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News from the Horse's Mouth
 20 July 2015
Newsletter 22

Letter from the Editor

Please find the Scripture for the week here.


Welcome to all our new families.


    Some points of particular interest in the expanded sections below include:
  • Shane Cuthbertson - Welcomes everyone back to school, and encourages all to get fully involved in the Country Fair (raffles/tombola/grocery items etc.)

  • Allan Chandler - Welcomes families back to school, making mention of a number of important events in the busy term ahead.

  • Barbara Taljard - Welcomes children and teachers back to school.  Country Fair is the buzz word at present so reminders are being communicated by all Phase Heads and teachers, whilst also reminding parents of the SP Academic Awards Assembly on Wed 29 July to which they are invited.


Staff news

Congratulations to Enoch (HS Library Assistant) and Concilia Gwanzura, who welcomed their baby boy into the world during the holidays. 


Congratulations to Silindile Zungu (FP Assistant) who gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Ziyanda on 6 July, weighing 3.4kg.


We wish Mrs Coral Steenkamp well as she begins her accouchement leave, and welcome Mrs Vanessa Barnes who will locum in place of Mrs Steenkamp during this time. 


Stock Shop

Primary School Hockey bags in stock now! 


Country Fair

FP and SP Parents if you have not already booked your time slots to assist at the Country Fair on 1 August, please do so with your class moms.


Country Fair Raffle sheets went out to PS pupils at the end of last term, they will goto HS pupils tomorrow. As this is our biggest fundraiser your support in selling the raffle tickets is greatly appreciated.


OldSchoolCupboardIt’s time to clean out your cupboards, Old School Cupboard is giving parents the opportunity to sell their excess, unwanted sports equipment and give other parents the choice of purchasing second hand equipment for their kids instead of buying new.


We will negotiate a sale price and once sold you will receive cash for your goods.
Kids are not cheap and a new sports season means the need for new equipment. This is a good opportunity to keep your costs down.


If you have items that are not suitable for resale I will organise for them to be donated to under privileged schools in the area on your behalf. This is an online business for further information please contact: Alison 0845724600

Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

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 should a received their card in the last week of last term. Your card number will 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.


Comedy Night


School of Music

We have a new vocal coach Marijke de Bruin who has joined the School of Music. She will be running small groups of music appreciation from Gr R to Gr 7 in the afternoons.  She will also be teaching private vocal lessons. If you would like to find out more about the small groups, please contact The School of Music on 083 990 5011 or Marijke on 082 802 4399 as these will be starting ASAP. We continue to have piano drums guitar and violin as instruments on offer too.  

Little Big Voices

Achievements   Extra-mural Calendars   Academic Calendars
Week Ahead  Quick Links
Tuesday 21 July SP Stars Come Out to Shine Auditions - Peter Habberton Hall
  Country Fair Meeting
Wednesday 22 July SP Relay Practice - Habberton Hall
  SP Stars Come Out To Shine Auditions - Peter Habberton Hall
Thursday 23 July SP 1st Team Boys' Hockey vs Western Province Prep - Home
  Parents' Council Meeting - Robin Savory Pavilion
Friday 24 July SP Inter-house Athletics - Field events
  Grade 12 Geography Excursion
Saturday 25 July SP Inter-house Athletics - Track events


Scripture for the week


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Psalm 19:1

Welcome back from me and I hope and pray you had a safe and restful holiday. My wife and I had the pleasure of going up to the berg and we took our eldest daughter on a hike and stayed the night at Lakes Cave at Cobham, which is 12 km into the mountains. One of the most enjoyable times was looking into the night sky and seeing the stars uncontaminated by light pollution especially with the recent conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter.

They were so bright I thought the moon was up. In Psalm 19:1 we read “the heavens declare the glory of God” and looking into the cosmos one realises how insignificant we are in the vastness of God’s creation – the third rock from the Sun.

However, in Genesis 1:16 we read this throwaway line “He made the stars to”. Are the stars just for our pleasure to light the night sky? So far of the 10²² stars found and that’s not counting the planets we have yet to find life out there. What if they are there just for our enjoyment? Makes us kind of special to God don’t you think? That He gives us His very best - but then do we?  

