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Bridge Integrated Primary School

Educating resilient, reflective, resourceful, respectful learners

News 2013 - 2014

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P7 Prom Night

This year Primary 7 pupils celebrated the end of their Primary schooling years in style at Prom Night.  The Bistro, Banbridge provided the perfect venue and a gorgeous meal for this special occasion.  Everyone turned out in style and happily danced the bight away.  A truly memorable way to end the year. To catch more of the atmosphere click P7 Prom


Awards Ceremony 25th June 2014

Wednesday 25th June was a day of much celebration and fun but was also tinged with sadness as the Primary 7 children's efforts and achievements were acknowledged and celebrated on their final day of primary school. Every child was recognised and celebrated as each child received a memory stick from the school, a scientific calculator from the Parents' Group and a personal scroll from one of their peers. Some special awards were also given to a number of children in recognition of their endeavour and achievements both academically and in sports.



P.5 & P.7 Award Winners

Back row: Jodie - Netball runner-up, Megan - Girls football and P.6 Flat race,  Olivia - P.6 long distance, Johnny - Key Stage 2 Keep Safe, Callum - P.6 Flat race and Football, (Absent - Adam H. P.6T - Football)

Centre row: Adelle - Netball, Aidin - Swimming, Niall - swimming, Adam - P.6 long distance

Front row: Emilie - runner-up in Girls Football, Ben - Hockey award and Ronan - Hockey runner-up


Keep Safe Competition Winners 2014


Well done to al the children who participated in our annual Keep Safe competition.  All pupils designed a poster promoting any aspect of safety for example on the road, in the sun, on the internet...

Class Winners:

P.4BJ: Megan        P.4W: Olivia

P.5D: Carter           P.5R: Jade

P.6T: Johnny          P.6S: Ryan

P.7R: Toni              P.7YS: Molly              

Foundation and Key stage 1 winners to follow


P.6 & P.7 Swimming Gala

Well done to all the P.6 & P.7 pupils who recently participated in the school swimming gala. Below are our medal winners.

Daniel P.7R, Finn P.7R, Eleanor P.6Y, Sarah P.7R, Lucy A P.6T, Lucy P.7YS, Toya P.6T, Mia P.7YS, Aidin P.6S, Lee P.6T, Niamh (standing in for her brother Niall P.6S) Matthew P.6S and Adam P.6S 


P.7 Leavers 2014


P.7 Leavers 2014 displayed their amazing talents in their final leavers assembly on Monday 23rd June 2014. 

Click here to see photos from today's dress rehearsal:  LEAVERS


Town Sports 2014

On Friday 20th June a number of children from P.3-P.7 represented our school in Town Sports.  Mrs Whan was extremely proud of all of the children who represented our school, so well done boys and girls.  A number of children received individual and relay team medals.  

The photo below shows the children from P.4-P.7 who were involved, sadly we missed the P.3 pupils who went home at 2pm.


Life-skills Group Visit Farm

Mrs Proctor and her Life-skills group recently visited Mrs McKiverigan's family farm.  The children loved seeing the horses, calves, hens and chicks. They also saw all of the vegetables growing in the polly tunnel.  Thank -you Margaret and Trevor for making the staff and children so welcome.  The kids really enjoyed the juice and buns too!

Click here to read Bethany's beautiful thank-you letter. THANKS

Bridge Sponsored Half Marathon

P.6 all set to start their leg of the half marathon. On your marks…get set…Go!
P.6 all set to start their leg of the half marathon. On your marks…get set…Go!

The Parents’ Group of Bridge Integrated Primary School held a Sponsored Half Marathon at the School on Wednesday 21st May. Pupils were invited to wear fancy dress or sports gear as they walked or ran a section of the 13-mile course. Lisa Hanna of Fit Banbridge launched the event with many of our dedicated and helpful parents assisting along the route, cheering pupils on. The sun shone and pupils all had great fun walking or running their section of the half marathon. A well deserved ice pop awaited pupils to reward their efforts at the end of the route!

Click here to see some photos of the event: On your marks...


Primary 7 Go Fishing

Want to throw away your worries and concerns?  Why not sit by the side of a lake, cast your line and while away the hours waiting for a catch to come? Primary 7 pupils had an amazing time trying something completely new, for most that is!  They enjoyed the competitive side too, waiting to see if the boys or girls had the greatest catch - in one class this was decided during the very last minute of the day! 

Click below to read more and discover who had 'Catch of the Day!'

New Dictionaries

Lovely new dictionaries have been bought from money raised in the recent Book Fair.  These dictionaries will be enjoyed by children in P.1, P.3 and P.5.

