A-Z 2020 - Thomas More College

 
2020

                         A–Z
                               HISTORY
Thomas More College is an independent, co-educational Christian-based day school set on 20
hectares of conservancy, in the leafy suburb of Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal. It was founded in 1962 as
a lay Catholic school for boys, and 55 boys, mainly boarders, were enrolled. Robin Savory was
the Founder-Headmaster and assisting him were just two full-time teachers. In 1975, girls were
enrolled for the first time. In 1993, Thomas More Primary School opened its doors. At present the
school incorporates Grades 000 to 12. Thomas More College prides itself on developing the whole
child in a stress-free, nurturing environment in order that he/she may reach his/her full potential.

                                                               An Inspired Education                   1
CONTENTS                                                                                                                                                                 Mini Hockey ........................................................................................... 24
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Music ........................................................................................................ 25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 MySchool Card .................................................................................... 25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Speaking Competition ....................................................................... 31
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spectators’ Code of Conduct ......................................................... 31
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Speech & Drama................................................................................... 31
    History ........................................................................................................ 1    Dance Club...............................................................................................18            Netball ..................................................................................................... 25     Speech Day/Prize Giving .................................................................. 31
    Who’s Who .............................................................................................. 4            Debating ................................................................................................. 18          Non-Academic Day ............................................................................ 25                     Sport ......................................................................................................... 31
    • Board Members.................................................................................. 4                   Detention ................................................................................................ 18          Notices .................................................................................................... 25      Sport Coaches ..................................................................................... 32
    • Parents’ Council Members ............................................................ 4                             Diaries ...................................................................................................... 18      One-Act Plays ...................................................................................... 25              STIC (Students Together in Christ) ............................................. 32
    • Staff Members ................................................................................... 4                 Disciplinary Procedures .................................................................... 18                        Open Door Policy ............................................................................... 25                  Subjects .................................................................................................. 32
    Contact Details ...................................................................Back Cover                         Drama ....................................................................................................... 18       Outreach ................................................................................................ 25         Supper & Song ..................................................................................... 33
    Campus Map ..................................................................................16 & 17                  Eco-School ............................................................................................. 19            Parents’ Council ................................................................................... 26              Swimming .............................................................................................. 33
    Absenteeism ........................................................................................... 7             Email Addresses ................................................................................... 19                 Parents’ Evenings ............................................................................... 26                 Teachers’ Assistants .......................................................................... 33
    Acceptance Screening Process ....................................................... 7                                Emergencies .......................................................................................... 19              Parking .................................................................................................... 26      Telephone Numbers .......................................................................... 33
    Admissions .............................................................................................. 7           English Olympiad ................................................................................ 19                   Participation Points ........................................................................... 26                  Tennis ...................................................................................................... 33
    A.E.U. ......................................................................................................... 7    Equestrian................................................................................................ 19          Pastoral Care .........................................................................................27            Textbooks .............................................................................................. 33
    Afrikaans .................................................................................................. 8        Ethos ....................................................................... Inside Front Cover                       Past Pupils’ Association ................................................................... 27                      Timetables ..............................................................................................34
    Aftercare .................................................................................................. 9        Exams ..................................................................................................... 20         Pathfinders ............................................................................................ 27          TMC App ............................................................................................... 34
    Art Club .................................................................................................... 9       Excursions ............................................................................................ 20             Photos ..................................................................................................... 27      Transport................................................................................................ 34
    Assembly ................................................................................................. 9          Finishing Times (see Timetables) ................................................ 34                                   Physical Education ............................................................................. 27                  Trust Fund ............................................................................................ 34
    Association Day .................................................................................. 10                 Fixture Lists .......................................................................................... 20            Plays ......................................................................................................... 28   Tuck Shop .............................................................................................. 35
    Athletics ................................................................................................. 10        Functions Co-ordinator .................................................................... 20                         Prayer Groups ...................................................................................... 28              Uniform (see Uniform Booklet)
    Awards Criteria .................................................................................... 10               Fundraising .......................................................................................... 20              Public Speaking ................................................................................... 28               Uniform Shop ....................................................................................... 35
    Bags (see Uniform Booklet)                                                                                            Galas (see Swimming) ...................................................................... 33                         Queries .................................................................................................... 28      Waterpolo .............................................................................................. 35
    Bank Details .......................................................................................... 10            Gate Passes ............................................................................................ 21            Reading Help ........................................................................................ 28             Website (see Communication) .......................................................13
    Best Speaker Competition ................................................................ 11                          Golf ............................................................................................................ 21   Reception ............................................................................................... 28         Weekly Achievers ............................................................................... 35
    Birthdays .................................................................................................. 11       Golf Day ................................................................................................... 21        Religion ................................................................................................... 28      Withdrawals .......................................................................................... 35
    Blazers (See Uniform Booklet)                                                                                         Haircuts & Styles .................................................................................. 21                Recorder.................................................................................................. 29        Yearbook ................................................................................................ 35
    Board of Trustees ................................................................................. 11                Half Term ................................................................................................. 21         Reports ................................................................................................... 29       Zenith Course ....................................................................................... 35
    Board Games .......................................................................................... 11             Hockey ..................................................................................................... 21        Reunions ................................................................................................ 29         Zulu (see isiZulu) ............................................................................... 36
    Break Times (see Communicator)                                                                                        Houses ..................................................................................................... 21        Robotics ................................................................................................. 29
    Bullying ..................................................................................................... 11     House T-shirts ....................................................................................... 21              Rock Climbing ...................................................................................... 29
    Buy-a-Brick ............................................................................................. 11          Indoor Hockey ....................................................................................... 21               Rotary Exchange Programme ...................................................... 30
    Café de More (Coffee Shop)...............................................................11                           Indoor Multipurpose Sports Centre ............................................. 21                                     Rugby ..................................................................................................... 30
    Calendar ................................................................................................... 11       Insurance ................................................................................................ 22          School of Music .................................................................................. 30
    Cell Phones ............................................................................................. 12          Inter-House Athletics Day (see Athletics) ................................ 10                                          Sick Bay (Medical) ............................................................................. 30
    Chapel ...................................................................................................... 13      Inter-House Gala (see Swimming) .............................................. 33                                      Soccer .................................................................................................... 30
    Charges..................................................................................................... 13       Interns ..................................................................................................... 22       Softball ..................................................................................................... 31
    Choir ......................................................................................................... 13    Interviews .............................................................................................. 22
    Civvies ...................................................................................................... 13     ISASA – Independent Schools’ Association of S.A. .............. 22
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Note: Information correct at time of going to print.
