MLC School is an independent, non-selective Uniting Church school for girls from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 in the inner west of Sydney.
MLC School began in 1886, by breaking the traditions of girls’ education, with an announcement that the school would “make provision for those who wish to prepare for university honours”. This was just two years after the legal rights of women at The University of Sydney had been secured. These first students distinguished themselves as university entrants and graduates, commencing MLC School’s enviable tradition of academic excellence.
The radical recognition that much more could be expected of girls’ skills and talents during their school education established MLC School at the vanguard of girls’ education, and the tradition of setting new benchmarks for what girls can and should achieve remains a hallmark of MLC School today.
From its inception, MLC School has valued academic and co-curricular achievements equally and has been a pioneer in all fields of girls’ education:
- In 1889, MLC School constructed the first purpose-built Kindergarten.
- In the 1890s, MLC School was integral to the establishment of the Trinity College London Musical Theory Examinations in Australia.
- In 1906, MLC School held the first athletics carnival for girls in Australia.
- In the 1920s, MLC School was the first school to present girls for the Leaving Certificate in Physics.
- In 1978, MLC School’s involvement with technology commenced with the first Apple Macintosh computer purchase.
- In 1999, MLC School became an IB World School.
MLC School was one of the earliest in NSW to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme to all students in Year 11 and Year 12 as an alternative to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), and today around 40 per cent of girls sit for the IB each year.
Led by a highly professional staff under the guidance of principal Ms Lisa Moloney, girls are challenged and encouraged to question traditional perceptions and roles of women, to take their place in an ever-changing society.
The MLC School girl is empowered with skills and capabilities that enable her to be adaptive, compassionate and courageous. She embraces new challenges and opportunities and strives for excellence. She is cared for and well supported so that she can confidently focus on her own individual, personal and academic growth. A wide selection of subject choices, as well as an extensive co-curricular program, aims to empower girls to be self-reliant and play an active role in their futures.
The renowned MLC School Pastoral Care program helps develop girls’ self-reliance and empowers them to access the right assistance at the right time. MLC School places great emphasis on tolerance and understanding differences, within the context of the values of the Uniting Church.
MLC Junior School starts at Pre-Kindergarten with play-based learning and culminates in a transition to Senior School in Year 6. The Junior School is a hub of collaborative learning where girls can push the boundaries of their education from the very first days of their school life.
STEAM in Junior School
The integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics provides opportunities for cross-boundary learning throughout the Junior School. Every student from Kindergarten onwards can learn programming in the classroom or through additional one-on-one tutoring. Girls learn with virtual-reality equipment, drones, computer-aided design software and robotics technology.
MLC School offers girls a wide-ranging curriculum and all girls from Year 7 to Year 10 must take a Language. Senior girls can choose between either the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme for their final years of study, each provides an academic pathway to tertiary education around Australia and internationally. In 2020, MLC School was the top ranked IB School in Australia and equal 32nd in the world.
Developed in 1966, the Round Square community includes 160 schools across six continents. MLC School is the only Round Square member school in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area and has been a member since 2005. Round Square is a global network of innovative schools that share a passion for experiential learning and character education. The Round Square approach gives MLC School girls the opportunity to dare to take actions on a sports field, develop awareness of global concerns, master skills, contribute to a team, serve another and extend the mind. It is the opportunity to discover who they have become because of how they have chosen to extend themselves.
MLC School has a proud tradition of offering an extensive, high quality co-curricular program that support the girls’ academic, social, emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as fostering supportive, collaborative and creative communities across the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 continuum. Programs include clubs and committees, debating and public speaking, Cadets, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, mind challenges, an internationally recognised music program, as well as dance, drama and entertainment programs, which produce prize-winning performances.
Girls are offered a choice of 19 sports to extend themselves physically, learn skills and develop their capacity for cooperation and teamwork. Some examples include football, AFL, rugby, hockey, swimming, rowing, athletics, gymnastics, tennis, water polo and netball. The range of sports cater for girls from beginner to elite level and take place in facilities that include a world-class Aquatic Centre for water sports and multipurpose all-weather courts.
Senior School Immersions
Year 7 to Year 10 are pivotal years at MLC School where students experience Immersive Learning journeys that broaden each year. The unique immersive program builds on the girls’ growing capacity to act for others.
MLC School students are encouraged to think and act like leaders from the time they join the School. Opportunities to lead are offered from the Junior School and continue through the Middle Years and into Year 12.
These include All-Rounder, Principal’s Scholarship for Year 10 entry, Music, Old Girl and Indigenous. Visit https://www.mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships.