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Principal & Teachers


Matthew Cunnane brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role as the principal of Sophia Mundi. His journey in Steiner education extends over twenty-five years, marked by significant contributions in both teaching and administration across the UK and Australia. His expertise in teaching at primary and high school levels is complemented by a profound understanding of Steiner/Waldorf educational philosophy and practices. His role with Steiner Education Australia, including as board chair, has helped in shaping Steiner education nationwide.

Matthew holds a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne and his current PhD research at RMIT focuses on creative practices in Australian Steiner Schools. His academic involvement also includes teaching pre-service educators at the University of Melbourne, covering key areas like assessment and inclusive education.

Reflecting on the heart of Sophia Mundi, principal Matthew Cunanne shares, “At our school, we strive to create a nurturing environment that fosters each student’s unique potential. Our goal is to guide students towards academic and personal excellence, preparing them not just for further education but for a fulfilling life.”



The heart of our educational philosophy is embodied by our dedicated team of teachers. Our Steiner and IB educators bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to their roles, ensuring that each student receives a rich and nurturing educational experience. Our teachers are more than just educators; they are mentors – guides who inspire and play a pivotal role in shaping the intellectual, emotional and creative development of our students.

"Our teachers' dedication and expertise are central to the unique educational journey we offer at our school. They are not just imparting knowledge but also nurturing a love of learning, encouraging each student to explore, discover and grow in a supportive and enriching environment."

Beyond the classroom, our teachers are deeply involved in the school community. They participate in school festivals, extracurricular activities, and parent-teacher events, fostering a strong and vibrant school community.

Professional Development

All teachers at our school are committed to ongoing professional development. This ensures they stay abreast of the latest educational research and practices, continually enhancing their teaching methods and deepening their understanding of both Steiner and IB education systems.