The Decades

Killara High School across the decades


Killara High School students ‘boarded’ at Turramurra High School during 1968 and 1969 while our school was being built:

Students wore separate uniforms and were in separate classes.


In 1968, the KHS girls’ uniform was describes as follows:

“The design of our girls’ summer uniform is an A-line frock made of Gordon tartan material with a yellow tie-trim at the neck; and during the winter months the girls shall wear a Gordon tartan kilt and bone blouse. The jacket, jumper, tam-o-shanter and gloves are bottle green, accompanied by white socks and black shoes. The Gordon Tartan is an individual Scottish Tartan and gains its distinctiveness by the inclusion of a fine yellow line which is woven into the warp and weft at regular intervals.” [Written by the Publicity Officer, KHS Parents & Citizens Association, April 1968]

The official date for the changeover to winter uniform was Friday 26th April, 1968.

In 1968, the department store, Grace Bros., had donated a school flag for KHS. It had a green background with a gold edging and gold lettering, entitled, ‘Killara High School’. The P&C were hoping at that time, that very soon the flag would be flying with the Turramurra High School flag.

In 1968, The P&C Association meeting was held in June, in the Reading Room at Turramurra HS.

In 1968, the Ladies’ Auxiliary organised a Bessemer luncheon in May. [Bessemer is an Australian owned company that has been operating since the early 1960’s] Bessemer ware was displayed – ‘truly functional and lovely and well worth seeing’. The luncheon was held at the home of the President of the Ladies’ Auxiliary at Lindfield.

KHS site


In 1968, while KHS was being built in 1968 and KHS students were being boarded at Turramurra HS, the P&C Association sent letters to various businesses asking them if they would like to contribute a monthly newsletter. The newsletters were for families of KHS students at Turramurra HS. They were told that if there was sufficient number of advertisers to support the newsletter, a printing company would not charge for the P&C Association to print the issues. The cost for an advertiser was $1.00 per issues for a circulation of 300-400 (or less). There was plans for approximately ten issues per year. Advertisers were encouraged to contribute to the newsletters, as the school was made up of pupils living mainly in East Lindfield, Lindfield, West Lindfield, Killara and Gordon areas.

Some of the businesses corresponded to, were:

  • The Killara Nursery
  • A dispensing chemist
  • A ladies hairdresser
  • The shoe shop’
  • A cake shop
  • A butcher
  • A tennis school
  • Department Store – Grace Bros. Pty. Ltd, Chatswood








Clans united for a choice of colours [newspaper article]

[The North Shore Times. 27th March 1968]

“Scottish clans united recently when uniforms for the new Killara East High School were chosen. Clansmen forgot their differing traditions and decided the Gordon Tartan would be represented at the school.

Killara East High School is expected to open early next year. It’s first 100 pupils are ‘boarding’ at Turramurra High School this year. 

Their parents met recently to decide the school’s new uniform. They chose a summer uniform of Gordon Tartan material for the girls, a bottle green jacket and a ‘tam-o-shanter’.

Gordon tartan

Boys will wear a Gordon Tartan tie with white short and mid-grey trousers and bottle-green Bermuda blazer.

The Gordon Tartan was chosen because many of the new school’s pupils will come from the Gordon area. Clans represented at the meeting including the Campbells, Gordons and MacIntoshs. They all voted unanimously in favour of the Gordon colours.

Department of Public Works will begin the first stage of the new school within three months. The buildings will be constructed in an area of about eight acres in Koola Avenue East Killara, opposite the Rugby Union oval.

More than 100 first formers, who will comprise the school’s first pupils, are guests at Turramurra High School this year.


Students at Killara East will come from many primary schools in the area including Roseville, Lindfield, Killara, Gordon and Artarmon.

A meeting recently to discuss formation of the school was chaired by North Sydney directorate secondary inspector Mr C. T. Grout-Smith.

A committee to design the school uniforms was formed from this parent group… [small extract missing here]

Inaugural meetings of the Killara east provisional Parents and Citizens Association were held during February. Dr B. Patten was elected President of the Association, secretary is Mr R.A. Carter, and treasurer is Mr P. Erber. Women’s Auxiliary President is Mrs B. Goldring, secretary, Mrs J. Sacchs and treasurer Mrs Arblaster. The auxiliary’s committee of seven is planning a number of fund-raising functions this year.

Parents expect the school to open for the first term next year.”


[Below is the original typed transcript sent to The North Shore Times, 14th March 1968]

“1968 sees the inception of yet another new High School for the North Shore. Within the course of the next three to four months, the Department of Public Works on behalf of the Education Department plans to commence Stage I of this new High School, which will be built to modern standards and design, and will incorporate every facility which will permits it students to pursue their secondary education to the highest level.

These buildings will be erected amidst an area of approximately eight acres in Koola Avenue, East Killara – opposite the Rugby Union Oval – and scheduled for competition at the beginning of the 1969 school year.”


At the November 1969 P&C General Meeting of the KHS P&C Association in held at Turramurra HS, the Acting President,  advised that the Constitution of the Killara High School P&C Association had been forwarded to the Department of Education, and they were were waiting for a reply.

At the same P&C meeting in 1969, it was documented “a photo of the new school buildings would be sent to The North Shore Times with a report informing them of the progress of the building work.”

Also at the same P&C meeting in 1969, it was documented that the President of the KHS P&C and another P&C representative had met the architect on the site. They had discussed broadly the questions of landscaping the grounds. It was decided to defer the decision on the placing of large rock pieces held in reserve until all earth moving had been carried out. Also, a planting plan had been prepared by the Department and was available at the Builders offices at the school.”

Further to this, the Principal of Turramurra High School reported the following items:

  • Pupil reports were being prepared.
  • Speech Day would be generally as is for Turramurra HS, with prize-giving kept to a minimum. There would be only one Academic Prize, which would go to a student in the senior year. There would be also one Citizenship Trophy, which would go to any student. Both of these prizes would consist of book prizes to the value of about $10. There would be an award to the outstanding student in each form, in the form of a Certificate of Merit.
  • Similar Certificates would be awarded to the children who topped each subject in both forms. Pupils who did not gain first places in subjects, but who had shown great keenness would get special Certificates for Diligence in particular subjects.
  • Sports Prizes: the meeting approved the Principal’s proposal to award sports trophies on the same basis as those awarded to Turramurra pupils; also to the award of the embroidered ‘flashes’ for pupils representing their school at State level, to be worn on the pock of the school blazer.

Towards the end of 1969, a Canteen Committee was formed, and arrangements were made for the commencement of canteen operations at the beginning of the First Term, 1970.

In 1969, the sum of $1,999.00 was raised by the P&C Association, making the total assets for moving into the new school site, $2,389.00.

Killara High School in the 1970s:


In 1970, KHS students and teachers moved into the completed Stage 1 buildings of A and C Blocks, with B Block being under construction. There were 480 students in three forms.

At the KHS P&C Association’s meeting that was held on the new school site in February 1970, the Deputy Principal stated that KHS parents should be pleased to know that Killara High School had a larger percentage of experienced and senior staff than any new high school built since the last war.


Oh, Killara!”

The Killara High P&C Association, together with the Principal, have much pleasure in inviting the staff, all students of the school, their parents and families to join together at a barbecue to be held in the school grounds on Saturday, May 23rd, from 4.00 to 8.00 pm.

This occasion which has been arranged primarily for the pleasure of the children, will commence with a tree planting ceremony of some fourteen trees by representatives from every class in the school. The grounds will be flood-lit and there will be a pop group providing music for dancing, however, the Principal requests that every pupil be accompanied by a parent.

The canteen will be open for the purchase of tea, coffee, soft drinks, chips, paddle pops etc. at the usual prices, but please take note that these will be the only charges made.

Four barbecues manned by our experienced chefs will be at your disposal so all you have to do is come along, bring your own meat and a plate and have a thoroughly enjoyable time.”

[circa 1970– P&C document]


In 1970, KHS had a presentation ceremony for the new library. Ceremonial scissors were organised, official invitations sent out, a dais was set up, the gates were painted and the grounds attractively set out.

One of the organised features was the transport of palms from Lord Howe Island.  A Mr Ward gave KHS the palms, and a Captain Maundrell arranged for their transport from Lord Howe Island.

In 1970, the English/History Department was the first official department to be established at KHS, as is the custom of most new schools. The required number of periods had to be maintained for two years. Even though it was the largest department in the school, by 1971, KHS only had a combined total of one hundred and forty three periods. When the number reached three hundred, separate English and History departments were to be created.

On 24th April, 1970 KHS students conducted an ANZAC Service. A 3rd form [year 9] KHS female student gave the address, and a 3rd form [year 9] KHS male student recited ‘Ode to the Fallen.’

In 1970, eyesight and hearing tests were done at the school. The parents of any child found in need of attention would be notified in writing from the School Education Clinics at Chatswood.

In 1970, the Ladies Auxiliary was delighted to donate to KHS a tea and coffee service for eight, for use of the Principal when entertaining guests.

In 1970, two demountable classrooms were erected. If six new Form 1 [year 7] classes been formed in 1971, these two additional rooms would have been inadequate for KHS’s needs. With only five new classes, it was possible to accommodate all class groups by making use of the Technical Drawing rooms, Art and Needlework Rooms for smaller elective groups.

In 1970, a call was put out to the community for a Mathematics or Science teacher to teach at KHS in Term 3, 1970. Applicants with a degree were preferred. The classes that would be taught, were forms I – III [Years 7-9].

In 1970, thirty 2nd and 3rd Form KHS girls [years 8-9] played hockey in the inter-school competition. They practised every Wednesday, for the Thursday games. KHS teams were at a disadvantage since the majority of the other school teams were 4th formers [year 10]. However, the KHS girls still managed one win and several drawn games.

In 1970, the relatively new five-a-side basketball game was becoming quite popular. The majority of KHS girls who play this sport had five wins and three losses.

In 1970, there were four KHS squash teams that entered in the B grade, C grade, D grade and E grade. The C Grade was undefeated at least until mid 1970, and all other teams enjoyed a majority of wins.

By mid 1970, approval for four hundred more lockers was received from the Department of Education. They were to be placed in selected areas of  Blocks A, B, C, and D.

In 1970, a school orchestra was beginning to be formed. Over $300.00 worth of instruments had been obtained from the Education Department. However, there were shortages in the wind, string and percussion sections. Parents were asked if they could assist with supplying any of these instruments if they were able to.

In 1970, Gordon Rugby Union Football Club donated a set of football jumpers and socks for the school football team. Also, over $600.00 worth of P.E. equipment was approved by the Department of Education. A further $200.00 was to be spent to cover a full P.E. program during the winter term.

In 1970, the KHS boys’ tennis group were placed exceptionally high in the competition.

In Rugby, KHS tasted their first success against Ku-ring-gai, and played well against Turramurra HS, while being defeated easily against Carlingford HS.

In 1970, a Judo Club commenced in July, which met after school on Mondays for about 1½ hrs.

A gymnastics club was also started for first form boys [year 7 boys] before school on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

In 1970, KHS’s school athletics carnival was held at the Rotary Oval, Chatswood on Monday July 27, 1970.

In 1970, a thank you was extended to all KHS parents who contributed second-hand clothing for children at the Fairbridge Farm School at Molong. Hair curlers for girls were particularly welcomed.

In 1970, the Manual Arts Department obtained a circular saw which had been originally installed at North Sydney Technical High School. It was a welcome addition to their department, because it was not a standard item of issue and would normally be purchased by the P. and C. Association.

In 1970, the Manual Arts Department of KHS was hoping [through advertising in the KHS news issue of August 1970] to acquire a 1955-56 Austin A30 car (mechanically complete), which could be stripped to its chassis and adapted to provide practical opportunity for instruction in the operation of its mechanical components.

‘The Killara High School news’, April 1971.


In 1971, KHS numbers increased to 618 students over four forms. The founding principal, Mr T.E. Hornibrook sadly passed away after illness, and Mrs Betty Bowen was appointed principal.

In 1971, a mannequin parade was organised by the Needlework Department for the Ladies Auxiliary to view. The work was done by the girls of 1st – 4th form [years 7-10] elective and craft classes. The garments paraded were: shortie nighties and pyjamas, brunch coats, skirts in midi mini and maxi lengths, suits, gauchos and knickerbockers pants, as well as formal and informal evening gowns.

In 1971, a remedial class was established for ten form 2 students [year 8]; and fifteen form 1 students [year 7]. Therefore the total school population stood at 618 students, with 299 boys and 319 girls.

In 1971 it was noted that form 2 [year 8] had the largest classes – all close to the Departmental maximum of forty student per class. Form 1 [year 7] numbers were lower than expected and were smaller classes than in the higher forms.

In 1971, KHS school fees were as follows:             

  • form 1 [year 7]                 $12.00
  • form 2 [year 8]                 $12.00
  • form 3 [year 9]                 $14.00
  • form 4 [year 10]               $16.00

Concessions were available to families with more than one child at KHS.

In February 1971, the construction of Block D was progressing well, despite recent rain. KHS was looking forward to conducting their 1971 School Certificate exams in the new building –  away from the playground.

Back of KHS. Student drawing, 1971

Staffing at KHS in 1971 was regarded as probably better than many other high schools. In February 1971, KHS was still awaiting for an additional teacher to be appointed in the Commerce Department, so several relief teachers were used to meet this shortage, and to allow two teachers to be withdrawn to prepare the permanent timetable. A permanent timetable was to come into effect in the 4th week of term. Meanwhile, most classes were able to receive instruction commencing in week 1 from teachers who would be taking them during the year.

A Mathematics Master was appointed in 1971. In 1972 it was expected to also have Subject Masters in Science, Commerce, Languages and Manual Arts.

In 1971, Latin was withdrawn from elective courses for form 2 [year 8] due to lack of students requesting it. Japanese, French and German were maintained with good numbers. Music was added to Elective Group B, and Technical Drawing was included in both A and B Elective Groups. An innovation in 1971 was the new approach to foreign language study in form 1 [year 7]. Students were introduced to Latin, French and German from the very beginning of the year, in order to assist students in the choice of language electives for study in the years that followed.

In 1971, the issue of lockers began. A deposit of $1.00 was paid, and this sum was refunded when the key was returned. Preference was given to senior classes whose load was the heaviest. However, even for form 1 [year 7] classes, lockers were made available to pupils for reasons of poor health or physical disability. Consideration was also given to students who have to walk a long distance to catch a bus.

In 1971, integrated sport was to be carried out in all forms [years]. Thursday afternoon was sport, and it was hoped that with careful planning some inter-school games could be played.

In 1971, a 12 year old KHS female student created five records at the Ku-ring-Gai Zone swimming carnival. KHS had two female age champions – this 12 year old, and a 13 year old student.

In 1971, the need for a public address system was a priority at KHS and was a main project for the P&C Association. As each of the school buildings were built in the school, conduit and junction boxes were installed for this very purpose. The original understanding was that the Department of Education would supply and install a PA system, but later KHS was told that it is up to the KHS P&C. There was therefore a push to continue their with their endeavours and increase their income. Some activities that were organised as fund raisers were through the Ladies Auxiliary in the form of a dinner dance and a Melbourne Cup luncheon.

In 1971, KHS parents were invited to the school to discuss subject choices for 1972. The following  main points were discussed:

  • 2nd form students [year 8] must take four core subjects – English, Maths, Science, and either History or Geography (provision would be made for students desiring to do both History and Geography).
  • A choice of two elective subjects must be made. Not all subjects or subject combinations would be possible – pupils’ choices would determine the possibilities.
  • Levels were not finally decided until late in 3rd form [year 9], except for Maths and Science.
  • Subjects studied in the junior school would not be necessarily those studied in 5th and 6th form [years 11 and 12], where new subjects are introduced.
  • Parents were advised to guide selection but not to press for subjects which are to their own liking.
  • Craft choices would be offered, but it was dependent on numbers and staffing.
  • No changes in subjects were allowed after choices made.

In 1971, the subject of the new summer uniform for 5th and 6th form girls was discussed and subsequently a dress was submitted for inspection by a uniform manufacturer to the Uniform Committee under the guidance of the Principal.

1971 KHS Speech Day booklet cover

The passing of Killara’s first Principal

“Killara High School had been established in its permanent home in Koola Avenue for only little over a year, when it suffered the loss of its foundation principal, Mr T.E. Hornibrook.

The late Mr Hornibrook had fought tenaciously in co-operation with the staff, parents and pupils for the retention of North Sydney Technical High School of which he was a principal for many years. When it became certain that the school could not be kept open, Mr Hornibrook devoted his energies to establishing the new High School at Killara on a firm basis. He saw to it that the staff and pupils of the old school were satisfactorily placed and he was successful in securing the transfer of the valuable N.S.T.H.S. Library in its entirety to the new school where it is enshrined as “The Lion Library”. Such was the loyalty and friendship he inspired that ten members of his staff accompanied him to Killara.

