MLC School has introduced an all-rounder scholarship for primary students.
The Year 5 scholarship is open to prospective students, as well as those currently enrolled in Year 4 at the school. Applications for entry in Year 5, 2022 are now open, with a closing date of July 30.
The aim of the scholarship is to recognise and foster academic ability and future leadership potential, with a focus on aptitude in co-curricular areas such as music, sport or service. Burwood’s MLC School is keen to assist these all-rounders to fulfil their ambitions by fostering their growth and development.
MLC School believes Year 5 is the time for girls to take a leap in terms of independence, responsibility and organisation. It provides a platform for girls to step up 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.
The school also offers a range of scholarships for girls in Years 7 to 11. Applications for 2023 entry open on July 19.
The leadership year
Unlike many other schools, Year 5 is the year of leadership at MLC School. The objective is to fast-track the girls’ development so that Year 6 is focused building a foundation for success in Year 7.
All students in Year 5 are allocated to a particular position of responsibility in the junior school. Their self-confidence grows and their learning blossoms, and they are ready to step forward into the next phase of their school lives.
The high school transition year
In Year 6 students at MLC School move to the senior school campus for a transition and readiness year. This is focused on preparing the girls for their high school education. 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.
On the senior school campus, the Year 6 students experience many of the activities that will be part of their secondary education, 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 result, 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 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 of 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.
MLC School is located on Rowley Street, Burwood. To learn more visit: mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au