The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
  07 November 2017
Newsletter 37
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 the Parents' Council for putting together the enjoyable 80s themed final event for 2017.

  • Dave Wiggett - questions who this “society” is, and why we would place so much value on its apparent truths about who or what we (and particularly our children) should be.

  • Barbara Taljard - reminds parents of mid-term break starting at 10.30am this Thursday for SP children (aftercare until 3pm), with school as usual on Monday 13 November.


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 


JP Library Books

All JP library books to be returned by 9th November for stocktake.

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Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Co-ordinator:  Communications


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Scripture for the week

ScriptureThe words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:1-2

The Book of Ecclesiastes often leaves people feeling very uncomfortable because it gives us the impression that life is meaningless. The Hebrew word here is hevel which means smoke or vapour. Like smoke, life is both beautiful and mysterious, it takes one shape and before you know it takes a new shape. For smoke looks solid but once we try and grab it, it will slip away and when we’re stuck in the middle of it, like fog it’s impossible to see clearly. In our modern translations of the Bible it has lost this metaphor and usually translates hevel as meaningless but if we read it more closely the writer is not saying life has no meaning but rather that its meaning is never clear, like smoke. Life is often confusing and most of all uncontrollable.

What the writer is telling us that we should firstly acknowledge what the Book of Proverbs tells us, which is to live in wisdom and in the fear of the LORD. Secondly and more importantly since we can’t control our life we should stop trying. Learn to hold things with an open hand because we really have control over one thing and that is our attitude towards the present moment. The writer tells us to stop worrying and try enjoying the simple things in life, a meal with the people we care about or the sun on our face. In other words we need to be humble and trust that life has a meaning even when we can’t make sense of it. For one day God will remove the hevel and will bring His justice on all we have done. So our response to all of this is the same as the Book of Proverbs: to fear the LORD and keep His commandments.

(Thanks to the Bible Project: Book of Ecclesiastes)

Shalom (peace)
God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

The Fourth Term Parents' Council event held on Friday evening was a resounding success. This was in the form of an 80s evening of music and dance. With my retirement at the end of the year I was the honored guest. It was very touching to see that over 220 people turned up for the celebration. I think that I can safely say that it was the most festive parent event that I have been to at TMC. Carolyn and I were not allowed to rest for more than a minute or two before we we hauled back onto the dance floor. I would like to thank the PC committee and in particular Rae Griesel and Pravina Coombs for this wonderful gesture.

The year is now galloping away. Final examinations for the lower grades start on Monday and the Matrics are now well into their exams. This is certainly a pressured time for most yet the holidays still seem to be a long way off.

With the examinations about to start, the prefab classrooms will be removed towards the end of next week. This will open up the parking area and road that the prefabs currently occupy and should improve the traffic flow. Thank you so much for your patience as we improve the facilities at the school. 


Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

These were the words on a social activist’s video clip I watched recently, and they struck some concern with me. Young folk will often discuss the pressures and expectations “society” places on them. And so, I find myself really questioning who this “society” is, and why we would place so much value on its apparent truths about who or what we (and particularly our children) should be.

One of the fundamental truths at Thomas More College is that The Individual Matters Most. This does not mean that we acquiesce automatically to the sometimes-frivolous whims of adolescence. Rather, it is an earnest effort to provide moments and spaces in which our children can hopefully identify, explore and nurture their passions. We know that people – both young and old – discover and grow into their potential when engaged in activities that resonate with their passions.

When people engage their passions and potential, their self-worth is able to develop naturally. And if an individual’s self-worth is healthy, they will want the same for others, thereby removing any doubt about the individual’s value. And if the individual values him- or herself, why on earth would they choose to be part of a society that teaches others not to love themselves?

So, let us take up the mantle of being a society that seeks to teach people to love and value themselves. Let them then leave us at the end of Grade 12 and ripple that energy forward, thereby affecting positively those whom they encounter. The positive ripples will grow exponentially. You may call me a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. Just as there is a growing clamour about separatist world politics, angst, racism, sexism and abuse, so too must the voices of love, celebration of diversity, positive reinforcement and gratitude continue to sing loudly. If TMC continues to dream, and to be a safe space to grow and discover, our children will indeed change the worlds in which they exist after school.


