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Student services and support programs

Guidance Counsellors

Ms Linda McDonald
Available - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Ms Cath Sanders
Available - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Our guidance counsellors Cath and Linda are  fully qualified counsellors who provide confidential counselling on vocational, educational and personal issues.

Guidance counsellors help empower students to meet the challenges they face, as well as
help them cope with complex decision making that comes with adolescence.  This service is provided to all students and their parents or carers on an individual or family basis. 

Throughout the year the guidance counsellors help students with career decisions, subject selections and with the applications for universities and TAFE colleges through the QTAC application process.

Chaplain:Ben Archbold 

Available - 5 days a week


The chaplaincy service provides physical, emotional, social and spiritual support to the students and families of Sunnybank State High School.  The service is available as a safe environment for students to "get things off their chest".  The service is available for all students, regardless of background or beliefs.

The service also offers a number of programs and events to enhance students' lives, develop lives, develop skills, or expand students' views of the world and help others.

The chaplain can be reached in his office in block 2.

School-based Police Officer:


Senior Constable Shane Stanley

Available - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

The school-based police office is responsible for a range of services including delivering lectures and providing information on law, police duties and other related topics which support the school curriculum.
He conducts the initial investigation and recording of offences which are reported to the officer with the school cluster.
He is able to provide advice, where appropriate, to members of the school community in relation to traffic matters, property and personal safety.
He establishes and maintains open communications with relevant youth welfare agencies and provides referrals to other agencies where appropriate.
Senior Constable Shane Stanley can be contacted by phoning (07) 3323 8153, mobile 0427 644 702, email: or by attending his office in block 9. 

School-based Youth Health Nurse: Ms Erica Carne


 Available - Monday, Thursday and alternate Wednesday

The school-based youth health nurse works with the students, staff and parents to address concerns or issues which may affect the health and wellbeing of young people.  The aim of this program is to create a supportive, healthy school and connect people to other support services available.
Some issues addressed are:
 Health concerns
  • Relationships
  • Sexual health
  • Health & nutrition

See Erica Carne in her office in the administration building.


Community Liaison Officer: John Deng


Available - Monday and Thursday

The Community Liaison Officer provides cultural and social support to African  Students through African  students meetings and forums. He also provides assistance to students and their families/care givers in their transition from school to further education and/or employment. He supports refugee students in settling in to the school environment in Australia, and identifies and provides appropriate assistance to students experiencing any issues at school or at home which may put them at risk.
John also helps with:
· Home visits with students and their families to provide strategies for a more positive educational experience 
· Case management, offering cultural competent advice, and 
 · Contributing to a positive, caring and supportive school image in the community.   
He can be contacted on 3323 8131 or through the office on 3323 8111.



If you would like to make an appointment with any of our support team please contact us.​​