News 2018 - 2019

We hope to keep you updated with the latest news and events here.

Santa's Grotto 2018

Click SANTA to see some more photos 


Our winner of a £10 Amazon voucher in our  100% Accelerated Reading Quiz draw was...Corey 


Choir Sing at the BBC

On Monday 26th November 2018 a selection of our school choir went to the BBC studios in Belfast to record a Christmas carol. What an experience these lucky children had! They were recorded in the BBC studio and got to see behind the scenes, meet some news reporters and of course see all of the important things that happen behind the scenes. It is safe to say that pupils were well impressed by the huge green screen, the lighting and cameras.

The pupils' behaviour was excellent and they thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. We would like to say thank you to the staff at the BBC who made our staff and pupils feel very welcome. We will let you know as soon as we know when it will be aired in the run up to Christmas.

Ditch the Dark Assembly

On Monday 26th November we welcomed Billy from The Policing Community Safety Partnership to key stage assemblies.  He gave an informative talk about how to seen and be safe in the darker mornings and evenings, on our way to and from school.

Remember Wednesday 28th November is Ditch the Dark Day so come to school in bright reflective clothing.


P.6T Shannagh-More Trip 14th - 16th Nov 2018

Click on the following link to see the fun and adventures that P.6T had on their residential trip to Shannagh-More Outdoor Pursuits Centre this week.

P.6T in Shannagh-More

P.6S Shannagh-More Trip 12th-14th Nov 2018

 Click on the following link to see the fun and adventures that P.6S had on their residential trip to Shannagh-More Outdoor Pursuits Centre this week.

P6S in Shannagh-More

Halloween Fun P.1-4

Select Parents Info then Bridge I.P.S. Parents Group to see more or click on the link: Halloween


Swim Ulster Schools Cup and Championships

Congratulations to five pupils below who represented our school in the recent Swim Ulster Schools Cup & Championships in the Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex on the 20th and 21st October 2018.  Lots of determination & skill was displayed and some even achieved PBs. Best of luck to those who qualified for the Irish Schools Championships in February 2019.


Food Drive


We are overwhelmed by the fantastic response to our food drive in the run up to our Harvest Service. A huge thank-you to everyone who donated food.  We really appreciate everyone's support and hope that this food will help less fortunate families  within our local area. St. Vincent DePaul and Banbridge Storehouse will distribute the food to those in need.


Harvest Celebration 

On Monday 15th October we celebrated our annual Harvest service in school.  The theme of our celebration this tear was rainbows.  P.5 led this celebration with a variety of readings, prayers and poems and they were amazing! Rev. Gray from Bannside Presbyterian  joined our service.  As always Rev. Gray shared his own special message with us.

Many thanks to all of the parents who joined us.  It was a very packed hall and the lovely singing throughout really made it feel special.

There are a few more photos on the P.5 page.


Evo Soccer Tournament Two

Well done too the boys and girls who participated in EVO's second tournament on Thursday 11th October. Super teamwork and sportsmanship was displayed throughout. Congratulations to our A team who were joint winners with St. Mary's Primary.

I think it's safe to say both A teams from Bridge and St. Mary's are delighted!
I think it's safe to say both A teams from Bridge and St. Mary's are delighted!
Congratulations! Player of the Tournament
Congratulations! Player of the Tournament


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C2K Newsdesk Spreads a Little Happiness

Congratulations to Max P.6T who was a winner in the recent C2K Newsdesk Competition. Pupils from all over Northern Ireland were encouraged to write a news report about what makes them happy.  As you can imagine there were so many things that make children all happy. A few things were very popular like family, friends, pets, holidays, different types if hobbies and sports and lots more.  It was lovely to see photos from a number of our P.6 pupils included in the Newsdesk article. Log on at home or school to have a read and remember to like and comment too!

