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The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 12 September 2016
Newsletter 29
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 progress on roadworks, wishes Cats cast well for the performance week ahead.
  • Dave Wiggett - well wishes extended to Cats cast.
  • Barbara Taljard - congratulates the Grade 5s, parents and staff involved in putting together a superb Egyptian evening last week.
  • Deni Hornsey - shares some ideas in helping the individual child learn.


150 Club Draw (Parents’ Council Fundraiser)

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs de Wit, parents of Troy de Wit in Grade 00, who are the lucky 150 Club draw Winners for Term 3. Mr and Mrs de Wit win a term’s free school fees. We thank them for their support. 


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. 


Sunflower Day - The Sunflower Fund is delighted to announce a brand new campaign – “Sunflower Day” which will be celebrated this Friday 16th September 2016.

They have introduced a versatile new product called the Tube of Hope – Tope! (An affordable, multipurpose article of clothing that can be worn as a headband, scarf, armband, mask or cap).

In support of the Sunflower Fund the pupils can wear their Tope at school this Friday  with their school uniform.The tope can be bought from Pick n Pay.


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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 said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The person who believes in me, even though he dies, will live…” John 11:25

Our condolences go out to the Burnett family with the passing of Gordon two Sundays ago. Gordon was one of the school Board of Trustees. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the members of our community who have lost members of their families this year and also with those who are struggling with illness.

Sometimes with the busyness of life we forget how fragile it is. What lies beyond this earthly life? The hope as a Christian is that we will be with Our Lord Jesus and those who have gone before us. The Bible is quite clear it is not the end but the beginning of something new as Paul writes in Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us”. The prophet Isaiah describes heaven: “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” Isaiah 11:6-9. What gives me peace and hope in my heart and mind for the future is that our hope rests in Christ the saviour of the world and it can be for you. It’s your choice.

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

External services have certainly put the school under a lot of pressure in recent weeks. The promised water cut never happened although we did cancel a number of sporting fixtures in anticipation. Unfortunately this problem still lies ahead of us. Finally we are seeing significant progress with the Pioneer Road project. Considerable tarring has been done in the last few days and we should soon be back to normal. Hopefully the additional lanes will leave us with a better traffic flow than before. I do believe that there will be traffic lights at the Pioneer/Fairview intersection and at the Willingdon Bridge. 

Whilst myself, and the phase Heads are away at Conference in Cape Town this week, we wish the cast and all involved in the High School production, Cats all the very best. We look forward to the Finale on Friday night when we arrive back from Cape Town. 


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

Months of hard work will be celebrated on stage this week as our 2016 Major Production, Cats, is performed.

I love contemplating the many facets that must be synergised to render it a complete performance. As audience members, we see the final product. We appreciate; we applaud; we congratulate; we enjoy. But for the minds that pieced it all together, a myriad of factors were considered, conceptualised, rehearsed and executed.

No facet of such an undertaking can be placed above another in terms of recognition and importance. Every member of the team must perform with precision and accuracy; they must be fully engaged in their sphere of influence. This is exciting. Most exciting is how our children are involved with every aspect of this demanding production: stage management, make up, sound, lighting, the orchestra, choreography, marketing, props and set. Every responsibility listed here is fully dependent on the next, and so on. As such, one could argue that such a team effort is an apt example of a team working towards to common goal from which everyone benefits meaningfully, personally.

To all involved with Cats, I wish you everything of the best for the week’s performances. Enjoy this remarkable opportunity.


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Congratulations to our Grade 5 parents and staff on a truly delightful Egyptian evening last Monday night. The Mackenzie was set up atypically this year, as a street scene and this proved different and most effective. The entertainment was interesting and varied and the Grade 5s looked splendid in all their paraphernalia. Well done to all involved! It was a most special occasion.

