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News from the Horse's Mouth
 02 November 2015
Newsletter 36

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 - reminds parents of the Parents' Council Night Racing taking place on 20 November at Greyville, as well as the 'revamped' Carols Service on 29 November - we look forward to seeing many of you there.

  • Allan Chandler - shares some helpful points on handling conflict between parent and child.

  • Barbara Taljard - congratulates everyone involved, in what has been a very busy campus in the last week.


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


Coffee Shoppe

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

Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

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 02 November Walton's Stationery Order forms to be returned.
  SP Cricket vs Kloof - Home & Away
Tuesday 03 November JP Concert - Peter Habberton Hall
  SP Cricket vs Kloof - Home & Away
Wednesday 04 November SP Cricket vs Kloof - Home & Away
  JP Concert - Peter Habberton Hall
Thursday 05 November PS Half Term - Close early - JP 11.00 and SP 11.30
Friday 06 November PS Half Term - No school


Scripture for the week


‘In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, watching their flock during the night.

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. Then the angel said to them, "Be not afraid! Listen! I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord’. Luke 2:8-10


It’s interesting to read in the Nativity story that the first people the angels appeared to were the shepherds. I believe God has a great sense of humour. It was not the religious leaders in Jerusalem but shepherds on the hillside that the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Shepherds were often seen as the outcasts of society of the day. But they were the first to be told (besides Mary and Joseph) about Jesus. The ‘least’ likely people were told first. So often we also may feel like an outsider, not worthy, maybe you feel that you don’t matter to others? Well you matter to God and as the angel announces that “I am bringing YOU good news…” and that “born to YOU this day…”. God came into this world for YOU and I to be our Saviour.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

The end of the year is now rapidly approaching. The Matric exams are well underway and the High School exams start next week. The Festive Season is rapidly approaching and Christmas decorations are already up in many shopping centres.

The Carol Service at Thomas More College has in the past been a relatively low key event, but this year we are taking it to a whole new level. A lit nativity scene has already been erected in the Conservancy hut. This will soon be followed by a number of other Christmas lights along the entrance road. The Carol Service itself will be held on Sunday 29th November at 6pm in the Habberton Hall. There will be a completely revamped programme with performances by the HS Junior Marimba band, as well as the SP and JP choirs. Arrive early and bring your picnic suppers. We promise a much improved and wonderful evening.

To my mind, one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year is always the Parents' Council Night Racing. This will be held at Greyville on Friday 20th of November from 16h30 to 22h00. Various options from a full table to individual seats are available and the price of tickets includes drinks and a meal. There will be lucky draws with great prizes to be won.  For information contact Rae Griesel on 031 764 8640 or rgriesel@thomasmore.co.za.

The Parents' Council does a tremendous job for the school and this will be the final opportunity to say “thank you” to them. Please support this fun event.


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

I would like to make the point this week that there are no conflict-free parent-child relationships. There will be clashes of interest and power struggles. The key skill in avoiding power struggles (for an adult), is knowing how to remain in a position of self-control when their offspring are resistant. Rather than let our children’s antics determine our response, we need to be in charge of our own actions. The trick is to be aware of several options for preventing or coping with conflict, before it arises:


a. try and prevent the conflict by laying down clear-cut rules, easy to understand, and explained and discussed with your child

b. be persistent – do not let children off the hook

c. in the same vein, be consistent

d. use the broken record technique; calmly repeat your position over and over again until the response you require is gained

e. remain silent

f. ignore certain minor aberrations – praise and encourage the good things

g. disarm the child by redirecting unacceptable behaviour – e.g. a toddler in a ‘tizzy’ may be calmed by telling him/her to look at the bird outside



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...

Our Grade 7’s worked hard last week selling yummy, fun and different products as part of their entrepreneurial week. Thank you to Mrs Purdon for organizing this exciting business event as part of the Grade 7 Economic and Management Science (EMS) syllabus, and in her absence, Mrs Houston- as well as all staff and pupils. The Grade 7’s have certainly learnt many business skills over the duration of the project. Who knows- we may be developing a future business entrepreneur, or leader?

I was pleased that I had taken the time to attend the last School of Music concert of the year, which took place in the MacKenzie Centre due to the large numbers and inclement weather. From our Foundation Phase to those High School pupils who performed, it was magical. It was also very rewarding to see how our musicians have grown and developed. Well done to all the performers, their music teachers and to Mrs Dee Clarkson for organising this.

The Pre-Primary Phase end-of-the-year concert, “Circus” on Wednesday evening was truly most enjoyable, a kaleidoscope of stunning costumes and clever stage set-up to varied dances and lovely singing. Well done again to all of the staff, especially Mrs Moerdyk, and to all our confident boys and girls for remembering your songs and movements. You are all absolutely delightful and we were so proud of you all! Thanks too to those moms who helped and to parents and families for your support.

