Overview

Our College raises responsible, individual thinkers with a strong sense of social justice and confidence in their ability to determine their own future. We work in close partnership with parents and teachers to maximise our students’ potentials. It is not surprising that our graduates win scholarships and awards and embark on a diverse range of career paths. Students from all backgrounds are welcome to our Jewish College which prides itself on inclusivity.

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Curriculum

Years 7-10

Masada College Senior School follows the NESA’s guidelines with all students in Years 7-10 covering the required hours of study in the key learning areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Creative Arts
  • Technological and Applied Studies
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
  • Language other than English

In Years 7-10, all students have a Jewish Life class component.

Years 9 & 10

In Years 9 and 10, students choose three electives from a range of subjects including:

  • Hebrew
  • Jewish Life
  • Food Technology
  • Design and Technology Workshop
  • Commerce
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)
  • Mandarin
  • Music 
  • Visual Arts
  • Textiles Technology
  • Drama
  • iSTEM
  • Big History
  • Languages

Students in Year 9 study History pre-WWII and Year 10 students learn Holocaust Studies and Israel Studies.

We are introducing two new electives for Year 9 and 10 with iSTEM and Big History

 

 

Years 11 & 12

The subjects offered in Years 11 and 12 vary according to the interests and strengths of each cohort. All students must study English (either Advanced, Standard or ESL) and then choose courses, which can include:  

  • Hebrew (Modern and/or Classical)
  • Mathematics (all levels)
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Modern History
  • Ancient History
  • Society and Culture
  • Studies of Religion
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Extension courses
  • Hospitality (Food and Beverage)
  • Food Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Chinese and Literature

The Year 11 preliminary course subjects are prerequisites for the HSC courses in those subjects. Masada advises students to study 13 or 14 units in Year 11 (two more than NESA’s minimum) and 11 or 12 units for the HSC year. In Year 11 and 12, all students also attend weekly Issues and Ethics classes.

Students are provided with alternative paths for subjects they may wish to study which fall outside of those offered.

We offer a wide range of subjects and our students continue to achieve exceptional results, demonstrating a strong commitment to the pursuit of learning and personal self-development.

What is iSTEM?

iSTEM is an interdisciplinary subject incorporating electives such as mechatronics, aerodynamics, engineering, 3D CAD/CAM, aerospace and motion modules. iSTEM presents topics to students in ways that challenge not only their understanding of these subjects but also their ability to manage projects and work in teams. This elective subject provides students with curriculum to support the most up- to- date technologies. It engages students in problem- based learning and involves them in real ‘on-the-job’ situations. This facilitates students to better engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and is designed to challenge and excite students with the possibilities of the future. It involves many 21st century learning opportunities and emphasises inquiry-based learning where students are encouraged to learn by doing.

Our goal at Masada College is to provide a learning environment which values:

  • Integrated approaches to teaching and learning;
  • Use of project and problem- based learning as well as inquiry- based learning pedagogies;
  • An emphasis on enterprise skills such as complex problem solving, teamwork, communication, negotiation and creativity;
  • More connected real-world learning, including industry contextualisation;
  • Team teaching and research- based approaches to teaching and learning.

Relevance to further study
The importance of STEM disciplines for the future economic and social well-being of Australia cannot be underestimated. International research indicates that 75 percent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge. In the USA, STEM employment grew three times more than non-STEM employment over the past twelve years and is expected to grow twice as fast by 2018.

The importance of STEM subjects to Australia is indisputable. Future employment opportunities for our students will be enhanced with STEM based knowledge. In 2012, Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist of Australia triggered a major focus on the decline of interest in STEM studies across the nation and its potential impact on our future. To this end we are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students.

HSC Results

Achievements

As a school, it is our greatest joy to see our students achieve their potential. In 2017, for the first time from as young as 2 years old, right through to HSC, our students once again thrived under the guidance of our dedicated staff.

While the Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 Schools placed Masada College at 49th on the list of schools throughout the country, and we placed 14th in English and 19th in Chemistry in NSW, for us, it is the “quiet” victories that make us most proud, but have to be read between the lines – that is, the amazing victories of students who faced their greatest hurdles head-on as they were nurtured by their community and given the tools and confidence needed to succeed by their teachers. Well done to everyone who played their part in another successful year of tremendous achievements at Masada College.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR HSC 2017 SUMMARY

Masada Highlights

14th in English

IN NSW

19th in Chemistry

IN NSW

38th in Mathematics

IN NSW

Masada College ATARs

15% have achieved

98+ ATARs

30% have achieved

90+ ATARs

80% have achieved

80+ ATARs

Co-Curricular

  • Charity committee and Chesed program
  • Debating
  • Mock trials
  • Music
  • Tech crew
  • Da Vinci Decathlon
  • Public speaking
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Camp Sababa

Extra-Curricular

  • Tennis
  • Fitness
  • Futsal
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Athletics
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Oz Tag

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