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

Welcome back, I trust everyone has returned well rested and ready for a busy, yet exciting term ahead. One of our most exciting events, the Country Fair is now very much upon us. The very experienced management team is largely unchanged with Dean Swift in the chair for his sixth Country Fair. We received a lot of praise for some of the changes that were made last year and really have a very successful formula. There are a few more improvements on the cards and this year’s Country Fair should be another very successful event. May I appeal to those that did not send a tombola item to please do so when we collect the grocery items on Tuesday 28th July. This will be a civvies day so hopefully everyone will remember this time.

Primary School pupils have had their raffle sheets for some time now. The High School pupils will be receiving their sheets tomorrow. We have found that a shorter more concentrated period of selling is more effective at High School level. Sheets are due in before the end of next week.

Country Fair is one of the Parents' Council's biggest fundraisers and all the funds are committed to improving the campus facilities. This is a cause from which we will all benefit. 

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

Welcome back to a term that 20 years ago was considered the least busy and stressful of all the terms. This is no longer the case what with Matric trials, a full sporting programme, the School Play, Grades 8 – 11 trips and so on. I trust that all will go smoothly and successfully.

Our theme for the term is: “talk to people, and not about them”. 

Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

A very warm welcome back after our mid year holidays and an extra special welcome to those families who are new to Thomas More. We do trust that you will soon feel at home, and part of our family. To the rest of our Thomas More family, all the best for the third term of 2015! I trust you and your family had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

If you have not yet returned your Country Fair raffle form, this is due in by next Thursday, 30 July at the latest. There certainly are some wonderful prizes to be won! There are also prizes for each phase for the most raffle sheets sold as well as superb prizes for the eleventh ticket (for those who get a free ticket for a full raffle sheet sold). Our Country Fair promises to be better than ever before and takes place next Saturday, 1 August. A reminder - this is a compulsory school day.

The grocery items are due next Tuesday, 28 July, as per the list which will be issued to you tomorrow. This is a civvies day to thank you for this donation and also for the tombola items. These may still be sent in if you have not already done so.

SP sport does start this week, from tomorrow as arranged, while JP sport only starts next week-. We start the term with a bang, with our Senior Primary Inter-house field events this Friday morning and the track events on the Saturday morning, as per the diary card which you can download on the communicator. We look forward to parental support for these events.

Next Wednesday morning, 29 July, during Assembly time, from 07:30 to about 08:15, there will be an Award ceremony for all those SP children who have earned a merit for effort, progress or academic attainments last term. Parents are welcome to attend.

There was a great response to our winter woollies programme, blessing the 1000 Hills community whom we strive to support. Please continue to send in any unwanted clothing, shoes, sandwiches and anything else which can be used by them- eg fruit, veggies, nappies etc. to school on a Wednesday so it can be collected on that day.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead and a successful, happy and healthy third term. God bless.

Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof


Last week of 2nd Term Achievers



Seth du Toit - for trying so much harder to be focused, and for participating enthusiastically during phonics lessons.


Tatum Harris - for generously giving R100 from her birthday money towards Care Day.  What a special and kind thing to do - I am very proud of you!


Joshua Carey - for being kind to his peers and for making an effort to work quietly at his desk.  Well done.


Khotso Tsomelo - for his bubbly nature and empathy towards his friends.


Grace Brien - for her hard work in all her subjects and the wonderful improvement she has made in maths.


Zipho Mgidi - for the superb effort he has put into his cursive writing this term.


Alwande Mbonambi - for his persevering effort in his spelling.  Keep up the good work.


Kylee-Jade McIntyre - for her consistent effort to work to the best of her ability and for being such an enthusiastic author of her own book.


