Long Walk
The Horse's Mouth
Thomas More College
News from the Horse's Mouth
  13 February 2018
Newsletter 04
From the Editor...

Please find the Scripture for the week here.


    Some points of particular interest in the expanded sections below include:

  • Dave Wiggett - prepares for Open Day and looks forward to the Sponsored Walk and Matric Dance.

  • Barbara Taljard - thanks parents for their support at various events held thus far and wishes the Grade 7 Cultural Tour all the best.

  • Deni Hornsey - the love and support from family.


Condolences to Carol Mbili and her family on the recent passing of her daughter, Amanda. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.


Stock Shop Times

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  


Club TMC Draw (Parents’ Council Fundraiser)

Congratulations to Mr B Gardiner, parent of Savannah Gardiner in Grade 9, who is the lucky Club TMC draw winner for Term 1/2018. Mr Gardiner wins a term’s free school charges. We thank him for his support.


Open Days

High School - Thursday 22 February (4pm)

Primary School - Friday 23 February (9am)

Please share with any family or friends that may be interested.

Open Day

Matric Dance

The Matric Dance takes place this Saturday 17 February. The Habberton Hall will be open to view the décor on Saturday from 2-4pm, with Matric arrivals starting at 5.30pm. 


Long Walk 2018



Please visit the following link 2018 Long Walk Route



Please see what provisions are needed for the long walk on our website and if anyone has contacts or is able to sponsor items please contact Rae Griesel on 031 764 8697 or rgriesel@thomasmore.co.za



Please look out for an email later this week asking for volunteers in the various areas. We ask that you please book a slot and assist on the day as we need 700 volunteers to ensure the safety of our children and walkers.



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

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Claudia Levarelli

Marketing Co-ordinator: Digital Media


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Scripture for the week

ScriptureThanks to Carryn de Moor, Phetheni Mbonambi and Mrs Robb for their suggestions for our JP SU re-naming competition.  

The winner is Janine Mazery: “Pathfinders” (based on Psalm 16v11 ~ “You make known to me the path of life”).

Colossians 3:12-14

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.13Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

This is the verse that our STIC ( Students Together In Christ) Committee has chosen as their theme for the year.

For our young students to have chosen such an appropriate and significant piece of scripture when society is obsessed with self, measuring one’s worth by the number of “likes” one gets on social media, shows that we haven’t lost our youth to such a superficial world and it gives us hope for their futures.

Christ’s character of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and forgiveness are so desperately needed today, as society struggles to resist what the world is promoting. Unfortunately pride, lack of forgiveness and aggression seem to be the norm.

As clichéd as it may sound, LOVE certainly is what we need and binds all these virtues listed in the above verse. The world would be a far better place if we could show some love to those around us.

I pray that we will be constantly reminded of Christ’s love and forgiveness toward us so that we too can love and forgive others.

Cheryl Selley


High School News

You may have noticed that we are fast approaching Open Day season for all schools. Adverts with schools’ open day details will soon abound on lamp posts and appear in newspapers and on social media. It got me thinking about why folk would (or should) consider Thomas More College.

We have a vast array of activities for our children to explore as vehicles for self-discovery. But, then again, most of the schools in the Upper Highway area have similar offerings. And whilst I am exceptionally proud and excited about the level at which we compete across all activities in our extra mural programme, that is not the why. It’s a wonderful added bonus that we have this robustness in our offering, but others do too.

Our campus is magnificent and beautiful. It oozes an energy and character, but I am sure that many folks feel that way about their respective schools. Again, our compelling aesthetic is yet another added bonus that complements the essence of our school. But it’s not the unique factor.

We love our children dearly. It is our earnest commitment to meet each child in his or her space and to encourage each child to explore and develop their unique giftedness. Uniqueness matters to us, and each child’s journey towards celebrating and loving their own (and that of others) unique giftedness and their subsequent capacity to celebrate diversity because of this matters most to us. And yet, many other schools’ attest to do the same, and so they should. Our young people are the cornerstone of our future.

The above paragraphs all play a critical role in what makes TMC such a special and compelling space.

Yet, I believe our fundamental why lies within our vision to provide An Inspired Education. Our staff have committed to undertake a journey whereby we explore, research and engage with The Art of Teaching. As such, we have begun to mould our teaching and learning spaces, protocols and practices to celebrate every child’s uniqueness through our core business: teaching and learning. The education system often dislocates and disengages young people from their natural talents and passions given its past (and in some case present) preoccupation with conformity. Children do not fit a mould, a conformed standard of what a teenager should be. And to expect them to be such would be thoroughly foolhardy and short-sighted. No, we must hear our children’s voices, encourage their diversity and uniqueness to shine, and allow them to do so in a safe, structured space. This excites boundlessly about our school, and this is what sets us on our own trajectory.

