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News from the Horse's Mouth
  16 October 2017
Newsletter 34
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 happenings of last week, from bad weather to farewells.
  • Dave Wiggett - celebrates the Matric group of 2017, and the incredible calibre of teachers at TMC.
  • Barbara Taljard - looks back on last week's Matric prize giving, and congratulates a number of achievers in academics and sport.

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

In August this year the High School held a Women’s Month Campaign. The campaign began with an address from the Jess Foord Foundation. In support of the Foundation, the pupils were encouraged to bring in items for the Foundation’s Handbag project, where a handbag packed full with comfort items is given to the rape victims when they report the rape at a police station. We were also able to donate just over R1600 to the Jess Foord Foundation from the sale of green ribbons which the pupils were allowed to wear on their blazer for the month of August.

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Scripture for the week

ScriptureRejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all people. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

I can’t believe that some shops have already put up there Christmas trees! So with time passing us by so rapidly it is good to take a moment and meditate on the scripture above: It’s hard not to be anxious but here Paul tells us not be “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”. We are required to bring to God our needs and anxieties in prayer and the promise is that the “peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus”. What a promise that is - something we all crave and something money can never buy. So my prayers are with those who are anxious and afraid at this time and for the peace of God will fill their hearts and minds and especially for the Matrics and their families as they begin their final exams.

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

Whole School News

In more ways than one, last week could be described as quite a tempestuous start to the final term. Tuesday had to be one of the worst days of weather in the 16 years that I have been at Thomas More College. Thank you to the parent body for coming to our rescue and fetching many of the children around midday. In the end the campus sustained very little damage. I do remember a storm in about 2007 that was worse. On that occasion a tornado swept down from Forest Hills and did huge damage in the middle of the night. We lost about a quarter of our beautiful trees, one of which was found in the middle of Savory Field. The Farm House was quite badly damaged. Father Boardman, who was living in a flat in the Villa at that time, could not get out of his property due to fallen trees. We were not even able to hold school for the Junior Primary the next day as the campus was too badly damaged. Later last week we held the farewell functions for the 2017 Matrics. This particularly co-operative group of Matrics was given a nostalgic send off in the traditional “Guard of Honour” and bell ringing ceremony on Friday morning. This is also a nostalgic time for myself, as, having “come of age” I must leave Thomas More at the end of the year. I was very touched by the tributes paid to me at Prize Giving and by the fact that I was also required to ring the bell.

Shane   Shane

 

 Shane

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal
scuthbertson@thomasmore.co.za

High School News

I know I mention this sporadically from various platforms, but today I say it consciously and overtly:

WE ARE BLESSED WITH TOP QUALITY EDUCATORS AT THOMAS MORE COLLEGE

We enjoyed a marvellous week celebrating with our Matrics the end of their schooling journey. Many of them had much to say about the incredible opportunities they enjoyed here, the love, care and support they received here, and mostly the relationships they forged during their schooling at TMC. Whilst not stating the obvious, it is the deep love and care our educators have for our children at TMC that renders this all possible.

I am the first to acknowledge that TMC is the sum total of all its parts; I am also deeply grateful that those parts are all, in fact, quite exceptional. A week like last week showcases teamwork and empathy like no other. Mr and Mrs Wight and their respective teams ensure a smart, beautiful campus and the seamless setting up of multiple venues for the week. Mrs Paterson, Mrs Mkize, Mrs Mckenzie, Mrs Richardson, Mrs Kerdachi and Miss Dawe afford many hours to the actual academic awards. Mrs Hooper and Ms Levarelli take care of logistics. We enjoyed incredible enthusiasm and support from our parents throughout the week. The list is boundless.

We acknowledged children across a significantly broad gambit of activity and endeavour last Thursday night. All of our children, regardless of awards and other official observances, shone brightly. Mrs Mel Küster, current chair of the Past Pupils’ Association and who was in Grade 12 in Mr Cuthbertson’s first year at TMC, shone with significance and exuberance as she addressed the congregation at the matric Prize Giving. Mr Cuthbertson’s address was poignant, personal and evidenced his deep entrenchment in the very mortar of this fine institution.

A week like last week is a timely reminder of a truth I encounter at Thomas More College time and time again across all the phases:

your Child’s Individuality Matters Most.

