MLC was founded in 1882 as a 'modern school of the first order' with buildings that formed ‘a collegiate institution for girls unsurpassed in the colonies’.

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Why MLC?

MLC's Vision, Mission and Values

An MLC education inspires our students to be citizens the world needs.

MLC students are empowered to be confident and resilient global citizens who possess the skills, knowledge and attitude to thrive throughout every stage of their schooling, and in an ever-changing, globalised world.

Our unmatched breadth of learning and wellbeing experiences and environments aim to inspire students to find and nurture their individual interests and talents, forge their own path, and achieve their best.

Our commitment to providing excellence and innovation in education, combined with our size, scale and resources, offers enriched learning and wellbeing opportunities.

The MLC values articulate what we stand for and aspire to, guiding the culture we foster and the behaviours we expect of everyone within our community:

Engage with Respect
Aspire with Responsibility
Act with Compassion
Explore with Courage

Acknowledgement of Country 


At MLC, we acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation.

MLC acknowledges, recognises and respects the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, the Gunaikurnai people and the Bidawal—maap people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Country on which MLC Kew, MLC Banksia and MLC Marshmead respectively stand.

We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders past, present and future, for they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hope of Indigenous Australians.

The MLC community engages respectfully with Australia’s Indigenous people, culture and country and is committed to continuous learning in this area.

Statement of Democratic Principles

As a registered school with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA), Methodist Ladies' College supports and promotes the principles of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:
  • accountable and democratically elected government;
  • the rule of law;
  • equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes;
  • freedom of religion;
  • freedom of speech and freedom of association
  • the values of openness and tolerance, and respect for all members of the College community regardless of background.
This Statement of Democratic Principles is communicated to staff, students, parents and guardians and the College community.

News & Events

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August 19, 2022
2022 Spring Concert
The Spring Concert returns to the Melbourne Recital Centre
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May 26, 2022
Introducing our new MLC Principal
After a rigorous national and international search, we welcome the appointment of Julia Shea as the 9th Principal of MLC, commencing in January 2023.
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January 18, 2022
Class of 2021: Stories of Resilience
Each one of our Year 12 students demonstrated resilience and courage throughout the last two years - and have earned the admiration and respect of the entire College community. Here are just four of their untold stories.
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