Welcome back to what I am sure will be an exciting and productive year. I trust that you are all rested and ready for the challenges that lie ahead.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all those families who join Thomas More College for the first time this year. This is a warm and embracing school and I hope that you will thoroughly enjoy your time with us.
We also welcome a number of new staff members:
Wesley Maurice (History), Staci Carter (Business Studies), Scott Drew (Maths and History), Berne Edwards (CAT and Sport), Kathryn Couzens (English - 1Yr), Lindokuhle Ngcobo (TK)(Intern – Lab Assistant)
Caroline Jooste (Grade 6 - 1Yr), Daniel Smith (Intern), Casey Barkhuizen (Intern), Barry Thatcher (Intern)
Elsie Roux (Afrikaans), Nompilo Mkhwanazi (Grade 3), Shayleen Rudd (FP Intern), Carol Mqadi (Teacher Assistant), Lea Cloete (Teacher Assistant), Promise Cwele (Teacher Assistant).
We were delighted with the schools 2016 IEB Matric results. There was a 100% pass rate and the school achieved 240 subject distinctions from only 125 pupils, at an average of 1.9 A's per pupil.
13 of our 17 subjects were above the IEB national averages and 9 of the 17 subject averages were above 70%. The average Subject Average was 70.29%, compared to the IEB average of 68.38%. This was particularly pleasing as these are the top performing private schools in the country.
Sadly our long term friend and benefactor, Peter Savory, passed away during the December holidays. Peter was the brother of our founder headmaster, Robin. Although he had a successful career and many responsibilities, Peter and his wife Anna maintained a passionate interest in the welfare of Thomas More College. For more than 50 years he kept up regular contact with the school and paid many visits to the campus. The Savory family were generous benefactors with large contributions to projects like the Robin Savory Pavilion, the Joan Savory Art Block and the Primary
School Savory Media Centre. We will never forget his kindness. May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain of this great loss.
We break up on 31st March which makes this a longer term than last year, when we broke up as early as 18th March. Easter can vary considerably from year to year as it is determined by the first full moon after Equinox.