Everyone at Killara High School in 1970 will remember Mr Hornibrook’s quiet gentle manner; his frequent commendations and expressions of confidence in the future of the school and its citizens. His friends of longer standing will remember his concern for his staff and his pupils, his deep scholarship, his sense of humour and, above all, his warm humanity.

Vale, Tom Hornibrook!”

[Obituary written in The Green Years, Vol. 1, 1971]

Mr Tom Hornibrook


In 1972, Block D was occupied.

In 1972, a contract for a Public Address System was approved, and Flett Electronics installed the system at KHS.

In 1972, after the last P&C AGM, an ‘Action Committee’ was formed to look into ways and means of speeding up the building of Block E. By the time of issue of KHS News for April/May 1972, however, the committee found that Block E would not be under way in 1972. This was because there was no budget allowance in the July 1971-June 1972 financial year; and also because the 1973 expected enrolment at KHS did not warrant the building of Block E, according to the North Sydney Area Director, whom the committee consulted with. By the Nov/Dec issue of Killara News in 1972, however it was reported that Stage 3 – Block E was “on its way!”. Funds had been made available and the school believed that tenders had been called. It was expected at this time that building would commence in 1973, and it was hoped, completed in 1974.

In 1972, after many parents & students commented on the lack of social activity in the Killara area, there was a proposal for a Social Club to be formed, with the Principal’s permission. Provided that there were some adults were in attendance, KHS could be used as a meeting place either in the evening or at the weekend. Activities proposed for this social club included:

  • learning to drive – in theory & practice
  • dancing
  • photography
  • debates
  • bushwalking
  • community aid

A call was put out to parents for experts in some of these areas; or parents just willing to help supervise.

In 1972, two AWA Television sets were purchased with the money raised from the family barbecue.

In 1972, KHS students were ‘fined’ for not wearing uniform on ‘non-uniform day’, i.e. a mufti day (or Killara High’s ‘Hobo Day’, as an eight year old child remarked). The sum of $15.00 was raised. This was regarded as a marvellous way for raising funds for a needy cause.

KHS song, 1972

In 1972, due to the ‘enormous nuisance’ of dogs in the school grounds, a call was put out to any fathers of KHS students who may work for a company that manufactured poles on which to attach the garbage tins. Late in 1972, the canteen chairman supplied the galvanised elevated “garbage-tin-holder-poles”, which worked in keeping the dogs out of the bins.

In 1972, The Ladies Auxiliary reported in the KHS news in August 1972 that their bank balance of $971.36 went towards the following items:

  • Two television sets      $609.00
  • Soap dispensers for boys and girls washrooms    $106.00
  • Twelve dozen cups, saucers and plates   $119.00
  • two trans-o-grams for the English Department  $120.00 (on order)

1972 was when the ‘age of electronic education’ began, with the installation of a National Video Tape Recorder and TV replay set.

In 1972, KHS’s 3rd Annual Speech Day was held in the Willoughby Town Hall on Friday, December 8, 1972. The Principal, spoke of the building of E Block in the near future, and the changes in the School Certificate Exam. The guest speaker was a well-known motoring car journalist and racing car driver, who talked about aspects of driving. He pointed out the essential differences between drivers (people who really know what they are doing when in control of a car) and motorists. He and forecasted that within the next twenty years it would become impossible to drive with pleasure.

1972 Speech Day booklet cover

In 1972, KHS P&C Association had a large supply of wine for sale. The bottles were professionally bottled in the Barossa Valley by the McLaren Vineyard. Parents could taste before they bought, and the money used for KHS. A wine tasting event was held in the canteen area in November from 11am-5pm one day, and parents were reminded that “it’s not any old plonk”. The costs were as follows:

  • Riesling:  95 cents per bottle  or $11.40 per dozen
  • White burgundy:  $1.25  per bottle or $15.00 per dozen
  • Red Shiraz Grenache:  95 cents per bottle or $11.40 per dozen
  • Red Shiraz McLaren Vale:  $1.20 per bottle $14.40 per dozen


1973 The Green Years cover

In 1973, a KHS Science staff member addressed the P&C and brought along a chemistry kit. The kit cost $10.00 each (and was tax deductible), and although not compulsory in anyway, the kit was thought to be a great incentive to motivate children to work on their own, out of pure interest. The kits were aimed at the junior school, ‘as new thinking in teaching science indicates that more interest is engineered by pupils working on their own, supervised of course by a teacher.’ The Science teacher stated that he could arrange an ‘instalment plan’ for those who have difficulty in finding $10.00 in a lump sum. He also talked of his ambition to have a Science Club within the school, and an Electronics Club was close to being organised.

In 1973, KHS’s Speech Day took place at the Willoughby Civic Centre (also known as Chatswood Town Hall) on December 7, at 10 am. Students attending had to be dressed in full school uniform, and at the conclusion of the function, they could return to school or go home at their parents’ wish.

1973 Speech Day booklet cover


In 1974, the KHS Principal was hopeful that Block E would be ready for occupation by the end of term, noted the Killara News in July 1974.

In 1974, the installation of traffic lights at the Birdwood and Koola Avenue intersection was not progressing. The stop sign rule that had become operational in August 1974,  made KHS virtually an inaccessible island, putting students’ lives at risk as they attempted to cross arterial road in peak hour traffic on their way to and from school. At a public meeting held in August 1974, the P&C were told that a traffic policeman would be on duty at the intersection on weekdays at 7-7.30am-9am and 3-6pm. However, the policeman had not been provided. Evidently, it was found that the installation of traffic lights is dependant on certain road works being carried out first by Ku-ring-ai Council. It was suggested that all parents write individually to the Town Clerk of Ku-ring-ai expressing the dissatisfaction and anger over this matter.

In 1974, KHS was annexed to Hornsby Evening College, in line with the thinking of the day that “expensive buildings like schools should be used to their full capacity.Some of the subjects would be taught by the staff of KHS. The aim was to interest people outside KHS but living in the area to have some personal involvement in the school.

In 1974, the KHS Speech Day was held at the Ku-ring-gai College of Advanced Education. The guest of honour was the Chancellor of Sydney University.

Extract from the 1974 Speech Day invitation

In 1974, the Ladies Auxiliary held a family barbecue in April as a fundraiser for the school. It was the first big social function for the year. Steak dinner was $2.00 and a hamburger dinner was $1.25 (which included two salads, bread and butter, coffee and tea). Mothers were encouraged to help on stalls or supply cakes, and there was music for ‘youngsters’ to dance to. The ladies also organised a ‘Guessing Competition’ at 20 cents a ticket, for which the prize was a large liquor hamper to be drawn at the barbecue.

Other activities organised by the Ladies Auxiliary for 1974 included:

  • a dinner dance on a Harbour ferry; 
  • theatre party with supper at a private home afterwards
  • a bus tour
  • card parties
  • a Melbourne Cup luncheon
  • an Art Show
Ex-students reunion invitation, 1974


Killara High School, 1975

In 1975, KHS saw the number of student rise to 1120 with a teaching staff of 68. There was an auxillary staff [school assistants] of 12.

On August 8, 1975, KHS was presented with a 6-cylinder, 3300 Manual Sedan Torana motor vehicle, for the purpose of teaching senior the finer points of driving. The car was presented by Sundell Motors, and each year the car would be replaced by a new one. At the presentation, there were representatives from Sundell Motors, as well as a representative from Ampol who would supply the petrol free of charge, and a representative from GMH who would provide parts.

A gentleman who was directly involved with driver teaching and advanced driver techniques, was also present, as was the Local Member. KHS had the car on Mondays and Tuesdays, while St Ives HS had the use of it on Wednesday s and Thursdays. Advanced driving courses were conducted under the supervision of members of staff who have undertaken lectures and lessons in advanced driving. The call also went out for parents versed in Advance Driving Techniques to assist.

In 1975, KHS gained 1st and 2nd place in a Japanese speaking contest between five other schools. KHS would also be getting a special Language Laboratory, of which there were only two in the State.

In April 1975, 5th form students [year 11] went to Muogamarra for a Science Excursion.

In May, 1975 some of form VI [now year 12] KHS Science students attended a lecture at St Pius School.

In September 1975, KHS took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the City of Sydney Eisteddfod public speaking section.

In 1975, the KHS entrance foyer was carpeted and furnished as expressly wished by the Ladies Auxiliary.

In 1975, car badges were available from the school office at a cost of $4.50

In 1975, Speech Day was held in the hall of the Ku-ring-gai College of Advanced Education on December 5. The guest speaker was a second year arts-law student and an ex-student of KHS.

In 1975, electricity had been restored to the house on the KHS site, and it began to be used for the following:

  • debates
  • weight-lifting classes
  • meetings by the Ladies’ Auxiliary
  • rehearsals for the production of ‘The importance of Being Ernest’


In 1976, KHS Home Science students were photographed by the Education Department and featured in the official Education Week brochure which was to be used for some years.

In 1976, several KHS textile students were selected to model their garments in the Education Week Fashion Parade at the Hilton Hotel, with a large number of KHS students in the audience.

In 1976, KHS saw the installation of an experimental group Language Learning centre. In the 2nd term of 1975, the Staff Inspector, told KHS that they had been chosen as one of three schools to trial a new type of installation, which would in time probably replace the tradition language laboratory. The room was to be equipped with twelve booths, each with its own special adapted cassette recorder. The students would listen to pre-recorded music, practise language skills and record their own responses, after which they would be able to assess their own performance and re-record if necessary.

It had been thought in the past that the playback/compare phase had little relevance for junior secondary standard learners who were thought to lack the critical sense necessary to appraise their own standards of pronunciation, intonation and grammatical accuracy. However, KHS proved this not to be the case, and the students were making excellent use of the facilities and were becoming very self-critical.

Room 25, which became the room for the Language Leaning Laboratory, would also be furnished with tables and chairs for group written work and with seminar chairs for sitting and reading or for discussion groups. The aim was to allow for flexibility in grouping, movement and activity. Additional equipment included group listening sets and Hanimex cassette players for student borrowing, which was proving a great improvement in standards of performance when students borrowed cassettes for extra practice at home.

In 1976, forty-six year 9 KHS geography students visited Goulburn accompanied by two KHS staff members.

In 1976, a special request came from the First Killara Scout Group requesting that KHS staff refrain from parking in the grounds of the Scout Hall, stating that KHS has a lot of parking spaces, making it of little difficulty in complying with their wishes.

In 1976, three year 10 KHS students decided to resurrect the  KHS’s own radio station, called 2KH. It had commenced in 1974, but had gradually ceased after the departure of ‘its’ electronic wizard’. After six months of negotiations, the station was finally reconnected to the school public system. $60.00 was allocated from the school budget to build mixing and control panels. By 1977, these three students, (now in year 11), with the help of other students, operated the station daily.  It was hoped in 1978 that an active radio club would flourish so that junior disc jockeys, panel operators and record librarians could be trained.


By April 1977, KHS had a Cadet Unit, consisting of fifty members. They were expanding at this time, and also had a platoon at St Ives HS, where they would all function as a joint unit. An annual camp was held at Singleton, where basic bushcraft, cooking and rifle shooting were taught. The cadets lived in a ‘hutchie’, which was a type of very lightweight tent. All food was provided by the Army, and consisted of four days-ten-man combat ration packs, two days of fresh rations, e.g. ham, steak, and one day in which the cadets had to eat their one-man ration pack and cook it for themselves. All expenses for this camp were met by the Army. A visit to the Infantry museum and other facilities in Singleton were also included. The Principals of Manly Boys HS and Epping Boy’s HS allowed one of their teachers from each of their school, who were Army Lieutenants, to attend and assist at the camp.

In 1977, as a result of increasing school size and a need for greater communication and co-ordination between the Principal, staff, student body and parents, a new position evolved called a Form Master for each year of high school. Their duties were to ensure that each student in their form were adequately employed in subjects of their choice, and to watch their progress to see if they were coping. Extra curricular activities were also aided and guided by the Form Masters, such as fund raising and school balls.

1977 Industrial Arts students

In 1977, there was a large increase in the number of students at KHS studying Home Science and Textiles in the senior school due to the gaining of matriculation status in 1976. There was also an influx of boys into these courses.

In 1977, the KHS Social Science Department [now part of the HSIE Faculty] bought some weather forecasting equipment in order for students to get practical experience in determining weather patterns.

In 1977, seven KHS students took Engineering Science as a HSC subject. Five of the seven received their highest rating in this subject and six were above the State average.

In 1977, 19% of KHS candidates received Grade 1’s in the HSC, while 22% KHS candidates received Grade 1’s in the School Certificate.

In 1977, over 40% of KHS students who sat the HSC achieved positions in the top 20% of the State in both Ancient and Modern history.

In 1977, the Dux of KHS was placed 9th in the State after the HSC examinations.

In 1977, approximately $6,500.00 by KHS was raised for a number of worthwhile community causes.

In 1977, KHS textiles students were again chosen to participate in the Education Week Fashion Parade at the Town Hall. Two year 12 male KHS students were selected to compere the parade.

In 1977, an Archives Committee was instituted in June to collect and collate KHS’s history. By the end of 1978, this committee – which was made up of the prefect masters and prefects – were responsible for the initial development of the special supplement in the 1978 Green Years Yearbook. They also met weekly to sort and classify the school archives.

In 1977, the following school excursions occurred:

  • year 8 (one hundred and twenty pupils): a performance of Twelfth Night
  • year 11 Biology : the Botanical Gardens
  • year 11 Science (2A): the Science Museum Planetarium
  • year 12 English: the Independent Theatre
  • year 12 – 4 Unit Mathematics: the University of Sydney for lectures
1977 The Green Years – commercial


In 1978, KHS held its 10th anniversary. To commemorate this, a 10th Anniversary Dinner was held at 7.30 pm on Monday 25th September 1978, at the Willoughby Town Hall. The function was organised by a committee with representatives of the P&C, the Ladies Auxiliary, Staff, Ex-Parents and Ex-Students. The dinner was the school’s first major reunion of people involved with KHS.

The cost was $12.00 per person, or $10.00 for ex-students. The dress requirement was “lounge suits”. The dinner menu for the evening consisted of the following:

  • Sherry & savouries
  • Minted pineapple
  • Sliced hot roast turkey
  • Ham and vegetables
  • Cheese and biscuits
  • Coffee and mints
  • Liquid refreshments

Nearly two hundred and fifty parents, ex-parents, staff, ex-staff, students and ex-students, together with past friends and helpers of the school attended. There were also representatives from the Department of Education through the attendance of the North Sydney Director, and the district and secondary school inspectors, along with their partners. The recently retired Professional Assistant to the Director and a past member of a local Member of Parliament also attended, whilst the current local members were prevented from attending due to the State elections.

A wooden plaque bearing the school crest and a brass plate were presented to commemorate the outstanding service of the P&C Association President, and the early P&C Association President. The P&C treasurer since KHS’s first inception in 1976 also received a plaque. A judge, also in attendance, proposed the toast to the school. The two KHS’s senior prefects were in attendance. The honour boards were also accepted on the school’s behalf on the evening. KHS’s school archives received a wealth of previously unknown material.

In 1978, the Ladies Auxiliary were responsible for the provision of five honour boards that were installed in the foyer of A Block. The aim was to add to the traditions of KHS. The honour boards were to be presented at the 10th Anniversary Dinner held at Willoughby Town Hall. The honour boards were to record:

  • the names of senior prefects (Leadership)
  • the names of Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year (Sportsmanship)
  • the names of the most successful candidate each year in the HSC (Scholarship)
  • the name of the winning House for the Yearly House Competition
  • the names of the students awarded the Betty Bowen Memorial Prize annually

The Principal of KHS, at the time hoped that one day these honour boards would grace the walls of the KHS Assembly Hall.

In 1978, the 7th Art Exhibition was held.

1978 KHS Art Show catalogue

In 1978, the Art Department [now part of the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty] held two excursions. Year 8 KHS Art students went on an outdoor sketching day at Echo Point Park. Year 9 KHS Art students went on a tour of art galleries to see exhibitions of primitive art and were privileged to see some demonstrations of craft by Aboriginal Australians at the Blaxland Galleries.

In 1978, the some of Science excursions included:

  • year 7: visited Taronga Zoo to study animal classification, and also to West Head
  • years 11 and 12 went to the Botanical Gardens to study adaptations in plants
  • three students attended a Geology Residential Course at Mitchell College of Advanced Education in Bathurst

In 1978, a computer room was set up by the Mathematics Department to provide all interested students with the opportunity to expand their mathematical skills and knowledge.

In 1978, the Social Science Department [now part of the HSIE Faculty] held the following excursions:

  • a three-day excursion for year 12s to Neal Lodge
  • a year 11 excursion to the Hawkesbury River
  • a year 10 excursion to the General Motors Holden Factory at Pagewood
  • a year 9 geography excursion to the city and its environs

In 1978, Family Studies for year 7 in Social Science ceased, as it was considered unnecessary because students were already being taught similar topics in Personal Development.

