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Harvest Food Collection

Harvest Food Collection

Leading up to the Harvest festival on the last day of Term, we are collecting food for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC). Please continue to bring in your food donations – we appreciate your generosity! Some Urgent Essentials are: Basmati rice; Biscuits – sweet and savoury; Cornflakes, Rice Bubbles and Cereals; Honey; Jam and Peanut Butter; […]

Harvest Festival – 29 March 2018

Harvest Festival – 29 March 2018

Class Teachers and students have prepared a beautiful end of Term Harvest Festival to celebrate the end of term and change of season. The Festival will be a whole school affair on Thursday 29 March, starting at 2pm, with Classes 1-4 as players in the Dragon Play and Classes 5-10 contributing music and other performances. […]

Bhakti Sunset performs at Class 5 Main Lesson

Bhakti Sunset performs at Class 5 Main Lesson

Sophia Mundi’s Class 5 students experienced the practice of Kirtan today when Bhakti Sunset musicians Cinnamon Evans and Andre Macky visited during Main Lesson. Currently learning about the myths and legends of Ancient India, students were taught about the meaning of Kirtan in terms of classic mantras, call and response chanting and traditional instruments. Using the […]

A Child’s Brain develops Faster with Exposure to Music Education

A Child’s Brain develops Faster with Exposure to Music Education

A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception. The study of 6-7-year-old children began in 2012, when […]

This Simple Solution to Smartphone Addiction is Now Used in 600 U.S. Schools

By Tara Bahrampour        Graham Dugoni was at a music festival in San Francisco in 2012 when he witnessed something that disturbed him. A man was dancing, uninhibited, perhaps drunk, losing himself in the moment. Some strangers thought it was funny, so they filmed it and uploaded it to YouTube. It’s the kind of […]

Annual Community Pizza Evening

Annual Community Pizza Evening

We welcomed many current and new families and friends to the annual sunset Community Pizza Evening on Friday, 16 February. Preparing and baking over 100 pizzas is quite a challenge but typically the process was handled with joyful ease! Thanks to everyone involved in this fun event.

Pancakes and Fun on Shrove Tuesday

Pancakes and Fun on Shrove Tuesday

There was a lot of fun and laughter at the School with the celebration of Shrove Tuesday, traditionally a day of excess eating prior to the abstinence of Lent. Also known as Pancake Day, it was celebrated with races for each class, singing, dancing and of course, pancake-making and eating. Thanks to Sophia Mundi’s Class […]

Sophia Mundi Staff on the way to becoming First Aid Heroes! 

Sophia Mundi Staff on the way to becoming First Aid Heroes! 

Accredited First Aid Training company Hero HQ took Sophia Mundi staff through the paces as they learnt the valuable life-saving skill of First Aid together. Physical and emotional scenarios and emergency situations were explored during the four hour annual training session.          

New Students enjoy School Experience

New Students enjoy School Experience

New students Hector and Violetta Capanni are settling into Sophia Mundi Steiner School, and mum Anna Foley and dad Andrea Capanni couldn’t be happier. An artist by profession and a connector at heart, Anna was initially attracted to Steiner Education when she experienced Sophia Mundi’s connection to beauty, creativity and music. Anna has lauded the […]

First Staff PD for 2018

First Staff PD for 2018

Sophia Mundi’s staff were welcomed to the 2018 school year with two insightful PD days commencing on Wednesday, 24 January 2018. Adult educator and Anthroposophical health practitioner Lisa Romero took attendees on a two day exploration of the theme “Building Social Understanding Through Working Wholistically with Gender and Sexuality.” Lisa delivered two morning lectures, allowing staff to creatively experiment with the theme using colour and form. They also experienced a practical, […]

Christmas Gifts for the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Christmas Gifts for the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Sophia Mundi Aftercare has been busy making crafts for the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne! During the last four weeks of Term 4, all the students – and adult volunteers in Aftercare hand made felt Christmas stockings to donate to the Children’s Hospital. Each stocking is 33cm long, and will be sold on the hospital craft […]

Class 8 Projects

Sophia Mundi’s Class 8 have been working all year on major, individual projects. Each student had to choose an area of interest that could be sustained for three full terms and shaped into a presentation in Term 4. Class 8 is seen as a major staging point for Steiner students. It is the end of the […]

Sophia Mundi Open Day/ Spring Fair

Sophia Mundi Open Day/ Spring Fair

Sunday 12 November 2017, 10am – 4pm The Sophia Mundi Open Day is full of activities for the whole family – delicious food, live music, performances, a magical children’s tent and open classrooms with examples of student’s work from Prep – Year 12. The school offers an insight into Steiner Education and the International Baccalaureate […]

“The Journey” IB Visual Arts Exhibition 2017

“The Journey”  IB Visual Arts Exhibition 2017

“The Journey” 06 – 15 October 2017   IB Visual Arts Exhibition 2017  St Heliers Street Gallery Cam’s Kiosk – Abbotsford Convent  1 St Helliers Street, Abbotsford Melbourne   Official Opening: Wednesday, 11 October 6pm – 8pm RSVP:

