The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 12 October 2015
Newsletter 33

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 - gives a brief overview of the Co-Ed Waterpolo Tournament which took place during the holidays.

  • Allan Chandler - reminds parents of the Matric Prizegiving this Thursday evening.

  • Barbara Taljard - welcomes families back to a busy yet short 4th term.


Stock Shop

Umbrellas back in stock again! Just in time for the rainy season.  We have also received more flasks. 


EMBOCRAFT TRAINING CENTRE TRUST use the gorgeous Sunflower Fund bandanas in their sewing training courses. One of the items trainees learn is a child’s dress which looks so beautiful in these colourful fabrics. They take home all the items they learn to make, patterns and a machine so they can continue sewing and generate an income. PLEASE RECYCLE YOUR OLD BANDANAS and return them to school where we will collect them. You can drop them off at the Great House Reception.


Coffee Shoppe Special

Order a full slice of decadent double chocolate cake in the month of October and receive a free cappuccino.



Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

Fundraising Initiatives

Beesloop (2016 Tour Fundraiser)

Closest 'to the Poop' : R5000 winner : Carl Jankowitz

Guess the weight of Daisy's Doo : Winch winner : Sonny Janeke

Guess the Rugby score : half time : Roy Olsen (Hamper)

Guess the Rugby score : full time : Roxy Dode (Hamper) 


Hay Hoe BP Service Station

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.

Congratulations to Rae Griesel (pictured below) on winning the Hamper this month and Mrs Pricilla Harker and Mrs Bronwyn Parker who each won a free carwash.

Rae Griesel

Achievements   Extra-mural Calendars   Academic Calendars
Week Ahead  Quick Links
Monday 12 October Grade 12 Final Drama Prac
Tuesday 13 October Grade 2 Outing
  Grade 12 Art Exhibition Opening
  2016 International Tour Meeting
Wednesday 14 October Grade 12 Prayer Evening
Thursday 15 October SP Underberg Cricket Tour departs
  Matric Prizegiving
Friday 16 October Matric Breakfast
  Matric Farewell Assembly
  SP Underberg Cricket Tour
  Grade 3 Sleep over - Ken Mackenzie Centre/Farmhouse
Saturday 17 October SP Underberg Cricket Tour
Sunday 18 October SP Underberg Cricket Tour returns


Scripture for the week


Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice.   Let your forbearance be known to all people. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

It seems like yesterday that we were starting the third term of 2014 but here we are in 2015. Can’t believe that some shops have already put up there Christmas trees! So with time passing us by so rapidly it is good to take a moment and meditate on the scripture above: It’s hard not to be anxious but here Paul tells us not be “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”. We are required to bring to God our needs and anxieties in prayer and the promise is that the “peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus”. What a promise that is - something we all crave and something money can never buy. So my prayers are with those who are anxious and afraid at this time and for the peace of God will fill their hearts and minds and especially for the Matrics and their families as they begin their final exams. 

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News


While the holidays may have been a restful time for some, the campus was alive with activity as we prepared to host the National Co-Ed Schools Water Polo Championships. This was the second time that we had been host in four years, as our double heated pool allows the boys and girls events to take place at the same venue. The teams from the top 16 Co-Ed schools arrived on Wednesday evening, with the matches taking place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. With 32 teams in total, there was a lot of polo to be played, and games started as early as 06h30, with the last game of the day beginning as late as 21h00. In the end there were an astounding 53 matches over the three days. The final winners in the boys division were Crawford College Lonehill who had a narrow victory over St. Peter's in the final. In the girls section the winners were Stirling High School from East London, who beat Westerford from Cape Town. The Thomas More Girls won the play off for 7th and 8th places against Alexander Road High School from Port Elizabeth. The boys won the plate final against Rand Park High School from Johannesburg and were thus placed 9th. Hosting a prestigious tournament such as this was a real privilege for the College and brought us considerable exposure. We received numerous compliments on the standard of organization and the wonderful grooming of our campus. It was certainly a very worthwhile activity. My heartfelt thanks go to the Thomas More College players, staff and coaches who gave up their holidays to make this such a successful event. You were wonderful ambassadors for the school.


The return for the beginning of the fourth term marks the final week of classes for the 2015 matrics. The Matric Prize Giving is on Thursday evening with the final breakfast and assembly taking place on Friday morning. Friday is always a day of great emotions, particularly as the matrics make their way from the breakfast to the Hall for their Assembly, through a guard of honor made up of the whole school. This is an event not to be missed.


