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Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 07 September 2015
Newsletter 29

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 - shares developments on the Thom Tots Créche & Grade 000 facility.

  • Allan Chandler - reminds Grade 9 parents of the Subject Choice/Parents' evening taking place tomorrow (8 September).

  • Barbara Taljard - celebrates National "Buy a Book" day, and reminds parents of Arbor week.


Bandanas on Sale - we are selling bandanas on behalf of the Sunflower Fund - R25.

HS - Ms Mkize

SP - Mrs Hooper

FP - Mrs Brophy

The pupils will be allowed to wear their bandana on break up day with their school uniform.


Parents' Council Night Racing - Friday 20 November 2015

Please contact Rae Griesel to book your seat/table - limited availability, first-come-first-served. 

Sponsored races - there are 4 left - please contact Rae soonest.


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.

Achievements   Extra-mural Calendars   Academic Calendars
Week Ahead  Quick Links
Monday 07 September SP Junior Boys' Hockey vs Sarnia - Home
  Grade 5 Egyptian Evening - Ken Mackenzie Centre
Tuesday 08 September SP Senior Boys' Hockey vs Sarnia - Home
Wednesday 09 September SP Boys' Hockey vs Umhlanga College - Home
  School of Music Recital - Music School
Thursday 10 September Grade 3 Outing
  Grade 2 Boys' & Girls' Hockey Tournament - Leffler Astro
  SP Senior Girls' Soccer vs Northdene
  Parents' Council Meeting - Robin Savory Pavilion
Friday 11 September Whole School Thanksgiving Service - Peter Habberton Hall (7.30am)
  SP Toppies 'n Tots Golf Day - Camelot
  Grade 3 Boys' & Girls' Hockey Matches - Leffler Astro
  Grade 1 Boys' & Girls' Hockey Matches - Leffler Astro
Saturday 12 September Past Pupils' Association Day
  SP Boys' Soccer vs Northdene - Away
  SP Girls' Hockey vs St Mary's DSG - Away


Scripture for the week


Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God”. Luke 4:4

I have recently being reading a book by Billy Graham ‘Peace With God’ written in 1956 in which the author states: “America had the highest per capita of boredom of any spot on earth. We know that because we have the greatest variety and greatest number of artificial amusements of any country. People have become so empty that they can’t even entertain themselves. They have to pay others to amuse them, to make them laugh, to make them warm and happy and comfortable for a few minutes to try and lose that awful dreadful feeling of being lost and alone…God gave man the capacity for boredom, He did it for purpose. Boredom is the one sure way to measure your own inner emptiness. It’s as accurate as a thermometer for telling just how hollow your inner spirit really is…We have tried to fill ourselves with science, education with better living and pleasure, with the many other things we thought we wanted but we are still empty. Why is there this emptiness? Because the Creator made us for Himself and we shall never find completeness and fullness apart from fellowship with Him”.  This sense of boredom has now become worldwide especially amongst our young people. The only way to fill this emptiness is with a relation with our Creator. That is why Jesus said “It is written, “That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God”. All we need to do is ask our loving Father in heaven for help and that He begins to fill the emptiness in our hearts with Himself.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

From the beginning of 2016 we will be separating the "Thom Tots" Crèche from the Grade 000’s. Both are currently located in the rondawel below the JP pool. This limited facility has meant that the intake had to be restricted. While Grade 000 has been open to the public, the crèche ("Thom Tots") has been a staff facility for many years. Due to lack of space very few spaces were ever available to the public.

The "Thom Tots" Créche  will now be moving to new, much larger, premises situated to the left of the current Stock Shop. The Grade 000s will remain in the rondawel. This will allow for additional capacity in each of the grades from January 2016. Créche pupils will however have to be either staff children or siblings of existing pupils. Please contact Juliet Hartley (031 764 8643) in our Admissions Office for more information.

