From the Principal…

After having the amazing opportunity to travel through the Kimberley and parts of the Northern Territory, I have returned to school feeling motivated and with a new appreciation of what is important within our community.

We are extremely lucky to live in such a beautiful place with incredible opportunities on our doorstep, but how much do we know about the cultural significance of where we live? Have you ever heard the dreamtime story of how Mandurah was created?

This story can be found on the website  Our Mission | Our Knowledge, Our Land - Ngalang Kaadadjan, Ngalang Boodja (
The Aboriginal Creation story begins with a terrible drought. The bush, plants and meat became hard, tough and rank. Three Elders of the tribe made their way to the sea and began to pray to their creator for water. Their creator manifested itself in the form of a snake, which they called Wagyl who came out of the sea and gave birth to its young in the estuary which forms the unique shape of Mandurah today. Wagyl’s young stayed in the estuary until they grew bigger. Soon the young left their birthplace, travelling away uphill, forming the Murray, Harvey, and Serpentine rivers as they moved across the land.

It is very powerful to feel connected to where we live. It gives us pride, we want to protect our community and help its young people to be successful now and into the future. An important part of that connection is between the school, parents/carers and the wider community. I appreciate that everyone is very busy, but it is important that we allocate time and energy to building our partnership. On that basis, we have increased positions on our college board for parents/carers and invited our new P&C President on as a community representative.

Welcome to the board:
Parents -  Janelle Harvey, Emma Larson, Nicole Smith and Susan Isherwood-O’Donnell.
P&C President – Ann Cicchini (please see the P&C post below.)

Lots has been happening around the school – please take the time to explore this newsletter.

Kim Savins
P & C News

I am your new P&C President, Ann Cicchini.  Myself and your new committee are excited to start building stronger bonds between the school and you, the parents/carers. We would love to meet as many parents/carers as possible at our next general meeting!

Your school P&C is here to work on your behalf, to liaise with the school for any concerns or information you may need or have with regards to the school e.g., funding, upgrades, education of the students as a whole.  Your P&C is not here just for the running of the canteens or fundraising.

The P&C also acts as a voice for the school, regarding their lobbying of the government and education department for future amalgamation of the two campuses and funding.

COME TO OUR MEETINGS:  we will not ask you to volunteer or join the committee. We would of course be extremely grateful if you could do either, however, it would be up to you. Meet your committee, enjoy a tea or coffee, have something delicious to eat and a chat to find out what is happening.

Why not become a member it is $1 per year, and this gives you voting rights on what we do? You can of course attend meetings without becoming a member however, you would be unable to vote.

Your children are important to your P&C and the school, work with us, give us your thoughts and feedback so that we can all work towards making JTC the best school to be affiliated with.

The P&C meetings occur once a term we usually start at 3.30pm however, if we have enough interest for a later start, we can accommodate this request. We endeavour to keep our meetings professional to the point and interesting.

I am contactable through the school; just leave a message and I will be happy to call you back.
Your committee is looking forward to meeting as many parents as possible, please come and support your school, your P&C and most importantly your children.
Next Meeting:  
19th October at 3:30PM - MET Campus Cafeteria
 Compass Information
Dear Parent/Carer From the start of 2021, the College has been using Compass as our school management system.

As a parent, Compass will allow you to:
  •        View up-to-date attendance information.
  •        Approve or enter upcoming or past absences for your child.
  •        Update your registered email and mobile number (For SMS alerts)
  •        Access information regarding upcoming events and news.
  •        Consent for upcoming excursions.

These features, plus others, will be rolled out over the year and may not be available at the moment.

Accessing Compass
Compass is a web-based system that is accessible on any modern web browser or by using the 'Compass School Manager' app available to download for iOS from the App Store or Android from the Play Store.

To access Compass on your computer, navigate to;,
      or access the quick link from our College website.

If you do not have access to a computer and/or mobile phone, please continue to communicate with the school as previously done.

An email has been sent to all parents/carers with Compass login details.
Upon the first login, you will be required to change your temporary password and confirm your email address and mobile phone number.

Please ensure that you keep your login details secure and do not disclose them to your child. Students will be provided with their own login details.

