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 11 May 2015
Newsletter 15 

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 - announces the launch of the Thomas More College Official Facebook page, and refers back to his previous article about co-education

  • Allan Chandler - congratulates the Grade 9s on a successful Science Expo, and reminds pupils and parents of the Spectators' Code of Conduct

  • Barbara Taljard - reminds families that the colder part of winter is fast approaching and to kindly donate winter woolies for those less fortunate



View the Classifieds here! Need an Aupair? Housesitter? Evening Dresses for Hire? Mobile Hairstylist!  


Golf Day - many thanks to all our golfers and sponsors who supported our Golf Day on Friday.  A special thanks to Rae Griesel, Antony Kerdachi and the organising committee for yet another successful day.


Facebook Please visit and 'like' our page.

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 12 May Grade 10 History Tour
  Parents' Council Meeting
Wednesday 13 May HS Maths Olympiad Round 2
  Grade 10 History Tour
  SP Rugby vs Kloof
Thursday 14 May Ascension Day
  Grade 1 & 2 Boys' Soccer Matches - Highbury
  Grade 1 & 2 Girls' Soccer Matches - Curro HCA
  Netball vs Crawford North Coast - tbc
  Grade 3 Boys' & Girls' Soccer Matches - Forest View
Friday 15 May SP closes early - 13:30pm
  PS Inter School Cross Country - TMC
  Grade 11 Social - Ken Mackenzie Centre
Saturday 16 May Netball vs Glenwood Prep - tbc
Saturday 17 May Marimba Performance - Cotswold Downs


Scripture for the week


After Jesus had said this and while they were watching, He was taken up into a cloud. They could not see Him,  but as He went up, they kept looking up into the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them. They said, "Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky? Jesus has been taken to heaven. But He will come back in the same way that you have seen him go."   Acts 1:9-11

This Thursday Christians throughout the world celebrate Ascension Day.  Forty days after Easter Jesus ascends into heaven and is now” …seated at the right hand of almighty God” Luke 22:69. One day we know not when, Jesus will return in all His glory Matthew 24:30  “Then the sign of the Son of Man  will appear in the sky, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn when they see 'the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven' with power and great glory”.   The day will be like any other day, just as in the days of Noah before the flood Jesus tells us Matthew 24:37-38.  However, there will be signs of the times read Matthew 24 and 25. 


All Jesus asks us to do is repent from our sins and accept Him as our Lord and Saviour.  He paid the ransom price for our redemption on the cross, nothing we can do to earn it, is a free gift from Him:  "For God so God loved the world: He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.   For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him”. John 3:16


Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

In an exciting new development, the Thomas More College Facebook page has been launched this week. This should certainly bring new energy and excitement into our channels of communication. Photographs, video clips and social commentary are certainly all the rage and we hope that you find this a rewarding and exciting way of sharing information. Please visit and 'like' our page.

 Last week I referred to the case for co-education. There is no doubt that women are emerging in the workplace and that the change in the empowerment of women in the world is irreversible. I am reminded of a delightful story about Margaret Thatcher. When she became Prime Minister of England, she took her entirely male cabinet out to dinner. When the waiter asked her what she would like to eat, she replied ‘steak’. ‘And the vegetables, ma’am?’ he asked. She replied; ‘they will have steak too.’

I remember at a conference a number of years ago, hearing a speaker talk of the power of a lion pride. He spoke of the dominance of the males who conquer all comers to be in charge of the pride. They even kill the cubs when they take over a pride, in order to bring the females back into season.

These magnificent males seemed to represent the pinnacle of leadership in their kingdoms. Yet they don’t last long. Generally only a couple of years! They are constantly challenged for the position, and don’t often die of old age. They are normally violently overthrown.

Do we want to raise our boys to be like male lions who use power and dominance to grab success for themselves?

People do not command respect and control any more. We are in the era of participation and consultation. Over 50% of the graduates in the most developed countries in the world are now women.

We have to guard against sending boys out to the world with a confused understanding of what it is to be a true leader.

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

We had a very successful Grade 9 Science Expo last week and my congratulations go to the pupils and all staff involved. We are well into the swing of sports’ matches and I spoke to the pupils about their conduct on the field and attitude towards officials. I request that all spectators adhere to our Spectators’ Code of Conduct.

Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

We do hope all our moms and those in Mothering roles had a most enjoyable day yesterday and were thoroughly spoilt, although the most amazing thing is just hearing your child say, ”I love you- you’re the best.” I am sure all our Pre-Primary and Junior Primary Moms thoroughly enjoyed interacting with their children on the special mornings hosted last week, and sharing the making of special items to be treasured forever. The children certainly loved having you spend time with them at school!

I enjoyed this brief CV entitled, “Woman of Value” set out below:

Transport official and chauffeur, budget director, entrepreneur,

Horticulturist, health inspector, nutritionist and home maker.

Disciplinarian, decorator and damage controller,

Counsellor, educator, coach and nurse,

Assessor, repairman and trouble shooter,

Negotiator, facilitator, peace-keeper

“And tell me, what do you spend time on...?”

“Who? Me? I’m afraid I’m just a Mom!”

We are once again on our annual winter warmth drive for Outreach. As the colder weather is due to set in, let us think of those less fortunate than we are, and make every effort to donate blankets, scarves, socks or warm clothing to support those in need to keep the winter cold at bay.  There will be a civvies day (Grade 4 - 12) on Thursday 21 May - all used/2nd-hand winter woolie items will be appreciated.

