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Great Opportunity Available – Dairy Agricultural Technical Officer

The College is currently advertising for a full-time Dairy Agricultural Technical Officer Level 1-3.  This is a great opportunity for someone to take over the day-to-day management of our robotic dairy enterprise.  You don’t have to have experience working in a robotic dairy; the College is looking for someone who has worked in a commercial dairy, enjoys training young people and can work as part of our team.

Free housing, including all utilities, is available on site in lieu of a shared on-call responsibility.

The position closes on Friday 16 February at 4pm.

Applications need to be submitted online at www.jobs.gov.wa

If you’d like to discuss anything regarding this position please contact Kevin Osborne, Principal, by telephoning 98480200 or emailing Kevin.Osborne@education.wa.edu.au

 

Shire Selects WACoA Student for Scholarship

Agricultural College Scholarship

Every year the Shire of Denmark Council makes available an Agricultural College Scholarship to encourage and assist a Year 10 student attending the Denmark District High School or a Year 10 student residing in the Denmark Shire to pursue higher education at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark.

We are pleased to announce that Thomas Darwin was the successful candidate for the Shire of Denmark Agricultural Scholarship. Shire Councillor Ian Osborne presented Thomas with the award after being selected as the worthy recipient by the Shire Council. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is most likely to pursue agricultural pursuits within the Shire’s boundaries into the future.

 

Chamber of Commerce Award Won By WACoA Student

Year 11 Agriculture Studies student Gareth Korpel has been announced as the winner of the Denmark Chamber of Commerce Business Management Award “For outstanding levels of participation and achievement in Business Management”, flanked by Principal Kevin Osborne and member of the DCC committee, Chris Langslow.

Gareth is pictured with Principal Mr Kevin Osborne, and Chris Langslow, committee member from the Denmark Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

Graduates Shine on Graduation Day

Country Hours Bridget Fitzgerald was the guest speaker at the WACoA-Denmark Graduation on 17 November 2017. Bridget, journalist and presenter on ABC Country Hour gave an enlightening and enjoyable presentation about her journey towards her current career…her sound advice to graduating students as they make their way towards their own careers…“Ask lots of questions”.

The graduation ceremony is an auspicious event for the College. It places importance in expressing the values of the College and honouring the group of individuals graduating on the day, all of whom enjoy the opportunity to demonstrate their achievements throughout the year.

The number of presentations of Scholarships and Awards is indicative of the support for the College’s scholarship program which includes support from such dignitaries as Hon. Dr Sally Talbot MLC, Hon. Terry Redman, MLA and member for Warren Blackwood, Mr. Rick Wilson MP and Member for O’Connor and relevant Associations and local business.

Several prestigious scholarships and awards were presented, signifying the high level of talent and leadership qualities among students at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark and the support by both the agricultural and educational sector. Principal, Kevin Osborne said, “The scholarship program recognises agricultural college students with a strong interest in the industry, and strives to support their growth and development within their chosen agricultural field.”

Amongst the many scholarships and awards presented on the day, Bradley Kammann was announced College Dux 2017 for the student with the highest achievement in all course areas in Year 12 along with several other major awards, while graduating student Lacy McAlinden and Year 10 student Deahna Keam were awarded the Australian Defence Force 2017 Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards, recognising outstanding leadership qualities in these two students.

The highly prized Royal Agricultural Society Scholarship was awarded to Year 11 student Lily Loessl, while the WA Farmers Agricultural Ambassador Scholarship went to Year 11 ATAR student Mikayla Moolman.  College Captain Shannon Hull received the Top VET/Academic Student Award for excellence in vocational education training.

Biological Farming Trial in Cattle Pit

A trial has commenced at WACOA-Denmark to investigate the impact of biological stimulating fertilisers as compared to conventional fertilisers currently used on the farm.

Science and Biology teacher Rob Calcraft, in conjunction with Farm Manager Fred Knight and David York, have commenced the trial in the “Cattle Pit” adjacent to Jack Moore drive. The aim of this trial is to test and measure soil and plant improvement through the use of fertilizers and additives that promote the biological activity in the soil.

It has long been known about the symbiotic relationships between rhizobium bacteria and nitrogen fixing plants, as well as the mycorhizzal fungi and its relationship with plant root systems.  However latest research suggests a much more complex web of relationships between soil microorganisms and plants.

Soil improvement through biological means is a sustainable practice that protects the land for future use, as well as reducing high soluble nutrient run off into local waterways.

Year 10 Science and Year 11 Biology students will measure the progress of this trial as part of their studies over the coming months at the College.

School Principal, Kevin Osborne said, “This is a great example of the integration of Science and Biology with Agricultural practices at the WACOA-Denmark and aligns with the school motto of “Excellence and Innovation in Agricultural Education.”

