Located just east of the town centre of Denmark, the WA College of Agriculture is a 560 hectare working farm and educational facility for Year 10, 11 and 12 students offering a wide variety of studies with an agricultural focus.
While the majority of students are residential, there are a number of day students, and a bus service is provided to and from Albany.
From its early beginnings in 1942 on the site of the current TAFE campus, the College has evolved considerably and moved to its present purpose-built facility in 1999, with a capacity for around 90 students. The Denmark College is part of a consortium with four other agricultural Colleges.
Student dormitories are well equipped single rooms with under floor heating, wardrobe, desk and access for computers, including wi-fi. The common/lounge rooms also have under floor heating; modular lounge suites; television, and kitchen with facilities to make hot drinks and snacks. Students are able to add decorative touches to make their rooms their own space.
Nutritious meals, including morning and afternoon teas use College and local produce.
Vegetables are grown organically on the farm and eggs, meat and milk are produced on site for the College kitchen as well as being sold commercially.
There is a sports gymnasium, a weights room, pool table, and trampoline for out of school hours use. The TV lounge receives Foxtel.
All boarding students have evening prep sessions on Monday – Thursday for 1 ½ hours with support provided by residential staff.
After hours activities include movie nights in the on-site Lecture Theatre; beach trips; regular Saturday morning shopping trip in a College bus in to Albany as well as some Friday night outings to Albany for ten-pin bowling or movies. There is a daily local bus trip into Denmark townsite for personal shopping. Students can enter local sporting competitions at the Denmark Recreation Centre, join the Golf club across the road, and earn a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket for boating. Woodwork and fine furniture courses are run in association with TAFE for interested students. The College Ball is another exciting event, with students involved in planning and organising this much anticipated night.
Camps and Excursions
The College offers students a wide range of excursions and camps throughout their two or three year attendance. Students attend shows such as the Perth Royal Show; Wagin Woolarama; and Margaret River wine industry field days.
As well as participation at these events, there is time allowed for personal shopping; going out for meals and to visit interesting tourist sites such as the Margaret River Chocolate factory!
There are regular short camps to regional beaches; surfing and SCUBA diving; involvement with local and regional sports and the Countryweek competition in Perth.
Interstate trips have included locations as far apart as the Northern Territory, Victoria and Tasmania.
Annual Report 2013 : Annual Report 2013