Annual Music Concert 2017

Annual Music Concert 2017

Annual Music Concert Our Annual Music Concert is a major highlight of the year, showcasing the rich and diverse talent of music ensemble groups from our Secondary School students. The evening will feature pieces from the great masters of Western Classical music through to contemporary Australian composers and international singer/songwriters.   Wednesday 13th September 2017 […]

Autism and the Soul Quality of the Child – Special Needs/ Inclusive Education PD Day

Autism and the Soul Quality of the Child – Special Needs/ Inclusive Education PD Day

Autism and the Soul Quality of the Child INCLUSIVE EDUCATION Meeting the VIT & ATSIL standards of “inclusive education for all students with disabilities and additional needs”. Saturday 26 August 8:30am – 4:00pm Keynote speaker: Barbara Baldwin   MSPA; B.Sc. Speech Pathology; Dip Special Education; Dip Chirophonetic Therapy Barbara Baldwin is a speech pathologist and special […]

Inclusive Education – PD Day

Inclusive Education – PD Day

2017 Victorian & Tasmanian Steiner Teachers (SEA Member Schools) Professional Development Day Meeting the VIT & ATSIL standards of “inclusive education for all students with disabilities and additional needs”. Friday 25 August 8:30am – 4:00pm view Schedule here view Workshops here book Tickets here   Keynote speaker: Barbara Baldwin   MSPA; B.Sc. Speech Pathology; Dip Special Education; […]

Powerful messages delivered on canvas – Sophia Mundi Steiner School

Powerful messages delivered on canvas – Sophia Mundi Steiner School

The Following article was published in the Chronicle on November 10, 2016. Wirtten by Amber Wilson When Michelle Zuccolo looks at a taxidermied animal, she sees something deeper than its bristly pelt or beady eyes. The Ballarat and Melbourne-based artist uses the stuffed creatures for models because it gives her an opportunity to help bring them back to […]

Steiner schools rising in popularity Australia-wide

Steiner schools rising in popularity Australia-wide

The following Article was written by Samantha Turnbull for ABC on October 7 Steiner schools are rising in popularity across Australia with three new schools built in as many years, lengthy waiting lists, and the introduction of a degree in Steiner education at a Queensland university. Australia’s first Steiner, also known as Waldorf, school opened […]

Class 8 Play – Sophia Mundi Steiner School Presents: The Tempest

Class 8 Play – Sophia Mundi Steiner School Presents: The Tempest

Class 8 students by day, Thespians by night!  After weeks of rehearsal, on Thursday evening we were treated to the much anticipated Sophia Mundi Class 8 performance of Shakespeare’s, The Tempest. Families, friends and staff gathered in our newly landscaped school courtyard on what was a perfect Spring evening, the sky overhead full of stars […]

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

The following article was written by Heather Shumaker for Published on March 6 2015. Homework does have an impact on young students — but it’s not a good on. “There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.” This statement, by homework research guru Harris Cooper, of […]

The Parents’ College at Sophia Mundi

The Parents’ College at Sophia Mundi

The Parents’ College is a welcoming space for all parents and carers where we can listen and learn together; offering support and finding inspiration. It is a mix of information, discussion and practice, with a new topic each week. In 2014 the Federal Government introduced the requirement for schools to develop a School Improvement Plan […]

The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues

The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues

The following article was written by Angela Hanscom for The Washington Post, Published on September 1 2015 I still recall the days of preschool for my oldest daughter. I remember wanting to desperately enrich her life in any way possible – to give her an edge before she even got to formal schooling. I put […]

Technology is NOT a substitute for teaching

The following article was written by Dr. Rich Allen for Teachers Matter Magazine. The three guiding principles of integrating technology and teaching Infusing education with technology is a wonderful idea. Classrooms with access to the internet and mobile devices have marvellous opportunities to make learning relevant to 21st Century students. Technology offers new ways to enable […]

Graduating Class of 2015 – Sophia Mundi Steiner School

Graduating Class of 2015 – Sophia Mundi Steiner School

The students of our graduating class 2015 are to be congratulated on their outstanding success in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The class of 2015 is the third cohort to graduate from Sophia Mundi under the Diploma Programme pathway. We were thrilled to be able to continue to offer a wide range of subjects, […]

Some Victorian Schools axe grades in reports

Some Victorian Schools axe grades in reports

The following article was written by Henrietta Cook for the Age, published on March 6 2016 They have graced report cards for decades, but some schools are ditching A to E grades in favour of more detailed feedback. Schools are scrapping A to E grades on student report cards following an overhaul of the long-established reporting system. […]

Risk is Essential to Childhood

Risk is Essential to Childhood

The following article was written by Kate Blincoe for The Guardian, published Thursday 15 October 2015. Children need to be exposed to risky play. For ‘helicopter parents’, this might be difficult – but kids need to learn to manage danger themselves Following yesterday’s all-party parliamentary group report on a fit and healthy childhood, diligent parents […]

Happy Wanderings…Sophia Mundi Outdoor Education Program

Happy Wanderings…Sophia Mundi Outdoor Education Program

If you were asked to justify the actions of your life to others, where would you begin? If you were dedicated to making positive connections with nature, cultivating purposeful interactions and meaningful explorations in the field, could you explained that clearly? My world finds the joy in ordinary things and believes in living simply. So […]

Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues

Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues

The following article was published on 10/03/2016 by the Huffington Post   When my dad was growing up he had one sweater each winter. One. Total. He remembers how vigilantly he cared for his sweater. If the elbows got holes in them my grandma patched them back together. If he lost his sweater he’d recount […]

Class 6 Ancient Greek – Sophia Mundi Steiner School

Class 6 Ancient Greek – Sophia Mundi Steiner School

The class has written the Greek alphabeta and found all the letters that are just the same in English! This week we claped it, stomped it and wrote it in the air with our feet! We explored the many word forms in English that have come to us from Ancient Greek and discovered that “We […]

Sophia Mundi Inter-school Athletics Day

Sophia Mundi Inter-school Athletics Day

The sun shone upon us and we experienced perfect weather for our Inter-School Athletics day! The participating schools included Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School, Little Yarra and Sophia Mundi. Our students stood out in their new blue uniforms and although our numbers are relatively small, a number of our students demonstrated both exceptional skill and heart. […]

5 Unique Benefits of Waldorf Education – Alternative School Melbourne

The following article has been taken from Many parents I know too quickly dismiss Waldorf education for their children before investing any significant amount of time to understand it. The debate between public and private systems is a highly divisive issue.  Often the decision is an economic one, but I’ve found that like anything […]

Inspired Learning Projects Class 7-10 – Sophia Mundi Steiner School

Inspired Learning Projects Class 7-10 – Sophia Mundi Steiner School

Our Inspired Learning Projects for classes 7, 8,9 10 have finished for term 1. We gathered in the Maths room on Tuesday afternoon to present our work and talk about our the inspirations and ideas the  help to identify us as people living and working in this beautiful place. Each class explored the local area […]

The Harvest Festival – Sophia Mundi Steiner School

The Harvest Festival – Sophia Mundi Steiner School

On Thursday March 31, Sophia Mundi Celebrated the annual Harvest Festival. There is an unusual importance to the nature of this festival which we celebrate at Sophia Mundi in the first term of our school year. What you should know, is that we are celebrating not one but two festivals at the same time! This […]

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland – Steiner Education

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland – Steiner Education

The following Article has been taken from The Atlantic, Written by Tim Walker, October 1, 2015. Forget the Common Core, Finland’s youngsters are in charge of determining what happens in the classroom. “The changes to kindergarten make me sick,” a veteran teacher in Arkansas recently admitted to me. “Think about what you did in first […]

Class 8 – Industrial Revolution Main Lesson

Class 8 – Industrial Revolution Main Lesson

In our main lesson we have studied the Industrial Revolution. We have built a model village of what the world looked like in the 18th century. We started building in 1710 and gave each village a tavern, a church, and a smith tanners. We have slowly built it up until it was more similar to […]

American Students: Smartphone Experts Who Struggle in Reading and Math

American Students: Smartphone Experts Who Struggle in Reading and Math

This article was taken from Waldorf Today. Written by Richard Freed American teens’ increasing access to smartphones is driving a meteoric rise in their entertainment tech use. The recently released Common Sense media report shows that teens now spend an incredible 6 hours and 40 minutes each day using video games, online videos, social media, […]

Class 10 Ancient Cultures

Class 10 Ancient Cultures

Each day began with raising the sun as the morning verse – week 1 Hymn to Ra, Week 2 an Incan prayer to the sun. The emphasis of week 1 was to discover how we know about ancient cultures. We worked with a wide range of ancient literary and non-literary sources, discovering that we only […]

Strength Based Learning in Waldorf Schools

Strength Based Learning in Waldorf Schools

When your child struggles with math, but excels at violin, do you interrupt the extra long violin practice to drill through a math worksheet? The question of whether to focus on gifts or work on deficits is not just a question for parents. It is also a daily concern of teachers. The dominant paradigm in education […]

Sophia Mundi IB Results 2015

Sophia Mundi IB Results 2015

STOP THE PRESS. WANT TO HEAR SOMETHING AMAZING CHECK OUT THE RESULTS OF SOPHIA MUNDI’S GRADUATES OF 2015 Looking at the results of the students who completed the International Baccalaureate in 2015, here are some of the standouts: 100% pass rate. Half the students received an equivalent notional ATAR of 90 or above. The ATAR […]

Traditional toys beat gadgets in language development – Steiner Education

Traditional toys beat gadgets in language development – Steiner Education

This article was published in The Age on February 7 2016. Written by Henrietta Cook   Baby laptops and other electronic toys that promise to improve children’s language skills could be all talk. New research suggests that electronic toys are waste of money when it comes to a baby’s development, and they may be better […]

Time with the class Teacher – Steiner Education

Time with the class Teacher – Steiner Education

The following article is a report from the Waldorf resources website. Children in the early years of formal schooling should work with materials which activate all the senses, from smell to colour to touch. This is deeply engrained in the methods and traditions of Waldorf education. Unlike in the past, when most of these activities […]

A message of thanks from Parents

As parents of Sophia Mundi that have seen our children progress from kinder to  Year 12, we want to sincerely thank all of the school – the wonderful staff and the warm hearted community. It has been an extraordinarily rich journey for all of the family. We congratulate the Class of 2015 for their commitment, […]

The Value of a Mess

The Value of a Mess

By Jessica Lahey A friend told me recently after she’d had a car accident that left her unscathed but chastened that in the midst of the crash, she’d realized she needed to make lists of all the small details her family would need to know if she was not there to take care of them. […]

