Nurturing our own strengths to build a better world

Overview

Masada College Junior School is fortunate to boast a dynamic team of highly trained, experienced teachers who are passionate about their personal learning and the learning journeys they create for students. This creates an atmosphere that enables our students to achieve the best academic results while learning the skills necessary to be contributing and responsible citizens in the world around them – both now and in the future.

Opportunities abound in the junior school: we focus on offering each student a program that best supports their learning style and needs. This ranges from the formal curriculum to the use of interest-based classes, personalised learning experiences and individual mentoring. Our curriculum provides the opportunity to develop individual skills and critical thinking to support learning and achievement.

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Curriculum

Masada College Junior School is first and foremost a school with a Culture of Thinking. As part of our Leading Learning educational package, every student is challenged and stimulated in their journey by evaluative thinking, the opportunity to lead and the acceptance of personal responsibility. Our aim is to help young boys and girls develop their learning skills while allowing the strengths of each child to shine.

The development of literacy and numeracy skills is vitally important for primary aged children. Our students consistently perform well above state and national averages in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
  • Creative Arts (includes Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Dance)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

STEM
According to the NSW Education Department, STEM education is the learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary or integrated approach. In this regard, Masada College continues to keep its finger on the pulse of educational advancement with the introduction of Robotics & STEM programs, as well as Junior Engineers co-curricular options, all of which ensure that our students are equipped with the EDGE to lead and achieve in the 21st Century.

High Potential Learners

“Our students have a genuine love of learning and desire to know more. They also need the school curriculum delivered in a different way. Now we’re giving them the tools to get it,”
Mrs Danielle Blumberg, Head of Academic Care and Teacher of Stage 3 High Potential Learners.

Masada’s HPL classes (also known as Gifted and Talented) are offered to Year 5 and 6, whereby students are grouped together and taught at a more complex level. There are also HPL groupings offered in Jewish Studies which are taught within the Year 5 and Year 6 classes to further extend the content. Our students love the challenge of learning at a quicker pace and it’s a great way to channel their competitive natures in the classroom, which allows for less competition on the playground. What’s important to note is that these classes are not about grades or marks. It’s about giving our students a place that they feel comfortable both socially and academically, instead of feeling left out or different.

In order to move into HPL classes, students go through two testing programmes, with teacher and parent nominations adding extra layers of information about the students. There are very strict criteria and the process is completely data based, allowing very little room for error.

So far, there are about 22 students in the HPL Maths class and 16 in the English class. Ultimately, our aim is to have HPL programmes across all the years, and we are working on getting mini certificates of gifted education for all junior school teachers. That way, we will continue to have teachers who understand the needs and offer the right opportunities to the broad range of students at Masada College.

Co-Curricular

Throughout the year, various clubs run during lunchtime to enhance the social skills program embedded in the curriculum, develop interactive skills across age groups and add to the learning experiences of our students.

The Arts

  • Choir, K-2
  • Israeli dancing, 1-4
  • Country Music, 3-6
  • Band, 5-6
  • Various instruments ensembles
  • Xylophone to the String ensemble
  • Playground art and crafts

Sport

  • Athletics, K-2
  • Fitness, K-2
  • Baseball, K-2
  • Netball, 1-2
  • Rugby 5-6
  • Rugby League, K-2
  • PSSA sports, 3-6
  • Soccer, K-2
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Plus more…

  • Chinese language
  • Drama, K-3
  • Junior engineers, 4-6
  • Chess
  • Homework Club
  • Lego/Board games, K-3
  • Dance

Extra-Curricular

  • Chess tournaments
  • Da Vinci Decathlon
  • Debating
  • HICES Gifted and Talented camps
  • ICAS competitions
  • Maths Challenge
  • Maths Olympiad
  • Public Speaking competitions
  • Northside Workshops for gifted students
  • Tournament of the Minds (TOM)

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