Knock knock! It’s joke time…

There was great hilarity throughout the Prep Department this Friday, as our children delivered their favourite jokes in aid of comic relief.  Each class held their own joke-a-thons, and then all came together to hear the funniest in our Friday afternoon assembly, as well as some of Mr. Rooney’s.  The winner of the prestigious Prep Comic Relief Funny Joke Trophy? Prep I’s Samuel:

Why did the man lose his job at the orange juice factory? He couldn’t concentrate!

Well done to all our entrants, and thank you for helping to raise money for this worthy cause.

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Wet, muddy and dirty – cross country anyone?

Friday proved to be a horribly wet, cold, miserable day – perfect conditions for our enthusiastic cross country club runners!  Twenty runners from Prep III to VI ran off into Worsley Woods to enjoy the conditions on Friday lunchtime – what better way to build up an appetitie for Mr. Green’s Friday lunchtime fish and chips!

Cross country club does not run in the summer term, so if you want to get involved, you only have a few weeks to do so.

Oh, and make sure your washing machine works well!

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AJIS Cup Festival Brings Best Out Of Bridgewater

The switch to a mid- week as opposed to a weekend festival ensured a bumper turn out at the 7-a-side AJIS U9 Football Festival at Cheadle Hulme Grammar School last week.

Bridgewater were placed in group B and although no titles were up for grabs, they were eager to show they could win the group regardless. First up were Merchant Taylor’s B and even though games were only eight minutes long, Bridgewater quickly amassed over 15 shots on the opposition goal. Alfie continues to show his long range striking skills and also demonstrated an awareness of when to play team mates through on goal. Alfie scored a hattrick with Joel adding another in an impressive 4-0 opening win.

With a short break taken, Bridgewater were soon back in action against Westholme.  The goals continued to flow in this game too, with the team raining shots down on the Westholme back line. Luca B opened his account, as did Tommy Jack, whilst Alfie and Joel added to their tally from the first game. A comfortable 4-0 win again guaranteed that all teams knew they had to take Bridgewater seriously.

In the third game, Bridgewater surprisingly struggled to break down the bottom of the league Cransley Prep. Luca C in goal still did not not have to make a save and the combination of Molly, Jackson and Toby were rarely troubled at the back. Bridgewater dominated possession, but it was late goals from Tommy Jack and Josh that eventually sealed a 2-0 win. In the fourth game, a strong Oldham Hulme were next up and the team had to work much harder for this one. Once again, Bridgewater controlled the game and had a series of chances to win it.  In the end, it was a superb strike from Luca B that was enough to give a 1-0 win and maintain the 100% winning streak in the tournament.

With matches now moving off the grass and onto the 4G, Bridgewater has two games left to see if they could top the group. First up was Abbey Gate and the team found the adjustment from grass quite tricky at first. Fortunately, another Alfie drive and a tap in for Tommy Jack sealed a 2-0 win in the end. In the final game, the hosts Cheadle Hulme Grammar provided the opposition and both teams looked a little tired as the game kicked off. Luca C was once more rarely troubled in goal, with Molly and Jackson increasingly comfortable in defence. Bridgewater could have settled for a draw to top the group, but nobody considered this as a serious option. With time running out, it took a late goal from Alfie and a second from Josh to give Bridgewater an impressive six wins out of six.

The U9 team can now look forward to a day trip to Queen Ethelburga College, York to compete in the AJIS 6-a-side tournament on Monday 25th March. The team has also qualified for the 7-a-side ISA Cup Finals later in the term and can be very proud of their achievements already this year.

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Prep II Online Smarties!

Prep II used their Computing lesson today to learn how to stay safe online.  The children learned about the similarities between staying safe in the real world and when visiting websites.  Today we read the story of Smartie the Penguin, who was given a new tablet for his birthday, and needed help with lots of different things. We also learnt the song that Smartie’s parents teach him when faced with difficulties online:

“Before you tap and click, you need to stop and think, and tell someone”

To hear this story, visit

For more information about internet safety, have a look at our Internet Safety for Parents page on this blog.


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Bridgewater Brains Battle it out in Bury

Competing in the AJIS Quiz was a first for Bridgewater Prep and our mixed team from PV and PVI performed extremely well at Bury Grammar School on Saturday. There were twelve gruelling rounds of general knowledge questions ranging from Biology to Brexit and Cartoons to Cartography, and the team held their own against twelve teams from schools across the North West.  Every round saw a different school in the lead and scores were very close but in the end we unfortunately missed out on a place in the top three.  Well done to Alfie, Lukee, Dean, Allegra, Bhargav and Anya.  We can look forward to competing again next year.

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Get Caught Reading winners announced

We were amazed by the fantastic number of entries into our Get Caught Reading photo competition.  A winning entry was selected from each year group – a very tough choice, it had to be said.  Congratulations to our winning entries – you can see their pictures again below.  Well done to William, Tanisha, Oliver C, Layla, Maia, Sabri, Nyla and Jessica.

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Wear a Hat for World Book Day

We had a splendid showing of fancy millinery by our children today – everything from Harry Potter, Billionaire Boy, the Gingerbread Man, Cat in the Hat, Rosa Parks and many, many wonderful characters.  It was great fun looking at all the designs and then guessing the book.  Our afternoon assembly allowed all children to parade with their hats for everybody to enjoy, to everyone’s delight.

Enjoy some of the pictures from the day, taken by members of the Photography Club for Prep III and Prep IV children.  And when you are exhausted after doing that, curl up with a good book.

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