Collective effort for RHS Tatton display

The Prep II classroom has been a hive of activity this week, as children from all classes from Prep I to VI have been helping Mrs Chilton and Miss Kelsall prepare the backdrop for our RHS Tatton Park Flower Show garden.

We discovered that when lacewings find a mate, they ‘sing’ to each other by vibrating their thorax – and so we have a musical backdrop for our garden, based on Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called To Say I Love You.

Children from all classes have been enthusiastically sticking love hearts with the song lyrics contained within to the backdrop, which will have a few more additions yet before it is finally ready.

Don’t forget you can see our lacewing garden at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park from 17th to 21st July.

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Gardening Club receives RHS accolade

Our Junior Gardening Club is very proud today to have received our Level 3 RHS School Gardening Award.  To achieve this, we have: shown how we have built on our practical skills and prepared areas ready for planting; continued to grow a simple range of fruits, vegetables and flowers; demonstrated how we encourage wildlife to the garden by providing homes and habitats; and have re-used as many things as we can and have begun to understand composting.

Together with our new Level 3 certificate, which will be displayed on our garden, we have received a Rocket Gardens voucher.  This company will deliver a series of three boxes brimming with vegetable and fruit plug plants during the forthcoming school year.  These will certainly keep our garden brimming with plants and keep our enthusiastic young gardeners busy!

Don’t forget you can see the Gardening Club’s lacewing-based garden at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park this summer between 17th and 21st July.

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Rounders Team in a Spin at AJIS Tournament

The U11 rounders team left the rain behind to travel to the slightly drier climate of Lytham St Anne’s to participate in the AJIS Rounders Tournament. The weather had clearly caught some schools out as Bridgewater found themselves without two of their group opponents, as Stockport Grammar and Queen’s, Chester failed to turn up.

To compound the situation, Bridgewater were made to wait an hour in the cold as the other opponents in the group, Manchester High had broken down on the way.  Therefore, the one game in the group was a sudden death decider for top spot and easier game in the quarter-finals. The girls got off to the worst possible start with Manchester hitting two rounders off the first two balls. However, the team rallied in the field, with Allegra and Anya in particular helping to restrict the opposition to 3½ rounders.

Bridgewater battled hard to score the four rounders needed to win the game, but Manchester did not make any mistakes in the field. A half rounder from Florence and a rounder from Yasmeen were the only scores, leaving Bridgewater to face Withington in the quarter-finals. The team had lost heavily to Withington earlier in the season and feared the worst. However, the girls once again shone in the field and restricted a good batting side to 4½ runs. This total contained a controversial rounder given despite it looking very much as though Ellen had run out the batter.

Bridgewater raised their game and went for it during their innings. Yasmeen scored again, Ellen hit a rounder, whilst Jessica and Thea added a half each. Allegra was run out, as were Florence and Freya, as the girls desperately looked for the one rounder that would give them a spot in the semi-finals. Frustrated, the girls fell short by half a rounder and were left to finish the tournament with a final game against Rossall School.

Bridgewater batted first and tried to put in some of the ideas suggested by the young and older Altdorf coaching team. Jessica batted very well and scored two rounders, as did Dina who also scored two rounders. Ellen hit one and a half rounders, whilst Florence, Thea, Anya and Holly scored half rounders to take the Bridgewater score up to eight rounders. Rossall made a valiant attempt to win the game, but found the Bridgewater team in no mood to lose. Jess and Dina took good catches, whilst Ellen and Freya produced vital run outs. Once Anya had run out the Rossall danger player the game was over as a contest and Bridgewater ran out 8-5 winners.

Well done to all members of the team who never let the cold conditions affect their performance. The team improved with each game played and were eager to develop skills and tactical awareness of the game. Thank you to the hosts AKS for organising the tournament and we will certainly be back next year on – hopefully – a sunnier day.

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Athletes Run Jump and Throw to New Heights in the ISA Championships

On Monday 10th June at team of 41 Prep III-VI athletes participated in the ISA North Athletics Championships. The event was held at the magnificent Sports City in Manchester and events included sprints, distance runs, shot putt, cricket/rounders throws and high and long jumps. The relay teams had practiced rigorously for their event and in recent weeks Athletics Club on a Wednesday night had been full.

With 27 schools attending the event, qualification for any final was going to be a tough ask and a very notable achievement. Each sprint race had 54 competitors, making the task of qualifying even more of a challenge for our speedy youngsters. Jessica won her heat in style in the 150m event and went onto finish in a very impressive fifth place in the final. Luca C finished second in his heat and for the second year in a row, missed out on the final by less than 0.5 of a second. However, Alfie ran incredibly well to hold off all challengers to his 60m crown, to take the gold medal once more in this blue ribbon event.

In the 600m race, Tobias, Ellen, Jess, Lukee, Harrison, Molly, Jasmine and Thomas all produced great runs to get into the top 10 in their races. However, it was the Prep IV duo of Luca B and Alfie that once more led the way in their respective races. Luca led from the start in his race and looked to have sealed the win, only to be pipped at the post as he slowed down to cross the line. Alfie left nothing to chance in his race and set off like a train to blast all competition out of the water. Alfie romped home in 2mins 31 seconds to qualify for the National Finals in Birmingham next Wednesday. Luca will have an anxious wait to see if he too has qualified for the event.

In the high jump competition, Jessica and Owen jumped personal bests, whilst in the shot putt, Oliver and Florence also produced season beats.  Ellen was defending her long jump title and was up against some talented competitors in the U11 event. She started off badly but her competitive spirit shone through and on her last attempt, leapt to 3m 51 to take first place!

In the cricket and rounders throwing events, Matteo was aiming to go one better than his fourth place last year in the Championships. However, the competition was fierce and he narrowly missed out on a medal, having thrown over 34 metres.

The relay teams were the last in action and it was the Prep IV boys’ and the girls’ team that produced the best performance for Bridgewater. The girls’ team featured Molly, Esme, Abigail and Jasmine and they finished in fifth place in the final for the second year in a row. The boys went one better in finishing in fourth place and next year the team of Alfie, Josh, Luca B and Luca C will be surely looking for a podium place.

Overall, it was a delight to see so many Bridgewater athletes enjoying the day and competing at such a wonderful venue. To win a title is a tremendous achievement but to defend it successfully is monumental and special praise must go to Alfie and Ellen for achieving this rare accolade.

The athletes all achieved faster times and longer throws and jumps that will go towards the ESSA Awards that we are currently completing. Please remember all Prep students have completed the scheme in PE lessons and need to bring in £2 to school to secure their certificate and badge. You can also catch all the Prep children in action at the Bridgewater Sports Day on Friday 28th June.

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EYFS playground grand opening

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!

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Bridgewater Catch Out Pownhall In Cricket Thriller


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.


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U11 ISA Rounders Tournament – girls a big hit!

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

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