The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
 17 October 2016
Newsletter 33
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 the Matrics final events at school, which took place last week.
  • Dave Wiggett - celebrates the bustling brilliance which has encapsulated Thomas More College in the last week. Special thanks is extended to those working behind the scenes.
  • Barbara Taljard - wishes the Matrics every success, and congratulates the Underberg Cricket boys on a successful tour.  Also bids a fond farewell to Miss Jocelyn McDaniel as she returns to the USA to sort out her visa.
  • Deni Hornsey -  teaching our children to be tech-savvy, without over exposure. Remember good old-fashioned play time, supported by communication and conversation.



Our most sincere condolences to Mrs Tina Rencken (FP teacher) and her family on the passing of her father.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.


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 they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

In the fourth beatitude Jesus tells us to hunger and thirst after righteousness. So what does Jesus mean by righteousness? In ancient Judaism, righteousness meant “restore to a right relationship”.

So being righteous means those who maintain right relationships—with God and with the people around them. It follows on from the third beatitude - meekness because we can only form right relationships with others when we stop making all our actions centred on ourselves. Do we hunger and thirst for right relationships—with God, with our family, and our community? Hunger is a sign of life and if we are sincerely hungry for good relationships if we desire for others for their own sake, not to use them for own selfishness reasons. Then Jesus says our appetites will be satisfied.

Once again our prayers and thoughts are with the Matrics and their families as they begin their exams.

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

Last week we said goodbye to our matrics who are now about to start their final examinations. Beyond school the future looks uncertain as the world of tertiary education has been in a state of turmoil in the last few weeks. The "Fees Must Fall" campaign has brought universities to a standstill. This whole issue has been simmering since May 2015 when the "Rhodes Must Fall" campaign demanded the removal of apartheid era statues particularly at UCT. This soon spread to other university campuses. Later that year fees became the focus of student unrest and in October 2015 the President announced that there would be no increases for the 2016 academic year. This year matters have become a whole lot more serious as demands have been for free education and even free accommodation. Violent student unrest has seen brutal police retaliation and there does not seem to be an obvious solution. As I write, many universities remain closed and unless there is a swift solution, examinations may not be possible at the end of this year. This will have huge implications for the 2017 academic year as whole groups of students will not be in a position to give way to a new intake. These are certainly worrying times for our Matric pupils and their parents. Hopefully common sense will prevail and we will soon see a solution to the impasse.

Guest speaker at the Matric Prize Giving on Thursday evening was Reverend Harry Wiggett, father of High School Headmaster Dave Wiggett. Harry (as he prefers to be known, among other achievements, served as Pastor at both Robben Island and Pollsmoor Prison and shared stories of his relationship with Nelson Mandela. He also worked very closely with Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu.

In spite of miserable weather, the "Guard of Honour" farewell for the Matrics on Friday morning was very well attended. This was an emotional event with lots of tears from parents and pupils alike. This has been a very committed and co-operative group of matrics who have set a fine example for the juniors. I know that they have been well prepared for their final examinations and wish them the best of luck.  


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

One can only marvel at the bustling brilliance that is Thomas More College!

Our celebrations of the Matric class of 2016 were very special indeed. From the prize giving, the thundering war cry at the end of the prize giving, the emotionally charged Guard of Honour which included the entire school, to the very last moment of the Matric Final Assembly, we were, yet again, a community united. And I can't think of a more fitting way for the class of 2016 to end their daily journey with us: united. It was their theme for the year, and it was certainly and abundantly manifested. I must thank Mrs Paterson, Mrs Kerdachi, Miss Venter, Mrs Richardson, Mr Conradie and Mrs Mckenzie for their incredible work and planning behind the scenes for these magnificent events.

So too must I celebrate the final Dramatic Arts examination and the Visual Arts and Design exhibition. Both evidenced a tremendous depth of ideation and skill. Our Musical Spring Showcase was another wonderful event. The commitment, enthusiasm and sheer joy of our performers was marvelous to behold. Mrs Logan, Mrs Conradie, Mrs Frisinger, Miss Pattenden, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Kotze deserve our heartfelt thanks for these wonderful moments.

All of our water polo teams were also involved in their respective Top 10 tournaments this weekend. Mrs Pooley, Mr Belman, Mrs Lanz and Mr Oberholzer deserve our gratitude for the time they expend on the side of the pool for our children. Also, a special thanks is afforded to Mrs Wolmarans for hosting and organising the U14 and U16 girls Top 10 tournaments which she hosted at TMC.

I know you will join me in thanking Michelle Wight, Malcolm Wight and Lisa Moffat and their respective teams for making our campus work seamlessly in the face of the above-mentioned logistical challenges.