The Beginnings of Sophia Mundi: Doing the Good – Steiner Education

The Beginnings of Sophia Mundi: Doing the Good – Steiner Education

Seeds: Infant Welfare Sisters, Margaret Piper and Joan Salter’s work moved parents to long for a wholesome education for their children. Friends, Judy Abbot and Judy Weatherhead listened when Joseph Chiltern-Pearce suggested that only Steiner education could meet their children’s needs. Others had met Rudolf Steiner’s ideas in relation to their own spiritual searching, or […]

Raising the screen-free child: Some parents push back against technology – Alternative Education

Raising the screen-free child: Some parents push back against technology – Alternative Education

By Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune For Katie Silberman, the turning point came when a house painter accidentally ripped out the TV cables. Silberman and her husband, never big TV fans, had fallen into the habit of letting their sons, Lincoln, then 7, and Haven, 4, watch television. Now, with the electronic box quiet at last, […]

No Homework – Alternative Education Programs

A very interesting story on homework in the Primary years and whether it is the best use of children’s time.

Color in the Waldorf School

Color in the Waldorf School

In old Hawai’i, when a rainbow appeared in the sky, the people declared that a divine presence was near and that it was a sign of “heavenly footsteps” coming to light on the earth. Many cultures, including the Judeo-Christian tradition, see the naturally occurring spectrum of colors as a “token of the covenant between God […]

The Latest Farming Trend That’s Better Than Organic – Steiner Education

The Latest Farming Trend That’s Better Than Organic – Steiner Education

You’ve probably heard a thing or two about biodynamic farming before (developed in 1924, it isn’t exactly new). But what exactly makes biodynamic farms different from other sustainable growers? In her new book, Farmacology, Daphne Miller, MD, explores the benefits of biodynamic farming for you and for the environment. The simplest way to picture a […]

The human being as seen by the spiritual science of Anthroposophy

It is justified to speak of Rudolf Steiner’s art of education. In every kindergarten and school it is the educators and teachers who realise this art of education. Each kindergarten and school in each country has its own distinctive way of practicing this art of education. The conditions and circumstances vary from country to country […]

How to: Start a Kitchen Garden-Alternative Education Programs

Tending to a kitchen garden and producing family meals from them, can be a great way for children to understand and enjoy healthy eating, says Robyn Cook. The schools-based Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program is designed to be implemented with a school’s curriculum, in which students across Years 3 to 7 learn everything they need […]

Music Education Benefits-Steiner Curriculum

By Edward Droscher Music is a very powerful subject – It has been used since the Greek times for healing, communication, relaxation and for enjoyment. Even before birth we are aware of our mother’s heartbeat and during infancy are relaxed by the song of a lullaby. Every day everybody hears some form of musical pitch […]

Making a Molehill out of a Mountain-simple play-Steiner Education

Making a Molehill out of a Mountain-simple play-Steiner Education

In the modern era of too much too fast, our great challenge as parents is finding ways to slow down. When my first child was a baby, it seemed so easy to control the flow of stuff. I made bold statements that we would only ever allow character-free, wood, lead-free toys in our home. We […]

The pedagogy and the pride of waldorf school plays by Dr. Rick Tan- Alternative Education Melbourne

Dr. Rick Tan shares this article about the profound experience of a Waldorf school play, reprinted from his blog The Waldorf Way: When the applause of students, friends, family, and faculty is given at the end of the performance of a Waldorf school play, it is more than a traditional response to a production that was well executed, […]

Screen Addiction

The following video is an article from 60 minutes about how damaging excessive use of online games and technology can be

Class 8 Ski Camp – Sophia Mundi Steiner Education – Outdoor Education

Class 8 has just returned from camp at Falls Creek in an ebullient state. One of the students, who struggles with being away from home, described it  on the day we arrived as the “best camp ever”. He maintained that position throughout. As we drove up the mountain there was a ripple of excitement running […]

Take it Outside! – Steiner School – Steiner Education

By Rae Pica Tony sits focused on his computer screen. Keisha’s watching her favorite television program. And Kim is enthusiastically playing video games. What do these three scenarios have in common? They’re all taking place indoors – a situation becoming more and more typical in the lives of American children. There are a number of […]

FAIRY TALES: HEALING FOOD FOR THE CHILD’S SOUL – Waldorf Education – Steiner Education – Alternative Education

Fairy Tales Are Healing To The Soul of a Child…. Fairy tales have an enormous and irreplaceable value in the life of a child. They educate, support and liberate the emotions of children. Fairy tales provide a unique way for children to come to terms with the dilemmas of their inner lives. The prince, the […]

The Gift of Learning – Steiner Education – Alternative Education Programs

The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship commissioned ITN to make this short film to look at some of the key features of a Steiner School including: – how Steiner Schools nurture spiritual development in keeping with the cultural setting of the school and without being tied to a particular faith; – the emphasis on “doing” to […]

Education: The Steiner Approach – Steiner School – Alternative Schools Melbourne

Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, artist and scientist. He founded his first school in Stuttgart in 1919 after a request from the owner of the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory on behalf of employees and their children. From this initial social impulse after the First World War, Steiner/Waldorf schools have spread to more […]

