Year 9 to Year 12

A spirit of adventure is characterised by those who push themselves beyond their perceived limits, cross boundaries and discover that they are capable of more than they thought. It encompasses preparedness to take risks, face a challenge and persist against the odds and in the face of potential failure.

Willingness to rise to unusual, exciting or frightening experiences is evident, as is a compulsion to set and then stretch to reach a personal goal in any hobby or area of interest. Courage, discipline, tenacity and resilience are foundations on which ambition is built and personal development is achieved.

A person living out a spirit of adventure seeks out opportunities to stretch and push themselves beyond their own perceived abilities and the expectations of others. They are dynamic and driven, thriving on practical, experiential learning, and willing to tenaciously pursue their objective, overcoming setbacks and obstacles along the way.

An appreciation that adventure is a very personal experience, and will mean different things to different people, allows for supportive celebration of others’ achievements in all aspects of life. As such, a readiness to embrace uncertainty, to explore and pioneer in any field is supported and encouraged.

Duke of Edinburgh

Year 9 to Year 12

Learning can take place anywhere at any time. MLC School facilitates the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which fosters leadership, independence, personal challenge and takes girls from the great outdoors of Australia, to international residential projects.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a voluntary program of activities for anyone aged between 13 to 25. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive and enjoyable activities in their free time. Given the number of co-curricular activities that MLC School girls are engaged in, students are generally able to use their existing interests to complete at least one, if not most, of the sections listed below.

The scheme is non-competitive, allowing anyone with enterprise and effort to gain an award. Self-motivation is fundamental, and the criterion for gaining an award is individual improvement based on each participant’s starting point and potential.

The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each of these levels is made up of at least four sections:

  1. Service volunteering, helping the wider community. Activities that can be undertaken during school hours include school fundraising, Crochet Club and Business Club
  2. Skill – a hobby, musical instrument, drama, new language, project management and learning to drive
  3. Physical Recreation – sport, dance, fitness, bike riding, swimming, going for a walk
  4. Adventurous Journeys – horse riding, bushwalking, canoeing, rafting. Adventurous Journeys are led by fully qualified external providers
  5. Residential Project – Gold only

Participating International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme students are also able to meet the requirements for the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) component of their IB Diploma.

At different times throughout the year, leadership positions become available on the Duke of Edinburgh team, with the time spent counting towards your Duke of Edinburgh hours.

Benefits include:
  • Acquire evidence of your perseverance and achievement by gaining the Award
  • Express yourself with confidence and maturity
  • Gain credibility with potential employers and higher education applications
  • Use the skills gained to advance yourself in your working life
  • Gain extra ATAR points with some universities
  • An internationally-recognised Award
  • Greater sense of achievement
  • Self-empowerment from undertaking a challenge
  • Increased independence
  • Assertiveness and self-assurance
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Experience in leadership and decision making
  • Experience in working with people of all ages and different backgrounds
  • Gain skills on how to undertake independent international travel
  • Meet new people and make great friendships
  • Have fun

We understand that every student is busy with curriculum and co-curricular activities, for that reason we try and integrate Duke of Edinburgh activities into their current commitments. For example, Service can be completed during lunchtimes and Physical during Saturday sport or involvement in dance companies. MLC School has also created the ‘Double’ Adventurous Journey (AJ). This allows students to complete both their Practice AJ and Qualifying AJ in one trip.

Coordinators: Glen Mole, Award Leader, Natasha Eyles, Award Administrator
Time: Meetings: Wednesday lunchtime
Adventurous Journeys: Offered at different times throughout the year but commonly during school holidays
Location: SCG001
Cost: Bronze $215, Silver $225, Gold $245
Enrolment: To get started with the Duke of Edinburgh Award students should pick up a Duke of Edinburgh starter pack from the Studies Office and discuss participation with parents/carers
Note: Camps and trips taken as part of the Adventurous Journeys component of the Award are at an additional cost

The Adventurous Journey (AJ) provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the wider environment, as well as develop their self-confidence, team work and health. Participants are taken out of their comfort zone in an unfamiliar environment but kept within a safe and secure setting, achieved through suitable training and supervision.

In the past MLC School-run AJ’s have included completing some of Sydney’s most iconic walks, horse riding through beautiful forests or travelling far and wide to countries like Cambodia, Fiji and Peru. However, should a student not be able to undertake a school-run AJ, there are several Open AJ providers that have been screened by the MLC School Award Leader that offer a wide range of AJ’s that a student can undertake at a time that suits the student.

The AJ is made up of three parts: Preliminary training, Practice AJ and Qualifying AJ. In each Award level participants are required to undertake different levels purposeful activities/effort, meaning the amount of time spent towards accomplishing the purpose of the journey. Time associated with sleeping, cooking and eating is in addition to this time.

During the Practice AJ participants start learning and honing the skills they will need to complete the Qualifying AJ, with each award level setting longer and more demanding challenges.

Taking part in the MLC School Cadet program may count towards a participant’s Bronze and Silver AJ. Students must check with Esther Maling, MLC School Cadets coordinator, to ensure cadet camps will meet the Duke of Ed requirements.

Bronze AJ
(Year 9)
Silver AJ
(Year 10)
Gold AJ
(Year 11, minimum age of 16)

Two days and one night per Practice and Qualifying

Made up of a minimum of 12 hours of
purposeful effort, with an average of six hours
per day.

Three days and two nights per Practice and Qualifying AJ

Made up of a minimum of 21 hours of purposeful effort, with an average of seven hours per day.

