The WA College of Agriculture at Cunderdin has continued to receive accolades for the quality of education it provides for its students.

It was placed equal first in the top 50 schools in the state for the number of students achieving secondary graduation, equal first in the ranking of the top 50 schools in Vocational Education and Training and 16th in the top 50 Wholly School Assessed schools ranking.

In addition one of last year’s graduates, Dennis Bowman from Tambellup, received a Westscheme award for excellence in Vocational Education and Training.

These awards add to the three certificates of excellence and a certificate of distinction awarded to three of last year’s year 12 students by the Curriculum Council.

Winners of these certificates attended a presentation ceremony at Notre Dame University at Fremantle on February 11. Ashley Van Leeuwen from Dardanup received a certificate of distinction in animal production and marketing and a certificate of excellence; Anna Lloyd from Dumbleyung, a certificate of excellence and Chadwick Butler from Shackleton a certificate of excellence.

Ashley has started a degree course in Bachelor of Agribusiness at the Muresk Campus at Northam; Chadwick is studying for a Bachelor of Education at Edith Cowan University and Anna is working for a year while she decides what further study to do. Another of Cunderdin’s 2008 graduates, Sam McQuoid, is also studying at Muresk.

Meanwhile, three current year 12 students won coveted Grains Research and Development Corporation scholarships awarded to encourage students to complete their secondary education and consider further study in agriculture at post secondary level. Three of the scholarships are awarded annually in WA and are worth $3,000 each. The winners were Andrew Reynolds from York, Jeremy Richardson from Newdegate and Sam Defrenne from Esperance.

Director of Agricultural at DETWA, Geoff Moyle, paid tribute to everyone at the college. “This level of success cannot be achieved without the hard work and dedication of all staff and students,” he said.

Lindsay McNeill

ABOVE: WA College of Agriculture – Cunderdin graduates (L-R) Anna Lloyd (Dumbleyung), Chadwick Butler (Shackleton) and Ashley Van Leeuwen (Dardanup) with their Curriculum Council certificates after the presentation ceremony at Notre Dame University.