The Importance of Art in Childhood Development – Alternative Education Australia- Steiner Curriculum

The Importance of Art in Child Development By Grace Hwang Lynch In recent years, school curricula in the United States have shifted heavily toward common core subjects of reading and math, but what about the arts? Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of […]

Kids Need Nature – Outdoor Education – Alternative Education Australia

It’s important to make outdoor play a priority for kids, writes Debbie Agnew.   I remember climbing trees as a child, playing hide-and-seek, catching frogs and camping under the stars. One of the reasons I love and respect nature so much now is because of experiences such as these in my childhood. Nature was a […]

The Importance of Fairy Tales – Alternative Education Australia – Steiner Education

On the Importance of Fairy Tales Should we continue to read these often frightening stories to our children? Post published by Sheila Kohler on Jun 06, 2014 in Dreaming for Freud   Fairy tales, of course, have been with us for a long time. Some of the earliest were written in a Neapolitan dialect by […]

The Class 1 Journey – Steiner Education – Alternative schools Melbourne

Class 1 2014   “One for the golden sun, two for the night and day, three for me, for here I find strong limbs, warm heart and a clear true mind. Four for the seasons slowly turning, five for the stars so brightly burning, six for the honeycomb and for the bees who bring their sweet […]

For creativity, capability and resilience, Steiner schools work

Author Tao Bak Educational Developer at Victoria University The arty Steiner schools are expanding all over the world, but are they as effective as regular schools? Flickr/storebukkebrose, CC BY-SA Steiner education is a popular choice of alternative schooling in Australia, with more than 40 schools country-wide. Along with other alternatives to mainstream schooling, Australia seems […]

Parenting Lessons I Learned From a Waldorf (Steiner) Kindergarten

Via Victoria Feddenon Jun 14, 2014 It was my dream job and I didn’t get it. All I wanted was to work in that beautiful, quaint school with the wooden toys and the sheer silks where everything smelled of lavender. The Waldorf School looked like the calmest, coolest place on earth and when I set […]

The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child

The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child Posted: 05/29/2013 11:29 am EDT Updated: 07/29/2013 5:12 am EDT  Chris Rowan – Huff Post Reminiscing about the good old days when we were growing up is a memory trip well worth taking when trying to understand the issues facing the children of today. A mere 20 […]

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm – Alternative Education

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm Research reveals negative effects of academic preschools and kindergartens. Post published by Peter Gray on May 05, 2015 in Freedom to Learn Source: Google images approved for reuse Many preschool and kindergarten teachers have told me that they are extremely upset—some to the point of being ready to resign—by […]

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain August 06, 2014 3:43 AM ET Deion Jefferson, 10, and Samuel Jefferson, 7, take turns climbing and jumping off a stack of old tires at the Berkeley Adventure Playground in California. The playground is a half-acre park with a junkyard feel where kids are encouraged to […]

DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE, 25TH APRIL 2015 – A message from the effected Steiner schools

DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE, 25TH APRIL 2015  Following the concerns shown by all of you about the devastating earthquake that took place in middle parts of Nepal, this brief report has been prepared to get you acquainted with current situation in Nepal and to thank you all for all the concerns that you have about us and […]

Making art tied to fewer cognitive problems in old age – alternative education

  Making Art Tied to Fewer Cognitive Problems in Old Age A Mayo Clinic study finds decades spent on creative work pay off. Tom Jacobs Apr 9, 2015 (Photo: Tjasa Car/Shutterstock) Are you concerned about developing thinking and memory problems in old age? Research suggests there are ways to increase the odds you will stay […]

The program of Gabriel Talks for 2015 begins on Monday 1st June 7.30 p.m.

The program of Gabriel Talks for 2015 begins on Monday 1st June 7.30 p.m.The program of Gabriel Talks for 2015 begins on Monday 1st June 7.30 p.m. Presented by Dr Lakshmi Prasanna: “The gift of sleep for healthy child development.” Creating sound sleep patterns is a fundamental building block for healthy human  development. Join us […]

Happy Mother’s Day! The Weekly Review writes about Rae Hart, Sophia Mundi’s Eurythmy Teacher

Rae Hart Mum of international models Jessica & Ashley Hart Rae, Jessica and Ashley. Photo: Hart family Rae Hart clearly remembers the moment a few years ago when she realised how far her oldest daughter, Jessica, had come in her modelling career. Rae was on her way to a conference in Switzerland and stepped off […]

“Just Admit it: Naplan is a complete failure” – Alternative Education Programs

Just admit it: Naplan is a complete failure Justin Coulson The Daily Telegraph April 21, 2015 12:00AM NAPLAN 2015 begins on May 12 in schools around Australia. This annual bureaucratic extravagance in the name of quality education and ­enhanced transparency will, by some conservative estimates, cost Australian taxpayers $100 million. What do we get for […]

Update from Class 3 – Steiner Curriculum

CLASS 3 TERM 1 We have had a strong start to Class 3 this year, beginning with what is probably the most famous of all Hebrew Legends, the story of the Seven Days of Creation. In this story we heard how Seven Heavenly Beings – the Elohim – using the power of their Voices – […]

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn – Alternative Education

By Katrina Schwartz Mar. 26, 2015  When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes […]

