We know there is as much to be learnt outside of the classroom as there is inside of it. We offer our girls a range of co-curricular activities to complement their rigorous academic curriculum, and to encourage them to explore their personal passions in a safe and caring environment.
Our girls develop a sense of service – to each other and to the world around us – as they embark on their epic to give to the world; for we all understand that we are blessed to have the gift of our wonderful education.
Outside of our rigorous academic curriculum, our girls are able to extend their extend and expand their skillsets through a variety of competitions, programmes and events. MLC girls are able to compete against students from other schools in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and English based tasks and attend a range of industry events to broaden their knowledge of different areas of expertise.
Senior Years' students are also able to compete in the Western Australian Debating League (WADL) competition, while Junior Years' girls can take part in a Reader's Challenge to develop their skills and connect with other students.
The Creative Arts are a vital part of each of our girl's aesthetic, collaborative and creative development.
Encompassing Visual Art, Media and Information Communication Technology, our Creative Arts Department promotes a dynamic and vibrant atmosphere in which our girls are encouraged to not only learn their craft, but to explore exciting artistic and technological possibilities.
Although part of our holistic curriculum, we offer all of our girls opportunities to take their creativity beyond the classroom. They look forward to bringing their creativity to our biggest Arts events, Arts Week and Heather Lamont Day. These events are key to pushing the boundaries of their creativity.
To celebrate their works, we also hold annual exhibitions including the Year 12 Exhibition, the Years 6–11 Annual Art Exhibition, and the Years 3–6 Barclay Concert Pre-Primary–Year 6 Art Exhibition. Along with these exciting events we create a series of 'pop up' exhibitions in various College venues to coincide with music events or open days, such as My Learning Community Day.
Individual excellence and talent is encouraged though our Art Extension programme, in which we encourage our girls to enter competitions such as the Black Swan Portrait Prize, the Year 12 Perspectives, Metamorphosis, St George Prize and the Shaun Tan Art Award.
A global perspective and engagement in international arts communities is promoted through participation in groups and web-based exhibitions such as the Tate Gallery BP Art Exchange.
Starting in the Early Learning Centre, Music is an integral part of every girl's life at MLC.
All of our Pre-Primary–Year 9 girls are taught Music as part of the curriculum. Girls in Years 8 and 9, and Years 10–12 girls may choose it as an elective.
Our instrumental and vocal programme is on offer to all of our students and a number of Music scholarships and prizes are available.
Lessons are available, and are taken by our diverse and highly qualified music staff and tutors who work across the musical genres, including classical, jazz and contemporary.
Our co-curricular music groups include the Junior Concert Band, Archetti String Ensemble, Sinfonietta String Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Ensembles, Jazz Orchestra, Big Band, Swing Band, and the Concert Band.
Singers have the opportunity to join the Year 3 Choir, Year 4 Choir, Year 5/6 Choir, Cantabile, Barbershop, Chorale, and the Christ Church Grammar School/MLC Combined Choir.
Our contemporary music students also form rock and pop bands.
Throughout the year our musicians perform at a plethora of events including College Sunday, Cabaret Night, Concerto Night, Semester Concerts, Instrumental and Vocal Recitals, Jazz Evenings, Barclay Concert, music theatre and opera productions, the Heather Lamont Festival, My Learning Community Day, Chapel and Assemblies, end-of-year Celebrations and Valedictory Service.
They also perform for their fellow students in a relaxed atmosphere on the Great Court at lunchtimes.
Our community performances include the Cottesloe Village Carnival, Fremantle Eisteddfod, Joondalup Eisteddfod, WA Schools' Orchestra Festival, WA Schools' Jazz Festival, WA Schools' Band Festival, and Young Women in Jazz. Our musicians regularly perform for corporate and charity events throughout the Perth Metropolitan area.
Girls in Years 7–12 also attend the much anticipated choral and music camps where they come together to rehearse and enjoy their shared love of music.
