing well.

All the best to you all for the week ahead, especially to those parents playing in our TMC Golf Day on Friday or attending our designated Mothers’ Day times with children in the Foundation Phase. To our moms and those in mothering roles, may you have a superb Mothers’ Day on Sunday.

Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof



Dylan Stephans - for always greeting his teacher at the start of the school day, and for a super improvement in all his classwork.


Angela Staples - for her cheerful approach to the school day and for working hard on the correct pencil grip.


Danielle de Moor - for her excellent manners, warm smile and friendly nature.  Keep it up.  You are a pleasure to teach.


Anna Springett - for improved neateness in her work and putting in the extra effort.  I am so proud of you.


Brunton Bigalke - for his wonderful diligent approach to school work and the excellent results he achieves.


Charlotte Howat - for her enthusiasm and her fantastic test results.  Well done.


Damian van de Sande - for showing progress in starting and finishing tasks last week and for his enthusiastic approach in the classroom.


Ross Hofmann - for his delightful attitude to his academics, giving heart and dedication to his rugby.


Kemani Pinkston - for understanding and managing his diabetes so well, and his good effort in the classroom this term.
4dP Jaymee Lang - for trying hard in all her subjects and for her willingness to help.
4M Demi-Leigh Bell - for her improved effort, positive attitude and task completion this term.
4F Jason Staples - for trying so hard to work neatly and for giving of his best.
5vL Lauren Gieseler - for her positive approach to her schoolwork as well as her kind, gentle nature.
5P Caleb du Plessis - for being a polite, diligent pupil and for his friendly, helpful nature.
5L Liam Mackinnon - for his positive and enthusiastic approach to his school work.
6B Kellen Coombs - for his positive start to the new term.
6M Ile Bothma - for a positive start to the second term and for her kind and lovely manners.
6H Ashton Nicholas - for her bright sunny smile, perseverance and great work ethic.
7M Hanna Alexander - for producing a high standard of work in science.
7C Mpumelelo Mgidi - for his conistent hard work and good manners.
7S Angelique Maartens - for her kindness and willingness to help.


Cultural Achievements

Irish Dancing

Congratulations to Jaymee Lang on obtaining a B+ in her grade 3 Irish Dancing exam.  Well done Jaymee. 


Sporting Achievements

SP Netball vs Virginia

U10A team – won 2 – 0

U10B team – lost 6 – 2


SP Netball vs St Mary's

1st team won 12-5

2nd team lost 13-6

3rd team won 12-5

U10A team lost 6 - 0

U10B team drew 1 - 1

U11A team drew 7 - 7

U11B lost 4 - 2


SP Rugby vs Virginia

U10A - TMPS lost 20 - 15

U10B - played their U10C team - TMPS won 10 - 5

U11A - TMPS lost 29 - 15

2nds - TMPS played 3rds lost 17-12

1st - TMPS lost 35 - 10

Congratulations to the following boys on their recent Rugby achievements:

Jaden Tite - selected for the Pinetown and District U13 Rugby Squad to go to KZN Trials.

Michael Maclean - Thomas More Primary School 2015 Captain

Kenton Griesel - Thomas More Primary School 2015 Vice - Captain


HS Girls' Netball
1st TMC 32 1st Crawford La Lucia 37
TMC U16A 14 Crawford La Lucia 15
TMC U15A 10 Crawford La Lucia 15

TMC U15B 11 Crawford La Lucia 28

TMC U14A 21 Crawford La Lucia 5

TMC U14B 1 Crawford La Lucia 7


HS Boys' Hockey
1st TMC 9 1st Kloof 0
TMC U16A 7 Kloof 0
TMC U16B 3 Umhlanga College U16A 0

TMC U14A 3 Kloof 0

TMC U14B 0 Umhlanga College U16A 3

HS Rugby
1st TMC 0 1st Gelofte 27

2nd TMC 3 2nd Gelofte 10

15A TMC 38 Gelofte 24


HS Boys' Tennis
1st TMC 43 1st Port Natal 15



Congratulations to:

Gabriella Buchholtz on receiving a gold medal for achieving a first place in a Vaulting competition over the weekend.

Laura van Tonder on receiving 2 medals for clear rounds jumping Dusty on 30cm and pole on the ground.

Julia van Tonder who also cleared 2 rounds jumping on Dusty. 

Tom Gourley who placed 2nd in 70cm accumulator and 3rd in the Grand Prix 70cm competition. 

Alex Lutz who placed 1st in the 60cm show jumping competition. 

Well done!



Congratulations to Josh Fitzpatrick who rode 45km for the Tour D'urban.  Well done Josh. 


MTB Champs

Congratulations to Keagan Brand who participated in the SA Mountain Bike champs over the weekend.  He placed 3rd in the SA Cup Cross Country and 1st in the SA Cup Downhill.  Well done Keagan.



Congratulations to Nathan, Brian & Luke Riddle, Simei Bekker and Nikolaos Bratos who all took part in the KZN swimming trials in the holidays.  Nathan, Luke, Simei and Nikolaos have been selected for Provincial Champs.  Well done to all our swimmers.


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.