In 1978, Social Science involved a combination of History and Geography subjects.

Towards the end of 1978Japanese National Television cameras televised a year 10 Japanese lesson in the Japanese Room at KHS, as part of a program on Japanese language studies in Australia. As a result KHS, was seen by millions of Japanese viewers on an evening program in Japan.

In late November 1978, the KHS students of Japanese in year 9 were visited by the Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture, in the Japanese room at KHS. An account of his activities was reported in the Women’s Weekly [magazine]. Governor Nagasu took off his shoes and talked informally with students. He described his visit to Killara as the ‘gentle part‘ of his Australian tour.

In 1978, an open forum was organised with the Ku-ring-gai Council Youth Service to discuss the needs of local young people.

In 1978, ten student teachers from Ku-ring-gai College of Advanced Education visited KHS for practice teaching for a few weeks.

In 1978, a junior school dance was held for years 7 and 8 KHS students, and was held in the canteen block in June.

In 1978, the Community Education Committee of the Mental Health Association provided interested parents from KHS to join a series of informal groups in the evening for ten consecutive weeks. There was a minimum of eight and a maximum of fifteen people, led by a trained group leader. For the school to benefit from a Government grant, the group had to commence before the end of June, 1978.

In 1978, a yoga class began for mothers of KHS students.

In 1978, a Melbourne Cup Luncheon was held for the mothers at KHS. Fifty-three mothers attended. There were such activities as bridge, solo and scrabble.

In 1978, KHS debating teams won all their debates.

In 1978, the Ladies Auxiliary were responsible for the provision of five honour boards to be installed in the foyer of A Block. The Boards were to be presented at the Tenth Anniversary Dinner.

In 1978, a run-a-thon raised almost $4000.00 which was devoted to supporting Stewart House and charities selected by the houses. A smaller amount was to be used to improve the school amenities e.g. seating in the playground.

In 1978, KHS was prominent (once again) in the official Education Week activities held at the end of the second term. Four Textiles & Design KHS students were chosen by a selection panel to take part in the Education Week Fashion Parade at the Sydney Town Hall. The following morning papers carried a picture of one of the female KHS students. Seven year 11 KHS Home Science students produced a display called A gourmet guide to weight control for the official opening of Education Week at the Sydney County Council. The students showed the crowds of interested onlookers how to prepare exciting and interesting food which was, at the same time, low in kilojoule value.

In 1978, the Ku-ring-gai Toastmasters’ Club offered to conduct a Youth Leadership Course. The course involved tuition in the art of public speaking and was to be held out of school hours in the school’s house, with skilled instructors. It was an eight-week course and included how to prepare an agenda, conduct meetings and make speeches. The purpose was to allow students to gain a degree of maturity when they are called to ‘say a few words’.

In 1978, KHS excursions included:

  • the Kabuki Theatre
  • two ABC concerts for music students
  • excursions to Othello and The Taming of the Shrew
  • visits to the Atomic Energy Station at Lucas Heights 
  • a series of modern languages camps (held on weekends)
  • year 7: an archaeological exhibition at the Great Synagogue
  • year 7: attended the El Dorado Exhibition at the Art Gallery (as did year 11 art students)
  • year 8 and 9 Japanese students attended the Japanese Expo Centre
  • year 9 Geography to Hill End
  • year 9 History to the Rocks area
  • year 9 History to Macquarie Towns
  • year 10 English to Macbeth
  • year 10 Geography to the Hunter Valley
  • year 10 History went to Port Macquarie for three days
  • year 11 Biology to the Botanical Garde
  • year 11 English to The Crucible and King Lear
  • year 11 Home Science visited Hornsby Building Information Centre
  • year 11 Science to Jindabyne
  • year 11 Textiles to the Kolotex Factory
  • year 12 Geology went to Bathurst and the Mining Museum

In 1978, the types of foods sold in the school canteen at KHS included:

  • cordial drinks
  • finger buns, walnut buns
  • flavoured and plain milk
  • flavoured yoghurts
  • frozen yoghurts
  • fruit  
  • fruit juices   
  • health food bars   
  • Icy poles
  • jelly beans
  • Lifesavers
  • peanuts
  • plain and flavoured chips
  • salads on plates     
  • sandwiches and rolls                                 
  • soft drinks

Meat pies, sausage rolls and soup were on sale in the winter season. A refundable deposit was placed on all aluminium soft drink cans to keep the grounds free from litter and allowed the canteen to get a small return for the cans from Comalco.

In 1978, KHS held a small Japanese festival with the co-operation of the Japanese mothers and guests. It was aimed at giving students a taste of the Japanese festive spirit, and to motivate the students to use their Japanese language, as well as sampling Japanese food and music etc. Some students wore kimonos, and six Japanese exchange students from other schools joined KHS for the afternoon. 

In the weeks leading up to the event, students made origami and cards to sell on stalls, and prepared acts for the concert held in the stage room. A tea ceremony was performed by a group of Japanese ladies who attend the ‘Tea Ceremony’ regularly at a tea-house in Epping. A young Australian guest played the koto’, a traditional Japanese instrument at intervals.

Japanese mothers made various kinds of Japanese foods such as:

  • yakitori (chicken on skewers)
  • onigiri (rice balls)
  • kushidango (rice dumplings)
  • chirashizushi (vingared rice with prawns etc)
  • okonomiyaki (Japanese omelette)

This was KHS first Japanese Festival.


In 1979, a year 12 KHS 3 Unit HSC English student scored the top mark of 148/150.

In 1979, KHS French language students visited North Sydney Boys’ High School, to see the rock opera La Revolution Francaise.

In 1979, year 11 KHS Japanese language students ventured into Northbridge Plaza, where they spoke Japanese to the Japanese shopkeepers in Japanese. They were also required to purchase various ingredients from the Japanese supermarket (again using only the Japanese language), and, as homework, used what they bought to prepare a Japanese meal for their families.

In 1979, as a result of the new energies policies and development of land use in Australia in the last quarter of this century, KHS Social Science staff [now part of the Human Society & Its Environments (HSIE] developed new courses for their students.

In 1979, in anticipation that class sizes in year 8 are to be such that no class need exceed thirty pupils, the creation of an additional class in year 8 was organised for the core subjects, namely English, Mathematics, Science and History or Geography.

In 1979, one of the significant items in the school’s budget concerned the introduction of colour television. The request of $3,204 covered basic equipment for recording and replaying colour television programs, and to also provide for a basic stock of colour video tapes. The first priority was to increase the number of receivers so that a receiver could be installed in a classroom in each block, serviced by a coaxial cable. The 2nd addition would be a 2nd colour video tape recorder, so that programs could be recorded and replayed at the same time, as well as enabling more than one program to be relayed at the same time.

In 1979, a Science Club operated at KHS every Tuesday after school to do interesting and fun experiments. Some activities also included:

  • a trip to the airport at Mascot to look at air-traffic control
  • a visit to the Meteorological and Hydro graphic Station
  • an excursion to see how beer is brewed at Tooheys Brewery

In 1979, year 9 KHS Commerce students established their own company. Trading as Combined Manufacturing, they produced and marketed scouring pads under the guidance of 3M at Pymble. The students raised share capital of $213.00, elected directors and appointed staff. The venture was another of those that were promoted by ‘Young Achievers’, an American based organisation which aimed to give students a first-hand introduction to the business world. If the trend of good sales continued, the company was to pay its shareholders a handsome dividend before going into voluntary liquidation towards the end of 3rd term in 1979.

In 1979, Applied Mathematics was offered as an option course for year 11 KHS students.

In 1979, Room 30 at KHS was the venue chosen for a genuine French market. Year 7B had spent two weeks preparing food, props, price tags, and setting up stalls. Points were allocated for presentation and effort etc. The food was then bought and sold in French, and points taken off for any English used. By the end of the double session, all food was sold and the class had raised $10.53 which went to Foundation 41 to help their research. Prizes for the members of the winning stall were provided by the French and Belgian Embassies.

In 1979, KHS won all four grades of basketball.

Killara High School in the 1980s:


In 1980, separate winter and summer sports presentation assemblies were held. KHS also awarded major sporting awards to successful students on Speech Day.

In 1980, of KHS’s HSC candidates in History, 40% of 2 Unit Modern History and 36% of 2 Unit Ancient History were placed in the top 30% of the State.

In 1980, a Driver Education Program used a new car – a Holden Gemini – from Sundell Motors. The program was directed towards improving the driving skills and safety consciousness of students who had recently gained the Provisional Driver’s license.

In 1980, a family sports day was held on the Koola Avenue oval on a Sunday in March.  There were stalls, entertainment and food and drinks, as well as raffle tickets for an original cartoon signed and dated by well-known cartoonist. Tickets were $1.00 each and the proceeds of the day were to benefit KHS students through P&C funds.

In 1980, KHS had a number of student teachers from the following teaching facilities:

  • Alexander Mackie College (two Art student teachers)
  • Ku-ring-gai College of Advance Education (five English/History student teachers and four Home Economics student teachers)
  • Sydney Teacher’s College (two Industrial Arts student teachers)

In 1980, some of the activities on the Ladies’ Auxiliary program included:

  • a supper dance
  • a ‘Crazy Whist’ evening
  • Marion Street Theatre (Comedy)
  • an outing to the Mike Walsh Show [Television chat show]
  • an outing to the ‘Spanish Horses’
  • Melbourne Cup
  • a Christmas party

In 1980, KHS held its 9th Annual Arts and Crafts Exhibition. Paintings from some of Sydney’s top galleries and some local talented artists were on display. Other work on display included pottery, and works in silver, pewter, batik and weaving.  A well-known vocalist performed songs by ‘Gilbert and Sullivan’ at the exhibition.

In 1980, the cottage on the KHS site was being considered for further improvements including: setting up a careers centre in the downstairs room; and locating the resource teacher, the migrant English teacher and the teacher of hearing-impaired children in the various rooms upstairs. It was also a meeting place for such groups as the Ladies’ Auxiliary and for debating.

In 1980 it was decided to hold class dinners for the parents of year 7 KHS students to assist in parents getting to know one another. The first of these dinners was held in July 1980 and the parents of children in year 7 ‘Violet’ and ‘Indigo’ were invited to attend.

In 1980, excursions took place at the following venues:

  • year 8 Commerce class visited the J. Water Thompson Advertising Agency
  • year 9 and 10 students of German visited a German restaurant
  • year 10 excursion was to The Sydney Morning Herald [newspaper]
  • year 11 Geography students to Windsor
  • year 12 General Studies visit to Sydney Teacher’s College
  • year 12 Home Economics students visited the Sydney Food School at Ryde
  • Library Prefects had an excursion during Book Week.

In 1980, 19% of KHS year 12 HSC candidates gained places in the top 10% of the State, whilst 75% of KHS candidates gained a place in the top 50% of the State.

In 1980, a KHS year 12 English student scored 148/150 in the HSC examination.

In 1980, 50% of the KHS 3 Unit Modern History students, and 37% of the 2 Unit Modern History students were placed in the top 20% of the State candidature for their respective levels in the HSC.

In 1980, some of the History excursions for KHS were to the following locations:

  • The Rocks
  • Parramatta
  • Kurnell
  • Hill End

Film excursions in 1980 for KHS History students were to:

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Anne of a Thousand Days
  • Cromwell
  • A Man for all Seasons
  • Potemki
  • Spartacus

In 1980, adult classes were held at KHS in the evening. Some of the classes were:

  • art metal
  • Chinese cooking
  • dressmaking
  • gardening
  • German (advanced and beginners class)
  • interior decoration
  • jazz ballet
  • pottery
  • upholstery
  • woodwork
  • yoga


In 1981, two year 12 HSC students were placed in the top 1% of the candidature, and ten students gained over 400 marks, placing them in the top 5% of the candidature. 77% of KHS year 12 students were placed in the top half of the state side candidature, meaning that more that ¾ of KHS’s candidates gained above average results.

In 1981, highlights in the Careers Department for students and staff were in the following events:

  • year 8: the re-introduction of career lessons within the health program at KHS (five lessons)
  • years 9 and 10: careers lessons (on a rotational system)
  • year 10: Work Experience Program in April, where one hundred and eighty-eight students spent a week in a wide range of careers areas including: advertising, architecture, graphic design, hairdressing, computing, health care areas, stockbroking, teaching, plumbing, architecture, and electronics
  • a 2nd Work Experience Program in September
  • years 10 and 12  North Shore Careers Market
  • year 12: Special Career interview
  • attendance at University and College Open Days

1981 was the 5th year in succession that KHS has joined the charity, Stewart House’s 1000 Club for exceeding an annual contribution of $1000. In 1981, KHS contributed $1200 to Stewart House.

In July 1981, a reunion of KHS year 12 students was held at the Gordon Golf Club. About seventy-five students and staff attended. Due to the Higher School Certificates arriving the day of this function, the KHS Principal, Mr Bradford was able to present certificate to those ex-students who were present.

In August 1981, submissions regarding the four-term year were asked for from parents by the P&C Association. Parents’ views on the subject were asked for and it was suggested that they make them known in writing to: the Minister for Education; the Member for Gordon; the Chairman of the Four Term Year Working Party – Member for East Hills; and the Executive Officer for the Working Party in the Department of Education.

In 1981, KHS had two overseas exchange students with them sponsored by the Rotary clubs. They were two female students – one was from South Africa, and the other was from Japan.

In 1981, KHS undertook special projects for Earth Week via the library. To highlight KHS’s own good fortune in having natural bushland close at hand to explore and study, the Northern Districts Centre conducted a month-long program. It comprised an informative display of photographs, charts, maps and literature on bushland sites and reserves in the Northern Districts, culminating in a panel evening in June. There was also mention made of the Benowie Walking Track (Pennants Hills – Berowra) that had just been opened.

In 1981, year 12 KHS History students had a series of three films on the topic of ‘Propaganda and the Media’. A lecturer in Media Studies at the Mitchell College of Advanced Education participated with the students for a commentary for each of the films shown.

In 1981, The RAAF Careers Officer visited KHS and spoke to interested students in year 10-12.

In 1981, a talk was given to KHS years 7-9 students on the responsibilities of dog ownership. A film was obtained, and a Ku-ring-gai dog ranger gave a talk.

Some of the excursions that took place for KHS students in 1981 were:

  • year 7 Geography: visited Windsor and Richmond
  • year 8 Commerce: visited the Hornsby Law Courts
  • years 8-10 Textiles: went to the “Fabulous Fashion’ exhibition
  • year 9 History : visited Macquarie Towns
  • year 9 Geography: visited Sydney’s industrial areas of Botany and Matraville
  • year 10 Home Economics: visited the ‘Summit Restaurant’ to study commercial cooking and food presentation; as well as the housing restoration and development in The Rocks area
  • years 10 and 12 music: an excursion to study the stage production of Evita
  • year 11 Geology: a visit to the Mining Museum
  • year 11 Geography: a visit to Manly Vale Water Research Foundation

In 1981, KHS students participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition. 197,000 entries from 2,007 schools made it one of the most significant mathematics competitions in the world. Over eight hundred students were eligible for monetary prizes. The results for KHS were as follows:

  • year 7:  26 entries, 13 Distinctions, 11 Credits
  • year 8:  30 entries, 10 Distinctions, 12 Credits
  • year 9:  17 entries, 1 Prize, 4 Distinctions, 6 Credits
  • year 10: 20 entries, 2 Prizes, 8 Distinctions, 4 Credits
  • year 11: 15 entries, 4 Distinctions, 7 Credits
  • Year 12: 14 entries,  4 Distinctions, 4 Credits

Certificates and prizes were presented at a special prize giving assembly by the Manager of the Bank of NSW, Lindfield Branch on August 26, 1981.

In 1981, a year 12 KHS female student of Japanese won 1st prize in the National Finals of the Japanese Language Speech Contest held in September. Her speech ‘New Year’ was awarded 1st prize – which was a free return ticket to Japan via Japan Airlines, one of the main sponsors of the event.

