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The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 09 May 2016
Newsletter 15
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 to the parents who give of their time to assist with fundraising efforts for the school, especially those who assisted in creating a successful Golf Day on Friday.
  • Dave Wiggett - expresses thanks to the Parents' Council for a successful Golf Day, and reminds parents that Grade 8 - 11 exams are 4 weeks away.
  • Barbara Taljard - reminds parents that due to Cross Country this Friday, school will close early in all phases (please see times below).

Golf Day - many thanks for your continued support. It was yet, another successful day.

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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

ScriptureThey asked, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This same Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you saw him go up into heaven. The Mount of Olives was about half a mile from Jerusalem." Acts 1:11-12


Last Thursday was Ascension Day, the day Jesus ascended into heaven. I’ve stood on the Temple Mount, the site where the great Jewish Temple stood at the time of Jesus (it was destroyed by the Romans in 70AD) and if you gaze east you will see a small non-descript hill like so many the world

over. It’s hard to imagine such momentous events took place on such a hill and will take place sometime in the future as Zechariah 14:3-5 tells us: “The LORD will attack those nations like a warrior fighting in battle. He will take his stand on the Mount of Olives east of Jerusalem, and the

mountain will split in half, forming a wide valley that runs from east to west... Afterwards, the LORD my God will appear with his holy angels”.


We need to be aware that one day Jesus will return in all His glory, we do not know when but we need to be watchful and doing what He requires of us. For it could be any day as Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:37-38: “When the Son of Man appears, things will be just as they were when Noah lived. People were eating, drinking, and getting married right up to the day that the flood came and Noah went into the big boat. They didn't know anything was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man appears”.

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

In attending the Country Fair meeting last week, I was struck by the incredible privilege of being part of a team and having to work towards a goal. Those parents who help and involve themselves in events like this are truly an inspiration. It seems amazing that they are often the busiest people who just seem to have some special sense of responsibility. We are so fortunate to have so many of this type of parent at Thomas More College. They were out once again on Friday ensuring that the golf day was such a success and I know that we will see many more working on the day at the Country Fair.

This is surely one of the most important values that we must aim to instil in our children. That you have to earn your success through hard work and through building relationships.  


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

I want to thank Rae Griesel, the Parents’ Council Golf Day Organising Committee and all the members of the Parents’ Council for an outstanding Golf Day this past Friday. It was a day of good will, good humour, good weather and good golf (for some). Thank you, too, to all the sponsors and helpers who all made the day special and memorable.

I bring our Christian Arts Festival which happens next week to your attention. Mrs Selley, the STIC Committee and Rev. Easson have all been hard at work preparing a wonderful week of celebration and reflection for the school.

We are now four weeks away from our mid-year examinations (Grade 8-11). I have asked that all subject departments have posted their exam demarcations (sections of work which will be covered in the examinations) by Friday this week to the Google Calendar.

We look forward to celebrating Treverton College’s Founders’ Weekend with them this coming Friday. Hockey and Netball matches are scheduled for Friday afternoon, followed by more hockey and rugby for Saturday morning. I know that our players will honour their Founders’ Weekend by being good ambassadors for Thomas More College and their respective sporting codes. I am grateful to Treverton College for affording us this wonderful opportunity to be a part of their celebrations.

I wish you all a wonderful week ahead.  


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

On Thursday we are hosting ”Rhythms of Africa” in our Habberton Hall at 6pm. Participants have to be at school at least half an hour before the performance starts. Once again, we value your support.

This coming Friday, 13 May, the Primary School of Thomas More hosts an Inter-schools cross country on Savory Field. To accommodate this and facilitate traffic movement, the Foundation Phase will close at 12:15, the Senior Primary at 12:30 and the High School at 12:50 this Friday. We apologise for any inconvenience but believe this will make for a smoother exit from school. Best wishes to those participating in the Cross Country. Sincere thanks to all staff for all the help both before and at the event. We would also welcome support for our runners!

