News 2017 - 2018
Primary 7 Step Back In Time
Primary 7 pupils returned to school after their Christmas holidays on Monday 8th January 1894!! They were greeted in the playground by two rather strict teachers who quickly established harsh rules for the day ahead. 'Children should be seen and not heard', was just one of their mottos and strict punishments were dealt to anyone who stepped out of line. The Vicar led the children during Morning prayers and carried out inspections throughout the day. Pupils experienced a mix of emotions from feeling petrified to stifling laughter. Whilst they enjoyed sitting in rows they were all certain that they wanted to revert to their normal, happy classroom environment. It was a wonderful day of learning bringing our Victorian topic to a very apt ending.
P.1&2 Christmas Production
On Wednesday 13th December the whole school was treated to the dress rehearsal of Gnome Alone, this year's P.1 & 2 Christmas production. The stage was full of colourful characters from gnomes, toys, elves, reindeer, kings, angels and not forgetting Santa!
Click Gnome Alone to see more
The Sleepy Shepherd by P.3
P.3 parents are in for a real treat when they come to see their children perform in The Sleepy Shepherd! The rest of the school got to see the dress rehearsal today, 12/12/17, and we were amazed by the wonderful singing, acting, dancing and musical accompaniment. The P.3 pupils, their teachers and assistants have clearly been working very hard over the last few weeks and they should all feel very proud of their efforts. Well done P.3 we all thought we were fantastic!
Click Sleepy Shepherd to see more
Santa's Grotto 2017
Click Ho, Ho Ho to find see more photos and find out more about all the fun we had at Santa's Grotto o Friday 8th December 2017.
Word Millionaire 3!
Congratulations Jack, who has earned his place in the Accelerated Reader Millionaire's Club! Jack is keen reader in P.6T and having read lots of interesting books he is keen to make recommendations to his friends.
Shea won a £10 voucher for Amazon in the November draw for 100% scores in Accelerated Reader quizes. Well done!
Keep reading to be in for a chance of winning in the November draw!
BRIDGE SPORT’S FUND
This fund has been set up in school to facilitate the need for;
- New sports’ kits
- Outdoor sports equipment
- Other items that will support and enhance our children’s sporting successes in Bridge Integrated Primary School.
Donations can range from £50 to £500 and the Family/Sponsor will have their business identified and supported through the school website and posters around the school (Newly updated Sports Board)
Items purchased will be photographed and recorded on Website and Sports Board.
IN/ Supported so far by Business
£300 – The Evans Family (Thomas & Lucas) – SUPERFRY
£300 – The Whitten Family ( Jude) - Savage & Whitten
OUT/ Purchased so far
11 gold football tops
A huge thank-you to our two sponsors Superfry and Savage and Whitten Wholesale.
Don't the boys look very smart in their
lovely new football kits.
P7 Pupils Visit Spelga Mews
Our visit to Spelga Mews was fantastic. 15 Primary 7 pupils applied for the opportunity to befriend residents in this care home, many of which are suffering from dementia. We were able to make a mini garden with the older folk. It was a brilliant experience. All of the residents helped us make flowers and lots of crafts. An artist named Jim from Sticky Fingers in Newry said we could do anything with the materials. We had fun making all the crafts and hope to have much more fun, in the next 5 weeks, with all the residents. As Jim said, "The morning was like a big hug for ALL of us":-) . Thank you Spelga Mews - we look forward to next time!
Upcoming School Council Elections
It is almost School Council election time again.
All classes from P4-7 will this year again be involved in the process. Manifestos will be given for homework on week beginning the 20th November 2017. All those interested in becoming a class rep will present to their class and a shortlist will be drawn up. On Wednesday 29th of November Election Day will take place, complete with ‘electoral’ and ‘ballot’ cards. Each class will individually vote and results will be shared.
Good luck to all those who embrace the challenge. The new school council will certainly have a hard act to follow!
Photographs of our Election Day will follow and our new School Council members will be revealed.
