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Masada College Senior School encourages deeper thinking and reflection which sets the foundation for an educational journey that goes beyond academics for students from Years 7 – 12. Our collaborative approach with parents and teachers maximises students’ potential, leading to graduates excelling in diverse careers.

In addition to our academic focus, Masada College offers a wide range of co-curricular experiences and leadership opportunities, providing students with many possibilities to explore and develop their potential and be seen in a valued and inclusive environment rooted in Jewish values.

Masada College Senior School values kindness, supporting students as individuals whilst fostering a deep sense of Tikkun Olam.

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 7 to 12 Subject Overview

Year 9 & 10 Subject Information

Year 11 Subject Information


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

Mazal Tov to the Masada College Class of 2023 on their outstanding academic achievements in the HSC! We are tremendously proud of their resilience, hard work and dedication and we commend them on their achievements. 

Here are some of the HSC highlights:

– DUX: Jonty Bornstein, ATAR 99.15
– 39% of students achieve an ATAR of greater than 90
– Three Top Achievers in the State: Asher Hasofer 3rd in Modern Hebrew Continuers, Rebecca Roozendaal 4th in Modern Hebrew Continuers, and Kris Yang 5th in Chinese and Literature
– 60% of Masada students on the Distinguished Achievers List

– Ranked 66th in NSW out of more than 550 schools (SMH)

Congratulations to all our students. We wish you great success for your future. Kol Hakavod!

See our HSC Summary Results here.

See our HSC full Results Booklet here.


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  • Dance
  • Debating
  • Mock trials
  • Music
  • Tech crew
  • Da Vinci Decathlon
  • Public speaking
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Camp Sababa
  • Fitness
  • Futsal
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Athletics
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Oz Tag


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

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