This ONLY happens (and flourishes) where the will of the staff adopts unequivocally a child-centred approach to teaching and learning. Whilst many (if not all) private schools claim to do so, I can assure you that that is not the case in practice. Our staff’s capacity to love your child renders TMC a space of incredible diversity and empathy. It is a place of love. It is a place of growing creativity. It is a place of tough love too. We might not always get it right, or be perfectly polished, but our effort to meet your child in such a way that he/she will ultimately thrive is earnest.

And so, we celebrate our matric group of 2017 and the incredible journey they have undertaken at Thomas More College. In doing so, we acknowledge and celebrate the incredible calibre of educator with which our school is so richly blessed.

MatricsMatricsMatrics

 

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

Primary School News

Thank you all for your support last week with the inclement weather. Your children were all safe and sound as we minimilised class movement and the teachers went to the children rather than the reverse. They were thus safe and dry. As the internet was down later in the day when I tried to get messages through to you about giving permission to collect children directly from classes should you wish to do so, unfortunately they did not go through nor was I able to use the communicator for the same reason. Nonetheless thanks for your patience and I do trust you personally have sustained minimal or no damage.

The matric prizegiving on Thursday evening was most rewarding to attend and it was superb to see that the bulk of the achievers came through our Primary School. We are very proud of them all and wish them every success in their exams which commence this week, where we trust they will do themselves, and us, proud. The matric guard of honour which is formed with the Primary School is also one of those heartwarming moments that stay etched in our memories! How special it is to be a part of one whole school and to follow the progress of the youngsters who stay in our hearts forever - and for our younger pupils to know they are part of a unique and well-loved tradition which makes for very special memories of the matrics’ last school day. This group holds a special place in my heart, not only because of what they have endured, but because they were the first group of pupils whom I have been able to track in my time here at TMC from Grade 4 right through to Grade 12. They were also the last group to be born in the last century! We wish them all the very best and look forward to hearing that they continue to fly the TMC flag high not only this year but over the years to come, realising their own unique destiny!

I am super proud of all of our children and this past week has highlighted some exceptional achievements. Our cricketers did very well on their trip to Mpumalanga and both the U11s and the first team did very well, achieving good results while having fun and enjoying themselves to boot.

Our Action Netball teams who took part in the Queen of the court action netball tournament in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday also excelled. Tiaasha Naicker received an award for being selected by the referees as one of the all-star players of the day. Our U11s lost by one goal in the bronze final but Qhawekazi (Mumu) Madlala was selected player of the match in the final game against Kloof. The U 10s also played like stars and won the bronze medal. Anna Springett was selected as player of the match in the final U10 game. There were also 2 special awards- to Megan Brimelow for Vision on the court and to Stephanie de Moor for Tenacity. A huge thank you to Mrs Steyn and Mrs Ronel Smith for allConall they put into making this happen!

Our pupils who wrote the Beyond Maths mathematics challenges (a total of 4823 children in all) did extremely well. 5 of them were invited to the top 50 Maths Prize giving at Glenwood on Saturday, and actually placed in the top twenty, namely in Grade 6/7 – Ethan cook, Conall Steenkamp and Julia van Tonder, and Ethan Roome and Bethany Steenkamp in the Grade 4/5 category. We are especially proud of Conall Steenkamp (pictured right) who came first overall and received a medal, special trophy and prize money. Not only well done to our children who shone, but also to all of the Maths teachers for motivating them to reach these heights.

A reminder to the SP parents please to encourage our boys and girls to have all their sports clothing for our SP Sport photographs tomorrow so as not to be left out of photos.

Best wishes to you all for the week ahead. 

 

 

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

Academic Achievements

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Awarded last term.

 

1B

Ethan Crilley - for his positive attitude and eagerness to complete his tasks on time.

1K

Katelyn Scott - for her positive work ethic, excellent results in all areas and her willingness to help others.  Keep this up my girl.

1S

Awande Chonco - for his excellent reading and working independently on all his tasks.  Well done my boy.

2D

Alessandro Buccimazzo - for his consistent improvement and effort with his work and for his helpful nature in class.

2J

Jane Bester - for her quiet gentle ways and the effort she puts into all she undertakes.  Well done Jane, you are a star.

2R

Taylor and Jordan Pretorius - for their hard work this term.

3B

Isabella Nadauld - for her very positive and hardworking attitude.

3M

Hannah Lang -  for her positive approach to her Maths tasks and persevering when she finds the task challenging.

