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 23 February 2015
Newsletter 06 

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 - Sponsored Walk is the hot topic this week!

  • Allan Chandler - encourages pupils to do as many laps as possible at Sponsored Walk this Friday in support of our Outreach programme.

  • Barbara Taljard - encourages our Grade 7 parents and pupils to attend the HS Open Day on 7 March.


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.


Stock Shop - PS Hockey Bags

Limited stock of Primary School Hockey Bags - first-come-first-served!


Open Days

Grade 000 - 0 on Thursday 5 March at 9am

Grade 1-7 on Friday 6 March at 9am

Grade 8-12 on Saturday 7 March at 9.30am (Grade 6s & 7s are encouraged to attend the High School open day and they may wear civvies)



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



Achievements   Extra-mural Calendars   Academic Calendars
Week Ahead  Quick Links
Monday 23 February Zenith - Ken Mackenzie Centre
Wednesday 25 February Grade 3 Hardball Cricket vs Highbury - Home
  SP Cricket vs Highbury - Home & Away
Thursday 26 February HS Culture Shock Performance - Habberton Hall
  SP Netball vs Atholl Heights
  Grade 2 and 3 Gala - Hillcrest PS
Friday 27 February Sponsored Walk !!
  Whole School Half Term -
  FP close at 11.00
  SP close at 11.30
  HS close at 12.00
  SP & HS Family Camping Weekend - Glengarry
Monday 01 March Whole School Half Term


Scripture for the week


For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 

A study was done recently that showed in the past 50 years that 3.9 billion Bibles have been sold worldwide and every year it is still the number one bestseller worldwide (in fact ever since the Bible was printed back on the first European printing press in Germany in 1450 it’s been the N°1). The second book for interest sake is "Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung" at 820 million!

So why is the Bible so popular? Well it’s being changing people’s lives for centuries! In the scripture above the writer of Hebrews tells that it is alive and active like a double edge sword. It cuts to the heart of the matter. It brings life to us, Jesus said “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word spoken from the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4. In the Gospel of Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and Earth will pass away but My words will remain” there is power as the Gospel of John tells us: “In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. Through Him all things were made, and apart from Him nothing was made that has been made” John 1:1-3. Jesus is the Word and He is God in human form and all things were created through Him. We need to ‘live’ on this Word by reading, trusting and living it out.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

This Friday is the Sponsored Walk. This is the single event that provides the funds for our Outreach activities. We do not use school fees for Outreach. Developing compassion for others is a key component of our Ethos. Pupils are asked not just to give of their money but also to give of their effort on Friday. Please support this activity and sponsor the pupils generously for this very worthy cause.

We also welcome the Half Term break which will enable us all to recharge our batteries for the remainder of the school term.   

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

I have started interviewing youngsters for enrolment in Grade 8 in 2016, and have met some outstanding individuals, who, I am sure, will be great additions to the Thomas More family.

The Sponsored Walk takes place on Friday 27th February. Please encourage your offspring to complete as many laps as possible, and to raise as much Outreach support money as possible. Reaching out to others is an important part of our ethos.

Thought for the week:  The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example." - Thomas Morell

Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Today two senior High School pupils and one Grade 8 pupil spoke to our Grade 6 and 7 pupils about the benefits of going up to our own High School and shared their experiences. We would obviously love to see as many of our pupils as possible progressing to our own High School as we really do believe it offers something for everyone, irrespective of their talents, upholds good values and develops confident young people for an uncertain world. The academic results have also been wonderful- last year producing the best overall results in the history of TMC with 16 of the 19 subjects above the IEB average.

It has been very rewarding to see the general commitment our teachers and pupils give to all they undertake at Thomas More, and this together with the wonderful feeling of nurturing and care encapsulated in what makes our school so very special and sets us apart. There are many stories of pupils and their families going out of their way to meet commitments, even making personal sacrifices. It is also embodied in the teachers who stand for hours in the sweltering sun, without complaint, for the reason that they want to give each and every member of their teams a chance, to those who are at school really early to serve the individual and the team, to those who go out of their way to check on the personal happiness and well being of their precious charges. Such dedication and unswerving loyalty is truly heartwarming.

