The Fleadh (festival) is the premier event in the traditional Irish music calendar within Britain, attracting an audience of several thousand from across the UK.  Competitors vie for the opportunity to represent Britain on the international stage across various disciplines including solo instrumental performance, singing, dancing, storytelling and group competition.

This weekend two of our pupils, Eve Hurley, Year 8, and Emily Caulfield, Year 9, will be competing in the All Britain Fleadh at the University of Stirling, Scotland, representing our region in the ceili band, duet and trio events. Eve will also compete in the solo fiddle playing contest.  We wish Eve and Emily the very best of luck.

Year 11 pupils celebrated their final days at school with a Mass of Thanksgiving.  Many thanks to our Priest chaplain, Fr Josh Hilton, who celebrated the Mass and to the parents who attended. Pupils also turned out for the annual Prom Night at Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel, Bramhope.  The event was very well attended.  Dresses, suits, shoes and limousines were a sight to behold!



Please find attached an important letter from Public Health England about measles in Leeds. Parents may be aware that measles is currently circulating in Yorkshire with cases seen in children and young adults in Leeds and Bradford.
The body is encouraging parents to ensure that all children and young people are up-to-date with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination prior to the summer months when travel is at its peak. Vaccination may be arranged with your GP surgery.

The school will close to pupils at 1.20pm on Tuesday 26 June. School buses will collect pupils from school at 1.30pm after an early lunch. Parents, please contact school without delay if this early closure causes you childcare problems. Pupils who are unable to get home may remain in school, supervised by staff, until 3.15pm. Normal lessons will be suspended. The time gained will be used by staff in training for raising achievement as part of the school’s strategies for attaining consistently high levels of pupil progress.

Discussions have been taking place between pupils, staff and governors on a new Mission Statement for our school. Our existing statement, now somewhat dated, may be seen on the school website at The statement below is proposed as a new Mission Statement with effect from September 2018:

John Carmel Heenan (1905-1975) was Bishop of Leeds, Archbishop of Liverpool and Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. This school is a living tribute to a very faithful servant of God. We are proud to bear his name.

We wear the word Veritas (Truth) on our school blazers in memory of St Thomas Aquinas. He lived a life of prayer and study which led him to the Dominican Order, whose motto is Veritas. He sought truth wherever it could be found and burned with the desire to know the one truth, God, which gives meaning to all truths.

The Catholic Christian community at Cardinal Heenan

  • helps pupils to know and understand Jesus Christ
  • forms pupils who live the Catholic faith by prayer, sacraments and service
  • makes learning challenging and enjoyable for all so that we will secure the best outcomes and remain lifelong learners who are committed to seeking truth
  • helps all to learn and grow, treating one another with respect and generosity
  • supports parents as the first and most important educators of our children
  • inspires excellence by encouraging every individual to be the person that God calls us to be, in preparation for this life and the life to come

If you would like to comment on the proposal please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring Mr Gibbons on 887 3240.

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