Long Walk - Saturday 14 March
5 Days to Go!
The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth

 09 March 2015
Newsletter 08 

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 - excitement builds with Long Walk 5 days away.

  • Allan Chandler - shares a heart-warming excerpt from a letter received from a Past Pupil and reminds parents and pupils of the One-Act Plays taking place on Wednesday 11 March.

  • Barbara Taljard - congratulates all swimmers who have or will be taking part in galas, and wishes our pupils well for the Long Walk on Saturday.



Congratulations to Mark & Jenna Hollamby (Blue group assistant) on the recent birth of their daughter, Shylah.

Congratulations to Clint & Tessa Palmer (nee Houpe) - JP aftercare- on their marriage last weekend. We wish them much joy and happiness.


Staff news

Lungi Buthelezi (Purple group assistant) will be leaving us and we wish her well in her future endeavours.



View the 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 - Pop-Up Boutique
Pippa has her pop-up boutique in the Coffee Shoppe this week.  Designers include:  Menck, Maya Prass, Sway, Penny Royal, Miss Molly with Nail Art & Make Up Consultations & more.

Wednesday 11 March 9am - 6pm

Thursday 12 March 9am - 4pm

Friday 13 March 9am - 3pm

Contact Pippa on 083 4615807 for more info. 


Stock Shop - PS Hockey Bags

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


Open Days - it was wonderful to see so many Grade 6 & 7 pupils and families at our High Open Day on Saturday.



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 09 March SP & HS - "Horn of Sorrow" Production by Arts Trust of SA - Peter Habberton Hall
  SP 1st Team Cricket vs Penryn - Home
  SP Cricket vs St Henry's - Home & Away
  Long Walk Marshal Briefing - Peter Habberton Hall (6pm)
Tuesday 10 March SP Cricket vs St Henry's - Home & Away
  Grade 3 Netball Tournament
Wednesday 11 March Coffee Shoppe Pop-Up Boutique (9am - 6pm)
  Grade 3  Hardball Cricket vs Hillcrest - Home
  HS One Act Plays - Peter Habberton Hall
Thursday 12 March PP Outing
  HS Maths Olympiad
  Coffee Shoppe Pop-Up Boutique (9am - 4pm)
  SAHISA Heads' Meeting - St Mary's DSG
  Grade 2 and 3 Gala - Forest View
  SP Highway 'A' Zone Gala - Home
Friday 13 March Coffee Shoppe Pop-Up Boutique (9am - 3pm)
Saturday 14 March LONG WALK


Scripture for the week


For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes-His eternal power and divine nature have been understood and observed by what He made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

Beside doing National Service in the army, I spent 23 years as an ectronics technician in the defence industry before going into teaching and ministry. I found over the years that I have had an interest in how things work. The older I get the more apparent to me what an amazing God we serve. What He has put into place, the creation of this world and the universe. I’m a firm believer in the creation story as God is quite capable of creating the world in 6 days and the seventh is set apart for Him. In John 1:1-3 we read: “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”. Jesus, God the Son was with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit when the world came into being. So if anyone is interested in then Creation story, Kloof Methodist Church’ is hosting a series of talks on Creation entitled:

Science and the Bible Series.

Genesis 1&2: 8 March 6pm

Evolution: 15 March 6pm

The Genesis Flood: 22 March 6pm 

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

After months of planning, Long Walk is upon us. If the vibe at the Sponsored Walk is anything to go by, then we should be in for an absolutely wonderful Long Walk. At this stage the weather is forecast to be a little hotter than we would like, but with 5 days to go, hopefully that will change.

A week back we were still very short of volunteer helpers and it was unfortunately necessary for me to put out a rather strong worded appeal for help. There was a wonderful response from those who were probably always going to help but were a little slow in coming forward. While we still need more support, the crisis has certainly been averted. Thank you so much to all those who responded!

All the details of the walk can be found under NEWS AND EVENTS on the Thomas More website, www.thomasmore.co.za. or clicking on the feet at the top of the home page.

May I wish Wayne Jaggard and his committee, all the walkers, organisers and helpers all of the best for Saturday.

We are now barely two months into the 2015 academic year and we have already held the 2016 Open Days. The attendance on Thursday, Friday and Saturday was extremely encouraging and I can see that Thomas More College remains very much in demand. Interviews and screening will take place over the next few months. 

