Prep. Magazine Winter edition 2017-2018

Well done to our Prep. Magazine team, who have worked hard to produce this term’s edition of the magazine, showcasing work produced by the children all across the department.  Enjoy!

Prep Magazine Winter 2017-2018

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Christmas dinner a big hit!

Our Prep. children enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner catered by Mr. Green and his team yesterday, to put us in the festive mood.  Yum!

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Bridgewater dodge all challenges to take title

Prep 4 completed a brilliant term’s work by taking the Premier Sports Dodge ball Tournament this evening at Bridgewater School.  The talented youngsters are now unbeaten in all competitions so far in 2017 and are Tag Rugby Champions as well as MCFC Football Tournament winners.

The team had to come through a tough round robin league format to reach the final against group runners-up Moorside. Prep 4 went into the final having dodged, dipped, ducked and dived past every opponent, to win an impressive 7 out of 7 games.

First up for both Prep 3 and 4 was a clash against each other! Despite some great blocking work by Alfie, the older team were too strong and won with a “wipe out “ in double quick time. Prep 3 will gain much from the experience and but for some tactical errors and over enthusiasm, their results may well have been very different. In the following games, Prep 3 held the lead over North Walkden, Walkden and Wardley and perhaps should have held on for victory. Sebastian, Luca and Joel went out on all out attacks, whilst Molly and Jasmine focused on defending for the team. A more defensive approach at key moments  would certainly of brought victories against each of these opponents.

In their final games, the team started to understand how to defend their lead as they ran out winners over Grovenor Road.  Despite some heroic last man standing play by Joel, Prep 3 ended up being “wiped out” one last time by Moorside.

Meanwhile, Prep 4 went from strength to strength, as the opposing teams found it harder and harder to dodge the constant attacks from Matteo, Harper and Thomas in particular. The only team that achieved a “wipe out “ in every game played, was Bridgewater Prep 4- a very impressive achievement at any level of sport. Anya, Allegra and David played with intelligence and tactical awareness, supporting the more attaching players perfectly. Alfie and Jaydon were also instrumental in picking off opposing players at vital moments in key matches in the tournament.

Prep 4 went through each team quickly and calmly, beating North Walkden, Moorside, Walkden, Grovenor Road and Wardley. Matteo had the aim of an expert sniper, Harper made catch after catch, Jaydon picked off opponents at will, whilst Alfie, Anya, David and Thomas gave nobody a moment’s rest on the other side of the court.

Despite such a dominant performance in the group stage, nerves were still abound as Bridgewater lined up against Moorside in the final. The opening minutes of the game were an even battle, but as the game wore on, the superior skill, determination and tactical play of the Prep 4 team was too much to stop.

Both Prep 3 and 4 can be justifiably proud of their individual and team performances on the night. As Matteo lifted the trophy aloft for Bridgewater, everyone could go home feeling happy about another job well done!

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Bridgewater brave Baltic weather to blitz cross-country course

In the previous round, it was the driving rain and biting wind that tried to put runners off. Today it was snow and sleet sent to test Salford’s finest cross – country runners! However, the elements did not deter the committed and determined runners from Bridgewater Prep 3-6. The Arctic conditions did put many off from turning up from other schools  this weekend. Therefore,  it says so much for the Prep. runners from Bridgewater, who were so keen to compete, it warmed us all up to see their enthusiasm.

As usual it was Prep 3/4 boys who were sent out to break the ice and clear the snowy course. Thomas has had no luck at all in the first two races, falling up a hill in race 1 and losing his trainers in race 2. Race 3 finally stopped Tom in his tracks, as another runner spiked him in the ankle early on, causing him to pull up in pain. One thing for sure, this will not put him off and hopefully Tom will get an incident free run in race 4 in January!

Luca (25) ran a great race this time out and came home first for the Bridgewater team. Sebastian (61) was not far behind him as he bravely combated the course once again. The football was called off for many and this gave Joel (69) another chance to run this morning and he completed the run moments behind another footballer Jayden, who finished in an excellent 28th.

The Prep 3/4 girls are the front runners for participating in the Salford League this year and once again they brought the biggest team. Anya continued her impressive and improving form with a fabulous 14th place finish and a Salford certificate of achievement. Evie produced her best race of the series so far, dashing past the finish line in 24th. The rest of the team showed tremendous courage and tenacity to finish the race, with Molly (74), Jasmine (72), Allegra (85) and Abigail in 86th place.

Prep 5/6 boys performed amazingly well in the snow and it will be interesting to see where they finished in the team event. Ethan (16), pipped Daniel (17) once again, but both earned a Salford certificate, Daniel’s third so far! Matthew just missed out in 21st, whilst Archie brought the team home in 26th. A podium finish for the team could be on the horizon for the talented quartet.

Finally, it was left to Prep 5/6 girls to brave the 1500 m course. The “Hill” had been taken out for safety reasons, but this did not shorten the race. Jess showed her now customary determination to get a certificate and she stormed home in 16th.  Eva can be excused for maybe wishing she was back in the pool training with her synchronised swimming team! However, she ran an exceptional race to finish one behind Jess in 17th, whilst Alice again ran to support her family and school, a commitment that is wonderful to see. Unfortunately , Alice had to pull up due to illness, but the rest of the team battled on to defy the elements. Grace came home in a superb 28th in her first race for the team, with Freya finishing not far behind in 46th before dashing off back to her dance classes. The most improved performance of all 3 races so far went to Florence (47), who has typified the spirit of the competition. Running for her team and running with pride and a smile on her face.

If awards are handed out for effort and commitment, then Bridgewater will get the gold medal for the last two cross-country events. The support from the runners and their families is so inspirational and there can be no better start to a day, no matter what the conditions. Well done again today everyone, great effort one and all.

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Hour of Code participation

As part of our Computing activities, this week many of our children in the Prep. Department have been undertaking additional computer coding activities as part of The Hour of Code. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

Here in Bridgewater, all children begin coding from Prep I right through into Prep VI and beyond.  Taking part in this week’s activities has allowed our children to hear professional coders explaining what they do and why they do it, and given them a chance to experience different types of coding.  Prep VI coded BB-8 from Star Wars, Prep V a dragon quest game, Prep IV have been programming Minecraft, Prep III will go treasure hunting and KS1 will go on a hunt for sweets.  Even Mr. Grant had a go – look how much he is enjoying it in the photograph.

You can try these at home – use the link to the Hour of Code website on the map above, select an activity from the appropriate age range, and off you go…

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KS1 Dress Rehearsal – Santa’s On Strike!

Prepare to be wowed by KS1 on Wednesday and Thursday, if today’s dress rehearsal performance is anything to go by!

 

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KS2 Pied Piper Dress Rehearsal

Fabulous performance from Prep III to VI today…

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