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The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 11 April 2016
Newsletter 11
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 - extends the April/May Long Weekend by including 28th/29th April.
  • Dave Wiggett - thanks all involved in putting together a superb Matric Dance
  • Barbara Taljard - invtes SP parents to attend the Merit Assembly taking place this Wednesday at 7.30am.

Communicator - please remember to update the channels on the communicator applicable to your child/children.

Golf Day - 6 May - please contact Rae Griesel to book your 4-ball.  If you are able to sponsor/donate prizes, please drop them at front reception.

Matric Fashion Show - Thursday, 14 April @ 6pm. Tickets R50 and sold at the door - please bring correct amount (no accounts will be charged). Tuckshop will be available but you are welcome to bring your own picnic basket.

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Hornsey on the arrival of their first grandchild, a beautiful girl, Grace.

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Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

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Scripture for the week

ScriptureJesus said “…But whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never become thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life." John 4:14

We only seem to wake up to the importance of water in our lives is when water restrictions are put in place; think of the current countrywide drought. Suddenly we realise how precious water is, in the sustaining of life. In Psalm 1 we read how a wise person “… delights in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-- whatever they do prospers”.

Like water, God is the ultimate sustainer of life and we need to be like the tree in Psalm 1 planted close to the water, allowing God to sustain us during both the good and bad times in our lives. Jesus assures us that we need to drink the water that He offers us which will not run out, this is by having a relationship with God in all His fullness: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

The senior pupils and many of the staff are emotionally drained after the trauma of Blake’s death, the funeral, the Memorial Service and seven counselling sessions in the last three weeks. Three of the counselling sessions actually took place in the holidays, as did speech preparations and emergency choir practice for the service. On top of this many pupils had given up portions of their holidays on six different tours. For many, the last week of the holidays was very distressing and we have applied our minds as to how we can take the pressure off a bit. We have decided to not have school on 28th and 29th April. This is the Thursday and Friday (which would have been a half day) between Freedom Day, on Wednesday 27th April and Workers' Day on Monday 2nd May. We are comfortably over the minimum number of required school hours. This will allow for a lovely (and hopefully restful) six day long weekend by taking only one and a half days off.

The Matric Dance last Friday was a glorious and wonderful affair and my sincere thanks go to Candyce Brehany, Elisma Wolmarans, Pravina Coombs (for the spectacular décor), the Dance Committee, Lisa Moffat, Michelle Wight and their teams and to all others who were involved in some way. As in the past the arrival of the youngsters was a glamorous affair and there were hundreds of folk welcoming them. There was even something for the dads, as the quality of the cars was spectacular. Vehicles ranged from Ferraris, Porsches and Rolls Royces to golf carts and wheel barrows. The Matrics themselves had a ball dancing the night away and from all reports were extremely well-behaved.


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

Friday night’s Matric Dance was an event of the highest calibre, and for all the right reasons.

Once again, our school family came together en masse to celebrate and enjoy the arrivals of the Grade 12s and their partners on campus. It was a glitzy affair with much cheering and appreciation for both the smartness of our children, as well as the creativity and glamour of their transportation.

The hall was magnificently decorated in the Alice in Wonderland theme. The detail was astounding. It would be remiss of me not to express our significant gratitude to Mrs Pravina Coombs for controlling the logistics of this inspired undertaking. So, too, must we thank Mrs Elisma Wolmarans, Mrs Candyce Brehany and their Grade 11 MDC charges for the incredible amount of effort they afforded this event.

My biggest praise must, however, be afforded to the matrics and their partners. The evening was characterised by their unity as a grade. The dance floor remained fully occupied during the course of the evening with much fun, laughter and funky moves dominating proceedings.

Our children were outstanding and their attitude towards one another and the staff made for a special evening.

I want to thank all those who came to watch the arrivals for making our children feel special. I also want to thank Lisa and Jodi and their kitchen crew for a lovely menu, as well as Malcolm and Michelle Wight for their invaluable assistance before and during the dance. 


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

All Primary School sport and extra–murals start from today, with our first matches (netball) taking place this Thursday. With it being an extra-long and busy term, it is recommended that the children keep themselves fit as dedication and commitment are expected once they have joined a sport.

Parents are welcome to attend our first Merit Assembly this Wednesday at 07:30 in the Habberton Hall.

The Inter-house Cross country now takes place this Thursday from 08:00 to 10:00. Children may come to school in their Phys. Ed. shorts, house T-shirts and takkies and do not have to change after the run.

Mrs Jean Vairy has sadly resigned and leaves us on the 20 May to spend time out with her son and family and explore her passion for photography and travel. We thank her for her long-term service of 22 years to Thomas More College in varied positions and her dedication and loyalty to the IT department as well as her commitment to making a difference in the lives of each Grade 6 English student whom she has taught. We know she loves our school and we will miss her, but fully support her decision to enrich her life. We know this was not an easy decision for her, but wish her all the best for the future. Her SP position will be filled from the 23 May by Mrs Kim Nicholas, who is known to you, and whom we warmly welcome to the SP.

All the best to our U13 and 1st team soccer and rugby boys respectively for the trials taking place soon. 


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers


Angel Gamede - for trying so hard to work more independently.  A lovely start to the new term.  Well done.


Alex Buccimazza - for his excellent vocabulary and for always giving of his best in all that he does.


Rachel Cunningham - for neat work and for reading so beautifully in her group.


Luvuyo Mbatha - for returning to school this term with a positive attitude towards completing tasks timeously and giving of his best.


Liam Bell - for improved self-control, beautiful task presentation and trying hard in all he does.


Madison Beetge - for her responsible attitude towards her school work.


Laura van Tonder - for her attention to detail and her outstanding presentation of work.


Elisabeth du Buisson - for her super smart work which is presented with pride and diligent application.


Ruby du Plessis - for making such a good effort to focus and finish tasks.












SP Achievers will resume next week.














HS Debating

Both senior teams won their debates with very positive feedback from the adjudicators.

TMC 1 beat Durban Girls’ College and Cameron Roberts received Best Speaker.

TMC 2 beat Curro Hillcrest and Jordan Pieters received Best Speaker.



Sporting Achievements

HS Girls' Hockey

TMC U14B 0 Westville GHS U14B 0

TMC U14A 3 Westville GHS U14A 0

TMC U16A 8 Westville GHS U16A 0


HS Boys' Hockey

TMC 1st team 1 Madsen XI 3


SP Hockey

We are pleased to announce that the following children will represent PADSSA at the KZN Hockey trials on the 13th May:

Ilé Bothma, Minihle Dlamini, Jorja Robertson, Stephanie Tshuma


HS Hockey

U16A PADSSA Team: Brandon Davies

U16B PADSSA Team: Ligudu Mashige, Akuse Mhlanzi, Junior Zondi, Keagan Olivier


Action Netball

Congratulations to Daniel Bentley who played in the mixed U18 KZN team at the Junior Action Netball IPT’s in Sandton.  His team won gold in the 7-a-side and silver in the 6-a-side in two extremely close and competitive finals with WP.  Well done Daniel.



Congratulations to Chloe and Joel Visser who played polo-crosse in the Junior Classic competition in Mooi River where their team won the A division finals. The team consisted of U16 & U14 players and their opponents team U19 & U21. Well done Chloe and Joel.