The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 15 August 2016
Newsletter 25
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 - looks forward to yet another successful Parents' Council event, and urges TMC families to pray for our country surrounding the 'fees must fall' campaign.
  • Barbara Taljard - expresses good luck wishes to the cast and staff involved in Frostbite this week.


 Lift club


Lift Clubs

If you would like to join or create a Lift Club email the TMC Lift Club to become a member.  Please note the school does not manage these lift clubs, but rather puts you in touch with other families who are looking to join or create lift clubs.


Waterfall/Hillcrest Bus

Limted seats are available on our Waterfall/Hillcrest Buses (mornings only).  Contact Kim Hooper for further info or click on the link for an application form.


Westville Bus

Contact Mrs Hartley or Mrs Morgan for further info on our Westville bus (mornings and afternoons) or click on the link for an application form. 

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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

ScriptureBut Jesus said, "let the children come to me, and don't try to stop them! People who are like these children belong to God's kingdom." Matthew 19:14

More letters to God from kids:

Dear God, Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother.  Larry


Dear God, I think about you sometimes even when I’m not praying.  Elliott


Dear God, I bet it is very hard to love everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. Nan


Dear God, If you watch in Church on Sunday I will show you my new shoes. Mickey D.


And finally...


Dear God, I don’t ever feel alone since I found out about you.  Nora

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

Just two weeks back we were full of praise for the Parents' Council for having staged yet another hugely successful Country Fair. They certainly do not rest on their laurels and are enticing us all back to join them at the Comedy Evening on September 2nd. This event will be co-ordinated by Pravina Coombs who ran a similar event for the England sports tour last year. Mark Banks and the band “Tomorrow’s World” return and we are also hoping to have the hilarious comedian Jailoshini Naidoo who only returns from overseas on the morning of the show. Parents’ Council events provide essential funds for our capital projects. We urge you to support this initiative. If last year's event is anything to go by, it will be a hilarious evening.

I will be traveling to Australia on Thursday to represent ISASA (Independent Schools' Association of Southern Africa) at an international convention in Perth. In addition I am very excited to be visiting Thomas More College in Adelaide. They are also an independent Christian co-educational school with very similar values to ours. Hopefully we will be able to set up some sort of constructive relationship.

Student unrest is upon us as the “Fees Must Fall” campaign is raising its head once again. This is the time of year when universities have to set their fees for next year. The campaign has vowed to bring universities to a standstill if fees are not done away with. These are worrying times for many Thomas More families who have older children at university. Let us pray that this dispute is swiftly resolved.


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

Primary School News

I do so hope you had a great and enjoyable long weekend in early August and that you were able to spend time with your family creating special memories. The quote “To be in your children’s hearts tomorrow you have to be in their lives today” is all too true.

The Proudly Primary conference over the long weekend focused on “Down to Earth” and the impact we as teachers and you as parents have on our children. We were privileged to have some quality plenary sessions. They inspired us to be significant, to make a difference, to enable each child to walk in his own shoes and be the best that he or she can be. This was all music to my ears and so in keeping with our own Thomas More ethos.

Although it has not been cold lately we have all succumbed to “Frostbite”. Please do ensure you book on line for this year’s Senior Primary musical production which will take place this Wednesday, 17 August and Thursday 18 August, in the Habberton Hall at 6pm and be part of seeing it transformed into the magical, frozen world of Arendelle. This involves all Senior Primary pupils, with the leads being taken by the Grade 7s, and promises to be entertaining for the whole family. There are no extra murals on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon (bar the athletics over which we have no control) so our children should be able to have a rest, and have something to eat prior to their return to school at 16:45, ready for their performances. Thank you to Roberta Ramasamy, Candice Mordecai- Jones and Cultural HOD: Gary Balarin for all their hard work and commitment and to all those parents, grandparents and staff who have supported them in so many different ways. The production is most suitable for all phases of the school and is a version of  "Frozen”, so we would value your support.

Please do also support our Oakens Trading Store prior to the show, from 16:30 to 17:50, and during interval on the night of the evening performances. On sale we will have hot chocolate, cappuccino, soft drinks, water, slush puppies, popcorn, candy floss, wonderbars, crisps and home-made muffins; baked by our children. All the prices are in multiples of 5 with the most expensive drink (Slush Puppy) being R20.00.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead and, in typical drama terms, to our cast and supporting cast of Frostbite”- break a leg! Good luck too to our sportsmen for matches being played and to our marimba team who perform at City Hill this Saturday in the Marimba festival, starting at 13:45.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers



Alegra Naidoo - for settling in so well at her new school and for her detailed sentence writing.  Keep it up.


Sarah Clark - for her beautiful reading and detailed sentence writing.  Well done my girl.


Keira du Plessis - for trying hard to listen and for improved handwriting.


