28/11/16 - Year 12 Interview Skills Day 
 
Our Year 12 pupils took part in the annual Interview Skills Day on Friday 25 November. Everyone involved made a tremendous effort and they all looked very smart in their professional dress. The morning session was delivered by Sentinus Trainer Mr Pat Jamison and focused on preparing the pupils for the interview process. After lunch, pupils were given the opportunity to be interviewed by experienced individuals from the local and wider community. It was noted that many of the interviewers commented on how well dressed everyone was, this is both a credit to the pupils but also to their families. 
 
Many thanks to Mr Pat Jamison and the 8 Interviewers for giving up their time to support this event. Thanks also to Vice Principal Mr A Cousins for co-ordinating the event. 
28/11/16 - Visit To the Somme Heritage Center 
 
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 Center 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 Mr Black who accompanied the pupils. 
28/11/16 - Spine-Chilling Success! 
 
Many pupils entered the Young Writers’ spine-chiller writing competition. In just 100 words these talented young writers created tales that dripped with horror to evoke shocks and shivers! Their work was published in the anthology: ‘Spine-Chillers Northern Ireland Terrors’. This book is a collection of ingenious storytelling full of tension, suspense and atmosphere. The anthology is available to read in the school library. Congratulations to the following pupils: 
 
Year 10: Hannah Bell, Sarah Bell, Sarah Belshaw, Katie Ferris, Faith Hughes, Amy Flanagan, Gareth Knight, Amber Lucas, Jake McCartney, Abi Smyth, Clare Stephenson, Emma Watt. 
 
Year 11: Jessica Acheson, Jenna Barbour, Rachel Belshaw, Kris Cartmill, Emma Cooke, Jenna Corkey, Nicole Frazer, Alyson Henry, Kyle Henry, Rodney Hughes, Matthew Jenkins, Judith Leeman, Amy Mcllveen, Kelly-Ann Smyth, Jessica Smyth, Jorja West. 
 
28/11/16 - Super Sophie! 
 
Congratulations to Sophie Straghan who won a top prize in the C2K Newsdesk Spooky Story Writing Competition! Sophie was one of over a 1000 entries- so this is a fantastic achievement! Newsdesk Editor, David Huntley, delivered Sophie’s gift and certificate and spoke of the high quality of work of many of our school’s entries. Many of these entries will soon be on display in Mrs Robinson’s room, so if you are brave enough come in and read some of them! Well done everyone - especially Sophie! 
 
David also took this opportunity to provide 9X pupils with some of his journalistic expertise. He delivered a very enjoyable and educational writing workshop on how to write a film review. 
 
 
 
24/11/16 - Community Carol Service 
 
 
Newtownhamilton High School 
Carol Service 
(featuring contributory primary schools) 
 
Monday 19th December 2016 
@ 10.30am in the Assembly Hall 
 
 
Everyone Welcome  
24/11/16 - Year 8 Bible Presentation 
 
Our Year 8 pupils enjoyed a visit from local Gideons Richard Alexander and Timothy Wilson on Tuesday 22 November. 
 
Richard and Timothy explained that they distribute Bibles to many organisations in both the local and wider community. New Testament Bibles were then presented to all pupils in attendance. 
 
Pictured are the Year 8 pupils with Richard and Timothy. 
24/11/16 - Christmas Dinner Tickets Now on Sale 
 
Our school canteen will be providing a traditional Christmas Dinner which always proves popular with pupils. 
 
Tuesday 29th November: Year 10 & 11  
Thursday 1st December: Year 8 & 9  
(Year 8-11: Dinner £2.70 and Dessert £1.10) 
 
Monday 5th December: Year 12 
(Year 12: Dinner £4.50 and Dessert £1.50) 
 
Tickets are available from the school office. 
 
 
 
24/11/16 - U13 Football Victory 
 
Our Under 13 Football team enjoyed a 6-1 victory over Drumglass High School in the Mid-Ulster League yesterday. 
 
Kristian West and Adam Robinson both scored twice while Dylan Whyte and Zack Corkey also registered their names on the scoresheet. 
 
Well done boys! 
17/11/16 - Anti-Bulling Week 
 
As part of Anti-Bullying Week (14th – 18th November), Newtownhamilton High has been promoting the detrimental impact that bullying can have. Whole school assemblies on this topic area were delivered by Principal Mr Megaw (Monday), EA Youth Service staff Paddy Hughes and Alan McCann (Tuesday) and the pupils in 11X (Thursday). Paddy and Alan also held a series of different workshops with Year 9 pupils in the assembly hall and have been providing further support to Year 8 pupils during their Personal Development lessons over recent weeks. 
 
End Bullying Now – www.endbullying.org.uk 
16/11/16 - Annual Schools Girls Rugby Blitz 
 
A team of year 11 and 12 girls travelled to Armagh rugby club to play in the annual schools girls Rugby Blitz friendly competition organised by Armagh rugby club coach Harry Doyle. The girls had a fantastic morning, winning 2 out of their 3 matches. Well done to Alison Henry, Jenna Corkey and Tamara Pollock who scored tries. 
14/11/16 - Year 11/12 Cookery Demonstration 
 
Year 11 & 12 GCSE Home Economics pupils had the privilege of enjoying a cookery demonstration in Room 5 this morning. Mrs Reilly from the Livestock and Meat Commission made Chilli Con Carne and Hoi Sin Beef whilst highlighting the nutritional benefits of including red meat in the diet. 
14/11/16 - Maths Revision Classes 
 
After school Revision classes for GCSE Maths resits begin this week with Mrs Taylor. These classes will focus on exam technique and past paper questions. The classes provide vital support for those sitting exams in January 2017 and those pupils who are resitting are encouraged to attend. 
 