In May 1981, KHS celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday in the form of creating an Elizabethan fair at the school. There were presentations of scenes from some of Shakespeare’s plays and many of the staff portrayed characters from his plays, culminating in a Tudor version of ‘Personality Squares’. A number of competitions took place on the day including:

  • an Elizabethan costume competition
  • a juggling and acrobatic contest
  • a food-making contest
  • an art competition
  • a map-drawing competition
  • a maths/science poster competition
  • a musical composition competition
  • a Globe Theatre/Elizabethan set construction competition
  • a Shakespearean oration contest (in the A Block quad)

A feast took place on the front lawn of the school. Each class would be asked to provide itself with an Elizabethan-type feast at lunch. A competition for the best decorated class table took place. A year 10 KHS band entertained in the canteen area. In the main quad, exhibitions of fencing, and royal bowls were given. Portable 1 had been transformed into an Elizabethan Inn by year 12 students who re-named the portable the Boar’s Head Tavern. In the A Block quad, 12E1 presented the Falstaff-Prince Hall charade scene from King Henry IV, Part I and 12E2 presented a humorous western version of the same scene. Students participated in a variety of Elizabethan games and activities such as the greasy pole, ducking for apples, pitching the bar, and horseshoes. This was out on Area 4 where year 11 organised these activities. Two different markets functioned during the afternoon – a ‘barter’ market to which students could bring items to exchange, and a ‘bargaining’ market. A group of ‘obnoxious performers’ carried out roles such as lepers, as well as jesters, executioners and also Merlin. Parents were invited to attend and participate.

In 1981, a KHS year 12 male Mathematics student was one of only sixty students selected from NSW to attend the 13th National Mathematics Summer School conducted at the Australian National University. He was also successful in winning a prize in the 1981 University of NSW School Mathematics Competition.

In 1981, various KHS students participated in the following youth activities held by several service clubs:

  • a year 11 KHS student Quota Club ‘Student of the Year’ participant
  • a year 11 and year 12 KHS student received Merit Awards from Rotary
  • two year 11 KHS students participated in the Lions Club ‘Youth of the Year’.

In 1981, due to the success of the KHS Language Festival over the last two years, it was decided to broaden the concept in order to involve as many students as possible, and to encourage all the subject departments in the school to include a segment on multicultural studies into their Term 2 program. Year 10 language students once again acted as co-ordinators. KHS students experienced the culinary delights of sushi, ‘bangers’, quiches, German sausages, pizzas, damper and tacos. Those preferring the quieter conditions could try the Japanese Tea House, the English Tearoom or the Franco-German café. Entertainment ranged from a program of films, a parade of national costumes, rickshaw rides, dances of various lands, origami, and calligraphy.

In 1981, twenty-eight year 10 KHS students participated in a 2nd Work Experience Program. This program was made available to those students who were hoping to leave school at the end of the year. Careers represented included:

  • aircraft and motor mechanics
  • banking
  • butchery
  • cabinet making
  • carpentry
  • computing
  • electrical trades
  • food demonstrating
  • graphic design
  • hairdressing
  • metal trades
  • nursing
  • plumbing
  • real estate
  • receptionist work
  • veterinary work

Most students used, wherever possible local area resources. Some however, travelled to Bankstown, Revesby and Birchgrove areas.

In 1981, KHS history film excursions for junior years were to: Manganinnie, Breaker Morant and Gallipoli.

In 1981, highlights in the Language Department for students and staff were in the following events:

  • year 7: all student experienced three languages taught at KHS  – French, German and Japanese tasted German bread, sausages and cheeses, while others tried French patisseries. They also cooked yakitori.
  • eight year 7 KHS students attended an International Camp organised by the Modern Languages Teachers’ Association.
  • eight year 7 KHS joined ninety other students from all over Sydney at an International Language Camp, held at Narrabeen.
  • year 11:the introduction of Z courses – beginner ’s courses.
  • year 12:  Japanese students went to Japan for the holidays, then twelve Japanese students from Kofu and their teacher visited KHS.

In 1981, highlights in the Industrial Department for students and staff were in the following events:

  • year 9:  produced an assortment of clock cases
  • year 10: cabinet maker students made a variety of desks.
  • year 11: attended a practical day at Sydney Technical College where various testing machines were observed in operation, and prepared concrete and timber pieces were tested to destruction
  • year 11 and 12: Engineering Science studied by some students
  • year 12: a seminar at the Institute of Industrial Arts, Chatswood for  Engineering Science students

In 1981, highlights in the Home Science Department for students and staff were in the following events:

  • year 10: visit to the Summit Restaurant, to inspect the kitchens and storage facilities
  • year 11: a morning spent at Killara Park and St David’s Kindergartens, observing young children
  • year 12: textiles students visited the workrooms and display rooms of Carla Zampatti [Australian fashion designer]
  • textile students visited the ‘Fabulous Fashion’ display at the Art Gallery

In 1981, highlights in the Social Science Department for students and staff were in the following events:

  • year 7:   geography students’ excursion to the Windsor/Richmond area
  • year 8:   geography students’ field study of the Minnamurra Falls area
  • year 9:   commerce students’ excursion to Fairfax Newspapers and the OTC
  • year 10: commerce students’ excursion to the Law Courts in the city, and the Commonwealth Banking Corporation’s (CBC) computer division
  • year 12:  geography trip to Scott’s Head


In 1982, a year 12 HSC male student (1981 cohort) had his batik ‘Garden Quilt’ selected for display at the HSC Major Works Exhibition. The Department of Education was so impressed with it that they offered to purchase it for their permanent collection.

In 1982, a dental survey (which had commenced in Nov-Dec 1981) was completed with years 7, 11 and 12. Students were examined by visiting dentists. Their report was very favourable concerning the dental health of KHS students, with very few referrals to the students’ own dentists for remedial work. The impressive number of student who did not have fillings was linked, it was thought, to the water fluoridation program, coupled with good dental care learned at home.

In 1982, the Channel 9 Television Network allocated NSW over $6,000 for grants in film and video making for school students of all ages. The KHS Teacher-Librarian, made the appeal to parents, and offered the assistance of a video camera and a ‘new’ Super-8 camera if they wished to apply for the grant.

In 1982, KHS an Anzac Commemoration service was held, and two KHS Prefects were speakers at a local public school’s Anzac Commemoration service on 23rd April.

In 1982, Navy Careers Officers met KHS students interested in a Naval career.

In 1982, the theme for Book Week was in line with ‘The Year of the Tree’ as its slogan was ‘Branch out with books’.

On Friday April 16 1982, KHS celebrated ‘Dickens Day’. As part of the celebrations on the day, an ‘Oxford-Cambridge boat race’ was staged on the main quad.

In 1982, three groups of year 10 and 11 KHS Home Science students visited Qantas Catering, where food was prepared daily for the twenty-one international airlines which fly out of Sydney. KHS years 10-12 Home Science students also visited the College of Catering Studies and Hotel Administration, where former KHS students were studying.


KHS was the school selected by the newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald, for a survey of attitudes of students in June, 1983. Students were interviewed and questioned on the reasons for the high retention rate at KHS. The message was clear – parents and teachers expect the pupils to stay at school, to attend regularly and to develop their potential to the fullest.

In 1983, as a direct result of funding by the P&C Association, KHS was well equipped with twelve Microbee computers, ‘devices which will allow the school to add significantly to the relevance of the educational services that it offers in the eighties’, said the Maths Head Teacher in the 1982 Green Years Maths Report.

In 1983, the idea of encouraging students of a foreign language to obtain a penfriend in the relevant country was given special emphasis, where nearly all students corresponding with at least one student of a similar age in a foreign country.

In 1983, a KHS female ex-student became the first woman swimmer to receive a full athletic and study scholarship to George Washington University in Washington DC. She also became the first woman on the college’s swimming team.

In 1983, two hundred ex-students from HSC years 1973-1975 had a reunion day at the house in November.


In 1984, 48% of the KHS students who sat the Home Science examination in the HSC were in the top 10% of the State. 71% were in the top 20% of the state.

By 1984, KHS was supporting six disadvantaged children via World Vision, throughout the world. The children were from Taiwan, the Philippines, Nigeria, Ecuador, India and Guatemala. The KHS prefects and year 12 students collected the money at roll call each Thursday.


In 1985, 71% of KHS students who sat the HSC were placed in the top 50% of the state.

In 1985, the Student Representative Council (SRC) was established.

In 1985, the Social Science Faculty [now part of the Human Society and its Environments (HSIE) Key Learning Area] organised excursions for the following groups of KHS students:

  • year 12 Geography – South Coast Region
  • year 11 Geography – Hawkesbury River
  • year 10 Geography – Canberra/Goulburn
  • year 10 Geography – Hunter Valley Region
  • year 9 Commerce – The Stock Exchange
  • year 8 Commerce – Ku-Ring-Gai Council

In 1985, student numbers grew at KHS. In Year 11 there were 207 students, and in year 12 there were 167 students. The peak enrolment of 1195 at KHS included 17 students temporarily attending the Intensive Language Centre at Chatswood. There were 81 members of staff.


In 1986, KHS’s third Principal retired after ten years as Principal. KHS’s fourth Principal was appointed principal and took up his position in 1987

In 1986, KHS’s School Prefects combined the Prefects theme of ‘Killara Cares into a theme of ‘Killara cares about Killara.’

The Prefects also decided that a major concern was the safety of transport to and from school. They produced a ‘Transport Safety Booklet’ outlining the rules and hints for getting to school safely. This was coordinated with visits from members of the police force patrolling the area after school, as well as safety lectures and posters. They also ran a competition on safety with a ‘stack-hat’ donated by the police force as a prize.


In 1987, KHS achieved the 3rd highest aggregate by a State High School in the 1987 HSC. The top schools were Dubbo South HS, North Sydney Boys HS, with 3rd place being shared by KHS, Sydney Boys HS and Wiley Park Girls HS. There were approximately thirty students throughout the entire state in both state and private schools who scored 480 or more. KHS boasted two out of that thirty.

In 1987, a new English syllabus for years 7-10 was introduced. The new assessment procedures for HSC English was now in its second year.

In 1987, thanks to funding by the P&C Association, the Social Science Department [now part of the Human Society and its Environments (HSIE)] gained ready access to a Microbee Computer and printer. The equipment was use for lesson preparation, storage of teaching programs, trialling new software packages and recording student marks.

In 1987, the staff at KHS were attempting to develop a student welfare program. A Statement of Rights and Responsibilities was also developed for both students and staff at KHS. The Discipline Committee which had been meeting in 1987 for the previous eighteen months, also recommended introducing the Levels System, which ‘offers a balance of discipline and commendation, consistency, documentation and centralised record keeping.’ The system was adapted from programs operating successfully in other schools throughout the State. A Pilot Scheme was to be introduced in fourth term, 1987, before implementation in 1988.

In 1987, KHS was internally painted throughout the school. 

In 1987, the P&C ‘let’ a contract for one year (i.e. fourteen) ‘lawn mowings’ of the school grounds for $5,000.


In 1988, KHS won the Royal Lifesaving Society’s E.A. Fry trophy for the highest number of lifesaving award points by a co-educational high school. The same trophy was awarded to KHS in 1989 also.

In 1988, a KHS ex-student, and great grandson of the founder of the company Bruce & Walsh, (Sydney jewellers since 1902), returned from Switzerland as an honours graduate in watch industry management at the CFH institute.  


In 1989, KHS was declared a Centre of Excellence in Modern Languages, in recognition of the school’s fine programs and widely known initiatives over many years.

In 1989, preliminary planning by a designated Computer Coordinator for a long-term computer education program began to take shape. The aim was to make best use of grant money that had been made available by the Government, so that the priority in 1989 and 1990 was given to staff development with the view of having the computer in use in many subject areas. The purchased of appropriate hardware and software resulted in Computer Studies being offered in 1991.

In 1989, KHS HSC Students became the first Metropolitan North pupils to receive portfolios. Issued by the Board of Secondary Education, the portfolios provide students with a record of their school achievements to present to employers. Each portfolio contains the certificates and credentials the student gained at school and suggestions for preparing a resume, a job application and dealing with interviews.

In 1989, a year 11 KHS student was invited to attend the 22nd National Summer School in Mathematics.

In 1989  the Community Relations division of the Department of Education has continued to ask KHS ‘to play host‘ to overseas educationalists and touring groups of teachers wishing to observe the fine work being done within KHS.

In 1989, the P&C provided funds to the Home Science faculty for an overlocker.

In 1989, KHS’s School Administration team were in the process of changing all school records over to the OASIS School Information System. This entailed entering all relevant information onto computer.

In 1989, a KHS History staff member was asked on behalf of KHS to consult with A.A. Hudson in their proposed restoration of ‘Rose Cottage’ – the oldest timber building in Australia. KHS was asked to advise on how it could best be incorporated into the educational process.

In 1989, forty-two year 12 KHS Physics students went on an excursion to inspect the nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights in south-west Sydney. They had a tour of the main building; an inspection of the facilities for packaging radioactive products; and viewed a film of the latest developments in the attempts to build a viable fusion reactor.

Killara High School in the 1990s:


In 1990, in recognition of the reputation that KHS had earned in the area of foreign language study, KHS was designated by the Minister for Education as a Languages High School.

Peer tutoring was piloted in 1990.

The ‘Cluster of Schools’ concept was implemented. The Killara cluster included KHS, St Ives HS and Turramurra HS, together with the primary schools that fed into these three high schools.

New courses that began operating in 1990 at KHS were:

  • Society and Culture (year 11)
  • Contemporary English (year 11)
  • Hebrew (year 8)

In 1990, a 17-year-old KHS student was named the State’s most talented young writer, when he won The Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Writer of the Year Award. He was among 3,666 NSW students who submitted up to 1,000 words of prose on a topic of his choice. The preliminary judges selected his satire as one of the thirteen regional winners. Entitled, There’s no such word as unbrave’, the KHS student’s piece looked at war, international politics, atrocity, the media, death and regeneration.  A short story written by the same KHS student was also to be published in The Sydney Morning Herald’sSpectrum’ pages.

In 1990, the number of KHS students who entered as candidates for the 4 Unit Mathematics course was one of the highest from a non-selective state high school.

In 1990, year 10 Work Experience placements for KHS students included:

  • acting
  • advertising
  • Air Safety Control
  • architecture
  • costume design & stage direction at the Sydney Opera House
  • the Defence Forces
  • journalism
  • law
  • medicine
  • photography
  • the police force
  • publishing
  • social work
  • television broadcasting
  • veterinary science

In 1990, the Industrial Arts Department acquired new equipment, including:

  • an Amiga 2000 computer
  • a class set of ergonomic, laminated drawing boards (designed and built by the students themselves) 

In 1990, a small group of KHS students decided to meet each week to collect and sort the paper wasted from the school’s photocopiers. Thus, the Student Paper Recycling Committee was formed. Some of the paper was recycled as note paper in the library, while other waste paper was collected by a recycling company.

Computer awareness, Computer Studies and computer training for staff were given a high priority in 1990. An across faculty Computer Committee was convened by the school’s computer coordinator. KHS’s computer room was also planned to be completed in the 1991 school year.

1990 was declared the International Year of Literacy.

In 1990, the number of KHS students who entered as candidates for the 4 Unit Mathematics course was very high – one of the highest from a non-selective state high school.


In 1991, the new subject Computing Studies was introduced at KHS. There were two classes in year 11 in order for the school’s first candidates to sit for the HSC exam in 1992.

It also meant that an upgrade to the computer room at KHS was done with 15 MS-DOS compatible 386SX computers, each with a VGA colour screen and 40Mb hard disk. A menu made it possible to start any program with a couple of keystrokes. The company Edlers sold KHS some high quality desks at a substantial discount and curtains were hung in the computer room so that a projection panel could be more effectively used. Students learnt how to use the following:

  • a database
  • a word processor
  • a spreadsheet
  • a modem
  • a printer 
  • other devices

All KHS students in the course also learnt computer programming, which at KHS at this time was called Pascal

In 1991, a three-day Girls Technology Expo was held at Elanora Heights. Two KHS female students were selected to attend.  The workshops they attended included:

  • constructing computer-controlled vehicles
  • designing computer programs
  • silk-screen printing with computers
  • making a video.

In 1991, The school administration system for NSW schools – Office Automation and School Information System (OASIS) was operational.  KHS had scheduled the library management computer package to come into full operation in 1992.


In 1992, three KHS students in year 9 obtained gold medals in the Intellectual Olympics. They were given a problem to construct a load-bearing bridge out of limited materials. The design of the KHS team was both original and practical, making the examiners impressed and KHS the winner.

In 1992, computer usage was moving fast in the Lion Library at KHS. Six computer terminals were purchased for the OASIS library network, as well as one VHS video recorder for the Audio Visual room and two CD Rom computers.

In 1992, local business people were co-opted into taking a year 9 class for ten lessons to teach students the practical side of running a business.

In 1992, year 12 Geography was mentioned in the social pages of the ‘Cowra Chronicle’ during field work to Cowra and environs.

In 1992, year 8 KHS students listened to a talk by the President of the Australian Antarctic Society on his experiences in Antarctica. This prompted calls from KHS students for the establishment of a Geography Club.

In 1992, year 10 KHS girls went to an ‘Opportunity for Girls Day’ at Macquarie University. The day included various speakers who have been successful in their fields of study, such as Industrial Technology, Business, Optometry, Economics and Horticulture. They discussed the details of entering careers in these fields. The day focused on the career prospects for women.