    Code of Conduct .................................................................................. 13                 JAM (Jesus and Me) .......................................................................... 22
    Communication .................................................................................... 13                 Legal Status .......................................................................................... 22
    Computers ............................................................................................. 14            Long Walk .............................................................................................. 22
    Conservancy .......................................................................................... 15             Lost Property ....................................................................................... 23
    Country Fair ........................................................................................... 15           Marimbas ............................................................................................... 23
    Craft .......................................................................................................... 15   Mathletics .............................................................................................. 23
    Crèche ...................................................................................................... 15      Matric Visual Art & Design Exhibition ........................................ 23
    Cricket ...................................................................................................... 15     Matric Dance ......................................................................................... 23
    Crisis Management Plan ................................................................... 15                         Matric Leadership Council (MLC) ................................................. 23
    Cross Country ....................................................................................... 15              Media Centre ........................................................................................ 23
    Dale Carnegie Course ........................................................................ 15                      Mini Cricket ........................................................................................... 24

2                                   Thomas More College 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     An Inspired Education                                                                     3
WHO’S WHO                                                                   Mr Scott Drew
                                                                                                                                                   History / Mathematics /
                                                                                                                                                   Grade 10 Co-ordinator
                                                                                                                                                                                              2020 PRIMARY SCHOOL STAFF
                                                                                                                           Rev. Martin Easson      History / RE / Life Orientation    Mrs Barbara Taljard     Primary School Headmistress
              2020 BOARD OF TRUSTEES                                                    Functions Co-ordinator /
                                                               Mrs Michelle Wight
                                                                                        Housekeeping                       Mrs Berné Edwards       Head of Sport / Life Orientation                           Deputy Headmaster:
    Mr Wayne Jaggard          Chairman                         Ms Zenzile Shange        Assistant Housekeeper              Miss Linda Filmer       English / History / Gr 8 Drama     Mr Gary Balarin         Academics. Christian Portfolio;
    Mr Larry Riddle           Treasurer                                                                                                                                                                       Grade 7 Maths & English
                                                                                     STOCK SHOP                            Miss Emsoné Fourie      Afrikaans
    Mr David Wiggett          High School Headmaster           Mrs Nicky Eggers         Stock Shop Manager                                         Head of Subject: Life Sciences /                           HOD: Sport
                                                                                                                           Mrs Donné Gerry                                            Mr Jason Brimelow       Grades 6 & 7 Maths
    Mrs Colleen Woodley       Business Manager                 Mrs Ciske Dorfling       Stock Shop Staff                                           Grade 11 Co-ordinator
                                                                                                                                                                                                              & Grade 5 P.E.
    Mr René Missen            Human Resources                                          ESTATE                              Mr Enoch Gwanzura       Library Assistant
                                                                                                                                                                                                              HOD: Dean of Boys 4-7 & Co-
    Mrs Melanie Küster        Past Pupils’ Association         Mr Grant Benson          Facilities Manager                 Mrs Janet La Grange     Mathematics
                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr Mark Moolman         curricular. Grades 6 & 7 Science;
    Dr Justin Barnes          Strategies & Benchmarking        Mr Clinton Wynne         Facilities Administrator           Mrs Liesl Huxham        Business Studies                                           Grade 6 Maths
                              Christian Education /            Mr Jerry Laljeeth        Maintenance Manager                Mrs Colleen Lanz        Mathematics                        Mrs Gail Purdon         HOD: Operations, Grades 4-7 Art
    Mr David Roome
                              IT Specialist                                                                                                        Head of Subject:
                                                               Mr Innocent Msomi        Maintenance Supervisor             Mrs Meg Logan                                                                      HOD: AEU, Grade 4 Maths
    Mr Gary Green             Marketing                                                                                                            Dramatic Arts / Music
                                                                                    IT DEPARTMENT                                                                                                             & English Support group &
                              Transformation Portfolio                                                                     Ms Zandile Magagula     Head of Subject: isiZulu                                   Grade 6 Maths support group;
    Mrs Nelisiwe Nzama                                         Mr Louis Thom            ICT Manager                                                                                   Mrs Claudia Vosters
                              Christianity & Ethos Portfolio                                                               Mrs Thabisile Mkhize    Head of Subject: History                                   Grade 7 study skills.
                              Strategy Portfolio               Mr David Gwyther-Martin IT Senior Support Technician                                                                                           Individual Learner Support &
    Mr Dexter Madlala                                                                                                      Ms Nonto Mkize          Academic Administrator
                              Transformation Portfolio         Mr Lwandile Mbele       Junior IT Desktop Support                                                                                              High School study skills coaching
                                                                                                                           Mrs Suhana Moodley      Head of Subject: EGD
                      EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS                                                                                                                                                                      HOD: Leadership &
                                                                         2020 HIGH SCHOOL STAFF                            Mrs Rani Mudaly         Head of Subject: IT                                        Innovation Development;
    Mrs Deni Hornsey          Headmistress: Foundation Phase                                                                                                                          Mr Ryan Conway
                                                               Mr David Wiggett         High School Headmaster             Mrs Petronella Munian   English                                                    Grades 6 & 7 Maths;
    Mrs Barbara Taljard       Headmistress: Primary School                                                                                                                                                    Subject Head Maths & LO
                                                                                        Deputy Head: Operations            Mr Alvy Murray          Head of Subject: Afrikaans
                                                               Mr Stephen Ireland       and Discipline /                                                                                                   HOD: Culture (Drama and Music);
            PARENTS’ COUNCIL MEMBERS                                                    Design & Technology                Mrs Sandy Ndlovu        High School Secretary              Mrs Roberta Ramasamy Grade 6 & 7 English and Grade 7
    Mrs L Kriegisch           Acting Chairman                                           Deputy Head: Academics /           Mr TK Ngcobo            Intern: Accounting                                      Drama; Choir and Recorder
                                                               Mrs Debbie Kerdachi      Accounting
    Mrs Rae Griesel           Secretary                                                                                    Mr Sibusiso Nhleko      Mathematics                                                Afrikaans Grade 4, 5 & 7
                                                               Mr Philip Lanz           Senior HOD: CSI Programme /                                                                   Mrs Chantelle Barnard   (small group Grade 7);
                                                                                        Geography                                                  Technology / Sports Dept /
       THOMAS MORE COLLEGE 2020 STAFF                                                                                      Mr Vincent Oberholzer
                                                                                                                                                   Grade 8 Co-ordinator                                       Grade 6 Afrikaans support
                                                               Mrs Vasantha Moodley     HOD: Pastoral / Head of Subject:
    Mrs Deanne Clarkson      School of Music Director                                   Life Orientation / History         Mr Michael Oerder       Physical Science                                           Grade 4: Grade Head. Class
                                                                                                                                                                                      Mrs Kathryn Conway      Subjects, Grade 4 LO; Computer
