Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 After School Co-Curricular Program
Our Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 students are in a unique stage of their development and require a co-curricular program that is specifically designed to meet their social, emotional and physical developmental needs.
Additionally, at this age and stage we want our youngest girls to be inspired to discover their strengths and passions by being able to experience the range of activities that MLC School has to offer. Our program coordinators and co-curricular staff are experts in their fields and have worked hard to develop these specialised programs to give our youngest students the best possible start to their journey at MLC School.
As a member of the Round Square global network of schools, and the only Round Square school in the Sydney Metropolitan Region, we are at the forefront of character and values education. Aligning with the School values of Courage, Compassion, Respect and Growth the Round Square Discovery Framework is a tool that assists us to operationalise these values and embed the framework’s character attributes into our programs. The discovery framework allows us to elevate our co-curricular programs beyond just skill development; it fosters in our girls a unique set of characteristics that enables them to reflect on their growth and their place in the world.
Through this program our Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 students will become acquainted with the Round Square Heroes of Discovery. The Heroes of Discovery are a set of 12 culturally diverse superheroes that will assist our co-curricular tutors in teaching our girls the importance of teamwork, being tenacious, compassionate, responsible and much more. This is what makes the MLC School approach to co-curricular a unique approach.
The Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 After School Co-Curricular Program will run from Monday to Thursday each week during the school term. The program will commence Week 2 of each term and conclude in the final week:
- Pre-Kindergarten students will be offered a single 30-minute session from 2.45pm–3.15pm each afternoon (Monday to Thursday)
- Kindergarten to Year 2 students will have the opportunity to participate in up to two activities each afternoon from Monday through to Thursday. Students may be enrolled into either a single session or both session. The first session will run from 3.15pm–4pm and the second session from 4.15pm–5pm
Parents/carers will enrol for this program through a single enrolment form through the MLC School Payments site. Each activity is individually priced at $125 per term with the exception of the Pre-Kindergarten Speech and Drama program which is priced at $285 (due to the small class sizes and the high staff to student ratios that are maintained).
Our parent pick-up for the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 program is from the red carpet area in Junior School at the completion of each session. We will be utilising our Senior School students to assist the co-curricular tutors with the movement of our Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 students between activities.
If you require your daughter to be taken to after school care at the completion of their co-curricular activity please inform the program coordinator.
Program Coordinator: Jenna Skepper,
Dance Coordinator/Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE) Teacher
Dance (Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2)
The Pre-K to Year 2 Dance classes incorporate a variety of dance techniques and genres aimed to introduce our youngest students to a range of styles offered at MLC School and ignite their passion for dance. Students discover basic concepts of movement through a thematic approach, while engaging with the Round Square Heroes of Discovery to incorporate our unique character and values based educational approach to our co-curricular programming. This multi-dimensional approach to dance allows our students to develop their social skills and inspire creativity. The 45-minute sessions focus on the development of gross motor skills – stepping, jumping, hopping, balancing and galloping – to improve spatial awareness, musicality and expression. These sessions develop students fundamental dance techniques while introducing them to dance as an artform, preparing the girls to enter style specific dance disciplines in the Year 3 to Year 6 Program.
Ballet (Kindergarten to Year 2)
Classical Ballet is a traditional form of dance that requires discipline and strength to enhance body alignment. Sound ballet technique, allows dancers to transition amongst other forms of dance with ease with a strong focus of kinaesthetic and body awareness. Ballet trains the body carefully to develop control, coordination and quality of line. Our ballet classes include traditional barré and centre work, alongside the inclusion of tactile props and stimuli to help students navigate the fine art of classical movement. This class is run as an extension to the Dance class with some crossover to the foundations of Rhythmic Gymnastics, making this an excellent companion program.
Program Coordinator: Naomi Bruce,
Gymnastics Program Manager and Artistic Head Coach
Through a combination of Artistic and Rhythmic elements students are introduced to the basics of gymnastics. In the Pre-Kindergarten class the focus is on fun, teaching our girls the fundamental skills through a variety of floor-based circuits. Aspects of the Round Square Discovery Framework are embedded in our gymnastics program teaching our students important character attributes such as tenacity, self-awareness and courage. Student development will be assessed throughout the year using a ‘working towards’ or ‘achieved’ scale across a tiered skills list.
Recreation Gymnastics (Kindergarten)
This is an entry-level class which focuses on the development of fundamental skills in both Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics in a fun and supportive environment. The continued use of the Round Square Discovery Framework allows us to infuse character and values education into our gymnastic program. This means not only will our students learn the Artistic Gymnastics skills through four apparatus – Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor, and Rhythmic Gymnastics both freehand and utilising handheld apparatus – Rope, Ribbon, Ball and Hoop, but they will also understand the importance of such discoveries as compassion, teamwork and communication. Students will be assessed throughout the year using the ‘working towards’ or ‘achieved’ scale across a tiered skills list. This assessment becomes important when students choose to specialise as part of the Year 2 program.
