School Community

The building history of Killara High School 1968-

  • KHS occupies a small site – approximately 8 and ¾ acres.

1968:

  • Tenders for construction of Killara High School closed 22nd July, 1968. The new school to consist of three blocks.
  • October, 1968Site cleared

1969:

  • By June 1969, the upper floor of B Block was poured, the Canteen had a large slab finished, and brick work in Block A had commenced.
  • By August 1969, the basketball court was started and Blocks A and B had roofs.
  • Assembly area between A and B Blocks had half the concrete poured. Clearing and leveling of grounds commenced.
  • 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.
  • 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.

1970:

  • School commenced on site with 480 pupils in three forms.
  • August 1970:  agitation for the completion of the school building – Blocks D and E.
  • November 1970: the formal presentation and opening of the Lion Library which was housed in A Block in what is now the staff common room.
  • Block D commenced.

[Source: Killara High School. The Green Years: Silver Jubilee edition, 1995.]

In 1970, some of the plans proposed for the year were:

  1. The walkway outside the library would be incorporated with the library and the gates forming the enclosure shall be called “The Lion Library” in recognition of the $25,000 worth of books which had been made available from the then closed North Sydney Technical High School.

2. An ornamental fountain was to be erected in the main foyer of the school.

3. After educational and sporting equipment, a swimming pool was to be the main project for fund raising.

4. The 2nd stage extensions to the school were required to cope with the increased numbers in 1971. Letters had to be written to appropriate authorities including the Minister of Education, requesting that early and urgent action be taken to ensure that children are not subjected to any further disruptions because of any delays with the construction of Block D.

Some early photos of Killara High School:

1971:

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.

1972:

In 1972, Block D was occupied.

In 1972, after the last P&C Annual General Meeting, 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 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.

1974:

The 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, a special-sub-committee formed at KHS to investigate the possibilities of constructing a pool or tennis courts at Killara High. It was found that combined admission fees to public swimming pools during the season was over $1500 – and that the same amount was spent in fares to and from pools.

1975:

The question of a pool at KHS was raised again in 1975, and a special fund called the Library and Sports Facilities Fund, with a suggested target of $20,000 a year was set up to investigate ways and means of raising the required funds.

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’

The house was also used to store the increasing amount of theatrical props which KHS was acquiring. There were still further renovations to be done at this time, which included: blinds, floor coverings, kitchen crockery, a refrigerator and furnishings such as chairs, stools and cushions. There had been offers of curtains no longer used by parents which KHS was happy to accept. There was an expectation that the North Sydney Area would assist, but a plea was also was sent out to parents for these items if they had any to donate.

In 1975, a Works Sub-Committee was formed under the P&C to investigate and report on implementation and estimates of various minor works that arose from time to time. These works included issues such as:

  • provision of additional water taps for garden and grounds
  • time switches for lights to avoid electrical wastage
  • plexi-glass or similar transparent wind breaks to prevent wintery blasts across the courtyards

Above image: Block A, 1976

1977:

In 1977, due to the increasing numbers of students in the junior school studying Home Economics, it was necessary to convert the change room into a demonstration kitchen to accommodate extra classes.

1978:

In 1978, a building research group visited KHS in May to examine the confined library space in E Block which was well below library standards for a high school of KHS size. A number of suggestions for expansion were considered. It did not appear that a new library building would be constructed in the foreseeable future. However, consideration was given to extending the present accommodation.  

By August 1978, KHS was having difficulty in accommodating classes, so the Department of Education made available at least one demountable classroom which was to be sited behind A Block.

1979:

As KHS was pressed for teaching space due to the improvement of the class size situation, the Principal applied for a 2nd demountable classroom.

In 1979, a number of improvements to the school buildings included a Music Store, an Art Store, enlargement of the Science staffroom, and completion of fencing from Koola Avenue to the House.

1980:

By January 1980, it was further proposed that:

  • path be built around the corner of A Block (Government funded, Public Works Department)
  • seats were to be purchased and located around the grounds
  • post and rail fences were to be built between C and D Blocks, near C Block in the bicycle area, and at the top end near the main gate.

A retaining wall along the path between C and D Block did not go ahead as planned originally, due to the electrical wires being too close to the surface. The timbers were to be sawn and drilled in the school workshop.

In 1980, the KHS P&C Vice President made mention in the June issue of the 1980 KHS news, that the local member of Parliament at that time gave much valued assistance in having ‘E’ Block built when it looked like being a year late for the number of anticipated students to be enrolled at KHS.

In 1980, the cottage on the KHS site was to be painted inside and out, due to a tender being accepted. It was also 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.

By July 1980, the P&C and the students of KHS were most concerned about the need for an adequate school library and for the provision of a school assembly hall. Consideration was being given to a submission to the Minister for Education

1982:

By November 1982, the courtyard work had commenced and the bike racks were moved to the front of A Block for a trial period.

1984:

On October 8, 1984, a Member of Parliament visited KHS. This visit came about by an active campaign by the KHS Prefects. The purpose of the visit was to look at providing KHS with a school hall and improved library facilities.  

1989:

In 1989, KHS parents were totally responsible for the upgrading, enlarging and re-surfacing of the school’s outside sporting complex, which now provided four courts – four of each of the following:

  • tennis
  • basketball
  • netball
  • volleyball

These courts were for use during and outside school hours. After seven years of work, the four court complex was ceremoniously opened at KHS in 1989.

The KHS Principal at this time and the Hall Committee, along with various members of staff spent time throughout 1989 researching which type of hall would be best for KHS. They inspected a number of halls throughout the Sydney Metropolitan areas as well as the Central Coast. The general consensus was that the hall currently being built at Erina as part of an entire High School complex under construction – was the best value for money. Designs and diagrams of this hall were to be circulated to all parents early in 1990.

In 1989, The Department of Education granted approval for KHS’s library to be extended. It was scheduled to be completed during the 1990/91 financial year. It would more than double the existing floor space. In 1989, KHS was waiting for the plans from the Government Architect.

1991:

1991 marked the commencement of the construction of the long dreamed of hall. It was a dual facility – a gymnasium and a performance space – linked by a foyer and an amenities block. (Please see separate subdivision for the history of a hall and the Kerrabee Centre)

1992:

In 1992, the KHS school community built the Kerrabee Centre, with its fully equipped sport hall and unique 250 seat theatre. The architect of the Centre was a KHS ex-student who completed year 12 in 1975. It was officially opened by the Minister for School Education on August 31, 1992. In the first three months of its opening, it had been used as an assembly hall, a meeting place, a sports centre, an art gallery, a theatre for music drama and dance; and a holiday camp for youngsters.

In 1992, the Minister for Education approved funds for the Department of School Education to commence work on the external extensions the KHS’s school library. These extensions were aimed at doubling the library’s existing floor space. It was estimated that the completion date for was mid 1993. (Please see the separate subdivision on the Lion Library for more information).

1993:

The external extension of the KHS library was completed mid 1993.

On August 20, 1993, the official opening of the new Lion Library was held. The crest, featuring a lion, on the doors of KHS’s newly open, extended and refurbished library was not that of KHS, but that of the former North Sydney Technical High School. The reason goes back to 1969 when NSTHS’s parents, students and teachers, on that school’s closure, agreed to donate its entire library collection of some 11,000 books and magazines to the then fledgling KHS. At the opening of the new Lion Library, a ribbon was cut by KHS’s captains in 1993. In doing so they re-enacted an event that took place in 1970 when KHS opened its original Lion Library.

1994:

In 1994, a third computer room was established in a small classroom with twelve 486 DX computers which were used in the TAS learning area.

2000:

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

2011:

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. 

2012:

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.

2014:

In 2014, completion of ‘G’ Block was quicker than anticipated allowing KHS to take early occupation at the start of term one. By March, the landscaping had been completed. 

In 2014, the majority of B Block where the original workshops were housed were ‘gutted’ to allow for its refurbishment. A new commercial kitchen was installed to replace the workshop on the ground level, and there were nine general learning spaces on the first floor in addition to the new staffroom for the TAS faculty.

2018:

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 student and staff. 

1971:

In 1971, two 1st form classes [year 7] wrote some plays. One class compiled separate compositions, while the other and their teacher dramatised a Chinese fairy tale. This work was performed before the 1st form [year 7], and in front of a drama lecturer from a Teacher’s College who was invited for the performance. So impressed was the lecturer that she asked that the students visit the Teacher’s College in Newtown to have their performances filmed. While at Newtown, the students were taken on a tour of Sydney University.

1973:

In 1973, a school dance was held in November for the first to fourth formers [years 7-10] at Chatswood High School Assembly Hall, from 8-11 pm. Tickets were 60 cents each. The P&C Association required fifteen fathers to help supervise this night, even for an hour or so. Students had to be collected by parents at the end of the evening.

1975:

In 1975, electricity had been restored to the house on the KHS site, and it began to be used for various activities, including rehearsals for the KHS production of ‘The importance of Being Ernest’. The house was also used to store the increasing amount of theatrical props which KHS was acquiring. 

1977:

In 1977, KHS production of Oh, what a lovely war was entered in the Arts Council of NSW Drama Competition and won the prize for the best design.

In 1977, a number of school excursions occurred including year 8 (120 pupils) attending a performance of Twelfth Night, and Year 9C attending a performance of The taming of the shrew. Other excursions included:

  • a visit to the Kabuki Theatre
  • excursions to Othello and The Taming of the Shrew
  • year 10 English to Macbeth
  • year 11 English to The Crucible and King Lear

In 1977, a wide range of term 4 activities were organised by the staff to operate between the 28th November until the 9th December. This included acting classes and jazz ballet.

1978:

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, KHS held a small Japanese festival with the co-operation of the Japanese mothers and guests. 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. Some students wore kimonos, and six Japanese exchange students from other schools joined KHS for the afternoon. This was KHS’s first Japanese Festival.

1979:

In 1979, a drama workshop for some junior KHS students operated each Tuesday morning. It was a combined effort by staff at KHS and lecturers from Ku-ring-gai College of Advanced Education.

In 1979, the following were examples of school excursions that occurred for KHS students:

  • year 10 English –  a screening of ‘Macbeth
  • year 11 French watched a French film

In 1979, KHS English students saw the following drama performances:

  • Years 8 & 9: Tangles, a drama ‘happening’ which visited KHS
  • Year 10:  Roman Polanski’s film, Macbeth
  • Year 12: a Romeo and Juliet performance and the films The chant of  Jimmy Blacksmith and Othello               

1981:

In 1981, highlights in the Physical Education Department (the first year this Department existed as a separate Department) for students and staff included ‘discorobics’, modern dance, and social and folk dance.

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 activities took place on the day including:

  • An Elizabethan costume competition
  • A group of ‘obnoxious performers’ carried out roles such as lepers, as well as jesters, executioners and also Merlin
  • 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 hilarious western version of the same scene.

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 involved 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 KHS language students once again acted as co-ordinators. Entertainment ranged from a program of films, a parade of national costumes, rickshaw rides, dances of various lands, origami, and calligraphy.

 In 1981 the ‘Sidetrack Theatre’ visited year 11 and 12 KHS English students to present their play, ‘The Poet’s Company.’

 1982:

 In 1982, some of the KHS excursions were as follows:

  • year 10 elective music went to a performance of Chicago
  • year 11 drama went to a performance of The Caretaker
  • year 12 english saw Macbeth at the Roseville Cinema

In 1982, KHS held a ‘Dicken’s Day’. The school reverted into the Victorian era, with many activities related to Charles Dicken’s works. As part of the celebrations on the day, an Oxford-Cambridge boat race was staged on the main quad.

In July 1982, KHS held its ‘School Musicale’ at St Ives High School Hall. Activities included classical and jazz ballet dance items. 

In 1982, years 10 and 11 KHS students saw a production called ‘The history of theatre’ by the First Front Theatre Company.

In 1982, the M.A.D.S. – the Musical and Drama Society was created, to sponsor music and drama in the school and conduct a first lunch-time concert. This concert consisted of musical items, oration and dramatic acts. Another venture was to present two one-act playsBoots an’ All and I love you Helen Tinsdale.

1983:

In 1983, KHS held a Medieval Day. The day began at 11am on July 1, and activities included:  dancing, plays, musical performances, fortune telling, sports and re-enactments. Students were dressed in medieval attire, where there was also ‘shin-hacking’; tug-o-war; pudding and pie eating competitions; ‘dwile-flunking’ and minstrels. There was also a maypole on the day.

1989:

In 1989, KHS students performed a number of items in a night of performances and exhibitions. These included:

  • “Blue and Rose” – a production referring to the two periods in the life of Pablo Picasso. The items performed expressed a range of human experiences and concerns.
  • An Indian dance was performed by a KHS student.
  • Drama items were: “Move over Mrs Marcos” – a drama with political intent, to “Mothers Day” – a satirical light-hearted look at woman’s liberation.

1990:

In 1990, year 10 Work Experience placements for KHS students included costume design & stage direction at the Sydney Opera House.

1992:

1992 was a big year at KHS for Dance. With the new Kerrabee Centre now available, dance groups were enthusiastic to rehearse and practice. Some activities which involved KHS dance groups were:

  • the Performing Arts Camp
  • the Metropolitan North Dance Festival
  • the McDonalds Sydney Eisteddfod
  • the opening of the Kerrabee Centre
  • Open Day
  • the State Dance Festival;
  • the Sydney Kings basketball matches
  • Turramurra and friends’

Three KHS dance groups were chosen for the dance festival at the Glen St Theatre. A professional dancer was also employed to take the year 7 dance group.

In 1992, The Kerrabee Centre, was officially opened by the Minister for School Education on August 31, 1992. In the first three months of its opening, it has been used as an assembly hall, a meeting place, a sports centre, an art gallery, a theatre for music drama and dance; and a holiday camp for youngsters.

In 1992, one of KHS’s drama classes was a notable feature at the opening of the Kerrabee Performance Centre. The students put on ‘static’ displays in which they showed, in human sculpture, the wide variety of activities which take place in a theatre.

1993:

In 1993, KHS drama students performed at a range of venues and events.  These included:

  • the official opening of the new Lion Library
  • the Metropolitan North Regional Shakespeare Festival (hosted at the Kerrabee Centre)
  • the State Book Council Fair at the Mitchell Library
  • the first Darling Harbour Street Theatre Festival
  • the Australian College of Education “Celebration of Education” evening (also hosted by KHS)
  • the Regional and State Drama Festivals
  • The Schools Spectacular at the Sydney Entertainment Centre

In the Shakespeare Festival, the witches scene from Macbeth by year 7 KHS students – one of two entries – was highly commended by the judges.

At Darling Harbour, the KHS senior mime group was declared one of the four winners – and won $400.00.

In 1993, a selection of drama items were presented at the Kerrabee Theatre on Friday & Saturday 28th August 1993. These included those items entered for the Shakespeare Festival and the winning mime piece presented at the Darling Harbour Prom.

1994:

In 1994, one of KHS’s drama groups performed at the opening of the new Gordon Historical Centre.

In 1994, ‘fire’ was the theme of an original piece of work that the year 11 KHS drama class performed in the Kerrabee Theatre. This drama opened with an enchanting portrayal of the discovery of fire, according to aboriginal myth, and the group explored the effectiveness of mime, colour and texture. The group then presented a chilling re-enactment of Sydney’s bush fires.

In 1994, five KHS dance groups were accepted for the Metropolitan North Dance Festival, which was closely followed by the following events:

  • the Rock Eisteddfod
  • the Sydney Eisteddfod
  • the Opening Ceremony for the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Conference,
  • the National Netball Championships
  • Korobro
  • the Schools Spectacular

In 1994, two-year 12 female KHS students, one year 11 female KHS student, one year 10 KHS female student and one year 9 female KHS student were selected in the Metropolitan North Region Dance Ensemble. A year 8 male KHS student was invited to participate in a performance workshop video which was later presented to The International Conference – ‘Dance and the Child’.

In 1994, a drama performance involved two year 9 KHS female students and one year 10 KHS female student. Called Three old ladies’, the performance was about how these ladies reminisced about their school years. Every now and then one of the students would re-enact what they remembered. The play was performed at the new Gordon Historical Centre. This same drama group also performed at the State Library – reading from authors, Victor Kelleher and Patricia Wrightson.

1995:

In 1995, one hundred KHS students either performed or were backstage at the Hills Centre, Castle Hill for the Rock Eisteddfod. The theme was ‘Pirates’. KHS did not win the main prize, but the prizes that they were awarded were:

  • best soundtrack
  • friendliest school
  • best performance voted by the schools

After this event, KHS was ‘bombarded with faxes and phone calls congratulating them on their fine performance. A little later, radio station Triple M announced that KHS had won a Wild Card entry and would still be going to the finals at the Entertainment Centre. Only four schools were awarded a Wild Card.

In 1995, seven KHS dance groups danced their way through a variety of performances. These included:

  • dance festival
  • community fetes
  • Performing Arts Challenge
  • Open Day
  • State Dance Festival
  • Korobro
  • Schools Spectacular

In 1995, year 9 Textiles and Design class were involved in the designing of the costumes for the ‘Chicago’ musical.

In 1995, the LOTE Faculty’s year 8 German class performed “Schneewittchen” (Snow White) in the Kerrabee Centre.  The whole production was in German. KHS year 7  LOTE  performed a rendition of the song “Wie heibt das auf Deautsch’ .

In 1995, KHS Drama grew in scope and strength, with both junior and senior drama classes in Year 9-12. 

In 1995, the first HSC drama class performed a range of plays from Lovers and fools, poets and soldiers – a collection of Italian theatrical pieces in the ‘Commedia Dell ‘Arte style’. They also performed their original HSC group pieces and individual performances with some friends from Turramurra High School for parents and others.

Year 11 KHS drama performed Shakespeare’s ‘All the world’s a stage’, and To a Trainee Accountant.

Year 9 KHS drama created and performed And their ghosts may be heard – a stark tribute to the Australians and Turks who served at Gallipoli. This was presented to all students at KHS and at the Metropolitan North Regional Festival. Year 9 KHS drama also performed original monologues and dialogues

1996:

In 1996, a year 9 female KHS student was nominated by the KHS Principal, and selected to perform in the Olympic Closing Ceremony Team. A classical ballet dancer, the KHS student was one of twenty-six NSW High School students to represent the youth of Australia at the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta.

1997:

In 1997, drama activities included:

  • Drama students performed in the school musical, ‘Dazzle’.
  • Junior KHS students created performance about the work of Amnesty International. They used the history and aims of the movement to develop dramatic pieces involving up to ten students and incorporating music and movement to express the value of Amnesty International, as it touches the lives of political prisoners and victims of racial discrimination in the world.
  • Year 10 KHS drama students performed Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”, and an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s “David Copperfield” in the Kerrabee Theatre.
  • Two KHS students attended a play-writing workshop at the Independent Theatre. Both students wrote plays for their HSC drama individual projects.

1999:

In 1999, the P&C Association’s major events was “Yules Fools” – a cabaret mime revue held over four nights. A parent’s prom night was also  organised by the Social Committee.

In 1999, as part of the Peer Support Programme, years 7 and 11 watched this year’s Motivational Media presentation ‘Be Excellent’. The program aimed to encourage  students to try their hardest in all areas. Issues included: problems relating to alcohol and substance abuse, and the long-term effects of decisions that are made. There were performances by many well-known celebrities such as Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey, Everdeal, and songs by Green Day, Blink 182, Matchbox 20, VooDoo Dolls and more. The presentation was also the topic for discussion in the next few peer support sessions.

In 1999, a KHS year 11 female student won first prize in the Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘Young Playwright Award’. Her play was workshopped and performed by a professional cast, and by the artistic direction of the Sydney Theatre Company, Ms Robyn Nevin.

In 1999, year 9 KHS German Language students completed a special group presentation which formed part of their assessment for the year. The students transformed D14 into settings for picnics in the park, beer halls, fairyland and carnival time, which was supported by their own creative videos and musical back drops.

In 1999, two workshopsLeap into Language: French were held in the Kerrabee Theatre by Young Australia workshop for year 9 and 10 KHS students of French. This program gave student the opportunity to explore and practice their French using theatrical techniques.

In 1999, Musicale 99 was held in term 3, with students not only from within elective music classes but also students who simply wanted to be given an opportunity to perform in front of an audience.

2000:

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

In 2000, KHS drama students performed Michael Gow’s play, ‘Away’ in the Kerrabee Theatre. The play is an Australian drama set in the 1960s.

In 2000, twenty-eight KHS students from years 8-11, danced with the youth of Sydney in the Pacific School Games Open Ceremony 2000. Hundreds of student competitors, performers and musicians were involved.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 2000, KHS drama students from year 10-12 participated in ‘Legs on the Wall’ – a drama workshop based on movement and mime. The workshop was based in the Common Room and began with warm-ups and some basic yoga. Other activities included:

  • Following the warm-ups, the groups were exposed to counter-balance exercises
  • Learning basic aerobatics
  • Puppetry – where students became the puppets and puppeteers

2001:

In 2001, a number of activities occurred for students across drama classes. These included:

  • Year 12 KHS drama students went to see On Stage. The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, and with other student drama and art students, a multi-media performance at Riverside Theatre called ‘Eat your Young’.
  • Year 9 KHS students were invited to a production of Hamlet at the Belvoir Theatre
  • Year 10 KHS drama class also supported welfare programs in the school
  • Year 7 KHS students were led once again by one of the English staff through an introduction to drama, which was aimed at inspiring them to participate in school musicals, drama competitions, and to possibly elect drama in their future ‘green years’.

In 2001, a year 11 drama class staged a production of an Australian play called Seven Stages of Grieving, which dramatized the indigenous peoples’ experience of the impact of government policies that removed aboriginal children from their tribes and families. The production was so effective that the year 11 drama class performed it for year 7 History and year 11 English, as it was relevant to the new courses at the time and the attention to race relationships in Australia’s history.

2002:

In 2002, a group of KHS Drama students developed their own drama piece and performed it at Newcastle University in the “Odyssey of the Minds’ national competition, which they won. They were invited to represent Australia and in their International Finals in the United States but were unable to raise the money. The same students, plus others from their year 9 Drama class in 2001, entered a video they had made in term 4 of that year, and in the “Mockumentary” category of the ATOM awards – a national short film festival in Melbourne, and were selected as finalists.

In 2002, at the KHS 33rd Annual Presentation Night held for the 2001 school year, the occasional address speaker for the evening was delivered by a well-known playwright and an ex-student of KHS.

In 2002, KHS drama students attended the following excursions:

  • Belvoir Theatre
  • Cabaret at Her Majesty’s Theatre
  • The Club at Riverside Theatre

In 2002, all KHS French classes had a special treat with an excursion to the Imax Theatre in the city, to see French-Canadian Company Cirque du Soleil in 3D.

2004:

In 2004, year 7 and 8 KHS drama students were introduced to the history of theatre, stage craft and specific drama styles, while year 9 and 10 KHS drama students looked at play building, scriptwriting, improvisation, Greek and Australian theatre and political theatre.

In 2004, year 11 KHS drama students produced the play, Summer of the Aliens’.

In 2004, some of the KHS junior drama ensemble students spent time working on a production of ‘The terrible fate of Humpty Dumpty’, a play which explores bullying in high schools.

In 2004, the KHS Senior Drama ensemble spent the year working on a production of the play, ‘Dags’, by Debra Oswald, which examined the world of high school through the eyes of a 16-year-old girl.

In 2004, a Japanese ‘chindonya troupe’ gave a performance at KHS. Called ‘U-Stage’ the Chindonya are traditionally street performers who entertain townspeople with a variety show of music and dance. They are professional musicians, and their dances represent many aspects of Japanese folklore and mythology. Sponsored by the Japan Foundation to perform at the grand opening of the Japan Foundation’s new premises in Chifley Square in the city.

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.

2005:

In 2005, ‘Spurboard’ a play by Nick Enright, was the play of choice for the year 11 KHS Drama group. The play deals with family relationships, individual identity and social expectations in rural Australia. Three of the year 11 KHS drama students played two separate characters each.

In 2005, Ian Dickson, TV personality of Australian Idol and Dancing with the Stars visited KHS. Mr Dickson was part of the Communications Panel at KHS’s annual year 11 and 12 Careers Morning. He spoke to KHS students on the topic: ‘Careers in the music industry’.

In 2005 year 9 KHS Japanese students attended an excursion to the Metro Theatre to watch a play called ‘Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes’ (a Canute Production). After the play, students visited the Kinokuniya Bookshop – where a large section of the shop filled with Japanese books, magazines, anime and manga. Next they attended a Japanese restaurant, and ordered their food in Japanese. After lunch the students and staff walked to the NSW Art Gallery to see the Japanese exhibition, where there was a replica ‘chashitu’, known as the ‘Tea Room’. There were also a display of Samurai swords.

2006:

In 2006, approximately 75% of KHS students who sat the 2006 HSC obtained a university place. This included music performance.

2008:

In 2008, a KHS ex-student, who was the KHS school captain in 1998 produced a theatre production, which was selected as part of the prestigious B Sharp season of independent theatre productions performing downstairs at the Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney. The production was a re-working of the classic play, Miss Julie by August Strindberg. It was directed by a Russian director from the Maly Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia. Special ticket offers were made for KHS students to attend the season, which ran in June, 2008.

2009:

In 2009, the two year 11 KHS Drama classes decided to perform Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights’ Dream’. All KHS students in the two drama classes were able to have a part in the play.

2010:

In 2010, the KHS Arts Council achieved success in a variety of areas in the KHS creative and performing arts community. This included: 

  • MAD Festival (an annual festival to showcase students musical and dramatic talents)
  • Year 11’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Production

In 2010, year 10 KHS drama learnt about the Russian director and actor, Constantine Stanislavski. The students learnt how to “become the character” and express their emotions in a genuine way. They were given the opportunity to write their own monologue or duologue, or alternatively to find one from a play, book or film.

