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Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth

 16 February 2015
Newsletter 05 

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 - announces Mr Chandler's retirement which takes place at the end of this year, and the steps in place to find a suitable replacement.

  • Barbara Taljard - asks parents to look out for the Sponsored Walk letter and sponsorship forms coming home today/tomorrow.


2015 SP & HS Family Camping Weekend

Venue : Glengarry

Date : 27 Feb to 2 March (Term 1 Half Term break)

Bookings : info@glengarry.co.za

Phone: 033 2677 225

Fax: 033 2677 392


Thomas More College Coffee Shoppe
Please support our Coffee Shoppe whilst waiting for your little ones to finish school or sport, or why not miss the morning traffic down Fields Hill by grabbing a coffee and clearing your email inbox before you get to the office.  Great coffee, scrumptious breakfasts, light lunches, moreish milkshakes and cakes to delight all taste buds.  Free Wi-Fi available to patrons.


Long Walk - 14 March - 4 weeks to go!!!!! Volunteers still needed to assist on the day - please email - longwalk@thomasmore.co.za if you are able to assist.  Many thanks.


Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

Google Calendars for parents

We plan ahead as far as possible for test dates and sporting fixtures, and so information gets added into these areas often. For this reason, we have set up a number of different Google Calendars to allow parents and students to access information as soon as it is available, so that they may also plan ahead.

We have a separate calendar for each Grade’s academic deadlines starting from Grade 5 onwards. This allows teachers to make sure that a grade is not getting overloaded with deadlines bunching up. We also have separate sporting calendars for each Phase of the school.

We have included a section at the end of the newsletter to explain google calendars in more detail.

Your login details for the portal have been included in the email sent to you for this newsletter – please note the easy to use address for the portal: http://parents.thomasmore.co.za




Extra-mural Calendars

Academic Calendars

Week Ahead  Quick Links
Monday 16 February Grade 2 and 3 Vision and Hearing Screening
Monday 16 February Zenith - Ken Mackenzie Centre
  Long Walk Committee Meeting - Indaba Room
Tuesday 17 February Grade 2 and 3 Vision and Hearing Screening
Wednesday 18 February Grade 2 and 3 Vision and Hearing Screening
  SP Kids Lit Quiz - DGC
  SP Cricket vs Kloof - Home & Away
Thursday 19 February SP Netball vs Kloof - tbc
  Board of Trustees Meeting - Robin Savory Pavilion
  Grade 2 and 3 Gala - Curro HCA
Friday 20 February SP Friendly Relay Gala - Patrick Akal Pool
  Grade 12 Ballroom Dancing - Ken Mackenzie Centre
Saturday 21 February Grade 2 Mini Cricket Matches - Highbury
  Grade 3 Mini Cricket Matches - Curro HCA
  SP Cricket vs Kloof - Home & Away


Scripture for the week


For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through Him. John 3:16-17


This week is the beginning of Lent although not mentioned in the Bible; it is a reminder to us of God’s great love for us. Lent is therefore a season of the year in which many churches focus on simple living, prayer, giving, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. It normally is the forty days before Easter (reminder of Jesus’ 40 day fast and temptation). It begins this year on the 18th February which is known as Ash Wednesday. The day before is called Shrove Tuesday which means ‘shrive’ meaning ‘confess’. Shrove Tuesday or ‘Mardi Gras’ or Fat Tuesday is the last day before Lent and in earlier times people didn’t want to be tempted by sweets, meat and other distractions in the house, they cleaned out their cupboards. They used up all the sugar and yeast in pancakes or sweet breads before the Lenten season started. So this Tuesday we are having Pancakes at school!! So during this Lenten timetake some time out to spend time with our loving God.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

Allan Chandler, Headmaster of the High School will be retiring at the end of this year. Allan has been at Thomas More College for 20 years, having held the posts of Deputy Principal, Senior Deputy Principal and for the last 7 years, High School Headmaster. Prior to joining Thomas More College, Allan was the Senior Deputy Headmaster of DHS and then Headmaster of Rossburgh High School. Allan has seen the school through an extra-ordinarily successful period and he will be sorely missed. Due tributes will be paid to Allan at the end of the year.

Advertisements will be placed in the national press and on the ISASA website in the next few weeks. I have no doubt that with our reputation as it is at the moment, we will attract applicants of the highest calibre from throughout South Africa. A rigorous selection and interview process will follow, with a view to announcing the new head in the second half of the second term.



Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

Primary School News

A reminder that from today until Wednesday our Grade 2 and 3 pupils where permission was granted will be undergoing vision and hearing screening. Should there be a need for further tests you will be notified.


Well done to our boys who have been chosen to represent us at the Inter schools’ Literary Quiz this Wednesday at Durban Girls’ College. We wish Samuel Haug, Dylan Launspach, James Ross and Jayden Tite all the very best and thank Mrs Annette Sewchuran for preparing them for this.

This coming Friday afternoon we shall be hosting a friendly gala from 14:30 to 17:30 at our Patrick Akal pool against ten other schools. The main objective of the gala is to allow us to get our swimmers ready for the upcoming D&D galas (Kings Park Stadium on Tuesday 3 March, straight after our mid-term break) and respective Highway galas. Parents are welcome to support.