Please do not hesitate to contact the College on 95383 0400 if you require any further assistance.

Yours sincerely Che Heeley
Deputy Principal John Tonkin College
 Surf Science 
As part of the Surf Science course at John Tonkin College, our year 8 students complete their Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA) Bronze Star Certificate and our year 9s complete their Bronze Medallions.

This year we had our largest group yet to be successful in achieving their certificates.

Well done to all students.

Keryn Eckersley
Surf Science Teacher
Year 8 - Bronze Star Awards
 Year 9 - Bronze Medallion Awards
 Year 7 - 12, Peel School

Surfing Titles 2021
Surfing WA Peel School Surfing Titles 2021
On the 3rd of August a group of students from years 7-12 represented John Tonkin College and competed against local schools including Frederick Irwin, Mandurah Catholic College, Comet Bay College and Mandurah Baptist College in the 2021 Surfing WA Peel School Surfing Titles. For the first time in years the competition was held at Secret Harbour beach and weather was magic, with a fun little swell and light winds all day.
All of our girls’ divisions had at least one team make it through the first round of the day in both surfing and body boarding, whilst our junior and senior boys bodyboarding made it through also. All of our students demonstrated exceptional skills throughout the day and represented JTC with pride and sportsmanship.
In a close final our junior girls bodyboarding, represented by Aleisha Stone and Katie Watkins, just missed out on the win to MCC. In another very close final our junior surfing team, represented by Zoe Fishwick and Tahlee Grinter, just lost out to MCC also.
Overall, MCC took out the day, with a win in all divisions.  JTC finished up equal second with Mandurah Baptist College, just ahead of Comet Bay College and Frederick Irwin who came equal third. This was a fantastic effort by all involved and the whole JTC team should be exceptionally proud of themselves!
Myself, Mr Dawson and our whole JTC team are eagerly looking forward to next year!
Miss Eckersley

Click here to see more photos;
Orientation Day 

Year 7 Orientation Day 1 2021

On Friday the 6th of August, our current 2022 Year 7 enrolled students attended John Tonkin College Tindale Campus for their first Orientation Day.

The day was filled with activities and learning, and it brought many smiles to faces. The students were arranged into 4 groups each with two Year 9 leaders.

The 2022 Year 7s enjoyed activities such as Art, Cooking, Sport and Science. In Art they learnt graffiti art and in Cooking they made pizza scrolls which they enjoyed at the end of the lesson.

During Sport they were enthusiastic to play dodgeball and worked together to play a multi-sport game and finally in Science they were amazed by the various colour chemical experiments they investigated. At the end of the day everyone joined together to play several games of Volleyball, and some danced to the music playing.

The day was filled with fun, laughter and kindness and everyone seemed to have a great day making friends, memories and enjoyed a day as a high school student. We look forwarding to hosting them in term 4 at their second day of orientation.

Year 9 Student - - Mackenzie Tune

To see more click here;
Bush Ranger Cadets
Bush Ranger Cadets Tree Planting 
Today on the 17th of August 2021 the year eight, nine and ten students from John Tonkin College went to Kara Bilya Restoration Site to plant trees.  Bushranger cadets received a welcome to Country from Frankland Nannup.  It was a good experience for JTC kids ato come together and learn about looking after our country.

Bushranger cadets planted 800 trees in the morning.  It was hard but we did it together.  JTC Bushranger cadets say it was a fun and a great experience that we will all remember.  

Year 8 Student
Photos acknowledged to the Peel Harvey Catchment Council.
Click here to see more photos;
Arts and Technology 

Students visit North Metro TAFE
On the 26th of May a group of year 11 and 12 Arts and Technologies students visited the North Metro TAFE campus in the city.

Students were given a tour of all the creative industries facilities and were able to ask questions about courses available to them after school.

The students found the trip very informative, with a number of them commenting on the diversity of courses and the state of the art facilities available to students.

North Metro TAFE offers courses in areas such as Game Design, Photography, Media, Fine Arts, Fashion, Furniture and Interior Design and Product Design to name the few we toured. 

