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News from the Horse's Mouth
  24 October 2017
Newsletter 35
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 - whilst away at conference offers insight into collegiality at independent schools.
  • Dave Wiggett - congratulates Mr Belman on his new appointment as Deputy Headmaster at Reddam Umhlanga, we wish him all the best in his new position and thank him for the years he has dedicated to Thomas More College.
  • Barbara Taljard - announces Gary Balarin's appointment as the SP second Deputy Head: Broader Curriculum.

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

MWLaunched last week 'Tripping Over Presidents', the long awaited Autobiography of Matthew Willman (Thomas More College Past Pupil) is now available. In appreciation of the wonderful response from the children and parents after the Madiba Exhibition earlier this year Matthew has agreed to leave some copies of his book with Rae Griesel which saves the delivery cost of R110 when ordering on line.

If you would like to purchase a copy (cash only) from Rae Griesel you can do so during the following hours (07:00 to 08:00 and 13:00 to 15:00 Monday to Fridays) while stocks last.


R200 for standard paperback

R250 for signed paperback



If you would like to read the bio go to:




Sharks Black & White (Friday 27 October)

As the Sharks are hosting this year's Currie Cup final in Durban, the Primary School (Crèche to Grade 7) would like to show their support by wearing black and white this Friday.  This is purely voluntary and there is no charge.  Should your child not have black and white clothes, or does not want to participate, then normal school uniform will suffice.  Let's hope our support can attract a win for the Sharks!



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Scripture for the week

Scripture2but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night.3That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:2-3

In Psalm 1: 2-3 one can just imagine a sturdy, well-watered, fruitful tree (v. 3) and that is us, with God being the river, the source of all life. The key verse though is verse 2: “but they delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law they meditate day and night." It is interesting to note that the biblical understanding of meditation is not silent contemplation but rather to speak quietly and the idea is that every day for the rest of our lives we slowly, quietly read the Bible and then talk about it with our friends. Pondering the mysteries, making connections and discovering what it all means. As we let the Bible interpret itself, something amazing happens, the Bible starts to read us because ultimately the writers of the Bible would want us to adopt this story as our story. For as in Isaiah 55:11 the LORD states: “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it”. The Bible in being God’s word, will speak into our lives as we declare it.

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

Just a short message this week as I am away attending the Bursars conference in the Cape. As an independent school one would think that there is little co-operation between schools for fear of “empowering the opposition”. Far from it! There is actually a great deal of sharing. ISASA and the IEB create channels through cluster groups, regional meetings and national conferences that allow for a great deal of communication. The recent emergence of “for profit” schools has really highlighted the benefits of collegiality amongst those who apply all of their funds back into their schools. Right now I am in fact sitting next to Peter Habberton, ex-Headmaster of TMC who is currently a Regional Director for ISASA. His very job is to facilitate communication between schools in his area.  



Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

News is out of Mr Gavin Belman’s promotion to the position of Deputy Head at Reddam Umhlanga next year. We congratulate Mr Belman unreservedly on this appointment. I know he will thrive in the new challenges he will encounter after 21 years of exceptional service at Thomas More College. We will bid Mr Belman farewell more appropriately later this term. Given that one doesn’t simply and easily replace a Gavin Belman, we have cast the net wide for our Head of Mathematics position and have attracted a number of outstanding candidates. This critical teaching position on our staff is receiving the due attention it merits.

I am pleased to inform you that Rev Martin Easson will be remaining at TMC in the capacity of History/LO/RE teacher next year. We know that Rev Easson will continue to uphold the incredible ethos of TMC in his new capacity as a full-time educator and that our children will continue to benefit from his incredible knowledge of matters historical.

It is an exciting week for us as we launch our Grade 8 and 9 Elective Programme. Our 2018 Grade 8 and 9 parents and pupils will be introduced to this innovative approach to their respective academic programmes for next year in which they will be able to select semester-long modules across the full range of subjects. Again, I must thank our incredible staff who have worked hard at designing new modules and themes for this programme. It promises to set our young people apart as they will delve with more depth and purpose into learning areas of their interest and, in doing so, uncover their passion and purpose.

Onto the small matter of November examinations…

I really encourage our children to start (if they haven’t already) making their study notes with immediate effect. We are exactly three weeks out from examinations. By engaging fully in the note-making process now, our young people will be ridding themselves of that pressure during the actual examination process. Please do NOT be fooled into thinking that any productive studying can be done from a textbook alone during the exams. The hard slog happens NOW, long before the exams. Please support your children in this endeavour. There is absolutely nothing wrong – or out of place – with a strong parental nudge in the right direction. 


