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Amazing P.E. with Mr French

Year One and Year Two are enjoying their after school club 

Christingle Service

14th December 2017

Christmas Bookswap

Thanks to everyone for coming to our bookswap, it was a huge success. We hope you enjoy reading the books over the holidays - there will be another in the new year!

Remembrance 2017

Thank you to Class 3 for representing our school at the Remembrance service at St Andrews.

National Poetry Day 2017

20th October

Thank you for your enthusiasm and enjoyment of our poetry day.

Class 1 enjoyed writing poems on leaves and performing, Class 2 wrote a collective poem about 'Freedom' and Class 3 enjoyed 'Finding a human under the shed.'

Class 4 had a tricky time playing the word game 'Oluipo' and being 'free' with words. 

Work is displayed around school and in writing books - come and have a read!



2nd and 9th October 2017

Ali and the team from Prismn Arts have been back in school sharing the next stage of our exciting project - banner making!

Speak to Year 4 and 5 to find out more.

St Catherine's Sports Day


What a fabulous sports day we had today.  The children enjoyed a variety of field events in the morning and track events in the afternoon.  Lots of parents came to watch their children compete.  The sun even shone for us!

Dogs Trust Workshops

7th July 2017

Thanks to the Dogs Trust for your workshops across the school. We all loved meeting Charlie and learning about how to look after dogs like Heidi.

May Day Penrith Lions Awards

June 2017

Well Done to all our winners in the May Day drawing and handwriting competitions. We wnjoyed having the Mayor with us to present them.

Carnival of the Animals 

KS2 workshop June 2017

Thank you to Cumbria Music Hub for your fantastic classical music workshop.

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Today we enjoyed our Teddy Bear's Picnic

Lunch in the sunshine!


Bad Hair Day 2017

Thank you to everyone who came to school today with bad hair to raise money for Eden Valley Hospice


May Day Parade 


1st May 2017

Well done to all of our families who came along, sang and joined in the parade! 

What a glorious day!!

St Catherine's Rubbish Rebels!

Wednesday 5th April 2017

Year 4 and 5 enjoyed a workshop by Cumbria County Council about recycling. They led an assembly for the whole school and their parents which they completed in just 2.5 hours.

Well done Year 4 and 5.

There will be more details about our challenge after Easter.

We have had a wonderful poetry week,

the pictures below will give a peek,

into the great time we have had,

but sometimes our rhyming is really bad!!


Thanks to everyone for getting involved in everthing this week. We enjoyed our poetry pals reading time, poetry in the playgroup, poetry breakfast, dressing up, staff poetry and writing our own for the poetry competition. Well done.

Monday 13th February 2017

This week is Writer's Week 

We are poetry people!

Craig Bradley, 'That Poetry Bloke' has spent the day with us today celebrating poetry and having fun with words.

Check back this week to find out what else we are up to.

Swimming Gala awards January 27th 2017

Thank you to everyone who represented our school at last week's Eden Valley Sports Partnership Gala in Penrith. We were very proud of you all.

Celebrating Chinese New Year - House Day

Monday 23rd January 2017

We have had a wonderful time making Double Happiness decorations, paper Fortune Cookies and Calendars. We learned Tai Chi, sang a Chinese New Year song and played instruments. 

Thank you very much Fr. Jerome for filming aspects of

our Nativity performances.

We hope you enjoy them!

Reading Afternoon

Tuesday 8th November 2016

Thanks to everyone who came to find out about reading at our school. Everyone had a lovely afternoon exploring how to support their children to read and finding out how we teach reading across the school. 


National Poetry Day

21st October 2016

Miss Ashby had a wonderful day enjoying poetry in each Class today. Well done everyone for your fantastic work on poetry! What a day we enjoyed!


Key Stage 1 Disco


What great fun we had at the fancy dress disco!

Football and Netball


On Friday 7th October our netball and football team took part in a tournament at QEGS. They represented our school brilliantly - well done!

Penrith Today Presentation Assembly 

20th September 2016

Thanks To Paul and Cecelia for presenting the winners with their prizes. 

Well Done!

Tuesday 13th September 2016

The whole school had a great afternoon in their houses. Each house met their new members from Reception and everyone had fun. 

Monday 5th September 2016

KS2 had a wonderful time supporting the riders of The Tour of Britain!


Sports Day Presentation assembly

19th July 2016

Thanks to everyone for all your fantastic sporting efforts, it was a great day! 

Well done to all our winners but special congratulations to everyone in St Patricks' House! You worked hard to earn your trophy!

Sports Day


What a great sports day we had.  Luckily the weather stayed fine. The children all enjoyed different field activities in the morning and track events in the afternoon.

Well done to all concerned!

Cumbria School Games Assembly

Holly was presented with her framed poem today by the School Games mascot. 

Well done Holly.

Cumbria School Games 

We visited the Cumbria School Games and Holly read her prizewinning poem as part of the opening ceremony. Well done Holly.

Somme 100 Assembly

Thursday 7th July 2016

Thanks to Julie from Cumbria Museum of Military Life for coming and telling about the stories of the Somme. 

