Biathlon Brilliance

Elizabeth from Y4 has recently won the North West Under 10 Biathlon Championship.  This involved a 50m swim and an 800m run and means she is currently ranked 2nd in the whole of England! Well done Elizabeth!

She is off to the the National Biathlon Championships in Birmingham on November 29th. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to hearing how she gets on. 

Elizabeth from Hayhurst class with her medals and trophy.


It’s time for a break!

The autumn holidays are finally here. We hope you have a great week full of fun, rest, and time with family. Thanks to all the children for their hard work and smiles this half term.

Please remember that school starts again on Monday the 3rd of November.

autumn leaves

Enjoy the holidays! :-)

SSN Football Competition & Small Schools Football League

The Cathedral School football strip has been found (hurrah!) and was back in use on Wednesday 15th October when Wannie, Marley, Sebastian, Dean, Olivia-Jayde, Patryk, Simon, Alfy and Bailey took part in the SSN Football Competition.

They were an absolute credit to the school and played very well. Despite not winning they very much enjoyed the competition.

Well done and a big thanks to staff and pupils at OLCC for organising and running the event.

This year we will be taking part in the Small Schools Football League. Team training will be on a Monday 3:15pm – 4:15pm at school. Any children from Y4 upwards are welcome to attend. The teams for our fixtures for the league will be chosen from the children that attend training.

Any questions? Please speak to Mrs Benson.

PE and Sport Autumn Update

Behind the scenes we have been very busy organising clubs, competitions, curriculum PE and extra-curricular sessions for the coming months and academic year.

Teachers have been busy planning and implementing a new PE curriculum that now includes sports such as badminton and tag rugby.

We have taken on board the responses regarding sport and PE on the parental questionnaires and value parents’ views and opinions. We too wish we had a field and a bigger hall but these are things that as professionals we are trained to deal with and overcome so that we can still deliver a varied, fun and educational PE curriculum. We have investigated the possibility of using fields and sports facilities in the surrounding area but have not yet been able to come up with a feasible option. Due to Health and Safety regulations imposed on us from outside agencies and time constrictions of the curriculum set by the government it is not as simple as deciding we would like to walk up the hill to use the fields or walking to another school. Please be assured that we continue to work on this issue and we are doing the best we can to ensure the children experience playing sports on a field where possible.

We are continuing to build up a wealth of resources for teaching PE and sport. Each year we use the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers to stock up on basics like tennis balls and also to get some more specialist equipment like a full class set of Slazenger hockey sticks. Thank you to all who have helped us collect vouchers.

A timetable of planned competitions and events has been set by the School Sports Network and we will be attending as many as we possibly can over the year. If any parents are willing to put their names forward as volunteers for transporting children to sporting events please contact Mrs Benson to find out more details.

We are excited to continue building on what has been a strong start for sport and PE this academic year. Please remember to check here for updates and if any children have sporting achievements from events outside of school please see Mrs Benson so she can put it on the sports blog.

Thank you!

Styrofoam Printing in Hayhurst Class

A (really beautiful) print by Jessica, Y4.
Josie, Y4, rolling her brayer.
Alex P and Cameron, Y4, experimenting with different printing designs.

How to do Styrofoam printing (a quick demo):

Thanks to Elizabeth in Y4 for filming this demonstration. Good camera work, Elizabeth!

We’re open!

cropped-chas-1.jpgWhy not come in for a look around? Cathedral School is open today (Tuesday October 14th) from 9:30 till 2:30 and again from 3:30 till 5:30. You’re very welcome!



We hope you’re coming along to our first bingo night of the year…



The main hall, Cathedral School.


Friday 17th October from 6pm.


Why not?! It should be fun and there are prizes to be won! See you there…

Are you coming to our Harvest Assembly?

It would be lovely to see you in the Cathedral tomorrow morning (Thursday 9th October) at 9:15. All the year groups are contributing to the assembly.veggie-clipart-Basket-of-fall-veggies

If you are able to contribute any food for our harvest baskets, that would be delightful! We’re looking for cans of food, bags of pasta and rice, teabags, chocolate, etc.

Thank you :)

Join us for Mass next Sunday


Please join us for Mass at Lancaster Cathedral on Sunday (5th October) at 10:30 for Mass of the Dedication of The Cathedral. Pupils are encouraged to wear school uniform and sit on the front benches.

Thank you :)

Hayhurst Spellings 2014/15

Dear Parents and Guardians of Year Four children,

Please find spelling lists for Hayhurst (Y4) Class attached in the .pdf below. Click on the image to open the document in a new tab. Your child will also bring a paper copy of this home.

Weekly Spellings

Many thanks,

Mrs Benson and Mr Walton

Up for a bit of sewing?

…or is cheerleading your thing? How about creative writing? Drama? CAFOD? Eco-Club? Time-travelling?* Multi-skills?

We’ve lots on offer this term. Have a look at the letter below, fill in your preferences and get it back to the school office as soon as possible. Places for clubs are limited.


Click on the image to open the letter as a .pdf.

n.b. All children have been given a paper copy of this letter so please do have a look in those book bags!

Thanks :)





*Time Travelling club has been cancelled for health and safety reasons. We’re hoping to have it up and running again by sometime last year. Apologies for any inconvenience.

It’s Friday!

Please find attached our newsletter for the week ending 19/09/14. Click on the image to open the newsletter as a .pdf.

Have a great weekend!


We’ve got the kettle on!


Pop by school next Friday (26th September) for a brew and a chat. Bring your spare change and, if possible, send in a few cakes too. It’s for a good cause.

Morning: 9:15 – 10:15

Afternoon: 2:00 – 3:00

Click here to find out more about the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for MacMillan cancer support.