In 1992, year 10 KHS boys were involved in a ‘Boys in Balance’ seminar. They were addressed by a lawyer; the Principal of Williams Business College; a journalist; and a politician. They spoke to the KHS boys about entering into the humanities, e.g. secretarial work, nursing and hospitality management. After lunch the Playback Theatre Company joined the seminar with an emphasis on choosing the right career for yourself.

As part of the National Drug Offensive program in 1992, the youth director visited KHS to inform students of the dangers of alcohol related violence. The drummer from the band The Angels’, made the message even clearer as he supported the campaign.

In 1992, KHS addressed the Board of Studies requirement for the introduction of a school based twenty-five hour program of Personal Development for its year 11 students. Discussions with staff at the Jindabyne Field Study Centre resulted in the restructuring of their teaching program to insert certain personal development activities for KHS students to account for part of the twenty-five hours. KHS planned and presented its own HIV/AIDS component of this program.


In 1993, the Sydney Morning Herald [newspaper] did a front-page story which promoted KHS as a fine example of the fact that the local comprehensive state secondary school can deliver the highest positive quality educational service. The media had also earlier in the year highlighted KHS’s 1992 HSC results.

In 1993, a special taskforce of parents and teachers drew up a draft constitution for the possible formation of a School Council.

In 1993, a pilot program for gifted and talented students in years 7 and 8 was introduced at KHS – an initiative taken by a number of interested staff members – as a consequence of a School Development Day held in 1992.

One of the KHS School Captains received two accolades in 1993. The first was being chosen by Lions International as their Australian Youth of the Year, the second was being presented with the Minister for School Education’s 1993 Award for Excellence in student achievement.

KHS devised and designed a program called ‘Talking Tolerance to Teenagers’, which was included in a 1993 State-wide Departmental publication which highlights such programs of excellence.

In 1993, to cater for the growing interest in the use of the computer as a tool for teaching and learning, one of the aims for 1993 was to establish a second computer room. Fifteen Apple Macintosh computers were installed at the beginning of 1993 so students and staff could gain maximum benefit from access. Another ten computers were scheduled for installation in 1994.

In 1993, KHS year 11 students were offered two new coursesLegal Studies and Business Studies.

In 1993, the P&C arranged for an outdoor chess board to be located in the school grounds. The first challenge – to complete the delayed 1992 competition – took place with an audience of over fifty students and ten staff. Two KHS staff members played, then the winner played a year 11 KHS student in the final.

In 1993, KHS students entered a number of writing competitions in which the following results occurred:

  • a KHS student won 2nd prize in the Short Story section of the Ku-ring-gai Poetry and Short Story Competition, and two other KHS students were Highly Commended
  • in the poetry section of the above competition, one KHS student was Highly Commended and five KHS students were Commended.
  • in the Young Writer of the Year, two KHS students were commended for their work. Pupils from year 11, 10 and 7 received Certificates for their work.

Also, a group of year 8 KHS students spent a great deal of time and effort writing and illustrating storybooks based on Indigenous people and on animals. These were exhibited at Taronga Zoo in October, 1993.

In 1993, a year 11 KHS student gained a perfect score in the Chemistry Quiz. In the same quiz, KHS students (years 11 and 12 Chemistry students) received the following:

  • 23 High Distinctions
  • 20 Distinctions
  • 23 credits

In 1993, year 8 KHS Mathematics students went to Taronga Zoo for a maths excursion. The students participated in the following activities:

  • measured some of the animal cages
  • drew geometrical shapes from the elephant’s house, as well as patterns that were on the animals
  • created a pie graph of venomous and non-venous snakes
  • drew the patterns of the python

In 1993, KHS students competed in the Science Competition. One year 10 KHS student received full marks, being only one of two students in NSW to achieve this result.

In 1993, new subjects were introduced in the Social Science Department [now the Human Society & its Environments (HSIE)]. They were:

  • 2 Unit and 3 Unit Business Studies in Year 12
  • mandatory Geography and Commerce in years 7-10.

According to the 1993 KHS Green Years, 1993 was called the Big Mac Year in Computing. The use of computers had grown so much that a 2nd room was necessary. The staff chose a group of Macintosh LC Computers to give students and staff a choice of computer platforms. This meant the KHS could now boast of two major types of computers that “the students would find in the world of work”.

The ‘Macs as the computers were known, had colour displayed 14 inch screens; 4 Mb of RAM; 80 Mb of hard disk drives; and they shared a Laserwriter printer.

The computer program that was most used on the computers was called ‘Claris Works‘. It combined the functions of word-processing, database, spreadsheet, communications package and drawing.  The ability of the ‘System 7’ operating system could convert the nationality of the keyboard, so that it was utilised by Languages staff who had been producing documents with proper accents shown over the letters.

The Mathematics faculty were also keen to use the ‘Macs’. They decided that the most suitable program to use was ANUGraph, produced by the Australian National University, that enabled students to type and equation then see the function drawn on the screen.

The interest in Computing Studies grew in 1993 at KHS. There were three classes in year 11 and three in year 12.

In 1993, six year 12 KHS students were interviewed on Channel 9’s ‘Today television program. They spoke about career opportunities and the careers they hoped to enter.

In 1993, year 10 KHS students attended a Gender Equity Day at Macquarie University. This day was designed to broaden the minds of male and female students to the different vocations to which they may aspire. The girls learned a lot about the generally ‘male dominated’ fields like Computing, Engineering, Graphic Design and Horticulture.

In 1993, although still in its early stages at this time, the Education Business Link Program through KHS had started to achieve some results. The pharmaceutical firm, Bayer Australia offered to donate a special medal to KHS’s top science student each year, and to help also with the mock interviews and Careers night for 1994. The company 3M assisted with the ‘Gender Equity Day ‘at Macquarie University in 1993 and offered also to take a number of work experience students, as did the Phillips Language Systems Company.

In 1993, four year 12 KHS students attended a special luncheon at Chatswood Chamber of Commerce where they heard from the producer/director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Brisbane Commonwealth Games and the Los Angeles and Barcelona Olympic Games, speak about his role.

In 1993, approaches were also made in 1993 to a number of local companies to join KIN – the Killara High School Industry Network – a program at KHS an interactive program designed to benefit both KHS and the firms involved.

In 1993, there was a Macquarie Link at KHSKHS students participated in this link at Macquarie University:

  • year 12 French students from KHS participated in a 3rd year conversation class
  • Ancient history students from KHS were hosted at the History Museum in the School of History Philosophy and Politics

Students from Macquarie University visited KHS to conduct a pilot survey amongst KHS students dealing with Aboriginal land rights.


In 1994, a third computer room was established in a small classroom with twelve 486 DX computers which were used in the Technical and Applies Studies (TAS) key learning area.

In 1994, year 11 KHS students participated in an AIDS awareness program. The day included informative talks and group talks, including a video showing the effects of AIDS on the individual and the emotional strain it can cause family & friends. A guest speaker shared his experience about living and coping with the AIDS virus.

In 1994, KHS students from various years were commended for their creative writing in the following competitions:

  • Four KHS students were highly commended for their short stories in the ‘Herald Young Writer of the Year’
  • A year 9 KHS female student was a finalist in the Henry Lawson Poetry Writing Competition. She was also commended, as was another KHS student, for her entry in the ‘Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition’.
  • A year 9 KHS student won 2nd prize in the Ku-ring-gai Library Poetry Writing Competition, while another student was highly commended and one  was commended.
  • A year 11 and a year 9 KHS student were highly commended for their short stories in the prose section of the Ku-ring-gai Library Competition.
  • Three of our KHS students were selected from over seven hundred entries  to be part of ‘Youth Writes Number 8’ anthology (four were sent). This book was a collection of young Australian writers from all over Australia.
  • A year 8 KHS student won the Picture Book Section of the ‘Taronga Zoo Book Writing Competition’ in 1993, and this spurred on many more entries for the 1994 competition. The entries in 1994 were both group and individual serious attempts at producing books, stories, poetry and plays that had been processed to publication stage. There were sixteen hundred entries, and thirty-eight prize winners. KHS received thirteen prizes. One of these students, a year 8 KHS student, was one of two major Secondary Prize winners, receiving $400 as well as a book prize. The prize winners works’, along with students from other schools, were displayed at the Zoo.

In 1994, the KHS year 11 debating team had three wins against Peter Board HS, Marsden HS, and Willoughby Girls’ HS. They had one narrow defeat against North Sydney Boys’ HS.

In 1994, year 10 KHS students participated in a ‘Future Directions Day’ at Macquarie University. The program consisted of a number of lectures about the changing roles of men and women in modern society. There were different career talks, as well as tours around the Science Department.

In 1994, each edition of The Killara Newsletter was translated into Chinese (Mandarin).


In 1995, KHS celebrates its Silver Jubilee – twenty-five years since KHS student were on the current building premises.

In 1995, KHS trialled the restructuring of the school day for the year.

In 1995, thirty KHS students attended two leadership and public speaking courses organised by Toastmasters. The students learnt the skills of meeting procedure, speaking and leadership. These courses took place in the house. Four of the students who attended went on the represent KHS in the District Finals.


In 1996, during term 3, a group of year 11 KHS students volunteered their time to help year 7 students with their reading skills. This occurred on Tuesdays each week during lunchtime. Many of these students were also Peer Tutors helping ESL students during 1995.

In 1996, year 8 Maths classes visited Taronga Zoo to examine the many ways in which maths skills could be used in everyday life. Some of the activities included:

  • measuring and calculating the capacity of a pool where a seal swims
  • measuring and calculating the perimeter of a fence
  • recording information in a table after observing the monkeys at the Zoo
  • calculating the area of an octagonal shaped roof
  • estimating the height of a giraffe

In 1996, a year 11 female KHS student was selected for the Chemistry Competition ’95 for years 11 and 12, and to enter the Chemistry Olympiad Selection Process, where only one hundred and fifty students were chosen.

In 1996, as part of the newly introduced Honour Badge System – the ‘Green Achievement Awards’ – were a permanent record of students’ achievements at KHS. They were tabulated by respective year advisers over a general time period of two years, and lead to awards such as:

  • a letter of merit
  • an inscription in the school’s honour book, or
  • the highest level – being awarded the school’s honour badge.

Twenty green cards were required to receive an honour badge, with the first being green, the second yellow and the third (a recent addition) being white. Recipients of each honour badge contributed in various ways to a number of aspects around the school – in extra-curricular activities, performances, service or within the classroom. On the 15th March 1996, four KHS student were the first recipients of the newly introduced honour badge. 

In 1996, two KHS students were offered prestigious Accounting Cadetships for 1997.

In 1996, year 7 KHS students went to Askania Park, Gosford for a geography field trip. The ‘Forest of Tranquillity’ is protected rainforest in Askania Park. The students discovered the names of animals and plants and drew many examples. They learnt how to identify plants such as ferns and about animal habitats.

In 1996, more than thirty-six KHS students and staff participated in the 1996 City to Surf to help raise money for the Australian Kidney Foundation.

In 1996, as part of a special project, junior KHS students entered the Young Scientist Competition. Categories included:

  • scientific creative writing
  • multimedia and photographic studies
  • original scientific research

Some KHS students’ entries received prizes, with their work displayed at the Powerhouse Museum.


In 1997, all KHS junior science students were entered in the Australian Schools Science Competition. The results were as follows:

  • Year 7:  14 Distinctions, 15 Credits
  • Year 8:  7 Distinctions, 19 Credits
  • Year 9:  9 Distinctions, 26 Credits
  • Year 10: 24 Distinctions, 68 Credits

Two KHS students – one in year 7 and one in year 10 – were awarded High Distinctions.

In 1997, KHS pupils from years 7-12 participated in a number of writing competitions for short stories, children’s books and poetry writing. Some of the winners were:

  • A year 11 KHS student wrote a beautifully crafted story, ‘The Trilogy of Life’ and was one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Writer of the Year, and one of the Metropolitan North Regional Winners. Three other KHS students were Highly Commended for their stories.
  • A KHS student won both the Mosman Youth Award in Literature (Junior Section) and the Young Adult Section of the Ku-ring-gai Library Poetry Competition
  • A KHS student won the teenage section of the Ku-ring-gai Library Poetry Competition and runner-up in the Mosman Award.
  • A year 8 KHS student was awarded 2nd place in the Maxwell Lakeman Memorial Poetry Competition.
  • Five KHS students were runners up in the Ku-ring-gai awards, and two KHS student were commended for their entries.

In 1997, a year 7 male KHS student won a prize in the 1997 Young Scientist Competition – in the Creative Writing Section with a piece entitled, “Power Problems.”

In 1997, five teams of three year 12 KHS Chemistry students entered a competition held on a Saturday morning at Sydney University chemistry laboratories. The best teams from this stage proceed to the state finals. Three KHS female students reached the next stage. One of these students earned a gold medal, while the other two female students received silver medals. The KHS team finished in the top half of the finals group.

In 1997, as part of the study of Nuclear Physics in year 11, KHS students went on an excursion to Australia’s only reactor at Lucas Heights. After radiation suits were fitted, the group entered the top-secret military installation. They saw the particle accelerator which made isotopes used to cure disease. The authors of a brief article on the excursion – two KHS students – finished their report with this, “Unfortunately I have to stop writing now due to my growth of two extra fingers.”

In 1997, the TAS/Home Economics Department ran a display and muffin shop on KHS’s Open Night. The student chefs from the Hospitality classes showed their culinary skills and expertise in food display.

In 1997, year 12 Food Technology students were involved in the following activities:

  • Fourteen year 12 KHS students sitting for the HSC in 2 Unit Food Technology.
  • Excursions to Tip Top Bakery and the Sydney Fish Markets

In 1997, the year 7 Design and Technology course included units of work on:

  • introduction to Design and Technology
  • barbecue aprons
  • toys for toddlers
  • snack foods

In 1997, the year 9 Food Technology course included units of work on:

  • food and the Australian identity
  • the nutritional status and special needs of people
  • food packaging
  • food for special occasions

In 1997, the Technical Drawing classes produced traditional drawn engineering, product drawings and renderings as well as Computer (CAD) drawings of the school building layouts which  yield valuable practical documents for emergency procedures, planning etc.


After completing the HSC in 1998, two KHS students (a male and a female student) were awarded Macquarie University Sports Association Scholarships for pursuing courses at Macquarie University while also representing the University in sport.

After completing his HSC in 1998, a  KHS student was selected to perform his outstanding HSC Music composition with twelve others, at the Sydney Opera House’s ‘Encore’ concert.

A KHS student gained selection in the Australian Schoolboys’ Soccer team, which played international fixtures against New Zealand, Fiji, and Wales.


In 1999, KHS was the only school to be honoured with the visit by Her Serene Highness Princess Siriwanwaree, the Crown Princess of Thailand. She was accompanied by her father, the Crown Prince of Thailand. The 12-year-old Princess was herself in her first year of secondary school, which was located within the Royal Palace of Thailand. During her visit she was greeted by children around her own age, and it was planned that she would take part in two or three lessons. She was most impressed with the music and dance performances, and the year 12 Industry Studies class.

In 1999, the P&C Association operated through various committees that parents could choose to join. These included:

  • business friends
  • canteen
  • clothing pool
  • grounds maintenance
  • performing arts
  • publicity
  • social events
  • sport
  • technology committee

In 1999, Australian Rugby Union Wallaby, and an KHS ex-student, returned to KHS –– bearing ‘Bill’, that is, the World Cup, the symbol of World Rugby Supremacy.

In 1999, outstanding HSC results in English placed eleven students on the merit list for scoring 90 and above.

In 1999, three year 11 KHS students were Highly Commended in the Sydney Morning Herald Short Story Writing Competition.

In 1999, a year 12 student made it to the final of the Sydney Morning Herald Plain English-Speaking Competition. The student also won the District Award in the Lion of the Year Competition.

In 1999, two staff from the Gosford Reptile Park came to KHS to show year 7 science students a range of reptiles that students may come across while walking in the bush. They brought snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodiles, with most of the reptiles being able to be handled.

1999 was the last year 4 Unit Science was included in the HSC.

In 1999, new occupational, health and safety rules meant that one adult was needed to accompany every twenty students on excursions. In the Social Science Department, some parents volunteered, and therefore allowed the excursion for all year 9 Commerce classes to ‘Coca Cola’ at Northmead, to proceed.

In 1999, year 7 and 9 KHS Geography classes visited Taronga Zoo to study endangered species within grassland, rainforest, mountain and wetland environments. Year 9 students met ‘Coolabah’ the koala, which was to travel to Pretoria, South Africa, as the NSW Government’s gift to Nelson Mandela.

In 1999, Year 12 KHS Design and Technology students worked on their Major Design Projects and designed a variety of products including:

  • a pre-school kit – teaching tolerance through pull-apart and mix and match toys
  • a sun safe outfit aimed at adolescence, including a logo
  • a child’s quilt
  • bedroom accessories with an African theme

Two year 12 KHS Design and Technology students had their Major Design Projects and folios chosen for possible inclusion in the ‘Design Tech. ’99 exhibition’ at the Powerhouse Museum.