  Design and Technology

Congratulations to our Design and Technology teacher Tammy Gorman for being selected to be part of the Department of Education new recruitment campaign.

The promotion features Ms Gorman and JTC Design and Technology students. 

Click here to view this fabulous media promotion;

  Art News

Students Artwork on Exhibition 
META is an annual exhibition run by the North Metro TAFE  highlighting the outstanding work created by year 11 and 12 students in the areas of Design, Photography and Art. JTC submitted three Artworks,

Three Photographic works and Three graphic design pieces for consideration. There were 42 schools and 130 pieces up for selection and  we were lucky to have three Photography student's  pieces selected as finalist. 

Donnie Hennon's Photographic Self Portrait "Master's Apprentice" and in the design category two bookcovers created by Alexis Nunn "Pet Sematary" and Sebastian SPozetta "Gone Girl Viral".

The exhibition ran from the 2nd to the 20th of August at Gallery Central North Metro TAFE Aberdeen ST Perth. 

Congratulations to our finalists!

Annette James
Design Photography and Drama Teacher
Sebastian Spozetta was awarded Best design commendation at Meta exhibition.

From the judges:

"Our Design judges loved this dusk jacket mock up because of the combination of strong typography choices and excellent digital photography treatment. They said the  design is unified with these elements helping to set the mood; Sebastian’s choices create an integrated outcome."
Click here for a link to the Meta2021 catalogue;
Maths & Sport 

Maths & Sport Incursion

Year 7 and 8 students were entertained by the “Maths and Sport” incursion which was held on Thursday 29 July in the gym at John Tonkin College.

Students heard about ancient numbers and where they were used. They learnt about Olympic events and saw how many of the world’s sport stars held amazing records, some of which were not broken for centuries.

The students played celebrity heads where they had to ask questions and guess the sport.  This was very entertaining for both the staff and the students.  They were also told about record holders and then had to guess which record was held by which sport.

John the presenter was very entertaining and both the year 7 and year 8 cohorts had a fantastic time.
Click here to see more;
Aboriginal Education Team, Andrea Tacko, Denysha Marshall and Clinton Jetta along with the Deadly Sista Girlz, Sharon Tompson and Tahleshja Waller organised a week full of Activities to celebrate NAIDOC week at JTC. 

This was started by Two Assemblies being held, one at each campus. During these assemblies we had Aboriginal Dance group Deadly Yongas come in and perform dances, a speech about NAIDOC read out by one of our year 11 Aboriginal students and an Acknowledgement of country read out by one of our year 7 Aboriginal students. A handful of our Aboriginal students from each campus received awards for outstanding behaviour during semester one.

Assembly was followed by a morning tea held in the new Aboriginal Education room where traditional foods and Teas were available for tasting. The rest of the week held lots of activities for students to participate in.
Denysha Marshall
Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer
Click here to see more;
Basket Weaving 
JTC Tindale female students have participated in two workshops on how to do traditional basket weaving.  Dianne Jackson from Meraki Art Therapy has spent time teaching the girls and has shared her personal experience of learning the technique:
I learnt the basket making from the Martu women when I was working in the arts industry in the Pilbara. At the time I was managing the Courthouse Art Gallery in Port Hedland and we sold the baskets as well as Aboriginal artefacts and paintings. 

The women and men travelled by bus into the gallery sometimes for exhibition openings and would all sit around on the gallery floor making their baskets.
I had the opportunity then to travel to Newman, Jigalong (where the children from the movie The Rabbit Proof Fence came from), Parnggur, and other communities throughout the Pilbara ….meeting the artists and learning about their way of life. 

At one stage I sat on the banks of the river outside of Newman, campfire burning, kangaroo tails and damper cooking on the coals, and peacefully made baskets while yarning with the ladies.

I love the process of “making” and get a wonderful sense of fulfilment from passing on the skill to others.
The baskets were traditionally used for gathering, collecting, and storing food, seeds, wood, and also for putting babies in to sleep.

Dianne Jackson
Meraki Art Therapy 
Principal Ms Savins joined the girls on the second day and shared her experience from her recent trip to the northern parts of Australia where she participated in basket making and other Aboriginal cultural experiences.
Mental Health Workshop 
Headspace - Workshops

Recently Pamela from Headspace came to the school and ran a workshop on mental health and self care with some Aboriginal Students.

