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Student services and support programs

Guidance Officer 

Wendy Snigg is Shailer Park State High School’s Guidance Officer who provides a guidance and counselling service for students and their parents/guardians. 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 Care Team, Administration and Teaching staff for the benefit of the student. 

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  
  • 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 
  • Personal counselling for students and parents/guardians
  • Help students successfully resolve personal concerns which may adversely affect progress at school and home 
  • Enhance students resilience and coping skills with 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) on Student Protection issues.

How to make an appointment 

Students and parents/guardians can make an appointment in person through the reception desk in the front office or by calling (07) 3451 2777. The guidance officer can also be contacted via email at

Youth Support Co-ordinator

Our Youth Support Coordinator at Shailer Park State High School is Marley Butler who has been with us since 2015. Marley provides individual support, case management and, where appropriate, group support to students to maximise their engagement with education and training.
Support includes:
  • Student referrals to appropriate agencies and support services that will assist students to overcome barriers to education and training.
  • Identifying and providing appropriate assistance to students experiencing difficulties at school and at home which may put them at risk of leaving school prematurely.
  • Developing and implementing programs to support social and emotional wellbeing as required e.g. addressing social skills, assertiveness or self-esteem.
She can be contacted at