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News from the Horse's Mouth
 26 October 2015
Newsletter 35

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 an article entitled "Exam Time - The Threats of Cell Phones and Social Media".

  • Allan Chandler - shares some advice on being accountable for ones actions.

  • Barbara Taljard - congratulates all involved in the SP Cultural Showcase last week, and reminds parents and Primary School pupils of the Grade 7 Entrepreneurial week starting this Wednesday and ending on Friday.


Stock Shop

The diary is now open for appointments for new school uniforms. If it is just a few items it is not necessary to make an appointment, but for pupils going into Grade 1 or High School please call as soon as possible .

We will be open up until Friday 11th December. We will be closed from the 12th Dec and will re-open on Thursday 14th January 2016 until tues 19th Jan from 9am – 2pm. This is a very busy time and difficult for us to do full uniform fittings as it is on a first- come-first-served basis. Please call us during trading times on 031 7648640, or email us at stockshop@thomasmore.co.za


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.

The Coffee Shoppe is selling good quality Olive Oil at R80/500ml bottle - please pop if interested in purchasing a bottle or two.

Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

Fundraising Initiatives


Parents' Council 2015 Fundraising

The Parents' Council is proud to present the brand new Quantum 14 seater bus, in the splendid updated livery of TMC. The Parents' Council has raised R550 000 this year through its fund raising events and is pleased to be able to apply these funds to meet a need that will benefit every child in the school. We thank all those parents who have supported us this year. We can all be proud when we see this bus transporting children to various cultural and sporting events.




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.  

Achievements   Extra-mural Calendars   Academic Calendars
Week Ahead  Quick Links
Monday 26 October  
Tuesday 27 October PP Concert Dress Rehearsal
  SP Cricket vs Northdene - Home & Away
  Grade 1 & 2 Dads & Moms Cricket Umpiring and Scoring Evening - Farmhouse
  Music Recital - School of Music
Wednesday 28 October Grade 7 Entrepreneurial Week begins
  SP Cricket vs Northdene - Home & Away
  U9 Cricket vs Northdene - Home
  PP End of Year Concert - Habberton Hall
Thursday 29 October Grade 7 Entrepreneurial Week
  U9B Cricket vs Northdene - Boardman Field
Friday 30 October Grade 7 Entrepreneurial Week
  SP Waterpolo Festival - Clifton
Saturday 31 October Grade 1 (Curro HCA) & Grade 2 (Highbury) Mini Cricket
  SP Cricket vs Northdene
  SP Netball Tournament - U10, U11, U12 - Home


Scripture for the week


Jesus said: “I am the Good Shepherd” John 10:11

Last week I wrote about Psalm 23 “The Lord is my Shepherd” and how powerful a scripture it has been for so many people throughout the centuries. Almost a 1000 years after David wrote this Psalm, Jesus affirms what has been written about Him “I am the Good Shepherd” Jesus says of Himself in John 10:11. This is one of the seven ‘I AM’ sayings of Jesus. ‘I AM’ is the name of God. Back in Exodus 3:13-14 Moses asks God ‘What is your name?’ And God replies ‘I AM who I AM”. For God’s people ‘I AM’ became such a holy word that there was just an acronym ‘YHWH ‘to represent the name. Even for Jewish people today when writing the name of G_d they will leave out the middle letter. For it is such a holy name: ‘You shall not use the name of the LORD in vain.’ So says the third commandment in Exodus 20:7. However, to make more sense of the word YHWH it became Yahweh, then Jehovah and in English LORD.

Jesus is telling us who He is –God in human form and what the nature and character of God is like. The good Shepherd He will protect the sheep from harm. He will not run away at the slightest hint of danger. He will lay down His life for His sheep. He will leave the 99 and go and look for the one lost sheep. He is our protector and our provider and like the shepherds of old He knows each one of us by name. Maybe he is calling you today? Listen then and follow His voice.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

 With the Matrics already busy with exams, and examinations just a few weeks away for the rest of the senior school, I would like to remind parents of an article I published last year. It was entitled:  Exam Time – The Threat of Cell Phones and Social Media

In the article I referred to the fact that at this time of the year, cell phones, tablets and computers pose a huge risk to the concentration levels of teenagers.