The students listened to a presentation and participated in activities. 

Denysha Marshall
Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer

Student Services 
Footy Colours Day

Wednesday September 1 is Footy Colours Day.

For a gold coin donation you can wear your footy colours (or any sporting colours) to school for the day.

The student leadership will come around to collect your gold coin donations throughout the day.
Electives Years 8-10 2022
All students in Years 7-9 have received their elective forms for 2022.

Please ensure you discuss the elective choices with your child and sign the form and return to front admin by Friday 27th August. If any high cost electives are chosen these need to be paid for by 3 December 2021.

You will be able to see what chosen electives your child has been placed in on the Charges and Contributions for 2022 which will be sent out on the 19th November 2021.
Biggest Morning Tea

On Wednesday the 26th of May we were fortunate enough to be able to ‘borrow’ our canteen (Tindale) for recess and lunch!

This was a much needed venue for the sale of our donated cakes, pies and sausage rolls on our John Tonkin College Biggest Morning Tea date.

We managed to raise the huge sum of $568.75!

I am so proud of our staff and student’s efforts on the day.
We had a fantastic team of volunteers, all who were willing to sell raffle tickets, decorate the canteen, cut the many cakes up, make hot tea and milos, and best of all sell the many delicious items displayed on our HUGE Biggest Morning Tea table.

Scott Kirk from 7SB was the very happy winner of the 60 gel pens,( kindly donated by Maree Tugwell), and the other winners of the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea mugs, aprons and tea-towels were :- Michaela Purmalis, Rod Westerveld, Donna Scott, Shirley Jackson (8SA), Michelle in student services, Tanya Eastwell, and Sara Carter who managed to win 2 prizes!
We hope to go Bigger and Better next year.

Once again, thanks so very much to everyone involved, it was an Amazing Day!

Jan Davies (Multilit Co-ordinator)
John Tonkin College.

A Word from the Chaplain

I am involved with providing between 50-100 meals of two course for the community. I do this once a month for the Church of the Way . Then they invite the community to book and pay $5 . I have 4 students that come after school till about 7 pm and help me out in the kitchen .

These students participate in the community work . The students are Jonathon Smith, Nicholas Bennett,Kelsie Johnson all yr 9 and Jennifer Coyle yr 8

Gay Phillips
JTC Chaplain

 9S World Environment Day

In June Class 9S were invited to present the Bream Project to 10 primary school as part of the World Environment Day event put on by Cockburn Wetlands Centre.

Barbara Sing
JTC Teacher

  JTC - Bushfire Plan

Bushfire Zone Register

The department of education (the department) is concerned to maximise the safety of its students and staff. John Tonkin College has been added to the Bushfire Zone Register.

Inclusion of this register means that the school may be required to invoke pre-emptive closure on a day for which a Catastrophic Fire Danger rating (FDR) has been declared for the City of Mandurah. A Catastrophic FDR means that if a fire starts, it is likely to be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving.

What does this mean for our school?

When given advance warning by DFES that a catastrophic FDR has been forecast for a given day, the Deputy Director General of schools, may direct the pre-emptive closure of John Tonkin College.

If the school receives such a direction, you will be informed of the possible planned closure by a letter sent home with your child. Parents of students absent on the day this letter is sent home will be contacted by phone, so please ensure the school has up to date contact details for you. In the intervening period between the declaration of the pre-emptive closure and the day of the planned closure, DFES will monitor weather patterns to keep the department informed of any changes to the forecast for the declared day. The final decision to pre-emptively close the school will be informed by the Department with the principal no later than 4:30pm on the day before the declared day. If the forecast changes after that deadline, the closure will stand, regardless of improvements to the weather conditions later in the afternoon of the day before the declared day or overnight.

The intention is to limit confusion or uncertainty for parents and to allow you ample time to make alternative child care arrangements. Parents will be advised of the confirmation of closure, or its reversal, by a note sent home with your child on the day before the planned closure. Again, parents of students absent on the day will be contacted by telephone.

