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Killara High School
Killara crest.png

Motto Latin: Conserva Progredere
("The preservation of the best of the past and continued development into the future")
Established 1970
Type Public, Co-Ed
Principal Dr.Mark Carter
Teaching staff Approximately 110
Students Approximately 1500
Grades 7–12
Location Koola Avenue, East Killara,
NSW, Australia Australia
Coordinates 33°45′23″S 151°10′26″E / 33.75639°S 151.17389°E / -33.75639; 151.17389Coordinates: 33°45′23″S 151°10′26″E / 33.75639°S 151.17389°E / -33.75639; 151.17389
Campus Ku-ring-gai, Sydney
Colours Green and yellow          
Website KHS website

Killara High School is a coeducational public secondary school located on Koola Avenue in East Killara, Sydney. Established in 1970 Killara High School is one of the best performing comprehensive non-selective public schools in the state since the year 2003.[1] The academic success of the school in the Higher School Certificate (HSC)[2] and its reputation are evident in extracurricular activities such as music, art, dance, sport, debating and strong participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program makes the school highly desirable for middle to upper class parents who wish to have their children educated in a public school. Enrolment rose 21% from 2002 to a population of 1505 students in 2009. Currently, accepted catchment areas include Roseville, West Lindfield, Lindfield, East Lindfield, West Killara, Killara, East Killara, West Gordon, East Gordon and St Ives.



Killara High started to be built in 1968 and was completed in 1970. The school facilitated the growing demands of the community in the newly created East Killara.[3] Most of the students that went to Killara were the eldest in their family as those who had older siblings went to their school, rather than the newly built Killara.[4]

In the 1980s Killara High purchased a house occupying a corner of the school area which later became the language centre, and is now commonly referred to as "The House".

The crest and motto

The name: "Killara, an Aboriginal word meaning permanent"

The castle: A permanent place, shelter and reassurance, a means of maintaining that which is worthy of preservation, a storehouse of knowledge

The key: It is a symbol of progression, which opens doors of learning. It is also an emblem of growth and development into adulthood

The Escutcheon: Provide protection against the unskill, a pivoted keyhole cover

The Motto: Conserva Progredere, symbolises preservation of the best of the past and continued development into the future


Dr. Mark Carter, a local boy and former student of the school,[5] won the principal of the year award in 2005.[6]


  • Killara High remains the best performing public comprehensive, and the only such school in the Herald top 50[7]


Killara High School is set on three hectares of prime bushland, half the area allocated to a typical high school in the region. The school comprises four blocks, each containing around 20 classrooms each, similar to those found at other public North Shore high schools. The school also has a library named 'The Lion Library','The Kerrabee Centre' which is made up of a large hall capable of seating more than 1000 and a connecting 250 seat performance theatre with state of the art sound and lighting, a small oval named Jubilee Oval, four tennis courts, a large quadrangle and a residential building used as school offices and with classrooms for the LOTE (language other than English) classes.

Recent capital works at the school for the last 4–5 years has seen a new fence, and five COLAs (covered outdoor learning areas) built around the school. With enrolment rising at the school,[5] the amount of portable classrooms has increased from four to the current 17. This has led to many complaining that the government isn't spending enough money on the school and that the school may resort to having to erect tents as classrooms.[8][9] There have been vandalism incidents at the school, the worst being an arson attack on the theatre leaving it unusable for six months and costing 1.5 million to repair.[10] More recent capital works have included installing security fencing around the school, similar to those found at other public schools in Sydney, new landscaping to fit with the new fence and handrails installed in stairs.

However, growth in enrolment and the predicted future growth of population in the region will continue to place serious pressure on the school facilities and further capital works may be needed.[5]




Students at Killara High School produce outstanding results in the Higher School Certificate and Killara is consistently ranked as one of the highest performing NSW high schools in this credential.[2]

Killara HSC students 2008 achieved 214 Band 6 results which translates into 30% of the group obtaining a UAI of 90 or above compared with 16% of the state and nearly 50% receiving a UAI of over 80 compared with 32% of the state. These statistics mirror those from over the past few years making consistency of academic excellence one of the hallmarks of this great school.

