Christ is my Light

Gilroy Catholic College is proud to be part of Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese’s system of 80 Catholic primary and secondary schools operating across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains providing more than 43,500 students with a high-quality, low fee Catholic education.

Within a Catholic faith environment, Gilroy students learn how to be responsible global citizens, how to think creatively and critically, how to communicate and to work collaboratively. All of this is underpinned by leading educational research and practice using today’s technologies.

Gilroy Catholic College Framework

This student-centred framework drives all that we do at Gilroy. It incorporates our values, our approaches to teaching and learning and our Mission Statement - "We all strive to learn, achieve and progress as we walk in the light of Christ."

Gilroy Catholic College Framework

Gilroy Catholic College Framework
At Gilroy Catholic College, we're committed to our Catholic values in everything that we do:

Being an educational community where our relationship with God is lived and celebrated.


Imitating the service to others that Jesus showed in his ministry.


Promoting a sense of inclusion and acceptance.


Recognising that each person is made in the image of God.


Treating all people according to the teachings of the Gospels.


Showing genuine care and sensitivity to all.

Practising the love of others preached by Christ.

Our History

Opened in 1980 with immense parent, parish and community support, Gilroy Catholic College was founded on the site of St Gabriel's School for hearing impaired students which occupied the site from 1922.

The College is named after Cardinal Sir Norman Thomas Gilroy, the first Australian-born Cardinal and the first Cardinal to be knighted since the Reformation. A significant figure in Catholic education in Australia, his motto “Christ is my Light” has been adopted by the College and highlights the importance of Jesus Christ at the centre of all our endeavours.

Originally intended to be a Year 7 to 10 co-educational high school, a 1982 decision was made to extend the College to Year 12. The first Year 12 sat for the HSC in 1985, by which time the student population had grown to over 1000.

By the 21st century, the student population was nearly 1100 and Gilroy Catholic College had become a popular seven-stream school with over 90 staff. The school is supported by the parishes and primary schools of St Bernadette's (Castle Hill), St Michael's (Baulkham Hills) and Our Lady of Lourdes (Baulkham Hills South).

The school still bears the marks of the inspiring leadership of Br Damien Harvey fsc, the first Principal of the school. He provided a wonderful model of faith-filled service to young people through his long career as a De La Salle educator, extending from his teenage years right up to his death at the age of 83 in 1999.

He took on the leadership of Gilroy Catholic College at an age when many are on the verge of retiring. He was ably assisted from 1982 by his Assistant Principal, Peter White, who was to succeed him as Principal in 1986. Peter White guided the school for thirteen years and oversaw its transition to an established school with an excellent reputation in all fields of endeavour, that continues to this day.

Gilroy Catholic College is renowned for its academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

History of Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill
First Day 1980 Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill
Mathematics at Gilroy Catholic College Castle Hill
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