A perfect winters day saw crowds enjoy warm sunshine after some refreshing rain in the days leading up to Open Day 2017, at the WA College of Agriculture – Morawa.
Visitors to the College were able to view all aspects of student life at the 3500 hectare farm, with tours operating all morning, giving visitors the chance to view some of the Colleges farm enterprises;- cattle, the piggery and sheep, the cropping program and a close up look at the residential campus.
Demonstrations throughout the morning included fencing, workshop skills, whip cracking, sausage making and shearing.
Classroom displays gave students the opportunity to showcase their work and the variety of subjects students can study, and parents were able to meet with class teachers to discuss students work and academic progress.
The College abattoir provides one of the more visual demonstrations of the Paddock to Plate ideology with students actively involved in the processes involved in producing familiar food products that are consumed on site at the Colleges residential facility.
The Colleges Trade Training Centre never fails to impress – with its new, modern, engineering and automotive equipment, the centre caters for students from Years 9 to 12 giving them access to range of vocational education and training courses for pathways into vocational careers.
“As part of our comprehensive education and training opportunities, we provide students with the opportunity to study the Certificate II in Agriculture, Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation and Certificate II Engineering Pathways. Students also have access to the Trade Training Centre facilities on a daily basis,” said Principal Dean Carslake.
The friendly rivalry between the year 11’s & 12’s during the annual fencing competition continued, with the honours going to the Year 11s –James Webb, Lachlan Fraser, Kieran Payne, Jacinta and Shannah Kanny– this is a wonderful lead up to the Dowerin Field Day where students compete against the other Agricultural Colleges.
Champions of the future were also on show at the Gelbvieh Cattle Stud, under the watchful eye of cattle specialist Ms. Billi Marshall, with this year’s calves looking to carry on the high standard set by the College.
But perhaps the most impressive part of the College Open Day was the presentation of the students themselves. “Our College has moved to a values approach with our students, soundly grounded on virtues like respect, compassion, honesty, integrity and trust, and the impact of this was clearly evident at the Open Day.
The positive feedback I have received from parents, visitors and industry leaders about the outstanding conduct of students, reflects the high expectations that have been set at the College,” concluded Mr Carslake.
The grand parade finished off the farm proceedings, with a cavalcade of farm vehicles driven by students being the centre piece, supported by students riding horses. Presentations of awards were held at the residential facility, followed by a luncheon.
Award winners were:-
Midwest Water Works $200 award, awarded for excellence in the farm and trade areas :- Year 10 Cooper Bullin
Kaye Clark $300 award , awarded for academic excellence in the classroom :- Year 10 Hannah Husbands
Landmark 2 x $250 awards, awarded for excellence in the farm and trade areas :- Year 11 Kieran Payne and Year 12 Connor McIntosh
Morawa Shire 2 x $250 awards, awarded for academic excellence in the classroom:- Year 11 Jacinta and Year 12 Brooke Borgward
Royal Agricultural Society $1500 award, awarded for excellence in the study of Agriculture, both practical and theoretical:- Year 11 Shanny Kanny
Judge & Fallon Perpetual Shield Year 10 Student Endeavour Award – Year 10 Kate Burton
With state of the art training facilities, plans in the pipeline for the acquisition of more arable land, the addition of more residential space and an opportunity arising in 2018 for students to study Certificate III, the WA College of Agriculture – Morawa is perfectly poised to take a leading role in training the farmers and industry leaders of the future.