Mt Kuring-gai Public School is in many respects viewed as a unique school by its very supportive school community. A significant number of parents elect to send children to the school because of the strong sense of community, focus on the provision of quality learning programs and the emphasis on the pursuit of personal best for all learners. The school has always enjoyed a very real sense of ownership by the local community and there is a significant commitment to the life of the school by parents. This is reflected in the high level of parent involvement in many areas of school life. In a recent survey of parents it was interesting to note the value placed on the school's provision of a caring environment where students feel secure and have their needs met through a variety of stimulating, individually focused learning programs. The school continues to grow and change as we embrace the necessity to develop understandings of the needs of our students as they live and work in a rapidly changing world. In recent years the learning programs have focused on providing a sound basis for students in the basic skills and the broader transferable skills associated with resilience, co-operation, problem solving, critical thinking and team work.