Killara High School in the 2000s:


In 2000, KHS celebrated 30 years of education since KHS students were on the current KHS site.

“Much has changed since the school first opened in 1970. Traditions have been formed, buildings have been built. The school has thrived and matured greatly since.”

In 2000, the Director-General’s School Achievement Award for Excellence Across the Curriculum was awarded to KHS.

In 2000, the NSW Governor presented the Anzac Day School Trophy for 1999 to KHS at a ceremony in the Kerrabee Centre.

In 2000, year 12 KHS students attended a Tertiary Information Day at Macquarie University. Stalls situated throughout a large hall represented various universities, TAFEs and private colleges. Each stall was manned by representatives of the different institutions, who were able to explain the details of courses.

In 2000, the relatively new ‘Hospitality Operations’ course was made possible, primarily through the fully furnished kitchen in B Block.

In 2000, the newly inducted KHS prefects of 2000-2001 spent a day helping at Cromehurst Special School’s ‘Mini Olympics’.  Cromehurst School was a school for students with both intellectual and learning disabilities. The ‘Mini Olympics’ proceedings commenced with a torch relay. The students took part in slightly modified but equally challenging events, ranging from tennis to high jump, javelin and gymnastics.

In 2000, the KHS Zone Swimming Carnival was held at the prestigious Olympic Aquatic Centre. Many KHS students did extremely well, with many KHS students managing to make the regional competition at Warringah Aquatic Centre.

In 2000, two female KHS staff members and two female KHS Prefects attended the annual International Women’s Day breakfast held at the Westin Hotel in the city, where nine hundred guests gathered. An international guest speaker spoke of her first-hand experience to help women and families in Cambodia.

In 2000, twelve KHS students participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as audience leaders.

In 2000, the ‘E’ team, a structured work place experience program, was developed and conducted by the Australian Quality Council. This team attends a training day, and while at the host organisation, analyses a specific work process to identify opportunities for improvement. KHS’s E-team consisted of five year 11 KHS students. They were placed in a company calledTransgrid’ – a division of Energy Australia. The project was to improve access and retrieval of resources within the Asset Management Group, allowing the five students to return to KHS with a higher understanding of the operation of business.

In 2000, ‘Beau’ was a dog, who regularly ‘attended’ KHS.

In 2000, throughout the year, the following students were acknowledged for their work and efforts at KHS:

  • 480 KHS students received certificates of merit for academic progress
  • 146 KHS students had their names inscribed in the school’s Honour Book
  • 37 KHS students were awarded Honour Badges

In 2000, KHS celebrated the diverse culture which constitute the school’s population with a Multicultural Day. Displays of traditional Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Thai dances were held throughout the day, as well as martial arts displays. The school’s annual Art Show was held in conjunction with the festivities. Guest speakers on the day included:

  • A representative from the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation
  • the Local Member of Parliament
  • the Mayor of Ku-ring-gai

In 2000, twelve KHS students participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as audience leaders.

In 2000, during the sixteen days of the Sydney Olympics Games, a number of year 10 KHS students were actively involved in supporting the Olympics as dancers, musicians and volunteers.


In 2001, four KHS year 12 students were placed in the top 1% of the State in the HSC examination.

In 2001, the annual Art Show attracted large audiences, including people from the community, other schools, the Department of Education and Training, and the Board of Studies.

In 2001, the SRC was in close liaison with the clothing pool in regard to the design of a new school jacket. There were also involved in these further activities:

  • became a member of the Australian Rock Company, allowing students to advance their skills and gain practical work experience in the Australian music industry.
  • A number of SRC members attended the annual Ryde District Primary Leadership Training Day to facilitate the development of future student leaders.
  • Other SRC members attended an Inter-district camp, where they were able to broaden their own knowledge as well as mingle with other student leaders from twenty-four schools.
  • Supported the Lindfield Rotary Club in their request to create a much-needed youth centre on the North Shore.
  • Organised fundraisers including: World Vision, Amnesty International and Legacy

In 2001, the TAS Home Economic Faculty held a number of excursions. These were:

  • Year 7 KHS Design and Technology students went to ‘Wonderland’.
  • Year 10 KHS Textiles and Design students attended the Whitehouse Institute of Design Open Day at the Powerhouse Museum
  • Years 10 and 11 KHS Food Technology students participated in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Tower Restaurants, followed by lunch in the revolving restaurant.
  • Year 11 KHS Textiles and Design students attended a fashion drawing workshop at the Whitehouse Institute of Design
  • Year 12 KHS Hospitality Operations visited Ryde TAFE to observe students at work in a commercial setting


In 2002, the KHS students entered a number of competitions with their English work. These were:

  • Four KHS English students entered their work in The Mosman Youth Awards in Literature, and received Commendations for their efforts.
  • Year 10 and 11 KHS English students entered the Commonwealth Bank Junior Debating Competition and the Karl Cramp Debating Competition – both inter-school competitions which offered invaluable experience in public speaking and formulating a convincing and coherent argument.
  • In term 4, all year 7 KHS students were involved in inter-class debates.
  • In term 1, a fantasy writer spoke to years 7, 8, 10 and 11 about his experiences as a composer. He also ran a workshop for the year 11 and 12 extension students. The library staff reported that his books became very much in demand after his visit.

In 2002, eleven KHS students attended the Arthur Phillip Commemoration Service at Garden Island, where they also met the Governor of NSW.

In 2002, the Social Science Faculty organised many excursions which were:

  • Year 9 Commerce to the ‘Coca-Cola bottling plant at Northmead
  • Year 10 Commerce to the Law Courts
  • Year 12 Geography to the Hunter Valley to study the productive activity of wine making
  • Year 11 Business Studies went to the ‘Cotton Discovery Centre’ at Darling Harbour to study marketing and global business
  • Year 12 Society and Culture students went to the State Library to gain research skills for the methodologies of the Person Interest Project.

In 2002, two KHS students submitted a business plan for a hypothetical business called ‘Designer Jeanz’. The plan was so good that their teachers encouraged them to enter the EBE Business Plan Competition in the group section. At Parliament House in November, 2002, the two students were awarded first prize. KHS received a $200 book voucher and the Social Science faculty was given two business-related books.

In 2002, the house [part of KHS] was given freshly painted, and a colourful display of posters and students works.

In 2002, year 7 KHS students went on an excursion to Bicentennial Park in Homebush Bay to investigate the science topic: “Our Local Ecosystem”. The students examined the mangrove ecosystem and drew mangrove trees, the animals that lived on them, counted the names of their seeds, studied their root systems, and learnt about the way they affect the soil and air around them.

In 2002, fourteen students from KHS and five from Baulkham Hills HS travelled to Germany. The tour included:

  • Vienna (two nights)
  • Munich, staying with host families in Landau for two weeks
  • Salzburg ~ to visit the home of The Sound of Music
  • Lake Constance
  • Lake Titisee
  • Strasberg
  • Heidelberg, Oberwesel and Weinheim
  • Rhine River
  • Frankfurt


In 2003, a year 8 KHS student was placed in the top 0.5% of students in the Mathematics Competition in NSW. Six other KHS students received High Distinctions, and eighty-eight KHS students received Distinctions and Credits.

In 2003, year 9 KHS History students, as part of a history assignment, created a historically accurate care package. These packages were sent to provide hope, encouragement and extra supplies to the soldiers in World War One by the Australian Comforts Fund (ACF), an organisation made up mainly of women. Recreating these care packages allowed students to be creative and create replicas at a very high standard.

In 2003, ten KHS students and one KHS teacher participated in the annual University of Sydney Physics Competition. The challenge was to design, build and demonstrate a mechanical vehicle, powered only by gravity, that would travel a set distance between two and ten metres. The exact distance would be specified on competition day. The closest to the mark would be the winning entry. Working at lunchtimes, the KHS group decided on a tricycle to build. A former KHS ex-student provided the group with technical assistance.

In 2003, two year 8 KHS students who represented the school at a Forensic Science Camp were chosen from a large selection of NSW school students. It was held at the Armidale School and involved five days of intensive crime solving. The one hundred and forty-eight students who attended the camp were divided into groups of four and given a scenario on the first night of camp. Very realistic scenarios had been created by the team leaders, who were year 9 students. The students received pieces of physical evidence to analyse and communicated with their leaders via email, getting into the role of a detective to solve the crime. On the second day, the students had to submit a letter of accusation to a judge and on the last day, the students prosecuted, playing all the roles of barristers, bailiffs, jurors and the accused. The judge was played by a real judge who serves in Australia’s courts.

In 2003, year 12 KHS students attended a Tertiary Information Evening organised by the KHS careers advisers. Over one hundred students and their parents attended with a range of speakers providing information. These included:

  • the head of the UAC’s Scaling Committee
  • Macquarie University’s High Schools’ Liaison Officer
  • an ex-student of KHS

The speakers spoke on a range of topics, including:

  • how the UAI is calculated
  • alternate entry routes to university
  • how you should strive to do the course of your dreams rather than doing a course just because you obtain the marks to get into it
  • how to apply for university

In 2003, year 12 KHS Earth and Environmental Science students went on the annual field trip around Orange, NSW, to look at fish fossils, power stations and a coal mine.

In August 2003, KHS staff and students organised an Open Night for primary school students and parents. Some of the activities on the evening included:

  • displays around the school
  • the choir and bands performed
  • sausage sizzle, drinks and dancing in the quadrangle
  • LeGrande Café serving coffee, tea and biscuits in the Loft
  • food stalls around the school
  • Textile and Design students demonstrated their craft
  • students’ woodwork pieces on display
  • in Science – demonstrations of experiments
  • the Art show – with year 12 Major Works on display, as well as other works from students in other years

In 2003, seventeen KHS students went to the Hunter Valley for a Geography field study that included visiting wineries and wetlands.

In 2003, a number of science students achieved excellent results in the Rio Tinto Australian Science Olympiads Qualifying exams. These were:

  • biology: three High Distinctions and one Distinction
  • chemistry: One High Distinctions, two Distinctions and one Credit
  • physics: Two High Distinctions, one Distinction and one Credit

In 2003, two KHS Business Studies students won first prize in the Teams Division in the ‘Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition’.


In 2004, a number of KHS English students, who entered the SMH Young Writer of the Year competition, won Certificates of Encouragement or Certificates of Commendation. Thirty-one KHS students received the former, eight received the latter.

In 2004, an event called “The night of the notables’ took place – an evening where intriguing and historical talks were performed with costumes for various famous people, such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Cleopatra and Mother Teresa.

In 2004, KHS HSC English students who studied the text, ‘Frontline’, came face to face when the creators, from Working Dog, visited KHS. The visit was made possible because of the efforts of three KHS student filmmakers, who won the visit in ‘Funnybone 500 – a comedy film competition’.

In 2004, KHS Business Studies and Economics classes went on an excursion to Wonderland. The students were given a question sheet before they entered the theme park in order to examine the different aspects of the theme park and how the business operates.

In 2004, a number of year 11 KHS students selected water as a theme for their senior geography projects. The classes had already examined case studies of the Snowy and Murray/Darling rivers. The students visited the Narrabeen Catchment to extend their investigation further. The excursion included the following:

  • study sites at Collaroy Plateau – site overview
  • Oxford Falls – sediment retardation and stormwater management systems at Oxford Street
  • noxious weed infestation flooding at Middle Creek
  • rural-urban land use practices contributing to erosion, sedimentation and nutrient concentration at Ingleside
  • evaluating water quality and examining the delta at Deep Creek

In December 2004, seven KHS students volunteered at the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross, for a total of two weeks between the students. Two KHS students who wrote about their experiences in The Green Years (2005) wrote:

“We took so much from our experience at Wayside. Not only were we helping people who are less fortunate than ourselves, but they were helping us by allowing us into a small part of their lives and letting us experience something so elevating and enriching that words fail to describe it.”


In 2005, a year 12 KHS student was presented with the prestigious 2005 Whitlam Institute Award, a prize for excellence in writing. This was sponsored by the University of Western Sydney and Fairfax Press. The topic chosen for the submission concerned funding for higher education and its impact on access to tertiary education. The same year 12 KHS student also won the Taronga Foundation’s poetry competition and the Sydney Theatre Company’s Young Playwright Award.

In 2005, a group of year 7 KHS students went on a Design and Technology excursion to Homebush to see the ‘Houses of the Future’ exhibit. Students also had a chance to make model houses, using materials such as cardboard and paper.

In 2005, the year 9 KHS advisers organised a ‘P’ night for their cohort. Expecting most of year 9 students would arrive in their pyjamas, they were astounded at the effort and imaginative ideas by year 9 students. Here are some of the ‘outfits’:

  • the Pineapple
  • the Prime Minister
  • the Pink ladies
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • the Pirates
  • the Poms
  • the Protesters (demonstrating against changes to their Monday timetable)

In 2005, seven year 11 KHS Physics students took up the Great Engineering Challenge, organised by the University of NSW and Engineers Australia. Competing with over twenty other schools, from public and independent school systems, the theme was disaster relief. The KHS students were firstly required to develop a method of dropping relief supplies without damaging the contents of the container. They worked out that a truncated cone packed with semi-soft material would be best. Next they were required to raise a telecommunications tower that had been blown over, as had occurred in Brazil. There were very limited resources available for the students to perform this difficult task. After several false starts they developed a successful methods which involved making a lever from short pieces of wood and adding this to a pulley. It was the combination of these two challenges that placed the KHS students as overall winners. They received Ipods as prizes.

In 2005, the KHS Business Society, aimed to increase the awareness for KHS students of contemporary business affairs, and to organise people who have business backgrounds to speak to interested students about their business experiences. Some of the events/activities included:

  • An excursion to the Imax Theatres to enhance students’ understanding of business, particularly marketing. There was also a presentation from the Managing Director of Accor Hotels. His efforts allowed the students to develop a case study that could be used for the HSC examination.
  • A professor of Economics and Finance from the University of Sydney visited KHS in March. His discussion focused on overseas and domestic market influences, and trends in financial markets and their implications for business financial needs.
  • The Managing Director of Telstra’s Global Business Unit visited KHS, and was able to provide an insight into the world of global business.
  • Financial Manager at the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme provided an analysis of the various business functions their associated interlinked nature.


In 2006, a female KHS yr 12 student came 1st in the State in both Visual Arts and Aboriginal Studies in the 2006 HSC exams – the only student in NSW to achieve this feat in an area other than languages.

In 2006, the KHS Prefects, as part of their ‘Clean up the school with Enviro-term’, took to the school grounds, with the aim of allowing students to trade trash for lollies from them. This was also a fundraising event, and the money raised went towards Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors campaign.


As a result of KHS becoming one of the largest schools in the state, limited playground space was a concern, and one of the Deputy Principals was negotiating with Ku-ring-gai Council for the school to hire Koola Park as additional active playground at lunch time when it was available. This area was to be of course supervised by staff.


In 2008, KHS established a Science Club for students who wanted to express their interest in Science. Students participated in the ‘Murder under the Microsope (MuM) and ‘SPECTRA’ Awards. ‘Murder under the Microscope (MuM)‘, was a competition open to all schools that operates like a detective mystery. Students have to investigate ten potential crime sites, fifteen potential environmental victims, and pick out the final answer from the list. This was to be done over three weeks, with clues from various sources found on the website. The first school to identify the environmental villain, victim and crime site is crowned the Mum ‘Eco-Sleuth of the Year’. The SPECTRA Awards’ was where students choose areas they are interested in, and complete activities to earn awards.

In 2008, a female KHS student was asked to deliver a keynote address at a Citizenship ceremony conducted at Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers. For the audience of new Australian citizens, her address was both empathic and sensitive in providing a personal perspective on the experience of moving to a new country.

In 2008, a year 11 KHS male student was presented with the Regional Director’s Recognition Award for Student Achievement in recognition of his service to Cromehurst School and its young people and families. He was one of two students selected from many nominations submitted by school communities across the Northern Sydney Region.


In 2009, KHS’s debating and public speaking team consisted of two year 7 KHS students, two year 9 KHS students and two year 11 KHS students. This team collected a number of ribbons in the following debating and public speaking competitions:

  • Winners of the senior high school category of the ‘Voices of the Ages’ competition, with a speech on the positives and negatives of going to school in Ku-ring-gai.
  • A year 11 KHS speaker won through to the Regional of the Sydney Morning Herald Plain English-Speaking Awards, with a speech on life and death and growing up.
  • The two year 7 KHS students made an impact in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.

In 2009, year 8 KHS geography students, as part of their study of ‘threatened habitats’ spent one day investigating the inter-tidal wetlands at Homebush Bay. Some of the activities they completed on the excursion were:

  • tested water quality by investigating the biodiversity of living organisms
  • identifed the physical environment require for the ecosystem to function

From their findings, the students presented outstanding reports on their return to class as PowerPoint presentations and brochures.