This coming Friday is our Sponsored Walk, and this is also about commitment: commitment to walking as many laps as possible in aid of our Outreach programme. Please do support this to the best of your ability, to enable our children, who are privileged by contrast, to help those less fortunate than we are! Please also ensure that your child is well lathered with sun cream and is wearing a hat for protection against the sun and also has comfortable walking shoes/ takkies to wear- and a black plastic bag if it looks like rain! School ends at 11:00 for the Foundation Phase; 11:30 for the Senior Primary and 12:00 for the High School on Friday as our Sponsored Walk also marks the start of our mid-term break.

We encourage swimmers to be aware of the Durban and Districts B league gala for both our boys and girls at the Kings Park Swimming Stadium on Tuesday 3 March from 11:30 to 18:00 (although it may finish earlier) and wish our squad and their coaches every success. I am looking forward to seeing how they perform.

Next week at 09:00 on both the Thursday (Pre-Primary) and Friday (Grades 1-7) are our Open Days, with our High School Open Day taking place next week Saturday 7 March. We assume as many of our Grade 6s and 7s as possible and their parents have responded to our marketing department, indicating that they will attend this special day. Do encourage those whom you know may be interested to attend as it gives them a wonderful opportunity to explore a little the magical tapestry that is Thomas More.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead and our sportsmen and women well in their many matches.

Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & steers – Kloof


Ethan Pieterse - for his improved participation during class discussions and his cheerful attitude towards his school day.


William MacGillivray - for trying his best and doing beautiful work this week.


Mishael Singh - for excellent manners and for always looking smart in his uniform.


Meyka Chetty - for her sunny personality, willingness to help and beautiful work.


Michael Boertje - for giving his very best every single lesson and for working more independently.


Luca Briggs - for his wonderful manners and for the great effort he puts into all his school work.


Gaby Buchholz - for her willingness to work hard and for her neat presentation of work.


Dhiran Chetty - for his much improved self-confidence and determination to give of his best.  Well done for rising to the challenge.


Amal Shiba - for settling well, his cheerful disposition, and a good approach to each school day.
4dP Megan Brimelow - for being so helpful and kind and for always giving of her best.
4M Shannon Wilhem - for her high standard of work and for her positive attitude towards her school day.
4F Alex Lütz - for her diligence, manners and beautiful task presentation.
5vL Julia van Tonder - for her enthusiasm and positive approach to her school day.
5P Jack Bamber - for an outstanding Maths result and accurate work.
5L Isabella Terblanche - for an excellent Maths test result and enthusiastic participation in lessons.
6B Kira Govender - for her lovely cheerful nature and a good start to the year.
6M Chelsea Layden - for her enthusiasm and positive outlook in everthing she does.
6H Julia Butler - for her quiet gentle nature and continued hard work in Maths.
7M Mia Chetty - for her diligence and positive work ethic.
7C James Boyd - for his continued growth and positive start to the year.
7S Kylee Leighton - for her good manners and continuous hard work and effort.


Cultural Achievements

HS Debating

TMC 1 beat Eden College 1 – Best Speaker – Nic Leisegang

TMC 2 lost against Eden College 2

Sporting Achievements

Grade 2 and 3 Gala at Curro HCA

Our Grade 2 and 3s swam in a gala at Curro HCA. There was good competition and we had the following results:

1st place – 5

2nd place – 15

3rd place – 7

4th place – 5

5th place – 5

6th place – 4

8th place – 1


Grade 2 mini cricket

Our Gr. 2s played in their 3rd 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 Gelofte

Lost to Forest View 


Grade 3 mini cricket

Our Gr. 3s played in their 3rd mini cricket match for the term. Much excitement and fun was had and the boys played extremely well. We beat Highbury. Well done boys!


SP Swimming Captains

Congratulations to the following pupils on being elected:

Girls' Captain - Lola Lee

Boys' Captain - Brian Riddle

Girls' Vice-Captain - Dale Harper

Boys' Vice-Captain - Michael Maclean


SP 1st Team Cricket vs Kloof

Kloof 89 all out, M Parfitt 4 for 4, R Camp 2 for 9, J Hooper 2 for 18

TMPS 1st 94 for 1, B Riddle 38 no, R Savage 26 no

TMPS 1st won by 9 wickets


SP 3rd Team Cricket vs Kloof

TMPS scored 180 / 3

J. Penny 42 runs

S. Mashiloene 53 not out

Kloof scored 88 / 7

R. Wynne 3 overs for 4 runs 2 wickets

L. Gibson 2 overs for 2 runs 2 wickets

TMPS won by 92 runs


SP U11A Cricket vs Kloof

TMPS batted first and scored 74 all out

Luke Riddle 15 ; Ethan Gregory 15

Kloof scored 75/9

T'ré Imani Motsoahae 5 overs 22/7 , Nathan Riddle 3 overs 16/2

TMPS lost by 1 wicket


SP U11A Cricket vs Northdene

Northdene batted first and scored 110 all out.

