At MLC School, we have a proud tradition of offering high-quality co-curricular programs that cater to the needs and interests of the individual. These programs support our girl’s academic, social, emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as fostering supportive, collaborative and creative communities across the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 continuum.

To view the full offering of activities for 2024 please see our co-curricular microsite. Registration information and payment links are on the microsite.

Our co-curricular programs offer girls the opportunity to learn new skills as well as enhance their existing abilities. We encourage them to discover new interests, work with others in a range of environments, acquire their leadership style and broaden their relationships beyond their immediate peers.

Our aim is to deliver innovative programs that empower our students and prepare them for their life beyond MLC School.

The School has tailored the co-curricular program around The Round Square Discovery Framework to align the philosophical IDEALS to the students’ application of the character attributes.

The 12 character attributes of the Discovery Framework are:

  • Ability to solve problems
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Commitment to sustainability
  • Communication skills
  • Courage
  • Compassion
  • Inventiveness
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Self awareness
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Teamwork skills
  • Tenacity

Through the framework, girls are able to explore, demonstrate and use these attributes to critically reflect on their growth throughout their journey at MLC School. As a result, MLC School girls can articulate who they have become, based on the programs in which they have participated. 


Clubs and Committees


In addition to our larger co-curricular programs and opportunities, students at MLC School are also able to be a part of any of the wide range of clubs and committees that take their interest.

Go to the co-curricular microsite to view a full range of activities available.

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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.

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 provider, The Speech and Drama Studio

To view the full offering of activities please see our co-curricular microsite.


Dance is an integral component of MLC School’s performing arts programs.With 20 programs catering for Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, our co-curricular Dance program is fully inclusive, providing an opportunity for all students to develop their skills and engage with dance as an art form, regardless of ability and experience. 



Middle Years Drama Company

The Middle Years Drama Company is for students from Year 7 to Year 9 to allow them to become part of a collaborative creative community. It aims to cultivate essential skills that benefit their academic, emotional and social wellbeing to develop a healthy appreciation of culture and arts. It allows students to become informed citizens who experientially develop self-confidence, imagination, cooperation and communication skills through performance.

During Term 1 and Term 2 students will have the opportunity to playbuild and devise original works, learn improvisational skills and explore a variety of monologues and duologues. This training culminates in creating group pieces and duologues to compete in the Sydney Eisteddfod throughout May and June.

In Term 3 and Term 4 students will work towards putting on a Middle Years Production, a wonderful opportunity to act and experience the extensive, demanding and breathtaking nature of the wonderful world of theatre.


Year 7 to Year 12

Theatresports is a form of improvisational theatre that uses the format of a competition for dramatic effect. MLC School participates annually in the Theatresports Schools Challenge, in which they compete in teams of three to five against other schools, creating one-, two- and three-minute improvised scenes live on stage, judged and scored by improvisation professionals.

Speech and Drama

Our Speech and Drama co-curricular programs create rich artistic experiences and aim to provide the opportunity to extend students in a fun and nurturing environment. Programs are delivered by MLC School's Dance, Drama and Entertainment department and by external specialist tutors from The Speech and Drama Studio. 

What’s on Offer?

MLC School students, their families and members of the local community, including other schools, can take part in:

  • Speech and Drama lessons for students Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12
  • Diplomas in performance and teaching, accredited by Trinity College
  • Courses in effective communication skills
  • Ensembles for performance and production
  • Holiday productions, workshops and masterclasses

The co-curricular Speech and Drama programs at MLC School are delivered by external specialist tutors. They come from diverse backgrounds; from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) to established and well-known corporations such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Bell Shakespeare and Sport for Jove.

To enrol with The Speech and Drama Studio, please download the form here.

Debating and Public Speaking

Debating and Public Speaking develops students’ confidence, respect for others and sense of timing and structure, as well as their ability to present a persuasive argument and their knowledge of current affairs topics.

MLC School competes in three debating competitions for students from Year 6 to Year 12; the Independent Schools Debating Association (ISDA) Competition, the Friday Evening Debating (FED) Competition and the Archdale Debating Shield Competition, and has had outstanding success.

Students in Year 5 also have the opportunity to take part in Gala Debating Days held by Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) in Term 4.

Both the Junior and Senior debating teams have won the Independent Girls' Schools Association (IGSA) Debating Grand Final in the Festival of Speech. MLC School has recorded many speakers selected for the Archdale Representative Teams for NSW State Shield competition and has produced twice a NSW State Debating Team and Australian Schools’ Debating Team member.


