Methodist Ladies' College, Perth

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Methodist Ladies' College, Perth
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Claremont, WA
Coordinates 31°59′12″S 115°46′30″E / 31.98667°S 115.77500°E / -31.98667; 115.77500Coordinates: 31°59′12″S 115°46′30″E / 31.98667°S 115.77500°E / -31.98667; 115.77500
Type Independent, Day and Boarding
Motto Latin: Per Ardua Ad Alta
(Through Striving to the Heights)
Denomination Uniting Church
Established 1907
Chairperson Dr Penny Flett AO
Principal Rebecca Cody
Years PK12[1]
Gender Girls
Enrolment 1,170 (2016)
Colour(s) Green, purple and silver

The Methodist Ladies' College, Perth (MLC Perth), is an independent, Uniting Church, day and boarding school for girls, located in Claremont, a western suburb of Perth, Western Australia.

Founded by the Methodist Church of Australia in 1907, MLC is a non-selective school, and currently caters for more than 1,170 girls from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, including 90 boarders.[2]

The college was ranked as the number one TEE school in the state for 2006 and 2008[3] seeing 55.1 percent of students achieving a mark of seventy five percent or above in at least one subject.[4]


The foundation stone of the Methodist Ladies' College was laid, and building began in 1907, by the Methodist Church of Australia. Classes were first commenced in February 1908 with 31 day girls and 23 boarders.

The early traditions of the College were established by Maud Connell, Head Mistress from 1908 to 1913, who chose the colours of green and gold, and the school motto Per Ardua Ad Alta, which may be translated from Latin as "Strive for the Highest". In 1917, MLC's first university students graduated from the University of Western Australia, which had begun teaching in 1913.[5]

MLC became a school of the Uniting Church in Australia in the 1970s, as the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches came together to form the Uniting Church.

House system[edit]

As with most Australian schools, MLC utilises a house system through which girls participate in inter-house activities. When the house system first came into effect in June 1927, there were four houses: Athens, Rome, Sparta and Troy. In 1967, two more houses were added, Corinth and Olympia. Each house is named after a famous ancient city.

  • Athens – Green
  • Corinth – Purple
  • Olympia – White
  • Rome – Red
  • Sparta – Yellow
  • Troy – Blue

Annual house events include:

  • House Singing, Mime and Drama Day (HSMD), in which every girl from years 7 through to year 12 compete in at least one activity for their house.
  • A choir performance conducted by two Year 12 students. Each house performs one song chosen by the conductresses. Part of HSMD.
  • A mime performance for students in Years 7, 8 and 9, directed by two Year 11 students. Part of HSMD.
  • A drama performance for Years 10, 11 and 12 students, directed by two students from Year 12. Part of HSMD.
  • Interhouse Sports – Throughout the year the students participate in many sporting activities for their house, such as swimming in term 1, and athletics in term 2.

A new initiative in 2010 is The Spirit Cape. In all house events, houses will also compete for the Spirit Cape with it being awarded to the house that shows the most spirit over the course of the day. At the end of the year, one house will be awarded the Spirit Cape for the showing the most year-long house spirit. In 2010, Athens won the inaugural year-long Spirit Cape.

Annual events[edit]

MLC holds a large number of events annually for sports and the arts, including:

  • The Heather Lamont Festival, named after Heather Lamont, a boarder from 1958–1959, who was killed in an accident on her parent's farm during the Christmas holidays. It became a house competition featuring activities such as singing, dancing, music, Languages; French, German and Japanese, cooking, photography, visual art, debating, public speaking and drama.
  • College Sunday, a church service held in late March for all students and their families. Attendants wear white and there are performances from different groups in the college.


The school has performed well in the WACE exams and is often rated as one of the best schools in the state.

Year % +75 in WACE[i] State ranking[ii] % +65 in WACE[iii] State ranking % graduation[iv]
2014 24.60 12 49.47 15 98.84[6]
2013 24.50 7 54.63 6 99.19[7]
2012 31.09 2 63.23 4 97.95[8]
2011 28.29 7 67.73 5 100[9]
2010 30.07 6 72.76 3 100[10]
2009 2 4 100[11]
  1. ^ Based on the number of Stage 3 course enrolments in the school where a WACE course score of 75 or above was achieved
  2. ^ Ranking of school compared to other schools in the state
  3. ^ Based on the number of Stage 3 course enrolments in the school where a WACE course score of 65 or above was achieved
  4. ^ Percentage of Year 12 cohort that graduated with a WACE certificate

Notable alumnae[edit]

Alumnae of MLC are known as Collegians.[12] Some notable Collegians include:

Entertainment, media and the arts
Medicine and science
Politics, public service and the law

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Methodist Ladies' College". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Welcome from Our Director of Boarding". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Hiatt, Bethany (5 January 2007). "Girls win battle of the sexes 2006 TOP 20". The West Australian. West Australian Newspapers Limited. p. 11. 
  4. ^ Staff writer (5 January 2007). "How your school performed in 2006". The West Australian. West Australian Newspapers Limited. p. 4 (League tables lift-out). 
  5. ^ MLC 100- Timeline (accessed:27-05-2007)
  6. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  12. ^ MLC Perth- Collegians (accessed:27-05-2007)
  13. ^ Chadwick Models. [1].
  14. ^ a b MLC 100 Retrospective (accessed:27-05-2007)
  15. ^ "". Georgi Kay. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography (2002). [2].
  17. ^ McRae, Ross (16–17 March 2013). "Freya scotches rumours". The Weekend West (Perth). p. 96. 
  18. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography (2000). [3].
  19. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "McDIVEN (Chris) Christine Ann". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  20. ^ Quartermain, Glen (1 February 2015). "The rise and rise of WA teen golfer Minjee Lee, president of the club". PerthNow. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  21. ^ Rickard, Jayne (1 April 2011). "Teenage golfer is WA classic favourite". The West Australian. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "Meredith Taylor Health & Sports Centre Declared Open". MLC website. Methodist Ladies College, Perth. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • May, Catherine (2007). More Than a School: Methodist Ladies' College Claremont 1907-2007. Crawley, WA: UWA Press. ISBN 9781921401008. 

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