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MLC School
MLC School is an independent, non-selective, Uniting Church day school for girls from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. MLC School has provided generations of girls with an exceptional education and extensive opportunities for personal growth since 1886.
Rowley Street
Sydney Inner-West, Sydney West
02 9747 1266

 An International Baccalaureate World School

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MLC School has been hard at work creating a virtual fly-through experience for many prospective families that are unable to visit the campus during the pandemic.

Ms Lisa Moloney
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MLC School is an independent, nonselective Uniting Church school for girls from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 in Sydney’s inner-west region. From Pre-Kindergarten through to their time as Senior School students, MLC School girls dare to be more.

Led by a highly professional staff under the guidance of principal Ms Lisa Moloney, girls are challenged and encouraged to question traditional perceptions and roles of women and are instilled with the skills and confidence to take their place in an everchanging society.

The MLC School girl is empowered with skills and capabilities that enable her to be adaptive, compassionate and courageous. She embraces new challenges and opportunities; and strives for excellence. She is cared for and well supported so that she can confidently focus on her own individual, personal and academic growth. A wide selection of subject choices, as well as an extensive co-curricular program, aims to empower girls to be self-reliant and play an active role in their futures.

Learning in the Junior School

MLC Junior School is a hub of collaborative learning where girls can push the boundaries of their education from the very first days of their school life. The Junior School program evolves as each girl develops, starting with playbased learning in Pre-Kindergarten and then moving on to a tailored approach that focuses on each girl’s ability and challenges her to play an active role in her learning. The Junior School staff monitor every girl’s educational growth and maintain an open communication channel with parents as part of a partnership to support each student.

Senior Centre

The Senior Centre, opened in 2019, takes classroom practice to a new level and is reflective of modern workplaces. The aim is to equip girls with the skills to be successful in a collaborative team environment and to be comfortable in open-plan, flexible spaces designed for impromptu group work sessions.

Co-curricular Program

From the friendly competition in sport, the creative participation of music, dance and drama to the quick thinking of a vigorous debate, MLC School’s rich and extensive co-curricular program encourages girls to try something different, make new friends and find unexpected passions, strengths and talents in a safe, supportive environment.

HSC and IB in the Senior School

MLC School quickly recognised the value in offering girls a choice between the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme for their final years of study and so became an IB World School in 1999.

Detailed and personalised career advice is provided to every girl and her parents to support the conversations around the choice that will best suit her interests and learning style. Each student takes responsibility for her own path in the final years, and this is a crucial stage in her journey towards becoming an independent, fearless and empowered young woman.

MLC School girls consistently achieve strong results in both the HSC and IB. In most years, around 40 per cent of girls choose to study the IB.

Visit the campus, meet the girls and professional teaching staff and experience the benefits of joining the MLC School community.


Principal, Ms Lisa Moloney is an exceptionally experienced educator, with a wealth of knowledge spanning over a 30-year-long career, which began with her role as a Geography and Science teacher. Lisa Moloney joins the MLC School family, bringing with her a passion for educating young women and inspiring them to be agents of change in their lives and in the lives of others.

Ms Moloney aims to empower young women to challenge perceptions of what women can do by emboldening students to be multi-dimensional women, equipped for an ever-evolving society. According to Ms Moloney, “Students are encouraged to challenge traditional perceptions and roles of women, and play an active, self-reliant role in their future, to show themselves and the world what young women can do, and the responsibility they have in shaping the world.”

MLC School students are offered a wide range of subjects and exciting opportunities in co-curricular and leadership activities, including sports, overseas exchange and service learning. These aim to prepare young women for a life of learning by empowering them to pursue excellence, demonstrate integrity, celebrate diversity, embrace world citizenship and live with humility.

“Young women are encouraged to dare to be more, and MLC School aims to provide them with the tools and confidence to do so,” said Ms Moloney.

The MLC School education sets students up with lifelong networks and a variety of choices in their career paths. Alumnae become part of the MLC School family, sharing a remarkable set of values and personal qualities, which are the hallmark of the school.

“We believe that the relationships formed between young women at MLC School have a profound impact on their lives after school, and help shape them into women who dare to face any challenge they are presented with. The willingness and excitement of Old Girls to revisit the MLC School campus speaks volumes about how important their time at MLC School is to them.”

“We warmly invite prospective parents to visit our campus, meet our students and academic staff, and experience the benefits of joining the MLC School community. I look forward to meeting our future parents on one of our tour days,” said Ms Moloney.

