Sports Offered

Sports Offered at MLC School
AFL (Year 7 to Year 12)

AFL is played between two teams on an oval-shaped field. Points are scored by kicking the ball between the goal posts (worth six points) or behind posts (worth one point).

 

In 2022 MLC School will be providing an opportunity for girls in Year 7 to Year 12 to participate in the Independent Schools AFL competition.

Coordinator: Esther Maling
When: Term 1
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, Burwood Park
Game times and location: Saturday afternoons, various locations across Sydney
Cost: Approx. $185 per term
Uniform: PE uniform for training, MLC School AFL uniform for competition
Competitions: Independent Schools AFL Competition

Athletics and Cross Country (Year 3 to Year 12)

Athletics training occurs each term and occasionally through the holidays during competition season. Students train in all disciplines (e.g. sprints, throws, jumps and distance running).

 

Registrations are taken for each semester and students have to train a minimum of two sessions each week.

Coordinator: Ashley Harris
When: Term 1 to Term 4
Training times and location: Tuesday and Thursday 7am–8am, Burwood Park
Competition times and location: Wednesday 4pm–6pm, Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre
Cost: Approx. $300 per semester
Uniform: PE uniform for training, MLC School Athletics uniform for competition
Competitions: Year 3 to Year 6: IPSHA Championships, IPSHA Cross-Country Championships
Year 7 to Year 12: IGSA Championships, IGSA Friday Twilight Meets, Nitro Knockout, IGSA Cross-Country Championships

Badminton (Year 7 to Year 12)

Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. The most common forms of the game are ‘singles’ (with one player per side) and ‘doubles’ (with two players per side). Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it within the opposing side’s half of the court.

Coordinator: Kylie Bickerstaff
When: Term 1 and Term 3
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, MLC School Gymnasium
Game times and location: Term 1: Saturday mornings, various locations across Sydney
Term 3: Friday evenings, various locations across Sydney
Cost: Approx. $185 per term
Uniform: PE uniform for training and competitions. Own Badminton racquet.
Competitions: Loreto Normanhurst Invitational, Meriden Invitational

Basketball (Year 3 to Year 12)

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players each, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender’s hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop.

Coordinator: Ashley Harris
When: Year 3 to Year 6: Term 4
Year 7 to Year 12: Term 2 and Term 4
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, MLC School Gymnasium or synthetic courts
Game times and location: Saturday mornings, various locations across Sydney
Cost: Approx. $185 per term
Uniform: PE uniform for training, MLC School Basketball uniform for competitions
Competitions: Year 3 to Year 6: IPSHA Basketball Competition
Year 7 to Year 12: IGSA Basketball Competition and Santa Sabina Invitational

Diving (Year 2 to Year 12)

Our divers train year-round during term time. Registrations are taken for each term and students have to train at least once a week. Two training sessions have been arranged for the Diving Squad at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) per term. These are optional and for the benefit of divers of all abilities.

 

New students must have a swimming assessment before registering.

Coordinator: Kylie Bickerstaff
When: Year-round (Term 1 to Term 4)
Training times and location: Year 2 to Year 6: Wednesday 3.30pm–4.30pm, Friday 7am–8am
Year 7 to Year 12: Wednesday 7am–8am, Thursday 7am–8am
Cost: Approx. $400 per semester
Uniform: MLC School swimming costume
Competitions: MLC School Diving is constantly sourcing eligible competitions for the squad to enter. Divers enter competitions at their own discretion and must complete an annual registration individually with NSW Diving. Divers can then enter competitions individually under the MLC School banner. Divers and their families will be notified of eligible competitions via email from the Sports Department or via their coaches.

Fencing (Year 7 to Year 12)

Fencing was one of the first sports to be played in the Olympics. Based on the traditional skills of swordsmanship, the modern sport arose at the end of the 19th century. There are three forms of modern fencing, each of which uses a different kind of weapon and has different rules; thus, the sport itself is divided into three competitive scenes: foil, épée, and sabre.

 

Fencers train year-round during term time. Registrations are taken each semester and students have to attend two sessions a week.

Coordinator: Lisa Filby
When: Term 1 to Term 4
Training times and location: Tuesday 7am–8am, The Daphne Line Hall
Thursday 7am–8am, The Daphne Line Hall
Friday 7am–8am, The Daphne Line Hall
Cost: Approx. $300 per semester
Uniform/Equipment: PE uniform for training. Fencers are encouraged to purchase their own equipment if they want to pursue fencing competitively. Fencers must purchase their own mask.
Competitions: When they are ready to compete, fencers must register for membership with NSW Fencing. Fencers can then enter competitions individually or in teams under the MLC School banner. Fencers and their families will be notified of eligible competitions via their coach.

