Approximately 50% of students at Killara High School are students from language backgrounds other than English (LBOTE students). This includes second generation migrants and students whose first language is not English, but who speak English as their preferred language. However, a growing proportion of LBOTE students are students who are learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D students). The school provides English language support to EAL/D students where EAL/D specialists teach English in timetabled English periods to students in years 9 to 12. EAL/D specialists also support students across key learning areas of the curriculum by working in classrooms alongside content teachers.
For more information about the EAL/D program you may contact the EAL/D Programs Coordinator: Jenny Newell on 02 9498 3722.
Entrance to school is a critical time for EAL/D students marked by many changes in educational expectations and practices from their home countries. A well-managed transition can lead to the strong sense of belonging so important for ongoing success in high school and beyond. In accordance with the DET commitment to build ‘harmonious and productive learning communities that deliver high quality education to people from all countries and cultures’ (Ethnic Affairs Priority Statement) and in order to promote positive community relations through effective communication with parents of EAL/D students, Killara High School offers two complementary transition programs for EAL/D students.
(1) The School Experience Transition SET Program and (2) The Transition for EAL/D Students TEALS Program.
These programs are designed to assist with EAL/D student integration and provides these students with the tools and skills to foster active participation in school life.
Please note: Participation in these EAL/D Transition Programs is MANDATORY.
For more information on (1) the School Experience Transition SET Program and (2) the Transition for EAL/D Students TEALS Program follow the hyperlinks below.
(1) The School Experience Transition SET Program:
Jenny Newell and Rada Middleton Tel: 02 9498 3722 Ext: 137
(2) The Transition for EAL/D Students TEALS Program:
Libby Broughton Tel: 02 9498 3722 Ext: 137