Carol Service
The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 16 November 2015
Newsletter 38
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 - highlights two upcoming events on the TMC calendar.

  • Barbara Taljard - thanks all involved in the Thom Tots concert, Pirate Day and Grade 7 function, and asks for parents to please ensure their children continue to look smart in their school uniform.

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


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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.  
Congratulations to the following winners:
Hamper – Paula Courtney
Car Wash – Jason Brimelow and Mick Halliday

Hamper Winner
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Scripture for the week

You have heard that it was said, 'You must love your neighbour' and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you… Matthew 5:43-44

Last Wednesday was Armistice Day which is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning on the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. Today it is recognized by many as a reminder to us all to remember those who gave their lives in the service of their country. It is also a time to remember that conflicts between countries and within countries continue to rage around the world today and also in how one can help in assisting those suffering from war. But we actually do not have to look very far to realise that there are conflicts raging all around us between people due to the foolish or hurtful things we say or do towards each other.

We read in Matthew 5:43-44 Jesus astounding words:’ You have heard that it was said, 'You must love your neighbour' and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you…” Not something we often want to hear. We usually want to strike back, seek revenge but it’s not God’s way. It may cost us in our pride or vanity to forgive but God can start the healing process of dealing with either our old or new wounds caused by our own personal conflicts with others. Try forgiveness today – it works.

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson
Whole School News

For me, the most exciting event of the past week has been the launch of the new Thomas More College website last Friday. This is a lot more user friendly than the previous edition and includes easy links to useful information such as:

- Calendars and fixtures
- Upcoming events
- Term dates
- Portals
- Photo galleries
- Newsletters
- Classified small
- Online applications and many more.

Two particular events are given prominence on the Home page:
1. The Carol Service: Sunday 29th November at 6pm    Venue: Habberton Hall
This event has undergone a complete revamp and we are hoping that it will soon become an item “not to be missed” - put it in your diary now.

2. The TMC Parents' Council Race Day: Friday 20th November.
The Parents' Council fund raising activities have had to compete this year with the functions raising funds for the England and Hong Kong tours next year. We need to remember that the PC provide wonderful facilities for your children and that they rely almost entirely on the support of the parent body.


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

Primary School News

The Thom Tots Christmas concert on Tuesday was charming and our young protégés looked absolutely adorable and so cute! Very well done to all who helped to make the event so sweet and enchanting and special thanks to the staff! The Grade 2 Pirate Day was also lots of fun with a scary pirate telling stories, fearful food, shenanigans type of pirate dance and loads of fun! Thank you to the Grade 2 teachers and all the moms involved! Yet more special memories created!

The Grade 7 end-of-year function on Thursday was yet another very special, magical event, which saw the MacKenzie Centre transformed into the Wild West -and was thoroughly enjoyed by the Grade 7s- a good respite before they start writing exams today! Thanks to the Grade Head, Mrs Steyn, and the Grade 7 teachers and parents for making the evening the success it was. Thanks too to all staff who took the time to attend.

Hopefully the Grade 0s will have their “Come watch me Swim” this Friday commencing at 10:30 and that the weather will hold for them. Nonetheless, the rain is very much needed and welcomed!

While the adage goes, “Never judge a book by its cover’, another saying, “First impressions count” also holds water. As this year starts to draw to a close, please assist us by keeping your children looking smart in their school clothes, and by ensuring that their uniforms and shoes are clean and tidy. We also still expect both boys’ and girls’ hairstyles to comply with the school regulations right to the year end. This means that a number of our boys still need haircuts so that they will look neat and tidy at our final award ceremonies and functions which are coming up. We would value your support in upholding our school rules.

Please note Senior Primary sport and school extra murals officially ends on 21 November, with the Saturday cricket matches. Junior Primary sport continues until 28 November and matches will go ahead as usual.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead.



Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof


1BSeth du Toit - for the wonderful improvement in his task completion and presentation.  I am so proud of you.
1JChloe Hendey - for her polite, gentle nature and for consistently neat work at all times.
1PEmma Heslop - for improved handwriting and for trying her best to listen carefully to instructions.  Keep it up.
2DLwazi Gumede - for his natural ability in dance and drama and for his enthusiastic participation in Pirate Day.
2JAphelele Mchunu - for her humorous pirate story and gentle, kind nature.
2RZipho Mgidi - for being a super Pirate and walking the plank with courage.
3BCaitlin McMurray - for her excellent oral presentation and her outstanding effort with her project.
3PTaya Brien - for her consistent smart work, self-control and warm daily hugs.
3RAshley Serfontein - for her consistent effort and all-round progress.
4dPKaelah Balarin - for the enthusiastic and positive manner in which she approaches her day.
4MJasmine Curtis - for always helping her firends and teachers and for her wonderful manners.
4FThomas Hallam - for his positive influence in the classroom and for his neater handwriting.
5vLLiam Leach - for his lovely test results and for always giving of his best in the classroom.
5PNokhwezi Magewu - for diligence and progress in maths.
5L Jarryd Penny - for his lovely English language test result and improved attitude.
6B Samuel Daniel - for always being such a willing helper and for having a positive attitude in everything he does.
6M Julie-Ann Ireland - for her hard work and positive attitude in everything she does.
6H Jessica Mills - for her continued hard work and positive attitude in all that she does.
7M Dana Gamble - for her determination and strength of character.
7C Erin Ogden - for her good manners and consistent hard work.
7S Jessica Thomson - for her diligent, hardworking positive nature.

Mathletics - congratulations to Ross Hofmann on receiving his Gold certificate.  Well done Ross.

Cultural Achievements

Ballet - some of our ballerinas received medals for their participation in the Cechetti Ballet performance.  Congratulations to Qhawekazi Madlala, Kate Human, Dayna Deeble and Jessica Kelly.  Well done girls.

Ben Dedekind (Gr 6) passed his Trinity College Rock & Pop Grade 2 Drumming Exam with a merit of 85%. Well done Ben.


Sporting Achievements

Karate - congratulations to Keziah-Ruth Haug on receiving a gold medal for Kata and a silver for Sparing.  Well done Keziah-Ruth.

Tennis - congratulations to Caitlin McMurray on receiving a medal for her participation in a tennis tournament held at Westridge Stadium.  Well done Caitlin.

SP Indoor Hockey
U12 girls vs St Mary’s B won 6-1
U12 girls vs St Mary’s A drew 1-1

U11A Cricket vs Northdene
Northdene batted first and scored 280 in 30 overs
Thomas More scored 208/4 in 30 overs
Michael Kiggen 58, Jason Brien 51 .
Thomas More lost by 72 runs

U11A Cricket vs Kloof
Thomas More batted first and scored 132/5 in 20overs
Nathan Riddle 56, Tyrelle Reddy 32
Kloof scored 114/8
Imani Motsoahae 4 overs 23/2 , Tyrelle Reddy 4 overs 21/3, James Daniel 4 overs 19/1; Zack Lawrence 1 over 6/1
Thomas More won by 18 runs.

3rd Team Cricket vs Crawford LL
TMPS scored 79 for 7 wkts in 20 overs
Crawford scored 52 for 8 wkts in 20 overs
Bowlers: S. Mashiloane 4 overs; 8 runs; 2 wickets
TMPS won by 27 runs.

Gr. 3 Netball:
TMC 1 vs St. Mary’s drew     2-2
TMC 1 vs Westville   drew     2-2
TMC 2 vs Westville   lost       0-1
TMC 2 vs St. Mary’s lost       1-2
TMC 3 vs Winston Park  lost  0-7
TMC 3 vs Winston Park  lost  0-2

Congratulations to Hannah Stiebel who finished 3rd in the KZN BMX Championships and was the winner of the Night Series event. Well done Hannah.

SP Water Polo
TMC u11 vs TMC 2nd 0-4
TMC 2nd vs Atholl Heights 1st 2-7 ( lost)
TMC 1st vs HCA 1st 8-1 (won)
TMC 1st vs Atholl Heights 1st 10-0 (won)