In term 2, the students researched the Theatre of the Oppressed. Invisible theatre, image theatre and forum theatre were all explored. Students also studied Greek Tragedy and the conventions of the Greek chorus and masks, and looked at the heroes ‘tragic flaw’. For their assessment, the students chose a scene from the play to perform in a modern context, with consideration of costuming and set design.

In 2010, the year 11 KHS drama production was a compilation of short plays, each based around the question:  “What do you need?”. The wonderful collection included plays about bittersweet love, unrequited lost love, and destructive love. Both performances filled most of the Kerrabee Theatre.

In 2010, the KHS MAD Festival was a showcase of the creative, performing talent festival that featured every genre of music and drama performance, with both small and large casts. Some of the performances in 2010, included:

  • a year 12 KHS student performed ‘Angels in America’
  • year 7 and 8 KHS students: a junior dance ensemble and junior drama ensemble, as well as several independent musicians
  • a year 8 KHS group of students performed an original composition

2011:

In 2011, the number of students who wanted to join the KHS year 7 and 8 drama ensemble was so great that the ensemble had to run over two semesters. In semester one, KHS students created their own play based on the story of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ but set in a modern-day circus. Students took one the roles of comedians, clowns, acrobats, and even a bearded lady. The semester two group developed their own version of the TV program, ‘Beauty and the Geek’ mixed with ‘MasterChef’.

In 2011, the year 11 KHS drama production chosen was ‘Between the lines’ by Australian playwright Michael Butler. This play formed part of the year KHS drama course, where students not only had to perform in the play, but also had to undertake production roles.

2012:

In 2012, the year 12 KHS HSC Drama students attended the OnStage early in term 1, viewing and drawing inspiration from the best of the State’s HSC and Individual Group Performances. Some students also visited the Belvoir Theatre. Two year 12 KHS students became Griffin Theatre Ambassadors, which involved them attending performances and workshops at the Stables Theatre.

In 2012, the year 11 KHS drama class performed Debra Oswald’s ‘Stories in the Dark’ to the Kerrabee Theatre. The year 11 class designed, directed, cast, produced and performed this play themselves.

In 2012, as part of the year 10 KHS drama program, students attended a series of workshops on Realism, challenging them to approach scripts and monologues as actors. This practical experience extended into one of the highlights of the year 10 Drama program, namely the ‘Page-to-Stage’ production, where students cast their self-written short plays from a year 7 and 8 group and directed their performances, culminating in a performance for Killara PS in October.

In 2012, year 9 KHS drama students were involved in the following activities:

  • Learning to improvise performances
  • Workshops and lessons on puppetry, mask-work and Commedia dell’Arte
  • Studies of scripted drama, with a series of workshops and performances on Morris Gleitzman’s play, Boy Overboard

In 2012, a KHS student gained a place in the NSW Drama Ensemble.

In May 2012, as part of the second annual KHS MAD Festival, over twenty groups of KHS drama, music and dance students performed over two nights and one matinee in the Kerrabee theatre. The theme for the festival in 2012 was ‘Magic and Mystery’.

The performances included:

  • Two KHS year 12 students performed sections of their HSC monologues
  • Three KHS year 11 students performed absurdist script excerpts from The Bald Primadonna and The Zoo Story
  • KHS year 9 and 10 drama student performances
  • The junior dance ensemble performed their routine of ‘Hairspray’ from the musical of the same name
  • The KHS senior dance ensemble performed a new routine to the song ‘Titanium’.

2013:

In 2013, year 9 KHS students travelled to the Lyric Theatre to see the musical, Grease.

In 2013, at the Sydney Opera House, two separate performances involved KHS music students:

  • KHS Concert 1 Band performed an item as part of the state-wide choral concerts series, organised by the Performing Arts Unit of NSW.
  • The KHS Senior Dance group and Stage Band 1 successfully auditioned to perform as part of the Ryde Schools Spectacular. A KHS singer performed as a soloist in this event.

2014:

In 2014, the theme of the MADD Festival was ‘Movies and Musicals’. Organised by the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty, KHS students performed dramatic and musical excerpts. These included:

  • excerpts from the musicals Grease, Wicked and The Lion King.
  • monologues from Shakespeare’s plays
  • dance students performed contemporary dance items

In 2014, year 12 KHS drama students saw their HSC texts‘The Laramie Project’ and ‘Paramatta Girls’ come to life on stage.

In 2014, year 9 and 10 KHS drama students saw a play building workshop and professional production of ‘The Stones’, performed by Zeal Theatre.

In 2014, year 7 and 8 drama ensemble students were given the opportunity to explore the world of acting and drama, before doing so as an elective school subject in years 9-12.

In 2014, KHS held the annual ‘Korobro’ performance which included the KHS dance ensembles and soloists.  

2015:

In 2015, the KHS year 12 drama students, as part of their HSC, performed original HSC performances and individual projects. Their HSC Showcase evening, ‘No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames’ was performed in the Kerrabee Theatre.

In 2015, the KHS year 11 drama students devised, directed, produced and performed their production of ‘Dead End’ over two nights.

In 2015, the KHS year 10 drama students wrote, directed and produced a production called, The Great Pretender’.

2016:

In 2016, the KHS junior and senior dance ensembles performed in the Sydney North Dance Festival with their new KHS dance teacher. This was a two-week dance festival which included many primary and secondary schools in the region. Each dance group was given three performances at the event.

In 2016, the KHS junior dance ensemble was selected to participate in the Ryde Schools Spectacular.

In 2016, the year 12 KHS drama students, with a 2016 six play theatre subscription at the Belvoir Theatre, and were able to see the following theatrical performances:

  • Jasper Jones
  • The Blind Giant is Dancing
  • The Great Fire
  • The Events
  • Black at the Dojo
  • Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

In 2016, year 7 and 8 KHS drama students went to the Capitol Theatre to see a production of ‘Aladdin – the Musical’.

2017:

In 2017, all KHS junior and senior dance ensembles performed in the Sydney North Dance Festival at the Glenn Street Theatre. The KHS senior dance ensemble also competed in the Ryde Eisteddfod.

2018:

In 2018, a year 10 KHS female music student was selected to participate in the reimagined ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Prokfiev, a collaboration between music and dance. A KHS music teacher was also selected as an education advisor, mentor and project manager. The performance ended with a performance of the original composition written by participants held at the Verbugen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A documentary was made and was aired on ‘ABCme.

In 2018, year 9 KHS drama students went to the Sydney Theatre Company to see actor, Hugo Weaving perform in ‘The irresistible rise of Arturo Ui’.

In 2018, many of the year 9 KHS male drama students assisted one of the KHS drama teachers in leading a lesson for year 4 boys from the KSP schools in KHS’s ‘Boys on Stage’ workshop.

In 2018, the ‘Matriark Theatre’ came to KHS for an incursion to introduce the theatrical style of Commedia Del ‘Arte to year 9 KHS drama students.

In 2018, year 9 KHS students went to the Sydney Theatre Company to see the Accidental Death of an Anarchist’.

In 2018, year 10 drama students wrote, directed and performed in their own version of ‘A midsummer night’s dream’ for the bi-annual MADD festival at KHS.

In 2018, year 11 KHS drama students devised, directed and performed their own production of ‘Le Grande Sosyal Medea Hotel’ over two nights in the Kerrabee Theatre. Rather than perform a selection of scenes, the students wrote and performed a complete play.

In 2018, six year 11 KHS drama students were selected to attend the NSW State Dance Camp. One of these students went on to be selected to perform at the State Drama Festival.

In 2018, two year 11 KHS drama students successfully auditioned and performed for professional theatre productions throughout the year.

2019:

In 2019, year 9 and 10 KHS Drama students saw a professional production of ‘Lord of the Flies’ at the Sydney Theatre Company.

In 2019, year 11 KHS Drama students devised, developed and performed a full-length production called ‘Guilty as Charged’ – a play that centred around the wrongful imprisonment of a man.

In 2019, year 12 Drama students engaged in a theatre subscription with the Sydney Theatre Company and saw four evening performances across the year.

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.

During the early years of KHS, the six sport houses, were all names of Aboriginal origin:

House Name:      Colour:                       Aboriginal meaning:

BAREGA                   Purple                           Wind

CARINGA                 Yellow                           Light

DOONGARA            Blue                               Lightning

KIMBA                      Red                                Fire

MUNDARA              Green                            Thunder

NARAWA                 Orange                          Water

1974:

In 1974, two KHS students, along with youth representatives from all states of Australia attended the Australian Red Cross Youth camp. The name of the gathering was called Gumbooya – an aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting place’. In 1974, this gathering was held in Tasmania. The theme of the meeting was “Young people in action – How? When? Why?’

1978:

In 1978, two KHS History teachers started a KHS History Club with participation by fifty students from years 7-10. At the first event, a guest speaker, spoke about Aborigines.

In 1978, the Art Department [now part of the Creative Arts Key Learning Area] 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 round 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.

1979:

In 1979, KHS year 12 English students saw the film ‘The chant of Jimmy Blacksmith’.

1981:

In 1981, KHS junior History students went on a film excursion to see ‘Manganinnie’. 

1985:

In 1985, year 7 KHS Science students visited West Head to observe, at first hand, the drowned river valley, adaptations of native river valley and aboriginal art.

1989:

In 1989, year 9 KHS Science students visited West Head to study plants. Following a track, the students visited various Aboriginal rock carvings.

Above image: 1990 KHS Open Day – part of history display

1991:

In 1991, as part of the Design and Technology course, in a joint venture with the Art department, the concept of ‘flight’ was explored as an integral part of ‘Vision 91’. Year 8 KHS Wood Technics students made boomerangs – a simple example of flight used by Aboriginals.

1992:

In 1992, a political forum for year 12 KHS students was held where representatives from several political parties visited KHS. This forum included the students being able to ask questions to the State representative from the Nationalist Party about Aboriginal Land Rights.

In 1992, The Kerrabee Centre, was officially opened by the Minister for School Education on August 31, 1992. In the first three months of its opening, it has been used as an assembly hall, a meeting place, a sports centre, an art gallery, a theatre for music drama and dance; and a holiday camp for youngsters. The word Kerrabee, means corroboree or festival site in the language of the Garigal people. Research into local aboriginal history revealed many words in the language of the Garigal Aborigines and the Guringai sub-tribe who once inhabited the Killara area.

1993:

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

In 1993, to mark the 1993 International Year of Indigenous Peoples, a group of year 7 KHS drama students developed and improvised theatre games, monologues and plays.

In 1993, year 10 KHS history students as part of their study of Australia in the twentieth century examined the progress of Australia in relation to Mabo. (The Mabo Case was a significant legal case in Australia that recognised the land rights of the Meriam people, traditional owners of the Murray Islands (which include the islands of Mer, Dauer and Waier) in the Torres Strait. The case was named after the prime advocate, Eddie Mabo).

In 1993, a number of KHS students participated in the ‘Macquarie Link’. This included students from Macquarie University visiting KHS to conduct a pilot survey amongst KHS students dealing with Aboriginal land rights.

1994:

In 1994, ‘fire’ was the theme of an original piece of work that the year 11 KHS drama class performed in the Kerrabee Theatre. This drama opened with an enchanting portrayal of the discovery of fire, according to aboriginal myth, and the group explored the effectiveness of mime, colour and texture. The group then presented a chilling re-enactment of Sydney’s bush fires.

In 1994, at one stage, Blocks A,D,C,D,E were to be named after illustrious people, or native plants or aboriginal tribes.

In 1994, year 9 KHS History students examined the mistreatment of Aborigines when white men came to Australia. They also listened to a talk about the Myall Creek Massacre.

1995:

In 1995, 2Unit Legal Studies KHS students examined three specific areas of Australian law – one of which was a case study examining the disadvantages faced by indigenous Australians historically and at the present time. These students found that their understanding of the continued mistreatment of Aboriginal people increased through this case study approach of studying Indigenous Australians.

1995, year 7 KHS History students watched the performance called ‘Massacre at Myall Creek’ which examined this historical event. Held in the Kerrabee Centre, the play was performed by two actors who were dressed in costumes, with many questions at the end of the performance to the actors.

1996:

In 1996, year 7 KHS History students studied Australian Aborigines, convicts and the First Fleet. Once again, they also watched a play on the Myall Creek Massacre, which was performed by two actors.

1997:

In 1997, the year 7 History students covered a variety of topics, of which the first topic was ‘Heritage’. In this topic they students studied the different aspects of Australian heritage including natural heritage, Aboriginal heritage, British heritage and multicultural heritage. Their 2nd topic was Aboriginal History. This topic was brought to life by a dramatic performance from a guest performer. Using didjirdu (didgeridoo), language, body painting, dance, songs and artefacts, as well as Dreamtime and personal stories, the guest speaker raised the students’ awareness of the richness of Aboriginal culture and the diversity of traditional song and dance.

In 1997, once again, the performance of Massacre at Myall Creek examined the significant event of the Myall Creek Massacre. In class the students had numerous discussions about current Aboriginal issues and land right policies.

In 1997, year 12 KHS 2 Unit Legal Studies students looked at a case study on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, looking at their culture and present disadvantages.

1998:

In 1998, KHS 3 Unit Legal Studies examined Aboriginal Land Rights.

In 1998, KHS students in year 11 Legal Studies examined the following topics:

  • Pre 20th century law
  • Australia’s establishment of its legal systems – including the High Court and Parliament – and their powers as set out by the Constitution
  • The influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander customary law on the current system of law
  • The age of criminal liability and the different types of punishment

In 1998, year 7 KHS History students looked at native Australians in the topic, Heritage. Their 2nd unit of work was Aboriginal History, where the watched a performance by a guest performer, who performed many dances, one of which was the ‘Kangaroo Dance’. He also told some stories from the Dreamtime. Year 7 KHS History students also watched the performance about the Myall Creek massacre, which examined the issue of Justice in the Treatment of Aborigines.’ They also studied Aboriginal Land Rights.

1999:

In 1999, on the 3rd and 7th September, year 9 KHS students participated in the Talking Tolerance to Teenagers program. Discussions were on the following topics:

  • tolerance of the opposite sex
  • tolerance of the disabled
  • racial tolerance
  • tolerance of others’ opinions

“Workshops, plays and guest speakers also were part of the program. A guest speaker,  also revisited KHS after being a favourite speaking in 1998. He shared the moving story about an Aboriginal teen who was literally bashed to death, simply because he was Aboriginal. He also spoke about the importance of respecting others.

In 1999, the 2 Unit HSC Legal Studies courses explored the legal system, more specifically in terms of gaining redress under family law, consumers and the law. Finally, the case study was on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

2000:

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

2001:

In 2001, the year 11 KHS Drama class staged a production of a recent Australian play called, Seven States of Grieving, which dramatized the indigenous peoples’ experience of the impact of government policies that removed aboriginal children from their tribes and families. This production was so effective that the year 11 KHS drama class performed it for KHS year 7 History and KHS year 11 English.

In 2001, year 10 KHS History students focused on the struggle of three main communities in Australia’s society in the 1960s-1990s. These groups were Aborigines, migrants and women.

Year 10 history became more and more challenging as the year went on

“Making sense of the information given to us and putting it into perspective in a world that is, at the moment, very uncertain pushed the boundaries of intellectual endeavour.

The main issues that were dealt with this year were the struggle of three main communities in Australia’s society in the 1960s to 1990s. These groups were Aborigines, migrants and women. With the upcoming election it is hard to see in some situations how things have changed. Aborigines have been hit with another wonder of modern Australian society, drugs and alcohol. The dispossession of Aborigines from their land has become apparent with the hindsight given to use, but what the society we live in today has not been able to comprehend is that we are dispossessing them of their lives and they have become to us, the urbanites, a forgotten community….”

….I think history this year has given us a choice whether we give more or less tolerance to the minorities in Australia’s society and the global community and whether in this new century we repeat the old mistakes of past generations or learn from them to make a new day.”

[Extract written by a year 10 KHS History student, The Green Years, 2001]

In 2001, year 11 KHS Legal Studies students examined a range of topics, including Parliament and the Legal System, sources of law, operation of the legal system and Aborigines and the law.

2005:

In 2005, the KHS SRC took it into their own hands to provide a powerful step for the Killara High community towards reconciliation.

The theme of Reconciliation Week, 2005 was: 

‘Reconciliation: Take the next step’

This theme evoked a response throughout the SRC which quickly spread throughout the whole school. Activities that emanated from this were:

  • A mufti day was organised to raise money for a flagpole to fly the Aboriginal flag.
  • KHS welcomed guest speaker, Chairperson for the Board of Aboriginal Housing
  • A ‘Sea of Hands’ day on Jubilee Oval

As commented on by many members of the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous community, ‘Sea of Hands’ is a respected action of acknowledgement.

The process of placing an individual hand in the ground to recognise Aboriginal history and state our intention of stepping towards a reconciled future is a form of cultural respect.

It is an action widely accepted and appreciated and as Killara High students we stand as one of the few educational bodies in this state taking action on this front.

On the 2nd June over a thousand hands representing the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Flags were placed in the ground.

It was a truly remarkable sight – on behalf of the school we hope that this is only one of many steps to be taken towards a positive future for all Australians”.

[written by a KHS year 11 student, The Green Years, 2005]

“We are being explicit about the values of fairness and responsibility in marking Reconciliation Week. The opportunity and success in life that students take for granted in this part of Australia are not there for Aboriginal students of the same age in other parts of NSW.”

[written by Dr M. Carter, Principal, 2005]

2006:

In 2006, a female KHS year 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. This was the first year that Aboriginal Studies had been offered at KHS, after a group of year 11 students at KHS, including this female student, lobbied KHS to have the course at KHS.

2007:

In 2007, a year 9 SRC representative attended the NSW State SRC Conference at Vision Valley. One hundred and thirty students from all around NSW came for the four days to listen to speakers participate in workshops and to hold the annual state forum.

Some of the topics presented were – setting personal goals, doing things that seem impossible and being good leaders. Students also split into groups to talk about their individual ideas, as well as  discussing each school’s SRC, and the events they had been holding. All students at the conference attended three workshops.

The KHS year 9 SRC representative attended the following workshops:

  • Anti-bullying
  • Indigenous culture
  • Motivating yourself and your SRC

2010:

In 2010, 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.

2011:

In 2011, twenty-six students from Menindee Central School (approximately two-thirds of the school’s population) came to Sydney, to exhibit their artwork at the the oldest Indigenous art gallery, the Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery. This gallery showcased the work of fifteen students aged 10 to 17. The exhibition ran at the gallery for a week, and all proceeds from their work went to the school’s art program. One of the students, a year 7 male student, also spent a morning in a HSC class at KHS.

2012:

Principal’s message, 2012:

Written by Dr Mark Carter, Principal Killara High School. The Green Years, 2012. [Used with permission]

“Back in the year 2000, the Principal of Roseville PS took her year 6 students on an outback odyssey where they encountered life in small isolated communities. Many returned to Sydney with a rising interest in indigenous studies.

A number of these students were in KHS’s first Aboriginal Studies class for the HSC in 2006.

Most of those students performed so highly in this course that they were placed among the top ten students in the state in Aboriginal Studies and the subject contributed significantly to their ATARS [Australian Tertiary Admission Rank].

“One member of that class has subsequently completed an Honours thesis in copyright law pertaining to indigenous art and culture. Equipped with degrees in Arts and Law she now works in the Land Reform Branch of the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. [The Principal of Roseville PS] could not have predicted this. In the words of an indigenous song writer, ‘From little things, big things grow’.

Late last year, this school took the strategic decision to support Aboriginal Studies as viable curriculum choice for students regardless of class size. Music was afforded the same status back in 2002 when it struggled for numbers. Now it is integral to the school’s curriculum and culture.

This year students in year 9 are studying the Stage 5 Aboriginal Studies course in an accelerated format which will allow them to complete the HSC examination at the end of year 11. Year 9 students are being taught in the same class as students studying the HSC Aboriginal Studies course. They learn with and from each other.

In 2013, through some creative scheduling and teacher flexibility, Killara will have years 10, 11 and 12 students in Aboriginal Studies courses. Few schools have and could do this. Along the way we have partnered with Lindfield East PS in establishing stronger links with Menindee Central School – supporting students’ learning in both schools and professional exchanges for staff.

We will always focus on meeting the immediate needs of all our students progressing through years of secondary schooling. Killara’s Statement of Purpose anchors the values that guide this work. It also guides the imperative to look beyond the immediate horizon of need.

Herein is an answer to the question: why have we invested this in a single curriculum initiative, Aboriginal Studies?

It’s about diversity in curriculum in 2012 and 2013, but it’s also about a future Australia, in which our young people will inevitably become citizens and leaders. Such an investment now can lead to lasting change in the decades to come.

One of our students of Aboriginal Studies, who was awarded the 2012 Prime Minister’s Medal for her NAIDOC Week essay, expressed her optimism this way:

A future Australia see Aboriginal people as limitless instead of limited, progressive instead of static and Aboriginal culture will continue to challenge and Aboriginal culture will continue to provoke our notion of an Australian identity.” [Year 9 KHS student]

Foundations laid in a primary school more than a decade ago influenced the career of at least one individual and they will continue to influence students’ curriculum and learning in 2013 and beyond. This is the wonder and power of education.”

In 2012, a year 9 female KHS student, who was studying the accelerated Senior Aboriginal Studies course, entered the NAIDOC week writing competition in the Senior Student (for years 11 and 12) category, and won the Prime Minister’s Medal. Six thousand students across Australia entered this writing competition.

The CEO of NAIDOC Australia, presented the KHS year 9 student with her Medal on Thursday 6th September 2012.

Above: Year 9 KHS student – winner of the Prime Minister’s medal for her above NAIDOC essay, 2012 – Used with permission.

Below is an edited extract of the award winning essay, entitled:

‘Analysing the progress of Indigenous Australia, past present and future.’

“April 10, 1816, marks the lowest point from which all progress for Indigenous Australians can be measured. It was on this day that Governor Macquarie, the equivalent o the Prime Minister of the day, issued the most brutal orders, as recorded in his Diary:

‘The officers commanding the Military Parties have been authorized to fire on them to compel them to surrender; hanging up on Trees the Bodies of such Natives as may be killed on such occasions, in order to strike the greater terror into the Survivors.’ 10th April 1816.

The past reveals the direction of the future – our future. Aboriginal progress can be seen through an exploration of selected historical episodes which highlight how land is integral to Australia’s history and Aboriginal culture. The Proclamation and Diary of Governor Macquarie, ‘An Act for the Protection and Management of the Aboriginal Natives of Victoria’ highlights an ethnocentric perspective that was enshrined in law and blind to the existence of connection to Country. However, progress is evident in former events and individuals have been fundamental to a changing and progressive perspective, a view which is inclusive rather than alienating.

Such alienation was apparent when Governor Lachlan Macquarie revealed his plans of ‘clearing the Country’, hence dispossessing and cutting a sacred connection with land. Their colonial viewpoint made the dehumanisation of the Aboriginal people easier. It enabled them to justify their actions and ignore the fact that the Aboriginal people did have culture and connection to land that was dense and thriving. Macquarie’s diary is further historical evidence for the belief that Aboriginal people who opposed White settlement were expendable.

It is clear that the earliest non-Aboriginal Australians simply did no understand Aboriginal culture and the significance of land, but they had no desire to understand either because European parochial views created a belief in their own supremacy. Yet despite this, Aboriginal identity and culture has survived and not merely survived but progressed through an unassailable connection to Country and culture, supported be reconciliation policies.

Progress occurred in the development of governmental policies, particularly those which promoted self-determination and empowerment during the 1970s.

Keating’s Redfern speech further contributed to reconciliation when it was delivered 10th December 1992. The speech was a landmark, a watershed and a beacon for progress. As Prime Minister, Keating represented the government and the people of Australia, forging a fresh and positive vision.

Keating’s goal in delivering the speech was to encourage recognition and show Aboriginal people that there was recognition for White actions. Keating stated that, if we really do want to recognise our actions, there needs to be change. Keating’s speech was part of a general shift in the representation of Aboriginal people and contributed to a progressive view of land rights.

Clearly there remains a way to go before non-Aboriginal people fully appreciate Aboriginal culture and the diverse connection Aboriginal Australians have with the land. Nevertheless, it is also clear that positive change has taken place through a range of catalysts that in decades to come will continue to have repercussions, providing hope and inspiration for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. A future Australia has the potential to be a nation that, instead of positioning White culture as the epicentre, represents a range of cultures equally and respectfully. A future Australia will be a nation which see Aboriginal people as limitless instead of limited legitimate instead of primitive and progressive instead of static. There will be new turning points, new voices and Aboriginal culture will continue to challenge and provoke out notion of an Australian identity.”

Above image: 2012 ‘Sea of Hands’ at KHS.

Menindee:

“Menindee: Far west NSW, far from Killara but now a little close to home.

In November, eighteen students travelled to Menindee, Barkindji Country, as part of the yr 10 Service Learning and for the HSC Aboriginal Studies course.

Menindee is approximately 130 kilometres from Broken Hill, on the Darling River and home of the Barkindji Aboriginal People and students spent the week experiencing culture, going to school, travelling to sacred lands and hearing real stories from real people about life in a town thriving despite its remoteness….

…The revival of Aboriginal language is a hug step in the maintenance and success of Aboriginal heritage and we spent a little time learning the ‘mother tongue’, Paakantyi, in a Language Class for adult community members. We also travelled to Mungo National Park and experienced ‘Country’ through Aboriginal eyes, seeing the land for more than just dirt and trees and recognising the rich connection with this place which is so hard to explain.