Extension – Recreation Gymnastics (Kindergarten)
This class is an extension class following on from Recreation Gymnastics. Through this program students will further consolidate the skills learnt in Recreation Gymnastics and be exposed to additional skills. Students will be assessed throughout the year using the ‘working towards’ or ‘achieved’ scale across a tiered skills list. This assessment becomes important when students choose to specialise as part of the Year 2 program.
Artistic Gymnastics (Year 1)
This is an entry level class which focuses on the development of the foundation skills for Artistic Gymnastics in a fun and supportive environment. The continued use of the Round Square Discovery Framework allows us to infuse character and values education into our gymnastics program. This means not only will our students learn the Artistic gymnastics skills through four apparatus – Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor – but they will also understand the importance of such discoveries as compassion, teamwork and communication. Students will be assessed throughout the year using the ‘working towards’ or ‘achieved’ scale across a tiered skills list. This assessment becomes important when students choose to specialise as part of the Year 2 program.
Rhythmic Gymnastics (Year 1)
The Rhythmic Gymnastics is an extension class following on from Artistic Gymnastics. Through this program students will learn specific Rhythmic gymnastics, utilising the handheld apparatus such as Ball, Rope, Hop, Ribbon and Clubs. There is crossover in the foundations of ballet making this a companion program to the Dance Program. Students will be assessed throughout the year using the ‘working towards’ or ‘achieved’ scale across a tiered skills list. This assessment becomes important when students choose to specialise as part of the Year 2 program.
Year 2 Gymnastics Program
Year 2 students who wish to continue to participate in gymnastics will be required to specialise in either Artistic OR Rhythmic. This 90-minute session builds their existing gymnastics skills as they begin to specialise in their chosen discipline. Identified Year 2 students have the opportunity to participate in a selective class within the MLC School Gymnastic Club program, which will run during the Year 2 allocated time slot.
Puzzle and Game Club gives girls an opportunity to play a variety of games with their peers. They will learn to take turns, the basic rules of games, maths skills, thinking ahead, actions and consequences, teamwork and being a good sport. Girls are encouraged to bring their favourite game or puzzles in to play, which they can keep in the Studio for the term.
Program Coordinator: Phil Jiang
Our weekly Mandarin classes offer an opportunity for language acquisition for new students to the language, as well as a chance for extension for those students who already have a background in Chinese and may speak it at home. The lessons will focus on the key skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Through immersion in activities such as songs, stories, role plays and culture-related tasks, they will come to understand the basics of the language that will inspire a love of learning Chinese.
These classes will run with no charge to parents for Term 1 and Term 2 2021. From Term 3 2021 the classes will cost a $125 per term in line with the other activities on offer through the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 After School Program.
Program Coordinator: Monica Brian,
Director of The Speech and Drama Studio
Students will explore a range of speech and drama activities focused on strengthening their non-verbal and verbal communication skills. This will assist them in the creation and performance of their own version of the Round Square character attributes. Through differentiated poetry and prose pieces students will begin identifying characters in scripts, incorporating performance dynamics and engaging an audience. Students will work on cultivating and strengthening their communication and presentation skills through a variety of impromptu and public speaking tasks that relate to the Round Square Discovery Framework.
*Please note that only group classes are offered in the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 After School Co-Curricular Program. If you wish your daughter to also participate in an individualised program (private, duo and trios) these are available to MLC School students through The Speech and Drama Studio.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Classes
Students will begin their foray into the world of speech and drama though a range of role play, speaking and movement-based exercises. We focus on building their confidence and developing their communication skills in the presentation of their understanding of the Round Square Heroes of Discoveries.
Year 1 and Year 2 Classes
Students will continue to develop their communication skills through improvisation and character-building activities. Text pieces such as poetry and prose allow our young performers to harness their storytelling abilities and work on engaging their audiences. By reflecting on the Round Square character attributes students will continue to practice their public speaking and discussion skills.
Program Coordinator: Lisa Filby,
Director of Sport
Super Sports (Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2)
Super Sports is designed to introduce the students to a variety of sports through a fun and active program. Students will develop fundamental movement skills of running, hopping, skipping and jumping. They will develop object control skills using a variety of sports equipment that will enable them to develop skills in throwing, catching and striking. Coaches will use a game sense approach that will provide opportunities to develop both skills and an understanding of the tactics of the game being introduced.
Students should be picked up by their parents/carers by 4.20pm. Requests to walk the girls to after school care will be accommodated.
Please note that delayed collection of students has a significant impact on other programs operating across the School. Sports department staff will supervise your daughter for a maximum of five minutes at the conclusion of their session, before signing them into after school care at a casual cost to the parent/carer. This is due to the coach having to attend their next session.