A Comparison of Waldorf/Steiner and Mainstream Education

Below is concise and easy to read table of comparisons between Steiner and mainstream education. The words and the table below are taken From The Waldorf School of Philadelphia’s website and originally from the Spring Garden Waldorf. When parents are researching private schools, the myriad of options and different educational philosophies can sometimes be overwhelming. […]

Preparing for Life with Steiner Education – New York Times

Published on Dec 6, 2013 The New York Times sparked national media coverage with its front page story on why Silicon Valley parents are turning to Waldorf education. This film picks up where that story left off. “Preparing for Life” takes viewers inside the Waldorf School of the Peninsula where the focus is on developing […]

High School Outdoor Education – Independant schools approach

High school Outdoor Education The High School Outdoor program consists of journey based camps. We encourage a sense of connection and we often revisit locations they have been before. It is important in the High school to reconnect with their younger years and see a place in a new light. Our program is unique as […]

Primary Outdoor Education – Alternative Education Programs

Primary Outdoor Education Our primary school outdoor program focuses on the main lessons the children are doing in class. We integrate learning with nature based play and challenging the student by being exposed to the environment that they are in. To each camp students bring their skills from their past experience which develops their comfort […]

How The Small Child Benefits From Daily Repititions – Alternative education programs

Post taken from “Hi everybody, Anna The Parent speaking! I feel like telling you that todays’ subject about embracing rhythm and routines in the daily life with children has had a great impact on my own life – ever since I became a parent to my first child almost 12 years ago. The truth is that it […]

Physics in the Middle Years

Physics in the Middle Years When I was 12 my brothers and I were kicking a football out the front of our house. My last kick of the day, on a tight angle from the pocket towards the goal, slammed into the power lines above. One of the lines came down. It hissed and snaked […]

Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads and Why You Shouldn’t Either – Steiner Education Australia

Steve Jobs was the father of two teenage girls and a son when he passed away in 2011. These kids grew up with a visionary father who co-founded one of the best-known tech companies. Jobs led the world into the digital age with gadgets that transformed the way we listen to music, watch movies, communicate, […]

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 – Steiner Education Melbourne

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per […]

Class 6 – Terra Australis Incognito – Steiner Curriculum

Class 6 – Terra Australis Incognito Class Six have started a new main lesson on the White Invasion and Settlement of Australia. The lesson starts with a geographical understanding of Terra Australis and some of the unique land formations that cover and surround the island. Then we will move onto the explorers of this great […]

IB Educational Approach

  The IB Diploma Programme For the next three weeks our science laboratories will be transformed into examination rooms for the Year 12 students who are just about to complete their two year journey through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. As the only school in Australia to offer both Steiner education and the IB […]

Make that decision for me Mum….

Make that decision for me Mum…. Children, like adults struggle with the process of making a decision. A decision can be conclusive and lock you in to a direction or process with inevitable consequences, it can determine your point of view or have bearing on others. To make a good decision we must be well […]

Overview of Literacy in Class One

In Class One literacy this year, the class began in Term 1 by hearing fairy tales – lots and lots of fairy tales. As the children listened, they discovered letters hiding in the pictures. In this way they learned the vowels – a Dreamy Dragon, a Horse and a House, a napping Cat whose body […]

The Chronicle – Spring Fair Edition

Through the school yard, at the end of the veranda there is a big wooden gate. Behind this gate is the special world of the six year olds. Prep. This world is full of stories, adventures, creations and fun. Many great works are done here as the children grapple with the complexities of construction. Elaborate […]

A Teacher Who Opened Doors By Michelle Green, Chief Executive, Independent Schools Victoria

A Teacher Who Opened Doors By Michelle Green, Chief Executive, Independent Schools Victoria To celebrate World Teachers’ Day in Australia on Friday 31 October 2014, we asked our staff, parents and students at Independent schools to remember, recognise and thank teachers. Here is my contribution. I had a teacher who was an opener of doors. […]

Finding the right school – Independant Schools

Last week we said goodbye to our Class 12’s. The day was celebrated with the student’s families for a luncheon and an afternoon spiral ceremony. The students then made their grand exit in vintage cars. A number of students had traveled through Sophia Mundi from Prep. Below is a recent article from Independent Schools Victoria […]

From the principal’s Desk

Dear Parents, The school has received official notification that the Government has raised the National Terrorism Public Alert from MEDIUM to HIGH based on the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack. In the light of this notification there are several things that the school needs to do to ensure the children’s safety and the communication […]

Cyber Safety Information evening – Independent Schools

Tonight we are holding our Cyber Safety information evening. This is a really important opportunity to raise awareness of the issues which young people face online and whilst using their mobile phones. The evening is run by ThinkUKnow Australia, an internet safety initiative. The evening is a fantastic chance to learn more about how young […]

News from the Principal

Term 4 2014. Dear Parents. Welcome back to term four. The holidays already seem a distant memory as the new term fires up. Term four is such a vital term in the learning process. As we move closer to the end of the year we begin to see the fruits of our year’s efforts. It […]

Welcome Back to Term 4!

This week we welcome everyone back for Term 4. We have lots happening in our final Term of the year so watch this space! Sophia Mundi wrapped up Term 3 in a traditional way with our Spring Festival, one of the highlights of our Steiner education.