This was a fantastic opportunity to speak with community leaders and learn alongside students from Menindee.

Menindee is such a tiny school, compared to Killara. We brought eighteen students, which is more than the entire year and 12 groups combined. But we discovered that we have just as much in common, despite all the obvious differences.

The ‘Service Learning’ from year 10 worked with Menindee students doing routine maintenance on the accommodation (a converted train carriage!) as well as spending time in the pre-school with the kids.

Hopefully this can become an annual event. We hope that in future Killara can become more and more involved in hosting Menindee students when they visit Sydney.

This was an amazing experience that we will all remember forever.”

[written by Head Teacher, HSIE Green, The Green Years, 2012 – used with permission]

2013:

In 2013, year 8 KHS students studied the Aboriginal and Indigenous People during contact and colonisation, focusing on Australia and comparing this to other indigenous groups, including the Aztecs and the Incas.

2014:

In 2014, for a second time, KHS teamed up with Lindfield East PS and Menindee Central School for the Biannual Visual Arts Competition, ‘Deli in the Park’.

In 2014, two students from the town of Menindee Central School came to KHS to share their stories and help KHS celebrate Aboriginal culture.

In 2014, NAIDOC celebration returned to KHS after a few years in hiatus. A group of KHS teachers from across faculties planned a day of activities for the celebration, several months in advance.

The day involved the following:

  • a formal assembly with an Aboriginal elder, who is a descendant of Bungaree and Custodian of the Guringai Nation
  • the participation of our visitors from Menindee Central School
  • activities workshop run by Koori Konnections
  • a smoking ceremony by an Aboriginal elder, who is a descendant of Bungaree, and Custodian of the Guringai Nation. The ceremony was witnessed by year 8 KHS students, followed by a series of activities, including dance, bush tucker and games

A highlight of the day was the two visiting students from Menindee Central School who shared their stories from the own families which related directly to the NAIDOC 2014 theme – Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond. Both students had family members who served Australia as Indigenous Servicemen. The two students share photos and stories of their experiences with KHS students during the assembly.

In 2014, a component of the year 12 KHS Community and Family Studies (CAFS) course involved examining various groups in the community and their needs. These included: the homeless, the disabled, Indigenous Australians, the aged, youth families in crisis, the gay and lesbian community, and sole parents.

2015:

In 2015, the KHS Arts Council visited the Maitland Art Gallery to see the artworks of students from Menindee School.

In 2015, the KHS Prefect Body (2014-2015), in partnership with Lindfield Rotary Club, raised funds at a ‘Bunnings Barbecue’ for the victims of the Vanuatu Cyclone, various charitable organisations in Vietnam and Cambodia, and to subsidise transport to Broken Hill for high school students of Menindee.

In 2015, as part of the KHS Service-Learning program organised by the Careers faculty, eighteen year 10 KHS students chose to visit Menindee, also enabling KHS’s growing grow links with this remote school.

2016:

In 2016, for the second year running, KHS teamed up with Lindfield East Public School and Menindee Central School for the bi-annual visual arts competition, Deli in the Park.

In 2016, KHS Aboriginal Studies students visited the Aboriginal Heritage Office and local carvings.

In 2016, NAIDOC Day, organised by a large team of teachers across all faculties, saw the extension of the ‘day’ across two weekdays. Activities included:

  • Guest speakers
  • Guringai language lessons
  • Guests from Menindee Central School
  • Art and dance activities

In 2016, for the first time, all year 8 KHS students visited the Aboriginal carvings at West Head and heard stories from local Aboriginal elders about Aboriginal culture and the significance of these carvings for all Australians.

In 2016, eight year 10 KHS students worked on a submission to the Director of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Their submission was that the Australian War Memorial should commemorate Australia’s Frontier Wars between Aboriginal nations and British forces from 1788-1830s. The students prepared letters, making constructed submissions based on reasoning and evidence. As a result, the students met with the Director for an hour appointment in Canberra.

2017:

In 2017, NAIDOC was celebrated again at KHS. The theme in 2017 was:

‘Our Languages Matter’

All year 8 KHS students visited Ku-ring-gai National Park, where students participated in a range of activities designed to educate them about Aboriginal culture and history.

Many activities and events took place including:

  • A smoking ceremony performed by an Aboriginal elder in order to cleanse the area. Students were also given clay from the local area to welcome them to the land.
  • Exploration of the carvings with the Aboriginal elder.
  • A walk to Red Hand with a local Indigenous man
  • Basket weaving activity with a female Aboriginal elder. Using local sources and natural materials, KHS students learnt how to weave patterns and baskets
  • Indigenous games and sports with a female Aboriginal elder
  • Year 10 Aboriginal Studies students prepared a lesson, teaching to many groups

The following day, an assembly was organised at KHS for years 7-10. As part of the assembly, the following occurred:

  • a special presentation from year 12 students from Menindee Central School, learning about the importance of language and how they had just completed at the first Stage 6 Aboriginal Language course in their local language.
  • Year 8 KHS students spoke about their excursion to Mungo
  • a video presentation of the excursion to Ku-ring-gai the previous day

2018:

In 2018, year 7 KHS music students created a soundscape through an online platform, Soundation. Using an Aboriginal Dreamtime story, the students developed knowledge of traditional notation, performing melodies on keyboards and glockenspiels, learning how to perform in small groups with  multiple parts.

In 2018, the year 9 KHS Food Technology students travelled to the Sydney Botanical Gardens to learn about Australia’s bush food. They also tasted the staples of the original indigenous diet.

In 2018, the KHS Aboriginal Studies classes visited the Muogamarra Nature Reserve and Menindee for a week in November.

In 2018, as part of NAIDOC Day, local Indigenous elders and guests from Menindee Central school participated in art activities, weaving, bush walking and sport at KHS.

In 2018, KHS organised a series of activities to celebrate NAIDOC week. The theme in 2018 was:

 ‘Because of Her We Can’

This theme looked at the participation of Aboriginal women in Aboriginal culture and society, but also emphasised through the teaching and visiting of both male and female sites and ‘traditional’ activities.

As part of NAIDOC week, all of year 8 KHS students went on an excursion to West Head to participate in a range of activities, including:

  • a traditional smoking ceremony performed by an Aboriginal elder
  • students received ochre (clay) to welcome them to country and to differentiate genders
  • a visit to the ‘punishment and learning’ carving sites
  • a walk to Red Hands Cave, the oldest marks of Aboriginal history recorded in the area, and learnt about the movements of Aboriginal people through the seasons
  • basket weaving
  • a discussion with a female Aboriginal elder about the history and significance of weaving in Aboriginal women’s lives, especially the role of woven nets played in capturing fish. The elder also talked about an art project that was taking place at the Sydney Art Gallery that involved large weaving art pieces

The KHS PDHPE staff organised activities that related to traditional hunting and gathering methods. The KHS year 10 Aboriginal Studies students organised an activity with KHS year 8 students where they ‘created’ an Aboriginal community.

2019:

In 2019, KHS celebrated NAIDOC week – a nation-wide event held in recognition of Australia’s indigenous peoples. The 2019 theme was:

‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’.

A number of activities/event were held during this week. They included:

  • Year 8 KHS students were introduced to the theme and the importance of NAIDOC through a series of workshops and presentations by year 9 and 10 KHS Aboriginal Studies students prior to an excursion – which had been postponed due to weather – but went ahead later.
  • The year 8 KHS excursion to West Head to learn about Aboriginal culture, traditions and history. This involved a welcome to ‘Country’ performed by a local Aboriginal elder, as well as a bushwalk to a scenic lookout, basket weaving and looking at carvings in order to understand about traditional indigenous law and lore.
  • A formal assembly for years 7-10 at KHS where students  from Menindee Central School spoke to the assembled students about the importance of culture and community.

There also were trips to Menindee and Mungo, where students were able to celebrate the significance of Aboriginal cultures and histories.

Above image: a book display in the Lion Library on Indigenous Literacy Day, 2019

1974:

In November 1974, fifty-five 2nd form (year 8) KHS students, together with 3rd form (year 9) students from Coffs Harbour HS and 5th form (year 11) students from Endeavour HS spent a week at Jindabyne.

The site at was an old construction camp owned by the Sports and Recreation Service of NSW for Lake Jindabyne. An old train, the Cooma Mail train, was the transport to Cooma, and from there it was a one-hour bus ride.

During their stay, students participated in a variety of activities, including:

On a farm near Cooma:

• skidooing on Lake Jindabyne
• horse riding
• asparagus picking
• rabbit chasing

Other activities included Geography and Science activities such as:
• seral progression
• fresh-water biology
• river studies
• general skills

The river study consisted mainly of walking across the Moonbah River, a tributary of the Snow River, which was full of melted snow.

The evening recreational activities included:

• several dances
• a Redex Trial (won by a group of KHS students)
• a skit night

While the dances were generally enjoyed, several students preferred to do a little star-gazing on the cloudless smog-free nights.

After a week in Jindabyne, KHS students and staff arrived back at Sydney at 6 am at Central Station.

1979:

In March 1979, along with students from two other high schools, Forest HS and Port Hacking HS, year 11 KHS students joined the Cooma Mail train at Central for a week-long excursion to Jindabyne.

From Cooma the students and teachers boarded coaches with drove them to the National Fitness Camp at Jindabyne.

Students were organised into groups with members from each school.

Activities included:

  • nature hikes
  • field studies
  • grass skiing
  • sailing
  • tennis
  • archery
  • volleyball
  • basketball

1980:

In April 1980, most year 11 KHS students (approximately one hundred and eighty students) and six Science teachers participated in a science excursion to Jindabyne National Fitness Camp, a facility run by the Department of Sport and Recreation and staffed by the Department of Education. Two other schools– Jesmond HS and J.J. Cahill Memorial HS – with their year 11 students, also attended.

Activities included:

  • jogging or calisthenics (at 6.30 am)
  • orienteering
  • horse riding
  • grass-skiing
  • sailing
  • an alpine walk
  • games
  • dances

Some of these activities were combined with a range of scientific and geographical tasks that included examining the following areas:

  • alpine vegetation
  • freshwater zoology
  • man and the local environment
  • local pastoral activity

1982:

In March 1982, one hundred and twelve KHS students went to the Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Camp to study a number of aspects of the environment that dealt with Biology, Geology, Geography, Physics and Chemistry. Students from three other schools also attended – Wade HS (Griffith, NSW), Canowindra HS and Hunters Hill HS. Students from all four schools were divided into six day groups in which various fields of the environment were examined.

Activities included:

  • canoeing
  • sailing
  • horse riding
  • grass skiing

Evening activities included:

  • a bush dance
  • a quiz night
  • a games night
  • a talent night (including a humorous ‘Miss Jindabyne Contest’)

1984:

In 1984, year 11 KHS students, along with students from Mt Druitt HS and Port Hacking HS went to Jindabyne. Students were organised into groups (comprising of a mix of students from each school), and with a timetable, they completed studies on landforms, vegetation, freshwater ecology and more.

Other activities included:

  • sailing
  • windsurfing
  • tennis
  • horse riding
  • an alpine walk
  • stunts and games night
  • a talent night (including a humorous ‘Miss Jindabyne Contest’)
  • a bush dance
  • a monster quiz
  • a dance night

1985:

In 1985, after a week at Jindabyne, the sport and recreation staff invited some KHS students back for a week of skiing in the August holidays. Two female KHS students, joined by thirty-two other ex-Jindabyne students from around the state attended. The students tried cross-country and downhill skiing.

After farewelling the staff and students from other schools, the KHS students boarded the Cooma Mail train to Central Station.

1986:

In 1986, year 11 KHS students, went to Jindabyne, along with students from Condell Park HS. Some of the activities included:

  • a 15km alpine walk
  • sailing on Lake Jindabyne
  • horse riding at twilight
  • picnics and barbecues
  • field studies
  • exploring nature
  • fishing for tadpoles
  • games, competitions
  • a bush dance
  • a disco
  • a talent night (including a humorous ‘Miss Jindabyne Contest’)

…The buses hadn’t pulled up yet in front of Killara High, and we had already started to miss the peaceful and remote surroundings we had left behind”, noted a  year 11 KHS student.

The Tuesday after the students returned, a ‘Jindy’ reunion was held, sharing photos and stories. Later, at the school barbecue, the students invited some of the Condell HS students they had made friends with for another semi-reunion.

1987:

In March, 1987, two hundred and fifty year 11 KHS students went to Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre.

Some of the activities included:

  • sailboarding
  • horse rising
  • visiting a sheep farm
  • climbing snow-capped mountains
  • orienteering
  • bus walking
  • a games night
  • a bush dance
  • a monster quiz
  • a concert (including a humorous ‘Miss Jindabyne Contest’)
  • a disco

1990:

On February 24th – March 2nd 1990, year 11 KHS students went to Jindabyne. Some of the activities included:

  • field studies
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • orienteering
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • games
  • a bush dance
  • a monster quiz
  • a variety night and disco (a talent night including a humorous ‘Cooma Covergirl Contest’)

1992:

In 1992, year 11 KHS went to Jindabyne for the annual week-long excursion. Some of the activities included:

  • abseiling
  • horse riding
  • orienteering
  • mountain walking
  • sailing
  • field studies
  • ‘The Miss Jindabyne Pageant’ (a humorous talent night)
  • games and quizzes
  • a variety night
  • a disco

1993:

In 1993, in week four of term 1, one hundred and eighty-seven year 11 KHS students as well as nine KHS teachers went to Jindabyne for the annual one-week excursion.

Some of the activities included:

  • abseiling
  • horse riding
  • a barbecue by the river
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1968:

In 1968, the KHS site was inspected by the Architect during the month of October when various matters concerning the development of the school grounds were discussed. The area forming the eastern corner of the site and facing Wentworth Avenue was marked on the site plan ‘to be left undisturbed’. It was felt that the dense undergrowth between the trees would present a fire hazard, harbour ticks and other undesirable fauna, and be generally hazardous for the pupils.

[Grounds Committee Report, The Killara High School News, November/December, 1968]

1969:

At the P&C Association meeting in November 1969, held at Turramurra HS, it was noted 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.”

1970:

In 1970, proposed plans for the year were that the school grounds were to be developed with gardens, rockeries and shrubs, and an ornamental fountain was to be erected in the main foyer of the school.

In 1970, the KHS P&C Grounds Committee report indicated the the local member had been spoken to about the roadworks in front of the school, and the need for this to be expediated.

1971:

In 1971, nine working bees were held at KHS. The activities included:

  • general cleaning up of grounds
  • grass cutting
  • top dressing
  • thirty trees planted and maintained 

Ku-ring-gai Council around this time were holding sixty trees until such time as it was possible to plant some of them.

In 1971, two ladies donated iris plants, and donations were asked of jasmine and wisteria to beautify the school. A lady also donated twenty six trees. A donation of a large quantity of black polythene was given for such purposes as laying under the river stones in the courtyards to keep the weeds from growing. A plea also went out for any spare pot plants for the proposed ‘fountain’ in the main lobby, and for the library.

Each class at KHS raised money to buy trees, and by mid 1971, the total was $44.77.

In 1971, a landscape gardener, who was a well-known conservationist, was asked to draw up a master plan for the school grounds. He also visited the school to assist with the KHS Ground Committee’s general plan of conservation on the school site.

In 1971, there was also a plan for a Japanese garden for A or B Block. The gentleman who assisted with this proposal was the landscape gardener commissioned by the NSW Government to plan and lay out 1½ acres of Japanese gardens in the Royal Botanical Gardens. The plan was due to be viewed by parents at the next P&C Annual General Meeting. In early 1972, there was concern that the Japanese Garden needed to eventuate as soon as possible, as the gentleman had to return to Japan very soon. There was a need for a workforce of about forty people for over two days.

In 1971, KHS became the owner of a 25 inch heavy duty 7 HP self propelled Rover mower purchased by the P&C Association. It was hoped that this would decrease the reliance on domestic mowers of working bee fathers.

The news of the arrival of a mower was greeted with much pleasure, and it was quoted in the 1971 August KHS Newsletter (by the P&C) that:

“I am sure all fathers are just waiting for the next working-bee to be among the first to use this magnificent piece of machinery.”

By November, 1971, acting on the advice from the landscape gardener and a representative from Ku-ring-gai Council Parks & Garden, a stage 1 Master Plan for the school grounds was prepared. Soil was ordered for the fifteen trees still awaiting planting at this time. These trees had been purchased by the students. Also, two staff members helped to water the grounds.

1972:

In 1972, the KHS Grounds Committee decided not to use pesticides because of the concern that they would prove fatal to the bird life in the area, which they had aimed to keep as natural as possible.

In 1972, in late March, a working bee was held, and fifteen fathers (an all-time record) planted another nineteen trees – including deciduous trees, pines and natives. These trees were donated by Ku-ring-gai Council.

In 1972, the George Washington Tree Felling Co. Pty Ltd were the successful as tenders for the dropping and removal of the dead scribbly gum in front of A Block. Two of the Company’s Senior Directors were on hand to direct operations.

In 1972, tenders were accepted for turfing the area behind the canteen.

1974:

In 1974, representatives from the P&C Association assisted the Killara Progress Association in the clearing around and fertilizing of Wentworth Avenue trees.

1975:

In 1975, weekend gardening bees involved lawn mowing, removal of privot and lantana, removal of rubbish, and any other work in the grounds as needed.

1977:

In 1977, the area between E Block and the house was cleaned up and mowed by a group of year 12 students to create a pleasant lawn area for senior students.

1978:

In 1978, during a school vacation, the General Assistants at KHS prepared and planted a rose garden along the northern wall outside of the Library in E Block. A number of azaleas were also placed in courtyards of A, B and E Blocks. Year 12 KHS students were considering the possibility of grounds improvements as their farewell gift to KHS.

1979:

The ‘1979 Master Plan’:

In early 1979, the idea of a major project was raised at P&C meetings and approval was given in principal to proceed with major landscaping of the school grounds. The KHS prefects conducted a grounds improvement survey amongst students, and from this, it was decided that eight possible projects be contemplated.

They were:

  • clean up of area 5 behind D Block
  • ‘flatten’ out sitting areas
  • handball areas
  • improvement of the ecology area
  • a level area for rugby practice
  • new seating
  • planting of large trees
  • a tennis practice area

After a call was put out to parents to volunteer professional assistance, KHS was helped by a professional landscaper and a horticulturalist, who were relatives of a KHS student. Both gentlemen were qualified to help with the plans. 

Many thanks to both, and we look forward to working on this project which we hope will have a beneficial effect on the grounds for the next 30 years,’ said the Grounds Convenor.

A plan was prepared and exhibited for interested adults and prefects. A letter was also written to the Ku-ring-gai Council and KHS representatives had a meeting with the Mayor. As a result, seventeen trees were delivered and planted. The total plan was to span two years. 

At a Committee meeting, the proposal was to prepare plans to incorporate these ideas as much as possible, as well as some additional thoughts to add to the ‘store of ideas.’ These ideas would then be presented to the Principal for approval. The plans were then to be presented to the students for inspection, comment and approval, and displayed for comment. After this, working groups would be set up to implement the plans.

In July 1979 issue of The KHS News, the Grounds Convenor noted:

We might even be able to achieve the building of an open-air ampi-theatre, depending on how the site lends itself to this development given the possible building of an assembly hall one day.”

[Grounds Convenor, KHS News July 1979]

In 1979, teams of parents helped each month with work in the grounds – mainly grass cutting, edges and pruning. This complemented the work done by the permanent staff in the broad areas. Parents felt this was not enough, and that their time could be better spent if a number of projects were undertaken. They were aware of how small KHS’s grounds were, and that the school was only allowed to be built on such an area due to the park opposite which could be used for sporting activities. Thus, they believed their efforts needed to be intensive rather than expensive. They also knew that a lot of areas were very rough due to ‘washaways’ from steep slopes, especially near the cottage where the ground had never been properly leveled. The so-called ‘ecology area’ seemed to be hardly ever used and there was a call for suggestions for how its use could be improved.

In 1979, it was also proposed to buy a motorised edge cutter to keep the extensive lengths of edges maintained, as staff could not cope with this, and parent’s attempts to use spades etc were inadequate.

By November 1979, the KHS’s P&C Associations’ major project – the landscape and beautification of the school grounds – was well under way. A tree planting day occurred in October, 1979, and turfing of the amphitheatre was to be completed by volunteer parents and students under the supervision of KHS’s landscaper by November 1979.

1980:

As at the beginning of 1980, the following had been achieved in regard to the major plan of landscaping the school:

  • Approximately four hundred trees had been planted, mainly along the Koola Avenue side, and around area 5
  • Areas from Koola Ave past the cottage and down beyond area 5 had been leveled
  • a small amphitheatre was built and was to be turfed, (six thousand square feet) which was to be completed later
  • a load of mulch was received, and further loads were to occur each six months
  • water piping was laid across area 5
  • Part 2 of the plan was created

It was further proposed that:

  • a path be built around the corner of A Block (Government funded, Public Works Department)
  • seats were to be purchased and located around the grounds
  • attractive post and rail fences were to be built between C and D Blocks, near C Block in the bicycle area, and at the top end near the main gate.

A retaining wall along the path between C and D Block did not go ahead as planned originally, due to the electrical wires being too close to the surface. (It had been planned that timbers were to be sawn and drilled in the school workshop.)

 The budget for this project in 1980 was $5,000 and the total for two years in $10,395.53. Taken together, these two stages were to provide most of the objectives that were first set. The flat area of the amphitheatre was to provide the rugby tackle pad as requested, as the students did not, on reflection, require the additional handball area. KHS already had a tennis practice wall, but the ecology area had to wait for ‘another day’. Also provided was a new hose and sprinkler.

Volunteers from the KHS parent community were asked for to assist in this landscaping project.

1981:

In February 1981, a call was put out to parents to assist voluntarily to help maintain the school grounds and implement improvements, especially in the following areas:

  • lawn mowing
  • weeding and mulching of young trees
  • completing a fencing project in front of Blocks B, C and D
  • tree planting to complete the 1979 master plan (and more if desired)
  • implementing the suggestions that were to be generated by a student survey conducted by Prefects as well as those ideas brought forward by parents.

In March 1981, KHS School Prefects were asked to provide their assessment of what could be worthwhile undertakings towards landscape beautification.

Those items mentioned were:

  • plant wind breaks to better shield the quadrangle
  • pave muddy areas or shade trees in the year 11 area
  • cricket nets, a practice wall, a fitness track or, perhaps an outdoor classroom.

There were two meetings planned in March 1981 in which to discuss these plans, and to hear the authors of the ‘1979 Master Plan’ for tree planting, explain the plan and the final stage to be undertaken. Objectives were also to be set for 1981.

In 1981, between $500 and $1,000 worth of advanced eucalypts were to be purchased by the P&C for planting in the 2nd term under two projects.

  • Project 1 – Plant One Tree: according to pre-planned instructions, and areas that were staked out. The procedure was that fifty trees will go to the first fifty people to register to help with these projects.
  • Project 2 – 7,8,9 and 10: in August 1981, a call was put out to parents particularly of years 7 and 8 to participate in the ‘Project 7, 8, 9, and 10’ tree planting, as it was to be their children who would benefit mostly from the results. The work involved ground preparation, and the planting of approximately four hundred and fifty small tube stock of native trees and shrubs from P&C funds.

During June and July 1981, fifty-four well established (eight feet high) eucalypts were planted by a similar number of parents. Each tree took from forty five to ninety minutes each to dig, mulch, water, stake and tie.

Species planted were: tallowood; swamp mahogany; Sydney blue gum and eucalyptus elata.

As well as one of the KHS parents who had horticultural experience assisted with the tree planting, so did KHS neighbours.

‘The greening of Killara was now underway!’, stated the Grounds Convenor, in the KHS newsletter in August, 1981.

In the September and October 1981 KHS newsletter, it was reported that two big steps had been taken in the beautification of the school grounds. The planting of eucalypts amongst the acacias that had been planted last year had begun, as well as in other parts of the grounds.

The Grounds Committee also had held working bees to plant native trees and shrubs along the northern fence and in clusters in the years 9 and 10 playground area behind A Block.

It was stated by the Principal, Mr Bradford in the KHS newsletter for September and October 1981, that,

‘this planting will give a magnificent cover for that area of the school in years to come and I am sure that the Grounds Committee will view the results of their work with satisfaction.’

In October 1981 on a wet Sunday, thirty five parents turned out to prepare the soil, plant and mulch around two hundred and eighty five native shrubs and trees.

With the completion of the year’s planting, approximately seven hundred and fifty specimens were now at ‘rest within Killara High’s’ soils’ said the Ground Convenor, in The KHS Newsletter October 1981.

These were surrounded by tree lopping mulch.  The money spent was $2,300 on plants, imported soil, rotary hoeing, stakes, fertilizers hoses, weed poison, lime and a three pound lump hammer. 

In November 1981, approximately twenty-eight parents helped plant fifty-eight trees and shrubs (mainly as replacements for losses), as well as spread mulch and weed around all the previous plantings. By means of an inspection and talking with prefects, teachers and parents, a plan with listed priorities was compiled. The list included the following:

  • a little maintenance
  • timber fence constructed
  • eight hundred and twenty four native trees and shrubs purchased and planted
  • dealing with forty tons of soil; six tons of compost
  • mulch; three hundred stakes; $180 worth of fertiliser, etc.
  • purchase of hoses and implements

Cost: $3115.44. 

1982:

In early 1982, assistance was sought for the continuing work on the school’s grounds. It was hoped that three committees would be set up to match the following budgeted items:

  • grounds improvements                       $3,000
  • sporting improvements                       $1,000
  • building improvements                       $2,000

Help was urgently needed in the new year to weed around all the new plantings.

