Co-Curricular

At MLC School our co-curricular activities and programs provide valuable learning experiences through practical situations involving teamwork, sportsmanship, winning and losing and hard work. From Student Representative Council to orchestra, debating to soccer, co-curricular activities have long been recognised as a way for students to express themselves, try a new skill, provide service to the school and community and develop leadership, social, and organisational skills.

By participating, girls at every year level have opportunities to grow their:

  • Self-discipline, reliability and time management
  • Self-confidence
  • Skills in handling competitive situations
  • Capacity for learning new concepts
  • Social groups and friendship connections

All students are encouraged to participate in at least one co-curricular activity each school year. Participation is voluntary, but students who do nominate are expected to fully commit themselves with regards to attendance at training, matches and wearing correct uniform when appropriate.

A brief overview of each of our co-curricular programs can be found below. Families already enrolled at the school are encouraged to check the MyMLC School portal for more details.

Academic Support

At MLC School we provide a number of opportunities beyond the classroom for students to receive a little extra support with their studies.

Homework Club

Homework Club provides Senior School students with a quiet place in the school library to get help with MLC School homework. It gives an extra level of assistance for girls who need help or want to get ahead in their work and offers students a way to seek assistance themselves.

Maths Mentoring

Maths mentoring is an opportunity for younger students in the Senior School to work with volunteer mentors from Year 11 and Year 12 and benefit from one to one support to improve their understanding of a specific concept and/or a related mathematical skill. Students needing assistance will attend for one session or a small number of sessions until their issue has been resolved, and a mathematics teacher is always in attendance to support the mentors.

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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, listed in alphabetical order.

(JS) = Junior School only
(SS) = Senior School only

Art and Design Committee (SS) English Homework Help (SS)
Board Game Club (JS) Jesus and Me (JS)
Business Club (SS) Jesus in School Time (SS)
Calm Club (JS) Kitchen Garden (JS)
Chess Club (JS) Knitting Club (JS)
Code Club Mathematics Clinic (SS)
Collective Voice (SS) Minecraft Club
Creating Writing Club (JS) Nucleus (SS)
Crochet Club (SS) Robotics Club
Da Vinci Club (SS) Speechcraft (JS)
Engineering Club (JS) Young Scientist Club (JS)
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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.

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 & Drama Studio and the Acting and Communication Academy.

Dance

Dance is an integral component of MLC School’s performing arts programs. Students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 participate in a range of comprehensive and coordinated Dance programs. There is a strong focus on training the dancer, and many opportunities to experience a strong sense of being part of a creative, collaborative community. A highlight of the year is the annual Dance Showcase, held in the Parade Theatre at NIDA, among many other performance opportunities.

Drama

Middle Years Drama Company

The Middle Years Drama Company is a new program 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.

Theatresports

Senior Troupe: Year 9 to Year 12
Middle Years Troupe: Year 6 to Year 8

Theatresports is a form of improvisational theatre that uses the format of a competition for dramatic effect. Every year MLC School students take part in the Theatresports Schools Challenge (TSC). In teams of three to five students, they create one, two and three minute improvised scenes live on stage, judged and scored by improvisation professionals. The Grand Final takes place at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney.

Interested?

For more information, please contact Ms Alyssha Clarke.

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 cater for students of all ages, from Pre-Kindergarten right through to Year 12.

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, everywhere 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.

The programs are managed by two experienced and well-respected providers: The Speech & Drama Studio and the Acting and Communication Academy. The Speech & Drama Studio delivers private tuition for MLC School students and holiday productions, and the Acting and Communication Academy delivers private tuition for external students, Effective Communication courses, the ATCL Diploma program and various other ensembles and groups which includes both MLC School and external students.

Current MLC School families are encouraged to check the My MLC School portal for more information.

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 Association of Heads of Independent Girls Schools (AHIGS) 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.

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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 Scheme is a voluntary program of activities for anyone aged between 14–25. 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 on Speech Night.

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 with their friends, 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.

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.

Round Square Co-curricular Opportunities

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.

Elect to go on an Exchange to Another Round Square School

MLC School students can also participate in Round Square international exchange opportunities to Germany, Canada, USA, France, UK and in reciprocation we host students from all these nations.

Get Involved!

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

Student Exchange

MLC School recognises the need to develop active, critical learners who will take the initiative in extending their knowledge of the world.

One of those challenges is to become a global citizen, and how better to equip our students for an ever changing world than meeting, sharing ideas and living with other students from within Australia and around the world.

The aim of the MLC School Host program and Exchange opportunities is to promote understanding between people and cultures whilst developing interpersonal skills. We encourage families to enjoy the fun and warmth of hosting children from around Australia and the world.

Exchange at MLC School is available nationally and internationally through the Round Square programs in schools that aim to develop the whole person through academic, physical, cultural and spiritual experiences. Also foreign language exchange is available to Germany, France, Italy and to our sister school, Seitoku Girl’s High School in Chiba, Japan.