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The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 06 June 2016
Newsletter 19
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 heartfelt TMC condolences to the McKeown family.
  • Dave Wiggett - shares the importance of extending the gap between stimulus and response.
  • Barbara Taljard - encourages parents to make their children aware of their footprint on planet earth (World Environment Day celebrated 5 June).


Early Morning Activities - breakfast offer
We are offering an early morning breakfast special @ the coffee shop for pupils, staff & parents:
Egg & Bacon Roll @ R20
Egg & Cheese Roll @ R20
Egg & Bacon Roll with Cappuccino/Hot Chocolate @ R30
Egg & Cheese Roll with Cappuccino/Hot Chocolate @ R30

There will be a clipboard at the take away hatch where you can fill in your order before your early morning activity and we will have your order ready @ 7AM for collection. Orders must be paid for on collection

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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 clevarelli@thomasmore.co.za who will furnish you with all necessary info.



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Scripture for the week

ScriptureIn nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

This week I would just like to wish all the Grade 7s to 11s all the best for the exams and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Also for your parents who have to help you through this stressful time of sitting your exams. Trust in this promise from God which Paul writes about in Philippians 4:6-7 as I believe from my own walk it is a powerful piece (excuse the pun) of scripture in the Bible.

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

Our sincere condolences to Margie McKeown and family.  Margie's husband Malcolm tragically passed away on Friday morning. Margie has been assisting with Remedial English in the High School, having previously been the Head of our English Department.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.

We have come to the end of the Winter Sports season and our focus now shifts to Academics with the mid-year examinations beginning today.


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

This term has tested our mettle as a school community; I believe that we have answered the call with sensitivity, integrity and purpose.

As an institution which has relationships at its very core, we are destined to face challenges regularly. The multiplicity of characters and personalities makes our daily business unpredictable, fascinating and taxing. I believe, however, that it is the underlying ethos of Thomas More College which endeavours to celebrate and nurture the individual quite sincerely that steers us through the turbulent challenges when they arise.

An important life lesson I learned from Mike Russell (current Headmaster at Bridgehouse in the Western Cape, and for whom I had the pleasure of working under at two of my previous schools) was to increase the gap between Stimulus and Response. In simple terms, things happen to us (Stimulus) to which we react (Response). Mike implored us (his staff) to widen the gap between the two to allow for reflection, empathy, understanding the Stimulus and to facilitate a bigger-picture mentality before Responding. It is a lesson which has remained permanently etched into my consciousness since.

With the advent of social media, we now live in an environment of immediacy. People post things on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and the like and people can respond immediately. This concerns me as folk respond without really engaging the issue. Immediate responses, more often than not, are governed by incomplete perception and our emotions. Accordingly, how often do we “get it wrong” and fan flames instead of bringing calm?

It is fast becoming a key life skill (in my opinion) for our young people to know when to pause, to give thought, to give weight to their thoughts, to interrogate their thoughts and ONLY then, in an attempt to add value and build up solutions, and not to denigrate or break down, voice their opinions. I believe unequivocally that we, along with our young people, are the light at the end of whatever tunnel we perceive ourselves to be in presently. It will be our collective capacity to troubleshoot, to seek out problems before they exist and solve them, to collaborate meaningfully, to celebrate diversity and our ability to think and act creatively that will drive our beautiful country forward. Thoughtless reactions are not in this equation.

And so, despite this term’s challenges, I thank our staff, Board members, Parents’ Council members, parents and pupils for what has been a dynamic term on all fronts. It is easy to invite scrutiny when things are going smoothly; I can safely say that we have survived scrutiny during the most challenging of circumstances.

I wish all of our Grade 8-11 kiddies a successful exam season while our Grade 12s remain hard at work.

Owing to the exam season, my next Horse’s Mouth article will be in the final edition for the term.


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Yesterday, 5 June was World Environment Day (WED). This year the theme is "Go Wild for life” (zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade.) It also forms part of Environmental Month, with an emphasis also on World Oceans Day (8 June- theme “Healthy oceans, healthy planet”) and World Day to Combat Desertification (17 June). We need to make our children aware of their footprint on this world and to preserve what we have so that it is still there for our children’s children to enjoy.

