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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  • Inspiring Innovators

    16/11/2018
    Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park students have been recognised as some of the most innovative young problem solvers in Australia! Read more...
  • St Andrew’s new learning centre is a blessing!

    15/11/2018
    IT was a beautiful bright sunny day when Bishop Vincent Long and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) Executive Director Greg Whitby blessed St Andrew’s Primary, Marayong’s new Sr Josita Paczkowska Learning Centre. Read more...
  • Gilroy students learn to serve

    14/11/2018
    Gilroy Catholic College, Castle Hill students served people in need with compassion when they held their second annual food and toiletries drive for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). Read more...
  • Four decades in schooling

    13/11/2018
    A colleague of mine, Anne, a primary principal, is retiring at the end of this year after 47 years working in schools. So how does one survive and thrive in education for almost half a century? Read more...
  • Students ask the hard questions: Chatterbox Live

    13/11/2018
    On Monday 5 November, Year 10 and 11 students from five secondary schools in the Diocese of Parramatta had the opportunity to participate in the first ever ‘Chatterbox Live’, an online Q&A session with Greg Whitby, Executive Director of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta. Read more...
  • St Patrick’s Marist College’s “passage to India”

    13/11/2018
    A group of 16 dedicated students and four teachers from St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas had the immersion experience of a lifetime, travelling to India during the Term 3 school holidays. Read more...
  • CAPTIVATE drama students get in touch with their funny side

    9/11/2018
    During the October holidays four Captivate Drama Hub and Ensemble students took the opportunity to participate in the Australian Theatre for Young People’s Comedy Masterclass program, which resulted in them showing off their funny side to family and friends. Read more...
  • Holy Spirit’s mission to help the people of Myanmar!

    9/11/2018
    Holy Spirit Primary St Clair got into the “spirit” of being entrepreneurial in a bid to support the people of Myanmar for Mission Week, and raised $2150! Read more...
 
   
  
 

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