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 13 June 2016
Newsletter 20
Letter from the Editor

Please find the Scripture for the week here.


    Some points of particular interest in the expanded sections below include:
  • Barbara Taljard - congratulates our musicians who took part in the Queensburgh Music Festival; also wishes our UK touring team all the best as well as all our Dads a Happy Fathers' Day for Sunday.


Country Fair

Second-Hand Books and 2L ice-cream containers needed - please bring these to Rae Griesel in the Great House.

Country Fair - Raffle Sheets

These will be sent home this week (Primary School) and early next term (High School).  Please keep a lookout for the yellow raffle sheets in school bags - NB request that all monies collected be charged to school accounts (preferably no cash on campus).


Primary School UK sport tour - wishing our 1st team cricket and netball teams a most enjoyable trip.


Fathers' Day - wishing all our Dads a wonderful 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

Scripture"Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But keep on storing up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21

Have you ever wondered how a child comes home with only one sock? Is there a one sock monster out there that just devours one child’s sock at a time? Because it is the look of mystery on a child’s face when they are confronted by one lone sock. One can visualise the thought process in which the child goes through in their minds. What happened to it? The slow dawning of realisation and the process of where did I leave it? Or did the sock monster finally get one!!!

Children in general do not look after things particular well for they are far more interested in playing with friends and having fun rather than thinking about looking after clothes and things. Maybe we should take a ‘leaf out of their book’ because as adults aren’t we often more concerned about the things we have in life than people? Jesus reminds us about this in the above passage, what actually are our priorities in life – storing up treasure in heaven is actually what we are called to do. We need to find out what these heavenly treasures are all about and start accumulating them.

Many thanks to everyone who has given so generously to the ‘Pop Up Street Market’ Mr Lanz’s class is almost filled to overflowing.

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Primary School News

Well done to all our musicians and their teachers for their performances in the Queensburgh Music Festival on Friday. You certainly did TMC proud! Our combined SP choirs received an A, as did our Junior recorders, while our Junior and Senior marimba groups were awarded an A+. Our Senior recorder group obtained an A++ which won them the trophy in this category. Very well done to you all!

Remember this is the last week for extra murals. The sport this week is hockey trials, as the rugby and netball season has drawn to a close. There are no extra- murals in the last week of term. Well done to our Open Girls' hockey team on playing good hockey and doing well in the St Mary’s hockey festival at the week-end. I enjoyed supporting you and believe that your good play and sportsmanship augurs well for the hockey season which officially starts next term.

We wish our UK tour group everything of the best as they depart this Sunday 19 June for their international cricket and netball experience and know that not only will good sport be played with our TMC good sportsmanship, but they will enjoy new adventures and be exposed to an enriching cultural experience. We know they are in capable hands and thank Mark Moolman, Ryan Conway, Jason Brimelow, Marie Steyn and Kathryn du Plessis for being willing to accompany them and look after them. Once again, thank you to the parents for your ongoing support!

We trust you enjoy the long week-end ahead. To all Dads, or those in fathering roles, our male teachers headed by our "Big Daddy", our Executive Principal, Mr Shane Cuthbertson, who take on fathering roles at school, everything of the best for Fathers’ Day on Sunday. Fathers, we wish to honour you for the important role you play as Head of the household. Thank you for the precious, never to be underestimated TIME you spend playing with your child, reading stories, laughing together, teaching them things, tickling them and just enjoying being there with them! Thank you for those times when you say, “Sorry, my kids come first!” Thank you Dads, for becoming involved in the decision making for your child, together with your partner, and for developing calm, but definite boundaries and discipline, so vital for a child to feel loved and secure. Thank you for listening to your child and taking their feelings into account, while still insisting that they respect you and look to you for guidance and leadership. Dads, you are the real leaders in the world today, more so than presidents, prime ministers or rulers, as you set the stage for our tomorrows, for ‘Our children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” Life will shout a thousand demands to take you away from your child, but this time can never be recovered. What happens in the changing life of your child will never be repeated. As Father, you are the leader and your child will watch, and emulate, your every action. It is the most important job you will ever do. “A hundred years from now, as the saying goes, “it will not matter what your bank account was, what sort of house you lived, or the kind of car you drove, but the world may be different because you were important in the life of a child.”

Dads, Happy Fathers’ Day and never forget… “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person, you might just be the world! “

(‘New” dads, if you wish to read an interesting blog, you can follow our Grade 0 Assistant Teacher’s husband (Don Dinnematin) on his entertaining one, which was recently featured in the GET IT magazine

Wishing you all the best for this short, penultimate week of term.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers



Minenhle Mbonambi - for his excellent participation during mental Maths lessons.  You're a super star.


Andrew Kemp - for trying his very best when writing sentences.  Well done my boy.


Joshua Bezuidenhout - for doing his best to listen carefully to instructions and or trying to work quietly.