What are we learning this term?


Please explore the yearly overviews and Autumn Term newsletters by clicking on the links below.

By the way, we’d love to hear from any parents or friends of Cathedral School who have any special interests, expertise or resources related to any of our topics. Please do get in touch. Thank you :)

Arrowsmith (E.Y.F.S.) Yearly Overview 2014 2015

Clitherow (Y1) Yearly Overview 2014 2015

Clitherow (Y1) Autumn 2014 Curriculum Newsletter

Barlow (Y2) Yearly Overview 2014 2015

Barlow (Y2) Autumn 2014 Curriculum Newsletter

Boste (Y3) Yearly Overview 2014 2015

Hayhurst (Y4) Yearly Overview 2014 2015

Hayhurst (Y4) Autumn 2014 Curriculum Newsletter

More (Y5) Yearly Overview 2014 2015

More (Y5) Autumn 2014 Curriculum Newsletter

Plessington (Y6) Yearly Overview 2014 2015

Plessington (Y6) Autumn 2014 Curriculum Newsletter

Happy weekend!

Newsletter 1 12.09.14

Please find attached our newsletter for the week ending 12/09/14. Click on the image to open the newsletter as a .pdf.

Pencil it in!


Dates for your diary (Autumn 2014) can be found below and also downloaded as a .pdf file by clicking here. Holiday dates for the whole year can be found here. Please note that all dates are provisional; we will do our best to communicate any changes.

Remember: you can subscribe to our Twitter feed and Facebook page for regular updates and notices.


15th    New Reception Children

18th    New Reception Children

Swimming Year 5 and 6

25th    Swimming Year 5 and 6

Multi Skills After School KS1

26TH   MacMillan Coffee Day 9.15 to 10.15 and 2.00 to 3.00.

29th    Baptism Assembly 9.15


2nd Swimming Year 5 and 6

Multi Skills After School KS1

3rd  Education Mass 7pm in Cathedral.

5th  Dedication of Cathedral 10.30 Mass

7th  Meeting for Year 6 regarding Borwick Hall

9th  Harvest Assembly 9.15 in the Cathedral.

Multi Skills After School Club KS1

10th Oliver Twist Theatre Group

14th Open Day for Whole School 9.30 to 2.30, 3.30 to 5.30.

16th  Swimming Year 5 and 6

Multi Skills After School Club KS1

17th  Shoe Box Assembly 2.30

Bingo Evening 6 to 8pm.

20th  Baptism Assembly 9.15

21st  Year 6 to Borwick Hall to Friday 24th.

22nd  Reception Parents Evening

23rd Swimming Year 5

Reception Parents Evening

24th  Year 6 return from Borwick

27th to 31st  HALF TERM


3rd   School Opens

6th   Swimming Year 4 and 5

10th  Individual School Photographs.

11th  Parents Evening 3.30 to 5.00

12th  Parents Evening 3.30 to 5.00

13th  Swimming Year 4 and 5

Parents Evening 3.30 to 4.30 and 5.00 to 7.00

Multi Skills After School Club KS2

20th   Swimming Year 4 and 5

Multi Skills After School Club KS2

21ST   Bingo Evening 6.00 to 8.00

24th   Baptism Assembly 9.15

25th   Open Day for Whole School 9.30 to 2.30, 3.30 to 5.30.

26th   Life Education

27th   Life Education

Swimming Year 4 and 5

Closing Liturgy for November at 2.00 in school.

Multi Skills After School Club KS2


1st     Reception Advent Assembly 2.30

4th     Swimming Year 4 and 5

Multi Skills After School Club KS2

8th     Year 1 Advent Assembly 2.30

9th     Christmas Dinner KS1

11TH   Swimming Year 4 and 5

Christmas Dinner KS2

Multi Skills After School Club KS2

15th   Baptism Assembly 9.15

15th   Year 2 Advent Assembly 2.30

16th   Craft Morning

18th   Multi Skills After School Club KS2

19th   Advent Service 2.00 in the Cathedral

  End of Term



Welcome, Well done and Good Luck!


Cathedral School would like to wish a warm welcome to all of our pupils and their families after the summer holidays. We hope you’re all rested and ready to go! We especially welcome all of the new reception children in Arrowsmith Class and those who are joining us for the first time in other year groups too.

Well done!

As the Autumn Term gets underway, we reflect on the joys of the Summer and all that we’ve experienced and achieved. We would particularly like to highlight the fantastic achievements of our past pupils who have, after much hard work, done so well in their High School and Further Education qualifications.  WELL DONE! We’ve heard back from many (grown-up!) children about their successes but we would love to hear from more. If you’re a past pupil, please do get in touch and tell us what you’re up to now.

Good luck!

Best of luck to all of last year’s Plessington class, the new Year Seven children! They’ve gone on to a variety of High Schools, near and far, and we know they will do us proud. They are all assured of our best wishes and prayers as they start their High School careers and go on to do great things. We also want to say a big GOOD LUCK to the wonderful Mrs Gale who left Cathedral School in July to begin her exciting new job as a Deputy Head. You may recognise Mrs Gale as the subject in these pictures below.

(Please note: these life-like portraits are in fact illustrations, not photographs. They were made by children in Mrs Gale’s last class, now in Clitherow.)

Good luck, Mrs Gale!

Cathedral Catholic Primary School will be inspected by Ofsted from the 24th until the 25th of June 2014 (tomorrow).

If you are a registered parent or carer of one of our pupils, please consider telling Ofsted your views about our school by completing the online survey, Parent View, at:

For any further information, please get in touch with school in the usual way.

Thank You :-)