Long Walk - Saturday 14 March
2 Weeks to go! Volunteers Urgently Needed!
The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth

 03 March 2015
Newsletter 07 

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 - our Long Walk needs YOUR help!  Volunteers needed! 

  • Barbara Taljard - please encourage friends with children to attend out Open Day's this week (dates below).



View the newly updated Classifieds here! Need an Aupair? Housesitter? Evening Dresses for Hire? Mobile Hairstylist! One Direction Tickets on Sale! and more....


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
Tuesday 03 March SP D&D Girls' and Boys' Gala - Kings Park
  Grade 12 Parents' Evening
Wednesday 04 March SP Cricket vs Winston Park - Home & Away
  Grade 3 Hardball Cricket Match
Thursday 05 March PP Open Day - 9am
  Grade 8 Marianhill Excursion
  SP Netball vs Winston Park
  Grade 2 & 3 Gala - TMC (Patrick Akal Pool)
Friday 06 March JP & SP Open Day - 9am
  SP Toppies 'n Tots Golf Day = Camelot
Saturday 07 March HS Open Day - 9.30am
  Grade 2 Mini Cricket Matches - Highbury
  Grade 3 Mini Cricket Matches - Curro HCA
  Long Walk Strapping Workshop - Ken Mackenze Centre (08:30 - 11:00)
  HS Wartburg Festival


Scripture for the week


Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10

Currently at church we are looking at the attitude of the heart as all our relationships are based on our heart attitude towards God and others. The heart of God is all about giving from our wealth to our time, even to our lives (John 3:16 “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”). God’s economy is to give as it deals with our selfish hearts, for we as humans, are more worried about getting than giving. For selfishness rises up within us, which stops us from giving and often when we do give our hearts grieve because we gave in the first place! The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:26 for "the earth and everything in it belongs to the Lord." If we only realise that all belongs to God and we are mere stewards looking after what He has given us, what joy and peace that brings us, because He is Jehovah Jireh our Provider - the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

The Long Walk has been brilliantly planned by the organising committee and all logistics are in place. We have however reached a crisis point regarding the recruitment of volunteer helpers. Ultimately the safety of our walkers is paramount and this is a desperate late appeal to all parents who are able to volunteer their services URGENTLY. All volunteer helpers need to respond within the next few days or we may be forced to cancel the walk. We are particularly short of marshals although some of the stop helper slots are still available.

Please respond to longwalk@thomasmore.co.za.  You will then be contacted regarding time slots and marshalling points available.  Many thanks to those parents who have already volunteered their services.  Marshals are reminded of the meeting in the Habberton Hall on Monday 9th March at 6 pm. This will be to discuss marshalling procedures and safety.  This is almost certainly the highlight of the year, but it must be a team effort. If we are going to pull it off we need at least one helper per family. Please volunteer!

Let us all get into the spirit of Thomas More College. Your support in this very special event will be greatly appreciated.

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

Primary School News

We hope that you had an enjoyable mid-term break and spent some quality time together as a family. We trust you are well rested and reinvigorated for the rest of the term

It was great to see our youngsters enthusiastically completing laps in our sponsored walk on Friday; many accompanied by, or urged on by parents and/or High School pupils. On the initiative of the MLC (Matric Leadership Council) the Senior Primary grade walked the first lap with the High School grade which would be their MLC group when they are in Grade 8. This type of unity across the school is so heartwarming. I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing our pupils warmly give encouragement, hugs and support to others. Most pupils made every effort to walk as many laps as possible – all for a good cause! We hope this will raise a bumper amount for our worthy Outreach programme. Please do return your forms indicating how much money can be debited to your account.

Please do remember our important Open Days this week: Thursday for the Pre-Primary; Friday for the JP and the SP and Saturday for the HS. We would love you to encourage your friends who may be interested to attend.

Parent child relationships can be a minefield and so I wanted to share these words written in 2007 by George Irvine, who directs the Institute for Spirituality, in which he speaks as children might want to do, to their parents or the care givers in their lives.

"Let me feel secure in your love for things change quickly and appear frightening at times. Don't expect me to fulfill the dreams you didn't achieve. See me as a unique person even though I remind you of yourself as a child. Speak to me with your heart and hands because sometimes I don't understand your words. Surround me in our family circle with good people so that I may have peace in which to grow. Believe me when I tell you that someone is bad even though you think that that person is good. Don't tell me I am lying just because something I tell you frightens you. If there is space give me a corner in the home I can call my own. Let me question and give me as honest an answer as you know. Let me experiment so that I can find out things for myself, but show me when something I want to do could harm me. Teach me to be sensitive to beauty and to enjoy reading like I see you do. Encourage my efforts to do things even when I don't do them very well. Let me share responsibility by giving me things to do that are right for my size. Allow me time to tell you how I am trying to work out my problems. Don't get scared when I ask you about things you think I shouldn't know. When you tell me to do this or that please tell me why. Let me feel I am wanted and important to you. Include me in our family plans. Be loyal to me and keep your promises to me. I don't want to be your baby all the time because I really want to feel grown up. Don't implant your own fears in me and when I tell you mine don't tell me not to be stupid. Help me not to do silly stuff when I am angry but don't make me feel bad about being angry as I don't want to lose my ability to feel strongly about things. Help me to know there is nothing I can tell you that would make you lose your love for me. Show me the way to accept people who are different so I may learn how to feel okay about myself. Tell me about a God who loves me and who is not waiting to catch me out. Don't protect me from pain and difficulty. Don't try to sort things out for me, let me work at sorting them out for myself.”

