From the Principal…
What an extraordinary year it has been! I'm not one to dwell on the negatives as no matter what happens in life there is an opportunity to grow as humans and find ways to support one another. From my view of the school and our community I can honestly say that I am extremely proud of what we have achieved this year.

Thank you to our wonderful staff - teachers, cleaners, school officers, gardeners, education assistants, student services support staff, librarians, visiting youth workers, IT techs, AIEOs, Home Ec and Lab Assistants and our trainees! many and of you are unsung heroes and deserve enormous gratitude!

This newsletter is packed full of the amazing experiences our students have been having in the second half of this term. It's amazing that we also managed to fit in exams and reporting! Semester 2 reports will be issued via Connect in coming days.

Don't forget that we now have a second-hand uniform and book platform - Sustainable School Shop. Instructions for how to use this are in this newsletter.

Also, take note of when our uniform shop, Perm-a-Pleat will be open during the holidays as they will be closed for a period of time.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful festive season!

Kim Savins

Surf Science Camp at Hilarys

The students participated in a range of fun activities and learnt valuable skills such as Camping, Communication and Team Building, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Surf Rescue, Fishing Sustainability and Marine Biology.

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Student Services 
Primary Aspirants Program
During term 3 and 4, students from Meadow Springs Primary School and North Mandurah Primary School attended John Tonkin College to participate in the Primary Aspirants program.

Students were involved in Science, Mathematics, English, and Outdoor Education lessons.

Thank you to all staff who helped to deliver these lessons.  Students were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed themselves! 

Che Heeley
Deputy Principal – John Tonkin College
Year 7 Orientation Day

A warm welcome was given to the new Year 7's visiting John Tonkin College recently on their Orientation Day. 

This group of students here were treated to a cooking class with Home Economics teacher, Kerry Fitzgerald. 
Peer Support and Mental Health Awareness Workshop

Recently our Year 7 class captains, in collaboration with their peers from Coastal Lakes Senior High School attended a Peer Support and Mental Health Awareness Workshop.  

The workshop was run by Connecting 4 Kids and held at the new Lakelands Library.
The students were great and had a very informative session followed by a well deserved Subway lunch.  Certificates of completion were presented to the students at the end of the course. 
Students Visit UWA

On Wednesday the 18th of November,  four Year 8 Aboriginal students visited the University of Western Australia on a school excursion.  

On the day the students met with other Year 8 Aboriginal students from various areas of Perth. Aboriginal Mentors and Aboriginal Students who are studying at UWA showed them around the campus. 

The students enjoyed seeing the set up at the University and participated in activities for the day. This gave the students a feel for university life.

Denysha Marshall
Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer 
PBS Class Challenge

In term 4, all year 7, 8, 9 and 10 classes competed in the PBS Class Challenge. In this challenge, each class worked as a team and each team was scored on their ability to demonstrate our school’s core values of respect, excellence and commitment. Each core value was marked out of 10 making the total possible score for each class out of 30.

Every week for core subjects, class captains got their teachers to fill in a scorecard and the captains would then hand them in to student services. The scores were added up and the classes with the highest scores at the end of the competition were the winners, earning some great prizes.

There were 2 divisions, a merit select division and a mainstream division and the scores in both divisions were very close. In the end, the 10-1 class won the merit select division, with the 8S class finishing second and the 7SA class third. In the mainstream division: 8-2 were the winners, with 8-3 in second place and 7-2 in third place.

This competition was a great example of how we can work together at JTC to best demonstrate our core values of excellence, respect and commitment and helped our school provide some positive rewards to get us through to the end of the year.    

Wayne Bell
Student Services Manager -Tindale Campus
Computer Club
A computer Club started at Tindale campus in term 4 on a Tuesday afternoon.
A small group of students had fun setting up the new Virtual Reality machine called an Oculus Quest 2. 
They played games and had fun VR experiences.
They also used the Wacom drawing tablets to create some amazing art work and used Minecraft Education.
Computer Club will run again next year so look out for the notice in the bulletin.

Judith Saville
Business, Digital technologies, WPL and VET teacher
Winners of the Year 10 Pay it Forward program - Reuse, Reduce and Recycle
As a part of Year 10 Pay It Forward program, all Year 7 home room extra classes were set the task of making a poster about Reuse, Reduce and Recycling.

