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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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  • Emmaus Catholic College student speaks from the heart

    15/2/2019
    Emmaus Catholic College, Kemps Creek recently had a special guest speaker at a whole school assembly: Year 11 student, Chantelle! To mark the International Day of People with Disability, Chantelle shared her personal story to help raise awareness of disability issues. Read more...
  • Antonela’s designs on the future

    13/2/2019
    The exceptional costume design work of Cerdon College student Antonela Scarpignato will feature as part of the annual NSW Texstyle Exhibition to be held in March. Reads more...
  • Teachers turn straw into gold

    6/2/2019
    Acclaimed journalist and TV presenter, Stan Grant has spent his career reporting on stories from around the globe so it was a privilege for our school leaders to hear Stan share his own remarkable story.
  • Santa Sophia’s Kindergarten class of 2019 make history!

    6/2/2019
    History was made when Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s newest school, Santa Sophia Catholic College this week welcomed its first cohort of Kindergarten students into its growing school community. Read more...
  • Patrician Brothers’ College Blacktown students headed for NASA

    4/2/2019
    Patrician Brothers’ College Blacktown students are still coming to grips with the gravity of their win at last month’s Australian Space Design Competition. Read more...
  • St Joseph’s Golden Ticket to Learning!

    3/2/2019
    Imagine arriving at school and being met at the gate by Willy Wonka with your golden ticket for learning! That’s exactly what students from St Joseph’s Primary School Kingswood experienced on their first day of school for 2019! Read more...
  • Greg Whitby: Homework has gone past its use-by-date

    31/1/2019
    Homework has passed its use-by-date and causes parents and students unnecessary stress, says the executive director of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, Greg Whitby. Read more...
  • Pope Francis ignites the flame of faith for students at World Youth Day 2019

    31/1/2019
    WYD 2019 has been a pilgrimage to Mexico, Panama and the United States for a two-week festival of faith with millions of youth from around the world joining Pope Francis for an encounter with Jesus and deeper faith formation.
 
   
  
 

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