Catholic schools

Catholic education is a significant contributor to the broader evangelising mission of the Church—a mission through which the person of Jesus Christ is made known and loved. It is hoped that this missionary impulse is evident in every aspect and dimension of school life. With this missionary focus, our schools are committed to the formation of the whole person; a formation that encompasses the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, moral, aesthetic and religious capacity of each child that enters its doors.

School staff, in partnership with parents and guardians who serve as the primary educators of their children, embody this mission through quality interpersonal relationships and a recognition of a mutuality of gifts to ensure the building of a unique learning and faith community.

Broadly speaking, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong are separated into two kinds:

Systemic schools (also known as “diocesan” schools) are managed through Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong which provides direct administrative and educational support. There are currently 29 parish primary schools, one systemic K–12 co-educational school and eight systemic co-educational secondary schools in the diocese.

Congregational schools (also known as “non-systemic” or “independent” schools), although located in the diocese, are owned and operated by a religious congregation—not the diocese. There are two K–12 congregational schools, with one of these schools catering specifically for students with special needs. There are six other congregational secondary schools, with one of these schools catering to secondary students in years 7–10 with a strong focus on providing individualised programs of study that respond to the unique talents and needs of the young person.


  • 46
    Catholic schools
  • 2,000
    Systemic school teachers & support staff
  • 26,000
    Students
  • 19,000
    Families
  • 1 in 5
    Students in the region educated in our Catholic schools

General enquiries

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong
Marian Centre
LMB 8802 (86–88 Market Street)
Wollongong NSW 2500 Australia
Ph: (02) 4253 0800
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.dow.catholic.edu.au

Schools directory

Parish Primary Schools

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St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Albion Park, Illawarra
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St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Bowral, Southern Highlands
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St Joseph’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Bulli, Illawarra
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St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Camden, Macarthur
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St John the Evangelist Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Campbelltown, Macarthur
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St Thomas More Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Campbelltown, Macarthur
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St Columbkille’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Corrimal, Illawarra
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St John’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Dapto, Illawarra
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Mary Immaculate Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Eagle Vale, Macarthur
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Good Samaritan Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Fairy Meadow, Illawarra
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St Brigid’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Gwynneville, Illawarra
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Holy Cross Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Helensburgh, Illawarra
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Holy Family Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Ingleburn, Macarthur
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Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Kiama, Illawarra
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St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Milton, Shoalhaven
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St Michael’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Mittagong, Southern Highlands
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St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Moss Vale, Southern Highlands
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St Clare’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Narellan Vale, Macarthur
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St Michael’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Nowra, Shoalhaven
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St Justin’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Oran Park, Macarthur
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St Anthony’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Picton, Macarthur
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St Patrick’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Port Kembla, Illawarra
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Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Rosemeadow, Macarthur
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Stella Maris Catholic Primary School

location_on Shellharbour, Illawarra
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Nazareth Catholic Primary School

location_on Shellharbour City, Illawarra
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St Michael’s Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Thirroul, Illawarra
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St Pius X Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Unanderra, Illawarra
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St Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on Warrawong, Illawarra
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St Therese Catholic Parish Primary School

location_on West Wollongong, Illawarra
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Systemic Secondary Schools

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St Joseph’s Catholic High School

location_on Albion Park, Illawarra
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Holy Spirit College

location_on Bellambi, Illawarra
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Magdalene Catholic High School

location_on Narellan, Macarthur
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St John the Evangelist Catholic High School

location_on Nowra, Shoalhaven
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Corpus Christi Catholic High School

location_on Oak Flats, Illawarra
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St Benedict’s Catholic College

location_on Oran Park, Macarthur
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John Therry Catholic High School

location_on Rosemeadow, Macarthur
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Mount Carmel Catholic College

location_on Varroville, Macarthur
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Systemic K–12 Schools

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St Francis Catholic College

location_on Edmondson Park, Macarthur
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Congregational Secondary Schools

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Wollongong Flexible Learning Centre

location_on Towradgi, Illawarra
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Chevalier College

location_on Bowral, Southern Highlands
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St Patrick’s College

location_on Campbelltown, Macarthur
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St Paul’s International College

location_on Moss Vale, Southern Highlands
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Edmund Rice College

location_on West Wollongong, Illawarra
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St Mary Star of the Sea College

location_on Wollongong, Illawarra
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Congregational K–12 Schools

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Mater Dei School

location_on Camden, Macarthur
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St Gregory’s College

location_on Campbelltown, Macarthur
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