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St Cuthbert's and Fountains produce a newsletter every two weeks. These newsletters are published here and copies sent home with children. We will also flag new St Cuthbert's newsletters on the St Cuthbert's only Facebook page.

Newsletters include an update on weekly activities and a list of important term dates.

If for any reason you have not received a copy of the newsletter and/or are unable to view it here please contact the School Office.

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  • Thursday 15 October 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 16th October 2020 Sadly we were unable to celebrate harvest in our usual way this year. These opportunities to 'learn and grow together' are so sorely missed by us all. We have still celebrated harvest with the children this week and thank you for enabling us to make our charitable donations in the usual way. The local food bank relies upon your generous donations at this time of year and we thank you for your donations for this worthy cause.
  • Thursday 1 October 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 2nd October 2020 We are missing celebrating our stars of the week with you all! Each week we continue to hold our celebrations collective worship—just in a different way! At Fountains Earth we are able to celebrate as a whole school and at St Cuthbert’s we are celebrating in class.
  • Thursday 17 September 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 18th September 2020 I am so grateful to parents, staff and the whole community for helping our schools to settle the children into a new year of learning whilst also dealing with 'the new normal'. Parents have been vigilant in reporting absences, keeping us informed, leaving rucksacks at home and asking questions and observing the need to keep visitors into school to a minimum. THANK YOU ALL!
  • Monday 13 July 2020 Fountains Earth - Full School Reopening September 2020 We are taking a pragmatic and measured approach to ensure that children can learn in a relaxed, safe and calm environmentwhilst adhering to the best practise guidelines for reducing and minimising the risk of infection.
  • Tuesday 16 June 2020 Fountains Earth - Update from Head Teacher Having considered all scenarios we are unable to invite any more children into St Cuthbert’s before September without compromising children, family and staff safety.
  • Friday 20 March 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 20th March 2020 Thank you so much for your support and patience during this difficult time. Staff will update class pages on the website each Monday during term time whilst we are closed. It would be great if the children can do some work at home but please take time to enjoy your family. Keep safe and live a slower pace of life for a while.
  • Friday 6 March 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 6th March 2020 Welcome to Mrs Rocha, who is now working with Miss Aldridge in Class 1 in the mornings and supervising three lunchtimes per week. Mrs Kitching will be back at breakfast club from Monday onwards.
  • Friday 14 February 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 14th February 2020 We have been very fortunate to have Miss Addis working at Fountains Earth for the last 3 years. She has shown a huge amount of dedication in committing to a 60 mile round trip every day in order to fulfil her part time post at the school and it was only a matter of time before a more local school snapped her up. Miss Addis will be joining Cononley School (near Skipton) as a full time teaching assistant from Monday 2nd March. Her last day at Fountains Earth will therefore be Friday 28th February and we invite parents to celebrate with us during assembly on this day.
  • Friday 31 January 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 31st January 2020 Friends of St Cuthbert’s will be organising a Winter Disco on Friday 28th February from 6pm until 7.30pm. This is for children from both schools in Years 1 to 6 and will be held in the school hall at St Cuthbert’s.
  • Thursday 16 January 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 17th January 2020 Welcome back to a new term, a new year and a new decade. We have had an exciting start in school with our Class 2 choir visit to the Young Voices event in Sheffield and the building of Pudding Lane in Class 1!
  • Friday 20 December 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 20th December 2019 The Family Carol Service will be held in St Chad’s on Sunday 22nd December at 6.30pm. There will be a food bank collection; if you are able to donate any tins, packets etc please bring them along to the service. Donations will be shared between Harrogate and District Foodbank and the Harrogate Homeless Project. Children can wear their Christmas jumpers, Santa hats etc. and there will be two songs for them to sing should they so wish.
  • Friday 6 December 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 6th December 2019 We hope you can join us for our whole school Christmas Production, which will be at 1.30pm on Wednesday 11th December in the Village Hall. We will then return to school where parents are invited to join us for refreshments. Children can then leave school with parents.
  • Friday 22 November 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 22 November 2019 Both schools did amazingly well at the KS2 Swimming Gala District Final last Tuesday. Fountains Earth finished in 10th place and St Cuthbert’s finished 4th out of 16 schools. This was a huge achievement for both schools as lots of the schools there are large schools and the pool is 5m longer than the one at Nidderdale!
  • Friday 8 November 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 8th November 2019 Welcome back after the half term break, we hope you all had a lovely, autumnal week off and are well-rested, ready for a very busy second half of the Autumn Term!
  • Friday 25 October 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 25 October 2019 We were very lucky to be invited to visit The Yorke Arms in preparation for our Harvest celebrations. Frances the head chef showed us around the kitchen garden and talked to us about how she uses the produce to design her menu.
