Old Collegians

Madison Reid (2010-2012)

 

Hi this is from Madison Reid I attended the College from 2010 to 2012 and graduated with the Equine Excellence Award.

Since leaving the College I gained employment at a race horse training facility and started working within a week of leaving school. I worked there for over a year until in 2014 I was accepted into Marcus Oldham College in Victoria to complete a ten month Diploma in Equine Business Management.

When attending Marcus Oldham College we went on tour of breeding and racing stables in New Zealand and I had the opportunity to do 4 weeks of work experience at Westbury Stud, where I was asked to go back for the 2015 breeding season. Upon returning home I gained employment at racing stables in Capel which I really enjoy.

I think during my time at Denmark Agricultural College I developed great life skills. I’m a strong independent mature adult and I like to give most things a go.

For my future plans I would love to be involved in teaching Equine studies.

I keep in touch with a lot of the students that I attended College with through Facebook and with others through family type relationships. I loved the time I spent at Ag school and I would encourage any young person to take up the challenge.

 

Roxanne Mostert (2013-2014)

 

Since graduating in 2014  I have worked part time on the home dairy farm. I also worked for CBH as a grain sampler over the summer months. This was a great employment opportunity to experience the grain industry and gain valuable dollars heading into university. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Agricultural Science at the University of WA.

While the textbook side of university is not that attractive, industry involvement and networking combined with university studies has provided a pleasant start in my first year since graduating. Only now do I realise how going to Denmark Agricultural College set me in such good stead for a successful career in agriculture. For me, I have already put both the practical skills and theory knowledge to good use.

With a passion for animals, particularly animal nutrition I am keen to further my knowledge and skills in this area leading to a possible career in farm consulting, with an open mind to other opportunities that may come along.

I have good contact with a number of ex-Aggies and current students at the College. It’s always great be involved in the agricultural shows around the state where I’m bound to bump into one of my fellow “aggies”.

Editor’s Note: Roxanne was a former Dux of the College and you can visit our News page to learn about the number of Scholarships,awards and prizes awarded to Roxanne during her time at the College including Australia’s Young Farmer of the Year.  

 

Taneeke Marsden (2011-2013)

 

Since graduating in 2013 I had a working gap year and took a holiday to Melbourne and Mount Buller. This was a great opportunity to earn some money to attend University. At the beginning of 2015 I moved into Murdoch University Village to commence my undergraduate degree in a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Animal Science and Animal Health. I love studying my course at University as I am able to learn more in areas that I have a passion for.

Having studied at the College has helped me greatly.  Being able to complete stage three courses while at Denmark Agricultural College enabled me to attain fantastic results for my ATAR,  while at the same time gaining numerous competencies which went towards my Certificates in Agriculture. I discovered that my love for horses extended into the Agriculture industry, specifically plant and animal sciences.

While at the College I gained valuable personal and workplace experiences which has given me an advantage in pursuing employment in my desired industry.  During breaks I regularly come back to the College to visit staff and students and catch up.

In a few years’ time I see myself having finished my degree and working in animal husbandry or agriculture in Australia, hopefully even internationally.

 

Maddi Meares (2012-2014)

 

After leaving the College I sent my resume out to many different horse places in Perth and I was lucky enough to get an interview with Yarradale Stud. My Certificate II in Equine and Agriculture got me an interview and I was lucky enough to commence employment in the December as a Stud hand.

Since I started at the stud I have been involved in yearling preparation for the Magic Millions Sales at Belmont. We took 38 yearlings to the sale with one of our colts topping the sales. All the bites and kicks were worth the experience!  I’m now looking forward to the foaling season to start.

I am planning on staying on for the full year to learn more about the racing and breeding industry, whilst saving some money before going to university in 2015.  I’m not sure at this stage if it will be Curtin University  or Muresk Institute.

 

Daniel Kippin (2010 to 2011)

 

Apprentice of the Year : The achievements of 10 young apprentices was recognised when the Katanning Rotary held its biennial Apprentice of the Year Award on May 19 2014.

WA College of Agriculture-Denmark graduate Daniel Kippin, diesel mechanic apprentice at McIntosh and Son, took out the award for Apprentice of the Year.

The award highlighted the commitment of the community and enabled the viability of apprenticeships to continue to develop skills in a regional area, to support industry, farming and services. There are some 29 apprentices within Katanning, which is a phenomenal achievement for a town with just on 4500 people.

Candidates came from an array of trades including electrical, building, panel beating, hairdressing, spray painting and carpentry. Selection criteria included demonstrating pride in work, effective communication skills and demonstrated knowledge and skill.

 

George Juers (2010– 2011)

 

Hi, my name is George Juers. I attended Denmark Agricultural College in 2010 and 2011. On leaving the College in 2011 I completed a harvest season as a Chaser Bin Driver. As I accepted this position, I was unable to attend leavers. Although I was disappointed in this I felt that the experience I was gaining driving a 35t chaser bin was far more valuable. The property had 18,000 acres of grain to take off so it was important commitment to make.

