New Pasteuriser for College

A long awaited new pasteuriser for the College Dairy is now fully operational. Year 10 students are getting a taste of working in an automated robotic dairy and the new pasteuriser is another piece of equipment managed by staff and students on-site. Offering practical experience to their set of competencies.

Milk is piped in one end of the pasteuriser, which then flows between a set of heating pipes or plates, heating the milk to a specific temperature to kill harmful bacteria – it is then cooled to complete the pasteurisation process. Pasteurisation was developed by Louis Pasteur in 1864 to kill organisms responsible for diseases such as listeriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria and brucellosis.

Students will be processing between 300-400 litres of milk per week, some of which will be used for general consumption and the College kitchen. The remainder of the College milk is sold to Harvey Fresh. This adds to the ethos of the College to be as self sufficient as possible, growing vegetables and producing meat and eggs for the College kitchen.


A Recipe for ATAR Success

The opportunity to mix their academic studies with hands-on work on the College farm has once again proved to be a recipe for excellent results for WA College Agriculture-Denmark’s ATAR students.

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) number, determines a student’s entry into university and 60% of the College’s 2019 Year 12 ATAR students achieved ATAR’s of 70% or higher, the best result of any of the College’s graduating classes.

Principal, Kevin Osborne said, “We have been building a strong ATAR program for several years now and have had some outstanding individual ATAR’s in the high 90’s, but it is particularly pleasing to see so many of last year’s class perform strongly and gain direct entry into University courses.”

About a third of the students at the College sit for ATAR courses and the Principal firmly believes that the combination of practical and theoretical learning delivers the greatest benefit for every type of learner, resulting in demonstrated outcomes.

Graduates Olivia Miller, Deahna Keam and Tom Darwin all achieved ATAR scores over 90%.

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The WA College of Agriculture-Denmark’s reputation as one of the States foremost agricultural college’s, was never more certain than when on Friday 15 November 2019 students graduated with flying honours and several enviable scholarships. The College is an Independent Public School and the principal, Kevin Osborne said, “The College takes an innovative outlook on learning. It provides a mix of practical hands-on training combined with classroom based learning. This approach to our education program has had proven outcomes in assisting our graduates to achieve rewarding and successful careers. Given that our graduate employability remains extremely strong, we are justly proud of our students and teachers.”

The high level of talent and leadership qualities among our students is apparent by the support given to our Scholarship Program by both the agricultural and educational sector. 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. Deahna Keam was announced College Dux for the student with the highest achievement in all course areas in Year 12 and Zac Mostert was the top VET student for excellence in vocational education training.

With 13 prestigious scholarships on offer and numerous special awards covering diversity in the industry including leadership, agriculture, business management and citizenship, all equally valued, were presented on the day “The encouragement that such scholarships present can’t always be measured and we thank our sponsors for their support of the program, their generosity is extraordinary”, said Kevin Osborne.

Guest speaker and former Dux, James Bidstrup, now an Agronomist with Elders in Esperence said the opportunities offered to him since graduating from the College included travelling around the world, including Argentina where he was undertaking crop research. James message to the graduating class, among others was, “The learning is never over”.

The Hon. Sue Ellery, MLC, Minister for Education & Training attended the ceremony to congratulate graduates.

Kevin Osborne said, “It seems we’re going to finish this year with the best achievement results from a graduating class that we’ve ever had.

  • We’re going to have a WACE achievement rate this year of 96%.
  • We’re going to have a 100% achievement rate of the Certificate II in Agriculture.  Every Year 12 student graduating this year is going to leave with at least two Certificate II level industry qualifications, and
  • 90% of them are going to leave with at least three.
  • Thirteen of our Year 12 students are also going to leave with a Certificate III in Agriculture.

But just as importantly, it’s clear we’re graduating a group of young people who don’t just have a good set of skills and knowledge and qualifications, they have a good set of values too: they’re kind, considerate and respectful.”

Below: Dux 2019 Deahna Keam with Hon Sue Ellery, MLC, Minister for Education & Training. Chairman of the Board Steve Jones with Zac Mostert, Top VET students and Olivia Miller, Runner-up Dux pictured with Cris Langslow from the Denmark Chamber of Commerce.

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A Place to Thrive – New Prospectus

A Place to Thrive – College Prospectus available now

The latest Prospectus is now available by contacting administration or by downloading a copy from the website.

We will also be showcasing the College and what it has to offer at the upcoming Albany Show on 7-8 November.

Visit us in the AgFocus Marquee where you can meet staff and discuss enrolment and study options for your child.
Please share this information with interested parents and prospective students.

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