With Allan Chandler retiring as Headmaster at the end of the year, he will be our Guest of Honour at the Prize Giving and will deliver the main address.

Matric examinations begin in earnest with History on 20th October, although CAT and IT papers are already being written this week. Examinations for the rest of the High School start on Wednesday 11th November. The Grade 7's will start their exams on Monday 16th November.


For those of you who are starting to get into the end of year mood, you would do well to attend the Parents' Council Race Day on Friday 20th November. This is always huge fun and certainly is a must in my social calendar. Enquiries can be made by contacting Rae Griesel on 031- 764 8697.



Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

Welcome back to a busy yet short 4th term.  We will be holding our Matric Speech Evening this Thursday, 15 October at 18.30. This is a compulsory evening for High School pupils. All parents are welcome to join us.


Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Welcome back to all our families, old and those who are new, to a very short, very full term, in which we look forward to sharing your child’s experiences, progress and achievements. I do hope you and your family were able to spend some quality time together over the holiday, and that your children have returned to school refreshed and ready for what lies ahead. Thank you to those who met with class and subject teachers at the parent teacher interviews at the end of the term. For those still wishing to meet with Mrs Vairy and Mrs C. Mbili, please e-mail them directly to arrange such a meeting, as they were unable to be at the parent meeting last term.

Parents please do encourage our boys and girls to have all their sports clothing for our SP Sport photographs next Tuesday. It becomes too long and drawn out if children have to borrow kit, and so they may be left out of photos if they do not bring what is required.

Also on Tuesday next week is our Cultural Showcase evening which involves our choirs, marimba players, an Afrikaans and isiZulu performance as well as some individual items. It takes place at 18:00 in the Habberton Hall, and should be over by about 19:30. The evening is dedicated to Juffrou Röttcher, our long-serving and much loved Grade 2-5 Afrikaans teacher who retires at the end of the year having spent sixteen years at Thomas More College. Parents are welcome to attend and we would value your support.

The Primary School extends warm good wishes to our matrics for their last week of school and wish them all the best for their forthcoming examinations.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead and the last term of 2015.



Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof


awarded in the last week of the 3rd Term.



Emily de Klerk - for her enthusiastic approach towards all her tasks and her wonderful self-control during teaching.


Ethan Hadnum - for trying so hard in all that he does and for improved effort and consistency in completing homework tasks.


Demi-Lee Clarkson - for her good attitude towards work and for her caring nature.  Well done.


Gareth Bell - for his positive attitude towards using his FM transmitter in the classroom.  I am so proud of you.


Aiden Smith - for his fantastic 'Show & Tell'.  Well done.


Troy Wentzel - for his quiet nature and improvement in classwork.


Michael Jolly - for his joy and enthusiasm and willingness to always be of assistance.


Daniel Coleman - for his determined, focussed attitude towards his project pet and doing the best he is capable of.


Mia Goncalves - for such good progress and her everyday effort in the classroom.
4dP Zek Mseleku - for his positive attitude and improved sense of responsibility.
4M Michelle Williams - for her continued high standard of work and for her positive attitude towards her school day.
4F Ethan Harris - for his mathematics test results and for his athletisism and sporting skills.
5vL Njabulo Ngidi - for making every effort to be more organised and for haiving more positive approach to his school day.
5P Treya Singh - for her quiet, co-operative nature and wonderful behaviour at Twinstreams.
5L Tapuwa Sibisi - for being helpful and participating actively in the Twinstreams outing.
6B Stephanie Tshuma - for her bright and cheerful nature.
6M Aiden Jooste - for his friendly smile, pleasant nature and good manners.
6H Leah Allen - for her continued hard work, gentle nature and excellent manners.
7M Matthew Human - for his jovial, fun-loving approach to school.
7C Qwinton Knöcklein - for his good manners and enthusiasm on the zulu outing.
7S Arabella Balidis - for her positive attitude towards her academics and her friendly nature.


Dale Cargegie Course

Due to the great interest shown by various Grade 11 pupils from the Highway schools, 3 courses of Dale Carnegie were held last term. The schools included Thomas More College, St Mary’s, Westville Boys’, Westville Girls’, Sathya Sai School, Hillcrest High and Roseway Waldorf. A total of 57 of our Grade 11 students were involved, up from 43 last year and 27 the year before. We hosted two of the courses and the 3rd one was held at Hillcrest High School. Megan Lerwick was voted highest award for achievement. Well done to all participants.



Congratulations to Cadi Harper and Tristan White for achieving their Gold medals in Mathletics.


Cultural Achievements

None to report.


Sporting Achievements

SP Interhouse Hockey

Hurley 3rd

Savory 2nd

Dalberg 1st


HS Boys' and Girls' Co-Ed National Water Polo Tournament at TMC

Girls 7th Place overall

Boys 9th Place overall

Best Back – Amari Dekker

Best Goalie – Tom Lutz

HS Girls' Tournament Team – Amari Dekker and Rebecca Duthie

Boys' Tournament Team – Tom Lutz, Jared Swift and Josh Cawood


HS Girls' Water Polo at TMC

1st TMC 14 1st Kloof 1

TMC U15/16 6 Kloof U15/16 3


HS Boys' Water Polo at TMC

1st TMC 2 1st Northwood 8

1st TMC 15 1st Kloof 1

TMC U15/16 15 Kloof U15/16 3


HS Boys' Cricket - 1st Team Eshowe Festival

HS 1st Pioneer 79 all out, 1st TMC 80/2

TMC won by 8 wickets

HS 1st Eshowe 69/7, 1st TMC 70/3

TMC won by 7 wickets

HS 1st TMC 177/4, 1st Richards Bay 80 all out

TMC won by 97 runs

HS 1st TMC 109 all out, 1st Port Shepstone 46 all out

TMC won by 63 runs

HS Cricket Final

1st TMC 107/6, Zululand Regional 76 all out

TMC won by 31 runs


U14 Northwood Cricket Festival

Day 1. 50 overs - Queens College 228/7 (Edmonds 3/22); TMC 132 (Blythen 63). Lost by 96 runs.

Day 2. 20 overs - Sunfoil 77/4. TMC 82/2 (Murugan 52 no.) Won by 8 wickets

Day 3. Time Game - TMC 223 (Murugan 78, Blythen 32, Rossouw 32, Naidoo 34no.) Hudson Park 135/7 (Munion 3/29) Rain stopped play. Match drawn.

Day 4. 20 overs - TMC 109/7(Kriegisch 29 no.) Northwood Invitation 86 (Schoeman 5/6). Won by 23 runs.


HS Boys' Indoor Hockey

2nd TMC 0 1st Kloof 9



Congratulations to Jarryd Schoeman who has been selected for the U15 KZN Softball squad.

Congratulations to Caitlin Redelinghuys and Frankie White who have been selected for the KZN U17 Softball squad.

Well done.


Action Netball
Congratulations to Leah Sim on being selectedf or the U23 Action Netball mixed team for next year.  Well done Leah.



Congratulations to Kristen Rosser on her achievements in the World Youth event held in Italy.  Well done Kristen.


Congratulations to the following climbers who represented KZN in the Nationals held in JHB during the holidays:

Charles Young

Kim Dawson

Che Coelho

Amy Freeman (4th)

Keshav Gounden

Kristen Rosser (3rd)

Daniel Bentley

Jenna Bentley

Sean Rudd

Josh Munstermann

Craig Smith


SP Waterpolo

Congratulations to Dale Harper and Mini Dlamini who have been selected for the KZN U13 Girls' Waterpolo team. They will be involved in the Inter Provincial tournament in Cape Town in December. Well done girls.



Congratulations to Cayla van der Walt who competed in the Equestrian FEI world dressage challenge this weekend where she won her class and has been placed 4th in the world in her division, as a junior. Well done Cayla.


Congratulations to Alexander Ric-Hansen for coming second in the ESP showjumping 70cms in the speed class.  Well done Alex.



Congratulations to Kyle Howat who received his Senior Brown Belt in MMA Fighting.  This was acheived by doing 2 hours of fitness followed by 8 rounds of fighting.  Well done Kyle.


BMX - SA Champs

Congratulations to Levi Smith who placed 4th overall in the SA National BMX Championships in the U6 Experts Class held in JHB over the weekend. 

Levi was also placed 1st in the Novice class at the previous week's Club races held in PMB, and was awarded a trophy for 'Rider of the day'.  Well done Levi.



Congratulations to Björn Bekker who participated in the KZN Junior Swimming Championships at Kings Park.  He received a silver medal for 50m freestyle and a gold medal for 50m breastroke.  Well done Björn. 


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.