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News from the Horse's Mouth
 27 July 2015
Newsletter 23

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 - Country Fair is the buzz word this week.  Thanks are given to the committee and all parents who have worked tirelessly.

  • Allan Chandler - honours our teaching staff.

  • Barbara Taljard - shares a number of reminders for the week.


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 Saturday, please do so with your class moms.


Country Fair Raffle sheets are due back this Thursday 30 July.


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


Congratulations to Coral (HS teacher) and Riaan Steenkamp on the birth of their daughter, Emma-Jean, sister to Tristan.

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
Monday 27 July HS Inter House Athletics
  Grade 7 True life Show - Identity - Peter Habberton Hall
  Grade 6 True life Show - Bullying - Peter Habberton Hall
Tuesday 28 July Whole School Civvies Day - Grocery Items due in for Country Fair
  Grade 9 History Excursion
Wednesday 29 July SP Academic Merit Assembly - Peter Habberton Hall
  PS Sticker Sale - SP Media Centre
  SP Boys' Hockey vs Curro HCA - Home
  Grade 9 History Excursion
Thursday 30 July SP Girls' Hockey vs Curro HCA - Home
  Grade 9 History Excursion
Friday 31 July Grade 9 History Excursion
Saturday 01 August Country Fair - Compulsory School Day


Scripture for the week


But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and it is those things that make a person unclean. Matthew 15:18

The Bible mentions the human heart almost 300 times. What it says is that the heart is that spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires are. As God made us in His image He too Has emotions and desires. He can be said to have a “heart.” We have a heart because God does. King David was a man “after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22).

However, the human heart, in its natural condition, is evil and deceitful: Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Because of sin our mind, emotions and desires have been polluted and mostly we are unaware of how deep this effects our lives. We may not understand our own hearts, but God does. He “knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21) Jesus points out the fallen condition of our hearts in the above scripture.” The problem lies within us, we all have a heart condition and we need a transplant. God can and will give us a new heart but only if we listen to Him. So the heart is the very centre of our being, and the Bible emphasises the need for us to guard it: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

Country Fair week has finally arrived. This is time for the whole Thomas More College community to work together. Some will have been involved in months of planning and many will be working on the day. All have been asked to become involved by contributing grocery and tombola items and hopefully by purchasing raffle tickets. We are very fortunate that the Fair was not scheduled for last Saturday when the maximum temperature was only 14 with strong winds and rain. At this stage the forecast is 20 and partly cloudy. The Country Fair is not only a wonderful spirit builder and fund raiser, it is also possibly our most important marketing event. This is our opportunity to show what we can put together. In advance, I would like to thank the committee and all those who will be involved, for their commitment and enthusiasm. I am sure that we will pull off another very successful event.

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

I thought that this week is the time to honour the teaching staff:

Teacher Praise


Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

A quick reminder:

Grocery items for Country Fair (and tombola item if not already brought) - due tomorrow - Civvies Day

Raffle sheets due in this Thursday - some super prizes to be won!

SP Merit assembly - this Wednesday from 07:30 - ± 08:30. Parents welcome to attend

Inter-house athletics field events - Tuesday 4 August at 08:30/45, after the Waterkloof choir perform;

 and track events - Wednesday, 5 August


Thank you to those parents who braved the cold and rain to try to attend our field events on Friday. We got through one hour of the programme, then rain made us call it a day. To have the least disruption academically and also in terms of setting up the fields, two consecutive days will be easier for all. We do however thank God for the rain and pray for more to break the drought.


We have been blown away by the quality- and number – of those auditioning for “The Stars come out to Shine”. It is wonderfully encouraging to see how involved our children are in cultural activities in addition to their other commitments, and this bears testimony to the growth in our Cultural sphere overall. Thank you to all those who auditioned and to those who were involved in the screening process. We look forward to seeing those items chosen at the actual performance evening on Wednesday 12 August.

Thank you to those parents who supported us by hosting children from Western Province Preparatory School, whom our 1st team Boys’ hockey played on Thursday last week. We do play them when we tour Cape Town so your hospitality is particularly appreciated.


CHOC bands will be sold this week Thursday at break, at a cost of R20 per band, to support the Cancer association for Children CHOC initiative. The bands may be worn to school only on Friday 31 July with school uniform. This is a voluntary and worthwhile initiative - thanks to Kate and Emily Duke for their initiative in this regard.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof


Will resume next week.


Cultural Achievements

None to announce this week.


Sporting Achievements


Erin Alexander & Emma Simon represented Karate KZN at the South African Karate Development Championships on Friday 24th July 2015.

Erin was awarded a Bronze in KATA

Emma was awarded a Bronze in KUMITE

Well done girls.



Jemma Daniel competed on her new horse for the first time last weekend and achieved a 1st (70.6%) and 2nd (68.6%) in her Dressage tests (Prelim 3+4).  Well done Jemma.


Congratulations to Katy Legg who took part in the SA Pony Champs, and achieved the following results:

ShowJumping – PR 0.70cm

Class 19 – 5th Place

Class 20 – 10th Place

Class 21 – 1st Place

Class 22 – 5th Place

Working Hunter – 5th Place

KZN Novice A Team – Placed 2nd

Dressage – 10th Place in both Novice Classes

Well done Katy.



Benji Daniel, left for Holland last Thursday as part of team RSA for the RS Tera Worlds which starts this weekend with 8 countries entered and 106 sailors competing. Benji came 3rd at last year's Worlds.  Benji then goes onto the UK (Wales) to compete at the 29er UK Nationals/Eurocup and 29er Worlds for two weeks. There are teams from 23 countries and 184 competing. Good luck Benji!



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.