Hockey (Year 3 to Year 12)

Hockey is a sport in which two teams play against each other by trying to manoeuvre a ball into the opponent’s goal using a hockey stick.

Coordinator: Kylie Bickerstaff
When: Year 3 to Year 6: Term 2
Year 7 to Year 12: Term 2 and Term 3
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, MLC School Synthetic Courts
Game times and location: Saturday mornings, various locations across Sydney
Cost: Approx. $400 per semester
Uniform/Equipment: Mouthguard (compulsory), shin guards (compulsory), PE uniform for training, MLC School Hockey uniform for competitions, Hockey stick
Competitions: Year 3 to Year 6: IPSHA Hockey Competition
Year 7 to Year 12: IGSA Hockey Competition

Netball (Year 2 to Year 12)

Netball is a ball sport played with two teams of seven players. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring. Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court.

Coordinator: Lisa Filby
When: Generally, Term 2 and Term 3 (April–August)
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, MLC School Gymnasium or Synthetic Courts
Game times and location: Saturday mornings, possible afternoon games for older players (Year 10 and up). Once the draw is determined, you will play the same time each week, Meadowbank Park (11 years and up) and Brush Farm (Under 10 years)
Cost: Approx. $365 for the season
Uniform/Equipment: PE uniform for training, MLC School Netball uniform for competitions
Competitions: ERNA Competition

Rowing (Year 7 to Year 12)

The Rowing program is conducted at the MLC School boatshed in Glebe for on-water training, and the school for land-based training. Girls are dropped off at the MLC School boatshed for on-water training, and then transported back to school after training. For afternoon on-water training, the girls are transported from MLC School to the boatshed and parent pick up is from there after training. Alternatively, they can be transported back to school for pick up. The rowing competitive season is held in Term 4 and Term 1, with winter training running throughout Term 2 and Term 3.

Coordinator: Kylie Bickerstaff
Head Coach: Rob Glendenning
When: Term 1 to Term 4, including school holidays
Training Times: Students train two days a week within their Year group with an option for extra days for land training
Location: MLC School Boatshed, Glebe
Cost: Recreational Squads: approx. $300 per term
Performance Squad: approx. $580 per term
Coxswain Squad: approx. $260 per term
Uniform/Equipment: PE uniform/rowing training gear for training, MLC School Rowing Zootie for competitions
Competitions: Schoolgirl Head of the River IGSA Regatta, MLC School Invitational Regatta, Other regattas – rowers and their families will be notified of eligible competitions.

Rugby 7s (Year 7 to Year 12)

Rugby 7s is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players playing seven-minute halves, instead of the usual 15 players playing 40-minute halves. Rugby 7s was first introduced at MLC School in 2017, with the hope that it will continue to grow and be offered in future years.

Coordinator: To be advised
When: Term 3 and Term 4 (to be confirmed)
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, Burwood Park
Game times and location: Saturday, various locations across Sydney
Cost: Approx. $200 for the season
Uniform: PE uniform for training, MLC School Rugby uniform for competitions

Snowsports (Kindergarten to Year 12)

Skiers and snowboarders compete in races comprising two runs, across various disciplines, including Alpine, Slalom, Ski Cross, Moguls, Slopestyle and Cross-Country Skiing. Competitors have the opportunity to progress through to State and National championships.

Coordinator: Kylie Bickerstaff
When: Term 2 and Term 3
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, MLC School Synthetic Courts
Competition location: Thredbo and Perisher (alternate years)
Cost: Approximate cost is confirmed at the information evening
Uniform: PE uniform for training, MLC School Snowsports uniform for competitions
Competitions: Sydney Regional Interschool Championships

Soccer (Football) (Year 3 to Year 12)

Football (also known as soccer) is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of 11 players. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Coordinator: Ashley Harris
When: Year 3 to Year 6: Term 1
Year 7 to Year 12: Term 2 and Term 3
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, Burwood Park
Game times and location: Saturday mornings, various locations across Sydney
Cost: Approx. $185 per term
Uniform: PE uniform for training, MLC School Soccer uniform for competitions
Competitions: Year 3 to Year 6: IPSHA Soccer Competition
Year 7 to Year 12: IGSA Soccer Competition, Ascham 5 -A-Side, CIS Football Cup

Softball (Year 10 to Year 12)

Softball is a modified form of baseball played on a smaller field with a larger, softer ball, seven rather than nine innings, and underarm pitching. Players are to strike the ball when pitched at them and run around the bases to score the run at Home Base.

