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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  • McCarthy’s P-TECH program moves forward

    23/8/2017
    McCarthy Catholic College leaders joined their Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) partners to move forward with this innovative model of schooling that will provide students with real-world STEM skills.
  • "Appy" tech girls are superheroes

    23/8/2017
    The girls from Our Lady of the Nativity, Lawson have developed two apps that could take them on tour of Silicon Valley.
  • Statement from Executive Director regarding Julian Cadman

    21/8/2017
    Dear friends, it is with deep sadness that we confirm that 7 year-old Julian Cadman, a Year 2 student at St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary Lalor Park, lost his life in the attack in Barcelona last Thursday evening.
  • Retreat on the streets

    15/8/2017
    Teachers from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Wentworthville went on a spiritual retreat with a difference where they learnt first hand about the challenges of homelessness, mental illness, addiction and prostitution.
  • Retreat on the streets

    15/8/2017
    Teachers from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Wentworthville went on a spiritual retreat with a difference where they learnt first hand about the challenges of homelessness, mental illness, addiction and prostitution.
  • PBL expert shares insights at St Finbar’s

    14/8/2017
    Project Based Learning (PBL) expert Stephanie Ehler joined the teachers at St Finbar’s Glenbrook to share world-best practice of this innovative learning technique.
  • Making attendance a big issue

    10/8/2017
    The Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) has raised the important issue of absenteeism to the wider NSW community through a prominent article in the Daily Telegraph.
  • Will robots take over teaching?

    8/8/2017
    Artificial intelligence has already taken over many occupations, but how about teaching? You’ll be surprised by this prediction.
 
   
  
 

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