Year 7 to Year 12

The Senior Years at MLC School are characterised by unique learning experiences, a strong sense of purpose, deep friendships, and a vast range of opportunities.

Students in Year 7 to Year 12 are challenged to think broadly and creatively, and this is reflected in their growing range of personal and academic achievements. Our Senior Years program reflects our deeply held belief that all students have special gifts, talents and needs. It enacts our commitment as educators to bring out these gifts in each of our students; to help each student find her own voice, and, most importantly, enjoy their education.

Alongside our academic programs sits a range of co-curricular pursuits which bring additional opportunities for friendship, fun and the satisfaction of meeting personal challenges.

Course and Subject Selection Process

We offer two pathways to matriculation at MLC School, the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Students are guided and counselled in their choice of pathway. For more about the HSC at MLC School please click here. For more about the IB Diploma Programme click here. For our most recent Year 12 Results, click here.

Student Wellbeing

Our Pastoral Care Program is embedded throughout the school from Year 6 to Year 12.

MLC School senior students are nurtured through a well-structured Pastoral Care Program that supports them emotionally, socially and psychologically as they build from their first steps in a high school environment towards their final years of school. A network of Heads of Year, Heads of House, Luminaries and psychologists develop the students’ self-reliance and empower them to access the right assistance at the right time.

Pastoral Care

Positive academic outcomes depend on emotional strength. Emotions can facilitate or impede a student’s academic achievement, work ethic, commitment and ultimately their success at school. Pastoral Care is not the destination, but the nourishment for the learning journey. Pastoral Care at MLC School is designed to help students navigate and grow wiser from the bumps in their journey.

Each group from Year 7 to Year 12 has a Head of Year – someone who knows and understands the issues students face. The Head of Year helps students with academic and social concerns and is the main point of contact.

The Head of House plays an important role in MLC School life for all girls from Year 6 to Year 12. They preserve and protect school traditions and oversee celebrations, competitions, spirituality, student service and student leadership.

There are 10 Luminaries in each year group team – each attached to a House. Luminaries are the go-to person for everyday issues. Students see them regularly as they are guided through the Pastoral Care Program, which is designed to help students navigate their lives as teenagers and young women.

The Heads of Year, Heads of House and Luminaries all help girls develop qualities like loyalty, leadership, courage, compassion and strength.


Year 7 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. 

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 click here.

Year 9

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.

Personal Project

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.


Higher School Certificate (HSC)

MLC School has one of the largest selections of HSC courses on offer in a school in NSW.

This, combined with our very high achievement in such a wide range of courses, is why we are ranked so highly in the top schools in New South Wales and are one of the top schools in the Inner West, Sydney.

All HSC courses can be taken up in Year 11 with the exception of the Continuers Language which requires a student to have studied the subject in Year 9 and Year 10. The only compulsory subject is the study of English.

Extension courses are 1 unit courses which build on the content of the 2 unit course. Extension courses require students to work beyond the standard of the 2 unit course, and are available in English, Science, Mathematics, History, Music and some Languages. Extension 2 course are also offered. HSC Extension courses in subjects other than English and Mathematics are offered and examined in Year 12 only. At MLC School, Studies of Religion can be undertaken as either a 1 unit or a 2 unit course.

For more about our results, click here

For more about our Year 12 students’ post-school destinations, click here

For more about our outstanding students and alumnae, click here

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)

The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive course of study that combines a range of subjects.

The IB Diploma Programme is based on the IB Organization’s Mission Statement: ‘The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.’ Students select one subject from each of five different discipline areas as well as a sixth that may be an Arts discipline or another subject from Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies or Sciences. This ensures a breadth of experience in Languages, Humanities, Experimental Sciences and Mathematics, a key feature of the Diploma that makes it different from the HSC.

For more about our results, click here

For more about our year 12 students’ post-school destinations, click here

For more about our outstanding students and alumnae, click here