Guidance Officer



Our Guidance Officers, Mr Deryck Anderson and Ms Chloe Tarr, are fully qualified teachers with post-graduate degrees in education and counselling. Guidance Officers work with teachers, parents and community members, external agencies and other stakeholders to support the mental, social and emotional health of students and maximise educational outcomes. This occurs through the use of evidence-based practices in case management, as well as, educational, vocational and personal counselling. Our Guidance Officers works within a multi-disciplinary team and contribute to Albany Creek State High School’s comprehensive student support and wellbeing framework, that is responsive to the needs of the school community.

Guidance Officers provide confidential services, in accordance with education policy and legislative requirements, supportive counselling and referrals to external services as appropriate. Psychoeducational assessments and career development also form an important part of the work Guidance Officers undertake to enhance positive educational outcomes and career pathways for all students. They provide leadership in responding to some of the most complex and challenging of circumstances including student protection matters, critical incidents, mental health issues, and suicide prevention and postvention support.

The guidance and counselling rooms are at the far end of the administration block.  The guidance room has resources to help you with career planning and personal issues. You can either drop in during a break or see the Guidance Officer for an appointment time. You may also email to make an appointment at Guidance Officer or phone (07) 3325 6333. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing @ ACSHS

At Albany Creek State High School we value each student and recognise that each individual student at any given time may have varying mental health issues and levels of resilience. Albany Creek SHS conforms to Education Queensland policies and Best Practice.

The learning and wellbeing framework for all Queensland State Schools.

To find out more information regarding support and available resources see the Student Well-being Hub (PDF, 375 KB) , Parent Well-being Hub (PDF, 369 KB) and Online Safety Hub (PDF, 188 KB).

Wellbeing – connected to learning

Our young people are growing up in a world driven by new technologies and economic globalisation. Their future means they need a new set of cognitive, social and emotional skills for success.

Healthy, confident and resilient young people who can successfully navigate a more complex world are vital for Queensland's future.

We know that a supportive environment that combines a focus on wellbeing with a focus on learning is optimal — without one, the other will not happen. Responding to individual and group differences, promoting collaborative learning, connecting to the hearts and minds of every student, and teaching students how to manage their wellbeing, are just some of the ways our teachers are making sure students thrive. Our school continues to provide inclusive environments that nurture the wellbeing of all students so they become resilient lifelong learners who respond positively to their changing world and pursue their passions with confidence.

Last reviewed 07 September 2023
Last updated 07 September 2023