The Horse's Mouth
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News from the Horse's Mouth
  11 September 2017
Newsletter 30
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 - thanks all who were involved, attended and supported the Past Pupils' Association Day.
  • Dave Wiggett - explains the true meaning behind "The School for all Seasons", and welcomes Erin Ballard back to TMC in her position as Physical Science Educator in the HS.
  • Barbara Taljard - congratulates all involved in organising another successful Association Day, and looks forward to the Grade 5 Egyptian Evening next Monday.
  • Deni Hornsey - looks at what makes Thomas More College UNIQUE!


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Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
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Scripture for the week

Scripture“I am the way, the truth and the life…” (John 14:6)

Why is it so important to understand and hold onto the idea of absolute truth in all areas of life? Simply because life has consequences for being wrong. The Christian apologist (is the religious discipline of defending or proving the truth) Ravi Zacharias puts it, “The fact is, the truth matters – especially when you’re on the receiving end of a lie”. Nowhere is this more important than in the area of faith. Eternity is a really long time to be wrong.

In last week’s scripture John 18:37-38 Pilate’s question “What is truth?” overlooks the fact that many things can have the truth, but only one thing can actually be the Truth. Truth must originate from somewhere. The reality is that Pilate was looking directly at the Origin of all Truth. Not long before being arrested and brought before Pilate, Jesus had made the simple statement “I am the way, the truth and the life…” (John 14:6), which in its self is an incredible declaration. How could a mere man be the truth? He couldn’t be, unless He was more than a man, which is actually what He claimed to be. The fact is, Jesus’ claim was authenticated when He rose from the dead (Romans 1:4) “…and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead:Jesus Christ our Lord”. “Truth Conquers all” is our school motto and the question is where does our source of truth rest upon – the person of Jesus or what the world understands it to be?

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

Last Saturday saw the staging of our annual Association Day. This is “Past Pupils” day, a day in which they visit the campus to see their old class mates and to play sport against the High School sports team. The attendance from past pupils was the best that I can remember in the 16 years that I have been at Thomas More College, and there was a wonderful vibe. There was an early start with a breakfast at 07h30 followed by the Past Pupils' Association AGM. The sport began at 09H00 with hockey, netball, soccer and water polo matches taking place during the course of the morning. The matric groups of 1977 and 2007 held reunions over lunch. I even spoke to one gentleman who had flown in from Australia for the event.  Thank you to past pupils, current pupils, parents, past staff and current staff who supported the event, it is great to see you all back on campus, and I look forward to supporting you all again next year.

The High School soccer season was completed last week. Soccer undoubtedly attracts the highest number of players out of any sport at the school and our performances are of an exceptionally high standard. We play games against the top monastic schools and give a very good account of ourselves. The top teams were the U16A and first team girls who both had unbeaten seasons. The summer sports have begun there practices, with senior water polo getting ready for the National Championships in the Eastern Cape in the Michaelmas Holidays.

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

Association Day this past Saturday was a wonderful celebration of Thomas More College, both past and present. The sense of a common bond pervaded the morning’s activities on campus. It is a bond that has been weaved into the fabric of our school. Association Day reminds one that a school is not defined by its buildings or colours, even though the buildings and amenities spark fond memories. Rather, the things that bind are found and experienced beyond the physical trappings; the things that bind are borne of the values shared at Thomas More College, and these are shared and lived through our relationships.


It was, thus, thoroughly rewarding to observe the coming together of friends to reconnect with peers and educators alike. Observing the array of characters and ages, it gave me pause to consider why such a variety of people, over almost a 60-year period, could be so equally passionate about their school.


The School for all Seasons – what a weighty and brave commitment we proclaim in our by-line.


I would consider being prepared for all seasons a sound trait. Similarly, I would be bold and suggest that it is also the capacity to respond to an unexpected change in season or weather and to harness it to one’s advantage. My mother often reminded me in my youth of the following pithy truth:


A pessimist moans about the weather;

An optimist expects the weather to change;

A leader adjusts the sails.


