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News from the Horse's Mouth

 16 March 2015
Newsletter 09 

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 - thanks parents, volunteers, the Long Walk Committee as well as the pupils for all their efforts on Saturday at the Long Walk.

  • Allan Chandler - congratulates the performers from the HS One-Act Plays, as well as all involved in the Long Walk on Saturday.

  • Barbara Taljard - congratulates the Long Walk walkers, volunteers and helpers and wishes our Grade 7 Zenith group well for this evenings Graduation.



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Long Walk - Congratulations and well done to all those who participated in our Long Walk on Saturday.

To everyone who helped on the day, a BIG thank you.  Your support and help to ensure the safety of our walkers is always greatly appreciated.


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 16 March SP 1st Team Girls' Hockey Ward Trials
  Grade 7 Zenith Graduation
Tuesday 17 March Grade 10 parents' evening
  Grade 3 Netball Tournament
Wednesday 18 March SP Cricket vs Curro HCA - Home & Away
  Grade 3 Hardball Cricket vs Kloof - Home
  Thomas More Education Trust Cocktail Party
  Retrobeats tour leaves for Klerksdorp
Thursday 19 March Grade 2 Food from around the World
  Parents' Council Meeting - Robin Savory Pavilion
Friday 20 March Matric Ballroom Dancing
  SP Interhouse Gala
Saturday 21 March Public Holiday - Human Rights Day
  SP 1st Team Cricket vs Papplewick (UK) - Home


Scripture for the week


"So he got up and went to his father. While he was still far away, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him affectionately”. Luke 15:11

I was never a person who really liked hugs until my children really taught me how to hug, as they are totally unrestrained in giving their affection towards me. My little one Naomi literally throws herself into my arms, legs and any area she can find an opening in which she can launch herself at me. Here Jesus is telling us the story of the Prodigal Son, in which the father represents Our Father in heaven. It shows us that God is a compassionate Father who forgives and shows His affection with hug and a kiss. An intimacy that reveals to us the nature and character of God, who initiates, restores and maintains a fellowship with His children. With Easter fast approaching we are again reminded of God’s gift of Himself on the cross in order to restore the relationship with His creation – us. What a God we serve: ”To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen”.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

The Long Walk is over and we can look back on another hugely successful event. Thank you to all of the 700 volunteers who gave us their services on the day. You were amazing! This incredible teamwork is what makes this school so special. Whether you were a marshal, a food helper, a medic or performed any other role, please take a bow.

The planning committee were exceptional! Wayne Jaggard, Rae Griesel and the whole team did not have an easy job this year. Considerable changes were necessary as access to previous routes became restricted. In a few cases marshals and helpers had to be reshuffled at the last minute which added to the stress. Thank you to everyone for being so supportive and understanding.

While there were many stories of success and achievement on the day, the most emotional moments where surely when the last groups of walkers came in on Saturday evening after 18 hours on the road. Lots of hugs and tears were shed, in most cases by the proud moms and dads.

The Long Walk is a fantastic example of the power of character and resilience. It is not always the big, strong, sporty children that succeed. This is about grit and determination! It can give quiet, unassuming children huge self belief and I truly believe that the Long Walk can change lives. Long live the Long Walk!

The Open Days for 2015 enrolment were held from Thursday to Saturday last week. We were delighted with the attendance and can look forward to an excellent crop of new pupils next year.

Our changes to the parking facilities and traffic flow seem to be bringing some small relief. May I however appeal to all drivers to please be as considerate as possible to others and not to linger when you are blocking other vehicles. It is not always necessary to drop the children as close as possible to their classrooms. They are young and healthy and a little exercise will do no harm. We can do nothing about the traffic back up due to Fields Hill congestion, but let's do what we can about frustrations on campus.

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

We had a wonderful evening of One-Act plays last Wednesday evening and the quality of the presentations was excellent. The event also unearthed some exciting new talent! My sincere congratulations go to the Drama department, the young directors, the actors and the various back stage and lighting groups. Thank you for an enjoyable and special experience.

My sincere congratulations also go to all the walkers last Saturday, and the tremendous effort that was put in. Heartfelt thanks to all parents who assisted on this very special day on our calendar.

Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Once again I was moved to tears many a time on seeing young and old alike put themselves against themselves and emerge triumphant on our Long Walk on Saturday. Many accomplished what they thought was unattainable and in so doing have built character and accomplished something that will shape their lives and stand them in good stead in life’s lessons. This epic event was once again a resounding success – many thanks to Wayne Jaggard, Rae Griesel and the organising committee on a mammoth task well done. Also well done to all those who achieved their goals, no matter whether it was the shorter (but still long!) distances walked by our Foundation Phase or the longer 25 kms for our SP or the very long 55 or 80 kms! It was very heart- warming to see the camaraderie between people of all ages and the caring and support for others, so typical at Thomas More. It is humbling to be a part of this very special tradition- thanks to everyone for the role you played!

Well done to our swimmers who swam their best in the SP Highway ‘A’ zone gala which we co-hosted on Thursday afternoon/ evening. This and the D & D Gala at Kings’ Park is good preparation for our own inter-house gala which takes place this Friday 20 March from 08:00 -13:00 in our own Patrick Akal pool. Parents are welcome to support and to take children home after the gala. The SP will close at 13:00 on Friday.

Tonight is our Grade 7 Zenith Graduation. Those participating need to be in the Mackenzie Centre by 17:30 for a prompt 18:00 start. I am looking forward to hearing our graduating Grade 7’s deliver their speeches and am delighted to hear how much they have improved and what good progress they have made. The skills they have acquired are skills for life, so will stand them in good stead for the future.

In these last few days before the end of term, we have many parent teacher interviews taking place, with our Foundation Phase interviews on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 March in the afternoon, from 14:00 – 18:00 as per times booked. Our Senior Primary interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 24 March from 16:00- 19:00 in the Habberton Hall. You will receive your child’s report on Monday and trust you will study it closely and then avail yourselves of the opportunity to see either the class teacher or both the class teacher and subject teachers, depending on the area of concern. These interviews are very necessary to get further feedback in the best interests of your child.

All the best for the busy week ahead and to our Grade 2s ‘Food from around the world’ on Thursday, and our Grade 3s for their Treasure Beach outing on Friday. 

Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & steers – Kloof


Keira Browning - for always working so diligently and for her amazing swimming results at Kings Park Mini-Olympics last week.  Well done Keira.


Michael Lang - for using his newly perfected skill of tying shoelaces to help a classmate.


Demi-Lee Clarkson - for always giving of her best and for thinking and working independently.  Well done.


Isabella Fuini - for working so beautifully and becoming an active participant in class discussions.


Aidan Conradie - for his wonderful effort at remaining more focussed in class and completing tasks timeously.


James Evans - for his fantastic attitude and for putting so much effort into all his schoolwork.


Cailtin McMurray - for her helpful and kind ways and her consistent presentation of beautiful work.


Ashtyn Cason - for her bubbly, fun loving disposition and proud presentation of all her tasks every day.


Ashley Serfontein - for being a responsible member of our class who always gives of her best.
4dP Tiaan Steyn - for his beautiful manners, good work ethic and lovely writing.
4M Jayden Smith - for his quiet gentle nature, wonderful manners and for trying hard in class.
4F Luke Burns - for his diligence, neatness and endeavours to work quickly.
5vL Talayah Chetty - for her good work ethic and positive attitude in the classroom as well as her cheerful nature.
5P Luke Riddle - for growth in confidence and being a responsible, diligent pupil.
5L Jarryd Penny - for his enthusiasm and positive attitude in class.
6B Leah Sachs - for being such a hard working and diligent student and giving of her best in everything.
6M Michaela Kapnias - for her positive attitude and for always giving of her best in whatever she does.
6H Anna Ahlschlager - for her positive attitude in class and bright, cheery smile.
7M Emily Wood - for her determined approach to all she does - what a star!
7C Lutho Nonxuba - for his consistent hardwork and good manners.
7S Dean Gregson - for his determination in his academics and for his good manners.


Cultural Achievements

Irish Dancing

Congratulations to Debra and Michelle Williams who both took part in an Irish Dancing Competition:

Michelle Williams – two silver medals, a bronze medal and an eighth place.

Debra Williams– two gold medals, a silver medal, a bronze medal, a fourth place and a fifth place.