Tyra-Jade Coetzer - for always trying so hard and completing tasks.
4dP Matthew Reinecke - for his good Maths, lovely manners and his willingness to help.
4M Simeï Bekker - for her wonderfully presented History project and good all round effort in the classroom.
4F Jethro McKenzie - for his endeavour to improve his handwriting and task presentation.
5vL Shaydyn Venton - for being a responsible member of our class as well as per positive attitude towards her school work.
5P Nokwhezi Magewu - for her kind, helpful nature and generous ways.
5L Erin Holton - for her friendly smile and kind nature and always giving her best.
6B Matthew Doyle - for his consistent effort and dedication to rugby this term.
6M Kathleen Young - for her consistent hard work in all that she does.
6H Caitlin Chiesman - for her excellent presentation of her geography project and continued hard work.
7M Sarah du Plessis - for her polite happy manner and her great effort during exams.
7C Hannah Patterson - for her consistent effort, hard work and positive attitude this term.
7S Matthew Kelly - for his positive attitude towards his exams and his friendly smile.


Advanced Maths

Congratulations to Luke Leppan and Saien Moodley who both received certificates for completing the Advanced Problem Solving Mathematics Course at the University of Natal.  Well done boys.


Cultural Achievements

None to announce this week.


Sporting Achievements

PS Gymnastics

Congratulations to Rachel Walton who received a bronze medal in her first ever gymnastics competition held at the Pietermaritzburg Gymnastics Academy.  Well done Rachel.

Congratulations to Taija Olivier who finished 1st in her age group for level 6 and 1st overall on beam at the recent regional Gymnastics tournament.  Well done Taija.


SP Badminton

Congratulations to Simeï Bekker who was chosen for the U13B KZN Badminton team to participate in the SA Championships in East London during the school holidays.


SP Eshowe Sports/Cultural Tour

Choir - Well done to the Senior Choir for their super singing and excellent behaviour on the Eshowe Tour towards the end of last term.  They made us very proud.

Netball - Well done to the Netball girls for their wonderful performance during the weekend.  Our girls won all 3 of their games against Mtunzini, Eshowe and HCS Convent.  Well done girls.

Hockey - Well done to our Hockey girls for their excellent effort on the Eshowe Tour.  The girls won 2, drew 1 and lost 1 against Eshowe PS Girls, HCS Convent, Eshowe PS Boys and Mtunzini PS respectively.  Well done girls.


SA Mountain Bike Championships

Congratulations to Keagan Brand who was placed 5th for Cross Country Mountain Biking, and 1st in the Downhill event in his age groups.  Well done Keagan.


KZN Netball

Congratulations to Nicole van Heerden who has been selected for the KZN U18A Netball team. Well done Nicole.



Erin Alexander took part in the KZN Karate Development Tournament in Tongaat on Sunday 19th July and won silver in her division for KATA.

She has earned her KZN Development colours and will be representing KZN Karate on Friday 24th July at the SA Karate Development Championships. Congratulations to Emma Simon (Kumite) and Connor Harrisson (Kata) who have also qualified from Thomas More College.  Well done Erin, Emma and Connor.


Hanna Alexander took part in the South African Judo Open Championships in Stellenbosch on 1st July and won a silver medal.  Once again she has proved herself at a National level. Well done Hanna.


HS 1st Boys and Girls Soccer Tour to East London - SA Sports Tours Tournament


Lost 2-1 against Alexander Road

Won 1-0 against St. Dominic’s

Lost 1-0 against Bergfliet

Won 1-0 against Selborne College

Won 3-0 against Uplands College in 5th/6th Place Playoff

The TMC boys finished 5th overall.


Drew 2-2 against Hillcrest High School

Won 5-0 against St. Dominic’s

Won 5-0 against Uplands College

Lost 3-2 against Kimberley High School in Semi-Finals

Won 2-0 against Hillcrest High School in 3rd/4th Place Playoff

The TMC girls finished 3rd overall.


SA Hockey

Congratulations to Robyn Phipps who was selected for the U16 South African Hockey High Performance Squad.



Congratulations to Levi Smith who competed in the BMX National Age Group Championship Series (Leg 4, 5 & 6)  in PMB on 4 and 5 July.  Levi placed 1st in the U5 Novice age group and received a gold medal.  Well done Levi.



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.