This week, work will begin on setting up the Mackenzie Centre as three Grade 7 classroom venues. The timing has been good as it enabled the venue still to be used for past pupil reunions on Saturday, which was our Association Day. Our Grade 7s will move into their new venues on Friday, so work can begin on the new Grade 6 and 7 classroom block. This will be a worthy improvement as each of the Grade 6 and 7 classrooms will now have a store room attached, and the present Grade 6 classrooms will enable us to create a dedicated language room for Afrikaans, an art room separate from the Tech room and a bigger small group venue to replace the one behind reception. The SP will then end up far better provided for, which will be good for all our Senior Primary pupils. The new venues will in no way add extra pupils to the mix. Most fittingly, as indicated by our Executive Head, the block will be called the Gordon Burnett block, in reverence of a very fine man, who worked tirelessly over many, many years supporting the school and handling the finances. He was also a truly valued Board member and an amazing, warm and fine man. It is an honour to have this building named after someone of his caliber. Sadly he passed away after fighting cancer for a long time and his memorial service was held at school on Friday. Our deepest sympathy to his wife and daughters!

A reminder that I am away this week at the ISASA Heads’ conference in Cape Town and will return to school on Friday. Should anything urgent crop up please contact my deputy, Graham Hooper. I will also only be responding to e-mails on my return.

On Monday next week we praise God for our many blessings here at Thomas More in our Thanksgiving Service first thing on Monday. Our SP pupils will also be privileged to be able to enjoy music provided by The Ridge Musical tour group who will perform for us at 11:20 in the hall.

Wishing you all well for the week ahead and very best wishes to our older siblings as they put on “CATS” this week. I am looking forward to seeing it!


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Foundation Phase News

I have often seen statements about how girls learn differently, or about how boys learn differently and that monastic schools are therefore what each gender needs. Having taught in co-ed schools for my entire career, I am absolutely convinced that ALL children learn differently and that we need to dismiss the stereotyping that comes with associating boys at being better at Maths, or girls being able to focus better than boys etc.

In order to tap into any child’s potential, there needs to be a discovery about how each child learns as an individual. Sometimes this takes a while and so it is important to expose children to a variety of methods in teaching. When doing homework, although the work and the approach that is set is standard, true learning may only come when your child learns in a manner that speaks to him/her. Daily revision and consolidation in a format that is appealing to your child is therefore so important, especially when as a parent you can see that the traditional approach hasn’t done the job.

Herewith some ideas for helping your child to learn:

· Play rhyming games, letter games, and shape and number games and practise taking turns in games and activities.

· Play with words and word meanings, using simple language e.g. clap out the syllables of words or play word association games.

· Continue to read to your child even when he/she can read for herself.

· Let your child hear and see lots of new words in books or in general conversation and explain what the words mean.

· Give your child your full attention when he/she begins to tell you about his /her day so that you can be fully engaged to ask questions.

· Help your child discover what he/she’s good at by encouraging him/her to try lots of different activities.

Benjamin Franklin“Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I may remember, Involve me and I learn.” 


Deni Hornsey
Foundation Phase:  Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers



Daniel Buccimazza - for putting so much effort into his work and for writing a lovely story abou the Silver Foil Rocket.  I am proud of you.


Bella Suttie - for working hard to hand in work that is neat, well planned and colourful.


Nickus Breedt - for being so brave and playing the drums at the Cultural Assembly.


Courtney Michell - for braving the stage and sharing her gymnastics abilities with the school for our Cultural Assembly.


Mishael Singh - for his wonderful drum solo at the Cultural evening.


James Nisbet - for working diligently and for being a good friend to many.


Mackenzy Layden - for working diligently and for being a good friend to many.


Charlotte Howat - for her happy, friendly disposition and fabulous oral about a leopard tortoise.


Leah Naidoo - for always being polite and responsible and for working consistently well.


Aphiwe Manci - for constant determination and a positive attitude in class.


Joel Jooste - for his good results in his History and SACEE tests.


Kylee McIntyre - for her enthusiasm and cheerfulness.


Amanda Fenner - for her kind, gentle nature and for always striving to give of her best in the classroom.


Rylie Owens - for blossoming this year, coming out of her shell and being more sociable.


Tiaan Steyn - for coming first in his high jump at ward trials, being more focussed in class and always being kind.


Talayah Chetty - for her kind and friendly nature and always being a willing helper.


Nathan Riddle - for his determination and good results in athletics this term.


Megan Hoogerheijde - for her bright sunny nature and continued hard work.


Chris Jolly - for his huge effort at cricket practice and for his mature approach to all he does.


Matthew Frankenfeld - for his kind heart and likeable nature.


Danielle Rockey - for her continued hard work in the classroom and on the sports field.



