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News from the Horse's Mouth

 08 June 2015
Newsletter 19

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 - gives an update on roadworks taking place in our community.

  • Barbara Taljard - shares ideas on how to reduce our carbon footprint on the earth, in keeping with the recent World Environmental Day (5 June).


Personal details - please advise Juliet Hartley in Admissions or make use of the Parent Portal to update any personal contact details. 


Everest 2015 - Surviving the Avalanche - please refer to invite alongside.  The communicator will also have details.


Facebook Please visit and 'like' our page.


Our Facebook page has been well recieved and we thank you for "liking" our page.  If you would like to send any photographs that we could possibly consider for the Facebook page please email them, with a very brief description, to


Pop Up Market

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:


Surviving the Avalanche

Achievements   Extra-mural Calendars   Academic Calendars
Week Ahead  Quick Links
Monday 08 June Grade 7 Afrikaans/Zulu exams
  HS exams begin
Tuesday 09 June Grade 7 English II exam
  HS Exams
Wednesday 10 June Grade 7 Maths II & Geography exams
  HS Exams
  SP Rugby vs Hillcrest - Home
  U9 Rugby Tournament - Home
  School of Music Recital
Thursday 11 June Grade 7 Science exam
  HS exams
  Grade 1 & 2 Boys' Soccer matches - Highbury
  Grade 1 & 2 Girls' Soccer matches - Curro HCA
  Netball vs Hillcrest - tbc
  Grade 3 Boys' & Girls' Soccer Matches - Forest View
Friday 12 June Grade 7 exams end - Art/Technology/Spelling Bee/General Knowledge
  HS exams
  Cross Country Ward Trials - Hillcrest


Scripture for the week


Then Peter came up and asked Jesus, "Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I have to forgive him? Seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times! Matthew 18:21-22

Last week I wrote about the need for us to forgive as it is a crucial part of our relationship with God: Jesus said “For if you forgive people their offences, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive people their offences, your Father will not forgive your offences." Matthew 6:14-15.

Forgiveness is not easy, for everyone has been hurt by others to a lesser or greater degree and like a wound it takes time to heal. As Jesus tells Peter, it is a process that can often take years, 70x7=490 times, Jesus basically saying it will take time but also it is part of the Christian character we have to forgive to allow the healing process to begin. It is the essential part of being a follower of Jesus.

Although thoughts of anger, bitterness even revenge well up within us, we need to start on the road so to speak of forgiveness. For me, Jesus’ words on the cross echo in my heart time and time again “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” Luke 24:34. If in your heart you have anything against someone lay it at the foot of the cross and forgive them and I know as Paul tells us in Romans 5:5 tells “Now this hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us”.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

I have been given a copy of a letter from Esorfranki Construction regarding progress and timelines affecting construction in Pioneer Road. Unfortunately this project is still a long way from completion. The contractors have encountered numerous obstacles mainly due to what they describe as “an overabundance of services along Pioneer Road”. Many of these have had to be relocated, causing considerable delays.

Pioneer Road is currently being completely realigned from Willingdon Road Bridge to Wyebank Road Bridge. This will result in a straighter road with fewer blind rises. This project will be completed by 20th December 2015. They will then commence with the section of Pioneer Road from Willingdon Bridge to the Shell Garage in early 2016. This will involve adding a second lane approximately 50m from the Willingdon Bridge to cater for the school traffic. Three sets of Traffic lights will be introduced at the corner of Willingdon and Pioneer, the corner of Fairview and Pioneer and at the M13 access and Pioneer opposite the Shell garage.

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

Primary School News

Last Friday, 5 June was World Environment Day (WED), which is about taking action to be a part of the solution. My assembly last Wednesday was about our wonderful world and the need to conserve it.  We can all do our part to protect our planet by using less and acting more – going Green! At school, among other activities, and generally trying to educate our pupils about environmental issues and sustainability, we endeavour to practice recycling. All new trees planted are indigenous. Here are some simple ways we can get involved and get our children to help too.

· Plant an indigenous tree.

· Do not leave the tap water running while washing your face or brushing teeth.