Thomas More is a dynamic space, and it offers a varied and dynamic range of opportunities for every pupil to find his or her voice, to explore his or her passions and talents. May they all feel free and encouraged to do so.

David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

The Matric prizegiving on Thursday evening was most rewarding to attend and it was superb to see that the bulk of the achievers came through our Primary School. We are very proud of them all and wish them every success in their exams which commence this week, where we trust they will do themselves, and us, proud. The matric guard of honour which is formed with the Primary School is also one of those heartwarming moments that stay etched in our memories! How special it is to be a part of one whole school and to follow the progress of the youngsters who stay in our hearts forever - and for our younger pupils to know they are part of a unique and well loved tradition.

Our cricketers had a successful tour to the Underberg cricket festival although the weather was temperamental! Good cricket was played and excellent results achieved- and the trip was enjoyed by all. Once again thank you to staff for giving up their valuable time.

Well done to all those who completed the Amashova on Sunday, especially our very own Mr Bartels and Mr Hartley!

It's with sadness that we have had to bid adieu to Ms Jocelyn McDaniel, who despite her best efforts, was not able to renew her visa, even though she has been working in a South African private school and is engaged to a South African. She has had to return to the States to see whether she can sort things out from that side. I know she has communicated with the parents of her group of Maths children, for whom other arrangements have had to be made. We trust she will be able to sort out what has been a most frustrating set of circumstances and hope to see her for a week, all going well, before school closes in December. This has been beyond our control, but we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience which may have been caused.

 Wishing you all the best for the week ahead.


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Foundation Phase News

Nikki Bush, a presenter and author writes:

One of the disadvantages of social media and seeing pictures or comments about a single moment in time, is that messages can be taken out of context and create misunderstanding when one doesn't have the whole picture. Be careful about making judgements, especially judgements in public, when you don't have all the facts. Once again, rather go to the source in the real world and get your facts straight.

Teaching our children to be tech-savvy starts with:

  • Good communication in the real world between parents and their children
  • Modelling healthy communication habits and relationship skills
  • Valuing relationships and being kind, considerate and respectful
  • Not getting off on someone else's misfortune but rather using it constructively as a teachable moment
  • If you need to offload, do so in the real world
  • Don't be a bystander, be an upstander

Remember that your children are watching you. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. In real life we sometimes need to hold our tongue and keep our thoughts to ourselves. The same goes for social media - don't be reactive. More than count to ten, sometimes you need to sleep on something before you act on it, if at all.

Along with this, it is my belief, supported by much research that we need to be careful of over exposure to technology at a young age. Some of the disadvantages of early over exposure are:


1. The need for instant gratification

2. The inability to focus well when there isn’t the quick stimulus provided by a screen

3. Speech delays

4. Fine and gross motor delays

5. A negative impact on social skills

6. Slow cognitive processing skills


Good old fashioned play time is what is important, supported by communication and conversation. Your children need your time.


Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius


Deni Hornsey
Foundation Phase:  Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers


Awarded in the last week of the 3rd Term.



Tahir Singh - for his great sea story and for trying hard.  Well done.


Alex Buccimazza - for his excellent work in Maths and his valuable contributions to class discussions.  I am proud of you.


Tristan Steenkamp - for his excellent work in Maths and his outstanding achievement in Mathletics.


Danielle de Moor - for her interesting report on our outing and for maintaining a high standard in all her school books.


Beko Sikhosana - for improved concentration and outstanding effort in trying to complete tasks independently.  Keep working hard Beko, I am proud of you.


Gabi Rockey - for her inspiring and well written stories on Nelson Mandela and our outing to the Botanical Gardens.


Khotso Tsomela - for the improvement in his handwriting and for his good effort with his project.


Aidan Conradie - for his creatively prepared leopard poster which was shared with confidently acquired knowledge.


Meyka Chetty - for always having a positive attitude and working consistently hard.


Ben van der Walt - for his outstanding general knowledge and for participating so eagerly in class discussions.


Anya Chetty - for her delightful manner and excellent work ethic.


Dianco Oberholzer - for his polite nature and for making a new friend on the Grade trip.


Zekhethelo Mseleku - for his enthusiastic approach to his school day and for attempting to be more organised in the classroom.


Olivia Thompson - for her quiet, polite and diligent manner.


Ethan Harris - for always being helpful and his positive attitude on the Grade 5 Outing.


Amy Ahlschlager - for her bright and bubbly nature.


Katherine Black - for her positive outlook and consistent hard work this term.


Anvia Bredencamp - for settling so beautifully into TMC life and her positive attitude.


Kira Govender - for her kindness and consideration towards her friends.


Troy van Zyl - for his good sense of humour and positive attitude.


