The MLC School girl is daring and brave. She pushes societal, academic and creative boundaries. She challenges the perceptions of what a woman can and should do. She embraces her responsibility to actively and positively contribute to the world.
MLC School girls are fostered to be free-thinking women, and to challenge the norm by taking measured risks. Girls come from across Sydney and reflect the variety of cultural and faith backgrounds that are evident in our global city. Difference is encouraged through MLC School's academic and co-curricular programs, which recognise and celebrate diversity and hold notions of what might be seen as 'typical' up to the light. These programs allow girls to discover their academic, creative and physical strengths, reward curiosity and provide a safe framework for experimentation and risk-taking.
From our earliest days, MLC School has recognised the pivotal role that education plays in the empowerment of women and sought to challenge community assumptions about the roles and limitations of women.
Our mission to 'educate young women to be fearless thinkers with moral courage and compassion to be agents of change in their own lives and the lives of others', is as relevant and necessary as ever.
Our immersive learning experiences from Year 6 to Year 10 broaden horizons, encourage resilience and foster a growth mindset to underpin academic success in the Senior Years. They begin in Year 6 with Space Inquiry, Year 7 Illumination Experience, followed by City Experience in Year 8, Broken Hill Experience in Year 9 and culminate in an international service learning experience for all of Year 10 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. These programs deepen the bonds between students, open new perspectives on the world and allow the students to meet significant personal and academic challenges prior to their entry to the senior years of high school.
IB and HSC – Your Choice
MLC School offers the pre-eminent International Baccalaureate (IB) course in Australia, as well as the HSC for Year 11 and Year 12. The IB is an internationally recognised qualification that particularly suits all-rounders, while the HSC suits students who have a strong interest in a particular academic area, such as science or the arts. MLC School also offers outstanding support for VET courses in Hospitality and Entertainment at Year 12 level.
Middle Years Programme
From Year 6 to Year 9, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the IB provides a high quality framework for learning for all of our students, regardless of which academic pathway is chosen for Senior Years. The aim of the MYP is to create a platform for future success for the HSC or the IB. We aim to ensure that, as each girl enters Year 10, she is well supported and well informed about the detail of her subject interests, her own learning preferences and how best to meet the challenges of the Senior Years.
The Junior School
The atmosphere at the Junior School is warm and friendly, at times energetic, yet with always time for quiet reflection, mindfulness, music, physical activity and more. Each student’s learning in English and Mathematics is personalised, ensuring instruction is targeted to her specific learning needs, regardless of her level.
This ‘just right’ approach to learning leads to significant growth, which we monitor closely over time and share with parents. The Junior School is a place of purpose, passion and possibilities, establishing a love of learning that will carry our girls all the way through their school years and beyond.
Music is in MLC School’s DNA. The whole school is involved in performing music, be it at the Sydney Town Hall or the Sydney Opera House. MLC School has a reputation for musical excellence across a wide range of styles. Music enriches the lives of all our students – the program is inclusive and open to all.
MLC School's music program has been recognised with two national awards for embracing innovation and excellence. The Australian Music Centre and APRA National Award was received for the most distinguished contribution to the advancement of Australian music in education. The TOAN National Award, presented by The Orchestras of Australia Network, was for the best school orchestral program. Both these awards are testimony to our extended commitment to musical excellence; a program that has enriched the musical lives of our students and established MLC School as a leader in Australian music education.
Sport at MLC School
Sport is an integral part of the MLC School life and plays an important part in the development of the whole person. MLC School has a proud sporting tradition and we applaud those who give it a go as much as those who excel. Girls from all age groups are strongly encouraged to participate in the wide variety of sports offered. Year 6 to Year 8 have a compulsory involvement in sport and must play two terms of either a Saturday Competition Sport or another sport offered after school during the week. More information on Sport at MLC School.
From Coding to Orchestra, Debating to Football, co-curricular activities have long been recognised as a way for students to indulge a passion, try a new skill, learn and develop leadership, social and organisational skills and provide service to the school and community.
At MLC School, our co-curricular activities and programs provide valuable learning experiences through practical situations involving teamwork, sportsmanship, winning and losing, hard work and fun.
Dance, Drama and Entertainment
MLC School is dedicated to creating rich artistic experiences that provide the opportunity to extend creative talents and skills in a variety of imaginative and challenging ways. We believe that learning through the Arts should not only be lively and enjoyable, but should also lead students to a better understanding of themselves and of the real world in which they live.
All students have the opportunity to participate in some form of Performing Arts activity whether through MLC School co-curricular dance programs, Theatresports competitions and drama productions or through our partnership with speech and drama providers, The Speech and Drama Studio and the Acting and Communication Academy.