  • Friday 18 October 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 18th October 2019 Congratulations to all the children that took part in the KS2 Simon Goldsborough Foundation Inter-School Gala last week. Both our schools finished in medal positions; Fountains Earth finished 3rd and St Cuthbert’s 2nd, with Dacre Braithwaite finishing in 1st place. We will be competing in the District Final on Tuesday 12th November at the Hydro in Harrogate. Please feel free to come along to cheer the children on between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
  • Friday 4 October 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 4th October 2019 Recently staff have been working on developing the curriculum at both Fountains Earth and St Cuthbert’s. Part of the vision for our curriculum is to ensure that children experience and learn about their local heritage, the outstanding natural beauty that is all around us and the rich history of Nidderdale. We also want to ensure that we provide experiences outside of Nidderdale to broaden children’s horizons with a range of opportunities.
  • Friday 20 September 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 20th September 2019 Christian Values This half term we are focussing on the value of Wisdom across the Federation. Tonight your child will have brought home a talk together sheet about this value which we hope you find useful. We are teaching the children to make wise choices, to learn from the wisdom of others, to share their wisdom and how, when we make mistakes we become wiser through them.
  • Friday 6 September 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 6th September 2019 Welcome back everyone to a new school year. It has been great to see the children back safe and well after what sounds to have been fun-filled family times. We have new families and staff at St Cuthbert’s and we are sure they will settle after a warm welcome from our community.
  • Friday 19 July 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 19th July 2019 We have reached the end of another school year and it is hard to believe how quickly it has flown by. Both schools have had successful years in many fields sports, music, drama, personal achievements academically both in and out of school. We are very proud of the children and staff in our Federation who continue to learn and grow together. To our Year 6 children we wish you every success in the future. You will always be part of our family and will always be welcome in our schools.
  • Friday 5 July 2019 Fountains Earth Newsletter 5 July 2019 We think you will all agree that the Sports Day this year was a superb morning showing how well our children work together and support each other.
  • Thursday 20 June 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 21st June 2019 On Saturday 8th June we had yet another highly successful Bell Festival, despite the rain! The church was full, the pupils sang beautifully and the competition entries were outstandingwell done everybody
  • Friday 7 June 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 7th June 2019 Bell Festival We hope to see you all this Saturday at Middlesmoor Bell Festival.
  • Friday 17 May 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 17th May 2019 Congratulations! Congratulations to Year 6the SATs are over, hooray! Everyone showed a very mature approach to taking the tests, stayed calm and enjoyed celebrating at the park with an ice-cream afterwards!
  • Friday 3 May 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 3rd May 2019 Our Year 2 and 6 children are busily preparing for SATS with KS1 taking theirs during the month of May and the Year 6 children WB 13th May.
  • Monday 8 April 2019 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 5th April 2019 This will be the last newsletter before Easter. We hope you all have a lovely Easter break and look forward to seeing the children back at school on Monday 29th April well rested and ready to learn.
  • Friday 22 March 2019 Fountains Earth Newsletter 22nd March 2019 Great News! Oscar has a new baby brother Samuel Edward Harker-Jones, who was born on Thursday morning, 8lb and 5oz. Baby and Mummy are doing well.
  • Sunday 10 March 2019 Fountains Earth Newsletter 8th March 2019 All families are invited to the Mothers Day Service at Ramsgill Church, 31st March at 10am. Eileen Bain will be there and refreshments will be served following the service.
  • Friday 22 February 2019 Fountains Earth Newsletter 22nd February 2019 From 4th March we will be selling red noses in school for Comic Relief, which is on 15th March. They are 1.25 each and there are 11 nose designs to collect!
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  • Thursday 15 October 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 16th October 2020 Sadly we are unable to celebrate harvest at the Church in our usual way this year. These opportunities to 'learn and grow together' are so sorely missed by us all. We would like to celebrate harvest and to make our charitable donations in the usual way. The local food bank relies upon your generous donations at this time of year and we would very much like to collect items of dried, tinned and packaged goods for this worthy cause.
  • Thursday 1 October 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 2nd October 2020 We are missing celebrating our stars of the week with you all! Each week we continue to hold our celebrations collective worship—just in a different way! At Fountains Earth we are able to celebrate as a whole school and at St Cuthbert’s we are celebrating in class.
  • Thursday 17 September 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 18th September 2020 I am so grateful to parents, staff and the whole community for helping our schools to settle the children into a new year of learning whilst also dealing with 'the new normal'. Parents have been vigilant in reporting absences, keeping us informed, leaving rucksacks at home and asking questions and observing the need to keep visitors into school to a minimum. THANK YOU ALL!
