Educating Children & Supporting Families

Richmond State School

Richmond is well serviced by an excellent Prep – Grade 10 campus state school, Richmond State School.  There's also a great Day Care Centre / Kindergarten and an exceptional Outside School Hours Care service.  The school is supported by an active P&C, and families are also supported and advocated for by the Isolated Children's and Parents Association.  Typically, professionals working in these fields in Richmond have a real passion for what they do, and the standard delivered at all of these centres is very high.  In addition to these formal services, local clubs, provide a great range of extra curricular activities for students to become involved in.  More information about these clubs can be found here


Richmond State School


Richmond State School

Richmond State School has played an integral role in the history of the Richmond Township with the school opening in 1889.

The school offers formal education from Prep to Year 10. Student enrolments tend to fluctuate in line with population changes, with current enrolments for 2012 at 85 students. Approximately 80% of the students live within the township while the others come from properties within the shire.

Richmond State School is staffed by a dedicated team of professionals. Classes are of a multi-age nature with students benefiting from a mix of enthusiastic teachers and small class sizes. The Staff is comprised of a mix of local residents and those who move to Richmond to begin their careers as teachers or to enjoy the culture of a country school. All staff work hard to implement an improvement agenda to ensure every child is learning every day in every classroom. In line with teaching uniformity, Teaches tend to stay for at least three years as part of their commitment to employment with Education Queensland or as part of the Teacher Transfer Policy.

Teachers deliver comprehensive teaching programs that provide for individual needs of all students. Teachers provide a differentiated program for their classes and seek support from the Head of Curriculum and/or Support Teacher: Literacy & Numeracy to guide them with quality programs. The school sets learning targets for each child, which are negotiated with the student and their parents.

Richmond State School

In 2011, the school trialled the induction of Year 7 into the Secondary Department. Year 7-10 students are able to study a range of subjects both face to face and online. Information Communication Technologies are a vital part of the school's culture. Students have access to a variety of ICT devices and the internet. ICT lessons are conducted in all classes from Prep to Year 10.

Richmond State School aims to provide a quality education for all our students. . Over the years a number of Year 10 students have completed a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. The school prides itself on making positive links with community businesses and organisations so that our students are work or study ready for their chosen careers.

Richmond State School provides a safe learning environment for all students, both in well-equipped classrooms and attractive and functional outdoor learning areas. As well as enjoying the benefits of small class sizes, students are also able to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including discos, concerts, camp outs, readers club, triathlons and choir at non competitive entry levels, which means that every child gets to participate.

Parents support classroom learning in a number of ways. Parents are always willing to support extracurricular activities as well. The Parents and Citizen's Association has been a dynamic organisation in the past two years with tremendous support provided to the school in a number of ways. The P&C has provided excellent guidance in the strategic direction of the school as well as supporting many other initiatives to ensure opportunities are available to all students.

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Our Vision

Our Vision at Richmond State School is to provide a quality education, allowing each child to reach his/her potential academically, socially and emotionally through partnerships within the school and wider community.

We will achieve this by exhibiting:

  • A passionate sense of school pride

  • A learning environment that is safe and supportive

  • Quality teaching and learning that meets student needs provided by a committed, accountable and professional staff

  • A diverse and inclusive education delivered through a stimulating and challenging curriculum

  • Students who are empowered to be lifelong learners capable of contributing to a global society

  • Collaborative decision making through open and honest, two way communication

  • Responsible and accountable school management and leadership

  • All school and community members acting with respect and dignity


Our Values

Seek Knowledge We learn and let others learn.

Care and Compassion We care for self and others.

Respect We treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person's point of view.

Personal Responsibility We are accountable for one's own actions.

Tolerance We will be included and include others and accepting of others individual differences.

Honesty We will be honest, sincere and seek the truth.

Optimism We will think positively and achieve to one's full potential.


Our Students

We want our students to develop the following traits whilst enrolled at Richmond State School.

Tactfulness, Determination, Self-Management Skills, Punctuality, Flexibility, Resilience, Generosity, Diplomacy, Reliability, Sensitivity, Commitment, Honesty, Organisational Skills, Independence, Initiative, Resourcefulness and Responsibility.

We implement a number of learning processes and wellbeing programs and with the support of parents aim to make each student a lifelong learner.

Please visit Richmond SS at for further information. 