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Well done to all those who cycled in the Amashova on Sunday and completed what they had set out to do. We are proud of you all!

Thank you to our Grade 7 parents, whose children are staying at Thomas More for High School next year, for attending the informative meeting last night in the Habberton Hall to hear about the exciting Electives choice. It enabled you to gain insight as to the innovative measures being put in place to make the HS offering more exciting and relevant for our fortunate pupils and to bring about more in-depth learning.

Our Public Speaking finalists in each grade from 4 to 7 speak at our Public Speaking finals this Thursday morning from 07:30 to 10:00. This is always most inspiring and rewarding to see the progress made and how confident our pupils are to speak in public. Thank you to the teachers and to Mrs Purdon and Mrs Ramasamy for organizing this.

Please remember the Sunset Proms on Friday evening at 18:00 in the Habberton Hall, with those children participating needing to be here at 17:00. Doors will also open at 17:00 so that families can select a table or throw a picnic blanket on the floor. They are welcome to start their dinner once they have settled.  It should be over by about 19:30. A number of our Grade 6 and Grade 7 pupils are involved in group items, in addition to various individual items in different genres, namely music, vocal, dance and drama. We would value parental and pupil support for what promises to be a delightful evening of entertainment. Thank you to Mrs Ramasamy and Mr Ganasen for all your support of the children.

I am pleased to announce that Mr Gary Balarin has been appointed into the second Deputy position in the Senior Primary which will cover the Broader curriculum. This includes, interalia, an increased focus on the “softer” non-cognitive side, which inculcates values and dispositions, and will include a 21st century skills development programme around the competencies of collaboration, communication, composure, citizenship, creativity, curiosity, compassion and critical awareness. The position also encompasses a strong spiritual emphasis, heading up the Senior Primary phase in this key domain, so crucial to our ethos. He will also work in the RE area with two Christian interns in 2018.

Best wishes to you all for the full week ahead. 


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Academic Achievements

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Travis Asbury - for such a super start to the 4th term - keep this up my boy.


Thomas Stephens - for striving to give of his best in all school activities.


Amy Boyd - for her great enthusiasm and trying hard to work carefully in her books.  Well done my girl.


Josh Pretorius - for his continued effort in the classroom and his willingness to challenge himself.


Angel Gamede - for the amazing work she has produced this week.


Tara Saint - for her beautiful cursive writing.


Rhys Pearton - for working hard on his sentences and story writing.  Keep up the good work.


Luvuyo Mbatha - for consistently working hard and making good progress in all academic areas.


Tatum Harris - for working hard and making such pleasing progress.


Isabella Fuini - for her great organisational skills and an interesting oral presentation.


Amber Allen - for her kind and caring nature and for always trying her best.


Laura van Tonder - for her steady and committed effort to all she does.


Daniel Ric-Hansen - for his enthusiasm, cheerful nature and for showing kindness and consideration towards his peers.


Nicci Steyn - for her enthusiastic approach towards her school day and for her positive attitude in Maths.


Ross Hofmann - for his positive attitude and excellent performance on the Mpumalanga tour.


James Verburg - for his enthusiasm and hard work at school.


Keegan Hutcheson - for his hard work and good progress within his academics.


Danika Chetty - for her steady commitment to her Grade 6 year.


Lauren Gieseler - for her friendly, kind manner and continued effort.


Jarryd Penny - for his increased effort to remain focussed in class and completion of tasks.


Sarah Simpson - for her continued effort and excellent manners.



Well done to the following pupils who received Gold certificates for Mathletics:

Rhys Pearton

Daniel Evans

Gubhuza Mlambo

Milla Douglas


Cultural Achievements

Congratulations to the following pupils who have excelled in culture:

Kiara Ganesh - Piano Distinction

Rebecca Ronald - Piano Distinction

Courtney Cadle - Piano Distinction

Ashtyn Cason - Piano Merit

Liam O'Loughlin - Piano Merit

Samuel Renard - Piano Merit

Lucy Hofmann - Ballet Distinction

Stephanie de Moor - Ballet Merit

Danielle de Moor - Ballet Merit

Kayla Perry - Ballet Merit

Lauren Bigalke - Ballet Merit

Erika Cai - Ballet Merit

Grace McHardy - Ballet Distinction

Tayla Summerford - Ballet Distinction

Rachel Cunningham - Ballet Distinction

Sarah Clark - Ballet Distinction

Sienna Raath - Ballet Distinction

Tara Saint - Ballet Distinction

Sebastian Watson - Ballet Distinction



Congratulations to Blake Jackson who completed his grade 6 (Associated Board of Royal schools) Piano exam and passed with 78 percent.