Choosing MLC School

2021 Tour Dates

Tuesday 10 August 2021  Junior and Senior School, 10.30am (may be online and virtual due to NSW Health restrictions).

Thursday 4 November 2021  Junior and Senior School, 10.30am

Bookings are essential.

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MLC School offers a range of scholarships, including for entry in Year 5, the Principal's Scholarship, scholarships for new students, continuing students, all rounders, music students and daughters of Old Girls. Some of our scholarships are means tested.

For the majority of scholarships, candidates must sit an entrance examination held at the School. Shortlisted candidates are later invited to a Scholarships Activity Day to take part in a variety of activities with other shortlisted candidates and attend an interview.

Scholarship applications for entry into Year 7 to Year 11 2024 will open July 2022

As a guide to timing, here is information relating to scholarships for 2023 - please note these are now closed.

Scholarship Year 7 to Year 11 2023 Scholarships
Application closing date Monday 4 October 2021
Scholarship examination date Saturday 9 October 2021
Scholarship activity day for shortlisted candidates To be advised


For all scholarships at Year 7 level and above, candidates must sit an entrance examination held at the School. Shortlisted candidates are later invited to a Scholarships Activity Day to take part in a variety of activities with other shortlisted candidates and attend an interview. The entrance examination is held early in Term 1 with the Scholarship Activity Day held later in the term. Scholarship offers are made to successful candidates by the end of Term 1.

For more information please email enrol@mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au


New Scholarship for Year 5 Entry 

In 2021, MLC School introduced an All-Rounder Scholarship for girls entering Year 5 the following year. It is open to prospective students and those currently enrolled in Year 4 at the School. Applicarions for entry in Year 5 2023 will open in July 2022.

As a guide to timing, here is information relating to scholarships for 2022 - please note these are now closed.

Scholarship Year 5 2022 All Rounder Scholarship
Application closing date

Friday 30 July 2021


Scholarship examination date Saturday 7 August 2021
Scholarship activity day for shortlisted candidates Tuesday 7 September 2021


More information about MLC School scholarships .

For more information please email enrol@mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au


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New Scholarship Gives Young All-Rounders The Chance to Leap Ahead

Young girls who demonstrate academic ability and the potential to become future leaders by virtue of their aptitude in co-curricular areas such as music, sport or service are often called all-rounders. MLC School is keen to assist them to fulfil their ambitions by fostering their growth and development. To this end, the School has introduced an all-rounder scholarship for girls to commence in Year 5.

The School believes that Year 5 is the time for girls to take a leap in terms of independence, responsibility and organisation – it is all about providing a platform for girls to step up to their full potential and become role models for the younger girls in the Junior School. This new scholarship provides more girls with the opportunity to access the School’s unique upper primary program to gain the confidence for a smooth transition to the Senior School.

Unlike so many other schools, Year 5 is the year of leadership at MLC School, it aims to fast-track the girls’ development so that Year 6 is focused on laying the important foundation stones for success in Year 7.
All students in Year 5 are allocated to a particular position of responsibility in the Junior School. As a consequence, their confidence in themselves and their learning blossoms, and they are ready to step forward into the next phase of their school lives.

Year 6 at MLC School is an immersive transition and readiness year focused on easing and preparing girls for Senior School. Wide ranging studies show there is often a decline in expected learning outcomes when students move into high school, such is the nature and impact of the change in routine and organisational skills required. Girls in Year 6 at MLC School move onto the Senior School campus and experience many of the activities associated with Senior School life, such as assemblies, Chapel, House events, clubs and committees, and lunchtime events; whilst still being cared for in smaller class settings with a single main teacher. As a consequence, the transition to high school for these girls is a natural progression and aims to ensure learning outcomes continue as expected.

Since its doors opened in 1886, MLC School has played an important role in revolutionising girls’ education in Australia, and its history bears all the hallmarks of the changes the School has led. In an early speech, one of the School’s visionary leaders, Rev Charles Stead, said that women were entitled to take their place: ‘as the co-equals of men, in every avenue of human activity’.

Challenging preconceptions of women’s roles and redefining expectations of what girls can and should achieve shapes the School’s educational philosophy today as much as it did in those early days, 135 years ago.

The School’s motto, Dare to be More, is not mere lip service, but a genuine attitude that continues to drive how the School approaches the teaching girls and young women. In turn, as each girl graduates, she is charged with taking forth that courageous attitude into the rest of her life.

If you would like to see your daughter step into her full potential at MLC School, the new Year 5 scholarship for all-rounders is now open for applications, with further details available here.

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