WA College of Agriculture - Open Day 2018

Welcome rains and cold winds didn’t deter crowds enjoying Open Day 2018, at the WA College of Agriculture – Morawa.

Visitors to the College were able to view all aspects of student life at the 3500 hectare farm, with tours operating all morning, giving visitors the chance to view some of the Colleges farm enterprises;- cattle, the piggery and sheep, the cropping program and a close up look at the residential campus.

Demonstrations throughout the morning included fencing, workshop skills, sausage making and shearing.

Classroom displays gave students the opportunity to showcase their work and the variety of subjects students can study, and parents were able to meet with class teachers to discuss students work and academic progress.

The College abattoir provides one of the more visual demonstrations of the Paddock to Plate ideology with students actively involved in the processes of producing familiar food products that are consumed on site at the College residential facility.

The College Trade Training Centre never fails to impress – with its new, modern, engineering and automotive equipment, the centre caters for students from Years 10 to 12 giving them access to vocational training leading into apprenticeships.

“As part of our comprehensive education and training opportunities, we provide students with the opportunity to study the Certificate II in Agriculture, Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation and Certificate II Engineering Pathways. Students also have access to the Trade Training Centre facilities on a daily basis,” said Principal Dean Carslake.

The friendly rivalry between the year 11’s & 12’s during the annual fencing competition continued, with the honours going to the Year 12s –James Webb, Bryn Quick, Kieran Payne, Jacinta and Shannah Kanny– this is a wonderful lead up to the Mingenew Expo and Dowerin Field Day where students compete against the other Agricultural Colleges.

Champions of the future were also on show at the cattle yards where the Gelbvieh Cattle Stud is, under the watchful eye of cattle technical officer Ms. Billi Marshall. This year’s calves looking to carry on the very high standard set by the College.

“With the addition to the College Scope of the Certificate III in Agriculture in 2018 and delivery beginning in 2019, Curtin University introducing an Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Muresk and Geraldton University Centre hosting this course for external students, College graduates will have a new and direct pathway to further education.  This is an exciting opportunity for the College, with flexible course entry and exit points, students will be able to access the level of education that best supports their career path and aspirations, while remaining in the Midwest.”

The grand parade finished off the farm proceedings, with a cavalcade of farm vehicles driven by students, supported by students riding horses. Presentations of awards were held at the residential facility, with special guests Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, and Minister assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade, who gave an address and the Honourable Laurie Graham MLC, Member for Agricultural Region.

Award winners were:-

Mr Steven Taylor award, awarded for excellence in the farm and trade areas: -  Year 10 Jeremy Thompson

Kaye Clark award , awarded for academic excellence in the classroom :- Year 10 Sophie McCagh

Landmark awards, awarded for excellence in the farm and trade areas: -  Year 11 Hannah Husbands and Year 12 Shannah Kanny

Morawa Shire awards, awarded for academic excellence in the classroom:- Year 11 Mitchell Drozd and Year 12 Jacinta

Royal Agricultural Society, awarded for excellence in the study of Agriculture, both practical and theoretical:- Year 11 Hannah Husbands          

Judge & Fallon Perpetual Shield Year 10 Student Endeavour Award   Year 10 Bradley Innes

With state of the art training facilities, plans in the pipeline for the acquisition of more arable land, the addition of more residential space and an opportunity arising in 2019 for students to study Certificate III, the WA College of Agriculture – Morawa is perfectly poised to take a leading role in training the farmers and industry leaders of the future.