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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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  • Sunny side up for Catholic Schools

    20/2/2018
    It is estimated the energy saved as a result of installing solar panels at 10 Catholic Schools in the Parramatta Diocese would result in 45% reduction of electricity consumed, resulting in a saving of $495k per annum. Up to 10 Catholic Schools in the Parramatta Diocese will play a pivotal role in getting schools powered solely by renewable energy and teaching students about sustainability.
  • Lenten Message 2018 - Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv

    19/2/2018
    Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv reminds us that with the celebration of Ash Wednesday, we begin a season of Lent which is meant to be a journey of renewal and transformation.
  • Lenten Message 2018 - Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv

    19/2/2018
    Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv reminds us that with the celebration of Ash Wednesday, we begin a season of Lent which is meant to be a journey of renewal and transformation.
  • Santa Sophia Catholic College community celebrates first Mass

    9/2/2018
    Santa Sophia Catholic College achieved another milestone this week when students and staff attended Mass together for the first time at Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Kellyville.
  • Santa Sophia Catholic College community celebrates first Mass

    9/2/2018
    Santa Sophia Catholic College achieved another milestone this week when students and staff attended Mass together for the first time at Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Kellyville.
  • Our Lady of the Angels Primary School, Kellyville wins prestigious design award

    8/2/2018
    THE contemporary and collaborative design of Our Lady of the Angels (OLA) Primary School in Kellyville is a winner!
  • Teachers transforming lives together

    7/2/2018
    On Thursday 25 January, 500 education leaders from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains gathered at Rosehill Racecourse ahead of the 2018 school year. This year’s theme centred on the need for a new educational narrative for Catholic schools in today’s world. At the heart of this narrative is transformation and curiosity. Read more...
  • Kindergarten From A Parent's Perspective: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

    2/2/2018
    You know the day will come when your child starts school, however, when that day arrives what a mixed bag of emotions you go through knowing they are about to embark on one of the most important journeys of their life. Read more...
 
   
  
 

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