Richmond State School P&C Association

Established in the early 1960's Richmond State School P&C has been fundamental in growing the strong successful school community that Richmond enjoys today.

The wider Richmond community actively supports the P&C'S fundraising endeavours, enabling the committee to purchase valuable resources for the school and to provide financial support to students who represent Richmond at district and state level for sport, academic and cultural events. Any visitor to Richmond S.S will find it to be an extremely well resourced and supported school.

The P&C meets every second Monday of the month to discuss and provide feedback on school policies and activities. There is an open connectedness between the school staff and the P&C as we work towards ensuring that Richmond State School is the very best it can be, that every student receives a first rate education, has instilled in them a sense of pride and a willingness to be the best they can be and reach their full potential.


Richmond Early Education Centre

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REEC is a community owned and professionally staffed day care and qualified kindergarten, providing quality long day care and early childhood education for children from the age of 6 weeks, until they enter primary school.

As a not for profit organisation, all profits are channelled back in to the centre and the community, ensuring an extremely high standard of resources, environment and staffing – assuring parents of a caring, stimulating and educational experience for all children at the centre.

As Richmond is a small tight knit community, everyone works together to make sure all children are receiving ample possibilities and opportunities. All staff within the centre are qualified or working towards their qualification and attend regular professional development.

The centre uses the Queensland Governments initiative; National Quality Framework.


Outside School Hours Care

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Richmond Outside of School Hours care provides professional care for school aged children after school and during school vacation periods. The Centre is a licensed child care which runs under the New National Framework (My Time, Our Place).  The centre is run by three dedicated women, Teena Chappell (Coordinator, Nominated Supervisor and Educational Leader), who holds a Diploma in Children's Services. Emily Connor (Assistant Coordinator, Certified Supervisor), who holds a Cert III in Children's Service. Julie Rogerson (Relief Assistant, Certified Supervisor), who holds a Cert III in Children's Service. The centre prides itself in offering a rich and varied programme, demonstrating best practice for the provision of supportive, engaging care.  Children have access to a stimulating outdoor environment, and are encouraged to take part in activities which give them both a sense of achievement, ownership and belonging as they work together to make their centre an interesting and enjoyable place to be.

In 2008 the centre received a Community Event Award – (Grease Musical)
In 2012 the centre was showcased in a workshop by Sue Inglis - (Growing Early Childhood)

Enquiries can be directed to Teena Chappell on 07 47413 163 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Isolated Children's and Parents Association

"ICPA (Aust) is a voluntary, non-profit, apolitical parent body dedicated to ensuring that all rural and remote students have equity of access to a continuing and appropriate education." (ICPA Website).


Sports and Arts Programmes

Children in Richmond are able to participate in a great range of sporting clubs, including: Junior Rugby League, Swimming Club, Pony Club, Dirt Bike Club, Tennis Club.

Arts and cultural opportunities are frequently available, both within the school and externally. Some external arts opportunities include Regional Arts Development Fund workshops, and participation in Richmond Live Music Club. Private piano lessons are available, both piano and choir are available through the school.  Music workshops are facilitated through Richmond Live Music Club and October Moon Festival Inc from time to time.

Health & Emergency Services

Richmond offers a range of health and emergency facilities, with a large selection of services provided by the Richmond Health Service, the Richmond Aged Care Program, and the Richmond Surgery, as well as a number of other providers.  

Richmond Surgery

Richmond Surgery is a General Practice operated by a permanent GP. The surgery bulk bills all eligible medical services. Services available include family planning, pregnancy tests, ante-natal care, blood tests, minor surgery, liquid nitrogen therapy, weight control, skin checks, medicals, immunisations and of course, standard GP consults, and house calls.

Richmond Health Service

Health & Emergency Services
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Richmond Health Service provides an accident and emergency service, general medical / surgical ward, long stay elder care and a daily outpatient session. The service also hosts a range of visiting clinics and health professionals both from within Queensland Health, and federally funded Allied Health services. Visiting clinics include optometry, school oral health, dietetics, podiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and dentistry.

Community health services include a community nurse, child health nurse and visiting school-based youth health nurse. The centre also has ATODS (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs), community mental health and social workers through their outreach services. 'Well Women's Clinics' are also available to the community which offer free pap smears and confidential advice to women by a women's health GP.