                         ADMINISTRATION                                                 HOD: Ethos & Round Square /        Mrs Lisa Paterson       High School Headmaster’s PA
                                                               Mrs Cheryl Selley                                                                                                                              Extension-games
    Mrs Colleen Woodley      Bursar / Business Manager                                  Life Sciences
                                                                                                                           Mrs Tonya Patterson     English
                                                               Mrs Coral Steenkamp      HOD: MLC / English                                                                                                    Grade 4: Class subjects,
    Mrs Ute Armitage         Debtors’ Secretary                                                                            Mr Thomas Pearse        Head of Subject: Visual Art        Mrs Sarah de Leeuw
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Computer Extension Grade 4
    Mrs Deborah Hardcastle Business Manager’s Assistant        Mrs Michelle Albers      Head of Subject: English
                                                                                                                           Mrs Mogana Pillay       Business Studies                                           Grade 6 Class teacher Grade
    Sr Cherise Hutchinson    Nursing Sister                    Mrs Erin Ballard         Head of Subject: Physical
                                                                                        Science                                                    Mathematics / Head of Subject:                             6 History; Grade 5 & 6 English
                             Past Pupils’ Association &                                                                    Mrs Sandra Pooley       Mathematical Literacy /            Mrs Verniece Fuhri      support group; Mathletics – own
    Mrs Rae Griesel                                            Mrs Vanessa Barnes       English                                                    Grade 8 Co-ordinator                                       class; Aftercare & Homework
                             Parents’ Council Secretary
                                                               Mrs Anke Bonsor          English                                                    English / Drama / Grade 10                                 Supervisor
    Mrs Gill Doran           Accountant                                                                                    Mrs Tracy Richardson
                                                               Mrs Sharleen             Learning Resources                                         Co-ordinator                                               Grade 4-7 Music & Drama; Music
                             Marketing Co-ordinator:           Bezuidenhout             Administrator
    Mrs Juliet Hartley                                                                                                     Mr Gary Robson          Life Sciences                                              Technology - Grades 5 and 7;
                             Communications & Admissions                                                                                                                              Mr Sherwin Ganasen
                                                                                        Head of Subject: Business                                                                                             SP junior & SP senior Marimba
    Mrs Seema Kalicharan     Reception                         Mrs Candyce Brehany      Studies / Afrikaans /              Mrs Genevieve Saville   Head of Subject: Design
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bands; SP Choir
                                                                                        Grade 9 Co-ordinator               Miss Sindi Sikakane     Laboratory Assistant
    Mrs Lisa Moffat          Catering Manager                                                                                                                                                                 Grade 7 Grade Head and Class
                                                               Mr Andrew Browne         Head of Subject: Mathematics                               Librarian / Life Orientation /
    Mrs Angela Swanson       Credit Controller                                                                             Mrs Penny Thompson                                                                 teacher, Senior Primary Sports
                                                               Mrs Telani Budding       Afrikaans                                                  EdTech Specialist                  Mr Craig Hartley        Co-ordinator; oversees Grades
                             Primary School
    Mrs Hajira Dladla        Headmistress Secretary /          Mr Gerald Camp           Head of Subject: Geography /       Ms Pauline Thorpe       Mathematics                                                4-7 Mathletics; Grade 4-7
                             Medical Administrator                                      History / Grade 11 Co-ordinator                                                                                       Technology & Grade 5 PE
                                                                                                                                                   Physical Science /
                                                               Mrs Tanya Conradie       Head of Culture / Dramatic Arts    Mrs Marika van Wyk
                             Board of Trustees Secretary /                                                                                         Grade 12 Co-ordinator                                      Grade 4 Class teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                      Mrs Gemma Jansen
                             Thomas More Education Trust /     Mrs Debbie Cotton        Counsellor                         Mrs Ora van Zyl         Afrikaans                                                  Grade 4 Drama
    Ms Claudia Levarelli
                             Marketing Co-ordinator:           Mrs Rozanne Cowie        Afrikaans                                                                                                             Grade 6 Class Teacher
                                                                                                                           Miss Wanri Venter       Afrikaans (Term 1 only)
                             Digital Media                                                                                                                                            Mr Rogan Lang           Grade 5, 6 & 7 Maths
                                                               Mrs Margie Crutchley     Mathematics (part-time)                                    Head of Subject:
    Ms Jodi Lawson           Assistant Catering Manager                                                                                                                                                       Grade 6 LO & PE 6
                                                                                        Geography /                        Mrs Elisma Wolmarans    Accounting / Afrikaans /
    Mrs Trisha Govender      Creditors Clerk                   Mr Ronald Dove           Grade 9 Co-ordinator                                       Grade 12 Co-ordinator              Ms Carol Mbili          Grades 5-7 Zulu

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Grade 6: Grade Head, Grades 6      Ms Silindile Zungu          Crèche Teacher
    Mrs Bernadette
                            & 7: English, Grade 6 Geography;
                                                                                                                             Mrs Shayna Turk          Sports Assistant                           AEU (Accelerated Education Unit)
    McCreedy                                                   Ms Jodi Kerdachi            Crèche Teacher                    Mrs Leanne Grant         AEU (Grade 1 - 3)
                            Dean of Girls: Grade 4-7                                                                                                                                   The A.E.U. (Accelerated Education Unit) serves as
                                                               Ms Jeanine Visser           Crèche Teacher
                            Grade 5 Class Teacher;                                                                                                  INTERNS                            a learning support or counselling support for any
    Mr Jason McGarry        Class subjects & Grade 5                  GRADE 000: THOM TOTS (3 YEAR OLDS)                                                                               Thomas More pupil, parent or staff members. This
                            Computer Extension                                                                               Ms Zanele Skakane        Gr 1
                                                               Ms Ché Rudolph              Grade 000 Teacher                                                                           includes aided-learning in the form of Remedial
                            Grade 5 Class teacher                                                                            Mr Joshua Ross           Gr 3
    Mrs Tracey Meikle                                          Mrs Tarin Hockly
                                                                                           Grade 000 Teacher                                                                           lessons, speech and occupational therapy, language
                            Class subjects & Grade 5 & 6 PE                                Grade Head 000
                                                                                                                                                 AFTERCARE                             enrichment, study skills, homework supervision,
                            Grade 7 Class teacher              Ms Thembi Mkhize            Grade 000 Assistant                                                                         extra lessons and psychological support to any of
    Mr Lindo Mthalani       Grade 6 English; Grade 7                                                                         Mrs Sharien Maartens     Foundation Phase
                                                                                  GRADE 00 (4 YEAR OLDS)                                                                               the members of Thomas More College. We practice
                            History & Geography                                                                              Mrs Ros Gorven           Foundation Phase
                                                               Mrs Angela Duff             Green Group Teacher                                                                         inclusive education while catering to each child’s
                            Grade 4-7 Computers;                                                                             Mrs Sophia Jansen
                                                                                           Grade Head 00                                              Thom Tots                        unique and individual needs. To accommodate this
    Mrs Kim Nicholas        Grade 7 EMS & Robotics                                                                           van Rensburg
                                                               Mrs Jenny Sim               Purple Group Teacher                                                                        we have specially dedicated rooms and offices for
                            Computer Club
                                                               Ms Zakhiti Majola           Grade 00 Assistant                                    ABSENTEEISM                           therapists and lessons to happen on the premises.
