Students » Counselling


Educational Counseling

  • Program planning 
  • Review of grad requirements and credits
  • Presentations to Grades 9, 10, and 12
  • Evaluation of out-of-province documents
  • Planning for post-secondary requirements.


Post-Secondary and Career Counseling

  • Calendars and web-site information for universities, colleges, and technical schools
  • Scholarship information/applications
  • Post-secondary and career planning
  • Information about post- secondary and career events in the community and province


Personal Counseling

  • Short-term support for personal issues
  • Referral to community agencies for long-term support
  • Sensitive listening and problem-solving


Personal problems may include:

  • Grief and loss
  • Self esteem
  • Substance abuse
  • Personal health and safety
  • Family and peer relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Stress and conflict
  • Depression and suicide

Addictions Counselling

An AHS addictions counsellor offers support and counselling at Sexsmith Secondary School on a weekly basis to students who . . . . .

  • struggle with addiction
  • want to prevent harmful involvement
  • want to know it they are at risk
  • live in families where there is or has been alcohol or drug abuse

Talk to a principal or counsellor if you wish to meet with the AHS addictions counsellor.

(First Nations, Metis and Inuit Liaison Worker

Cindy Wunsch, our First Nations, Metis and Inuit liason worker, is available multiple times per week. Her role is to:​

  • Meet with  students to help as​sess and support the academic and social needs of the students
  • Support  students in their efforts to obtain an education
  • Assist  students to develop pride in, and appreciation for, their  culture and heritage
  • Assist teachers and those working with  students to develop an understanding and respect forFNMI culture
  • Promote awareness in the school and communityserve as liaison between  students with the various agencies concerned with the education and welfare of  people
  • Increase the knowledge and understanding of  history in a true and accurate fashion

Sexsmith Schools Community Team

What is it?

The school-community team is a joint service of Sexsmith Secondary School and Robert W. Zahara Public School.  It is made up of agency representatives who meet in the school to work closely and confidentially with parents and students who are in need of additional support. 

The team consists of the following members:

Mental Health Worker 
AHS Health Nurse
 First Nations, Metis and Inuit Support Worker 

 AHS Addictions Counsellor  
FCSS Counsellor (County of Grande Prairie)
School Principal & Counsellor
As needed:  R.C.M.P. Officer 



Parent Involvement
Agency Interaction
Access to Community Services

What can the team offer?

Having difficulty at school or at home?
The team is willing to help! 

The team offers . . . . .        

a listening ear
cooperative brain-storming
strategy planning
referral information

. . . on a wide variety of topics.

What does the team address?

Child Abuse/Neglect                                           
Conflict and Anger
Depression and Suicide
Family Problems and Crises                                                                
Grief and Loss                                      
Health Concerns                                   
Learning Difficulties
Parenting Concerns                                              
Personality Conflict                                             
Sexual Abuse and Assault                                  
Smoking Cessation
Social Skills                                          
Special Needs
Substance Abuse
Any other issue affecting your family

How do I get help?               

Talk to the principal or counselor at your school.
The service is free, confidential, and effective.