Have fun looking up the meanings of new words!

Primary 7 Trip To Edinburgh

Primary 7 pupils were accompanied by 6 members of staff on their annual trip.  This year their destination was Edinburgh which provided a fabulous range of activities for everyone to enjoy.  Among the highlights was a trip to Edinburgh Castle, Blair Drummond Safari Park & a Ghost Walk not to mention the fun they had bowling and simply having time to relax and enjoy being together.

Click here to enjoy the photos of their trip.  Edinburgh 2014

Readathon and Bend a Rule Day

Readathon: A huge thank-you to all pupils, their very kind parents and extended family for raising over £1,600 in the recent Readathon.  We hope that this amazing sum of money will benefit sick children across the province by donating it to the very deserving Charity: N.I. Cancer Fund for Children.

Bend a Rule Day was also a big hit!  Children in most classes were keen to bend a few rules for one day only, by wearing their own clothes, not doing their weekly test or completing a homework!  We are sure that some parents also thought it was well worth giving the money to charity so thay could also enjoy 'a night off homework!'  Since this idea was so well received, watch this space because we could make this a more regular event!  A grand total of £825 was raised and this money will go to Cancer Research.

Parents and carers we thank-you all once again for your support and generous donations.

P.6 Host Fairtrade Bun Sale

On Friday 28th March both P.6 classes worked together to organise and host a very successful bun sale to raise awareness of Fairtrade.  Lots of delicious buns and cakes were prepared at home by our enthusiastic P.6 children and of course their willing and generous parents. 

Click here to read more and see some photos of the day: Fairtrade


Children from Primary 3 to Primary 7 were thoroughly entertained when a theatre company came in on Wednesday 26th March to present 'Firebird.' Some children were lucky to be chosen to actively participate in a few scenes and displayed real enthusiasm in their new roles.


P. 7 International Cafe

Primary 7 classes hosted their International Café on Wednesday 12th February (P7YS) and on Friday 14th February (P7R) and both proved to be a wonderful success.  The idea was inspired by Money Week  and before embarking on this venture Mrs Morrison, one of our parents, organised a workshop and invited four entrepreneurs to present their businesses to the children.  This gave them lots of ideas as to how they could make their business unique and successful.

Click here to see some photos:  Cafe


Building Bridges

Celebrating Integrated Education Week

3rd - 7th March

To celebrate Integrated Education week classes have been busy doing a variety of activities under the theme of Building Bridges.  Children in Integrated schools around Northern Ireland have been asked to decorate and link paper chains which will be displayed in Stormont.  We had great fun linking individual chains into class and then class chains together to create a chain to represent our whole school.

Primary 7 pupils head off to Stormont. 

Click here to find out more: Stormont

Click here to read Robyn and Finn's work: Speeches 

P.4W lead the school in a Building Bridges Assembly.  

Click here is see some photos: P4W

World Book Day 2014

On Wednesday 5th March Pupils at Bridge IPS will celebrate World Book Day (one day early)! Pupils are invited to come to school in their pyjamas or ‘onesies’ and most importantly bring their favourite read to share with their class!

Pupils are also being encouraged to take part in a ‘Read On’ initiative. They will be aspiring to read more books and at the same time raise money for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children ( Pupils will be taking home a sponsor sheet and asking family and friends to sponsor them (any amount) to read a number of books during the month of March. All proceeds will go to help support the NICFC to continue to provide essential services for children and families dealing with cancer.

Happy reading boys and girls!

Click here for some photos of the event.  WORLD BOOK DAY

Thinking Day: Friday 21st February 2014

Each year on 22 February, Girl Guides, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boys Brigade, Boy Scouts and other organisations around the world celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD). WTD is an opportunity to celebrate international friendship, learn about and take action on important issues, and fundraise in support of the World Thinking Day Fund.

The theme this year was 'Education opens doors for all boys and girls."

Below is a photos of all of the children who came to school in their various uniforms.

Chinese New Year

P5D taught the rest of the school all about Chinese New Year in their recent assembly.  They retold a traditional tale explaining how years have been  named after specific animals.

Click here to see some photos: Chinese New Year


W5 Workshop Amazing Structures

In January P.4 -P.7 enjoyed a fun filled workshop from W5.  They learned all about some of the amazing structures in Northern Ireland and around the world. Pupils discussed some of the materials used to build these structures and a few volunteers got to see who could build the biggest tower in the fastest time!.