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

Just a reminder this week that the Grade 9 Parents’ Evening (Subject Choice) will take place on Tuesday 8th September, and the Grade 8 Parents’ Evening will take place on the 30th September.


Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Congratulations to our Foundation Phase staff and children on a very successful grandparents’ day and a great cultural evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended. We are very proud of you all!

On Saturday a few Grade 7 representatives and some High School pupils from Thomas More were involved in tree planting in Inanda Road, together with representatives from many other schools. This was organised by the scout movement and invitations were sent to all schools in the Highway and Valley area. This was a wonderful way to mark Arbor month. We usually also plant trees at school, but at present we have no need for any more to be planted. We do, however, benefit from those that have been planted over the years, providing us with shade on hot days and beautifying our already stunning campus. We do trust in your home environments you also are aware of the significance of trees and plant them wherever you can.

Today is national “Buy a book day”. Thanks to the use of electronic devices, carrying multiple books around has become easier and more practical. Still, it is a sad how the art of reading a regular book seems to be slowly diminishing. It sometimes seems as though children today do not even know the scent of an old book, a book that has touched the lives of so many, and how wonderful it can be to settle down with such a book and disappear into the world it creates. Buy a Book Day was created for the purpose of reminding people how much joy a book can bring when it awakens your imagination and transports you far away.Book

This day was created in 2012 to educate people to the importance of books, which have arguably been one of the greatest contributors to the advancement of mankind, by moving the hearts of many over the ages, stimulating their imaginations and helping them see the world in an entirely different light. Books have also served the simple but vital purpose of passing knowledge down through the generations. The creators of Buy a Book Day want nothing more than for people to take a moment to truly appreciate books and their numerous roles in the human experience.

The best way to celebrate this day is to —buy a book. All you have to do to enjoy it thoroughly is invest even a small amount of money in a book, either first- or second-hand- and then soak up all of the knowledge and wisdom in it. It doesn’t matter whether you like the classics or contemporary literature or whether you can afford to buy a brand new hardcover book or just a dog-eared softcover book from the local charity shop—you can celebrate Buy a Book Day anyway.  (Thank you to Lyn Macdonald for reminding us of the significance of this day.)

All the very best to you all for another busy week.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof




Hannah Howroyd - for trying so hard to sit up straight and quietly at her desk, as well as a wonderful improvement in her reading.


Anais Briginshaw - for being a helpful, enthusiastic member of our class and for beautifully presented work at all times.


Kendra da Costa - for being a wonderful crocodile in the class poem.  You used lovely expression and remembered your words so well.


Josh Fitzpatrick - for his improved work ethic in English and his delightful story writing.


Holly du Buisson - for applying much thought when solving Maths problems and making super progress.


Sascha Junkhun - for really trying hard in all her schoolwork and showing kindness to her friends.


Bryan Ireland - for the effort he is making with his spelling and the neat presentation of his work.


Nicole Williams - for always presenting neat work and speaking so well at the Grandparents' Day.


Matthew Bonsor - for improved pace and neatness in task completion.
4dP Emily Swanson - for beautiful writing and commitment to her school tasks.
4M Joshua Linnett - for working hard in class and for his enthusiastic approach to his school day.
4F Amanda Fenner - for her diligence and commitment to her school tasks.
5vL Michael Kiggen - for his consistent good results in his Friday spelling tests as well as in his literature vocabulary tests.
5P Kaitlyn Heyns - for her quiet co-operative nature and her bravery in the hockey goals.
5L Tapuwa Sibisi - for his polite manners and friendly nature.
6B Michael Sim - for his continued hard work and always giving of his best on the sports field.
6M Tristan Logan - for his friendly smile and good manners.
6H Troy van Zyl - for coping so well while mom was away and remembering his study books.
7M Makayla Harland - for her friendly, happy nature and pleasing all-round effort in class.
7C Christine Heyns - for making a more concerted effort towards her academics this term.
7S Jessica Thomson - for her diligent approach to her school work and her kindness to others.



