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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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  • Happy and safe holidays

    22/9/2017
    Term 3 is over so have a safe, restful and fun school holiday. Check out the fun things to do in western Sydney over the break.
  • Ava's girl power speech wins

    22/9/2017
    Ava Foxe was frustrated because the boys at school would not pass her the soccer ball so channelled her angst into a brilliant speech on gender equality and is now the Voice of Youth 2017 champion.
  • Remembering 'superhero' Julian

    21/9/2017
    St Bernadette’s Primary Lalor Park staged a ‘Be a Superhero for Julian’ day to raise funds for the family of 7 year-old student Julian Cadman who tragically lost his life in the recent attack on Barcelona.
  • Prayer for world peace

    21/9/2017
    Today is International Peace Day and in these times of uncertainty and unrest here is a thoughtful version of the Our Father prayer from Our Lady of Mt Carmel Primary, Wentworthville.
  • The art of a daughter's love

    18/9/2017
    St Mark’s College student Chantelle Que has won a category in the Young Archie awards for her beautiful portrait of her mother.
  • Apprentice of the year

    14/9/2017
    McCarthy Catholic Trade Training Centre (CTTC), Emu Plains, student Mark Doughty has won the prestigious School-Based Apprentice of the year prize at the NSW Training Awards.
  • Songs FOR a War Boy

    11/9/2017
    Dancers from St Thomas Aquinas Primary Springwood wowed Wakakirri Story-Dance Festival judges by telling the inspirational story of African refugee and 2016 Australia of the Year Deng Adut.
  • Year 12 Catholic students shine in student excellence awards

    11/9/2017
    Some of western Sydney’s top Year 12 Catholic students have been recognised for academic and community service excellence in a special ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral this week.
 
   
  
 

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