David Orr, environmental educator and founder of the Meadow creek Project (Environmental Education Centre in the USA) states that; on a typical day on earth we will lose:

- 116 square miles of rain forest, or about an acre a second

- 72 square miles to encroaching deserts, as a result of human mismanagement, overpopulation and drought

- 40 to 60 species, and nobody knows whether the number is 40 or100!

Today – the human population will increase by 250,000

- we will add 2,700 tons of chlorofluorocarbons to the atmosphere and 15 million tons of carbon

He states that our planet does not need more successful people, but more people of moral courage to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane.

May we strive to make our pupils such caring people of integrity, people who will reshape ourselves to fit a finite planet, rather than to try and reshape the planet to fit our infinite wants!

Best wishes to our UK international tour group children for the capping ceremony this Friday at 17:30 in the Mackenzie Centre and many, many thanks to Mark Moolman and those teachers accompanying them for all their efforts in bringing this to fruition.

We also wish our choirs, marimbas and recorders all the best for the Queensburgh Music Festival on Friday 10 June, being hosted at St Mary’s, and know they will continue to do us proud while enjoying the experience. Our TMC Community orchestra is also playing on Saturday 11 June at Kloof Junior Primary, which is the tea stop, between 11:00 and 12:00 at the Kloof Conservancy Indigenous Open Gardens.

Good luck to our Open Girls hockey players taking part on Saturday 11 June in the St Mary’s festival.

As the season’s sport draws to an end, we thank all our sport coaches and teachers for their dedication and commitment over the term.

Wishing you all the best for another busy week ahead.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers



Peta Mazery - for always producing such beautiful work and enthusiastically participating in my lessons.


Luke Ramlakan - for working so hard on his self-control and for trying so hard to write neatly.  Well done my boy.


Josh Pretorius - for his improved attitude towards his work this week.  Keep it up.


Adam Labuschagne - for his enthusiastic help in building the igloo for Polar Day.


Ethan Hadnum - for his wonderful efforts and super sentences.  Well done.


Katie Morgan - for improvement in the completion of tasks and for her kind, caring nature.


Mackenzy Layden - for working so hard learning her times tables and for achieving so well in her tables test.  Well done.


Aphelele Mchunu - for her lovely, happy disposition, improved Mental Maths skills and smaller handwriting, so much is being accomplished.  Well done.


Erin Alexander - for her positive attitude and effort to complete her tasks.


Ryan Browning - for his broad general knowledge, sound work ethic and excellent Maths.


Caitlin McMurray - for her diligent approach to her work and her school day.


Kiara Ganesh - for her diligence, dedication and commitment to each of her tasks.


Grace Carson - for working conscientiously in class and always completing set tasks timeously.


Demi-Leigh Bell - for her diligence and trying to give of her best.


Zoe Seaton - for her kind nature and always giving of her best.


Njabulo Ngidi - for his improved attitude towards his school work and giving of his best on the rugby field.


Michaela Wight - for her beautiful geography project and overall excellent work ethic.


Lucy Hoffman - for her positive attitude and her excellent work ethic.


Rebecca Robb - for her wonderful commitment to all she does, both in and out of the classroom.


Melissa Barrett - for her positive attitude and consistent hard work.


Marisha Roberts - for her quiet, kind and positive nature.



Congratulations to Jethro McKenzie who was awarded an Einstein Club Certificate for completing an advanced course in Mathematical problem solving.  Well done Jethro.



Congratulations to Vedika Pillai for achieving her gold certificate for Mathletics.



Performing Arts

Congratulations to Liam Oets (Grade 3), Jacques Oets (Grade 0), Damian Watson (Grade 4) and Sebastian Watson (Grade 1), they have been awarded individual trophies as well as Certificates of Merit for their commitment to serving our school and the community through the performing arts.



