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News from the Horse's Mouth
 23 November 2015
Newsletter 39
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 - congratulates and thanks the Parents' Council for their efforts this year.

  • Barbara Taljard - reminds Senior Primary parents of the compulsory Sports & Culture Awards taking place this Friday night.

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.  

150 Club Draw

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Gregg Daniel who are the lucky 150 Club draw winners for the 4th Term. Mr and Mrs Daniel win a term’s free school fees for their eldest child. We thank them for their support.


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Scripture for the week

But of that day and hour knows no man no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Matthew 24:36

With the heightening tensions caused by conflicts around the globe, I am often asked “Is it the beginning of the end?” All I can say is what Jesus tells us, as in the above scripture Matthew 24:36. However, Jesus does tell us that there are the signs of the times. You can read them in Matthew 24 and elsewhere in the Bible. There are three which stand out for me: Firstly in verse 12 “…because of the increase in wickedness the love of most will grow cold”. Many will turn away because they will harden their hearts because of wickedness of the world. Secondly, in verse 14 “this gospel (Good News of Jesus) of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come” and finally it will be unexpected, just like any other ordinary day as Jesus states in verse 44”…so also you must be ready because the Son of Man (one of the titles of Jesus) will come at an hour when you do not expect Him”. This could all happen sometime today, tomorrow or a thousand years from now. The question is, are we ready for His return?

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

The Parents' Council Race Day on Friday evening was yet again an extremely successful event. This marked the end of another busy year for this dedicated group of parents. Chaired by Wayne Jaggard, the team was made up of Craig Mackie, Dean Swift, Gareth Curtis, Pravina Coombs, Marco Fuini, Kerry White, Liesl Kriegisch, TC Chetty, Tracey Maharaj, Anthony Kerdachi, Philippe Renard, Chris Holton, Nischen Govender and Kathryn Steenkamp. As a staff, we are hugely dependent on the commitment of parents and I am immensely grateful to the Parents' Council members for all the sacrifices that they have made this year.

If I had one wish for the school for next year, it would be to see greater levels of support for Parents' Council activities. The overseas tour fundraising activities are of course a threat to PC events as they draw their support from the same parent body. It always gives the Parents' Council a difficult year when there is a tour in the pipeline. The Parents' Council however put their funds towards facilities and it is vital that we support them. It would be a very sad day if we had to put a stop to overseas tours one day.  


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

Primary School News

Well done to our sportsmen and women on some superb results in this last term. Special congratulations are due to our unbeaten U12 Girls’ Hockey team and to their coaches. We are very proud of you!

It was also very impressive to see how well out Grade 0s swam in their “Come Watch me Swim” in boiling weather conditions on Friday. Well done to their sports and class teachers and a huge thank you to parents for your good support.

Thanks too to all parents who supported the last “Toppies and Tots” Golf Day on Friday. Great fun was had!

Please remember our annual, compulsory Sports and Cultural Awards on Friday evening at the Habberton Hall, where we also look forward to parental support. Thank you too to all our teachers, specialists and coaches for your contributions over the year in sport and culture. Not only do you attain high standards, but you also succeed in getting many children to participate and represent our school in sports matches and cultural events, in keeping with our ethos. Thank you also to our parents for assisting with transport and for your loyal support at sport and cultural activities during the year.

Our annual “Carols by Candlelight “takes on a new format - “Christmas Wonderland” this coming Sunday evening, 29 November at 18:00 till 19:30 in the Habberton Hall. A huge thank you to Candice Mordecai-Jones for her massive input, and to the choirs, their music teachers, Roberta Ramasamy and Claire Coleman, plus to Gary Balarin and obviously the Rev. Martin Easson for all that has gone into making this so very special! It is most fitting as a Christian school that we should have an opportunity to thank God for His many blessings and for giving us His son, Jesus. This traditional event enables us to glorify God and remember the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you also to our junior HS marimba team and our school community orchestra who will form part of the evening’s proceedings. It would also be appreciated if you could make a donation to the Outreach supported by our Christmas Wonderland, which goes to a children’s charity.

Reminders for next week: parents are welcome to attend the Senior Primary Final assembly, on Tuesday 1 December, at 07:30 in the Habberton Hall, which is the occasion at which effort; progress or academic merit for the fourth term only, are awarded. In addition we award some technology and general certificates acknowledging certain aspects not spoken about at the Senior Primary Speech night at 18:00 on Tuesday evening, 1 December.

Grade 3 parents are also invited to attend the Grade 3 Graduation Ceremony on Monday 30 November at 11:15-12:30 in the Habberton Hall.

Our year then closes on Wednesday 2 December and reports may be collected from the class teacher in your child’s classroom.