Richmond Aged Care

Richmond Aged Care Program provides a friendly and efficient service to enable residents to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.   Richmond Aged Care Program delivers 3 levels of care, enabling care to be tailored to each client's needs.  Richmond Shire Council also has some independent living units which are suitable for Aged care clients who are able to live independently at home.  Clients in the units may access Aged care services, should they wish to.

For more information on Richmond Aged Care Program, visit Council's website or call the Aged Care Co-Ordinator on 07 4741 3277).

Medicare Local

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Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local offers a number of allied health services to the Richmond region.

They include:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Podiatrist
  • Dietician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychologist

Services are provided across two teams every 3 weeks (OT, Dietician and Diabetes Educator one week) and (Podiatrist, Physiotherapist and Psychologist the next trip).

Royal Flying Doctor Service

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The RFDS is dedicated to providing vital health care to all those who live, work or travel in rural, remote and regional areas of Queensland.

The Flying Doctor's emergency retrieval service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has expanded to provide transfers of patients to larger hospitals for life-saving surgery such as organ transplants and heart surgery.

The RFDS also delivers essential primary health care services to rural and remote communities, including general practice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, child and family health, social and emotional wellbeing, women's health and health promotion.

Queensland Police Service

“Officers and staff at Richmond Police Station enjoy working within a dynamic and strong community environment and are proud to serve the people of Richmond and surrounding areas. Wherever possible staff of Richmond Police Station endeavour to engage the community in all facets of daily life in order to assist all persons in whatever way we can.”

Andrew Foster

A/ Sergeant OIC

Richmond Police Station

Other Services

Richmond is also serviced by a local RACQ contract service provider, SES and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Auxilary.

Real Families

Behind every great town, there are great people. Whether they have been there all their lives, or only a few years, many families now call Richmond home. Read the stories of real families who have chosen Richmond as a place to live. 

The Maluga Family

My wife and I have two children and have lived here for most of our lives. Richmond is a great little town where everyone helps each other. We have a sick child and have found that the hospital has become our second home, here we are treated like a person, not a number. Richmond has been a wonderful place for us and our two children. It’s a very friendly, caring, sharing community. We wouldn’t want to call anywhere else home.


Christine Douglas

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On my arrival in Richmond in January 2009, I was to fulfil a three year contract. When this concluded I found I wanted to remain here as I had become part of the local scene and truly enjoyed my time in Richmond.

I have become involved in groups such as Commerce Richmond, the Fossil Festival committee and I am an active member of my local church group, offering to all these groups a degree of myself.

An important aspect was to find not what the town could give to me but what I am able to contribute in order to continue building Richmond and its community.


Robert Waddell, RN

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I have worked 12 week contracts as a RN in six different rural hospitals throughout Queensland over the last two years. I've found Richmond to be the easiest town to get to know people and become involved in events in the local community.

Robert Waddell  


Caroline Ellis

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"My name is Caroline and I came to Richmond in early 2011 after winning a block of land in a ballot. I spent the last 2.5yrs arranging for the purchase of a house and relocating it to my land, connecting utilities and making it generally livable. Big thanks must go to my parents who looked after the majority of this for me as I was actually overseas during this time. My first couple of months were even more of an adventure than I was expecting, as I was waiting on furniture and didn't have any hot water hooked up. It was like camping it rough but with a solid roof over my head.  This all got sorted out though and after more additions were made to my house, I am settled in quite nicely.  I gained a pet puppy and kitten who have quite the landscape to play in, and beautiful weather with glorious sunsets. My biggest challenge was finding a permanent full time position, though many businesses were very helpful in giving me enough casual work to get by easily. Big thanks to them!  My boyfriend of 7years was able to come and join me in Richmond towards the end of the year and had no trouble at all getting employment with local businesses. Having him around has been much better, and he has also helped out sorting out my house for which I am very thankful.  There are still a couple of things left I would like to do with my property, but these things do take time.

I have now lived here for well over a year, and have to say, Richmond is a very friendly and safe town.  Everyone knows me and waves as they drive past my place or see me out walking my puppy.  I really enjoy star gazing at night, and have seen more shooting stars and satellites in the past year, than I have in my life to date. I love the climate and the sunsets out my backyard are just incredible. I have joined a small number of community groups and clubs, volunteering at different events and regularly enjoy many local attractions.  If you have the opportunity to come to Richmond - either simply to visit or even to stay, I would recommend this town for a great place to live."