In March 1982, the Grounds Convenor canvased parents to create a Volunteers list of about two hundred names that could be called upon two or three times during the year for help on maintenance of new projects.

In 1982, seventy casuarinas and a further one hundred and twelve mixed types of trees were planted. This saw the near completion of the major planting program that had been carried out over the last three to four years – somewhere in the vicinity of thirteen hundred trees and shrubs.

In a few years we should see a school well endowed with groves and banks of thick foliage, shade for the summer and protective boundaries around the numerous grassed areas’, said the Grounds Convenor, in the November edition of The KHS news in 1982.

In 1982, the KHS Prefects also cleared out the introduced plants from the Ecology area in the school. Before the school was built, the ecology area was a haven of native trees and shrubs. When houses were built, it became choked with introduced noxious weeds. Because 1982 was the Year of the Tree, KHS Prefects wanted to give the land back to the native trees. The seniors dug, cut and pulled out all invading plants.

For 1982, the year 12 prefects had as their project, ‘environmental improvement’. They also entered the State Pollution Control Competition for planned tree plantings in a school, and over thirty two KHS students helped in the program. With continued maintenance and new plantings by each new group of year 11 KHS students, it was expected that KHS would have a native plant study area for use by the school.

In 1982, levelling and paving of a new courtyard for use by seniors was completed over October and November by the Grounds Committee.

1984:

“Other areas of evidence for growth can be seen in the development of the school grounds… In 1984, $5,200 was devoted to School Grounds Improvement.”

[The Principal of KHS, Speech Night, 1984]

1985:

In 1985, estimates totaling $20,000 were approved for ground development.

The “greening of Killara” was proof positive of the success of the Ground Committee’s efforts to make KHS’s environment an amenity and an asset for the total community.

1989:

In 1989, a few loads of top soil were obtained for the oval, and a small group of parents spent a few hours on successive Sundays spreading it across the area close to the courts. A quotation was also obtained to extend a water pipeline to the oval and install at low cost, low maintenance watering system.

In 1989, after attending KHS’s annual political forum, the member for Gordon,  (also Environment Minister) participated in a Greening of the School tree planting program.

1990:

In 1990, a KHS Social Science teacher and a number of interested students from senior and junior years worked on a program of bush regeneration at the school.

New Ecology Area Announced

“On the last days of term 2 and 3, a group of environmentally concerned students began work on restoring the school’s ecology area using Bush Regeneration techniques. Bush regeneration is the rehabilitation of bush from a weed-infested or otherwise degraded plant community to a healthy community composed of Australian plants.

Our specific aim is to restore and maintain the area as an example of the original plant community, allowing native plays to regrow. Eventually, it is hoped, plants will be names and an outdoor classroom created where students will be able to take their inspiration from Nature.

[A mother of a year 10 female KHS student] provided invaluable direction to the students on the day. She also collected samples and identified plants found in the Ecology Area to help form the nucleus of an herbarium.

[Another lady] also gave students the benefits of her expertise by suggesting, before the day, the way to proceed in bush regeneration by working to a plan with short and long term goals.

To help with the achievement of one of the long-term goals, twenty native trees donated by Ku-ring-gai Council, have been planted immediately in front of the Ecology Area.They hopefully will soak up the nutrient-lade moisture flowing into the Area from higher ground.

A proper drain should be constructed, but this is not practical, given the fact that one of the possible sites for the Hall is immediately above the Ecology Area.

The tree-planting also helped mark the centenary of Arbor Day in NSW, and Wattle Day, 1990.”

[Written by Head Teacher Social Sciences, The Killara Chronicle, October, 1990]

1991:

In 1991, the Grounds Committee (of the P&C) planted many new trees and shrubs, added new outdoor seating, and tidied up ‘jungle areas’.

1992:

In 1992, the ecology area had a reprieve from the impact of human feet as the building of the Kerrabee Centre blocked off easy access. As a result of the earlier clearing of weeds, a number of plants had regenerated.

1998:

In 1998, KHS had planted a seedling descended from the Pinus HalepensisLone Pine – from the Australian War Memorial’s Lone Pine tree planted by the Duke of Gloucester in October 1934. KHS’s seedling is a direct descendant of one of only two brought from Galipolli in 1915. This seedling now grows in the schools Memorial Garden.

1970:

At the meeting of the P&C Association held in February 1970, at the new school site, it was documented that Japanese was a new elective, with thirteen to fourteen KHS students from 2nd form [year 8]. Killara thus becomes the first State high school to offer this course at junior school level.

1971:

In 1971, Latin was withdrawn from elective courses for form 2 [year 8] due to lack of student requests. Japanese, French and German were maintained with good numbers.  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 beginning of the year, in order to assist students in the choice of language electives for study in the years that followed.

1975:

In 1975, KHS gained 1st and 2nd place in a Japanese speaking contest between five other schools.

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.

1978:

In 1978, Japanese classes continued to flourish at KHS and attracted the attention of Departmental officers and Japanese organisations. Towards the end of 1978, the Japanese 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 programme 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]. The Governor 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, KHS excursions included a series of modern languages camps (held on weekends) and year 8 and 9 KHS Japanese students attending the Japanese Expo Centre.

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. 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 (vinegared rice with prawns etc)
  • okonomiyaki (Japanese omelette).

Some students wore kimonos, and six Japanese exchange students from other schools joined KHS for the afternoon. This was KHS’s first Japanese Festival.

1979:

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, at one of the Ladies’ Auxiliary General Meetings, a demonstration of ‘Ikebana’ [Japanese flower arranging] was held. Special guests were the President of Ikebana International, as well a teacher of the Wafu Kai School, who gave a demonstration of this art.

In 1979, year 11 KHS French language students went on an excursion to see a French film.

In 1979, room 30 at KHS was the venue chosen for a genuine French market. Year 7B KHS students 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.

In 1979, approximately half of the total number of KHS students in years 8-10 were learning at least one foreign language. Japanese was gaining increasing popularity, and there was an increase in the number of students going on exchange.

1980:

In 1980, evening classes for adults were held at KHS in the evening, and included classes in German (advanced and beginners classes).

In February 1980, KHS was visited by thirty Japanese students who were participating in the 13th Japanese Youth Goodwill Cruise on the ‘Nippon Maru’. The students were welcomed at a KHS assembly and a number of these visitors were billeted with KHS families.

In 1980, a number of KHS students attended a series of foreign language camps that were held by the Modern Languages Teachers Association of NSW. Quite a number of students from KHS had previously attended these camps and have found them enjoyable and worthwhile. The camps are held at either Narrabeen Fitness Camp or Naamaroo Conference Centre. Interests of all sorts are catered for with a balanced combination of outdoor, social and language-orientated activities. These were the camps offered to KHS in 1980:

  • year 7 International camps
  • year 8 French camp
  • year 8 German camp
  • year 9 French camp
  • year 9 German camp
  • Japanese camp
  • Senior French camp
  • Senior German camp

In 1980 KHS began investigating a proposal which originated from teachers in Japan for a new kind of Japanese/Australian Exchange Programme. The proposal was that ten students from Japan would visit KHS in July-August and would stay with ten Australian families and attend KHS. This would occur during the long summer holidays in the Japanese school year. A contingent of ten Australian students would then go to Japan and attend school in Japan during our long summer vacation in December-January and stay with Japanese families and attend school in Japan.

In 1980, various KHS language students went on student exchanges to the following countries:

  • one year 12 female KHS student spent three months in Germany
  • three year 12 KHS students (1979) were still on exchanges in Japan in 1980

In 1980, a group of KHS students visited our sister school, Kofu West Senior High in Japan.

1981:

In 1981, due to the success of the KHS Language Festival over the last two years, it was decided to broaden the festival in order to involved as many students as possible. All the subject departments in the school were encouraged to include a segment on multicultural studies into their Term 2 program. Year 10 KHS language students once again acted as co-ordinators.

KHS student experienced sushi, ‘bangers’, quiches, German sausages, pizzas, damper and tacos. Others tried 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, 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 on ‘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 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
  • KHS language students 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 and their teacher from Kofu visited KHS.

In 1981, due to the success of the Language Festivals in 1979 and 1980,  it was decided to expand the idea to involve the whole school.  It was dubbed “a cultural connection”.

1982:

In 1982, some of the KHS language excursions were as follows:

  • year 11 KHS French: an excursion to see French plays at Sydney University
  • year 11 KHS Japanese: visited the Art Gallery for an exhibition

In 1982, four Japanese exchange students came to KHS. Three of the exchange students were sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Ku-ring-gai, Lindfield and North Ryde. The other student was from KHS’s sister school in Japan.

In July 1982, the NSW Japanese Language Speech Contest was held. The contest was organised by the Japanese Consulate, and had an Open, Senior and Junior Section. Four of the eight contestants in the Junior Section were KHS students. One KHS student came first, and another came third.

In 1982, a film was made at KHS showing the aspects of the teaching of the Japanese language. This film was to be used to help promote cultural relationships between the two countries.

In 1982, a year 10 female KHS student was awarded 2nd prize in the Australian-Japanese Cultural Essay Competition. KHS was well-presented at the prize-giving ceremony, held at the ‘Wentworth Hotel’ in October 1982.

In 1982, year 10 KHS Language Students held a multicultural event to celebrate their achievements and share with the rest of the school their insights into foreign cultures. In 1982 however the format was changed in order to give a different emphasis. Instead of the festival consisting of a half day extravaganza, the activities took place over a 5-day period. The activities were centred in the E Block area of the school, enabling individual language classes to become more involved, while causing minimum disruption to normal lessons. At the end of the week, year 10 treated themselves to a multi-cultural dinner/smorgasbord and entertainment, to celebrate the end of the festival. This was code-named “Lingo Fling”. A year 10 languages magazine was also underway.

In 1982, a Chinese banquet was held in August. Year 11 KHS students enjoyed this culinary aspect of the country they were studying, while at the same time, sharing experiences with members of the community who had recently visited communist China.

1983:

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.

1984:

On Sunday, April 29, 1984 KHS held a year 7 Language Day. This was held by the year 11 German and French classes, who introduced year 7 KHS students to the languages of France and Germany.

The year 11 students divided themselves into groups of two, and for each group there was an activity from either France or Germany. The year 7’s were also put into groups which would move from one activity to another, experiencing different areas of the French and German cultures.  One group played French bowls (boules). Other groups were all named after famous French and German people, e.g. ‘Asterix’. Other games included: doing exercises in German or finding where a city or state was in order to beat the other team. For morning tea there was fruit and French lemonade. Lunch consisted of hotdogs and rolls, with French pastries later in the afternoon. As a result of this day, year 7 were introduced to the languages, and the year 11 students experienced teaching other students. Some parents also attended.

A KHS ex-student (year 12, 1983) continued with his Japanese studies at Sydney University, coming 1st in the Senior Section of the NSW competition and 2nd in the National Finals. Another KHS student, who was in year 11 in 1984 came 2nd in the NSW State Competition in Japanese speaking, and was given a trip to Melbourne to enter the National Finals, where although he did not win, his speech was written solely by himself.

1987:

In 1987, during Education Week, a KHS language teacher and her year 9 Japanese class entertained shoppers at Lemon Grove in Chatswood by writing the shoppers’ names in Japanese on origami bookmarks.

1989:

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

1990:

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

In the October 1990 issue of the Killara Chronicle, the KHS Principal stated, that as of 1991, KHS would be one of sixteen Languages High Schools throughout the State. A monetary grant and flexible additional staffing entitlement was to be accrued from the school’s new designation.

“I point to the significance of the range of the school’s languages offerings – Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, and Japanese. Young people with skills in any of these languages, which are of community and economic importance, will be well placed in the light of the recent release of the Commonwealth’s Languages and Business Report and of the current and future developments in Europe.” [Principal, M. Gold]

As a result, KHS was to incorporate into the year 7 curriculum for 1991, a compulsory 100 hours of study of a language other than English. The Principal stressed that KHS will ‘remain ‘first and foremost a comprehensive school.’

In 1990, the 10th anniversary of the Sydney-Nagoya sister city relationship, the Lord Mayor of Sydney invited a two hundred strong delegation from Nagoya, Japan, to visit Sydney during ‘Japan Week’ as part of an economic and cultural exchange. Amongst the delegation, sport was represented by an All Schoolboys Rugby Team. Through the Education Department, KHS was invited to represent Sydney and play a friendly international fixture at North Sydney Oval. The Northern Suburbs Rugby Union Club provided an after-match reception. KHS hosted the team and their officials by having them attend KHS for a day and providing them with a barbecue. Some KHS families also billeted the team members for an overnight stay and a tour of the Northern Beaches.

1991:

In 1991, the Languages Department upgraded the Languages classroom facilities with the following items:

  • whiteboards
  • television monitors for two rooms and the associated cabling and provision of a VCR
  • display cases for two rooms
  • new cassette recorders

1992:

In 1992, the Board of Studies curriculum reforms were applied to all year 7 students regarding indicative hours of study in various Key Learning Areas. In addition, KHS took a decision to initiate early implementation of LOTE and Design and Technology courses for year 7.

1993:

In 1993, KHS’s Japanese sister school, Kofu Nishi HS visited for almost five weeks.

In 1993, a year 10 KHS student was awarded a three months scholarship to France, and another year 10 KHS student was awarded a NSW-Tokyo sister-state scholarship (one of sixteen awarded throughout NSW) for 12 months study from March 1994.

In 1993, two year 9 KHS students spent a week at Taronga Park Zoo as part of the ‘Zooperkids’ program to prepare a Zoo guide in Japanese.

In 1993, two year 11 KHS students, were NSW winners in the Senior A and Senior B divisions respectively of the Japanese speaking contest organised by the Japanese Consulate-General. They therefore won the right to represent NSW in the National finals held in Melbourne where each came third.

In 1993, there was a Macquarie Link at KHS. KHS students participated in this link at Macquarie University which included year 12 French students from KHS participating in a 3rd year conversation class and one KHS student spent some time in a 1st year class.

1994:

In 1994, a year 7 KHS student had her Chinese language composition selected by the Board of School Education as a sample for the National Profiles in LOTE Level 1.

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

1995:

In 1995, KHS hosted their sister school from Japan, Kofu Nishi High School. Eleven students accompanied their teacher and stayed for five weeks. This visit also coincided with the tour of the Principal of Kofu Nishi High School and several staff members. To celebrate this occasion, several activities were organised, including:

  • a visit to the ‘Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens’
  • a spit-roast lunch, salads, damper, pavlova and cheesecake
  • a harbour cruise and seafood lunch
  • visiting the sights of Sydney and surrounding area
  • a farewell dinner

In 1995, the LOTE Faculty’s year 8 German class performed Schneewittchen” (Snow White) in the Kerrabee Centre.  The whole production was in German. Not to be outdone, year 7’s rendition of the song “Wie heibt das auf Deautsch’ was also a crowd pleaser.

In 1995, parents and students were treated to a demonstration Chinese lesson by some of the LOTE faculty members. Parents enjoyed being able to say their name in Chinese, but as some of the ladies were reluctant to reveal their age, the LOTE teacher only taught them to count to 21.Visitors were impressed by the computer program teaching basic stroke orders in Chinese characters as most had never seen a Chinese computer before.

1996:

In 1996, the term, LOTE, was officially on the way out, and the term Language Faculty used.

In 1996, German KHS students took advantage of the German Weekend at the Johannes Gutenberg School in Ryde to practice their German oral/aural skills and HSC Exam techniques.

In 1996, KHS students participated in the Japanese Language Speech Contest. The NSW division of the contest was half under the auspices of the Consulate General of Japan in Sydney and the Japanese Foundation, Sydney Language Centre. There was great success in the Junior B Division, with the following results:

  • 1st Prize year 9 student
  • 2nd Prize year 9 student
  • 3rd Prize year 8 student

In the Senior B Division:

  • 2nd Prize year 11 student
  • 3rd Prize year 11 student

1997:

In 1997, year 10 French KHS students travelled to Noumea.

In 1997, some awards for KHS studying Languages included:

  • A year 11 KHS student won the Open A Division of the 28th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest at the Japan Foundation
  • A KHS female student received the prestigious Tokyo Metropolitan Government Scholarship to study in Japan. She was to commence her Scholarship in Japan in April 1998. She also follows in her brother’s footsteps in receiving this scholarship.
  • A year 10 female KHS student was awarded the Jewish Board of Education Scholarship to Israel during December and January.

2000:

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, seventeen German language students along with one German language teacher and her husband went to Germany for a 23-day trip. The host school, ‘Gymnasium Landau’ was their host school in Germany, and KHS students were warmly welcomed.

Some of the activities during this overseas trip to Germany included:

  • Neuschwanstein Castle – on which Disneyland is based
  • Munich – for shopping
  • Salzburg – The Sound of Music’ tour of many of the sites used in the film and the surrounding country of Austria
  • a cruise down the Rhine River

2002:

In 2002, ‘the house’ [part of KHS – located where K-Block is now] was freshly painted, and a given a colourful display of posters and students works, in order to make it look more like a multicultural centre.

In 2002, the trend for KHS Languages students to be accelerated continued. Five year 11 KHS students sat the following HSC Languages examinations:

  • three KHS students sat for Continuers and Extension German
  • one KHS student sat for Continuers and Extension Japanese
  • one KHS student sat for Japanese Continuers

In 2002, year 11 and 12 KHS French students took part in the ‘Alliance Francaise Exams’ this year. Two KHS students – one from year 11 and one from year 12 – received prizes at a special presentation ceremony at ‘Alliance’ in November. One of our HSC accelerants wrote her own speech for the Japanese Speech Contest and was awarded third prize in the Senior A Division.

In 2002, all KHS French classes went on an excursion to the ‘Imax Theatre’ in the city to see French-Canadian Company Cirque du Soleil in 3D.

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

2004:

In 2004, a Japanese ‘chindonya troupe’ gave a performance at KHS. Called U-Stage’, the Chindonya are traditionally street performers who entertain townspeople with a variety show of music and dance. They are professional musicians, and their dances represent many aspects of Japanese folklore and mythology. The troupe were sponsored by the Japan Foundation to perform at the grand opening of the Japan Foundation’s new premises in Chifley Square in the city.

2005:

In 2005 year 9 KHS Japanese students attended an excursion to the Metro Theatre to watch a play called Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (a Canute Production). After the play, students visited the Kinokuniya Bookshop – where a large section of the shop filled with Japanese books, magazines, anime and manga. Next, they attended a Japanese restaurant, and ordered their food in Japanese. After lunch the students and staff walked to the NSW Art Gallery to see the Japanese exhibition, where there was a replica ‘chashitu’, known as the ‘Tea Room’. There was also a display of Samurai swords.

In 2005, KHS students of Japanese entered a photo essay competition run by the Japan Forum in Tokyo. Contestants had to write a personal profile, comment on Japanese students on the Japan Forum site, and make comparisons with their own lives and attitudes. The prize was a trip to Japan for seven students. While KHS students’ entries did not win a trip to Japan, KHS was the only school in NSW to reach the finals, and six successful KHS students’ essays were uploaded onto the Japan Forum Website.

2007:

In July 2007, a previous male exchange student from Japan came to revisit KHS. Twenty-eight years before, he was from Yokohama, and had spent a year on  exchange at KHS. He visited with both his KHS teacher and his ‘host mother’. While he was at KHS, he played rugby half-back and toured Canberra with the Combined High Schools Rugby Team. He undertook his HSC here in 1979. He then returned to Japan where he studied High Energy Physics at Tsukuba University and then completed his MBA at Keio University. He became a director of an accounting/computer company in Japan. He wrote of his memories in a July 2007 issue of the KHS Newsletter.

2009:

In 2009, KHS students from years 7-10 studied Chinese and worked on all aspects of the subject, including reading and writing Chinese Characters (‘hanzi’) and mastering the four tones. The year 10 KHS Chinese course developed confidence with many new grammatical forms. KHS students from year 9 and 10 Chinese classes participated in a study morning with the students in years 9 and 10  from North Sydney Girls High School. During this session, the students worked on a digital photo story with a soundtrack in Chinese. The year 8 KHS Chinese class completed its first full year of Chinese.

2010:

In 2010, KHS hosted twenty-two students from sister school Mishima High School, Shikoku, Japan. Some of the activities included:

  • a welcome to KHS in Japanese and English from two KHS students – one in year 10 and one in year 11
  • a school tour, organised into small groups
  • students accompanied their hosts to regular classrooms and participated in speaking practice activities with year 11 and 12 KHS students
  • a barbecue lunch, also with lamingtons
  • a round of table tennis and basketball friendly matches between the two schools

In 2010, year 8 and 9 KHS students visited the Nihon Tanken Centre, where the following activities took place over two days – one day for each cohort:

  • interactive games designed to further communication and understanding of the Japanese culture
  • the use of Japanese writing software and the interactive white board allowed students to create their own work
  • all communication by the staff at the centre to students was in Japanese
  • authentic Japanese ‘obento’ for lunch

In 2010, years 8, 9 and 10 KHS language students made progress in learning Chinese characters and language forms to complete stages 4 and 5 outcomes respectively. Year 10 KHS language students also produced PowerPoint projects on the Cultural Revolution. Years 8 and 9 KHS language students attended a special Chinese calligraphy workshop, in which they learnt about brush writing techniques and character derivation.

2011:

In 2011, a number activities/events were organised by the KHS LOTE faculty for the KHS Chinese language students. These included:

  • years 8, 10 and 11 KHS Chinese language students travelled to the Capitol Theatre to see the world-famous Shen Yun musical performers from China
  • year 8 KHS Chinese language students participated in a Chinese Martial Arts workshop run by Jung Gu A Kung Fu Master, of both Kung Fu and Qi Gong martial art forms, gave a demonstration.
  • all KHS students of Chinese from years 7-11 participated in a special fundraising event for the Australian Red Cross, combining a celebration of Chinese culture and cuisine for a worthwhile cause. Students held a lunchtime event selling Chinese dumplings (jiasozi) and set up a Chinese teahouse with Year 7 students as customers.

In 2011, teachers at KHS and St Ives HS collaborated to deliver the following Chinese Language programs for students from both schools:

  • Stage 6 Preliminary (year 11) – fourteen students studied Background Speaker Chinese, and three students completed the Preliminary Chinese Continuers course

2013:

In 2013,  four year 10 KHS Chinese language class students represented KHS at the annual ‘China Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Contest’. Held by the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, the students were each required to deliver a three-minute speech in Chinese titled, ‘Learn Chinese and make friends around the world. They were also required to give a Chinese cultural performance. The KHS students recited Chinese poetry and performed Chinese piano and violin solos.

2014:

In 2014, year 9 KHS Japanese language students visited the Art Gallery of NSW to learn about Noh and Kyogen in Japan and to participate in a Japanese Teppanyaki style lunch at Fujiya Restaurant in Gordon. It was both a mixture of sampling Japanese traditional theatre and Japanese cuisine.

2015:

In 2015, KHS students studying Japanese in years 8-12 were involved in an interactive Japanese music performance using Japanese traditional instruments. Two guest performers came to KHS, performing Taiko and Shakuhachi folk songs.

2016:

In 2016, KHS Chinese students undertook a study tour in China where they visited their sister school in Shanghai for four days and experienced authentic school life as well as various culture and language workshops. They travelled to Beijing by high speed train and visited the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven.

2017:

In 2017, seventeen students and two teachers from KHS’s German sister schoolGymnasium Landau an der Isar’ – visited KHS. The visitors spent two weeks attending lessons and sightseeing. This school is located in Bavaria and is in a small rural town. They visited the following places in Sydney:

  • the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Taronga Zoo
  • a ferry ride to manly
  • the Sydney Opera House
  • the Botanical Gardens
  • Bondi Beach
  • the Blue Mountains
  • Jenolan Caves
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park

This visit was the sixteenth to KHS, and the school in Bavaria has, over the years, hosted three hundred KHS students to date.

2018:

In 2018, year 9 and 10 KHS Japanese language students were involved in an excursion to the Japan Foundation over two days in May respectively. Some of the activities included:

  • interactive games quizzes
  • jigsaw reading
  • vocabulary games
  • conversation challenges
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1970:

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.’

1980:

Film excursions in 1980 for KHS History students included seeing All Quiet on the Western Front

1981:

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

1982:

In 1982, one of the KHS excursions included a year 10 KHS History excursion to see the movie, Gallipoli at the Roseville Cinema.

In 1982, a debating competition related to historical topics was introduced within the North Sydney region and area. KHS competed against Ravenswood in March 1982. The topic was: ‘That Gallipoli is worthy of its place in Australian History’. Ravenswood won the debate.

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

1990:

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 picked his satire on the ways of the world, entitled: ‘There’s no such word as unbrave’, as one of the thirteen regional winners. His piece looked at war, international politics, atrocity, the media, death and regeneration. A short story, entitled: The flatmate’s friend’s family, was published in the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Spectrum’ pages.

In 1995, year 9 KHS drama created and performed ‘And their ghosts may be heard ‘- a stark tribute to the Australians and Turks who served at Gallipoli. This was presented to all students at KHS and at the Met North Regional Festival. Year 9 KHS drama also performed original monologues and dialogues.

1999:

On the 23rd April 1999, KHS staff and students commemorated ANZAC Day. Speeches were made by two year 12 KHS students.

In December 1999, in the KHS newsletter, a letter was published from the Honorary Secretary of the RSL of Australia’s Roseville RSL Sub-branch to the Principal of KHS, thanking KHS for their participation in their annual Remembrance Day Ceremony.

‘The Sub-Branch feels that there is an increasing interest in such a commemoration by the young people in our community. We were very pleased that all schools attending were able to place a wreath at the memorial in memory of those who paid the supreme sacrifice.’