    Mrs Winnie Nzama        Grade 4 Zulu
                                                                                  GRADE 0 (5 YEAR OLDS)                     Except in the case of illness, pupils may not be           SCREENING:
                            Grade 7 Class teacher,                                                                                                                                     In the year prior to entry, we screen all prospective
                            Geography Grade 7; English
                                                                                           Yellow Group Teacher             absent from school without prior permission from
                                                               Mrs Kelly Gillingwater
    Mrs Claire Pattle                                                                      Grade Head 0                     the Headmaster / Headmistress. If pupils have been         candidates. The aim of the screening is to assess more
                            and LO Grade 7; Grade 6 & 7
                            Computer extension                 Ms Hazel Dlamini            Yellow Group Assistant           absent from school, they are required to hand in an        or less the candidate’s level of performance, and to
                                                               Mrs Heidi Lloyd             Red Group Teacher                explanatory note from their parents or a doctor’s          gain prior knowledge of his/her areas of strength and
                            Grades 1-7 Media Education,
    Mrs Annette Sewchuran                                                                                                   certificate to their class teacher, or to the sports       weakness before acceptance.
                            Grade 7 Study Skills               Ms Carol Mqadi              Red Group Assistant
                                                               Mrs Michelle de Croes       Blue Group Teacher               teacher, if a sports practice has been missed. This may    Every applicant for the Primary School (from Grade
                            Grades 6 & 7 Afrikaans and
    Mrs Marie Steyn                                                                                                         also be communicated via email. Daily registers are
                            Grade 5 Afrikaans support          Ms Teneille Jonsson         Blue Group Assistant                                                                        00) under-goes a screening by means of an age-
                                                                                                                            kept by every class teacher and sports teacher, and all    appropriate assessment, as well as an interview, prior
                            Grade 5 Grade Head;                                          GRADE 1
    Mrs Leanne van Laren                                                                                                    absentee notes / doctor’s certificates are kept on file.   to acceptance. There is a scheduled group screening
                            Class Subjects: LO
                                                               Mrs Lorna Sachs             Grade 1 Teacher / Grade Head 1
                                                                                                                                                 ACCEPTANCE                            once a year, but individual screenings can take place
                           INTERNS                             Mrs Tina Rencken            Grade 1 Teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                       throughout the year, by appointment only.
    Ms Abongile Kunene      Senior Primary Grade 7             Ms Nicky Mazoue             Grade 1 Teacher                  PRE-PRIMARY / JUNIOR PRIMARY / SENIOR PRIMARY:
                                                                                                                                                                                       In the High School, the assessment takes the form of
    Mr Andile Madonsela     Senior Primary Grade 6             Ms Primrose Nhlangulela Grade 1 Assistant                    All applicants attend a screening process of about
                                                                                                                                                                                       an interview with the applicant and his/her parents
                                                                                         GRADE 2                            1 hour. This usually takes place mid-year, and is
    Mr Ayanda Shazi         Senior Primary Grade 5                                                                                                                                     together with the Headmaster of the High School.
                                                               Mrs Annette de Klerk        Grade 2 / Grade Head             designed to ascertain the applicant’s academic levels,
    Mr Josh Wiborg          Senior Primary Grade 4                                                                          allowing TMC teachers to have prior knowledge of           LEARNING SUPPORT:
                                                               Mrs Janet Robson            Grade 2 Teacher
                                                                                                                            areas of strength and weakness before acceptance.          As mentioned above, the AEU stands for Accelerated
                         AFTERCARE                             Mrs Taryn King              Grade 2 Teacher                                                                             Education Unit, indicating that the Unit serves as a
                                                                                                                            Following acceptance, a routine interview with the
    Mrs Tanya Stacey        Senior Primary                     Mrs Jenna Hollamby          Grade 2 Assistant                Head of the relevant phase takes place.                    support system for pupils, parents and teachers of
                                                                                         GRADE 3                                                                                       Thomas More College. It operates as a private entity
    Mrs Kathy van Rensburg Senior Primary                                                                                   HIGH SCHOOL: Applicants will be invited for an
                                                               Mrs Jill Balarin            Grade 3 / Grade Head                                                                        whereby students are charged for their therapy over
                                                                                                                            interview with the Headmaster.
          2020 FOUNDATION PHASE STAFF                          Ms Karabo Potsanyane        Grade 3 Teacher                                                                             and above their school fees.
    Mrs Deni Hornsey        Foundation Phase Headmistress      Mrs Nicole van der Ruit     Grade 3 Teacher
                                                                                                                                                 ADMISSIONS                            The AEU acquires the services of the best available
                            HOD Curriculum & Innovation,       Ms Promise Cele             Grade 3 Assistant                Application to attend Thomas More College is made          professionals to serve the needs of our pupils.