Duke of Edinburgh

Learning can take place anywhere and any time. MLC School facilitates the wonderful Duke of Edinburgh program to encourage leadership, independence, personal challenge and take students into the great outdoors of Australia.

What’s it all about?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary program of activities for anyone aged between 14 years and 25 years. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive and enjoyable activities in their free time. Participating girls in Year 9 to Year 12 at MLC School are fully supported by MLC School staff in their Duke of Edinburgh Award levels. The scheme is non-competitive, allowing anyone with enterprise and effort to gain an award. MLC School puts forward one of the largest groups of awardees in Sydney schools each year, acknowledging the Gold, Silver and Bronze Award recipients throughout the year.

This Award Scheme challenges young people through a balanced program of practical, physical and cultural activities. These involve:

  • Service (helping the community)
  • Skills (a hobby, skill or interest)
  • Physical Recreation (sport, dance, fitness)
  • Expeditions (on foot, cycle, horseback or water)
  • Residential Project – Gold only (an enterprise with people not known to the participant)

Through this program MLC School students have the opportunity to have a lot of fun, challenge themselves, build new friendships and gain valuable experience through leadership and adventure.

An additional benefit of the Duke of Edinburgh Award is that students are able to meet the requirements for the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) component of their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme of study in their final years if that is their chosen stream.

Mind Challenges
(TOM and da Vinci)

As part of MLC School's commitment to catering for gifted and talented students the school enters Junior and Senior teams in Tournament of Minds and da Vinci Decathlon each year.

Tournament of Minds

Tournament of Minds is a national problem solving program that requires mixed-age teams to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines: Applied Technology, Language and Literature, Maths and Engineering, and Social Sciences.

All students who are interested in creative problem solving are invited to participate in a lunchtime club during Term 2, and the final team, selected early in Term 3, will then continue to work together independently to prepare for the New South Wales competition, held in August/September.

In the last six years, MLC School has achieved a remarkable TOM record being State Champions, National Champions and has received State and/or Regional Honours each year. This year is no different, with the Applied Technology Team being awarded Tournament Honours at the State Finals.

da Vinci Decathlon

MLC School has competed in the da Vinci Decathlon since its inception at Knox Grammar School and approaches the 10 categories of the academic challenge with huge enthusiasm. The competition is fun but fierce with more than 35 schools competing, answering difficult questions and problems in areas such as decoding, forensic sleuthing, poetry and creative design.

Students compete in Year group teams and attend lunchtime training and preparation sessions before the New South Wales competition in May.

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Round Square

Round Square is a worldwide association of schools sharing unique and ambitious goals.

Round Square is a worldwide association of over 150 schools in 40 countries – of which MLC School is an international member – who share unique and ambitious goals.

The Round Square approach does not focus on what is taught but rather how learning takes place. It recognises that learning is most effective when it is practical, cross-cultural and collaborative, and when it is infused through a broad spectrum of inter, extra and co-curricular activities.

In order to prepare for adult life, young people must be encouraged to discover and embrace the similarities and differences between cultures and nationalities in ways that promote meaningful and lasting understanding, acceptance and respect. This is done through exploration and application of the IDEALS:

I nternationalism
D emocracy
E nvironmentalism
A dventure
L eadership
S ervice

The IDEALS are the pillars of Round Square and are a key focus within the MLC School Ethos.

Programs initiated by Round Square help institutionally and culturally different, but like-minded, schools to work together through service projects, annual conferences, exchanges and outdoor expeditions.

Contribute at School Level 

Once a week, a Round Square “Baraza” (a Swahili word meaning public/community meeting), is held, led by a leadership team formed of girls from the Senior Years. At these meetings the students discuss and work on projects that address one or more of the six Round Square pillars, including Rainbow Week, a student-led celebration of international diversity run in partnership with the Student Representative Council.

'What I find wonderful about Round Square: It's student led initiatives that can help the wider school community.' Keertana Avalur, Year 12

Actively Participate in a Round Square Conference

Each year, Round Square schools send delegations of representatives to an international conference held at a member school. Discussions, related to the theme of the conference, examine topics of importance to the member schools and the world. Friendships are made through activities, expeditions and events organised by the host school. Visitors are introduced, not only to the host school, but also to its country, culture and environment. 

Get Involved!

On arrival at MLC School you are automatically a Round Square Student.