Luke Chaplin - for showing an improved concentration span, completing tasks and waiting patiently for his turn.


Dylan Stephens - for his wonderful work ethic and kind, cheerful nature.  You are a star.


Tatum Harris - for her positive approach to school this term.


Michael Boertje - for his positive and hardworking attitude and willingness to help others.


James Evan - for his kind, sweet smile and loving heart and fabulous academic daily effort.


Levi Wynne - for sharing his knowledge and understanding well in class discussions and brainstorming times.


Izabella Cahi - for her perseverance, diligence and kind nature.


Ashley Serfontein - for happy and positive disposition and for her wonderful manners.


Vasilios Kapnias - for his diligence, manner and attention to detail.


Jonathan Daniel - for his good manners and his kind, helpful nature.


Dylan Thomas - for being a co-operative pupil and for his beautiful manners.


Cathkin Millichip - for her lovely nature and settling in so well to school.


Luke McDaniel - for his improved effort in the classroom and positive attitude.


Cade Gamble - for his enthusiasm and his joy for life.


Jamie Rice - for her positive effort and bright sunny nature.


Jessica Swanson - for her positive approach to her school work and kind friendly nature.


Caleb Smith - for his wonderful nature and being a perfect gentleman.


Ashleigh Heenan - for her constant hard work and cheerful nature.



Congratulations to Aphelele Mchunu for achieving a Gold Certificate for Mathletics.





Congratulations to the High School Senior Marimba band on their performance at Epworth's - Marimbas to the Max - evening. They performed admirably and were a credit to the school.



Congratulations to Tayla Summerford for achieving a distinction in Classical Ballet at Primary level at the Cecchetti Society.  Well done Tayla.


Sporting Achievements

Cross Country

Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the Cross Country Inter School events, we are proud to announce that Ethan McCormick and Dayna Deeble have made it through to the next round. 


Grade 2 Boys'Hockey Tournament

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest won 2-0

TMC 1 vs Northdene drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA lost 0-2

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Highbury drew 1-1

TMC 2 vs Northdene won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Highbury won 4-0

TMC 3 vs Kloof won 1-0


Grade 2 Girls' Hockey Tournament

TMC 1 vs Forest View won 2-0

TMC 1 vs Winston Park lost 0-2

TMC 1 vs St Mary’s won 2-0

TMC 1 vs Northdene won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA won 1-0

TMC 2 vs St Mary’s won 6-0

TMC 2 vs Northdene won 6-0


Grade 3 Girls' Hockey Tournament

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest lost 0-1

TMC 1 vs Forest View won 1-0

TMC 1 vs St Mary’s won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest won 3-0

TMC 2 vs Northdene won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Hillcrest won 3-0

TMC 3 vs Hillcrest won 3-0

TMC 3 vs St Mary’s won 2-0


Grade 3 Boys' Hockey Tournament

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest won 3-0

TMC 1 vs Forest View drew 1-1

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA won 3-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Northdene won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Kloof won 2-0

TMC 3 vs Highbury lost 0-4

TMC 3 vs Forest View won 3-0


SP Girls' Hockey vs Umhlanga College - Senior Primary / St Mary's

U10A 3 - 1 won

U10B 8 - 2 won

U10C 2 - 3 lost

U11A 4 - 4 draw

U11B 0 - 6 lost

3rd 0 - 2 lost (St Mary’s)

2nd 4 - 0 won

1st 12 - 0 won


SP Boys' Hockey vs Highbury

1st vs Highbury 1st lost 3 – 0

2nd vs Highbury 2nd lost 8 – 0

3rd vs Highbury 3rd lost 5 -0

U11A vs Highbury U11A lost 2 - 1

U11B vs Highbury U11B lost 4 – 0

U10A vs Highbury U10A lost 5 – 1

U10B vs Highbury U10B lost 5 – 0

U10C vs Highbury U10C lost 8 – 0


SP Boys' Hockey vs Penzance Primary

1st XI lost 0-1

2nd XI lost 0-1

3rd XI lost 0-3

U11 A lost 1-2

U11 B won 2-1

U10 A lost 1-2

U10 B lost 2-3

U10 C lost 2-3

U10 C vs U10 D won 1-0

SP Judo

Congratulations to Conall Steenkamp who has been selected for the KZN judo team. Well done Conall.


SP Gymnastics

Congratulations to Jaymee Lang who has been selected to represent KZN for Level 1 Gymnastics.  Well done Jaymee.


SP Boys' Soccer vs Winston Park / Westville SP School

U10A 1 - 1 draw

U10B 2 - 2 draw

U11A 2 - 5 lost

U11B 1 - 4 lost

5th 1 - 5 lost (WSPS)

4th 2 - 2 draw

3rd 3 - 2 won

2nd 4 - 0 won

1st 3 - 1 won

Tyler Jelf

Rock Climbing

TMC came second as a school in the lead climbing league for 2016.  Well done to all our Rock Climbers.