Caroline Ellis

Caroline’s story has also been seen online in The Australian Newspaper


Anthony Lewis

July, 2012

To whom it may concern,

My name is Anthony Lewis. In December 2010, I graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor in Primary Education. In April the following year, I was offered a position as a Grade 6 teacher at Richmond State School in the state's North-West. My partner and I relocated to Richmond that week and it is there that I now reside.

Upon arriving in town, I found the locals to be kind, friendly and always willing to offer assistance wherever needed. On several occasions I have found myself in need of some help around the house and discovered that all I need to do is visit a neighbour to ask for an extra hand. Without questioning, they always drop what they are doing and lend their expertise.

The town has banded together on several occasions to help raise funds for a young man in town who was in need of an operation. There have been numerous charity events to help his family fund the need for these operations. At these opportunities to help, the town continuously turn up in droves to show their support in any way they can.

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As a young man coming from Brisbane, I was unsure as to whether there would be enough activities to keep me occupied. Since moving to Richmond, I have joined the senior football and swimming club, I play tennis at the tennis courts, hit a round of golf on the golf course, I play social bowls on a weekend and help coach one of the junior rugby league teams in town. Aside from that, there are often other social events in town scattered throughout the year where we can socialise with people from near and far. Events like rodeos, horse races, fishing competitions, golf tournaments, camp drafts, The Annual Field Day celebrations, The October Moon Festival, The Fossil Festival and many others including events in towns nearby.

Richmond is a very warm and welcoming town. It is a town in which you can walk around the lake and stop to have a friendly chat with passer bys. It is a town that welcomed me into it and I proudly say that I am a local.

Anthony Lewis


Dr I & Dr M Vahidy and family

Dr Vahidy and his family moved to Richmond in 2009 to take up the GP posting here. Here, his wife, Dr M Vahidy provides her account of settling in to life in Richmond.

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We have spent just over five happy years in Richmond and love the generous and friendly community. When we were planning to move here, we had our concerns about living so remote and also regarding our children's education in town state school. However we found the school staff very co operative, always ready to give us feedback about our kids' education, something hard to get even in big private schools. Teachers are professional, enthusiastic and caring. Because of the smaller class size children enjoy one on one attention of their teachers.

Although we are different from the locals in every respect, religious, cultural and physical appearance but they have accepted us open heartedly. Our children thoroughly enjoy local dinosaur museum (Kronosaurus Korner), Lake Fred Tritton, the swimming pool, skate park and tennis court facilities.

Two things that you instantly notice when you come to Richmond are, a beautifully kept tidy town and a friendly smile on everybody's face. Richmond is now our home away from home.


The Hales Family

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Charlie and I moved to Richmond in 2001 to work on a cattle station in the district.  In 2004, following the birth of our first child, we moved to the town and bought our home where we live now. 

I'd always wondered why people live in small towns.  My thinking was that you would either live on a property where you had the real rural lifestyle, or in a city where you have access to all that a city has to offer.  I grew up in Sydney, so I know about cities, and their lifestyle. 

In the end, it turns out that I was wrong to doubt the quality of life in a small country town.  I am happier here than I have ever been anywhere else.  And it is the people, my involvement in the community, and the idyllic childhood my kids are getting, which have made me so happy. 

Here, I have the chance to make a difference.  Here, I was able to stay at home while the kids were young (I look forward to going back to work when my youngest goes to school).  Here, I have more friends, more connections, more "hello's" than I've ever had. 

In Richmond, my kids are a part of a big family which looks out for its own.  They are safe, and can indulge in many of the same things I did when I was growing up.  Like riding the streets, walking to school, playing in the dirt, camping, having chooks, horses, calves and picking vegies from our garden. 

They say it takes a village to raise a family – and I've found a great one.  As the kids get older, we have a great network of top quality adults and older children who will be there for them.  Sure, a city might offer more choices, different sports, more instruments, but Richmond offers them the support of a community who cares.  Richmond offers the kids the chance to develop a social conscience – to contribute to the good of the whole community.  Richmond offers the kids the chance to be kids, to play in the sun, picnic and swim in the lake. 

What would be the most important thing to offer my kids?  Martial arts or the art of looking someone in the eye, smiling a "hello" and shaking their hand in the firm warm manner of someone who grew up amongst great people.