I do not think The School for all Seasons means being good at everything, or trying to be everything to everyone. It is operationally impossible for a school to be such. I do, however, tend towards an understanding of being resilient and relevant in the face of life’s seasonal shifts and accompanying challenges. Perhaps, then, being the School for all Seasons is an earnest commitment to imbuing such resilience in our young people so that they can adjust their sails no matter the season.


And so, I conclude with two humble observations:


  • very few people who share some sort of past or present with Thomas More College are dispassionate about this place – they “feel” their heritage and connection with Thomas More College significantly;

  • I sense this is because they have the courage, conviction and bravery to lead by adjusting sails for a positive use in the face of any any “seasonal” fluctuation.

Thank you Mrs Mel Kuster (chair of the PPA), Mrs Rae Griesel (PPA secretary), all members of the PPA Committee, all players and coaches (even the self-appointed ones, Sir Gary “Alex Ferguson” Green) for an outstanding day in what was an unbridled celebration of our school for all seasons!



- after an extensive recruitment process for a Physical Science educator for next year, I am pleased to report that we have secured the services of Mrs Erin Ballard (nee Dennison), currently the subject head for Physical Science at Curro Hillcrest. Many of you will remember Erin who taught here for 5 years (2009-2014) in the Physical Science department. We are delighted about her return to TMC and know that she will add significant value to our children and colleagues.


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Congratulations to Melanie Küster and Rae Griesel and the PPA Committee on a very successful Association Day on Saturday at which Reg Hoddinot and Shane Cuthbertson were given tribute for their years of service to the association. It is always rewarding to mix with past pupils at the Association Day AGM and breakfast and to hear what our school meant to them and continues to mean to them. It reaffirms how fortunate we are to be part of the magic which is TMC!

Please avail yourself of the opportunity to pop in to the Mackenzie Centre this week, from today until Wednesday, to see our Grade 7 Science Expo. This is a worthwhile project, the culmination of many hours of hard work from our Grade 7s guided by Mr Moolman, and is well worth a visit, not only from the present Grade 7 families, but also from the Grade 6’s - to get some inspiration for their projects next year. Parents, and pupils in other grades, either accompanied by their parents or teachers, are also welcome to attend.

Our Egyptian evening takes place next Monday evening and promises to be a memorable and truly special occasion. We say a big thank you to all the Grade 5 parents, the class moms and class parents and Mr Lang and the Grade 5 teachers, for all the planning, preparation and organization that goes into this special function. The children will not only have a most enjoyable evening, but will also have their learning about the ancient Egyptians consolidated, and expanded upon.

Monday is also our Thanksgiving service for our staff and pupils. We truly have so much to be grateful for as our school continues to be meaningful and special serving the needs of each and every individual child.

All the very best to you all for another busy week. 


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Foundation Phase News


Always remember that you're unique
Unequalled, uncommon, c’est magnifique
One of a kind, quite special and rare
Singular, original, not one of a pair
Special, the exceptional you embody
You're really unique, not just somebody.

Adapted from original poem by Paul Curtis

I think this poem embodies the Thomas More ethos that we all aspire to, making our children feel special -  that children can be themselves and not a clone of mum, dad or a hero from the television. In answering a question in assembly recently, I think the child’s response was very apt.

Question: “Why do you think that your parent’s sent you to this school?”

Answer: “Because Thomas More makes people special!”

Thought for the week: “People may forget what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”  Carol Buchner 


Deni Hornsey
Foundation Phase:  Headmistress

Academic Achievements

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Dinic Breedt - for her wonderful self-control and eagerness to participate during my lessons.  What a super star.


Blaine Kupanandum - for sharing his amazing knowledge of animals during his library lessons.


Isabella Barnard - for working with enthusiasm and interest in all our lessons and showing polite respect towards her peers and teachers.


Lauren Bigalke - for her increased self-confidence and improved work ethic.


Keano Anieto - for the interesting story that he wrote.


Kate Lang - for her quiet determination and interesting stories.


Riordan Govender - for the great effort he is putting into his work and for his neat presentation.


Ethan Pieterse - for always saying kind words when talking about others and being friendly and polite.


Gubhuza Mlambo - for such smart Maths thinking.


