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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  • Santa Sophia Catholic College open for Kindergarten 2019

    After careful consideration and in response to sustained demand from local families, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta has made the decision to offer Kindergarten enrolments at Santa Sophia Catholic College in 2019.
  • Parramatta Marist Students Make Change at the World Vision Youth Conference

    A group of 20 students from Parramatta Marist High School in Westmead, along with students from various other schools around Australia, attended an immersive one-day experience run by World Vision, targeting the youth and aspiring young leaders of Australia. Read more...
  • Play to learn!

    St John’s Primary Riverstone, Early Stage One (Kindergarten) teachers are utilising imaginative play as a way to engage their students in oral literacy. Read more...
  • Literacy for Life at St Clair

    Students are catching the book worm at Holy Spirit, St Clair, by joining the Early Bird Reading Program. Read more...
  • Inspiring Leaders for the Future

    Emmaus College School Captain Pasquale Turano attended the annual Mulgoa Senior School Captain Leadership Forum. Read more...
  • ‘Game on’ says Year 6 at St John’s Riverstone

    Year Six students at St John’s Primary, Riverstone have got lunchtime fun sorted. Whether it’s Scattegories, Connect4, UNO, Dominoes or Chess, all students (and teachers!) from Kindergarten to Year 6 are sure to find a game to enjoy each Thursday at the school. Read more...
  • OLOR St Mary’s invites students to discover the world of reading

    What do a pig, a star, a big gift box and teachers dressed up in fancy dress have in common? They all played vital roles in Our Lady of the Rosary St Mary’s Gift of Reading launch. Read more...
  • Faith in the Future

    The changing nature of the world means that schools exist in an increasingly competitive marketplace. There are more education choices available. There are also greater demands on schools and greater expectations. Schools in the 21st century are no longer closed shops - they are open, dynamic learning communities. Read more...


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