3R

Mishael Singh - for always working hard and listening well.  You are such a star.

4dP

Lwazi Gumede - for always working hard.

4P

Keith Aneito - for being well groomed and for his impeccable manners.

4dL

Björn Bekker - for his determination during Sasolberg Athletics.

5vL

Ben van der Walt - for his good general knowledge and the valuable contribution he makes to class discussions.

5M

Alex Jackson - for his positive outlook towards his school day and his wonderful manners.

5L

Gosiame Njilo - for her confident and enthusiastic approach to her school day.

6J

Zekhethelo Mseleku - for remembering to return his form and trying to be more organised.

6M

Grace Youldon - for her continual hard work and enthusiasm in all she does.

6F

Ntando Shezi - for her enthusiasm, cheer and effort.

7M

Amy Ahlschlager - for her continued effort and enthusiasm towards her sport.

7H

Kayla Nadauld - for her continued hard work and positive attitude in all that she does.

7C

Cade Gamble - for his continued personal growth and good manners.

BeyondMaths

 

Beyond Maths Prize Giving

Congratulations to the following children (pictured right) who competed against 4823 other children in the province and placed in the top 100.

In the Grade 6/7 category-

Conall Steenkamp Gold medal 1st position

Ethan Cook Silver medal 11th position

Julia van Tonder Silver medal 18th position

In the grade 4/5 category-

Ethan Roome Gold medal 6th position

Bethany Steenkamp Gold medal 8th position

It is interesting to note that all our TMC children placed in the Top 20! Well done.

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural Achievements

Piano

Congratulations to the following pupils on excelling in their Trinity College piano exams:

Kiara Ganesh - Distinction

Rebecca Ronald - Distinction

Catherine Ronald - Distinction

Courtney Cadle - Distinction

Ashtyn Cason - Merit

Liam O'Loughlin - Merit

 

Irish Dancing

Congratulations to Amy Marks who was awarded 4 bronze ribbons for her 4 ungraded dances andNaomi Easson who placed 9th in her Bun Single Jig, 10th in her Bun Slip Jig, 4th in her soft shoe round of PC2 and 5th overall for PC2 and her 2 hand Ceili team with Danielle de Moor placing 10th out of 20 teams. Well done girls.

Sporting Achievements

SP Cricket

U10A cricket vs Northdene U10A on Saturday 14th October

Northdene: 46 all out (James Evans 4 wkts for 2 runs, Tristan White 3wkts for 3 runs)

Thomas More: 49/1 (Luke Patterson 16 n.o. and Brunton Bagalke 17 n.o.)

TMC won by 9 wickets.

 

Gymnastics

Congratulations to Jenna Blofield who was placed 9th overall for SA Games, she was top KZN gymnast for her level 8, 13-18 age group. Very tough competition from Gauteng and Western Cape but overall her scores were good. Well done Jenna.

 

Tennis

Congratulations to Ashtyn and Bronwyn Cason who have been invited to play in the KZN Mini Masters Tennis event later this month. This is an invitational tournament which has qualification criteria linked to it. Essentially now, the Top 8 performers in the province qualify in each age group - Ashtyn and Bronwyn will be playing in the U12 and U14 girls age group respectively. Well done and good luck to both girls.

 

Action Netball

Saturday’s action netball tournament was a huge success with all players and parents having a ball.

A special thank you to Ronel Smith for standing in for coaches on Saturday. She was simply amazing!

Special awards for Saturday:

U10 team awarded a bronze medal

U10 player of the final match: Anna Springett

The U11 team lost with one goal in the Bronze final, but played like stars!

U11 player of the final match: Qhawekazi Madlala (Mumu)

A panel of selectors have identified talent in the U12 age group and Tiaasha Naicker was identified as one of the stars of the TMC U12 team of the day!

All star player of the tournament: Tiaasha Naicker (identified by selectors)

Special awards awarded as well:

Vision on court: Megan Brimelow

Tenacity: Stephanie de Moor

 

KZN Softball

Congratulations to the following pupils who have been selected for their respective age groups:

U15A GIRLS

Alexa Vicent

U15B GIRLS

Stephanie Tshuma

Ashleigh Heenan

Tyla Christie

Bronwyn Cason

Jessica Nozaic (Non-travelling reserve)

U18A GIRLS

Kayleigh Du Toit

U17A BOYS

Jarryd Schoeman

 

Life Saving

Congratulations to Bailey Chatterton (Grade 8) who passed her JLA (Junior Life Saving) course in the holidays. She is now a Junior Life Guard. Well done Bailey.