Isabella Nadauld - for her great effort in learning new Maths concepts and independent work.


Holly Ahlschlager - for her wonderful maths and kind, gentle nature.


Angela Staples - for trying so hard to complete all her tasks with a more positive attitude.  Well done.


Luke Patterson - for his positive attitude and his perseverance when completing tasks.


Keith Anieto - for his descriptive, imaginative story and daily determination to be the best he can be.


Aiden Smith - for wonderful problem solving in Maths and a much improved work ethic.


Gaby Buchholz - for her enthusiastic approach to her school day and for being such a caring friend.


Gemma Muller - for her diligent approach towards her school day and for her lovely manners.


Bryan Ireland - for his enthusiasm and joy with which he blesses us all so freely.


Jarred Christie - for his warm, friendly nature and his diligent approach to his school work.


Mackenzie Loxley - for growth in confidence and an improved attitude towards test preparation.


Luke Burns - for his good sense of humour and excellent results for all his tests.


Emma Grobbelaar - for her kind and caring nature and constant hard work.


Kaitlyn Heynes - for always being very helpful and producing work of a high standard.


Connall Steenkamp - for making such a huge effort in playing rugby this term.  Well done.


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Congratulations to Ashtyn Cason (Grade 4M) who completed her Initial (Trinity College London) Piano Exam, through the TMC Music School.

She passed with Distinction. Well done Ashtyn. 


Sporting Achievements

U9 Rugby Tournament @ TMC

TMC A vs Northdene A won 15-5

TMC A Highbury C drew 10-10

TMC A Hillcrest A drew 10-10

TMC B vs Northdene B won 35-0

TMC B vs Highbury D won 20-15

TMC B Hillcrest B won 25-0


Grade 1 soccer tournament


TMC 1 vs Kloof lost 0-1

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Forest View drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park won 2-0


TMC 1 vs Forest View drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Kloof lost 0-1

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA lost 0-1

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest 2 drew 0-0


Grade 2 soccer tournament


TMC 1 vs Curro HCA won 2-0

TMC 1 vs Winston Park drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Winston Park won 3-0

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Forest View lost 0-1

TMC 2 vs Highbury won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Kloof drew 1-1

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest won 3-0


TMC 1 vs Forest View drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA drew 1-1

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Kloof won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0


Grade 3 soccer tournament


TMC 1 vs Forest View lost 1-2

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA won 2-1

TMC 1 vs Winston Park won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Highbury lost 0-3

TMC 2 vs Winston Park lost 0-1

TMC vs Hillcrest won 1-0

TMC vs Curro HCA lost 0-1


TMC 1 vs St. Mary’s drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Kloof lost 0-1

TMC 1 vs Atholl Heights drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Forest View drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Forest View drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs St. Mary’s won 0-1

TMC 2 vs Winston Park lost 0-2

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA drew 0-0

TMC 3 vs Atholl Heights drew 0-0

TMC 3 vs Atholl Heights drew 0-0

TMC 3 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0


SP Tennis - Senior Team

TMPS vs Sarnia

Won 30-15

TMPS vs Winston Park

Won 26-19

TMPS vs Atholl Heights

Won 30-15

TMPS vs Westville

Lost 21-24

TMPS vs Kloof

Won 33-12


SP Tennis - Junior Team

TMPS vs HCA Curro

Won 26-19



Congratulations to Levi Smith who competed in the KZN BMX Double Header at Lahee Park on Sunday.  Levi had a great start to his first heat against the U8 Experts, putting him in 2nd position with the bigger boys, but unfortunately crashing in the last berm.  Levi went on to place 1st in his class (U6 Experts) in both event finals and received 2 KZN gold medals.  We wish Levi well for the South African BMX National Age Group series, Legs 4, 5 & 6 taking place in Gauteng from 2 - 3 July.



Congratulations to Taija Olivier who competed in the 2016 KZN Artistic Gymnastic trials on Saturday 4th June. She competed in L7 in the 12 and under category. Taija was selected as part of the KZN Senior Gymnastics team that will compete at the SA Artistic National Championships in July.  Well done Taija.



Congratulations to Tyler Jelf who competed on her new horse Newlook's Northen Pinnacle on both days and achieved 4 stellar clear rounds in the junior 90cm classes being placed in all classes - big classes of approx 30 riders ending with a 3rd place on Sunday, day 2 of the 2 day show. Following this, Tyler now lies in 11th place in the KZN 90cm junior rankings. Well done Tyler.


PS Cross Country

Well done to all the runners that took part at the Kwasanti ward trials. The following athletes have qualified to go through to the next round of trials:

Dayna Deeble

Danielle Rockey

Julia Butler

Liam Theunissen

Ethan McCormick

Ezra Haug

Brad Ballack