How will I know when the school is reopening?

It is anticipated that the school will only be required to close for a single day at a time, but this will depend on the weather. John Tonkin College uses SMS to advise parents of student absences: You will receive an SMS to advise you whether the school will reopen the day after the planned closure, or whether it will remain closed. The school website will contain a notice to advise you of the current status of the school closure and when it is expected to reopen. I ask that you monitor local media for current information about fire danger ratings and notification of schools reopening.

Staying tuned to ABC local radio in your locality is advisable. You can also check with DFES on 1300 657 209 or Alternatively you can call me on 0431 162 604 or the South Metro Educational Regional Office on 9336 9563. If any of the options listed above for finding out when to send your child back to school will prove problematic, please contact the school to arrange for us to phone you to advise you when the school will reopen.


Please contact the school on 9583 7373 if you have any questions about planned closures during the bushfire season.

Kim Savins

Click here for a printable copy of this plan;

  • SMARTRIDER/ID cards are available through both campus libraries to current enrolled students of John Tonkin College.
  • They cost $5 to replace and can be paid in cash at the library or eftpos at front office.  Please DO NOT ORDER ONLINE. Only order through school libraries.

(Library staff need to sight a receipt before ordering if paid by eftpos)
  • Cards will be ordered twice a week and your child may pick up from the library.
  • Library Staff will inform the student what day pick up is available.
  • When the card returns, it should have the funds from the old card transferred automatically by Transperth. (If this has not occurred phone Transperth on 136213 to transfer funds to new card)
  • The ID component of this card, shows a photo, legal name, birth date, student number and barcode for the following:
  • Legal identification on Transperth Travel
  • access to Library facilities and resources
  • password changes
  • accessing Wheelers eBooks
  • Year 11 & Year 12 exams
  • Year 10, 11 & 12 printing
  • Updating Lateness and Attendance with Student Services
If you require further information, do not hesitate to contact John Tonkin College Campus Libraries

Wheelers E - Books
Wheelers E-Books are a valuable digital library tool that all JTC students and staff may access. 

To access Wheelers E-Books and browse the digital library platform, click here;

For Instructions on how to use Wheelers E-Book Library Click here;

If you have any queries relating to Wheelers E-Books contact the staff at either the MET Campus Library or Tindale Library during school hours. 

Jenni Williams
Manager MET Campus Library
Year 12 Design Photography - Book Display 

Students visited the MET Campus Library to view the Year 12 Design - Photography Display.  New designs for book covers were displayed with some of the original book covers. 
Significant Cultural Objects around the World Display 

  Workplace Learning News

Click here for more information:

Workplace Learning Contact:
mobile phone:  0437 859 516

Click here to see more;

  Canteen and P & C Information

Canteen Opening times
MET Cafeteria
From Monday the 23rd of August opening hours from Monday to Friday :  7.45am to 1:30pm.
We are looking for Student /Parent Volunteers to come and Join our friendly canteen environment.
  • Meet New People.
  • A Great Opportunity to learn new skills.
Contact Hayley if you are interested.

Tindale canteen is up and running come on in see what yummy food we have. 

Open   Monday – Friday:  7:45- 1:30pm

Please click here to order on-line;

Volunteering to help in the canteen will go towards your Good standing and you will get a $5.00 Canteen Voucher.  

If you have any free periods this would be a perfect time.  If you are presentable, polite and willing to work - Come and see Hayley in the MET Canteen. 

Hayley - Canteen Manager Met Campus
JTC Cafeteria 

  P & C News  - "Help Wanted"

Please meet our wonderful canteen staff, Adele, Lara, Penny and Hayley, there is also Dianne who was unfortunately unavailable for the photograph.

At the canteen we strive to offer fresh food, including hot meals, sandwiches and burgers.  We would love to hear from our parents/carers as to what sort of food you would like to see in the canteen for your children.  Healthy fresh food will be offered. If you have a favorite easy recipe we would love to receive them. Send them to or drop them into the school office marked for my attention.

