The MLC Masterclass initiative strives to provide unique, fun and engaging topics to encourage girls and boys aged eight years and over to discover, or build upon, a genuine interest. Our topics are researched (using children eight years and over) and provide a quality school holiday option reflective of MLC.
Many of our tutors are MLC teachers who are incredibly passionate and able to easily differentiate their Masterclasses for all skill levels.
The Masterclass Initiative runs from 9am-5pm for four consecutive days each holiday period.
Participants can choose from our four-day ongoing programme to master a skill or single days of different Masterclasses to try new things with our mix it up options.
Our next MLC Masterclasses will run from 11-14 July. We are looking at some exciting new topics incorporating Creative Writing and we will ensure a few of our favourites return.
More details for the July programme coming soon.
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School Holiday Programme
We are delighted to have received this tremendous feedback from parents of Masterclass graduates.
"Mikaela was exhilarated by the movie making course. She would love to delve deeper into the process. She especially liked the opportunity to enter a national contest in the process (even though we didn't enter). I think it gave her a feeling of operating at a higher level. I think there's something in the working toward a greater (and specialised) goal."
"They will be back. They didn't stop talking about their cooking day for 20 minutes non-stop when I picked them up. Unpopular vegetables at home were suddenly a hit."
"Well organised holiday courses."
"Thank you. Isabel had a wonderful time and loved all science experiments as well as play time and making new friends."
"Masterclass was the best thing I did on the holidays."
"My daughter really enjoyed the Science Masterclasses. She was amazed at the equipment they were able to use and learnt so many things."
"I couldn't thank the Masterclass staff enough for their assistance shown towards not only my son in the programme, but additionally to my younger son who was not enrolled but so well supported during the week.
"It was thoroughly engaging and I want to do it again next school holidays."
"My girls had a great time designing and building their candle holder! They are sitting pride of place on the dining table. Thank you."
"This was the best thing that I did on my holidays - can't wait to do it again next holidays!"
"My daughter loves the art sessions in January, and already asked me to go back next holiday classes. Thank you."
"It was really good fun and I enjoyed it on the days with my friends, as well as the one when my friends weren't there."
"My son enjoyed the photography programme. He only had one day, but had fun."
"Fantastic! Best course ever. Kav was awesome and made some great band friends"
"Excellent programme - very enjoyable and full of new knowledge"
"She had the best time ever and has now formed her own group who are going to meet and practice together."
"Caitlin loved the encouragement given to her by her teacher, and really enjoyed the art activities, especially learning paper mache."
"My daughter has taken her skills and cooked dinner several times and indeed invited friends for lunch and made them pizzas."
"So we are very keen to do more cooking. My other daughter loved the art."
"My son enjoyed an 'awesome time'! A great day that demonstrated learning is fun!"
"This was a highlight of my kids' school holidays. Thank you so much for running such a well organised and engaging school holiday programme."
"Thank you for the wonderful opportunities that you make available for our children, they are incredibly lucky."
"She would love the songwriting course again. It was fabulous!"
"We were so pleased with Caitlin's enthusiasm after the two days of Art Masterclass and it has made us very happy and excited about our decision to send Caitlin to MLC from Year 5 in 2018."
"As a parent, I think the Masterclass concept is a brilliant idea. It solves the perennial problem of child care during school holidays while giving children something really engaging to look forward to rather than just being entertained or kept busy. Congratulations on making it work so well and thank you."
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it cost?
The Four-day MLC Masterclass programmes are $360 with the exception of Songwriters Live that is $410 to cover sound engineering costs.
The MLC Masterclass Mix It Up options are $100 per day including materials with the exception of Cooking at $115 to cover ingredients.
Discounts are available for current MLC staff, current parents, future MLC families and Collegians. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the promotional code for Trybooking.
How do I pay?
Can I get a refund if my child doesn’t come to the course/misses some of the days?
We will issue a full refund with seven or more days’ notice by email. If your child is unable to attend a course due to an unexpected illness please email email@example.com you will be entitled to a credit on your account for the days they were unable to attend. This credit can be used on a course in the future.
Please note it is not our usual policy to give refunds for any cancellation closer than seven days due to the fixed costs already incurred based on student numbers.
How many students participate in each Masterclass?
All classes are capped at 20 students to ensure equitable access to resources. Should enrolment numbers be deemed as unviable, we will advise you in writing and offer a full refund, or credit towards another Masterclass.
Who will be running the course?
Trained teachers and qualified specialists run all of our courses. We also provide an assistant in each course to support student work. All workshop staff have a current police clearance and a working with children check.