Sophia Mundi Student Piers Martin – Moran Prize Finalist! IB Educational approach

  Above is the striking image photographed and manipulated by Piers Martin from Class 11. Piers has been chosen as a finalist for the Moran Photographic Prize. The Moran Arts Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the Arts in Australia.

From the Principal’s office: Alternative education programs

Above we see the workings of a child on the ‘spectrum’. Oh how we love to readily put everyone into their little box to explain the way they are or what difficulties they may be having. I would look at this and say “ Genius,” after all, Einstein as a child in primary school was […]

Fundraiser Success at Sophia Mundi Steiner School

Class 5 Elephant Nature Park Fundraiser The sun shone brightly and much to our delight, an elephant shaped cloud floated by as we set up for our Elephant Nature Park fundraising stall on Friday 22nd August.The students in Class 5 prepared an amazing spread of handmade crafts and baked goods, which showcased their many creative […]

‘Jess and Ashley Hart: Sophia Mundi Steiner School alumnae’: the model sisters on carving out a career in NYC

Article taken from ‘Daily Life’ Written by Erin O’Dwyer on August 31, 2014 “Getting Jess Hart on the phone is not easy. When I finally track her down after days of trying, she’s shopping – wandering around a Los Angeles homewares store, buying things for her new West Coast house. “Most of the time I’m […]

From the principal’s desk…

From the Principal’s desk, I often get asked by new parents, “ How can we best support the teacher?” This is a topic which is worthy of understanding. Some may think it is through forcing children to do homework, getting them to school on time, making sure they have had a good night’s sleep or […]

Lecture with Lisa Romero this Saturday – Alternative Education Programs

Living on the edge Crossing the Threshold Working out of the future Friday 29th-Sunday 31st August The Christian Community 319 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, Victoria Conference Programme and Content Lectures Humanity over the Threshold The changing thresholds of our time – do we have the courage to cross? Marcus Cox The Inner Work path, Meditation and […]

IB Educational Approach takes Sophia Mundi Steiner School students to the Melbourne Art Fair

IB Visual Art excursion to the Melbourne Art Fair, 2014 (Photo by Walter Class 11) As part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Sophia Mundi Steiner School, Year 11 and 12 students studying Visual Art took the opportunity to visit the Exhibition buildings where over 70 galleries from Australia, NZ and Asia featured art work […]

Sophia Mundi Steiner School Winter Music Concert Success – Why learning music ‘makes kids smarter’

This week Sophia Mundi celebrated the strong influence of Music in our Steiner Curriculum and the extraordinary talent of our students with our annual Winter Music Concert. The concert was a huge success with performances across the high school.  “What a fabulous night last Wednesday at the Fitzroy Town Hall for our Secondary School Annual […]

Success for Sophia Mundi Steiner School graduate at ACMI

Kasimir Burgess, a past Sophia Mundi student and Crystal Bear winner for his film ‘Tiny’ at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, makes a stunning directorial debut with Fell,  a haunting tale of revenge and redemption set deep within the Australian bush. The film is showing at ACMI from 21 Aug to the 27 Sept.   […]

An article: Rethinking the Threefold Division of the Main Lesson (Alternative Education – Steiner)

This week Sophia Mundi Steiner School held a public talk by Dr Lakshmi Prasanna and Norman Sievers. During the talk Norman referred to the article – ‘Rethinking the Threefold Division of the Main lesson: Christof Wiechert’. Here it is for your reference. Article: Rethinking the Threefold Division of the Main lesson: Christof Wiechert’.

Sophia Mundi Steiner School Student’s success at Alliance Francais Poetry Recital

We have had a number of successful students in this years Alliance Francais Poetry Recital with 15 students reaching the finals. The students of Sophia Mundi learn French all the way through the school. Learning a language is an important part of  Steiner Education and we are delighted to see so many students thriving and […]

Welcome Back!

We are now at the end of a busy first week of Term 3! Here is the Newsletter for this week:  Newsletter_July_17_2014 Stay warm over the weekend in this windy weather and we look  forward to the rest of the Term.

Class 10 Work Experience

Sophia Mundi Work Experience Program There is a work experience program at Sophia Mundi where the class 10 students do voluntary work within the Convent Precinct for one afternoon a week during Term 3 (approximately 9 weeks in total). The school would like other tenants to consider taking on a student next term, to give […]

A visit from River Cottage Australia

 On the fourth Saturday of every month, Sophia Mundi Steiner School offers a Principal’s Tour. This is a fantastic opportunity for those unable to get here in the week to visit our school. During our Saturday Principal’s Tour on the 24 May we had a visit from Paul West, the presenter of River Cottage Australia. […]

A useful link… Alternative Education Programs from Perform International

Full- and part-time professional trainings and short courses in the performing arts, integrating Michael Chekhov’s techniques for acting and theatre with Rudolf and Marie Steiner’s approach to speaking and acting for the stage. These holistic, spirit-inspired trainings offer the opportunity to develop the performer’s singing and speaking voice, the body and the imagination, and to […]

Class 8 enjoy paddling up the Murray as part of the Steiner Curriculum

Last week, class 8 enjoyed a 3 day river journey down the Murray river starting at Tocumwal and ending near Morgans beach, close to where they went horse riding in class 7. The outdoor education program is a strong part of the curriculum at Sophia Mundi Steiner School. r

