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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  • Western Sydney Catholic school students well trained for career success

    15/12/2017
    Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Relieving Executive Director Sue Walsh is thrilled by outstanding HSC results from Vocational Education and Training (VET) students across Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s network of 22 secondary schools and two Catholic Trade Training Centres.
  • Western Sydney Catholic school students ‘top of the class’ in the HSC

    14/12/2017
    Sue Walsh, Relieving Executive Director Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta said that she was delighted with the news that two students from Catholic schools in the Diocese achieved ‘First in Course’ recognition in the 2017 HSC.
  • Students and staff grow in faith through the Australian Catholic Youth Festival

    11/12/2017
    Students and staff from schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains were enthusiastic participants in the Australian Catholic Youth Festival held in Sydney from 7 to 9 December 2017.
  • Holy Cross students recognised in Parliament for efforts to ban plastic bottles

    8/12/2017
    Holy Cross was mentioned in Parliament this week by Federal Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland MP, recognising the wonderful work of passionate Year 4 students who have been examining the problems of plastic pollution in our environment and have been campaigning to curb the use of water bottles in Australia. See what Michelle had to say.
  • Who's bugging who

    22/11/2017
    The St Monica’s Richmond gang got up close and personal with some pretty awesome bugs in a recent excursion. They literally put their work under the microscope.
  • Our Socceroo hero

    16/11/2017
    Former St Agnes Rooty Hill student and Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak is the nation’s hero after scoring three goals and securing Australia’s place in the 2018 World Cup.
  • The write stuff

    14/11/2017
    Leading Australian children’s author Belinda Murrell joined the gang at St Joseph’s Primary Kingswood for the recent students’ writers festival.
  • National nod to our trade training

    13/11/2017
    The Catholic Trade Training Centres in the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta have been selected as a finalist at this year's in the School Pathways to vocational education and training (VET) Award.
 
   
  
 

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