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The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 03 May 2016
Newsletter 14
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 - reminds pupils that examinations are not far off and good preparation is needed.
  • Dave Wiggett - highlights events taking place in the remainder of the term ahead.
  • Barbara Taljard - shares a thought on mothers with Mothers' Day taking place this weekend.
  • Deni Hornsey - reminds families to make 'time' and enjoy the journey of life.

Golf Day - Friday - please contact Rae Griesel if you are able to sponsor/donate prizes, please drop them at front Reception by Thursday morning this week.

Wishing all our moms a Happy Mothers' Day on Sunday.

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Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager


The Thomas More Education Trust

The Thomas More Education Trust is an initiative of Thomas More College and works in partnership with the College. The Trust is registered separately as a non-profit (NPO) and public benefit organisation (PBO) and runs independently of Thomas More College. The Thomas More Education Trust has already seen a number of pupils through Thomas More College and on to tertiary education, as well as a number of teacher interns and assistants.


The objectives of the trust are: 

  • Funding of primary, secondary and/or tertiary education of previously disadvantaged South Africans;

  • Funding of South African teacher internships;

  • Creating a financial conduit through which current pupils of Thomas More College may demonstrate their social responsibility and participate in the general educational upliftment of previously disadvantaged South African communities;

  • Providing short-term financial assistance to deserving pupils of Thomas More College.


The Thomas More Education Trust offers donors an opportunity to become involved in the upliftment of previously disadvantaged individuals and communities. Donations primarily provide education to previously disadvantaged South African children, but also support Black teacher interns and, in certain selected cases, provide short term financial assistance to existing pupils. The trust is a well-managed, controlled and audited conduit for investment in the future of South Africa through the education of our children.


An investment, made by donors to the Trust, entitles businesses to:

  • A tax deduction;

  • BBBEE points in the Socio-Economic Development category.


Should you wish to support pupils or teacher interns in need, please contact Claudia Levarelli, the Thomas More Education Trust secretary, on (031) 764 8646 or who will furnish you with all necessary info.



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Scripture for the week

ScriptureAnd God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.  Genesis 1:31

Waking up these past couple of mornings I have been greeted by the most awesome sunrises as if God had painted a canvas revealing His sheer majesty and splendour of His creation. Sometimes we just need to take a breath from the busyness of life and drink in what God has created for us. It also declares His majesty and sovereignty over us “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament show His handiwork”. Psalm 19:1.

Therefore it is a constant reminder to us of His ever presence and we need to stop for a while and take it all in and as David says in Psalm 9:1 “ I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will show forth all your marvellous works”.

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

The lovely long weekend has hopefully left the Thomas More staff and pupils refreshed and rested after what was an extremely harrowing Easter holiday and beginning to the new term. Our batteries have been recharged and we should be ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead. Winter sports are demanding and academically the mid-year examinations loom. Planning and time management will be important for the pupils. Last year I referred to the comment that:





The examinations for High School pupils start on 6th June so it is important that the pupils now settle down quickly and get down to some hard work.  


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

I welcome you all back after what was a vital “breathing space” weekend for the TMC family.

The term will now move swiftly along with a number of highlights still to come. Supper and Song auditions have come and gone and, subsequently, much excitement abounds for this wonderful event on the TMC calendar. So too, our annual Golf Day takes place this Friday. I wish all participants a fun-filled afternoon on the fairways (hopefully you will, indeed, be on the fairways!).

Our winter sports season continues at unrelenting pace with a number of fixtures this week. Also, I encourage our young people (again) not to leave their exam preparation to the end of May. I urge parents to encourage your kiddies to approach their revision programmes as of this week on a daily basis.

Owing to sudden personal circumstances, Mr Ngcongo took his leave of Thomas More College last week. We were able to accommodate his resignation with immediate effect. Rather fortuitously, we have secured the vast experience and wisdom of Mr Allan Chandler to step into Mr Ngcongo’s senior (Grade 10, 11 and 12) history classes as of today, while Mr Drew will take over his two Grade 9 history classes. We will be advertising this history post soonest and will cast the net wide to ensure the appointment of a top quality, IEB-experienced educator in a permanent appointment.

I wish you all a wonderful week ahead. May it be characterised by value-adding and growth opportunities.


