29/09/17 - Merit Prizes Awarded 
 
Congratulations to the following 3 pupils who received merit prizes in assembly recently: 
 
• Kelley Johnston 
• Dinah Park 
• Sam Blackwood 
 
The draw was to reward those pupils who achieved a merit every single day since starting school on 1st September 2017 and it included 48% of pupils (90/186) 
 
These merits are awarded to reward the vast majority of pupils who attend school regularly, on time and do everything that is asked of them during the school day. The merits are also transferred to Housepoints and added to those gained during the House competitions and Sports Day. The winning House will be awarded with a trophy on Prize Night. 
 
 
Kelley Johnston 
Dinah Park 
Sam Blackwood 
28/09/17 - Year 9 SESP Visit Cuan Mhuire 
 
Year 9 pupils had the opportunity of visiting Cuan Mhuire today where they heard very personal stories of the effects of alcohol and drug addictions. Through listening to the honest and heart- rending accounts, the young people developed their knowledge and understanding of how addiction not only affects the individual, but also their family, friends and society.  
 
They heard how one young person had their own business, a lovely house and family, but how they lost it all due to their addiction to alcohol. We would like to thank Pat and his ‘friends’ for being so open and honest. We greatly appreciated them sharing their experiences with us and hope that they all continue on their journey to recovery. 
 
 
21/09/17 - Year 8's First Home Economics Practical 
 
Year 8 pupils have participated in their first Home Economics practical lesson this week. They spent the time planning, preparing and of course sampling smoothies. 
19/09/17 – Seeing Double @ Newtownhamilton High 
 
You could be accused of seeing double if you made a visit to Newtownhamilton High as the school currently has a set of twins in each year group and furthermore two pupils from a set of triplets in Year 12. 
 
The arrival of Kris and Lee Bradshaw into Year 8 on the 1st September completed this remarkable situation of each year group represented with twins as follows: Year 9 Jane & Kate Berry, Year 10 Abbie & Brooklyn Patton, Year 11 Hannah & Sarah Bell and Year 12 Ben & Kris Cartmill. To confuse staff and pupils even more, Year 12 pupils Jessica & Kelly-Ann Smyth are triples with sister Megan a pupil at Royal School Armagh. 
 
In attempting to offer an explanation for this unique situation, Principal Neil Megaw stated “Newtownhamilton High has been a growing school over recent years and this is obviously reflected by a growing population within the community that we serve. Having five sets of twins and two pupils from a set of triplets would suggest that there is definitely something in the water in the South Armagh area!” 
15/09/17 - ‘Uke’ can handle it 8X! 
 
8X Music was delighted to welcome Mr Mervyn Braden (Education Authority Music Service) to their lesson this morning, where he demonstrated the ukulele and gave our pupils a taster session of what lessons in school are like. Pupils were thrilled to be able to learn a few easy chords, even accompanying whole class singing before the session was over. We all agreed that the ukulele is an instrument anyone can learn to play! 
 
Mrs Graham is delighted that slots are available for ukulele and guitar lessons on Friday mornings, and should any pupil be interested, please speak to Mrs Graham as soon as possible. 
15/09/17 - Head Girl, Head Boy & Prefects Selection 
 
Congratulations to Judith Leeman and Mark Giffin following their selection as Head Girl and Head Boy respectively. Congratulations also to the following prefects who will serve for the 2017/178 school year: Jessica Acheson, Emma-Louise Bailie, Jenna Barbour, Rachel Belshaw, Samuel Blackwood, Kris Cartmill, Emma Cooke, Jenna Corkey, Nicole Frazer, Ewan Glenny, Alyson Henry, Matthew Jenkins, Jessica Smyth, Kelly-Ann Smyth & Joshua Straghan. 
08/09/17 – Diary Date 
 
All current and former pupils and parents should note that our 2017 Prize Night has been moved forward to Wednesday 8th November 2017 @ 7.30pm. 
08/09/17 – When Harry Met Dylan 
 
Our Year 10 pupil Dylan McGurgan spent Thursday mixing with royalty as he met Prince Harry during his 1 day visit to Northern Ireland. 
 
Dylan and Principal Mr Megaw were invited to the Mac Theatre in Belfast to receive a framed copy of a Peace Pledge that Dylan created with some of his class peers during a Year 8 LLW lesson in May 2016. This Peace Pledge was 1 of 409 created by schools in Northern Ireland and the border counties in the Republic of Ireland and was organised by the peace building initiative ‘Amazing the Space’ delivered by Co-operation Ireland. Newtownhamilton High was fortunate to be selected as 1 of only 10 schools to meet the Prince in recognition of our successful shared education partnership with St. Paul’s HS Bessbrook, Newry HS and St. Joseph’s HS Crossmaglen. 
 
Well done to Dylan who clearly enjoyed his meeting with the Prince and the following press interviews. 
31/08/17 – Year 8 Induction Day 
 
Today, Newtownhamilton High School welcomed 39 Year 8 pupils for the start of the new school year. As always, there were a few first day nerves but everyone quickly settled down to work on an induction programme which was delivered by Young Enterprise Consultant Kevin Young. A range of fun-filled activities helped everyone to make new friends with support also being provided by our Acting Prefects. 
 
A tour of the school building took place before lunch while pupils spent the afternoon going through a range of issues with their Form Teacher. 
 
Overall, a very busy and enjoyable start to life at Newtownhamilton High which should prove beneficial when our Year 9-12 pupils return tomorrow. 
 
Thanks to Kevin Young (Young Enterprise), the Acting Prefects and Mrs Laverty for all their work today. 
24/08/17 – Another Excellent Set of GCSE Results for Newtown 
 
Once again, Newtownhamilton High School has produced another excellent set of GCSE results following the publication of the 2017 statistics. An early start to the day proved to be worthwhile for the students as overall they performed exceptionally well. Individual success was also evident with Ruth Ferris achieving the accolade of the top student with an outstanding 3 A* grades and 8 A grades. 
 
Other students of particular note who all achieved A*, A grades or equivalents in at least one subject area were Adam Armstrong, Jordan Burke, Alana Burns, Hannah Calvin, Jamie Dawson, Harry Dougan, Joel Ewart, Hannah Gibson, Lauren Haffey, Pamela Hamilton, Rachel Harrison, Neil Henry, Alice Herron, Hannah Hughes, Ashlea Kennedy, Adam McCullough, Alex McNiece, Stephen Murphy, Calvin Park, Tamara Pollock, Kerry Warnock, Emma Watt, Aaron Whyte and Ethan Whyte. 
 
Principal Neil Megaw congratulated everyone involved by stating, “I congratulate all the pupils, parents and staff that have been involved in this latest set of successful GCSE results. Results like these don’t just happen, it involves a lot of hard work and so I pay tribute to everyone involved. It is very pleasing that our small country school continues to perform at a very high level”. 
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