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​Guidance officer

Welcome to the guidance and counselling page. My name is Mary Williams and I have lived and worked on Tamborine Mountain since 1992. I hope that this page will be a useful point of contact for parents and students who are looking for some additional support.

My email address is if you would like to contact me.

Firstly – What does a guidance officer do?

The job of a guidance officer (sometimes called school counsellor also) is varied. Guidance officers work closely with students and their families and teachers. They do this in order to provide a wide range of support to students.

A guidance officer's responsibilities include:

  • working directly with students and teachers, support personnel, family and other specialists/professionals
  • providing guidance and counselling services to students and their families
  • performing case management and referral services to optimise students' access and engagement in education
  • preparing and implementing professional and personal skill development programs for administrators, teachers and parents
  • working collaboratively with other school-based support personnel to assess and address the needs of students
  • planning or assisting in planning support programs that can help students achieve positive outcomes
  • identifying factors that can be barriers to the learning and development of students
  • supporting the personal and social development of students
    providing advice about education and career pathways.

Sounds pretty formal, but really the role of the guidance officer is to support students, parents and school staff in a range of different ways.

Some big projects that occur at Tamborine Mountain State School

Social skills and resiliency lessons in class - Each year, every class undertakes a series of lessons (ranging from 10 to 25) that teach resiliency skills:- more specifically skills of problem solving, empathy training, impulse control, optimistic thinking and social skills and friendship skills.

eSmart and cyber safety lessons - Each year, every class undertakes a series of lessons (ranging from 3 to 6) that teach cyber safety skills:- more specifically skills of password protection, keeping personal information private and appropriate use of social networking sites.

Resiliency week – one week each year where there are specific learning activities and performances with a specific focus on teaching resiliency and reminding students of the Anti-bullying campaign. This is usually in term 1.

NAIDOC week – one week each year that is specifically focussed on learning activities and performances to highlight Aboriginal and Islander culture. This week is usually a culmination of activities and lessons that occur throughout the whole year. This year, the choir sang the Australian National Anthem in Yugambeh language. The school usually celebrates NAIDOC week in term 2.

Playground supporters and reflective thinking room monitors - year 5 and 6 students are trained to be supporters in the playground, helping students with small problems and play skills, and monitors in the eflective thinking room, where they encourage students to develop problem solving skills.

Hots in the hub (higher order thinking skills) - A nominated group of students meet weekly to develop their higher order thinking skills. They nominate a theme and create a project around their theme and the thinking skills.