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The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 21 September 2015
Newsletter 31

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 - congratulates the newly appointed MLC Heads.
  • Allan Chandler - salutes leaders in education.
  • Barbara Taljard - offers best wishes to all grades going on school trips this 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 21 September Grade 4s leave for Roselands
  Grade 5s leave for Twinstreams
  Grade 11 Seaworld Excursion
  HS Soccer/Softball Awards
Tuesday 22 September Board meeting - Robin Savory Pavilion
  Grade 12 Parents' Evening
Wednesday 23 September HS Sports Photographs
  Grade 1 Outing
  Grade 4s return from Roselands
  Grade 5s return from Twinstreams
  SP Senior Boys' Hockey vs Winston Park (Home)
Thursday 24 September Public Holiday - Heritage Day
Friday 25 September School Holiday


Scripture for the week


At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Calling a little child forward, he had him stand among them. Then he said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:1-3

Working with children I often use this scripture as they constantly give me a new insight, not only about themselves but also what Jesus meant by this scripture, for they give us an awareness of the nature and character of God. Firstly, trust - children have the amazing capacity to trust. So should we. So does God - He trusts us - He has entrusted us with life. Secondly, children have the time of day for you. A child always wants to spend time with you. So does God. Do we have the time of day for others – do people matter to us? Lastly, we often, when we get older, wish we could go back to being a child, when life just seemed simpler. Maybe our priorities are a bit messed up. We cram so much into our day and surrounded our lives with so many things that it seems to make life so stressful. Jesus gave us one command “Love one another as I have loved you” John 15:12. What couldn’t be more simpler? The catch is living it out, which is a whole lot harder but we have a life time to work on it and our Lord to help us to achieve it.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

Congratulations to the 2016 Matric Leadership Council (MLC) Heads that were announced in the High School Assembly this morning. They are:MLC

Head Boy: Karabo Malahleha Deputy Head Boy: Jared Swift

Head Girl: Amy Balarin Deputy Head Girl: Summer Robertson

This is an entirely democratic appointment and it is extremely rewarding to see just how sensible and mature the pupil vote was. These are four very fine young people who will make wonderful ambassadors for Thomas More College. The announcements were extremely well received by the pupil body. The Grade 11 pupils have already been put into their portfolio groups and all will work to lead the school in their different areas of interest next year. This has proved to be a very innovative and successful leadership model. Everyone remains motivated, valued and involved throughout the year, unlike a prefect system where rejection and disappointment can be extremely damaging.

Messrs Chandler, Taljard, Hornsey and I spent the last 4 days at the annual conference of the Heads of Independent Schools. In this era of the technology revolution, it was exciting to see that there is a huge emphasis on ethical and moral education. The internet is source of much good and certainly some evil, and values education is going to play a pivotal role in the good schools of the future.


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

I have just returned from an invigorating and stimulating Annual Head’s Conference. It is inspiring to realise just how many good leaders there are out there, from high fee paying schools, to low fee paying urban and rural institutions. The education sphere has had very negative press over the last few months, but there is outstanding work being done in so many areas of the country, and I salute these people and their work.

Thought for the week: “We are not born with hate and fear. They are learnt behaviours”.



Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Despite the distances travelled to get to the Heads’ conference (it was in Polokwane), it was a worthwhile experience. Not only does it keep one in touch with best current practice but it is also a time for collegiality, sharing ideas with other Heads dealing with similar issues, challenges and concerns. The theme "It’s not on top but inside” was a good one. It is reaffirming to know that Thomas More is up there with the best of schools! Our congratulations as a school to our Executive Principal, Mr Shane Cuthbertson on his appointment as the SAHISA (South African Heads of Independent Schools Association) National Chairman.  

