Ms Leah Fountaine – Principal
Ms Fountaine has been a leader with Education Queensland for more than fifteen years and has completed study of a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Education – Leadership and Management. Joining Sunnybank State High School in 2019, Ms Fountaine has embraced the culturally diverse community and is committed to ensuring that all students continue to aspire, grow and achieve during their time at Sunnybank State High School.
Mr David Becker – Deputy Principal
Ms Dee Venter – International Student and Homestay Coordinator
Ms Dee immigrated to Australia in 2000 and English is her second language. Like so many of our International Students' she had to learn and adapt to Australian culture. The main thing was to learn some of the Australian expressions e.g. “See you later!" After paying for items at a checkout point, this was very confusing as only passing through and would not be back the same day/week.
After working many years in the building industry as a structural engineer, changed career to teaching students at various institutions on the Gold Coast and then working as the International Student and Homestay Coordinator at Sunnybank State High School.
Meeting students from all over the world is an enriching and rewarding experience. Ms Dee looks forward to all the new students arriving in Australia, starting their Australian adventure, helping students settle with their new homestay families and meeting students at school when they arrive.
Mrs Ramona Moodley – International Support Teacher
I arrived in Australia in 1999. The first city I visited was Sydney, but I decided to make the beautiful river city, Brisbane my home.
I had spent many years teaching in South Africa and merely had to transfer my skills and knowledge here. I enjoy teaching and meeting students and making a difference in their lives. Here at Sunnybank State High our greatest advantage is that we have a very large multi-cultural community. Our International Students add to the vibrancy and diversity of our school. It is always interesting chatting to the students and learning about their cultural backgrounds and experiences. Working with International Students has enabled me to gain new cultural perspectives and empathy. It has provided me with new opportunities from celebrating different cultural holidays to sampling new cuisines.
I enjoy working with all our International Students and look forward to meeting our new students.
Mrs Linda McDonald – Guidance Officer
Mrs McDonald has been a Science teacher for 10 years and a Guidance Officer for 23 years with a Bachelor degree in Science and Masters in Counselling. Coming to Sunnybank SHS five years ago was a long-term goal for Mrs McDonald so she could work with students form diverse backgrounds, helping them to manage the challenges of high school with success and wellbeing.