2000:

On April14 2000, the Governor of NSW, His Excellency, the Honourable Gordon Samuels, presented KHS with the Anzac Day Trophy for 1999 at a ceremony in the Kerrabee Centre. A perpetual Anzac Day Schools Trophy is awarded to schools within each State and Territory that most successful (proportionate to student numbers) in contributing financially to the major redevelopments planned for the Australian War Memorials galleries.

The formalities included an Anzac Day remembrance assembly conducted by KHS students. A year 12 KHS student spoke of the Anzac tradition and reminded the school that Anzac Day is not merely a date or some remote campaign, but rather a spirit. A year 12 KHS female student spoke of the Anzac tradition.

One of the year 12 KHS students reminded the attendees at this assembly that, in 1998, KHS had planted a seedling descended from the Pinus Halepensis – Lone Pine – from the Australian War Memorial’s Lone Pine tree planted by the Duke of Gloucester in October 1934. KHS’s seedling is a direct descendant of one of only two brought from Galipolli in 1915. This seedling now grows in the school’s Memorial Garden.

2003:

In 2003, year 9 KHS History students, as part of a history assignment, created a historically accuratecare 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.

2008:

In 2008, as part of KHS’s ANZAC commemorations, a small contingent of year 11 KHS students, parents and staff participating in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition in the Wild Dog Mountains, held a small ceremony of remembrance at ‘Splendour Rock’, deep in the Kanangra Boyd Wilderness Area, where is a memorial to those members of bushwalking clubs who perished as members of the Australian Armed Services in the Great War and the Second World War.

2010:

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

2012:

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, year 12 KHS history students visited the Sydney Jewish Museum to see the exhibits and speak to a Holocaust survivor.

2014:

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.

2015:

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, 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.

2016:

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, year 9 KHS elective History students in the course, Events that changed the world, visited the Australian War Memorial to examine primary source material to reconstruct the lives of soldiers. Students built on this through an examination of digital archives to create profiles of those who served from the Ku-ring-gai area.

2018:

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.

2019:

In 2019, the HSIE Blue (History) faculty organised activities/events, including the following:

  • A ‘trench display’ organised by visiting speaker to gain a greater understanding of the lives of Australian soldiers on the battlefields of World War I (year 9 history)
  • Guest performance to demonstrate the experiences of soldiers on the battlefield of World War II and during the Vietnam War (Stage 5 history)
  • The handling of artefacts from World War II that were borrowed from the Australian War memorial (year 10 history)

KHS was established in 1968 and occupied the Koola Avenue site in 1970. The school acknowledges and celebrates its heritage in public education through its links with the former North Sydney Technical High School from which came KHS’s founding principal, Mr T.E. Hornibrook and the first collection in the Lion Library.’

[Excerpt from KHS Information Booklet 2003]

1969:

Due to a population drop in the North Sydney area, the historic North Sydney Technical High School (NSTHS) was closed in 1969.

1970:

It was decided by the students, the Parents’ and Citizens Association and the ‘Old Boys’ of North Sydney Technical High School to donate their entire library book collection to the new Killara High School.

In February 1970, at the Killara High School P&C Association’s general meeting – the first one held at the new school site, the incoming Principal, Mr Hornibrook, advised parents that he and his staff were delighted to be in their new premises. He said that in time, Killara High School would become a school we could all be proud of. 

Asked to suggest objectives for the P&C, Mr Hornibrook suggested that it would be an acceptable gesture to the North Sydney Technical High School if some form of permanent recognition were to be provided in Killara High School. Perhaps the library might be called the “Lion” Library, with a set of wrought-iron doors to the corridor outside, forming a semi-enclosed reading room.

NSTHS’s ‘lion’ motif also has significance to Killara High School.  

Killara High School’s library was named the ‘Lion Library’ in honour of NSTHS and their generous donation.

In 1970, the KHS Ladies’ Auxiliary passed a motion that they meet the cost of one of two sets of gates going up for the Lion Library. The cost would be $350.00. The ladies felt this was a great pleasure to show their gratitude for the ‘tremendous’ donation of books given to KHS by North Sydney Technical High School. The President of the Ladies Auxiliary from NSTHS, accepted the KHS Ladies Auxiliary’s invitation to be a Life Member of KHS Ladies’ Auxiliary.

By August, 1970, the gates had been completed, and had been installed by two of the Manual Arts Department teachers.

By August, 1970, there was a working committee consisting of teachers and parents to finalise the organisation of the Official Presentation and Opening of the Lion Library.

In 1970, a walkway outside the library (which at that time was the staff common room) was incorporated with the library and its gates, forming the enclosure called “The Lion Library”. This was in recognition of the $25,000 worth of books which had been made available from the then closed North Sydney Technical High School.

In 1970, KHS had a presentation ceremony for the Lion 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!

1978:

In 1978, during a school vacation, the General Assistants at KHS prepared and planted a rose garden along the northern wall outside of the Library in E Block.

1979:

In 1979, the KHS school library boasted of ‘exploding with new material, especially in the audio-visual field’! The school library had a colour TV cassette system, operating side by side with the library’s existing stock of over 500 black and white tapes.

1980:

By July 1980, the P&C and the students of KHS were most concerned about the need for an adequate school library and for the provision of a school assembly hall. Consideration was being given to a submission to the Minister for Education.

1980:

In 1989, the KHS Library Prefects had an excursion during Book Week.

1981:

In 1981, KHS Lion Library Audio Visual section of the library screened an average of sixteen videos per day. The average borrowing record was approximately one hundred items per day and ninety magazine subscriptions per month.

1982:

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

In 1982, the library reported that the greatest success of all throughout the year has been the popularity of the colour video camera and portapak.

1984:

On October 8, 1984, the Honourable Member of Parliament, Mr Cavalier, visited KHS. This visit came about by an active campaign by the KHS Prefects. The purpose of Mr Cavalier’s visit was to look at providing KHS with a school hall and improved library facilities. He was given an extensive tour of the school, with special emphasis place on our inadequate overcrowded library. Before leaving Mr Cavalier, promised to look carefully into the possibility of considering providing KHS with a hall. In the meantime he gave the junior members of KHS a half day off on the afternoon of the year 12 Farewell!

1989:

In 1989, The Department of Education granted approval for KHS’s library to be extended. It was scheduled to be completed during the 1990/91 financial year. It would more than double the existing floor space. In 1989, KHS was waiting for the plans from the Government Architect.

In 1989, preparations were under way to computerise the library using the OASIS system which was recommended by the Department of Education. The card catalogue was to be phased out and replaced by visual display units. All books would have a barcode so that a ‘light pencil’ may be used to record borrowings and returns.

1991:

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

1992:

In 1992, the Minister for Education approved funds for the Department of School Education to commence work on the external extensions the KHS’s school library. These extensions were aimed at doubling the library’s existing floor space. It was estimated that the completion date for was mid 1993.

In 1992, Public Works moved their construction site sheds onto the KHS site for the commencement of the library extension.

In 1992, the library introduced three new modules to the OASIS System – the enquiry module to search for item; the circulation module to borrow and return books; and the acquisitions module for the purchasing of new items for the library.

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 AV room and two CD Rom computers.

1993:

On August 20, 1993, the official opening of the new Lion Library was held. The crest, featuring a lion, on the doors of KHS’s newly open, extended and refurbished library was not that of KHS, but that of the former North Sydney Technical High School. The reason goes back to 1969 when NSTHS’s parents, students and teachers, on that school’s closure, agreed to donate its entire library collection of some 11,000 books and magazines to the then fledgling KHS.

At the opening of the new Lion Library, a ribbon was cut by KHS’s captains in 1993. In doing so they re-enacted an event that took place in 1970 when KHS opened its original Lion Library.

The Member for Gordon representing the Minister for Education, unveiled a commemorative plaque on the occasion. The external extension cost $350,000.

A former NSTHS teacher fashioned the crests 24 years prior to 1993, and taught at KHS for 18 years. A former NSTHS student and secretary [as at 1993] of the ‘Old Lions Union’ [who also had been a parent of KHS for 13 yrs in 1993] were special guests at the new Lion Library’s reopening. “We are both delighted with Killara’s decision to continue the tradition.

KHS also held their annual open day/night event which allowed for current and future families to inspect the new library.

In 1993, KHS drama students performed at a range of venues and events. This included the official opening of the new Lion Library.

1999:

In 1999, as part of the range of topics for discussion at P&C meetings, the functions of the school library was discussed.

1970:

In 1970, a school orchestra was beginning to be formed. $322.00 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.

1971:

In 1971, the words and music to the proposed KHS song was printed in the August issue of The Killara News. At this time, KHS students were learning the words and music, and it was hoped that there would shortly be a public presentation of KHS’s own school song.

In 1971, the school orchestra, choir and recorder group participated in the North Side Arts Festival during the lunch hour in the ‘Sunshine Room’ at Grace Bros., [Department Store] Chatswood.

1972:

In 1972, with the aim of giving students something to do and somewhere to go on Friday nights, Room 13 Club was formed. It was run by a committee of 4th [year 10] and 5th form [year 11] students. Students came to play tennis, listen to records, drink coffee and chat. Two music groups, The Spiked Python – led by a 5th Form [year 11] KHS student, and The Output performed at the first gathering. One hundred and twenty students turned up at one meeting. A silent Charlie Chaplin film was organised to be shown for one evening.

1974:

In 1974, there was a Madrigal Group at KHS who met every Friday afternoon in Music Room 1. There were about ten members. They formed the ‘backbone’ of the Choral Festival, the French Singing and the Opera. They sang mainly for their own pleasure such varied songs as Elizabethan Madrigals, Daniel Jazz, Bach chorales and in German, French and Latin as well as English.

In 1974, approximately seventy KHS students worked on the school’s second opera, Princess Ida, by Gilbert and Sullivan. It was produced on the 27th April and the 1st and 2nd May, 1974, at St Auburn’s Hall, at Lindfield.

1975:

In 1975, a previous KHS staff member (who had briefly been on staff) visited KHS once a week to train the orchestra.

1976:

In July 1976, the Music department at KHS planned to stage the musical, HMAS Pinafore at St Ives Hall.

In 1976, the KHS School Choir was invited to join with six other selected high school choirs in Sydney to sing at the American Bi-Centenary Concert at the Sydney Opera House. The same choir sang at the Commonwealth Day celebrations in the Sydney Town Hall on June 1976.

1977:

In 1977, KHS’s Music Department were involved in the Northside Music Festival, held in June. KHS’s Musical, Oh what a lovely war, was held at St Ives HS.

In 1977, KHS production of Oh, what a lovely war was entered in the Arts Council of NSW Drama Competition and won the prize for the best design.

1978:

In 1978, KHS excursions included two ABC concerts for music students.

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 to sample Japanese food and music etc. 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.

In 1978, a KHS staff member resigned to begin a contract to sing with the Australian Opera.

1979:

In 1979, a year 11 KHS music student was chosen as a soloist in the concert when excerpts of “The Messiah” by Handel was performed. It was at the Secondary School Choral Concert, held at the Sydney Opera House. She sang, O thou tellest good tidings to Zion.

In 1979, a KHS music student who entered the ABC’s Young Composer’s Competition was highly commended and performed at a series of ABC Schools’ Orchestral Concerts in the Sydney Opera House.

In 1979, KHS elective music students attended an orchestral concert at the Opera House, while year 7 KHS students attended three concerts there.

In 1979, HSC 2 Unit A music students from KHS attended an all-day concert of jazz, rock, and classical music at The Entrance High School.

In 1979, KHS’s senior choir and orchestra participated in the North Shore Music Festival at Chatswood. It consisted of a 2-day workshop culminating in a concert at Willoughby Town Hall.

In 1979, the 2nd Annual Musicale was held with KHS’s major feeder primary school, joining KHS in presenting an item.

1980:

In 1980, a concert was held in the Stage Room in D Block by KHS students from years 7-12. The program included solo and group items, and it was the first opportunity KHS year 7 students had to participate as members of the school band. The band opened the program, and was followed by solo items which included bassoon, flute and saxophone solos. The year 10 music class performed a jazz improvisation, while there was also a viola and a French horn solo performed by two KHS female students respectively. The KHS year 12 Percussion Ensemble finished the evening by performing a ‘Mambo’ and a ‘Samba’.

1981:

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

  • the formation of the School Band, with its 1st public debut at the school barbecue in Term 1, as well as playing for the School Musical, the Art Show, and a ‘play-in’ at Forest HS
  • the School Musical held at St Ives HS
  • the Combined Secondary Schools Wind Ensemble
  • the Choral Concerts at the Opera House
  • North Sydney Regional Festival
  • Dept of Education’s Senior and Junior Music Camps at Narrabeen

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 a musical composition competition.

In 1981years 10 and 12 KHS Music students went on an excursion to study the stage production of Evita​.

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

  • the formation of the KHS School Band, with it’s first public debut at the school barbecue in Term 1
  • playing for the KHS School Musical (held at St Ives HS), the Art Show, and a ‘play-in’ at Forest HS
  • the Combined Secondary Schools Wind Ensemble
  • the choral concerts at the Opera House
  • the North Sydney Regional Festival
  • the Department of Education’s senior and junior music camps at Narrabeen

1982:

In 1982, three of the KHS excursions were:

  • year 7 music: attended a symphony concert at the Opera House
  • Year 9 music : a visit to the Opera House
  • Yr 10 elective music: travelled to see a performance of Chicago [Musical]

In 1982, the KHS School Band grew enormously to fifty members, ranging from yrs 7-11. With the aid of P&C funds, new instruments were purchased, i.e. piccolo, tuba, baritone and tenor saxophone.

In July 1982, KHS held its School Musicale at St Ives High School Hall. The school band performed very difficult Excerpts from Evita; the jazz combination performed the Theme from Ice Castles; year 7 KHS students sang a medley of Australian songs including I still call Australia home; and the rock band played One step beyond. Other items included classical and jazz ballet dance items and many other vocal and instrumental groups.

In October 1982, approximately 70 elective KHS music students and other interested children were entertained and enlightened about the different historical phases of jazz by the Sydney Jazz Quintet.

In 1982, the KHS School Band was involved in a combined youth concert at St John’s Church, Gordon. The concert featured various items from different schools in the area and were part of the celebrations to mark the consecration of the Church.

In May 1982, the ‘Smike’, the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby went to stage in the A Block court. 

In 1982, the M.A.D.S. – the Musical and Drama Society was created, to sponsor music and drama in the school and conduct a first lunch-time concert. This concert consisted of musical items, oration and dramatic acts. Another venture was to present two one-act plays – Boots an’ All and I love you Helen Tinsdale.​

1983:

In 1983, some of the music activities at KHS and beyond included:

  • year 7: forty students attended the ABC Concerts at the Opera House
  • year 8: elective music group was involved at the above concerts also on the following day
  • year 11: attended two sessions of the ‘Bennelong Program’ at the Opera House

In 1983, the KHS Vocal Ensemble were invited to sing at the ‘Voice of Youth’ Public Speaking Competition.

In 1983, the KHS Jazz Combo was chosen to play at the Combined Secondary School Instrumental Festival at the Opera House. The Jazz Combo also received 2nd prize later in the year in the ‘Boosey and Hawkes mixed Ensemble Competition.’

In 1983, the KHS school choir participated in the Combined Secondary Schools Choral Concerts at the Opera House singing with hundreds of other students in the Vivaldi Gloria, and excerpts from Die Meistersingers by Wagner.

In 1983, the folk ensemble, ‘Sirocco’ gave two concerts in the Common Room for year 7 and elective music classes.

In 1983, all vocal and instrumental groups participated in the City of Sydney Eisteddfod. There was also an appearance at the Lemon Grove Shopping Centre at Chatswood.

In 1983, a number of instrumentalists had been members of the Sydney Secondary Schools Wind Ensemble, and performed throughout 1983 on special occasions.

In April 1983, KHS’s Speech Night saw the School Band playing Jonathan Livingstone Seagull; the newly formed Vocal Ensemble sang Scarborough Fair, and the Chamber Ensemble performed a movement from L’Arlesienne.

In 1983, the KHS School Band expanded to seventy members, ranging from years 7-11. Some of their performances were:

  • played at Martin Plaza to celebrate Child Safety Week
  • performed at the Easter Show
  • played at the opening of the P&C barbecue
  • demonstrated some of the musical activities within the school to visiting year 6 students
  • opened the annual school musical event
  • performed during Education Week

1984:

In 1984, KHS’s school military band won first prize in their section of the City of Sydney Eisteddfod.

1989:

In 1989, KHS students performed a varied number of items in a night of performances and exhibitions. These included:

  • KHS’s rock Eisteddfod item entitled: “Greed, Apathy and Power”, highlighting our youth’s concern with pollution and the forces responsible.
  • an Indian dance was performed by a KHS student

1995:

In 1995, one hundred KHS students either performed or were backstage at the Hills Centre, Castle Hill for the Rock Eisteddfod. The theme was ‘pirates’. KHS did not win the main prize, but the prizes they did take home were:

  • best soundtrack
  • friendliest school
  • best performance voted by the schools

After this event, KHS was ‘bombarded with faxes and phone calls congratulating them on their fine performance. A little later, radio station Triple M announced that KHS had won a Wild Card entry and would still be going to the finals at the Entertainment Centre. Only four schools were awarded a Wild Card.

In 1995, the LOTE Faculty’s year 8 German class performed “Schneewittchen” (Snow White) in the Kerrabee Centre.  The whole production was in German. Not to be outdone, year 7’s rendition of the song “Wie heibt das auf Deautsch’ was also a crowd pleaser.

In 1995, year 9 Textiles and Design class were involved in the designing of the costumes for the ‘Chicago’ musical.

In 1995, a concert was organised by the Music Department for year 8 and elective KHS students by the group ‘Sixties Mania’. They performed a selection of pieces by groups such as:

  • The Beatles
  • The Doors
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Bob Dylan

In 1995, fifteen keyboards (with headphones) were purchased in the Music Department and these facilitated individual improvisation and composition in music lessons.

In 1995, 50% of KHS HSC music students gained marks in the top 10% of the State, and a further 40% of students in the top 20%. Three of this number chose to further their study of music – two at university and one in the area of sound engineering.

1996:

In 1996, the KHS Concert Band had a range of skilled players – many from year 7. The range of instruments played included the following, plus many more:

  • bass guitar
  • tuba
  • xylophone
  • oboes
  • glockenspiel

In 1996, the KHS Concert Band performed at the following events:

  • the KHS Presentation Evening
  • the Royal Easter Show,
  • the Yamaha Music Festival
  • the City of Sydney Performing Arts Challenge
  • a ‘Salute to Fathers’ concert on Father’s Day.

1997:

In 1997, the Student Representative Council (SRC) raised money for a number of worthwhile causes. These included:

  • 40-hour famine promotion – acting as a charity collector – and raised $5,400. One of the most outstanding feats that this year’s SRC accomplished was the establishment of a fund for students who wish to represent themselves for KHS or their families in extra-curricular activities and who need financial assistance to meet costs. The first recipient of this fund was a year 10 female KHS student who was elected to play in the ‘All Stage Band’ that toured the USA
  • “Mosh for Dosh” fun day – organised by the SRC with the radio station 2DayFM providing the entertainment along with the band, ‘Carma’ (a year 12 KHS band). The money raised was to assist this student.

In 1997, the musical, Dazzle was a little different from past years. The Kerrabee Centre was transformed into a NASA outpost, where the story unfolds of a ‘president’ charging a young man with transporting his beautiful daughter (‘Dazzle Star’) to finishing school in outer space.

1998:

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.

1999:

In 1999, the P&C Association’s major event was “Yules Fools” – a cabaret mime revue held over four nights. A parent’s ‘prom night’ was also organised by the Social Committee.

In 1999, as part of the Peer Support Programme, years 7 and 11 watched this year’s Motivational Media presentation ‘Be Excellent’. The program aimed to encourage students to try their hardest in all areas. There were performances by many well-known celebrities such as Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey, Everdeal, and songs by Green Day, Blink 182, Matchbox 20, VooDoo Dolls and more. Issues included: problems relating to alcohol and substance abuse, and the long-term effects of decisions that are made. The presentation was also the topic for discussion in the next few peer support sessions.

In 1999, year 9 KHS German Language students completed a special group presentation which formed part of their assessment for the year. The students transformed D14 into settings for picnics in the park, beer halls, fairyland and carnival time, which was supported by their own creative videos and musical back drops.

In 1999, a decision was made to expand the number of musical ensembles withing the school. KHS now had the following ensembles:

  • two concert bands – a wind ensemble and concert band
  • two stage bands – senior and junior
  • a vocal ensemble
  • a string group

In 1999, ‘Musicale 99′ was held in term 3, with students not only from within elective music classes but also students who simply wanted to be given an opportunity to perform in front of an audience.

2000:

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.

In 2000, twenty-eight KHS students from years 8-11, danced with the youth of Sydney in the Pacific School Games Open Ceremony 2000. Hundreds of student competitors, performers and musicians united to create this enormous, vibrant show.

The ’80 style musical “The Wiz” was the school musical for the year 2000.

2001:

In 2001, the SRC became a member of the Australian Rock Company, allowing students to advance their skills and gain practical work experience in the thriving Australian Music Industry.

In 2001, a number of activities occurred for students across drama classes. These included:

  • Year 7 KHS students were led once again by one of the English staff through an introduction to drama, which was aimed at inspiring them to participate in school musicals and drama competitions .

In 2001, the KHS musical was ‘Big Al’ – a relatively unknown musical.

In 2001, the Music Department celebrated many achievements by KHS students. These included:

  • The KHS String Ensemble obtained a Gold Award for their performance at the North Festival.
  • The KHS Stage Bands 1 and 2, under the guidance of their new conductor, who was an experienced jazz player, were in demand to play at various school fetes and local jazz festivals.
  • A KHS year 12 female music student, who was a most outstanding piano player. Her performance in the HSC was at such a high standard that she was nominated as a possible performer for the annual Encore concert held at the Sydney Opera House in February 2002. This concert highlights the outstanding talents of HSC music students in areas of performance and composition
  • A KHS student auditioned and was accepted as a lead singer in 2001’s School’s Spectacular which was held in the Sydney Opera House.

2002:

In 2002, at the KHS 33rd Annual Presentation Night held for the 2001 school year, the occasional address speaker for the evening was delivered by a female ex-student of KHS (HSC 1975), who became a well-known playwright. Her repertoire was written on the booklet for the evening, which included her recollection that her activities and passions at KHS were predominantly musical and theatrical. She was involved in the school and combined choirs, folk group, madrigal group and orchestra. In school musicals, she performed in Princess Ida and performed in a musical version of Tom Jones. (She also participated in inter-school debating and public speaking, and in her final year was elected a prefect.)

In 2002, the school musical was Little Shop of Horrors.

2003:

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 performances by the choir and bands.

In 2003, the Music Department and its students had a successful year. Some of their achievements included:

  • The Senior Wind Ensemble won a Gold Award in A Grade at the Yamaha Festival. This band performed at many places – from churches, to the City of Sydney Performing Arts Competition.
  • The KHS Stage Band One performed at music festivals, fetes and the October Fest. They also received a Gold Award at the Yamaha Festival and was asked to return for the Command Performance.
  • The KHS Stage Band Two participated in the Yamaha Festival where they received a Silver Award. They also performed in the McDonalds Performing Arts Challenge.
  • The KHS String Ensemble attended a two-day camp at Elanora, in preparation for the Yamaha Music Festival, where they received a Gold Award. They also were the only String Ensemble to be asked to return for the Command Performance. A performance in the McDonald Challenge saw the adjudicator highlighted one of their performance pieces as being “in many ways, the best-played piece of the evening.”
  • They also played at the Swain Gardens Open Day, St Martins and St Stephens Churches, the KHS Art Show, Ekuba and various school concerts. A quartet from the Ensemble also played at State Parliament House during the spring vacation. In Term 4 the ensemble joined with selected wind and percussion players to create the KHS Orchestra. Haydn’s London Symphony was played by the orchestra, and a major performance was held, showcasing a full program. They also participated in the  Musicale and Presentation Night.

2004:

In 2004, the KHS Chamber Orchestra performed at the Sydney Polo Ball.

In 2004, the KHS student rock band, Zero – consisting of five year 11 KHS students – rose to fame at KHS and were also on the way up outside KHS. They also recorded their work onto an album. The band played at the following events and/or locations in 2004:

  • Manly Youth Centre
  • ‘Yo-Yo’s’ in French’s Forest
  • Balgowlah Boys HS

In 2004, due to the growth of student numbers in the two existing concert bands, a third concert band was formed.

In 2004, a trio from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra visited KHS. The trio performed on a violin, a piano and a French horn. All elective music students attended the performed along with other members of music ensembles.

In 2004, at the annual Yamaha Music Festival, the following KHS music ensembles were acknowledged:

  • The Chamber Orchestra, the Junior Concert Band and the Senior Stage Band – all received Gold awards
  • The Senior Concert Band, the Intermediate Concert Band and the Junior Stage Band – all received Silver awards

They also went to the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House to witness James Morrison give a performance with school-age students from both Sydney and Queensland.

In 2004, a Japanese ‘chindonya troupe’ gave a performance at KHS. Called U-Stage, the Chindonya are traditionally street performers who entertain townspeople with a variety show of music and dance. They are professional musicians, and their dances represent many aspects of Japanese folklore and mythology. The troupe were sponsored by the Japan Foundation to perform at the grand opening of the Japan Foundation’s new premises in Chifley Square in the city.

2005:

In 2005, a TV personality of the television programs Australian Idol and Dancing with the Stars, visited KHS. He was part of the communications panel at KHS’s annual year 11 and 12 Careers Morning. He spoke to KHS students on the topic: ‘Careers in the music industry’.

