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Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 29 August 2016
Newsletter 27
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 -  shares some of his visit to our namesake school in Adelaide, Australia.
  • Dave Wiggett - Feeds back on the Grade trips and thanks Staff who gave up valuable family time to accompany the pupils.
  • Barbara Taljard - looks ahead to Spring Day and Arbor week planting of trees.


Lift ClubsLift club

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 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

ScriptureJesus tells this story:”…Those who were hired at five o'clock came, and each received a denarius. When the first came, they thought they would receive more, but each received a denarius as well. When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner, saying, 'These last fellows worked only one hour, yet you have made them equal to us who have endured the burden of the day and the scorching heat!' But he said to one of them, 'Friend, I'm not treating you unfairly. You did agree with me for a denarius, didn't you? Take what is yours and go. I want to give this last man as much as I gave you. I am allowed to do what I want with my own money, am I not? Or is your eye evil because I am good?' In the same way, the last will be first, and the first will be last. Matthew 20:9-16

With the Olympic Games having just finished and what an amazing event it was with all its thrills and spills, it reminded me of this scripture in Matthew 20. For it reflects God’s mercy rather than His judgement. Like the Olympic races, our lives are like a race with a beginning and an end. This journey of life can be taken with or without God, for it is our choice. For God has given us a free will to choose Him. For many of us our lives can be spent far from God often feeling as though we are unworthy of His forgiveness. All is not lost, for like the thief on the cross who most properly spent most of his life far from God, asks for forgiveness from Jesus at the end of it. And what is Jesus’ answer: Jesus said to him, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise." Luke 23:43.

God’s reward of eternal life with Him will be the same - given to all who come to know Him at whatever stage of life they are at. Why not start the journey today? All you have to do is to ask Him.

If you would like to enjoy an Olympic event which kind of illustrates this story go to This happened during the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake in 2002. Watch the person in last place, Steve Bradbury, an Australian and we all know how famous Australians are for their winter sports!!!

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

 After my visit last week to the International Confederation of Principals annual council meeting in Perth, I was able travel to Adelaide to visit our namesake school Thomas More College. This is an independent co-educational Catholic secondary school about 15 km from the city centre. Considering that their patron saint is St Thomas More, it is not surprising that the school has a very similar ethos and value system to our own. They were wonderful hosts and set up a very busy schedule of meetings for the day. I was able to meet with the Headmaster, the deputy Heads, the Bursar, the Marketer, the Head of curriculum, the Dean of discipline and the Head of extra-curricular activities. I was also asked to spontaneously address the staff and they had set up a lavish tea in the staff room for this. Academically the Australian schools are very different to ours. There is much less emphasis on external examinations and at least 70% of a Matric result comes from the school year marks. Many subjects do not even write an external Matric paper. Academic facilities in the classrooms at Thomas More were outstanding and on a level which I have not seen in this country. In every lesson that I saw, the pupils were working on touch screen notebooks and models and equipment abounded. There was however definitely not as much emphasis on extra murals with little afternoon or weekend sport. They were however about to stage a production of "Grease" and proudly introduced me to "Sandy".

Both schools can learn a lot from each other and I look forward to establishing a long and fruitful relationship with them.


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

By all accounts, the vast majority of our pupils and staff drew many positives from their respective camp experiences last week.

Camps are exceptional opportunities for both pupils and staff alike. Not only are pupils coaxed to explore the edges of their comfort zones, but they also get to have different conversations with their teachers as a result of being removed from the daily routine of life on campus. Similarly, staff are able to observe their pupils operating in completely different contexts and experience new dynamics of our children. And some staff are also able to face their fear of heights by undertaking a zip-line canopy tour with the Grade 9s (I was conned, I tell you!).

We are blessed with a multitude of natural gifts, and the camping experience brings these to the fore from the most unlikely candidates. Pupils are jettisoned into groups which are required to face the fears of some, solve problems and conquer challenges together. Thus, the critical skill of collaboration is explored for much of the camp programmes.

I want thank all of our camp staff who sacrificed family time to provide our kiddies with these outstanding opportunities.

I look forward to seeing all the Grade 9s and their parents at our Subject Choice Evening tomorrow (Tuesday 30 August) at 17:15 in the Habberton Hall.

I wish you all a wonderful week ahead.  


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

We had a more settled programme last week, although there have been a number of pupils and staff who have succumbed to the flu after the busyness of the prior weeks and with the weather being so unpredictable. Should your child be ill, please do keep him/her at home so we do not spread the infection.

Our children were privileged to hear about the UK combined netball and cricket tour from two of our Grade 7s at last week's Wednesday’s Assembly and hopefully were motivated to keep on doing their best, knowing that both local and overseas tours are planned at regular intervals to expose our children to diverse cultures and enable them to compete against the best in their sport to develop them further. Thank you to those youngsters who had the confidence to address our Primary School and to Mark Moolman for organising this.

