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News from the Horse's Mouth

 17 June 2015
Newsletter 20

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 - good luck to the Senior Primary pupils going to Eshowe on Friday.

  • Allan Chandler - reminds parents that the last week of term is to be treated as a normal school week as Academic programmes are still running.

  • Barbara Taljard - reminds families of the Country Fair Raffle sheet which went home last week, and wishes our PS Teams well for this weekend's Eshowe Festival.


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


Stock Shop

We will be closed for the June/July holidays but will be open on Friday 17th July from 8.30am – 10.30am.


Pop Up Market


Fathers' Day - Wishing all our Dads a very special Fathers' 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:


Surviving the Avalanche


Fundraising Initiative

Hay Hoe BP Service station situated at 6 Underwood Road Pinetown is making a donation to TMC for every litre of petrol sold to a TMC parent. Each parent will be given a card next week with a number on it. This number will then be recorded with the number of litres purchased by the card holder. In addition TMC parents who use this petrol station will be entered into a monthly draw for a food/goodie hamper to the value of R250-00 and 2 free car washes. Simply by filling up at Hay Hoe Service Station you are supporting the fundraising initiative for our 2016 Overseas Tours. Thereafter, the funds raised by the Hay Hoe Service Station initiative will go towards Parents' Council Fundraising.


Achievements   Extra-mural Calendars   Academic Calendars
Week Ahead  Quick Links
Wednesday 17 June HS Exams
Thursday 18 June HS Exams
  PP Fathers' Day
  Grade 3 Fathers' Day
  Grade 1 & 2 Boys' Soccer Matches - TMC
  Grade 1 & 2 Girls' Soccer Matches - Curro HCA
  School of Music - Recital (6pm)
Friday 19 June HS Exams end
  Eshowe SP Tour Departs
  Grade 2 Fathers' Day
  Grade 1 Fathers' Day
  Grade 3 Boys' & Girls' Night Soccer Games
Saturday 20 June Eshowe Tour
Sunday 21 June Eshowe Tour Returns


Scripture for the week


I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

I was about to brush my youngest daughter’s hair the other day when to my horror a large amount of her hair fell to the floor. Calling urgently to my wife to see if she did have some hair falling out disease or was she the culprit? Well it was herself with (thankfully) a blunt pair of children’s scissors. She told us she was having difficulty taking her ponytail apart so instead of calling for help she decided to try out her own hair styling ability. Which she found out to her dismay was not very good at this stage of her life (she’s 6).

Often we don’t seek help from others either through our own pride or we are too embarrassed to ask. Often people are so willing to help and even more so - is God. In the scripture above we are encouraged to seek God’s help. It is a promise to us as Isaiah 41:13 tells us:” For I the LORD your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not; I will help you”.  

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

I would like to wish our Primary School pupils well for their tour to Eshowe this weekend. It is the first time that our SP Choir will be taking part in the Annual Eshowe Sports Festival. 

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

A reminder that we have a full final week of activities, including Academics, and an Awards Assembly on Friday 26th June. Pupils need to attend as per normal. Thank you.

Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

I do trust you all had a restful long weekend and that even our High School pupils still writing were able to have some time off this past long week-end. Certainly our Grade 7 pupils would have been able to rest after their slog in their first exams.

All of our Primary School pupils were given the Parents’ Council Country Fair raffle forms on Thursday last week. These traditionally get handed out now so there is time to fill them with the holiday coming up. There are super prizes to be won. This is not only for the lucky ticket holders but also for our pupils. For each ten tickets sold there is an eleventh free one for them. There is also a super draw for great prizes for those eleventh tickets. Some of these prizes will be shown to our pupils at the assembly in the last week of term.

We wish all our pupils representing the Primary School of Thomas More in rugby, netball, hockey and our Grade 6 and 7 choir all the best for their Eshowe tour, which commences on Friday. We know they are in very capable hands and trust they will have a worthwhile, fun-filled trip and keep our banner flying high.

Please note: School will end at 12:45 this Friday, 19 June for the Senior Primary, as we have too many pupils and staff away on the aforementioned tour. For those children whose parents are unable to collect them early we will provide aftercare until 2pm free of charge, where-after the normal tariffs will apply.

To all Dads, or those in fathering roles, our male teachers headed by our “Big Daddy’, our Executive Principal, Mr Shane Cuthbertson, who take on fathering roles at school, everything of the best for Fathers’ Day on Sunday 21 June. Fathers of children in our Pre-Primary, and Junior Primary classes we trust you will be able to attend those Foundation Phase celebrations to which you have been invited as your child/ren love having you there and doing something special with you Fathers we wish to honour you for the important role you play as Head of the household and for the way you provide for the family. Thank you for the precious, never to be underestimated TIME you spend playing with your child, reading stories, laughing together, teaching them things, tickling them and just enjoying being there with them! Thank you for those times when you say, “Sorry, my kids come first!” Thank you Dads, for becoming involved in the decision making for your child, together with your partner, and for developing calm, but definite boundaries and discipline, so vital for a child to feel loved and secure. Thank you for listening to your child and taking their feelings into account, while still insisting that they respect you and look to you for guidance and leadership. Dads, you are the real leaders in the world today, more so than presidents, prime ministers or rulers, as you set the stage for our tomorrows, for ‘Our children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” Life will shout a thousand demands to take you away from your child, but this time can never be recovered. What happens in the changing life of your child will never be repeated. As Father, you are the leader and your child will watch, and emulate, your every action. It is the most important job you will ever do. “A hundred years from now, as the saying goes, “it will not matter what your bank account was, what sort of house you lived, or the kind of car you drove, but the world may be different because you were important in the life of a child.”

Happy Fathers’ Day and never forget… “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person, you might just be the world! “All the best for this penultimate week of the term.

Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof



Emily de Klerk - for working diligently and neatly at her tasks this week.


Cameron Williams - for his cheerful disposition and for always giving of his best.


Ethan Harper - for excellent manners and for always being kind and compassionate towards others.


Jemma-Lee Lawrence - for having a more positive attitude and trying so hard to finish all her work.


Aphelele Mchunu - for her gentle, kind ways and the effort she puts into all her school tasks.  Well done!


Troy Wentzel - for the calm manner in which he approaches his school day.


Qhawekazi Madlala - for her consistent effort and positive attitude towards her work.


Ntando Mfeka - for his lovely manners, polite approach and smart work.


Gemma Müller - for always trying hard and working with care.
4dP Megan Kemp - for always producing beautiful work and for trying her best.
4M Ntando Shezi - for working hard in class and producing a lovely project.
4F Lou Lou Krumhoff - for her lovely manners and neat handwriting.
5vL Grace Dry - for her kind, gentle nature and for always trying to give of her best in the classroom.
5P Reece Jones - for continued diligence and producing work of a high standard.
5L Sally-Ann Pooley - for her kind, friendly nature and for her consistent effort.
6B Liam Krautz - for his good manners and continuous hard work.
6M Rebecca Robb - for her continual hard work and positive work ethic in all she does.
6H Matthew Frankenfeld - for completing his Geography project timeously and handing it in early.
7M none awarded - writing exams
7C none awarded - writing exams
7S none awarded - writing exams



Cultural Achievements

None to announce this week.


Sporting Achievements


Taija Olivier participated in a regional gymnastics tournament in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 13th June. Taija is competing in Level 6 this year. She finished first in her age group for L6 and first overall (all age groups) on beam.  Well done Taija.


Jenna Blofield won a silver medal, tie 2nd place on vault with a score of 11.95 at Nationals over the weekend in Cape Town. She competes in level 8 (13-18) age category.  Well done Jenna.



Katy Legg has been selected to represent KZN for the Novice “A Team” for Equitation at SA Pony Champs taking place at the Royal Show Grounds in June / July. Well done Katy.

Congratulations to Rachel Kerdachi who has also been selected for KZN Pony Rider Open team Equitation.  Well done Rachel.



Congratulations to Angela Staples for achieving a gold medal for Kata in the Budo Karate-Do Competition with a score of 19.05.  Well done Angela.

Congratulations to Cailin and Emma Simon who took part in the SA JKA Karate Championships in JHB.  Caitlin entered the girls U12 yellow belt competition and received a gold in Kata and a silver in Kumite.   Emma entered the girls U10 yellow belt competition and recevied a gold in Kumite and a gold in Kata.  Well done girls.


Life Saving

Kaitlyn Woods took part in the South African Life Saving Championships at the end of April.  She came third in the beach flag event and was awarded a bronze medal. She also made it into the finals for all her running events and came fifth in the beach sprints and beach relay. She also came fifth in the long beach run.  Well done Kaitlyn.


SP Rugby vs Hillcrest PS

U10A vs U10A - drew 20 - 20

U10B vs U10B - drew 15 - 15

U11A vs U11A - TMPS won 10 - 0

2nd Team vs 2nd - Hillcrest PS won 0 - 27

1st Team vs 1st - Hillcrest PS won 0 - 41


U9 Rugby Tournament at TMC

U9A vs Northdene A won 15-0

U9B vs Northdene A lost 0-5

U9A vs Winston Park A lost 0-5

U9B vs Winston Park B won 5-0

U9A vs Hillcrest A lost 0-5

U9B vs Hillcrest B lost 0-5


Grade 1 Soccer Tournaments


vs Winston Park 2 lost 0-1

vs Hillcrest 2 won 1-0

vs Curro HCA 3 drew 0-0

vs Highbury 2 drew 0-0

vs Highbury 2 lost 0-2

vs Curro HCA 2 drew 0-0

vs Curro HCA 3 drew 0-0

vs Hillcrest 3 drew 0-0

vs Forest View 2 drew 0-0

vs Curro HCA 1 drew 0-0

vs Hillcrest 2 lost 0-2

vs Hillcrest 3 drew 0-0


vs Curro HCA 2 drew 0-0

vs Curro HCA 3 won 2-0

vs Winston Park 1 drew 1-1

vs Winston Park 2 drew 0-0

vs Forest View lost 1-2

vs Winston Park 1 drew 0-0


Grade 2 Soccer Tournaments


vs Atholl Heights won 1-0

vs Forest View 2 drew 0-0

vs Highbury won 1-0

vs Curoo HCA 1 won 2-0

vs Curro HCA 2 lost 0-1

vs Hillcrest 2 drew 0-0

vs Curro HCA 1 won 1-0

vs Curro HCA 3 lost 0-1


vs Kloof 1 won 2-0

vs Curro HCA 1 won 2-0

vs Atholl Heights drew 0-0

vs Curro HCA 1 drew 0-0

vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

vs Curro HCA 2 drew 0-0


Grade 3 soccer tournaments


vs Curro HCA 3 lost 0-2

vs Hillcrest 1 drew 1-1

vs Forest View 1 lost 0-4

vs Winston Park 1 won 3-2

vs Curro HCA 2 drew 0-0

vs Winston Park 3 lost 0-1

vs Forest View 2 lost 0-3


vs Hillcrest 1 lost 0-2

vs Hillcrest 2 won 1-0

vs Curro HCA 1 drew 1-1

vs Curro HCA 2 lost 0-1

vs Forest View 1 won 2-1

vs Winston Park 1 lost 0-1

vs St. Mary’s 1 lost 3-0

vs St. Mary’s 2 drew 0-0


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.