Sports Comms, Code, Venues


The Sports Department is located on the ground floor of the MLC School Aquatic Centre. The office is open from 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday if you need to see a staff member in person.


Staying Informed

Please ensure you are familiar with the Risk Warnings for both Sporting Activities and Non-Sporting Activities. They can be found here.

Each week, there is a Sports Update in the newsletter. The update contains:

  • Registration information
  • Weekly fixtures
  • Sports procedures
  • Wet weather information
  • Student achievements

Follow us on MLC School Sport, Sydney. The Facebook page contains details regarding MLC School sports events, wet weather information on the day of the event, updates during events, student achievements and sporting highlights.

Students are informed of important sport events through Canvas. It is imperative that you regularly check Canvas and emails.

The Sports Department primarily uses email to relay any important sport information to parents and students. Please ensure the School has your preferred email address and you check emails regularly to not miss important information.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff, please call 02 8741 3126 during office hours.

Absences from Training and Games


On the rare occasions that it may be necessary for a player to miss training or a competition, please follow these instructions.

  • If the inability to attend is known in advance, a written explanation (email) from the player’s parent/carer is to be given to the coach and Sports Department in advance. This notice should be given as early as possible.
  • If the player is absent from school on the day of training or on competition day, the player’s parent/carer is asked to advise the coach and Sports Department of their daughter’s absence from training or the game.
  • Do not ask your friends or teammates to give your coach the message.
  • Do give as much notice as possible.
  • If there is a clash with another sport or school event, please speak with the Sports Department to determine which game/event you should attend.

Please note: Continued failure to attend training or competitions without a timely written explanation is unacceptable and may jeopardise the player’s continued involvement in sport.

Pockets are only awarded to students who have attended at least 80% of training and games

What Do I Do If It Is Wet Weather?

While on most occasions we would not cancel training for wet weather, cancellations may occur if rain is too heavy to train in or weather conditions deem it unsafe. Additionally, due to safe distancing measures and government guidelines, we may be required to cancel training when we cannot accommodate students safely in an indoor space.

For Morning Training

The decision to cancel any morning training sessions will be made by 8pm the night before training.

Wet weather cancellations will be posted on the MLC School Sport Facebook page, followed by an email.

No Facebook post or email means that activities will still go ahead.

For After School Training

The decision to cancel any after school training sessions will be made by 1pm on the day of training.

Wet weather cancellations will be posted on the MLC School Sport Facebook page, followed by an email.

 On Saturdays

If you are playing an IPSHA Sport, please follow this link to the IPSHA Wet Weather site. Once on the site, select your venue and there will be a notification if your venue is closed. IPSHA normally makes a decision by 7am.

If you are playing an IGSA Sport, visit this link to find out if your venue is closed or open.

For Santa Sabina Basketball and Volleyball use the Santa Sabina Sport Twitter link.

When possible, Saturday cancellations will be posted on the MLC School Sport Facebook page.

On all occasions, it is the individuals’ responsibility to check the wet weather information. The Sports department, coaches and managers are not always in a position to relay any game cancellations.

Codes of Conduct

MLC School, players, staff and parents respect and abide by the Australian Sports Commission’s Code of Conduct.

Players’ Code of Conduct

  • Play by the rules.
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the competition.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in any sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and/or for your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, and so will you.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they be by your team, opponent or the other team.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
  • Cooperate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Play for the “fun of it” and not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender.

Parents’ Code of Conduct
  • Encourage children to participate, if they are interested. However, if a child is not willing, do not force her.
  • Focus upon the child’s efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always participate according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
  • Remember children learn best from example. Applaud good plays by all teams.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the official’s judgment and honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give their time and resources to provide recreational activities for the children and deserve support.
  • Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender.

Spectators’ Code of Conduct

  • Remember that children play organised sports for fun. They are not playing for the entertainment of spectators only, nor are they miniature professionals.
  • Applaud good performances and efforts from each team. Congratulate all participants upon their performance, regardless of the game’s outcome.
  • Respect the official’s decisions. If there is a disagreement, follow the appropriate procedure in order to question the decision and teach the children to do likewise.
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during competition. Positive comments
  • are motivational.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
  • Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no game.
  • Encourage players to follow the rules and the officials’ decisions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not usi

Associations, Venues and Carnivals

Sporting Associations

MLC School is affiliated with a number of sporting associations depending on the sport and competition.


Girls from Year 3 to Year 6 participate in a variety of team sports in the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) competition. IPSHA sports are played on Saturday mornings against other independent girls’ schools at venues all over Sydney. The emphasis of IPSHA sport is on participation and enjoyment whilst acquiring fundamental movement skills. In IPSHA sport, point scores are not kept, and finals are not played. Skill development, fair play and fun are central to IPSHA sports.

Girls from Year 7 to Year 12 participate in the Independent Girls’ School Association (IGSA) competition. IGSA sports are played on Saturday mornings against other independent girls’ schools at venues all over Sydney as well as Frensham in Mittagong

In addition to IPSHA and IGSA, MLC School participates in Badminton competitions run by Loreto Normanhurst and Meriden, Netball in the Eastwood-Ryde Netball Association, Volleyball in the Santa Sabina competition and the Sydney Volleyball League, Tennis in the Inter District competition and Football in the Ascham 5 a-side competition. 


Touch Football IPSHA

Games for IPSHA and IGSA are played at various schools and venues around Sydney. For IGSA, teams may be required to travel to Mittagong to play at Frensham.

  • AFL is usually played at Heffron Park. Term 3 Badminton is played at Meriden.
  • MLC School Club Netball is played at Meadowbank Park (Brush Farm for 10 years and under).
  • Rugby 7s is usually played at Barker or Pymble.
  • Ascham 5 A-Side is played at Moore Park.
  • Term 4 Volleyball and Basketball is played at Santa Sabina.
  • Sydney Volleyball League is usually played at Sydney Olympic Park. There may be some games played in Narrabeen.
  • Friday Night Water Polo is played at MLC School Aquatic Centre.


An important part of the tradition and culture of MLC School is its School carnivals. Girls represent their House as they strive for Championship and representative honours in Athletics, Swimming, Cross Country, Indoor Rowing and Diving.

There are four Houses in the Junior School and 10 Houses in the Senior School. A large part of the fun of these sporting competitions is the costumed themes and House cheering led by the Captains of each House. House Spirit is equally as important as competitive points.