Ally Gomez, Zoe Fishwick and Bridee Cross were the top 3 poster designers and will each receive a $20 voucher at a store of their choosing.

The posters will be placed around theTindale and MET campuses so we can make everyone aware of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Containers for Change is happening at JTC!
Stop throwing your recyclable containers in your kerbside recycling bin. We would love it if you dropped them off at school and 10 cents from each eligible container will go towards school improvement projects. 
Tindale Campus - the collection bin is at the end of the internal driveway on the left as you exit the site.
MET Campus - the collection bin is located along the driveway just past the library on the left.

Excluded containers
There are some drink containers that are not eligible for a refund. Generally, excluded containers are those that are less than 150ml and greater than 3L.
Excluded containers include:
Any plain milk containers
Any glass containers which have contained wine or pure spirits
Containers 1L or larger which have contained flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice
All cordial or syrup containers
Registered health tonics

Click here for more recycling information;

Year 7 Surf Science Camp- Hillarys

On the 18th November, our two Year 7 Surf Science classes went on a 3 day camp up to Hillarys.

The students participated in a range of fun activities and learnt valuable skills such as Camping, Communication and Team Building, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Surf Rescue, Fishing Sustainability and Marine Biology.

The Year 7s received exceptional feedback from the staff at the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development (a.k.a. Fisheries) as well as Ern Halliday Camp School staff.

All staff and students had a great time! Here are a few pictures of our time away!

Keryn Eckersly 
Human Movement Teacher 

Year 8 - Bushrangers Camp

by students - Justus Tuck, Ethan Thomas and 
Aynjel Deslandes

For many kids attending this bush rangers camp was their first real crack at a team building getaway.  Starting off on a Tuesday afternoon, after packing of course, two buses filled with eager and enthusiastic kids embarked on their journey.  Shortly after dropping off luggage at the Dawesville Marine Centre, the whole team carried on towards Lake Clifton, the Thrombolites. Where we learnt about the history of the Earth, and how we largely have the thrombolites to thank for the world we have today.

The day after, Mr T travelled to the Marine Centre just after breakfast, he taught us various bush skills, including methods to starting sights and ways to catch and create drinkable water.  We all love and enjoyed having him teach us, it was an interesting informative experience.

After lunch the same day, we all quickly entered the buses and ventured to Trees Adventure.  About 5-10 minutes outside of Dwellingup.  Well and truly into the hills Trees Adventure can be found.  Its an honestly thrilling experience that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.  We scaled obstacles, ziplined and swung on ropes 15m plus off the ground, making some of us live our dreams as Tarzan.

After a good night sleep in the tents, back at the marine centre, some of us could argue that our last day at the camp, was the best.  The Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh came down and assisted us in rotational activities, which were to be honest, extremely fun.  The activities ranged from fishing, paddle boarding and raft building.  At around 2pm we all started packing up and loading the trailers.  A hard task for some to say the least.

We are all so thankful for the experiences and there's not one person that hasn't taken a positive piece of information, and numerous positive experiences.  It was an awesome time. 

Year 8 - Surf Science Program Camp
Year 10 - Duke of Edinburgh Award

Students from the Year 8 Surf Science Program and the Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh Award went to Rottnest on the 1st to the 4th of December.

They participated in a range of exciting activities including Snorkelling, Cycling, Fishing/Squidding and Stargazing! The student's behaviour on the camp was exemplary and they all had a wonderful time.

Many thanks to all that were involved. You can check out all the action on YouTube!

Click here to see the students Rottnest Activities on YouTube;

Ben Whetters
Human Movement Teacher 

Year 8S Share Bream Project information

Surf Science students from 8S were invited to Greenfields Primary School to teach the Year 5’s about our Bream Project.

The students created interactive activities which included Fishopoly, Matching card games, quizzes, Bream booklets, wordsearches, diagrams and fish origami. The Year 5’s rotated through the stations in small groups.

Barbara Sing
Science Teacher

If you would like to know more about our Black Bream Project that John Tonkin College students are involved in please visit the link below;

Click here for information on the Black Bream Project;

Year 9 Reward Camp

The Orienteering Winners

On Wednesday the 25th of November, Mrs Hill and Mr Bell organised a camp to Lake Leschenaultia for three days. We departed on the Wednesday at 9:10 and made our way to the Midland Shopping Centre and Cinema. There, we watched ‘The Comeback Trail’. We enjoyed the movie with drinks and food, then made our way to the food court to have lunch and walk around the shops. At 1:30, we got back onto the buses and made our way to camp. Once we got there, we unpacked our bags and got ready to go to the lake.