Killara High was the best performing public comprehensive top non-selective government school in the state for years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 by HSC performance.[11]


Teaching at Killara High School is divided amongst 11 departments, each teaching a variety of related Board of Studies endorsed subjects. The departments are:[12]

  • English studies (English including ESL and Drama)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Languages (LOTE) including Chinese, French, German, Hebrew and Japanese
  • Social Sciences including Commerce, Aboriginal Studies and Geography
  • History
  • Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) including Music and Visual Arts
  • Industrial Arts (Design and Technology)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Computing Studies & IT
  • Careers

Extracurricular activities


Students in years 7 and 8 at Killara High participate in an integrated sport program coordinated and taught by PD.H.PE staff, and compete in a number of Sport Gala Days with other schools.

Senior Students from years 9 to 11 also participate in sport throughout the year. These years participate in the Ku-ring-gai Zone Secondary School Sports against other schools this is known as Grade or students may choose a recreation sport. These events are held on Thursday afternoons [13][14]

The School also holds various carnivals during the year this includes:

  • Swimming Carnival
  • Athletics Carnival
  • Crosscountry Carnival [13]

Students may also compete in the Combined high schools (CHS) competition in various sports throughout the year [15]

Specialist welfare programs and camps

  • Year 7 - Year 7 Orientation Camp with Year 11 Peer Support Leaders running the program "DOB" (Don't Obey Bullies) Program
  • Year 8 - Resolution the Solution A whole day program focusing on strategies for managing conflict
  • Year 9 - Year 9 Camp at Stanwell Tops (the 2009 camp was however held at Toukley): running the program, Talking Tolerance,focusing on acceptance of difference,generalizing and stereotyping
  • Year 10 - It's Your Life and It's Your Training, This includes goal setting, motivation, skills development, personal defense, communication, student leadership training and peer support training.
  • Year 11 - Jindabyne Camp: running the Crossroads program that focuses on personal challenges, teamwork and support: personal development, independence as well as discussions of issues related to drug and alcohol use.[16]

According to Ann Dixon a teacher at the school said in the Sydney Morning Herald Article (June 15, 2002) "At Killara High School, we noticed that with the advent of the New HSC, our senior students were exhibiting signs of stress. The welfare team and the staff, as a whole, sought ways to help them."

Student leadership

Killara High School offers many opportunities for students to engage in leadership within the school. There are currently 6 Leadership groups in the school with over 115 students engaged in improving the school and providing opportunities for the students. These include:

  • The Arts Council - Students selected by the Arts department to promote the Arts within the school.
  • The Sports Council - Students selected by the Sport department to promote sporting activities within the school a
  • The Student Representative Council (SRC) - Are a peer elected group of students from all years whom liaise with teachers and the principal, to represent their year group and help their school through such activities as Mufti Days and Barbecues.
  • The Social Justice Committee (SJC) - Student body with representatives from all years elected to be the "conscience" of the school. They engage in awareness campaigns and charity fundraising. Recently, the committee has been involved in the Global Awareness Campaign, AIDS day (selling ribbons) and putting recycling bins in every classroom. In 2009, they hope to raise awareness about Fair Trade and to support a school in Tanzania called St. Judes.[17]
  • Prefects - Are a peer elected group of Year 11s whom liaise with teachers and the principal as well as being involved in the Red Cross Appeal and The Westmead Children's Hospital Teddy Bear's Picnic.
  • Student Leaders Council - Made up of two representatives from each of the groups and the School Captains who chair the meetings. Its' role is to organize the groups and provide a body for inter-council activities.

Student exchange

Many Killara High School Students in various Years participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange Australia sending them to many parts of the world [18]

Enrichment and other

  • Annual Yearbook Production named "The Greenyears" magazine. This magazine is designed mainly by a group of students under the supervision of a teacher
  • Chess Club
  • Debating
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • Inter-School Christian Fellowship (ISCF)
  • Public Speaking
  • Law Society Mock Trial
  • Model United Nations Australia (MUNA)
  • T.A.G Talk About God Christian talk group.

Parents and Citizens Association

Killara High School has an active Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) that contributes to the life of the school and the opportunities that are offered to students. Meetings are scheduled for the third or fourth Wednesday of every month except where this clashes with vacations or school activities.

Performing arts enrichment program


Killara High School’s various dance groups have performed at the Sydney North Dance Festival, State Dance Festival, Schools Spectacular, MacDonald Performing Arts Challenge,Rock Eisteddfod and at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Pacific School Games and Olympic Games.

