Big History

Big History helps students develop an understanding of the history of the universe from the ‘big bang’ to the modern day. For example, we look at the creation of the universe, the emergence of the solar system and planets, the origin of life and the experience of humanity at present. In examining the entirety of human history, we explore the themes and patterns that help us better understand the world we live in.

The Big History course helps students synthesise complex information and develop key critical thinking skills. They will also have the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, presentation and research skills through investigations and projects that involve scientific and historical concepts.

Perhaps most importantly, Big History gives students the context to understand the development of today’s modern world in a cross-disciplinary way; a way that is not covered by any other studies they will undertake at school.



Students come to studying languages with diverse linguistic, cultural and personal profiles including a range of prior language experiences, either in Chinese or in a different language.

Students may have engaged with Chinese in formal or less formal context, or they may have been exposed to the language through family members or in-country experiences. It is scientifically proven that learning a language that is so different from your native language improves your brain power and overall abilities.

Learning Chinese helps students develop an awareness of the close relationship of our neighbour in the Asian Pacific region, China, and enables them to grasp the opportunities that arise from this relationship. Learning Chinese for Chinese students helps them keep a closer tie to their heritage, country and mother tongue.
Learning Chinese opens up the opportunity for Australian students to attend the top universities in China with a full scholarship.


Commerce is a holistic subject that combines concepts from Economics, Business, Law, Mathematics and Civics and Citizenship. It deals with current affairs issues and builds practical life skills that help young people make sound decisions about consumer, financial, business, legal and employment issues.

A major element of the course is helping students understand relationships between consumers, businesses and governments in the overall economy. It is a highly practical subject that exposes students to real world issues and encourages them to engage in critical thinking to formulate solutions.

Students who undertake the two year Commerce and Entrepreneurship course will complete four core topics and four to five options. The core topics are Consumer and Financial Decisions,     Employment and Work Futures, Law, Society and Political Involvement and The Economic and Business Environment. The optional topics may include areas such as  Towards Independence, 

Our Economy, Running a Business, Investing, eCommerce and Travel. Commerce and Entrepreneurship is a compulsory subject for all year 9 and 10 students at Masada, by studying Commerce and Entrepreneurship, students will also gain a useful (although not essential) foundation to study Business Studies and Economics in the senior years. Our students will obtain the disposition and skills for life in the 21st century.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology gives students the opportunity to identify problems and opportunities, research and investigate existing solutions, analyse, generate, justify and evaluate ideas, and experiment with technologies to manage and produce several quality design projects throughout the year. The diversity of approaches to design provides the scope to develop high order thinking, future thinking and understanding of conceptual principles. The design process caters for a variety of student needs, abilities and interests, encourages students to take intellectual risks and experiment with resources when developing projects.

The development of functional and aesthetic design solutions allows students to be innovative and creative in their thinking and application. Students will develop the skills necessary for the safe use and maintenance of a variety of technologies, in the production of their design projects. Students are able to explore and create using a variety of both traditional hand tools, power tools and digital technologies, such as 3D printers, CNC milling and laser cutter, that our design space has.

Masada students in design and technology


Drama gives students the opportunity to create, play and learn.

You do not have to be a confident actor or have had any prior experience to do drama. Throughout the course you will develop skills in problem solving, group work, improvisation and public speaking that are transferable to many subjects and future careers.

Throughout the course you will have an opportunity to:

  • Create your own works
  • Act from a script
  • Write
  • Perform monologues
  • Design costumes for a production
  • Design posters for production

There is something available for all interests and skills in Drama. Assessment tasks are mostly performance with a small writing component and generally completed in class.

Food Technology

Students who select Food Technology will learn about the various roles food has to the individual but also in society.

Topics covered include: Food Equity, Food Trends, Food Product Development, Food in Australia, Nutrition & Health, Foods for Special Occasions, Food Service & Catering, Foods for Special Needs. Students will engage with a number of practical activities as well as written work and assessments are both practical and theory based.

Food technology


The Hebrew classes are engaging and welcoming, with the Stage 4 elective course being a good introduction to the HSC Modern Hebrew Course.

  • Developing an understanding of Modern Hebrew will allow students to be able to read newspapers, enjoy Hebrew movies and have a conversation with Israeli friends.
  • Learning Hebrew allows students to explore a love of the language through topics such as changing technologies, media, sports, shopping and Israeli music.
  • Students will continue to explore and understand Israel, its people as well as its challenges and opportunities.

Hebrew learning


iSTEM has an inquiry-based and project-based learning focus which occupy the majority of course time. These assists students to actively pursue and use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based knowledge beyond the simple transmission of content. Students will explore phenomena rather than simply being told the answer.

Developing skills in solving STEM based problems and meeting STEM challenges using mechanical, graphical and scientific methods. Course structure will include STEM fields such as Fundamentals, Mechatronics, CAD/CAM, Aerodynamics and Statistics.

In completing these units students will learn to use a range of tools, techniques and processes, including relevant technologies in order to develop solutions to a wide variety of problems and challenges relating to their present and future needs and aspirations.



The Music elective is open to all interested students, regardless of ‘talent’ or previous experiences. The course is suited to any student who enjoys music and wants to find out more. Music lessons involve students in a wide range of musical experiences which will fall under three headings: performing, composing and listening.

Performance: Students will develop their performance skills through class activities and concert opportunities. These will involve both solo and ensemble playing in a wide variety of styles.

Composition: Students will experiment with sound and learn to compose in a range of styles and formats. Composition will involve practical creating as well as the use of computer technology. Music Mac Lab is loaded with GarageBand, Logic Pro and Finale composing and publishing software.

Listening: Students will hopefully develop an aural awareness and learn to transcribe music and critique music. The ability to hear and understand sound and structure, greatly increases the student’s enjoyment of music.

The Music elective is a practical course which involves ‘doing’ to understand. The Music elective is a time to build on students’ current knowledge and equip students with skills to be on their way to becoming the best musicians they can be.

Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)

Recreation, physical activity, sport and related health fields provide legitimate career pathways. This course provides students with a broad understanding of the multifaceted nature of these fields. It also introduces students to valuable and marketable skills in organisation, enterprise, leadership and communication. Through physical activity and theory students will learn to:

  • Learn collaboratively with others to enhance participation, enjoyment and performance.
  • Display management and planning skills to achieve personal and group goals.
  • Perform movement skills with increasing proficiency.
  • Analyse and appraise information, opinions and observations to inform physical activity and sport decisions.

Visual Arts

The Stage 5 (Year 9/10) Visual Art programme integrates art-making practice with art historical and critical writing practice. Students use the content areas of Frames, Conceptual Framework and Practices to support their learning. Students explore concepts through the forms of drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture, design and digital media.

The practices of making, critical study and historical study identify the different ways of engaging in and with the Visual Arts. They approximate, in the school context, the practices of the artist/craftsperson/designer, critic and historian within the field of the visual arts. Students attend a Visual Arts camp and Art Gallery excursion in order to engage in experiential learning in a wider context.

It is hoped the students will have an insight into the creative process, be able to produce finished art works and have a greater understanding of the art world through their experiences.

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