Our Senior Primary pupils were also privileged to have Mireesha Narsai, a past TMC pupil, a qualified civil engineer presently studying for her masters in Environmental study and a Miss Earth SA National Finalist, talk about reducing waste, recycling and reusing to encourage us all to be proactive in making a difference and reducing our carbon footprint on our earth. This talk was ahead of further awareness with this Thursday, 1 September heralding the start of spring and Arbor month. The children will be made aware of this at Wednesday’s Assembly this week, and pupils from Grade 1 to 7 will all assist at 07:30 on Thursday with planting small trees with noninvasive roots above the Leffler astroturf, to replace those we unfortunately had to remove as their roots were beginning to tamper with the astro surface. Each grade will plant one tree.

Pupils will be permitted to wear spring civvies on Thursday, the cost of R10 being debited to your account for this privilege. The money raised will go to support another of our charities, animal outreach, and will assist the SPCA with their noble, and costly, work.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead. 


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers



Kavaye Govindsamy - for reading like a super star and for trying in all that he does.


Erika Cai - for trying so hard to follow instructions and putting effort into presenting lovely work.


Jordan Howes - for improved behaviour in the classroom and for writing lovely phonics sentences.


Luvuyo Mbatha - for his improved concentration, completing all his tasks on time and being involved in class discussions.


Maddison Hoyle - for lovely reading and beautiful drawings and art work.


Thomas Buchan - for sharing his dad with the grade and the very interesting talk on climbing mountains which we all enjoyed.


Tahyesh Naicker - for his improved self-control and the effort he is making with his written work.


Vedika Pillai - for her friendly, kind attitude at all times and her 100% work ethic and focus every day.


Isabella Finch - for trying hard to maintain her focus and complete tasks.


Karl Wilhelm - for working hard in class and for his wonderful manners.


Amal Shiba - for his enthusiastic approach to his school day and his kind and friendly nature.


Sarah Dedekind - for her developing self-confidence and growing interaction with her peers.


Ruan Swanepoel - for his cheerful, friendly nature and always trying to give of his best.


Grace Youldon - for her wonderful work ethic and giving her best in everything she does.


Demi-Lee Penny - for always working diligently and for her helpful nature.


Michael Kiggen - for his improved effort in his school work.


Sonny Pryce-Lewis - for his lovely manners and courteous nature amongst his peers.


Paul Gouws - for being more self-sufficient and responsible.  Well done.


Tristan Logan - for his kind, friendly nature and mature approach to all he does.


Troy van Zyl - for his outstanding performance in the play and his sense of humour.


Zowie Ngubo - for her quiet and gentle nature.




Grade 0 Be a Poet & Show it

29 individual participants with 6 receiving an ‘A+’ & 5 children an ‘A’!


Grade 1 Poetry in Motion

28 individual participants with 3 receiving an ‘A+’ & 9 children an ‘A’!

Gr 1 Trevisani - Choral verse: “Ants” – A+

Class Movement & Dance: “8 ants” – A+

Gr 1 King - Choral verse: “Teeny Tiny Ghost” – A

Class Movement & Dance: “Casper the friendly ghost” – A

Gr 1 Phipson - Choral verse: “To be a mouse” – A+

Class Movement & Dance: “Mickey Mouse Club” – A 



Congratulations to our High School dancers on their fine performance at the Kearsney Dance Festival on Friday 26th August. They danced beautifully and did TMC proud.



Congratulations to Vedika Pillai who was awarded an Entry Level Award in Graded Examination in Music Performance with Merit for Initial Piano through Trinity College London.


Sporting Achievements

Grade 1 Boys' Hockey Tournament

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA won 2-0

TMC 1 vs Winston Park won 2-0

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Northdene lost 0-1

TMC 2 vs Winston Park won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 3 vs Kloof lost 0-1

TMC 3 vs Winston Park won 2-0

TMC 3 vs Winston Park drew 0-0


Grade 1 Girls' Hockey Tournament

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA lost 0-2

TMC 1 vs Winston Park lost 0-1

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest won 2-0

TMC 2 vs vs Northdene drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest lost 0-1

TMC 3 vs Kloof lost 0-1

TMC 3 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Winston Park drew 0-0


Grade 2 Girls' Hockey Tournament

TMC 1 vs St. Mary’s won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Northdene lost 0-2

TMC 1 vs Kloof won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park drew 2-2

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest won 4-0

TMC 2 vs Forest View drew 1-1


Grade 2 Boys' Hockey Tournament

TMC 1 vs Northdene lost 0-2

TMC 1 vs Kloof won 3-0

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest drew 1-1

TMC 2 vs Kloof won 3-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park won 4-0

