Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education

Excellence in Agricultural/STEM Education

Telephone(02) 4560 6300


Secondary AgSTEM Provision

About our AgSTEM Stream Provision

The Centre of Excellence and Richmond High School offer a unique educational provision to AgSTEM Selective and AgSTEM specialty students in Years 7-10. Students complete their academic studies in a dual school provision, spending three days a week at the Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education at Western Sydney University (WSU) Hawkesbury and two days a week at Richmond HS.

The AgSTEM streams offer a unique learing experience for :

  • specialty AgSTEM cohort selected based on a portfolio and interview process which determines their interest and potential in agricultural education;
  • academically selective AgSTEM cohort with enrolment managed by the High Performing Students Unit.

Student leadership

Student leadership helps young people find their voices, participate in decision-making, and understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. It helps students have a real impact on their learning and school environment and prepares them to participate meaningfully in their community.

Students can be leaders in the classroom, through their actions in the playground, through their support for others, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or local community events or projects.

For more information about opportunities in NSW public schools visit Student voice and leadership.

AgSTEM Student Leadership

AgSTEM Ambassadors

At the Centre, AgSTEM students have the opportunity to develop their leadership capabilities through a number of streams. The Centre's leadership model supports students in leadership roles form Year 7-12. Students can apply for leadership roles in the following areas: 

  • School Capatains: Stage 6.
  • Senior Prefects: Stage 6.
  • Middle Years Prefects : Stage 5.
  • Constellation Leaders: Stages 4, 5 and 6.
  • Student Representative Council: Each class represented Years 7-10. Senior cohorts represented in Year groups.
  • AgSTEM Ambassadors.


Prefect roles are aligned to the following portfolios: 

  • Agriculture
  • STEM
  • Sustainability
  • Aboriginal Knowledges
  • Community Outreach
  • Wellbeing
  • Sport
  • The Arts
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Partnerships in Learning.

Students also have the opportunity to take on leadership roles in our Student Clubs program each year. Clubs run during school hours and also after school as extra curricula programs for students. 


AgSTEM Parent Body

Student Learning Expo

Our AgSTEM parents and carers are an imporant part of our learning community. They play a key role in many elements of learnig and life at the Centre. Parents connect to our learning community through their engagement in:

  • our student learning expos;
  • Celebration of Learning events;
  • family and student induction events;
  • student and community events including Yr 7 Field Day, Lantern; Festival and Hawkesbury Show;
  • cultural events;
  • partnered events with our prefect body;
  • guest speakers; and
  • parent forums. 

We have a large and active parent body who meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month (mostly twice a term). The meetings are a mixture of face to face and virtual delivery. 

Aboriginal student support

We are committed to closing the achievement gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We know that we need to learn about, nurture and value the cultural identity of our Aboriginal students to help them be successful learners.

We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family members, parents and carers, as well as community members to our school so that we can get to know each other, learn about the local Aboriginal community and develop shared goals and plans for Aboriginal students.

The Aboriginal Education Policy confirms the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to improvement in educational outcomes and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Multicultural education

Our school welcomes students, families and community members from all cultural backgrounds. We appreciate difference and diversity and aim to provide a culturally inclusive and responsive environment that benefits all students.

Our teaching and learning programs develop intercultural understanding, promote positive relationships and enable all students to participate as active Australian and global citizens. Our school fosters student wellbeing and community harmony by implementing anti-racism and anti-discrimination strategies that encourage engagement by parents and carers from all backgrounds.

The Multicultural Education Policy outlines the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to providing opportunities that enable all students to achieve equitable education and social outcomes and participate successfully in our culturally diverse society.

The Anti-Racism Policy confirms the department’s commitment to rejecting all forms of racial discrimination in NSW public schools and eliminating expressions of racism in its learning and working environments.

For more information refer to:

Supporting English language learners

Learning English is essential for success at school and effective participation in Australian society. We can provide specialist support to help students learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D).

For more information refer to: EAL/D education.

Supporting refugee students

Schools offer safety, support and security to help refugee students adjust to life in Australia and participate successfully in education. Targeted support strategies are provided to assist refugee students in NSW public schools.

For more information refer to: Supporting refugee students.

Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning.

Learning support

The school’s learning and support team plays a key role in ensuring we meet the specific needs of students with additional learning and support needs, including disability.

The team:

  • supports teachers in identifying and responding to the additional learning needs of students
  • facilitates and coordinates a whole-school approach to improving the learning outcomes of every student
  • coordinates planning processes and resourcing for students with additional learning and support needs
  • designs and implements the support required to build teacher capacity so that all students access quality learning
  • develops collaborative partnerships with the school, parents and carers, as well as other professionals and the wider school community.

For more information on programs and services to help students with additional learning and support needs visit Disability, learning and support


Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in NSW schools.

The NSW anti-bullying website brings together information and resources for teachers, students, parents and carers. It helps to identify, prevent and respond effectively to student bullying, including online bullying. It provides information about online safety and what you can do if your child has been bullied, witnessed bullying or been involved in bullying.

For more information on anti-bullying strategies for NSW public schools refer to the department’s Bullying of Students – Prevention and Response Policy.

For information on racial bullying and anti-racism education for NSW public schools refer to: