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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  • Mini scientists in the making

    17/7/2018
    Stage one students were encouraged to think and act like scientists at St Bernadette’s Primary Lalor Park when presenter Chris Howe brought his fun and interactive show Scienza Viva to the school for Science Week.
  • St Michael’s visitor was “out of this world’’

    17/7/2018
    Year 5 students and teachers at St Michael’s Primary School Baulkham Hills welcomed Dr Paul Scully-Power, Australia’s first astronaut, for an “out of this world’’ learning opportunity. Read more...
  • Olivia’s turtley amazing story!

    13/7/2018
    Inspired by a trip to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (CTRC), Trinity Catholic Primary, Kemps Creek Year 6 student Olivia Doyle is helping turn the tide in educating her peers about the harmful effects of pollution on the turtle population. Read more...
  • “Because of Her, We Can” - a NAIDOC Week celebration!

    12/7/2018
    As part of NAIDOC week celebrations, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s Jarara Indigenous Education, along with Holy Family Primary, Emerton held special events to reflect on this year’s theme. Read more...
  • Re-thinking careers

    10/7/2018
    Given the changing nature of work today and the recognition that young people will have several careers over their working life, it is time to re-think the role of careers advisors. Read more...
  • Learning to make a difference

    9/7/2018
    Schools involved in fundraising rely on the generosity of their parent community who are always incredibly supportive. Still, I wonder if would should be asking our students for a more long-term commitment when it comes to supporting charitable organisations.
  • Catherine McAuley Westmead embraces its Indigenous culture

    9/7/2018
    The Wandana Indigenous Education Team was welcomed into the learning community of Catherine McAuley Westmead to help students explore Indigenous culture. Read more here...
  • St Patrick's Parramatta students wake up with Today

    6/7/2018
    It was a very different start to the school day when the crew from Channel 9's Today Show dropped in for a visit to St Patrick's Primary, Parramatta as part of the show's 'I wake up with Today' segment.
 
   
  
 

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