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Bridge Integrated Primary School

Educating resilient, reflective, resourceful, respectful learners

Shared Education 2018 -2019


Please scroll down and see what different things have been happening throughout the school year in our Shared Education project with our partners in St. Ronan's.

Big Bang Science Fair

P.6 had an amazing day at the Senitus Big Bang Science Fair held in the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.  It was amazing to see some amazing experiments and how STEM subjects are used everyday in many very exciting and interesting jobs. Could we have an engineer or astronaut in our midst?

P.3 Celebration Day

The P.3 Shared Education finale with St. Ronan's included a session with Fun with Drums, which was super fun. There was even more excitement on the double decker bus journey!

P.2 Celebration Day 

P.2s enjoyed being active and playing football together with the help of the amazing coaches from EVO Soccer.  They also enjoyed a little bit of a magic show.

P.1 had a blast in the Fun House


Fri 12th April was the first day of P1 Shared Education when St Ronan’s came to visit us at Bridge PS and what a day it was!  The children had some play together and used iPads and then the highlight of the day was Fun With Drums! It was lovely to meet our friends form P1 and we look forward to going to the Fun House on 3rd June! The start of many great friendships for years to come!

ECO Warriors at work in Bridge IPS

Oh what a day, late February, 2019...Mrs. Davis' and Mr. Byrne's ECO Warriors making seed balls, bird feeders and identifying mini-beasts.  Thank you to David from Acorn Academy for outstanding outdoor learning.


Colour Run Celebration P.5, P.6 and P.7

What an amazing experience! Colourful Fun for All!

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P.5 are learning all about the Egyptians

P5DW and P5CB had fun making pyramids with Minecraft and using the Green Screen as part of their Shared Education topic on the Egyptians. They also created e-books using Egyptian facts and some super Shared Education was evident.


P5 CW Trip to Ulster Museum

We visited the Ulster Museum with our Shared Education school, St. Ronan’s , to learn more about our World Around Us Topic on The Egyptians. This was another great opportunity to engage and enjoy the friendships we have built up over the year. There was a presentation and we got to handle some items that were thousands of years old.

Takabuti was the exhibit that evoked a reaction and we found out more about her and the customs and traditions of her time through studying the amazing artefacts on display.


P.7 Learning all about Bridges

P.7 - Playing a Game to Get to Know Each Other


On Thursday 17th January Primary 5 enjoyed an ice breaker day with St. Ronan’s at We are Vertigo.  Pupils got to know each other whilst participating in wall climbing, rope climbing and activity in the soft play area. They had the opportunity to chat with each other during lunchtime and got to know each other’s names throughout the activity in the afternoon.  Teachers and Classroom Assistants chatted about our upcoming days together and the lessons that are planned for those days.  We look forward to getting to know each other better in the coming days.

P.4 and P.6 Celebration Day

P.4 and P.6 celebrated the end of their project together this term on Friday 14th December.  Pupils joined their friends in St. Ronan's and watched their Christmas play together.  It was amazing and we would like to congratulate the P.5 & 6 pupils from St. Ronan's for putting on a superb show which we all really enjoyed.


A Special Visit To Santa's Grotto

We were delighted to welcome children from the local nurseries and Primary 1 pupils from St Ronan's Primary School who came to see the P3 Nativity and then made a very special visit to see Santa in our Grotto.  Merry Christmas boys and girls.

Trip to the SSE Arena

 Some P.5, 6 & 7 pupils from Bridge and St.Ronan's enjoyed a trip to the SSE Arena on Friday 23rd November to see Yale V Union in the Friendship Four series. There was lots of excitement and a bit of dance fever took over. A great evening enjoyed by all.

Primary 7

Both P.7 classes enjoyed a Helping Improve Performance workshop, which aims to encourage pupils to think positively and give their best efforts.


Primary 4

On Friday 5th October 5 our P4 pupils and their partners classes from St Ronan’s PS in Newry came together for a cross-community festival of sport in the form of a ‘Game of Three Halves’.  This took place in the Abbey Grammar School, Newry and it was a fun filled day for all pupils.  Playing sports together enabled pupils lots of opportunities to interact and get to know each other in a active and non-threatening environment.
The ‘Game of Three Halves’, which features three forms of football played in this country – gaelic, rugby and association - was delivered by Community Sport Development Officers from the three main sporting bodies in Ulster.
The Irish Football Association, Ulster GAA and Ulster Rugby are working together to deliver ‘Sport Uniting Communities’, a Peace IV-funded programme delivering £127 million of funding, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), which aims to promote peace and reconciliation.

