Ghouls galore at the Spooky Disco!

What a terrible sight at our Spooky Disco on Wednesday afternoon – Mr. Rooney was worried he would run out of wrist bands, there were so many bumps, bruises and cuts on display.  There were some fantastic costumes to be seen and a great time was had by all.  A big thank you to the PTA for organising this for the children!

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Prep V and VI Premier Sports Handball Tournament

Bridgewater played host this evening to the first Premier Sports Tournament of the 2017-18 season and it proved to be an exciting night for all participating teams.

Despite only a couple of sessions training due to a hectic football season so far, Bridgewater fielded two very competitive teams who can be proud of their individual and collective performances.  Bridgewater A started the event off with a game against St Johns and went down to an early goal from the tip off. However, the team quickly re- grouped and thanks to some great finishing from Daniel (2), Jess and Archie ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.

Next up for Bridgewater A was Bridgewater B !!! Neither team wanted to lose but in a closely fought contest it was goals from Daniel L(2)and Matthew H that gave the A team a 3-0 win.  Both Bridgewater teams then had to take turns to play against the reigning champions Moorside. Despite  some resilient defending from Jake, Ellen, Eva and Isabella, both teams succumbed to their more experienced opponents.

Bridgewater B took on North Walkden next and battled bravely to a 3-1 defeat. Oliver B scored a consolation goal, whilst Oliver A made some important saves in the Bridgewater net.

With semi final qualifications hanging in the balance both teams went into the final games knowing only a win would put them in the semi finals. Bridgewater B stunned St Johns with a fantastic performance with Freya, Juretha and Dalia all playing to their best. However, it was a stunning hat-trick from Harvey that sealed a spot in the final stages of the tournament. Meanwhile, Bridgewater A went down to an early goal against North Walkden and had Ethan C in goal to thank for staying in touch in the match.  Thankfully, the determination of the youngsters to get through gave them renewed energy and goals from Matthew (2) and Daniel (2) saw the team to a 4-2 win.

North Walkden were the opponents again in the semi final but this time the game was not so close.   A Matthew H hat trick eased the team into the final against Moorside. Bridgewater B gave there all against the cup holders in their semi final, but only had an Oliver B goal to show for their valiant efforts.

So to the final…. once again Moorside were to prove too strong for the inexperienced Bridgewater side. The score line of 6-2 did not tell the real story of the game and we can be delighted with the chances created and the progress made throughout the tournament.

Overall, it was a fabulous night of sport. Collective and individual achievements were made and runners up in the first tournament of the season gives us plenty to build on. Ethan C deserves a special mention as he was voted Player of the Tournament by coaches and teachers at the event.

Finally, a special thanks must go to the supporters and to two parents in particular who stepped in to provide valuable support to ensure Bridgewater B reached the semi final stages. Next up on the sporting calendar is the Salford Cross Country Championships on 4th November  for Prep 3,4,5 and 6. Have a great half term and we hope to see you all at the cross country.

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Autumnal colours in Rivington

Reception Class went up to Rivington Reservoir to look at the beautiful changes in the Autumnal environment. It’s great to escape school sometimes to just blow off the cobwebs and have some lovely fresh air. The colours of the trees are breathtaking and the children thoroughly enjoyed collecting objects for our nature table in class. We loved the ‘walk-by’ from the cows and the friendly locals who enjoy a good chat! The children’s behaviour was exemplary and Mrs Williams and Mrs. Prichard were very proud to take the children out of the classroom and into the local environment.

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Prep III/IV footballers continue good form

Bridgewater School 11
St Stephens, Bolton 3

Following their recent success winning the MCFC 6 a side tournament, the Prep 3/4 team were full of confidence as they took on St Stephens School, Bolton this evening.

With the sun bleached red from the Saharan sands and the wind gusting in from Storm Ophelia, the scene was set for an enthusiastic Prep 3/4 to set about their task.

From the kick off it was apparent that Bridgewater were the stronger side with Alfie playing a significant role in the teams early dominance. The first half flew by and a half time score of 6-2 was a fair reflection of the game. Matteo opened the scoring for Bridgewater with two early goals, swiftly followed with a couple more from Alfie.

St Stephens were playing their part in proceedings and it needed some great goalkeeping at key moments from both George in the first half and Thomas in the second half in the Bridgewater net.

The superior quality and desire for the home side told the longer the game went on. Some of the passing between Jaydon, Alfie, David, Craig and Matteo was a pleasure to watch, whilst at the back Toby A, Tobias and Luca were in no mood to let the Bolton team past without a battle.