Please also take note of the earlier closing times for the Senior Primary in the last week of term, namely 12:30 on Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December. (HS at 12:00 both days and FP at 13:00)

God bless and all the best for the penultimate week of 2015. 


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof

1BHannah Howroyd - for her improved attitude and task completion this term.  Well done.
1JRachel Walton - for being a thoughtful, kind friend to her classmates.
1PMichael Singh - for good story writing and for reading with lovely expression.
2DSloane Seaton - for learning and performing his pirate words so well.
2JTristan White - for a very amusing pirate story and wonderful expression in his Reader's Theatre.
2RStella Reineke - for her amusing pirate story and for really getting into the spirit of Pirate Day.
3BJenna Alexander - for her kind and gentle heart and for her willingness to help around the classroom.
3PMatthew Folkes - for his focused attention, neat work and of course his happy smiling face that lightens up our class.
3RKaeuren Naidoo - for always listening well and working neatly and carefully.
4dPMegan Kemp - for her consistent hard work and for beautiful task presentation.
4MJayden Smith - for always giving of his best and for his quiet positive attitude.
4FZoë Seaton - for trying hard every day in every activity.
5vLLucy Hofmann - for her cheerful, bubbly nature and for always giving of her best.
5PChloe Buchanan - for adopting a more positive attitude and a happier disposition.
5L Jessica Smith - for her helpful nature in the classroom.
6B Kate Price - for her outstanding results in her Geography test.  Well done.
6M Josh Breytenbach - for excellent results in both his English language and literature tests.
6H Caitlin Simon - for her excellent work ethic and kind, caring nature.
7M writing exams
7C writing exams
7S writing exams



Congratulations to Liam Leach on achieving a gold certificate in Mathletics.  Well done Liam.

Congratulations to Brunton Bigalke who has achieved his second gold certificate in Mathletics.  Well done Brunton.



Congratulations to Saien Moodley who completed the High Performance Seminar Series in Mathematical problem solving.  Well done Saien.

Cultural Achievements


Congratulations to Anna Ahlschlager for achieving her level 1 award for Grade 2 piano with distinction from the Trinity College of London.

Congratulations to Aimee Moritz, Mandy Montague, Kartik Pillai and Alisha Govender on achieving Merit for their Trinity College Piano exams.  Well done.



Sporting Achievements

Mountain Biking

Congratulations to Liam Theunissen who won the Roag series in the Nipper category for Mountain Biking.  He also receives his KZN colours for Mountain biking.  Well done Liam.



Congratulations to Isabella Fuini on winning the trophy for "Best Overall Dinky".  Well done Isabella.


Congratulations to Angela Staples and Jason Staples who both competed in the Budo Karate-Do tournament for Kata and won a gold medal in their divisions.  Jason also received a silver medal in Unison in his age group.  Well done Angela and Jason.


Congratulations to Caitlyn du Plessis who attained her black belt in Karate.  Well done Caitlyn.


U9A cricket match vs Hillcrest

TMC U9A's played their final match vs Hillcrest. The venue had been moved to Savory and gave both teams an opportunity to be exposed to a 'proper' grass wicket on a senior field. With inclement weather around TMC won the toss and chose to bat first. Hillcrest bowled with accuracy and this combined with some poor shot selection saw TMC reeling at 32/6. Max and Alex then put on a mini partnership that enabled TMC to 53 all out. Max top scoring with 12 and Alex with a patient knock of 6. Hillcrest were exceptional in the field holding onto their catches and stopping the boundaries.


TMC went into field knowing they had to take their chances to have any chance of getting a result. Unfortunately the bowlers length was too short and the fielders let them down by dropping catches. The only highlight was Alex bowling their opening batsman for 17. Hillcrest went on to win by 9 wickets. There is always lessons to be learnt from a loss and we hope they can take the experience forward to next year.


U9B cricket vs Hillcrest

The U9B team hosted Hillcrest Primary on Boardman last Thursday. We put Hillcrest in to bat first and they reached a score of 145/3. The TMC bowlers struggled to contain the Hillcrest batsmen but good bowling and wicket keeping from Ashton Cason brought some light to the game. TMC then went in to bat and lasted all 20 overs scoring 45/8. We struggled against a very enthusiastic and focussed Hillcrest side. Well tried boys & girls!


Gr. 3 Netball

TMC 1 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 1 Vs Forest View drew 1-1

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park lost 0-1

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest lost 0-5


Gr. 1 Mini cricket

TMC 1 beat Curro HCA

TMC 2 lost to Winston Park

TMC 3 beat Kloof


Gr. 2 Mini cricket

TMC 1 lost to Highbury

TMC 2 lost to Curro HCA


Girls' Indoor Hockey

U12 Girls' vs Winston Park won 11-1

Congratulations to our U12 Girls' Team who remained unbeaten this season.

36 goals for and 7 goals against.