James Bartmen 4 overs 5/4; Nathan Riddle 4 overs 17/3; Liam Mackinnon 1 over 2/1

Thomas More scored 79 all out

Luke Riddle 19

Thomas More lost by 31 runs


SP U10A Cricket vs Kloof

TMPS 99/6 (Blaine Dunbar 25)

Kloof 97/7(Ethan McCormick 3/12)

TMPS won by 2 runs a very exciting finish with Tiaan Steyn bowling a great last over!



Congratulations to Wesley Parry who has competed in 3 genres at the 2014 Nationals within the Junior U21 class.  In the 1st genre, Centre-Fire Medium Bore Rifle (using .308 calibre) Wesley ranked 2nd in South Africa, however only classified as a sharpshooter in this category due to having to borrow a rifle at the last minute and not shooting as he had hoped.  The 2nd genre Rimfire Rifles (using .22 calibre) he again ranked 2nd in South Africa and was classified a High Master Shooter (highest rank a shooter can achieve - 97% or higher).  The 3rd genre, Centre-Fire Handgun, shooting a 9mm para Glock Pistol, and achieving 5th place overall in South Africa.  Well done to Wesley on his outstanding achievements.


HS U14A Girls' Indoor Hockey

Congratulations to our U14A Indoor Hockey Girls who have gone unbeaten in their league this season, with 62 goals scored, and only conceding 8.  Well done girls!


HS Cricket
DHS 2nd 123. (Wortmann 3-19)
TMC 1st 124/7 (Petzer 39 not out, Ross 4-31)
TMC won by 3 wickets.


TMC U15A 301 all out (Murugan 81, Lutz 69)

DHS U15B 66 all out (Courtney 6/18).
TMC won by 235 runs


DHS U15D 47 all out (du Plessis 3/6)

TMC U15B 48/4
TMC won by 6 wickets


TMC U14A 156 (Kriegisch 36, Blythden 33)

DHS U14B 82/9
TMC won by 74 runs.

DHS U14D 58 all out
TMC U14B 62/2.
TMC won by 8 wickets

HS Girls' Indoor Hockey
1st TMC 0 1st DGHS 1
2nd TMC 1 2nd Westville 2
TMC U16A 1 Westville U16A 4
TMC U16B 9 Crawford NC 0
TMC U16B 1 Grosvenor 0
TMC U14A 5 Hillcrest 0
TMC U14A 4 Kloof 4
TMC U14B 2 Port Natal 1

HS Boys' Water Polo
1st TMC 6 1st Treverton 2
1st TMC 4 1st St. Peter's 2
1st TMC 4 1st Fourways 1
1st TMC 11 1st Krugersdorp 0

U14A TMC 4 U15 P/Shepstone 3

U15A TMC 3 U15A DHS 10

2nd TMC 6 1st P/Shepstone 1

HS Girls' Water Polo
1st TMC 14 1st Treverton 3
1st TMC 4 1st Kingsway 0
1st TMC 2 1st Fourways 3
1st TMC 9 1st Krugersdorp 1


HS Girls' Tennis

1st Girls 14 Gelofte 16

1st Girls 20 Kuswag 8

U16 Girls' 14 Umhlanga College 18


HS Swimming - 2nd Gala at Crawford:

1. Ashton – 228

2. Crawford – 217

3. TMC – 193

4. St Henrys – 165

5. Grantleigh – 134

6. Hillcrest – 123

7. Curro HCA – 100

8. Crawford NC – 97

9. Umhlanga – 49


HS Swimming - 3rd Gala at Crawford NC:

1. Ashton – 159

2. Crawford – 157

3. TMC – 146

4. St Henrys – 107

5. Kloof - 106

6. Curro HCA – 80

7. Crawford NC – 70


HS Swimming - 4th Gala at Hillcrest:

1. Ashton – 202

2. TMC – 180

3. Hillcrest – 140

4. Curro HCA – 134

5. Kingsway – 127

6. Kloof – 125

7. Port Shepstone - 94

8. Umhlanga – 69

9. George Campbell – 57




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.