    Mrs Barbara Robb
                            Small Group Teaching                                                                            via the Admissions Department in the Great House           Currently the AEU offers the following specialists:
                            HOD Pre-Primary &                                  FOUNDATION PHASE                             (admissions@thomasmore.co.za). To complete the             Permanent consultants at Thomas More College in
    Mrs Jenny Sim
                            Grade 00 teacher                                  SUBJECT SPECIALISTS                           application procedure, we require a completed              their private capacity are as follows:
                            HOD Culture, Christian Portfolio   Mrs Elsie Roux              Afrikaans (Grade 1 - 3)          application form, application charge and copies of
    Mrs Colette Jagles                                                                                                                                                                 •    Counselling Psychologist
                            & Class Music Teacher (00-3)
                                                               Mrs Winnie Nzama            isiZulu (Grade 0 - 3)            birth certificate and recent past reports (if relevant)
    Mrs Keryn Brophy        Secretary                                                                                                                                                  		   (six sessions covered by the school)
                                                                                           HOD Sports                       as well as any outside assessments which may have
     CRÈCHE: THOM TEENIES (4 MONTHS TO 2 YEARS)                Mrs Lana van der Zee                                                                                                    •    Educational Psychologist
                                                                                           (Grade 00 - 3)                   been carried out. This may also be submitted online
    Ms Tina Zungu           Crèche Teacher – Babies                                                                         although there is some documentation which requires        •    Occupational Therapists
                                                               Mrs Ninette Alberts         Computers (Grade 0 - 3)
    Miss Vedika Naidoo      Crèche Teacher                                                                                  being hand delivered.                                      •    Speech & Language Therapists
                                                               Mrs Colette Jagles          Music & Drama (Grade 00 - 3)

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•    Remedial Therapists                                  is covered in the Small Group as in the mainstream             we cover reading, understanding, creative writing                                AFTERCARE
    •    Private Reading Specialists                          class. The work is presented in a way that makes sense         and spelling skills, we also introduce the necessary
                                                              to the student’s individual needs. There are Small             language concepts. A lot of emphasis is placed on            This is available as an extra paid facility for use by
    •    Specialist teaching for Dyslexia & Dyscalculia                                                                                                                                   the parents and pupils, and is in no way part of the
                                                              Groups/support classes from Grade 4-7.                         reading, especially class readers, fun readers, library
    •    Afrikaans assistance                                                                                                                                                             School’s formal education programme. There are 4
                                                              HIGH SCHOOL                                                    books and the National Geographic Afrikaans kids
    •    Maths assistance                                                                                                    magazine. This enhances the extension of vocabulary          separate facilities serving the needs of the different
    •    Small groups during the following subjects:          Extra small class English lessons are offered in Grades                                                                     ages. The Aftercare facility runs strictly until 17:00
                                                                                                                             and opens up a whole new world of ideas and topics
    		   English/Maths/Afrikaans – Grade 6 & 7                8 and 9.                                                                                                                    and a penalty is levied if a pupil is collected late,
                                                                                                                             for class discussions. During Afrikaans lessons we do
    		   (charged privately)                                                                                                 a variety of activities to create a multi-lingual attitude   which is after 5pm. A charge structure is available
                                                              CONCESSIONS / ACCOMMODATIONS
                                                                                                                             amongst our children to see the value of learning            from the Admission Secretary’s office. These charges
    In addition we offer annual visits from the following     Concessions are also available in order to enable                                                                           are allocated to the parent’s school account. One full
    (at a reduced cost):                                      a learner with intrinsic learning difficulties and/or          an additional language by incorporating modern
                                                                                                                             technology, karaoke singing of modern as well as             calendar month’s notice of withdrawal is required.
                                                              physical disabilities to show their knowledge and
    •    Audiologist for hearing screenings                                                                                  traditional Afrikaans songs. This is not only fun but
                                                              ability in their final Senior Certificate examination. It is                                                                CRÈCHE – GRADE 3: Pupils are charged an hourly
    •    Optician for eyesight screenings                     the school’s responsibility to recommend and provide           also assists with word recognition and pronunciation.        rate for Aftercare.
    •    Clinical Psychologist for career/subject testing     motivation for the candidates for concessions/                 We make use of a variety of teaching methods. This
                                                                                                                                                                                          GRADES 1 & 2: Written homework is done from 14:30
    •    Dyslexia screening testing                           accommodations. The eligible candidates must be in             includes interactive learning activities like group
                                                                                                                                                                                          – 15:00.
                                                              High School. Concession requests must be initiated by          work as well as working in pairs. This gives each
    •    Wise Eye Reading screening, testing and                                                                                                                                          GRADE 3: Written homework is done between 15:00
                                                              the High School teachers and heads of department.              child the opportunity to have added opportunities
    		   follow up lessons                                                                                                                                                                and 15:30.
                                                              This request is then followed by a referral to an              to communicate verbally with their peers. Various
    The AEU has become the centre for psychological tests,    Educational Psychologist and appropriate scholastic            themes e.g. Sport, Transport, Food, School, Media,           Parents are required to do Reading homework with
    accommodation / concession motivations, remedial          Assessment stipulated by the school.                           Countries, etc., are introduced and pupils are assisted      children in Grades 1, 2 & 3.
    assessments, and interviews pertaining to subject /                                                                      in theme related projects depending on the teacher’s
                                                              For more information, please contact Claudia Vosters                                                                        TIMES: Foundation Phase (Crèche to Grade 3): 12:10
    career choices. Pupils who are exempted from Zulu /                                                                      choice during different stages of the year. In Grade
                                                              on cvosters@thomasmore.co.za                                                                                                – 17:00. All pupils are to bring a change of clothing,
    Afrikaans classes (according to a specific policy) are                                                                   4, 5, 6 & 7 formal assessments at different levels are       clearly marked. Please provide an extra lunchtime
    also assisted in the AEU with additional Afrikaans or                            AFRIKAANS                               introduced to assess the pupil’s competency. We also         snack. A certain amount of supervised homework
    other therapies.                                                                                                         make use of continuous assessments to keep track             is provided. However, the onus lies with parents to
                                                              FOUNDATION PHASE: We are a rainbow nation and                  of each learners’ progress. Grade 7 pupils write two
    SMALL SUPPORT CLASS / GROUP                               we live in a rainbow country. It is vitally important that                                                                  ensure that all homework is correctly executed.
                                                                                                                             exams during the year one being the end of the year          Supervisors take care of the pupils in the Foundation
    Small Group is, as it suggests, a small group of pupils   we prepare our pupils to cope in this country. Knowing
                                                                                                                             which is an external examination. Poetry is introduced       Phase and offer indoor activities, outdoor play,
                                                              another language helps communication and opens
    who have or are experiencing some difficulty with                                                                        in Grade 7 and will be done during the year. A               constructive work and art to stimulate the children.
                                                              doors to a better understanding of each other. The
    the curriculum in the core subjects of Mathematics                                                                       prescribed reader and a few poems will be assessed
                                                              older you get, the harder it is to learn a language. Pre-                                                                   SENIOR PRIMARY: There are separate Supervisors for
    and English. The small groups are decided on by the                                                                      during the year.
                                                              teens and teenagers are often shy and embarrassed                                                                           the Senior Primary pupils as well. The Senior Primary
    grade teachers with guidance from the Accelerated
                                                              when attempting to speak a new language. On the                We strive to ensure a lifelong learning experience by        programme includes the supervised homework
    Education Unit (AEU).                                     other hand, young children are keen and are not shy to         encouraging each pupil to have an appreciation for           session, as well as craft/constructive work/indoor
    JUNIOR PRIMARY GRADES 2-3                                 try to pronounce foreign words. This is why Afrikaans          languages with a strong emphasis on the advantages           activities and outdoor play.
    Children in the grade are grouped according to            is introduced in the Foundation Phase Department               it has on whole brain development.
