23/10/14 - Lisa Represents Ulster 
 
Everyone at Newtownhamilton High School offers congratulations to Year 12 pupil Lisa Henry following her selection to the Ulster Girls' Under 18 Rugby team. 
 
Lisa was part of the squad that travelled to Dublin last weekend to play fixtures against Connacht and Munster and played a key part in helping the team secure 2 victories. 
 
Well done Lisa - everyone connected with Newtownhamilton High School is very proud of you. 
 
 
23/10/14 - Latest Housepoint Winners 
 
The latest Housepoint Winners were acknowledged during Thursday morning assembly, as listed below: 
 
Aaron McKee (Year 8), Jenna Barbour (Year 9), Ruth Ferris (Year 10), Caitlin Coulter (Year 11) and Matthew Gibson (Year 12). 
 
Unfortunatley Matthew was unavailable for the presentation and photograph but will be presented with his gift at the first available opportunity. 
 
 
 
20/10/14 - Personal Message from Mr Mullan 
 
Regarding the informal retirement event held for myself on Saturday morning 18th October 2014, I would like to express my profound gratitude to everybody who attended and especially pay tribute to the huge effort made by all behind the scenes and to those whose role was more public. Thanks, too, to all who have contacted me with good wishes. I am very humbled by the breadth and warmth of affection shown towards me. 
 
Although I made clear that my wish was for there to be “No fuss”, the event was one of the most special days of my entire life and very, very much appreciated. 
 
I had the privilege of being surrounded by the people who matter most to me on this Earth – my wife, my family and my good friends from Newtownhamilton and the surrounding area. It was a day that I will never forget. Thank you. 
 
The task now is for everybody to “weigh in” behind the new Senior Leadership Team in the school to ensure continued success for the next generation of young people in the area. I wish them God’s blessing as they face the future, united in a common purpose to provide the very best education possible for all the children of the area. 
 
Garnet Mullan 
 
Garnet Mullan 
Principal 
1996 - 2014 
Mr & Mrs G Mullan with Head Girl Alex Smyth  
and Head Boy Robert McBride 
The Platform Party 
 
20/10/14 - Retirement Coffee Morning 
 
A large crowd was in attendance at the Retirement Coffee Morning held in Newtownhamilton High on Saturday as the local and wider community took the opportunity to offer best wishes to Principal Mr Garnet Mullan, who is due to retire on Friday 31 October 2014. 
 
The event provided an opportunity for Mr Mullan to chat with friends and reminisce about old times before the presentation of gifts from Head Girl Alex Smyth and Head Boy Robert McBride. 
 
A massive thank you to everyone who attended this special event and also to all those individuals who worked behind the scenes in order to make everything possible. 
 
The Mullan Family 
Mr & Mrs Garnet Mullan 
20/10/14 - Year 8 Parents' Evening 
 
Year 8 parents are reminded that there will be a Parents' Evening on Tuesday 21 October (3.30-5.30pm).  
16/10/14 - Happy Birthday Mr Mullan 
 
It is very unusual for Principal Mr Mullan not to be aware of something that is happening in Newtownhamilton High, but today he was totally in the dark as staff and pupils met in the assembly hall to surprise him when he was called urgently to the hall "to deal with an incident". 
 
On arrival at the scene of the supposed crime, Mr Mullan was greeted with the tune and words of "Happy Birthday". He then cut the cake which was big enough to feed all staff and pupils. 
 
Have a great birthday Mr Mullan. 
16/10/14 - "Her-Style" Rehearsals 
 
Rehearsals are now well underway for our up and coming production “Her-Style,” which is to be presented in December.  
 
Monday and Thursday afternoons have been busy for the past few weeks. We have now made it onto the stage – so this is where all the hard work begins! Pupils are to be commended already on their efforts – learning lines, songs AND moves. 
 
Pupils and teachers alike are looking forward to the excitement that the next couple of months will bring. Keep a look out for updates and when tickets go on sale! 
09/10/14 - NHS Give A Helping HAND 
 
The staff and pupils of Newtownhamilton High welcomed Mrs Ruth Watt and Mrs Tracey Frazer from local charity HAND (Helping Autism in Newry & District) to morning assembly on Wednesday 8 October. 
 
The purpose of this visit was to accept a donation of £220 that had been raised recently through events such as the Staff Ice Bucket Challenge and the European Day of Languages. 
 
Pictured with Ruth and Tracey is Vice Principal Mr Neil Megaw and Year 11 pupils Ethan Cranston, Ryan Morton and Andrew Hughes.  
 
 
07/10/14 - Information for Parents on Seasonal Flu 
 
SELB Health & Safety Officer Mr David Orr has requested that all schools provide parents with the information below (click on link) regarding recent advice that was issued by the Public Health Agency on seasonal flu. 
 
