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Location & History


Sophia Mundi is a tranquil sanctuary in the heart of the city. Situated within the culturally vibrant Abbotsford Convent arts precinct, the school is enveloped in an atmosphere rich in historical and artistic significance. This unique location provides our students with an inspiring and creative environment for learning.

Adjacent to the school, the Birrarung (Melbourne's Yarra River) contributes to the serene atmosphere and nearby Collingwood Children's Farm offers our students a special connection to nature and farming. This blend of natural beauty and cultural richness enables Sophia Mundi to offer an educational experience that goes beyond traditional classroom boundaries, fostering a deep appreciation for the arts, the environment and the broader community.


Established in 1985 by dedicated parents seeking a Steiner education, Sophia Mundi stands as a welcoming and united community, home to around 200 students. Our school's history is intertwined with the historic St Mary’s building, which dates back to 1911. This building, once a refuge for migrant children and orphaned girls under the care of the convent.

In 2006 we undertook the thoughtful renovation of the St Mary’s building to house Classes 1-6. This development phase included the enhancement of our grounds with play areas and refurbished tennis courts, reflecting our commitment to creating a stimulating and engaging learning environment. The expansion continued in 2012 with the addition of science laboratories in the Mercator Annex.

Our commitment to growth and excellence continues as we create a masterplan for our school to further enhance our facilities and deepen our engagement with the community. At Sophia Mundi, we are devoted to nurturing an environment where students thrive academically, emotionally and socially. We warmly invite you to join our unique educational community, where your child's holistic development is our foremost commitment, in a setting that beautifully merges heritage, the natural serenity of Birrarung and urban vibrancy.

The Wurundjeri people (Woi wurrung language group) are the Traditional Owners of the land Sophia Mundi is located on. The nearby junction of the Merri Merri (Merri Creek) and Birrarung (Yarra River) at Dights Falls continues to be an important meeting place for the Central Victorian Peoples, also known as the Kulin Nation. 

We acknowledge their sovereignty and pay our respects to Elders past and present and emerging.