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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  • Who's bugging who

    22/11/2017
    The St Monica’s Richmond gang got up close and personal with some pretty awesome bugs in a recent excursion. They literally put their work under the microscope.
  • Our Socceroo hero

    16/11/2017
    Former St Agnes Rooty Hill student and Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak is the nation’s hero after scoring three goals and securing Australia’s place in the 2018 World Cup.
  • The write stuff

    14/11/2017
    Leading Australian children’s author Belinda Murrell joined the gang at St Joseph’s Primary Kingswood for the recent students’ writers festival.
  • National nod to our trade training

    13/11/2017
    The Catholic Trade Training Centres in the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta have been selected as a finalist at this year's in the School Pathways to vocational education and training (VET) Award.
  • Try a little kindness

    7/11/2017
    Trinity Primary Kemps Creek students are trying a little kindness that includes visiting the local retirement village to read and play board games, and writing letters to soldiers serving overseas.
  • Kindy surprise at Lalor Park

    6/11/2017
    Kindy orientation is happening across all our primary schools and The Daily Telegraph was at St Bernadette's Lalor Park to capture all the fun.
  • Music in the mountains

    3/11/2017
    The University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music Early Music Ensemble and Chamber Choir played at St Columba's Springwood to the delight of students.
  • Raising refugee awareness

    2/11/2017
    St Angela’s Primary Castle Hill students raised thousands of dollars to help refugees who have fled to Australia.
 
   
  
 

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