I know our Grade 4 and 5 pupils were very excited this morning as they set off with their teachers on their annual grade trips, to Roselands and Twinstreams respectively. We know they are in capable hands and that they will enjoy the experience. They both return on Wednesday, in time to relax and enjoy the upcoming long week-end. Similarly our Grade 7 Zulu pupils are in for a treat when they visit Ecohambanba, an ethnic cultural set-up near the Albert Falls Dam on Tuesday and Wednesday - such a fitting experience to mark Heritage Day, which has resulted in the long weekend!

Best wishes too to our Grade1s for their trip to Ushaka and our Grade 2s for their outing to the Botanical Gardens, both on Wednesday this week.

We hope all our families will be able to celebrate traditions endemic to your family as we remember to celebrate our cultural heritage and all its richness. After the hectic programme of the last few weeks it will also be an opportunity to recharge batteries ready for the last few days of term.

Both phases of the Primary School will be hosting their parent interviews next week- the Foundation Phase with the teachers in their classrooms (please use booking schedules on the doors) on both Tuesday and Wednesday and the Senior Primary in the Habberton Hall, from 16:30 -18:30 on the Tuesday only. This is a valuable opportunity to connect with the various teachers and find out how your child is faring, and we do hope, with no reports this term, that you will avail yourself of this.

Wishing you all the best for the penultimate week of term.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof




Dylan Tozer - for excellent participation during teaching and a good improvement in sentence writing.


Fiki Dlamini - for his excellent manners as well as care and pride he takes in his work.


Luke Chaplin - for trying hard to write neatly and for taking more pride in the presentation of his work.  Well done.


Darshan Paul - for consistent good effort and enjoyment of his work.


Dylan Bell - for working so very hard and for his kind and caring nature.


Rachel Montague - for the great effort she has put into her work this term.


Benjamin Glenny - for his excellent work on his project.


Alexandra Ric-Hansen - for her beautiful smile and heart and supersonic work at all times.


Joel Jooste - for a much better work ethic and so much effort to present neat, accurate tasks.
4dP Dayith Naidoo - for an improvement in responsibility and in his handwriting.
4M Ethan McCormick - for trying hard in class and on the sports field.
4F Shay Naidoo - for her cheerful nature and for neat task presentation.
5vL Jorja Robertson - for her lovely manners, helpful nature and a well presented English Oral.
5P Ethan Gregory - for his happy, friendly disposition and co-operative nature.
5L Kade Higgitt - for trying hard in all his lessons and for his good manners.
6B Ella Mae Whiteford - for her lovely manners and mature approach to her school day.
6M Rachel Boulle - for her hard work and consistent effort in class.
6H Mathew Davey - for his bright, sunny nature and up beat attitude to life.
7M Ava Terblanche - for her positive attitude towards her work during this term.
7C Lola Lee - for her consistent effort and dedication towards her academics and sport.
7S Kenton Griesel - for his impeccable manners, his kindness and his positive attitude.



Cultural Achievements

None to report.


Sporting Achievements

U9 Hockey vs Highbury

TMC 1 won 3-2

TMC 2 drew 2-2

TMC 3 won 4-1

TMC 4 lost 0-3


HS Boys' Indoor Hockey

1st TMC 3 1st DHS 5

2nd TMC 1 1st Crawford North Coast 1


KZN Soccer

Congratulations to Savanna Daubinet who has been selected for the KZN U16A Soccer Team.


KZN Action Netball

After a successful 2015 year in U13 KZN Action Netball Team, Hanna Alexander & Ava Terblanche participated in the KZN Action Netball Trials in DBN North last weekend & have both been selected to represent KZN U14.  They will be taking part in the interprovincial tournament in Midrand - Gauteng in March 2016.

Hanna and Ava will be part of the Vicky Wilson Netball training camp in Stellenbosch during the October school holidays & then will be travelling to USA in September 2016 to take part in the Action Netball Disney Youth Tournament.Well done girls, we are very proud you. 



Congratulations to Demi-Lee Penny and Taija Olivier who both participated in a gymnastics competition.  Demi-Lee placed 3rd in her age group.  Both girls have made the KZN team and will compete in Pretoria in the holidays.


