Specialist Surf Science Program - Year 7 - 10


This Department of Education Approved Specialist Program is designed for academically able, highly motivated students who have a demonstrated commitment to learning and high achievement.

JTC The context of the program is Marine Science and Outdoor Studies. Within this context, the curriculum is delivered through an integrated model which enables both practical and theoretical exploration of the four key principles of the program, these being:

  • Environmental Characteristics
  • Impacts of Human Activity
  • Sustainability
  • Values - personal and social responsibility

Using these principles as a 'lens for learning’, students engage in all of the regular curriculum areas, complemented by a pre-selected elective in Outdoor Education. There is a strong emphasis on extending students' skills in Mathematics, Science and Outdoor Education, as well as developing effective study habits and work practices across all learning areas. The Year 7 program articulates through to Year 10, however continuation of students in the Surf Science Program from year to year is dependent upon satisfactory performance. Regular reviews of progress are conducted in conjunction with end of semester reporting processes. New students are able to apply to join the program at the commencement of each year and will be considered subject to available places.

Within the Specialist Surf Science Program, students will be challenged to develop strong self-management skills and encouraged to set personal and team goals within a highly supportive pastoral structure. Students will develop their understanding of their own strengths and abilities, and will be encouraged to value the contribution that individuals and groups can make to environmental conservation through personal values and social responsibility.

The students will work in outstanding educational facilities throughout the college and community, including the purpose built John Tonkin College Marine and Maritime Centre at Dawesville. Students within the Specialist Surf Science Program will have access to expert teaching within each of the curriculum disciplines and will enjoy the support of many professional and community based organisations, including Conversation Volunteers Australia, Coast Care WA, the Australian Surf Life Saving Association, St John's Ambulance, Mandurah Make Place, Eco Ocean, AQUA, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Curtin University, Murdoch University and the City of Mandurah.

To enable students working in a range of different environments, each student is invited to ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) to develop their technology skills and enhance their learning. This initiative will enable students to access technology tools in classroom and 'field' scenarios and at home ensuring accessible technology supports learning across the program.

The Specialist Surf Science program creates pathways into senior secondary studies in a range of ATAR courses, including Geography, Biology, Health Studies, Human Biology, Mathematics, English, Outdoor Education, Physical Education Studies and a range of Endorsed Programs and Vocational Education and Training qualifications.

The selection process for the Specialist Surf Science Program is by application, and is based upon academic performance, student interest and demonstrated self-management skills.


Program Contexts for Year 7 Surf Science 2016


This Department of Education Approved Specialist Program is designed for academically able, highly motivated students who have a demonstrated commitment to learning and high achievement.

The Specialist Surf Science program will be offered to Year 7 students in two contexts in 2016.

The first context is an academically challenging program designed for able, high performing, highly motivated students who have a demonstrated commitment to learning and scholastic achievement.

The second context is focussed on the development of aspirant students who are keen and motivated, demonstrate solid academic achievement, very high standards of personal conduct, leadership skills and a strong work ethic, but who may not be academically achieving at the extended level. This group would typically be comprised of students who have established themselves as responsible, reliable and positive members of their school community.


Selection Criteria for Applicants


Academic Extension Context

  • Achievement of ‘B’ level grades for Mathematics, Science, English, Humanities (SOSE) and Physical Education in Year 6, 7, 8 or 9, depending on entry point. (Confirmed by final school report)
  • NAPLAN results in band 8 or higher.
  • Strong records of positive and appropriate behaviour including leadership skills.
  • Attendance above 90%.
  • Ability to swim at Royal Lifesaving WA stage 7 or higher.

Applicants who satisfy the above criteria will be required to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

Academic Aspirant Context (only available to Year 7s in 2016)

  • Achievement of ‘C’ level grades for Mathematics, Science, English, Humanities (SOSE) and Physical Education in Year 6. (Confirmed by final school report)
  • NAPLAN results in band 6 or higher.
  • Strong records of positive and appropriate behaviour including leadership skills.
  • Attendance above 90 %.
  • Ability to swim at Royal Lifesaving WA stage 7 or higher.

Applicants who satisfy the above criteria may be required to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

If you would like more information about the Specialist Surf Science Program or would like an application to enrol in the program, please contact the Associate Principal at John Tonkin College on 9535 3800.

Thank you for your interest in John Tonkin College's Specialist Surf Science Program. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your enrolment in the near future.