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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  • Chatterbox the third: parents voice!

    Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Executive Director Greg Whitby will be taking questions from parents at the third round of Chatterbox Live on June 13 at St Andrews College Marayong. Read more...
  • Schools take time out to reflect on the Stations of the Cross!

    As schools were finishing Term 1, some took the time to reflect on the meaning of Easter and the story of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. Two schools in particular, St Andrews Primary School, Marayong and Sacred Heart Primary, Mount Druitt, focused their reflection time on the Stations of the Cross. Read more...
  • Learning Shouldn’t Be A Guessing Game

    One of the concerns often expressed by parents, especially of primary students, is the trend towards students doing work online, whether that is at school or at home. Increasingly, parents feel homework becomes a bit of a guessing game because they cannot always ‘monitor’ what is being learned online. Read more...
  • Teachers embrace a design mindset!

    Design Thinking has been on the brain in Term 1 for teachers from Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park and St Mark’s Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens who have recently completed a design thinking training program. Read more...
  • Gaining credit for prior learning

    IN a few months, the recommendations following the NSW Government's review into the curriculum will be released. The review sought feedback from the community, including parents, to determine whether the current curriculum still meets the needs of students. Read more...
  • Gilroy Catholic College to benefit from $19m upgrade to facilities

    Students and teachers at Gilroy Catholic College in Castle Hill will benefit from a $19 million upgrade to facilities, which will see the construction of 16 new classrooms at the prestigious Catholic school. Read more...
  • Gabriel’s Travels goes on tour!

    Up to 48 talented CAPTIVATE students packed their bags and set off for a performing arts tour to Wentworth Falls and Bathurst this week. Read more...
  • Holy Family takes a step back in time for Grandparents Day!

    Holy Family Primary, Luddenham took a step back in time to celebrate Grandparents Day! It is the school’s ‘event of the year’ and received the biggest turn out of grandparents, families and community members ever seen with some travelling from as far as Bathurst, Dubbo and even Scotland! Read more...


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