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

I do trust you had a great long week-end and quality time with your near and dear. We also hope you were able to come up with 4-ball prizes for our own TMC Parents’ Council Golf Day this Friday. Thank you to those who have supported- every bit helps to enable us to make provision for the extras on campus, thereby benefitting us all!

“Honour thy Father and thy Mother that thy days may be long…” (Exodus 20 v.12)

I know I will see the concern of mothers for their sons on the side of our TMC fields during our rugby matches against Highbury this Wednesday and our netball games against St Mary’s on Thursday. As it always does, it will make me aware yet again of the love parents have for their children, and the way they do not want them to come to any harm. As this coming Sunday is Mothers’ Day, I think of mothers, in particular, and the very special role they play in their children’s lives. We truly want to honour mothers and say thank you to them, and to our dads, for their parenting roles and for all that they do. I want to share these thoughts on moms with you:

One Flaw in Moms/ Women

Moms have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and carry burdens, yet hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream; they sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in. They stand up to injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without, so their family can have; they go to the doctor with a frightened child.
They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel,

Cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies and grieve at the loss of a family member,

Yet they are strong, when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have the compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
Women have vital things to say and everything to give.
With thanks to Rebecca LaCount)

We are once again on our annual winter woollies drive for Outreach. As the colder weather is due to set in, let us think of those less fortunate than we are, and make every effort to donate something warm to support those in need to keep the winter cold at bay.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead!


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Foundation Phase News

I recently read an interesting article on water being a great “anxiety quencher” as dehydration can lead to depression and other mood “disorders”. This got me thinking aboutenjoy the journey our extended long weekend and how rest and relaxation is a great mood lifter and how much it is necessary in order for our brains and bodies to function optimally. Too often we ignore the fact that “down time” for both adults and children is so important and although we do need to be goal driven in our daily lives, we need to make time to “ smell the roses”. I do hope that your family time this weekend filled your emotional tanks and recharged and rehydrated tired brains and bodies.

As we move into the next phase of this busy term which is filled with Mother’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Father’s Day, Soccer matches and later on our Christian Arts Festival week and our Readathon week, don’t forget to take time……

Wishing you all a successful, but time filled remainder of the term.


Deni Hornsey
Foundation Phase:  Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers


Will resume next week. 



None to announce this week.


Sporting Achievements

The first Schools Mountain Bike event for 2016 was held in conjunction with the PMB Mountain Bike Festival held at Cascades MTB park, on Monday 2 May in Pietermaritzburg.Cyclists
TMC had a good representation of riders at the event, with a couple of podium places.
U12 Sprog Boys - Liam Theunissen (Gr 5) = 2nd
Keagan Brand (Gr 5) = 3rd
U14 Sub Junior Boys - Travis Stedman (Gr 8) = 1st
Reece Mc Callum (Gr 8) = 2nd
Dean Gregson (Gr 8) = 5th
Mitchel Potgieter (Gr 8) = 6th
U16 Youth Boys - Cian Leveridge (Gr 10) = 1st
U16 Youth Girls - Bridget Theunissen (Gr 9) = 1st

Well done to all our TMC riders.

This Saturday afternoon is the first of the KZN Primary Schools Eliminator Mountain Bike events, to be held at Highbury. It is for Primary Schools from ages U8 to U13 / U14.
It is a short FUN track of about 600 meters, where riders race in heats against each other.  More information can be found on the KZN Schools' Mountain Biking Facebook page:



Erin Alexander took part in the KZN JKA karate competition on Saturday and was awarded gold for both kata and kumite.

This competition was also the trials for the KZN JKA karate team, which she has been selected to be part of, and to compete in JHB towards the end of this month.  Well done Erin.


HS Netball

TMC U14B 12 Hillcrest U14B 2

TMC U14A 10 Hillcrest U14A 3

TMC U15B 2 Hillcrest U15B 6

TMC U15A 9 Hillcrest U15A 9

TMC U16A 8 Hillcrest U16A 6

TMC 2nds 12 Hillcrest 2nds 9

TMC 1st Team 11 Hillcrest 1st Team 37


HS Boys’ Hockey

TMC U14B 2 Northwood U14C 1

TMC U14A 0 Northwood U14B 1

TMC U16B 0 Northwood U16C 7

TMC U16A 1 Northwood U16B 1

TMC 2nds 0 Northwood 3rds 2

TMC 1st 0 Northwood 1st 1