                                                              with mother tongue specialists. To have a basic, very                                                                       Grades 4 – 7 written homework is supervised by class
    ability. English Small Group teaching is timetabled                                                                      HIGH SCHOOL: Afrikaans in the Senior Phase
                                                              limited conversation in a language, you need to know                                                                        teachers from 14:30 – 16:00 Mon, Tues & Thurs and
    daily. Children grouped for Mrs Grant and Mrs Robb                                                                       becomes more challenging as the years pass. Pupils
                                                              at least 500 words. We teach the pupils as many words                                                                       from 14:00 – 15:30 on Wednesdays.
    are determined by the class teacher according to                                                                         are expected to converse in Afrikaans as well as show
                                                              as possible, as well as the correct pronunciation. This                                                                     Senior Primary contact number is: 031 764 8681.
    individual learning needs. Curriculum content may                                                                        understanding of more complex grammar structures
                                                              enables them to prepare their own orals in Grade 4                                                                          (After the school day has ended only).
    be re-taught or refreshed, or more capable children                                                                      and literature. From Grade 8 pupils should be able to
                                                              and higher. Through songs, poems and rhymes they
    may be extended. These groups are not static, and                                                                        read with understanding.
                                                              hear the sound of the foreign language. Afrikaans is                                                                                              ART CLUB
    grouping is revised termly. Maths is taught in small
                                                              a phonetic language with easy sounds to learn and              During the Grade 9 year the building of vocabulary
    groups in the classroom with assistance from teacher                                                                                                                                  SENIOR PRIMARY: This is an extramural activity with
                                                              therefore we start reading in Grade 2. In Grades 1-3           becomes very important and comprehension skills are
    assistants and interns.                                                                                                                                                               two sessions per week and pupils attend one of the
                                                              no marks are involved, there is just a comment on the          developed. Basic literature is taught.
                                                                                                                                                                                          sessions. Times change on a termly basis, depending
    SENIOR PRIMARY                                            report. Through the teacher’s enthusiasm the children
                                                                                                                             During the Grade 10 – 12 years we add grammar and            on the afternoon programme.
    A Small Group of approximately 12 pupils attend           learn to love, appreciate and respect other languages
                                                                                                                             literature in degrees to finally reach competency
    their Mathematics and English lessons each day            and cultures.                                                                                                                                    ASSEMBLY
                                                                                                                             for the Matric finals. Many hours are spent on extra
    with a remedial teacher or teacher with an interest       SENIOR PRIMARY: Afrikaans becomes more struc-                  lessons and teachers are very accommodating in               Foundation Phase: Assemblies lend weight to our
    in this area. The same English and Mathematics work       tured in the Senior Primary Phase. Not only do                 terms of learners who struggle with the language.            Christian ethos, and serve to enable children to

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extend their life views and opinions, as well as to bring   1 - 3s have the opportunity to experiment with their                   BEST SPEAKER COMPETITION                                            BOARD GAMES
     children together in a sense of community. During this      speed and distance capabilities. Sports Day is held
     time, we also celebrate children’s achievements both        and the three houses compete against each other              SENIOR PRIMARY: A public speaking competition is           JUNIOR PRIMARY: Board Games is offered as an extra
     in and outside of school.                                   in fun and flat races. The Grade 0 pupils also have a        held in each grade, with about 5 children per grade        mural in different terms for Grade 1-3 pupils. Pupils
                                                                 sports day where they wear their class colours and           being selected for the final round in the competition.     learn to play different types of board games which
     PRE-PRIMARY: Grade 0 pupils attend an assembly
                                                                 show off their talent in flat races, relays and fun races.   Winners are awarded house points in each grade and         fosters cooperation and communication.
     with the Junior Primary pupils, once a week. The
     Grade 00 & 0 children also attend a mini assembly of        SENIOR PRIMARY: It is a Primary School policy that           perform in the hall for other pupils in their grades,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               BULLYING
     their own once a week.                                      every child is offered the opportunity to participate in     usually in the fourth term of the academic year.
                                                                 the Interhouse Athletics meeting. This is traditionally      HIGH SCHOOL: There are two sections, one involving         WHOLE SCHOOL: Bullying is regarded as an extremely
     PRIMARY SCHOOL: Assemblies are valued at Thomas             held at the start of Term 3 over a Friday and Saturday.                                                                 serious offence and will not be tolerated. Bullying
     More as an opportunity for the Primary School to                                                                         Grades 11 and 12, and the second involving Grade 10. The
                                                                 It is a compulsory school day. From these results a                                                                     includes verbal bullying, physical bullying and cyber
     nurture a sense of togetherness, for staff to make                                                                       competition takes place in the first and second terms.
                                                                 Victor and Victrix Ludorum is selected. Athletes are                                                                    bullying. Behaviour such as incessant teasing and
     announcements and report on results of sporting             selected to participate in the KZN Christian Schools                                                                    “ganging up” on fellow pupils will also be regarded as
                                                                                                                                                   BIRTHDAYS
     fixtures, as well as for the school as a whole to           trials during term three.                                                                                               bullying. There is a comprehensive bullying policy.
     recognise numerous pupil achievements and awards.                                                                        PRE-PRIMARY & JUNIOR PRIMARY: We enjoy high-
     As in the Foundation Phase, it is furthermore an            HIGH SCHOOL: In the third term there is Inter-House                                                                                         BUY-A-BRICK
                                                                                                                              lighting our pupils’ birthdays. Pre-Primary children
     opportunity to build on our Christian values and            Athletics where as many pupils as possible participate
                                                                                                                              have Birthday Rings with their parents in attendance.
     support and uphold our ethos, vital for the well-being      in the following events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m,                                                                        This is an ongoing fundraising initiative allowing any
                                                                                                                              Grade 0 to 3 children are sung to by the pupils and        family, business or school individual to have their
     of our pupils and to develop EQ and character.              1500m, 3000m, Long Jump, Javelin, Discus and Shot-
                                                                 put, in U14, U15, U16 and Open Boys and Girls events.        staff in Assembly. All children are allowed to wear        name embossed on a wooden plaque and mounted
     In the Junior Primary, Assemblies are held on Monday,       There is a Victor and Victrix Ludorum. Many of our           Civvies, and are given a special “Birthday Sticker” to     in the Habberton Hall. Order forms can be requested
     Wednesday and Friday. Monday and Wednesday                  athletes take part in the Christian Schools Athletics        wear. Parents are most welcome to send in sweets or        from rgriesel@thomasmore.co.za.
     assemblies are taken by staff members and leaders           event during the third term.                                 cakes to be shared in class. We request that cakes sent
     from visiting churches. Friday assemblies are run by                                                                     in are already cut up, or alternatively that cupcakes               CAFÉ DE MORE (COFFEE SHOP)
     the Headmistress of the Foundation Phase.                                      AWARDS CRITERIA                           are supplied. This avoids the use of knives in the         Café de More operates in the Robin Savory Pavilion
     The SP Headmistress’s Assembly is on a Thursday             SENIOR PRIMARY: There is a detailed set of criteria          classroom.                                                 from 07:00 to 16:00 Mondays to Fridays during school
     from 07:25 to 08:00 for Grades 4 – 7. R.E. assemblies       for sporting, cultural and academic awards. A formal         BIRTHDAY INVITATIONS: To avoid any ill feeling, we         term time only. It is also open on Saturdays during
     are held on Tuesdays from 07:25- 08:00 in the Senior        nomination and selection process is followed and a           request that birthday invitations are either sent to       some of the sporting or special events at school.
