Our Story


A Catholic education in the Diocese of Parramatta is innovative, personalised and relevant to the needs of today’s student. The individual child is the focus of learning and teaching and a broad curriculum caters for a wide range of interests and abilities.

The Diocese of Parramatta is located in one of the fastest growing areas of New South Wales. The Diocese is West of Sydney and reaches from Dundas Valley, West to Katoomba, South to Luddenham and North to Richmond.

There are 80 Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese, 25 Catholic Out of School Hours Care services, four Catholic Early Learning Centres and two Catholic Trade Training Centres with a total student population of more than 43 000 and over 4500 teachers and staff.


Historical connections

The Diocese of Parramatta has some of the oldest schools in Australia. St Patrick’s at Parramatta and Parramatta Marist College both have links to the very first Catholic school in the colony, established by Fr John Therry in Hunter Street in 1820. St Matthew’s at Windsor, established in 1835, still serves its community. It is the oldest existing Catholic school in Australia.


Early expansion

A growing population saw many schools open in the years before the Second World War. Built and staffed with absolutely no government financial assistance, the schools served Catholic communities in Blacktown, East Granville, Guildford, Katoomba and Castle Hill.


The ‘Baby Boom’ years

Australia’s population grew rapidly in the 1950s and 60s. An ambitious school building program was successfully pursued to cater for new families in many developing areas, including Lalor Park, Seven Hills, Westmead and Kingswood.


Government support

Some financial relief came to Catholic schools in the 1960s with the funding of science and library facilities. However it was the 1970s that brought a new era of Commonwealth funding for all Australian schools, based on the principles of equality and diversity.

Many new schools opened in the decades that followed. These served numerous parishes, including Winston Hills, North Rocks, Kenthurst, Cranebrook and St Clair.


Our newest schools

Tremendous consolidation and growth continued through the 1990s and into the 21st century with new schools being opened at Rouse Hill, Stanhope Gardens, Marsden Park and Box Hill.

 
   
  
 

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  • St John Paul II Social Justice Committee leading the way!

    23/1/2019
    St John Paul II Catholic College Year 7 Social Justice Committee members are doing their bit to overcoming inequity by creating literacy packs for students in Catholic schools in the NSW outback town of Wilcannia. Read more...
  • Achievement or Progress?

    21/1/2019
    The starting point for measuring what we have achieved should always be where we started from. Progress tells students and parents something worthwhile. Improvement, milestones and learning gain is what really matters. Read more...
  • St Canice’s Sisters in Stone!

    21/1/2019
    St Canice’s Primary, Katoomba has adopted a school totem inspired by Blue Mountains landmark, the Three Sisters. The totem is part of a project aimed at helping the local community better understand its Aboriginal culture and heritage. Read more...
  • OLA brings a little more dignity into the art of giving!

    20/12/2018
    Students and staff at Our Lady of the Angels have chosen to try and epitomise the word ‘Dignity’ in their mission to reach out to others in need this festive season. Read more...
  • Artistic Dreams Become a Reality

    20/12/2018
    For a group of Photographic Design & Media and Visual Arts students from Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park, the opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional gallery became a reality in Term 4.
  • Fiesta Friday Fun Day

    20/12/2018
    Holy Spirit Primary, St Clair feasted on fun, food, friendship and learning at a Fiesta Fundraiser day held recently. The students engaged in many activities, learnt new skills and helped raise money to purchase new technology.
  • St Mark's maths whiz ties for award for excellence

    19/12/2018
    Maths whiz, Alan Gariban, is split between studying pharmacy or psychology next year but he’ll no doubt take plenty of confidence into whatever he chooses after starring in the HSC. Alan, tied with nine others students for first in mathematics general 2.
  • Reflecting on the big issues

    19/12/2018
    Every child is entitled to the same level of basic funding and those with additional needs should receive extra funding. Read more...
 
   
  
 

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