We stayed at the lake for a few hours and did Mr Sara’s Olympic Activity, Classic Catch. We had to jump off the pontoon and catch the tennis ball throw into the water. Most teams participated and we finished the day hamburgers and hotdogs for dinner and Mrs Hill’s Olympic Activity, Dutch Auction. You had to collect items that belonged to your group and a list was read out, if your item was called you need to hold it up, first to hold it up gets 50 bonus points. We went to bed to get ready for the next day.

We woke up on Thursday and had cereal and bacon and egg rolls for breakfast. We went back to the lake to do Mrs Naidoo’s Olympic Activity. We had to fill a bucket full of water using a cup, however the buckets and cups had holes in them. We then had a swim for a couple of hours then headed back to camp to do Mr Bell’s Olympic Activity, Inflatable Obstacle Course. We had get two people across the course and back in a short amount of time. We then went back to the lake for a swim before dinner. For dinner we had spaghetti and did Mr Dawson’s Olympic Activity, Crossing the River. We got three to four mats and had to get the team across without touching the ground or letting the mats go. We then watched Space Jam and School of Rock before bed. We went to bed and got up to have our last day at camp.

We had leftovers for breakfast and went back to the lake for Mr Hayes’ Olympic Activity, Orienteering. We had to take selfies at all the marks and got bonus points for most creative picture. Some of the students got food from the café at the lake, where they met a friendly parrot. We then headed back to camp to pack our things up and lest camp after lunch and winners prizes. Throughout the camp we had bonus points up for offer. One of the activities was to put the supervising teachers in age order. The Dogs got the closest, winning 50 Bonus points. We had other bonus points for people volunteering to help or for being genuinely nice.

Overall we all had heaps of fun and it will be a time we remember for a long time.

By JTC Students.

  A "Pay It Forward" Initiative

"Feel the Colour"
On Friday 6th November 2020, Year 7-9 students from the Tindale campus participated in John Tonkin College’s first Colour Explosion Fun Run.  The students from Year 10.1 & 10.3 who facilitated the event showed excellent leadership skills before, during & after the event & demonstrated the core values of our school: Excellence, Respect & Commitment.
The Year 10s hard work contributed towards the smooth running of the games, sausage sizzle & the closing fun run. Overall, the event was an astounding success, where all students participating in the event engaged with enthusiasm & pure joy. 
One Colour Explosion Fun Run, however, was not enough for our team!  We had caught the colour bug.  On Tuesday 17th November 2020, the Year 11s were also encouraged to embrace the colour at our MET campus.  To bring closure to their busy year, Year 10 student councillors facilitated the Colour Explosion Fun Run for the Year 11s amidst sumo wrestling, water dunking and enormous tumbling inflatable balls.  It was a perfect day and there were smiles all around!
Students from 10-3 used the money they had raised from their Paying it Forward initiative to purchase a few of the Year 12 Graduation books, which were gifted to five of our deserving Year 12 leavers at the Graduation breakfast on 18th November 2020.  This important book of memories provided a snapshot of the Year 12's journey at John Tonkin College and captures important times of laughter and learning. 
The Colour Explosion Fun Runs will undoubtedly provide lasting memories for our students.  These acts of sharing laughter and joy with others, brought together students from all years and on both campuses. This colourful "Pay it Forward" initiative certainly made our college even stronger and more cohesive and has paved the path for future fun run events.   Well done John Tonkin College students ... we definitely embraced the colour!!  
Until the next time
Ms Downing
Kind regards
Natalie Downing
JTC English Teacher

Year 12 Graduation Breakfast

Teacher, Natalie Downing congratulates students at the Graduation Breakfast as they receive their Year 12 Graduation Booklet.  The Yearbook is designed by the JTC Students.

Year 12 Graduation 

 Farewell to the Class of 2020

The Graduation event gave the Year 12 students a time to reflect on all of the hard work, fun had and skills learnt over the past 12 years. In this extraordinary year of 2020 the students were given a send off they will remember forever as they begin to forge their own path in the world. 

After a warm welcome from the Masters of Ceremony, Donna Heath (Associate Principal) and Che Heeley (Deputy Principal), the Welcome to Country was given by George Walley and the National Anthem was sung by Trinity Ilich.  