Teen expert, Izabella Little, says, “As long as the phone is on, teens are often in a state of constant expectation, waiting for the next text message to arrive. So it is a case of focusing on the work while keeping half an ear on the phone; reading the message; composing a reply; waiting for acknowledgment of delivery; doing a bit of work; wondering what the reply will be; working a bit; checking the phone in case a reply did come in; and so on for the duration of the so-called study time. The result is that the brain never gets a chance to concentrate for any length of time, and some teens eventually develop an inability to concentrate even if the phone is not around.”

There is no doubt that smartphones are wonderful tools, but parents do need to put some boundaries into place, particularly at this time of the year.

• There must be a time out for cell phones – certainly during homework and study times and perhaps even during family and meal times.

• Phones should be switched off at bed time - the texting doesn’t stop. This can even be the busiest texting time and teenagers need their sleep. Izabella Little recommends that it is probably even best for the phone to “sleep” out of the bedroom in order to keep the willpower strong.

There are many other issues regarding cell phone and computer use by teens that need to be addressed, but if you can start with these two rules it will be a great start.


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

QouteThere is definitely a tendency in certain parent quarters in modern society to molly-coddle their offspring and to protect them from unexpected developments and threats. While this is praiseworthy, and needed at times, there are other (sometimes lesser) instances where a teenager has to experience consequences for his/her actions, and to learn from such. They need to become accountable for their deeds, and to learn responsibility. It is not always somebody else’s fault, and an excuse for behaviour every time is not acceptable.


Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster







Primary School News

SP Family Camping Weekend 2016

Next Year's TMC Family Camping Weekend is at Glengarry again. Glengarry is in the Camberg and is ideal for families to spend time together and with friends in a relaxing, calm environment. Previous trips to Glengarry have been well attended and most enjoyable!


This weekend is open to all families who have children in the SP phase. Siblings in other phases are obviously welcome as well! Friends from other schools are also most welcome! I have invited families from Grade 3, because they will be in Grade 4 the following year, and it is a great way to meet new friends in the school.

We invite all campers and outdoor-loving families to come along and enjoy a weekend of fun in the mountains. Details below.

Date : 12 - 15 February 2016 (TMC half term in term 1)

Venue : Glengarry, Camberg

Booking : There are Chalets and elecrtified camp sites. Please book directly with Glengarry info@glengarry.co.za or call Kelly on 033 267 7225 0r 082 867 7620. When booking is confirmed please cc me.

Please contact me if you have any queries on 084 800 1674 or via email mmoolman@thomasmore.co.za


From the Desk of the Primary School Headmistress...

Once again- very well done to all involved in the SP Cultural Showcase, which was a great success, last week. Not only did the choirs and marimba groups perform well, but our Grade 7s did themselves and their teachers proud by their moving tributes to Juffrou Röttcher, who retires at the end of the year, and their efforts in Afrikaans and Zulu. The individual items were also of a high standard, but I do confess that the one I found extremely moving was the courage of Luke Horwood to come out and sing again after his confidence to perform for the first time ever in public failed him, and the way Anele Mdladla came out to sing with him in a spirit of Ubuntu and caring. Well done to both these young people- you epitomize what we strive to instill and embodied our TMC ethos. Thanks again to our HOD Culture, Mr Balarin, Mrs Steyn and Ms Mbili, our music staff, Mrs Mordecai-Jones and Ms Coleman, and Mrs Ramasamy, plus all staff for your efforts and support.


The standard of the Senior Primary public speaking finals on Thursday was very high and the pupils spoke confidently on many divergent topics. Congratulations to all those selected to speak. They not only entertained us with the diverse topics handled, but also impressed us with their self confidence and talent to speak so well in public. Well done to all those who took part, and particular congratulations to the top achievers. Each and every one of you can be very proud of the standard you attained.


The Pre-Primary have kindly invited Careways Workshop, for the intellectually impaired, to their dress rehearsal on Tuesday morning at 08:30, in preparation for their end-of-the-year concert, which takes place this Wednesday evening at 18:00 in the Habberton Hall. Good luck to all our young actors and actresses, and best wishes for the show, which I am looking forward to. A huge thank you to Mrs Moerdyk, the Pre-Primary teachers and all involved. Once again we look forward to family support for our precious youngsters.