St Catherine's Swim Team

Penrith Pool Swimming Gala certificate presentation

Well done on your efforts in our gala in June.

We are proud of you all.

Rotary Club May Day Competition


This year St Catherine's are the joint winners of the Rotary Club handwriting and drawing competition. Two of our pupils also won individual prizes. Well done everyone who entered. 

Uniformed Organisation Day

24th June 2016

Thanks to everyone who wore their uniforms to show support for the Armed Forces on Armed Forces Day 25th June 2016.

Don't they look smart!

Kwik Cricket Tournament participants

June 17th 2016

Thanks for representing St Catherine's everyone

Good job!


Level 1 and 2 Awards June 17th 2016

Fantastic job Class 4, stay safe on your bikes!

Young Writers Rotary Club Competition

Entrants and winners from St Catherine's

Well Done everyone

Library Cafe

June 2016

Year 2 and Year 4 are enjoying their annual Library Cafe. Parents have enjoyed coming into school to share books with their children and writing book reviews. Thanks to Class 4 for providing homemade biscuits for us all too!


Year 6 in their new leavers hoodies- a gift from the school. 

April 2016

Well done to our Orienteering Team. 

They came 7th overall (in the snow) in the Eden Valley Sports Partnership Competition.

Bishop Michael Campbell visited our school

on Monday 18th April.


Class 4 led our Prayer & Liturgy on the theme of Following in Jesus' Footsteps.

Two pupils from each class then explained their displays around the hall on the Corporal Acts of Mercy:

Class 1              Visiting the Sick

Class 2              Feeding the Hungry           

Class 3              Helping Victims of Flooding

Class 4              An explanation of the Corporal Acts of Mercy &                       The Stations of the Cross     

The choir then led the school in a beautiful rendition of 'The Power in Me.'

Bishop Michael was presented with a framed cross stitich which the pupils in Class 4 had created from Mrs. Glen's design.

The Staff enjoyed an informal chat with the Bishop during breaktime, accompanied by some delicious snacks baked by Mrs. Reay.

Each class then had the opportunity to ask the Bishop questions about his role, his hobbies and even his favourite food, as he visited each classroom.

Class 1 shared the beautiful book they had made during Holy Week and the Bishop was very impressed.

Class 3 were treated to an impromptu lesson about the Bishop's Coat of Arms; the Bishop was delighted to be using an interactive whiteboard for the first time! Class 3 presnted the Bishop with a book of poetry, prayers and Coats of Arms which they had made the previous week.It was a wonderful morning and the Bishop was mesmerised by the colourful displays and the enthusiasum of the children.


We recieved the following email from Bishop Michael:

Dear Angela,


Just a short email to thank you, your staff and pupils for your great welcome at yesterday's visit - all deeply appreciated. The Collective Worship was excellent.


Thank you, again, for all you are doing at St Catherine's in the name of Catholic education in Penrith.


With every good wish & prayer this Eastertide,


As ever in Christ,


+Michael G Campbell OSA

Bishop of Lancaster


 Thank you everybody for making the visit such a success!

Superhero Writers Week

22.2.16 - 26.2.16

All our wonderful entries to our caption competition.

Well done everyone.

Our wonderful display of all our writing.

Well done everybody!

Class 3 and Class 1 sharing their Superhero writing with each other.

Winners of our KS1 and KS2 caption competitions will be announced during assembly this Friday. Watch this space for all your amazing caption entries here. 

Book Swap Wednesday 24th February 2016

Thank you to everyone who came to swap books, what a great event for everyone. We hope you like your new books!

Superhero singing assembly

It's Writers Week!

Monday 22nd Febrauary

This morning Mrs Hill had an important letter from the Superhero Council of England. 

Click the document to find out what it said.

Keep an eye on the website for details of what's going on in school this week.

    Chinese New Year 2016


    This week we have celebrated Chinese New Year. The house groups moved around four different activities: Chinese writing, card making, story wheels, lion and dragon dancing and writing fact sheets. 

    Harry Potter Book Night

    4th February 2016

    Thanks to all the muggles, witches and wizards who came to enjoy Harry Potter Book night. We had a great night making our own wands, enjoying a Hogwarts banquet, playing Quidditch and watching the potions master experiment.

    Eden Valley Sports Partnership Swimming Gala

    January 14th 2016

    Well done to our swimming team for all their efforts at the gala. We enjoyed swimming with children from all over Eden. We are very proud of you all.


    Christmas Around the World

    This year KS2 found out about how Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus.

    Well done Class 3 and Class 4

    Advent Assembly 

    We heard from every Class about what they have been learning about in preparation for Advent.

    Sports Awards November 2015

    Well done to all our teams for their achievements this term. Football, La Crosse and Netball have all been presented with their certificates.

    We are very proud of you all!

    It's beginning to look alot like...

    Christmas displays are up in the Hall, come and have a look. 

    Class 1 have been learning about The Three Kings

    Class 2 have been learning about The Nativity

    Class 3 have been learning about The Shepherds

    Class 4 have been learning about The Angels

    Operation Christmas Child

    Thank you for your kind donations

    Remembrance Day 

    November 2015

    This year each child has made a poppy to create a school display in our foyer.


