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An Attitude of Gratitude    

Beyond the strength to survive, it was Marisa Calo’s attitude of gratitude that really struck a chord with the Masada College Parents and Friends (P&F), who recently held their own Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Australian Cancer Council. In 2013, aged just 27, Marisa Calo was diagnosed with breast cancer. A mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and drugs ensued, followed by the discovery that the cancer had actually spread to her lungs, which was then treated with more chemotherapy and surgery.

“One of the messages that really resonated with us was Marisa’s decision to not let cancer take over who she is and to live each day to its fullest,” said one of the P&F ladies. “We learnt how grateful she feels to be able to share wonderful milestones, including seeing her daughter attend her first day of school. Despite the trying experiences she has been through, her positivity and attitude to life was admirable and humbling."

The morning created a strong bond and real sense of community amongst all those who attended, all while enjoying some yummy snacks and raising over $2000 dollars for the Cancer Council.


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  Q&A with Carolyn Steinman (Head of Hebrew and Jewish Studies)

Q: What makes you “tick”?
A: "I have a particular passion for girls’education especially in a co-ed school and strive to make sure that the girls are given an equal opportunity in the classroom."

Read more about Morah Carolyn Steinman, Masada's new Junior School Head of Jewish Studies/Hebrew here:


The Power of Why

Explore, discover and finally get those burning questions answered at the Masada College Year 6 Field of Study Exhibition.

Critical and creative thinking not only permeates the ethos at Masada College, it's expressed in the school curriculum as well, as can be seen by the diverse questions posed recently by Year 6 students who got to present their findings at their Field of Study more.


Textbooks and Turtles

It's all snorkels, sun and some scientific surveys as geography class becomes an underwater adventure for Masada College HSC students.

“Our HSC geography class excursion was one to remember as we spent three nights in Cairns and the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef,” said Ryan Gill of the HSIE Department: Geography and Head of Teaching and Learning Years 7-12 at Masada College. “Highlights of the trip include Fitzroy Island where, as part of our study of ecosystems at risk, students were able to analyse the human impacts, biophysical processes and management techniques that we had been studying in class for some time. It was as if we had become reef surveyors, identifying coral and fish species and conducting reef surveys with underwater slates. We also visited the island’s turtle rehabilitation centre to learn about the biophysical interactions of these species and the human impacts and management of the reef,” said more.


FOUNDED by doorknocking parents, with a focus on interfaith programs and a vision for preparing children to the future, Masada College has been educating north shore children for more than 50 years.

The school celebrated its gold anniversary last year, which college principal Wendy Barel said was a great opportunity to reconnect with founding members and article.


November 2015 - click here to view Jessica Gordon's (Year 7) podcast on the ABC Network The Issue: Together for Humanity campaign.

Click here to view:  Ministry for Peace Australia Video

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