Magna Visit

Magna is a science centre set in the former Templeborough steelworks. Over 100 hands-on exhibits themed on Air, Earth, Fire and Water recall the ‘elements’ needed for making steel. It is a vast building, 1/3rd of a mile long and 150ft high, rich with the industrial heritage of the region’s steel industry.

KS2 descended on the centre today to not only explore the four themed exhibits, but to also undertake a hands on science workshop for each class.  Prep III experienced Volcanoes and Rocks, Prep IV Sound, Prep V Stars and Planets and Prep VI Big Circuits, all designed to complement their learning in the classroom.


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Prep VI Lowry visit

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U11s go to court in ISA North Netball Tournament

On Monday 2nd March, nine Prep 5 and 6 girls took to the road to Cheshire as they headed for The Grange School to compete in the ISA Northern Netball Tournament.

The team were up against it from the start as they had been drawn in the proverbial “group of death”, featuring pre-tournament favourites  Alderley Edge Grammar School and Bowden Prep. Indeed, it was to be the eventual winners Alderley Edge who were the first opponents for Bridgewater. Despite a resolute and spirited performance from the girls, they could little to stop the AEGS attacks. Grace was terrific in defence and a player of the match effort from Ellen in the centre could do little to prevent a 14-0 defeat.

Next up was The Grange B and this was to be a much more even game. Once again Grace put in an excellent performance, but this time alongside Star who had moved to GD. Isabella and Ellen dominated the centre and far more chances were created. Unfortunately, neither Lily not Dalia could convert any of the chances, whilst The Grange managed to convert one of theirs to earn a 1-0 victory.

In game 3, the team maintained the same formation and the pattern of the match was very similar to the previous game. Despite a player of the match performance from Freya and both teams having opportunities to win the game, a point was gained for both Bridgewater and Scarisbrick Prep, as they shared a 0-0 draw.

In game 4, Bridgewater came up against the eventual tournament runners-up, Bowden Prep. The goal shooters for the opponents were in fantastic form and the team could do little to prevent goals being scored at regular intervals. Isabella put in a player of the match effort for Bridgewater, but Bowden ran out 11-0 winners in the end.

In the final game of the day for the girls, the decision was made to go back on the offensive and try to win the game with a more adventurous approach. Unfortunately, their opponents took advantage of this tactical switch to score 4 quick goals. However, the moment of the day came when player of the match Star, scored an amazing goal from the edge of the D. The referee controversially disallowed the goal, but on a VAR style review the goal eventually stood! Nevertheless, the final score of the day finished up Bridgewater 1 Hale Prep 4.

However, tournaments, matches and indeed sport is not always about results. Therefore, the girls can take great pride in receiving the Fair Play Award. The prize is awarded to the team that showed the most sporting behaviour and never say die attitude and is voted for by all the other teams. Well done girls, it was a great day and the progress made was significant. The confidence from competing in such a strong event was clear to see as on Wednesday the team travelled to Pownall Hall Prep and won 12-8, thus overturning a previous defeat a few weeks earlier.

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U11s scrum down at Pownall Hall in debut rugby match

This week saw the Prep U11s take to the field for a different kind of challenge. With only a brief introduction in lessons for the majority of players, Bridgewater took on Pownall Hall in a rugby union match. With only Matthew and Owen having played and trained for teams outside of school it was going to be a real test for the youngsters. The task was made all the more difficult as the opposition had been playing together for over two years already.

Consequently, it was no surprise to see the hosts go into an early lead, as Bridgewater got to grips with the rules and aggression of the game. Despite some resolute and brave defending from the team, as the half wore on the more experienced team took advantage of the gaps appearing as the weariness of constantly tackling opponents took its toll.

Ethan carried the fight to Pownall with driving runs out wide, whilst Kynan and Dante tried to surge through the heart of the Cheshire side’s defence. Archie was resilient and strong in the tackle for Bridgewater, whilst Lewis was showing incredible technique and heart as he made big hit after big hit.  There were many excellent performances on the day, but Lewis took the player of the match award for his outstanding defensive play throughout the game.

With Pownall Hall up by 6 tries as half time approached, Bridgewater made an important break through with the last foray of the half. A sweeping move from left to right, ended with Oliver being foiled just before the try- line, but an alert Owen showed his scrum half skills by scooping up the ball and diving over the line for a moral boosting first score for the visitors.

Although trailing 6-1 at half time, the team was learning fast individually and collectively. With the confidence of their first try and knowing they could take and make the tackles, Bridgewater produced a second half to be proud of. The ball went from end to end as both sides drove forwards, exchanging tries at regular intervals. In fact by the end of the game it was the hosts who were hanging on for victory, which is a massive compliment to the debutantes from Bridgewater.

The final score was 13-7 to the hosts, but in the second half the game actually finished 6-6. Owen added a second try to his tally, Dante scored two and but for some desperate tackles near the line, may well of scored more. Kynan scored one and  was a constant threat in the centre of the pitch. Archie dived over the line determinedly to score his first try, Lewis had one controversially disallowed  for a foot out of play, whilst Matthew C, Daniel and Oliver all had big moments in attack and defence. The final word of a pulsating contest went to Bridgewater, as Matthew H picked up the ball deep in his own half to fly down the wing for the last and possibly the most spectacular try of the match.

All in all, it was a great experience and a proud afternoon for the boys. It would have been easy to hide and duck out of tackles, but nobody did that. The team quickly adapted to the offside rules and no playing the ball on the floor. It is fair to say that the first experience of contact rugby was a positive one and the team can hopefully look forward to more games in the future.

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Quizzers pipped in Regional Heats

On Wednesday 28th February the Bridgewater Prep Quiz Team battled the elements and drove through the snow to Lady Barn House School in Cheadle. They were there to represent the school and to compete against other ‘quizzers’ from Prep Schools in the North West- a strong field included teams from Bolton School, Greenbank, Altringham Prep and Lady Barn House. Our team consisted of pupils from each Prep class. Ethan, Alfie, Bharghav and Molly have been working on improving their General Knowledge over the last few months and this was their opportunity to put their hard work into practice. After answering thirty gruelling questions, Bridgewater scored well over 1000 points! We were narrowly beaten by Lady Barn House and Altrincham Prep Schools  – only 20 points behind at the end of the competition. Well done everyone! Mr. Rooney and Mrs. Hadgianni were very proud of you.

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Midsummer Night’s Dream – or a Winter’s Tale?

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‘All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts,’ William Shakespeare. Well today at Bridgewater Prep our school hall became … Continue reading

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Fantastic EYFS book characters

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