     Primary and are run by the Deputy Head together             record kept of how the results are derived so there is       the whole class, or alternatively all boys or all girls.   Parents are most welcome, but it is unfortunately not
     with other staff members at times. Wednesday                no partiality.                                               If only a few children are invited, then we ask that       open to pupils, except when in the company of their
     assemblies’ devotions are taken by the children nuder                                                                    invitations are handed out privately.                      parents. Grade 12 pupils may visit the Coffee Shop
                                                                 HIGH SCHOOL: There is a detailed set of criteria.
     the guidance of the Deputy Head and also form a                                                                                                                                     after school. Café de More also sell a variety of frozen
                                                                 There are 4 areas in which pupils can work towards           SENIOR PRIMARY: As a family-oriented school, we
     way of bonding with and communicating with the                                                                                                                                      homemade meals. Please contact Moses on 031 764
                                                                 an award, namely: sport, cultural activities, academics      feel it is important to acknowledge every pupil’s
     pupils with regard to the week’s matches and events.                                                                                                                                8705 or email lmoffat@thomasmore.co.za for any
                                                                 and service.                                                 special day. We therefore call up girls and boys who
     Should time prevail, there is also a short opportunity                                                                                                                              queries.
     to reconnect with the class teacher.                        An Awards Committee is responsible for the pro-              have had a birthday in the past week at our Tuesday or
                                                                 cessing of the nominations of pupils. The awards are         Thursday assemblies and sing to them. They are also                              CALENDAR
     HIGH SCHOOL:                                                structured in such a way as to encourage and reward
     Mon - Headmaster                                                                                                         allowed to wear Civvies on the day of their birthday
                                                                 those who have made an exceptional contribution to                                                                      JUNIOR & SENIOR PRIMARY: An Annual calendar is
     Tues - Guest / Cultural / MLC / Grade / House                                                                            or, in the case of a birthday being at the weekend or      available on the TMC App, as well as a link in the More
                                                                 a school activity at the discretion of the Headmaster.       during the holidays, on the Monday or Friday closest
     Fri - Deputy Head                                           The awards criteria are published on the school                                                                         Talk weekly Newsletter and on the school website.
                                                                                                                              to the child’s birthday. We are also happy for the         Please also check the google calendars as there are
                      ASSOCIATION DAY                            website and Communicator.                                    pupils to celebrate with their friends by bringing a       sometimes changes to academic fixtures which are
     This annual event is intended to increase the                                   BANK DETAILS                             square cake pre-cut into squares or cupcakes for the       beyond our control. Sporting/cultural fixtures appear
     interaction between Past Pupils and Current Pupils,                                                                      class, which will be eaten at break.                       on SOCS. All these platforms are accessible through
                                                                 The School’s banking details are as follows:                                                                            the TMC App.
     as well as between the Past Pupils themselves. The
                                                                                                                                             BOARD OF TRUSTEES
     day is run along social and sporting lines, and consists                                   Thomas More Trust t/a                                                                    HIGH SCHOOL: An annual calendar is issued with
     of various sporting friendlies between the School 1st        Account Holder:                                             The role of the Board is to appoint the Headmaster/        all major dates for the College, i.e. list of term
                                                                                                Thomas More College
     Teams and Past Pupil Teams, family-orientated fun,                                                                       Headmistress of the High School, Primary School            dates, compulsory days and school holidays. This is
     and social opportunities such as the “Catch Up with          Branch:                       FNB (Kloof)                   and Foundation Phase, and to establish and maintain        distributed in advance and hence we request that
     Your Teachers” session.                                      Account No:                                                 a relationship of wise counsel, mutual respect,            parents do not book weekends away or arrange
                                                                                                62258238445                   accountability and support. An important role they         alternative functions on compulsory days. The list of
                           ATHLETICS                              (Current/Cheque Account)
                                                                                                                              also fulfil is to ratify the policies and budget of the    events is also available on the TMC App. Please also
     JUNIOR PRIMARY: During the 3rd term the Grade                Branch Code:                  221526                        school (See ‘Who’s Who’ for members).                      check the google calendars within each grade for

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academic happenings, and SOCS for sporting/cultural              also legally only allowed to be used by a thirteen        the phone or device goes missing or is stolen.                                     CIVVIES
     fixtures. All these platforms are accessible through the         year old. WE ALSO STRONGLY RECOMMEND
                                                                                                                                Pupils may not use any type of headpiece/earphones         PRIMARY SCHOOL: Civvies Days are held as a means
     TMC App.                                                         THAT YOU AS PARENTS KEEP A STRICT CONTROL
                                                                                                                                to listen to music at any time, unless under the direct    to support various charities, or in support of Country
                                                                      OVER YOUR CHILD’S CELL PHONE ACTIVITIES
                           CELL PHONES                                                                                          permission of a member of staff. By bringing a cell        Fair donations. Sometimes, the pupils are encouraged
                                                                      WHILE AT HOME PERTAINING TO THESE SOCIAL
                                                                      MEDIA APPS.                                               phone / tablet on to the TMC Campus, you must              to bring a requested item which is then distributed to a
     FOUNDATION PHASE: While it is widely accepted                                                                              adhere to the TMC Social Media Policy as set out in        needy organisation. A small cash donation per Civvies
     that cell phones have become an integral part of our           • Children are not permitted to carry phones during         the IT Acceptable use agreement.                           Day may also be levied, and debited to the parents’
     everyday lives, it is extremely important to remember            tests and exams and children found with phones                                                                       accounts. Parents are asked to ensure their children
     the following:                                                   during this time will be considered to be cheating.       At no time may any photograph be taken of any TMC
                                                                                                                                staff member without the written permission of the         are suitably attired. No avant-garde or revealing
                                                                      They may not use the calculator facility of the                                                                      clothing should be worn on civvies days. Girls’ hair, if
     Cell phones are NOT ALLOWED in the Foundation                                                                              staff member. No videos may be made of any activity
                                                                      phone for Maths tests and exams but this may be                                                                      long, should be neat and away from the face.