In 2005, due to an increase in student numbers, it was planned for 2006 that there would be three concert bands and three stage bands.

In 2005, Stage 1 Band performed at ‘Eryldene House’ in April for the National Heritage Trust Festival.

In 2005, Stage 2 Band visited some of the students’ old primary schools to show the primary students what to look forward to when they join the Killara High Band programme.

In 2005, the Chamber Orchestra were warmly received when they played at Swains Gardens.

In 2005,  a well-known Australian jazz musician visited KHS in term 3 for a concert which was a fundraiser for Concert Band 1 to go on tour to Hawaii in 2006. All music ensembles had a chance to perform, with Stage 1 Band able to have this jazz musician perform solo, and then accompany the students in their items.

2006:

About 75% of KHS students who sat the 2006 HSC obtained a university place. This included places in relation to music performances.

2008:

In 2008, two KHS students were part of an ensemble of one hundred and fifty-six students from NSW public schools who represented their schools and country as they performed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Orchestra. They were part of the Millennium Marching Band, and had been formed in 2000 for the Sydney Olympics. The two KHS students participated with nineteen hundred other students from Queensland, Japan, Guan, USA and China. They performed at Tiananmen Square; the Great Wall of China; for the OIC President and also at the Tianjin live site in Beijing.

In 2008, KHS’s Stage Band 1, Orchestra and Music Elective Students Jazz Trio achieved 1st place in the North Shore High Schools Music Spectacular competition. Chatswood RSL supported this competition through the donation of $2000 and an impressive trophy for the winning school. The Stage Band 1 performed a version of In the Mood; the Orchestra performed a rendition of Rocky; and the music elective jazz trio performed Got a match.

2009:

In 2009, ‘CAPAfest’ was once again a huge success at KHS, with students from all years attending intensive three-day workshops in music and visual arts – creating a range of wonderful sounds, handmade books, prints, woven and mixed media sculptures, videos and animation works.

In 2009, many KHS student musicians attended the State Music Camps with eight KHS students representing the school at a regional level through participation in initiatives organised by the NSW Performing Arts Unit.

In 2009, KHS’s jazz trio, Stage Band 1 and the Orchestra achieved 2nd place in the finals of The North Shore High School Music Spectacular.

In 2009, students in KHS’s Performing Arts Ensemble Program continued to achieve at a high level, winning awards and applause at a range of dance and music competitions and performances, which included:

  • The Dickson Yamaha Band Festival
  • The McDonalds Performing Arts Challenge
  • The Ryde Eisteddfod
  • The annual outdoor performance of the KHS Orchestra at Swain Gardens

2010:

In 2010, the Arts Council achieved success in a variety of areas in the KHS creative and performing arts community. These included:

  • Year 12 music night
  • Elective music night
  • MAD Festival (an annual festival to showcase students musical and dramatic talents
  • Vocal and instrumental competition

In 2010, the KHS MAD Festival was a showcase of the creative, performing talent festival that featured every genre of music and drama performance, with both small and large casts. Some of the performances in 2010, included:

  • A year 12 KHS student performed Angels in America
  • Year 7 and 8 KHS students: a junior dance ensemble and junior drama ensemble, as well as several independent, talented young musicians
  • A year 8 KHS group of students: performed an original composition
  • A year 11 quintet performed
  • A rock arrangement of Moonlight Sonata and an acoustic-folk-Lady Gaga-medley

In 2010, a year 12 KHS HSC student’s music performance was nominated for possible inclusion in Encore. [Encore is a joint venture between the Board of Studies Teaching Educational Standards and the NSW Department of Education, where outstanding performers and composers from the Higher School Certificate are showcased in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.]

2011:

In 2011, Alice the Musical was performed at KHS.

2012:

In 2012, the year 9 KHS elective music students participated in the Arts North Music Festival as part of a mass choir at Sydney Town Hall.

In 2012, the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty (CAPA) organised excursions for their students at the following:

For music students:

  • The HSC Encore Performance Concert at the Sydney Opera House
  • Seeing the musical, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ at the Capitol Theatre

In 2012, the CAPAFest was again very successful at KHS, with students from all years attending intensive three-day workshops in music and visual arts, creating a wonderful range of sounds, jewellery, ceramics and animations.

In May 2012, as part of the second annual KHS MAD Festival, over twenty groups of KHS drama, music and dance students performed over two nights and one matinee in the Kerrabee theatre. The theme for the festival in 2012 was ‘Magic and Mystery’.

The performances included:

  • Performances by female vocalists
  • Vocal extension group performed their rendition of ‘Penny Lane’
  • The year 12 jazz band
  • The junior dance ensemble performed their routine of ‘Hairspray’ from the musical of the same name
  • The senior dance ensemble performed a new routine to the song ‘Titanium

In 2012, KHS’s Performing Arts ensembles participated in a number of activities/events including:

  • Involvement in the North Shore Schools Spectacular, gaining equal first place with Chatswood HS
  • Stage Band 2 performed at the opening of Senior’s Week
  • Concert Band 1 and 2 performed in the National Band Championships in Melbourne at Easter. Concert Band 1 received 2nd place and Concert Band 2 won their division – with full marks for one of their pieces
  • Stage Band 1 was awarded first place at the Sydney Eisteddfod
  • Concert Band 1 and Stage Band 1 performed in the new Chatswood Concourse as part of the NSSWE Spring Festival
  • Members of the Vocal Ensemble performed at St David’s Uniting Church on the last day of term 3 to mark the International Day of Peace
  • Members of the Vocal Ensemble participated in the ‘Celebration Concert’ at the Sydney Town Hall in early term 4 with other schools and a Symphony orchestra – performing works from ‘Camina Burana’ and ‘West Side Story’
  • KHS Vocal Extension and Stage Band 1 were selected to perform in the School Spectacular at the Entertainment Centre Sydney

2013:

In 2013, the KHS musical performed was Peter Pan, which involved a cast and crew of over forty students from almost every year. There were eight performances in Term 2.

In 2013, year 9 KHS students travelled to the Lyric Theatre to see the musical, Grease.

In 2013, Year 7 and 8 KHS students were treated to an African drumming workshop by the group ‘Drum Beats’.

In 2013, the KHS Stage and Concert Bands hosted their own performance nights where they were given a chance to place in a more relaxed setting.

In 2013, at the Sydney Opera House, two separate performances involved KHS music students:

  • KHS Concert 1 Band performed an item as part of the state-wide choral concert series, organised by the Performing Arts Unit of NSW.
  • The KHS Senior Dance group and Stage Band 1 successfully auditioned to perform as part of the Ryde Schools Spectacular. A KHS singer performed as a soloist in this event.

In 2013, KHS Stage Band 1 was again selected to perform in the foyer of the Entertainment Centre for the Schools Spectacular, and the KHS Vocal Extension group performed in the mass choir of the Schools Spectacular. A substantial price pack was donated by S&S Wholesalers which was awarded to a year 11 female KHS student for her impressive photorealist portrait.

In 2013, four year 10 KHS Chinese language class students represented KHS at the annual ‘China Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Contest’. Held by the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, the students were each required to deliver a three-minute speech in Chinese titled, ‘Learn Chinese and Make Friends Around the World.’ They were also required to give a Chinese cultural performance. The KHS students recited Chinese poetry and performed Chinese piano and violin solos.

In 2013, two year 12 KHS HSC Elective Music students’ performances were nominated for possible inclusion in the prestigious Encore, a showcase of the best HSC performances from across the State.

2014:

In 2014, the theme of the MADD Festival was ‘Movies and Musicals’. Organised by the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty, KHS students performed dramatic and musical excerpts. These included excerpts from the musicals Grease, Wicked and The Lion King.

In 2014, a year 7 KHS student was selected as a featured artist in the 2014 Schools Spectacular, and a year 11 KHS student was selected as a back-up vocalist. Two KHS students – one in year 12 and one in year 11 were to perform in the Schools Spectacular Stage Band and Orchestra.

In 2014, the two KHS Concert Bands were selected to participate in NSW State concerts at the Sydney Town Hall with students from all over NSW. KHS Concert Band 2 travelled to Penrith to participate in the Schools Spectacular.

In 2014, KHS held the annual ‘Korobro’ performance which included the KHS dance ensembles and soloists.  A selected group of singers also performed in the Schools Spectacular with a year 7 KHS student featured as a soloist, and a year 11 KHS student performed as a backing artist. Also, a year 11 KHS student performed in the orchestra, and a year 12 KHS student performed in the Stage Band.

2015:

In 2015, many of the KHS music ensembles were involved in the North Shore School Spectacular, where KHS was awarded runner up.

In 2015, a number of KHS vocal ensemble students participated in a choral festival ‘In Concert’, which involved singers from all over the state. They performed at the Sydney Town Hall with the Arts Unit Ensembles accompanying their works and with a guest musician, who was an ex- student of KHS and a prominent musician.

In 2015, the KHS Stage Band 1 and Concert Band 2 were awarded Highly Commended at the Sydney Eisteddfod held at the Chatswood Concourse. All KHS music ensembles competed in this Eisteddfod.

In 2015, Concert Bands 1 and 2 travelled to Penrith in term 3 to participate in the State Band Championships. Concert Band 1 were awarded winner of their own choice and 2nd in the junior B section. Concert Band 2 were awarded 2nd place for their hymn.

In 2015, KHS students studying Japanese in years 8-12 were involved in an interactive Japanese music performance using Japanese traditional instruments. Two guest performers came to KHS, performing Taiko and Shakuhachi folk songs.

In 2015, as part of the annual Killara Schools Partnership (KSP) with six local primary schools, the following activities/events were organised:

  • A series of Gifted and Talented workshops for years 3-5, in areas such as Creative Arts, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Music, Science, Technology – Wood and HSIE
  • In term 1, all players of stringed instruments from schools within the KSP attended a workshop where the KHS conductor led the students through several pieces. As a result, the students as the KSP String Ensemble performed for their parents.
  • In term 2, KHS hosted a strings evening for the first time. All the students of the KSP Strings Ensemble came to KHS for a barbecue and rehearsal. Each school individually performed for all the parents and principals. The evening culminated with a performance by the entire KSP Strings Ensemble.

2016:

In 2016, two year 12 KHS music students were nominated for possible selection in Encore – a showcase of the best HSC music performances across the state.

In 2016, three year 12 KHS music extension students performed their HSC pieces at the North Shore Schools Spectacular (Killara Heat).

In 2016, a year 9 music elective student performed at the 2016 Solo Vocal Camp Concert initiated by the Arts Unit and held at the Seymour Centre, Sydney. The student was one of the youngest participants of the camp among year 11 and 12 students who were selected from over two hundred applicants.

In 2016, the instrumental ensembles were involved in the North Shore Schools Spectacular. The finals to this event were held at KHS.

In 2016, KHS was the winner of the 2016 Spectacular.

In 2016, a number of KHS vocal ensemble students participated in In Concert, a choral festival which involved high school singers from across the state of NSW. They performed at the Sydney Town Hall with the Arts Unit ensembles, with a guest musician at the event also.

In 2016, KHS Stage Band 1 participated in the Big Band Blast, at Port Macquarie. This event was a weekend of performances and workshops which involved many school and community stage bands. A special guest musician and her big band also performed at the end of the weekend event.

In 2016, a KHS student guitarist from the Stage Band was selected as the guitar soloist for one of the choir pieces in the Ryde Schools Spectacular.

In 2016, year 7 and 8 KHS drama students went to the Capitol Theatre to see a production of Aladdin – the Musical.

In 2016, the KHS Arts Council (2016-2017) organised an Arts Council End of year Talent Quest on the last day of term 4. A number of acts were selected to perform in front of the whole school in the Kerrabee Centre. The Council also organised/participated in the following activities/events, which included:

  • The Performing Arts Ensemble concerts
  • Elective Music Nights Series 1 and 2
  • Year 12 Music Nights Series 1 and 2
  • Chatswood RSL Schools Spectacular

In 2016, a year 12 KHS HSC student was selected to perform at the Sydney Opera House in the Encore Concert – a showcase of exemplary HSC music performances from across the state.

In 2016, a year 12 KHS HSC student’s Music Course 2 Musicology essay was selected as exemplary by NESA.

2017:

In 2017, the KHS Arts Council (2016-2017) organised a fundraising event of a sausage sizzle and mufti day to support the Australian Children’s Music Foundation – which provides music therapy programs at the Randwick Children’s Hospital, as well as music programs for schools and Juvenile Justice Centres. With the help of the KHS elective music student performers, the Council provided a lunchtime concert to raise funds.

In 2017, KHS’s instrumental ensembles, including KHS year 12 soloists and KHS’s performing arts ensembles were involved in the North Shore Schools Spectacular Competition. The event was held at KHS. KHS was named joint winner for 2017 with Turramurra HS.

In 2017, the KHS string ensemble and concert band 1 toured the far north coast of NSW, performing at Coffs Harbour and Lismore.

In 2017, KHS Concert band 2 travelled to Penrith in term 3 to participate in the State Band Championship. KHS Concert Band 1 and Stage Band 1 performed at the Sydney Town Hall as part of a state-wide ‘Primary Proms’ series.

In 2017, a KHS Stage Band 1 student was selected to perform in the Schools Spectacular Stage Band. Four KHS vocal students were also selected to sing in the Core Choir of the Schools Spectacular. The KHS vocal extension and vocal ensemble groups participated in the combined choir of the School Spectacular.

2018:

In 2018, year 7 and 8 KHS music students participated in a hands-on incursion on African drumming.

In 2018, a year 10 KHS female music student was selected to participate in the re-imagined ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Prokfiev, a collaboration between music and dance. A KHS music teacher was also selected as an education advisor, mentor and project manager. The performance ended with a performance of the original composition written by participants held at the Verbugen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A documentary was made and was aired on ‘ABCme’.

In 2018, a number of KHS students were acknowledged for their work in the Creative and Performing Arts. This included:

  • two KHS students from Music Course 1 and 2 were nominated for Encore.
  • year 7 KHS music students created a soundscape through an online platform, Soundation. Using an Aboriginal Dreamtime story, the students developed knowledge of traditional notation, performing melodies on keyboards and glockenspiels, learning how to perform in small groups with multiple parts.
  • year 8 KHS music students used their knowledge of Soundation to create a film score for a selected short from a movie. The students selected a popular song and created their own ‘band’ and performed the work selected. They also focused on how technology could be used to enhance their performance, creating back tracks using Soundation and Incredibox.
  • a KHS student was selected for the State Vocal Camp and for the Talent Development Project, as well as a featured artist in the 2018 Schools Spectacular
  • a KHS student was selected for the NSW State Schools Singers and Core Choir for the 2018 Schools Spectacular
  • four KHS students were selected for the State Schools Wind Orchestra
  • a KHS student was selected for the State Schools Singers
  • a KHS student was selected for the State Schools Wind Band
  • a KHS student was selected for the State Schools Jazz Orchestra
  • a KHS student was selected for the State Schools Choir
  • a KHS student was selected for the State Vocal Camp and the State Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • sixteen KHS students were successful in their application for the NSW State Schools Music Camps

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, KHS Concert Band 1 and the Killara Symphonic Wind Ensemble attended the Band Nationalists in Melbourne. The KHS Concert Band 1 won their section.

 In 2018, the KHS Concert Band 1 attained 1st place in their Junior C division at the State Band Championships in Penrith.

In 2018, two KHS female students were selected to perform in the Schools Spectacular – one student as a featured artist, and another student in the Core Choir.

2019:

In 2019, the KHS Arts Council (2018-2019) organised a mufti day to support the ‘Musicians Making a Difference’ Foundation, where they collected gold coin donations and featured musical performers in the quadrangle.

In 2019, the year 12 KHS Music students produced over forty individual performances, over twelve compositions, two essays and one viva voces.

 

 

1970:

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

In 1970, Gordon Rugby Union Football Club donated a set of football jumpers and socks for the school football team. Also, $650.00 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, 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 played this sport had five wins and three losses.

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

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

In 1970, in Rugby, KHS tasted their first success against Ku-ring-gai HS, 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.

1971:

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 also had two female age champions – this 12-yr-old, and a 13-yr-old student.

1972:

In 1972, a rowing team had been established, and fathers from KHS students were asked to assist in training the boys on Sunday mornings. There was also a plea to start a “Veteran’s team” of KHS fathers.

In 1972, grade sport at KHS meant that 3rd, 4th, and 5th Forms [years 9-11] had a sports afternoon. One long competition was held commencing after Easter until the end of 2nd Term.

In 1972, boys’ sports included: rowing; rugby union; soccer; hockey and basketball.

In 1972, girls’ sport included: swimming; tennis; squash and basketball.

In 1972, rowing was to commence on 20th February at 9.30 am at the old Roseville Bridge.

In 1972, the KHS swimming carnival was to be held on March 10, at West Pymble Pool.

1973:

In 1973, the annual carnivals were held at the following venues:

  • the swimming carnival – West Pymble Pool
  • the athletics carnival – Killara Park
  • the Zone carnival – Pennant Hills Oval

1974:

In 1974, a special-sub-committee formed at KHS to investigate the possibilities of constructing a pool or tennis courts at Killara High. It was found that combined admission fees to public swimming pools during the season was over $1500 – and that the same amount was spent in fares to and from pools.

In 1974, the zone swimming carnival was held at Hornsby Pool, where the KHS team came third. A KHS male student won the 12 years aged championship, and a KHS female student won the 13 years aged championship. Ten KHS female students, as a result of their efforts at the zone, were to compete at the State Swimming Carnival that same year.

In 1974, sport was conducted over three seasons – summer, winter and term 3. 1st and 2nd Form [Years 7 and 8] had a special sports period supervised and directed by the Physical Education Teachers. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Form students [Years 9-12] played house and grade sport.

1975:

In 1975, KHS came fourth at the Zone Swimming Carnival out of the seven schools that attended. Two KHS students – one female KHS student, and one male KHS student – won their respective age divisions.

In March 1975, there was a staff vs student touch football match.

In 1975, electricity had been restored to the house on the KHS site, and it began to be used for a number of activities including weight-lifting classes.

By 1975, several new sports were offered – water polo, diving, archery, badminton, and weight-training for boys. For girls there was archery, badminton, life-saving, synchronised swimming and rowing.

In 1975, KHS 1st XI cricket team were in the Davidson State Knock Out. KHS won their game over Narrabeen HS – 145 runs to 54 runs, all out.

In 1975, the question of a pool at Killara was raised again in 1975, and a special fund called the Library and Sports Facilities Fund, with a suggested target of $20,000 a year, was set up to investigate ways and means of raising the required funds.

1976:

In 1976, A KHS student was the backstroke title holder for New South Wales in the 13 years girl’s category.

In 1976, KHS excelled in sports, with KHS boys winning 5 out of 6 grand finals and the KHS girls having several wins to their credit.

In 1976, there was a plan to build a sports complex at KHS, which would include a swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts etc. By early 1976, the fund had a total of $20,000 in hand, which was less than the estimated $50,000 needed to get this venture off the ground. Families were asked to deposit $100 more or less that would be retained by the school until the last of their children leave KHS, then returned free of interest. This money could be deposited in one lump sum or smaller amounts on a weekly basis. 

1977:

In 1977, KHS’s annual school cross country carnival was held in conjunction with a Run-a-Thon. The aim of the run-a-thon was to raise money for various charitable organisations. The charities included Stewart House, the Royal Blind Society, and other charities chosen by years 7-10 and years 11-12. Some of the money collected would also be used to improve sporting amenities at KHS. By April 1977, the total collected was $5,000, with a target of $7,000.

In 1977, grade sporting competitions were held over Term 1 and Term 3. Year 7 and 8 did not compete on a regular weekly grade basis. Once a term, four schools – Chatswood, Ku-ring-gai, St Ives and KHS – met and played a ‘Round Robin’ of matches in a wide variety of sports.

In 1977 the zone cross country was held at Galston HS in April. Nine KHS students won their way to the regional cross country at Wyong. One of these female KHS students came 4th in the regional cross country and was to compete at State level, with another male KHS student being the reserve.

In 1977, two schools from New Zealand were hosted by KHS for various sporting competitions that included rugby, soccer, volleyball, netball and hockey. This was after KHS’s team had toured New Zealand the year before. A touring Japanese Rugby schoolboy team also was to be hosted by KHS in the same year.

In 1977, a wide range of Term 4 activities were organised by the staff to operate between the 28th November until the 9th December.

These included:

  • scuba diving
  • adventure training
  • archery
  • cricket
  • chess
  • equestrian skills
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jazz ballet
  • orienteering
  • rally riding
  • sailing
  • tennis
  • water polo
  • weights
  • yoga

In 1977, KHS came 3rd in the Zone swimming carnival. Three KHS students came first in their respective age groups, three KHS students came 2nd, while one KHS came 3rd. One female KHS student was the Age Area Champion. Five KHS students – 3 boys and 2 girls – gained selection in the team that would represent the Area at the State Swimming Carnival.

1978:

In 1978, the KHS 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 (which was eventually built in 1991-1992).

KHS’s swimming carnival in 1978 was held at Hornsby pool.

In 1978, the KHS Sports Department [now PDHPE Faculty] held Gala Days for years 7 and 8 students, with games played across Chatswood, St Ives and Ku-ring-gai High Schools. There were also a number of Knockout Competitions in both boys’ and girls’ sports.

In 1978, KHS held a Run-a-thon where almost $4000.00 was raised. The money was devoted to supporting Stewart House and charities selected by the sport houses. A smaller amount was used to improve student amenities e.g. seating in the playground.

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

1979:

In 1979, various KHS student gained representation in the following sports at State level:

  • Athletics (State Representatives) (two male students and a female student)
  • Boys’ State 14 years athletics relay team
  • Cross country (two males and a female student)
  • Cross country and athletics – 4th in 800m State Final
  • Girls’ State Athletics Team
  • Hockey
  • Region Basketball
  • Region Hockey
  • Region Tennis
  • Softball (two female students)
  • Swimming (a male and three female students)

In 1979, KHS won all four grades of basketball.

In 1979, basketball games between “Bradford’s Bombers” (made up from members of staff’) and the students from KHS’s first grade basketball teams were played. Seven hundred KHS students watched the game, and the game raised money to buy uniforms for school first grade basketball teams. In the men’s and women’s games, the student teams won. Financially it was a ‘dismal failure’, with students contributing at the rate of only 25 cents per head!

In 1979, KHS years 7-9 students (previously it was only years 7-8) participated in an organised program of lifesaving at Northbridge Pool.

1980:

KHS won the NSW Girls’ Softball Championship in 1980.

1981:

In 1981, highlights in the Physical Education Department (the first year this Department existed as a separate Department) for students and staff were in the following events:

  • Mixed girls and boys PE classes
  • Year 7 – Basic Skills Program
  • Year 7-8  Gala Days with other local high schools
  • Activities – Athletics
  • Cross-country running
  • ‘Disco’ robics
  • Educational, rhythmic & Olympic gymnastics
  • Major games e.g. rugby, cricket for boys, hockey & softball for girls, although girls ‘invaded’ the traditional sports of boys, notably soccer, basketball and cricket
  • Modern dance
  • Social and folk dance

In 1981, KHS had a new P.E. uniform for girls. This consisted of the gold Killara T-shirt; a green wrap skirt; and green and gold stripe sports pants. It was compulsory for year 7. Replacement uniforms for years 8-9 were to be in this new style. Years 10-12 could replace the pants without a skirt.

In 1981, the KHS girl’s softball team won the State-Knockout competition for the 2nd year in succession. The final was held at Moore Park over two days in June. In the final, KHS defeated James Meehan HS (Liverpool region), Mt Austin HS (Riverina region), Dapto HS (Illawarra region).

1982:

In early 1982, assistance was sought for the continuing work on the school’s grounds. It was hoped that three committees would be set up to match the following budgeted items:

  • Grounds improvements                    $3,000
  • Sporting improvements                     $1,000
  • Building improvements                      $2,000

In 1982, a sports afternoon was introduced for years 7 and 8. It encompassed recreational activities e.g. tennis, squash, ice skating, and softball, baseball, volleyball and cricket.

In 1982, several KHS students achieved outstanding success in Australian and State Sporting Championships. They were as follows:

  • a male KHS student – 3rd in 13 &14 years Australian Diving Championships
  • a male KHS student – 2nd in senior 10 km and junior 3 km walk, NSW State Athletic Championships
  • a male KHS student – 1st in 200m; 2nd in 400m; 2nd in high jump; 2nd in triple jump in the NSW State Age Championships (14 yrs)
  • a female KHS student 1st in 400m Hurdles – under 18 yrs; 1st in 800m – under 16 yrs; and 1st in 400m – under 16 yrs in the NSW Age Championships

In 1982, KHS girl’s softball team won the NSW High Schools Girls’ Softball Championships for a third successive year. The final rounds were held at Moore Park and the winning teams from all the Zones in the State attended. The KHS team, who had been Zone Champions for the past four years, met many of their old adversaries from previous years – Wagga Wagga, Mudgee, James Meehan and Dapto.

In third term 1982, KHS gained 2nd place in the overall point score at the Combined High Schools Athletics Carnival, held at Narrabeen Fitness Centre over three days in September. KHS earned $350.00 from their efforts, courtesy of the company Colgate Palmolive, the sponsors of the championships.

In 1982, KHS had finalists in the tennis, Under 15’s Rugby and the Girl’s ‘B’ soccer team. The one winner was the Under 15’s Rugby.

1983:

In 1983, KHS’s 1st XV Rugby team became Ku-Ring-Gai Zone Champions. The season involved playing Redwood College from San Francisco; Oakhill College; Pennant Hills HS, whom KHS played in the grand final. KHS won by 4 tries to 1, with a score of 19-7.