Congratulations to Sascha Junkuhn, Holly Ahlschlager and Liam Lötter for achieving gold Mathletics certificates, well done.




Sporting Achievements

Cycling - KZN Spur Series

The weather played the game and was cool with no rain. The event was a great success with 27 different schools represented and 150 riders across 6 different age groups.
TMC had 20 riders that competed in the 3rd race in the KZN Schools mountain bike league, held at Thomas More on Sunday. Great fun was had by all the riders, with some competing in their very first race. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to those that managed to get podium places.

U8 - Sub Nippers
Emily De Klerk - 6th Girl
Dylan Tozer - 16th
Ryan Staats - 20th
Matthew Macpherson - 25th
U10 - Nipper
Ashtyn Cason - 4th Girl
U12 - Sprogs
Anvia Bredenkamp - 1st Girl
Liam Theunissen - 3rd
Keagan Brand - 8th
Samuel Schmitz - 16th
Ethan Cook - 17th
Bryce James - 18th
U14 - Sub Juniors
Travis Stedman - 1st
Dean Gregson - 2nd
Mitchel Potgieter - 10th
Matthew Doyle - 11th
Justin Keep - 12th
U16 - Youth
Tiffany Keep - 1st Girl
Bridget Theunissen - 2nd Girl
Cian Leveridge - 1st
Reece Mc Callum - 2nd


Equestrian - KZN Champs

Congratulations to Jemma Daniel on being selected for the KZN Sanesa Dressage team for Nationals. Tatum Olivier

Tatum Olivier won the Junior Open Equitation as well as the Junior 130m show jumping (pictured right)

Rachel Kerdachi came second in the KZN champs in pony rider 110m.

Well done ladies.


SP Girls’ Hockey vs St Mary's DSG

U10A 1 - 1 drew

U10B 4 - 2 won

U10C 2 - 2 drew

U10C vs U10D 2 - 1 won

U11A 2 - 2 drew

U11B 0 - 0 drew

U11B vs U11C 1 - 1 drew

3rd Team 0 - 2 lost

2nd Team 0 - 1 lost

1st Team 0 - 6 lost


SP Boys’ Hockey vs Sarnia

U10A 7 - 2 won

U10C vs U10B 3 - 1 won

U11A 8 - 0 won

U11B 0 - 0 drew

2nd 1 - 0 won

1st 9 - 1 won


SP Boys’ Hockey vs Glenwood

U10A 1 - 5 lost

U10B 2 - 3 lost

U10C 1 - 7 lost

U11A 2 - 2 drew

U11B 1 - 5 lost

3rd 0 - 6 lost

2nd 0 - 2 lost


U10 Girls’ Soccer

Kloof B vs Thomas More A: TMPS lost 1-0

HCA vs Thomas More B: draw 0-0

Thomas More A vs Hillcrest: TMPS lost 1-0

Northdene vs Thomas More A: TMPS lost 2-0

Thomas More B vs Hillcrest: TMPS lost 1-0

Thomas More B vs Winston Park C: TMPS won 3-1

Berea West vs Thomas More A: TMPS won 2-1


U11 Girls’ Soccer

TMPS 1 vs St Marys 1 - won 3 - 1

TMPS 1 vs Berea West 1 - Won 1 - 0

TMPS 1 vs St Benedict 1 - Won 1 - 0

TMPS 1 vs Hillcrest 1 - Won 1 - 0

TMPS 2 vs John Wesley 1 Drew 0 - 0

TMPS 2 vs St Benedict 1 - Won 1 - 0

TMPS 2 vs Kloof 2 - Drew 0 - 0

TMPS 2 vs Ben Pine 1 - Won 1 - 0


U12/13 Girls’ Soccer vs Hillcrest PS

U12A won 1 - 0

U13B drew 1 - 1

U13A won 3 - 0


HS Girls' Water Polo

TMC U16A 5 St. Henry's 9

TMC 1st Team 10 St. Henry's 4


HS Girls' Softball

TMC 1st Team 12 St. Henry's 8



Congratulations to Keira Browning who took part in the Beaver Winter Champs gala and earned 2 bronze medals (50m and 100m freestyle), 2 silvers (50m fly and 100m breastroke) and 2 golds (50m back and 50m breastroke).