Coordinator: Kylie Bickerstaff
When: Term 1
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, Burwood Park
Game times and location: Saturday mornings, various locations across Sydney
Cost: Approx. $185 per term
Uniform: PE uniform for training, MLC School Softball uniform for competitions
Competitions: IGSA Softball Competition

Swimming (Year 3 to Year 12)

MLC School’s Aquatic Centre enables MLC School students to train year-round in a 50m pool. The program’s focus is on the development of MLC School swimmers from Kindergarten to Year 12.

 

The Aquatic Centre offers Learn to Swim programs for all levels and ages, a multi-level squad program for competitive swimmers and squads for those students who just wish to swim for fitness, endurance or to improve technique. For Learn to Swim and competitive squads, please contact the Aquatic Centre.

Coordinator: Lisa Filby
Head Coach (MLC School Co-Curricular and Representative Swimming): Colman Wong
When: Year-round (Term 1 to Term 4)
Training times and location: Various times, MLC School Aquatic Centre
Cost: Dependent on lesson/squad
Uniform: MLC School swimming costume
Competitions: IPSHA Swimming Championships, IGSA Swimming Championships, Trinity Invitational, MLC School Invitational

Tennis (Year 3 to Year 12)

Tennis is offered year-round. Students can choose between competitive and non-competitive Tennis and must register per semester. Students in the competitive program will compete in the Inter District competition, IGSA and IPSHA competitions according to their age groups.

 

Students may participate in the competitive program before school and the non-competitive program after school in small group training sessions, where progressions are made through group levels.

 

Competitive students in Year 7 to Year 12 who wish to be considered for the Tildesley Shield team will trial in Term 3 to be selected into the Representative Squad who will train throughout Term 4 in order to be considered for selection into the Tildesley team. These students will commit to the competitive program and are expected to play IGSA and Interdistrict competitions throughout the year.

 

Private lessons are also available.

Coordinator: Kylie Bickerstaff
Head Coach: Ludovic Catherine
When: Year-round (Term 1 to Term 4)
Training times and location: Various timetables, MLC School Tennis Courts
Cost: Dependent on lesson/squad
Uniform: MLC School Tennis uniform
Competitions: IPSHA Tennis Competition, IGSA Tennis Competition, Inter-District, Tildesley Shield

Touch Football (Year 3 to Year 12)

Touch is a variation of rugby league with the tackling of opposing players replaced by a touch. As touches must be made with minimal force, touch is therefore a limited-contact sport.

Coordinator: Ashley Harris
When: Year 3 to Year 6: Term 3
Year 7 to Year 12: Term 4
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, Burwood Park
Game times and location: Saturday mornings, various locations across Sydney
Cost: Approx. $185 per term
Uniform: PE uniform for training, MLC School Touch Football uniform for competitions
Competitions: Year 3 to Year 6: IPSHA Touch Football Competition
Year 7 to Year 12: IGSA Touch Football Competition

Volleyball (Year 7 to Year 12)

Volleyball is a game for two teams, usually of six players, in which a large ball is hit by hand over a high net, the aim being to score points by making the ball reach the ground on the opponent’s side of the court.

Coordinator: Ashley Harris
When: Representative Program: Term 2 to Term 3
Year 7 to Year 12: Term 4 Santa Sabina Invitational
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, Burwood Park/MLC School Gymnasium
Game times and location: Saturday mornings, Santa Sabina
Cost: Approx. $185 per term
Uniform: PE uniform for training, MLC School Volleyball uniform for competitions
Competitions: Santa Sabina Invitational, Volleyball Schools Cup

Water Polo (Year 5 to Year 12)

Water Polo is a competitive team sport played in the water between two teams. The game consists of four quarters in which the two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the ball into the opposing team’s goal.

Coordinator: Lisa Filby
When: Term 1, Term 3 and Term 4
Training times and location: Mornings 7am–8am, MLC School Aquatic Centre
Game times and location: Saturday mornings, various locations across Sydney
MLC School Invitational – Friday nights, MLC School Aquatic Centre
Cost: Approx. $185 per term
Uniform: MLC School Water Polo costume or swimming costume for training, MLC School Water Polo costume for competitions
Competitions: Year 5 to Year 6: Term 1 IPSHA
Year 6 to Year 12: Term 3 MLC School Invitational
Year 7 to Year 12: Term 1 UNSW Invitational, Term 4 UNSW Invitational

MLC School Gymnastics Club

(Year 3 to Year 12)

The Gymnastics program at MLC School includes both Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics and operates from beginner through to advanced level. Space is limited in each class and any student with prior experience will require an assessment to confirm the most appropriate class, otherwise they can join the entry level class based on age. All enrolments are completed online through the Aquatic Centre office.

Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a sport that anyone can participate in. MLC School Gymnastics offers various entry level classes within both our Artistic and Rhythmic Program. Vacancies permitting, children with little or no gymnastics experience can enrol in the class most suitable for their age. Within each of these entry level classes, children progress though various skills and are assessed (graded) each term. Identification and selection into various other selective recreation programs or competitive squads occur continuously throughout the term and throughout the structured grading week each term. 

