Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon is a Year 7 to 12, co-educational Catholic College which provides for both Day and Residential students. The College specialises in providing opportunities for students to engage with Agriculture and Equine, Hospitality and Services, and Automotive, Engineering and Industrial Skills, while still providing core units to enable students to acquire their West Australian Certificate of Education. The College is situated in the picturesque Chittering Valley, about a 1 hour drive north of Perth.
The College is built on a tradition inspired by Blessed Edmund Rice and it belongs to a group of schools within the Edmund Rice Education Australia group (www.erea.edu.au).
The College provides a quality education in a close-knit, rural environment. Students come from rural and remote regions throughout Western Australia and the Perth metropolitan area.
The College provides a comprehensive academic and technical education with nationally recognised certificate courses across a range of fields, and enables students to acquire their West Australian Certificate of Education.
Students participate in a mix of theory learned in the classroom and practical application utilising the facilities available on the working farm, including a fully equipped workshop, the Edmund Equine Centre and the many facilities available within the Tuppin Trade Training Centre. Practical work is conducted in a safe environment under the supervision of trained educators.
Examples of subjects offered include (not limited to):
Animal Production Systems
Plant Production Systems
Design & Technology
Students starting from year 7 have options within their course structure to include Agricultural and/or Trade based subjects to help them identify which pathways might best suit them and to prepare them for year 11 and 12, and ultimately graduation.
The Tuppin Trade Training Centre prepares students to be work ready upon leaving the College. It offers wide range of Certificate programs, including:
Certificate I in Rural Operations
Certificate I and II in Hospitality
Certificate I and II in Automotive
Certificate I and II in Engineering
Certificate I and II in Industrial Skills
Certificate II in Agriculture
Certificate II in Wool Handling
Certificate II in Agriculture (Horse Breeding)
Certificate II in Equine Industry
Certificate I and II in Leadership
Certificate IV in Nursing
Many of these courses allow students to be part way through their apprenticeships at the completion of year 12. This makes transitioning into the workforce or Higher Education very easy.
Our residential care is friendly, comfortable and affordable, with separate boarding houses for young women and young men.
Full and weekday boarding is provided .
House mums and dads provide high quality care and personal attention to each boarder to help them settle in and feel at home. The variety of after-school and weekend activities enriches boarding life and our students make life-long friendships.
As a Catholic school in the tradition of Edmund Rice, the College aims to provide an education that respects the dignity of each individual and encourages the growth of initiative, responsibility, leadership and involvement. Catholic schools are happy places to be. They are places where students and teachers feel proud and at home. Catholic schools bring their message not only to young people, but also to the general community.
The College operates a local bus service to the towns of Bullsbrook, Muchea, Toodyay, Gingin, New Norcia and Calingiri.