  • Monday 13 July 2020 St Cuthberts School Reopening Plans for September Final plans have now been made for our full re-opening in September. I wanted to share this with you before the summer break so that you can prepare your children. Many of the children have already got used to the ‘new normal’ in school but for those that haven’t been in since March there are some routines that will be different.
  • Thursday 9 July 2020 St Cuthbert's Awarded Healthy Schools Silver St Cuthbert's are celebrating achieving the Silver Healthy Schools Award after submitting all of the evidence required for the award. Both Fountains Earth and St Cuthbert's have the silver award and are working towards their gold.
  • Tuesday 16 June 2020 St Cuthbert's - Update from Head Teacher Having considered all scenarios we are unable to invite any more children into St Cuthbert’s before September without compromising children, family and staff safety.
  • Friday 5 June 2020 St Cuthbert's Staffing for September 2020 Whilst we are living very much ‘in the moment’ with the current situation and awaiting further announcements, I wanted to inform parents of the teaching staff arrangements for September 2020. It will be here soon enough and we have been very busy in the background as you will see!
  • Friday 20 March 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 20th March 2020 Thank you so much for your support and patience during this difficult time. Staff will update class pages on the website each Monday during term time whilst we are closed. It would be great if the children can do some work at home but please take time to enjoy your family. Keep safe and live a slower pace of life for a while.
  • Friday 6 March 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 6th March 2020 Value for life This half term our value for life is Courage. The children are taking inspiration from courageous role models from past and present. They are learning about the feeling of being courageous in different situations including having the courage to stand up for what is right and to share views and opinions. We are also learning to have the courage to perform and the Royal Hall concert will be the perfect opportunity for that.
  • Friday 14 February 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 14th February 2020 Today is Mrs Hardcastle’s last ‘official’ day at St Cuthbert’s although she will still spend some time volunteering with us and will continue as a Governor (thank goodness!). Families, children and staff all have hugely mixed feelings about this– mainly because of the huge amount she does for all of us and the difference she makes every day. We will miss her experience, skills and expertise very much but most of all we will miss the person she is. Relentlessly positive, solution focused, a ‘mucker inner’, thoughtful, generous and most importantly never, ever gives up on any of our children no matter what. Thank you all for your donations to her gift which was presented to her during sharing assembly today.
  • Friday 31 January 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 31st January 2020 This year the Harrogate & Ripon Rural Schools’ Charity Concert will be supporting Compass Buzz Children’s Mental Health and Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, Harrogate Hospital. As this year’s residential clashes with the Royal Hall Concert (Friday 20th March as per diary dates overleaf), Years 3 and 4 will be singing at the concert. There will be a letter sent home shortly with the details surrounding the event but we thought that parents might like to know so that they can keep the date free.
  • Friday 17 January 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 17th January 2020 Welcome back to a new term, a new year and a new decade. We have had an exciting start to school with some of the KS2 children attending the Young Voices event at Sheffield Arena last Friday, where pupils from across our federation got to sing (and dance!) with almost 3,000 other children from across the country.
  • Friday 20 December 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 20th December 2019 Thank you to everyone who came along to support the children in their Nativity performance last week. The children all did an amazing job, as did the staff who worked hard in the weeks leading up to it to make it such a success!
  • Friday 6 December 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 6th December 2019 We hope that you can join us for the KS1 Nativity performance on Thursday 12th December at 2pm in church. Please feel free to bring along friends and family—no tickets are required.
  • Friday 22 November 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 22 November 2019 Both schools did amazingly well at the KS2 Swimming Gala District Final last Tuesday. Fountains Earth finished in 10th place and St Cuthbert’s finished 4th out of 16 schools. This was a huge achievement for both schools as lots of the schools there are large schools and the pool is 5m longer than the one at Nidderdale!
  • Friday 8 November 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 8th November 2019 Welcome back after the half term break, we hope you all had a lovely, autumnal week off and are well-rested, ready for a very busy second half of the Autumn Term!
  • Wednesday 6 November 2019 St Cuthberts School Newsletter 25th October 2019 Thank you to all families who came to join us for our Harvest Festival. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will be shared between the Nidderdale and Harrogate food banks. Uniform
  • Friday 18 October 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 18th October 2019 Both our schools celebrated success in the KS2 Simon Goldsbrough Foundation Inter Schools Gala last week; Fountains Earth finished third and St Cuthbert’s came second with Dacre Braithwaite winning the event. As a result both our schools will now take part in the District Final at the Hydro on Tuesday 12th November.
