An exciting end to the school year is taking place at the WA College of Agriculture -Cunderdin.

Students sitting the Australian Tertiary Admissions Exams (ATAR) have done their revision and sit their first exam on November 1. The College was short listed as one of four finalists in the WA Secondary School of the Year awards.

Teams from the college also performed well in a range of competitions at the Perth Royal Show and three students received Primary Industry Centre for Science Education scholarships and attended a camp at Curtin University during the term III holidays. The winners of these scholarships were Sarah Henning (Bridgetown) and Tiffany Davey (Wongan Hills) and Emily Jaekel (Ongerup).

Principal Bernard Beatty said that judging of the College for the finals of the Secondary School of the Year took place in mid October. The judges were very impressed with the College but even more impressed with the students and commented on how positive and genuine the staff and parents were, he said 

One of the judges said that students in Perth tell us what they think we want to hear, your students tell us the truth. "To hear such praise speaks volumes for the excellent work the College does with its students. "We can be proud of our efforts, irrespective of what happens on December 2 when the awards are announced. "It was an honour to be nominated and the positive message will stay with our students long after they leave," Mr Beatty said.

ATAR students from Cunderdin spent two days at the Muresk Institute taking part in an examination revision program. In addition they received a talk and information kit concerning the Charles Sturt University's Agricultural Business Management degree being offered at the Institute next year.

Mr Beatty said results from the Royal Show were good. They included Led Steer team: Lightweight steer - on the hook, first and third place;  medium weight steer fourth and sixth.  Junior judging state finals - top six, Harris Thompson (Boyup Brook) and Cassandra Jones (Kellerberrin).  Sheep team: Poll Dorset - production class ram, first; pair of rams, third; woolly ram lambs, sixth; shorn ram lambs, sixth; novice shearing - Rivers Hyde (Ongerup), first; meat sheep junior judging - Rivers Hyde, second, Callum O’Neill (Northam), fifth and  Matt Flint (Northam), sixth.

The College graduation day will be a fitting conclusion to the year. The 2013 year 12 students will graduate on November 15, he said.

Lindsay McNeill

TOP: Cunderdin students at Muresk for exam revision: Back (L-R) Maria Spark (Goomalling), Cassie Jones (Kellerberrin), Josh West (Meckering), Mitchell Collard (Dowerin), John Warden (Southern Cross), Sarah Taylor (Cunderdin), plant production teacher - Paul Jasper (Cunderdin), Dean Hunt (Kellerberrin), Korey Chiarenza (Cunderdin), Henry Hooper (Merredin), Shayna Van Bakum Shackleton), Tyler Breen (Wongan Hills) and  Shannon Pengel (Kellerberrin). Middle: animal production teacher - Shae Bruce (Quairading),  Christine Storer (Muresk) and maths teacher David Hovell (York). Front: Adel Simmons and Daisy Bulloch (Muresk) and English teacher - Jess Threnoworth.