Please take note that as per the Diary Card on our website/Communicator, the SP closes early this Friday, 15 May, at 13:30 to accommodate our hosting of the Inter-schools’ cross country here at TMC. We are hoping that by so doing we can help to alleviate any potential traffic problems. Parents are most welcome to support.

This coming weekend is the Open indigenous gardens at Cotswold Downs. Our marimba groups and orchestra have been invited to perform from 12:00 to 13:30 at the tea garden there. We wish them well.

Next week is our Christian Arts Festival and we trust our children will benefit from the speakers during assemblies and LO/RE lessons and really come to know our Lord personally.

All the best to you all for the week ahead.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof



Courtney Michell - for willingly helping with day-to-day chores in the classroom, and for a good improvement in task completion.


Rachel Walton - for efficient, competent 'word building' in class and for her polite, gentle nature.


Daniel Ross - for his perseverance and willingness to give of his best.  I am proud of you.


Josh Fitzpatrick - for his enthusiasm when working to always give of his best and for improvement in his reading.


Henna Ngubo - for the quiet and diligent approach she adopts to her work each and every day.


Stella Reineke - for her great effort in class and her kind, helpful nature.


Kate Human - for her diligence and persevering efforts with her work, particularly her spelling.


Bethany Steenkamp - for her delightful oral about 'Energy' and her pet chicken she bought to school for us to see.


Hugo Gildenhuys - for his positive approach to each day and for participating well in learning opportunities.
4dP Demi-Lee Penny - for her high standard of work and for always being so helpful.
4M Jorden Goussard - for maintaining a good standard of work throughout the term.
4F Grace Youldon - for her joy, beautiful handwriting and dedication to task presentation.
5vL Emma Grobbelaar - for her kind, gentle nature and for always trying to give of her best in the classroom.
5P Cate Briggs - for being a quiet, co-operative pupil and for her exceptionally neat books.
5L Miguel de Chasteauneuf - for his neatly presented work in his Maths lesson and his sportsmanship.
6B Matthew Jaggard - for his positive attitude and consistent effort in all he does.
6M Julia Leisegang - for her excellent work ethic and positive approach to her school day.
6H Benjamin Dedekind - for a more focussed and positive attitude in class.
7M Regan Scott - for his positive and enthusiastic approach to everything he does.
7C Kyle Howat - for his continuous hard work and good manners.
7S Catherine Ronald - for being a kind, considerate and diligent student.


Cultural Achievements

Irish Dancing

Congratulations to Stephanie de Moor on placing 2nd and 6th in 2 of her dances at the South Coast Fair Irish Dancing competition.  Well done Stephanie.


Sporting Achievements

SP Rugby vs Atholl Heights

U10A won 10 - 0

U10B won 10 - 5

U11A lost 0 - 36

2nd Team won 14 - 10

1st Team lost 48 - 7

Overall a good day winning 3 out of 5.


HS Girls' Netball
1st TMC 13 1st Port Shepstone 24

2nd TMC 2 2nd Port Shepstone 17
TMC U15A 14 Port Shepstone 19

TMC U15B 14 Port Shepstone 6

1st TMC 31 1st Westville 22

2nd TMC 2 2nd Westville 17

TMC U16A 29 Westville 5
TMC U15A 11 Westville 14

TMC U15B 9 Westville 5

TMC U14A 14 Westville 5

TMC U14B 2 Westville 4


HS Girls' Hockey

1st TMC 4 1st Ashton 0

2nd TMC 0 DGHS 2

TMC U16A 2 Ashton 0

TMC U14A 3 Ashton 0



HS Boys' Hockey
1st TMC 1 1stClifton 4

2nd TMC 2 3rd Clifton 1

TMC U16A 0 Clifton 1
TMC U16B 0 Clifton 2

TMC U14A 1 Clifton 5

TMC U14B 0 Clifton 3

HS Rugby
1st TMC 13 1st Crawford 14

U15A TMC 54 Crawford 0

U14A TMC 34 U14C Kearsney 21


HS Boys' Tennis

1st TMC 16 1st Umhlanga College 20


HS Boys' Squash

1st TMC 2 1st Kearsney College 2


Grade 2 Boys' Soccer Tournament:

vs Hillcrest 3 won 1-0

vs Highbury 3 won 2-0

vs Kloof 1 won 1-0

vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

vs Highbury 3 won 4-0

vs Hillcrest 3 won 2-0


Grade 2 Girls' Soccer Tournament:

vs Curro HCA won 1-0

vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

vs Atholl Heights drew 0-0

vs Winston Park won 1-0


Grade 3 Boys' Soccer Tournament:

vs Winston Park lost 0-2

vs Kloof 1 drew 0-0

vs Kloof 2 lost 0-1

vs Curro HCA lost 0-1

vs Forest View drew 0-0

vs Hillcrest 1 won 1-0

vs Hillcrest 2 lost 2-1


Grade 3 Girls' Soccer Tournament:

vs Curro HCA 1 drew 0-0

vs St. Mary’s 3 drew 0-0

vs Hillcrest won 1-0

vs St. Mary’s 3 won 2-1

vs Kloof drew 0-0

vs St. Mary’s 2 won 1-0

vs Curro HCA 1 drew 0-0

vs Winston Park won 1-0


Rock Climbing

Congratulations to Kristen Rosser, she has made the SA National Climbing Team to compete in Italy.



Congratulations to Alexandra Ric-Hansen who competed in the Shongweni Festival Horse Riding show last weekend.  She placed 2nd in the 70cm speed class.  This is a great result considering her age, we are very proud of her.  Well done Alex.


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.