TMC 2 vs Highbury won 3-0

TMC 3 vs Forest View drew 1-1

TMC 3 vs Northdene won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Atholl Heights won 3-0


Grade 3 Girls' Hockey Tournament

TMC 1 vs Atholl Heights drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest drew 1-1

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA won 3-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park lost 0-1

TMC 2 vs St. Mary’s drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Forest View won 2-0

TMC 3 vs St. Mary’s drew 0-0

TMC 3 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Atholl Heights won 2-0


Grade 3 Boys' Hockey Tournament

TMC 1 vs Northdene won 2-0

TMC 1 vs Forest View drew 0-0

TMC 1 vs Atholl Heights won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest drew 0-0

TMC 2 vs Kloof won 2-0

TMC 3 vs Winston Park drew 2-2

TMC 3 vs Northdene drew 1-1

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA won 1-0



Congratulations to Tamryn Harland who participated in the KZN qualifiers for gymnastics at the end of July, where she received a gold medal, 2nd place and was selected to represent KZN in the zone festival on the 26 August in Centurion.  Well done Tamryn.


Congratulations to Jenna Blofield who represented KZN at the SA Artistic Gymnastics Games which took place in the July holidays. She was placed 13th overall in her level 8, 13-18 age group. Well done Jenna.


Cross Country

Congratulations to Dayna Deeble who came 12th in the KZN Cross Country finals this past weekend.


SP Boys' Soccer vs Kloof

U10A 3 - 1 won

U10B 1 - 1 draw

U11A 2 - 5 lost

U11B 3 - 0 won

5th 1 - 3 lost

4th 5 - 3 won

3rd 2 - 3 lost

2nd 0 - 1 lost

1st 3 - 0 won


U10 Girls’ Soccer Tournament

TMC A vs Winston Park A: drew 0-0

TMC B vs St Benedicts: won 3-0

TMC B vs Kainon: won 7-0

TMC A vs Lyndhurst: won 2-0

TMC B vs Winston Park C: won 2-0

TMC A vs HCA: lost 1-0


U11 Girls’ Soccer Tournament

TMC 1 vs Kloof 1 - drew 0 - 0

TMC 1 vs Northdene 1 – drew 1 - 1

TMC 2 vs Kloof 2 – lost 1 - 0

TMC 2 vs Northdene 2 – won 2 - 1


SP Girls’ Soccer vs Kloof

U12A 3 - 4 lost

U13B 2 - 0 win

U13A 1 - 3 lost


SP Girls’ Hockey vs Kloof

U10A 8 - 1 won

U10B 4 - 2 won

U11A 6 - 1 won

U11B 1 - 3 loss

2nd 1 - 0 won (internal game vs TMC 3rds)

1st 4 - 0 won


SP Boys’ Hockey vs Umhlanga College

U10A 0 - 4 lost

U10B 4 - 2 won

U10C 4 - 2 won

U11A 0 - 0 draw

U11B 0 - 3 lost

2nd 0 - 1 lost

1st 1 - 0 won


Toppies 'n Tots Golf

Winners – Josh and Leon Breytenbach

Hacker Award – Tony Barrett

Freshee Award – Jason Brimelow

Longest Drive: Dad – Nolan Doran, Lad – Josh Breytenbach

Closest to Pin: Dad – Len Moodley



A great fun-filled 1st event in the KZN Spur Schools MTB League that took place at Maritzburg College.  TMC cyclist once again had some great results and are inviting all TMC pupils that cycle to come give it a try. The events cater for all ages from U8 to U18, where you ride laps of a short 1.5 to 3km track around the host schools grounds. It is ideal for beginners/intermediate and even the fast riders. 

Anvia Bredenkamp (Gr 7) = 1st Sprog Girl
Keagan Brand (Gr 5) = 11th Sprog Boy
Travis Stedman (Gr 8) = 1st Sub Junior Boy
Mitchel Potgieter (Gr 8) = 2nd Sub Junior Boy
Dean Gregson (Gr 8) = 7th Sub Junior Boy
Cian Leveridge (Gr 10) = 1st Youth Boys
Reece Mc Cullum (Gr 8) = 22nd Youth Boy
Tiffany Keep (Gr 10) = 1st Youth Girl


The next event is this Saturday 3rd September at Kearsney College, starting at 12.30pm.  For more information, check Facebook: KZN Schools MountainBiking, or contact Tim Keep 083 400 7123.



Congratulations to Levi Smith on receiving 2 gold medals in the U6 Experts Class at last week's KZN Double Header held at the Queensburgh BMX track. 


KZN Girls' Cricket

Congratulations to Lola Lee (Grade 8) who has been selected for the KZN U19 Cricket Squad. Well done Lola.