28/11/14 - GCSE Home Economics Practicals 
 
Pictured below are images of fine cuisine produced today by the following Year 12 pupils: Siminus Miliunas, Scott Murphy, Adam Nesbitt, Aimee McKnight, Alex Smyth and Krasi Peshev. 
 
Well done folks - the food looks superb! Thanks goes to Mrs C Alexander and Mrs C Simms for their support and guidance. 
26/11/14 - Year 8 and Year 9 STEM Day 
 
On Wednesday 26th November Year 8 and 9 pupils had the chance to participate in another fun STEM day with Pat Jamison from Sentinus. The theme for the day was ‘Renewable Energy’. An action packed day followed as pupils used all kinds of materials to build solar powered electric circuits and wind propelled cars. With a car race at the end of the day it made for a competitive and exciting time – and we haven’t even mentioned the rocket launches! 
 
 
Click on the 'Picasa' logo for more photographs! 
25/11/14 - Year 10 History Visit the Somme Heritage Centre 
 
As part of our school's commemoration of the Decade of Anniversaries our Year 10 History pupils had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Somme Heritage Centre in Newtownards. The centre examines Ireland's role in the 1st World War with special reference to the cross-community involvement of the 3 local volunteer Divisions: the 10th and 16th (Irish) Divisions and the 36th (Ulster) Division. The pupils have been studying World War One in class and were all impressed by their visit which brought their studies to life. They got to handle de-activated weapons that were used by both the German and British soldiers and saw the First World War through the eyes of a soldier that fought in it by walking through the atmospheric trench with the sounds of heavy artillery thundering along the way. 
 
Our thanks goes to Mrs Reid and Mrs Flanaghan who accompanied the pupils. 
24/11/14 - Under 14 Rugby Success 
 
The Under 14 Rugby Team enjoyed a 19-0 victory over Rathfriland High School at Banbridge Rugby Club on Thursday 20 November. Some of the winning team composed the following match report: 
 
 
Rathfriland High 0 
Newtownhamilton High 19 
 
The match was amazing. We got off to a strong start and kept up the high standard of play as the match continued. Aaron Whyte was the main man as he scored 3 tries. Ethan Whyte missed 1 conversion but was successful in scoring 2 others. 
 
The tackling was solid with all players trying their best. James Flanagan and Harry Dougan were the main tacklers while Calvin Park was impressive in taking the ball from the rucks. Henry Hamilton pulled out all the stops and picked the ball up and gained good ground every time. Rathfriland beat us 17-15 last year but we have improved dramatically since then and secured the victory with a 19-0 scoreline.  
 
The winning squad was Thomas Watt, Joseph Mitchell, William McBride, Adam Armstrong, Harry Dougan, Henry Hamilton, Ben Cartmill, Kris Cartmill, Aaron Whyte, Ethan Whyte, Jason Whitcroft, James Flanagan, Alex McNiece, Adam McCullough, Ben Telford, William Coleman, Calvin Park & Adam Gibson. 
19/11/14 - Her-Style Tickets Now On Sale 
 
Tickets for our evening shows of ‘Her-Style’ on Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th December 2014 (all shows start at 7.30pm sharp) are now on sale at our school office. 
 
Tickets are keenly priced at £3 for a primary school pupil and £5 for an adult. 291 tickets are available for each show and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with every ticket having an individual seat number. All money must be paid before tickets can be issued. 
 
A recording of the Monday evening show will also be produced on a DVD. This would make an ideal Christmas present and is priced at £8. Orders can be placed either by contacting the school office or by ordering on the night of the show. Please note that no further orders can be placed after the Tuesday evening performance in order to ensure production before the end of the school term. 
 
Producer & Director Mrs Graham and her team of staff and pupils have been working extremely hard in recent weeks in order to ensure that ‘everything will be alright on the night’. 
 
 
17/11/14 - Message from Former Principal Garnet Mullan 
 
Edna and I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of gifts given to us on the occasion of my retirement. To everyone who attended either the coffee morning, sent cards or emails, spoke to me on Prize Night or who contributed to the fund, I express my profound gratitude. I shall always remember the time that I was privileged to spend among the unique community of Newtownhamilton as the most wonderful, rewarding and enjoyable in my life. 
 
I appreciate that Mr Megaw has given permission to use the school's website to pass on our grateful thanks to everyone. Wishing you all continued success in the future. 
 
