From the Principal…
This is a very exciting time of the year! On the morning of writing this newsletter entry, I had the pleasure of seeing the Year 12s on their final day at JTC, enjoying a sumptuous breakfast cooked by the staff and this evening, we will celebrate the completion of their secondary education at the Valedictory Ceremony.

Along with this, I continue to hear the great news stories of Year 11 and 12 students securing apprenticeships in their chosen fields. Many of these occur, due to the fact that the students have proved themselves to employers through our Workplace Learning Program.

Meanwhile, I have observed many of our Year 7 to 11 students put all of  their energy into getting ready for exams, with a strong desire to get the best marks possible. Taking the time to revise is powerful, it reduces test/exam anxiety and gives our students more confidence. Exams are now done, but all subjects still have more learning and assessment to do. It's not time to down tools yet!

In preparing for 2021, we have a couple of exciting new initiatives to announce. Further details about them are in this newsletter and more to come before the end of this year. Next year we will be using a new platform for all communications called Compass. This will not be a major change for parents to adapt to, you will need the new app. It will have better connection with our attendance systems and also have payment and excursion permission functions. Eventually, it will also replace Connect for information about student learning content and assessment, but not likely until the following year. Please bare with us as this change occurs; there are likely to be some tech glitches.

We have also paid for a second-hand uniform/books platform called 'Sustainable School Shop' where you will be able to locate items for sale.  The instructions for how to access this are included in this newsletter. You should be able to get started with listing any items you have that you would like to sell. Once people get things on there, you may be able to find items that you are looking for.

The holiday countdown is on!!!

Kim Savins

At Tindale Campus students view the Sand Mural recently constructed during NAIDOC week.

To read more about the activities and displays that the students participated in and watched during NAIDOC week scroll down. 
 Gilbert's Fresh Food Fundraising - $650.00 Raised

Thanks to Parents, staff and friends of John Tonkin College who participate in the loyalty program run by Gilbert's Fresh Food Grocery Store.  A cheque for $650.00 was handed to Principal, Kim Savins and the student council recently at Tindale Campus from Gilbert's staff, Kirsty and Michael. This is a donation to the school from Gilbert's Fresh Food. 

The funds raised throughout the year will be contributing to the Therapy Dog Program that is being run at JTC. 

Click here to read more about the program;

Therapy Dogs visit Tindale Campus 

The Therapy Dogs recently visited the school and made a lasting impression.  Nigel the Great Dane and Shamus the Irish Setter. They were a massive hit! Nigel and Shamus are both highly trained therapy dogs.

Therapy dogs can have a positive impact on student well-being, providing
social and emotional support for students.  Research has highlighted a range of benefits that includes;
  • Confidence boosting
  • School attendance improvement
  • Decrease in Anxiety behaviours (translating to improved learning)
  • Motivation for learning increase
  • Enhancing relationships (With peers and teachers ) due to experiencing trust and unconditional love from a therapy dog.
 Nigel the Great Dane and Shamus the Irish Setter.  
 Peel Sport Carnival - Rugby Team Photo 

JTC hosted the Mixed Touch Rugby Carnival at Rushton North and with the year 12 Sport and Recreation class helping with umpiring and coaching JTC Touch Rugby finished 2nd on the day which was a great effort. Papa Tangimetua was the leading try scorer on the day with 8 tries.

Ben Duke
Health, Outdoor and Physical Education

Student Services 

Try a Trade
This term, Year 9 and 10 students will be given the opportunity to engage in “Try A Trade".  This is an intensive 3-day course for secondary school students interested in a career in the Building and Construction Industry, where they are given the opportunity to get a taster of these industries. 

The program is fully funded by the Construction Training Fund and is run at the South Metropolitan TAFE. 

Year 9s will be taking part in Bricklaying and Painting and Decorating in week 7 and in week 10 Year 10s will take part in Bricklaying/Rendering.

