Your Child's Learning Journey

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta leads 80 great schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
We’re so proud of each of these unique school communities!


Learning in Catholic Schools Parramatta

Learning in Catholic Schools Parramatta

Learning in Catholic Schools Parramatta

 

 

 

Our Catholic faith lights the way as we guide your child’s learning journey. We are led by love, compassion and respect for all.

We walk with Jesus and with those in need, both at school and in the community. Together in Christ, we will change the world.

Religious Education

 

Faith Catholic Schools Parramatta

 

 

 

Wellbeing Catholic Schools Parramatta

We see the good in each child. Every child deserves to be safe, known and cared for. Every child can learn lots, grow as a person and be happy.

Wellbeing and Safety

 

 

 

 

Here's what we think about learning

Let's work together

 

Every child’s learning journey begins at home. We’ll work with you to make sure that your child is on track at school too. This means getting to know your child well, especially what gets him or her excited about learning.

Parents as Partners

Like you, we understand that great teachers make a real difference in a child’s life. That’s why we’ll make sure that your child’s teachers are skilled up and supported by an effective Principal with a passion for learning and caring.

Choosing Catholic Education

 

 

 

Our teaching is up to date


Our children’s adult lives will be very different from our own. Technology is changing everything including the way they will work. To prepare them for whatever that future holds, our school has had to change and will need to keep changing.

Learning today is so much more than facts and figures. Information will be coming at them from everywhere so they need to learn to make sense of it all and the world around them.


1 We’ll work with your child to find out what interests him or her and show them ways to learn more.
2 We’ll use real world problems to show how the skills we learn at school are relevant for life.
3 We’ll work closely with your child as she or he learns to take responsibility for learning too.

It’s a great start to a lifelong learning journey. And our teachers are lifelong learners too!

 

 

 

 

 

Developing strengths that students need now and in the future

 

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Communication

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Collaboration

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Creativity

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Critical thinking

 

 

 

 

This is how we do it


So much more is being asked of teachers today. Not only will teachers get to know your child’s needs, they’ll change their teaching approaches to meet them where they’re at. This means teachers need to be ready to share skills with students, help students plan their learning, track how each student is progressing, and respond with extra support as needed. After all, learning how to learn is even more important than what we learn.

The Learning Journey


We’re supporting your child’s learning

Our school is a place where curiosity, imagination and love of learning are treasured. We know schools should be places of wonder, exploration and endless possibilities. Our school is full of great teachers working together to meet your child’s needs in spaces that are designed for up-to-date learning. There are places for students to work together and for working independently. They are places where the latest technology supports your child’s learning.

 

We’ll make this work for you and your child

Every child is different and so is his or her learning journey. Teamwork between our school and families, expert staff, state-of-the-art technology, well-designed facilities, and a can-do attitude help us to meet your child’s needs better. Our school is a community of learners, thinkers and achievers. It is a safe place for each child to belong, make friends and be cared for.

 

Let’s keep talking!

We’ll take every opportunity to talk with you about your child’s learning. The best learning happens when there’s a strong partnership between home and school. We know you want to know how the learning works, and we’ll keep you updated when it’s working well for your child and when it’s not. After all, we’re all in this together.

 

 

 

 

Come and see!


We'd love a chance to show you how learning works for young people in your community. Our dedicated teachers plan the learning in detail to help each do his or here best.

Come and see learning in action at your local school!

 

Catholic Schools Parramatta Science

Catholic Schools Parramatta Technology

Catholic Schools Parramatta Science


Catholic Schools Parramatta PDHPE

Catholic Schools Parramatta Technology

Catholic Schools Parramatta Music

 

 

 

Learning and Teaching

Catholic schools teach the same curriculum as government schools. Expectations of achievement and conduct are high. With a strong focus on the individual, a broad curriculum caters for a wide range of interests and abilities.

The curriculum covers:

  • Religious Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology and Applied Studies (TAS)
  • English
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
  • Creative and Practical Arts
  • Personal Development
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages other than English

Secondary schools also offer a range of vocational education courses, some of which have industry accreditation. These are delivered by specially trained teachers. Students also have access through their schools to TAFE delivered vocational programs, and in some cases, university courses.

Learning   Learning Pathways

Our teachers are highly qualified and trained. Most teachers in our schools are four-year trained and many have post-graduate qualifications. Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta considers the professional development of teachers to be very important and offers them more than 200 courses each year.

Careers    Professional Learning

Religion has a very important role in the life of a Catholic school and all primary and secondary students study Religious Education. The schools share in the mission of the Church which is based on a rich heritage of faith and tradition.

Teachers are specially trained and accredited to teach the diocesan Religious Education program. This comprehensive program was developed in the Parramatta Diocese and is approved by the Bishop. Senior secondary students (Years 11-12) can undertake either the Parramatta Diocese curriculum or Studies of Religion as a HSC subject.

All students in Catholic schools also take part in activities such as regular prayer, liturgy and retreat programs to develop their faith.

Our Catholic Tradition    Religious Education

Each school develops a homework policy in consultation with parents. Generally homework begins about halfway through Kindergarten when the children are given very simple and enjoyable activities that usually involve reading.

The amount of homework given, and level of difficulty, naturally increases with each year of schooling. In Years 11 and 12 students will have a more demanding homework schedule to assist them to achieve their personal best in the Higher School Certificate. Homework is most effective when parents take an active interest.

Catholic Schools Parramatta Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal education

Aboriginal education is incorporated into the curriculum from Kindergarten through to Year 12. Many schools also have special Aboriginal study units such as Aboriginal Languages and Aboriginal Cultural Experiences.

Jarara Indigenous Education Unit

 

Catholic Schools Parramatta Literacy

Literacy and numeracy

The schools in the Parramatta Diocese place particular emphasis on literacy and numeracy. Extra teachers, special reading programs and professional development courses for teachers ensure that the literacy and numeracy needs of the children receive constant attention.

Education Programs

 

Catholic Schools Parramatta Help With English

Help with English

English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are available for those children whose parents' first language is not English. 

 


Catholic Schools Parramatta Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented

Many schools have Gifted and Talented programs which provide students with the opportunity to extend themselves. 

 

Catholic Schools Parramatta High Support Needs

Children with high needs

All schools in the Parramatta Diocese strive to provide for students with high learning needs. If your child needs special consideration discuss this with the principal at the time of application for enrolment. All schools in the Parramatta diocese have Specialist Support Teams who are able to assist children with disabilities, whether visual, hearing, intellectual, physical, communication, learning or behavioural.

Meeting diverse learning needs    High Support Learning Centres