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WA College of Agriculture - Harvey welcomes public for first time in two years with school open day

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Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
WA College of Agriculture - Harvey staff member Belynda Quilty, principal Stephen Watt and students Lockie Fielding, 15, and Jake Pich, 15.
Camera IconWA College of Agriculture - Harvey staff member Belynda Quilty, principal Stephen Watt and students Lockie Fielding, 15, and Jake Pich, 15. Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen/Harvey-Waroona Reporter

It was a day full on action at a South West school on Saturday as it welcomed the public to campus.

The WA College of Agriculture - Harvey held its first open day in two years on the weekend, with plenty on offer for visitors.

Principal Stephen Watt said the open day was always a big event to put on, but it was worth it to see attendees enjoying themselves and seeing what the school had to offer.

“The weather was perfect and it certainly helped with everyone’s enjoyment of the day,” he said.

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“In speaking with lots of prospective student families over the last year or so, I know that the open day was missed last year when we had to cancel due to COVID.“

There was plenty for visitors to do, with bus tours running regularly to showcase the entirety of the school’s property, including the beef, dairy and sheep farms.

For those who preferred to stay at the heart of the college, they were able to tour facilities including the classrooms and boarding houses, alongside having a peek into students’ creative abilities.

Mr Watt said the college had received positive feedback from visitors about the day.

“One of the things that shines through in all feedback is the pride that our staff, students and families have in the college and being part of it,” he said.

At least 1600 visitors were counted coming through the college during the four and a half hour event, although actual numbers are said to be higher.

Mr Watt noted there were different highlights for those involved on the day.

“From a parent perspective, I know that seeing what their son or daughter does at the college and seeing their child so confident in their rostered section is a huge highlight,” he said.

“From a staff perspective, it is always a highlight seeing past students return and express their happy memories of their time as a student.

“From a student perspective, I know that a highlight is showing their families around the college and being a part of this great institution.”

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