In closing, I look forward to a wonderful Sponsored Walk on Friday as we all come together to raise funds that will make a weighty difference in our community. So too, I know you all join me in wishing the Grade 12s a memorable, special Matric Dance this coming Saturday. It promises to be the stuff of memories. I also must thank the Parents’ Council, along with our Grade 8 staff, for a fun-filled Grade 8 Amazing Race on Saturday, as well as those parents who came out to support our gala last week. Similarly, I thank our staff who organised and shared duties at the Valentine’s Dance. Gosh, what a busy school we are, and our commitment to provide multiple and varied opportunities for children to shine remains steadfastly intact.  


David Wiggett
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Our whole TMC family mourns with our long serving Senior Primary teacher, Ms Carol Mbili, on the tragic loss of her daughter Amanda, who was a past pupil of the Primary School, known and loved by many. We offer our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to her and her sons, Sihle and Bili and to Winnie and families. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday 17 February at Kearsney.

Thanks to those parents and staff who attended the PC AGM last Wednesday and a special thank you to Mr Roy Alderdice, our Board Chairman, and Mr Wayne Jaggard, the treasurer of the Finance Committee, for being present. We thank those PC Committee members stepping down, for their support and hard work over the years and welcome new members, Ms Amanda Zuma and Mr Craig Hemphil to the Parents’ Council committee.

Grade 6 and 7 parents were invited to join your children this morning to hear a special message from our High School Headmaster, Mr Dave Wiggett, as to why they should strongly consider staying at TMC and moving up to our own High School.  We hope those who had considered moving their children to other High Schools will reconsider our own High School as their school of choice. 

With Valentine’s Day today, we had given our children the option of wearing appropriate red / pink and white civvies to school at a cost of R10.00, which will be debited to your account. The proceeds will go to a very worthy cause, which brings dignity to disadvantaged young women enabling them to continue their schooling.

Love encompasses caring for others in our community. You should have received the sponsoring form in preparation for our Sponsored Walk this Friday 16 February, following which is the start of our mid-term break. The money raised from our walk goes to support our many Outreach initiatives and makes a significant difference in the lives of others. While we ourselves may be experiencing the financial pinch as a result of the current economic climate, how much more so the disadvantaged communities around us. Worst hit are the children and these are our specific target to bring hope in an otherwise bleak world. We would thus truly value your wholehearted support for our Outreach endeavours.

Well done to all our SP Boys and Girls swimmers who swam at Clifton yesterday.

Best wishes too to our Grade 7 Cape Town Cultural tour group who leave on Thursday accompanied by tour leader, Mr Conway, and Mrs Grant, Mrs Fuhri and Mr Brimelow. We wish them a fun-filled, enriching learning experience and look forward to hearing what they have to say on their return to school on Wednesday next week.

We also wish our Grade 12s all the very best for their matric dance on Saturday 17th February.

School closes at 10:45 for the SP after the Sponsored Walk and re-opens on Tuesday 20th. Have a safe and enjoyable mid term break. To those going on the TMC family weekend - may it be very special. 


Barbara Taljard
Primary School: Headmistress

Foundation Phase News

With the very early arrival of our newest granddaughter Kayla and the untimely passing of Carol Mbili’s daughter, Amanda, at a mere 20 years old, it brought home to me how fragile life is and how easy it is to take family life for granted.

Family is where our identity and personality is created and it is through family that we learn the values of love, trust, hope, belief, culture, morals, traditions and every little matter that concerns us. A strong individual foundation comes from belonging to a supportive family.There is no tangible value that can be allocated to having a family who teaches values, moulds character, models the importance of love, trust and security, is dependable and stands by one another no matter what.

It is often in a crisis or a tragedy that we suddenly realise just how important family is. In this, Carol stands out as always maintaining a strong family bond even though her children have spread their wings. To Carol and her boys Sihle and Nqobile and extended family members, your loss is our loss. Amanda will be lovingly remembered for her sparkly personality, her determination to succeed and her incredible sporting talent.

