Sport is integral to MLC School life and plays an important part in the development of the whole person. MLC School has a proud sporting tradition and we applaud those who give it a go as much as those who excel.

MLC School's co-curricular sports program offers a host of different sports catering to students from beginner through to elite level. Our programs focus on teaching fundamental skills in a variety of sports, while instilling the values of discipline, teamwork, respect, integrity, fair play and fitness for life.

MLC School has a proud tradition of pursuing personal excellence through sport. The foundations for achieving success through our sports programs include:

  • Quality coaches and organised, purposeful programs
  • Each student embracing and living the MLC School sport culture
  • A positive learning environment to develop both their aptitude and self confidence
  • Developing leadership skills and being role models for other students
  • Developing life skills of teamwork, goal setting, resilience and personal accountability
  • Girls in Year 6 to Year 8 are strongly encouraged to take up a Saturday sport and play for at least two terms of the year. This allows them to develop their skills and make friendships with other students in their year. From Year 7, students who play sport for six terms over a two-year period are eligible for a Pocket.
  • The Spirit of MLC School Award is another means of recognising involvement in co-curricular activity (including sport) for students in Year 7 and Year 8 in 2023.

Sports Offered

In addition to many competitive sports played on Saturday mornings, MLC School participates in various competitions throughout Sydney.

  • AFL
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics  
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby 7s
  • Snowsports
  • Soccer (Football)
  • Swimming 
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo 


School Carnivals

An important part of the tradition and culture of MLC School are our school carnivals. Students represent their House as they strive for Championship and representative honours in Athletics, Swimming, Cross Country, Indoor Rowing and Diving.

There are four Houses in the Junior School and 10 Houses in the Senior School. A large part of the fun of these sporting competitions is the costumed themes and House cheering led by the Captains of each House. House Spirit is equally as important as competitive points.

Saturday Sport 

Students from Year 3 to Year 6 participate in a variety of team sports in the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) competition. IPSHA sports are played on Saturday mornings against other independent girls’ schools at venues all over Sydney. The emphasis of IPSHA sport is on participation and enjoyment whilst acquiring fundamental movement skills. In IPSHA sport, point scores are not kept, and finals are not played. Skill development, fair play and fun are central to IPSHA sports.

Students from Year 7 to Year 12 participate in the Independent Girls' Schools Association (IGSA) competition. IGSA sports are played on Saturday mornings against other independent girls’ schools at venues all over Sydney as well as Frensham in Mittagong.

Other Associations

In addition to IPSHA and IGSA, MLC School participates in Badminton competitions run by Loreto Normanhurst and Meriden, Netball in the Eastwood-Ryde Netball Association, Volleyball in the Santa Sabina competition, the Sydney Volleyball League, Tennis in the Inter District competition, Hockey in the SEHA competition and Water Polo in the UNSW or Danebank competition.

Representative Sport Pathways

Our sporting associations select representative teams which provides talented students with an opportunity to trial for Representative teams that may then lead to State and National representation. These pathways ensure that students with talent are identified and offered the opportunity to enhance their ability through development camps, further training and competition.

Additional and Year-Round Sports

For further information about all the year-round sports available, please visit the MLC School Co-Curricular Microsite.