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Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
  9 October 2017
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 - what lies ahead for the Matrics this week.
  • Dave Wiggett - mentions new staff for 2018
  • Barbara Taljard - congratulates athletes and wishes the cricket teams well for their tour this week.
  • Deni Hornsey - preparing the children for their next grade.

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 

Condolences - Condolences to Claudia Levarelli and her family on the recent passing of her father, and to Debbie Hardcastle and her family on the recent passing of her mother.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. 


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Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager


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Scripture for the week


In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I hope and pray for those who managed to have bit of holiday that it was a safe and enjoyable time. 

 Sadly as you may now know the position of Chaplain will terminate at the end of the year.  I will still be available for ministry until the year end. 

 In this passage Paul writes that the Lord doesn’t say we have to give  thanks for everything but rather in everything.  If one is going through a time of testing you don’t have to thank God for the trial but you can thank Him that He will see you through them.

 We wish all the best for the Matrics as they finish off their school years this week.  Our thoughts prayers are with them as they prepare for their finals.


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.  Sadly, having come of age, I must retire at the end of this year. This will be my last farewell to a matric group. They have indeed been special and I will look back on my time with them here with very fond memories. 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 evening, 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. Be there at 08h45! Bring your tissues! There are always lots of tears.

The rest of the High School begin their exams on 13th November which is less than 5 weeks from now.


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

I welcome all members of the Thomas More community back to school for what will be a fast-paced term. Our Grade 12s face their final few days of school; I know you all echo my sentiments as I wish the matrics calmness and ready minds to undertake this final challenge which their schooling proffers. They are on the cusp of embracing a world that will demand much of them; our matrics have much to offer.

Mr Cuthbertson, Mrs Hornsey, Mrs Taljard and I were most fortunate to attend both the SAHISA Conference and “Brain Waves of Change” International Conference of Principals in Cape Town at the end of last term. We were exposed to superb, internationally-renowned speakers and presentations, and the conference had a proudly (South) African flavour. I look forward to unpacking a number of compelling ideas with our leadership and management team members.

Sadly, I need to inform you of three staff resignations: Miss Carter, Miss Pattenden and Mrs Barnes. These are all valuable members of staff with whom I have enjoyed working. Miss Carter is taking up a primary school teaching post, Miss Pattenden is taking up a curatorship in Pietermaritzburg and Mrs Barnes is returning to full-time motherhood. We wish all three every happiness and joy next year as they embrace these new challenges.

We welcome Mr Philip Norton to our staff for the next five weeks. He will be teaching IT to our Grade 10 and 11 IT students up until their November examinations.

I am most pleased to announce the employment of Mrs Genevieve Saville (Design) and Mrs Mogana Pillay (Business Studies). Both are incredibly dynamic, motivated and experienced educators who will add tremendous value here at TMC. I look forward to welcoming them in person in January next year.


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Welcome back to all our families 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. Ongoing communication is essential as we work together as partners in your child’s education.

Well done to all our athletes who fared well in Sasolburg, bringing glory to the KZN team. We had 4 selected for the Inter-provincial sub- youth team. They will be competing at the Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria on the 18th November.

Thank you to those parents who supported our athletes and to the staff who accompanied them- it is truly appreciated!

Our U11A cricket team participated in a T20 cricket festival held at Kearsney from the 29th September to the 1 October 2017. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the different format of the game and had fun, giving them the opportunity to get some match practice before their tour. We ended third in our pool of 5 teams. Thank you to the parents for the amazing support throughout the three days and to Mr Lang for giving up your valuable time.

We also wish our cricketers all the best for their trip to Mbombela in Mpumalanga this week. Thanks to all those staff accompanying them. We wish you also a great experience and good cricket!

Parents please do encourage our boys and girls to have all their sports clothing for our SP Sport photographs next Tuesday. It becomes too long and drawn out if children have to borrow kit, and so they may be left out of photos if they do not bring what is required.

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

There will be no art club this afternoon as Mrs Purdon is away.

Best wishes to you all for the start of the last term of 2017 and the week ahead


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Foundation Phase

Welcome Back! The fourth term is jam packed with activities, from extramurals to concerts and everything else inbetween.  We therefore need to be mindful, both at school and home, of allowing time for fun and rest.

In this term we focus our preparations on children being ready for the next grade and help them to transition into the next level of important skills such as socio-emotional readiness, academic readiness, independence in work ethic and day to day routines and skills, as well as gradually introducing the idea of moving on and out of their present comfort zone.

We look forward to sharing in your children’s growth and progress during this last term.  


Deni Hornsey
Foundation Phase:  Headmistress

Academic Achievements

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GAJSMA International Championship - Abagility South Africa Team
The International Championship was held in Thailand on 1 October 2017 in which TMC had two students competing.  Congratulations to :
Michaela Kapnias 3rd Kyu Gold (Grade 8) and Vasilios Kapnias 6th Kyu Silver (Grade 5). Well done on these great achievements.


Cultural Achievements

Congratulations to the following children who excelled in their Trinity College piano exams:
Amber Allen           Grade 2
Julia van Tonder     Grade 1
Caitlin McMurray     Initial 
Anya Chetty           Initial 
Rhys Maritz            Initial 
Rachel Montague    Grade 1
Asha Allen              Grade 1
Laura van Tonder    Grade 1
Grace Youldon        Grade 1
Aimee Maritz           Grade 3
Meyka Chetty          Initial 
Mandy Montague     Grade 3

Sporting Achievements

SP Athletics
We had 4 pupils selected for the Inter-provincial sub- youth team. They will be competing at the Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria on the 18th November. Congratulations to:
Amy Ahlschlager -  High Jump
Sarah Simpson - High Jump & Long Jump
Buhlali Mhlanzi - 800m
Ashley Serfontein - High Jump

HS Water Polo
We would like to congratulate the following girls on making the various KZN Water polo Squads and wish them all of the best with the final round of trials on Monday 16th of October:
Tyla Christie
Chelsea Layden
Dale Harper
Claire Vosters
Kimberly Lerwick