Entertainment continued with student, Tiarna Lee singing,  "When We Were Young".  During the evening the audience were treated to another Musical item, "The Chain" which was performed by, The John Tonkin Band.

Former student, Ben Heath addressed the students as the guest,  Key Note Speaker.  Wishing them all well in their chosen fields as their life journey continues. 

Subject Awards and Major and Special Awards were presented during the evening.  Speeches were given by Principal, Kim Savins, House Captain, Jireh Auva'a and Vice Captain, Nathalie Tarrosa.  

The Charge to the Class of 2020 was provided by City of Mandurah, Mayor Rhys Williams. 

It was a wonderful night for students, parents, carers and staff. The evening was full of wonderful memories, celebrating the students achievements and given recognition to the class of 2020.  
The John Tonkin College community would like to thank the sponsors who continue to make the evening an extra special event on our school calendar. 
How To See Your Graduation Photographs:
1. Go to
2. Click on 'View and Order Graduation Photos Click Here'
3. Register to create an account (or use existing)
4. Use Access Code: CKE5689 to take you to the photographs

  Art News

Come along and see our year 11 and 12 students work on display at Mandurah performing arts the opening night was held on Monday the 14th of December.

The Exhibition is open to the public at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and will be on display all through December.  

  Workplace Learning News

Click here for more information:

Workplace Learning Contact:
mobile phone:  0437 859 516

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Wheelers EBooks Consortium is a digital ebook service open to all Staff  and Students of John Tonkin College.

It works like a normal library where you can borrow a book for two weeks,       
return it, or reserve items that are already loaned out.

Wheelers EBooks are available over the school holiday period.

  • 17 December Last Day for Year 7 to 10 students
  • 1 February 2021 - Students commence Term 1
Uniform Shop -  

Please note that the Perm-A-Pleat Schoolwear Retail Outlet will close on Saturday 19 December 2020 and reopen on Tuesday 12 January.

For all of your JTC uniform requirements; 

Unit 2/76 Reserve Drive
Mandurah  WA  6210

PH: 9500 3036
Click here for more information;
Canteen Opening times
Tindale Canteen
Opening hours will be open for RECESS & LUNCH  for students.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 
Time: 7:00am to 1.20pm

Limited food will be on offer for Lunch service, so it is preferable that a place a lunch order is placed using Quikcliq or at the canteen during RECESS or before School starts
MET Cafeteria
Opening hours from Monday to Friday :  7.45am to 2.00pm.

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 
Hayley & Adele
JTC Cafeteria 
Containers for Change
(Refunds for Eligible Recyclable Containers)
As many would have heard by now Western Australia has joined the revolution and implementing the Containers for Change program from 1st October 2020.

This is a State-wide container deposit scheme that lets you cash in eligible drink containers for 10-cents each.

In WA, we use more than 1.3 billion drink containers each year, enough to line a path from Perth to Broome, with many of these currently ending up as litter on the side of the road or in landfill, and most of them are made of materials that are easily recyclable.
Eligible containers can be returned in two ways :
  1. Drop off at a Refund Point for your refund
  2. Donate to John Tonkin College who will collect containers as a fundraising opportunity
Therefore if you have containers and would like to donate them to John Tonkin College then please drop off in either of the cages when dropping or collecting students :
  1. Near the Exit Gates at Tindale Campus
  2. Outside the Library (near the Bus Shed) in the pickup & drop-off lane at MET Campus
Lists of eligible containers are found on
Please do not deposit ineligible containers into the JTC cages as there will be a cost for them to be removed which decreases the refund for containers provided back to John Tonkin College?
If you are transporting the containers to the cages within boxes or bags, please empty the eligible containers only into these cages?
Thank you for your assistance in helping keep our State cleaner, and helping JTC raise some funds which will be used for the benefit of students.
Click here to visit the beacon website;
WAAPA Summer School 2021
This summer WAAPA is thrilled to be able to offer an exciting school holiday program at our campus in Mount Lawley. There are classes for students from Year 1 to Year 12 in drama, acting, screen performance, film making, music theatre and of course Shakespeare. For information about the many courses on offer please visit; or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at or 9370 6775.
Community News

Peel Youth Service

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To contact us regarding bookings, or for more information, please call the office on (08) 9534 7233, or email us at
Liam A1 Fun
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Thank you to our Sponsors

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

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