Our School


We would like to acknowledge that our schools are on unceded Algonquin Territory, and thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us on their land.

Our School

The first school in the County of Carleton was erected at Richmond, Ontario in 1820. A two-room grammar school was located on Cockburn Street in 1854. In 1895, a building which housed both a public elementary and high school was constructed within the town limits. Twenty -nine years later on March 27, 1924, this school burned to the ground and a new brick school called the “Richmond Continuation School” was erected on the present site at the corner of McBean and Martin streets. Since that time, additions and renovations have been made to the school (in 1947, 1958, 1969, 1972, 1997 and 2013), that have modified the appearance of the original building.

Today, Richmond Public School embodies the characteristics of a community school: parents and community members are actively involved and great supporters of the school in its efforts to develop lifelong learners.

Ongoing in-school and after school events are planned throughout the year.

Our Students

Richmond PS has an enrollment of 260 students. They live in the village of Richmond, on working farms and in rural Goulbourn Township.

We have the Early Learning Program (Full Day Kindergarten). When our students complete grade 5, many of them go to Goulbourn Middle School, then return to Richmond to attend South Carleton High School.

Our Staff

Richmond PS has a dedicated and skilled instructional staff consisting of 19 teachers, 1.5 full-time Educational Assistants and 4 Early Childhood Educators.

Our Chief Custodian, in addition to maintaining our facilities, is an integral part of school-based activities especially our EarthCare Program.

Diane Blank and Bonnie Fiarchuk, our welcoming office staff, are the backbone of the organization. They are available to greet visitors and respond to phone inquiries in addition to the many other duties they perform. Our Library Technician, Robbie Judd is with us 2 days a week.

Our Community

We have an active and supportive School Council at R.P.S. The School Council, made up of parents and staff representatives, is an important part of our school community. They are available to provide consultation and, financial and volunteer support.

Every day, volunteers come into the school to:

  • Read with students

  • Accompany our students on field trips

  • Help teachers prepare programs and materials for their lessons

  • Organize fundraising events to support our initiatives

  • Work with staff to make decisions affecting our school priorities

  • Share their expertise with our students

Mission Statement

To develop and provide each learner an education of the highest quality in a positive environment with caring, dedicated and effective staff members.

Facilities and Resources

  • Computer technology and Internet access in every classroom and in the Computer lab
  • A library/resource centre

  • Literacy room, including math and science manipulatives

  • A large yard, which has grassy play areas (soccer field and baseball diamond), blacktop surfaces, basketball hoops and games printed on blacktop, a play structure and large sandbox area as well as several other climbing apparatuses

  • A separate enclosed play yard for our junior and senior kindergarten students.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

Regular English with Core French

Middle French Immersion

Core French Instruction is 20 minutes a day in JK/SK, 40 minutes a day in grades 1-5

Classroom Organization

Richmond Public School is a junior kindergarten to grade 5 English/Middle French Immersion community school. Our 260 students are placed in 11 homeroom classes:

JK/SK:2 classes

Grade 1: 1 class

Grade 1/2:1 class

Grade 2; 1 class

Grade 2/3: 1 class

Grade 3:1 class

Grade 3/4: 1 class

Grade 4/5: 1 class

Grade 4: 1 class (MFI)

Grade 5: 1 class

Grade 5: 1 class (MFI)

Special Education and ESL Programs

Specialized support and educational assessments are provided by our Learning Support Teacher (LST) in the regular classrooms and in small group instruction settings when necessary.

Curriculum modifications are made based on identified needs of individual students. We have no ESL program.

Clubs and Activities

  • Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser
  • Terry Fox Run
  • Choir
  • Drama Club
  • Dance Club
  • EarthCARE Program
  • Spirit days
  • Seasonal Intramural sports including: cross-country running, soccer, track and field, floor hockey, and basketball
  • Themed Assemblies
  • Community Outreach
  • Talent Show

Safe Schools Initiatives

Staff members wear bright safety vests when on duty for increased visibility. Our School Code of Behaviour is posted in all classrooms and in the student agendas. Our playground rules are posted in all classrooms and on the doors, which lead to the play yard and are reviewed regularly.

All staff members are involved in ensuring that the school is a safe and happy place for our students. A Safe Schools Committee comprised of staff and parents, initiates projects yearly, which enhance safety in the school.

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