Upon enrolment all students are allocated to a sporting house for the school interhouse competitions in swimming, cross country and track and field.
Students who are successful in these competitions progress to represent the school at the district, regional, state and national levels.
Interschool sport, is conducted on Wednesday afternoons and is arranged around a summer and winter season. Sunnybank State High School competes in the Karawatha sports district.
The school sports houses are
Arinya - Kangaroos
Balcara – Bears
Coolaroo – Tigers
Doolamai – Dragons
A range of sports are offered for interschool competition which is held on Wednesday afternoon. Sunnybank State High School competes with other schools in the Karawatha district including, Browns Plains State High School, Macgregor State High School, Park Ridge State High School, Runcorn State High School and Calamvale and Stretton Colleges. Gala cluster days are held for rugby union and rugby league.
When interschool sport teams are full a range of other recreational activities are offered both at school and offsite in the community.