· Try to avoid buying and using plastic things. Instead, for example, use the cloth bags for your shopping, or, if you already have plastic bags, reuse them. Also pack your child’s lunch in an existing reusable container, instead of using aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

· Reduce carbon emissions by using washable mugs instead of Styrofoam or plastic cups for coffee or cool drink.

· Recycle paper and garden waste (for making compost) at home.

· Turn off unnecessary lights in unused offices and switch off electrical devices, computers, printers, heaters etc. at the end of the day. Load shedding forces us to do this!

· When cooking dinner, match the size of your pan to the size of the heating element to lower energy wastage.

· Use compact fluorescent lights or LED lights to save energy and electricity and reduce emissions.

· Share lifts and try to use your car less.

The increasing importance of climatic change is critical. Improving efficiency is a win-win situation for all concerned. Let us all try to tread more lightly on our world!

Wishing you a blessed week ahead and all the best to those performing in The School of Music Recital on Wednesday. Do also remember that this coming weekend is a long one. School resumes next Wednesday 17 June.

Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof



Phoebe Bothma - for a really good week while Mrs Strauss has been taking the class this week.  Well done.


Jared Mallelieu - for trying hard to complete tasks on time and for neat presentation of work.


Benjamin Frankenfeld - for his good manners and for trying hard to work quietly at his desk.  Well done.


Darshan Paul - for his enthusiasm and confidence to be involved in discussions and his increased work pace.


Tristan White - for his dedication to all his school work and his excellent achievement.


Vedika Pillai - for her outstanding effort to write in cursive.


Drew Leighton - for her improved effort in her Maths and for learning her times tables so well.


Keziah Haug - for her much improved pace for task completion and always sharing items of interest with us.


Karl Wilhelm - for his excellent Maths thinking and for working more independently.
4dP Joshua Pilling - for brilliant Maths and for trying so hard to improve his work pace.
4M Dylan Thomas - for his wonderful improvement in his work, task completion and attitude.
4F Zoe Seaton - for her beautiful speech and diligence during all lessons.
5vL Katherine Black - for her kind, gentle nature and for her lovely presentation of her English oral.
5P Madyson Escreet - for her friendly, bubbly, helpful nature and diligent attitude to her work.
5L Buhlali Mhlanzi - for his friendly, kind nature and positive attitude to his work.
6B Melissa Barrett - for her bright and cheerful nature and continued effort she puts into her school work.
6M Brad Ballack - for trying his best in all that he does.
6H Charlotte Rice - for completing her Geography project early and for doing it so well.
7M Dean Bradley - for his diligent approach to his school work, especially in preparation for exams.
7C Trent Henwood - for his continuous hard work and perseverance this term.
7S Ruby Reim - for her outstanding effort in her Oral presentation in Afrikaans.



Congratulations to Brunton Bigalke who has achieved his Mathletics Gold certificate.  Well done Brunton.


Cultural Achievements


Congratulations to Naomi Easson for passing her preliminary Irish Dancing exam on 21 April with Honours. Naomi was alsoawarded a bronze ribbon for her Irish competition at the Amanzimtoti Highland Festival on 2nd May. Well done Naomi.


Congratulations to Izabella Cahi who achieved a highly commeded pass (80%) in her very first tap dancing exam.  Well done Izabella.


Sporting Achievements

KZN Hockey

In last week's newsletter we omitted Michael Sim's name from the list of selected pupils.  Michael has been selected for the KZN U12B side.  Well done Michael.

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected for the KZN U14A & B Hockey sides:

KZN U14A - Cassy Balarin, Carmen Vicent, Andani Mashige

KZN U14B - Courtney Sim, Alex Hanger, Kayleigh Du Toit

Well done girls.



The following Thomas More cyclists excelled at the recent KZN Mountain bike Championships held at Cascades MTB Park, over the past two weekends. With Liam Theunissen, Keagan Brand and Tiffany Keep being crowned KZN Champions:

Cross Country (XCO)

Liam Theunissen - 1st Nipper boys, U10 (2015 Champion)

Keagan Brand - 4th Nipper boys, U10

Joshua Clipstone - 2nd Youth boys, U16

Tiffany Keep - 1st Youth girls, U16 (2015 Champion)

Courtney Smith - 2nd Youth girls, U16


Keagan Brand - 1st Nipper boys, U10 (2015 Champion)

Joshua Clipstone - 4th Youth boys, U16

Downhill (DH)

Keagan Brand - 1st Nipper boys, U10 (2015 Champion)

Junior Eliminator Series

Joshua Clipstone U16 Boys Overall Champion

Courtney Smith U16 Girls Overall Champion

Tiffany Keep also won the SA Marathon MTB Championships held at Van Gaalens and was crowned SA Champion in the Youth, U16 category.   