Congratulations to Sascha Junken on receiving a gold certificate in Mathletics.


Cultural Achievements

Trinity College of London

Congratulations to Luyanda Mbele, Jamie Lamb and Dinah Frey (Grade 7s) for completing the Rock 'n Pop voice exams.  Well done girls.


Congratulations to Lola Lee, Kayleigh Fenner and Shannon Hendry (Grade 7s) for achieving distinction in their Drama Grade 3 exams.  Well done girls.


Congratulations to James Ross, Lutho Nonxutho, Mpumelelo Mgidi and Anele Mdlala (Grade 7s) for achieiving Merit in their Grade 3 exams.  Well done boys and girls.



Congratulations to Jorja Theunissen (Grade 7) who has been selected to be part of the KZN Youth Ballet School after auditions at Glenwood over the weekend.  Well done Jorja.


Congratulations to Leah Allen (Grade 6) and Hannah Patterson who both were awarded the Mabel Ryan Medal Award. The Mabel Ryan award is awarded to the most promising candidate in their Grade of dance, who achieved above 75% for her ballet exam. This award is given throughout the world to all girls qualifying, and who are being taught the Cecchetti Method of ballet. Well done Leah and Hannah.


Sporting Achievements

SP Boys' Soccer vs Westville SP

3rd Team vs 4ths lost 1 - 3

U11B vs U11B draw 0 - 0

U10B vs U10B draw 0 - 0


SP Soccer

The U10s, 11s and U13s took part in a 5-A-SIDE Soccer Tournament on the weekend at Northdene Preparatory School.

Unfortunately none of our teams made it through to the knockout stages but, congratulations must be sent out to all the boys for their sportsmanship and enthusiasm on and off the field. Thank you also to all our parents who supported the boys from the side of the field.



Congratulations to Julia van Tonder for jumping 30cm in a clear round and in the third fastest time, on her horse Nemo, in a show jumping competition last Sunday.  Well done Julia.


Congratulations to Cayla van der Walt and Kayd Olivier who both competed in the recent Dressage Competition at Shongweni.Equestrian

Cayla van der Walt on her horse, Ticket to Paradise - Jnr Novice competition placed 1st - Advanced Jnr Novice placed 1st, Class 16 Thoroughbred Champs placed 1st and in the Advanced Jnr Novice Championship placed 1st.

Kayd Olivier on her horse Isabella's Victory - Jnr Novice competition placed 2nd - Advanced Jnr Novice placed 2nd, and in the Advanced Jnr Novice Championship placed 2nd.  Well done to both our Thomas More riders.  


Grade 1 Hockey tournament


TMC 1 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest won 2-0

TMC 1 vs CurroHCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest lost 0-1

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 3 vs Winston Park lost 0-3

TMC 3 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 4 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 4 vs Winston Parklost 0-5

TMC 4 vs Northdene won 2-0


TMC 1 vs Hillcrest won 1-0

TMC 1 Curro HCA lost 0-1

TMC 1 vs Northdene lost 0-1

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA drew 1-1

TMC 3 vs Hillcrest won 2-0

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA won 2-0

TMC 3 vs Northdene lost 0-2

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA won 1-0


Grade 2 Hockey tournament


TMC 1 vs Hillcrest drew 2-2

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA won 2-0

TMC 1 vs Kloof won 4-0

TMC 2 vs Waldorf lost 0-1

TMC 2 vs Kloof lost 0-3

TMC 2 vs Atholl Heights lost 0-5

TMC 3 vs Forest View drew 0-0

TMC 3 vs Kloof drew 0-0

TMC 3 vs Highbury lost 0-1


TMC 1 vs Kloof won 3-1

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest won 3-1

TMC 1 vs Winston Park won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA won 1-0

