Our Story

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 78 Catholic systemic schools in the diocese (56 primary and 22 secondary) and four Catholic Early Learning Centres with a total student population of over 43,000 students. There are also six congregational (independent Catholic) schools in the diocese.


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 Marayong, Hassall Grove, Glenwood, Schofields, Castle Hill, Glenmore Park, Bligh Park and Kemps Creek. Our newest primary and secondary schools are located at Rouse Hill, Stanhope Gardens and Westmead.

 
   
  
 

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  • Learning STEM from bubbles

    26/5/2017
    Trinity Catholic Primary School students at Kemps Creek learnt about tensile structures by building 3-dimensional bubble wands and making inverted “tensile” bubbles. This simple demonstration introduced a complex engineering concept to kids visually.
  • e-Library puts 'fake news' to the test

    26/5/2017
    As Library Week comes to a close today, the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s innovative eLibrary service is helping students leapfrog Google and put 'fake news' to the test.
  • STEM studies and billy carts?

    25/5/2017
    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) studies are front and centre of today’s teaching, but can you relate this learning to the classic and beloved billy cart?
  • Grounds for Learning

    23/5/2017
    The innovative Grounds for Learning program is providing excellent opportunities for students with additional needs by helping them get ready for the world of work.
  • New school for Box Hill

    17/5/2017
    A proposed new Catholic school will open at the beginning of 2018 to meet the needs of the growing Box Hill community.
  • Raiders of the lost art

    16/5/2017
    Wooden mystery crates emitting white light beams and animal sounds triggered the imagination of St Bernadette’s students in Lalor Park in special writing project.
  • Heart of the community

    15/5/2017
    A fantastic day was had by St John's students, teachers, and parents on Saturday at the Riverstone Festival.
  • Mother of all days!

    12/5/2017
    On the eve of Mother’s Day this Sunday, students in primary schools across the Parramatta Diocese celebrated their mums through a number of fun and loving activities.
 
   
  
 

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