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

I received a heart-warming letter from Jason Smuts (Class of 2013) describing the various achievements of some of his 2013 classmates at UCT. In his own words, ‘these are just a few names from my year alone that have made an impression at UCT and will, I believe, keep doing so for years to come. This is a true showing of how Thomas More equips us, not only to survive, but to strive for our best. We are restless and never stand still, always seeking the next opportunity to excel’.

Today (Monday) the pupils watched a play with a ‘Save the Rhino’ bent. This is an issue very close to my own heart and the anti-rhino poaching initiative needs all the help that it can get.

The annual One-Act House Plays directed by the Grade 11 drama students takes place on Wednesday 11th March at 6p.m. Please support this worthwhile evening.

The Long Walk on Saturday is a flagship traditional event and part and parcel of our heritage and ethos. All pupils need to play an integral role on the day.


Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Thank you to all those Grade 6 and 7 parents who supported our High School Open Day and came to hear first-hand what our own special High School is about and why we really would like to see your child staying with us. We are also grateful to those families who are hosting the boys from the Penryn touring cricket team this evening. Thanks too to all those who supported the Foundation Phase inter-schools gala we hosted Thursday last week.

Well done to all our Senior Primary swimmers for their achievements at the Boys’ and Girls’ Inter-schools ‘B’ Zone Gala at Kings’ Park last week. Best wishes to our Senior Primary swimmers competing in our Patrick Akal Pool in the Senior Primary Highway ‘A’ Zone Gala this week Thursday from 16:00- 19:30. Parents welcome to attend.

Our children were privileged to see the play “Horn of Sorrow” this morning in the hall. The strong message about our environment and conservation was well portrayed in the theatre in the round about the rhino. We trust they benefited both from the performance as well as from the message.

As our children are busy preparing for the Long Walk, which is always such a special day of camaraderie and pitting yourself against yourself, I want to share an article by the well-known Nikki Bush, entitled “Loving your fear”. The core message is that change is difficult, no matter what it is. There is so much to get used to. There is much to fear that is new. But with fear, comes growth. Many fears are ones we all experience. They vary from not being fit enough, to not fulfilling our potential, to not getting the marks needed to take the next step in life, and so on. These fears can make us grow, galvanising us into action and energizing our lives. The article ends by saying, “I love my fear.” When kids get the opportunity to overcome something through their own personal experience they grow in leaps and bounds, in ways you cannot imagine and could never orchestrate if you tried. True confidence and self-assuredness is only truly discovered and ‘owned’ in the moment of actually facing challenges and triumphing. Life responds to our expectations – let us all rise to its challenges! In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Neither you nor the world knows what you can do until you have tried…

The week ends with our legendary, character building Long Walk, on Saturday 14 March, where we hope to face our fears and see most of you at the finish line! (Please refer to Phase letters which have detailed information about the Long Walk. Also ensure comfortable worn-in walking shoes, lots of sunscreen and liquids en route.) If you have still not volunteered your services and are available to help, please email longwalk@thomasmore.co.za - we do still need support. All the best…

Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & steers – Kloof


Hannah Howroyd - for trying so hard to be more focused and for the good improvement in her task presentation.  I am so proud of you Hannah.


Ethan Hadnum - for his enthusiasm and determination at the Sponsored Walk.  Well done.


Olivia Goncalves - for making an effort to work independently and for saying such interesting news.


Bjorn Bekker - for his positive attitude during the Sponsored Walk and completing so many laps.


Levi Wynne - for being such an enthusiastic walker at the Sponsored Walk.


Jodi Macpherson - for trying her best to complete her classwork and her kind and caring nature.


Aphiwe Manci - for his positive and hard-working attitude towards his reading and spelling.  Well done on your whole-hearted approach, Aphiwe.


Jordan Bezuidenhout - for her smart application in all her academic tasks and gentle, caring nature.


Matthew Bonsor - for trying hard to be well mannered and for making such an effort to work well.
4dP Tiaasha Naicker - for enthusiasm, diligence and helpful caring nature.
4M Zama Dumakude - for her happy gentle nature and her positive work ethic.
4F Emma Simon - for giving of her best in every task as she strives for excellence.
5vL Micaela Wight - for her sweet gentle nature, beautiful task presentation and excellent result in her English Language test.
5P Leo Barnes - for progress in organisation and lovely neat books.
5L Jessica Smith - for her positive energy and her excellent effort on the Sponsored Walk.
6B Ashley du Plessis - for her positive attitude towards her school work and cheerful nature.
6M Chantal Bray - for her vibrant personality and positive attitude in all that she does.
6H Asheligh Heenan - for being more organised and positive in both work and sport.
7M Josh Hooper - for his care and consideration for all his friends.
7C Kayleigh Fenner - for always being helpful, organised and positive.
7S Arabella Balidis - for her excellent manners and her quiet disposition.