He also completed his grade 5 (Trinity School of Music) theory exam and received a distinction. Well done Blake.


Irish Dancing

Danielle de Moor competed in the South African championships and won 6 different ribbons for her dances: 6th for Bun Reel, 8th for Bun Treble Jig, 7th overall for Priomh Comortas (with 6th place for soft shoe round), 8th and 10th place for 2-hand Ceili. What a special opportunity, Danielle.


Amy Marks received bronze ribbons for competing in the Reel, Light Jig and Single Jig and Slip Jig at the SA Irish dancing championships.  Well done Amy.


Naomi Easson was placed 9th in her Bun Single Jig, 10th in her Bun Single Slip Jig, 4th in her soft shoe round of PC2 and 5th overall for PC2 at Irish Dancing S.A.Champs held in JHB. Her 2-hand Ceili team placed 10th out of 20 teams. Well done Naomi.

Sporting Achievements

HS Cricket

TMC U15A183/9 (Nyandeni 32, Van Zyl 30) Wembley College 30 all out (Riddle 5/14). TMC won by 153 runs.

Curro Mount Richmore 98/7 (Nkosi 4/16). TMC U15A 99/5. TMC won by 5 wickets.

TMC U15A 157 all out (Hooper 42, Maharaj 30*) Ashton 129 all out (Hooper 4/36). TMC won by 38 runs.

TMC 1sts 296/5. (Olivier 113* Blythen 58 Lutz 36 Heads 31*). Ashton 1sts 77/10 (Murugan 4/8) TMC won by 219 runs.

TMC 1sts 172/4 (Blythen 32. Meikle 35. Davies 46*). Hillcrest 84/8. TMC won by 88 runs.

Hillcrest U14A 125 Devon 38 Brady 32(Sim 4/11). TMC 130/8 (Davey 30 Coombs 43). TMC won by 2 wickets.

TMC U14A 231/4 (Brimelow 94 Sim 59no Davey 35)Ashton 121 (Matt 46 Ballack 5/33). TMC won by 110 runs.

Hillcrest 139. TMC 2nds 140/6 (Jacques 34, Daniel 28). TMC won by 4 wickets.



HS Girls’ Water Polo

TMC U14A vs DGHS – Won 11-3

TMC 2nds vs DGHS - Lost 1-6

TMC 1st Team vs DGHS - Lost 2-5

TMC U14A vs Maris Stella - Won 6-2

TMC 2nds vs Maris Stella - Lost 2-5

TMC 1stTeam vs Maris Stella - Won 6-2

TMC U14A vs WGHS U16A - Won 17-0

TMC 1stTeam vs WGHS 1stTeam - Won 20-1

TMC U14A vs St Henry's U16A - Won 7-2

TMC 1stTeam vs St Henry's 1stTeam - Won 14-2


HS Boys’ Water Polo

TMC U14A vs Kearsney U14B - Won 9-3

TMC U15A vs Kearsney U15A - Lost 0-4

TMC 1st Team vs Kearsney - Lost 6-13

TMC (Stayers) vs Hilton 3rds - Won 6-2

TMC (Stayers) vs St Charles 2nds - Won 9-0

TMC (Stayers) vs La Lucia - Won 12-0

TMC (Stayers) vs Michaelhouse U18D - Won 5-0


Congratulations to our Water Polo teams who played in the Top 10 Schools Tournament last weekend (13-15th October).

The final placings were as follows:

U14 Girls: 4th

1st Team Girls: 3rd

U15 Boys: 8th

1st Team Boys: 9th

Well played. We are very proud of you!


SP Cricket

TMPS 4ths vs Penzance 4ths

TMPS batted 1st

105/5 after 20 overs

Penzance 82/3 after 20 overs

Thomas More won by 21 runs 


TMPS 3rds vs Penzance

Penzance = 75/9 20 overs

Bowlers: Z. Lawrence 4 overs, 12 runs, 3 wickets

S. Renard 3 overs, 5 runs, 3 wickets

TMPS = 76/5 18th over

TMPS 3rds won by 5 wickets



Congratulations to Ashtyn Cason who has been named as part of the 2018 Junior National Squad by Tennis South Africa in the U12 Girls' High Performance Development Squad. We are exceptionally proud of Ashtyn and wish her all the very best in her tennis. We are sure we will see you at Wimbledon one day!



Congratulations to Mandy Olejniczak who recently participated in the 2017 South African Gymnastics Games in Gauteng.  She placed 3rd in South Africa for the floor routine for level 4, under 11 and received a bronze medal.