Click here to see a few photos: W5


P.6 Embrace the Challenges in Shannagh-More Trip

From 18th-22nd November 2013 both P.6 classes had fantastic fun trying out a variety of outdoor activities.  They enjoyed working as a team, supporting and encouraging each other and some faced and met individual challenges.

Click here to see photos: Shannagh-More 2013


Football Tournament in Cheney Park

A number of Primary 6 and 7 boys participated in the recent football tournament for Primary schools in Cheney park.  The boys played really well and enjoyed the experience.  Mrs Devlin was really proud with how well they represented our school and for their excellent teamwork.  Well done boys!

Back row: Patrick, Edward, Adam, Callum, Jordan, Ryan.  Front row: Adam, Rio, Shane and Harry.
Back row: Patrick, Edward, Adam, Callum, Jordan, Ryan. Front row: Adam, Rio, Shane and Harry.


P.6 Enjoy a Free Screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

On Monday the 21st October both P.6 classes went to the Iveagh Cinema to the opening of the National Film Festival. Children really enjoyed watching the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and had the opportunity to write their own reviews.  

Click here to see some more: Cloudy



P.7 Trip to Armagh Planetarium

P.7 enjoyed a fun packed day at Armagh Planetarium, learning about the planets, creating and testing their own rockets.  

Click here to see some photos: Planets


Gymnastics Champions

Well done to Nathan and Matthew, who received a highly commended certificate from Banbridge District Council at the recent Banbridge District Junior Sports' Awards on Wednesday 25th September. The boys both attend Salto Gymnastics Centre in Lisburn and this special award is in recognition of their high standard in sporting achievements in gymnastics. Congratulations boys. We are so proud of you!  

100% Attendance

Well done to the following children from P.4-P.7 who achieved 100% attendance this year:

back row: Rio P.7YS,  Ethan P.6Y, Adam P.6Y, A,my, P.6Y and Sarah P.7R

middle row:Conor P.5R, Emilie, P.5D, Matthew P.5R, Patrick P.6T & Lee P.6T

front row: Ethan P.4W, Jack P.4W, Caitlin P.4W & Oliver P.4BS 


A new addition to the Jennett family

Lewis proudly show off his new baby sister Liela, who is only just four weeks old when she visited Bridge Primary for the first time in June 2014. Congratulations to the whole family!

Lewis proudly holds his baby sister Liela
Lewis proudly holds his baby sister Liela


P.6 Taster Day at Newbridge College

On Thursday 19th June P.6 pupils enjoyed a fun filled morning sampling master classes in Newbridge College. After a very warm welcome from Mrs Harbinson, P.6 pupils were shown a round the school by Year 10 escorts and they got to sample what it is like to go to 'big' school for the morning!   Children enjoyed master classes in drama, art, Science, ICT and Home Economics.  

See some photos below of the creative puppets pupils made in art, drama freeze frames and blasting rockets into the air.

A huge thank-you to all the staff from Newbridge and our wonderful Year 10 guides.


Sports Day 4th June 2014

Click here to see some photos: SPORTS DAY 2014


Some P.4 Children Celebrate their Holy Communion

On Saturday 7th June some Catholic children in P.4 celebrated their First Holy Communion.  It was a beautiful service and all of the children enjoyed sharing their special day with family and friends.  Well done boys and girls!

On Monday they got to share their beautiful cake with everyone in P.4. Yummy!


EVO's World Cup Football Day

On the 5th June two teams of boys from P.5-P.7 participated in a soccer tournament between local schools, organised by EVO's Soccer.  Both teams represented our school well, demonstrated good teamwork and had lots of fun!  

Well done boys!


Walk to School Week 2014

Walk to School week commenced on Monday 19th May.   This event is promoted within the school every year and is seen as an opportunity to promote road safety and a healthy way to travel school.  Many of our pupils and parents walked to school and local PSNI officers from Banbridge reminded pupils how they can keep themselves safe.

More photos will follow.

P.2 carry out a road traffic survey to monitor the flow of traffic outside the school gates.
P.2 carry out a road traffic survey to monitor the flow of traffic outside the school gates.


A new addition to the Winton family

Blake and Paige proudly show off their new baby brother Travis, who is only just two days old when he visited Bridge Primary for the first time on Friday 16th May 2014.  Congratulations Mr & Mrs Winton!