The girls in Years 7–12 also look forward to the triennial European Music Tour where they perform in some of the world's leading venues.
Outdoor and Environmental Education
Our Outdoor and Environmental Education programme focuses on connections, conservation, culture, history and creativity.
Our girls are able to appreciate experiences in nature and their local environments, and build enduring relationships with their peers. All programmes link with Indigenous histories of place, build solid outdoor camping skills and advocate sustainable living practices.
Every girl in Years 3-9 participates in an annual year level Outdoor Education camp as part of our curriculum, while students in Years 9-12 can also take part our Tracks Outdoor and Environmental Education Extension Programme.
The extension experiences allow students to explore some of the State’s most remarkable natural environments including Shark Bay, the Kimberley, Abrolhos Islands, Nullagine, Kalbarri, Mount Gibson and Wooleen Station. During the trips, MLC girls are able to connect with nature, express their creativity, learn about conservation and deepen their understanding of indigenous culture and history.
MLC has a strong sporting history, with pennants and trophies won in a wide variety of sports. Every student at MLC can participate in sport as part of their co-curricular commitments, whether that be for recreation and fun or for high-level competition. We encourage all our girls to play with passion, purpose and pride.
Sport plays a huge role in the holistic development of students at MLC. It provides them with opportunities to develop confidence and work closely with others striving towards a common goal, while also teaching them how to compete—and win and lose—with dignity. Furthermore, sport improves physical and mental health, providing an outlet for stress and anxiety, which can be vital in the demanding College life of a MLC student. Sport also contributes to a determined attitude, and perseverance is encouraged throughout all years.
IGSSA WA sports available to Years 7–12 MLC students:
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In Years 3–6, girls are encouraged to take part in the Junior Independent Girls’ Schools’ Sports Association (JIGSSA WA), which offers quality sporting opportunities for students with a range of participation- and competition-based events. The following sports are played throughout the year:
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Termly development squads are also offered in other sporting areas, giving girls a taste of the IGSSA WA sports on offer in their senior years.
"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
From an early age, our girls actively serve our community, whether that be our local, national or international community, by giving of themselves in keeping with our Vision, Mission and Values as a College of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Our girls look forward to taking part in our service experiences locally, nationally and internationally where they can make an impact in different communities.
Our Pre-Primary–Year 6 girls focus on helping other children through raising money with pop up cake stalls, collecting donations and taking part in fundraising activities outside of the College, such as fun runs.
Years 7-9 girls make a commitment to community service, and to reflect upon the benefits of helping others. Each girl aims to complete 40 hours of service during their time in Years 7–9, after which they will be awarded their Half Colours, a prestigious recognition of their contribution to lives of others.
Our Years 10–12 girls gain Value Colours in recognition for their commitment to Service. To gain this precious award they must have completed 80 hours of voluntary community service over Years 10–12.
Our Theatre Arts programme focuses on participation, excellence and creativity. It also requires self-control and discipline. Our programme is designed to gives all of our girls the opportunity to be a part of invaluable and memorable experiences.
Recognising that each girl has her own special talent we hold numerous performances at College events, culminating in our annual College production. The joy of being part of a creative process and performing an exciting theatrical event is such a thrill for each girl whether she is on stage or backstage.
House Singing, Drama and Mime Day is an event for which our girls eagerly rehearse. We also invite our community to the annual Years 7–9 Production.
Girls who are passionate about Dance are able to audition to become part of the MLC Dance Theatre Company, as well as be given the opportunity to perform in their Houses during Heather Lamont Day, and take part in dance festivals with other schools.
Speech and Drama lessons are offered to allow our girls to build confidence to communicate with clarity and creativity.
There are also opportunities for our girls to take part on exciting Theatre tours to the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Europe or the United States.
Through participation in a theatrical performance, whether that is dance or drama, students learn teamwork, co-operation, performance skills, confidence, communication skills, creative thinking, and problem solving. Our girls learn the value and importance of commitment to a project, time management, and, through all this, they will have fun.