On completion of harvest I was lucky enough to spend time on the Murray River with my family before starting my apprenticeship with Westrac in late January. Westrac offered me a position as an apprentice Heavy Diesel Mechanical Fitter at the Westrac Guildford workshop. I was selected as Probationary Apprentice and was rewarded with a day at the V8 Supercars as a part of the pit crew with the winning team!! I am really enjoying my work as I have a variety of tasks to learn and move to a new section every week. The opportunities and diversity my job has to offer is very exciting.  Next year I will transition into 2nd year at Westrac.

Denmark Agricultural College has a wonderful reputation so having graduated from there I feel has placed me in a very good position. I was also Head Captain of the College, which gave me some wonderful experiences and confidence. The support and mentoring of the staff on a day to day basis is highly commended.

The College offered a very different way of learning that appealed to me and I found myself learning more easily and enjoying school more. Graduating with a Certificate II in Automotive, Agriculture and Engineering has given me hands-on skills and a head start, as I was able to gain credit and have my apprenticeship time reduced.

It is exciting to be out working but I hold strong fond memories of Denmark Ag and miss the fun and relationships with staff and students that I built there.

On completion of my apprenticeship I hope to have graduated as a heavy diesel mechanic and be working with Westrac on a Westrac mine site up North. I also hope to have saved a deposit for my first property.

I keep in touch with other College leavers through Facebook, texting, events and through work. I also like to keep in touch with some of the staff and I do see them on occasions when visiting Denmark or Albany.

To all prospective students wanting to some to Denmark Agricultural College “Go for it—You won’t be disappointed”.

 

 

Tyson Introvigne (2012 to 2013)

Tyson Introvigne was the recipient of the 2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize in Agriculture valued at $2,000 and was a graduate of the WA College of Agriculture—Denmark in 2013.

Tyson is now living and working on a farm where the farmer is looking to “train-up a young farmer” by sending Tyson to numerous training opportunities and up-skilling his farming expertise.

His parents thank the College for the wonderful education he received during his time at the College.

 

 

Kate Fitzgerald (2010 – 2011)

During 2011, my equine teacher organised work experience with a thoroughbred racing stable, Bridge Patrol Lodge at Serpentine, owned by David Harrison. On completing my work experience, I was offered a jockey apprenticeship which I commenced in January 2012; moved into on-site accommodation, cooking and looking after myself. This position involved working 6 days a week, two split shifts daily and one day off a week.

My two years at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark set me on this path and taught me everything I needed to know about horses at that time. It also taught me respect for myself and others and how to deal with conflict in a proper manner. I learnt that if you are prepared to work towards your goals anything is possible.

I attend apprentice school in Perth – all other training is done on site. I have my licence to ride in races and have had my first winning ride at Norseman earlier this year.

On completion of my apprenticeship, I would like to travel to other countries and learn about their riding and training techniques. After this, I would like to return to Australia and work towards becoming a racehorse trainer.

I will always look back on my two years at Denmark Agricultural College with gratitude and fondness.

Laura Bellotti (2012 – 2013)

After leaving school, I got offered a trainee-ship to complete my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, through TAFE in Bentley where I do my Block Release studies. I hope to have my training finished in 2015 and be a qualified Vet Nurse, which has been my dream ever since I could remember.

Coming from a farming background and attending an agricultural college definitely helped me gain my goal of becoming a vet nurse. It allowed me to experience a wide range of animal handling and studying Animal Production Systems also helped! I do miss school but I keep in touch with most people I went to school with.

Jessica Perrin (2011 – 2012)

Winning a scholarship to the tune of $12,000 was music to the ears of Jessica Perrin, 17, who manages to combine a commitment to agriculture with her passion for music.

The Curtin University student and budding singer/songwriter was the recipient of the Inaugural Agricultural Youth Scholarship, introduced by The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia and the Bendat Family Foundation. The award, to be provided for three years to a student undertaking an agricultural related discipline at an Australian University, was presented to Jessica on Wednesday, February 27 2013 at Claremont showground.

“We are delighted to have the financial support of the Bendat Family Foundation to enable us to provide this Scholarship, which will go some way to alleviating the financial pressure of university life for one young student,” says Mr Hugh Harding, President of The Royal Agricultural Society of WA, who insists it is important to encourage young people into agricultural professions.

Having a father who managed farms, Jessica spent most of her childhood living the rural life throughout WA and parts of Queensland – she also attended 15 schools before moving to the College of Agriculture, Denmark for Year 11 and Year 12.

Jessica is no stranger to awards either, having picked up the Department of Agriculture and Food Ag Link Scholarship in 2012, the Chirmininup Dohne Stud Scholarship, 2011, the Australian Defence Force 2011/2012 Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork awards and more recently a Primary Industry Centre for Science Education Industry Placement Scholarship. Adding to that list is a Cert II in Agriculture and Cert II Conservation and Land Management.

Jessica also claimed first place in the junior cattle parading competition at the 2011 IGA Perth Royal Show. She won the junior wool judging event in 2012 and will be competing in the national junior wool judging competition to be held in New Zealandin 2013. In between her studies within the world of agriculture – Jessica will be studying Agribusiness at Curtin University – she plays the guitar, piano, and ukulele and is learning the banjo. Jessica’s musical prowess saw her as a finalist at the recent Boyup Book Country Music Festival.

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