Santa Sophia Catholic College

School for today fit for tomorrow

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) is creating a contemporary preschool to post school learning community in one of the fastest growing areas in Sydney.





Santa Sophia Catholic College provides a Christ-centred environment aimed at educating the whole child, and helping students to be people of true wisdom through faith, hope and love. Based on leading educational research and the best of today's technologies, students will learn how to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively and work collaboratively.

Santa Sophia Catholic College will be a co-educational school accommodating up to 1,920 students from preschool to Year 12 and beyond. This is inclusive of an early learning centre for 60 children.





Contemporary Design Principles

Creatively, collaboration and excellence will be nurtured in contemporary and purpose built learning and recreational spaces.


Welcoming and integrated in the local community

The college and the local community will share some facilities for mutual benefit. The design will ensure the safety of each child, while creating a welcoming environment for the broader community out of school hours.


Clear and intuitive movement

An easy to move around space with designated walkways and clear signage.


Variety of outdoor space

Maximising opportunities for outdoor learning and play space in courtyards, roof and terrace spaces on and in-between buildings. Outdoor spaces are designed to be sheltered but receive sunlight and breezes. The connection of play spaces to learning areas will be a key benefit of the design.


Clustered by connected

Year groups are clustered into learner pathways but connected with other years and specialised learning spaces.



Learner Pathways

Santa Sophia Learning Pathways


Learning Hubs

The College is designed around learning hubs connected by terraced courtyard learning spaces. It will include approximately 15,000sqm of floor space across five storeys.


Community Hub

Knowledge centre and hospitality


Creative Hub

Art and applied science


Performance Hub

Multipurpose hall and music, dance and drama spaces


Professional Hub

Administration and collaboration


Research Hub

Science and fitness


14,000sqm of play space within site





Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) leads 80 schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Each school is a unique community.

The strategic intent of CEDP is to provide quality Catholic schooling by strengthening the professional lives of staff, to improve the learning outcomes for each student within a Catholic faith community.













Planning Pathway


2004 CEDP purchases land at Terry Road Box Hill.
2013 Box Hill is rezoned as part of the North West Priority Growth Area (NWPGA). The Terry Road site is zoned for recreation. It is currently not zoned for a school.
Developers Celestino commence 'The Gables', a new community of more than 13,500 people and a town centre under construction at Box Hill North.
2017 CEDP announces it will build a Catholic school at Box Hill.
2018 Interim secondary school facilities commence with Year 7 co-located with St John Paul II College Schofields.
CEDP commission an analysis into the infrastructure supporting The Gables and Terry Road, to establish the first CEDP school at Box Hill.
2019 CEDP announces that Santa Sophia Catholic College will be built at The Gables. CEDP retains ownership of the Terry Road site.
Early 2019 CEDP seeks feedback from the school and the broader community on the proposal for Santa Sophia.
Mid 2019 CEDP will lodge a State Significant Development Application (SSDA) with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE).
Mid-Late 2019 SSDA on public exhibition for community feedback.
2021 Santa Sophia Catholic College due to open at The Gables.


Urbis Engagement, a community engagement company, is collecting feedback on the school design today. This feedback will be included in a report with the planning application to the NSW Government.

You can contact the Urbis Engagement Team at any time on 1800 244 863 or email for further information or to share your ideas.





Community Benefits

CEDP is creating a school that will prepare students with the skills and knowledge they will need for a rapidly changing world.

"This is a new way of thinking about schooling for the future. Traditionally schools are located outside of town centres and students are often removed from society in a way that limits learning and industry connections. This proposal stitches our schools back in to community life."
CEDP Relieving Executive Director Sue Walsh

Community Sports Fields
Community sports field in The Gables, looking down Fontana Drive. The various buildings behind are a combination of residential, town centre and school buildings. Source: Celestino/ AECOM





Located within the Town Precinct

The masterplan for the Gables includes approximately 80 hectares of open space. This incorporates a lake and a number of parks, many of which are currently being used by the hundreds of new residents already living in the town.

The decision to locate the College at the Gables was made with the interests of local families as the major consideration.

Locating the College within the heart of the town precinct is expected to provide easier access to many families. Significant enrolment enquiries are coming from families located within The Gables. This area is forecast to have the greatest short-term population growth.

The College will be easily and safely accessible by walking and cycling tracks from just about any corner of the wider Gables community.

The College will be located within the the town centre precinct but occupy its own seperate premises. Students will have access to brand new community facilities. The school and the community will also benefit from the sharing of some school amenities. There will be focus on safety as well as building between young people and where they live, learn and play.





Sharing Facilities

This is an exciting opportunity to build a contemporary school that is integrated within a growing community through the inclusion of shared facilities.

The College will have access to world class sports facilities with two sports fields being located right next door. These high-quality synthetic facilities will provide year-round, all weather access. Owned and operated by the Hills Shire Council, they will be shared by Santa Sophia and the wider community.

Rooftop car parking will be available for staff and will be made available to parents and the broader community when not required by the College.







1 10 day CELP drop-off
2 12 Day Kiss and Drop
3 5 bay bus pick up/ drop off (on road)
4 Main entry forecourt (shared plaza)
5 Lay down loading area at street level
6 Planter barrier (screen to terrace)

7 Potential car parking to roof
8 Chamber substation last street level
9 Shared wall/ screen to CELP ground area to south boundary
10 Shared roadway + pedestrian access to hockey fields
11 Pedestrian crossing
12 Cycle rack area
- - - Site boundary extent



Box Hill is one of the fastest growing regions in Sydney. Significant year on year growth is anticipated until at least 2041.

With this significant growth, investing and planning in education is required to meet the needs of new students and families to the area. 

Beyond 2036, CEDP will provide education for 20-25% of primary school students and 30-35% of secondary students in the Box Hill region.