A big contingent of  prospective students, their parents and members of the community turned out to see the facilities and learning programs on offer at WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin during the 2013 open day.

The college was open to visitors on September 13. More than 500 people took the opportunity to inspect displays and equipment and watch student demonstrations. Popular attractions included the annual shearing and wool handling competition in the shearing shed and displays of furniture and metal work in the design and technology workshops. Visitors were invited to vote for the student furniture and engineering projects they considered the most worthy of recognition.

There were also displays of student work and practical activities in science, animal and plant production systems, English, mathematics and other subject areas.

Principal, Bernard Beatty, said there was keen interest from prospective students. Representatives of various post-secondary education institutions were present to offer career advice and information on further education opportunities. These included C Y O'Connor Institute promoting the new bachelor of agricultural business management degree to be offered at Muresk next year, he said.

The top three winners in the shearing competition were  Rivers Hyde (Ongerup), Matthew Reynolds (York) and Jayden Applegate (Cadoux).  In the wool handling Sarah Taylor (Cunderdin), Elliot Sims (Beverley)  and Zara Brooks (Boulder) took out the top three positions. The people's choice award for design and technology in engineering went to Sam de Lacy (Nungarin) for his motor bike trailer and Tom Tiller (Kellerberrin) for his bar made in the furniture class. 

The technical choice award judged by the Director of Agricultural Education, Geoff Moyle, went to Dean Williams (Binnu) in engineering for his flat top trailer and  Zara Brooks in furniture for her coffee table, Mr Beatty said. 

Meanwhile teams were preparing for the led steer competition at the Perth Royal Show. The students competing were Tom Tiller, Odessa Ball (Cunderdin), Cassie Jones ((Kellerberrin), Tiffany Davey (Wongan Hills), Jaimee Savell (Forrestfield) , Maria Spark (Goomalling), Harris Thompson (Boyup Brook), Joshua Newberry (Success) and  Cassie Sing (Goomalling).  Mr Beatty praised cattle technical officer, Shaun Byrnes, for the way he had prepared both the students and animals for the event.

Also representing the college at the show are two farm skills teams. "The year 12’s are Rivers Hyde, Matthew Reynolds, Jack Paterson (Kellerberrin), Will Fegan (Merredin) and Zara Brooks. "The year 11's are Matthew Lane (Wongan Hills), Matthew Flint  and Callum O’Neill (Northam), Jarrod Clarke (Bolgart) and Dylan Booth (Wongan Hills). "Thanks to the farm staff, in particular Mr Laird, for preparing the teams for this competition," Mr Beatty said.

Lindsay McNeill.

PHOTOGRAPHS (from top right)
New Deputy Principal, Travis Hooper with Casey Mackay, Mitch Loe and William Bear; Joseph Mannolini from Lesmurdie (left) and Milan Jovanovic (Quairading) with a steer being trained for the Royal Show; Matthew Reynolds (York) inspects a display at the Westrac stand during open day; some of the quality projects on show at the furniture section; students from the Animal Production class with teacher, Shae Bruce (Quaraiding); Sarah Taylor (Cunderdin) showing her wool-handling skills while Dean Williams (Binnu) competes, watched closely by Matthew Reynolds (York) and Jack Paterson; Luke Fromont driving in the parade of farm vehicles.