T3 revision classes - Tuesdays 3pm to 4pm 
T2 revision classes - Wednesdays 3pm to 4pm 
11/11/16 - Prize Night Celebrates Outstanding GCSE Success 
 
Newtownhamilton High School celebrated another year of outstanding GCSE results at Thursday's Prize Night. A full house heard Principal Neil Megaw state “I am delighted to announce that a massive 93% of pupils this year achieved five GCSE grades at A*-C or equivalent. This result places the school 22% above the Northern Ireland average, while 79% of pupils achieved five GCSE grades at A*-C, when the all-important GCSE English and GCSE Maths grades are included. This statistic is an unbelievable 30% above the Northern Ireland average," said Mr Megaw. "These are statistics that any non-selective school in the country would be proud of and once again proves that our small school can compete with the very best schools that Northern Ireland has to offer." The recipient for the G Mullan Cup for Academic Achievement was presented to Glen McBride for achieving an outstanding 4 A* grades, 5 A grades and 1 B grade while Jack McKnight collected the McNiece Cup for the Best All Round Pupil on the Vocational Enhancement Programme. 
 
Mr Megaw gave a warm welcome to special guest, Danny Kennedy MLA and his wife, Karen. "I am delighted to welcome our local MLA Danny Kennedy back to familiar territory – a community that he knows and serves extremely well," said Mr Megaw. "I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support that Danny has given to me personally since my appointment two years ago. He is a very busy man with many public engagements but he always has time to help if and when required." 
 
The Newtownhamilton Principal also gave a warm welcome to the other invited guests including principals from neighbouring schools, the Board of Governors and members of the clergy. 
 
Mr Megaw also spoke about the close links the school enjoys with St Joseph's in Crossmaglen, St Paul's in Bessbrook and Newry High School. "Our shared education programme has continually developed since its introduction in 2009 and has enriched the learning experiences of both controlled and maintained pupils in the local area by offering greater subject choice in Years 11 and 12. This year, we celebrated the fruit of this labour when Rebecca Nesbitt and Joanne King gained B.Tech qualifications at St. Paul’s HS Bessbrook. However, a special mention must be reserved for Ethan Cranston who made the journey, on his own, every Thursday to St. Joseph’s HS Crossmaglen and achieved a ‘B’ grade in his GCSE Agriculture & Land Use Studies”. Educational programmes from organisations like the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland helps to support this work and therefore Mr Megaw welcomed their representative David Scott. 
 
Mr Megaw gave a special welcome to the parents and grandparents of pupils who attend the school. "I thank you for putting your trust in us and also for all that you have done in supporting this school during the past year and indeed for many years”. 
 
Also on this topic of the school in the community, Mr Megaw thanked all the organisations and individuals that enriched the learning experiences of the pupils. "There are too many people to mention individually, but collectively they all contributed to the wonderful opportunity that our pupils have to receive a broad and balanced education”. 
 
To the class of 2016, both Mr Megaw and Vice Principal Mr Andrew Cousins offered their best wishes for every success in the future. Mr Megaw concluded by stating "Whatever you end up doing in life and no matter how long that it takes you, I believe that the experiences that you have had in Newtownhamilton High School will prove beneficial." 
 
Special mention must also go to the choir for their musical performances and also to the joint effort of staff, School Association Members, pupils and canteen staff for providing a magnificent supper. 
 
To conclude, it was an excellent evening which was very fitting to acknowledge the achievements of the class of 2016. 
09/11/16 – Extreme Weather & 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 adverse weather etc). 
 
Deciding to close a school is not an easy decision for a Principal as it causes disruption to many individuals. However, the health and safety of all school stakeholders must be the key factor when making this difficult decision. 
 
In order to find out if Newtownhamilton High School is closed, parents can tune into BBC Radio Ulster, visit the BBC NI website, or check for updates on our website and Facebook page. Parents will hopefully receive a text from our school messaging service. The aim is to make an early decision (usually before 7.30am) if possible. 
08/11/16 - Act of Remembrance 
 
Newtownhamilton High School is holding a short Act of Remembrance in the assembly hall on Friday 11th November at 10.45am sharp. The staff and pupils of Newtownhamilton Primary School will also be attending and an invitation is extended to parents and community members. It is anticipated that this event will be over at 11.10am. 
07/11/16 - Belfast Community Gospel Choir 
 
We are delighted to announce that Newtownhamilton High School will be hosting an evening with the Belfast Community Gospel Choir on Saturday 25th March 2017! The event is being organised by the Student Council and we trust you will get behind this excellent community event with your support! 
Tickets are on sale as of today and can be collected from the school office. Limited number so get in early to avoid disappointment! 
 
Promises to be a fantastic night of craic and outstanding uplifting/feel good music! 
 
Proceeds towards Student Council and Jengana Charity. 
 
Entry by ticket only. 
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