School Counsellor

At St Mark’s College we believe that feeling safe and supported is the right of everyone in our school community.

As they grow, children face a range of issues, at school, within friendship groups or at home. As a College, we want to support our students through life's challenges, equipping them with positive ways to cope.

Our students at both our Primary and Secondary campuses are supported by an onsite School Counsellors, Ellen Bunfield & Susan Read, who provide a friendly, private and confidential service to assist with a range of school and personal issues. Ellen is the Bosco Campus school counsellor, she is an experienced counsellor who studied a Bachelor of Social Work at University of South Australia. Susan is the Benedict school counsellor. She has been a qualified social worker since 2004 and has a daughter who attends St Marks as a reception.

Students and their families can make an appointment during and outside of school hours, depending on availability.

This free service is accessible to all students, families with concerns about their child can also contact the School Counsellor for support. Information revealed to School Counsellors remains confidential, and will not be repeated to teachers, parents or anyone without permission (unless there is risk of harm or danger). If you do not wish for your child/ren to receive school counselling services, please notify the Principal in writing.

The School Counselling program assists students with issues such as:

  • Family and Friends
  • Mental Health, self-esteem and body image
  • Stress and time management
  • School
  • Anger and conflict
  • Bullying
  • Grief and loss
  • Alcohol and drug related
  • Relationships
  • Communication

To access the school counselling service contact:
Bosco Campus (7-12)- Ellen Bunfield
Availability: Monday - Wednesday, 9:00am – 3:30pm

Benedict Campus (R-6)- Susan Read
Availability: Thursday and Friday, 8:30am – 3:30pm


Useful tips for parents: 

For great tips on supporting your child through both Primary and Secondary schooling visit the Student Wellbeing Hub.