What will my child learn?
Each course is designed to have strong educational content, be fun and engaging. Course outcomes are determined and are available from the individual tutor on request.
What do you provide?
We provide all equipment, materials and facilities unless specified, to run the course.
What will my child need to bring?
Please provide your own morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea and a drink for your child/ren. Please note MLC is a nut free environment so we ask you to refrain from packing any nut products.
Please clearly label all items you are required to bring for your course, all other items should be left at home.
What happens at break times?
At break times we involve all MLC Masterclass participants in active play and take advantage of the grounds and equipment at MLC.
What are the drop off and pick up times?
All courses run from 9am to 5pm. On the first morning it is advisable to arrive at 8.30am. Early pick up is available on request.
What is the Check-in Procedure?
Prior to commencing the MLC Masterclass you will receive a welcome letter and College map that details the check in arrangements, however please proceed to the Walter Shepherd Resource Centre on arrival. Check-in is open from 8.30-9am daily. Please bring your child into the Centre with you for sign-in, where a MLC Masterclass representative greet you and your child.
What are the Check-out Procedures?
Please return to the Walter Shepherd Resource Centre at 5pm sharp to sign-out your child(ren). A $20 per half hour charge will be incurred after 5.30pm. If your child(ren) need to leave early, advance notice must be given in writing to the staff at check-in time.
What happens if my child becomes ill at MLC Masterclass?
If your child should become ill while at MLC Masterclass, you will be notified. We do not have a registered nurse on staff; therefore, we will ask you to remove your child from the programme for the day.
What happens in the case of an accident or emergency?
In the case of an emergency or accident involving your child, you will be notified by one of the MLC Masterclass certified First Aid Personnel. Our First Aid Personnel are trained in basic emergency procedures.
What happens to my personal details when I register my child with MLC?
MLC will keep your contact details on file. We will contact you about upcoming MLC Masterclasses and general information about the College. You may opt out of communication on request at registration.
We cannot be responsible for administering your child’s medication. If your child does require medication, the parent/guardian will be required to administer it. Your child is responsible for carrying his/her EpiPen or inhaler with him/her at all times. Your child will show their tutor where it is carried on their person. In the event of an emergency, the MLC Masterclass First Aid Personnel will administer the EpiPen.
Our administration team and specialist tutors are dedicated to delivering a fun-filled learning adventure. We are, however, aware that there may be times when our participants behave uncharacteristically in this new environment. We will make every attempt to ensure any conflicts are resolved and your child(ren) continue with their chosen MLC Masterclass. On occasion, it may be necessary to provide the chance for the child to regroup with some time out away from the activity area. If your child still has difficulty in the situation, you will be notified by way of a telephone call and/or discussion with the tutor at drop-off or pick-up time. If the behaviour persists and conflicts cannot be resolved, or the situation is severe, you will be contacted immediately and the incident(s) may result in suspension or expulsion from the programme.
Who do I contact if I have further questions?
Email our admin team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find you an answer.
Terms and Conditions
As part of the Trybooking process you will be asked to agree to the following terms and conditions to complete your enrolment. We would also appreciate your permission to publish images of your child as per the details below:
- I agree that information I have provided to Trybooking is correct including the date of birth of my child(red).
- I confirm that my child(ren) are physically and mentally capable to undertake activities in the chosen MLC Masterclass.
- I agree not to hold MLC Claremont and/or its employees liable for any personal injuries or accidents arising from participation in any MLC Masterclass unless the organisation is deemed negligent.
- I agree to allow my child(ren) to watch G or PG rated television documentaries during the programme where relevant.
- I give MLC permission to publish photographic and video images as per the information below.
Permission to Publish Details
MLC Masterclass requests permission to take/publish images (video or photographic) of your child while she/he is participating in the activity. These images would be used to promote MLC activities in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to internal MLC presentations, online and printed MLC publications, MLC website, MLC social media, and in media, including newspapers. If published, third parties would be able to view the photographs and work.
As part of the Trybooking process you will be asked to tick the permission to publish box. If you tick the box you agree that you understand and agree to the following:
- Methodist Ladies’ College Masterclass is able to publish images of your child and samples of your child’s work as many times as it requires in the ways mentioned above;
- Your child’s image may be reproduced either in colour or in black and white; and,
- Methodist Ladies’ College will not use your child’s image or samples of your child’s work for any purpose other than for the general promotion of the College and its activities.
Any images captured by the College for the above-mentioned purposes will be stored securely.
This consent will remain effective until such time as you advise the school otherwise.