Student services and support programs


Guidance Officers

Linda McDonald

Available - Monday, Thursday, and Friday
Years 9, 10 and 11

Nic Taschke

Available - Monday to Thursday

Years7, 8 and 12​

Our Guidance Officers Linda and Nic 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.

Please also find below links to external agencies which are there to support our community:

Lifeline text: when life gets too much and you find it hard to talk, text 0477 13 11 44. Lifeline text is available 6pm - midnight (AEST), 7 days a week.
Parentline: 1300 301 300. We're listening. 8am-10pm, 7 days a week
DV Connect: 24 hours domestic violence phoneline 1800 811 811


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.

Chappy Ben has put together a list of shops and agencies to assist our Sunnybank SHS families in times of need.
He can be reached in his office in block 2. 

School-based Police Officer

Senior Constable Jarrett Usher
NOT Available Term 1 2022

The School Based Policing Program is a joint initiative between the Queensland Police Service and Department of Education, which aims to establish a positive relationship between Police and the secondary school community to contribute to a safe and supportive learning environment.

School-Based Police Officers support students at risk of offending while encouraging school communities to adopt approaches that aid in crime prevention and proactive policing. This helps high schools and the community by:

•             addressing identified needs within the school community

•             helping teachers develop and present curriculum material to meet Police and school community needs

•             undertaking initial response and investigation of offences within the perimeters of the school

Acting Senior Constable Usher can be contacted by phoning (07) 3323 8131 or mobile 0427 644 702, or by email

School-based Youth Health Nurse

Ms Erica Carne
Available - Alternate Wednesdays, Thursday, and Friday

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.

Youth Support Coordinator

Tori Will

Available - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

​Our Youth Support Coordinator Tori is a qualified Youth Worker who provides holistic support to students. This includes emotional and wellbeing support, assistance with transitioning into external educational pathways, links to support providers, LGBTQI+ support, grief and loss programs, and more.​

Indigenous Coordinator

Ms Rose Page
Available - Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Our Indigenous Coordinator Aunty Rose helps to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to get the most out of their schooling. She coordinates external agencies and promotes Indigenous culture at Sunnybank State High School.

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.

Last reviewed 23 February 2022
Last updated 23 February 2022