In 2009, year 10 KHS geography students ventured into a variety of sites within Sydney to investigate issues affecting Australian environments. The issues they studied were land and water management, coastal management and urban growth and decline. The sites visited were Penrith Lakes, Long Reef coastal region and the suburb of Rhodes.

In 2009, a year 11 male KHS student embarked on a journey on board the Young Endeavour [tall ship]. He was selected as a member of the youth crew and set sail on an eleven-day voyage from Airlie Beach to Townsville that covered 355 nautical miles.

In 2009, four year 11 KHS students completed the subject PHIL137 – Critical Thinking, as part of the Macquarie University School Partner Gifted and Talented program. The students were required to attend two on-campus sessions as well as participate in online discussion boards. The course was a first year University Philosophy subject, where student engaged in exploration of the differences between explanation and argument. They analysed and evaluated the structure and quality of sample argument texts to determine the validity of the arguments therein. All four KHS students performed admirably in the course, with two students achieving a Distinction, one student achieved 1st place in the course with a mark of 86% and the award of High Distinction.

Killara High School in the 2010s:


In 2010 the KHS SRC held a barbecue in recognition of KHS’s 40th anniversary on this site. In May, an event was held where students created a human ’40’. A more formal event was where selected members of staff and students were invited to witness the burial of the time capsule. This time capsule held memories of the last 40 years, e.g. uniforms, newsletters and pictures of the school spirit.

In 2010, the P&C was able to encourage the Department of Education to acquire the disused land across the road from KHS to provide additional recreation space.

In 2010, as part of ‘The High School Challenge’, local primary schools sent year 3 gifted and talented (GATS) students from the four areas of Art, Science, Technology and History to KHS for a day of activities. Each student was mentored by a year 9 or 10 KHS student.

In 2010, KHS students participated in three maths competitions:

  1. the Mathematics Challenge in years 7-10
  2. the Australian Mathematics Competition for students 7-12
  3. the ICAS assessment for all students in years 7-9

In 2010, four year 12 KHS debating students participated in the Premier’s Debating Challenge, making it to the regional finals, after a series of impressive zone and knock out round debates.

In 2010, KHS promoted a student leadership program with some of the local primary schools, through a series of video conferences.

In 2010, four year 12 KHS debating students participated in the Premier’s Debating Challenge, making it to the regional finals, after a series of impressive zone and knock out round debates.

In 2010, as part of the ‘High School Challenge’, local primary schools sent year 3 gifted and talented (GATS) students from the four areas of Art, Science, Technology and History to KHS for a day of activities. Each student was mentored by a year 9 or 10 KHS student.

In 2010, a local primary school asked KHS for assistance with their debating students. Year 11 KHS students led sessions for the year 5 and 6 students, while year 7 KHS students put on an exhibition debate for these students as well as for students at Lindfield East Primary School.

In 2010, two year 9 KHS male students participated in a Youth Book Forum. This is an annual event, where students from four schools form a panel of eight, to discuss the fiction titles nominated on The Children’s Book Council of the Year Shortlist for Older Readers.

In 2010, four year 12 KHS debating students participated in the Premier’s Debating Challenge, making it to the regional finals, after a series of impressive zone and knock out round debates.

In 2010, year 9 KHS English classes wrote poems about objects that were important to them. Afterwards, they put their poems in a creative place. Not only did the students write poems, they performed them also. The class participated in workshops provided by a professional poet, who guided them through the poetry writing process. The poems themselves used unusual symbolism and techniques. Some performance enhancing tools included ‘PowerPoints’, videos, props and even costumes. As part of the unit, the students were required to store the poem in a special place. After many discussions with the class it was decided on the idea of a wardrobe. This storage was meant to represent how our objects are placed in our own little cabinets.

In 2010, some year 10 KHS students competed in two Public Speaking Competitions:

  1. The ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ Competition – topics were issues relevant to Australia, e.g. asylum seekers, the BHP oil spill, and the global financial crisis
  2. The UN Youth Association Competition – topics were about global issues and how to fix them

In 2010, year 10 history students went to Canberra for an Australian History Site Study. The day trip involved the following activities:

  • test-running a new interactive display on parliamentary democracy at Old Parliament House, and delving into a historical recreation of a parliamentary debate on the blocking of the Tasmanian dam in 1983
  • a tour of both chambers and various halls, gaining valuable understanding of symbols and processes of democracy at the New Parliament House
  • visited the various dioramas and displays at the Australian War Memorial depicting Australians in conflict – from wars through to peacekeeping

Some students at the conclusion of their tour paid their respects at the Roll of Honour, placing poppies beside names of the fallen in commemoration of those who did not return to Australia.

In 2010, a guest speaker visited KHS to address sixty-eight year 12 KHS students of Ancient History, sharing experiences of excavating with the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii and Herculaneum. She had just returned following six months working at Pompeii where she experienced first-hand the difficulties associated with attempts to save the site from natural elements, tourists and lack of funds. In three lectures she covered the architecture of private buildings, using examples of houses she has personally excavated, the study of red slip pottery and latest issues of conservation.

In 2010, the HSIE organised activities and events were organised:

  • year 9 KHS HSIE students experienced first-hand what it would be like to run their own small business at the annual Market Stall day, selling ‘sushi munchers’ and ‘candy crunchers’.
  • year 10 KHS Geography classes went to Cronulla on an expedition to see the wisdom of the local tribes and learn their ways of coastal management.
  • two year 10 KHS classes went to the Manly Sewerage Treatment Plant and the Kimbriki Waste Centre at Terry Hills, to look at the various stages of treatment and the fact that bioenergy is used to run them. More management of waste was on show at Kimbriki where an eco-garden used recycled materials.
  • year 8 KHS students went to Bicentennial Park at the Sydney Olympic Park to complete a case study on wetlands and mangroves.

In 2010, year 11 KHS Food Technology created their own recipe with a few core ingredients. Inspired by MasterChef, points were awarded for creativity.

In 2010, year 9 KHS Engineering students were required to design and build frames for the walls, floor and roof of a house design supplied to them. The project included the students assembling the house, therefore becoming an individual as well as a group project.

In 2010, Year 10 KHS NSW School Certificate students achieved results that were considerably above the State average in all courses. There also was a significant shift of students into the top band in the English literacy examination in 2010 in comparison to previous years. KHS dominated the top two bands with a significantly higher percentage of students achieving either band 5 or 6 when compared with State-wide achievement levels. KHS was also heavily represented in the top bands for Mathematics, Science and Computing Studies. In Australian History, Civics and Citizenship, KHS students achieved results in Bands 5 and 6 which exceeded the State results by 20%. 96% of students achieved either highly competent or competent in the Computing Skills course. At least 50% of KHS students achieved results in the top two bands.

In 2010, a year 12 KHS male student was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship to study at ‘Bond University’ on the Gold Coast. The prestigious award was given to only eight students Australia-wide each year. The rigorous application process was based on a combination of academic performance, leadership skills, co-curricular activities and a demonstrated commitment to community service. The KHS student was the 2nd person in the university’s history to undertake a double degree in Law and Forensic Science, combining his passion for research and argument.


In 2011, the P&C Association ensured that every classroom had interactive white boards. Almost all of the classrooms were rejuvenated in the Christmas holidays to make them a better learning environment.

In 2011, twenty-four KHS students from year 10 Science went to Macquarie University and participated in the Annual Science and Engineering Challenge. In groups of three, students competed against eight other schools in various problem-solving challenges with a science and engineering focus. Some of the challenges included:

  • building and testing a model glider out of Styrofoam,
  • a radar dish to collect and decode signals
  • designing an eco-friendly house

In 2011, the KHS debating teams from years 7, 10 and 12 all won their zone finals.

In 2011, the year 8 KHS Gifted and Talented (GATS) class enjoyed a virtual excursion to the University of New South Wales Museum of Human Disease. The students learnt about respiratory diseases.

In 2011, six KHS students made it to the State Semi Finals of the NSW Law Society Mock Trial Competition. This team of students had been in the knockout competition since March 2011. The team were coached by a prominent retired Judge, who provided countless hours to assist the team, sharing his experience in legal procedure, court room etiquette and the finer points of legal reasoning.

In 2011, one hundred and thirty-seven KHS Legal Studies students from across Australia met in Canberra to decided on one question – Should Australia become a Republic? Some KHS students attended this National Schools’ Constitutional Convention, and participated in the following activities/events:

  • a meeting with the Governor-General 
  • dined at the High Court of Australia
  • spoke with the President of the Senate
  • attended question time
  • addressed by the Minister for Education

During the convention other topics were also discussed in various forums. These included:

  • the current political climate
  • the carbon tax
  • asylum seekers
  • the position of the Labor Party
  • the NSW election

After much deliberation and discussion over three days, with the Australian Electoral Commission holding the final referendum, there was a yes vote from four states and a national total of seventy-seven to fifty votes.

In 2011, all year 7 KHS students travelled to ‘Ermington Putt-Putt‘ for a Fun Day, where students improved their current friendships and created new ones. The cohort was separated into four different colour groups: blue, red, green and yellow, separating in groups of eight to compete against each other in the three courses – the waterway, the jungle trail and the fun run.


In 2012, the P&C Association were pleased to announce that through the continued lobbying of the KHS parent community, the State Government set funds aside in the 2012 budget for a new building [G Block] at KHS. The P&C also put a business plan together to add further funding where appropriate to deliver the best possible result for students.

In 2012, the P&C was also successful in obtaining the land across the road from the school made available as a further recreational area for the students.

In 2012, the English faculty provided a range of activities and events for their classes. These included:

  • reading circles
  • Action Research projects
  • study groups
  • ‘Moodle’ classes
  • scaffolding and mind mapping
  • ‘Scrabble’ games
  • a philosophy club- facilitated by year 11 Extension English students

In 2012, year 9 and 10 KHS history students were treated to a performance by a visiting speaker on World War I and the Vietnam War, incorporating the songs, poems, letters, anecdotes, reportage and reminiscences of those involved.

In 2012, some of the units of work/activities/events organised for KHS students by the HSIE Green faculty were:

  • Luna Park and mock elections in Commerce
  • ‘Sea of Hands’ in Aboriginal Studies
  • food festival in International Studies
  • ecosystems in Senior Geography
  • communities in year 9 Geography
  • Warragamba Dam in year 8 Geography
  • Rhodes Urban Development in year 10 Geography

In 2012, thirty-four KHS students from years 7 and 8 attempted the senior division of the Mathematical Olympiad. Students completed a series of five tests, one each month for five months. Four KHS students were top 10% achievers, and eight KHS students were top 25% achievers. The KHS team score was in the top 30% (70th percentile).

In 2012, KHS Senior science excursions included visits to Macquarie University and the University of Sydney where students had the experience of working in university laboratories.

In 2012, KHS Biology and Earth & Environmental Science classes studied Ecology at the Field of Mars Centre, visited the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The KHS HSC Science classes visited the Museum of Human Disease at the University of NSW.

In 2012, the Gifted and Talented Program (GATS) which involved twenty-one year 8 KHS students, engaged in the following activities:

  • Introduction to the study of the politics of war, through a connected classroom experience with a university lecturer from Sydney University, who taught political, intellectual, cultural and diplomatic history. Students were encouraged to ask questions about the future directions of Australia’s foreign policy.
  • A live virtual excursion via video conferencing to NASA, Houston. This activity complemented the study of the links between osteoporosis and space flight
  • As part of an assessment task, students created a website with activity sheets, which were sent to local primary schools for completion.
  • Created a class blog and used technology-based presentation tools with an emphasis on creativity

In 2012, a KHS year 12 Hospitality student won the Blue Mountains Hospitality Scholarship worth $1500.


In 2013, year 7 KHS History students attended an excursion to the ‘IMAX Theatre’ to reinforce their understanding of Ancient History. The students also attended a session at The Big Dig in The Rocks, discovering more about the work of archaeologists.

In 2013, the KHS junior and senior debating teams were successful in winning the zone competitions at each stage of the Premier’s Debating Challenge.

In 2013, the KHS History course Events that Changed the World has seen KHS students engaged in the study of historical mysteries, revolution, film in history and underwater archaeology. Students in this course in year 10 designed their own assessment task and made their own creations, including an Industrial Revolution Monopoly set and a newspaper on the Arab Spring.

In 2013, the HSIE Green faculty took over one thousand KHS students, from year 7 through to the HSC out to explore their natural of human environments. The themes of each unit and the excursion destinations were:

  • Year 7:  World heritage: The Blue Mountains
  • Year 8:  Access to freshwater: Warragamba Dam
  • Year 9:  Changing Australian Communities: Central Coast
  • Year 10: Urban decline and renewal:  Rhodes precinct and Sydney Harbour
  • Year 11: Cultures: Religions & International Development: Vietnam and Cambodia
  • HSC Aboriginal Studies: Community Comparison Study: Menindee, NSW

In 2013, KHS students participated in a variety of Mathematics competitions, with four prizes (the top 0.3% if the state) in the Australian Mathematics Competition. Some of the results were:

  • the Mathematics Challenge 2013: five High Distinctions – two in year 10, two in year 8 and one in year 7. Four Distinctions – three in year 10 and one in year 9
  • the Australian Mathematics Competition 2013: four Prizes (the top 0.3%) in the State – one in year 12, two in year 9 and one in year 8. Nine High Distinctions – one in year 12, two in year 11, one in year 10, two in year 9, one in year 8 and two in year 7.

In 2013, a year 11 KHS student who studied in an accelerated Mathematics program including Extension 2 Mathematics, was successful in gaining a position at the National Mathematics Summer School in January 2014 at Australian National University. This Summer School aimed at fostering exceptional mathematical talent and focused on the in-depth study of three to four different areas.

In 2013, four KHS TAS students were considered for the ‘InTech’ 2013. Their major projects were on display at the Sydney Showground Exhibition Centre.

In 2013, the Gifted and Talented (GATS) program was into its third year at KHS, with twenty-seven students being selected. KHS students explored several topics throughout the year, including:

  • a study of the virtual world and its impacts
  • an experiment and classwork concerning the human memory and cognitive psychology
  • a study of the perceived benefits of biofuel, specifically ethanol (this topic was embedded into the mathematics component of the program)
  • the study of the potential of cars being powered by water (this topics was embedded into the science component of the program), examining the scientific foundations of this claim and use scientific principles to critique different claims
  • the study of osteoporosis amongst astronauts, complemented by a virtual excursion with the NASA Space Centre in Houston

In 2013, with the cooperation of two tertiary institutions, trainee secondary school teachers participated as volunteer tutors for KHS students as they prepared for the HSC.


In 2014, Computer Studies faculty supported the two clubs for students held at lunchtimes. They were the Programming club and the Robotics club.

  • the Programming Club: one of the projects that came from the club members was a project to build a ‘render farm’ to reduce the time taken to process animations created by multimedia students
  • the Robotics Club: two year 8 KHS students were mentors for year 7 KHS students, as they developed their robot programs for the Robocop Competition

In 2014, six KHS students – two in year 11, two in year 10 and two in year 8, were awarded a Credit in the 2014 UNSW ‘ProgComp Competition’, which was run by the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of NSW.

In 2014, a guest speaker from UNSW visited KHS to speak to Computer Studies students about career and study opportunities open for students interested in ICT at the University of NSW.

In 2014, seven Industrial Technology KHS students had their work chosen for the IndTech display – where projects are chosen to tour the country as ‘best practice’ examples.

In 2014, the Textiles Club – a lunchtime group for students sharing an interest in textiles and design with a focus on charity-based projects. In 2014, the club took on the project of “Softies for Mirabel” – for an annual handmade toy drive. The students packaged up their own unique softies which were part of a donation sent to the Mirabel Foundation’ at Christmas.

(The ‘Mirabel Foundation’ was established in 1988 to assist children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family/kinship care. ‘Mirabel’ supports children aged between 0-17 years and works at restoring a child’s sense of worth. 2014 was the 8th annual Softies for ‘Mirabel Foundation’).

In 2014, the TAS faculty, supported by the P&C, were able to purchase six advanced computer sewing machines and one embroidery sewing machine, enabling year 10 KHS Textiles and Design students to experiment with design as the touch of an icon.

In 2014, the Industrial Technology Multimedia course covered gaming, clay animation, 3D animation and short films incorporating footage, special effects, and 3D modelling. Three year 12 KHS Industrial Technology students were finalists in the University of Wollongong’s year 12 Industrial Technology Awards of NSW. The same students also received nominations for the 2015 Intech Exhibition Major Projects along with three other KHS classmates.

In 2014, while attending the ANZAC Day ceremony, senior KHS Prefects that attended the  Roseville Memorial Club’s dawn service, presented a book commemorating the First World War.

