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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  • Gilroy’s Beauty and the Beast production receives a standing ovation

    Gilroy Catholic College’s stage production of Beauty and the Beast was met with standing ovations from the audience at each performance throughout its five day showing. Read more...
  • Students take time-out to enrich the lives of others

    St Paul’s Catholic College, Greystanes senior students volunteered their time to learn about what it is like to give unconditionally to others through the school’s Works of Mercy Program (WOMP). Read more...
  • Teaching Students go back to school at Parramatta Marist

    A NEW partnership between Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP), Western Sydney University and the NSW Department of Education will see Masters of Teaching (Secondary) STEM students learn from staff and students at Parramatta Marist High School and Catherine McAuley Westmead. Read more...
  • Day Spa for the Soul

    Up to 40 parents took time out from their busy lives to gently, restfully, and prayerfully allow themselves a day of reflection at the Franciscan Shrine of the Holy Innocents in Kellyville. Read more...
  • Schools need to be ‘Disneyland for learners’

    Psychologist and author, Steve Biddulph was on radio recently talking about raising 21st century boys in today’s world. He mentioned research that found boys were on average 20 months behind girls in terms of development. Read more...
  • Budget an ‘opportunity missed’

    The real deficit in 2018 Federal Budget is an absence of strategic thinking and planning about how to fund learning in the new ‘knowledge economy’, says Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Executive Director Greg Whitby AM. Read more...
  • Science comes alive at Holy Cross Glenwood

    Discovering fossils in the sand, learning about pendulum painting, building bridges for chariots to cross and mini robots were all part of Holy Cross Primary Glenwood’s start to the new school term. Read more...
  • Gonski: a blueprint for change

    The review by David Gonski into the quality of Australian schools was released last week. The report confirms what many working in education have known for decades. Read more...


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