From Mr. Rooney

Please see the latest notes and letters sent from Mr. Rooney.

 Autumn Term 2019-2020

Cold and Wet Weather – email sent 7.11.2019

Please ensure that your child brings their Bridgewater school coat in to school every day until spring so that we can allow all children to enjoy some much needed fresh air whenever possible. Could I also remind you that children can wear Bridgewater fleece hats which are available from the uniform shop, Whittakers.

Please make sure that all uniform is clearly labelled so that lost property can be easily returned to pupils.

Thank you for your co-operation

Prep Book Fair letter – email sent 5.11.2019

lease find attached details of our Book Fair starting Monday 11th November in the Prep Hall.

Prep Book Fair letter 5.11.2019

After school clubs with Mr. Altdorf – email sent 7.10.2019

Please note, after tonight’s Football Club, there will be no after-school clubs with Mr Altdorf until after half-term.  Basketball Club on Wednesday 9th October and Football Club on Thursday 10th October are cancelled due to other sporting fixtures. 

Mr Altdorf is away on the Valencia Sports Trip next week, therefore, Football Club on Monday 14th October & Thursday 17th October plus Basketball Club on Wednesday 16th October, are cancelled.

Apologies for any inconvenience.  Late Club will be available.

Prep Photographs Friday 4th October – email sent 1.9.2019

On Friday 4th October, the Prep. Department children will have individual and family photographs taken during the morning.  (i.e. with brothers and sisters from Prep and Seniors). Any children involved in sporting fixtures on Friday should come to the school hall at 8:40am with their siblings wearing school uniform.  All other children will have their photographs taken at their allotted time with their class teacher.

These should be available within three to four weeks.  Further information on the distribution, arrangement of payment, and the availability of further photographs will be sent to you in due course.

Any queries regarding photographs should be directed to me.

Rugby World Cup – email sent 27.9.2019

The Rugby World Cup has begun in Japan and Bridgewater Prep are very keen to celebrate this tournament by having a focus on Tag Rugby in our PE lessons and fixtures in the coming weeks and to take advantage of the geographical and cultural opportunities that a world sporting competition provides.

Please see Mr Altdorf’s blog about the World Cup Tournament here

We ask for your support to encourage your children to watch some of the rugby on ITV and to keep an eye out for related news and articles.

Your child will soon be allocated a country involved in the competition to support and to enjoy some learning activities related to that country. Although these additional homework activities are not obligatory, we feel they will complement the wide variety of homework challenges available to our pupils on the Prep Blog here

Children will have the opportunity to share their work with the class and educate each other about the countries.

Thank you for your continued support.

Flu Immunisation Postponement – email sent 27.9.2019

Please find below a message I have received from Intrahealth this morning.

I need to let you know that we have been in conversation with both the manufacturers and delivery companies in connection with the children’s flu vaccinations and they have informed us that there is currently a delay in us receiving the immunisations. This, unfortunately, means that we will not be able to vaccinate any children during the week beginning 30th September.

This decision has not been taken lightly; as an immunisation team we pride ourselves on being reliable, as we understand that schools can be very busy and sometimes struggle to change at short notice. As soon as I have more information, I will be in touch to arrange an alternative date. We can only apologise for any inconvenience caused, however the issue is a national problem and completely out of our control.

I anticipate that there will be a short delay in vaccinating our pupils so please ensure that you respond to the permission link, if you have not already done so.

Please click on the following link for further information and to complete either a YES Form, if you would like your child to receive the nasal flu vaccine in school, or a NO Form, if you do not wish for your child to be vaccinated. I will inform parents immediately when I have information of a new immunisation date.

All parents must respond to this link whether they require the immunisation or not.

I will inform parents and staff immediately when I have information of a new immunisation date.

Harvest Festival Thursday 10th October – email sent 27.9.2019

I should like to remind you of the above event marked on the school calendar which is being held on Thursday 10th October at St. Mark’s Church, Worsley at 11am.  I am pleased to give an open invitation to all parents, families, friends and relatives. There will be performances of harvest songs from all age groups as well as the Preparatory Choir.

Once again we are asking for gifts which will be donated to the Salford Loaves and Fishes Charity who will donate to old and needy people in the Salford area. Please see attached an excerpt from their latest appeal.  All goods should be brought in to school on Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th October.

Pupils will return after the service for lunch and normal afternoon school.

I look forward to meeting you all at St Mark’s Church on the 10th October.

Harvest Appeal 2019

Prizegiving Thursday 26th September – email sent 25.9.2019

Prize Giving is one of the highlights of the school calendar.  Attendance is compulsory for all pupils in Prep III to Year 13.   Younger children are welcome to attend but must sit with their parents.