Thomas Gourley - for his hard work and mature approach towards his science project.



Congratulations to the following boys who placed in the Top 50 in the Beyond Maths Challenge held at Glenwood Prep earlier this year.  We done on a great achievement:

Luke Bartlett

Keegan Hutcheson

Matthew Reinecke

Samuel Renard

Saien Moodley

Conal Steenkamp Francois



Francois Snyman (Grade 12) [pictured right] participated in the Programming Olympiad final at the University of Cape Town at the end of the holidays against the top 17 participants in South Africa.  In the second round (before the finals) he tied for first place with two other participants in Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Well done Francois.





Congratulations to Blake Jackson who did his International music exams for Trinity College Violin Grade 4 and passed with distinction (95%) and the

Royal School of Music, Piano - Grade 5 and passed with Merit (80%). Well done Blake.


Sporting Achievements


TMPS 1st XI vs Howick Prep 13/10/16

Howick 164 for 5, N Riddle 2 for 22, M McMurray 2 for 35

Match drawn – rain stopped play


TMPS 1st XI vs Northdene 14/10/16

TMPS 159 for 9, M McMurray 29, H Brimelow, 28, M Davey 23

Northdene 81 all out, C Coombs 2 for 8, M Sim 2 for 0

TMPS won by 78 runs


TMPS 1st XI vs Underberg Primary 15/10/16

TMPS 241 for 7, T van Zyl 72, H Brimelow 69, M Sim 24 no, M Davey 23

Underberg 86 all out, N Riddle 3 for 6

TMPS won by 155 runs


TMPS 1st XI vs Kokstad Primary 15/10/16

Kokstad 69 all out, B Ballack 3 for 14, M McMurray 2 for 8, M Sim 2 for 8

TMPS 73 for 2, J Breytenbach 24 no

TMPS won by 8 wickets


TMPS vs Underberg (20/20) 16/10/16

TMPS 205 for 2, M McMurray 105 no, M Frankenfeld 40, K Coombs 31 no

Underberg 81 all out, K Coombs 3 for 9 (including a hattrick), B Ballack 3 for 6, J Breytenbach 2 for 2

TMPS won by 124 runs


HS Top 10 Water Polo Tournament

Girls’ U14

TMC U14A 0 KZN U13A 7

TMC U14A 0 DGC 8

TMC U14A 0 Maris Stella 5

TMC U14A 0 KZN U13A 13

Ended in 6th place.


Girls’ U16

TMC U16A 2 Maris Stella 13

TMC U16A 1 DGC 13

TMC U16A 0 St. Mary’s 5

TMC U16A 5 Kingsway 2

TMC U16A 5 St. Henry’s 2

Ended in 7th place.


Girls’ 1st

TMC 1st Team 7 WGHS 3

TMC 1st Team 1 DGHS 1

TMC 1st Team 5 Danville GHS 4

TMC 1st Team 10 Amanzimtoti 2

TMC 1st Team 9 St. Henry’s 0

TMC 1st Team 0 St. Mary’s 2

TMC 1st Team 1 DGHS 1 (TMC won on penalties 3-1)

Ended in 3rd place.


Boys’ U14

TMC U14A 0 Clifton 15

TMC U14A 0 Kearsney 11


TMC U14A 2 Michaelhouse 11

TMC U14A 2 Michaelhouse 13

TMC U14A 7 DHS 1

TMC U14A 6 Northwood 6

Ended in 9th place.


Boys’ U15

TMC U15A 0 Glenwood 24

TMC U15A 0 Clifton 26

TMC U15A 2 Kearsney 17

TMC U15A 1 Northwood 10

TMC U15A 3 DHS 6

Ended in 10th place.


Boys’ 1st

TMC 1st Team 0 Clifton 10

TMC 1st Team 0 WBHS 5

TMC 1st Team 0 Michaelhouse 11

TMC 1st Team 0 PMB College 9

TMC 1st Team 4 PMB College 4

Ended tied 9th place.



Congratuations to Erin Alexander who took part in the SKISA Karate tournament in Tongaat on Sunday where she won Silver for KATA and Gold for KUMITE. Well done Erin.


Rock Climbing

The Nationals Inter-Provincial Lead Climbing took place in JHB during the holidays: Ziyanda Mchunu, Brendan Kuhnert, Faran Steenkamp, Amy Freeman, Joshua Munstermann, Keshav Gounden, Daniel Bentley and Zunaid Valoidia all took part.The highest placed position was Zunaid who achieved 3rd position in the U19 category. Well done to all our climbers.


Water Polo

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected for the U13 KZN Girls' Water polo teams:

Minehle Dlamini U13A

Tyla Christie U13B

Chelsea Layden U13B

Jordyn Cheary U13B