Thinking of all the varied areas where children are exposed to the world at large and have to conduct themselves appropriately, makes one aware that we have an obligation to teach them this conduct. One of the ways we can do this is through giving our children constructive criticism, doing so clearly, while acknowledging our children’s feelings. As we redirect our children, there are some things we should endeavour to do, which will make our criticism more acceptable and effective:

· Criticise the behaviour, not your child, with love, and don’t label your child

· Sometimes it is better to delay the criticism, to enable you to see things from your child’s point of view

· Give your rebuke privately, so as not to humiliate your child. Sometimes, in fact, no criticism is best!

· Don’t dwell upon the past, but offer an opportunity to correct the wrong.

(Tips taken from an article by Anthony Kane, MD)

It is hard to be a parent, but the more effort you put into steering your child on the proper path to adulthood, the more happiness you will have when you share your child’s successes through his/her life. All the best if, and when, you deliver positive criticism!

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead. 


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers



Emihle Nonxumba - for making such a wonderful effort to improve the presentation of her tasks.  Well done, your books look beautiful.


Emma Croucamp - for doing her best to get all her work done on time and for taking pride in neat presentation.  Keep it up.


Kian McCreedy - for sharing interesting news and for being considerate towards his peers in the classroom.  Well done.


Tristan Cremer - for exceptional mathematical ability and for great effort in learning cursive writing.


Hannah Howroyd - for the wonderful effort and improvement in her daily classwork and the delight she takes in learning.


Hannah Gillingwater - for her lovely expressive reading and the willingness she shows towards her maths tasks.


Ella Randle - for her conscientious attitude and persistence in completing tasks accurately.


Snqobile Ndawo - for being so brave while his Mum was in hospital and also for his sound listening skills and swift, smart answers.


Duff de Necker - for a much improved work ethic and a more positive attitude in class.


Matthew Bonsor - for his good general knowledge and kindness to others.


Taylor Cheary - for her excellent work ethic and for her positive outlook towards her school day.


Lindokuhle Ndokweni - for his excellent result in his latest Mathematics test.


Nicholas Butler - for always trying to give of his best in the classroom and for lovely results in his Maths test.


Liam Theunissen - for being a helpful, polite pupil and for excellent work in Maths.


Bryce James - for his kind nature and cheerful personality.


Tamryn Harland - for her kind and caring nature and diligent attitude.


Emily Gelder - for settling in so well and for her excellent work ethic.


Viaan Oberholzer - for his improved work ethic in Maths and improved results.


Leah Sachs - for her kindness and consideration for others.


Samuel Haug - for being so brave after breaking his arm and for being kind and considerate.


Chantal Bray - for her consistent hard work and positive attitude towards life.



Congratulations to Demi-Lee Clarkson and Darshan Paul who have both achieved gold certificates for Mathletics.  Well done. 




Congratulations to Leah Allen who participated in the Durban Dance Foundation Bursary event last week Thursday.  Leah won the award and received the Elizabeth Sneddon Bursary.  What a super achievement, well done Leah!


Irish Dancing

Congratulations to Danielle de Moor who danced in the South Coast Irish Feis on Saturday 30 April and earned Gold for her Light Jig and Slip Jig dances and Silver for her Reel and Single Jig dances.  Well done Danielle.


HS Debating

TMC 1 lost narrowly by 1 point to Eden College and Sarah Gonggryp was awarded Best Speaker.

TMC 2 won their debate against Werda and Andane Mashige was awarded Best Speaker.



Congratulations to Amy Ahlschlager on being awarded her Leaping Wolf badge at Scouts.



Congratulations to Isabella Finch, Anna Springett and Stella Reinecke who were acknowledged by the Kloof and Highway SPCA on their Facebook page for kindly and selflessly collecting money to donate towards the care of the animals there.  Well done girls.



Sporting Achievements


Congratulations to Erin Alexander, Connor Harris and Victoria Neff who all won gold for Kata and Kumite in a Karate KZN selection tournament on Saturday last week. All three were chosen for the KZN team and will compete in Johannesburg later this month. Well done Erin, we are very proud of you.


