MLC School offers a rich, well rounded education program that 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 and every one of our students; to help each student find her own voice. With an in-depth knowledge of how girls learn best, the School is dedicated to creating a nurturing and enjoyable environment for our girls to adopt an intelligent and critical mindset. Our academic staff and powerful teaching programs stimulate our students to be critical thinkers, to engage in learning and enquiry from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, to help to unlock the potential in every child. The School’s long term commitment has always been to empower our girls and young women to be fearless thinkers, to make a difference in the world and live with purpose. At MLC School harnessing the talents of others is what leadership is all about. It is part of what fearless thinking looks like day to day. Here at MLC School leadership is born of compassion. We know however that leadership is a coat of many colours and so we look to create opportunities wherever we can to allow each girl at key points in her unique development to lead, from the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, from the smallest initiative to the greatest challenges, and everything in between. For this to happen each girl must be known and this is our highest priority. We are proud of our culturally and ethnically diverse student population, and honour the identity of every girl, acknowledging that her story contributes to our shared identity. In a strong, diverse and close knit school community, our girls and young women have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities from music ensembles, visual art camps and excursions to sporting teams and special interest activities and clubs, including debating and public speaking. The camaraderie and excitement that builds through these activities is palpable. Students also have the opportunity to be part of exchange programs locally and internationally. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the MLC School educational philosophy. Since 1886, the School has been dedicated to championing girls education; encouraging girls to be confident and to feel secure in their belonging to this rich community of learners. The long list of outstanding professional and life achievements by our former students is testament to this commitment.
Middle Years Programme (MYP)
MLC School is an Authorized MYP School.
The learning environment in the Middle Years program aims to address the many and varied needs of every girl. It recognises that learning is most effective when it is relevant and purposeful and that the learning needs of girls in middle years of schooling are specific and different from younger and older students. Interdisciplinary learning projects that necessitate learning individually and in collaborative groups, in classrooms, playgrounds, parks or public buildings, facilitated by the creative use of technology, continue to challenge the traditional notions of schooling. Increasingly, learning occurs beyond the boundaries of classrooms enabling new knowledge to be acquired anywhere anytime. The Middle Years are a time to emphasise world citizenship, innovation and diversity through local and international partnerships; working in both the real and virtual worlds through academic and service projects. Year 6 Mentor teachers working as a Year 6 team are each responsible for monitoring student outcomes in the learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science and HSIE, for their class. Specialist teachers are responsible for monitoring student outcomes in their learning area of expertise: Languages Other than English, PDHPE, Creative and Performing Arts. A major integrated unit in Year 6 is environmental investigation into Rainforests, Wetlands or Coral Reefs. Dance and Drama classes help tell a story of the importance of environmental awareness and responsibility. The culmination of classroom activities in HSIE, English, Science and Technology and PDHPE is a four-day trip to Canberra. The Pastoral Care Program is designed to help the girls build relationships and develop resilience as young adolescents. Year 7 A guiding principle of Middle Years is the provision of a supportive environment for girls in the important transition years between primary and secondary school. Mentors who teach a class in core curriculum areas monitor each girl’s academic progress and pastoral care. To allow effective integration into secondary school, members of the Year 7 teaching team are chosen as experts in their field and concentrate their teaching within the Year 7 cohort. Core curriculum teachers called ‘mentors’ teach all girls in their Mentor Class in at least two core learning areas and are responsible for the outcomes in their speciality learning areas of English and HSIE or Mathematics and Science. They also often teach the Learning to Learn course. Mentors are responsible for monitoring new girls’ settling in, assisting them to make the most of the opportunities available. Specialist teachers are responsible for outcomes in their learning area of expertise: Languages Other Than English, PDHPE, Technological and Applied Studies, Creative and Performing Arts. At MLC School it is compulsory for students to study a foreign language from Year 7 to Year 10 with the possibility of studying a second language from Year 9. The integrated and differentiated tasks in Year 7 met outcomes from varied core curriculum areas including English, HSIE and Science, with themes of On Safari, Renaissance, and World Heritage. Online “games” in Quest Atlantis provide opportunities to learn how to safely blog, use social technologies and meet and respond to people online. Year 8 Girls study a common core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society and Its Environment and Learning to Learn. Specialist teachers working in teams are responsible for the outcomes in their speciality learning areas of Languages Other Than English, PDHPE, Technological and Applied Studies, Creative and Performing Arts. Learning beyond the classroom in Middle Years is the City Experience for Year 8. A school campus for the three weeks from the beginning of term four is set up in the city. Focus areas enable every girl to respond to the big question ‘Do we shape our environment or does our environment shape us?’ within their identified area of interest. The girls negotiate their themed study based on interest. In Year 9 students spend two weeks learning and living in Broken Hill, while in year 10, they live and learn in Chiang Mai, Thailand where they engage in 5 days of service learning and cultural immersion.
Diploma Programme (DP)
MLC School is an Authorized DP School.
We offer two pathways to matriculation at MLC School, the NSW Higher School Certificate and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Students are guided and counselled in their choice of pathway. The increasing range of options available for the completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate has MLC School offer students Pathways, Acceleration and Vocational Education and Training (VET) Courses as options to complete their high school qualification. Each year some MLC School students in Years 11 and 12 select the Pathways option of extending their HSC by more than two years to accommodate their demanding commitments in extra curricular activities or to provide, in special circumstances, flexible program delivery over a longer period of time. Acceleration is available for those very capable students who sit an HSC course in conjunction with Preliminary courses (in Year 11) or even in Year 10. In order that students are able to make appropriate and varied choices in their career paths, the process of ensuring the prerequisites are met while still offering the breadth and choice in educational experiences, begins early on. In Year 10, students undertake extensive Careers Assessment Testing, the results of which provide the basis for individual interviews of girls and parents. The tests enhance each student's self-knowledge by providing valuable information about learning and personality styles as well as about verbal, numerical, abstract, mechanical, spatial and reasoning aptitudes. Students also complete a week of work experience. The careers education program helps inform students' subject choices for Years 11 and 12. Students are further assisted in their course and subject selection through specific information sessions for parents and students, online information and interviews with a teacher who acts as their academic support within their particular House.