2 Corinthians 1:5 - “For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”

Deni Hornsey
Foundation Phase:  Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Primary School Weekly Achievers


We are currently looking for a sponsor for our Primary School Weekly Achievers - if you would like to be involved, please contact Claudia Levarelli 031 764 8646 / clevarelli@thomasmore.co.za


1B Mitchell Layden for his enthusiastic approach towards all his tasks and a great improvement in the presentation of his work.
1R Luthando Mbatha for trying always to do his best in his workbooks.
1S Tarryn Lötter for working independently on her tasks and giving of her best at all times.  A great start to Grade 1.
2D Jacques Oets for learning to encourage others on the sports field and in the classroom.
2R Khwezi Maphanga for coping so well with his leg in plaster cast and for being so cheerful.
2K Alex Bennett for her consistent hard work and effort that she puts into producing neatly laid out tasks.  Well done my girl.
3B Daniel Buccimazza for his kind and friendly nature, his focused efforts and his willingness to work hard.  Keep it up.
3M Josh Pretorius for completing his tasks on time and making sure they are presented neatly with attention to detail.
3R Tara Saint for neat and accurate work in her English book.
4C Alex & Jamie Buchan for their enthusiasm, helpuflness and for giving of their best in everthing they do.
Ryan Worsnip for his excellent Maths and for settling down so well at TMC.
4P Joëlle Pienaar for settling into her new school so well and for beautiful manners.
Violet Macgregor for her sweet nature and always trying to do the right thing.
4dL Isabelle Gard for being so enthusiastic, and for settling into her new school so well.
Cameron Williams for his lovely manners and for being so helpful.
5vL Liam Oets for managing so well despite his broken arm and for completing tasks timeously.
Stella Reinecke for her kind gentle nature and neat work in all her books.
5M Karla Lunt for her kind and friendly nature and for her positive approach to her school day.
Landyn Fouche & Hemishen Pillay for settling down so well into TMC and for being positive members of our class.
5McG Leah Naidoo for her neat work and positive attitude in the classroom.
Amber Allen for her diligence and cheerful nature.
6McC Max Buchan for his enthusiasm and positive approach to his school day.
Jason Erasmus for a more concerted effort and positive attitude.
6F Dayna Deeble for her commitment to everything that she does.
Jason Reed for his maturity and gentlemanly behaviour.
6L Rory Mazery for her diligence and being helpful around the classroom.
Bryan Ireland for his positive approach to his school day and excellent effort in Maths.
7C Simei Bekker for her wonderful performance in the schools Championship Gala.
Gregory Roets for his helpful and kind manner.
7M Braden Hill for his strength of character and brave approach to life.
Philip Craig for his quiet, confident approach and his wonderful manners.
7EH Lizwi Mzobe for settling so well into TMC and trying so hard in class.
James Austen for his progress and perseverance.
7CH Matthew Clark for his consistent hard work and good manners.
Simeï Bekker for her wonderful performance in the schools Championship gala.



Cultural Achievements


The Junior Debaters (Jessica Mills, Julia Leisegang and Justin Keep) unfortunately lost to Durban Girls' High School on Thursday 8th February.


Liam Reeves  

Liam Reeves took part in the International Presentation of Performers event which was hosted at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas from the 2nd January – 6th January 2018. Liam auditioned for acting and modelling and walked away with 3 three awards. A fourth place and 2 second place medals. On conclusion of the event Liam had 7 call backs from various talent scouts and agencies across America.  Well done Liam, exciting times ahead.


Faran Steenkamp

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


Catherine Ronald

Received 92% for her grade 4 Trinity College piano exam and based on those results, she has been selected to play in the SA Society of Music Teachers achievers concert at Howard College on 10 March. Well done Catherine, exciting news.


Sporting Achievements

HS Interhouse Gala Results

1st Dalberg

2nd Savory

3rd Hurley

Junior Victrix: Chelsea Layden

Junior Victor: Matthew Doyle

Senior Victrix: Michelle Matthews

Senior Victor: Matthew Watts

Special mention to Matthew Watts, who is the new record holder for the Individual Medley.



Congratulations to Ashtyn Cason who has been selected as part of the eThekwini Primary School District Tennis Team. She has been invited to the KZN Schools inter regional Trials in PMB in September. Well done Ashtyn.



Bridget Theunissen competed in the Discovery Triathlon World Cup in Cape Town recently. She was fortunate to meet some of the pros and to watch the women elites compete in the Elite race. Biddi competed in the schools race and took 1st place in a large field of 122 female competitors, some of them from neighbouring countries like Zimbabwe and Namibia.

