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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  • St Patrick’s call to make a difference!

    26/3/2019
    The community of St Patrick’s Primary, Guildford have been “Called to Make a Difference” and that is exactly what they are setting out to do. Read more...
  • St Monica’s students get busy with Bee Bots, Ozobots and Spheros!

    22/3/2019
    Bee Bots, Ozobots, Spheroes - are just some of the robots and digital technologies students are learning with today! At St Monica’s Primary, Richmond, Stage One students have been working collaboratively in a number of STEM challenges aimed at incorporating coding and digital technologies into their learning program for the year. Read more...
  • 100 years of Mercy education celebrated by St Patrick’s Blacktown!

    22/3/2019
    On Sunday, March 17, the community of St Patrick’s Primary, Blacktown, gathered to celebrate the Centenary of their school. Wet weather didn't dampen their spirits as hundreds of community members took part in a beautiful Mass celebrated by Bishop Vincent Long and Fr Reginaldo Lavilla. Read more...
  • Shoud Children Strike?

    21/3/2019
    The School Strike 4 Climate Action Day held on 15 March generated a lot of public debate and not just in relation to bringing greater attention to the issue of climate change. The question that attracted so much attention was whether students should be encouraged to strike on a legislated school day. Read more...
  • Water our most valuable resource!

    20/3/2019
    St Canice’s Primary, Katoomba Stage One students have been learning about Earth’s resources and how they can take care of them, in particular they focused their attention on the importance of water which led to them creating a water conservation project. Read more...
  • Vai’s Greatest Shave!

    19/3/2019
    Surrounded by her entire family and school community, St Agnes High School Year 11 student Vai Mauia took part in the Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave. In a show of solidarity, Vai’s mum, Manufala Gearman, got in on it too and had her hair shaved. Read more...
  • St Patrick’s Blacktown: Celebrating a centenary of community spirit!

    14/3/2019
    As the school celebrates its 100th birthday, community spirit is still strong at St Patrick’s Primary, Blacktown. After one hundred years of educating young people, two families have had a long association with the school. Read more...
  • St John XXIII students launch Project Compassion 2019

    14/3/2019
    800 students from St John XXIII Primary School and St Mark’s Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens launched Project Compassion 2019 on Wednesday 6 March on behalf of the 83 schools and 47 parishes in the Diocese of Parramatta. A vastly multicultural and multi-age community of learners took up the theme of Project Compassion 2019 – Give Lent 100% Hope. Reads more...
 
   
  
 

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