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The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
  27 November 2017
Newsletter 40
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 - shares the evolution of communication at Thomas More, and thanks the parents for the high level of involvement and success of TMC this year.

  • Dave Wiggett - bids farewell to Mrs Leigh-Ann McKenzie as she prepares for her move to New Zealands.

  • Barbara Taljard - shares info on the week ahead.

 

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 

 

HS Text books

The last date for textbook returns will be this Friday, 1 December 2017. Any textbooks not returned by this date will be charged to school accounts. Collection boxes are situated outside the exam venues for your child/ren’s convenience. Textbooks can also be returned to the textbook department situated inside the Dalberg library.   

Carol Service - Love Came Down- this Sunday, 3 December.  Please refer to Mrs Taljard's article (Primary School News) below for more information.  We look forward to you joining us.

 

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Kim Hooper
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Scripture for the week

ScriptureAnd when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11

With exams currently taking place both in the Senior Primary and High School the academic staff are busy either marking or invigilating. Now invigilation for me and I’m sure for the rest of the staff is as interesting as watching paint dry, although on the up side it does give you time to think. During one exam I was pondering a recent article I read on the conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter and I once again began to reflect on the Star of Bethlehem and the story of the Wise Men. No one knows exactly what was the ‘star’ mentioned in the Biblical account. Was it a conjunction of planets or a comet? And who were the Wise Men or Magi? These are interesting questions but I started to think of what light are we following?

These amazing people left their homeland in search of the King of the Jews by following a ‘star’? What had they been smoking!!! What faith, going into the unknown following a light in the sky. At that time their own countrymen may have called them the Three Fools rather than what we call them today. But their so called foolish journey brought them to the feet of the King of Kings. They were prepared to undertake this momentous journey in spite of the derision they might have received. They were whole heartily committed to the task that lay ahead knowing full well the dangers that they faced but they went ahead anyway. What courage and when they finally arrived in Bethlehem look at their reaction “And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy”. How much are we willing to undertake for the ‘Light of the World’ (John 8:12), the King of Kings, to give our all, knowing full well that we maybe mocked or scorned for our faith in a baby, born in a stable 2000 years ago?

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

Whole School News

My time at Thomas More College is now rapidly drawing to a close. In 16 years I have written an average of 40 articles a year for the Horse’s Mouth. That is a total of +- 640 articles! For a number of years these were sent out on paper by “pupil mail”. With improvements in technology, communications between the school and parents have certainly become a lot more advanced. Emails, D6, links, parent portals, Google calendars etc. are certainly much quicker and easier. In the era of letters, we each used to receive 2 or 3 a day, but now it’s is more like 30 or 40 messages. I do however believe that we have been desensitised and the readership of communications like the “Horse’s Mouth” has probably declined over the years.

One of the things that TMC is known for is the exceptionally high level of parental involvement. I am possibly writing this newsletter to the converted, but I am immensely grateful to those of you who support the school with such diligence. I said at my staff farewell last week that it “takes a village to raise a child”. We are all jointly responsible for the success of the school this year. Well done! 

 Shane

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal
scuthbertson@thomasmore.co.za

High School News

For some time now Mrs Leigh-Ann Mckenzie, our outstanding teacher of Engineering and Graphic Design, has been exploring an opportunity to teach and live in New Zealand. This opportunity has now presented itself and she begins her new job there in January next year. True to her professionalism and collegiality, she has arranged for the experienced Mrs Claire Holden to teach our EGD classes for the first term next year as we endeavour to find a permanent replacement. Mrs Mckenzie has been a superb colleague, consummately professional and our longest standing TMC teacher in the high school. I know your best wishes and prayers go with her and her family as they prepare for their move to New Zealand.

I know some folk have expressed some concern given the number of staff changes we have experienced this past semester. Granted, the high school has had a steady staff compliment for the past years, thus it may be alarming when well-established and loved colleagues take their leave of us within a six-month period.