Our Senior Primary Deputy, Mr Graham Hooper, will be taking the Assembly this Wednesday morning talking about the dangers of the sun. While Mr Brimelow does have sunscreen which he encourages the boys to put on their faces before they go out to cricket, we do encourage you to make sure your child has put on their own sunscreen with the correct protection factor for them every morning, as we have had some very hot days and even being out at break can cause children to get burnt. We also encourage the wearing of TMC hats or caps. This is compulsory for the Foundation Phase.

You should be receiving/have received your letter and sponsorship form for the Sponsored Walk on Friday 27 February and hope you will again give this your full support, as in the past, knowing how this positively impacts on many groups and individuals through our Outreach Programme and helps us not only to serve the wider community, but also to instill a strong social conscience in our children.


Wishing you all the best for the week ahead.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & steers – Kloof


Merrick Beetge - for working so diligently at all his tasks this week.  I am so proud of you. 


Kiara Wentzel - for her impressive reading skills and for listening well during class. 


Luke Chaplin - for trying hard to listen carefully to instructions and for waiting his turn.  Well done. 


Lwazi Gumede - for his beautiful reading and neat work. 


Aiden Smith - for a diligent approach to his day, working so hard in all that he does.  Well done. 


Keith Aneito - for trying hard to complete all tasks and for his wonderful drawings. 


Bryan Ireland - for his positive attitude towards his work and for his lovely manners. 


Isabella Borrajeiro - for her much improved task attack skills and determination to succeed. 


Mia Goncalves - for her enthusiasm and her positive approach to each school day. 
4dP Kaelah Balarin - for her helpful, friendly nature and for always giving of her best.
4M Bryce James - for his positive approach to all he does and for his wonderful manners.
4F Yves Briginshaw - for his keen interest and participation in lessons and for his careful application.
5vL Gareth Serfontein - for his lovely manners and for trying so hard in all his subjects.
5P Amadahy Schultz - for her quiet, diligent and creative spirit.
5L Electra Balidis - for her diligent efforts and always producing neat work.
6B Kate Price - for being so well mannered and helpful in the classroom.
6M Mitchell Barrett - for his focus and concentration in class and his positive work ethic.
6H Daena Robb - for her lovely quiet nature and organisational skills in class.
7M Kartik Pillai - for settling into TMC so well and for being so organised in all he does.  His manners are immaculate.
7C Jaden Tite - for his positive attitude and mature approach to the year.
7S Kate Walker - for her warm and friendly nature and her willingness to work hard.


Cultural Achievements


Congratulations to Jemma Ramlakan on passing her Trinity College Initial Piano exam with Merit.  Well done Jemma.

Sporting Achievements

Grade 2 & 3 Gala at Highbury

Our Grade 2 & 3s swam in a gala at Highbury. It was our 1st gala for our Grade 2s and they did so well. There was good competition and we had the following results:

1st place – 4

2nd place – 11

3rd place – 7

4th place – 7

5th place – 7

6th place – 2

7th place – 3

8th place – 1


Grade 2 Mini Cricket

Our Grade 2s played in their 2nd mini cricket match on Saturday. There was much excitement and loads of fun had by both the children and the parents. We had the following results:

Lost to Highbury

Lost to Highbury


Grade 3 Mini Cricket

Our Grade 3s played in their 2nd mini cricket match for the term. Much excitement and fun was had but we unfortunately lost against Winston Park. Well tried boys.


HS Tennis

Congratulations to Helenke Rossouw who has been selected for the U19 eThekweni Tennis team.  Well done Helenke.


SP Cricket

TMPS 4ths vs Northdene - TMPS batted 1st 93/4, Northdene batted 2nd 28/10

TMPS won by 65 runs.


TMPS 3rds vs Northdene

TMPS batted 1st 123 / 5 (M. Maclean 24 runs, L. Gibson 21 runs)

Northdene batted 2nd 57/10 (D. Launspach 7 runs for 3 wickets in 3 overs, L. Gibson 10 runs for 2 wickets in 4 overs)

TMPS won by 66 runs


TMPS 2nds vs Northdene

TMPS 2nds 96/5 after 20 Overs

Kellen Coombs 25 not out, Lexi Criticos 20 not out

Northdene 51/9 after after 20 Overs

Troy Van Zyl 2 – 1, Kellen Coombs 2 – 1, Lola Lee 3 – 10

TMPS 2nd won by 45 runs.


TMPS 1sts vs Northdene - 181 for 6, R Savage 88, H Brimelow 24

Northdene 84 all out, R Camp 2 for 5, C Kiggen 2 for 6, J Hooper 2 for 14

Thomas More won by 97 runs


U10A vs Northdene

TMPS 112/9 (Nikolaos Bratos 49 runs)

Northdene 82/5 (Jonathan Daniel 3 wkts/6 runs)

TMPS won by 30 runs



The Project Rhino Mountain Ride with Cadence Cycling Performance was a bit further than anticipated and ended up being 332 km in one day. A special well done to Devon Smith (Grade 11) who was by far the youngest cyclist on the day, of which only 18 riders managed to complete the race. The riders managed to raise over R12 000.00 for the conservation and protection of our Rhinos. Well done Devon.


SP Action Netball

1st Team won against Maris Stella 17 – 4

U12 lost to Glenwood A 9 – 3

U12 won against Maris Stella 9 – 5



Congratulations to Hanna Alexander on being awarded a silver medal at the Judo National Grading Competition in Cape Town last weekend.  Well done Hanna.

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.