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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)  
  • Mrs Snez Nastic-Kern (Monday - Thursday)

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.