I can assure you that every single one of the moves is underpinned by timely opportunity. Thus, I want to assure all our parents that there is certainly no need for alarm. Whilst it is obviously difficult and sad to bid farewell to these special colleagues, we also celebrate our new colleagues who will join us with their new perspectives, experiences and ideas in the new year. Responses to all of our adverts has been overwhelming with strong candidates seeking employment at Thomas More College.

We congratulated Mrs Debbie Kerdachi on her appointment as Deputy Head of Academics, as well as Mrs Moodley as HOD Pastoral, and Miss Venter as HOD Co-Curricular. Mr Ireland will be Senior Deputy Head: Operations and Student Matters.

We are currently in the throes of finalising the process of appointing our Counsellor and our Life Sciences educator. Once these processes have run their respective courses in the coming fortnight, I will share those appointments with you. It is most encouraging to note that we remain an employer of choice amongst ISASA and IEB schools.

Please take note of the following arrangements for the last week of term:

Monday 4 December

7:30 Registration

7:45 Special timetable for exam script checking

12:15 Close

Tuesday 5 December

[Pupils may wear Phys ED clothes to school on this day]

7:30 Registration

7:45 Complete exam script checking

10:30 Classroom moves and clean up (hence the Phys Ed clothing offer)

12:15 Close

Wednesday 6 December

7:30 Registration

7:45 Special Programme

9:30 Final Assembly

10:00 Close

 

I wish you all a peaceful week ahead as we edge relentlessly toward the holidays.

 

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

Primary School News

Thanks to all parents who supported the last “Toppies and Tots” Golf Day on Friday. Great fun was had, despite the inclement weather! Thank you too for the money over which has been donated to a most worthy cause.

All the best to our Grade 7 pupils and their teachers for their year-endPrimary School function this Thursday evening in the Mackenzie Centre starting from 17:30 to 20:30. Many thanks to the Grade 7 class moms and parents for assisting to put this all together so our children can have special closure in this phase of the school.

Please remember our annual, compulsory Sports and Cultural Awards this Friday evening, 1 December, at the Habberton Hall, where we also look forward to parental support. Children need to be in their classes by 17:15. They will walk over to the hall and be seated by 17:45 ready for a prompt 18:00 start. Thank you too to all our teachers, specialists and coaches for your contributions over the year in sport and culture. Not only do you attain high standards, but you also succeed in getting many children to participate and represent our school in sports matches and cultural events, in keeping with our ethos. Thank you also to our parents for assisting with transport and for your loyal support at sport and cultural activities during the year.

Our annual Carols Service, “Love Came Down “ takes place this coming Sunday evening, 3 December at 18:00 till ±19:15 in the Habberton Hall and is not in the form of a supper or picnic this year. A huge thank you to Sherwin Ganasen, who is co-ordinating it, and to the JP choir under Colette Jagles and the SP choir under Roberta Ramasamy, plus a High School choral group, as well as to Gary Balarin for all that has gone into making this so very special! It is most fitting as a Christian school that we should have an opportunity to thank God for His many blessings and for giving us His son, Jesus. This traditional event enables us to glorify God and remember the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you also to our junior HS marimba team and both the SP marimba groups and the recorder group, as well as our school community orchestra who will form part of the evening’s proceedings. It would also be appreciated if you could make a donation to the Outreach supported by our “Love Came Down”, which goes to a children’s charity.

Parents are welcome to attend the Senior Primary Final assembly, on Monday 4 December, from 11:00 until 12:30 in the Habberton Hall, which is the occasion at which effort; progress or academic merit for the fourth term only, are awarded. In addition we award some other general certificates acknowledging certain aspects not spoken about at the compulsory Senior Primary Speech night, on Tuesday evening, 5 December.

Please also take note of the earlier closing times for the Senior Primary in the last week of term, namely 12:30 on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 December.

Best wishes to you all for the week ahead. 

 

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

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  Wetrock

 

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1B

Esethu Nene – for his wonderful story writing and amazing self-control

1K

Blaine Kupanandam - for his lovely story about the Christmas star.

1S

Megan Perritt - for giving of her best in all her tasks and for her beautiful reading.

2D

Alexis Brown for her kind heart, willingness to help and consistent good work in class.