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Our Grade 7’s worked hard last week selling yummy, fun and different products as part of their entrepreneurial week. Thank you to Mrs Nicholas for organizing this exciting business event as part of the Grade 7 Economic and Management Science (EMS) syllabus. The Grade 7’s have certainly learnt many business skills over the duration of the project. Who knows- we may be developing a future business entrepreneur?

We have another exciting week ahead, leading up to our earlier closure on Thursday at 10:30 for the SP at the start of our mid-term break. A reminder that the SP aftercare will be open until 15:00 only.

We wish our Grade 7s well as they prepare for their Shared Assessment exams, which start next Tuesday 14 November. These exams replace the ones in these particular subjects which would have been written later in the term. Matches have been moved to the Thursday afternoon, so they can learn and give due diligence to these important assessments. (Content subject and other exams are being written in the week starting 27 November.)

We are pleased to announce that Mr Jason McGarry has been appointed as a class teacher for 2018 in Grade 5. Mr Lang will move to Grade 6 as a class teacher and Mr Hartley will be the class teacher for our additional Grade 7 class. We do not accept requests for your child, however, to be in a particular teacher’s class. In Grade 4 and 5, where class teaching is largely practiced (except for the small groups in English and Maths), the teachers work and plan very closely together. In Grade 6 and 7 it actually makes no difference who your child’s class teacher is, as the teachers do subject teaching, thus exposing the children to the same teachers, except in Maths and English where we work in differentiated groups.

While the adage goes, “Never judge a book by its cover’, another saying, “First impressions count” also holds water. Thank you to those who attended to shortcomings in your child’s dress code- it is appreciated. As this year starts to draw to a close, please assist us by keeping your children looking smart in their school clothes, and by ensuring that their uniforms and shoes are clean and tidy. We continue to expect both boys’ and girls’ hairstyles to comply with the school regulations right to the year end. This means that a number of our boys may still need haircuts later in the term so that they will look neat and tidy at our final award ceremonies and functions which are coming up. We would value your continued support in upholding our school rules

Wishing you all the best for another busy, albeit short week ahead. We hope you enjoy the mid-term break and look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday. 


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Academic Achievements

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Gabriella Pillay - for speaking so kindly to her friends and offering a helping hand where she can.
Ethan Horne - for being such a brave and responsible boy at our school play. What a super star.


Caitlyn King - for her enthusiastic response to learning about fractions and her valuable contributions in these lessons.
Bridget Carter - for her gentle, loving nature and her initiative and willingness to assist others in need.


Xu Ran Cai - for working carefully on all his tasks and for the happy enthusiasm he shows every day.
Simisiwe Mbonambi - for her kind-heart, friendly smile and determination to succeed.


Cailee Pretorius - for her super work, outstanding concentration and dedication to her friends.
Itumeleng Kubheka - for his beautiful singing at the concert and awesome self-control.


Mayali Madaree - for her beautiful cursive writing and impressive work ethic.
Aston Grace - for his beautiful cursive writing and excellent Maths.


Luke Ramlaken - for his positive attitude towards his school work and for wonderful neat cursive writing.
Emma Croucamp - for improving the pace of her work and presenting neat cursive writing.


Izabella Nadauld - for showing consistent commitment to her work and for working creatively and carefully.  Keep it up.
Keira Browning - for her steady commitment to her work and for her outstanding swimming results at the recent KZN champs.


Lumka Ndaba - for persevering through a difficult task and completing it with a positive attitude.
James Nisbet - for sharing all the new facts he learns about Space with us.  Good work James.


Ethan Harper - for always working hard and making such pleasing progress.
Tatum Harris - for giving of her best and aiming to complete tasks well.


James Evans - for his diligent and hard working nature.


Leah Chetty - for her outstanding maths test results and being a responsible class vice captain.


Elisabeth du Buisson - for her continued hard work.


Michael Jolly - for his friendly, cheerful nature and for always being helpful in the classroom.


Deanco Oberholzer - for his wonderful manners and positive approach in everything he does.


Max Buchan - for his all round enthusiasm and achievements on the cricket field.


James Cleland - for his perseverance and talented dance moves.


Jethro Mackenzie - for his positive attitude and consistent hard work.


Demi-Lee Bell - for taking positive steps towards understanding her work and improving her results.


Cade Higgitt - for being a gentle, kind and caring young man.


