The “Denmark School of Agriculture” began in 1942 when students were moved from Narrogin School of Agriculture as it was used as a war convalescent hostel for returned servicemen. Students were boarded in town until the boarding facilities were built in 1947. These facilities catered for up to 40 boys. In 1953 the school was amalgamated with the High school and became known as the “agricultural wing of the Denmark Agricultural Junior High School”. In 1972 it became the “Denmark Agricultural District High School”. Then in 1991 the agricultural wing separated from the high school and became the Denmark Agricultural College for Years 11 and 12. The College purchased temporary accommodation units to take the bed number up to 64, and also offered positions to girls in 1991. The separation from the High School was a significant turning point for the College as numbers were dwindling and many questions were being asked about the viability of the facility.
Since then this College has developed considerably and is considered one of the leading lights in the achievement of educational and training outcomes for young men and women in a diversity of agricultural and related fields. In 2010 the College expanded to admit Year 10 students. The College is part of a consortium with four other regional agricultural Colleges, and is now titled WA College of Agriculture – Denmark.
Courses running in Denmark cover a variety of subjects including Viticulture, Metals & Engineering, Small Business Management, Plant and Animal Production and Marketing; Aquaculture, Horticulture, Land-care, Forestry and Equine studies, as well as the traditional classroom subjects such as Geography, English, Maths, and Information Technology. Students have the opportunity to attend and participate in a wide variety of agricultural shows, both in Western Australia and interstate. Students also have the option of a stream focused on mainstream, trades or vocational training.
The operation of the College beef, sheep, dairy, vineyard, horticulture and forestry enterprises involves students in both the practical and business aspects of these farming enterprises, and focuses on running these enterprises as commercial operations. The success of College students and 100% employment rate for graduates shows the value of the education gained at the College and we are extremely proud of their achievements.
College Fact File
- 560 hectare dryland farm
- 50 Simmental stud cows, 20 stud heifers, 60 commercial beef herd
- 100 cow Holstein/Friesians commercial dairy herd
- State of the art Robotic Dairy
- 2000 head sheep flock, including Merino, Dohne, Corriedale, and Poll Dorset breeds
- Barn laid eggs supplying the College kitchen and for commercial sale
- One hectare wine grape operation, producing premium quality wines
- Organic and conventional vegetable crops supplying the College kitchen and for commercial sale
- Industry standard equine facilities including undercover arena, stables, tackroom, enclosures and handling facilities
- A managed forestry asset producing fence posts and sawn timber products.
Within an agricultural context, our mission is to develop in students the skills, knowledge and attitudes to reach their full potential and contribute positively to society.
WA College of Agriculture – Denmark educates the rising stars of the agriculture sector in an exceptional specialist school that the industry values, protects and nurtures.
- Participation – in all aspects of College life and contribution to the community.
- Responsibility – trusted to undertake tasks and being accountable for own actions.
- Cooperation – supporting and respecting each other.
- Care – having self-worth and consideration for others.
- Excellence – having pride in achievements; striving to do one’s best.