  • Friday 4 October 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 4th October 2019 Recently staff have been working on developing the curriculum at both Fountains Earth and St Cuthbert’s. Part of the vision for our curriculum is to ensure that children experience and learn about their local heritage, the outstanding natural beauty that is all around us and the rich history of Nidderdale. We also want to ensure that we provide experiences outside of Nidderdale to broaden children’s horizons with a range of opportunities.
  • Friday 20 September 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 20th September 2019 This half term we are focussing on the value of Wisdom across the Federation. Tonight your child will have brought home a talk together sheet about this value which we hope you find useful.
  • Friday 6 September 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 6th September 2019 Welcome back everyone to a new school year. It has been great to see the children back safe and well after what sounds to have been fun-filled family times. We have new families and staff at St Cuthbert’s and we are sure they will settle after a warm welcome from our community.
  • Friday 19 July 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 19th July 2019 End of school year We have reached the end of another school year and it is hard to believe how quickly it has flown by. Both schools have had successful years in many fields sports, music, drama, personal achievements academically both in and out of school. We are very proud of the children and staff in our Federation who continue to learn and grow together. To our Year 6 children we wish you every success in the future. You will always be part of our family and will always be welcome in our schools.
  • Friday 5 July 2019 St Cuthberts Newsletter 5th July 2019 We think you will all agree that the weather was pretty much perfect for Sports Day this year and it was a great day with much fun had both in the morning and afternoon
  • Thursday 20 June 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 21st June 2019 This week at St Cuthberts we welcomed visitors into school from the High School to come and celebrate difference and diversity.
  • Friday 7 June 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 7th June 2019 Value for the half term This half term we continue teaching the value of togetherness and belonging. As a Federation we learn and grow together and celebrate our strengths and our unique contribution to the whole school community. We will spend time thinking about diversity of need, culture and religion.
  • Friday 17 May 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 17th May 2019 Congratulations We are so proud of our Year 6 pupils who completed their KS2 SATs tests this week with great maturity and the determination to do their very best. They certainly deserved their celebratory cake and chill time!
  • Friday 3 May 2019 St Cuthbert's Newsletter 3rd May 2019 Welcome back to the Summer term - a rather odd first half with only 4 weeks and May Day bank holiday before the final half term of the year. It has gone so quickly! Our Year 2 and 6 children are busily preparing for SATS with KS1 taking theirs during the month of May and the Year 6 children WB 13th May. We want our children to be well prepared and to feel confident about accessing the test without any unnecessary pressure or anxiety. We want the children to know that we are proud of their achievements and successes in all aspects of their development, not just reading, writing, maths and grammar. Knowing how to use a fronted adverbial is not as important as being a kind, generous, well-rounded person.
  • Monday 8 April 2019 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 5th April 2019 This will be the last newsletter that we automatically send out paper copies of so please make sure have your preference of how you wish to receive the newsletterif we dont hear from you then you will continue to receive a paper copy.
  • Friday 22 March 2019 St Cuthberts Newsletter 22nd March 2019 The Easter Service will take place on Thursday 11th April at 2pm, St Cuthberts Church - all families are welcome. There will be the usual competitionsmake/decorate an Easter bonnet for KS1 and decorate a hard boiled egg for KS2.
  • Sunday 10 March 2019 St Cuthberts Newsletter 8th March 2019 Friends will be holding a Mothers Day afternoon tea event on Friday 29th March from 2.30pm. Please see separate letter sent home for details of how to book.
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  • Thursday 15 October 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 16th October 2020 Sadly we were unable to celebrate harvest in our usual way this year. These opportunities to 'learn and grow together' are so sorely missed by us all. We have still celebrated harvest with the children this week and thank you for enabling us to make our charitable donations in the usual way. The local food bank relies upon your generous donations at this time of year and we thank you for your donations for this worthy cause.
  • Thursday 15 October 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 16th October 2020 Sadly we are unable to celebrate harvest at the Church in our usual way this year. These opportunities to 'learn and grow together' are so sorely missed by us all. We would like to celebrate harvest and to make our charitable donations in the usual way. The local food bank relies upon your generous donations at this time of year and we would very much like to collect items of dried, tinned and packaged goods for this worthy cause.
  • Thursday 8 October 2020 Starting in Reception September 2021 undefined
  • Thursday 1 October 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 2nd October 2020 We are missing celebrating our stars of the week with you all! Each week we continue to hold our celebrations collective worship—just in a different way! At Fountains Earth we are able to celebrate as a whole school and at St Cuthbert’s we are celebrating in class.
