The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 11 October 2016
Newsletter 32
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 -  a special last week with the Matrics - Final Prizegiving, Matric Breakfast, Guard of Honour & Final Assembly; and thanks the holiday touring teams and coaches for giving up their free time to represent our school.
  • Dave Wiggett - wishes the Grade 12s a calm, steady and focused final examination process; and congratulates the 2017 MLC Heads and Deputies on their appointments.
  • Barbara Taljard - wishes the SP 1st Team cricket well on their Underberg Cricket Tour; and extends well wishes to the Matrics for their final examinations.
  • Deni Hornsey -  shares how to build children up in readiness for all spheres of development.



Stock Shop - New Uniform purchases

All pupils needing new uniforms for 2017, especially those going in to Grade 1 and Grade 8 please contact the Stock Shop as soon as possible to secure an appointment to kit out your child.


The diary is open and appointments will be available from 1st November. The Stock Shop will be closed from 10th December up until 12th January. The shop is open in January for top ups and last minute purchases only, and as this is a very busy time we ask that you do not leave full uniform purchases until January as we cannot guarantee stock availability.


Please call the Stock Shop on 031 764 8640 during Stock Shop trading times or email us on, and we will get back to you. 

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Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

Race Night CancelledTC Chetty

Chairman:  Parents' Council


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

ScriptureBlessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

A warm welcome back to the fourth term and I hope and pray you had a restful and peaceful holiday. Please keep our Matrics and their families in your prayers as they soon begin their final exams.

We often see meekness as ‘feeble or weak’ but it actually means in Greek ‘gentle and considerate’ and also ‘broken’ but not damaged a bit like a horse when it is broken in, it becomes disciplined - power under obedience. In Numbers 12:3 Moses is described as ‘very meek, more than all the men that were on the face of the earth’. You can’t say Moses was weak or a cowardly leader.

So what does meekness mean for us today? It has been said that when we become meek we no longer worry about ourselves and what others think about us. So to be truly meek, we are no longer looking out for ourselves or looking after our own interests but rather others. When we reach this level Jesus says we will ‘inherit the earth’. What does that mean? It means everything we get in life is a gift from God and He wants to give us so much more, even to “…inherit the earth”.  (Source ‘Challenging Lifestyle’ by Nicky Gumbel)

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

The first three terms are now behind us and we are in the final stretch. This last week with the matrics is always a very special time. While in some schools there are hi-jinks and chaos, our parting with the matrics is generally poignant and dignified. Prize-giving is on Thursday, but the favourite event is probably Friday morning when the school lays on a “Guard of Honour” for the matrics as they make their way from their breakfast, past the Thomas More statue and the bell, to the Hall for their final Assembly. Each matric gets the chance to ring the bell. The only other chance that a pupil gets to ring the bell is on completion of 80km in the Long Walk. This event is worth attending but do bring your tissues.

The rest of the school begin their exams on 14th November which is less than 5 weeks from now.

As usual there have been a number of tours during the holidays and I would like to thank the coaches and players who gave up their free time to represent the school.


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

What a significant week this is as we start term 4. We bid our Grade 12s farewell, whilst our Grade 8-11 pupils take cognisance of the sobering thought that there are a mere 24 teaching and learning days before our November examinations.

I am grateful to the class of 2016 for being "my" first TMC matric class. It is never easy for the matrics who welcome a new Headmaster, but this year's class has done it with grace, a sense of humour and a sincere willingness to meet me where I am. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know most of them and many of their parents. I have enjoyed the matrics' enthused approach to realising their dream of "unity" within the school.

Grade 12s, I wish you a calm, steady and focused final examination process. The entire TMC community upholds you as you meet this significant challenge. As individuals, and collectively, I thank you for adding tremendeous value and fun to my first year at TMC.

I know you all join me in wishing the current Grade 11s an exciting year of leadership for 2017. We announced the 2017 Heads of School in our final assembly last term. I congratulate them and wish them an inspired year as they, along with their grade, take TMC forward. They are:


2017 MLC Heads Deputy Head Girl: Ashley Harper

Deputy Head Boy: Andy Smith

Head Girl: Emily Barnes

Head Boy: Dominic King

In closing, I remind all Grade 8-11 moms and dads that your children only need to report to school at 8:30 this coming Friday to form the Guard of Honour. School will end at normal closing time on Friday.

In closing, Grade 12s: enjoy your final week of schooling. May you be blessed, be inspired enough to be the best version of yourself and, in so doing, be courageous enough to be the change you want to see in the world. It awaits you... 