Max received his certificate and prize from Amelia from C2K Newsdesk
Max received his certificate and prize from Amelia from C2K Newsdesk

Choir Sings Songs at The Greatest Shows

Our school choir was honoured to be asked to join Banbridge Musical Society and sing at their recent show Songs from the Greatest Shows on Saturday 24th November. They sang A spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins and were joined by Stephen Cairns to sing From Now On from The Greatest Showman.

As always, the pupils were amazing. Thank you Stephen Cairns for singing with our pupils and making the whole experience lots of fun and to everyone involved in Banbridge Musical Society. It was a fantastic night - special memories for our children and their parents to cherish.


On Wednesday 21st November Bridge was a sea of green as pupils and staff arrived in school dressed in something green to support the NSPCC.

Judith and Sylvia from the NSPCC came in to teach pupils that they should always be able to talk to a trusted adult. They demonstrated how children shouldn't need to carry around a bag of worries and that they could always turn to a trusted adult or Childline if they really need help. Pupils were told about the diefferent types of abuse and the importance if keeping their private parts private.

This important message was given to pupils throughout the school in assembly and was followed up with workshops for P.6 & 7.

Teddy Bear Maths Day

Anti-Bullying Week 2018

Everyone is busy this week exploring this year's theme of Respect. Our anti-bullying ambassadors are out in force observing in the playground to identify those children who are displaying kind behaviour to others.  Smiling is contagious throughout the school and pupils and staff are working hard to compliment each other - this makes everyone feel good.  On that note let us compliment the anti-bullying ambassadors for all of their hard work and great ideas to help us celebrate this year.

Whilst P.6 are in Shannagh-More for most of the week, they are also putting respect into active practice in an outdoor setting.  Let's hope the leaders and Centre staff compliment our pupils on their respectful behaviour, manners and lovely smiles too. 

Click on the link to see some of the events throughout the week.


Celebrating the Centenary of The End of World War 1

In a special assembly we remembered all the soldiers who died during World War One and beyond. 

Celebrating Polish Independence

On Saturday 10th November, Banbridge Polish school celebrated 100 years of Polish Independence through action, dance and music at Bridge IPS in the company of the Polish Ambassador in Ireland.  Everyone had a wonderful afternoon.


   P.7 Mathematicians

Well done to the four P.7 pupils who were involved in the recent National Young Mathematician Awards challenge in Belfast. You have represented our school well and have done yourselves proud.  They have got through to the regional finals for Northern Ireland on 5th December. If they are lucky enough to win they may have the opportunity to go to Cambridge University to take part in the national finals in January.

Dressing up for Halloween 

End of term 1A Thursday the 25th October was the perfect excuse to dress up and have some fun. Click on the link: Spooky Halloween

Halloween Disco P.5-7

Select Parents Info then Bridge I.P.S. Parents Group to see more or click on the click: Disco

Accelerated Reading 100% Draw

Congratulations to all pupils who have been reading and have completed quizzes in Accelerated Reading, many gaining 100% accuracy in some quizzes. Congratulations to the winners of our draw for September and October.  They both won a £10 voucher for Amazon.  Keep reading everyone!


Meet our two new Roots of Empathy babies for P.5

Wow...Four New Interactive Whiteboards!

We are very excited to have started a programme for replacing the school’s interactive whiteboards.  We have had our current boards for more than 10 years – double their usual lifespan! We have been able to start this process thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of the Parents’ Group, who donated £9810 to pay for 3 new boards!  We are very grateful to the Parents’ Group for their generosity in funding this upgrade to the school’s ICT equipment, which would not be possible without this donation. 

First reactions from P.6T were; "Wow we can see the green and the lights are on...I want one of those at home for gaming."  

We welcome any donations from parents to help roll out these fantastic new boards in more classrooms.


 Apple Crumble... Yummy!

Pupils in the Lifeskills group have been busy making apple crumble with Mrs Proctor. Pupils had to read and follow the recipe as well lots of measuring, chopping and rubbing! Though I am sure all the pupils would agree... the best part was eating the finished product!