News 2019 - 2020

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

New School Council Formed

Bridge IPS recently held our fourth set of school elections. Pupils eagerly participated in election campaigns to vote in new members to our School Council 2019/20. Well done to all classes P4-7 for taking the time to prepare manifestos and having discussions about possible nominees. Election Day took place on Tuesday 26th November 2019. A great buzz of anticipation and excitement was evident throughout KS2. Congratulations to all pupils who put themselves forward. You should all be very proud of yourselves.

The new School Council representatives voted in by their class members are…

P4S/D Conor 

P4S Rose 

P5CW Bella 

P5DW Eli 

P6T Daniel 

P6S Rose 

P7R Harlowe 

P7D/Y Rhys 

Good Luck to you all and enjoy your time in office!!!!!!

photo to follow due to pupil absence


Peace Prom Practice in Queens

 The choir enjoyed practising for the upcoming Peace Prom in Queens on Thursday 28th November. Enthusiastic pupils sang their hearts out and worked hard to learn some of the moves.

Retirement Gift for Mrs Anne Molloy

Mrs Devlin presented a gift to Mrs Anne Molloy on the occasion of her retirement from Bridge IPS. Also in the photo is Mr Joh Duggan, building supervisor. We wish Anne well in her retirement.


Winners of NI Libraries Book Week Celebrations in Bridge IPS pictured with their choice of prizes


P.7s Plant a Sensory Garden at Spelga Mews

on Thursday 24th October

Today saw the fulfilment of a P.7 dream in Bridge IPS to plant a sensory garden in Spelga Mews, Banbridge.  This project was funded by a grant which we secured through the charity 'Live Here, Love Here.'

Two past pupils from last year, Thomas and Steven, who were instrumental in securing the grant, joined us to mark this special occasion by planing a beautiful Victoria plum tree.

Our thanks to Mr. Frank Beckett, who gave so generously of his time, to source the plants and help pupils plant them out.  This project serves to create richer links within our community and further grow the bond between Spelga Mews and Bridge IPS.

Fantastic Football at Bridge I P S

The school football squad has attended the first two EVO Soccer tournaments of the year.  The first was on Thursday 26th September and the second on Thursday 10th October, both at Cheney park. 

I am delighted to be able to say that our A squad have won the first two tournaments and are sitting on the maximum of 16 points.  The B team have been outstanding, more successful than ever before and have won their respective group finals at both tournaments too!

We are very lucky to have such talented players in Bridge, with many more waiting to step in, if required.  I would like to thank all the parent/family supporters who provide transport, cheer and football coaching for our players.

Thanks also to Evo Soccer for running such an important and worthwhile event in our local area.

D Whan 

P.E. Coordinator & Football Manager

EVO Tournament 1

EVO Tournament 2

                             Harvest Celebration

Congratulations to our P.5 pupils for their lovely Harvest celebration this morning (Tuesday 15th October). P.5 showed us some of their many talents and gathered in a harvest of foods which will be distributed to two local charities to support local families in need. It was lovely to see a pack3d hall with lots of parents joining in our celebration. A big thank you and well done to the staff and pupils involved.

The Amazing Journey

Pupils from P.1-P.7 went on an amazing journey through a variety of bible stories this week (Thurs and Fri 3rd and 4th October).  They had the opportunity to listen to bible stories, meet some key characters, dress up and taste foods.  A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who ensured our pupils enjoyed this experience. 


Congratulations to our Excellence awards winners P.4-P.7

Review of the Week

Congratulations to our Into Film Review of the Week Winner who proudly shows off his certificate for his review of Toy Story 4 on the @intofilm_edu Website. Well Done!

Shared Education ECO Trip to Kilbroney Park

Eco Committees from both St Ronans P.S. and Bridge I.P.S attended an excellent outdoor activity day at Kilbroney Centre on 25/09/19. We worked in teams, to explore food chains, natural habitats and animals in Kilbroney woodland area. In teams, we built huts using natural resources from their woodlands and estimated lengths of branches and floor space for our team, whilst constructing our sheltered huts. We had a wonderful time with our friends from St Ronans and their teacher Mr Byrne.

Climate Strike Action...2019
The ECO pupils carried out an Assembly for Key Stages One and Two and protested for parents in the afternoon.  We even made up a Climate Action song, sung to the tune of Love is in the Air!

We Have Our First... AR Word Millionaire!

Congratulations to Grace from P.7R, who is Bridge's first word millionaire in Accelerated Reading. Well Done!

Keep reading everyone P.5-P.7 - who will be our second millionaire? 

St. Ronan's and Bridge Welcome Erasmus Visitors

We were delighted to welcome teachers from Italy, Poland, Turkey and Spain as part of our Shared Education partnership with St. Ronan's.  Our bi-lingual Spanish and Polish pupils loved giving the visiting teachers a guided tour of our school.

P.5 Roots of Empathy Programme

Celebrating Anti-Bullying Week 2019

Classes were busy throughout the week raising awareness about what bullying is and learning about how we can all be better friends. 

New Book Buddies have been appointed

Bridge IPS Book buddies held they first meeting on Thursday 7th November to plan the ways they will promote reading in our school.  One of the first jobs will be reviewing the new Diary of  a Wimpy Kid book available in the school library soon!

Shoebox Appeal

We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our parents and pupils who very kindly donated over 100 shoeboxes for this Christmas appeal.  These boxes will hopefully bring a lot of joy to children in need over the festive period.  Thanks to all of the pupils, parents and staff who supported this very worthy cause.

Halloween Dress up Fun

An amazing array of costumes were on display throughout the school to celebrate the end of term and raise much needed funds for our parents' Group.

Thank-you pupils for embracing it and parents for helping your children with their amazing costumes and make-up!

 Congratulations P.1TM

P.1TM enjoyed some sweet treats on the last day of term 1A thanks to the generosity of our Parents' Group.  P.1TM raised the most money during the recent sponsored silence event - an amazing sum of £420. A well deserved reward for their fantastic fundraising efforts.  Thank you to our Parents Group for this very kind gesture and of course to all the parents and grandparents who helped pupils raise this money.

Swimmers Represent Bridge in Swim Ulster Schools Championships

Congratulations to these four super swimmers who represented our school in the Swim Ulster Regional Minor Schools Championship in Bangor on Saturday 12th October 2019.  They all performed really well and achieved personal bests in their chosen strokes.  Three of them have qualified to represent Bridge in the stage in the Irish Minor School Championship in Dublin on the 9th February 2020.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Shared Education...Planning the Year Ahead

Shared planning with our colleagues from St Ronan’s. Planning the year ahead for our whole school communities - pupils, parents and staff.

P.5 Learn Ways to Relax

First Shared Education activity for primary 5 - Relax Kids. #togeher we can achieve more.


Congratulations to these three pianists who received distinctions in their recent piano exams