Celebrating Global Learning in Bridge
On Friday 10th November Mrs Davis and her ECO Warriors put together a fabulous global learning assembly. N.I. co-ordinator for Global learning was there to visit and was very impressed by the pupils' performance and by the work they children have been involved in throughout the school. Well done Mrs Davis for all of her hard work in co-ordinating global learning lessons throughout the school.
Celebrating Our first Word Millionaires
Huge congratulations to Corin who is our first Word Millionaire in our Accelerated Reading programme. Daniel P.6T was determined to be the first boy and followed soon after. (November 2017)
Both Corin and Daniel have now earned the privilege of going to the library during lunch time on a Tuesday with a guest of their choice. Yes we know they can of course read more books… there will be some treats, use of the iPads or DVDs as well!
Come one boys and girls who will be our next word millionaire?
100% Accelerated Reader Draw
Congratulations to Sophia who won a £10 Amazon voucher in the monthly draw for pupils who have achieved 100% in a reading quiz. This draw is much anticipated and there are many pupils who have 10 + 100% passes in hoping for their name to be picked out! Surprisingly, out of the hundreds of entries in September and October Sophia's name has now been pulled out twice!
Many thanks to those who kindly donated shoeboxes to our annual Christmas appeal. Our chosen charity this year is Team Hope. This organisation helps vulnerable children in almost twenty countries.
On Thursday 9th November Primary 1 pupils proudly helped to pack away the large amount of shoeboxes collected throughout the school. Carol Harland gratefully accepted all donations on behalf of the charity.
Parents' Group Donate £700 Towards New Playground Equipment
Thank you to our parents group who have kindly made a massive donation of £700 towards the purchase of new playground equipment.
The School Council have worked tirelessly on behalf of all pupils to ensure each playground has adequate playground equipment. Zach P.7R (chairperson) and Brooke P.7YR (vice chairperson) wrote a letter to the parents group, asking for a donation. No doubt every class will be very excited with the possibility of ordering their own equipment. Fun times ahead!
P.6T in Shannagh-More
Click Shannagh-More Fun to see more photos
Sharing Resources with Donard School
After the two very successful Hallowe'en events the Parents group decided to kindly donate a variety of resources and games they made to Donard School so that their pupils could also have lots of Hallowe'en fun! They also passed on the balloon witch, kindly donated by Darren Mortiboy (Mr Twister). Here's hoping that this little act of kindness brings enjoyment to all.
In the photo below the co-chairs of our Parents group Lisa McCourt and Ros Thompson present Mr Twister's amazing ballon witch to the principal and vice principal of Donard School.
On Thursday 12th October we celebrated our annual Harvest service in school. The theme of our celebration this tear was Trees. P.5 led this celebration with a variety of readings, prayers and poems and they were amazing! Rev. Gray from Bannside Presbyterian and his visiting lay minister from America joined our service. As always Rev. Gray shared his own special message in a very entertaining story about a vine branch.
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.
A few more photos: Harvest
P.2 Enjoyed a Recent Trip to Palace Stables
Defibrillator Received from Heartbeat NI
On Friday 6th October Mrs Devlin proudly accepted a defibrillator donated to the school by Heartbeat NI. This lifesaving piece of equipment will be an extremely worthwhile addition to our school but we sincerely hope that we never have to use it.
The defibrillator was handed over to Mrs Devlin, parent Jenny Downey and Lisa McCourt co- chairperson of our school's parent group.
We would like to thank Heartbeat N.I. For this very kind donation.
First EVO League Tournament
There was great excitement today (28th September) when our newly formed A & B Football squads headed off to their first EVO League Tournament for this year. The enthusiasm of the boys was evident as many of the boys were first through the cloakroom doors this morning!
The boys had a fantastic morning, played really well and had lots of fun throughout their matches. Congratulations to the A team who came joint first with St. Mary's in the Primary School League Tournament 1. Both teams won 8 points each! Well done everyone!
Bridge B Team put on a fantastic performance and ended up Europa League Champions.
Well done to all of the boys and a huge thank-you to Paul Evans and all his coaches, to Mrs Whan and many dedicated parents who came along to she their support and of course all the other school teams who ensured today was a great success.
On Wednesday 20th September, the two School Football teams were given a pre-tournament training session, thanks to Paul McGerrigan. Unfortunately, the weather meant they had to use indoors!
Great bunch of boys with some amazing talent! Watch this space over the coming months as the teams prepare to take part in Evo Soccer Tournament with other local schools.
Many thanks to Paul Mc Gerrigan for giving up his time to come in and work with the boys.
Football Team Trials
Many thanks to the 59 boys who participated in the ‘Bridge Football Talent Search.’ The enthusiasm and effort was excellent. Unfortunately, we cannot use every player in the team at this time. (Our younger members will have 1 or 2 more years to progress their skills).
Many Thanks to Megan Whan, Paul Evans, Ryan Evans, Paul McGerrigan and Ken Whan who supported me in the team selection.
Here are some photographs from the mornings activities.
Squad A Squad B
Ethan M. Nazie-James M.
Tom N. Steven D.
Charlie T. Jamie Mc.
Eoin T. Ben W
Jude W. Jake Mc.
Zach F. Carter C.
Matthew M. Thomas E.
Calum M. Kieron F.
Jamie M. Corey H.
Luke Mc. James C.
New-Bridge Invite P.6/7 Pupils to Attend Open Day
Vice Principal Mrs Harbinson and past pupils Lauren and Oliver came to Bridge on Wednesday 10th January to invite all P.6 & P.7 pupils to come to their open day on Saturday 13th January 2018 (see times above). It was really lovely to hear Lauren and Oliver speak so confidently about how they have settled into New-Bridge during their first term. P.6 & P.7 pupils are encouraged to go along and see New-Bridge to get a feel for what is on offer at the school.
Reading has been a real target in this first term and with the introduction of Accelerated Reader it is clear to see how motivated so many of our pupils are. There is a real buzz in P.5-7 with pupils encouraging each other, recommending books and taking quizzes to show their understanding. Pupils earn points for the books they read and the computer program keeps a count of the number of words read.
Congratulations to our newest word Millionaires in Accelerated Reader. Frankie P.6S became millionaire number 4 closely followed by Harry and Kieron in P.7YR.
Fun in the Snow
We couldn't believe how lucky we were to wake up to a blanket of snow on Friday 8th December, well that's what most children thought! Parents were probably a bit more concerned especially if they have to drive anywhere.
The snow looked beautiful and is was so fluffy it would have been wrong not to play in it!
Click SNOW to see some more photos.
Christmas Art For Bannview House Care Home
We have been busy over the last few weeks creating some festive art for the residents in local care home Bannview House Care Home. The Care Home organised a competition for local primary schools and the theme of this year's competition was 'Christmas Time at Granny's House'.
Click CHRISTMAS to see the amazing festive art from all classes.
School Council Elections
There was great excitement as School council elections were held on Wednesday 29th November 2017. Click School Council to find out who our new members for 2017-2018 are.
Ice Hockey Trip
On Friday 24th November 2017 over 170 pupils headed off to the SSE Arena to see an ice hockey game. Belfast Giants very generously gave many local school free tickets to experience an ice hockey game and as it is our 30th anniversary year we decided it would be a fun experience for our pupils.
Four bus loads headed off to the SSE Arena and what an exciting experience it was! It was an action packed game and pupils loved the fast pace of the game on the ice. Pupils enjoyed lots of chanting and dancing in between play to try to get the attention of the 'crowd' camera.
Click GO GIANTS to see more photos
Some P5 Pupils Get Their Poems Published
Ditch the Dark Day 2017
On Monday 4th December, 2017 we are having our “Ditch the Dark Day”. It is an event through which we aim to raise awareness of Road Safety whilst encouraging Active School Travel.
Darker days and inclement weather mean that our children are more vulnerable in their journeys and there is less opportunity to take exercise out of doors.
The idea is that pupils brighten their uniforms and schoolbags with fluorescent and/or reflective accessories, anything that will make them more visible.