    Eternal Rest

    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

    and let perpetual light shine upon them.

    May the souls of the faithful departed,

    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


    Well done Hannah on your winning entry into the Lake District Comic Arts Festival.

    You beat 700 other entrants to win the prize.

    KS2 visit from Bjarne the Viking

    22nd September 2015

    What a launch to our new topic!


    Healthy Living Poster Winner! Fantastic prize of a basket of mixed fruit with some chocolate for balance!

    Congratulations to the Lacrosse Team and Kwik Cricket Team. We are very proud of you!

    Sport's Day 2015


    The sun kept shining and a great afternoon was held!

    Well done to the children for taking part with such enthusiasm!

    Thank you parents for your encouragement and cheering! 

    Thank you Staff for your brilliant organisation! 

    Please go to the Class pages to see photographs of the certificate winners.

    The overall House Winner was St. Andrew's! Well Done!


    When the shed roof leaked, did we head to the DIY store for more felt? NO!

    Our creative Head Gardeners, Dave & Maggie, hatched a plan for a green, sustainable roof! After much gathering of newspaper, fundraising plant sales and a lot of hard graft, look at the result!

    Thank you very much Maggie & Dave for giving us such a fascinating experiment!


    Congratulations to our First Holy Communicants!

    What a wonderful day we had and such a delicious breakfast!

    Key Stage One May Procession

    13th May 2015

    Father Jerome, Class One and Class Two were joined by teachers and parents in our May procession for Our Lady.

    We joined together for songs and prayers before walking to the church garden to lay flowers at the statue of Mary.

    Planting with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

    At Thacka Beck we planted small plants that are important for local wildlife.

    Tree Planting

    At Thacka Beck Nature Reserve with Penrith Lions and Cumbria Wildlife Trust

    Key Stage 1 trip

    28th April 2015

    Class 1 and 2 have had a wonderful day at South Lakes zoo.

    We fed the penguins, lemurs and giraffes!

    It was fantastic to see the animals that we have learned about in our Africa topic. 

    Thursday 26th March we celebrated Holy Week Day!

    The children worked in their House Groups and spent the day creating cards, re-enacting scenes from their RE lessons and discussing what life would have been like in Jesus' time.


    What a wonderfully, creative night we had!

    Thank you very much to the staff and volunteers for all of their hard work and organisation £211 was raised for our Lenten Appeal, CAFOD.

    Well Done!

    Young Voices Choir

    Congratulations to our Choir and Mrs. Richardson for their incredible contribution to the Young Voices Event at the O2 Arena, Manchester.

    It was a fantastic day and you were a credit to our school!

    Writers Week 2015

    February 23rd-27th

    'A Magical Land'

    Each teacher has been away to a magical land; can you guess where they have been from the clues in their cases?

    We held an unusual writing competition and some of the entries are posted below.

    More will follow as we scan them into the computer!


    And the winner was Olivia from Class 3!

    Well done Olivia!

    A very tasty entry indeed!

    In Class 2 we visited Wonderland

    We even had a Mad Hatter's tea party wearing the hats that we designed and made.

    Emily, a journalist from The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald came to talk to us about writing and its importance for her. Some representatives from our writers club asked her some questions.

    We are very proud to have had Ella represent St. Catherine's at the County Gymnastics in Carlisle.

    Ella performed two fantastic and very brave vaults and an amazingly energetic and creative floor routine.

    Well done Ella!!

    Forest School December - January 2015

    Some children from KS2 are taking part in Forest School in partnership with Milburn Primary School. We are enjoying making new friends from another local school.

    We learned how to light fires and made wind vanes this week. Different children go every 2 weeks to learn new skills. 

    Operation Christmas Child

    November 2014

    Thank you to everyone for your generous donations.

    Edwardian Afternoon Tea

    24th September 2014

    An exploration of life in Edwardian Britain.

    The beginning of our World War One topic.


    Key Stage 1 Fancy Dress Disco

    Our Play Leaders have been hard at work with Class 1!


    Thank you Mrs. Lowes for our fantastic new bench. We have put it in the Dinosaur Maze and we love it!

    Sports Day

    July 2014

    Well done St. David house team!

    Egg Decorating Competition

    Key Stage 1 runner up: Lola

    Key Stage 1 winner: Jessica

    Key Stage 2 runner up: Anna

    Key Stage 2 winner: Harry

    Writers Week Working Wall

    What a lot of writing from the whole school!

    Class One have been writing about monsters.

    Extreme writing competition

    What strange places you have been writing in!

    Community visits

    Fr Jerome and Andrea from Wordsworth Bookshop came to talk about how important writing is to them.

    Class 3 cooked and designed Monster Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.

    They then wrote a recipe for others to use.

    Please use the Class link to view pictures of some of the exciting things we have been doing!


    We enjoyed the Panto Cinderella in our hall.

    What a great afternoon!

    Whole School Trip to the Cinema

    On Wednesday 6th November, to celebrate British Film Week, the whole school went on a trip to the cinema.

    We watched 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2'. It was great !

    Eid ul Adha

    Creative Curriculum Whole School Afternoon

    October 2013

    Sports Day - 16th July 2013