Rock Climbing Lead League Results

U15 Boys – Brendan Kuhnert 2nd

U17 Girls – Amy freeman 3rd

U17 Boys – Josh Munsterman 1st (also climber of the year), Daniel Bentley 3rd

U19 Boys – Zunaid Valoidia – 1st, Kim Dawson – 2nd, Che Coelho – 3rd



Congratulations to Tyler Jelf (pictured right) who rode at SANESA this weekend at Shongweni for Thomas More  and came 4th in the accumulator 90cm class and clear competition with a pole in jump off.  Well done Tyler.


Congratulations to Jemma Daniel who placed 2nd and 1st (with a very high score) for TMC for Dressage at SANESA this weekend.  Well done Jemma.


Congratulations to Emily Masson who won 3 rosettes at a horse show held in Summerveld this past weekend.  She was awarded her rosettes for Pole in the ground, jumping 30cm and 40cm.  Well done Emily.

Tatum Olivier

Thomas More College took part in the Inter High-Schools Equestrian event held on the 5-7th August.

Our team consisted of Tatum Olivier, Rachel Kerdachi, Jemma Daniels, Paige Haarhoff, Tyler Jelf, Katie Legg and Arabella Balidis.  We were placed third overall for the dressage event and our team parade also took third place.  We are pleased to announce that Tatum Olivier (pictured right) won the Athol McLeod 130m Junior Championship class which is an awesome achievement.



Congratulations to the following TMC children, who are members of Highway JKA, who took part in the KZN Development Karate Competition held in Tongaat on Sunday and medalled earning them their KZN Development Karate colours and an opportunity to represent KZN at the SA Development Karate Competition to be held later in the year.  Well done.

Victoria Neff - Gold Kata & Gold Kumite

Emma Simon - Bronze Kumite

Erin Alexander - Bronze Kata


HS Girls' Soccer




TMC 1st Team 1 DGHS 0

TMC 1st Team 2 Hillcrest 1

TMC 1st Team 6 Bechet 0

TMC 1st Team 1 Haythorne 2

TMC 1st Team 1 St Mary's 1

TMC U14B 2 Hillcrest 0

TMC U14A 1 Hillcrest 1

TMC U16B 0 Hillcrest 6

TMC U16A 0 Hillcrest 0

TMC 2nds 3 Hillcrest 4

TMC 1st Team 0 Hillcrest 2

TMC U14B 11 Westville GHS 0




TMC 1st Team 1 WGHS 2


Congratulations tothe following soccer girls for making their respective Highway soccer teams:

U14 – Lola Lee, Alexa Vicent

U15 – Carmen Vicent, Courtney Sim, Amber Williams

U16 – Kimberly Lerwick, Tatum Olivier

U19 – Tayla Kymdell, Frankie White, Savanna Daubinet


HS Boys' Soccer

TMC U14B 0 Clifton 3

TMC U14A 0 Clifton 7

TMC U15B 0 Clifton 1

TMC U15A 3 Clifton 0

TMC U16B 1 Clifton 5

TMC U16A 2 Clifton 1

TMC 2nds 1 Clifton 4

TMC 1st Team 0 Hillcrest 0

TMC U14B 1 Crawford LL 2

TMC U14A 0 CLL 1

TMC U15B 4 CLL 2

TMC U15A 2 CLL 2

TMC U16B 3 CLL 2

TMC U16A 0 CLL 1

TMC 3rds 1 CLL 1

TMC 2nds 2 CLL 2

TMC 1st Team 2 CLL 2

TMC U14B 1 Kloof 9

TMC U4A 4 Kloof 2

TMC 1 U15B Kloof 2

TMC U15A 2 Kloof 0

TMC U16B 0 Kloof 2

TMC U16A 0 Kloof 1

TMC 2nds 1 Kloof 2

TMC 1st Team 1 Kloof 2

TMC U14A 1 Curro Hillcrest 0

TMC U16A 2 Curro Hillcrest 0

TMC 1st Team 5 Curro Hillcrest 0


HS Boys' Indoor Hockey


TMC U16A 0 DHS 4

TMC 1st Team 1 Northwood 9


HS Girls' Softball

TMC 1st Team 12 Westville GHS 11


KZN Paintball

Congratulations to the following boys who made the KZN U19 Paintball team:

Andrew Codner

Seth King

Keshav Gounden

Rowan Hendry

Joshua Youldon

Benedict Robbins


Dualthlon Champs

Congratulations to Dean Gregson who achieved 3rd (Bronze Medal) in the KZN Duathlon Champs U14-U15 category held on 31st July 2016 at “Dube Trade Port”. Well done Dean.