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Student services and support programs

Guidance officer (GO)

The guidance officer works with the administration team as a team member to respond to special needs in the school. Parents, students and teachers can initiate referrals to the guidance officer via the student services team.

The guidance officer will work with persons to:

  • Identify concerns.
  •  Discover ways to solve the problem.
  • Determine responsibilities.
  • Monitor change.
  • Develop a picture of how things may change when the problem is solved.

Concerns raised are usually of a behavioural and/or learning nature. Ways to solve issues cover collaborative consultation, problem-solving, counselling and contracting, teaching, referral to out-of-school agencies and assessment.

Learning support

There are two learning support teachers based at Sunnybank Hills State School. These teachers support class teachers in the provision of programs to assist students who may experience difficulties in learning particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy.

Speech language pathologist

A speech language pathologist provides speech language assessments and developing programs for children experiencing difficulties in speech language development.

English as a second language (ESL) students

An ESL learner describes students who are learning English as a second language. Our rationale at Sunnybank Hills State School is that all children should be provided with the best opportunity. The ESL program assists to recognise, identify and meet the language and learning needs of ESL students.

The program fosters self-esteem and helps students develop English literacy and language proficiency. We have 2 specialist teachers and 4 teacher aides (2 of who are bilingual -Cantonese, Korean and Mandarin) are currently employed at Sunnybank Hills State School to support the ESL program. Specialist staff work with students who have recently arrived from overseas as well as more advanced ESL students to cope with the demands of the mainstream curriculum. Bilingual support and home liaison is also available to many ESL students.

For further information please contact Ms Robertson or the ESL staff.