  • Thursday 1 October 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 2nd October 2020 We are missing celebrating our stars of the week with you all! Each week we continue to hold our celebrations collective worship—just in a different way! At Fountains Earth we are able to celebrate as a whole school and at St Cuthbert’s we are celebrating in class.
  • Monday 21 September 2020 A Parents Guide to Track and Trace A reference guide for parents and school / setting staff (as of 16th September 2020)
  • Thursday 17 September 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 18th September 2020 I am so grateful to parents, staff and the whole community for helping our schools to settle the children into a new year of learning whilst also dealing with 'the new normal'. Parents have been vigilant in reporting absences, keeping us informed, leaving rucksacks at home and asking questions and observing the need to keep visitors into school to a minimum. THANK YOU ALL!
  • Thursday 17 September 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 18th September 2020 I am so grateful to parents, staff and the whole community for helping our schools to settle the children into a new year of learning whilst also dealing with 'the new normal'. Parents have been vigilant in reporting absences, keeping us informed, leaving rucksacks at home and asking questions and observing the need to keep visitors into school to a minimum. THANK YOU ALL!
  • Monday 14 September 2020 Election of Parent Governors Dear Parent
  • Thursday 3 September 2020 Welcome back to School September 2020 We are ready to welcome all of the children back next week and we will be utilising the training day on Monday 7th September to ensure all staff are up to date with the new government guidance (published on 28th August) and our Federation approach.
  • Monday 13 July 2020 St Cuthberts School Reopening Plans for September Final plans have now been made for our full re-opening in September. I wanted to share this with you before the summer break so that you can prepare your children. Many of the children have already got used to the ‘new normal’ in school but for those that haven’t been in since March there are some routines that will be different.
  • Monday 13 July 2020 Fountains Earth - Full School Reopening September 2020 We are taking a pragmatic and measured approach to ensure that children can learn in a relaxed, safe and calm environmentwhilst adhering to the best practise guidelines for reducing and minimising the risk of infection.
  • Thursday 9 July 2020 St Cuthbert's Awarded Healthy Schools Silver St Cuthbert's are celebrating achieving the Silver Healthy Schools Award after submitting all of the evidence required for the award. Both Fountains Earth and St Cuthbert's have the silver award and are working towards their gold.
  • Friday 3 July 2020 Update from Head Teacher - Returning to School September 2020 We have now had the information and expectations from the Government in preparation for September 2020. School will be open to all pupils (thank goodness!).September 2020
  • Tuesday 16 June 2020 St Cuthbert's - Update from Head Teacher Having considered all scenarios we are unable to invite any more children into St Cuthbert’s before September without compromising children, family and staff safety.
  • Tuesday 16 June 2020 Fountains Earth - Update from Head Teacher Having considered all scenarios we are unable to invite any more children into St Cuthbert’s before September without compromising children, family and staff safety.
  • Friday 5 June 2020 St Cuthbert's Staffing for September 2020 Whilst we are living very much ‘in the moment’ with the current situation and awaiting further announcements, I wanted to inform parents of the teaching staff arrangements for September 2020. It will be here soon enough and we have been very busy in the background as you will see!
  • Monday 1 June 2020 School Reopens 1st June - Update from Head Teacher As a school we have risk assessed and re-opened as per Government guidelines. You will find locally that schools are opening at different times depending on their preparations - this is their governing board’s decision.
  • Saturday 16 May 2020 Return to School - Update 15th May
  • Thursday 30 April 2020 Healthy Schools North Yorkshire Award
  • Monday 6 April 2020 Emotional Wellbeing - You and your Child CoronaVirus Advice for Parents
  • Thursday 26 March 2020 Free School Meals - Is your child entitled? This additional funding is designed to support children in school and has a significant impact on what we as a school are able to provide. Our PP budget is predicted to reduce significantly over the next three years due to our PP numbers dropping. I don't believe this is reflective of our community.
  • Friday 20 March 2020 St Cuthbert's School Newsletter 20th March 2020 Thank you so much for your support and patience during this difficult time. Staff will update class pages on the website each Monday during term time whilst we are closed. It would be great if the children can do some work at home but please take time to enjoy your family. Keep safe and live a slower pace of life for a while.
  • Friday 20 March 2020 Fountains Earth School Newsletter 20th March 2020 Thank you so much for your support and patience during this difficult time. Staff will update class pages on the website each Monday during term time whilst we are closed. It would be great if the children can do some work at home but please take time to enjoy your family. Keep safe and live a slower pace of life for a while.
  • Wednesday 18 March 2020 CoronaVirus Update for Parents 18th March 2020 As the growth of the Corona Virus accelerates we have been taking steps to reduce the risk to our pupils and we have been making plans to support our families in the event of any future school closures.
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