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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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  • Western Sydney Catholic school students number one in HSC

    14/12/2018
    Three Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) students have achieved ‘First in Course’ recognition in the 2018 HSC. CEDP Director Greg Whitby is very proud of the ‘Class of 2018’, with strong results in the ‘All Rounders’ and ‘Distinguished Achievers’ lists and Parramatta Marist High the top Catholic system school in NSW.
  • Nagle College has been revealed as Blacktown’s highest ranked school in the 2018 HSC

    14/12/2018
    The full list of school results from this year’s course was released on Thursday, with girls-only Nagle College listed as NSW’s 228th best performing school. Its students raked in 42 high scores — or Band 6s — from 623 entries. Read more...
  • Students embrace Indigenous cultural journey

    12/12/2018
    Around 40 students from 10 Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta schools attended the third annual Murama Youth Summit for a deeper appreciation of Indigenous culture and to learn how to keep culture alive! Read more...
  • Holy Family Emerton gymnastic champions

    10/12/2018
    Holy Family Primary, Emerton received its best result ever at the recent Diocese of Parramatta Gymnastic Championships, walking away as the best performing team of 10 in the blue division. Read more...
  • Arguing the case

    6/12/2018
    Travelling to Hawaii to meet a humanoid robot called Sophia, two students at Llandilo’s Xavier Catholic College have become more knowledgeable about technology, tourism and artificial intelligence. Read more...
  • St Canice’s Sisters in Stone!

    6/12/2018
    St Canice’s Primary, Katoomba has adopted a school totem inspired by Blue Mountains landmark, the Three Sisters. The move is part of a project aimed at helping this local community understand its Aboriginal culture. Read more...
  • Crafting a love of writing

    4/12/2018
    Like many other people, my experience of writing as a student was about essays, taking notes from a blackboard and on occasions, having to write out hundreds of lines. For me, it wasn’t just the writing of lines that felt like punishment. Read more...
  • Kindness is The Way

    4/12/2018
    For students and staff of Our Lady of the Way (OLW) Primary, Emu Plains, kindness is a natural part of school life. It makes sense that celebrating World Kindness Day is a significant event on the school calendar! Read more...
 
   
  
 

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