Congratulations to Dayna Deeble on receiving 1st place and a gold medal in her age group and Jade du Buisson on being placed 3rd with a bronze medal at Natal Championships.  Both Dayna & Jake will now travel to Pretoria to compete in the South African Champs in October.



Congratulations to Megan Hoogerheijde who was awarded the Sportsmanship Award at the Kearsney Mini-Hockey Awards evening.



Congratulations to Rachel Kerdachi, who attained the following equestrian achievements in 2015:

- Selected to represent KZN in the Pony Rider Interprovincial Team and was awarded full KZN Provincial Colours.

- Represented KZN at the 2015 Pony Rider Show Jumping Championships of South Africa.

- Currently ranked 2nd in KZN for Pony Rider 1.20m. (Highest level of competition for Pony Riders)

- Placed 1st KZN Outdoor Grand Prix.

- Placed 1st in FEI International Childrens Gold Tour.



Congratulations to Katelyn Legg who placed 1st in SA Champs pony rider 70cm eventing classes (far left) at Durban Shongweni Club this weekend.


Congratulations to Tyler Jelf who placed 2nd in SA Pony Champs pony rider 80cm eventing classes (centre) at Durban Shongweni Club this weekend.


Congratulations to Grace Youldon who took part in her first horse riding show over the weekend, at JoJo's Riding Centre.  Grace managed a clear round. Well done.


District Water Polo

The following girls were selected for their various District Water Polo Teams:

U14A – Claire Vosters and Charmonè Roberts

U15A – Kimberly Lerwick, Estrelita Kotzé and Siyamthanda Luthuli

U15B – Lauren Waltham and Cassidy Blackbeard

U16A – Ashley Harper, Jenna Sykes, Caitlin-Rose Torry

U19A – Amari Dekker, Rebecca Duthie and Leah Sim

U19B – Casey Houston, Anneke Steyn and Hannah Banfield


The following boys were selected for their various District Water Polo Teams:

U16A - Andrew Smith

U16B - Jono Morgan

U19A - James King

U19B - Tom Lütz

U19B - Josh Cawood

U19B - Jared Swift


SP Girls' Hockey vs St Mary's

U10 A lost 0-5

U10 B lost 0-1

U11 A drew 1-1

U11 B lost 1-3

U11 C lost 1-3

1st XI lost 0-4

2nd XI lost 0-1


SP Girls' Hockey vs Crawford NC

U10 A won 2-1

U10 B drew 1-1

U11 A won 1-0

U11 B won 3-0

1st XI won 3-0

2nd XI won 1-0


SP Boys’ Hockey Results vs Sarnia

U10 A won 6-0

U10 B drew 3-3

U10 C lost 2-12

U11 A won 4-1

U11 B won 3-1

1st XI won 4-0

2nd XI drew 0-0


SP Boys’ Hockey vs Umhlanga

U10 A lost 3-5

U10 B won 1-0

U10 C won 1-0

U11 A drew 2-2

U11 B won 3-1

1st XI won 6-0

2nd XI drew 1-1


Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to represent the Kwasanti Ward at the Circuit Athletics trials.  The top 2 athletes go through to the next round and 3rd placed athletes are reserves.  These trials will take place in February 2016.

U10 High Jump - Tiaan Steyn 1st, Karissa Paul 3rd

U11 High Jump - Sarah Simpson 2nd

U10 Long Jump - Ethan McCormick 2nd

U11 Long Jump - Sarah Simpson 2nd

U10 Shot Putt - Karissa Paul 2nd

U11 Shot Putt - Jason Brien 1st

U12 Shot Putt - Stephanie Tshuma 2nd

U10 80m - Matthew Reinecke 3rd

U10 100m - Matthew Reinecke 3rd

U12 100m - Ashleigh du Plessis 2nd, Stephanie Tshuma 3rd

U11 1200m - Nathan Riddle 2nd

U12 1200m - Brad Ballack 1st





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.