• Student Services Team
  • School Nurse
  • Chaplain
  • Charlie - Therapy Dog
  • School Psychologist

Student Services Team

The Student Services Team provides ongoing support and advice to assist students achieve personal excellence within a safe learning environment.

Students are encouraged to speak directly to their teacher when there are issues within a classroom.

Students can self-refer to Student Services at any time for advice or assistance with personal issues, learning difficulties, stress management or bullying.

The team consists of: School Psychologist, Chaplain, Student Support Workers, Nurse, Education Assistants, Clerical Staff and Program Coordinators responsible for each cohort.

What happens when support is needed?
  • Students are encouraged to reflect on how they dealt with situations of conflict or anxiety and strategies are provided to improve their personal resiliency.
  • Issues between individuals are resolved by using Restorative Practice principles.
  • On most occasions a resolution meeting will be held between those involved.
  • Strategies are provided to encourage students to respond in positive ways.
  • Ask for help!
  • The "Stop, walk, talk" strategy is explicitly taught to all students, to encourage resolution of issues in an appropriate way.

STOP – "Please stop, please leave me alone, please go away"

WALK – Walk away from the situation if problems continue

TALK – Tell a teacher and ask for help if problems continue

Parents can support their child by ensuring appropriate use of social media outside of school and support of the School's strategies that encourages appropriate resolution of issues.

Contact Details: Student Services: 97812531

School Health Nurse


Penny Thornton is the School Nurse at Bunbury Senior High School and is available 4 days a week.
Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Friday.

School Health Services are an easy access point to health care for students. The Nurse may carry out health assessments and provide information, advice, referrals and support for students. The support encourages development of knowledge, skills and behaviour, and encourages the young person to deal with their health issues and make healthy lifestyle choices.

Individual students can seek information guidance and support about a range of issues that may include: coping with illness, culture or racism issues, feeling anxious, stressed or unhappy, healthy eating and nutrition, healthy weight and body image, mental health and wellbeing, loss and grief, problems at homes, relationships, sexual health, smoking, alcohol and drug use together with other adolescent health concerns.

The Nurse facilitates the first aid process within the school, carries out psycho-social assessments on students as required, runs various groups, provides open clinics at recess and lunchtime, supports parents and families through various medical issues to enable students to be safe at school and at home, assists in emergencies and provides short term interventions, referrals as identified and counselling around sexual health, drugs and alcohol, mental health and other identified health issues. Our Nurse also conducts education sessions in the classroom around health issues and runs various groups.

School Chaplain


Deon Throne is the Chaplain at Bunbury Senior High School and is available Monday - Friday.
Deon is employed by YouthCARE, whose three core values of respect, compassion and service, shape the actions and impact students and the wellbeing of WA school communities.

The School Chaplain works with the student services team to meet the school's educational objectives and support the students in the challenges that they face throughout their high school years.

The Chaplain is available to provide positive support, life skills and leadership to the students and their families as well as the staff at Bunbury Senior High School. The aim is to create and support a positive school culture through pastoral care and involvement in school initiatives.

Charlie - Therapy Dog


A key member of the Student Services Team is Charlie our school therapy dog who interacts with staff and students on a regular basis. Charlie's role is to provide emotional support to reduce stress and anxiety, encourage students to build a connection with the school and help develop a sense of responsibility in caring for an animal.

This initiative is the first of its kind, as Charlie originally undertook two years of training at Guide Dogs WA to become a working Guide Dog.

Guide Dog WA's comprehensive assessment process identified that Charlie's skills best suited the role of an Animal-Assisted Therapy Dog.

Charlie is well adjusted to the school environment and ongoing training ensures Charlie continues to provide a positive impact on students and the wider school community.

Charlie has proven to be an incredible help with students' overall health and happiness.

School Psychologist

The School Psychologist at Bunbury Senior High School is Nina Mastrantonio. Students can make an appointment by visiting Student Services. Nina is available 3 days a week - Monday, Tuesday & Friday.

School Psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. School Psychologists apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behaviour, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviourally, and emotionally.

The School Psychologist helps Bunbury Senior High School staff meet the social, emotional, learning and behavioural needs of students. The School Psychologist works closely with the student support, administration, teachers, students and parents to help Bunbury Senior High School make improvements that are good for all students, particular groups of students or individual students.

More information about the School Psychology Service can be found here:
Department of Education School Psychology Services

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