1984:

In 1984, KHS’s Girls’ B Grade Hockey and the Boys’ First Grade Rugby teams won their respective Zone competitions.

In 1984, KHS won The Royal Life Saving Society, NSW Branch’s ‘E.A. Fry’ trophy in the co-educational schools’ point score competition. The trophy was awarded to the school which gains the highest points for proficiency awards in lifesaving.

1985:

In 1985, KHS won the Zone Swimming Carnival and came 4th in the Zone Athletics Carnival.

1987:

In 1987, a KHS female student was selected to be part of the Australian Women’s Canoe Polo team which was to compete in Europe during August -September.

In 1987, one of KHS’s mothers was a Sail Training Inspector, who particularly like to teach other women to sail. Groups of eight were taught in a once weekly lesson for six weeks. The vessel used was a 40-foot Ketch rigged yacht.

1988:

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.

1989:

In 1989, KHS parents were totally responsible for the upgrading, enlarging and re-surfacing of the school’s outside sporting complex, which now provided four tennis, basketball, netball and volleyball courts for use during and outside school hours. After seven years of work, the four-court complex was ceremoniously opened at KHS. 

In 1989, a KHS ex-student, was selected in the Australian Netball team and was to play in the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand in February 1990.

In 1989, due to wet weather, KHS’s cross country event was held on the roads around Killara and was called “the Koola Loop”.

1990:

In 1990, the 10th anniversary of the Sydney-Nagoya sister city relationship, the Lord Mayor of Sydney invited a two hundred strong delegation from Nagoya, Japan, to visit Sydney during ‘Japan Week’ as part of an economic and cultural exchange. Amongst the delegation, sport was represented by an All Schoolboys Rugby Team. Through the Education Department, KHS was invited to represent Sydney and play a friendly international fixture at North Sydney Oval. The Northern Suburbs Rugby Union Club provided an after-match reception. KHS hosted the team and their officials by having them attend KHS for a day and providing them with a barbecue. Some KHS families also billeted the team members for an overnight stay and a tour of the Northern Beaches.

1993:

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 well over fifty students and ten staff.

In 1993 the PEHPD and Sport Department wanted to recognise and encourage girls and boys of talent at KHS in sport. A new series of Sport Awards was created. The top awards were named after two ex-students who had gone on to represent Netball and Rugby in the current World Champion Teams. The awards recognised those of year 7 and 8 who combined the following qualities: skill in several sports; fitness; ability in refereeing; leadership; employment in participation; and attention to uniform.

In 1993, KHS was the State Champion Co-Ed School in Lifesaving.

1993 saw the first change to the KHS school sports uniform for many years. The school winter sports jumper was now a pattern of bottle green and gold. The sports shirt is collared and boys have a choice of long or short shorts.

In 1993 during the ski season, KHS entered ten KHS male students into the Interschool Race series in which nearly 4000 students compete. KHS’s senior snowboard team achieved the following:

  •  three year 11 students came 1st in the Northern Zone Event; 5th in the NSW/ACT competition held at Blue Cow; and 4th in the Australian Championships held at Falls Creek.
  • Two of these boys came 2nd and 3rd in the individual placing in the Northern Zone Races.

1994:

In 1994, KHS’s ‘A’ Basketball team won the school sport grand final. The team consisted of six KHS year 11 students and one year 10 KHS student. In the final they toppled the Knock-Out Champions, Carlingford.

In 1994, nine male KHS students participated in the Northern NSW Interschool Ski Races, which were held at Blue Cow Mountain during the July school holidays. There were 1800 competitors, including disabled skiers.

KHS’s snowboarding team of three year 12 students came 2nd in the year 11-12 competition, qualifying for the State Finals.

Two year 9 KHS students teamed with a year 7 KHS student in the year 9 and 10 downhill giant slalom. KHS’s team came 7th out of 50 teams. These two students formed the moguls team, coming 8th in a more competitive division.

Three year 12 KHS students skied the Division 1 Alpine Event but falls in the icy conditions prevented the team from scoring a complete team time. KHS came 10th in the overall point score of 32 boys’ secondary schools.

It was hoped in 1995 to have a girls’ team as well from KHS in any of the four disciplines of Alpine, Moguls, Cross-Country and Snowboarding.

In 1994, KHS was the champion school at the Zone swimming carnival.

1995:

In 1995, four KHS students competed in the Combined High Schools State Rowing Championships in Taree, NSW. They represented KHS in the Women’s Quad, a gruelling and tiring 2000m course.

In 1995, two year 10 KHS students and two year 8 KHS students combined their skills as KHS’s ski team for 1995. At the Giant Slalom Alpine Year 9/10 Northern Zone Race in July, the boys came fifth in the competition. They also came sixth in the State Interschool Championships and ninth in the Australian Interschools in September.

Three KHS students’ teams to took sixth place in the Moguls (jumps and bumps) competition out of twenty-four schools in the Northern NSW Zone Championships in July, with one of these students taking the ninth individual place.

1996:

In 1996, KHS’s HSC students in PD/Health/PE were placed 16% above the state average.

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, the Killara Ski Team competed in the Northern NSW Interschool Championship in Skiing. They were placed 2nd in the Division 1 Teams Alpine and 6th in the Division 1 Freestyle.

In 1996, a year 9 female KHS student was nominated and selected by the then Principal, to perform in the Olympic Closing Ceremony Team. A classical ballet dancer, this KHS student was one of twenty-six NSW High School students to represent the youth of Australia at the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta.

1997:

In 1997, a task force was established at KHS made up of teachers and parents whose brief was to heighten the profile of sport in the school.

In 1997, the KHS Open Boys Rugby A Team and the Open Girls Netball B Team both won their respective competitions.

In 1997, KHS students lined up in front of the school to run the annual ‘infamous Koola Loop’ – in the cross-country event. The top ten students went on to run the even more gruelling event at the Pennant Hills track at the Zone Carnival. Several KHS students represented Ku-ring-gai at the Regional Cross-Country, held at Doyalson.

1998:

In 1998, a KHS student gained selection in the Australian Schoolboys’ Soccer team, which played international fixtures against New Zealand, Fiji, and Wales.

1999:

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

In 1999, the Sports Committee of the P&C Association held a barbecue with the showing of the Bledisloe Cup in the Kerrabee Centre.

In 1999, the P&C Association operated through various committees that parents could choose to join. This included a sports committee.

In 1999, a sports assembly was held for students who had represented KHS and excelled in sport over the past 12 months. A professional sail boarder and Olympic hopeful, addressed the school with a very important message:

 “participate in sport to have fun; that is success, not just winning.”

In 1999, the KHS Cross-Country was held in March. The race was approximately a three and a half kilometre run of the ‘Koola Loop’. The loop was run by all students in years 7-10 and was optional for senior students. From the race day, a school representative team was chosen.

In 1999, the KHS cross country team performed very well at the Zone Carnival with twelve runners progressing to the Sydney Met-North Regional Carnival. KHS representatives ran in their age group. Both boys and girls won the age group in the open category. Overall KHS came third on the day. Two KHS students qualified to run at the CHS cross-country.

2000:

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’ 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 Annual Sports Assembly was held with 120 KHS students receiving awards on the day. The special guest was a member of the Australian Olympic women’s eight rowing crew. She gave an inspirational speech, encouraging all students to follow their dream, and to never give up until they had achieved that dream.

In 2000, the KHS Zone Swimming Carnival was held at the prestigious Olympic Aquatic Centre. Many KHS  students made the regional competition at  Warringah Aquatic Centre.

In 2000, at the Zone cross-country , four KHS students represented Sydney North at the NSW CHS cross-country at Eastern Creek.

In 2000, the annual swimming carnival was held at Hornsby Pool as was tradition at KHS.

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

In 2000, twenty-eight KHS students from years 8-11, danced with the youth of Sydney in the Pacific School Games Open Ceremony 2000.

In 2000, the KHS SRC sought to improve the diversity of sporting activities offered to years 9-11. There was also strong support for surfing to be introduced as a recreation sport.

2001:

In 2001, two KHS swimming carnivals went ahead – the night carnival was held at North Sydney pool, where fireworks were provided mid carnival for the entertainment of the KHS families. The evening carnival allowed busy/working parents to attend and watch their children swim. The day carnival also went ahead, with Kimba house coming first.

In 2001, tennis continued to maintain a prominent position at KHS. Some of the highlights included:

  • Forty-three KHS students and two KHS staff attended the Tennis Masters at the Superdome.
  • The KHS boys’ and girls’ grade tennis teams became premiers in Grade Tennis on the same afternoon. The finalists with KHS were Turramurra HS for the girls’ team and Pennant Hills HS for the boys’ team. For the boys’ team this was the third straight premiership.
  • KHS fielded a team of six boys and six girls in the Northern Suburbs Secondary School These matches were played under lights on a Saturday night in March, in a ’round robin’ format. In 2001, KHS was a Co-premiership team.
  • The KHS boys’ knockout team defeated Carlingford HS and St Ives HS, but lost to Davidson HS in the quarterfinals of the Sydney North Region.
  • On November 15, 2001, KHS was offered forty-five tickets to see a live tennis match between Gustavo Kuerten and Juan Carlos Ferrero.

2002:

In 2002, the Sports Committee, under the P&C Association, held a major fundraising Trivia Night to raise funds to upgrade the school’s oval.

2003:

In 2003, a KHS male 12-year-old student won every event he entered at the Zone Carnival. The KHS boys’ and girls’ relay teams also won their events.

In 2003, KHS basketball teams had successes amongst all age groups in grade and knockout competitions.

In 2003, the Sports Committee of the P&C Association organised a car raffle to raise funds to upgrade the oval.

In 2003, the annual year 7 camp took place at Vision Valley, and included the following activities:

  • raft building
  • archery
  • abseiling
  • canoeing
  • rock climbing
  • bushwalking
  • games
  • dancing

In 2003, year 7 KHS students participated in a Summer Gala Day. Four schools from the Ku-ring-gai area took part in four summer sports: basketball, ultimate frisbee, cricket and volleyball. The other three schools were Turramurra HS, St Ives HS and Chatswood HS.

2005: 

In 2005, KHS dominated the relay events in the Ku-ring-gai Zone Swimming Carnival. While KHS came a close third behind Cherrybrook THS and Galston HS, the KHS relay teams finished first or second in thirteen of the seventeen events. As a result, KHS was able to send a squad of forty to the Sydney North Area Championships. A number of KHS students at this event received medals for finishing in the top three of their age divisions. Four KHS students received Gold, one KHS student received Silver, and three KHS students received Bronze.

In 2005, two KHS students became Zone Athletic Champions – one KHS female student (12 years girls) and one KHS male student (14 years’ boys). Also, one KHS male student (12 years’ boys) was place third.

In 2005, five KHS students achieved outstanding results at the Combined High Schools Athletics Carnival:

  1. 2nd place: KHS female student – 12 years’ girls high jump
  2. 1st place: KHS male student – 14 years’ boys high jump
  3. 5th place: KHS male student – 14 years’ boys 1500 metres
  4. 1st place: KHS male student – 14 years’ boys long jump
  5. 2nd place: KHS male student – 17 years’ boys 200 metres

2006:

In 2006, of the forty-six HSC courses on offer at KHS, student performance in thirty-five of these were above the state mean. In twenty-four courses, results were more than 5% above the state mean, while in seven courses results were more than 10% above the state mean. About 75% of KHS students who sat the 2006 HSC obtained a university place. These places included sports and exercise science.

2007:

In 2007, the KHS Prefects organised a number of fundraising events/activities, including a ‘Support your Sport’ mufti day, where students could don the garb of their favourite sporting teams, regardless of whether they played or just watched. A very long skipping rope was also popular, as well as screening of ‘The Ashes’ at lunchtimes throughout the term in the theatre. The major event was the ‘Bompo Comp’ which saw teachers compete against the students, and then year 12 vs the prefects.

In June, 2007, the Regional Cross-Country carnival was held at Gosford Racecourse. The KHS boys’ team was successful in achieving first place in the 12-year-old boys’ team event. They also competed as a team at the State Cross Country carnival at Eastern Creek Raceway in July. Although not achieving a place, the boys put in a creditable performance.

2008:

In 2008, twelve KHS cricketing students from year 7-9 at KHS gathered at Koola Oval on Monday 10th November in the evening for the first session of the KHS Cricket Academy. The Academy was an initiative of the PDHPE faculty, the KHS Principal and former a New Zealand International cricketer, who was also a parent of KHS students. The aim was to have fun and improve on skills, but also to give elite cricketers in years 7-9 exposure to the experience of an international cricketer, as well as competition with other schools in the area. It was also hoped that these sessions would allow boys to ‘bond into a team’ at a young age, which would increase the likelihood of a high level of performance once they were in their senior years of school and competing for the Davidson Shield. The aim was to provide the boys with at least two ‘friendly’ matches with schools in the area before the end of 2008.

In 2008, KHS were placed 2nd in the Ku-ring-gai Zone Swimming Carnival at Homebush swimming pool. Cherrybrook Technology HS came 1st, and Pennant Hills HS were 3rd.

In 2008, the KHS 15 yrs 4x50m boys relay swimming team set a new zone record of 1:55:71, replacing the old time of 1:56:57.

In 2008, a former KHS student from year 12, 2004, who was a member of Adelaide United Soccer Club, headed overseas to Germany for the first division club, FC Nuremberg. He also played with the Socceroos in the Australia vs Iraq match mid 2008.

In 2008, a KHS year 7 female student represented KHS at the NSW All Schools Athletics Carnival, competing in six events – 100m, 200m, javelin, long jump, discus and shot put. She was awarded a bronze medal in the U13 javelin. She has also been selected to compete in the NSW Pacific Schools Games.

In 2008, a year 12 KHS male student was awarded 2nd place in the Newcastle Northern Classic Body Building Titles. He came second by a single point.

In 2008, a KHS year 10 female student was selected as a member of the 2008 NSW U17 Badminton team.

2009:

In 2009, KHS’s Boys A Grade Basketball team won their final, defeating Turramurra HS 50-44.

In 2009, KHS students competed against other schools in the eastern side of the Ku-ring-gai zone (Turramurra, St Ives and Chatswood) in sports listed below:

  • badminton
  • basketball
  • frisbee
  • softball
  • touch footy
  • volleyball

In 2009, KHS’s recreational sports in the summer season were:

  • rock climbing
  • ten pin bowling
  • ice skating
  • beach walking
  • surfing

In 2009, a large group of KHS students, largely of Rugby Union players, attended a Rugby League Gala Day at the NSW Rugby League Academy at Narrabeen. KHS entered a team in the U13 and U15 divisions. It was a strong competition and KHS U13s played three games on the day putting in good performances. The KHS U15s also put in good performances also. Though KHS teams did not win their respective divisions, the NSWRL representative at the Gala Day was so impressed with the talent and determination of the KHS teams that he asked KHS to represent North Sydney at the ‘7aside Captain’s Cup’ which was to take place in August.

In 2009, a year 11 male KHS student embarked on a journey on board the Young Endeavour. He was selected as a member of the youth crew and set sail on an 11-day voyage from Airlie Beach to Townsville that covered 355 nautical miles. (The Young Endeavour is a 44m tall ship given to Australia to mark the Bicentenary of Captain Cook’s landing in 1988. Since then thousands of young Australians have taken part in the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, which aims to give young people the opportunity for personal development.)

In 2009, a year 10 KHS student was selected to represent Australia in the under 21 years Beach Volleyball Junior World Championships to be held in England in September 2009.

2010:

In 2010, KHS celebrated the 40th anniversary on this site. A celebratory evening event was held in the Kerrabee Centre, and two previous KHS Principals spoke. A KHS ex-student from the 1983 cohort, as well as a current parent, shared her humorous memories. The guest speaker was a former KHS student from 1979-1984, and Captain of the Wallaby’s Rugby Union Australian side in 2010. The Band, ‘Gluteus Maximus’ played hits songs of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Year 9 KHS PASS students assisted with the running of the Athletics Carnivals at most of the local primary schools, providing our students with leadership opportunities and the chance to use those skills they developed in their PASS classes. The local primary schools were very grateful for the coaching and scoring that was provided by our students and asked KHS to repeat this in 2011.

In 2010, the KHS’s Under 15 Boys soccer team won their way through to the final four in the Greater Metropolitan Sydney area in the Bill Turner Cup.

In 2010, KHS’s girls’ volleyball team achieved the accolade of 4th best team in the State.

2011:

In 2011, the KHS 15 boys’ soccer team once again were the North Sydney Champions.

In 2011, sixteen KHS students won their way through to the Sydney North Carnival in Cross-Country. The students were aged between 12 and 16 year girls.

In 2011, twelve KHS winter sports teams made it through to the semi-finals on this occasion, with eight of those making it through to the final. There were:

  • C grade basketball (boys)
  • open B grade soccer (boys)
  • 15’s A grade soccer (boys)
  • basketball (girls)
  • volleyball – both A and B grade volleyball (girls)
  • B grade netball (girls)
  • mixed table tennis team

Both grades in girls’ volleyball and the mixed table tennis team came away with the Ku-ring-gai Zone Premiership.

In 2011, all year 7 KHS students travelled to Ermington Putt-Putt for a ‘Fun Day’.  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.

2012:

In 2012, the KHS Sports Council of 2011-2012 organised the World’s Biggest Beep Test, in the hope to exceed the current Guinness Wold Record on the 11/11/11, where three hundred and twenty seven KHS students ran in unison to the multi-stage fitness test. Although KHS missed out on the record by a small margin, it was hoped that next year’s attempt would break the record.

In 2012, the KHS Sports Council organised volleyball and Bompo Dompo competitions during lunchtimes for the enjoyment of KHS students.

In 2012, the KHS Sports Council organised a school mascotthe Killara Lion – to represent ‘Killara Pride’. Throughout the carnivals during the year, the mascot was present, and it was hope that they could ensure that this mascot was also at any sporting event in which a Killara athlete was representing KHS.

In 2012, the KHS Sports Council attended the ‘Rising Generations’ leadership day, in order to assist the Council on how to make the most effective meeting possible.

In 2012, the following KHS’s swimming relay teams went through to the Sydney North Carnival:

  • 13 years girls’ and boys’ teams
  • 14 years girls’ and boys’ teams
  • 17 years girls
  • 12-17 years girls’ relay

KHS was also placed first in the knockout relay.

In 2012, five of our KHS swimmers went through to the Combined High Schools Swimming in the following events:

  • 100m and 50 m freestyle
  • 50 m freestyle
  • 200 m freestyle
  • 14 years boys relay 1st

2013:

In 2013, the KHS Sports Council’s mufti day was to raise money for Wheelchair Sports NSW, who provide wheelchairs for many athletes with a disability which allows them to participate in sport. KHS students came to school wearing their favourite team colours. Manchester United (Soccer), the Manly Sea Eagles (Rugby League) and numerous local sporting teams were represented.

In 2013, the KHS Sports Council organised the Bompo Dompo Competition for stage 4 students during lunchtimes. In their respective houses, KHS students competed against each other, with the aim of promoting house spirit while having fun at the same time.

In 2013, two KHS sport teams progress through to the finals in summer sports. These were the Boys A Grade Touch team and the Boys B Grade Soccer 7s team.

In 2013, six KHS sports teams progress to the finals in the winter season sports. They were:

  • the boys junior rugby
  • boys B grade 15 soccer
  • girls hockey 7s
  • girls A grade and 9/10 netball
  • mixed table tennis teams

Of those teams, KHS claimed three premierships with the Boys Rugby, the Boys Soccer and the Girls 9/10 Netball teams. The Rugby team broke a twenty-seven year drought in regards to winning the Premiership.

2014:

In 2014, the KHS Sports Council cohort (2013-2014) organised a number of activities/events for the KHS community. These included:

  • The World’s Biggest Beep Test
  • Bompo Dompo Competitions – between all year groups and stages, as well as students versus teachers
  • Sports activities week – skipping competitions, obstacle courses. Each stage grouping of students in the Sports Council also organised rival events between years. For year 7 and 8, this included soccer, touch football, basketball, and netball. A ‘speedaway’ game between year 11 and year 12 girls, and a rugby union game between the year 10 and year 11 boys.
  • The annual ‘Killara Gift’ – in 2014, the Sports Council gained sponsorship from a sports store in Gordon. The sponsorship included a multitude of vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters in the respective boys’ and girls’ finals of the races.
  • Mufti Day to support the McGrath Foundation and their fight against breast cancer – through an event called ‘Pink Stumps Day’, many students and teachers wore pink. There were food stalls and a cricket game between students and teachers at lunch time. Through this event, the SRC raised $1500 for the foundation.

In 2014, a senior KHS student qualified to get through to the Combined High Schools Cross Country Carnival.

2015:

In 2015, the KHS Sports Council (2014-2015) organised a mufti day to raise funds to support the 2016 Paralympic team. Over $2000 was raised. KHS students were encouraged to wear sportswear from their favourite team from around the world.

In 2015, KHS students achieved Zone Premierships in the following winter grade sports:

  • Open Boys B Grade Basketball
  • Boys Soccer sevens A and B grade
  • Girls soccer sevens A grade

In 2015, KHS students in were successful in the following spring grade sports:

  • boys B grade basketball – Zone premiers
  • Rugby League boys 7s competition – winning the final against Turramurra HS
  • the girls B grade frisbee – Premiers

In 2015, KHS students represented the Sydney North team at the CHS State Athletics Carnival. A senior KHS student was placed first in the 100m, 400m, 400m hurdles and the 4x400m as well as 2nd in the 200m.

In 2015, two male KHS students – one junior and one senior student – qualified for the Australian National Athletics Championships held in Melbourne in December.

In 2015, KHS sent a number of students to the CHS State Swimming Carnival. Some of the results included:

  • a senior female KHS student competed in four events, resulting in 1st for the 50m and 100m freestyle
  • a year 7 male KHS student competed in eight individual events and finished 1st in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle as well as the 100m breaststroke and butterfly. He was also part of the 12 years 4 x 50m relay team.

In 2015, KHS won the Zone Cross Country held at St Ives Showground.

In 2015, a number of KHS students progressed through to various zone, regional and/or state competitions in a number of sports. These included:

  • two KHS students were successful in reaching the CHS State Cross Country Carnival
  • a KHS student was selected in the Sydney North Representative Baseball side
  • two KHS students progressed to the Sydney North tennis side
  • four KHS students progressed to the Sydney North Rugby Union side
  • one KHS student progressed to the Sydney North Softball side
  • one KHS student progressed to the Sydney North Hockey side
  • a KHS student made the NSW CHS representative side for Rugby Union
  • a KHS student made the NSW CHS representative side for gymnastics

In 2015, sixty-two Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) KHS students in years 9 and 10 attended the bi-annual ski camp held at Thredbo ski fields.

2016:

In 2016, the KHS Sports Council (2015-2016) hosted an even called ‘The Battle of the Genders’ for year 10 KHS students in which females were pitched against males in sports and skill-based events.

In 2016, the year 11 KHS PDHPE class attended a whitewater rafting excursion at Penrith’s White Water Stadium, as part of their course work on outdoor recreation. Students worked together in their raft teams to support each other whilst on the rapids.

In 2016, the year 11 KHS Preliminary PDHPE class participated in a first aid course, in which the certification received at the end of the course included CPR and emergency life support with the use of a defibrillators. Students were also rehearsed on how to manage a range of major and minor emergencies, including asthma, anaphylaxis, slinging, choking and envenomation.

In 2016, year 11 PDHPE participated in an Archery and Last Tag excursion at Sydney Olympic Park.

In 2016, one hundred and twenty KHS students attended the Zone Athletics Carnival held at the Homebush Sydney Athletic Centre. KHS finished 2nd in the Zone Carnival, with students excelling particularly in the 4×100 relay event, with six KHS teams (out of twelve) coming 1st or 2nd in their event.

In 2016, KHS students represented Ku-ring-gai at the Sydney North Athletics Carnival, where Ku-ring-gai won the event. KHS students achieved many placings in their individual events. These included:

  • a year 7 female KHS student -1st place in hurdles
  • a year 7 male KHS student – 1st place in hurdles
  • a year 9 male KHS student – 1st place in long jump
  • a year 10 female KHS student – 1st place in triple jump
  • a year 10 female KHS student – 1st place in javelin (same KHS student as above)
  • a year 12 male KHS student – 1st place in 100m, 200m, 400m hurdles and shot put
  • the KHS male 17+ years 4 x 100m relay – 1st place in the final

In 2016, in term 4, year 7 and KHS students participated in the Swim and Survive Program at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre, which aimed to provide students with skills in aquatics, rescue techniques, resuscitation and first aid.

In 2016, twelve KHS students competed at the State Level in the CHS Athletics Carnival which was held over three days in September. KHS students achieved many placings in their individual events. These included:

  • a year 7 female KHS student -1st place in hurdles
  • a KHS male student – 17+ years – 1st place in 100m and 200m

In 2016, seventy KHS students participated in the Zone Swimming Carnival. KHS was successful in winning this carnival for the 2nd in a row. KHS students achieved many placings in their individual events. These included:

  • 1st in age groups for a year 7 female KHS student, year 8 male and female KHS students, a year 9 KHS female student and a year 10 male KHS student

In 2016, thirty-five students competed for Ku-ring-gai in the Sydney North Swimming Carnival. KHS students achieved many placings in their individual events. These included:

  • a male year 8 KHS student – 1st place in the 400m freestyle, 1st place in the 100m butterfly, 1st place in the 100m freestyle and 1st place in 50m freestyle, and 1st place in the 200m Individual Medley
  • a male year 8 KHS student – 1st place in 100m breaststroke
  • a male year 9 KHS student – 1st place in 100m freestyle, 1st place in 50m freestyle, 1st place in 100m backstroke
  • 1st place – 16 years girls – 4x50m boys relay

In 2016, eleven KHS students represented Sydney North at the NSW Combined Secondary Schools Sports Association Swimming Championships (CHS) held in Apri. KHS students achieved many placings in their individual events. These included:

  • a male year 8 KHS student – 1st place in 200m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly
  • a female year 9 KHS student – 1st place in 100m freestyle

In 2016, KHS’s Open Boys Baseball team finished in the top four of the State.