Year 9 Legacy Garden

Year 9 students taking the first step towards our 2020 legacy garden, planting their class' trees at the end of term 3.

By the end of the year, each class will have designed and created a sign to go with their tree so we can remember them as they move onto the MET campus.
Pay it Forward

As part of the year 10 Extended Homeroom this term, students have been working on a project called 'Pay it Forward'. Each class needed to come up with a project to give back to school or wider community. 

Students are participating in a range of projects such as bake sales, rubbish collection, lower school colour run, sausage sizzles and donations to the K9 rescue. Class 10.2 have decided to collect donations for the K9 Rescue and on Friday of Week 1, the students attended K9 rescue to have a tour of the centre and see what donations are needed and how these can be used at the centre. 

Class10.2 are inviting students, teachers and parents to join them in supporting the unwanted, unloved puppies of our community. 

K9 Dog rescue care for abandoned and abused dogs until they are able to re-home them with loving families. Funds will aid in the general care of the dogs, maintenance of the kennels, promoting responsible dog ownership through sterilization and vaccinations, fundraising events.

We have donation boxes in both front offices and in Student Services at MET. K9 are asking for donations on their wish list and we have copies of the list at the donation points and below, thank you for your help with this worthy cause. 

Wish List

Hand Sanitizer
Bushman Repellent.
Grain Free Biscuits.
Sensitive - cans/biscuits.
Glen 20.
Malaseb Shampoo.
Oatmeal Conditioner.
Peanut Butter.
Tuna and Sardines in Springwater.

Thank you for supporting this cause.

Annette James
Photography Teacher

Mental Health Workshops

Outside the Locker Room is an organisation designed to deliver welfare and education programs that build both collective and individual mental health and wellbeing within our communities. Our students were lucky enough to participate in informative workshops providing key information in how to identify and support people experiencing mental illness. The students demonstrated the core values of excellence, respect and commitment well during their workshops and gained important information that will be of benefit to them in the future.

This term the Year 9 students participated in Tomorrow Man and Tomorrow Woman Workshops aimed at disrupting stereotypes, building emotional muscle and developing a better understanding of emotions. Our students thoroughly enjoyed their workshops and took a great deal away from the experience. They represented the school extremely well, gaining the admiration of the presenters for their participation on the day.

During week 3 and 4 this term our Year 7 students have been participating in the R4Respect course run by the city of Mandurah. This course involves the students participating in two separate workshops aimed at helping students better understand their rights and responsibilities in relationships and the importance of treating others with respect. Through interactive participation with the presenters and their classmates, our students have developed a clear and thorough understanding of what it means to be in a respectful relationship. The presenters have consistently commented on the exceptional behaviour and participation by our Year 7 students and have identified our students as having come up with some of the most thoughtful and mature responses they have ever heard whilst presenting this course.

Che Heeley

Deputy Principal – John Tonkin College

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;
Students shine in Australian Geography Competition!
Year 11 and 12 ATAR Geography students participated in the annual national challenge earlier this year.
We congratulate the following students, and all who took part. Well done!
Michaela JACKSON [Year 12] - High Distinction
This places Michaela in the top 3% of entrants in Australia!
David PRESTON [Year 12]- Credit
Lily CAMPION [Year 12]- Credit
Logan STRINGER [Year 11]- Credit
Art & Photography News
Year 11 Art and Photography Excursion to Bunbury Regional Art Gallery

On Monday 2nd November the Year 11 Art and Photography classes travelled to Bunbury to visit the Regional Art Gallery. They were taken on a tour of the ILUKA Visions, South West High schools exhibition, a competition JTC enters each year. This year there were over 600 entries and 87 selected for the exhibition.

JTC was lucky to have four pieces as finalists. Viewing the exhibition was an opportunity for students to gain inspiration and ask questions about the selection criteria in preparation for their entries next year.

Amber Norrish, Education Officer explained how reader context plays a pivotal role in the judging of the artworks.  