In 2014, all junior and senior KHS debating teams participated in the Premier’s Debating Challenge. Also, a team of five KHS debating students made it through to the zone finals after a series of convincing wins in their zone.

In 2014, the local final of the ‘Plain English-Speaking Competition’, which was open to students between 15-18 years, saw two KHS students representing the schoolone in year 11 and one in year 10. The year 10 KHS student progressed to the Public Speaking Regional Finals, held at the Arts Unit at Lewisham. A second competition was the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition, where a year 7 KHS student and a year 10 KHS student spoke at the Local Final. For both of these students, it was their first high school public speaking competition. Finally, two year 10 KHS students participated in the United Nations Voice of Youth Competition. This competition aims to see participants propose solutions to pressing global issues, lobby for their consideration, and defend their validity.

In 2014, two KHS families embarked on the challenge of climbing Mr Everest in Nepal to raise awareness of and funding for the Pallister-Killian Syndrome (PKS) Foundation of Australia. PKS is a rare chromosomal disorder that affects three hundred cases worldwide, of which only ten had been diagnoses in Australia. A mother of two KHS students – one in year 8 and one in year 10 – as well and parents of a year 10 KHS student and a year 6 student from a local primary student, travelled to Nepal for over eighteen days to raise the funds. They also hoped to support a local boy from Killara with PKS, who attended a school for children with special needs. Starting at 2300 metres, they climbers were to travel up to 5360 metres. The families were hoping to raise $1500 for the PKS Foundation of Australia. A facebook page called ‘Climb for a Cause’ was set up to assist with donations.


In 2015, year 9 KHS history students conducted their own examination of digital archives to create profiles of those who served in World War One from the Ku-ring-gai area, with the completed profiles displayed on the recently acquired digital kiosk in the Lion Library.

In 2015, year 8 and 10 KHS history students competed with students from across Australia in the Australian History Competition. Many KHS students received High Distinctions, Distinctions and Certificates of Credit.

In 2015, the year 9 KHS Timber Technology class assisted at the Killara Schools Partnership (KSP) ‘connect days’. Eights KHS students volunteered to help with year 5 students from KHS’s partnered primary schools, in the making of a pencil case in the woodwork lab.

In 2015, a year 11 KHS Hospitality student represented KHS at the Regional World Skills for Hospitality Commercial Cookery, held at St Ives HS.

In 2015, year 9 and 10 KHS Industrial Technology students explored ways to apply practical Science and Mathematics within their projects. The following projects were completed:

  • Year 9: designed and built a water tower structure, waterpower rockets, rollercoasters and develop engineering drawings
  • Year 10: designed and built a hydraulic arm, and a ‘Trebuchet and Mouse trap’ powered car

In 2015, six KHS students from the Stage 6 Industrial Technology Multimedia course were nominated for the annual Intech Exhibition – an exhibition of outstanding Major Projects from HSC Industrial Technology students. The exhibition covers all Industrial Technology focus areas – timber products and furniture, automotive, electronics, graphics, metal and engineering and multimedia. Students’ folios that document the design, management, communication and production of their projects are displayed.  The six KHS students who were nominated for awards completed the following Major Projects:

  • website: short film and special effects
  • music video and special effects
  • 3D animation (two students)
  • 3D animation and live action footage
  • 2D Flash Animation

In 2015, a year 12 KHS student won the 2015 University of Wollongong’s Year 12 Industrial Technology Multimedia Award. This was the 3rd year in a row that KHS has won this major award for Industrial Technology Multimedia.

In 2015, the annual Gifted and Talented Program (GATS) for year 8 KHS students involved 21 students, who engaged with concepts and ideas associated with the virtual world over the course of term 2 and 3. This allowed the students to look at topics which ranged from influential figures in the virtual world, e-commerce, cyberspace law and the design of educational blogging sites. In term 4 students studied a broad range of subjects including the possibility of engineering water-powered cars and bioethics. The students also participated in a virtual excursion with the Space Centre in Houston to learn about the effects of minimal gravity and the living conditions of astronauts in outer space.

In 2015, the KHS Stage 6 Debating team won the Zone Debating Competition, and also demonstrated their skills in their inter-zone debates. Four year 10 KHS students made it into the State Final after wins in their Zone, Regional and Inter-Regional debates. One of the year 10 KHS students was also selected to join the regional team at the State Junior Debating Championships.

In 2015, a year 11 KHS Mathematics student participated in the Iranian Geometry Olympiad.

In 2015, as part of the ANZAC Centenary Year and KHS’s commemorations, members of the KHS SRC (2014-2015) were involved in the landscaping the ANZAC garden near A Block, and a plaque was chosen to be installed in the garden.


In 2016, the SJC (2015-2016) cooked meals for Sydney’s homeless at ‘Our Big Kitchen’.

In 2016, one third of the year 10 KHS cohort sat a careers test consisting of aptitude, personality and interest-based testing, in order for student to gain an insight into their career personality and suggested career options.

In 2016, year 10 KHS students practised resume writing and interview skills in successful Senior Weeks for the mock interviews, which took place in term 1, 2017.

In 2016, KHS was part of the NS5 Careers Expo held at St Ives HS in order for senior students to gain information and advice from a range of exhibitors including:

  • Universities
  • TAFE
  • Defence Force Recruiting
  • NIDA
  • Apprenticeship Support Australia
  • Private Colleges

There were guest speakers including The University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University and the University Admissions Centre (UAC).

In 2016, many year 12 KHS students participated in the Industry Trends Seminar, which was aligned with recent data regarding the labour market as well as predicted trends of the future workforce.

In 2016, year 9 and 10 KHS History students learnt about Australia’s history through the eyes of a guest performer, who recreated the experience of a World War I soldier for year 9 KHS History students, and drawing on his own experiences as the son of a Vietnam veteran, to tell the stories of soldiers and their families to year 10 KHS History students.

In 2016, three year 9 KHS Science students participated in the annual ‘Aurecon Bridge Building Competition’ held at the Australian Museum. Students had ten weeks to construct an aesthetically pleasing bridge that could withstand a large load. The students competed with approximately seventy schools’ interstate. The KHS students constructed a ‘truss’ bridge which was able to withstand a load of 99.5 kgs. Feedback was given on their design by some of Australia’s leading designers.

In 2016, year 11 KHS Science students participated in a holiday workshop over three days in term 3 at Macquarie University, in order to prepare them for their final two years at school and be exposed to a day in the life of a research scientist at a university.

In 2016, KHS female students were given the opportunity to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Video Conference for Pioneering Women in STEM. There were over fifty KHS female students from years 7-11 who participated in this conference. The students were able to ask questions directly to a female Professor, who was an expert in invertebrate behaviour, and also to two current Science undergraduates studying at Macquarie University.

In 2016, the Gifted and Talented Program (GATS) saw nineteen KHS students (selected from sixty student applicants) to participate in the program. The topics that were studied included:

  • cognitive psychology
  • study of the virtual world
  • characteristics of gifted students
  • the Australian legal system
  • civil law
  • cyber law
  • human rights
  • influential figures in the virtual world

In 2016, four year 9 KHS students went to a pre-election debate with politicians, held at a private school. A female KHS student was joined by four other panellists from four private schools. The politicians who attended were:

  • the Deputy Prime Minister/Minister for Agriculture and Water
  • the Deputy Leader of the Greens
  • the Shadow Minister of Education

Some of the topics that were discussed were:

  • youth employment
  • environmental issues
  • gender equality
  • Aboriginal recognition
  • American politics
  • Shakespeare
  • osteoporosis
  • debating
  • ciphers and bioethics

KHS GATS students completed a project to demonstrate their knowledge.

In 2016, VALID (Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development) became mandatory for years 8 and 10. This was a diagnostic computer test that covered Stage 4 and Stage 5 Science syllabus outcomes.

In 2016, years 7-10 KHS Science students participated in an ICAS Science test. Many KHS students performed well, with eleven High Distinctions, two hundred and seventy-one Credits, and one hundred and forty Merits awarded.

In 2016, all year 7 KHS students went on a science excursion to Taronga Zoo. The excursion was based around the topic, ‘Classification and Adaptations’.

In 2016, two KHS Mathematics students were selected as part of a team of six students to represent Australia at the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong for ten days in July. One of these students was awarded a Silver Medal and was equal first in Australia with a ranking of 114/602 students. The other student was awarded a Bronze Medal with a work ranking of 169. These two KHS students participated in numerous training camps in preparation. The P&C Association also supported the students.

In 2016, KHS Mathematics students participated in the ‘Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) Competition’. This competition introduces students to algorithmic thinking without the need for programming skills. One KHS year 9 female student was awarded a High Distinction, while twelve KHS students from year 8-11 were awarded Distinctions.

In 2016, five KHS students participated in the annual Australian Informatics Olympiad – a nation computer programming competition. Students were required to write short computer programs to solve three problems that range in difficulty. The aim of this competition was not to test computer literacy or knowledge, but problem solving through programming skills.

In 2016, a team of KHS Mathematics students were invited to participate in the Zero Robotics Competition – a competition where the robots are SPHERES (Synchronised Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) inside the International Space Station. The competition started online, where teams program the SPHERES to solve an annual challenge. After several phases of virtual competition in a simulation environment that mimics the real SPHERES, finalists were selected. An astronaut conducted the Championship Competition in microgravity with a live broadcast. The competition was sponsored by Sydney University.


In 2017, year 9 KHS photography students visited the Australian Centre of Photography, the National Art School and Sydney Harbour. They took photos of the historical art school as well as using time lapse photography techniques around the harbour.

In 2017, two KHS students – one in year 8 and one in year 10 – received the highest scores in their age groups in the Australian History Competition.

In 2017, a guest speaker from the Thank You’ organisation spoke to KHS Business Studies and Commerce students about the importance of corporate social responsibility and how to make a difference to eradicate poverty in less developed nations.

In 2017, VALID (Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development) testing was mandatory for year 8 and 10. An online diagnostic online computer test covering stage 4 and 5 Science syllabus outcomes, students are presented with stimulus material and asked to answer questions. Individual feedback is provided to students, so they are able to gauge their strengths and weaknesses and see improvements from years 8-10.

In 2017, the PDHPE faculty purchased a class set of heart rate monitors, courtesy of a P&C grant, allowing students to explore the effects of exercise on cardiovascular fitness.

In 2017, Stage 5 Industrial Technology Engineering students explored the ways to apply practical science and mathematics to projects. The following projects were undertaken:

  • Year 9: design and build a water tower structure, water powered rockets, wind turbines and develop engineering drawings, water bottle rockets
  • Year 10: design and build a hydraulic arm, trebuchet and an infrared robot

In 2017, Stage 5 Industrial Technology students produced the following items in the timber workshop at KHS:

  • Year 9: geometric puzzles, wooden kitchen utensils, ‘carry all’ tool caddies and marquetry boxes
  • Year 10: wooden stool, hall table and drawer cabinet

In 2017, year 11 KHS Industrial Technology students attended the Sydney Wood Show. They also produced the following items:

  • jewellery boxes
  • TV units
  • a ‘mini’ major project of their own choosing

In 2017, all KHS year 7 students commenced using their own laptop as part of the ‘Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)’ program. The ‘Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)’ learning hub website was also introduced to provide training and support for the KHS community

In 2017, a year 10 KHS student successfully qualified for the NSW Public Speaking semi-finals at the University of Sydney, after winning the North Shore District round.

In 2017, year 10 and 11 KHS students took part in the annual MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly). Taking place at a pubic school over a weekend, it is a recreation of the UN General Assembly where votes are taken on different issues regarding both the United Nations and specific human rights issues.

Each student within the group was allocated two out of the six resolution topics and examined why their country does or doesn’t support the resolution. A nation may also wish to amend the resolution and subsequently voting would take place. The two nations that KHS students represented were the USA and the Republic of Iraq. Preparation by KHS students took place at school on a weekly basis. This activity was sponsored by Lindfield and Ku-ring-gay Rotary clubs.

Issues considered were:

  • the increase in refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)
  • the peaceful exploration of space
  • global warming
  • terrorism
  • trade routes
  • social media and diplomacy


In 2018, the KHS HSC English students were the last cohort to engage with the Area of Study for the concept of ‘Discovery’.

In 2018, year 9 KHS English students hosted a ‘Presenting Perspectives’ evening for the Killara community, using rhetorical devices to persuade the audience on the opinions of topics they had chosen.

In 2018, year 8 KHS history students, who participated in the ‘History Mastermind Competition’ were placed 2nd in the year 8 cohort.

In 2018, year 9 KHS history students travelled to the Australian War Memorial to explore the digital archives in order to analyse primary sources on local women and men who were involved in World War One.

In 2018, year 10 KHS history students wrote essays on a turning point in history for the National History Challenge. Topics included the following:

  • the Chinese revolution
  • the impact of supersonic air travel
  • the introduction of contraception
  • the tent embassy
  • the progression of democracy

In 2018, year 10 KHS history students participated in a History Competition and attained merit, credit, distinction and high distinction certificates.

In 2018, year 9 KHS Commerce students organised a Commerce Market Day. One hundred and twenty students set up forty stalls with eight hundred customers at lunchtime. The students ran successful businesses, and their profits were donated to the ‘Buy-a-Bale’ initiative to support farmers with drought relief.

In 2018, the Lion Library underwent a major refurbishment. The library is now complete with collaborative learning spaces, study spaces, flexible shelving and furniture and charging ports for students and staff.  

In 2018, during Book Week, a visiting children’s author spoke to approximately 120 KHS students in the Lion Library about the writing process and becoming an author. The KHS Jazz band played during lunchtime in the library, and the author signed books for students and staff and answered many questions.

In 2018, a ‘Girls in Science’ workshop ran for year 5 girls from five local KSP schools. The girls learnt about Inquiry Based Learning experiments and activities.

In at the beginning of 2018, after the annual Science Olympiad examinations, a year 11 female KHS Science student (from 2017) was selected to attend the Australian Summer Camp for Earth and Environmental Science in Canberra. She was then selected as first reserve to attend the 12th International Earth Science Olympiad in Thailand.

In 2018, year 10 KHS Food Technology students participated in ‘food blogging’. The students also designed and made ‘Special Occasion’ cakes.

In 2018, the KHS Engineering students set off rockets with the University of Sydney Rocketry outreach team who came to KHS to go through the fundamental ideas on rockets. The outreach team spoke briefly on the larger rockets that could be built, as well as the projects that USYD have worked on.

In 2018, the year 12 KHS Community and Family Studies (CAFS) students learnt about research methodology, conducting their own Individual Research Project on a topic of interest. Some of the following topics included:

  • the impact of divorce
  • how does music impact mental health
  • is beauty and body image influenced by media?
  • religious stereotypes – how do they impact wellbeing?
  • how does the use of smart phones affect the social well-being of people?

In 2018, KHS was represented by a team of four year 10 KHS students in the International Mathematics Challenge.

In 2018, a year 8 female KHS Mathematics student who was a prize winner in the Australian Mathematics Competition, was also recognised as a top achiever in the Australasia region, and was to be awarded a medal at Government House.

In 2018, KHS continued the Peer Tutoring program in the Lion Library for one hour after school, on two afternoons per week. The types of issues that KHS students as peer tutors covered in these sessions were:

  • homework support
  • any particular issues that students as ‘tutees’ may be struggling with in the subjects
  • cross-curriculum support e.g. writing, reading and numeracy

KHS also had the assistance at times of some of the Macquarie University Teacher Education Students, whilst doing their practicum at KHS.


In 2019, as part of their study on Human Wellbeing, year 10 KHS Geography students focused on the issue of homelessness and a number of community issues that have evolved to deal with this issues. An excursion included the following activities:

  • a presentation by ‘The Big Issue’ – the self-funding newspaper sold by homeless people
  • ‘Threads for life’ – provider of new clothing for homeless or marginalised people
  • ‘Our Big Kitchen’ – provision of meals for the homeless

In 2019, senior KHS Economics students attended an address from a Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia on the dilemmas of monetary policy. This had been expanded in 2019, with addresses also focusing on Women in Economics and various careers options for those contemplating studying Economics at University.

In 2019, year 7 and 8 KHS English students dressed in costume, built props, used gesture and voice to turn their classrooms into mini Globe Theatres.

In 2019, the KHS Careers teachers hosted a panel of industry representatives to present to KHS students in year 10. The purpose of this event was for students to gain insight to the panel’s career journeys and recognise the value of their work in the Apollo subject.

In 2019, the Lion Library introduced an Instagram page, keeping staff and students informed of regular events, displays and competitions – all aimed at promoting literature and encouraging reading. 

In 2019, the Boys’ Open football team had its most successful year to date. A squad consisting of players from years 10-12 were joint Sydney North Champions, and progressed to the final sixteen of the CHS ‘Puma Cup’. Here, they narrowly missed out on the state semi-finals, finishing equal 3rd in the state.

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