  • Dance Groups
    • Intermediate Dance Group
    • Junior A Dance Group
    • Junior B Dance Group


  • Concert Bands
    • Concert Bands One,Two,Three and Four
  • Stage Band
    • Stage Bands One, Two and Three
  • String Ensemble
  • Orchestra
  • Senior Rock Band
  • Drum Corps
  • Choir
    • Extension Choir for Choir members wishing to extend themselves

School traditions

There are four houses at Killara High School these houses are named after Aboriginal words since the area in which the school sits in Ku-ring-gai is steeped in Aboriginal tradition these include:

  • Kimba (Fire): Red House
  • Caringa (Light): Yellow House
  • Mundara (Thunder): Green House
  • Doongara (Lightning): Blue House

There is also a honours system at Killara High School where students collect honour points from participating in extracurricular activities and completing excellent work in class.

The more points you earn the higher in the system you go, this is how the system works:

  • Letter Of Merit
  • Inscription into Honour Book
  • Honour badge
  • Honour Pennant can be attained from getting at least 4 Honour Badges
  • The Highest is a Honour blue which can be attained from gaining Honour Badges for all your years at Killara High School. (6 years)

An annual sports award ceremony and an annual award ceremony is held ever year to acknowlage the sporting and academic achievements of the students at the school.


Enrolment at Killara High School has, since 2002 increased 21 percent making it one of the three largest government schools in the State. Local enrolment in year 7 now comprises 87 per cent of the cohort—up from 58 per cent in 2003—in an area with a number of excellent selective and private schools.[5]

The school has an enrolment policy which involves an area inclusive zone. Suburbs in the inclusive zone include Killara, East Killara, West Killara, Lindfield, West Lindfield, East Lindfield, Gordon, West Gordon, East Gordon, Part St Ives and Part Roseville, a detailed map of the local enrolment area and street names can be found on the school website.

Parents are also entitled to apply for enrolment of their children at Killara High School if they reside outside the designated local enrolment area but due to the high enrolment numbers, non local enrolment is difficult as the school is currently at full capacity.[19]

Notable alumni


Entertainment and the arts

See also


  1. ^ "Killara High School". New South Wales Schools. November 8, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2009.  
  2. ^ a b "Great expectations and HSC high achievers (Editorial)". The Sydney Morning Herald. December 22, 2006. Retrieved February 28, 2009.  
  3. ^ The Green Years" (1970-73 ed.). Killara High.  
  4. ^ "Interview with Dr. Carter" Year 11 Society and Culture lesson
  5. ^ a b c d O'Dea, Jonathan; Paluzzano, Karyn (October 21, 2008). "Killara High School". Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  6. ^ "Northern Sydney Regional Council of Parents and Citizens Associations Photos". P&C Northern Sydney Region Narrabeen Lakes Public School Photographs. November 1, 2006. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  7. ^ Doherty, Linda; Norrie, Justin; Burke, Kelly (December 17, 2005). "State school blitz of top HSC spots". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  8. ^ Adamski, Katrina (December 4, 2008). "Department says talks ‘ongoing’". North Shore Times. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  9. ^ Adamski, Katrina (December 4, 2008). "Students talk of Tent City High". North Shore Times. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  10. ^ O'Dea, Jonathan (November 27, 2008). "Kara Yong, Killara High School, Davidson Electorate Work Experience". Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  11. ^ "HSC Results 2007". Killara High School. February 6, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  12. ^ "Curriculum Summary". Killara High School. February 6, 2006. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  13. ^ a b "Killara High School PD/H/PE -Website". September 2, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  14. ^ "Ku-ring-gai Zone Secondary School Sports Association". February 27, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  15. ^ "New South Wales Combined High Schools Sports Association". New South Wales Combined High Schools Sports Association. February 2, 2002. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  16. ^ 2009 Killara High School Diary
  17. ^ "KHS Social Justice Committee". September 9, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  18. ^ "Rotary Youth Exchange Australia". April 11, 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  19. ^ "Enrolments". Killara High School. May 4, 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  20. ^ "NSW Rhodes Scholars 1904 - 2009". University of Sydney. February 2, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2009.  
  21. ^ "Famous alumni on Latham's hit list". March 30, 2005.  
  22. ^ Khoo, Valerie (July 1, 2009). "Playing with words". Retrieved February 2, 2009.  

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