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.

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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.

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Year 10

Year 10 is an exciting year of anticipation, preparation, consolidation and discovery in both the school and social lives of our students. We offer experiences and challenges to the students that enhance their academic, social and emotional development.

Our goal is to support students as they move towards the world beyond the classroom, by encouraging a sense of adventure and fostering active engagement in settings beyond their personal worlds. Some focus points for Year 10 are the trip to Chiang Mai, the Personal Project and the subject selection process for Year 11 and Year 12.

 

Chiang Mai

The Year 10 Chiang Mai Service Learning Experience program brings MLC School great pride. We are one of only a few schools in Australia to send an entire year group on an Immersive Learning experience of this kind.

We have found that students return from Thailand with greater independence, integrity, work ethic, compassion and empathy, as well as a personal perspective quite different from anything they may have gained from previous travel.

We anticipate every student will be part of this unique culmination of our Immersive Learning program which begins in Year 8 and culminates in Year 10, as we have seen that the personal and academic benefits are considerable. The students’ engagement in learning, and with each other throughout this unique experience, prepares them for the challenges and group learning contexts of the Senior Years, Year 11 and Year 12.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

Middle Years Programme (MYP) Personal Project

The IB places great importance on the expression of your child’s unique talents and the Personal Project explores a personal passion rather than a school-based topic. Inspiration for this may come from many different places: a journal prompt, a brainstorming session, personal life experience, an extension of a project in class or from some other place. The project is monitored with the assistance of a teacher supervisor, however the project is largely to be conducted independently by the students while they demonstrate their ability to be self-sufficient learners.

The Personal Project also reflects the aims of the IB 'to develop internationally minded people, who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world'. Within this scope, the project offers students a chance to engage with the concept of principled action, which is doing something meaningful with the knowledge that they have gained. This forms a major part of the project, creating or doing something that addresses their goal and global context. Students will need to find a way to develop, share and change their knowledge and actions in response to their investigation.

The project will consist of keeping a journal of their research and planning; a product/outcome and a written report (to be completed after they have finished the product/outcome).

The finished project is due at the end of Term 2 in Year 10. A public exhibition of students’ projects is held in Term 3.

Subject Selection Process

In preparation for the final years of secondary study, we have developed a comprehensive process to help students consider their options and make the most appropriate choices. They are guided in this by the Careers Department team, the Head of Year and the Directors of Curriculum (Year 7 to Year 10 and Year 11 to Year 12).

The process involves externally-provided testing that includes Careers and Aptitude Assessments, Personal Style Profiling and Tertiary Occupation Inventory. To complement this, students also have the opportunity to attend the annual Careers Expo, guest speaker events with career professionals, former students and university representatives, such as the Careers Conversations, and individual meetings with the Careers Advisors, as well as embarking on work experience throughout the year.

Information brochures are provided at Information Evenings held throughout Year 10 to further inform both parents and students.