Guidance Officer


​​​​​​​​​​​​​Benowa State High School provides a full-time guidance and counselling service for students and their parents/guardians and teachers. The service enables students to successfully balance an increasingly broad and challenging range of educational and developmental issues that challenge them in their progress through high school.

These issues can include career goals, parent-adolescent relationships, grief and loss, peer relationships as well as mental health concerns. Within the school the guidance officer works with other members of the student support team, administration and teaching staff for the benefit of the student. The guidance officer can provide a service to individuals and groups as required.

Benowa State High School has the services of two guidance officers. 

  • Mr David Ramsay (Monday - Friday)  
  • Ms Jane Mitchell-Watson (Monday - Friday)

Our guidance officers are highly qualified and experienced professionals with post graduate qualifications in one or more disciplines (Psychology, education, guidance, counselling, etc.).

Educational counselling/information

  • Assist students to select subjects and courses appropriate to their interests
  • Help in developing successful and effective study skills
  • Help students and parents/guardians to interpret school assessment and provide information on tertiary entry (OP scores/QCS test, tertiary rank selection) and the QCE

Personal counselling for students and parents/guardians

  • Help students successfully resolve personal concerns which may adversely affect progress at school and home .
  • Enhance students coping skills with worrying or stressful situations during their adolescent years.
  • Enhance parents coping skills.
  • Where necessary act as a liaison/referral person to community agencies and/or specialist organisations (Department of Children’s Services).

Career counselling

  • Help students obtain accurate, up-to-date information on careers, courses, school-based traineeships and apprenticeships, TAFE courses and private training organisations.
  • Tertiary pathways – Universities and or private colleges.

How to make an appointment

Students and parents/guardians can make an appointment in person through the reception desk in the student support services centre or by calling (07) 5582 7313.

Peer support program

Benowa High iCARE for students by students logoNeed a friend to talk to when things are tough?

  • Feeling lonely?
  • New student to the school?
  • Adjusting to school life?
  • Friendship problems?
  • Struggling with classes?
  • Nothing to do during lunch break?

The Peer Support Team can help.

Peer Support Leader Program

  • A Buddy Program - one to one for students needing support in high school
  • Adopt a 'Care Class' program

  • Peed Leader Tutoring program in all subject areas
  • Peer Leader Lunch Time - Student Activities Program

Peer Support Leaders

A program by students for students

Benowa iCARE Peer Support Program provides our school community with an evidence based peer led approach, to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of our young people.

It empowers young people to support each other and contribute positively to society.

Student Testimonials

"I have learned leadership within a group; confidence for myself' skills to hep others and take part in the community; I have learned to be happy about what I am and what I have right now I have right now."

"I joined the iCARE Peer Support program to be able to give back to the BSHS community; I enjoy helping people and wanted to change someone's day for the better; I have already gained skills and developed myself.

view the Peer support leader brochure (PDF, 344KB)

Last reviewed 28 September 2022
Last updated 28 September 2022