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.

Our Unique Subject Offerings

These handy subject information pages provides extensive subject background knowledge. It is important to take a look and use it as a guide to help you unlock your own hive of potential for the HSC.

Year 9 & 10 Subject Information 2020

Year 11 Subject Information 2020



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.

Click Here to see Year 7-12 Subjects Offered in 2020

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

Higher School Certificate 2018
The 2018 HSC results and ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks) have been released to students last week. In 2018, over 76,732 students sat for these examinations in over 750 schools across NSW. Once again our Masada students have put in their best effort, worked as a team, well supported by our professional and enthusiastic staff and have reaped the benefits. Mazal Tov and Kol Hakavod to them all.

Masada Highlights
Brad Neimann is the 2018 youngest graduate to complete the HSC in the state. Brad achieved an incredible ATAR score of 85.95 in Year 9. The Sydney Morning Herald “Top 100 Schools” placed Masada College at 52nd on the list. Masada College is the 1st co-educational school on the Sydney North Shore NSW and in the top 20 co-educational schools in New South Wales. Masada is a top ranked Language School incorporating Hebrew and Chinese and Literature, with 91% of our language students achieving in the top two bands.


Masada Highlights

52nd in the State

top 8%

1st Co-educational School

on the Sydney North Shore, NSW

Youngest HSC Graduate

in the State

Masada College ATARs

15% have achieved

97+ ATARs

50% have achieved

90+ ATARs

70% have achieved

80+ ATARs


Head of Learning Areas


Cherie Cully

Cherie Cully



Daphne Flax

Daphne Flax
Creative Arts



Robyn Grana

Robyn Grana



Deborah Joffe

Deborah Joffe



Carolyn Steinman

Carolyn Steinman
Jewish Life



Barry Zworestine

Barry Zworestine
Learning Support/EAL/D



Karen McEwen

Karen McEwen



Pauline Wong

Pauline Wong



Adi Halevi

Adi Halevi




Jack Liang



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


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

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