Piers Martin’s artwork selected for an exciting Art Exhibition run by Independent Schools Victoria

‘Untitled’ (acrylic on board) is by Piers Martin, a Year 11 student here at Sophia Mundi Steiner School . This piece will feature in the  upcoming ‘Creating Connection’ Student Art Exhibition for InSEA (International Society for Education through Art) run by the Independent Schools of Victoria. Over 150 artworks highlighting the diversity of arts education […]

Harvest Festival – Friday 4 April

The last day of term was celebrated with our Harvest Festival. Each class performed a piece they had been working on over the term, theatre, music and singing filled the morning. Students and their families kindly donated food to our harvest collection which was then given to a local charity whose work helps the homeless […]

Inter-School Athletics Day – Friday 28 March 2014

The inter-school athletics day is always a fabulous day. Sophia Mundi clearly stand out, not just with their blue uniform, but their effort, energy, enthusiasm and support for one another. We are a small school and yet we do remarkably well each year in athletics. Congratulations to everyone and a big thank you to the […]

Spring Fair – a great day

Our fantastic Spring Fair was held on 11 November 2012.  It was a memorable day – a great opportunity to meet old friends as well as a number of prospective new students and their families.  Many thanks to all of the helpers particularly the spring fair coordination team and the teachers and students who worked […]

Senior Theatre – Steiner Education

Senior Theatre Class 10 are currently devising their own theatre production. These photos show their exploration in storytelling by making human sculptures with themes from their production. They practice moving together in a school-of-fish to develop ensemble performance. They are also learning a technique from South America’s Theatre of the Oppressed which explores the victim […]

Valedictory Dinner – Friday 22 November 2013

Class 12 2013 had their valedictory dinner the day after the last of the IB exams finished.  The class 11 students waited on the tables, we had a lovely dinner together and we were treated to performances from the each of the music students as well as a rendition by the IB staff.  The arts […]

Last day of school for class 12 – Friday 25 October 2013

The last day for class 12 was magnificent.  The students were honoured by each of the classes in turn, from Prep to Class 11, with visits to each of the classrooms and gifts from the students and teachers.  The PFA had then arranged a lovely luncheon for class 12 students and their parents in the […]

Music Concert Term 3 – Wednesday 14 August 2013

Classes 6 to 12 students and teachers performed a magnificent concert tonight at the beautiful Fitzroy Town Hall.  We were a very proud audience of parents, grandparents and friends.  Thanks to Mayor Jacky Fristacky and Crs Amanda Stone and Geoff Barbour for joining us for the evening.  Our string, guitar, voice, woodwind and percussion performers […]

Organic Farm Garden

We've been working on our "Farm Garden" which forms a triangle between a patch of the Collingwood Children's Farm orchard, our tennis court and the Nuns' walk, for a number of years.  It has been the focus of a few of the Class 3 building projects.  More recently, a team of parents spearheaded and funded […]

Whole School Meeting

In June 2013 a whole school meeting was held to share and document the latest achievements and visions for the future. Click here to view the notes from the meeting.

Class 10 Play – End of the Line

At the end of term 2, in June 2013, our Class 10 developed and produced an original production "End of The Line Poster eflyerEnd of the Line".  The whole process, from original ideas to completed production occurred in a whirlwind four weeks.  The World Premiere performance was held on Wednesday 26 June and the Finale […]

Parent education: Dr Lakshmi Talks

Especially for parents, the latest Child Development Talk focussed on the Importance of Home Life in relation to Steiner Education. What is Steiner education preparing the young person towards, and how can parents support this in the home. Thursday 13 June 2013 at 7pm at Sophia Mundi Steiner School.  Future talks by Dr Lakshmi will […]

Viva Paella

We had a lovely evening in the school courtyard on Saturday 23 March, when Don Aldo cooked up a storm with drumming, sangria and magnificent paella!  Thanks all for joining us and enjoying great food and company.

Spring Fair – Sunday 10 November 2013

Our 2013 Spring Fair was held on Sunday 10 November, in conjunction with the Abbotsford Convent Open Day.  While the weather was somewhat cooler than we've had on previous spring fair days, it was a delight to welcome so many new and old friends in to the school.   The classrooms and Eurythmy room looked […]

Opening of new Classroom Building and Laboratories

On Wednesday 8 August 2012 we welcomed the school community, parents, friends, local Councillors, MPs, ACF and Farm board members and staff as well as many friends and family members to share in the opening of our new building.  Aunty Di Kerr, of the Wurundjeri tribe gave a lovely welcome to country and we had […]

Prep Garden and new Playground

Teams of parents, staff and friends worked superbly towards the move of our Prep garden from Nicholson St to St Marys over the March – July period 2012.  We've now moved Prep and the Prep garden to their lovely new location adjacent the Collingwood Childrens Farm. Our 18 working bees last year were a great success […]

International Baccalaureate – Sophia Mundi now an IB World School

We received our formal accreditation as an International Baccalaureate World School on 20 October 2011. While this was the culmination of a lot of hard work in preparing our staff and school for accreditation, in reality this was the first step in our journey with our students on the path to delivering a really world […]