Intermediate Recreation (Artistic)

An entry level Artistic gymnastics class for ages 8 and 9 years, or for participants who have progressed through Beginner Recreation or Pre-Foundation. Students are assessed as ‘working towards’ or ‘achieved’ across a three tiered skills list (bronze/ silver/gold) each term.

Advanced Recreation (Artistic)

An entry level Artistic gymnastics class for ages 10+ or for participants who have progressed through Intermediate Recreation or Pre-Foundation. Students are assessed as ‘working towards’ or ‘achieved’ across a three tiered skills list (bronze/silver/gold) each term.

Advanced Recreation (Rhythmic)

An entry level Rhythmic gymnastics class for ages 7+ or for participants who have progressed through Beginner Recreation or Pre-Foundation. Students are assessed as ‘working towards’ or ‘achieved’ across a three tiered skills list (bronze/silver/gold) each term. 

Pre-Foundation (Artistic)

A selective Artistic gymnastics class for girls aged 5 to 7 years old extending on basic skills, flexibility, strength and conditioning. The skill level is in line with Beginner Recreation however focus is on quality, concentration and work ethic. Gymnasts can spend up to 18 months (six school terms) in this program. Their development through this program is dependent on the gymnast’s performance at Gala Days and their day to day training. Gymnasts in Pre-Foundation can progress to Recreation OR Competitive squads in either Rhythmic or Artistic Gymnastics. 

Junior Gym Pink (Artistic)

A selective Artistic class suitable for ages 7 to 9 years or for participants that have progressed through Intermediate Recreation, Pre-Foundation or Foundation Competitive squads. Depending on their development through the program and their performance at Gala Days they may be selected into Foundation or Level 3 Competitive Squads (Artistic). MLC School students may be offered the opportunity to compete for MLC School at the IPSHA Gymnastics Carnival. All other progression from this class will be to Junior Gym (Sky). 

Junior Gym Sky (Artistic)

A selective Artistic class suitable for ages 10+ or for participants that have progressed through Advanced Recreation (Artistic), Junior Gym (Pink), or Foundation Competitive Squads. Depending on their development through the program and their performance at Gala Days they may be selected into Foundation or Level 3 Competitive Squads (Artistic). MLC School students may be offered the opportunity to compete for MLC School at the IPSHA Gymnastics Carnival. All other progression from this class will be to Senior Gym.  

Senior Gym (Artistic or Rhythmic)

An entry level Artistic and Rhythmic class suitable for participants in Senior School. It is also suitable for gymnasts who wish to maintain previously learnt skills or have progressed through the Junior Gym (Artistic or Rhythmic) classes. This is a great class for maintaining fitness and encouraging gymnastics participation and enjoyment. Also for those girls wanting to compete in the IGSA competition.  

Senior Gym Advanced

A selective class for ex-squad gymnasts who no longer wish to compete or commit to multiple days and hours of training. This class is suitable for gymnasts who wish to maintain their skill level with minimal training requirements.

TeamGym

TeamGym combines elements of tumbling, mini tramp and dance to create an exciting team competition event. It is a performance-based gym sport where routines are constructed using basic skills, which can be adapted and extended. TeamGym is offered by invitation to gymnasts in Foundation (Artistic), Junior Gym (Artistic), Senior Gym (Combined), Level 3 (Artistic), and ex-squad members. There are three levels of TeamGym offered; Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. Selection into these levels is dependent on ability and skill level and commitment is year-long. 

Competitive Squads

There are numerous competitive squads across both Artistic and Rhythmic. These are all selective based on skill level, physical attributes and dedication. All gymnasts in a competitive squads are required to attend events set for their level each year.

Coordinator: Naomi Bruce
When: Year-round (Term 1 to Term 4, including school holidays)
Training times and location: Afternoons and Saturdays dependent on class, MLC School Gymnasium
Cost: Varies depending on class/program
Uniform/Equipment:Recreation classes: gym shorts/tights, a leotard/crop top or body-tight singlet/t-shirt. Neat hair.
Competitive Rhythmic: black shorts/tights and a black leotard or singlet. Hair in high bun.
Competitive Artistic: gym shorts/tights, leotard/crop top. Hair to be tied back neatly, hair that reaches eyes to be in a bun/tucked under in a plait.
Competitions:Year 3 to Year 6: IPSHA Gymnastics
Year 7 to Year 12: IGSA Gymnastics
Competitive gymnasts are required to enter competitions with the MLC School Gymnastics Club. Gymnasts and their families will be notified of eligible competitions.