TMC 2 vs St. Mary’s won 4-2

TMC 2 vs St. Mary’s drew 1-1

TMC 3 vs Kloof won 2-0

TMC 3 vs Forest View won 2-0

TMC 3 vs Winston Park drew 0-0


Grade 3 Hockey tournament


TMC 1 vs Hillcrest lost 0-2

TMC 1 vs Winston Park drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA drew 1-1

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Northdene lost 0-1


TMC 1 vs Winston Park won 2-0

TMC 1 vs St. Mary’s drew 1-1

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park drew 0-0

TMC 3 vs Northdene won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Hillcrest lost 0-1


Ward Athletics Trials

Well done to the following children who placed in ward trials on Saturday:

Dayna Deeble - 1st place in 1200m, 2nd in 100m

Devon Harwin – 4th place in 80m & 100m

Izabella Cahi – 1st in 80m & 3rd in 100m



Congratulations to Björn Bekker who participated in the U9 Beavers Winter Championships at Kings Park and came 4th in 50m and 100m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and Backstroke, 3rd in 100m and 2nd in 50m Breaststroke.  Well done Björn.


SP Hockey vs Felixton

1st XI Girls won 4-0

1st XI Boys won 5-1


SP Boys' Hockey vs Northdene

U10 A won 5-1

U10 B lost 0-2

U10 C won 4-3

U11 A won 6-2

U11 B won 7-0

1st XI won 4-0

2nd XI won 5-0



Congratulations to Hanna Alexander (Grade 7) who was awarded a Gold medal at U15 level and a Silver at U18 level at the National Ranking Competition in JHB. Well done Hanna, this is an exceptional achievement.


HS Girls' Soccer at Ashton

1st TMC 1 1st Ashton 2

TMC U16A 0 Ashton U16A 1

TMC U16B 2 Ashton U16B 2

TMC U14A 3 Ashton U14A 0


HS Girls' Soccer at TMC

1st TMC 1 1st Beaulieu College 2


HS Girls' Tennis at TMC

1st TMC 1 St. Mary's 24


HS Boys' Soccer at TMC

1st TMC 4 1st Beaulieu College 1

1st TMC 1 1st St. Henry's 0

2nd TMC 2 2nd St. Henry's 1

TMC U16A 1 St. Henry's 2

TMC U15A 5 St. Henry's U16B 1

TMC U14A 2 St. Henry's 1

TMC U14B 0 St. Henry's 0

1st TMC 0 1st St. Charles 1

2nd TMC 2 5th St. Charles 2

TMC U16A 1 St. Charles U16B 2

TMC U16B 5 St. Charles U16D 1

TMC U15A 6 St. Charles U15B 0

TMC U15B 4 St. Charles U15D 1

TMC U14A 3 St. Charles U14B 4

TMC U14B 3 St. Charles U14D 3


HS Soccer

Well done to the following boys who have made the Pinetown District Team:

Liam Moran

Sihle Ncgobo

Karabo Mahahleha

 Liam Moran was then invited to the final round of KZN Trials.  Liam has now been selected for the KZN Schools U19A Soccer Team. Well done Liam.


HS Boys' Indoor Hockey

1st TMC 0 1st Westville 4

2nd TMC 0 1st Ashton 4

TMC U16A 5 Westville U16A 7

TMC U14A 1 Northwood U14A 9



Well done to Joel Visser who competed in the S.A. Champs polocrosse last weekend in Richmond. His team came third overall, he played for his sister Chloe as she was recovering from a back injury from a recent fall.  Joel played 36 chukkas in total.  Joel and Chloe both played in the Inter-Provincial team for midlands over 8,9,10 August at Paddock. Midlands came third. 


KZN Girls' Soccer

The following girls’ have been selected for their respective KZN Soccer teams:

Courtney Sim (U14)

Carmen Vicent (U14)

Tatum Olivier (U15)

Frankie White (U19)

Savanna Daubinet (non-travelling reserve for the U16 team)

Well done girls. 


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.