Literacy and English is seen as the number one priority by both the Department of Education and Killara Primary School. At Killara we believe that proficiency in the use of English is integral to all aspects of life in Australia. Oral and written communication equips the students to fully participate in study, work and leisure activities. Proficiency in English facilitates learning in other curriculum areas. Students can learn to appreciate, enjoy and use language and develop a sense of its richness and its power to evoke feelings, to form and convey ideas, to inform, to discuss, to persuade, to entertain, and to argue. Students develop proficiency in English best when the home and the school work in partnership.