The school day will end at 12:15pm, by which time all prep pupils must be collected from their classrooms as normal.  The school coaches will operate at this time, therefore, arrangements should be made for meeting pupils at an earlier time off the coaches.  There will be no Late Club.

Children attending Prize Giving should arrive wearing full school uniform by 6.30pm.

Prep children should proceed to their class teacher by the stage.  Performers should meet Mrs Sweeney and Mrs Bradnam at the pre-arranged place.  Staff will be in the entrance hall to direct parents and children to their seats.  Please collect your children from their class teacher by the stage at the end of the ceremony.

Senior students will be allocated a seat by their form teacher upon arrival.  Prize-winners will be directed to seats at the front and side of the hall.

We look forward to meeting everyone for this special occasion.

Prep Running Club – email sent 23.9.2019

Please find attached details of our Running Club for pupils in Prep III to Prep VI inclusive.  If your child is interested in running with the club, please complete the slip attached to this letter and return it to Mr Grant, prior to the first session this Friday. 

Prep Running Club 23.9.2019

Prep III Recorder Club – email sent 19.9.2019

We would like to provide an opportunity for Prep III children to attend a beginner’s recorder club on a Monday lunchtime between 12.45pm and 1.15pm with Mrs. Bradnam our Prep. music teacher  This club is seen as a first step to your child learning to read music and to potentially playing another instrument in the future. A recorder will be provided to all participants by Mrs. Bradnam.

The club is aimed at children who have not played the recorder before. What is required to join this club is enthusiasm and dedication.  It is important that your child wants to participate in this club. Unfortunately, some parents have been signing up their children for various clubs without talking to their child first.

There are only 6 places available for this club.  Places will be allocated on a strictly first come first served basis.  Please respond to this email directly if your child would like to participate.  I will inform the children if they are to attend the club or remain on the waiting list.

Club cancellations – email sent 18.9.2019

Due to scheduled sporting fixtures this half-term, the following after school extra-curricular clubs will be cancelled:

Thursday 19th September – Prep 4-6 Football due to Year 7 football fixture

Monday 23rd September – Prep 4-7 Football due to Year 7 football fixture

Thursday 26th September – Prep 4-6 Football due to Prize-Giving

Wednesday 2nd October –    Prep 4-6 Basketball due to Cross-Country event

In addition to the above, Netball Practice for Prep 5-6 will be changed from a Tuesday evening, to a Monday evening.  The Prep extra-curricular timetable is currently being finalised and will be sent out to all parents as soon as possible.

Extra-curricular clubs – email sent 13.9.2019

There are many extra-curricular clubs planned for our pupils during lunch times starting on Monday.  A full timetable will be posted on the school website as soon as possible.  Children will be informed and reminded of all activities by their class teachers.  Letters regarding gymnastics clubs have already been sent to relevant classes.

Children are also invited to attend the following clubs from 3:45pm on the 3G or in the Sports Hall.  Permission is not required for children to attend but children who travel on school transport must inform their driver that they are attending a club. Children not collected from a club at the allotted time will be escorted to Late Club.

Monday 3:45 – 4:45 Football for Prep 4, 5, 6 & Y7.  School PE kit will be required.

Tuesday 3:45 to 4:30 Netball for Prep 5 & 6.  School PE kit will be required.

Wednesday 3:45 – 4:45 Basketball for Prep 4, 5 & 6.  School PE kit will be required

Thursday 3:45 – 4:45 Football for Prep 3, 4, 5 & 6. School PE kit will be required.

Macmillan Coffee Morning – email sent 13.9.2019

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2019

Year 3-7 Gymnastics Club – email sent 13.9.2019

There are still places available for this club which commences on Monday.  Should you wish to reserve a place, please log on to your ParentPay account to register your child for this club.

We are pleased to announce that Jennie Chadwick can again offer an extra-curricular gymnastics club for pupils in Year 3 to Year 7 on a Monday afternoon between 3.45pm and 4.45pm in the Prep Hall starting Monday 16th September. Jennie is a fully qualified gymnastics coach who has worked with us for several years coaching gymnastics at Bridgewater School.

The children will wear their normal PE kit. The club will cost £2.50 per session. Unfortunately, there are only 20 places available on a first come, first served basis. The children will wear their normal PE kit or leotards.

To gain acceptance in to the club please log in to your ParentPay account, this will limit entries to 20 places.  A payment of £32.50 will be requested to pay for sessions up to and including Monday 16th December. If you have already signed up for this club, please ignore this email.

KS1 Gymnastics Club – email sent 11.9.2019

Please note that the Prep I and II Gymnastics Club at lunch time has now been changed to Mondays rather than Tuesdays.  Prep I pupils will already have their PE kit with them; Prep II pupils have the option of bringing their PE kit to change into or doing gymnastics in their uniform.  Gymnastics will take place during the lunch time break.

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