She will be competing in Zimbabwe in the Troutbeck African Continental cup this weekend for SA u17 girls team. Well done Biddi, and all the best for the upcoming event this weekend.


Midmar Mile

Well done to all our pupils, their families and staff who completed the Midmar Mile this weekend. Special mention must be made of Megan Canning who has completed her 7th Mile.



Congratulations to Travis Stedman who competed in the first round of the SA XCO Cup series in Stellenbosch where he had a great race on the dusty track to finish 2nd in the Youth Boys (U16) race.

Anvia Bredenkamp also competed in the SA XCO Cup series in Stellenbosch where she placed a well deserved 4th in the Sub Junior (U14) Girls event.

Tiffany Keep competed in the first round of the SA XCO Cup series in Stellenbosch where she placed 2nd in the Junior U18 Ladies Category.


Road & Track Cycling

Congratulations to Mitchel Potgieter and Dean Gregson who competed in the first round of the Quattro Roag Mountain bike series this past weekend. This is part of the Quattro Roag Schools challenge.


A super achievement from Courtney Smith, who won gold in all six of the following track cycling events in Morocco at the African Continental Track Championship this past week.

1. Individual Pursuit

2. Points Race

3. Scratch

4. Time Trial – Individual

5. Kerin

6. Individual Sprint


Down in the Cape this last week the following students took part in the S.A. Road and Time Trial events.

· Tiffany Keep - U19 (Junior) SA Champ in TT and Road Race

· Travis Stedman - U17 SA Champion in both the Time Trial and Road race

· Cian Leveridge - U19 (Junior) 9th in TT and 3rd in the Road Race (an excellent achievement)

· Jordan Bold - 6th in TT & pulled out due to being unwell during the road race

CourtneyTravis StedmaCian LeveridgeTiffany Keep


HS Cricket





1st XI

Durban High School 187/5. TMC 115/9 (Murugan 30)


TMC Lost by 72 runs

1st XI

TMC 1st Team 344/3 (K. Olivier 103, V. Murugan 173*). Grantleigh 97 all out (B. Davies 3/7).


TMC Won by 247 runs

2nd XI

TMC 2nds 282/7 (R. Rossouw 86, B. Riddle 42, N. Nkosi 38) Grantleigh 30 all out (M. Munian 4/3, J. Vergeer 3/3)


TMC Won by 252 runs


TMC U15A 225/5 (M. Sim 93*, H. Brimelow 69). Grantleigh 61 all out (H. Brimelow 4/12).


TMC Won by 164 runs

HS Girls’ Indoor Hockey




1st Team

Durban Girls' College


TMC Won : 3-1


Danville Park Girls' High School


TMC Lost : 1-2


Durban Girls' High


TMC Won : 2-0

2nd Team

Durban North College


TMC Won : 5-1




TMC Won : 11-0


St. Mary's DSG


TMC Lost : 1-4


Kloof High School Girls' U14A


TMC Won : 3-2

Boys’ Water Polo




1st Team

St Henry's Marist College

TMC Won : 14 - 3


St Henry's Marist College U15A


TMC Lost : 3 - 5

SP Cricket
1st Team Penzance - TMC 1st 108 for 6, R Browning 22, Penzance 109 for 5.   TMC lost by 5 wickets
U11A Penzance batted 1st and scored 175 all out. Liam Oets 4 overs 7/3; Snqobile Ndawo 4 overs 8/2.  TMC 82 all out. James Evans 35.   TMC lost by 93 runs
U10A Penzance - TMC batted 1st 93/6 - Thomas Buchan 39; Kai McCormick 12.  Penzance 94/2, Michael Lang 2 wickets, 13 runs and 4 overs   TMC lost by 6 wickets
2nd Team Penzance 80/9 after 20 overs TMC 116 for 6 after 20 overs.  Blaine Dunbar 30 runs, Adam Gray 18 runs, Travis McMaster 4 overs, 17 runs and 3 wickets.    TMC won by 36 runs 
U10B Penzance 72 all out, 4 for 16 Ruairi Valentine, 3 for 18 Llewellyn Lewis.  TMC 91 for 6.   TMC won by 19 runs after 19.1 overs
3rd Team Penzance 50/4 off 20 overs.  M. Clark took 2 wickets for 9 runs off 4 overs.  TMC 51/3 off 11 overs, K. Pearton scored 23   TMC won by 7 wickets