We respectfully acknowledge that this school is located on the Country of the Dharug and Guringai peoples, who are the traditional custodians and leaders of this land. We recognise the strength, resilience and capacity of Aboriginal Peoples and their relationship with the land on which we learn and lead.
We acknowledge and respect continuing Aboriginal culture and its contribution to the life of this community and region. We celebrate the ongoing influence that community can have on the young leaders inducted today. We would also like to pay respect to our elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal peoples present today. [written by a year 12 KHS student, 2019]
The school acknowledges and celebrates it's heritage in Public Education through it's links with the former North Sydney Technical High School (and their predecessor schools) from which came Killara High School’s founding Principal, Mr T.E. Hornibrook and the first collection of the Lion Library. [Excerpt from Killara High School Information Booklet 2003]
Our school mottois:“CONSERVA : PROGREDERE” which is derived from: ‘Preserve that we may develop Continue that we may advance Maintain that we may progress.’
Our school badge consists of a castle indicating a ‘storehouse of knowledge’ and the name, ‘Killara’, which means ‘permanent place.’
The Killara High School song:
“In our hearts we’ll always cherish The school of our young days Looking proudly o’er the valley With its slopes of greens and greys We will ne’er forget our motto Conserva progredere Preserve that we may progress In our work, and hopes and play.
Killara! Killara! School we proudly claim, We will always remember to bring honour to your name.
The time will come to leave The shelter of your walls, But the lessons you have taught us, Will be there what e’er befalls. So let’s sing about Killara And days of green and gold, And friends and joys of school days In our mem’ries Ever hold.
Killara Killara School we proudly claim, We will always remember to bring honour to your name.
[Music by L.I. Strait; Words by Mrs B. Davy]
This page will be continually updated, but for now there is some wonderful stories, images, extracts and documents on both the school's history, and the local history of our area. Please use the pull-down tabs under the Lion Library, and you will be directed to an area of interest. [Compiled by Francie Campbell, Teacher -Librarian, Killara High School]