In the second half Harper fired in an impressive hat trick, whilst Matteo also completed his hat- trick.  Alfie scored a fantastic header from a Jaydon corner and David added to the tally of goals. The goal of the game came right at the end. A flowing team move with an exchange of 5 passes was finished joyously by Luca C to seal a comfortable 11-3 win for Bridgewater.

Overall, it was a great night to watch football with both teams going for the win enthusiastically.  The game was played in a great spirit with a mutual respect shown between teams that was a pleasure to see. Well done on an excellent performance all round Prep 3/4.

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Unlucky Friday 13th for U11s at City tournament

Friday 13th proved to be unlucky for the Bridgewater Prep 5/6 football team today. Placed in the so called “group of death” Bridgewater knew they would need to get off to a good start against Pownall Hall.

However, despite dominating possession and an equaliser from Daniel it was a speculative last minute free kick that won it for the opposition 2-1. Bridgewater played lovely football at times but could not find the net to justify their superior passing game.

Next up was eventual winners of the tournament Altringham Grammar and thanks to a combative display from captain Archie and keeper Matthew the team only went down to a 3-0 defeat to a worthy opponent.

With qualification for the final stages of the competition all but over, Bridgewater seemed to relax and with squad rotation at the heart of decisions the team, we can be pleased with how the games turned out.

Oliver A took the gloves against Stockport Grammar and was impressive in a tight end to end game. Daniel went close on several occasions but it was a break away goal that sealed a 1-0 for Stockport.

In the next game , Oliver B, the player of the day for Bridgewater, scored a brilliant solo goal to take Kings School into extra- time. Oliver had an excellent game in midfield and but for some great goalkeeping from the Kings keeper, Bridgewater would of won the game comfortably. Owen, Matthew, Ethan C and Harvey all went close, but it was Kings School who broke away to get the winning goal in the dying moments of the match.

In the final game of the day, Bridgewater turned the tables on their opponents The Ryleys School and put pressure on right from the kick off. Ethan C led the charge from the back with Archie urging the team forward from midfield. Goals from Daniel and Oliver B ensured the team finished with a moral boosting win.

The team have made a good start to the season and with regular training and work on their natural instincts to pass the ball around, the rest of the season should be equally rewarding. We have basketball, rugby and cross country events coming up next term, all of which will bring opportunities to develop fitness and teamwork. Well done on a great term’s work so far to all Prep 5/6 players.

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Gardeners Achieve RHS Level 2 Award

The Prep Gardening Club were delighted this week to receive their Level 2 School Gardening Award from the Royal Horticultural Society.  To achieve this, we had to demonstrate that we had planned what we wanted to grow, and successfully done so.  This involved preparing the soil, sowing our seeds, planting out any plants and looking after them as they grew.  We had to demonstrate that we could use some basic gardening terms and use our hand tools safely.  As well as our certificate, we also received the RHS book, “How To Grow Practically Everything,” which we hope will give us some new exciting gardening projects to try this year.

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Runners Required!

Following the recent  AJIS cross country event at Rossall School, we would be delighted if your child could represent Bridgewater School in a series of cross country races as part of the Salford Championships.  The competitions are open to all boys and girls in Prep III-VI inclusive.

Details for the races are as follows:

  • Saturday 4th November at Bolton Road Playing Fields, Barr Hill Ave, M6 7ED
  • Saturday 25th November at Buile Hill Park, Eccles Old Rd, Salford, M6 8GL
  • Saturday 9th December at Bolton Road Playing Fields, Barr Hill Ave, M6 7ED
  • Saturday 20th January at Buile Hill Park Eccles Old Rd, Salford, M6 8GL

There will be combined age group races at the following times:

Year 3 /4 Boys  9.30 a.m.
Year 3/4 Girls  9.40 a.m.
Distance approx. 1000m

Year 5/6 Boys  9.50 a.m.
Year 5/6 Girls  10.00 a.m.
Distance approx. 1500m

Runners can turn up on the day in their Bridgewater PE kit, run and be home within a short period of time.  Parents will be requested to bring their child to the event and take them home once the run is over.

We would really like this to be a fun challenge for Bridgewater students and we hope to be able to showcase the commitment, enthusiasm and talent of our children. Whether you are a fun runner or a club runner we would like to see you at the Salford Championships in the months ahead.

There will be a sign up sheet displayed around Prep and we would appreciate it if you could indicate the races you and your child can commit to prior to half term. The organisers of the event would prefer to have an idea of numbers but you can still turn up on the day and run if this is preferable.

If you would like any additional information please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Altdorf at school or at

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