Our Story

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 78 Catholic systemic schools in the diocese (56 primary and 22 secondary) and four Catholic Early Learning Centres with a total student population of over 43,000 students. There are also six congregational (independent Catholic) schools in the diocese.


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 Marayong, Hassall Grove, Glenwood, Schofields, Castle Hill, Glenmore Park, Bligh Park and Kemps Creek. Our newest primary and secondary schools are located at Rouse Hill, Stanhope Gardens and Westmead.

 
   
  
 

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  • Grounds for Learning

    23/5/2017
    The innovative Grounds for Learning program is providing excellent opportunities for students with additional needs by helping them get ready for the world of work.
  • New school for Box Hill

    17/5/2017
    A proposed new Catholic school will open at the beginning of 2018 to meet the needs of the growing Box Hill community.
  • Raiders of the lost art

    16/5/2017
    Wooden mystery crates emitting white light beams and animal sounds triggered the imagination of St Bernadette’s students in Lalor Park in special writing project.
  • Heart of the community

    15/5/2017
    A fantastic day was had by St John's students, teachers, and parents on Saturday at the Riverstone Festival.
  • Mother of all days!

    12/5/2017
    On the eve of Mother’s Day this Sunday, students in primary schools across the Parramatta Diocese celebrated their mums through a number of fun and loving activities.
  • Disruption to school internet and phone services

    9/5/2017
    UPDATE: Telstra had experienced a significant incident at the Parklea exchange resulting in many schools having no connectivity. This issue has now been resolved and services have been restored to all schools.
  • NAPLAN: Stay calm, keep learning

    9/5/2017
    Like coaching clinics, NAPLAN has become big business with whole sections of bookstores dedicated to testing and preparation strategies. This is counterproductive and not what NAPLAN was supposed to be about.
  • Our IT trainee scores top job

    8/5/2017
    An innovative Catholic Education Office IT training program has helped Michael Galvin land a job at one of the world’s biggest tech companies.
 
   
  
 

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