Happy Holidays
The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
  26 September 2017
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 - draws attention to traffic congestion relief, and the online tuck shop.
  • Dave Wiggett - extends a bring and braai invite to matric pupils, parent and teachers.
  • Barbara Taljard - shares important last week of term info.
  • Deni Hornsey - focusses on some IQAA survey outcomes.

 

Stock Shop Year-End Appointments/purchases

It is that time of year again where we need to remind all parents needing new school uniforms for 2018, to please contact the Stock Shop to make an appointment. The diary is now open, please call on 031 764 8640 during the Stock Shop trading times as shown below:

Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 15:00

Friday:  12:30 - 14:30

Half-Term Friday:  12:30 - 14:00

PS Half-Term Monday:  12:00 - 15:00

School holidays:  closed

Break up day:  11:00 - 12:00 

 

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Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

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Scripture for the week

ScriptureThis is the day in which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

A couple of weeks back the Class of 1977 had their 40th reunion, the class in which I was a part of. Quite nerve wracking meeting your school mates from 40 years ago!!! This was due to the fact we hadn’t kept in touch for 40 years and so meeting them again was so amazing. Reminded me of the movie “Dead Poet’s Society’, with Robin Williams, who speaks to the boys about ‘Seizing the day’, Carpe Diem. When we started to look at photos from that year, (when we still had hair, our teeth and pimples) my thoughts were turned to the fact, did I make my life extraordinary, did I fulfil my youthful hopes and dreams? I suppose the correct answer would be yes and no, we all have had times of triumph and despair. But that is life and what I am so grateful for is that God has become very much part of my life. If coming to know Him has fulfilled my life’s dream then yes my life has been extraordinary from that perspective and I will rejoice for each day God has given me on this earth. 

I pray that the coming holidays will be a safe and restful time for all.

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson
Chaplain
measson@thomasmore.co.za

Whole School News

Due to congestion on campus whilst construction takes place, we have decided to open the Insala Road (bottom) gate during peak times to allow a quicker exit flow of traffic in the mornings and afternoons. This gate will only be open from 7am - 8am, Monday to Friday. Please be mindful, that although we can attempt to alleviate the congestion on campus, we are unable to control the congestion which takes place off campus (i.e. Fields Hill accidents, which ultimately affect our flow of traffic). We also ask that when exiting via Sykes or Insala Road, that you be mindful of one another, as well as residents, when approaching the Sykes/Fairview intersection.  The gate will also be open in the afternoons for approximately an hour.

TMC Skip the Q Online Tuck Shop - closing

We would like to thank Skip the Q for pioneering our Online Tuck Shop over the last 9 months. Online sales have grown, and so have the requirements in preparing the meals for our pupils. We will therefore be closing Skip the Q Online Tuck Shop as of 29 September so that we can fine tune the process. Please could we ask parents to use their online credit within the week. We apologise for the inconvenience but will relaunch soon - so please watch this space. Feel free to visit the High School Tuck Shop to pre-order your child’s lunches - there is a staff member on duty from 7am to take your orders.  

 Shane

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal
scuthbertson@thomasmore.co.za

High School News

Matric parents, pupils and teachers are invited to a 'Bring and Braai’ on Wednesday 11 October which will take place outside our Coffee Shop at 7.00pm (after the prayer evening). Please could all attending bring their own meat, side dishes (salads etc. for sharing) drinks and utensils.

Wishing you all a safe and happy short-break. 

 

David Wiggett
High School Headmaster
dwiggett@thomasmore.co.za

Primary School News

It was a privilege for the last five days to attend the SAHISA Heads’ Conference and subsequent International Confederation of Principals Conference in Cape Town, which immediately followed it, and to hear both local and international speakers talking about best practice, the 4th Technological Revolution and its impact on our children and the future world of work- and gave much food for thought. There were also many instances where we were affirmed in what we practice and how we place children at the centre of all we do.

The children enjoyed their grade trips and many made new friends and learnt new skills. A huge thank you once again to Mr Moolman as HOD: trips and to all staff who accompanied them- it is truly valued!

The Senior Primary School parent interviews take place tomorrow, Wednesday, in the Habberton Hall, from 15:30 -18:30. Please do avail yourself of this opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers to find out more about how he/she is doing bearing in mind that there are no reports this term.

Auditions for the Grade 6 and 7 Sunset Proms take place this week, with the Grade 7s today and the Grade 6s on Thursday afternoon. This delightful event takes place next term, but will be held in the hall as we are into the rainy season.

We know our pupils will have great fun on Thursday when we hold another Non Academic Day (NAD Day). Thank you to Mrs Grant and Mrs Purdon for behind the scenes work and to all the teachers for the planning that has gone into this fun-filled day.

School closes Friday at 11:30 for the short Michaelmas holiday. We wish you an enjoyable, albeit short vacation. May you have quality time with your children and, if going away, we wish you travelling mercies.

To the staff- it is an honour and privilege to work with such dedicated people. Thank you for always going the extra in the very best interests of the children. It is indeed special to have people of your calibre as colleagues.

Have a great holiday - and get some rest!  We look forward to seeing you all back at school on Monday 9 October. God bless! 

 

Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress
btaljard@thomasmore.co.za

Foundation Phase

As we come to the end of another successful term, I do hope that our new families have found their feet and are feeling the love and nurturing of our Thomas More family.

