Life in the Junior School
MLC School Junior School students enjoy full and varied school days, packed with experiences to develop the whole person; academically, socially, physically, emotionally, spiritually.
Collaborative Learning Projects (CLP)
The CLP at MLC School embraces learning across several disciplines framed under a common theme. Throughout the CLP students are encouraged to explore, investigate, research and respond to learning through several ‘languages’ these include the visual arts, drama, dance, music, writing and speaking. Various methods of teaching and learning are employed to motivate student engagement.
Features include: immersing students in the topic through play; field trips; multimedia experiences documenting students’ actions and interactions; collaborating with teachers to generate ideas and questions; showcasing students’ work through Celebrations of Learning.
At MLC School we know that providing opportunities for students to work together on a shared goal leads to higher achievements than does working alone. Collaboration supports a range of cognitive abilities that teachers work to develop in students: high-level reasoning; the generation of new ideas; and the transfer of knowledge from one situation to another.
MLC School provides many opportunities for the students in all areas of music including singing, composition, performance and instrumental tuition. The music program at the Junior School consists of three lessons a week: a choral, an instrumental and a classroom music lesson. Instrumental music occurs for all students in Year 1 to Year 5 once a week. This provides every girl in the Junior School with an opportunity to learn to play an instrument. In these classes the first stage is begun in the positive environment of a group dynamic. To progress from stage one, students must have private lessons.
Soirees are held during the year to showcase the work achieved in the stage one program. The stage one string program begins in Year 1, where girls learn the violin or cello for 12 months. Stage one brass and wind program begins in Year 2 with the recorder program and leads to the study of a brass or wind instrument in Year 3. Stage one percussion also begins in Year 3. There are many performance opportunities within MLC Junior School instrumental program including a music camp for Year 3 to Year 5 in Term 3 and graduation concerts in Term 4 for all those girls who learn an instrument privately.
By integrating singing, performing and classroom music, the students at MLC Junior School are able to experience all aspects of music in a dynamic and positive learning environment.
Language – Chinese (Mandarin)
In 2013, MLC School introduced a Chinese (Mandarin) language program, which commences in Pre-Kindergarten and continues through to Year 5. The program is an immersive one designed to enable students to acquire competency. Learning an additional language provides opportunities to access different cultures and perspectives. In their study of Chinese (Mandarin) the students will develop skills of listening, speaking, reading, viewing, the use of body language, visual cues and signs. The intercultural knowledge and language awareness dimension develops students’ knowledge of the connections between language and culture, and how culture is embedded throughout the communication system.
In our rapidly changing society, there is increasing community awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles. Living a healthy lifestyle can result in improved quality of life, less sickness and disability, happier personal, family and social experiences and the opportunity to make choices in work and recreation. Individuals lead a healthy lifestyle when they live in a way that allows them the greatest chance of achieving and maintaining mental, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing. MLC School’s Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) program plays a unique role in the development of students’ knowledge, understandings and practical skills that lead to better health (adapted from K–6 PDHPE Syllabus, NSW Board of Studies 1999).
PDHPE plays a specialised and highly valued role in the curriculum of MLC School, with its main aim being the healthy physical development of each individual. Opportunities are provided for each student to develop competency in team and individual games, aquatics, gymnastics, dance, athletics, basic skills, fitness and daily life activities.
In addition, the PDHPE program encourages students to make informed decisions related to health and physical activity and develop positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.
MLC School students visit the School Chapel regularly and participate in running their Year's Chapel service. Teachers also spend a lesson each week on Christian Studies, exploring Bible stories and messages using an inclusive approach, mindful of the broad cultural and spiritual diversity of our student body.
Time to Play
During lunchtime, students can play in the playground or join one of several groups that meet. Currently these groups include; Chess, Environmental Monitors, Library, Think Club and Jesus and Me (JAM).
The regular use of information technology is a part of every class program. Library research skills and IT management skills are developed through explicit teaching and then applied across the curriculum, particularly during our Collaborative Learning Projects. The opportunity to connect with children across the globe and innovate on introduced programs, makes interactive learning with technology all the more powerful. Our use of laptop and iPad banks across Year 1 to Year 3 (each girl from Year 4 owns their own laptop) enables our students to learn anywhere and any time.
When formal lessons finish for the day, Junior School students often involve themselves in our vast array of co-curricular activities. Various sports, to Dance, Speech and Drama, Tennis,
Tournament of Minds, swimming lessons, Diving, choirs, music ensembles and Mandarin lessons are all available on site and usually commence after school.
Our Before and After School Care service delivers students a number of activities ranging from arts and crafts to drama, games and outdoor play.