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2018 Parent / Carer Survey

Dear Parents and Carers

Please see below the link to 2018 Parent Survey:

https://www.schoolsurvey.edu.au/s/fcgnwEYe

Receiving constructive feedback from our parents and carers 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 2018 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 2019.

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

Kevin Osborne
Principal

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A VERY GOOD YEAR…

Earthy, spicy, fruity, peppery, very drinkable, are just some of the adjectives used by leading winemakers to describe the East River Winery white, rose, sparkling and red wines.

East River Winery is the viticulture enterprise of the WA College of Agriculture-Denmark and students have been helping to make wine here for the past 20 years under the direction of renowned winemaker James Kellie from Harewood Wines. In that time the College has turned out some outstanding wines.

Sampling the wines as a pre-cursor to their release for sale at the College Open Day on 1 September 2018, Mr. Murray Montgomery from Montgomery Hill Wines and Mr. Owen Sounness, a member of the Agricultural Advisory Committee said the wines being offered for sale offered excellent characteristics and value for money.

The wines are on offer to the public on limited occasions such as Open Day, under special licensing provisions and will include a special release 2011 Sparkling Pinot-Chardonnay celebrating 20 years of winemaking at WACOA-Denmark. .

The College Open Day offers members of the public the opportunity to sample and purchase wine. Pre-orders are also available by contacting the College for an Order Form. Open Day is held on Saturday 1 September 2018.

Pictured: On right – James Kellie from Harewood Wines, Denmark pulls a wine sample. Left: Nigel Levinson who oversees the College vintage.

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Chinese Student Delegation Visit College

Two years ago, a delegation of Chinese students visited the WA College of Agriculture-Denmark’s robotic dairy. They were so impressed by the beautiful campus and robotic milking system, that Shimin Liu, Principle Research Fellow from the University of WA School of Agriculture & Environment requested another visit for a large group of Chinese university students.

Today 20 Chinese students and their teachers, all studying agriculture at the Northwest Agricultural and Forest University, one of top universities in agricultural areas in China, took a tour of the College farm and the state of the art robotic dairy.

Mr. Kevin Osborne, Principal said, “These students visit the University of Western Australia for a few weeks at a time, to learn about and understand the WA agricultural system.  The College is delighted that the University extends that visit to include observation of a working agricultural college, namely the WA College of Agriculture-Denmark.”

The College celebrated its success in 2017 as a top performing dairy after Dairy Australia recognised the College for producing high quality milk while boosting on-farm profitability – when the College won the prestigious Australian Milk Quality Award.  That award recognises 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.

College Principal, Kevin Osborne, said “This is terrific recognition of the great work being undertaken in the College’s Robotic Dairy Enterprise and we hope to continue to showcase our achievements to the rest of the world.

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