Tindale is for our years 7 to 9 and we follow the traffic light system as is required.  Met however, does not need to follow the traffic light system as we cater for the older students.
HELP!!  Do you have a few hours per week or a couple of hours a day.  We need you to help at our Tindale and Met Campus canteens, work one day a week or more whatever suits.  Please call Ann on 0404171379 if you can help.
  • 14 Aug       Science Week (Saturday14th Aug to Sunday 22nd August)
  • 26 Aug       Deadly Dreaming Excursion
  • 26 Aug       Year 7-8 Sports Carnival (Basketball and Soccer)
  • 27 Aug       Year 7-8 Sports Carnival (Netball and Touch)
  • 30 Aug       OLNA Commences
  • 30 Aug        Book Week 
  • 09 Sep       OLNA  Finishes
  • 09 Sep       Year 12 General Politics and Law Class - Parliament House
  • 10 Sep       Athletics Carnival
  • 23 Sep       School Ball 7pm to 11pm
  • 24 Sep       PUPIL FREE DAY - last day of Term Three
  • 11 Oct        Term Four - First Day Back
  • 15 Oct        Year 12 Last Day
  • 18 Oct        Year 9 Surf Science Camp - Kalbarri
  • 29 Oct        Teachers Day - Australia
  • 01 Nov        ATAR Exams Start
  • 17 Nov        Year 12 Valedictory
  • 22 Nov        Year 7 - 10 Exam week
  • 25 Nov        Year 7 Meningococcal Vaccinations 
  • 01 Dec        Year 7 Surf Science  Camp - JTC Marine Centre
  • 03 Dec        Year 6 Orientation Day #2
  • 08 Dec        Year 8 Surf Science Rottnest Camp
  • 17 Dec         PUPIL FREE DAY - Last day of Term Four
School & Community

Paint The Town Purple Relay Walk

JTC recently joined Cancer Council’s Relay For Life, and we would love you to join our team and help raise money to end cancer, info below;

Those adults that join the team before May 31 will only pay $20 instead of $40, so now's the time to sign up.

Click on the link and don't forget to use the discount code - EARLYBIRD21
NOV13  Public · Hosted by Relay for Life Peel-Mandurah
  Saturday, 13 November 2021 from 10:00-19:30 UTC+08
Relay For Life is a community fundraiser where teams take turns to walk around a track at relay-style daytime event, do a shift on the track or just visit and enjoy the entertainment, prizes and ceremonies that make Relay For Life so inspirational.

You’ll never forget your Relay experience, and you can make a big difference in the fight against cancer. If you’d like to join in on the fun and help make a difference too, why not join my team!  

Head to my Relay For Life team page to register using the link at the bottom of this email.
You can find out more about Relay by watching this video.

Thank you so much for all of your support, and I hope to see you at the Relay!

Tiffany Mclean
Partnership Development Officer

John Tonkin College

Click here to visit my personal page.
If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:
Click here to view the team page for John Tonkin College
If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:

 Uniform Shop
For the latest pricelist Click here; 
Click here for more information;



Geoff ' Skeeta' Harris Memorial Trophy

Proudly Sponsored by Schweppes


Over $500 worth of Prizes on offer!!


$25.00 entry fee includes pizza and drink post match.

Wednesday 29th September - Tee off 11.30am
18 hole competition open to all Juniors under 18 years
 that hold an AGU Handicap.
Handicap under 19 is Stroke; Handicap over 19 is Stableford

Entries Close Wednesday 22nd September 2021.

Draw available after 24th September, located on Website and Facebook Page
Mandurah Dance World

For those interested in dance, Mandurah Dance World dance studio offers dance lessons every Thursday evening.

Beginner classes start at 5pm and advanced lessons are at 5:45pm.

The first lesson is free and the next 10 lessons are $5 each.

Adult lessons are also available, with a class starting at 7pm

Check out the Mandurah Dance World website for more details;
Click here to visit the beacon website;
Community News

Peel Youth Service

Click here to find out services offered;

Thank you to our Sponsors

We are grateful for the support and encouragement they give to our school community. 

Click here to see who they are;

We Believe; We Empower; We Succeed
Copyright © 2020|* *John Tonkin College*, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.