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Subjects and programs

Our school has implemented the Australian Curriculum in english, mathematics, science, history and geography.   We use the Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) units that have been developed by Education Queensland.  Other curriculum areas such as health and physical education, the arts and some strands of study of society and the environment are based on the Queensland Essential Learnings and the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines.   (MRSS Curriculum Plan 2016 [PDF, 1.6MB])

In addition, our school also offers the following:

  • a Science Fair alternating yearly with an Arts Festival 

  • environmental studies using the school permaculture area

  • an intervention programme for Years 1 - 6

  • an extension programme in literacy and numeracy

  • an extension program for all classes in visual arts

  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE). Students in Years 5 and 6 have specialist Japanese lessons each week.

Classroom music

All students receive a music lesson each week. The class music program is a developmental, sequential, aural-based program as per the Arts syllabus (QSA).  During this lessson students sing, play instruments, and practise reading music notation.

In addition to the class music program, a range of extra-curricular choral and instrumental music programs are available.

Computers and technology

Information technology is a learning tool that all teachers use as part of the curriculum program.  All classes can access computers for daily use. In addition to pods of computers in classrooms, classes can access the computer lab which has twenty-eight computers.  The computer lab is also open at lunch time for student access, but only if supervision is sought.

Students can also access computers in the Resource Centre.  The P&C have just purchased thirty iPads which are to be used in the Prep-Year 2 classes.

In 2014, a one-to-one laptop/tablet program was introduced for a class of Year 4 students which extended over three years allowing students to have 24 hour access to digital resources. We now boast a Year 6 Surface Pro 3 class, a year 5 iPad device class and in 2017 we introduced a BYO iPad system to two Year 4 classes.


Visual Arts is one of the subjects of the Arts Curriculum and includes the fields of art, craft and design.

At Marshall Road State School, Prep to Year 6 students attend Visual Arts lessons. Prep to year 4 students attend weekly lessons, while Years 5 and 6 students attend a block of five lessons per school term.

During these art lessons, students are given the opportunity to experience forms such as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, using a variety of styles and inspired by art movements such as Realism, Impressionism, Cubism and Abstract Expressionism. Students learn to use and analyse the design elements of line, shape, colour, value, form, texture and space, as well as the design principles of balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm and unity.

The Marshall Road State School community is very supportive of the Arts. Student artwork is displayed in the classrooms, the office foyer, the Resource Centre and the Performing Arts Centre and our biennial Arts Festival. Artwork is also entered into local competitions such as the Mt Gravatt Show and our students always perform well.

Health, physical education and swimming

Each class has a lesson each week with the specialist Health and Physical Education (HPE) teacher.  Lessons cover physical activity, personal development and health.  Physical activities may include swimming, track and field, fitness, games and dance.

Swimming classes are held for all year levels (except Prep who only swim in Term 4)in term 1 and term 4 in the school's  swimming pool.(Swimming Permission and times for Term 1 2017 (PDF, 60KB)All students will be required to wear a bathing cap and sun shirt and girls require a one-piece swimming suit. Bathing caps can be purchased at the uniform shop. 

Swimming is part of the physical education program and students will be excluded only if a doctor's certificate is presented or as a result of a parent interview with the Principal.

The P&C operate a swim club which also offers additional after-school learn to swim and stroke correction classes as well as  squad training.

Religious instruction

A cooperative Christian religious instruction program deliivered by local representatives of the Anglican, Catholic, Uniting, Baptist, Presbyterian and Grace Bible Churches, is offered at Marshall Road State School.  The program consists of one, thirty minute lesson per week delivered by a volunteer RI instructor.

Students are allocated to these classes in accordance with the information provided in the "Religion" section of the enrolment form, unless parents advise us otherwise in writing.  Parents may change their preference in relation to their child's inclusion at any time, by advising the school in writing.

Participation in religious instruction is not compulsory.  All students, regardless of their faith or denomination, are welcome to attend RI lessons with their parents' permission.

Parents of child/ren participating in these programs will be advised if a faith group requires funds to cover the expense of materials used by their children.

Students who are not participating in religious instruction will undertake other instruction in a separate location during the period arranged for religious instruction.  At Marshall Road State School, non-participating students undertake literacy and numeracy activities  supervised by a teacher.

Curriculum newsletters

Every term, two curriculum newsletters are written by the Curriculum Coordinator, Shaida Rjoc.  These newsletters occur at the beginning and end of the term.  The first newsletter informs parents of any events that are coming up in the term, as well as what the children will be learning this term in each of the C2C units.  The culminating newsletter promotes the learning that has occurred throughout the term and has photos and samples of student work.