Well done girls.


Sporting Achievements

Show Jumping

Congratulations to Tyler Jelf on achieving the following placings at the SANESA Qualifier 2 at DSC:
1st in working Hunter

1st in performance riding

3rd in working rider

1st in ideal time show jumping


HS Cricket
1st Kloof 167 (Naiker 80, Harker 3/21) 1st TMC 169/6 (Minter-Brown 37, Petzer 34*)

TMC won by 4 wickets

TMC U15A 263 all out (Davies 112) Kloof U15A 149 all out (Olivier 3/44)
TMC won by 144 runs
Kloof U14A 103/6
TMC U14A 194/2 (Kriegisch 35 no.)
TMC won by 8 wickets

HS Girls' Indoor Hockey

1st TMC 3 1st Hillcrest 1
2nd TMC 2 2nd Fatima 6
TMC U16A 7 Maris Stella U16A 5
TMC U16B 6 Gelofte 0

TMC U14B 2 Gelofte 1

HS Rugby
1st TMC 10 1st Felixton 14


HS Girls' Tennis

TMC 8 – St. Marys 17

Caitlin Redelinghys and Alexa Guilhermino-  Players of the Match

TMC 12 – Westville Girls 24


HS Senior Debating

TMC 1 vs Kingsway – TMC won and best speaker was Morgan Lee

TMC 2 vs Ridge Park – TMC won and best speaker was Amy Tjasink


HS Boys' Hockey

1st Northwood 2 – 1st TMC 0

2nd Northwood 5 – 2nd TMC 0

16A TMC 0 – Northwood 5

16B TMC 1 – Northwood 6

14A TMC 0 – Northwood 2

14B TMC 0 – Northwood 5


KZN Girls' Cricket

Congratulations to Courtney Sim and Lola Lee who both represented KZN in December 2014 at a tournament in Johannesburg for U13 Girls' Cricket. Courtney was chosen as Captain. The KZN team won the tournament having won all six of their matches. Well done girls.


Cricket TMPS 3rd Team vs St Henry's

score: 8 runs 10 wickets

Bowlers: T. Levarelli 1.1 overs 1 run 3 wickets

Q. Knocklein 3 overs 4 runs 3 wickets

R. Wynne 2 overs 0 runs 2 wickets

TMPS 12 runs 0 wickets

score: 12 runs 0 wickets

TMPS 3rd Team won by 10 wickets


Cricket TMPS 2nd vs Winston Park

TMPS 2nd vs Winston Park 2nd

TMPS 2nd 88 / 8 after 20 Overs

Lexi Criticos 41

Winston Park 90 / 2 after 17 Overs

TMPS lost by 2 wickets


Cricket TMPS 2nd Team vs St Henrys

St Henrys 28 /7 after 20 overs

Lola Lee 3 for 1.

TMPS 2nd 30 / 0

Tim Bartlett 17 not out, Lexi Criticos 13 not out

TMPS 2nd won by 10 wickets 


Cricket TMPS 1st Team vs St Henry's

113 for 4, R Savage 51no

St Henry’s 55 for 9, R Camp 4 for 16, T Henwood 2 for 5

TMPS 1st won by 58 runs


Grade 2 & 3 Gala at Forest View

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

1st place – 7

2nd place – 7

3rd place – 6

4th place – 8

5th place – 9

6th place – 5


U9 Hardball Cricket vs Hillcrest Primary

TMC played Hillcrest on Wednesday and lost the toss & were sent into bat. Expectations were high after a fantastic week of practice. However, the occasion got the better of the batsman and soon they found themselves 15/9. Only the last wicket partnership between Kylie McIntyre and Daniel Coleman helped the team to 29 all out. TMC then took to the field trying to defend a low total. The bowling unit struggled against some disciplined batting and only managed one wicket before Hillcrest knocked off the runs. Looking forward to a better week of cricket this week.


Grade 3 Netball Tournament

Our Grade 3s played in their 2nd tournament for the term. They all had fun and we had the following results:

TMC 1 beat Hillcrest 2-0

TMC 1 beat Winton Park 3-0

TMC 2 drew both their games against Hillcrest & Winston Park

Well played girls!


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.