Welcome to the new Co-Curricular Microsite

This co-curricular microsite contains information about all the co-curricular activities on offer at MLC School in 2021, including an overview of what each activity entails, when and where it takes place, the coordinators, expectations around commitment, cost (if applicable) and information about how to take part.

From the Principal

The MLC School co-curricular program is a fundamental and important contributor to the growth and development of the MLC School girl. By providing a rich, diverse and integrated offering, we strive to ensure every girl has the opportunity to pursue her passions, try new activities and to develop skills, confidence and a growth mindset. I am proud to introduce our new microsite to showcase the selection of offerings available for our girls of all ages.

The vast array of activities offered through the co-curricular program for girls from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 aims to appeal widely, so every girl can find something of interest. It includes Clubs and Societies, Dance, Debating and Public Speaking, Drama, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Music, Mind Challenges and Sport.

Aside from learning new skills and building expertise, involvement in the co-curricular program provides opportunities for our girls to build confidence and self-esteem; step outside their comfort zones and take risks; collaborate and make friends beyond their usual social groups; and learn important time management skills.

The co-curricular program is fundamental for the development of the whole girl, one of the principal goals of MLC School, and helps our girls to become healthy, well-rounded, creative and ambitious young women.

I strongly encourage all MLC School girls to wholeheartedly involve themselves in this broader aspect of school life and in doing so, truly ‘dare to be more’.

Lisa Moloney
Principal

Co-Curricular Program Rationale

At MLC School, we have a proud tradition of offering high-quality co-curricular programs that cater to the needs and interests of the individual. These programs support our girl’s academic, social, emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as fostering supportive, collaborative and creative communities across the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 continuum.

Our co-curricular programs offer our girls the opportunity to learn new skills as well as enhance their existing abilities. We encourage them to discover new interests, work with others in a range of environments, acquire their leadership style and broaden their relationships beyond their immediate peers.

In 2021, we begin to implement our new strategic plan that will build on our innovative programs that empower our girls and prepare them for their life beyond MLC School. The first of our new initiatives to be implemented is our redeveloped Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 After School Program. This program has been specifically curated to encourage the development of our youngest learner’s physical, social and emotional capabilities.

In 2021 we will also further incorporate the Round Square Discovery Framework throughout all of our co-curricular programs at MLC School. This agile framework will assist our coordinators and tutors to embed character and values education into our co-curricular programs to enhance student outcomes.

The Round Square Discovery Framework gives a common language across all programs enabling our girls to explore, demonstrate and use the 12-character attributes to critically reflect on their growth throughout their journey at MLC School. This results in MLC School girls being able to articulate who they have become based on the programs they have participated in.

The 12-character attributes that make up the Discovery Framework are:

Ability to solve problems

Appreciation of diversity

Commitment to sustainability

Communication skills

Courage

Compassion

Inventiveness

Inquisitiveness

Self-awareness

Sense of responsibility

Teamwork skills

Tenacity

Round Square

MLC School encourages girls to dare to be more in an education that extends beyond the walls of the classroom. In this environment girls can gain greater understanding of their character attributes, interests and capacity. The philosophy of Round Square challenges students to discover more about themselves and who they want to be, rather than what they want to be. It enables our girls to engage in activities that invest in the development of the whole person.

Developed in 1966, the Round Square community includes 160 schools across six continents. As a part of this community we have the opportunity to educate and extend our girls to develop the skills and capacity to contribute with conscious.

MLC School is a Round Square school and has been a global member since 2005.

Round Square is a global network of innovative schools that share a passion for experiential learning and character education. Membership of the Round Square network offers its schools a framework for excellence and continuous improvement, along with structured opportunities to collaborate and share experiences with like-minded peers around the world.

The Round Square approach encourages students to explore, take action, grow, challenge and change the future through the lens of the six Spirits of Round Square:

International understanding

Democracy

Environmental stewardship

Adventure

Leadership

Service

MLC School is the only Round Square member school in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area.

The Round Square approach permeates the whole school from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. In the Senior School, girls have the opportunity to formalise their commitment to Round Square by undertaking a variety of specialised activities. It gives our 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.