     Phase as the Secretary will phone for children if /
                                                                      used, with teacher permission, in class situations        on the College campus without the knowledge of the
     when needed.                                                                                                                                                                          No make-up is permitted. Jewellery should be simple
                                                                      where the device has been requested. No pupil may         Head. Uploading of images, videos and other content
     SENIOR PRIMARY: While it is widely accepted that                 receive calls or sms during the school day.               that include pupils and the TMC campus must at all         and in keeping with the uniform policy.
     cell phones have become an integral part of our                                                                            times comply with the Social Media Policy.                 HIGH SCHOOL: Civvies Days are held annually as a
                                                                    • There are occasions where a teacher may require
     everyday lives, Cell phones are NOT ALLOWED in                                                                                                                                        fund-raising mechanism. Parents are asked to make
                                                                    		 the children to use a phone as a part of an                                     CHAPEL
     the Senior Primary Phase. If a phone is required for                                                                                                                                  sure that their children are suitably attired with no
                                                                    		academic programme. Cell phones are often
     a specific reason, e.g. a child diving time between the
                                                                    		 allowed as part of an IT lesson but this is strictly     The Chapel is situated underneath the Great House          avant-garde or revealing clothing being worn.
     parents in the case of a divorce, special permission has
                                                                    		 controlled. Cell phone etiquette and correct usage       and is open from 7am to 3pm for prayer and medi-
     to be requested for this and then the phone may be                                                                                                                                                    CODE OF CONDUCT
                                                                    		 forms part of the IT programme, and if a pupil           tation of God’s word. Mass is held once a month on
     at school but may not be used in school hours. It is
                                                                    		 contravenes the basic cell phone/tablet/notebook         a Wednesday at 10am and is conducted by our local          FOUNDATION PHASE: Children are involved in the
     extremely important to remember the School Policy
                                                                    		 rules, the cell phone may be confiscated for a           Catholic Priest.                                           process of drawing up their own classroom code of
     on cell phones, tablets / notebooks is as follows:
                                                                    		 period of time. Repeat offenders will have their                                                                    conduct, as well as being required to abide by the
     •    Phones / tablets / notebooks brought to school            		 phones banned from school entirely.                      See Mr Stephen Ireland for more information about
                                                                                                                                                                                           Primary School code.
     		   are the property and responsibility of the Senior                                                                     Mass and Catholic chapel services on 031 764 8655.
                                                                    • All pupils are required to sign the Internet User                                                                    PRIMARY SCHOOL: At the beginning of each year, or
     		   Primary carrier. The school is in no way responsible
                                                                      policy which applies not only to the use of the                                 CHARGES                              when a new pupil enrols at the school, a Code of Conduct
     		   and cannot be expected to look for lost or stolen
                                                                      computer but also to lap-tops, cellphones, tablets                                                                   is given to pupils and parents to read through and then
     		   phones / tablets / notebooks.                                                                                         DUE DATE FOR PAYMENT:
                                                                      and i-pads etc.                                                                                                      commit to in terms of each signing the document, and
     • Communication between the Primary School and                                                                             Charges are due and payable on the first day of each
                                                                    HIGH SCHOOL: All cellular telephones and electronic         term. Early payment discount, monthly payment              returning that slip to the school. The Code of Conduct
     		 parents is of such a high standard that cell phones                                                                                                                                covers general principles governing behaviour; it lists
                                                                    devices are to be switched off during lessons. They         options, debit order, direct deposits and cash
     		 are not necessary for that purpose.                                                                                                                                                repercussions for anti-social behaviour, as well as
                                                                    must either be locked away in the locker provided or        options are all available. Please contact the Bursar’s
     • If a child’s parents have requested specific                 handed in at the start of each lesson.                                                                                 where the school stands on a variety of issues ranging
                                                                                                                                Department for further information.
       permission in writing for the child to have a phone                                                                                                                                 from romantic affection, cell phones, to dress and
                                                                    No pupil may receive calls, messages OR go onto any                                                                    appearance, and disciplinary matters.
       at school, the he use of cell phones in the school is                                                                                            CHOIR
                                                                    social media site during lesson time.
       with permission from a teacher in a designated area                                                                                                                                 A Code of Conduct is displayed in every classroom,
       only (the quad outside the Savory Media Centre)              Smart phones, electronic tablets and devices must not       JUNIOR PRIMARY: This is open to Grade 2 and 3 pupils
                                                                                                                                                                                           along with a ‘Disciplinary Code’. Guidelines to the
       or for use under supervision in class when it has            be visible or used between and during lessons. The          Pupils are taught various songs to develop singing in
                                                                                                                                                                                           actual detail are sent to each parent in a separate
       been requested for a research/creative task. No              teacher reserves the right to determine whether the         unison as well as singing with basic harmonies. We
                                                                                                                                                                                           document, at the beginning of each year. Parents
       pupil may receive sms’s or calls during the school           smart phone is brought into and used for teaching           participate in, as well as host, choir festivals.          also agree to their child/children abiding by the
       day. Even if the teacher requested that a device             and learning purposes in his/her particular classroom.      SENIOR PRIMARY: Pupils are welcome to audition to          Code, when they sign the school’s “Parent Contract”
       be brought to school for a specific inquiry based            Should the teacher not allow devices, the onus is on                                                                   contract. There is also a computer / technology user
                                                                                                                                sing in the Senior Primary Choir. The choir participates
       activity, they should be locked away in their lockers        the pupil to lock it up in the locker provided before the                                                              policy which has to be signed by the pupil and parent.
                                                                                                                                in some Choir Festivals and performs at most school
       during the school day unless specific permission is          lesson. Any transgression by a pupil will be dealt with
                                                                                                                                functions. They rehearse for an hour a week, but may       HIGH SCHOOL: Refer to Detention and the Code
       given to them by the teacher. E-books may be read            according to the process set out in the Disciplinary
       in a designated area in the library or on the steps to       Code. (The phone is locked in the HS secretary’s safe       be called for additional practices before a big event,     of Conduct published on the school website and
       the library.                                                 for 7 consecutive days).                                    if need be.                                                communicator. This is reviewed annually.
     • Social networking sites such as WhatsApp, Twitter,           Any other forms of social media are banned from             HIGH SCHOOL: Vocal Tenacity is the High School                               COMMUNICATION
       Mixit, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube etc. which            being used on the Thomas More College High School           choir under the expert tutelage of Mrs Shylo Pereira.
       are now freely available on phones, are strictly             internet service (as well as connection via cellular        A small group of our best singers form the a capella       • A weekly newsletter, More Talk - this is emailed to
       forbidden on the school premises. These sites often          link). In bringing a cellular telephone or electronic       group called Retrobeats. Both Vocal Tenacity and             parents and placed on the Thomas More College
       lead to ‘cyber bullying’ – an activity which will be dealt   device to school, you are acknowledging that you are        Retrobeats perform in varied festivals, as well as           website. The purpose of the newsletter is to
       with in the strongest possible way. These apps are           responsible for it. The school will not be held liable if   school functions.                                            disseminate information about events and news

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