P.2W Assembly: Lifecycles

On Thursday 8th May, P.2W enjoyed sharing their many talents in their recent assembly.  Click here to see some more photos.  Lifecycles


Put Yourself in Their Shoes

On Thursday 27th March P.5R enjoyed performing their assembly to classes in  P.4-P.7 and their parents.  Their assembly had a strong yet simple message about friendship and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Children in P.5R acted out the story of the Good Samaritan, performed a super cool rap, acted out a playground scene to reinforce the importance of looking out for each other and had everyone humming along to 'You've Got a Friend in Me…"

click here to see some more photos: Friendship 


The Big Bin Theory

W5 led an entertaining workshop for Key stage 2 pupils on Wednesday 25th March 2014 to educate pupils in the importance of recycling.  Ever thought 'What should we put in which bin?' well your children should now be able to tell you!

Representatives from W5 put children's knowledge to the test in a variety of entertaining games and interactive activities.  Charlie to tried to outsmart Daniel, who was the 'Big Black Bin Demon' whilst Jody and Ryan where models for so fine newspaper clothes!  

Click here to see some photos: The Big Bin Theory


Make the swop to Fairtrade 

In their recent assembly P.6T to the opportunity to encourage pupils, staff and parents to look out for the Fairtrade logo to help support farmers in poorer countries.  

Click here to see some photos: Fairtrade


P.4B/S Celebrate St.Patrick

P.4BS celebrated the life and times of St. Patrick in their recent assembly.  Pupils dressed all in green and retold the story of St.Patrick in real style. Parents and pupils from P.4-P.7 were thoroughly entertained and amazed by the talents of all the children in P.4BS.  The 17th March was also a special day for Patrick, in this class, who also celebrates his birthday.

Click here to see some more photos: St. Patrick

Love is...

P.2SW taught us all abut what love means to them in their recent assembly.

Click here to see some photos: LOVE


Championship Success for Banbridge Gymnasts


Salto National Gymnastics Centre in Lisburn hosted the Northern Ireland Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships on Sunday 23rd February.  Local gymnasts Matthew Devlin aged 13, Nathan Carroll aged 11 and Matthew Carroll aged 9 all achieved huge success at the competition. 

New-Bridge Integrated College pupil Matthew Devlin was crowned the Under 14 All Around Northern Ireland Champion, additionally taking gold in four individual pieces – floor, parallel bars, horizontal bar and rings – and silver in pommel horse and vault. 

Matthew Carroll took the Under 10 All Around Northern Ireland title with individual medals in vault, high bar, pommel horse and floor and his brother Nathan Carroll won the silver medal position All Around in the Under 12 Category with individual gold on floor, silver on pommel horse and bronze on vault.    Matthew and Nathan are both pupils at Bridge Integrated Primary School.

All the boys train at Salto Gymnastics Club in Lisburn for between 14 - 24 hours per week.  Their training in the sport started at ‘Head To Toe’ Gymnastics Club in Banbridge which is run by Heather Ardis every Saturday in Bridge Integrated Primary School. 


Dress Up for Digits Day 2013

Pupils and teachers at Bridge Integrated Primary School make it count for children by signing up for the NSPCC’S Number Day

On 28th/29th November, pupils and teachers celebrated the NSPCC’s Number Day 2013.

The whole school got involved in activities such as ‘Dress Up For Digits Day’ where pupils came to school wearing an item of clothing with a number on it!

The children also brought a range of coins; 1p, 2p, 5p… to work with in Money activities.

Click here to see photos: Dress Up for Digits Day


Banbridge Speech and Drama Festival

In November many pupils from P.1-P.7 took part in the Speech and Drama festival held in the Belmont Hotel.  Mrs Tranmer is really proud of all the children who participated.  Well done to you all!

Halloween Fun!


Friday the 25th October saw some 'frightening' pupils enter the school for the last day of term. Dressed in some fabulous costumes with spooky make-up, many children, with help from their parents made the last day of term a 'spook-tacular' day!  The dedicated parents from B.I.P.S ensured the children in Key stage 1 had lots of fun Halloween activities to try and Key Stage 2 enjoyed the school disco on Thursday night with some 'haunting' music.

Click here to see some amazing photos: Halloween


Summer Maths Challenge Winner

 Conor Grant wins a special prize and certificate for completing the Maths summer challenge.  He found numbers in a variety of amazing places.  Well done Conor!
Conor Grant wins a special prize and certificate for completing the Maths summer challenge. He found numbers in a variety of amazing places. Well done Conor!


Tennis Demonstration

Pupils enjoy a fun demonstration of indoor tennis to encourage pupils to participate in tennis club after school on Thursdays in term 1.

Click here to see a few more photos. Tennis


European Language Day

Miss Savage brought a little bit of 'France' to most of the classes during European Language Day.  

Click on the link below to see more photographs.

Parlez Vous Francais...