Click here to read more;
The Year 12 Ball 


The Year 12 Ball was a glamorous occasion for students and staff to celebrate the end of their many years at school.  Memories were made that included Aiden Barkey being crowned Beau and Nathalie Tarrosa being crowned Belle of the Ball.  

Teachers and non-teaching staff also enjoyed the evening that gave them a chance to relax and enjoy the company of the students they had taught. Staff have seen them grow from children into responsible young adults. The evening was held at the Mandurah Fishing Club. 


(For Year 12 Students and Parents) - How To See Your Ball Photographs:

1. Go to
2. Click on 'View and Order Ball Photos Click Here'
3. Register to create an account (or use existing)
4. Use Access Code: CKE5689 to take you to the photographs
5. Place your order on-line - orders over $10 receive free social media size files.
6. High Resolution Digital Files purchased available for immediate download

JTC celebrated NAIDOC Week 

John Tonkin College celebrated NAIDOC Week from Monday November 9 to Friday November 13.
On Wednesday November 11 at MET Campus a morning tea was held in the Aboriginal Education Office. 

An assembly took place at the MET Campus where, George Walley performed the Welcome to Country.  The Deadly Yorgas Dance Group performed two dance movements for the students and staff. 

Remembrance Day was also acknowledged during the assembly with a minutes silence at 11am and acknowledgment to the contribution aboriginal people made to the armed services. 

Tindale Campus celebrated NAIDOC on Thursday November 12 with Acacia Cultural Designs, a sand artist, working all day on a sand mural for students to observe while art and craft activities were hosted by the Deadly Sista Girlz. 

Click here to read more about  NAIDOC;

Aboriginal Education staff:
Denysha Marshall, Luke Beeson and Andrea Tacko
A photography exhibition took place in the Tindale Library with Aboriginal students volunteering to have the photos taken.

JTC students contributed to the City of Mandurah NAIDOC by dancing and MC-ing the event at the MET Campus.
Students enjoying the face painting activities for NAIDOC week at Tindale Campus. 

Click here to read and see more;
Headspace Excursion 

Recently 5 students attended a tour at Headspace Mandurah.

During the tour the students got an understanding of what Headspace is, who can go to headspace, how you can make appointments at Headspace and all the different reasons you can attend Headspace, from wanting to talk with someone about family problems to wanting to get some advice on how to deal with friendship dramas that most teenagers go through.

Staff member, Luke Beeson and I will be continuing to take students through the Headspace building so they all have a chance to see what Headspace is and what they can offer to students.

Denysha Marshall

Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer

Click here to read more information on Headspace;
NAIDOC week display in the MET Campus Library. 

Always Was, Always Will Be

Click here to learn more;


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.

Curious creatures Wild Minds Displays featured for Book Week in Tindale and MET Campus's. A poster competition was held. 

Congratulations to the MET Campus winners below.

Winner:          Jade Morris Year 11
Winner:          Tee Tuara Year 10
Runner Up:    Grego Gamier Year 10

Recyclable curious creatures adorned the library. Thank you to the Year 12 Art Students for contributing to the Library Display. 
Many entries were displayed at the Tindale campus library. 

Congratulations to the Tindale Campus winners below;

Ash Mcnaughton; (water colour creature)
Sean Savins;  (long red and green colourful dragon/snake creature).

Remembrance Day 
11/11/1918 - Commemoration Display in the MET Campus Library

Click here to read about the origins of Remembrance Day; 

Red Poppies are worn and displayed as a symbol on Remembrance day;

Click here to read more about Remembrance Day 2020;
  • 25 November - Year 9 Camp
  • 4 December - Year 7 2021 and Year 10 2021 Orientation Days
  • 17 December Last Day for Year 7 to 10 students
  • 1 February 2021 - Students commence Term 1
Uniform Shop

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 Thursday :  7.45am to 2.00pm.
Open Friday until 1:30pm

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

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;

Shamus the Therapy Dog
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