Sport is an integral part of the 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 19 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 and fair play.

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.

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
  • Snow Sports
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • 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

Years: Year 3 to Year 12

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

Athletics and Cross Country

Years: Year 3 to Year 12

Enrolment: Registrations are taken for each term and students have to train a minimum of two sessions each week.

Athletics training occurs each term and occasionally through the holidays during competition season. Students train in all disciplines i.e. sprints, throws, jumps and distance running.

Private lessons are also available.


Years: Year 2 to Year 12

The diving program is offered each term. Students train mostly in the MLC School Aquatic Centre. Competitive divers will also attend a training session at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) once a month to access the diving tower. Divers will compete in a number of diving competitions throughout the year.

New students must have a swimming assessment before registering. 


Years: Year 7 to Year 12

Fencers train two mornings a week at school and compete throughout the year.

Fencing training commences in Term 1 and continues throughout the year.


Years: Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12

Enrolment: Through the Aquatic Centre

The gymnastics program at MLC School includes both Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics for both non-competitive and competitive participants. Both disciplines are offered from an entry level through to highly competitive levels with Rhythmic Gymnastics offering a high-performance pathway.

Space is limited in each class and requires enrolment in line with the set enrolment dates with the Aquatic Centre Office. Entry level classes are offered for all ages and any students with previous gymnastics experience will require an assessment prior to confirming the most appropriate class. Pickup from Junior School is available for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2. A small discount is applied for MLC School students.


Years: Year 7 to Year 12

The Rowing program is conducted at the MLC School Boatshed in Glebe for on-water training, and school for land-based training. Students are dropped off at the MLC School boatshed or at MLC School and transported to the boatshed in the mornings for on-water training, and then transported back to school after training. For afternoon on-water training, the students are transported to the MLC School boatshed and pick up is from there. Alternatively, students can be transported back to school for pick up.

Due to the commitment required, sport students who register for Rowing are encouraged not to undertake any other sport in Term 1 or Term 4. Students may elect, and are encouraged, to do another sport in Term 2 and Term 3, or choose to continue rowing in the winter program.

Snow Sports

Years: Kindergarten to Year 12

MLC School competes in the NSW Interschools Snow Sports competition. Students can compete in Alpine/Downhill events or in Cross Country Skiing. Students train at school using skikes and travel to the snowfields a day or two early to train before the competition.

Interested students and parents should attend the snow sports information evening held in Term 1.


Years: Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12

MLC School’s Aquatic Centre enables MLC School students to train year round in a 50 metre pool. The program’s focus is on the development of MLC School swimmers from Kindergarten to Year 12.

The Aquatic Centre offers Learn to Swim programs for all levels and ages, a multi-level squad program for competitive swimmers and squads for those students who just wish to swim for fitness, endurance or to improve technique.

MLC School students receive a discount on Learn to Swim classes as well as a priority enrolment day to enrol earlier into programs. Before enrolling, new students are assessed to determine the appropriate level for them to enrol in. Students who are competing in other sports e.g. Water Polo, can train in the pool free of charge between 7am–8am Monday to Friday. This is a great way to supplement sports specific training and improve fitness.


Years: Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12

Tennis is offered year-round. Students can choose between competitive and non-competitive Tennis and must register each term. Students in the competitive program will compete in the Inter District competition, IGSA and IPSHA competitions.

Students may participate in before (Year 5 to Year 12) and after (Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12) school small group training sessions. These are run on a termly basis, where progressions are made through group levels.

Competitive students in Year 7 to Year 12 who wish to be considered for the Tildesley Shield team will trial in Term 3 to be selected into the competitive squad who will train throughout Term 4 in order to be considered for selection into the Tildesley Tennis team. These students will commit to the competitive program and are expected to play IGSA and Inter District competitions throughout the year.

Private lessons are also available.