Newly-elected Davidson MP Matt Cross not only visited Masada College on July 25 for the first time in his capacity as a politician, but brought NSW Opposition Leader Mark Speakman with him.
They were treated to a tour of the school, had a face-to-face meeting with principal Mira Hasofer and deputy principal Ryan Gill, and spoke to a group of year 11 students who were recently elected as prefects.
Earlier in the week, Gill was selected on The Educator Australia’s latest Most Influential Educators List.
Cross told The AJN he had first offered an invitation to Speakman, the Member for Cronulla, to accompany him on a future visit to Masada College just after the March state election.
Given that Speakman ended up replacing Dominic Perrottet as the NSW Liberal Party leader on April 21, the timing of their Masada visit meant Speakman came in his capacity as Opposition Leader.
Speakman said he enjoyed meeting the school’s executive teatim and the soon-to-be prefects.
“It’s a great school, and I could see the students are very inquisitive, and strive for excellence, yet are also well grounded.
“They were interested in politics too, so we were talking about the current situation in Israel and they were also keen to discuss the Voice.”
Cross said Davidson is fortunate to have high-performing schools and “Masada College is one of them that contributes so much to the area”.
“It’s a Jewish school, but it also has non-Jewish students who embrace, and thrive under, Masada College’s values.
“We really enjoyed our visit.”
When asked if an early stage partnership was raised – first jointly announced in December by Masada College, Kehillat Masada, Montefiore and the JCA – towards developing a site master plan that could include aged care facilities, Cross said, “I’m aware of that, and that they’re committed to a consultation process that’s robust.”