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Welcome back to all our families, old and those who are new, to a very short, very full term, in which we look forward to sharing your child’s experiences, progress and achievements. I do hope you and your family were able to spend some quality time together over the holiday, and that your children have returned to school refreshed and ready for what lies ahead. Thank you to those who met with class and subject teachers at the parent teacher interviews at the end of the term.

Thank you again to our Grade 3 and 7 pupils and their IsiZulu teachers for their warm and entertaining Domestic Workers’ Day celebration at the end of term. Those who attended were most appreciative.

A huge thank you also to those teachers who accompanied our cricketers on their Botswana tour. From all accounts they were well looked after and it was an amazing experience for them all, with exciting cricket being played and some interesting sightseeing, not to mention forming new friendships.

The Primary School extends warm good wishes to our matrics for their last week of school and wish them all the best for their forthcoming examinations.

Best wishes to our first cricket team who will be going on a brief tour to the Underberg this coming weekend. We wish you also a great experience and good cricket!

A reminder that sport starts today for the SP, with squash only starting on Thursday. Please remember SP sports photos are next week Tuesday- children to bring their sports kit as advised. 

We have some teachers attending workshops today, tomorrow and on 25 October, however classes are well-looked after by locums and available staff.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead and the last term of 2016.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Foundation Phase News

As usual, the fourth term promises to be jam packed with busyness. Welcome back!

During this term of consolidation and building children up in readiness in all spheres of development, for the next grade, we still need to concentrate on the basics of solid foundations in all we do. This not only stretches from academics to sport, but to making sure children’s emotional needs are met as well. It is highly likely that if we don’t support the emotional needs of a child, that they won’t Learn adequately. I think that the following ten emotional needs will go a long way to creating a good level of emotional intelligence which in turn, assist in learning in general. They are that a child feels:

1 - Accepted

2 - Believed in

3 - Cared about

4 - Forgiven

5 - Loved

6 - Safe

7 - Supported

8 - Trusted

9 - Understood

10 - Valued


If parents and school adequately fill all of these needs, the child or teen's behaviour/attitude should take care of itself. I also believe that feelings can predict behaviour, so if children have positive feelings, positive behaviour and attitude will naturally follow. This should then follow that we have children who are ready to learn.

Looking forward to the last term, shared with you and your children.

“One small positive thought in the morning, can change the outcome of your entire day.” Unknown


Deni Hornsey
Foundation Phase:  Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers


Will resume on 24 October 2016.




Irish Dancing

Samantha Parker (Grade 11) danced in the Ladies Under 16 South African Champs where she was placed 5th overall (just missing out on qualifying for the World Champs). Samantha received a number of medals and ribbon awards over the weekend.

Stephanie De Moor (Grade 5) won the Beginner under 11 Pre-Championship and also received numerous medals and awards.

Danielle De Moor and Naomi Easson both danced in the Ungraded Section for dancers under 8. Danielle was awarded 4 gold awards and Naomi 2 gold and 2 silver awards.

Well done to all.




Congratuations to Courtney Doyle (Grade 11) who was awarded Runner-up in her Advanced 1 Cecchetti Ballet Examination early in October. Well done Courtney!!



Sporting Achievements

Water PoloBMX Hannah

Congratulations to the following girls who were selected for their respective KZN Water Polo Teams:

U14A Dale Harper

U16A (non-travelling reserve) Kimberly Lerwick



Congratulations to Erin Alexander (Grade 3) who represented KZN at the SA Karate Development Championships at the beginning of the school holidays where she won Silver for KATA. Well done Erin.



Congratulations to Hannah Stiebel (Grade 10) and Levi Smith (Grade 0) who both took part in the BMX National Age Group Series, SA Champs and Afcon Championships during the holidays.

Hannah placed 3rd in the girls U15 Expert class at SA Champs and received her SA 3 number board.

Levi placed 1st in the National Age Group Series in the U6 Expert Class, and 1st in the SA Champs where he received his SA 1 number board.  Well done to both our BMX riders.

Levi Smith


Indoor Hockey

Congratulations to Tatum Olivier, Shaun Alborough, Keagan Olivier and Brandon Davies who have all been selected for the KZN Tigers Indoor Hockey Teams in their respective age groups. Well done.

Congratulations to Tayla Kymdell who has been selected for the KZN U18A Panthers Indoor Hockey Team.  Well done.