Congratulations to the following pupils who have been invited to write the 2nd round of IMAS (Mathematics Olympiad)

Jessica Thomson

Saien Moodley

Brendan O'Loughlin

Faran Steenkamp

Cultural Achievements


Sporting Achievements

Grade 2 & 3 Gala at TMC

Our Gr. 2 & 3s swam in our home gala. There was good competition and we had the following results:

1st place – 1

2nd place – 8

3rd place – 9

4th place – 5

5th place – 8

6th place – 4

7th place – 3

8th place – 3

9th place – 1


U9 Hardball Cricket vs Winston Park

On Thursday the U9 cricket boys played away at Winston Park. Winning the toss, the visitors sent Winston Park in to bat on a hot and humid day. Ryan Browning and Brayden Doran took the new ball and both returned excellent figures of (2/24) and (1/18) respectively with some tight bowling. Kylie McIntyre (1/10) and Devon Harwin (2/10) were economical and also picked up wickets which helped to restrict Winston Park to 106/7. Special mention to a diving catch by Max Buchan behind the stumps. TMC went into bat and were immediately under pressure by some excellent controlled bowling by the hosts. Opening batsman Zipho Mgidi was able to contain the bowling upfront but TMC struggled with the run rate. Having to chase the game they lost regular wickets, but there was a lone standout performance by Braden (15) who made sure the team managed a respectable score of 67. We look forward to the return leg on home ground in the 4 term.


Grade 3 Netball Tournament

We hosted a Grade 3 netball tournament at TMC and it was our Grade 3s first match for the term. They all had fun and we had the following results:

TMC 1 won both their games

TMC 2 drew 1 & lost 1 game

Well played girls!


Life Saving

Congratulations to Dayna Deeble who attended the KZN Nipper Surf Lifesaving Championships on the weekend.  She won the "Competitior of the Championships" in the Girls' U9 age group, and came first in Surf Swim, Flags, Beach sprint and Bodyboard.  Well done Dayna.


Gr. 2 mini cricket

Our Grade 2s played in their last mini cricket match on Saturday. There was much excitement and loads of fun had by both the children and the parents. We unfortunately lost to Highbury.


Gr. 3 mini cricket

Our Grade 3s played in their last mini cricket match for the term. Much excitement and fun was had and the boys played extremely well. We beat Hillcrest Primary. Well done boys!


Rock Climbing

U13 Male: 4th Faran Steenkamp

U15 Female: 2nd Jenna Bentley

U15 Male: 1st Craig Smith; 2nd Joshua Munstermann; 4th Keshav Gounden

U17 Female: 5th Amy Freeman

U17 Male: 1st Zunaid Valodia ; 2nd Daniel Bentley; 4th Kim Dawson; 5th Che Coelho

U19 Male:4th Charles Young

TMC won the overall top school award.


SP Cricket U11A vs Winston Park

Thomas More batted first and scored 91 all out

Jason Brien 28, Nathan Riddle 19, James Bartman 10 not out

Winston Park scored 92/0

Jason Brien 2 overs 0/4 , Nathan Riddle 4 overs 0/17

Thomas More lost by 10 wickets


SP Cricket 3rd Team vs Winston Park

Toss won by TMPS elected to bat first

Scored 128/3 in 20 overs

Batsmen:  D. Dronca 43 (24)

W.P. batted second scoring 51/10

Bowlers: Q. Knocklein 3 overs / 16 runs / 3 wickets

D. Gregson 4 overs / 12 runs / 2 wickets

M. Maclean 4 overs / 12 runs / 2 wickets

TMPS U13C Team won by 77 runs


SP Cricket 1st Team vs Winston Park

Winston Park 118 for 4

TM 94 for 6, M Sim 23 no

Winston Park won by 24 runs


HS Girls' Indoor Hockey

Special congratulations to U14A, U14B and U16B girls' indoor hockey teams who have gone unbeaten this season. They have all done extremely well and we are super proud of their commitment and high standard of play.


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.