There are three schools in the Quilpie Shire including Quilpie State College, St. Finabarr’s School and Eromanga State School.

Kindergarten and long day care is available. The centre also offers outside of school hours care and vacation care.

All of our schools have talented and dedicated staff who are committed to offering their students quality education and endless opportunities by maintaining a consistent approach to academic, sporting and cultural excellence.

Distance Education is another option for students in our region. Please see below for more information.

Our Schools

Quilpie State College

Quilpie State College has a long tradition of quality public education dating from 1918. What was once a primary school has evolved into a complete educational institution catering for the educational needs of the children of Quilpie. Our expert teaching program and team provide quality learning experiences for children aged 0 to 18 years of age. We offer classes in all year levels from Prep to Year 10. We also provide educational programs for the zero to five year old children through our G.A.M.E. (Getting A Meaningful Education) program. At the opposite end of the spectrum we offer senior students the opportunity to complete Year 11 and 12 at the school, through Brisbane School of Distance Education.

Quilpie State College offers students a significant range of subjects and career paths. The College is able to offer a distinctive range of learning opportunities across the primary and secondary sectors due to the outstanding structural and resource facilities, far more than most schools of this size in Queensland.  An example of subjects available to students includes Industrial Technologies, Home Economics, Science, HPE, Arts (including Music, Drama, Dance & Multi-media), Mathematics, Instrumental Music, LOTE- Japanese, English and Information & Communication Technology.

Curriculum camps, Excursions, TAFE courses, Microsoft ICT, Opti-Minds, Book Club, Religious Education, Under 8’s Week, Sporting Carnivals and Arts Council along with many other valuable real life experiences are organised for the benefit of the students, all of whom are expected to attend as appropriate to their year levels.

Quilpie State College remains on the cutting edge of education with iPad applications and a 1-1 laptop program for all students in Years 4-10. All other classrooms have computer access at their fingertips. This program has evidenced an increase in student engagement with learning and as a result reflected in increased educational outcomes for all students. If you require further information please contact Rachael McWaters at Quilpie State College.

For more information please visit Quilpie State College’s website


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St Finbarr’s, Quilpie

St Finbarr’s Parish School, established in 1950 by the Sisters of St Joseph, is a Prep – Year 6 School where quality Catholic Education and Gospel Values are lived daily. The school vision statement is, ‘Living in Peace, Guided by Truth, Growing in Wisdom’.

Currently part of the Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools Organisation, St Finbarr’s is exceptionally supported to deliver the highest standard of Australian Curriculum, with a focus on engaging students in the process of lifelong learning  in areas of Maths, English, Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, Religion, The Arts, Technologies and Health and Physical Education. The school boasts a 1:1 ratio of IPads and Laptops, along with the newest smart boards in classrooms, to keep students from prep to year 6 up to date with the ever-changing world of technology. A strategic planning and capital works program is ensuring the schools facilities are continuously upgraded and in line with that of other schools in the Toowoomba and South West Region.

St Finbarr’s actively encourages all families and members of the community to be involved with the daily life of the school, and is well supported by an active P & F Association and parent body. The school is opened to many visitors throughout the year, holding events such as, The School Fete, Mother’s Day High Tea, Father’s Day BBQ, Awards Evening and various other Prayer Assembly’s .The P & F also help to raise money to lower costs of Annual and Biannual school camps such as Thargomindah Sports Camp, Instrumental Music Camp or the Canberra and Snow Fields Camp.

At St Finbarr’s Students are provided with the values and skills to guide them in their relationships with others, to appreciate and understand the value of community, and a love and enthusiasm for learning.

The Principal Genny McNair welcomes all enquiries. For more information Ph: 07 4656 1412 or visit the web site







Eromanga State School

A small primary school that is located in Eromanga (approx 106km west of Quilpie)

From Preparatory to Year 6, the School ensures students receive quality education as they continue to implement the Australian Curriculum and work alongside regional, state and federal initiatives.

With a commitment to focus on literacy and numeracy, students are encouraged to achieve great outcomes daily. Individualised learning needs are taken into account in the delivery of the curriculum and individual profiles are developed to map literacy and numeracy progress of all students.

Eromanga State School’s motto is ‘excellence, effort and enthusiasm’

For more information please visit Eromanga State School’s website 


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Eromanga School







Mulga Mates Centre Inc.

Mulga Mates is a Long Day Care and Kindergarten Centre also offering OSHC and Vacation Care for children aged from Birth to 12 years.  It is a not-for-profit organisation managed by members of the community with 3 qualified staff members including a teacher.

The centre offers a play based program to develop and foster childrens skills using the EYL Framework and Building Waterfalls Curriculum and are governed by the NQF.

For more information please contact the centre on 07 4656 1182. Or visit their Facebook page



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Distance Education

Charleville School of Distance Education

Charleville School of Distance Education is a Queensland State School offering quality educational services to home based learners from Prep to Year 10 in rural and remote Queensland. Students complete their education through daily use of online resources supplied within the Learning Place, telephone and video conferencing ‘on-air’ lessons, email and through materials sent via Australia Post.

For more information please visit the Charleville School of Distant Education’s website


 Longreach School of Distance Education

At the Longreach School of Distance Education (LSODE) it is believed that ‘Effort Conquers Distance’. Staff are committed to providing every child with a balanced education with a goal to maximise the educational outcomes for every student through providing a range of curricular and extra curricular activities. The school’s aim is to overcome the challenges created by distance in order to educate children to reach their full potential.

For more information please visit the Longreach School of Distance Education’s website


Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Of Australia

ICPA (Australia) 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. It encompasses the education of children from early childhood through to tertiary. Children may be educated in small rural schools, by distance education, attend boarding schools or school term hostels and sometimes have access to early childhood services. Tertiary students whose family home is in rural and remote Australia frequently must live away from home to access further education. ICPA seeks to have all elements of education (cultural experiences, social contacts, participation in sport and other enriching activities) available for all children regardless of their home location.

For more information please visit the ICPA website

Quilpie Shire Council Student Bursary

This program promotes the potential of our young shire residents by allowing them a unique opportunity to further their education and skills. The program is aimed at residents under 25 years and may be used for study or training in any chosen field. The Student Bursary may be offered for up to $5,000.00 a year for a maximum of two years.

For more information please visit our Community Grants Page