From Wednesday to Friday this week our Grade 7s will be showing their entrepreneurial skills at break in the area outside the library. This is a stimulating project and one which hones their marketing and business skills and provides pleasure for their pupil and staff customer base. Well done to Mrs Purdon for empowering them to rise to the challenge and thanks to Mrs Houston for stepping in to assist this week when Mrs Purdon was booked off sick. There will be a wide variety of stalls, from jewellery and craft items to funky items for younger children and a mouthwatering range of different edible delights and refreshments! Please do give your child a little extra to spend at this market. The JPs will also be given an opportunity to attend with their class teacher.


All the best for the cricket and mini cricket matches this week and the Netball tournaments. The SP provincial players and district players’ photo will be re-taken on Wednesday, so please ensure that if your child was meant to be in the photo that they are there smartly dressed in school uniform.

Wishing you well for another busy week.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof



Katie Morgan - for trying so much harder to finish all her tasks on time and for a wonderful improvement in her overall attitude towards her school day.


Hannah Lang - for consistently neat work and for trying hard to finish her tasks on time.


Gabriella Bettencourt - for focusing so well in class and for maturing into a responsible little girl.  Well done Gabi.


Laura van Tonder - for her positive attitude and happy smiles.


Henna Ngubo - for the interesting and informative report she wrote about our outing to the Botanical Gardens.


Luca Briggs - for a more positive attitude to his school day and pleasing work in the classroom.


Sophia Goble - for finishing her tasks each day and for always working with perseverance and a positive attitude.


Ross Hofmann - for his beautifully completed Elephant project and his sparkly personality.


Abigail Gouws - for making such a good effort to work well independently.
4dP Demi-Lee Penny - for her kind and caring nature and for taking such good care of the chicks.
4M Sam Renard - for his continued high standard of work and wonderful manners in the classroom and on the sports field.
4F Rachael Easson - for her independence and dedication to tasks.
5vL Luca Fuini - for being such a kind helper to his peers and for his positive approach to his school day.
5P Cate Briggs - for pride in all she does.
5L Luke McDaniel - for his co-operative nature and more focussed attitude this term.
6B Matthew Jaggard - for his positive attitude towards his school day and his friendly smile.
6M Christopher Jolly - for his pleasant nature, friendly smile and polite manners.
6H Bronwyn Carson - for her continued hard effort, beautiful nature and kind heart.
7M Ava Terblanche - for making a huge effort to be organised in preparation for exams.
7C Basia Motsoahae - for his good sense of humour and positive start to the term.
7S Tim Bartlett - for his enthusiasm and willingness to help.



Congratulations to Dhiran Chetty, Anya Chetty and Liam Oets for achieving their Gold certificates in Mathletics.


Cultural Achievements


Congratulations to Rachael Easson (Grade 4) who was awarded a Merit for her Grade 2 Cecchetti ballet examination and as a result will be performing in the annual Gala Performance at the Playhouse Opera Theatre on Saturday 31st October.


Congratulations to Sarah Clark (Grade 0) who received a Distinction for her Pre-Primary Cecchetti Ballet examination. 


Congratulations to Jessica Kelly for achieving excellent results in her Cecchetti Ballet exam.  Jess has been selected to participate in the Gala Performance at the Playhouse at the end of October. 


SPCA - Outreach

Well done to Erin Alexander who, using her own initiative made a lemonade stand selling drinks outside her home to raise funds for the SPCA.  We are VERY proud of her.


Sporting Achievements

HS House and Spirit Captains

Congratulations to the following pupils who have been selected as House & Spirit Captains for 2016:


House Captain

Dominique Main


House Captain

Stephen Tshuma


Spirit Captain

Frankie White


Spirit Captain

Dylan Thwaits


House Captain

Rebecca Duthie


House Captain

Daniel Nathanson


Spirit Captain

Summer Thornton


Spirit Captain

Thomas Lütz


House Captain

Megan Lerwick


House Captain

Keegan Haynes


Spirit Captain

Bianca Cox


Spirit Captain

Joshua Wiborg



Congratulations to the FP pupils who took part in the Amashova 35km - Caitlin McMurray, Damian van De Sande, Taya Brien, Ryan Browning, Daniel Coleman, Max Buchan, Emily Morgan and Josh Fitzpatrick.  Well done to you all.