Four days and three nights per Practice and Qualifying AJ

Made up of a minimum of 32 hours of purposeful effort, with an average of eight hours per day.


Age 13 years, 9 months+ OR at the start of Year 9
Age 15+ OR 14 years if the participant has completed the Bronze Award
Age 1
Skill, Physical Recreation or Service
Three months minimum participation in each section Six months minimum participation in each section 12 months minimum participation in each section
Additional Time Requirements
All participants must do an extra three months in either:
– Skill
– Physical Recreation
– Service
Non-Bronze awardees must do an extra six months in either:
– Skill
– Physical Recreation
– Service
Non-Silver awardees must do an extra six months in either:
– Skill
– Physical Recreation
– Service
Adventurous Journey
– Preliminary Training
– Practice Journey
– Qualifying Journey
– Preliminary Training
– Practice Journey
– Qualifying Journey (both 3 days and 2 nights)
– Preliminary Training
– Practice Journey
– Qualifying Journey (both 4 days and 3 nights)
Residential Project
N/A N/A Additional requirement of 5 days/4 nights Residential Project

Newington College Army Cadet Unit

Year 9 to Year 12

Must commence in Year 9, with a two-year minimum commitment

The Australian Army Cadets is a Youth Development Program focused on Defence customs, traditions and values. Cadets are involved in numerous outdoor experiences including abseiling, hiking, high ropes, rifle shooting, etc.

The Cadet Program provides skills and educational framework for the personal development of young people. It provides a pathway to varying promotions and leadership opportunities. 

The Australian Army Cadets adopts the values of the Australian Defence Force to empower youth to achieve their potential. These Values are:

  • Service. The selflessness of character to place the security and interests of our nation and its people ahead of my own.
  • Courage. The strength of character to say and do the right thing, always, especially in the face of adversity.
  • Respect. The humanity of character to value others and treat them with dignity.
  • Integrity. The consistency of character to align my thoughts, words and actions to do what is right.
  • Excellence. The willingness of character to strive each day to be the best I can be, both professionally and personally.

Home Training occurs fortnightly on the Newington College Campus in Stanmore. During the course of Home Training every Cadet will learn:

  • Radio Conduct
  • Knots
  • Mapping
  • Navigation
  • Drill
  • Camp Craft
  • First Aid
  • Field Hygiene
  • Community Service

Home training forms the foundation for Cadets skills that will then be implemented at Annual Camp.

Coordinator: Esther Maling, LT
Time: Alternate Fridays, 1.30pm–5pm
Location: Newington College – Stanmore Campus
Cost: Year 9 and Year 10 No Promotions Camp $1100
Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 Promotions Camp $1350
Enrolment: Students will be part of an Observation session before the parent/carer information evening. Enrolment will be via a form distributed to those who have attended the Observation session

After the Administration parade at MLC School, the Cadets will travel by train to Newington every second Friday under the supervision of the CUOs (platoon leaders/senior MLC School students)

Note: Once enrolled, girls are committed for two years minimum – compulsory JNCO promotions in Year 9


All MLC School Cadets will attend Home Training each alternate Friday. Junior Non-Commissioner Officer Cours (JNCO) is compulsory for all. This is held after Home Training.


After successful promotion from JNCO girls will become a Lance Corporal.

Whilst in Year 10 the girls will have the option to continue the leadership option as part of Sergeants (SGT) Course.

This is held after Home Training.


If unsuccessful promotion from SGT girls are still able to continue as a Cadet Corporal.

Those successful will become a Cadet Sergeant of a platoon. They serve as the “bridge” between the CUO and the rest of the platoon, leading the platoon in many assigned tasks and assuming command in the platoon commander’s absence.

Cadet Under Officer Course is run after Home Training in Year 11.


After successfully completing CUO Course girls will be promoted to one of the above positions. These roles hold a lot of responsibility and respect amongst the Unit.

AFX (Annual camp)
Term 3 Week 2
5 days in length

AFX is the most looked forward element of Cadets. It is a five-day camp held in Colo, in which the whole of the Newington College Cadet Unit attends. Throughout the camp Cadets move in their platoons trekking or canoeing to different campsites.

Cadets also participate in abseiling, camp craft, camouflage initiatives and tests all the skills they have been learning in Home Training.

3 days in length

Promotions camp is only for those enrolled in the Sergeant or CUO course. It is run over a three-day weekend in March or April. The camp is also held in the Colo area.

The Sergeants course calls on the Cadets to practice their trekking and map reading in small syndicates assisted by staff.

The CUO course treks into an area in Colo to complete “Think out”. This is where Cadets are placed in a small area in the bush alone for 48 hours. Staff check in throughout, and they are always safe. At the end of the 48 hours the Cadets are inspected to see how much they accomplished in that time.

Round Square Conferences

Year 10 AND Year 11

Each year, Round Square schools send a small delegation (Year 10 and Year 11) to the international conferences held at member schools. Discussions, related to the theme of the conference, examine topics of importance to the member schools and the world.

Friendships are made through activities, expeditions and events organised by the host school. Visitors are introduced, not only to the host school, but also to its country, culture and environment.

Coordinator: Blake Fatouros and Caitlin White
Time: International Conference: Term 3 school holidays
Location: To be advised
Enrolment: All MLC School students are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to attend the conferences. Delegates are selected based on their response to specific IDEALS questions. The form should be submitted to the Round Square coordinator and the student’s Head of Year and Head of House.