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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  • Catherine McAuley, St Columba’s College and Corpus Christi Primary make the NAPLAN honour roll

    THREE Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta schools made the NAPLAN honour roll by significantly exceeding national benchmarks.
  • Aspiring tennis star has special meeting with Cumberland Mayor

    ASPIRING tennis star Marco Ciarrocchi was invited to a special meeting with the Mayor of Cumberland Council recently to receive his Youth Sports Person nominee certificate. The Our Lady Queen of Peace, Greystanes Yr 4 student was given the special presentation by the Mayor Greg Cummings as a result of his sporting accomplishments, most notably in tennis.
  • St Joseph’s Primary Schofields - Wanderers School of the Year!

    This week the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club paid St Joseph's Schofields a special visit to thank them for their support and also announced them as the ‘Wanderers School of the Year’
  • Catholic Schools Week Food for Thought

    St John’s Primary, Riverstone and Trinity Primary School, Kemps Creek thought outside the box when it came to Catholic Schools Week this year. These celebrations were ‘food for thought’ for both of these outstanding Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta learning communities.
  • Young minds with improvement ideas for their community

    A walk around the Glenwood community by Year 1 Holy Cross Primary Glenwood students saw them come up with big ideas on how they could improve a local reserve and shopping centre.
  • The school parking dilemma

    Not that long ago, it was the norm for children to walk to school, catch a bus or train, or get a lift with another parent. Today, more parents are choosing to drive their children to school and this has meant a lot more traffic congestion around schools and demands on available parking spaces. Read more...
  • Executive Directors Summer Reading Challenge winners are grinners!

    This year’s competition was remarkable with more than 1800 entries from students across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. This annual competition promotes literacy among students across the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta during the summer holidays. Read more...
  • It’s time to celebrate our Catholic schools

    Catholic Schools Week was celebrated in the Diocese of Parramatta with schools opening up their doors and demonstrating to their local communities how they teach in their amazing learning spaces and embrace a sense of community.


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