SP Interhouse Public Speaking - 2015

Grade 4 - 3rd Place (Liam Theunissen - Hurley), 2nd Place (Kaelah Balarin - Dalberg), 1st Place (Aimee Maritz - Hurley)

Grade 5 - 3rd Place (Jamie Rice - Savory, Jorja Robertson - Dalberg, Amadahy Schults - Dalberg), 1st Place (Taija Olivier - Savory, Sarah Simpson - Hurley)

Grade 6 - 3rd Place (Tyla Christie - Dalberg, Julia Leisegang - Dalberg), 2nd Place (Michaela Kapnias - Dalberg), 1st Place (Saien Moodley - Savory)

Grade 7 - 2nd Place (Sarah du Plessis - Hurley, Ruby Reim - Dalberg), 1st Place (Jessica Thomson - Dalberg)


SP Waterpolo vs St Henrys

TMC 1st Boys vs St Henrys won 7-4

TMC 1st Girls vs St Henrys won 8-1

TMC U11 Boys vs St Henrys U11 lost 1-9


SP Girls' Indoor Hockey

U12 vs Ben Pine Won 11-0

U13 vs Westville Drew 1-1


HS Girls' Water Polo

1st TMC 10 1st Maris Stella 0

2nd TMC 12 1st Hillcrest 5

TMC U14A 0 Maris Stella U14A 6

1st TMC 13 1st St. Henry's 3

TMC Jnr 6 St. Henry's Jnr 7


HS Girls' Water Polo - The Wykeham Collegiate Festival

1st TMC 6 1st Wykeham 0
1st TMC 1 1st DGHS 1
1st TMC 3 1st PGHS 1
1st TMC 5 1st St. Johns 1


HS Boys' Water Polo

2nd TMC 11 1st Hillcrest 1

TMC U14 4 Michaelhouse U14B 3

TMC U15 3 Michaelhouse U15B 7

1st TMC 7 1st St. Henry's 1

TMC Jnr 3 St. Henry's Jnr 7


HS Boys' Cricket

1st Howick 175/8, 1st TMC 176/9,

TMC won by 1 wicket

Howick U15A 79 all out (Davies 3/10) TMC U15A 80/2 (Lutz 50*),

TMC won by 8 wickets

TMC U15B 130 all out, Westville U15F 100/7

TMC won by 30 runs

TMC U14A 160/8 (Blythen 43), Howick 75 all out

TMC won by 85 runs 


KZN Softball

Congratulations to Kayleigh du Toit who has been selected for the KZN U15B Softball Team.


KZN Indoor Hockey

Congratulations to Shaun Alborough who has been selected for the KZN PSI U16B Indoor Hockey team to play at Nationals in December.


SP Underberg Cricket Tour

vs Laddsworth

TMC 87 for 5, R Savage 30no

Laddsworth 90 for 3

TMC lost by 7 wickets


vs Northdene

TMC 135 for 7, H Brimelow 42, M Human 41

Northdene 136 for 5

TMC lost by 5 wickets


vs Berea West

TMC 132 for 6, R Savage 36, M Sim 29no

Berea West 85 all out, C Kiggen 4 for 4

TMC won by 47 runs


vs Underberg

Underberg 50 all out, K Coombs 3 for 11

TMC 51 for 2

TMC won by 8 wickets


vs Parkside

TMC 175 for 7, M McMurray 40n0, J Hooper 25, C Kiggen 23

Parkside 176 for 5

TMC lost by 5 wickets


SP Cricket vs Umhlanga College

TMC 1st Team 141 all out, B Riddle 35, C Kiggen 27, M McMurray 21

Umhlanga 142 for 2

TMC lost by 8 wickets


Umhlanga College U10A 118/3

TMC U10A 62 all out

Umhlanga College won by 56 runs


U10B vs Umhlanga College

Umhlanga College 86 for 5

TMC 87 for 7, E Harris 26 no

TMC won by 3 wickets


2nd Team vs Umhlanga College

Umhlanga College 23 all out, B Ballack 4/3, L Criticos 2/5, C Rhind 2/11

TMC 24 for no wicket

TMC won by 10 wickets



Congratulations to Benji Daniel, (and his partner) [pictured right] who have both been selected to represent South Africa in the 29er class at the ISAF Youth World Championships which will be held in Langkawi, Malaysia from 27 December 2015 to 3 January 2016. Well done 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.