Well done to all our cyclists!


U9 Rugby vs Winston Park

U9B lost 30-0

U9A lost 10-5


Grade 1 Soccer Tournaments


vs Winston Park 2 drew 0-0

vs Hillcrest 2 drew 0-0

vs Curro HCA 2drew 0-0

vs Highbury 2 drew 0-0

vs Highbury 3 drew 0-0

vs Highbury 4 lost 0-1

vs Curro HCA 1won 1-0

vs Highbury 4 won 1-0

vs Hillcrest 2 drew 0-0


vs Curro HCA 3 won 1-0

vs Winston Park 1 drew 0-0

vs Curro HCA 1 drew 0-0

vs Forest View won 1-0

vs Hillcrest 2 drew 0-0

vs Hillcrest 2 drew 0-0


Grade 2 Soccer Tournaments


Drew all 6 matches


vs Kloof 1 drew 0-0

vs Winston Park 2 won 2-0

vs Atholl Heights drew 0-0

vs Kloof 2 won 1-0

vs Winston Park 1 drew 0-0

vs Curro HCA lost 0-1


Grade 3 soccer tournaments


vs Winston Park 2 won 1-0

vs Winston Park 1 drew 0-0

vs Kloof 1 lost 0-1

vs Curro HCA 1 lost 0-1

vs Forest View 2 drew 0-0

vs Hillcrest 2 drew 0-0

vs Kloof 2 lost 0-2

vs Curro HCA 3 won 1-0


vs Curro HCA 1 drew 0-0

vs Kloof 1 won 1-0

vs Hillcrest 2 drew 0-0

vs St. Mary’s 1 drew 1-1

vs Winston Park 1 drew 0-0

vs St. Mary’s 2 won 1-0

vs St. Mary’s 2 drew 0-0

vs Hillcrest 2 drew 0-0 


Cross Country Ward Trials

Well done to Alexander Jackson for coming 5th in the U9 boys race!


SP Cross Country

Well done to all the runners who took part at the Cross Country Ward Trials on Friday. A special congratulations to Julia Butler, Brad Ballack and Ezra Haug for making it through to the Durban and District Trials which take place next week Friday.


SP Rugby

U10B vs U10B Westville 5 -20 (TMPS Lost)

U10A vs U10A Winston Park 30 - 10 (TMPS won)

U11A vs U11A Winston Park 12- 24 (TMPS lost)

2nd vs 2nd Winston Park 20 - 25 (TMPS lost)

1st vs 1st Winston Park 8 - 31 (TMPS lost)


HS Girls' Hockey

1st TMC 0 1st Fatima 0

2nd TMC 1 2nd Fatima 0

16A TMC 0 16A Fatima 2

14A TMC 1 14A Fatima 1


HS Girls' Netball

1st TMC 33 1st Kloof 24

2nd TMC 16 2nd Kloof 4

TMC U16A 31 Kloof 1

TMC U15A 2 Kloof 15

TMC U15B 5 Kloof 13

TMC U14A* 14 Kloof 8

TMC U14B 6 Kloof 8

*The U14A Netball Girls had an unbeaten season


HS Boys' Hockey

1st TMC 7 1st Hillcrest 0

2nd TMC 0 1st Toti 2

TMC U16A 2 Hillcrest 0

TMC U16B 1 Toti U16A 1

TMC U14A 5 Hillcrest 0

TMC U14B 1 Toti U14A 1


HS Rugby

1st TMC 8 1st Kloof 15

2nd TMC 5 2nd Kloof 32

15A* TMC 20 15A Kloof 19

14A TMC 26 14A Kloof 26

*The U15A Rugby Boys had an unbeaten season


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.