We are also asking pupils to walk at least part of the way to school if possible. Where appropriate we encourage the children to come on bicycle or scooter wearing helmets and accompanied by parents. They can also decorate their bikes and scooters with fluorescent and reflective accessories. Parents can collect the children with their bikes/scooters at the end of the day. We would encourage as many parents as possible to park in a suitable spot a little way from the school instead of bringing cars into the drive on this day to allow children a safe space to walk with bikes and scooters down to school. In the interests of Health and Safety we ask that you walk down the footpath into school instead of scooting or cycling.
Last year, our school was awarded reflectors for every child following our record number of pupils participating on the initial day of The Sustrans Big Pedal Initiative. Thank you to everyone for helping us achieve this award!
These will be issued to the children prior to Ditch the Dark Day.
We will also be able to provide Hi Viz vests on a first come first serve basis.
Primary 1 and 2 pupils are invited to take up the Journey to Santa Challenge as well.
Let your light shine!
Celebrating Anti-Bullying Week 2017
This week is Anti- Bullying week 2017. This year’s theme is ‘All Equal, All Different, All Together” and aims to encourage children and young people to encourage and celebrate respect and kindness in diversity. All pupils will take part in a wide variety of planned activities and discussions.
The anti-bullying ambassadors started the week off with a super presentation in all classes. Well done boys and girls!
To round off our week everyone came to school on Friday wearing odd socks to celebrate the fact that we are all different but all equal.
Click ODD SOCKS to see more photos and hear the children chant.
Our New anti-bullying Team
On Friday the 20th October our new Anti-Bullying team was revealed. Caleb is our leader. Everyone who has been selected is super proud.
November Coin Drive
A huge thank-you to everyone who contributed to our second coin drive at the beginning of November. We raised £328, which is fantastic. This coin drive will continue at the beginning of each month so please keep sending in any loose change when possible. Money raised will help to buy new Maths text books.
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.
A huge thank-you to everyone who contributed to out first coin drive at the beginning of October. We raised 367 pounds, which is amazing. This coin drive will continue at the beginning of each month so please keep sending in any loose change when possible. Money raised will help to buy new Maths text books.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
We were overwhelmed with the amazing turn out at our recent coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. A huge thank you to everyone who came along and either attended the coffee morning, bought a take away coffee or made a donation. We really appreciate your support and are delighted that the three hundred and forty seven pounds raised will go to a very good cause.
Thank you to Mrs McAnespie for organising it and all of the parents or staff who helped.
Exciting Halloween Events Organised
by BIPS Parents' Group
The Magic of Roald Dahl Performances
On Friday 29th September the whole school enjoyed a real treat when actor Anthony Pedley came into Bridge to bring the magic of Roald Dahl to life. Anthony certainly entertained the pupils and many of Roald Dahl's favourite characters came alive on stage!
Click: ROALD DAHL to find out more.
Healthy Me Programme
In the last two weeks in September P.4-P.7 enjoyed Healthy Me workshops from Heather and Roisin from AMH MensSana.
We hope that this programme will promote mental health and social and emotional wellbeing in our pupils. Pupils were encouraged to think of ways in which they can keep their minds and bodies healthy and were actively encouraged to share their worries with a trusted adult.
Click HEALTHY ME to find out more.
A huge thank-you to everyone who supported our September book fair. A total of one thousand and two pounds was raised. This means that the school has five hundred and forty-two pounds profit which we can now use to buy new books to supplement and stock up our Accelerated reading titles.
We really hope that the children enjoy reading their new books.
The Big Clean Up 1 & 2
On Saturday 16th and 30th September 2017 we organised a 'Big Clean Up' to help spruce up the school grounds, in this our 30th anniversary year. We were overwhelmed by the kindness of so many pupils, parents and staff, who willingly (or otherwise :-) gave of their time to help clean up our school grounds. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped in the big clean up today. Lots of fantastic work was done and we really appreciate all the support given.
It was great to see that in such a short amount of time such a dramatic difference was made. Team Bridge - parents and staff working together to ensure our school looks great throughout our celebrations in the incoming year.
We will keep you posted about a possible second date coming up in a few weeks to help finish off some much needed jobs.
Click CLEAN UP to see all the hard workers.