Session One Exploring Flags of Countries involved in WW2

Mrs Scowcroft's P.4 class visited their partner class in St. Ronan's and Mr McKernan’s P4 class from St. Ronan's came to Bridge on the 16/10/18 to work with P4 Mrs Doherty’s class on ‘An Introduction to WW2’. Pupils looked at the countries involved in the war and their flags. We discussed the country’s proximity to Germany and then we designed our country flags in the Minecraft world!




We enjoyed an interactive World War Two workshop led by the Active Learning Company. 

Celebrating Shared Education Week

Celebrating Shared Education week 8-12th October 2018 with a Shared staff meeting in St. Ronan's Primary.  The stars of the show, without a doubt, were pupils Ronan and Tom.  They both shared their positive experiences of Shared Education last year and we are all so proud of how they confidently spoke to the staff of both schools.

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Shared Governor's Meeting


 Bridge Invited to Celebrate Children's Day of Mission Prayer in St. Ronan's

Two primary seven pupils and Mrs Roleston represented our school on Friday 12th October at St. Ronan's as they celebrated Children's day of prayer. Peggy read at the mass and both girls were excellent ambassadors for our school. Special thanks to the staff and pupils from St. Ronan's and all the other other visiting schools for a lovely morning.


In term one P.6 started off their Shared Education project with their partners in St. Ronan's.  They have chosen the topic of the Vikings to develop skills in ICT and WAU.  Both classes enjoyed bowling and laser-tag during their initial ice-breaker session in the Sheepbridge.  This gave pupils the opportunity to get to know each other in a fun and relaxed environment. Pupils were both excited and a bit nervous meeting each other for the first time but by the end of the day common interests were shared and some new friendships have been developed.

Session 4: Viking Shields and Group Research Posters

P.6 worked together to design and create their own Viking shields. In groups pupils selected an aspect of the Vikings to research in detail and worked as a team to create some super Viking posters, displaying their new knowledge, which they were able to share with their peers.

Session 3:Designing and Making Viking Longships

P.6 worked in groups to plan, design and build a Viking longship.  They quickly learned that when working together everyone had to play their part and sometimes compromises needed to be made to get the job done. We tested the long ships and were delighted that most of them successfully floated!


Session 2: Interactive Viking Workshop 

Both P.6 classes enjoyed a very exciting Viking workshop with their partners from St. Ronan's.  Pupils were brought back in time and were immersed in Viking life for a day.  At the start of the session pupils were taken a little by surprise, when a Viking raider suddenly appeared, causing quite a stir amongst the unsuspecting P.6 pupils. Once they got over the initial shock P.6 pupils had lots of fun investigating Viking artefacts, exploring Viking weapons, playing Viking games, decoding a secret message in Viking runes, carrying heavy chainmail, dressing up in Viking clothes and weaving. It was an action packed day that finished with pupils making Viking spears and trying out sword training. Lots of fun, challenges and working together with our partners from St. Ronan's.


Session 1: Designing and Building Viking Longships in Minecraft

On Friday 5th October P.6F and their teacher Mr Hillen came to work with Mrs Turley's class in Bridge for the first time and Mrs Sayers and her class went to St. Ronan's to work with Mrs Barry's class.  It was a packed day which focussed on Viking long ships - their design, features, build and use in Viking times.  

Pupils worked in pairs and small groups to design a Viking longship on squared paper.  They quickly realised that it was quite challenging to plan a design of a curved boat using only squares which represented the blocks in Minecraft.  Lots of discussion and problem solving took place even at this initial planning stage, and pupils soon realised that they needed to talk things through and compromise at times to create their design.  

After a quick break and a chance to play together outside, pupils were ready to use their designs to build their long ships in Minecraft.  Lots of tinkering and problem solving took place as pupils thought through how they needed to firstly build the ship's keel and then the curved hull. The P.6 teachers were really impressed by the super listening skills, good manners and excellent teamwork displayed by pupils from both schools.  This was a challenging build and when pupils encountered problems they proved to be resilient and resourceful in how they tried to overcome any problems. It was a very busy and fun day and we hope that St. Ronan's pupils enjoyed being in Bridge as much as P.6S enjoyed being in St. Ronan's.

The Pic Collages from P.6T and P.6F below were created by the children to showcase and efforts and finished long ships.