2J

Naomi Easson for her willingness to be helpful to her teachers and classmates.

2R

James Dreyer for his good manners and his lovely report on Pirate day!

3B

Ben Goussard for being consistently respectful and well mannered.

3M

Katie Morgan for continuously striving to achieve better results in all academic areas. Keep up the good work Katie.

3R

Daniel Evans, for his good attitude and hard work every day.

4dP

Aphelele Mchunu - for always giving of her best in all that she does.

4P

Josh Fitzpatrick - for his diligent attitude towards his schoolwork.

4dL

Khotos Tsomela - for his hard work and kind and respectful nature.

5vL

Thando Mngomezulu - for his gentle, caring nature and always trying to give of his best.

5M

Jason Reed - for his quiet, diligent approach towards his work and for his excellent manners.

5L

Rory Mazery - for her kind and caring nature.

6J

Stephanie de Moor - for showing kindness, courage and being helpful.

6M

Shannon Wilhelm - for her positive attitude and kind heart.

6F

Ruan Swanepoel - for his input during his History lesson last week.

7M

Miguel de Chasteaneuf - for his kindness, generosity and unselfish consideration for others.

7H

Suvay Naidoo - for his continued hard work and diligence.

7C

Luke McDaniel - for his positive attitude and helpful nature.

 

HS History

Special thanks to Colby Veenman, Faran Steenkamp & Ruaan Rossouw for donating their Grade 9 History project (Enigma Machine) to the High School History Department.  Early models of the Enigma Machine were used commercially from the early 1920s, and adopted by military and government services of several countries, most notably Nazi Germany before and during World War II.  We are sure this will be used in many History lessons to come.  Thank you boys! HistoryHistory

 

Cultural Achievements

Piano

Faran Steenkamp received 94% for his Grade 5 Piano Theory exam with ABRSM (Association Board of the Royal School of Music). Well done Faran.

 

Sporting Achievements

Junior Boys' Water Polo

TMC U11A vs DPHS U11B – Drew 5 – 5

TMC U11B vs DPHS U10B – lost 2 - 6

 

TMPS Cricket 3rds vs Atholl Heights 3rds

TMPS batted first scoring 107 for 3

J. Staples 25 runs

K. Brand 21 runs

Atholl Heights scored 79 for 10 (all out)

T. Steyn 14 runs for 4 wickets

M. Scott 13 runs for 3 wickets

TMPS 3rds won by 28 runs

 

SP Water Polo vs DPHS and Atholl Heights

Boys' 1st vs DPHS 2nd : lost 1 - 10

Boys' 2nd vs DPHS 3rd : lost 0 – 14

Boys' 1st vs Atholl Heights 1st : won 12 – 1

Boys' 2nd vs Atholl Heights 1st : lost 6 – 10

Girls' 1st vs Atholl Heights 1st : won 13 – 0

Girls' 2nd vs Atholl Heights 1st: lost 3 – 4

 

SP Water polo - Durban Girls' College Tournament

1st team vs Maris Stella 1st lost

1st team vs Curro 1st won

Pool playoff:

1st team vs Scottburgh 1st won

Semi-final:

1st team vs Maris Stella 1st 5-4 won

TMC 1st team was placed 3rd in the tournament with DGC placing first and St. Mary’s placing second.

Excellent results!

 

SP Girls’ Water polo Tournament (St Mary's)

1st team vs St. Mary’s 1st 0-8 lost

1st team vs Curro 1st 5-0 won

1st team vs Maris Stella 2ndwon

U11A vs St. Mary’s U11A 6-0 won

U11A vs DGC U11A3-1 won

U11A vs Maris Stella U11A 3-2 won

U11 B vs St. Mary’s U11B 7-0 won

U11B vs DGC U11B 0-5 lost

U11 B vs Maris Stella U11B 7-0 lost 

 

MX

Congratulations to Levi Smith who raced in the 50cc support class at the Global ASP MX Legends 2 race in PMB on Saturday.  This was Levi's 2nd race on an offroad bike, and he managed to place 2nd overall.  Well done Levi.