06/10/14 - Year 10 students visited Killowen 
 
Year 10 students visited Killowen for their annual residential, accompanied by teachers Mrs Flanagan, Miss Hadden and Mr Megaw (VP). All students had the opportunity to participate in a number of outdoor activities such as bouldering, canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling, all of which proved to be extremely popular! The residential allowed pupils to develop team building and decision making skills, as well as giving them the chance to explore Rostrevor in an interactive way. Everyone involved had an action packed two days and a great time experimenting and trying out new things. 
02/10/14 - European Day of Languages 
 
Bonjour! ¡Hola! Hello! 
 
On Friday 26th September 2014, European Day of Languages was celebrated in Newtownhamilton High School. It was an exciting event in which cultural diversity and languages were promoted and many events took place throughout the week to ensure fun and enjoyment for all. 
 
Celebrations for European Day of Languages began with a Spanish themed taster session for Year 8 and 9 pupils at lunch time. Many pupils attended and enjoyed learning some basic introductions and playing Spanish games and activities. Pupils were so enthusiastic to learn an additional language that Miss Moore has started up a Spanish club where pupils will meet weekly to develop their Spanish language skills. These pupils are undoubtedly little linguists in the making! 
 
Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils were also involved in poster competitions throughout the week. Pupils were given the task of creating an eye-catching poster which not only promoted European Day of Languages, but also outlined the importance of learning a language. Prizes were awarded for the fantastic effort which went in to many, and displays were put up in various places throughout the school for all to admire the masterpieces! 
 
Year 10 pupils took part in a European Day of Languages Quiz, which tested their general knowledge of all things European, while developing their team-work skills. The competitive nature of the quiz was enjoyed by all, and the winning teams in Year 10 were awarded prizes. 
 
On European Day of Languages, the canteen was a hot-spot at both break and lunch time. An enticing European menu tempted many pupils to enjoy some European cuisine. Croissants, pain au chocolat, soda farls and baguettes were on sale at break time and some Year 10 girls helped Miss Moore to serve hot chocolate with marshmallows and Spanish fruit juice, all of which proved to be very popular! The European theme continued at lunch with pizza, spaghetti, chicken curry, baguettes and other tasty European options on the menu. With more hot chocolate on sale, many pupils availed of the opportunity to indulge all over again. 
 
At the end of the busy but enjoyable week, it is fair to say that European Day of Languages was enjoyed not only by the French department, but by the whole school. Pupils were even asking if it would be possible to celebrate European Day of Languages twice a year! 
 
Well done to Miss Moore and her team of helpers and a big thank you also goes to the canteen staff. 
01/10/14 - Reminder from Vice Principal Mr N Megaw 
 
Dear Community Member 
 
Most people in the Newtownhamilton area will probably be aware that our Principal Mr Garnet Mullan will be retiring on Friday 31st October 2014 after 18 years of dedicated and faithful service. During this time, Mr Mullan has worked tirelessly to transform Newtownhamilton High into one of the leading non-selective schools in Northern Ireland. I know that I speak for all our school stakeholders and community members when I say that he will be greatly missed. 
 
Since Mr Mullan’s retirement announcement in March, I have been approached by many individuals from the local community about organising a gift and/or event in order to acknowledge his outstanding contribution over the years. Therefore, following some thought, I established a small ‘Retirement Committee’ consisting of teaching staff, non-teaching staff, School Association Members (parents) and Board of Governors. This Committee met in June and after much discussion, and also being mindful of Mr Mullan’s request for “No fuss”, it was agreed that a gift and event should be arranged as outlined below: 
 
1. Retirement Gift - A donation pot is now available in the school office for financial contributions from Governors, pupils, former pupils, staff, former staff, parents and community members. Contributions should be put in an envelope clearly marked ‘For Mr Mullan’s Retirement Gift’. The closing date for contributions will be Friday 10th October. This money will then be used to purchase a gift that Mr Mullan would like. 
 
2. Retirement Event - An informal Coffee Morning will be held in the school on Saturday 18th October 2014 (10am-12.30pm) and all community members are invited. This event will provide an opportunity to call in for a tea/coffee and a chat with Mr Mullan. At approximately 11.45am, there will be a few short speeches and the handing over of a gift purchased from the financial donations. The event will conclude at approximately 12.30pm. 
 
I encourage all parents, friends and community members to support the above and also to spread the word around local Churches, Clubs, Businesses, Primary Schools etc. Mr Mullan has had a positive impact on the lives of so many in the local community and I know that they will want to show their appreciation. 
 
Finally, it is my wish that the whole Newtownhamilton community will pull together in order to give Mr Mullan the ‘send off’ that he deserves. 
 
Yours faithfully 
 
 
Neil Megaw 
Vice Principal 
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