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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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  • International visitors learn from St Joseph’s

    25/9/2018
    St Joseph’s Primary Kingswood was recently recognised for its excellence in engaging learners, when it welcomed an enthusiastic group of 25 international educational leaders to their school.
  • St Margaret Mary’s Mini Vinnies students Sleepout at school!

    23/9/2018
    St Margaret Mary’s Primary School Merrylands held a very successful Mini Vinnies sleepout raising both awareness about homelessness, and a tremendous $8 115 to buy essential items for people in need. Read more...
  • Executive Director talks ATAR scores on the ABC

    20/9/2018
    Executive Director Greg Whitby joined the panel of The Drum on the ABC to discuss students with low ATAR scores getting into university. This topic begins at 21:52 into the video.
  • Primary students skill up at Catholic Trade Training Centres

    20/9/2018
    Primary students learnt how taking on a trade could lead to a dream job when Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) opened its Trade Training Centres during National Skills Week. Read more...
  • Smart debate needed on smartphones

    20/9/2018
    Like the value of homework or school uniforms, many people have a strong view on whether mobile phones should be allowed in classrooms. Discussion has been re-ignited recently after Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan supported schools that wanted to ban phones, suggesting they can be a distraction. Read more...
  • Students day a complete ‘write-off’

    18/9/2018
    It is no easy feat to plan, write and illustrate a book within twelve hours. Throw in some compulsory characters, keywords and the challenges of group work and you have the Write A Book In A Day competition. Read more...
  • Educators push back against school smartphone ban

    17/9/2018
    Leading educators and school principals say they would not support a ban on smartphones in NSW classrooms, which is being canvassed by the state government and is backed by Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan. Read more...
  • Teachers reach out to those in need!

    14/9/2018
    A recent Formation Day for staff at Our Lady of Angels (OLA) Rouse Hill provided insight into the lives of marginalised people further afield. Staff travelled into the inner city to learn about a range of outreach programs run by the Catholic Parish of St Canice’s, Elizabeth Bay and the Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross. Read more...
 
   
  
 

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