Nathan Valentine - for his broad general knowledge and lovely manners.


Rachel Montague - for being an enthusiastic helper in the classroom and her super effort in her book review oral.


Cameron Griffin - for his love and passion for art.


Izabella Cahi - for her sweet, gentle nature and for always trying to give of her best in the classroom.


Deanco Oberholzer - for being polite and thoughtful and giving of his best.


Taylor Cheary - for giving of her best and for her creative short corners and goals at the hockey.


Luke Bartlett - for improving his organisational skills.


Tiaan Steyn - for his continued hard work and excellent performance on the athletics field.


Dayith Naidoo - for general improvement which is most admirable.


Connor Harris - for working so hard at catching up on missed work.


Nathan McDaniel - for his excellent performance on the athletics field and his continued perseverance.


Jack Bamber - for his continued hard work and good manners.


Academic Achievements

 ASSA Maths

TMC has one Grade 7, Conall Steenkamp, attending the training, four grade 8s, namely Saien Moodley, Aveshan Govender, Simon Daniel and Luke Leppan and two Grade 9s, Faran Steenkamp and very recently Kurt Schwimmbacher.


The ASSA Maths team competitition sets two test: first, an initial individual selection test, and based on these results, the students receive individual prizes and are then either placed into a team - or not (in the case of UKZN they ended up with an A or B or C team and the others could compete for fun but were ruled out of the actual competition and their results not logged). The teams then compete in the afternoon on problems given to the entire team.


We are delighted that TMC students did us proud. All the TMC students who competed made one of the teams, and have been placed in the Junior section:

  • Saien Moodley came 2nd overall and made Junior A

  • Aveshan Govender came 3rd overall also making Junior A

So not one, but TWO trophy winners from TMC in the Junior A Team!  Well done Saien and Aveshan!


  • Conall Steenkamp came 12th overall and made the Junior B team - a good achievement for a Grade 7.

  • Simon Daniel also made the Junior B team

  • Luke Leppan made the Junior C team


Well done to all our Maths stars who took part, we are super proud of your achievements and hard work!

Sporting Achievements


We would like to congratulate Tatum Olivier on defending her KZN Open Equitation title. Well done, Tatum!


Thomas More has riders who have been selected to attend Nationals, representing both their school and their province in JHB 3-8 October 2017.

Congratulations to the following pupils, we wish them all the very best:

Arabella Balidis - for dressage team

Tyler Jelf - for showjumping 1m team.


Well done to Emily Masson who won two rosettes at her Pony Club.  Well done Emily.


HS Girls' Soccer

TMC U14B vs Kloof - Lost 0-1

TMC U14A vs Kloof - Lost 0-1

TMC U16B vs Kloof - Lost 0-1

TMC U16A Vs Kloof - Won 1-0

TMC 1st Team - Won 4-2


HS Boys' Soccer

TMC U14A vs Crawford NC - Won 5-3

TMC U15A vs Crawford NC - Won 3-1

TMC U16A vs Crawford NC - Won 4-2

TMC 1st Team vs Crawford NC - Won 3-0

TMC U14B vs Westville BHS U14F - Lost 0-1

TMC U14A vs Westville BHS - Lost 0-2

TMC U15B vs Wesville BHS - U15F Won 1-0

TMC U15A vs Westville BHS - Lost 2-7

TMC U16B vs Westville BHS U16E - Won 1-0

TMC U16A vs Westville BHS - Lost 1-4

TMC 2nds vs Westville BHS 6th - Lost 0-5

TMC 1st Team Westville BHS - Lost 0-3


HS Girls' Softball

TMC 1st Team vs Kloof - Won 12-6 


KZN Softball

Congratulations to the following pupils who have made KZN Softball in their respective age groups:

U17 Boys

Jarryd Schoeman

U15 Girls

Stephanie Tshuma

Erin Nyland

Ile Bothma

Isabella Velleman

Danielle Rockey

Ashleigh Heenan

Tyla Christie

Bronwyn Cason

Alexa Vicent

Jessica Nozaic

Christine Heyns

Combined U17 & U18 Girls

Kayleigh Du Toit

Caitlin Redelinghuys