 

Tentpegging

At the end of last year Josh Mac Dougall competed and made it into the South African U18 Presidents team. He is also captain of the KZN U18 team and will be competing again in December at Nationals in the Eastern Cape. Good luck Josh.

 

Equine Vaulting

Congratulations to Jordan Clark who competed and represented KZN and Thomas More College at the Equine Vaulting Champs just before schools broke up.  He did both KZN and Thomas More College really proud with the following results:

VASA E Grade Team - 3rd place

SANESA E Grade Team - 2nd place

VASA E Grade Individual - 2nd place

SANESA E Grade Individual - 2nd place

Well done Jordan.  

 

KZN Girls' Soccer

Congratulations to Courtney Sim who participated in the KZN Soccer Girls' U16 tour from 29 September to 1 October 2017. The team had a very successful tournament and finished first in their division.

 

Surfing

Congratulations to Courtney Sim who represented KZN in the SA Short Board Surfing Championships in the U18 Girls division from 3 to 8 October 2017. She managed to obtain a third place in the repo round. Well done Courtney.

 

HS 1st Team Cricket

The 1st team cricket were fortunate enough to take part in the Kookaburra festival over the holidays. It was a tough four days of cricket which saw us play five cricket matches against exceptionally strong opposition from Durban and Pretoria. Of the five matches we managed to win only one, but the lessons learned and the improvement shown was immense. The results were as follows:

TMC lost to Northwood by 7 wickets

TMC beat Grantleigh by 164 runs

TMC lost to Garsfontein by 104 runs

TMC lost to Grey Bloem by 8 wickets

TMC lost to Waterkloof by 19 runs

Viasan Murugan and Jordan Meikle were selected to represent the festival invitational squad.

 

1st Team Boys' and Girls’ Water polo tour

The National Co-Ed water polo tournament went brilliantly. The teams arrived in PE on Wednesday 4th October ready to give their all.

The girls and boys teams gave it their all and played their hearts out over next 3 days with the results as follows:

1st Team Girls vs Crawford Lonehill

2-16

1st Team Boys vs Kloof High School

19-3

1st Team Girls vs Kloof High School

10-1

1st Team Boys vs Pearson

3-10

1st Team Girls vs Oakhill

11-0

1st Team Boys vs Westerford

10-7

1st Team Girls vs Amanzimtoti High School

9-2

1st Team Boys vs York

11-5

1st Team Girls vs Stirling

1-12

1st Team Boys vs Crawford Lonehill

4-12

1st Team Girls vs Hudson Park

12-4

1st Team Boys vs Westerford

4-3

 

These results secured us playing for 5th or 6th in the play-offs. Both teams were facing Kingswood. After two tough games the 1st Team Girls lost against Kingswood 1-4 and the 1st Team Boys tied against Kingswood 5-5.

 

The final placing for Thomas More College at the National Co-Ed Tournament was:

Girls placed 6th

Boys tied for 5th

 

Congratulations must go to Joshua Courtney who was selected as part of the tournament team. He was also awarded the best goal keeper of the tournament and we could not be prouder.

 

Inter-schools Spur Mountain Bike National Final 2017

During the September/October holidays our Thomas More College MTB team competed in the 8th Spur Mountain Bike National Final hosted at Bekker High School in Magaliesburg, Gauteng. This event is highly competitive and involved 441 riders representing 87 high schools from all over the country as well as Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. This event is the largest high school cycling programme in the world.

The TMC Combined Team, commanded a respectable 12th place in the Saturdays Inter-schools competition and played a significant part in the Sundays provincial team race, that achieved a 5th place out of 12 teams. Our best result so far!

Special mention must be made of two of our girls, who rode very competitive and tactical races and achieved some fantastic results. Bridgette Theunissen was placed in 3rd position on both days and Tiffany Keep placed 2nd on both days.

The weekend was filled with high’s and low’s, moments to remember, team spirit, dust, mud, cheering and laughter as riders, coaches, managers, parents, friends, teachers, chaperones, organizers, marshals, timing crew and helpers played their part to put on the most looked forward to schools mountain biking event of the year.