Grade 2 Boys' Soccer

TMC 1 vs Kloof drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Highbury won 2-0

TMC 1 vs Forest View lost 0-1

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 3 vs Forest View won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Atholl Heights lost 0-1

TMC 3 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC vs Hillcrest drew 1-1


Grade 2 Girls' Soccer

TMC vs Curro HCA lost 0-1

TMC vs Kloof drew 0-0

TMC vs Curro drew 0-0


Grade 3 Boys' Soccer

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Highbury won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Kloof won 1-0

TMC vs Winston Park drew 1-1

TMC vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC vs Highbury won 3-0


Grade 3 Girls' Soccer

TMC 1 vs Kloof won 1-0

TMC 1 vs St Mary’s won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 2 Winston Park drew 0-0

TMC 2 Forest View drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Atholl Heights won 1-0

TMC 2 vs St Mary’s won 3-0


FP Cross Country @ Forest View

Congratulations to the following children who came in the top 10 in the U9 age group at the cross country race at Forest View on Friday:

Bjorn Bekker – 4th place

Kai McCormick – 10th place 


SP Netball vs St Mary's

1st Team drew 12-12

2nd Team won 5-3

3rd Team lost 5-6

U12A lost 6-12

U12B won 6-2

U12C won 5-1

U11A lost 4-2

U11B won 3-2

U11C lost 3-1

U10A drew 3-3

U10B drew 1-1

U10C drew 0-0


Congratulations to Electra Balidis for making the next round of Netball.


SP Rugby

U10 A - U10B TMPS won 35 - 25

U10 B - U10C Highbury won 5 - 45

U11 A - U11A Highbury won 0 - 27

2nds - 4ths Highbury won 5 - 31

1st - 2nds Highbury won 15 - 31



Congratulations to Matthew Doyle who has been chosen for the PADSSA U13A Rugby team.  Well done Matthew.

SP Rugby Captains

Congratulations to the following boys on being selected Rugby Captain/Vice Captain.

Matthew Doyle (Captain)

Matthew McMurray (Vice Captain)


SP Cross Country

Well done to Brad Ballack who has been competing in the Cross Country Club events on the weekends.  He has finished 4th and 5th respectively in the last two races.


HS Boys’ Tennis

TMC 1st Team 32 St. Henry’s 25


HS Girls’ Hockey

TMC U16A 6 Crawford NC 0

TMC U14A 2 Crawford NC 0

TMC 2nds 2 St. Mary’s 3rds 0

TMC U16B 3 St. Mary’s U16C 2

TMC U14B 2 Crawford LL 1

TMC U14A 1 Crawford LL 1

TMC U16B 1 Crawford LL U14B Boys 2

TMC U16A 3 Crawford LL 0

TMC 1st Team 2 Crawford LL 2

TMC 1st Team 1 Beaulieu College 2

TMC 1st Team 4 Cornwell Hill 2nds 0

TMC 1st Team 0 Cornwell Hill 1st 2


HS Boys’ Hockey

TMC U14B 0 Glenwood 9

TMC U14A 0 Glenwood 3

TMC U16B 0 Glenwood 5

TMC U16A 0 Glenwood 4

TMC 2nds 0 Glenwood 3

TMC 1st Team 0 Glenwood 2

TMC 1st Team 0 Helpmekaar 1

TMC 1st Team 0 Crawford Lonehill 2

TMC 1st Team 3 Trinity House 3

TMC 1st Team 1 Standford Lake 0

TMC 1st Team 0 St. Thomas 0


HS Netball

TMC 1st Team 23 Epworth 15

TMC 1st Team 16 TWC 7

TMC 1st Team 14 DGC 28

TMC 1st Team 12 Fatima 18


HS Rugby

TMC U15A 45 Hilton U16E 5

TMC U14A 37 DHS U14 D/E 0