Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of academic, cultural, sporting and community focused activities.
Students from all year levels are encouraged to participate in the wide variety of sports offered by the school. Opportunities are provided to participate in trials for selection at district (Karawatha) and regional (Metropolitan West) representative levels. The school has a large number of regional, state and national representatives.
Sunnybank State High School provides students with opportunities to participate in inter-school competitions within the Karawatha Sports District. This includes Touch Football, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball and Cricket.
There are also a number of opportunities for students to participate in team sports in other competitions outside of school hours.
Inter-house sporting events include the school swimming carnival, track and field carnival and cross country where healthy inter-house competition is enthusiastically contested.
Music and choir
An instrumental music program is offered in percussion, woodwind and brass with students performing in a range of contexts including school events and ANZAC Day ceremonies. A choir provides students with the opportunity to develop their choral work and small groups perform at school events throughout the year. Other arts based activities are undertaken by all year 11 students and facilitated by an interagency community team with links to Brisbane City Council, PCYC and Griffith University.
Students are encouraged to perform during Multicultural week when their first culture is recognised and celebrated. This is a time when the rich diversity of our school is celebrated.
Student leaders are elected from each year group to represent their cohort and oversee the operation of the student council in the school. This group promotes student lead initiatives to develop and strengthen school and community spirit. Additional activities include, but are not limited to, programs identified by student groups such as World Vision 40 Hour Famine, Daffodil Day, Refugee Day, Community Connect, Multicultural week
Reading, short story writing, poetry writing groups
Small groups meet regularly to discuss their favourite books and others focus on short story writing workshops. Poetry groups also meet throughout the year and they have produced an anthology of student work.
Students are encouraged to participate in public speaking competitions that are conducted by local service clubs.
Other extra curricular activities are offered and include chemistry and mathematics competitions, the debating club and cultural programs.