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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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  • Golf Day raises $15,000 for Education Scholarships

    16/10/2018
    160 golfers were blessed with perfect blue skies on 9th October as they raised education scholarship funds for impoverished and disadvantaged students. Read more...
  • Meet Nagle Colleges’ trial motorcycle champion!

    15/10/2018
    Just one year into trial motorcycle riding, Nagle College Year 11 student Geraldine Vella is proving she is a force to be reckoned with, taking home the NSW Mototrial Junior Women’s Championship title. Read more...
  • Parramatta Marist students ‘light up’ Parramatta Lanes Festival

    15/10/2018
    Year 9 and 10 Visual Arts students from Parramatta Marist last week appeared on television having been selected to participate in the Parramatta Lanes Festival and showcase their four kinetic sculptures - Serenity, ParraBatta, Fowl Play and Frills & Ruffles. Read more...
  • Inquiry starts early

    10/10/2018
    When you think about the skills you need to be effective in your workplace, it often comes down to teamwork, problem-solving and communication. These are the same skills we want to develop in all learners from kindergarten through to Year 12. Read more...
  • Seize the day, Dan Tehan, and make education extraordinary

    5/10/2018
    Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Executive Director Greg Whitby shared his "study notes" with new Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan in the The Sydney Morning Herald this week. Read more...
  • Brock musters support for farmers!

    5/10/2018
    Xavier College Llandilo recently held a flannelette-fuelled Mufti Day to raise money for drought-stricken farmers. The fun fundraiser was the bright idea of Year 8 student Brock Mackenzie-Hillen. Read more...
  • St Canice’s ‘cray cray’ project

    5/10/2018
    What do you know about crayfish? Probably not as much as St Canice’s Primary, Katoomba Year 3 and 4 students! These clever kids recently become custodians of the Blue Mountains Crayfish. Read more...
  • Talk about child slavery wins Voice of Youth award

    3/10/2018
    Good Shepherd Primary School Captain Christian Durante’s moving speech about the devastating impact of child slavery has seen him win the highly competitive Voice of Youth title for 2018. Read more...
 
   
  
 

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