Masada College

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Masada College
St Ives, New South Wales, NSW
Coordinates 33°43′45.4″S 151°10′1.07″E / 33.729278°S 151.1669639°E / -33.729278; 151.1669639Coordinates: 33°43′45.4″S 151°10′1.07″E / 33.729278°S 151.1669639°E / -33.729278; 151.1669639
Type Independent, Jewish day school
Motto My Rock & My Fortress
Religious affiliation(s) Judaism
Principal Mrs Wendy Barel
Years ELC12
Gender Co-educational
Enrolment approx 580
Slogan 2008 Slogan: Together One Voice
2009 Slogan: Jump On Board
2010 Slogan: Think Again Twenty10
2011 Slogan: Today's the day you lead the way
2012 Slogan: Your difference, makes the difference
2013 Slogan: Unity in CommUnity
2014 Slogan: One Vision, One Team 2014
2015 Slogan: Make a start, Do your part
2016 Slogan: You and Me, Beit Sifri, Masada College
2017 Slogan: One Dream, Twenty-Seven TEAM

Masada College is the only Jewish day school on Sydney's North Shore. The high school (Michael Faktor Campus) is located with Kehillat Masada Synagogue. The primary school campus was in Lindfield, next to the North Shore Synagogue. As of the beginning of 2014, Masada College's Lindfield campus moved to the St Ives campus, combining both High School and Junior School facilities. Masada College also maintains two preschools, Poppy Cottage (for 2–3-year-olds), located on the Secondary School campus, and Victor Smith (for 4–5-year-olds), located on the Primary School campus.


Masada was established in 1962 as the North Shore Jewish Kindergarten and became a primary school in 1966. In its first year it had only 14 students. The High School was established in 1982 and initially had 60 students in years 7 and 8.

Academic achievement[edit]

Masada has been in the top 20 for HSC in 18 out of the past 19 years. In 2008 Masada was placed 13th overall in NSW and 1st non-selective school on the North Shore. In the non-selective state rankings Masada placed 3rd with 1st in Mathematics and 5th in English.[citation needed]

In late 2008 the NSW Board of Studies found that in 2008 29.5% of students from Masada who sat the HSC did so with some form of special consideration.[1] A member of the Board of Studies' committee for processing special applications noted the ease with which schools and parents could arrange medical certification of minor ailments and use the certifications to gain special dispensations for students sitting the competitive final examinations.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Private schools accused of rorting HSC". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "In the know: debate rages over HSC leg-up". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 December 2008. 

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