Principal retired after 40 years

Richard Amos has retired from education after a 40 year career. Picture: GRACE CRICHTON

After four decades in education, school principal Richard Amos retired at the end of term one.

Coominya State School students, staff, and families said farewell to their principal on 27 March.

The small Somerset school was his final stop on a career which took him around the Lockyer Valley.

He began teaching at Gatton State School in 1985 and moved to Laidley Central in 1987.

He was appointed principal of Ma Ma Creek State School in 1996 before moving to Coominya in 2010.

Acting positions over the decades took him to Lake Clarendon, Blenheim, Thornton, Helidon and Grantham schools, plus stints at two schools on the Darling Downs.

He always knew what his career path would be.

“As a six or seven-year-old I wanted to be a fireman or a policeman, which every little boy wants to be,” Mr Amos said.

“By around about the age of 13 or 14 I had already worked out, I enjoy working with kids.

“My mother was a teacher so I probably wasn’t being terribly imaginative in my career choices, but I enjoy working with kids.”

One of his greatest achievements is taking disenfranchised students and given them a new start.

He was a strong advocate of sports for children, knowing some students who struggle in the classroom thrive in sports.

In 2006 the Ma Ma Creek State School community nominated him for an Australian Scholarships Group Community Merit Award.

“That was really, really nice,” Mr Amos said.

“They had a function at Ma Ma Creek and the whole community turned out, it was really very nice.”

One of the most rewarding parts of the job, for Mr Amos, is catching up with former students and learning how they are successfully living their lives.

Amidst the ever-changing nature of education, working with children has always been the best part of his work.

“It’s an interesting job,” he said.

“It’s got its hard bits, it’s got its good bits, but I’ve never gone out of my way to antagonise people and I’ve generally found people appreciate that and are very polite to me.”

Mr Amos is taking long service leave, with ‘rest and recuperation’ top of the to-do list, before his official retirement from education in February next year, marking 40 years dedicated to education.