We have another exciting week ahead, leading up to our earlier closure next Thursday (11:00 for Foundation Phase and 11:30 for the Senior Primary) at the start of our mid-term break. On Tuesday and Wednesday evening this week, at 18:00, is the JP Christmas play in the Habberton Hall. This is also always a very special evening and we wish our Junior Primary pupils well and look forward to their performance. Thank you to Mrs Moerdyk, Ms Coleman and the class teachers for all the hard work that goes into such a production!

Wednesday night at 18:00 also sees our Community orchestra performing at their year-end recital in the Music School. We have so appreciated their performances! Their repertoire has grown and they are really worthwhile listening to. Should you wish to attend this, there is no cost. Many thanks to Mrs Chiles, Mr O’ Loughlan and all staff, parents and young people involved.

We are a mirror of life and the choices we make. We can be certain that those who finish strong are the ones who are able to pass more compliments, love more unconditionally, smile more, laugh more and improve their levels of competence more. We encourage all of our boys and girls in these closing stages of 2015, whether they are on the sport fields or in the classrooms, or in the exam venues, or whether they are participating in award ceremonies, farewells, concerts and/or carol services to give of their absolute best. May they be guided by good decision making, coupled with a loving heart and a true sense of the Thomas More ethos and spirit.

How great it is to affirm a child’s qualities, progress and achievements with words, like, “I love you!”; “I am proud of you!” and “I am privileged to be/ love being your parent/ teacher/ coach”! 

Thank you to all of you who are contributing towards the hampers for our ground and support staff. They do so much for us and it is good to make their Christmas special also and to show our gratitude for all their assistance and support! We also appreciate support for the love boxes for those less fortunate than we are.

Wishing you all the best for another busy, albeit short week ahead. We hope you enjoy the mid-term break and look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday.




Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof



Brock Miles - for being so enthusiastic and well-mannered at cricket practice.  What a gentleman.


Gubhuza Mhlambo - for his wonderful manners and for working neatly at all times.


Connor du Plessis - for improved reading and for making an effort to work quickly.


Simone Cairns - for her positive attitude, good work ethic and humble heart.


Liam Oets - for consistent effort and good work throughout the year.


Ruby du Plessis - for putting great effort into the completion of her school work within the allocated time.  Keep it up.


Lucy Lee - for her bubbly nature, hard working attitude and her kind words.


Déanco Oberholzer - for his improved presentation and pace as well as his beautiful manners everyday.


Karl Wilhelm - for his self-control in the classroom and a much improved work ethic.
4dP Megan Brimelow - for her diligence in all her subjects and for being such a kind friend to others.
4M Ethan Ferreira - for a positive start to the term in all aspects of his school day.
4F Jono Daniel - for his diligence, effort and improvement.
5vL Zuza Radebe - for completing his classwork as well as his Homework activities timeously.
5P Connor Harris - for producing work of a high standard in all areas.
5L Erin Holton - for her caring, friendly nature and always giving of her best.
6B Zaba Mthembu - for her consistent effort and fantastic maths test result.
6M Emma Beyers - for her lovely manners, friendly smile and positive outlook in everything she does.
6H Isabella Velleman - for her continued, sunny nature and enthusiasm.
7M Rex Wynne - for his friendly fun loving nature and always being willing to help.
7C Mpumelelo Mgidi - for his valuable contribution to class discussions and good manners.
7S Matthew Parfitt - for working diligently at preparing for the exams.



Congratulations to Thomas Buchan and Holly Ahlschlager on receiving gold certificates in mathletics.



Cultural Achievements

Modern Dancing

Congratulations to both Daena and Rebecca Robb for passing their Grade 3 Modern IDTA exams with Honours.  Well done girls.


Sporting Achievements


Congratulations to Nikolaos Bratos who placed 1st in the 25m freestyle, breastroke and butterfly, and placed 2nd in the 100m Individual Medley at the recent Junior Sprints Gala.  Nikolaos also took part in the Action Kids Gala where he placed 1st in the 25m 


Congratulations to Björn Bekker who participated in the Action Spring Gala and received a gold medal for 25m freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly, as well as in the 100m individual medley.


Show Jumping

Congratulations to Abigail Gouws who took part in a show jumping competition and achieved two first places.  Well done Abigail.


U9A cricket match vs Northdene

Thomas More U9A played host to Northdene for their first match of the term. We won the toss and decided to bat first in which turned out to be a great decision. Openers Ross Hofmann and Kylee McIntyre took to the field hoping to stamp their authority on the bowling attack. Unfortunately Kylee received a great delivery first up which rattled her off stump. Brayden Doran then came into bat. Ross and Brayden duly went on to produce a fine display of batting that saw them build up a partnership of 114 in 16 overs! Brayden finally made an excellent 52 off 28 balls. Ross however carried his bat and also reached the fifty mark scoring 53 not out at a run a ball. A mature and destructive partnership enabled Thomas More to reach 139/2 in their allotted 20 overs. A fantastic effort.

