Thanks to amazing Prep Council fundraising and the generosity of our parents, EYFS are now the very proud owners of this amazing new playground! Thank you to @mapleleafdesign for allowing us to have this early! We had our grand opening this morning and the children LOVE it!
The U11 cricket team launched their season with a game against Pownhall School in Wilmslow. Bridgewater were put into bat on the make shift pitch and got off to a disastrous start. Openers Oliver A and Lukee took a risky single in the first over and Lukee was run out for a duck. In the second over Lukee tried to make amends and went to hit a six, only to be caught out on the boundary. Bridgewater suddenly found themselves on -10 runs to be deducted from their 200 run starting point.
Thomas and Craig came in to bat next and benefited from some erratic bowling to move the score up past 215. Matteo and Jaydon looked to accelerate the scoring, but a miss-timed drive from Matteo led to another wicket and -5 off the total. Needing some runs without losing wickets Alfie and David came into bat to close the innings. David kept his wicket intact at one end, whilst Alfie went on the attack at the other end. A string of boundaries and a quick fire 14 from Alfie brought the Bridgewater score up to 238 at the end of the innings.
Pownhall were certainly a stronger batting side than a bowling side. However, Bridgewater are a more consistent bowling side and this was to make for a thrilling finale to the game. Bridgewater knew they needed wickets and got off to a great start with Oliver A taking a wicket in the first over. Lukee bowled well to tie the opposition down early on and Thomas continued this in the following over. Unfortunately, Craig had to bowl to Pownhall’s best player and he hit a series of boundaries to put Pownhall in control of the game.
Bridgewater needed a wicket and Matteo and Jaydon were brought on to make the break through. A dropped catch off the bowling off Matteo was a blow, but a brilliant delivery from Jaydon put the smile back on the faces of the team. Another wicket from David and one from Alfie meant that going into the final over, Pownhall needed six to win the game.
The task of bowling the decisive over went to Oliver A. A single off the first ball and a crazy mix up in the field reduced the gap to two runs with two balls to come. Oliver remained calm and bowled two wonderful bowls that the desperate Pownhall batsmen could not hit. The hosts finished on 236 and meant that Bridgewater had pulled off an impressive win against all the odds. The game will give the team confidence as they travel to Queen Ethelburga College, York next Thursday to try and retain the ISA North Pairs Cricket title. Well done team and thank you to Pownhall School for their hospitality once again.
The U11 Rounders teams entered the ISA competition on Wednesday 22nd May. The tournament was a round robin style and first up was QE. We had a strong batting innings and scored a strong 20 rounders. However QE were equally as strong and just managed to beat us scoring 25 rounders. After two more losses to Alderley Edge girls and Bowden Preparatory School and a near loss to The Grange 10-18, we were still searching for for our first win. Next up was Highfield Priory and we fielded to our best ability, only letting them score 13 rounders. We needed some good batting from our girls and Freya, Holly, Jessica and Allegra all scored 2 points. With two balls left we needed 3 to draw or 4 to win. It was very tense but Anya was triumphant and gained 3 points for us resulting in a draw. Our last match was against The Grange B team who we comfortably beat. Player of the tournament went to Ellen who was effective in both the field and batting, she was also our top scorer of the day!
This season’s rounders results:
lost 34-52 to Branwood
Player of the match: Ellen
Lost 6 1/2 – 11 to Light Oaks
Player of the match: Allegra
On Friday 24th May, Mrs Davies took two teams to the National Maths Quiz. As always the children represented the school extremely well. The quiz comprises of two rounds of very challenging maths questions which are to be answered against the clock. We were thrilled that one of our teams was placed 3rd and the other team a very pleasing 6th. Bearing in mind the majority of our children were from Prep V and IV competing against mostly Year 6 pupils they did fantastically well and we are so proud of them. Well done to all the children who took part.
On an extremely cold and wet afternoon in late April, fifteen aspiring biathletes set off to the Fylde coast to compete in the annual AJIS Biathlon at Rossall School. Seven schools were in attendance with a minimum of three competitors in each team required for entry purposes.
Bridgewater entered a Prep VI boys’ and girls’ team and a Prep V boys’ and girls’ team. In Prep VI, each competitor had to run 800m around the track, followed by a 50m swim in the pool. The order of events was reversed for the Prep V event. Each event had a field over approximately 35 entrants and everybody gave their best efforts in wet and wild conditions on the day. The stand out performances of the day from Bridgewater went to Hari and Matteo in the pool, whilst Ellen produced the best performance in the girls’ events.
The results from the event have eventually been collated and forwarded to participating schools. Below is a summary of the results achieved by Bridgewater competitors based on their combined scores from the run and the swim. Thank you to Rossall School for hosting such a unique and challenging event and we look forward to returning next year.
1 Hari 3005 pts
2 Matteo 2828 pts
3 Ellen 2714 pts
4 Harrison 2669 pts
5 Moaed 2195 pts
6 Thomas 2189 pts
7 Anya 2177 pts
8 Jessica 2006 pts
9 Jaydon 1823 pts
10 Holly 1775 pts
11 Freddie 1721 pts
12 Alfie 1547 pts
13 Oliver A 1503 pts
14 Evie W 1324 pts
15 Nyla 1109 pts
With the French Open about to start this weekend and Wimbledon fast approaching, we have turned our attention to tennis this week. Two lucky Prep VI players were selected to represent Bridgewater in the annual AJIS Tennis Championships at King’s School, Chester today.
Both players had to play four opponents from four different schools in the group stages. The top two from each group would go into the main draw, whilst the next two would contest the Plate competition. In his group, Oliver found it tough going and was unable to collect a win in the race to four games in his matches. Oliver went close in his final game against the number two seed from St Ambrose, but despite playing some lovely tennis, went down 4-3 in the end.
In his group, Lukee was showing some good form in his matches. Despite losing to the number one seeds from Manchester Grammar School and King’s School, he battled to a 4-3 win over the Westholme number two seed. He then followed this up with an impressive 4-0 win over the St Ambrose one seed.
Consequently, Lukee qualified for the semi final of the Plate competition and was drawn against the number one seed from St Ambrose. In a terrific game with quality shots from both players and impressive rallies, Lukee emerged as a 4-1 winner to book his place in the final! In the final, he was up against the number two seed from the hosts, King’s School.
After a nervous start from both players, Lukee found his range with his forehand and raced into a 4-1 lead. His opponent was not going to go away easily however, and he fought his way back into the game and levelled at 4-4. Lukee managed to find another gear and had to dig deep to stay in the ever longer rallies. With a terrific backhand down the line, Lukee set up a deft volley to give him a vital break of serve, to go 5-4 ahead. Serving for the match, Lukee kept his cool and ensured he got his first serves in. The King’s School opponent managed to save one championship point, but was powerless to prevent Lukee forcing him behind the baseline and into submission. A tremendous 6-4 win and a first for Bridgewater as Lukee gave the school its first tennis honours for quite some time. Well done to both players. Hopefully the boys will inspire more Prep boys and girls to pick up a tennis racket this summer and try out this wonderful game.