Sophia Mundi is an independent, non-denominational and co-educational inner city Melbourne Steiner school that offers an enriching, holistic educational pathway from Early Childhood to Senior Secondary. We are located in the beautiful grounds of the Abbotsford Convent, next door to the Collingwood Children’s Farm. We are a not-for-profit organization, a member of Steiner Education Australia and an IB World School.
Children can experience both the pleasure of solitary play and the rewards of being part of the group. We understand that during the first seven years the child learns through imitation and must therefore be given that which is worthy of imitation.
When children enter primary school they are eager to learn. However they are not yet ready for the conceptual academic intellect that develops later on. What is ready to be exercised is a new capacity for memory, one that is nourished by a rich pictorial, feeling style of thinking.
In middle school, from the age of around 13 – 14 years, specialists in their field teach the students as they are challenged to awaken their capacity for rational judgment and thinking. The curriculum – linked to the National Steiner Curriculum – building on and extending the subjects covered in the primary school
Every aspect of the high school experience, from the science lab to the playing courts, from cultural exchanges to community service, is viewed not only from the standpoint of academic preparation, but also from its contribution to the student’s developing sense of self.