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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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  • Loyola Literacy Team acknowledged with prestigious award

    15/8/2018
    The inspirational Loyola Senior High School Mount Druitt Literacy Team was recently acknowledged with an Australian College of Educational Leaders NSW Leadership Award. Led by Antoinette Meade, this passionate team of educators includes Sally Johnstone, Bridget Ward, Magda Mizzi, Samantha Fresco and Chrissy Payne. Read more...
  • Learn Well, Live Responsibly and Look After Each Other!

    14/8/2018
    Our Lady Queen of Peace (OLQP) Greystanes celebrated the positive culture in their school community with the recent launch of the Positive Behaviour Support For Learning (PBS4L) framework. OLQP celebrated the launch amongst a sea of colour and a flurry of excitement. Read more…
  • Numeracy team unravel the complexities of teaching Multiplicative Thinking

    13/8/2018
    Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s (CEDP) Numeracy Team highlighted their ability to think outside the box when they recently presented their pilot study about incorporating an alternative way of teaching multiplicative thinking at this year’s Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia’s Conference (MERGA). Read more...
  • Hotly Debated

    10/8/2018
    Year 6 students from Our Lady of the Angels Rouse Hill recently faced off against students from Our Lady of the Rosary Kellyville on whether “Mobile phones should be banned for primary school students”. Read more...
  • Catholic Education Staff reach out to refugees and asylum seekers

    8/8/2018
    Some Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta staff recently had the opportunity to participate in renewal sessions during Refugee Week. The informative program raised awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and refugees and opportunities to respond to need in the Diocese of Parramatta. Read ore...
  • Celebrating learning for all

    7/8/2018
    A big event on the school calendar is grandparents day’. It is where students have the opportunity to invite grandparents into classrooms to showcase their learning. Like school open days, these events usually only occur once a year. Read more...
  • St Canice’s amazing artists!

    7/8/2018
    The school community of St Canice’s Primary, Katoomba showed off their artistic talents at the recent Sculptures at School exhibition. Read more...
 
   
  
 

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