The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 28 September 2015
Newsletter 32

Letter from the Editor

Please find the Scripture for the week here.


    Some points of particular interest in the expanded sections below include:
  • Allan Chandler - reminds parents/pupils that lessons take place as per normal this week.

  • Barbara Taljard - reminds parents about the parent/teacher interviews taking place this week.


Bandanas on Sale - R25 - pupils will be allowed to wear their bandana on Thursday, break up day, with their school uniform.

HS - Ms Mkize

SP - Mrs Hooper

FP - Mrs Brophy


Stock Shop

Umbrellas back in stock again! Just in time for the rainy season.  We have also received more flasks.  Please note that we are closed during the school holidays. We are open only between 11.15 and 12.15 on break up day. 


National Co-ed water polo festival - we are proud to be hosting the National Co-ed water polo festival again these holidays, 8-10 October.  Fixtures and times will be loaded onto the TMC website at the end of the week.  We invite you to support the teams. Best of luck to our TMC sides participating.


Wishing you an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. Travel safe.

Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

Fundraising Initiative

Hay Hoe BP Service station situated at 6 Underwood Road Pinetown is supporting our fundraising efforts for the 2016 overseas tour. Each parent should have received their card in the last week of last term. Your card number will be recorded everytime you fill up. 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.

Night Racing


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 3 left.


Achievements   Extra-mural Calendars   Academic Calendars
Week Ahead  Quick Links
Monday 28 September Grade 11 Work Experience
Tuesday 29 September Grade 11 Work Experience
  JP Sports Photos
  FP Parent Interviews - Classrooms (by appointment)
  SP Parents' Evening- Peter Habberton Hall
Wednesday 30 September Grade 11 Work Experience
  SP Non-Academic Day
  Grade 5 Egyptian Day
  FP Parent Interviews - Classrooms (by appointment)
Thursday 01 October Break up Day
  FP closes early - 11am
  SP closes early - 11:30am
  HS closes early - 12pm


Scripture for the week


 A cheerful heart is a good medicine; but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs: 17:22

I’ve already used this scripture before but recently I have seen the need for laughter and how it often helps in stressful situations and this is just a reminder to us that we should laugh more often. There was an article in the Daily Mail (London, 12th August 1996) that laughter really is good for your health” If you want to reach a ripe old age, put a smile on your face, say researchers. Scientists have discovered that a group of life-enhancing chemicals are triggered when we burst into laughter. These powerful hormones can boost the immune system, helping to ward off colds and flu, and might even help fight cancer. Arthur Stone, a professor of psychoneural immunology at the State University of New York, has published a paper outlining the most conclusive evidence yet of a link between laughter and the levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody found in the mucus which lines the nose” So Laughter is cheap medicine!

So from the scripture above, Proverbs 17:22 the Bible already teaches us this fact. Maybe we should not only laugh more but read our Bibles more: “Every word of God is pure: He is a shield to them that put their trust in Him” Proverbs 30:5. May you all have a peaceful and joyous Michaelmas break.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

High School News

The year has just flown past and the final week of the third term is upon us. Please be reminded that this is a normal period of lessons (except for the Grade 11s who are on Work Experience), and that, on Thursday, lessons will take place, as well as an important Awards Assembly.


Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Thank you to all those teachers who accompanied pupils on the Grade 4 and 5 Grade trips as well as on the memorable Zulu cultural outing. From all accounts the children certainly had a great time and were well looked after!

A reminder again about the parent teacher interviews:

The Foundation Phase on Tuesday and Wednesday in the classrooms.

All the Senior Primary on Tuesday in the Habberton Hall from 16:30 to 18:30.

This is a valuable opportunity to connect with the various teachers and find out how your child is faring.

On Thursday, the last day of school, on a voluntary basis, children will be able to wear the current bandana to school, to support the fundraising initiative of the Sunflower Fund. Children have had an assembly in this regard and the Grade 4 to 6 classes have had this whole process discussed with them in their Life Orientation lessons with me. Bandanas are available from Keryn Brophy in the Foundation Phase and, for the Senior Primary, from Kim Hooper in the Great House.teachers

My assembly this week will be on showing appreciation to those amazing people, our teachers without whom Thomas More would not be what it is. Teacher’s Appreciation Day falls on the 5 October this year, in our school holidays. While this is great in terms of giving them a well deserved break, it is not ideal in being able to pay tribute to them. We would love our boys and girls to write their teachers a special message/ say a big thank you to them for going way beyond what is expected of them in terms of their job.

School closes on Thursday at 11:00 for the Foundation Phase and at 11:30 for the Senior Primary and we re-open on Monday 12 October. Foundation Phase sport starts in the second week of term, but Senior Primary sport starts on the Tuesday due to the shortness of the term.

Wishing you all the best for the last week of term and for a great holiday.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof




Rhys Pearton - for a lovely improvement in his reading this term.


William MacGillivray - for his cheerful, loving nature and for trying so hard in all his schoolwork.


Daniel Ross - for his improved reading and ability to apply his phonetic knowledge.  Keep it up my boy.


Isabella Fuini - for her creative inspiration in the classroom and her positive attitude in all that she does.


Brandon Lilly - for consistent effort in all tasks and his wonderful ability to turn the other cheek and forgive others.


Samuel Stewart - for his excellent marks in his Maths assessment.


Devon Harwin - for being hardworking and consistent in all his work.


Alexander Jackson - for his delightful fun loving nature and splendid academic progress.


Izabella Cahi - for good maths thinking and always working hard.
4F Grade 4s & 5s away on trips at the time
6B Alex White - for her kind and caring nature and positive outlook to her school day.
6M Minenhle Dlamini - for her friendly smile, positive outlook and hard work.
6H Julia Butler - for her continued hard work and kind, gentle nature.
7M Shekar Maharaj - for his good manners and excellent work ethic.
7C Olwethu Sukazi - for his improved effort towards his academics.
7S Daniel Dronca - for an improved attitude towards his Afrikaans work during this term.



Congratulations to Ben Hoogerheijde for achieving his Gold Certificate in Mathletics.  Well done Ben.


Cultural Achievements

None to report.


Sporting Achievements

KZN/SA Action Netball

Congratulations to Casey Houston who has been selected for the KZN U18 Action Netball Team for 2016. She also leaves for Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday morning to play for SA U18 in the World Series. All the very best Casey.


KZN Waterpolo

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected for the KZN Waterpolo teams in their respective age groups:

Claire Vosters – U14A

Amari Dekker and Casey Houston – U19A


KZN Cricket

Well done to Michael Sim who took part in the KZN Cricket trials festival held from 19 to 21 September 2015 in Durban North. He was part of the U13 Invitational Boys' Cricket team.


KZN Softball

Congratulations to Caitlin Redelinghuys, Frankie White (U17), Carmen Vicent and Kayleigh du Toit (U15) who have been selected for their respective age groups for KZN Softball.


KZN Cross Country

Congratulations to Bridget Theunissen (U14) and Courtney Smith (U15) have been selected for the KZN Cross Country Team.



Congratulations to Merrick Beetge who took part in a Judo Competition over the weekend and came 4th earning himself a bronze medal.  Well done Merrick.



Congratulations to Isabella Velleman for being awarded the U13 Sportsmanship Trophy for Madsen Hockey.  Well done Isabella.


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.