Student services and support programs


Peer support

A peer support program is held on a Monday in the last few weeks in Term 4. Groups of approximately 8 children from a mix of year levels are taken through a planned program. The senior students of the school take each group. An adult is in attendance for supervision only.

Peer support is a social skills program serving the dual purposes of teaching younger students personal skills while developing leadership skills in Year 6 students.

Each year we choose a different topic for study which comes from the You Can Do It program.

Each and every student in the school has been placed with their buddy into a group of approximately 8 students which meets for their lesson at a designated room within the school. Each group is under the tutorship of a Year 6 student leader who learns the necessary skills and knowledge through pre-session training and post-session debriefs.

Teachers have oversight of two to three groups and keep a watchful eye over proceedings; intervening only if necessary. This program has been conducted at Marshall Road State School since 1996 and continues to provide excellent opportunities for children to learn about how to get on and interact with other.

Chaplaincy services

Marshall Road State School offers a chaplaincy service to provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to students regardless of their religious beliefs.

A school chaplain is a safe person for students to connect with at school and provides a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope.  Our chaplain runs positive, fun activities for students and assist in fostering a supportive and caring school community.

Working with other members of the school’s support team, our chaplain cares for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and depression.

Our school chaplain is Jordan Briggs.  Jordan has a few years experience in youth work, mainly working with teenagers and at risk youth. He completed studying a Diploma of Youth Work and  graduated at the end of the 2013. 

What will chaplaincy look like at Marshall Road?

Jordon will assist with sporting and cultural programs, attend school camps, assist in classrooms, run programmes that help students develop social and life skills, and run lunchtime games/activities. Students may request to see Jordon on an individual basis for support in personal matters. If they choose to do so they must get parental permission and go through the school chaplaincy referral procedure.

Will my child be involved?

Involvement with the school chaplain is entirely voluntary and students choose whether or not they want to be a part of the activities that are offered. Parents will be consulted if their child wishes to be involved in ongoing one-to-one meetings with the school chaplain or in any programme or group involving spiritual or ethical content. Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any chaplaincy activity or event.

How can I contact the Chaplain?

Jordon is available on Wednesday and Thursday from 7.45pm to 3.30pm

Room No. A21 - bottom of A Block.

Email & phone number: (07) 3422 8222 (ask for Chappy Jordan).

Last reviewed 02 April 2019
Last updated 02 April 2019