Open Day A Big Success

Students keen on a career in agriculture and related industries learned all they needed to know about livestock, horticulture and modern farming at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark’s annual Open Day.

Principal Kevin Osborne said this year’s Open Day, on September 2, was the most important day on the College’s calendar. “This is the day we open our doors to prospective students, parents, the local community and others who may have an interest in agricultural education,” Mr Osborne said. “For prospective students and their families we provide opportunities to see what college life is about, meet experienced staff, gain valuable information on study options and how to enrol.”

Families and members of the community at large toured the College facilities including the state of the art robotic dairy and the new indoor equine centre and surrounding farm, viewing a variety of hands-on activities providing a real feel for the programs available at the College.

Demonstrations included shearing and wool classing, equine events, cattle parades, metal and automotive, machinery and equipment exhibitions – all leading to the Grand Parade of livestock and machinery at the end of the day. Classroom displays included coursework projects and sales of horticultural produce and the ever popular wine tasting and sales from the College’s East River vineyard.

Pictured Below: (L-R) Dr. Sally Talbot, MLC, Principal Kevin Osborne and Pam Moss, Assistant Executive Director, Statewide Planning & Delivery, Department of Education

 

A comprehensive photo gallery can be viewed on the College Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/DenmarkAgCollege/

2017 Parent Survey

Dear Parent/Carer

Please see below the link to 2017 Parent Survey:

https://www.schoolsurvey.edu.au/s/Z8NUSSnR/LogIn

Getting constructive feedback from our parents is one of the most important ways we can continue to improve the College and deliver better outcomes for our students.  The results from the 2017 Parent Survey will be reviewed by College Staff and by the College Board as part of our annual self-review processes.  A copy of the Survey will also be published online early in 2018.

The survey will close on Friday November 17, 2017.

I thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey.

Regards

Kevin Osborne

Principal

 

 

Denmark Winners in 2017 Milk Quality Awards

The dairy industry is celebrating the success of top performing dairy farmers producing high quality milk while boosting their on-farm profitability.

The Australian Milk Quality Awards recognise farms that have achieved the best milk quality in Australia based on annual average bulk milk cell count (BMCC) across Australia’s milk processing companies.

Dairy Australia’s Kathryn Davis said the on-farm management of milk quality is key to ensuring the competitiveness of Australian dairy in the marketplace.

 Every year the Australian Milk Quality Awards celebrates the great job being done by dairy farmers up and down the country to keep milk quality at a consistently high standard (Ms Davis) 

 

“A low cell count is an indicator that mastitis is well controlled in the herd, improving milk production, cow health and welfare.  Farmers achieving a low cell count are also financially rewarded with a premium for their milk and significant cost savings on mastitis treatments and labour” said Ms Davis.

WA had 5 farms in the top 100 suppliers across the nation with the lowest aggregate BMCC:

  • Matt and Angela Brett, Dardanup
  • Luke and Vicki Fitzpatrick, Waroona
  • Craig and John Foster, Wilyabrup
  • WA College of Agriculture (Denmark)
  • Ben and Caroline Letchford, Busselton

Further, there were 14 herds that were listed with bulk milk cell counts in the lowest 5% in Australia of which includes the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark.

College Principal, Kevin Osborne, said “This is a terrific recognition of the great work being undertaken in the College’s Robotic Dairy Enterprise with our Dairy Manager, Terry DeVos and Technical Officer – Agricultural Education, Patrick Swallow.”

Full Results: Dairy Australia

Further Contact: Kevin Osborne, Principal, 0428 480 204

 

Business Plan Sets College Strategic Direction

The WA College of Denmark’s Business Plan 2017-2020 is developed in consultation with all College staff, the College Board and Agricultural Advisory Council. It aligns with the Department of Education Strategic Plan 2016-2019 High Performance, High Care and the Framework for Agricultural Education 2017. It also reflects and supports the following Department of Education policies and directions:

  • Classroom First Strategy
  • Focus 2017

The Business Plan reflects the tripartite nature of the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark: the school, on-the-job workplace training on the College farm and the residential component. The School self-assessment is an integral part of maintaining and improving the performance of the College. Our 3-year Business Plan is data driven and guided by our self-review cycle. The 3-year Business Plan is then translated into Operational Plans which are monitored and reviewed each semester.

Download: 2017 – 2020 Business Plan

Annual Report Highlights College Operations

For over 75 years the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark has provided a caring and learning environment to nurture excellence and innovation in agricultural education.

The Annual Report 2016 provides parents and those with an interest in the College, information about the highlights and operations of the College for the year ending 31 December 2016.

Annual Report 2016

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