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Bishop Vincent Long installed as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta

Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains warmly welcomed Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta on the evening of Thursday 16 June 2016 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

Schools launch Cyberwise campaign

Launched on 15 June, Cyberwise is a learning and teaching resource for students, teachers and parents to encourage cybersafety in schools.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta​ welcomes Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen

On 5 May 2016 His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv DD, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta.

Happy School Holidays

We are having so much fun learning together. Enjoy the school holidays. See you in two weeks.

What will you be giving up for ‪‎Lent‬?

What will you be giving up for ‪Lent‬? The students of St Patrick's Primary, Parramatta tell us. Watch the video...

First Day of Kindergarten at St Patrick's Primary, Parramatta

Hear what Kindergarten students, their parents, teacher and Principal had to say about the first day of Kindergarten.

Everything’s Connected at 2016 System Leadership Day

Over 450 school and education office leaders in the Diocese of Parramatta gathered at Rosehill Gardens on Thursday 21 January 2016 for the annual system leadership day, prior to the commencement of the new school year.

Teacher Accreditation and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)

The teacher accreditation landscape is changing as the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) continues to work on implementing the Teacher Accreditation Act.

Mass celebrates 175 years of Catholic Mission

Friday 16 October 2015 saw Principals, RECs and students from 53 schools from across the Diocese come together with Diocesan priests to celebrate in a World Mission Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

Leading for Success at Principals’ Masterclass

The annual Principals’ Masterclass was held on 8 and 9 October 2015, at Rooty Hill RSL, giving school leaders a valuable opportunity to come together to share ideas and participate in professional learning.

Reading Recovery teachers focus on improving students’ oral language

Reading Recovery teachers recently took part in a professional learning day.

Catholic Schools Week Video Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to all entrants of the 2015 Catholic Schools Week NSW/ACT Video Competition - ‘What will your Catholic school of tomorrow look like?’. We are delighted to announce the winners in each division for this year’s competition.

Commitment to Catholic school funding sought for the State election

In the lead up to the NSW election on 28 March, the Diocese of Parramatta continues to meet with both Labor and Coalition MPs and candidates to ensure that funding of Catholic schooling, particularly in Western Sydney, is a key commitment for the next State Government.

Catholic Schools Week celebrations

Catholic Schools Week is a celebration that brings together Catholic school communities across New South Wales, held 8-14 March 2015.

Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge - winners announced!

The Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge has had another successful year with over 620 students reading 10,000 books over the school holidays – that’s a new competition record!

Catholic schools called to renew and adapt at annual System Leadership Day

Over 450 school and education office leaders in the Diocese of Parramatta gathered at Rosehill Gardens on Thursday 22 January for the annual system leadership day prior to the commencement of the new school year.

Students top the state in HSC courses

The HSC results has seen three students from our Catholic schools achieve first in the state for their subjects.

Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge is back!

Every year, the Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby, invites students all over the Diocese of Parramatta to participate in the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Best practice focus leads to improved Naplan results

For the seventh consecutive year, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (Naplan) in May. Results released in September identified many areas of improvement for students in the Diocese of Parramatta

Farewell with faith, hope and love

The Mass of Thanksgiving to God on the Occasion of the Farewell of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop-elect of Sydney and Administrator of the Diocese of Parramatta, was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta on Wednesday 5 November.

World Teachers Day Selfie Competition Winner!

Hundreds of students across the Diocese of Parramatta have honoured their teachers in celebration of World Teachers Day by taking a selfie with their favourite teacher.

Students congratulate Bishop Anthony Fisher OP on his appointment as Archbishop of Sydney

In front of a packed media conference today, the school captain of Catherine McAuley College, Karina Wright, thanked Bishop Anthony on behalf of all the Diocesan schools for his love and support.

Going Deeper at Principals Masterclass

The annual Prinicipals Masterclass was held on 13 and 14 August at the Rooty Hill RSL Club, giving school leaders a valuable opportunity to come together to share ideas and participate in professional learning.

Literacy Lessons improving student learning outcomes

Students are receiving more one-to-one instruction in literacy and comprehension thanks to a new Literacy Lessons (L2) program being trialled in 8 primary schools across the diocese.

Sydney Kings come to St Patrick’s Primary

On Thursday 14 August, Year 5 students from St Patrick’s Primary, Parramatta were thrilled to meet Sydney Kings basketball players, Angus Brandt and Jason Cadee.

School staff encouraged to have a cuppa for students in need

In Term 3, school staff are invited to have a cuppa and donate to the Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund appeal.

St Patrick’s Primary mark Mary MacKillop Feast Day

Students at St Patrick’s Primary, Parramatta honoured the life and reflections of St Mary MacKillop of the Cross, last week culminating in a pyjama day fundraiser for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal.

Mary MacKillop Feast Day celebrations

Events were held across the diocese of Parramatta on Friday 8 August in honour of the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Terra Sancta College renamed to honour St John Paul II

To commemorate the Canonisation of Pope John Paul II and his connection to the Diocese of Parramatta, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, has announced that Terra Sancta College will be renamed St John Paul II Catholic College, Nirimba and Schofields from the commencement of Term 3 this year.

New enterprise Agreement for 2015 proposed for school staff

The proposed new Enterprise Agreement was sent to all Catholic school staff and the Independent Education Union (IEU) today, Monday 7 April to begin a process of consultation to consolidate a number of existing agreements into a single state-wide agreement which supports high quality contemporary teaching and learning.

RE Review: Faith in the future of Catholic schooling

The findings and recommendations of the Review of Religious Education for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta were presented to a forum of over 200 parish priests, principals and Religious Education coordinators on 5 June at Rosehill Gardens.

Federal Budget 2014-15 No certainty on funding or direction

The Federal Government’s priority to cut the budget deficit will significantly reduce school funding in real terms and create greater uncertainty for schools says Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby

Executive Director calls for collaboration in proposed Enterprise Agreement

A report in a Sydney newspaper saying Catholic school teachers are considering strike action over a proposed Enterprise Agreement from Catholic employers is premature and does not do justice to the consultation process says Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby.

Catholic schools supporting faith@work

Throughout May, Catholic schools across the Diocese of Parramatta will be taking part in the Diocesan Works Fund (DWF) Appeal faith@work.

Congratulations to winners of the Executive Director s Summer Reading Challenge

Students from the Diocese of Parramatta have excelled in the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge with over 8,000 books read during the summer. Over 500 students from Catholic schools across the Diocese of Parramatta entered the competition this year.

Applications for the 2014 Premier s Teacher Scholarships are now open

Educators are encouraged to apply for the 2014 NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships, offering the opportunity to undertake a five-week study tour in one of the available scholarship categories.

Congratulations to all our schools who entered the Catholic schools week video competition

Over 70% of schools in the Diocese of Parramatta submitted entries in the Catholic Schools Week Video Competition 'what makes our Catholic Schools great?'

Education Mass commissions 12 new principals and 120 teachers in the Parramatta Diocese

Twelve principals and 120 beginning teachers were commissioned into their roles of leadership and service in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta at the annual Education Mass held at St Patrick’s Church in Blacktown on Thursday 6 March 2014.