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
Computer awareness, computer studies and computer training for staff were given a high priority in 1990. An across facultyComputer Committee was convened by the school’s computer coordinator. KHS’s computer room was planned to be completed in the 1991 school year.
Peer tutoring was piloted in 1990.
The Cluster of schools concept was implemented. The Killara Cluster includes Killara, St Ives and Turramurra HS together with the primary schools that feed into these three high schools.
New courses that began operating in 1990 at KHS were: Societyand Culture (Year 11); Contemporary English (year 11); and Hebrew (Year 8).
1990 was declared the International Year of Literacy
In 1990, the number of KHS students who entered as candidates for the 4 UnitMathematics course was very high – one of the highest from a non-selective state high school.
In 1990, year 10 Work Experience placements for KHS students included: costume design & stage direction at the Sydney Opera House; architecture; law; advertising; acting; social work; air safety control; journalism; publishing; television broadcasting; photography; veterinary science; the police force; the defence forces; and medicine.
In 1990, the Industrial Arts Department acquired some new equipment, including: an Amiga 2000 computer; and a class set of ergonomic, laminated drawingboards (designed and built by the students themselves).
In 1990, a small group of KHS students decided to meet each week to collect and sort the paper wasted from the school’s photocopiers. Thus, the Student PaperRecycling Committee was formed. Some of the paper was recycled as note paper in the library, while other waster paper was collected by the recycling company, Progress Recycling.
[Sources: Information taken from the KHS Green Years and KHS newsletters, 1990 editions.]