Year 6 to Year 9
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), for students aged 11 to 16, is designed as an inclusive, whole-school programme. The MYP provides a framework for teaching and sets international benchmarks for learning.
The MYP teaches tools for lifelong learning and fosters responsible attitudes that help students discover how to use what they learn to take principled action. It promotes our students’ development as responsible members of their local, national and global communities. The MYP prepares students to meet the academic needs for both the NSW Higher School Certificate and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. It addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing and culminates in the opportunity for students to undertake an independent project in an area of interest.
Our Year 6 teachers provide flexible pathways through the learning of Literacy and Numeracy fundamentals. The aim is to continually reflect on the nature of each learner; to use the data gathered through formal assessment and observation and to group and re-group students according to their needs at different times. The Year 6 Centre allows this flexibility without the traditional classroom constraints.
In Mathematics and in all aspects of Literacy, this means that girls have the opportunity to work at a level that matches their ability in each of the different areas of content. For teachers, it means knowing students better, and using different strategies and tools to guide each learner to the next level of understanding or skill.
The coordination of these programs, breakout spaces and quiet rooms is shared by a Learning Support Specialist and a Gifted Education Specialist, each of whom plays an active role in classrooms, working alongside students and planning with teachers. It is these structures and our commitment to making a difference for each girl that really set our Middle Years program apart.
Year 7 and Year 8
The Stage 4 (Year 7 and Year 8) Curriculum is a teaching and learning program designed to encourage a thirst for knowledge, excitement about learning, independent thinking and a commitment to community. Students learn to collaborate, create and innovate. Students study a common core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, HSIE and Learning to Learn. Specialist teachers working in teams are responsible for the outcomes in their specialty learning areas of Languages Other Than English, PDHPE, TAS, and Creative and Performing Arts.
A guiding principle of the Year 7 and Year 8 curriculum is the provision of a supportive environment for girls in the important transition years between primary and secondary school, assisting them to make the most of the opportunities available. Wonderful immersive learning experiences in Year 7 (A week in Shakespeare’s World) and Year 8 (City Experience) stretch the students capacities in a multitude of ways – for more about Immersive Learning please go here (XXX)
MLC School aims to encourage in each of its students a desire for knowledge, an excitement about learning, independent thinking and a commitment to community.
Year 9 students study the following Stage 5 subjects: English/Language and Literature, Language Other Than English/Language Acquisition, Mathematics, Science, History/Individuals and Societies, Australian Geography/Individuals and Societies, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, and, at MLC School, Religion is also compulsory.
In Year 9, students also choose two elective subjects out of the eleven offered at MLC School. Both elective courses run over two years and include Commerce, Dance, Drama, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Information and Software Technology (IST), Music, Photography and Digital Media, Physical Activity and Sports Studies, Textiles Technology, and Visual Arts.
Towards the end of Year 9 students will commence the Personal Project. This is an 8-10 month process where students are encouraged to participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry through in-depth investigation.