It is that time of term where we reflect on the busy weeks we have all contributed to before we take a short breath and head into the final stretch of the term. I am so very proud of the progress made by each and every child and wish to thank parents for your wonderful support, as well as our committed and hard working teachers. It is wonderful to see our children responding to our academic programme but I am equally proud of our children’s efforts and progress on the sportfield as well as both emotionally and socially.

I have just returned from a conference in Cape Town where many speakers had a similar message, one that correlates so very well with our Thomas More aim in creating a safe, happy environment that facilitates learning – an unhappy child, for whatever reason, is unable to learn. I believe that nurturing socially and emotionally strong children allows learning to take place.

In our recent IQAA assessment/survey, it was evident that both Pre-Primary and Junior Primary parents felt that children were well catered for and created a good learning scape. Thank you for your positive comments. There was a comment made by a Junior Primary parent which I list below, along with a response:

Children needing academic support and the lack of a Remedial unit in FP.

Whilst not entirely opposed to this idea, there are many considerations:

(a) Extra cost for buildings, resources and qualified staff which could incur an increase in school fees.

(b) The number of children requiring specific Remedial school placement fluctuates every year, sometimes requiring that no children be referred outside the school.

(c) We have excellent therapists on board and feel that our “pull-out” system works towards maintaining self esteem. The few children that are referred out to a Remedial school for a short period are children we feel that we are not doing justice to and will do well once back in our mainstream environment after a period of having their specific needs seen to n a smaller class.

The different surveys have certainly pointed to the success of our TMC Ethos and educational approach on every level. Whilst it is necessary to recognise and address concerns and to be aware of areas in which we can continue to grow, it is also reassuring to see the depth of positive feedback. The survey results serve to guide our thinking as a school in terms of growing and developing in the face of ever changing needs. Teaching remains our passion, and we continue striving to meet the challenge of the different learning needs of our children through a creative approach. The emotional, academic and self growth successes of our children in the classroom, on the sports field and in cultural activities remains our pride and our reward.

Parent Interviews take place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and all teachers look forward to interacting with you and discussing children’s individual achievements.

Thank you for your help in various activities this term and for steadfast commitment to our wonderful school.

Hoping that you and your families find some time to be together in the upcoming short week of school holidays.

Fresh Quotes: “Behind every young child who believes in himself, is a parent who believed first.”

 

Deni Hornsey
Foundation Phase:  Headmistress
dhornsey@thomasmore.co.za

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  Wetrock

 

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1B

Travis Asbury - for a lovely improvement in his reading fluency and attitude towards his reading.

1K

Zoey Brophy - for her willingness to help this week, her kindness and growing independence.  So proud of you Zoey.

1S

Diyana Panday - for working with enthusiasm and improved focus this term.  Well done Diyana.

2D

Grace McHardy - for consistent effort, neat work and good listening.  I am proud of you.

2J

Isabella Fenner - for the effort she puts into all the tasks she undertakes and the improvement she is showing in task completition.  I am so proud of you Isabella.

2R

Daniel Buccimazza - for his lovely report on the botanic gardens.

3B

Emily de Klerk - for her consistent effort in working hard and for her positive attitude.

3M

Adam Labuschagne - for always sharing his knowledge with the class and for coming to school looking neat and tidy.

3R

Matthew Asbury - for such pleasing Maths progress.  You make me proud Matt.

4dP

PJ Snyman - for his excellent Maths, lovely manners and his friendly disposition.

4P

Anna Springett - for her sweet nature and progress in Maths.

4dL

Laura van Tonder - for her excellent Maths results.

5vL

Alwande Mbonambi - for his positive approach to his school day.

5M

Lindo Ndokweni - for his enthusiastic manner towards his school day.

5L

Keziah Haug - for her positive attitude and her excellent English language test result.

6J

Emma Simon - for her cheeful nature and positive attitude towards school.

6M

Keegan Hutcheson - for his quiet and pleasant nature and for working independently.

6F

Joshua Linnett - for his gentle manly manners and independence and cheerfulness.

7M

Talayah Chetty - for her positive attitude and kind friendly nature.

7H

Suvay Naidoo - for his wonderful manners and positive attitude.

7C

Luke McDaniel - for his enthusiasm towards his extra mural activities.

 

Kumon

Congratulations to Amahle Phakathi who was awarded several certificates from Kumon.  Well done for doing extra work.

 

Cultural Achievements

None to announce this week.


Sporting Achievements

Cycling

Congratulations to Aniva Bredenkamp who has won the 2017 KZN SPUR School series in the U13 category, representing TMC. She has also won the 2017 KZN ROAG marathon series in her age group and will be attending an awards dinner this coming Friday to receive her award. Well done Anvia!

 

EquestrianSydneySwanson

Congratulations to Sydney Swanson (pictured right photograph courtesy of Tamara & Blake images) who competed in the 18th Annual Youth Festival in the Pony Rider 1m20 classes at Maple Ridge in Gauteng. Sydney received a 4th in the two phase competition, a 3rd in the speed class, a 1st in the accumulator and a 1st in the Championship class. Topping it off with winning the Pony Rider 1m20 Victor Ludorum for show. Well done Sydney.

 

Tennis

Congratulations to Ashtyn Cason who played in a Tennis Tournament at Kershaw Park last weekend where she came 5th in the U14 singles and 3rd in the U14 doubles.  Well done Ashtyn.

 

Karate

Congratulations to Kieran Pearton who was awarded his 2nd Kyu Brown Belt in Karate.  Well done Kieran.