Ryan Browning then took the new ball and although wicketless, showed great control with his 4 overs only going for 3 runs. Every player got a bowl and all where extremely economical and restricted Northdene to 69/9 in their innings with Zipho Mgidi returning the best figures of 2/2. Special mention to the fielding performance that saw NO drop catches and two brilliant run outs by Damian van de Sande and Ryan.

This was an exceptional all round team display that saw each and every player contribute. The coach was very proud of his troops and the team has set the bar for the rest of the season! Well done Thomas More!


U9B cricket match vs Northdene

The match on Thursday against Northdene started with TMC winning the toss and deciding to bowl first. With good bowling from Vasilios Kapnias and Dhiran Chetty, who picked up two wickets and a run out in his spell, we restricted Northdene to 125/4. With a high total to chase down, TMC showed spirit and determination falling just short getting 91 all out. A good batting performance from Ben Hoogerheijde and Deanco Oberholzer displayed some classy shots and effective calling. Well tried boys.


Gr. 3 Netball

TMC 1 vs Atholl Heights won 6-1

TMC 1 Vs Kloof won 1-0

TMC 2 vs St. Mary’s won 2-1

TMC 2 vs Atholl Heights lost 0-2

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest lost 0-2


Gr. 1 Mini cricket

TMC 1 beat Hillcrest

TMC 2 beat Curro HCA

TMC 3 drew against Kloof


Gr. 2 Mini cricket

TMC 1 beat Kloof

TMC 2 lost to Atholl Heights 


SP Cricket

TMPS 1st Team vs Northdene 1sts

TMC 222 for 4, J Hooper 73, R Savage 35 no, C Kiggen 22 no

Northdene 61 all out, R Camp 3 for 29, M Sim 2 for 5 T Henwood 2 for 7

TMC 1st won by 161 runs


TMPS 2nd vs Northdene 2nd

TMPS 133 /5

Troy Van Zyl 42 Not Out

Northdene 61 all out

Lola Lee 4-10

TMPS won by 72 runs


3rds vs Northdene 3rds

TMPS 139/6 from 20 overs

Batsmen: S. Mashiloane 68 (48) not out

Northdene 72 all out

Bowlers: Q. Knocklein - 3 overs, 18 runs, 2 wickets

J. McArthur - 3 overs, 10 runs, 3 wickets

T. Levarelli - 2.5 overs, 7 runs, 3 wickets

TMPS won by 68 runs


SP Girls' Indoor Hockey

U12 vs Westville Drew 3-3

U13 vs Ben Pine Won 9-0



Congratulations to Keagan Olivier, Brandon Davies and Tatum Olivier who have been selected for the KZN PSI U16B Indoor Hockey team to play at Nationals in December.

Congratulations to Alex Hanger who has been selected for the KZN PSI U14B Indoor Hockey team to play at Nationals in December.

Congratulations to Carmen Vicent who has been selected for the KZN PSI U14A Indoor Hockey team to play at Nationals in December.



Congratulations to Erin Alexander who took part in the KZN JKA Karate competition on Saturday and won Silver for Kata & Gold for Kumite in her belt/age division. Erin was awarded her KZN Karate Development Colours at the KZN Awards ceremony on Saturday. Well done Erin.


SP Girls' Waterpolo played at TMC

TMC 1st vs St Henrys: won 9-0

TMC 1st vs Atholl Heights: won 16-0

TMC 1st vs HCA: Drew 4-4

TMC 2nd vs HCA: lost 0-10

TMC 2nd vs Atholl Heights: lost 1-4


Boys 2nd team Water Polo

vs Clifton 4th lost 3-2

vs Clifton 3rd lost 5-1

vs Clifton u11 lost 4-2


SP Boys' 1st team Water Polo

vs St Henrys lost 4-5

vs Clifton 2nd won 3-2


HS Girls' Water Polo at DGHS

1st TMC 4 1st DGHS 5

TMC U16A 1 DGHS U16A 8

TMC U14A12 DGHS U14A 2


HS Girls' Water Polo at DGC

1st TMC 2 1st DGC 7

TMC U16A 0 DGC U16A 17

TMC U14A 0 DGC U14A 23


HS Boys' Water Polo at Kearsney

1st TMC 1 1st Kearsney 9

2nd TMC 3 2nd Kearsney 10

TMC U14A 0 Kearsney U14A 10

TMC U15A 3 Kearsney U15A 8


HS Boys' Cricket

TMC U14B 112/9 (Schoemann 30, Reevin 3/9) Grantleigh U14A 52 all out (Schoemann 5/14). TMC won by 60 runs


TMC U14A 220/5 (Edmonds 54, Barrett 55, Naidoo 56) Umhlanga 155 all out. TMC Won by 65 runs


TMC U15B 148 all out (du Plessis 58), Umhlanga College U15A 151 for 4.  Umhlanga College won by 6 wickets


Grantleigh U15A 134/8 (Murugan 3/14), TMC U15A 135/3 (Price 34* Davies 44*) 
TMC 1st 197 all out (Petzer 52, Davies 44), Grantleigh 1st 93 all out.  TMC won by 104 runs


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.