Congratulations to Stephanie de Moor who danced in the South Coast Feis on Saturday 30th April and was awarded:

4th for her Tus Ghrad Reel

3rd for her Tus Ghrad Light Jig

She also danced in the NSG Feis on Saturday 4th June and was awarded:

1st for her Tus Ghrad Light Jig

2nd for her Bun Ghrad Treble Jig

Well done Stephanie.


Congratulations to Danielle de Moor who also danced and received 4 gold ribbons for Reel, Light Jig, Single Jig and Slip Jig.  Well done Danielle.



Congratulations to our senior team consisting of Nicholas Leisegang, Jordan Pieters and Reece Jeacocks, have qualified for the quarter finals in the league debate. This will take place early next term (date to be confirmed).

Both Nic and Jordan have also been selected to attend provincials which will take place from Friday, 24th June (afternoon) until Sunday, 26th June at Glenwood High.


Sporting Achievements

U9 Rugby vs Highbury

U9A vs Highbury U9C won 15-10

U9B vs Highbury U9D won 25-20


U9 Rugby Northdene Tournament

TMC vs St. Henry’s won 15-5

TMC vs Hillcrest won 10-5

TMC vs Winston Park won 10-5

TMC vs Forest View won 10-0

Our U9 boys were unbeaten in this tournament! Awesome results!


Grade 1 soccer tournament


TMC 1 vs Kloof won 3-0

TMC 1 vs Hilcrest won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Forest View drew 0-0


TMC 1 vs Winston Park lost 0-1

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Kloof won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA won 1-0


Grade 2 soccer tournament


TMC 1 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Winston Park drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Winston Park drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Forest View drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Highbury won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Kloof won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park won 3-0


TMC 1 vs Kloof drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0


Grade 3 soccer tournament


TMC 1 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Highbury won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Kloof won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park drew 1-1

TMC 2 vs Forest View drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Kloof lost 0-1


TMC 1 vs Forest View won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Atholl Heights lost 0-2

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest lost 0-3

TMC 1 vs St. Mary’s drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Forest View won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs St. Mary’s lost 0-1



Congratulations to Snqobile Ndawo who was placed 1st in the Ironman (Grade 3) Competition.  Well done Snqobile.


KZN Action Cricket

Congratulations to Brayden Doran on being selected for the U10A KZN Action Cricket team.  Brayden will be going to Edenvale from 2 - 6 July to the Inter Provincial Tournament. Well done Brayden.


Giba 5km Night Trail Run

Congratulations to Caitlyn du Plessis who did the Giba 5km trail run on Wednesday night last week and was the first lady in.  Well done Caitlyn.



Kate Dutton competed in the Dolcoed Equestrian Eventing show on the 14th and 15th and took first place in the 80cm category. Well done Kate.


SP Netball vs Westville

U10 A lost 4 – 1

U10 B lost 6 – 0

U10C lost 4 – 0

U11A won 8-2

U11B won 3-1

U11C drew 0-0

U12A lost 4-13

U12B won 6 -1

U12C won 19-1

1sts lost 12-14

2nds won 10- 4

3rds won 19-0 


HS Netball

TMC 2nds 12 Werda 5

TMC 1st Team 30 Werda 4


KZN Netball

Congratulations to Casey Houston on being selected to represent KZN U18A at National level in Boksburg from 26 - 29 June 2016.  Well done Casey.


HS Boys’ Tennis

TMC 1st Team 29 Kuswag 11


HS Boys’ Hockey

TMC U14B 1 Amanzimtoti U14A 1

TMC U16B 2 Amanzimtoti U16A 0

TMC 2nds 1 Amainzimtoti 9

TMC U14A 1 Hillcrest 1

TMC U16A 8 Hillcrest 1

TMC 1st Team 2 Hillcrest 1


HS Girls’ Hockey

TMC U14B 0 Danville 3

TMC U14A 1 Danville 1

TMC U16B 0 Danville 1

TMC U16A 1 Danville 0

TMC 2nds 1 Danville 0

TMC 1st Team 0 Danville1


HS Rugby

TMC U14A 27 St. Henry’s 10

TMC U15A 41 St. Henry’s 14

TMC 1st Team 19 St. Henry’s 7