2017:

In 2017, the KHS Sports Council (2016-2017) designed and constructed House scoreboards and were placed facing the main quadrangle. Scores were regularly updated. It was planned that a ‘House Party’ would be held for the winning house at the end of the calendar year in 2017.

In 2017, the KHS Sports Council (2016-2017) held a mufti day to support Wheelchair Sports NSW, as well as the following activities:

  • the World’s Biggest Beep Test
  • the Stage 4 Bompo Dompo Compeition
  • the Killara ‘Gift’
  • the year 9 soccer competition
  • the Stage 4 futsal competition
  • the year 10 ‘Battle of the Genders’

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, the KHS boys table tennis team (a team of four male students) came 2nd in the state.

In 2017, KHS won the Ku-ring-gai Zone Swimming Carnival held at the Homebush Aquatic Centre for the 3rd year in a row. Many KHS students achieved a top five position in their age championships.

In 2017, forty KHS students participated in the multiple events for Ku-ring-gai Zone at the Sydney North Swimming Carnival. Several KHS students qualified for the CHS Swimming Carnival. Some of the results included:

  • a fourteen-year-old male KHS student came 1st in the 200 IM (Individual Medley), the 400 IM and the 100m breaststroke. He also came 2nd in the 100m butterfly and 6th in the 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle.
  • a sixteen-year-old female KHS student came 1st in the 100m freestyle and 100 butterfly, as well as 4th in the 50m freestyle.

In 2017, a 12-year-old KHS female student broke seven individual records on the day of the KHS Swimming Athletics Carnival.

In 2017, a group of KHS students participated in the Ku-ring-gai Zone Cross Country Carnival at St Ives Showground. Each group delivered top ten runners. KHS finished 3rd overall. The KHS fourteen-year-old KHS male team won their even and were able to compete on the Sydney North Team, along with nineteen other students from KHS. At the Zone Cross-Country Carnival, KHS student athletes contributed to Ku-ring-gai winning the carnival.

In 2017, the KHS table tennis were ranked 2nd in the state following the CHS competition.

2018:

In 2018, the KHS Sports Council (2017-2018) organised a number of events including:

  • The World’s Biggest Beep test
  • Wheelchair Sports mufti day
  • Sports Appreciation day at ‘Aqua Splash’
  • KHS vs St Ives HS baseball extravaganza
  • ‘Bullying No Way’ day
  • Stage 4’ Capture the Flag’ competition
  • Year 9 futsal competition
  • Years 10 girls’ slide hockey competition
  • Year 10 boys’ crossbar challenge
  • Stage 6 ‘Bompo’ competition

In 2018, the annual KSP program continued with seven schools in the partnership. Extension workshops for year 2 through to year 6 included a sports gala day.

In 2018, three KHS students participated in the State Cross Country Carnival.

In 2018, the KHS swim team won the Zone Swimming Championships for the 4th year in a row. KHS had a total of fifty-six 1st places, twenty-three 2nd places, and eleven 3rd places. Many individual swimmers also achieved a top five position in their age group.

In 2018, selected KHS students participated in the NSW Combined High Schools Sports Association Swimming Competition. A year 11 female KHS student was placed 1st in both 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke, a year 9 KHS male student was placed 1st in the 100m backstroke, and a year 11 KHS male student came 1st in the 100m breaststroke and 3rd in the 100m butterfly.

In 2018, forty-four KHS students represented the Ku-ring-Gai Zone at the Sydney North Athletics Carnival at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. Notable achievements included:

  • a KHS 12-year-old female student: 1st place in the long jump, 2nd in the hurdles and 3rd in the shot put
  • a KHS 13-year-old female student: 1st place in shot put, and 3rd place in the 100m, the 200m and the long jump. This student broke the record in discus, which has stood since 2007
  • a KHS 17+ year-old female student: 1st place in the long jump and triple jump
  • a KHS 17+ year-old male student: 1st in the 400m and 3rd in the 200m

In 2018, a selection of KHS students represented the CHS (State) Athletics Carnival.  Notable achievements included:

  • a KHS 17+ year-old female student: 1st place in the Pentathlon – an event which is comprised of the 200m, 800m, high jump, long jump, and shot put
  • a KHS 14-year-old male student: 1st place in the high jump
  • a KHS 13-year-old female student: 1st place in the discus and shotput and 3rd in the 200m

2019:

In 2019, the KHS Sports Council (2018-2019) organised/participated in a number of events. These included:

  • Sport Appreciation Day to Aqua Splash, Gosford
  • The World’s Biggest Beep Test
  • ‘Bullying No Way’ Day
  • Mufti Day to fundraise for ‘Red Dust’
  • Killara vs St Ives Basketball Extravaganza
  • Stage 6 ‘Bompo Competition’
  • Year 10 human sized fusball game
  • Year 9 boys slide hockey competition
  • Year 9 girls basketball competition
  • Stage 4 Sports Week

In 2019, KHS entered representative teams in the following:

  • Australian football
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boccia
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Netball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch football
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

1970-1974:

A student government at KHS took the form of a School Council. Students voted the School Council out in, and in 1971, School representatives were elected from 4th Form [year 10] (at that time, the highest form at KHS).

By 1972 it was decided that more authority was needed and a decision was taken to call school leaders ‘prefects’.

Prefects operated in 1972-1973, but in 1974, a modification of the system was devised, so that the new prefect elections would take place by the early months of each year. Twelve Sixth Form [year 12] and ten Fifth Form [year 11] prefects were elected and these students would meet with junior years to discuss problems, advise and glean new ideas.

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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.

At the April 1968 KHS Parents & Citizens Association meeting, the Publicity Officer wrote about the KHS girls’ uniform 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.”

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

In May 1968, the Ladies’ Auxiliary organised a Bessemer luncheon. [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.

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

In 1968, while KHS was being built 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

1969:

At the general meeting held of the Killara P&C Association, held on the 18th November 1969, The Acting President of the P&C advised that the Constitution of the Killara High School P&C Association, had been amended as agreed to at the previous meeting, had been forwarded to the Department of Education on Wednesday, 12th November. The P&C were waiting for a reply.

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.

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.

1970:

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

In 1970, the Ladies’ Auxiliary passed a motion that they meet the cost of one of two sets of gates going up for the Lion Library. The cost would be $350.00. The ladies felt this was a great pleasure to show their gratitude for the ‘tremendous’ donation of books given to KHS by North Sydney Technical High School. The President of the NSTHS Ladies Auxiliary,  accepted the KHS Ladies Auxiliary’s invitation to be a Life Member of KHS Ladies’ Auxiliary. By August, 1970, the gates had been completed, and had been installed by two of the Manual Arts Department teachers. By August, 1970, there was a working committee consisting of teachers and parents to finalise the organisation of the Official Presentation and Opening of the Lion Library.

In 1970, the Manual Arts Department obtained a circular saw which was 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.

1971:

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 was up to the KHS P&C. There was therefore a push to continue 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, 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 KHS Principal.

1970:

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.

1972:

In 1972, the Open Art Exhibition showed a profit of $599.52. However, the oil strike and the resulting shortage of petrol affected attendances and entries.

1974:

In 1974, the Art Department sent out an SOS for any scrap matter or reduced rate materials.

These included:

  • masonite scraps or sheets of plastic e.g. dry cleaning cast-offs
  • old shirts for protecting uniforms
  • ice cream lids and containers, boxes
  • newspapers
  • paper for drawing
  • wallpapers for collages
  • woodwork tools e.g. chisels, braces, scrap timber
  • house paints varnishes lacquers etc
  • old frypans, knives, spoons, forks
  • hessian or scrap material
  • wools, scrap metal or wire for sculpture
  • any magazines on art, particularly architecture

Other activities organised by the Ladies Auxiliary for 1974 included: a dinner dance on a Harbour ferry; a theatre party with supper at a private home afterwards; a bus tour; card parties; A Melbourne Cup luncheon; and an Art Show.

1975:

In April 1975, an art lecture for forms V and VI [now years 11 and 12] students, was organised with a visiting speaker attending.

1976:

In 1976, three KHS year 12 students’ art works were chosen to be shown in the Department of Education’s Selective Exhibition of HSC Major Works. The works selected from the three students were respectively:

  • three ceramic forms
  • one ceramic form
  • three designs

In 1976, one of the activities put on by the Ladies Auxiliary of the P&C Association included an arts & crafts exhibition. 

In 1976, evening classes for adults were held at KHS. Classes in were held in such subjects as horticulture, jazz ballet, maths, Japanese, yoga, dressmaking, pottery, woodwork, metalwork, art, upholstery, and German.

1977:

In 1977, the KHS production of Oh, what a lovely war was entered in the Arts Council of NSW Drama Competition and won the prize for the best design.

In 1977, a small Photographic Club began. To launch the new venture, a competition was held to gauge possible future support for a club of this nature. The competition was divided into junior and senior categories, and further divided into 2 sub-categories of ‘in school’ and ‘out of school’ photographs.

1978:

In 1978, the 7th Art Exhibition was held.

In 1978, the Art Department [now part of the Creative Arts Key Learning Area] 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 round of art galleries to see exhibitions of primitive art and were privileged to see some demonstrations of craft by Aboriginal Australian at the Blaxland Galleries.

In 1978, KHS took part in art exhibitions at:

  • the Hornsby Shire Art Society’s show at Pennant Hills
  • the Ladies Auxiliary Art Show in D Block at KHS
  • the Departmental Exhibition in the ANZ Bank in Martin Place to mark Education Week.

In 1978, KHS excursions included year 7 attending the El Dorado Exhibition at the Art Gallery (as did year 11 art students).

1979:

In 1979, KHS shared in a community exhibition at Pennant Hills in the 14th annual display by Hornsby Shire Foundation for the Arts with a show of student artwork from KHS.

In 1979, at one of the Ladies’ Auxiliary General Meetings, a demonstration of ‘Ikebana’ [Japanese flower arranging] was held. Special guests were the President of Ikebana International, as well a teacher of the Wafu Kai School, who gave a demonstration of this art.

In 1979, year 8 and 11 went on an art excursion to Kirribilli.

In 1979, a number of improvements to the school buildings included a music store, an art store, enlargement of the Science staffroom, and completion of fencing from Koola Avenue to the House.

1979 was regarded as a year of progress and improvement of KHS in all aspects. The magazine The Green Years would also be improved in structure and content. The 1979 Year 11 General Studies class took over the production of the annual school magazine, assisted by a number of students from other years. There was no longer to be a magazine committee of an ‘intimate few’ said the co-ordinator of the Green Years. It was hoped that the change would broaden the aspect presented by ‘our ‘Green Years’.  The magazine would rely heavily on editing and the addition of many new ideas, which were welcomed from anyone wishing to contribute, and there was to be a section to display the wide variety of ability of the students at KHS. Aspiring new artists were asked to submit their contributions to the ‘Museum of Culture’ situated in the A Block foyer.

In 1979, an Art show was held on 10-12th August, where many well-known Sydney artists exhibited their works. There was also a limited edition of twelve Salvador Dali prints. All the works were up for sale.

In 1979, four KHS students were amongst those whose HSC major works were selected to be displayed in the Senior Students Exhibition, at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium, at the University of NSW in November, 1979. These students’ works were chosen from amongst all school across the State. The students’ works were:

  • two paintings
  • four drawings
  • a ceramic sculpture
  • a ceramic chess set

In 1979, twenty-eight KHS year 12 students sat for the HSC Art examination. Four major works from the 3 Unit Art group were retained by the Department of Education for public exhibition.

1980:

In 1980, the Art Department held the following excursions for KHS Art students:

  • Year 9     the Museum and the Art Gallery as an aid to a study of primitive cultures
  • Year 10   sketching animals at the Zoo
  • Year 11    outdoor drawing at Kirribilli

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 work in silver, pewter, batik and weaving. 

In 1980, KHS had a number of student teachers from the following teaching facilities, including two art student teachers from Alexander Mackie College.

1981:

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

  • Students from year 6 at local primary schools visited KHS’s 4th Annual Art exhibition of KHS’s student’s work held at the house.
  • Year 10-11 KHS art students visited the major work exhibition, where three KHS students had their work exhibited, and six KHS students attended the Northern Regions Art Camp for a week in June at Vision Valley.
  • Year 10 KHS art students visited the Chinese Exhibition at the Art Gallery, and also the Botanical Gardens.
  • Year 11 KHS art students did sketching at the Botanical Gardens.
  • KHS art students exhibited their art at the Ladies Auxiliary Art Show, as well as the K-12 Area Schools Exhibition.

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 art competition.

In 1981, highlights in the Careers Department for students and staff included the

In 1981, Year 10 participated in the Work Experience Program in April, where one hundred and eighty eight KHS students spent a week in a wide range of careers areas including advertising, architecture and graphic design. During a second Work Experience Program. This program was made available to those students who were hoping to leave school at the end of the year. Twenty-eight KHS students participated, with one career focus being graphic design.

1982:

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, the KHS Art Show was the major fundraising function at KHS for the Ladies’ Auxiliary.

1984:

In 1984, the Art Department finished the year with a very successful exhibition of students’ work in the House.

1985:

In August 1985, the Art Department also took part in a public exhibition at Pennant Hills Community Centre.

1986:

During 1986, art excursions included going to Canberra to see the “Modern Masters” exhibition, and to Waverton to draw harbour views.

1989:

In 1989, KHS students performed a number of items in a night of performances and exhibitions. These included:

  • “Blue and Rose” – a production referring to the two periods in the life of Pablo Picasso. The items performed expressed a range of human experiences and concerns.
  • An art exhibition entitled “Guernica”. This was a display of art work by year 10 KHS students which concentrated on the theme of war and destruction.

1991:

In 1991, two senior KHS art students had their major art works display in the ArtExpress exhibition. Two other senior KHS students were part of the HSC Sculpture and Photography exhibition, held at The Rocks later on in 1991. A year 10 KHS student had their art work displayed at an “On This Day Award” exhibition held at Darling Harbour during November.

In 1991, a three-day Girls Technology Expo was held at Eleanora 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; and making a video.

1992:

In 1992, a KHS Art teacher had her own mixed media works on paper exhibited at Holdsworth Galleries, Woollahra, during the month of January.

In 1992, The Kerrabee Centre, was officially opened by the Minister for School Education on August 31, 1992. In the first three months of its opening, it has been used as an assembly hall, a meeting place, a sports centre, an art gallery, a theatre for music drama and dance; and a holiday camp for youngsters.

1993:

In 1993, seven art works from KHS yr 12 HSC students were selected for ArtExpress exhibitions.

As well as this, 44% of the 2 Unit KHS HSC Art candidates scored in the top percentile band – meaning they were in the top 10% in the State76% had marks in the top 20% of the State. Among the 3 Unit candidates, 81% scored in the top 10% of the State, with no one scoring below 70%.

1994:

In 1994, two further year 12 KHS art students had their major works selected for display in Art Express, with one of these student’s work also displayed in Japan.

In 1994, a year 10 female KHS student whose painting was entered in the Royal Easter Show, came 1st in her age group.

In 1994, a year 10 female KHS student received the S&S Wholesalers prize for ‘Excellence in the Junior School for Figurative Painting’, while another year 10 KHS student was awarded the ‘Chroma Acrylics prize for painting’.

In 1994, a group of year 9-11 KHS students painted a reptile mural outside the old reptile enclosure at Taronga Park Zoo. The mural remained on display well into 1995.

1995:

In 1995, two KHS Visual Arts students represented KHS with their work exhibited at the NSW Gallery, and two KHS students were exhibited in the Process Exhibition at Westpac. Two KHS students also had their work selected to travel to Japan for the Art Expression which opened in Nagoya during October 1995.

In 1995, ten KHS HSC Visual Arts students had their artwork retained at the marking centre for the selection process for the 1996 ArtExpress exhibitions. (While approximately 1000 highly ranked works are retained for the selection process, limited gallery access will allow less than 200 artworks to be exhibited in various venues in 1996.)

In 1995, KHS Visual Art students achieved well above state average. Over 60% of the students who attempted the 1995 HSC, achieved results in the top 10% of the State and 93% of the KHS students were above 50%. One female KHS student came 2nd in the State in 3 Unit Visual Art, and her work along with the work two other KHS students, was selected for the ArtExpress Exhibition.

1996:

In 1996, a number of Visual Arts KHS students were honoured with the following special awards:

  • A year 12 KHS student was given the Craftsman House Award for ‘The most creative imaginative’ artwork
  • A year 11 KHS student received the Chroma Acrylics Awards for Painting
  • A year 10 KHS student received the S&S Wholesaler Award for the Junior Section

The Senior Lecturer at COFA School of Education also favourably mentioned these students and other students in her opening address.

In 1996, senior KHS Visual Art students enjoyed the professional expertise of a sculptor who conducted a sculpture workshop over a period of three weekends during term 2.

In 1996, year 9 KHS elective Visual Art students participated in a program titled, ‘Art and Identity’, funded by the multicultural sector of the NSW Department of Education. This art program provided students with learning opportunities to explore their diverse cultural heritage, through collecting and researching information pertaining to their personal backgrounds. Students collected photographs, mementos, letters and various objects that reflected their cultural origins, and began a portrait of their exotic backgrounds. This research material was then assembled within the artwork or utilised as a form of inspiration, giving shape to students’ ideas. Students’ response to this art program was extremely positive, with great enthusiasm displayed at the prospect of exploring individual cultures. Students’ finished artworks were mounted and displayed in the Killara High Art Show.

1997:

In 1997, two thirds of KHS’s fifty HSC Visual Arts candidates had their work held aside for possible inclusion in ArtExpress. (The maximum number of works that any one school is allowed to have exhibited is four). One of the four KHS HSC Visual Arts students chosen had his installation work exhibited at the State Library ArtExpress exhibition.

In 1997, some of the HSC results for Visual Arts were as follows:

  • 44% of Visual Arts KHS students scored in the top 10% of the state
  • 92% of Visual Arts KHS students scored in the top 40% of the state
  • 64% of the 3 Unit Visual Arts KHS students scored in the 10% of the state
  • 78% of the 3 Unit Visual Arts KHS students scored in the 20% of the state

1998:

After completing their HSC in 1998, four KHS students had their HSC Major Artworks selected and exhibited in ArtExpress.

1999:

Four year 12 KHS students and their outstanding HSC Major Artworks selected and exhibited in ArtExpress.

2000:

In 2000, thirteen year 11 KHS Visual Arts students were asked to attend the Artlink Course at the Sydney College of Fine Arts (Art camp). Students were put into different practices based on interest, potential and talent. This included the following:

  • computer art
  • sculpture
  • drawing
  • object design
  • abstract and figurative painting

Each class had a practising artist as their tutor for the week.

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.

In 2000, the Visual Arts HSC outcomes were as follows:

  • 53% of KHS HSC Candidates in the 2 Unit Course scored in the top 10% of the State
  • 88% of KHS HSC Candidates scored in the top 50% of the State

In 2000, seven KHS year 12 Visual Arts students’ major works were selected for pre-selection for Art Express. Five year 12 Visual Arts students’ major works were selected for the Art Express exhibition.

2001:

In 2001, KHS Visual Art students also ventured on excursions to:

  • the Art Gallery of NSW,
  • the Contemporary Art Museum
  • the SH Erwin Gallery

In 2001, year 8 KHS Visual Art classes participated in a collaborative project between KHS and Cromehurst Special School. Six Cromehurst students participated in one lesson per cycle during which they worked with KHS ‘buddies’ – students who helped them settle into the classroom routine.

2003:

In 2003, KHS Art Department organised a three-day intensive, practical art program for years 7 to 11 during term two. The program provided students with a fun hands-on course complete with highly skilled tutors. Students were able to choose between the following:

  • printmaking
  • sculpture
  • bookmaking
  • jewellery-making
  • digital media

Throughout each course, the KHS art students worked at producing a particular piece of art intended to be displayed in the 2003 Art Show.

In August 2003, KHS staff and students organised an Open Night for primary school students and parents. This included the Art show – with year 12  KHS HSC Major Works on display, as well as other works from KHS students in other years.

In 2003, thirteen KHS HSC students had their Visual Arts Major Works pre-selected for the prestigious ArtExpress exhibition of which five were included in the final exhibition list.

2005:

In 2005, year 9 KHS Japanese students attended an excursion to the Metro Theatre to watch a play called Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (a Canute Production). After the play, students visited the Kinokuniya Bookshop – where a large section of the shop filled with Japanese books, magazines, anime and manga. Next, they attended a Japanese restaurant, and ordered their food in Japanese. After lunch the students and staff walked to the NSW Art Gallery to see the Japanese exhibition, where there was a replica ‘chashitu’, known as the ‘Tea Room’. There was also a display of Samurai swords.

2006:

In 2006, a female KHS year 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.

2008:

In 2008, two KHS year 12 students’ Visual Arts Bodies of Work were pre-selected for inclusion in ArtExpress.

In 2008, two major exhibitions of outstanding 2007 HSC major projects from the Textiles and Design course as well as art works from the Visual Arts course opened in Sydney, with KHS students represented in both.

In 2008, the artwork on the back cover of The Green Years magazine was produced by a year 11 KHS student.

2009:

In 2009, a year 12 KHS Visual Arts student had her Body of Work selected for exhibition at ArtExpress.

In 2009, CAPAfest was once again a huge success at KHS, with students from all years attending intensive three-day workshops in music and visual arts – creating a range of wonderful sounds, handmade books, prints, woven and mixed media sculptures, videos and animation works.

2010:

In 2010, as part of the ‘High School Challenge’, local primary schools sent year three 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.

2012:

In 2012, the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty (CAPA) organised excursions for their students at the following:

For visual arts students:

  • ‘Sculpture by the Sea’
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Australian Museum
  • The Archibald Prize exhibition – for all year 7 KHS students

In 2012, the CAPAFest was again very successful at KHS, with students from all years attending intensive three-day workshops in music and visual arts, creating a wonderful range of sounds, jewellery, ceramics and animations.

2013:

In 2013, the annual KHS Visual Arts Exhibition was officially opened by a Visual Arts teacher and ex-student of KHS. The annual year 12 Body of Work prize was awarded to a KHS student for her ceramic and photographic body of work – in which she explored issues relating to the ivory trade and created a haunting series of works.

2014:

In 2014, completion of ‘G’ Block was quicker than anticipated allowing KHS to take early occupation at the start of term one. By March, the landscaping had been completed. The new facilities included two art workshops, a kiln room and a dark room.

In 2014, year 9 KHS Japanese language students visited the Art Gallery of NSW to learn about Noh and Kyogen in Japan and to participate in a Japanese Teppanyaki style lunch at Fujiya Restaurant in Gordon. It was both a mixture of sampling Japanese traditional theatre and Japanese cuisine.

2015:

In 2015, as part of the annual Killara Schools Partnership (KSP) with six local primary schools, a number of activities/events were organised. This included a series of Gifted and Talented workshops for years 3-5, in areas such as Creative Arts, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Music, Science, Technology – Wood and HSIE.

In 2015, two year 12 HSC Visual Arts students’ Major Works were selected for exhibition in ArtExpress which was exhibited during 2016.

2016:

In 2016, the KHS Prefects (2015-2016) also created a mural for the year 12 Cola.

In 2016, the annual KHS Visual Arts Exhibition was officially opened by a ceramicist who also was an ex-student of KHS.

In 2016, year 8 KHS visual art students participated in an incursion with their Visual Arts teachers and Digi-Ed to create animations.

In 2016, the KHS Arts Council (2016-2017) organised an Arts Council End of Year Talent Quest on the last day of term 4. A number of acts were selected to perform in front of the whole school in the Kerrabee Centre. The Council also organised/participated in the following activities/events:

  • The annual Visual Arts exhibition
  • an Art competition with the theme, ‘Season’

In 2016, three year 12 KHS HSC students had their Visual Arts Major Works selected for exhibition in ArtExpress which was exhibited early in 2017.

2017:

In 2017, a KHS HSC student’s Visual Arts Major Work was selected for the ArtExpress exhibition in 2018.

In 2017, year 11 KHS Visual Arts students visited Eden Gardens to work side-by-side with artists on installation artwork.

2018:

In 2018, year 11 KHS Visual Arts students visited the Art Gallery of NSW for the ArtExpress and the Rembrandt exhibitions.

In 2018, a number of KHS students were acknowledged for their work in the Creative and Performing Arts. This included:

  • a year 12 KHS Visual Arts student was awarded the Frederick Chapeaux Prize for her dedication and innovation
  • a year 12 KHS student won an award for his commitment to photography

In 2018, KHS provided many extension workshops for the primary school students, including several new programs of which one was graphic design and 3D printing.

In 2018, extension workshops for year 2 through to year 6 included a visual arts workshop.

2019:

In 2019, Stage 4 KHS students in Visual Arts experienced a diverse range of art making mediums, including:

  • painting
  • drawing
  • printing
  • ceramics
  • photography
  • digital photography

In 2019, Stage 5 KHS students in Visual Arts could elect to study Visual Arts and/or Photography and Digital Media. The students studied the following:

  • self-portraiture
  • architectural design
  • still life painting (year 10)
  • object sculpture and jewellery (year 10)

In 2019, Stage 6 KHS students in Visual Arts studied a diverse range of art making mediums, in:

  • figurative painting, installation and abstraction (year 11)
  • Bodies of Work (year 12)