Tyrelle Reddy - for his performance on the cricket field.


Electra Balidis - for her positive attitude in the classroom and on the sports field.


Cultural Achievements


Congratulations to Rachel Beyers (Grade 2) who received a distinction for her ballet exam. Well done!

Congratulations to Emma Beyers (Grade 8) who passed her Intermediate Foundation Cecchetti Ballet exam with a Distinction – 89%

Congratulations to Megan Beyers (Grade 10) who passed her Intermediate Cecchetti Ballet exam with a Distinction – 91%

Hannah Patterson (Grade 9) has achieved a distinction of 87% in her recent Intermediate Classical Cecchetti Ballet Exam. She danced in the recent Gala Performance at the Playhouse (28th October) and now proceeds to the level of Advanced 1 for the next 2 years. Well done Hannah.



Congratulations to Amy Ahlschlager (Grade 7) who received a Merit for her Trinity Rock and Pop Grade 3 Exam last week. Well done Amy!!


Sporting Achievements

KZN Cricket

We would like to congratulate Jordan Meikle on being selected for the KZN U17 Mynahs Cricket team.  Well done Jordan.


SP 3rds vs Westville

WSPS batted 1st scoring 157/7 after 20 overs

M. Scott bowled 3 overs for 12 runs taking 3 wickets

S. Renard bowled 4 overs for 32 runs taking 2 wickets

TMPS batted next scoring 97/3 in 20 overs

J. Robbins scoring 22 (19)

O. Zulu scoring 29 (29) not out

TMPS lost by 60 runs 


SP Indoor Hockey  

U13 vs Kloof won 4-3

U12 vs St Mary’s B won 4-0

U12 vs Winston Park won 4-1


Congratulations to the following girls on their selection:

U13 Girls

Megan Hoogerheijde (captain) and Jorja Robertson (vice-captain)

U12 Girls

Kaelah Balarin (captain) and Shannon Wilhelm (vice-captain)


KZN Swimming

Keira Browning was placed third overall for U9 at the KZN swimming champs and got the following medals: silver 50 fly, bronze for 100 and 50 breast, bronze for 50 back, bronze for 100 free, bronze for mixed freestyle relay, 2nd for IM for her age group and 6th for U10.  Incredible achievement, very well done we are so proud of you!


Amashova Cycle Race

Congratulations to Rogan Jaggard who received a medal for participating in the Amashova cycle race. Well done Rogan.


SP Boys’ Water Polo vs St Henrys

1st vs St Henrys 1st – lost 1 – 5

2nd vs St Henrys 2nd – Won 6 - 0


HS Boys’ Water Polo

U14A vs Northwood U14B – Lost 2-5

U15A vs NW U15A – Lost 2-3

1st Team vs NW Stayers – Lost 3-7

U14A vs PMB College U14B – Won 3-2

U15A vs PMBC U15A – Lost 5-6

1st Team vs PMBC 1st Team – Lost 4-7


SP Girls' Water polo

U13A vs Curro U13A 9-0 won

U13A vs Maris Stella U13A 2-6 Lost

U13A vs DGC U13A 0-10 Lost

U13A vs DGC U13B 6-3 Won

U13B vs Curro U13A 3-3 Draw

U13B vs Maris Stella 5-2 won

U13B vs DGC U13B 0-9 Lost

U13A vs St Mary’s 0-6 Lost

U13A vs Maris Stella 0-6 Lost

U13A vs DGC 0-6 Lost

U13B vs St Mary’s U13A 0-14 Lost

U13B vs Maris Stella 4-1 Won

U13B vs DGC 0-9 Lost and won 3-2

U11A vs St. Marys 2-2 Draw

U11A vs Maris Stella 3-2 Won

U11A vs DGC 2-3 Lost

U11B vs St. Marys 1-1 Draw

U11B vs Maris Stella 2-1 Won

U11B vs DGC 0-1 Lost


HS Cricket

U14A 199/4 (Brimelow 63, Davey 59, Sim 30*). Voortrekker 106 all out (Sanchez 4/7). TMC won by 93 runs.

Voortrekker U15A 119 all out (Hooper 6/8). TMC 120/4 (Riddle 76*). TMC won by 6 wickets.

Voortrekker 1st Team 138 all out. TMC 103 all out (Barnard 6/5). Voortrekker won by 35 runs.