Garnet 
 
 
 
14/11/14 - Prize Night a Big Success 
 
Our annual Prize Night on Thursday 13 November 2014 proved to be a very successful and memorable occasion as the local and wider community came out in force (despite the terrible weather conditions) to celebrate the success of the class of 2014.  
 
A packed assembly hall was in attendance for guest speaker and former Principal Mr Garnet Mullan. Mr Mullan was accompanied by his wife Mrs Edna Mullan and they both presented certificates and awards to all prize winners with Caroline McBride (pictured top centre) winning the newly presented G Mullan Cup for Academic Achievement having gained a very impressive 7 A* and 3 A GCSE grades, while Andrew Knight collected the McNiece Cup for the Best All Round Pupil on the Vocational Enhancement Programme. 
 
Recently appointed Principal Mr Neil Megaw congratulated all prize winners and announced that an incredible 90% of pupils achieved 5 GCSE grades at A*-C, with 66% achieving 5 GCSE grades at A*-C including the all-important GCSE English and GCSE Maths. Mr Megaw paid tribute to the outstanding work of his predecessor and stated that "It is very fitting that Mr Mullan retired with the best ever set of GCSE results at Newtownhamilton High School". 
 
Special mention must also go to the Key Stage 3 Musicians for their performance of "Ho-Hey" and also to the School Association Members for providing a fabulous supper. A wonderful evening enjoyed by all. 
 
More photos from Prize Night are available by clicking here. 
10/11/14 - Emergency School Closures 
 
Now that we have entered the winter months, schools are required by DENI to remind parents and pupils about the procedures for emergency school closures (due to bad weather etc). 
 
In order to find out if Newtownhamilton High School is closed, parents can tune into BBC Radio Ulster/Teletext, check for updates on this website (usually before 7.30am) or visit our Facebook page. 
 
10/11/14 - Year 8 - Archaeology and Geology Presentation 
 
Year 8 students thoroughly enjoyed an interactive presentation based on local archaeology and geology, delivered by Dr. Alison Lennon and Grace Trainor from ‘Mourne, Cooley, Gullion Ecotourism’. Pupils had the opportunity to study local artefacts and monuments as well as learning about the local geology of the area by examining different rock types. 
07/11/14 - GCSE Home Economics Practicals 
 
Pictured below are images of fine cuisine produced today by the following Year 12 pupils: Samantha Armstrong, Danielle Browne, Aaron Dickson, Christine Dickson and Peter Falloon.  
 
Well done folks - the food looks superb! Thanks goes to Mrs C Alexander and Mrs C Simms for their support and guidance. 
05/11/14 - Busy Start for New Principal Mr Megaw 
 
Following the retirement of Mr Garnet Mullan on Friday 31st October, Mr Neil Megaw assumed the responsibilities of Principal on Monday morning. After an early morning briefing with teaching staff, Mr Megaw paid tribute to Mr Mullan during a whole school assembly and then referred to the new term as the start of a new chapter at Newtownhamilton High School. 
 
Mr Megaw, who will continue to combine his new role with teaching responsibilities until the arrival of new Vice Principal Mr Andrew Cousins on Monday 1st December, also delivered a presentation to non-teaching staff while making the move from his old office into his new one. Further communication with staff, parents and SELB representatives ensured a very busy start to life as a Principal for Mr Megaw. 
 
Speaking about his new challenge, Mr Megaw stated “First and foremost, I want to again acknowledge the outstanding work of my predecessor Garnet Mullan and take this opportunity to wish him a long and healthy retirement. I am under no illusion of the task that I now face in filling his shoes. 
 
I am very proud to be the Principal of Newtownhamilton High School and will work hard to ensure that our recent success story continues. However, like Mr Mullan, I will be first to acknowledge that I cannot do everything and so my job now is to encourage the best from our committed pupils, parents, staff, governors and community members. 
 
As Principal, I understand that I am now accountable for ensuring the effective delivery of a high quality education that caters for the needs of all our pupils. My dedicated staff and I will strive to achieve this by ensuring that every child continues to be an important child at Newtownhamilton High. As a parent of 2 young children myself, I know that a happy, nurtured child will learn and more importantly enjoy learning. Therefore a child centred approach will be clearly evident in my vision for our school where together as a team we will strive to care for, know and develop each individual pupil. 
 
Finally, I thank everyone who has sent me their best wishes over recent months; I have been deeply humbled by this support”. 
 
Neil Megaw 
 
 
 
 
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