Wishing you all the best for the busy week ahead.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & steers – Kloof


Emily de Klerk - for being the best listener in her class this week.  Well done Emily.


Milla Borrajeiro - for always being cheerful, friendly and helpful in the classroom.


Ciara Valentine - for improved letter recorgnition and for her lovely kind nature.  I am proud of you my girl.


Luke Patterson - for his excellent performance in our drama lesson this week.


Leah Chetty - who works carefully and gives of her very best at all times.  I am very proud of you.


Dylan Davidson - for the effort he puts into all tasks and his warm smile.


Jenna Alexander - for her positive attitude towards her work and her perseverance in completing tasks set.


Ryan Browning - for his incredible, smart attitude towards all his academic challenges and for hitting the cricket ball a long distance.


Jemma Ramlakan - for always having a ready smile and a good attitude, and for working consistently well.
4dP Ezra Haug - for his positive work ethic and beautiful manners.
4M Courtney Cadle - for always giving of her best in class and for being kind to her friends.
4F James Cleland - for his supporting role in his cricket team.
5vL Liam Leach - for his kind, friendly nature and for always giving of his best in the classroom.
5P Tamryn Harland - for her friendly, affectionate nature and diligent work ethic.
5L Nathan Riddle - for his improved attitude and all round neatness.
6B Simon Daniel - for his cheerful nature and continuous hard work in the classroom.
6M Jordan Deeble - for his willingness to participate in class and positive attitude.
6H Hagen Ogden - for his quiet, gentle nature and perseverence.
7M Tayla Smith - for being so helpful and the best coffee-maker in the class.
7C Luke Horwood - for his consistent hardwork, determination and positive attitude.
7S Isabella Arnott - for her positive attitude and her friendly nature.



Congratulations to Anya Chetty on being awarded her Gold Mathletics Certificate.

Cultural Achievements


Congratulations to Olivia Goncalves on receiving a certificate and medal for playing the recorder.  Well done Olivia.


Sporting Achievements

Grade 2 and 3 Gala at Hillcrest Primary

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

1st place – 8

2nd place – 9

3rd place – 11

4th place – 3

5th place – 4

6th place – 6

7th place – 1


U9 Hardball Cricket

The Thomas More U9A side played their first ever hardball match on Wednesday vs Highbury. Having won the toss TMC sent the visitors in to bat. With uncertain weather, the team took to the field with much excitement. Some excellent individual bowling backed by a fine fielding display helped restrict Highbury to 78. The pick of the bowlers were Ryan Browning (3/10) and Brayden Doran (3/14) who bowled with great consistency. A special mention to Michael Jolly who was exceptional in the field. With a target of 78 Kylie McIntyre and Bryan Ireland went out to face the new ball. Unfortunately some poor running combined with some fine bowling saw our TMC team fall short on 51/7 in their allotted 20 overs. Bryan and Brayden top scored with 9 each and Ryan showed patience for his knock of 7. The team are looking forward to their next match and showed great promise while enjoying the experience of hardball cricket.


Show Jumping

Congratulations to Alexandra Ric-Hansen who won two rosettes for coming 3rd in the 70cms on Chester, and coming 6th doing 2 phase jumping on Chester.  Well done Alexandra.


KZN Mountain Bike XCO Series

Race 1 was held at St Ives in the KZN Midlands on 21 February 2015
Liam Theunissen - 1st Nipper Boy
Keagan Brand - 3rd Nipper Boy
Cian Leveridge - 2nd Youth Boy
Joshua Clipstone - 3rd Youth Boy
Tiffany Keep - 1st Youth Girl
Courtney Smith - 2nd Youth Girl
Devon Smith - 3rd Junior Boy

District Athletics

Congratulations to Tiaan Steyn (Grade 4) - High Jump, and Hanna Alexander (Grade 7) - Long Jump, who have made it through to the next round of District Athletics trials.  Well done to you both.


District Cricket

Congratulations to the following boys who have been selected for the Pinetown & District U11 Cricket Teams.

Jason Brien

T'ré Imani Motsoahae

Tyrelle Reddy


SP Cricket U11A vs Highbury

TMPS batted first and scored 92/6

Tyrelle Reddy 22 not out; Jason Brien 13

Highbury scored 93/6

Imani Motsoahae 4 overs 14/3 ; Tyrelle Reddy 4 overs 10/1

TMPS lost by 4 wickets.


SP Cricket 3rd Team vs Highbury 4ths

TMPS - elected to field

Highbury scored 136/3 in 20 overs

TMPS scored 44/10 in 18 overs

Highbury won by 92 runs


SP Cricket 1st Team vs Highbury 2nd Team

TMPS 1st 75 all out Ross Savage 36

Highbury 2nd 76 for 1

Highbury won by 9 wickets


Dusi Canoe Marathon

Congratulations to Josh Cawood who placed 24th in a very competitive U18 age group and was in the top 200 finishers of over 1400 paddlers this year. This is his 3rd consecutive year of participating. Well done Josh!


SP Tennis

TMPS vs Crawford La Lucia -TMPS lost 14 - 31

TMPS vs HCA Curro -TMPS lost 8 -37

TMPS vs St Benedicts -TMPS won 30-15

TMPS vs Westville -TMPS won 26-19



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.